Inspiration

Where the Path of Life Leads Us

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Laughter isn’t even the other side of tears.
It is tears turned inside out.
Truly the suffering is great, here on earth.
We blunder along, shredded by our mistakes,

bludgeoned by our faults.
Not having a clue where
the dark path leads us.
But on the whole,
we stumble along bravely,
don’t you think?

—Alice Walker

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

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Inspiration

A Godly Woman

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A woman of beauty
A woman of grace
A woman of excellence
Beholding God’s face
She walks with the Lord
With integrity
Knowing her purpose
And destiny
No matter what happens
She walks in God’s love
Reflecting the beauty
Of her Father above.

—M.S. Lowndes

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

Mother Teresa’s Favorite Prayer

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Dear Jesus, help us to spread your fragrance everywhere we go.
Flood our souls with your spirit and life.
Penetrate and possess our whole being so utterly
that our lives may only be a radiance of yours.
Shine through us, and be so in us
that every person we should come in contact with
may feel your presence in our soul.
Let them look up and see no longer us, but only Jesus.
Stay with us, and then we shall begin to shine as you shine;
so to shine as to be a light to others;
the light, Jesus, will be all from you.
None of it will be ours.
It will be you shining on others through us.
Let us thus praise you in the way you love best,
by shining on those around us.
Let us preach you without preaching:
not by words, but by our example,
by the catching force,
the sympathetic influence of what we do,
the evident fullness of the love our hearts bear for you.
Amen. 

—Mother Teresa

 

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

Mother and Child in Your Safe Arms

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Father God, who placed the stars in the sky,
Who created seas of blue and causes each flower to bloom,
I know you love me and have watched this new little life I carry.
Come lay your gentle hand upon us as we draw near to the birth.
Fill our hearts with excitement;
Cover our lives with hope.
Guide us through labor
Into a new season.
I give you both my joys and fears

And choose to put my trust in you.
I trust in you to shelter us both,
Mother and child, within your safe arms.
Amen.

—Mothers Prayer Circle of Agape

 

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

May We Always Be Kind as an Example to Our Children

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May we develop patience to achieve all happiness,
temporal and ultimate, and to bring that
happiness to others; not only to our family,
but to all sentient beings.

May we develop all the sixteen human qualities,
an understanding which makes our lives different.

May we become skilled in not harming sentient beings,
and may we become only the source of happiness for sentient beings,
like sunshine.

May we practice contentment.

May we learn contentment and satisfaction.
May we learn to enjoy contentment,
which brings great freedom into our lives
and brings us so much happiness.
May we be an example to the world.

—Buddhist Prayer

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

A Mother’s Poem

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Thank you, Lord, for the privilege of having a new life within,
Thank you, Lord, for Your son, who came to forgive our sins.
Bless this child I have inside,
And give me Your will as my guide.
Give me Your wisdom for this child I will raise,
That he or she will give You honor and praise.
No matter what road this child may take,
Let he or she love You, never to forsake.
To you, Lord, our glory and praises we sing,
For you, Lord, are the Savior of all things.
Amen.

—Anonymous

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

May This Beautiful World Never End

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םלועל רמגי אלש ,ילא ,ילא
םיהו לוחה
םימה לש שורשר
םימשה קרב
םדאה תליפת

My God, My God, I pray that these things never end,
The sand and the sea,
The rustle of the waters,

Lightning of the Heavens,
The prayer of Man.

—Hannah Szenes (a.k.a. Hannah Senesh), World War II Resistance hero

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 Lord’s Prayer, from the Original Aramaic

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My Lord, I know not what I ought to ask of Thee.
Thou and Thou alone knowest my needs.
Thou lovest me more than I am able to love Thee.
O Father, grant unto me, Thy servant, all which I cannot ask.
For a cross I dare not ask, nor for consolation;

I dare only to stand in Thy presence.
My heart is open to Thee.
Thou seest my needs of which I myself am unaware.
Behold and lift me up!
In Thy presence I stand,
awed and silenced by Thy will and Thy judgments,
into which my mind cannot penetrate.
To Thee I offer myself as a sacrifice.
No other desire is mine but to fulfill Thy will.
Teach me how to pray.
Do Thyself pray within me.
Amen.

—Jesus Christ

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

Universal World Entreaty

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Beloved, Inmost Heart of every heart,
do not Let our human hearts be broken
by our merely mortal suffering here—
but Make our mortal human hearts break Free
to an unconditional love of You,
that we may Thus love all living beings
with Love’s own True, and Truly broken, Heart.

—Ruchira Avatar

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