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Mid-Week Blessings

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Good morning, friends. is it Wednesday already? In our writing journals I simply invite you to add a few things down that you are thankful for.

No matter what part of the world you live in, I hope you are warm, safe, and happy.

My journal entry:

My Blessings today are:

1. I am alive and healthy

2. My kids are alive and healthy

3. My parents are alive and healthy

4. I love my work!

5. I love my community and home

God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say “thank you?” ~ William A. Ward

Have a blessed day!

In Peace,

Debra

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Thank You For My blessings – Today’s Short Morning Prayer

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Dear God,

Thank you for the many blessings in my life. I appreciate the time I got to spend with family and friends this holiday season. I am ever grateful for my health and my family’s health. When each new day arrives, I am reminded that I have a fresh start. Today is a gift. I thank you.

Amen

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If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice. ~ Meister Eckhart

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Is It Bad to Be In Someone’s Thoughts and Prayers?

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I don’t ordinarily get political here at The Warm Milk Journal. However, I read with interest recently about some backlash politicians are getting for using the term “thoughts and prayers” in light of recent tragic events that have taken place around the world and here in the United States. In fact, some are going to refrain from using this phrase now (being deemed politically incorrect).

Granted, taking action is always very important when it comes to helping others during their time of need. We definitely want to do good deeds and at a government level take action steps and work with other countries to ensure we have a safe world for us all to live in.

In addition to whatever else we are doing, however, where is the harm in letting others know that they are in our thoughts and prayers? This one is a bit of a head scratcher for me. The phrase may be a bit generic but at its basic level it is an offering of love and support. It doesn’t matter what our religious backgrounds are. We all can benefit from being more loving towards one another.

I think we need each other’s prayers. By praying for one another we are calling upon the best in ourselves and the world. We are activating energy at the highest most loving level (dare I say it, God).

I know this is a much needed thing for people. I witness this everyday when I turn on my computer and look at my dashboard here at The Warm Milk Journal. Although it was not originally my intention, a little post I published here back in March of 2011 entitled: A Short Morning Prayer For This New Day still gets read everyday from people around the world. This post is often how people find their way here (I can tell by seeing the Google search terms that people use to find this site).

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So, before I sign off I want you all to know that:

If you are having a hard time sleeping at night, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
If you are feeling scared or anxious, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
If you are feeling sad and alone, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
If you are in pain and not feeling well, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
If you are hungry and cold, you are in my thoughts and prayers.
If you are feeling great and happy, you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Yes, by all means lets walk our talk and take action and do what we can to make this a better place. I won’t however get offended if you wish to keep me in your thoughts and prayers and I hope you will not either.

Feel free to sign up for our short morning prayer club (look to the banner on right side of this site) and join 200+ of us who are enjoying receiving a short morning prayer in our inbox each morning. It is completely free and non-denominational.

You may also enjoy my Prayer Board on Pinterest.

Wishing you a restful night tonight and a blessed day today.

In Peace,

Debra

Deb

P.S. Whether you agree or disagree with me, I welcome your comments.

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I Feel Encouraged today… Today’s Short Morning Prayer

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Dear God,

Good morning! Thank you for the sunlight that is filtering through the clouds today. I feel encouraged that today is going to be a great day. I will do my best to make someone smile, complete a project that needs tending to, and give myself time to be still and connect with you.

Thank you and

Amen.

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What We Do Matters

What we do matters,

The things we do to show we care…

It does not matter so much what we say

as much as how much the boots hit the ground

after the ideas have made their way around.

What we do matters,

For at the end of the day

We can’t take our things with us

but folks will remember us in a particular way

depending on what we are doing now.

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How am I doing? I sometimes wonder…

For it is easy to get caught up in lot’s of stuff,

and forgetting the details that really matter.

So is what I am doing enough?

Will it pass the test of time?

In this case it is my own humble lifeline…

(a tiny thumb print after all)

Yes, I decide that what I do matters!

From morning to night

I may not always get it right

but in the end

my heart and this World of ours

will eventually mend.

