The Universal Prayer for purpose: The prayer of St. Clement

 

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Have you ever listened to the words of a prayer that infuse your heart a new purpose?

The first Christian radio station that listened to was a Catholic radio station in Tampa. This little radio station was like a voice of an angel whispering God’s truth to me all day long. I loved the contemporary praise music they played but especially the prayer I would hear at noon every day.

At the same time every day, the radio stations played this recorded prayer that touched my heart. No matter what I was doing, I looked forward to hearing it, memorizing it as the words sank deep into my soul.

Sometimes on the journey toward purpose, our hearts need to hear prayers that we can not speak for ourselves.

It was soothing to me and beautiful. I hope you enjoy this prayer to day that is attributed to Pope Clement.

And to my Catholic friends, may the peace of Christ be with you always.

 The Universal Prayer

Lord, I believe in you: increase my faith. I trust in you: strengthen my trust. Click To Tweet
I love you: let me love you more and more.
I am sorry for my sins: deepen my sorrow.

I worship you as my first beginning,
I long for you as my last end,
I praise you as my constant helper,
And call on you as my loving protector.

Guide me by your wisdom,
Correct me with your justice,
Comfort me with your mercy,
Protect me with your power.

I offer you, Lord, my thoughts: to be fixed on you;
My words: to have you for their theme;
My actions: to reflect my love for you;
My sufferings: to be endured for your greater glory.

I want to do what you ask of me: In the way you ask, For as long as you ask, Click To Tweet
Because you ask it.

Lord, enlighten my understanding,
Strengthen my will,
Purify my heart,
and make me holy.

Help me to repent of my past sins
And to resist temptation in the future.
Help me to rise above my human weaknesses
And to grow stronger as a Christian.

Let me love you, my Lord and my God,
And see myself as I really am:
A pilgrim in this world,
A Christian called to respect and love
All whose lives I touch,
Those under my authority,
My friends and my enemies.

Help me to conquer anger with gentleness,
Greed by generosity,
Apathy by fervor.
Help me to forget myself
And reach out toward others.

Make me prudent in planning,
Courageous in taking risks.
Make me patient in suffering, unassuming in prosperity.

Keep me, Lord, attentive at prayer,
Temperate in food and drink,
Diligent in my work,
Firm in my good intentions.

Let my conscience be clear,
My conduct without fault,
My speech blameless,
My life well-ordered.
Put me on guard against my human weaknesses.
Let me cherish your love for me,
Keep your law,
And come at last to your salvation.

Teach me to realize that this world is passing,
That my true future is the happiness of heaven,
That life on earth is short,
And the life to come eternal.

Help me to prepare for death With a proper fear of judgment, But a greater trust in your goodness Click To Tweet.
Lead me safely through death
To the endless joy of heaven.

Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

One prayer to find your purpose

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Are you looking to rediscover a greater purpose for your life?

Purpose is often discovered on the shores of the uncomfortable.

Are you in an unexpected destination where you feel alone and uncertain of your purpose in life?

Uncharted pain does not take away your purpose in life but it can cause you to head in a new direction.

God disturbs us to help us let go of our plans and seek a fresh, deeper kingdom purpose.

And who knows?

When you lose sight of the land, you just might see the stars. #prayforpurpose Click To Tweet

 

As promised, this is one prayer for purpose attributed to Sir Francis Drake in 1577

Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too well pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we have dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when
With the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wider seas
Where storms will show your mastery;
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.

We ask You to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push into the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.

When you read this prayer today, I would love to hear from you. What do you think about praying for God to disturb you ?

How do you think this will lead you to find a greater purpose in life?

How can I help You?

How can I help you today?

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One of the most effective questions we can ask a friend is , how can I help you? Click To Tweet

Today, I want to reach out into the blog post world, and ask you this very important question. Your friendship is important to me and I am looking for how I can better serve you in the future. Maybe we have not met personally but I believe that our common faith and desire to serve others makes us connected in the most important ways in life.

 

Did you meet me at an event?

I always wonder when I walk into a room filled with smiling women,

what is really on your heart?

Will I be able to say something that helps you and gives you courage to trust in God?

Will I leave you with questions?

Now, It’s your turn to talk to me!

This blog post is an open letter for you to respond to me in a comment that I will personally answer!!

Do you have a burning question for me?

Maybe something you would like to say to me personally?

Is there a story you would like to share with me?

Go for it Girl!

Just leave me a note in the comments section below –

I will answer your questions, pray for requests or listen to your story.

I want to listen to you today!

And if you have been one of the women in those rooms I walk into,

I can’t wait to hear how I can help you today! 

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Please don’t be shy as I am one extroverted person who loves to connect with other women!

Blessings to you-Tracey

The Centerpiece of Beauty

The Centerpiece of Beauty in Life

“True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she knows.”
Audrey Hepburn


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What’s your focus?

What is the centerpiece of beauty in your heart and life?

If you are a Mom, I already know the answer.

Your Family!

The centerpiece of beauty is not an actual vase of flowers.  It’s the focal point or the center of your deepest affections. It’s an image of the smiles  on the faces of those closest to your heart. It’s the little voices that you know so well. They call to you all day and night.  Hand written notes you receive from tiny fingers matter more than all the treasures of the world!

