Encouragement to share your gifts

What if a storm cloud refused to rain?

Would it stay dark forever?

How heavy would it get?

How many flowers would miss their chance to bloom,

waiting for water that never fell?

 

What if you refuse to share your heart with the world?

Will it feel dark forever?

How heavy will it get?

Who will miss their chance to flourish,

waiting for grace that never poured out of you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

A writer’s prayer

Great Creator of all beauty,

I ask that You pour Your Spirit into my work as a writer.

Infuse my words with Your Divine power.

Inspire them with Your brilliance and love.

Permeate them with Your miraculous possibilities.

Pour Your graces into every sentence,

so I can speak the fullness of Your truth in a way that touches hearts

and directs attention always back to Your glory.

I surrender my work to Your highest holy will,

and I trust that You’ll guide it into the hands of those who need it most.

In Jesus name,

Amen

 

Related quotes

“I’m a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world.” – Mother Teresa

Grace like a game of hearts

In cards,

when you find yourself losing a game of hearts,

you can secretly decide to accept it-

it’s called shooting the moon.

If you manage to lose completely,

you actually win-

it’s a path to victory.

In faith,

when you find your heart aching from the trials of life,

you can secretly decide to accept it –

it’s called surrender.

If you manage to fully let go,

you can embrace God’s plan-

and stand with Him in victory.

Lord, thank You for calling us ever deeper into Your mystery. Please give us the grace to let go of our attachment to the physical to more fully embrace Your spiritual presence in our lives.  

Related Scripture

Luke 17:33 Whoever tries to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will preserve it.

Incarcerated parent’s prayer

Lord, I️ have made some terrible mistakes, and I’m paying the price. Because I’m in prison, I can’t be there for my children physically,  but I don’t want them to suffer for my mistakes. I miss them so much, and I feel horrible for the pain I’ve caused them in my absence.

Please be with them everywhere they go – bless and protect them beyond what I could ever do, even if I was with them. Keep them safe from physical and emotional harm. Surround them with supportive, loving, positive influences, who teach them about You and guide them to make good choices.

Through my letters, prayers and visits, give them the grace to know how deeply they are loved. Please guard their hearts and minds from ever worrying about how I’m doing in prison – I want them to have a happy childhood, surrounded by love and support, in spite of what I’m going through. I never want to be a burden on them or weigh them down in any way.

Lord, I am truly and deeply sorry for the mistakes I have made, which brought me to this place. I know I’m not worthy of You, but please come into my heart and transform me into a better person, so when I’m released from prison I can earn the right to be in my kids lives in a healthy way. Help me live a life they can be proud of and positively influenced by.

Most importantly, whatever it takes and whatever sacrifices I have to make, please by Your power, set my children on a better path than I’ve been on. Prevent them from experiencing the kinds of  traumas and destructively influences, which have led me to make the bad decisions I have. Provide them with all the support and opportunities they need to make better choices. Fill their hearts with Your guidance, so they follow Your ways always.

In Jesus name,

Amen.

Have you ever been incarcerated? Do you have an incarcerated loved one? Please comment below, and I will lift you all up in prayer! < strong>Related Scripture<<<<
ah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Acts 12:7 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood next to him, and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him, saying, “Get up quickly.” And the chains fell off his hands.

John 14:13-14 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.<<<<
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Peacemaker’s prayer

Into the darkness of a world divided by hatred,

give me the courage to carry Your light.

Radiate Your truth so brightly through me

that I can’t help but cast out lies.

Ignite the fire of Your love so boldly in me

that I leave trails of freedom,

wherever I go.

 

In Jesus name,

Amen

 

 

Related

The Prayer of St. Francis

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.

O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.

 

Peace in troubled times

Fiery chaos surrounds me,

but You are the still waters in my soul.

Through prayer,

I retreat-

into the silence of Your presence,

and I am not burned.

Thank You for the promise of Your perfect peace, and

Thank You for sustaining us through it all.

 

Related Scripture

John 14:27

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

John 16:33

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

St. Teresa of Avila:

Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.

 

 

Faith is simpler than we make it out to be

All God really wants is our awe

and wonder at His majesty.

Wherever we are,

whatever we’re doing,

we can stand together in spirit-

at the foot of His perfect love,

eternally pouring beauty into the world.

Whether we’re at church or home,

in the mountains or on a train-

we can pay attention;

we can gaze at the vastness of all that He is;

we can marvel at His grandeur all around us.

Everything beautiful points to His glory-

it’s our simple job to notice.

The more we allow our actions to flow from that awareness,

the more our presence can lead others to Him.

 

Related Scripture

John 4:7-8 “Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.”

Luke 10: 38-42

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.