It is a time of much challenge to those that are Christians throughout the
We must nourish our minds and souls with the words of our Lord and our Church Fathers. For in this nourishment we will find strength, courage and wisdom.
Please allow me share to with you some words that I find nourishing to my mind from the sources that I thrive upon - The Holy Bible, books and sources on the saints and church fathers, and various other books and sources related to my Orthodox Faith. I hope you will gain from these peaceful reflections as I do. May God be with you.
Recently, I have once again read The Ascetic Lives of Mothers: A Prayer Book for Orthodox Moms by Annalisa Boyd. Why I don't carry this book around me daily is beyond me. If you are an Orthodox Mom and you don't have this book, get it now. Her words are so true to heart and the pages are filled with quotes of the church fathers and prayers to suit every need. I wanted to share some today.
Those times I have stepped back and taken a moment in silence, I have found many of the issues I thought were so pressing actually fall away to reveal heart issues- issues I need to bring before the Lord in continual prayers. Of course this doesn't mean discipline may not be in order, but I will not be sinning in my anger if I take a moment to reflect , pray for my child, and address him in love. What impact might I have on my children's souls if I consistently approached them in this manner? ~ Annalisa Boyd
Prayer - Complaining
Lord Jesus Christ, let every word that comes from my mouth be acceptable in Your sight and full of Your praises. Remind me when I feel like complaining that our Lord Jesus Christ endured the very Cross without a single complaint. Let my mouth speak of Your goodness, and may I tell the world of my great joy because of Your finished work on the Cross. When the worm of complaint tries to penetrate my heart and mind, let it be a reminder to me to pray for my family and those in need. Amen.
Prayer - Greed/Selfishness
Grant, O Lord, Your wisdom to teach my children to be lovers of God rather than lovers of the world. In their innocence let me not neglect these great lessons necessary for their souls. If my heart has forgotten these lessons, or wasn't properly taught, forgive me and help me to learn in all humility. Help us to accept the gifts you provide for us, but let us also be eager to give whatever we have to those in need. Remind us always that this world is our temporary home, a mere shadow of the glories to come. In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
How do you refrain from complaining in your life? How do you teach your children to be lovers of God rather than lovers of the world?
I enjoy reading books on Orthodoxy. I should probably write a few book reviews on them to support the reading of my Orthodox followers. I did write about one in particular a few weeks ago, The Ascetic Lives of Mothers by Annalisa Boyd. But sometimes I don't have time to read a long book. Yet I still need the uplifting words of our saints or spiritual fathers. For those moments, a few short quotes can bring peace to my soul and reflection throughout the day.
"Love every person regardless of his sinful state. Sin is sin but the basis of a human being is one and only - the image of God." - St. John of Kronstadt
"Through the prayer, man is cleansed, brightened, sanctified. " -Elder Amphilochios of Patmos
"The first step toward freedom from anger is to keep the lips silent when the heart is stirred; the next to keep thoughts silent when the soul is upset; the last to be totally calm when unclean winds are blowing." - St. John Climacus
"Leave all human justices to the Lord for God is the Judge. But as for yourself, be diligent in loving everybody with a pure heart. You must remember that you yourself are a great sinner and in need of God's mercy. But in order to deserve God's mercy, we must forgive in every way. The Lord is everything to all; He is the Judge as well as the generous Giver of gifts and mercy and cleansing from sins and the light, the peace, the joy and the strength of the heart." -St. John of Kronstadt
"Let us not forget the words of Scripture that say, 'God's power is made perfect in weakness!' (2 Cor. 12.9). And let us not forget that whenever insurmountable hardships are overcome; whenever turmoil is replaced by tranquility; whenever persistent doubts are put to rest; whenever smoothing comes to be out of nothing at all -- there we can clearly discern the indiscernible Right Hand of God, we witness firsthand the unmistakable Will of God!" - St. Raphael of Brooklyn
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." - Philippians 4:13
I am so thrilled for Annalisa Boyd! Her new book The Ascetic Lives of Mothers: A Prayer Book for Orthodox Moms has been released and made a great Mother's Day present for me to share with some dear friends! Thank you Annalisa for my signed copy!!! I LOVE it!!
I participated in a questionnaire Annalisa sent out several years ago and have prayed for her success with this book as I have seen a great need for it. Sure there lots of prayer books out there, but none seem to be specific to the needs we mothers have on a daily basis. The Ascetic Lives of Mothers is a prayer book for Orthodox Moms and is filled with great wisdom and prayers to allow us to intercede for our families and grow in virtue. The book not only has the daily prayers all in one location, but has sections on making time for prayer, the virtues, prayers for difficult pregnancies, depression, financial strain, pride, etc. as well as prayers for the stages of motherhood, godchildren, marriage and much more! It's truly a magnificent collection that I feel every Orthodox mother should have!
Annalisa is also the author of a wonderful book titled Hear Me: A Prayer book for Orthodox Teens that my daughter loved and also Special Agents of Christ: A Prayer Book for Young Orthodox Saints.