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A Short Morning Prayer of Gratitude


Starting and ending our day with gratitude is a powerful habit to get into.

My prayer for this morning:

Dear God,

Thank you for this new day. I appreciate feeling refreshed and pain free. I am thankful for being home and safe after a long day on the road yesterday.

For those in pain, for those who have loved ones in pain, for people who have lost someone they love: I pray for them so they know they are loved and not alone.



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We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. ~ Thornton Wilder

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I know I am not alone: this morning’s short morning prayer


Inside myself is a place where I live all alone, and that’s where I renew my springs that never dry up. ~Pearl Buck

Dear God,

Thank you for this new morning. The house is still quiet and the sun’s light is just beginning to flicker into our living room. I slept well and I look forward to what this day may bring. Today I am setting an intention to take some time to: rest, spend time outdoors, and to be creative. Thank you for all of the support and love I receive. I know I am not alone.


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You may receive a short morning prayer such as this one every morning in your inbox, by joining our short morning prayer club. As a gift, you will also receive a free copy of my beautiful ebook: a collection of short morning prayers and verses from The Warm Milk Journal.

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Our short morning prayer club: revised


Since our Short Morning Prayer club launched about four months ago, we have had many friends join us to receive a little inspiration in their inbox each morning. I know that starting our days off with prayer, meditation, and journal writing is a great way to start the day. I have greatly benefited from starting my day off this way (as opposed to reading or watching the news or grumbling about something).

Our club has been simple. One short prayer every morning. It doesn’t matter what religion we participate in. All that matters is that we give ourselves a few precious minutes to be still and connect with our higher power.

Starting our day this way is so powerful. I have decided to make some changes.

First, it is open to everybody, free of charge. There is no longer a membership fee.

Simply fill out the form, and you will be in.

When you do sign up, you will have access to my lovely ebook which contains many morning verses and prayers from The Warm Milk Journal.

You will then, depending on the time zone you live in, receive a short morning prayer in your email each morning.

The second change I wish to make is to have this be more interactive with input from you. I would love for all of us in our club to share prayers, inspirations, perhaps challenges that they could use some prayers for… When you join, feel free to reply to the emails or email: and I will make sure that your thoughts are shared with everybody in the club. I think it would be really interesting to learn about different cultures, religions, and beliefs from one another.

Once again, all you need to do to get started is fill in the form above. For those of you who already have joined, you will be receiving an email from me shortly about the changes.

We are no longer requiring a membership fee, but I will offer this:

If you find value here at the Warm Milk Journal or through our Short Morning Prayer Club,

I ask that you from time to time donate a gift of any amount.
For our American friends:

For our European friends:

Where will the money go? 10% will go to The National Sleep Foundation which is a non-profit that has a similar mission as ours (and is a four star charity verified by Charity Navigator).

Once we get started I will set up a “thermometer” type of graphic so you can see how we are doing with our donations. Perhaps together we will decide on other organizations that we wish to support people getting a good night sleep and living the life of their dreams by day.

The rest of the money will go to supporting the creation and management of this site and any future services we will provide. When people visit The Warm Milk Journal, I want it to be a calm and peaceful experience. Advertising with flashy obnoxious ads to bring in financial support is not what I wish to do.

I also want to be transparent in that The Warm Milk Journal is not set up as a non-profit. What this has been is a project from the heart for the last five years (as I have been working a full time job and raising a family while managing this site). Eventually my goal is for The Warm Milk Journal to be a successful private enterprise which helps and supports as many people around the globe as possible live the life of their dreams by day and sleep restfully at night.

In Peace,



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My life: as clear as an Autumn day? This evening’s verse.


Filtered light,

cooler days…

How may I know what the season has in store for me?

Cotton socks,

Sweaters in fleece and wool…

What is this pull I

feel to do something purposeful with my life?

As clear as these Autumn days are,

I wish for my life to be as well.

For what is not clear,

I hear tell…

Does not happen or gets lost

in a sea

of wishy washy thoughts…

at what cost?


falling leaves
hide the path
so quietly
~John Bailey, “Autumn,”

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Five Benefits to Joining the Short Morning Prayer Club

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We just launched the Short Morning Prayer Club a few days ago and we have had a great response! Thank you to all of our friends who have joined us on our new venture.

What are the benefits to starting our day off with a short morning prayer? Here are just a few:

1. When we are first waking up, our minds and spirits are most open to new possibilities. It truly is a clean slate.
2. We have an opportunity to connect with a higher power and tap into our best energy (it’s a great way to start the day).
3. It does not take long. Just a minute or two is all we need to get our day off to the best start possible.
4. We can get centered on gratitude.
5. If we feel challenged about something we can ask for guidance.

