Sunday Prayer of the Heart

If by chance you missed the incredible French country house tour yesterday, do give it some love when you have a moment…it’s extraordinarily special.

This stream of consciousness prayer was penned a few moons ago, and I share it again this day with the hope it may bring light to dark corners and comfort to hearts I may never know.

Part of the beauty and mystery of blogging is this: ripples created here may extend well beyond where I can see. We need only begin from a place of peace and then trust.

African glass bead rosary from Splendid Avenue. Hello Lovely Studio. #rosary #faith #christianity #serene
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Sunday Prayer of the Heart

Let there be peace on earth…
let it begin with me.

French country dining room of Ruth Gay - design by Pamela Pierce. Antiques and architectural elements sourced at Chateau Domingue. #chateaudomingue #diningroom #frenchcountry #frenchfarmhouse #pamelapierce #frenchinterior #frenchdiningroom #slipcovered #frenchinspired
Chateau Domingue. Design: Pamela Pierce. See this house tour HERE.

May I cultivate that peace
and reflect it wherever I roam.

Owl night light on a vintage style shelf by RH. Hello Lovely Studio.
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May I bring smiles, hope, and laughter to corners where there is darkness and despair.

Blueberry mini muffins by Hello Lovely Studio. #blueberrymuffins #hellolovelystudio
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May I share good fruit and gracious hospitality
with others fighting battles I cannot see.

Antique grain sack as table runner in Nordic French dining room by Hello Lovely Studio. #grainsack #frenchcountry #frenchfarmhouse #galvanized #hydrange #diningroom
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May I look for the light and humbly reflect it.

European farmhouse style dining room with farm table and Belgian linen arm chairs. Design by Hello Lovely Studio. #diningroom #belgianlinen #europeanfarmhouse #frenchfarmhouse #benjaminmooreashleygray
Hello Lovely Studio. Paint color on our dining room walls: BENJAMIN MOORE Ashley Gray.

Oh that I might be a source of comfort
and fresh air to the atmosphere.

Claire Ptak cake decorated with fresh flowers. Violet Bakery. #claireptak #cakedecorating #freshflowers #baking #violetbakery #violetcakes #shabbychic
Claire Ptak of Violet Bakery. Read more about here HERE.

That I might be a peaceful fragrance in the world.

That I might willingly go in vulnerable directions,
allowing my heart to be broken over and over again.

Love Poems by Pablo Neruda and quail egg. Photo by Hello Lovely Studio
Hello Lovely Studio. A seabird eggshell with a copy of  Love Poems by Pablo Neruda: FIND HERE.
Sensual earthy poems from a Spanish poet: Love Poems

That I might persistently return to love in spite of the cost.

Dining room with round table and Belgian linen chairs. Hello Lovely Studio. #diningroom #hellolovelystudio
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That I might not lose hope when the sting of death
and cold harsh days of mourning come.

Gather out of stardust, earthdust, cloudust, stormdust and splinters of hail one handful of dreamdust not for sale. Mixed media by Hello Lovely Studio. #langstonhughes #mixedmedia #hellolovelystudio
Mixed media by me (a Langston Hughes favorite poem). Hello Lovely Studio. Gather out of stardust, earthdust, cloudust, stormdust and splinters of hail one handful of dreamdust not for sale.
Nelson Mandela quote. It always seems impossible until it's done. Hello Lovely Studio. #inspiringquote #encouragement #personalgrowth #nelsonmandela

That I might loosely hold my attachments and
glimpse the gold shimmering within eternal realms.

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Photo: Hello Lovely Studio. See more of this modern farmhouse HERE.

Oh, let those realms manifest into reality!

Oh, may grace wash over me and you
til we are so free from bitterness
and so full of mercy our
hearts overflow with
forgiveness
and
sacred love.

European country inspired entry with rustic alder front door with speakeasy. Come see more of my home in Hello Lovely House Tour in July. #hellolovelystudio #timeless #tranquil #interiordesign #europeancountry #europeanfarmhouse #simpledecor #serenedecor
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May the door of happiness
swing wide open to all.

Sourdough bread stamped with 'mderci.' Hello Lovely Studio.
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May all who seek rest, find it this day.

White farmhouse exterior with two porches and board and batten detailing. #hellolovelystudio #modernfarmhouse #houseexterior #farmhousearchitecture #whitefarmhouse
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Life is Beautiful pillow. #pillow #lifeisbeautiful
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May our lives bloom in diversity and pure harmony.

