Wednesday, October 31, 2012

31 days of prayer 31

Day 31

 Finally! Day 31! What a relief. Blogging for 31 straight days was a lot harder for me than I thought it was gonna be. I have to admit that at the end, it did seem to pick up a little bit of momentum. I thought that the posts and the prayers were getting much better than in the very beginning. So, do I have a wonderful, heartfelt, knock your socks off kinda prayer to end this series with??? Nope. I went with simple. Sometimes simple is best. I'll keep blogging, but you'll forgive me if I retreat a little bit, yes? I like this blogging thing much better when I don't feel so much pressure to find something to post about. So until next ya go...the final prayer for the 31 days of prayer-

Here are the two best prayers I know: 
'Help me, help me, help me' and
 'Thank you, thank you, thank you.' 

Anne Lamont

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

31 days of prayer 30

Day 30

Love that first line, don't you?? Trying to fix other people's problems that AREN'T mine to fix. This prayer is a good reminder to me to keep my mouth closed. So often I believe that I know the right way a person should act or speak or behave. What makes me always think that I know it all?

Dear Lord, forgive me for trying to fix other people's problems when they are not mine to fix. Today, I'm committing to watch, to listen, to pray, and to love. Help me not to get in Your way of what You are doing in someone else's life. In Jesus' Name, Amen. 
By Sharon Jaynes

Monday, October 29, 2012

31 days of prayer 29

Day 29
Yes Lord. Please do. Heal me. I am all of this and more. Bless me with your comfort and silence. And thank You very much!

Dear God,
I resist meditation, I resist prayer, I resist my spiritual practice at times, for I am not comfortable with the empty spaces.
I know, dear God, that I am out of balance with my spiritual nature.
I need to be healed.
Please heal me.
Bring me to the silence within myself, and give me comfort there.
Show me the fierce and quiet center of Your love, which is within me.
Thank You very much.

- from Illuminata by Marianne Willamson

Sunday, October 28, 2012

31 days of prayer 28

Day 28

For all of those in the path of Hurricane Sandy:

Before the Storm
God of heaven and earth,
Source of All,
The storm approaches,
A tribute to the force of creation,
Your power and might.
What chaos will blow with the wind?
What destruction will strike?
Who will suffer? Who will stay secure?
God of mystery and awe,
Grant us safety as the tempest engulfs our homes and our lives.
Protect us. Shield us. Guard us.
Grant peace of mind to those in fear.
Grant food and clothing,
Warmth and shelter to those in need.
Bless emergency and rescue workers with the tools and skills they need
As they risk their lives for the sake of our families, communities and friends.
Grant healing to those who are sick or injured.
Bless us with common sense throughout the squall [the wind, the rain and the tides]
And with kinship and cooperation when the storm [hurricane] passes.
God of awe and wonder,
Our Rock and our Refuge,
See us through the gale
And watch us through the night,
For comfort, security and well being,
So that we may serve You in love.
© 2012 Alden Solovy 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

31 days of prayer 27

Day 27
Thankful and grateful for a sunny day. And thankful that me and mine live in the midwest and not on or near the east coast. Sending out prayers for all of those in the path of the storm.

Morning Prayer 
By Rev. Elliot Rothschild

Let me awaken every morning and be thankful for 
what the universe has brought me 
Let me awaken every morning knowing 
Things are as they are meant to be 
Let me awake every morning knowing life is a 
Journey and I am just part 
Let me awaken every morning knowing 
The day will bring challenges, 
Opportunities and learning experiences 
Let me awaken every morning with 
Self-love and self-acceptance 
So that I may be more tolerant of myself  
and others 
Let me awaken every morning with  an 
Open heart, so love may rush in and 
Out like the tide of the mighty ocean 
Let me awaken every morning trusting 
My higher wisdom to guide me, even 
When I am afraid or can not see. 

Friday, October 26, 2012

31 days of prayer 26

Day 26
Author Unknown to me. But this could have been written about me...

Lord, keep me from the habit of thinking I must say something on every subject and on every occasion.

Release me from the craving to straighten out everybody's affairs.

Keep my mind free from the recital of endless details - give me wings to get to the point.

I ask for the grace to listen to the tales of others pains.  Help me to endure them in patience.

But seal my lips on my own aches and pains -- they are increasing, and my love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by.

Teach me the glorious lesson that occasionally it is possible that I may be mistaken.

