A Prayer for a Mother’s Anger

Mother's Anger

Abba, It is so easy to give in to the tension creeping up my neck, the tightness in my throat, and the hurt I’ve burrowed down deep. But what is not right is to unleash this hurt, these emotions I need to rightfully process with YOU, on my tiny humans. You don’t give me more…

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A Prayer for the Empty

A Prayer for the Empty

O Lord, to You who fill all things in every way, help me in this season of longing.   When I feel empty, fill me with Your abundant love. When I feel defeated, fill me with Your buoyant hope.   When I feel brokenhearted, fill me with Your comforting Spirit. When I feel angry, fill…

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A Prayer for Autism

A Prayer for Autism

Creator God, Lover of diversity of all kinds, all made perfectly in your image. Remind me daily how perfectly we were made imperfectly. Help me. Help me ride the tides of my son’s moods. Help me savor the moments when his autism allows him to be as calm as the smallest waves, gently lapping over…

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Our Lady of the Living Room Floor

Our Lady of the Living Room Floor

By the low light of the baby monitor, she removes her makeup and recalls the shining successes of her friends as they gathered around the table that night: their new jobs and promotions, the annual review meetings, the conference next week in California. At the far end of the table, she’d sat silently recalling her…

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Fill Us

god's fullness

All-present God who fills all things beyond what they can bear and spans the spaces in between, now fill the empty here. You who sustain us, give us food; our hungry stomachs fill. You made us and you called us good: Now hold us in your will. For you do not desire the death of…

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A Prayer for Mother-Artists

Mother-Artist Prayer

God, I come to you today With a thousand prayers— For peace, for quiet, For inspiration and motivation, For the chance to meet You In the sacred space of creation.  In this time You have offered And I have longed for, I come to create alongside You.  Let the work of my mind and body…

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Why Taking Prenatal Vitamins is an Act of Faith

pregnancy after loss

Because you’ve been down this road before, when the line turned more and more pink, leaving you without a shadow of a doubt: you’re pregnant. Because you’re struck by the wildness of it all — nearly a year since the miscarriage. . . and this?? Because you’d finally settled into contentment, not the restless back…

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Prayers for Your Godchildren

prayers for godchildren

A prayer for my godson(s) You are young. You reside in my heart, close to the others. Our relationship is unique. My deepest obligation to you is to pray for you. I would, anyway. I treasure the memory of your chubby arms circling around my neck and your little voice squealing, “Godmama!!” Now you grow…

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A Litany for Mothers

a mother's litany

From the belief that I am alone in my motherhood, deliver me Jesus. From the belief that my productivity lies within a completed checklist, deliver me Jesus. From the idol of business, deliver me Jesus. From the belief that my husband and I are the same, deliver me Jesus. From the self hate about all…

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Prayer for a Country Called War

remembering others in wartime

Every time you kiss your children, Remember those who have lost theirs. Every time you take a sip of water, Remember those who have no food, no drink. Every time you call your parents, Remember those who have no way of knowing if their loved ones are alive or dead. Every time you flick on…

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For Supportive Female Friendships

female friendship prayer

Devoted Companion, At this and every stage of my daughter’s life, bring her female friends who will be faithful and true. Protect their hearts from jealousy and insecurity, betrayal and comparison. May they lift one another up, reveling in each other’s successes as though they were their own (seeing that, in fact, they are). May…

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What if God Called You Honey?

Caring God

What if God called you honey? Spoon-fed you chicken noodle, pressed a patchwork quilt across your lap before you thought to ask? Brimmed with proud tears when you got out of bed, sobbed like an earthquake when you couldn’t? Overlooked the stars, the wild flowered fields because He couldn’t stop beholding the birth shaking miracle…

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