Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Mothers Prayers

I have a prayer book I have had for many years called A Mothers Treasury of Prayer (mine is an older version than this one I have linked to.) The beautiful watercolours within this book are by Helen Allingham. In fact the top image is the one on the front cover. All the the other images except the last one are all her work too.
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.

Our Home
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.
Rita Snowden.

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.

Some words of wisdom ~~

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."

---Nancy Campbell
"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.

~~Eastern Orthodox Church~~
Another daily Prayer I use is this one. I don't know who it is by or where I got it from but I have had it for many years also.

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.

A Mother's Prayer

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.



Suzanne said...

Greetings Gae, thank you for visiting me and in turn I am enjoying this post immensely! Thank you for all these encouraging quotes. You are blessed with 11 children! I just had a baby shower for my dear friend Carol who is expecting her 11th babe in December. What a great time of fellowship we had celebrating this new precious life. God Bless,
Suzanne said...

Hello Gae~ What a wonderful post today. I am reading "Homemaking" little by little as it is so full of depth and wisdom. Thank you also for visiting my blog and your kind comments. It is nice to meet you.

We sing a hymn at church called "Make me a blessing" and you and your post have been that.

Happy Day to you,
Mrs. Santos

Unknown said...

Thank you for stopping by to say hello on my blog! It is wonderful to "meet" you! :) I saw that you left a message on my Homemaking Blog, and would love to have you join too! Just email me at the address on the blog post, and I will send an invite your way! :) Have a glorious day today!

~Adrienne said...

I've finally started up my blog properly, but it will be a private blog. Which e-mail address should I send the invite too?

Marilyn said...

Lovely post Gae. The pictures make me happy too.

I am praying for you constantly - though not much online right now.


Gae said...

Thank you all for your lovely comments.
I have enjoyed 'getting to know' each of you.

I love posting about motherhood and value this opportunity to share.

Dear Marilyn I also have been praying for you and your family. I have also found myself struggling with all the time committments. So glsd to hear form you again.

Dear Adrienne my e-mail is Can't wait to visit!

God Bless


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