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When Hurting in a Relationship, Say These Words

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Father, only your love is perfect, only your love. Focus my heart on
the joy of your holy, perfect love because in this world human love
will fail. I am a sinner who cannot love others perfectly. Those who
love me will fail and hurt me because they too are sinners. I know
it is true, but Lord, I am overwhelmed and tired of this heartache.
It feels like nothing else matters, because this isn’t right and I can’t
get it out of my mind. Sin is so ugly and destructive, and there are
so many hurts. Sharp words echo in my mind, piercing my heart
over and over. My heart races as I imagine conversations that have
never happened. Hateful glances, lists of past failures; it just gets
bigger and bigger in my mind and is so heavy in my heart. I just
want healing. I need your love and comfort. Jesus, can you just
reach in my heart and remind me of your grace? Heal my torn
heart with your compassion. Tell me again how you wept and
ached over relationships that crushed you when you lived here.
Remind me of your suffering in betrayal, denial, and death. You
know this pain; you lived through it. But more than that, you died
to pay for all this ugly sin. You gave your life because we all need
a Savior. And you lived a perfect life and covered me with your
righteousness. All of this is atoned for with your blood. Fill me
with your grace so I can be strong and forgiving. Drive me to your
Word so I can be guided by your wisdom. Wash me clean and
renew my heart so I long for what is right in your eyes. Calm my
heart, Lord. Own it and rule it. Put your love in my heart and fill
my mind with thoughts that are pleasing to you. Teach me again
to rest in your salvation and entrust my burdens to your care.
Comfort me, Jesus; in your holy name I pray, Amen.
—Lola Moreno

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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Hope and Constancy

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Good St. Dymphna, you placed all your hope in Christ’s promises,
and sacrificed even your life in that hope. The Lord, God,
rewarded your constancy by making your name known and loved
over many centuries by the thousands whom you have aided in
time of difficulty. Please assist us now in our present necessity and
intercede before God for our intentions. Obtain for us a firm hope
like your own in God’s unfailing protection. Amen.
—Good Shepherd Ministry

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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Say Saraswati: Goddess of Love

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Say Saraswati: Goddess of Love
Say Saraswati Sar-rang—Hay Bhagwatee Har-rang—La
Lakhshmee Nar-ring—Karn Kar-an Kar-ring—Dev Maa-haa Dev
Deva—Sarab Shakti Seva—Tarn Taran Tar-ring—Neel Narayan
Nar-ring—Guru Dev Dev-ing—Sarab Lok Sev-ing
Goddess of Love—Happiness Shakti Power—Victory Goddess of
Wealth—Prosperity God’s Three Aspects—Fulfillment Nurtures
the Experience of Totality: The God of Gods, the Infinite One
Under and Over, God is love, All Creation, serving.
—Yogi Bhajan

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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O Ineffable Love

 

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Holy Spirit, come into my heart;
draw it to Thee by Thy power,
O my God, and grant me charity with filial fear.
Preserve me, O ineffable Love,
from every evil thought; warm me,
inflame me with Thy dear love,
and every pain will seem light to me.
My Father, my sweet Lord,
help me in all my actions.
Jesus, love, Jesus, love. Amen.

—Saint Catherine of Siena

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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Kindness Is My Religion

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Whether you are young or old…female or male…
may you make extra room for nurturing in your heart…
may you hug a baby…smile at a stranger…
May you hold back just a little in traffic and, just this once,
let an extra pushy driver squeeze right in.
May you say something real to a harried store clerk…
pat a kitty…give a coworker a genuine compliment…
take time to listen deeply to a friend.
Mothers come in many shapes and sizes.
So does “mothering.”
May there be room in our hearts, to receive nurturing, and to give.

—Reverend Maureen Killoran

 

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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I Found God in Myself and I Loved Her Fiercely

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I was missing something
a laying on of hands
not a man
laying on
not my mama/holding me tight/saying I’m always gonna be her girl
not a laying on of bosom and womb a laying on of hands
the holiness of myself released

I sat up one nite walking a boarding house screaming/crying/the ghost of another woman who was missing what I was missing
I wanted to jump up outta my bones
& be done with myself
leave me alone
& go on in the wind
it was too much
I fell into a numbness
til the only tree I did see

took me up in her branches
held me in the breeze
made me dawn dew
that chill at daybreak
the sun wrapped me up swinging rose light everywhere
the sky laid over me like a million men
I was cold/I was burning up/a child
& endlessly weaving garments for the moon
with my tears
I found god in myself
& I loved her/I loved her fiercely

 

—Ntozake Shange

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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Comfort and Strengthen My Soul

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Out of the depths, I cry to you, Lord!
My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow;
have mercy on me, according to your unfailing love.
May your Word of truth comfort and strengthen my soul.
You are the Resurrection and the Life.
He who believes in you will live, even though he dies!

Be my Light, my Strength, my Hope, and my Peace. Amen.

—Susan Glende

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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Thy Holy Will

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My Saviour!
I cheerfully accept all the painful dispositions
in which it is Thy pleasure to place me.
My wish is in all things to conform myself to Thy holy will.
Whenever I kiss Thy cross, it is to show that I submit perfectly to

mine. Amen.

—St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

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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My Blessing Goes with You

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When the storms of life are strong
When you’re wounded, when you don’t belong

When you no longer hear my song
My blessing goes with you

—From “The Blessing,” by B. Graham/D. Downes, performed by Celtic Woman

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