Thank you for joining our sisterhood of women, journeying through ordinary time together, by the grace of our extra-ordinary God!
Come Holy Spirit!
The Prayers for Life in Ordinary Time
The Prayers for Life in Ordinary Time
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Cultivate joy, Holy Spirit, make my heart into your garden. Dig deeply, dig boldly, and dig freely. I resolve to put nothing in the way of Your cultivation. Weed and prune my heart as You desire. Water and cultivate my soul as You desire. Tend my heart as You please.
Cultivate poverty of life,
Cultivate chastity of heart,
Cultivate obedience of mind.
Root out what does not belong in the garden of my heart, and use whatever tools You desire.
Root out the weeds of selfishness, that tempt me to keep my fruit for myself.
Root out the weeds that hide deep below the surface, the weeds I am afraid to expose to Your Sunlight.
Root out the weeds of vanity, that desperately seek the light of the world, only to wither.
Root out the weeds of fear, that keep me from even planting myself in Your soil.
Root out the weeds of worldly cares, which choke Your fruitfulness in me.
Prune the branches of my heart, of the genuine loves that must be separated from worldly and selfish clingings.
Prune my commitments and give clarity of where You desire for me to serve.
Prune my words, that my mouth may be used only to build up Your Kingdom.
Prune my desires, that I may seek to be cultivated by You always.
Prune my whole life, that by abiding in You and bearing fruit, I may prove to be Your disciple.
Most Blessed Mary, Mother of God, you are the Immaculate One, through whom shines the fullness of grace. Here, then, I stand, your daughter, seeking refuge in your motherly protection.
Today I entrust to you the future that awaits me, and I ask you to be with me as I go on my way. I wish to take you into my home, that I may learn from you and give my steady and perpetual YES to God.
Mary, I humbly seek your intercession with your beloved Son, that He may give me, in abundance, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth. May the Holy Spirit open my heart and help me grow in awareness of and sensitivity to His promptings, moving always toward freedom and peace.
My mother, I entrust to you my daily cares, the daily trials which life brings. Come to my aid and stand between me and my weakness. Be my strength. Lend me your purity and courage to resist the devil always.
I commit my journey to you, that you will guide me ever closer to Christ. I pray that I will be strengthened in spirit, mind, and body to follow your example of total surrender to the Father’s perfect Will.
Thank you for the innumerable blessings You have given us in our sisters. To have other women we can connect with, share our faith with, and share our hearts with, is a unique and precious gift.
I ask that You guide any one of our sisters who feels isolated or lonely to a loving community where she can grow a supportive, comforting sisterhood. Send your Spirit to intently nudge at our hearts to reach out beyond our established circle of sisters to see Your daughters who are searching for community. Give us holy boldness and selfless love.
We ask You to bless the gatherings of your daughters taking place in various events across the world, in particular for those attending the Made New Freedom Retreat and the Brave Ministry Conference. Fill each participant with peace and an unshakable understanding of Your Fatherly love.
We love you and we long to serve You with our whole beings and our sisterhood.
“…Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.” -Ruth 1:16
Each new morning is a gift of Your mercy. If we were fully aware of the boundless grace You pour on us, hymns of joy and thanksgiving would be the first sounds to leave our lips, and an echoing chorus would fill each moment of our lives with song:
For mercies beyond any height or depth or breadth or width we can fathom, Lord, we thank You!
For another day to sing Your praises with every fiber of our being, Lord, we thank You! May we remember throughout this day that You are always with us!
For the work You place before us today that can be offered back to You as a loving sacrifice, Lord, we thank you! May our offering be made with joy!
For all of Your children who we will encounter today, Lord, we thank you! May we lovingly see Your face in each of theirs!
For the gift of resting in Your mercy once more at the end of the day, Lord, we thank You!
When all hope seemed lost You broke through the darkness, conquered sin and death, and gave us hope beyond comprehension!
Give us the grace to bring Your hope to the hopeless.
We thank You and praise You for making us new through Your Resurrection!
May our lives give witness to Your glory and healing grace.
By Your Passion, Cross, and Resurrection You have given us true freedom!
May our hearts be open and ever more deeply surrendered to You,
that we can actively receive this gift of Freedom.
Lord, on the Cross Your everlasting Love for each one of us poured out, reclaiming each one as Your own, your chosen one, Your Beloved.
Send the Holy Spirit to nurture our belief in the Truth You speak and to defend us from the lies that try to keep us from embracing our true identity in You.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his mercy endures forever.
Let the house of Israel say,
“His mercy endures forever.”
Let those who fear the LORD say,
“His mercy endures forever.” Psalm 118:1 & 2
God is so good to us! He blesses us in ways beyond what we imagine and He shows us His love in completely unexpected ways!
Let me back up little…
The past two weeks our Thursday Sisterhood Chats have been focused on different ways or “experiments” we can use to approach our anxiety:
Last week in Part 1 we explored getting curious about our anxieties (experiment 1) and bringing our anxieties to the Lord using the 3 steps of Repentance, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation (experiment 2). This Thursday, in Part 2, we dug deeper into what it means to give thanks (experiment 3) and surrender (experiment 4).
Surrender…I don’t know about you but that is one of those words that I know is central to my relationship with God, but I would honestly rather not deal with- it’s scary! Somehow it feels easier to continue believing that I am in control and that I can take care of everything, but (spoiler alert!) I can’t. You can’t.
Let that sink in. He is in control. He can take care of everything. He has and He is and He will take care of everything, if we surrender everything to Him.
De shared a beautiful prayer with us yesterday: The Novena of Surrender to the Will of God. We prayed the first day of the Novena together on Facebook Live and it was so powerful we decided to join together in prayer for all nine days!
