There are many beautiful prayers in this book.
I would like to share a few of my favourites that deal with Mothering and home as well as a few quotes I enjoy as well.
In your great mercy, O Lord, grant that this may be a good day in this home. Save us from becoming casual with each other. Save us from lack of self discipline. Save us from any discourtesy. Bless any who shall come over our doorstep, any who shall sit at our table, or share talk with us over the phone.
Let us use our home and the treasured things we have gathered about us to give others joy. Make us each discreet in our conversation, and loving and loyal to each other. And to you we should give all the glory and praise. Amen.
Help in Teaching Virtues~
Lord, help me to know how to encourage
my children to be kind, patient, generous
pure-minded and self-controlled. Father
help me to be able to teach these by example, to
develop these same virtues in my own life.
Mother, without you, your home will crumble. My heart is an organ that cannot be seen from the outside. It is hidden away, but it is the most important member in my body. If my heart stops beating, I am finished. So it is with mothers. If our mother heart stops beating in the home, it will begin to fall apart. God wants us to order our families from the very center of the home. We are not to be on the periphery, running here and there, but in the recesses. My husband says, "If a woman has home in her heart, she will have heart in her home."
"Oh that God would give every mother a vision of the glory and splendor of the work that is given to her when a babe is place in her bosom to be nursed and trained! Could she have but one glimpse in to the future of that life as it reaches on into eternity; could she look into it's soul to see its possibilities; could she be made to understand her own personal responsibility for the training of this child, for the development of its life, and for its destiny,--she would see that in all God's world there is no other work so noble and so worthy of her best powers, and she would commit to no others hands the sacred and holy trust given to her."
---JR Miller, a preacher from the 1900's, from the book Homemaking
To Know Compassion ~
I pray that my children will be evermore like
Jesus. I pray that when they see needs in the
world around them they will be moved with
compassion. I also pray that they will know
God's compassion in their own lives. Help me
as a parent to be His heart and voice and arms of
compassion to my children.
~~William and Nancie Carmichael~~
Set our Hearts on Fire ~
Set our hearts on fire with love to you, O
Christ our God, that in it's flame we may
love You with all our heart, with all our
mind, with all our soul and with all our strength
and our neighbours as ourselves, so that, keeping
your commandments, we may glorify you, the
giver of all good gifts.
A Mothers Prayer
Oh, Lord give me patience when tiny
hands tug at me with their
small demands. And give me
gentle and smiling eyes; Keep
my lips from sharp replies. And
let not fatigue, confusion or
noise keep me from sharing my
child's new found joys. And
most of all, help me to look
above when at times I think I
have no love. For you have
promised to bear my load as
these precious lives unfold.
Dear Lord, it's such a hectic day,
With little time to stop and pray.
For Life's been anything but calm,
Since You called me to be a mom.
Running errands, matching socks,
Building dreams with building blocks.
Cooking, cleaning and finding shoes,
And other stuff that children loose.
Fitting lids on bottled bugs,
Wiping tears and giving hugs.
A stack of last week's mail to read-
So where's the quiet time I need?
Yet, when I steal a moment, Lord,
Just at the sink, the ironing board,
To ask the blessings of Your grace,
I see then, in my small one's face,
That You have blessed me all the while,
And I stoop to kiss that precious smile.
I pray you may be blessed by these prayers and verses and they may be of some use to you.