Keep me reasonably sweet.  I do not want to be a saint -- some of them are so hard to live with --

Give me the ability to see good things in unexpected places and talents in unexpected people.

And give me, O Lord, the grace to tell them so. 

Make me thoughtful, but not moody;  helpful, but not bossy.

With my vast store of wisdom, it seems a pity not to use it all - but Thou knowest, Lord, that I want a few friends in the end.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

31 days of prayer 25

Day 25

This is a long one, but it is so totally worth it. Gave me lots of peace at the end.
Just. Be . Still.

God Speaks to Man: The Vision of Enoch: Inspirational Prayer

I speak to you.
Be still.
I am

I spoke to you
When you were born.
Be still.
I am

I spoke to you
At your first sight.
Be still.
I am

I spoke to you.
At your first word.
Be still.
I am

I spoke to you.
At your first thought.
Be still.
I am

I spoke to you
At your first song.
Be still.
I am

I speak to you
Through the grass of the meadows.
Be still.
I am

I speak to you
Through the trees of the forests.
Be still.
I am

I speak to you
Through the valleys and the hills
Be still.
I am

I speak to you
Through the Holy Mountains
Be still.
I am

I speak to you
Through the rain and the snow
Be still.
I am

I speak to you
Through the waves of the sea.
Be still.
I am

I speak to you
Through the dew of the morning.
Be still.
I am

I speak to you
Through the peace of the evening.
Be still.
I am
I speak to you
Through the splendor of the sun.
Be still.
I am
I speak to you
Through the brilliant stars.
Be still.
I am
I speak to you
Through the storm and the clouds.
Be still.
I am
I speak to you
Through the thunder and lightning.
Be still.
I am
I speak to you
Through the mysterious rainbow
Be still.
I am
I will speak to you
When you are alone
Be still.
I am

I will speak to you
Through the Wisdom of the Ancients
Be still.
I am

I will speak to you
At the end of time.
Be still.
I am

I will speak to you
When you have seen my Angels.
Be still.
I am
I will speak to you
Throughout Eternity.
Be still.
I am
I speak to you.
Be still.
I am

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

31 days of prayer 24

Day 24

Today I had planned to put up Ann Voskamp's Blogger Prayer. And yesterday, this is what her blog was all about!! How crazy is that?? This site!! Oh, man, this site!! Love, love, love Ann Voskamp. Love her blog A Holy Experience. Love her book One Thousand Gifts too. I could stay on her blog page and read all day long. But since I've got stuff to do today, I'll leave you with  her blogger prayer.

A Prayer for Bloggers

I am no longer my own blogger, but Yours.
Refine me with each post how You will, rank me how You will.
Put me to service, put me to suffering.
Let me be a follower — instead of seeking followers
Let me post for You —  or be put aside for You,
Lifted high, only for You, or brought low, all for You.
Do with me and each post whatever You will, because You alone know best.
Let me not strive but submit
Let me not compete but care
Let me not desire hits but holiness
Let my blog be full of You, and let it be empty of me.
Let me crave all things of You, let me care nothing of this world.
Let my words be focus only on the greatest of audiences: You.
And You are enough.
May I write not for subscribers… but only for Your smile.
May my daily affirmation be in the surety of my atonement not the size of my audience.
May my identity be in the innumerable graces of Christ, never, God forbid, the numbers of my comments.
May the only words that matter in my life not be the ones I write on a screen — but the ones I live with my skin.
I freely and heartily yield every sentence, every title, every post, every comment… or no comments… all to Your pleasure and perfect will.
My only fame is that I bear your name
My only glory is the gift of Your Grace
My only readership, Your eyes that seek to and fro to find
Make this so. Lord…
Yawhew, you alone are my God, not Google
Jesus, you alone are my Savior, not sitemeters
And Holy Spirit, you alone are my Comforter, not comments
So be it, today, yesterday, and every post to come.
O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
thou art mine, and I am thine.
This is my prayer I have made on earth, over this keyboard…
let it be ratified in heaven.
In Jesus’ Name…. Amen.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

