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

Sacred Words of the Earth

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It is lovely indeed, it is lovely indeed.
I, I am the spirit within the earth…
The feet of the earth are my feet…
The legs of the earth are my legs…
The bodily strength of the earth is my strength…
The thoughts of the earth are my thoughts…
The voice of the earth is my voice…
The feather of the earth is my feather…
All that belongs to the earth belongs to me…

All that surrounds the earth surrounds me…
I, I am the sacred words of the earth…
It is lovely indeed, it is lovely indeed.

—Navajo 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.

Inspiration

Your Divine Charity

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Omnipotent Father,
God of truth, God of love,
permit me to enter into
the cell of self-knowledge.
I admit that of myself I am nothing,
but that all being and goodness

in me comes solely from You.
Show me my faults, that I may
detest my malice, and thus I
shall flee from self-love
and find myself clothed again
in the nuptial robe of divine charity,
which I must have in order
to be admitted to the nuptials of life eternal.

—St. 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.

Inspiration

Pray Without Ceasing

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The silence is all there is. It is the alpha and the omega, it is God’s brooding over the face of the waters; it is the blinded note of the ten thousand things, the whine of wings. You take a step in the right direction to pray to this silence, and even to address the prayer to “World.” Distinctions blur. Quit your tents. Pray without ceasing.

—Annie Dillard

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

Prayer to Our Lady of Mercy

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Blessed Virgin Mary, who can worthily repay you with praise and thanks for having rescued a fallen world by your generous consent! Receive our gratitude, and by your prayers obtain the pardon of our sins. Take our prayers into the sanctuary of heaven and enable them to make our peace with God.
Holy Mary, help the miserable, strengthen the discouraged, comfort the sorrowful, pray for your people, plead for the clergy, intercede for all women consecrated to God. May all who venerate you feel now your help and protection. Be ready to help us when we pray, and bring back to us the answers to our prayers. Make it your continual concern to pray for the people of God, for you were blessed by God and were made worthy to bear the Redeemer of the world, who lives and reigns forever. Amen.

—Sisters of the Mission

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

Our Experiences Make Us Who We Are

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“Now that I knew fear, I also knew it was not permanent. As powerful as it was, its grip on me would loosen. It would pass.”

—Louise Erdrich

“I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life—and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.”

—Georgia O’Keeffe

“Lord, lead me. Give me wisdom, give me patience. Set my priorities and change my heart. Remind me daily that when I am weak then I am strong. Amen.”

—Marilyn Miller

“I do believe in the old saying, ‘What does not kill you makes you stronger.’ Our experiences, good and bad, make us who we are. By overcoming difficulties, we gain strength and maturity.”

—Angelina Jolie

“Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.”

—Helen Keller

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

Be a Blessing to Those on Your Way

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May your walking be easy, on dry land or snow.
May the good Lord walk with you, wherever you go.
May your troubles brush off, like a sprinkling of dust,
And may you stand strong, for what is good, what is just.

May your soul be always grateful, may joy fill your heart.
May you reach out to others, with love, from the start.
May friendships bring blessing, for you, every day.
And may you be a blessing to those on your way.

—Retired Episcopal Priest Rev. Jane R. Dunning, Diocese of Western Massachusetts; Chaplain, Shelburne Falls Fire Departments

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

You Must Do the Thing You Think You Cannot Do

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You gain strength, courage, and confidence
By every experience in which
You really stop to look fear in the face.
You are able to say to yourself,
“I lived through this horror.
I can take the next thing that comes along.”

—Eleanor Roosevelt

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

Make Me Strong in Spirit

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Make me strong in spirit
Courageous in action
Gentle of heart
Let me act in wisdom
Conquer my fear and doubt
Discover my own hidden gifts
Meet others with compassion
Be a source of healing energies
And face each day with hope and joy

—Abby Willowroot, silversmith and priestess

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

Wisdom and Strength

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Dear God,
I have many problems in my life
That I don’t know the answer to,
But I trust that you do.
Please guide me in the way
That is best and gives me wisdom and strength.
May your will be done! Amen.

—Katrina Brohn

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