Inspiration

Every Single Day Is a Miracle

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Each day is a blessing
of epic proportions.
I give thanks for
what might seem meager comforts:
real cream in my coffee,
a day without a bill in the mail,
the Paso Doble.
Sometimes life is a dance
a woman has to do backwards
pushing against the wind
and obstacles in the way.

Thank You for being the partner
who always leads.

—Ruth Williams

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration

Goodness Is Everywhere

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I had, a few days ago, an insight which consoled me very much.
It was during my thanksgiving, when I make
a few reflections upon the goodness of God, and
how should one not think of this at such a time, of that
infinite goodness, uncreated goodness, the source of
all goodness….

I saw written as in letters of gold this word “Goodness”
which I repeated for a long time with indescribable sweetness.
I beheld it, I say, written upon all creatures, animate

and inanimate,
rational or not, all bore this name goodness….

I understood then that all these creatures have of goodness and
all the services and assistance that we receive from each of them
is a benefit which we owe to the goodness of God
who has communicated to them something of his
infinite goodness
so that we may meet it in everything and everywhere.

—St. Thérèse Couderc, 1865

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration

Through the Peace of the Evening

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I speak to you.
Be still
Know I am God.
I spoke to you when you were born.
Be still
Know I am God.
I spoke to you at your first sight.
Be still
Know I am God.

I spoke to you at your first word.
Be still
Know I am God.
I spoke to you at your first thought.
Be still
Know I am God.
I spoke to you at your first love.
Be still
Know I am God.
I spoke to you at your first song.
Be still
Know I am God.
I speak to you through the grass of the meadows.
Be still
Know I am God.
I speak to you through the trees of the forests.
Be still
Know I am God.
I speak to you through the valleys and the hills.
Be still
Know I am God.
I speak to you through the Holy Mountains.
Be still
Know I am God.
I speak to you through the rain and snow.
Be still
Know I am God.
I speak to you through the waves of the sea.

Be still
Know I am God.
I speak to you through the dew of the morning.
Be still
Know I am God.
I speak to you through the peace of the evening.
Be still
Know I am God.
I speak to you through the splendor of the sun.
Be still
Know I am God.
I speak to you through the brilliant stars.
Be still
Know I am God.
I speak to you through the storm and the clouds.
Be still
Know I am God.
I speak to you through the thunder and lightning.
Be still
Know I am God.
I speak to you through the mysterious rainbow.
Be still
Know I am God.
I will speak to you when you are alone.
Be still
Know I am God.
I will speak to you through the Wisdom of the Ancients.
Be still

Know I am God.
I will speak to you at the end of time.
Be still
Know I am God.
I will speak to you when you have seen my Angels.
Be still
Know I am God.
I will speak to you throughout Eternity.
Be still
Know I am God.
I speak to you.
Be still
Know I am God.

—Essene Gospel of Peace

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration

Love Is Kind

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Love is long-suffering,
love is kind,

it is not jealous;
love does not boast,
it is not inflated.

It is not discourteous,
it is not selfish,
it is not irritable,
it does not enumerate the evil.

It does not rejoice over the wrong,
but rejoices in the truth.

It covers all things, it has faith for all things,
it hopes in all things, it endures in all things.

—Corinthians 13:4

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration

Believe in the Good, Even in the Hardest Times

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I believe in the sun
though it is late in rising.

I believe in love
though it is absent.

I believe in God
though He is silent.

—Ruth Weiss, Poet and Holocaust Survivor

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration

In the Stillness of the Starry Night

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In the joy of your heart,
Your light remains

In the gift of your caring,
Your light remains

Where you reached out to help,
Your light remains

Where you sat in silent peace,
Your light remains

In the place where you worked,
Your light remains

In the stillness of the starry night,
Your light remains

In the light of each day fully embraced,
Your light remains

 

Like the touch of an Angel,
Your light remains

When you live as a light,
Your heart is joined in the Infinite Light of Love.
And that about you which is eternal…remains.

—Reverend Jacquie Riker

 

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration

The Hand of a Friend to Hold When You Need It

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May there always be work for your hands to do
May your purse always hold a coin or two
May the sun always shine upon your window pane
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain
May the hand of a friend always be near to you, and
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

—Irish Blessing

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration

Your Promises

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Lord, thank you for giving us hope
even in our times of suffering.
Help us to praise you in all circumstances,
just as you will for us in Christ Jesus.
Help our praise for you reflect the confidence
we have in your promises.

And may our praise in turn lead others to your grace.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

—Brooke King

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration

All Things Great and Small

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Lord, grant that I may always allow myself
to be guided by you, always follow your plans,
and perfectly accomplish your holy will.
Grant that in all things, great and small,
today and all the days of my life,
I may do whatever you may require of me.
Help me to respond to the slightest prompting
of your grace so that I may be your trustworthy
instrument, for your honor.
May your will be done in time and eternity,
by me, in me, and through me. Amen.

—Plea by Saint Teresa of Avila

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.