31 days of prayer 23

Day 23

  I babysit for my fabulous grandson 4 to 5 days a week. He is 2. And a half. He is getting ready to take on the age of 3 and the world at the same time.  He seriously is one of the cutest kids I've ever seen. And this feeling of being a grandparent and loving a grandchild is so different and so much better than loving your own kids. Most days the Sun rises and sets for this beautiful little guy. However, yesterday he locked me out of the house. Yep. Locked out. With no key. Not that a key would have even helped. He slid the floor bolt closed. I heard the floor bolt slide right into its casing as I was reaching for the door. Through the window I could see him smiling at me with his perfect little white Chicklet teeth. He was laughing even. I, on the other hand, went into panic mode in about 2 seconds! Started screaming at him to open the door...OPEN THIS DOOR!!! Patrick! Open this door!! And he laughed some more. So I started banging on the door and the glass while I was screaming at him to  OPEN. THE. DOOR!!
I figured if he knew how to slide the bolt home, he would know how to pull it back out. And I was right. He did know how to unlock the door. It was only for a minute (felt like an hour) that I was locked out of the house, but I learned my lesson well. From now on Grandpa can take the garbage out when he gets home from work and I'll keep myself inside with my grandyoungin'. So here is today's prayer:

Sunday, October 21, 2012

31 days of prayer 21

Day 21

I didn't sleep well last night. So this morning when I was searching for a prayer to post for today, I found this one.

Watch dear Lord, with those who wake
Or watch, or work or weep tonight,                                           
And give your angels charge
Over those who sleep.
Tend your sick ones, O Lord God
Rest  to your weary ones.
Bless your dying ones.
Soothe your suffering ones.
Pity your afflicted ones.
Shield your joyous ones.
All for your love’s sake.
Amen     ~St. Augustine

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Friday, October 19, 2012

31 days of prayer 19

Day 19

A friend's daughter is stranded in an airport 3,000 miles from home. She is alone and tired and hungry. Let's all say a prayer for safe travels for Kate today. Thank you Holley Gerth for your amazing words.

Lord, Thank you for the one reading these words right now. You know her name, her needs, her heart.
I pray you would give her what she needs most.
Bring peace that settles her soul and brings calm to her life.
Fill her with joy that bubbles up from deep inside again.
Provide hope that sees her through to the plans you have for her.
Surround her with love every step of this journey.
Most of all, give her more of you. I'm so glad you're with her right now and that you will be always. Amen

Thursday, October 18, 2012

31 days of prayer 18

Day 18
When our desire to be understood begins to cause divisiveness…we simply must let it go. It’s good to clear up confusion, but to belabor a point is…well, pointless…and hurtful. God knows our hearts and motivations and sometimes we just have to smile and move on. It’s a practice in extending grace, don’t you think? Patrica @PollywogCreek

Every ungracious moment means someone doesn’t understand grace.  Ann Voskamp

A Prayer for Grace-
O my God and my all, 
in Thy goodness and mercy, 
grant that before I die 
I may regain all the graces 
which I have lost through my carelessness and folly. 

Permit me to attain the degree of merit and perfection 
to which Thou didst desire to lead me, 
and which I failed by my unfaithfulness to reach. 

Mercifully grant also that others regain the graces 
which they have lost through my fault. 
This I humbly beg through the merits 
of the Sacred Heart of Jesus 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

31 days of prayer 17

Day 17

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

"It Is Well with My Soul" is a hymn penned by hymnist Horatio Spafford and composed by Philip Bliss.

Some days, ah..not so much. But today?  Yes. It is well.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

31 days of prayer 16

Day 16

Sometimes I don't need to add my perspective at all. The words of a prayer can be, and are, enough.

Dear God, May my spirit be reborn that I might be a better person.
I give You my shame over whom I have sometimes been,
 and my hopes  for whom I wish to be. Please receive them both. Amen

Monday, October 15, 2012

31 days of prayer 15

Day 15

Our beautiful little Chihuahua, Makena, is sick, again! I wish that the Vet could find the cause of her illness. I will be calling the Vet just as soon as they open this morning. Maybe Makena needs a different type of antibiotic. I'm frustrated, anxious and nervous. I just want her well again.
Here is today's prayer.....