Farmhouse style. Metal French bistro chair with vintage bucket of hydrangea. Hello Lovely Studio. #metalchair #frenchchair #bistrochair #hydrangea #farmhousestyle #hunterboots
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And may stillness and quiet contemplation have its way with us.

White modern farmhouse kitchen with coastal style. Design by Lisa Furey Interiors. #whitekitchen #farmhousekitchen #modernfarmhouse #coastaldecor #coastalstyle #cottagekitchen
Design by Lisa Furey Interiors. Photo: Lindsey Shorter. Modern farmhouse kitchen with coastal style. See more of it RIGHT HERE.

I lift this prayer of the heart as an offering to the universe.

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And I surrender my need for all to be well,
calling upon instead, a divine intuition
which welcomes a trustworthy energy
to pierce unholy parts,
reveal the everlasting,
and
teach a hidden wholeness.

Still life with vintage mason jar, apple, and pear. #hellolovelystudio #stillife #serene #shabbychic #vintagestyle #frenchfarmhouse
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Amen.

Vintage door, farmhouse table, and cheese board and wine. #hellolovelystudio #shabbychic #frenchfarmhouse #tablescape
Prayer of the Heart. Hello Lovely Studio.

Thank you for reading, and I would love to hear from you if you have a moment, friends.

Blue hydrangea in antique French urn. #chateaudomingue #hydrangea #frenchcountry
Chateau Domingue.

Please visit the epic house tour (Chateau Domingue!) from yesterday if you missed it…a study in European country authenticity and timelessness awaits.

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Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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French Country Lamp Set
White Matelasse Quilt
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Faux Potted French Lavender
Shaw Daybed
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White Artichoke Lamp
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Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Round French Tufted Ottoman
Kinston Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Slope Arm Linen Chair Set
Warner Upholstered Bench
Rustic Country French Dresser
Rustic French Confit Pot
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Reclaimed Wood Dresser
Louis Upholstered Bench
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Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
French Carved Wood Chandelier
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French Linen Dining Chair
Gustavian Cabinet
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
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Cross Back Dining Chair
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French Ticking Stripe Pillow
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28 Comments

    • michele
      Author
      August 6, 2018 / 8:18 am

      Thanks for reading. 🙂

  1. Sara LeSueur
    August 6, 2018 / 5:18 am

    Love your inspiration!!

    • michele
      Author
      August 6, 2018 / 8:17 am

      It’s wonderful to have you here! Peace to you.

  2. Maria Palmieri
    August 6, 2018 / 5:46 am

    I want to wish blessings upon you. Thank you for such a sweet blog.
    I enjoy it and look forward to it daily. It’s such a peaceful blog.
    Thank you again.
    Blessings,
    Maria P.

    • michele
      Author
      August 6, 2018 / 8:17 am

      I accept the blessings with an open, grateful heart. Thanks for making this place a part of your mornings. 🙂

  3. Susan Jezeski
    August 6, 2018 / 7:08 am

    just simply lovely

    • michele
      Author
      August 6, 2018 / 8:16 am

      Peace to you, friend. Thanks for reading.

  4. August 6, 2018 / 7:23 am

    Beautiful dear Michele! xoxo Greet

    • michele
      Author
      August 6, 2018 / 8:16 am

      Peace to you across the miles, lovely one. xox

  5. Kristin
    August 6, 2018 / 7:43 am

    I bless my Lord Christ Jesus today. Let us have a heart of compassion.

    • michele
      Author
      August 6, 2018 / 8:16 am

      That’s a wonderful prayer for my heart this morning. Peace to you.

  6. Susan in MT
    August 6, 2018 / 8:05 am

    Twas lovely! I’m starting to ask myself each morning, “What can I do to serve others today?” It’s amazing how happy I am when I focus on those around me instead of myself. Our God is good!
    Have a beautiful day Michele.
    Susan in MT

    • michele
      Author
      August 6, 2018 / 8:14 am

      So so good. Peace to you as you begin a new week, friend.

  7. Karen H.
    August 6, 2018 / 8:21 am

    May this beautiful prayer of peace carry you through the week. Thanks Michele.

    • michele
      Author
      August 6, 2018 / 8:36 am

      Yes and beyond – peace to you, friend.

