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Morning verses

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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Five Benefits to Joining the Short Morning Prayer Club

dreamy girl

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!

Love hands

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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