Heavenly Father,
Please help us in our time of need,
You have made us stewards of Makena.
If it is Your will, please restore her
to health and strength.
I pray too for other animals in need.
May they be treated with the care and respect
deserving of all Your creation.
Blessed are You Lord God,
and holy is Your name for ever and ever. 
Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

31 days of prayer 14

Day 14

By Maya Angelou

Father, Mother, God,
Thank you for your presence
during the hard and mean days.
For then we have you to lean upon.
Thank you for your presence
during the bright and sunny days,
for then we can share that which we have
with those who have less.
And thank you for your presence
during the Holy Days, for then we are able
to celebrate you and our families
and our friends.
For those who have no voice,
we ask you to speak.
For those who feel unworthy,
we ask you to pour your love out
in waterfalls of tenderness.
For those who live in pain,
we ask you to bathe them
in the river of your healing.
For those who are lonely, we ask
you to keep them company.
For those who are depressed,
we ask you to shower upon them
the light of hope.
Dear Creator, You, the borderless
sea of substance, we ask you to give to all the
world that which we need most—Peace.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

31 days of prayer 13

Day 13

This is from a web site titled Friends of Bill W. 12 Step Prayers. Most days I find myself unable to keep my mouth shut. I am forever saying the wrong thing. Must pray harder for God's guidance.

A Morning Prayer:
"God, should I find myself agitated, doubtful or indecisive today, please give me inspiration, help me to have an intuitive thought or a decision about this problem I face. Help me not to struggle, instead, help me to relax and take it easy. Help me know what I should do and keep me mindful, that you are running the show.  Free me from my bondage of self. Thy will be done always." 

Friday, October 12, 2012

31 days of prayer 12

Day 12

A virus that has affected the lining around the heart....that is what the Dr.'s said. And I think to myself a virus?! A virus!? His blood pressure is sooo high...141/115, his pulse is 120, his chest feels constricted, he is short of breath and he is 23 years old. These are not normal vitals. And they want to blame it all on a virus??? They have done test, after test, after test and all they can come up with is a diagnosis of a virus. I can feel myself getting all pissy and angry...why can't they give me a better diagnosis than virus?? Something more serious has got to be wrong here. Something was seriously wrong when I brought him into the ER. But the very next day, everything started to improve. BP was going down along with the heart rate. Chest pain was subsiding. All testing was coming back normal. What is going on here??? And in my head, I hear a whisper, a thought, that floats through my brain that says Hey! Didn't you offer this up to the community as a prayer? Didn't you ask the people you know, friends and family alike to pray for your boy? Didn't you ask God to help your boy get well? Well?! Didn't you?? Gulp. Oh boy. I did. I did ask for prayers for my son. I did beg God to heal him. So why the unbelief  then? Why do I doubt the power of my God to heal? Why do I doubt His ability to answer my prayers?  And the prayer today is my own, in my own words:

Thank You Heavenly Father for answering my prayer. Thank You for healing my son. Forgive me for not trusting You enough. Forgive me for not believing, for not seeing Your hand in his healing. Amen


“What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.” The father instantly cried out, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:23-24

Thursday, October 11, 2012

31 days of prayer 11

Day 11

Yesterday I posted about how much harder it is to find meaningful prayers to put on my blog than I thought it was going to be. No sooner had I hit the publish button on that post when my grown son came downstairs and said he wasn't feeling well, again. This past Monday he had felt short of breath and had a heavy sensation in his chest. Allergy season has really been playing havoc with his asthma so he used his inhaler for the shortness of breath with no relief. At work he had been doing a lot of strenuous lifting lately so we thought maybe it was muscle soreness causing the chest pain...maybe a muscle strain...causing him to feel chest tightness....causing him to feel short of breath....we were simply trying to reason out a cause for his discomfort. After taking 4 Advil, he went back to bed. Later that same afternoon he reported that although he had some muscle weakness in his arms, he was feeling much better. Fast forward to Wednesday morning and WHAM! All of a sudden he starts feeling he is vomiting and feeling weak in his hands and knees. So off to the ER we go. And all of a sudden I realize that prayer is no longer difficult to find. He is 23 years old, a grown man, and suddenly I am worried and he feels like my baby boy all over again.
We are awaiting test results as I type this.

Lord, you love our child as You love all children,
Bring healing to our child who is not well.
Stay by his side and comfort him through this trying time.
Keep us ever mindful of Your loving presence
Bless us with Your powerful healing and comfort us also.
Thank You for hearing our prayer!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

31 days of prayer 10

Day 10

It's only been 10 days and already I am having a hard time finding prayers to put here. I thought that I had so many prayers to choose from, but it turns out that all I really had were life quotes or quotes about prayer, or quotes about gratitude and thankfulness. Now I realize that those quotes can be a prayer of sorts, but what I was going for here on this 31 days of prayer blog thingy was for something that started out with a Dear Lord and ended with an Amen. So with that being is today's prayer. I don't know who wrote it and I added the Dear Lord and the Amen at the end. Only 3 more weeks to go...ugh.