The centerpiece of beauty for mothers is the family they have helped to create.

Your Faith!

Your centerpiece is incomplete without a water source to keep the flowers fresh and hydrated. I believe your faith is that water source keeping those beautiful faces fresh and full of life. The water of your faith flows into everything you do to keep that centerpiece alive and revived.

How could we forget the Living Water for this arrangement?

When you see droopy faces like falling petals or even shriveling smiles, you know it’s time to add more water of faith into your family. Some of your flowers in the centerpiece of beauty don’t even know that it’s the water of faith that are keeping them alive. Still your heart smiles at your opportunity to pour into them with living water.

Your love

Somewhere wrapped into every flowering petal in the heart of a family is a mother's love. Click To Tweet

Thank you for being this kind of mother to your family and those who need the water of your faith.

Don’t ever give up on your centerpiece of beauty!

The flower of your faith will produce the seeds planted into the heart of your family forever! Click To Tweet

Blessings to all the  Moms who read this blog!

Love-Tracey

Time for you to plant a seed?

 

 

 

Plant a Seed

The smallest seed of faith is better than the largest fruit of happiness.
Henry David Thoreau

 

A seed of inspiration for your day!

I found this story preparing for a women’s conference and I had to share it! If you want to read a great story about planting seeds, keep reading!

The moral of the story is that sometimes seeds we plant just don’t grow.

There is a greater lesson in the process of sowing than the seeds that are growing! Click To Tweet

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The Seed

A successful Christian business man was growing old and knew it was time to chose a successor to take over the business. Instead of choosing one of his directors or his children, he decided to do something different.

He called all the young executives in his company together. “It is time for me to step down and choose the next CEO,” he said. “I have decided to choose one of you.”

The young executives were shocked, but the boss continued. “I am going to give each one of you a seed today – a very special seed. I want you to plant the seed, water it, and come back here one year from today with what you have grown from the seed I have given you. I will then judge the plants that you bring, and the one I choose will be the next CEO.”

One man, named Jim, was there that day and he, like the others, received a seed.

He went home and excitedly, told his wife the story. She helped him get a pot, soil and compost and he planted the seed.

Every day, he would water it and watch to see if it had grown. After about three weeks, some of the other executives began to talk about their seeds and the plants that were beginning to grow. Jim kept checking his seed, but nothing ever grew.

Three weeks, four weeks, five weeks went by, still nothing. By now, others were talking about their plants, but Jim didn’t have a plant and he felt like a failure.

Six months went by – still nothing in Jim’s pot. He just knew he had killed his seed. Everyone else had trees and tall plants, but he had nothing. Jim didn’t say anything to his colleagues, however. He just kept watering and fertilizing the soil – he so wanted the seed to grow.

A year finally went by and all the young executives of the company brought their plants to the CEO for inspection. Jim told his wife that he wasn’t going to take an empty pot. But she asked him to be honest about what happened.

Jim felt sick at his stomach. It was going to be the most embarrassing moment of his life, but he knew his wife was right.

He took his empty pot to the board room. When Jim arrived, he was amazed at the variety of plants grown by the other executives. They were beautiful–in all shapes and sizes. Jim put his empty pot on the floor and many of his colleagues laughed. A few felt sorry for him!

When the CEO arrived, he surveyed the room and greeted his young executives.

Jim just tried to hide in the back.

“My, what great plants, trees, and flowers you have grown,” said the CEO.

“Today one of you will be appointed the next CEO!”

All of a sudden, the CEO spotted Jim at the back of the room with his empty pot. He ordered the financial director to bring him to the front.

Jim was terrified. He thought, “The CEO knows I’m a failure! Maybe he will have me fired!”

When Jim got to the front, the CEO asked him what had happened to his seed. Jim told him the story.

The CEO asked everyone to sit down except Jim. He looked at Jim, and then announced to the young executives, “Here is your next Chief Executive! His name is JIM!”

Jim couldn’t believe it. Jim couldn’t even grow his seed. How could he be the new CEO the others said?

Then the CEO said, “One year ago today, I gave everyone in this room a seed. I told you to take the seed, plant it, water it, and bring it back to me today. But I gave you all boiled seeds; they were dead – it was not possible for them to grow.

All of you, except Jim, have brought me trees and plants and flowers. “When you found that the seed would not grow, you substituted another seed for the one I gave you. Jim was the only one with the courage and honesty to bring me a pot with my seed in it. Therefore, he is the one who will be the new Chief Executive!”

If you plant honesty, you will reap trust.

If you plant goodness, you will reap friends.

If you plant humility, you will reap greatness.

If you plant perseverance, you will reap contentment

If you plant consideration, you will reap perspective.

If you plant hard work, you will reap success.

If you plant forgiveness, you will reap reconciliation.

If you plant faith in Christ, you will reap a harvest.

So, be careful what you plant now; it will determine what you will reap later.

Two thousand years ago Paul wrote to the church at Galatia the same story but with fewer words, “What you sow, so shall you reap” (Gal. 6:7).

“We are grass that will wither and die but the incorruptible seed of God’s Word will live forever – sow it daily into the life of your family! (1 Peter 1: 23 – 25).
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