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A Short Morning Prayer For This Beautiful Morning


Dear God,

As I stretch my body and wake up a bit this morning, I just wish to thank you. Thank you for this beautiful new day, the important tasks I have in front of me, my family who supports me, and the good health I enjoy.

I am truly blessed and I pray for anyone in my community and world that could benefit from good news, a hug, an expression of love, or help when needed.

Carer helping elder woman


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

hands holding the sun at dawn
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.


cheering young woman hiker open arms on seaside mountain peak

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

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How Can I Be of Service Today? (this morning’s prayer or journal writing entry)

Helping hands

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does. ~ William James

I would like to start out by thanking all of you who responded to my recent post: Is It Bad To Be In Someone’s Thoughts and Prayers?

Some of you outright agreed with me with a heartfelt “Amen”! Others gave me some interesting feedback and some things to think about. One friend agreed with the condition that prayer is good only if it is an affirmative prayer (as opposed to a petition type of prayer). Another reader liked the piece but suggested that it had some negative energy attached to it (it did perhaps have a bit of a rant tone didn’t it)? She suggested I focus on how I can help instead. I will confess that we had a close family member pass away unexpectedly right after the Thanksgiving holiday. Perhaps she is right? Hence, this post.

This morning I invite you to either in the form of a prayer or in your journal, think or write about how you may be of service today.

Ask the questions: “How may I be of service today” or simply: “How may I be of help today”? Then meditate, pray, or write. I find it is helpful to do a little meditation first on questions such as these and then write in my journal.

I will start a little bit and then sign off and wish you a wonderful day…

Let’s see:

How may I be helpful today?

1. I can talk less and listen more
2. I can slow down on the roads today and look for ways to be more considerate to my fellow motorists
3. I can smile
4. I can ask others “how are you doing today”? (and really mean it and take an interest in them)
5. I can share the work of others on social media

I will stop for now. Have a blessed day.


Carer helping elder woman

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. ~ Anne Frank

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

christian child praying hands clasped in prayer

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).

Heart and love

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,



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

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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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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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.

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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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.


Love hands

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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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