Dear Lord, 
Help me release.
Lay Your hands over my fists.
Teach my fingers to relax,
to uncurl and spread wide,
letting my resentment fall away,
and leaving my palms open to receive
Your waiting blessings. Amen

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

31 days of prayer 9

Day 9

A friend asked me this question on Facebook this morning...." How can I pray for you today?"  And I could think of nothing to say back to her. Nothing! How can she pray for me?? I wonder why that question rendered me mute when not much else does. I swear I felt myself gulp as I tried to think of an answer. What do I need ? How can she cover me in prayer today?  Wow. Um......??? I don't know if the silence in my head is a good thing or not. I honestly don't believe anyone has ever asked me that question before. It's kinda like that gift question, ya know? You can think of a million things that you want to buy for yourself and yet! when someone asks you what you want for your birthday or for Christmas you draw a complete blank. Well, that's me today. So instead of taxing my brain trying to think of something, I think that I will just say a prayer for her instead.

A Prayer For My Friend 
Author Unknown

Lord, I ask You to bless my friend who is reading this right now.
Where there is pain,
may they find peace and mercy.
Where there is self-doubt,
may they gain a renewed confidence.
Where there is weariness or exhaustion,
give them understanding, patience, and strength.
Where there is fear,
reveal your love, and offer to them your courage.
Give them greater vision, bless their finances,
and raise up leaders and friends to support and encourage them.
May their spirit always be joyous and
their days rich and full with love and happiness,
And may they always know that they have a friend

Monday, October 8, 2012

31 days of prayer 8

Day  8

My nephew has been deployed to Afghanistan. For 18 months. His plane landed in that country on Sunday at the exact same time that we were in church praying for him. The Pastor's prayer was especially moving for me and I broke down and started crying. I grabbed on to my sister's hand and held on for dear life. This man who is half way across the world, in a foreign country, in a war zone, is her first born and is also her only son.  It hurts to think about him over possible danger...unable to contact or communicate with us, or her, or even his wife, while he is "in country". He is Special Ops. We will not no where he is nor do we know what he is doing. After these first few days I can only guess that the silence will become deafening. We've all tied yellow ribbons around the trees in our yards. And my hope is that every morning when I open up the curtains, I will see those yellow ribbons and be reminded to pray. Not only for my own nephew, but for all of the other men and women who are serving in a foreign land, in a war zone, far away from their loved ones.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

31 days of prayer 7

Day 7

 Dear Lord, I want to follow Your teaching and focus on the blessings You have placed in my life. Please help me learn to look through Your lens and to see today as a new day full of Your mercies. Mercies for me, and mercies for others. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

No clue who wrote this, but it fits me and my life. Love, love, love that His mercies are new every day! 'Nuf said. It's Sunday and I'm going to church.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

31 days of prayer 6

Day 6

God bless my husband, my bathtub, my bed…… 
My home and my body, my heart and my head…

Since I read One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp nearly 2 years ago, I've learned to find joy and gratitude in everything that is in my life, whether good or bad. I like this little smidgeon of a prayer because it reminds me to be thankful for and to bless even the mundane things in my life. It also reminds me to be thankful that I am blessed with a husband, a bathtub, a bed, and a home. Others in this world are not so fortunate as I. 

Friday, October 5, 2012

31 days of prayer 5

Day 5

May all I say                                        
And all I do
Be in harmony with thee                                  
God within me                                                 
God beyond me
Maker of the trees~    Iroquois Prayer

Love this one simply because it is Autumn in our Midwest town and the leaves on the trees are spectacular. Gold, red, orange, crimson, yellow, brown......I sit mesmerized on my couch, looking out my living room window as the leaves blow and drift, float and cascade down to the ground. Sometimes when the wind really picks up, it will gather up all of the fallen ones and swirl them all together and it becomes a little tornado  of Fall colored beauty. Then the wind releases them all into a stunning rain of color. It's like natures TV channel. When the sun rises it shines on the tree in my front yard and lights up that tree like it is made of gold. Beautiful!!!  I've tried to capture it on film and with my digital camera but the picture always comes out dull, flat and boring looking. But to actually see it in person?! My God! What a gift it is for the eyes!!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