There are many more benefits which we will write about in a future post. For now, I encourage you to join our club.

For a few dollars a month you will have a short morning prayer delivered to you (via email) every morning. These prayers are brief and universal (it does not matter what your religious affiliation is). Just for trying our club you will immediately receive a link to download a beautiful 30 page collection of short morning prayers which is yours to keep forever.

To join, sign up here:

I wish you a wonderful day and restful night tonight and every night.

In Peace,



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I am excited to offer you (after many requests): the Short Morning Prayer Club!

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For those of you who have been around here for awhile, you know the Warm Milk Journal has been an eclectic mix of insomnia tips, journal writing prompts, morning and evening verses and morning and bedtime prayers, ways to deal with different types of anxiety, ideas on how to live the life of our dreams, product reviews that will help us get a good night sleep, celebrity interviews, and occasionally, advice from my ever-sweet and loving cat, Mew.

At it’s heart, this site has always been a project quite literally from the heart. What started out as a blog about getting a good night sleep has turned into something much more. Over the years (it amazes me that I can say that but it has in fact been almost 5 years- we will be celebrating our 5th anniversary in February – since the Warm Milk Journal got it’s start.

One of the more popular (most I actually should say) is a simple post I published back on March 2, 2011 A Short Morning Prayer for This New Day.

Everyday I find that this is still the most visited post on this site. People from all over the world click on this little post. I am not the most religious person in the world and yet if you Google short morning prayers or morning prayers I come up pretty high (or at least last time I checked) on Google.

I have received numerous requests to have a prayer like this sent to people every day. As some of you may know, I occasionally post a short morning prayer here on The Warm Milk Journal, but certainly not every day (for we do other things here too).

Therefore, I am excited to introduce to you (drum roll please)… The Warm Milk Journal’s Short Morning Prayer Club.


Although this was not my original intent for The Warm Milk Journal, I have gotten enough requests and visits to this short morning prayer post that I think someone or something bigger than me is trying to tell me something…

So, for the price of a Starbucks a month, you can subscribe to the Short Morning Prayer Club and get a new short morning prayer in your inbox each morning. As my gift to you, you will immediately receive after subscribing a link to download my beautiful 30 page eBook:

A Short Morning Prayer for This New Day: A Collection of Morning Prayers from The Warm Milk Journal.

For those of you who are new here and to my friends who have been here a while this will be a reminder:

these prayers are non-denominational, universal, and very simple. In this age of information overload, I do not wish to fill your inbox with more fluff and excess _______ (you fill in the blank).

I do believe, if you decide to join me on this journey, you will enjoy the gift of time that you are going to give yourself to nurture your spiritual life in the morning: when your house is quiet, you are just waking up, and you are about to start a new fresh day.

Prayer is more than meditation. In meditation, the source of strength is one’s self. When one prays, he or she goes to a source of strength greater than his own. ~ Anne Louise Germaine de Staël-Holstein

I invite you to join our Short Morning Prayer Club!

You may cancel anytime. Your ebook, A Short Morning Prayer for This New Day: A Collection of Morning Prayers from The Warm Milk Journal is my gift to you to keep.

In Peace,



Prayer is the spirit speaking truth to Truth. ~ Philip James Bailey

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Thank you for this new day: a short morning prayer


Dear God,

Thank you for this new day. Thank you for my health, the inspiration I am enjoying to do purposeful work, and the opportunity to learn and grow.

If ever I lose sight of what is truly important, I will do my best to remember this morning and the new clean slate it represents.



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Tending to the things that matter… A short morning prayer


Dear God,

I am thankful for this new day.

I will do my best to be present, let things that don’t really matter go, and tend to the things that do matter.

Thank you for my health. Thank you for my family’s health. Thank you.


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I am grateful for this beautiful day: this morning’s short prayer


Dear God,

Good morning and thank you for this new day. I will do my best not to judge anything or anybody. Please help me to forgive myself and others so that I may be more fully present.

I am grateful for this beautiful day.



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Thank you for the freedom that I enjoy: a short morning prayer


Dear God,

On this Monday morning I would like to take a moment to just be with you. The house is quiet. My body and my mind are well rested.

I am thankful for this new day and start of a fresh work week.

Thank you for the freedom that I enjoy. I am blessed to be free to live where I want, live with whom I want, do what I want for work, and free to spend my leisure time as I wish.

As I go about my day today and throughout the rest of the week, please help me and guide me to stay focused and to not take any of these freedoms which I enjoy for granted.


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There is only one success — to be able to spend your life in your own way. ~ Christopher Morley

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