  8. Marilynn
    August 6, 2018 / 9:17 am

    Thank you for this beautiful poem. As Susan does, I ask God each day to help me help others. I also thank Him for all He has done, and continues to do, for me, and all who seek Him. I appreciate you daily for all your positive and inspirational thoughts.

    Marilynn

    • michele
      Author
      August 6, 2018 / 9:35 am

      Thank you so much for reading and your beautiful heart. xox

  9. Teresa C
    August 6, 2018 / 11:31 am

    Yours is my favorite blog. and I receive many….. Thank you for making my day.
    Prayers for you & your family

    • michele
      Author
      August 6, 2018 / 3:47 pm

      Well, that just buttered my biscuit, friend. Thanks for your prayers – I need em. 🙂

  10. Sandy
    August 6, 2018 / 11:44 am

    What an absolutely lovely post! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and it served to remind me of a few things that are wanting in my life. Thank you Michelle! Have a wonderful week.

    • michele
      Author
      August 6, 2018 / 3:46 pm

      Peace to you, friend. So grateful to have you here.

  11. August 6, 2018 / 12:12 pm

    Thank you Michelle. I always enjoy reading — slowly — your daily posts after my morning prayer. You remind me to be gentle with my day.

    • michele
      Author
      August 6, 2018 / 3:46 pm

      And look – there you go again – adding a layer of sweetness to my day as well. xox

  12. Libby Guimbarda
    August 6, 2018 / 6:42 pm

    This prayer came at the perfect time. Thank you.

    • michele
      Author
      August 6, 2018 / 6:58 pm

      So glad you’re here. Just prayed for you.

  13. August 7, 2018 / 7:51 am

    Oh my , This was beautiful Michele! You have such a tender way with words that touches everyone who reads them! Thank you❤️

    • michele
      Author
      August 7, 2018 / 8:57 am

      So happy to have you here. xox

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White Slipcovered Sofa
French Country Wicker Trunk Storage
29″ Whitewashed Table Lamp Set of 2
Antique Chinese Wood Rustic Round Stool
French Country Bed
Tuscan Terracotta Urn Vase
Round Farmhouse Table
Myla Slipcover Sofa
Deconstructed Wingback Bed
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Milagro Heart
Slipcoverd Dining Chair
Rustic Farmhouse Stool
Edgecombe End Table
Parisian Style Iron Table Lamp  33.5″
Black or Bronze Accent Table
French Stripe Basket Set
Chevron White Quilt Set
French Country Rattan Basket Set
Marble Subway Mosaic Tile
Vintage Collapsible French Laundry Basket
White Ruffle Bedding
White Linen Club Chair
Schumacher Wild Things Wallpaper
Wide Pine Sideboard
Linen Napkin Set
French Country Lamp Set
White Matelasse Quilt
French Country Mirror
Faux Potted French Lavender
Shaw Daybed
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
White Artichoke Lamp
French Country Headboard
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Antique Brass Pharmacy Floor Lamp
Round French Tufted Ottoman
Kinston Wood Bench
Italian Candelabra Chandelier
Slope Arm Linen Chair Set
Warner Upholstered Bench
Rustic Country French Dresser
Rustic French Confit Pot
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Reclaimed Wood Dresser
Louis Upholstered Bench
Pardon My French Doormat
Stripe Turkish Towel Throw
Pamela Arm Chair
Sweater Weave Basket
French Carved Wood Chandelier
Terracotta Pots & Basket
French Country Wood Chandelier
French Linen Dining Chair
Gustavian Cabinet
French Farmhouse Dining Table
Bar Stool
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Rattan Armchair
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
French Industrial Metal Chairs (4)
Designer Favorite Wall Mirror
Holborn Lantern Pendant
French Country 6-Light Chandelier
Rustic End Table
French Country Upholstered Arm Chair
Wicker Trunk Set
French Ticking Stripe Pillow
Jute Area Rug
Mohair Throw
Rustic Industrial Farmhouse Shelves
Belgian Linen Sofa
White Duvet & Bedding
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Linen Modern Wing Chair
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
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Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Style Lamp
Kendall Skirted Dining Chair
White Charleston Sofa
Scrubbed Wood 5-Light Chandelier
Arched Champagne Wall Mirror
Moravian Star 1-Light Pendant
Highback Armchair
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Round Woven Placemat Set
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Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
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Light Grey Vienna Quilt
Boheme Madera Bench
Belgian Linen Duvet Set
Round Marble Side Table
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