31 days of prayer 4

Day 4
Lord, Today I'm especially thankful for...
the one reading these words,
the feel of autumn in the wind,
the hand of my husband in mine,
the laughter of friends,
the grace that keeps me going,
the whispered prayers you've heard,
the feeling of waking up from a nap,
the smell of coffee,
the goodness of home here...
and the hope of Home forever with you there. 
This prayer is by Holley Gerth. She is an amazing author that I found through Incourage. Her words always inspire me. She makes me feel like I can do anything with my life. Plus I love her writing style. I can visualize what she writes about so clearly. The smell of that autumn wind, the warmth of my husband's hand, the sound of my friends  laughter, feeling God's grace wash over me as I ask for forgiveness thru those whispered prayers, the groggy and refreshed feeling after a nap, and (oh my!) The SMELL of that coffee!!, feeling secure and warm and safe in my home and finally, yes, Yes! The hope of a Home forever with Jesus in Heaven. I say a big, huge Amen to all of that!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

31 days of prayer 3

Day 3

  Prayer cannot bring water to parched fields, nor mend a broken bridge, nor rebuild a ruined city; but  prayer can water an arid soul, mend a broken heart, and rebuild a weakened will. 
It's not what I'd call a traditional prayer, however, it really spoke to me. Especially the part about the weakened will. When I quit smoking (almost 2 years ago!) I prayed every time the urge or craving to smoke a cigarette came over me. Sometimes the only words I could think of were "Lord, please help me".  I'd sit real quietly and concentrate on just those few words...Lord, please help me. I drank a lot of water and I prayed almost constantly. It took about 2 weeks for the intense craving to lessen. I felt calmed by the fact that He was helping me through the withdrawals. Once I was through the toughest part, I noticed that I  still felt calm. Calmer than I had felt and been my whole life. I can only attribute that feeling of calmness to prayer. Either that or the fact that the nicotine had finally gotten out of my system. Either way, I liked the way it made me feel.  Even now, when I am feeling overwhelmed or stressed,  I realize that all I have to say to myself is "Lord, please help me" and the calmness comes right back. It's a small prayer but sometimes small is all you need.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

31 Days of Prayer 1&2

Day 1 and 2
I'm joining up with over 1000 bloggers for the 31 Days series. Basically it's blogging everyday for 31 days.  All you have to do is pick a subject near and dear to your heart and blog about it. There were sooo many bloggers linked up to The Nester
I truly feel like I am out of my element with this link up. I am so NOT computer savvy! I'll give it a try anyway...see how it goes. I'm guessing that the hardest part for me is gonna be the discipline necessary to blog every day for 31 days. Ok, with that being said here I go.
I have a file on my computer that I call my Prayer File. In it I keep prayers that I've found on the internet, or in books that I've read and also from other blogger's sites. There are so many prayers in that file that really resonate within me personally, prayers that I feel speak to my very soul. So what I am going to do is choose 1 prayer a day, post it here and then blog about what it means to me, how it spoke to me or how it affects me and my life. I am not the author of any of theses prayers. All credit will be given as to who the author of the prayer was/is to the best of my ability.
Since today is day 2 of the 31 Days series, I will be posting 2 prayers today.
Here's the first one-
Every day is day One and new beginnings can happen anywhere down the road. Ann Voskamp

Love, love, love Ann Voskamp! Her book One Thousand Gifts changed my life. It's about finding gratitude in the messy and ordinary life and learning to be thankful for everything. She is the reason that I started  my gratitude journal. She is was also the person who taught me how to find God's gifts that were everywhere...most of them hidden in plain sight.

Here's the 2nd prayer-
Take me where you want me to go
Let me meet whom you want me to meet
Tell me what you want me to say
And keep me out of your way.
May love and strength be in my hands
May love and courage be in my heart
May love and wisdom be in my mind
May love be with me and work through me
Today and in all my days.
May God bless and protect me
May God smile on me and smile through me
May God befriend me and let me be a better friend
May God make me  peaceful and a maker of peace. 

I don't know who wrote this one.  But I like it. Especially the first four lines after the salutation. I really do want to know where He needs me to go and who He needs me to meet and what He wants me to do. I am hoping that I find the answer in these 31 Days of Prayer.