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Morning verses

I Feel Encouraged today… Today’s Short Morning Prayer

Sunrise in autumn forest

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


Loving senior couple

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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.


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.


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


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


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,


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A short morning prayer for this Monday morning


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.



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

St joseph

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.


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

In Peace,


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


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.



on the river

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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.



Love hands

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.


Are You Ready? Young happy fitness instructor

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.

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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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