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.

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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

Let Us Love One Another

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Together we travel the ongoing concentric spiral
knowing that we are loving to know how loving we are.
We are loving to know how loving we are.
Knowing that we are loving.
Loving to know how.

How loving we are to know.
We are loving to know how loving we are.

—Amy Leader

 

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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Consolation, Comfort, and Calm

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The love of God enfolds me
The love of God surrounds me
The love of God saturates me
The love of God upholds me
The love of God strengthens me
The love of God comforts me
The love of God cheers me
The love of God restores me
The love of God calms me
The love of God consoles me
The love of God guides me
The love of God protects me
The love of God cleanses me
The love of God frees me
The love of God fulfills me
The love of God heals me
The love of God uplifts me
The love of God embraces me
The love of God envelopes me
The love of God fills me
The love of God shines in me
and eternally sustains me

—Magdolene Mogyorosi 

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

To the Better Land

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Cast thy burden on the Lord;
Only lean upon His word:
Thou shalt soon have cause to bless
His eternal faithfulness.
Ever in the raging storm
Thou shalt see His cheering form,
Hear His pledge of coming aid:
“It is I, be not afraid.”

Cast thy burden at His feet;
Linger at His mercy seat:
He will lead thee by the hand
Gently to the better land.
He will gird thee by His power,
In thy weary, fainting hour:
Lean, then, loving, on His word;
Cast thy burden on the Lord.

—Author Unknown

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

How to Not Block the Blessings

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There’s a reason the sun rises anew each day.
Every day is a completely clean slate.
Cherry-picking bad memories
and rolling them around in my head all day,
it’s hard to remember that
I’ve been blessed with forgiveness.
Forever. For good.
Somehow I seem to think
I’ve got to make amends in perpetuity,
that I need to keep re-living my mistakes
till it blocks the blessings from coming in.
But happiness is really just a habit;
a decision to accept grace and embrace joy.
Make me a work in progress
who actually acknowledges the progress I’ve made
and the work we’ve done together.

—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.

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We Are One

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Justice rolls down like a river
Compassion and peace shall flow like a stream,
The hills, rocks and valleys, oceans and trees
Sing out their song: We are one.
Sing out their song: We are one.

All of creation, the Great Dance.
Only one tribe, one clan.
Dignity, peace and honor
To the earth, each woman and man.
Deep be the peace of the dark night
Brightened and blessed by the stars

Calling us now to awaken.
Gathering hearts near and far.
Surrounded by rich ancient wisdom,
Circling within and around,
Embracing the beauty in stillness,
Bursting in one Sacred Sound.
Our hopes and our dreams go before us,
Our longing to heal, to be whole,
Together we birth a new moment,
The Great Work of hands, heart and soul.

—Diane Forrest, OP

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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To Be Made New

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Today I hold still
To balance and recharge,
To release the day before
And prepare for the day ahead.

With You here beside me,
My mind quiets to hear Your voice.
My heart opens to draw You in.
And, with Your peace
within and around me,
I thank You for this opportunity
to be made new.

—Abigail Wurdeman

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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Reach Out Your Hand to Comfort

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May God bless you with a restless discomfort
about easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships,
so that you may seek truth boldly and love deep within your heart.

May God bless you with holy anger at injustice, oppression,
and exploitation of people, so that you may tirelessly work for
justice, freedom, and peace among all people.

May God bless you with the gift of tears
to shed with those who suffer
from pain, rejection, starvation,
or the loss of all that they cherish,
so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them
and transform their pain into joy.

—Sister Ruth Marlene Fox

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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A Guide for Those Who Lost Their Way

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May I become at all times, both now and forever
A protector for those without protection
A guide for those who have lost their way
A ship for those with oceans to cross
A bridge for those with rivers to cross
A sanctuary for those in danger
A lamp for those without light
A place of refuge for those who lack shelter
And a servant to all in need.

—Buddhist Chant

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