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This verse was inspired tonight by the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, which is happening right now. In a nutshell, it is a time to reflect and look back at the last year. What did we do well? What are some things we did that weren’t so great and we ask to be forgiven so that we can let them go? It is a solemn holiday but there is a sweetness about it too as we are all striving to do our best. The coming year is a clean slate and we all can start a new chapter.

Life is an adventure in forgiveness. ~ Norman Cousins

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Thank you for all of my blessings. This morning’s short morning prayer

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This morning, I am thankful for many things including:

1. My health
2. My family
3. My job
4. My cat
5. The opportunity to connect with many of you here on The Warm Milk Journal
6. Living near a beautiful beach
7. Being able to see, hear, taste, and touch
8. Creative ideas that surface with inspiration

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How about you? What do you feel thankful for this morning? Get out your journal and write a few things down. It is a very nice way to start the day.

You are welcome to join our short morning prayer club as well. It is completely free and you will get a short simple prayer which often focuses on gratitude in your inbox at the start of your day. Hundreds of people have joined us. It does not matter what your religious affiliation or background is. As a thank you gift for signing up you get immediate access to my lovely ebook which is a collection of short morning prayers and verses from The Warm Milk Journal.

You may sign up here:

Have a blessed day,

Debra

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A short morning prayer for this Monday morning

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Dear God,

As I begin this new week, I wish to thank you for all of my present blessings. May this week be filled with good work, creativity, vibrant energy, and seeing the best in challenges that will come my way.

May I be up to whatever task is set before me.

Amen

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What a benediction is this fragrance of the early morning! The vernal grass fills the whole atmosphere as with a shower of sweetness. ~ Sarah Smiley

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A Prayer to St. Joseph

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Regardless of our religious backgrounds, I think prayer has an important role to play in our mission of living the life of our dreams by day and sleeping restfully at night. With faith, we are confident and strong. We are less anxious and go to bed with a mind and heart full of peace (the stuff of sweet dreams).

Today I had an interesting experience. I was taking my young son out shopping to get him some new clothes for an important job interview he had this afternoon. A nice elderly lady must have overheard us talking and while I was waiting while my son was in the dressing room trying on his clothes she (out of the blue) approached me and gave me a little card with the Prayer to St. Joseph on it. She said that it is a very powerful prayer. Well, I have for the last couple of days been thinking and saying prayers for my son and this job opportunity and so I thanked her and gave her a hug.

I was raised Jewish so I was not familiar with this prayer. I have said it over again many times now and will continue to do so. There is something about it that brings me much peace. I don’t know if my son will get this job but I am certain that this experience will result in a positive outcome for him in some way. One neat thing to add to this story: my son’s middle name is Joseph and my father’s name is Joseph! 🙂

For those of you not familiar with this prayer, here it is:

Oh, St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God. I place in you all my interests and desires. Oh, St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession, and obtain for me from your divine Son all spiritual blessings, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. So that, having engaged here below your heavenly power, I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of Fathers.

Oh, St. Joseph, I never weary of contemplating you, and Jesus asleep in your arms; I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine head for me and ask him to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls – Pray for me.

This prayer was found in the fifteenth year of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In 1505 it was sent from the Pope to Emperor Charles when he was going into battle. Whoever shall read this prayer or hear it or keep it about themselves, shall never die a sudden death, or be drowned, not shall poison take effect of them; neither shall they fall into the hands of the enemy; or shall be burned in any fire, or shall be overpowered in battle.

Say for nine mornings for anything you may desire. It has never been known to fail, so be sure you really want what you ask.

Credit: PrayersToStJoseph.org

May St. Joseph bring you peace, a good night sleep, and anything else you pray for.

In Peace,

Debra

A young couple enjoying the spring sun.

Note added July 9, 2015 by Debra: My son did get the job and he has never been happier! Thank you, St. Joseph

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Dear God, I hear you… A prayer of thanks

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Dear God,

Thank you for being there. I hear you in the silence, I hear you in the frog chorus going on right now in my little backyard pond… I hear you when my husband tells me he loves me and when I hear my neighbor’s wonderful laughter across the street.

Thanks for the conversation. I love you.

Amen,

Debra

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A Short Morning Prayer of Gratitude

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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.

Amen,

Debra

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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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