Well, we later realized that the last day of the novena will fall on Holy Saturday, just in time for us to be made new at the celebration of Christ’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday! Isn’t He good to us?!
We invite you to join us in this transformative prayer these next 8 days. I have included the prayers for Days 1 and 2 below so you can jump right in! And we will also post daily reminders on our social media pages.
To learning to surrender and being Made New,
Novena of Surrender to the Will of God
Why do you confuse yourselves by worrying?
Leave the care of your affairs to me and everything will be peaceful. I say to you in truth that every act of true, blind, complete surrender to me produces the effect that you desire and resolves all difficult situations.
Repeat 10 times…
O Jesus, I surrender myself to you, take care of everything!
Surrender to me does not mean to fret, to be upset, or to lose hope, nor does it mean offering to me a worried prayer asking me to follow you and change your worry into prayer. It is against this surrender, deeply against it, to worry, to be nervous And to desire to think about the consequences of anything. It is like the confusion that children feel when they ask their mother to see to their needs, and then try to take care of those needs for themselves so that their childlike efforts get in their mother’s way. Surrender means to placidly close the eyes of the soul, to turn away from thoughts of tribulation and to put yourself in my care.
Repeat 10 times…
O Jesus, I surrender myself to you, take care of everything!
Lord, we ache for heaven. We are acutely aware that this is not right. That the pain we experience is not right. That the pain we see in others is not right.
The distress stirs in each of us the cry, How long, O Lord? Will You forget me forever? How long will You hide Your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every sorrow in my heart?
Sovereign Lord, You take those cries. You embrace them. You cry over them. And continue to allow them.
Because You have triumphed over the cause of them.
Lord, stir in us a sense of Your purpose and sovereignty.
So we trust in Your unfailing love; our hearts rejoice in Your salvation, that which is both now and not yet. We will sing to You, Lord, because You have been good to us.
You see the pain and declare it is not meaningless. Lord, You are so good. I thank You for how You, my Great Redeemer, have been with me through all, drawing me closer into Your embrace, oh Man of Sorrows.
“How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and day after day have sorrow in my heart?” -Psalm 13:2
Oh Lord, through the words of St. Paul, You instruct us not to blindly believe every thought that pops into our minds, but to “take every thought captive to obey Christ.” Please show me how to do this in my daily life. Which thought is it time for me to bring before You for evaluation? Which thought am I thinking that pulls me away from You and the plan You have for my day today?
I thank You for granting me the grace to see myself more clearly, as You see me, and not through the lens of my own self-perception. Thank You for leading me to new thoughts about myself; thoughts grounded in Your truths about me. Thank You for loving me with Your everlasting and compassionate love.
I pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.
“Take every thought captive to obey Christ.”-2 Corinthians 9:8
Seek the face of the lord and long for him
He will bring you His Light and His Peace.
I have loved you with an everlasting love
I have called you, and you are mine.
– Hymn “I Have Loved You With An Everlasting Love” by Michael Joncas 1979, OCP Publications
Holy Spirit, come be with me, come with Your truth, with Your love, with Your overflowing abundance.
Lord, I have believed the lie that I am not enough and I remind myself of it often. I feel I am not enough in my work, my home life, my studies, my health, my time. I feel I am not enough in my relationships with others or even in my relationship with You.
Shed Your light on my feelings of scarcity. Speak Your Truth over them. Give me the grace to surrender every part of me that doesn’t feel like enough. Open my hands and my heart that I may freely receive Your unimaginable abundance.
Let me hear Your voice, strong and clear:
“My daughter, my Beloved, you are enough. With Me by your side you have everything you need.”
“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in every way, always, having all sufficiency, you may abound in every good work.”
-2 Corinthians 9:8
I am so tired and so small. Help me to open my heart to receive the sweet graces and abundant rest You are ready to lavish on me. Help me be still, help me be quiet. In the quiet, remind me that with You I have everything I need. Hold me close, that I may rest in the warm, steady, reassuring presence of the Holy Spirit. As a child puts her trust completely in her mother’s love and goodness, I will put my trust in You.
O LORD, my heart is not lifted up, my eyes are not raised too high; I do not occupy myself with things too great and too marvelous for me.
But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a child quieted at its mother’s breast; like a child that is quieted is my soul.
O Israel, hope in the LORD from this time forth and for evermore.
So many of Your children are suffering. So many are in need of Your healing touch. Through Your grace, may I be a source of comfort to others today. May Your love flow through me, touching the heart of each person I will encounter today. Lord, I ask that You would nudge me to slow down and take the time – whatever amount of time as it be Your will – to listen to those whom You place in my path today, providing encouragement and compassion. Give me the wisdom and the words to guide myself and others ever closer to Your Sacred Heart.
In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.
But as for you, man of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life, to which you were called and for which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. – 1 Timothy 6:11-12
Many days my life feels ruled by fear: the large looming fears about the future or relationships, and the smaller nagging anxieties of daily life and tasks. When I get so caught up in my fears I lose sight of You and Your never ending love and goodwill for me. Through Your love I have received the grace and power of the Holy Spirit: the power to love even when it is difficult, the power to grow in the self-discipline necessary to be a faithful disciple. Guide my heart to face head-on the fears that keep me from growing in intimacy with You so that I may embrace the powerful, loving, self-disciplined spirit You have given me.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
–2 Timothy 1:7
Jesus, You are alive! And I too am risen to new life by the power of Your love for me! I dwell in hope with my heart full of gladness! I am filled with confidence and trust in You! I surround myself with thoughts of You; with you ever before…