Sunday Prayer No. 2: Inspirational Faith Quotes & Prayer Quotes to Pin

As I type this, I am in the desert where sunshine is smiling on majestic mountains, clean air fills my lungs, and cool breezes move my hair and soul. It’s so easy to hear God’s voice here under this big church of a sky in Arizona where I’m visiting family.

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And I don’t mean a voice singing, ‘you’re such a Southwest pink sunset gift to humanity, child.’

Psalm 61: When my heart is overwhelmed, lead me...#hellolovelystudio #psalm61 #scriptureverse #inspiringquote #anxiety #encouragement #faith #christianity

Oh that a life of faith was a steady flow of ecstatic joy and affirmations.

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No, no, no, that sort of consolation is rare for this mystic and so precious when it arrives.

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What I hear is the voice of Love, nudging me to: step over my small self over and over, stop the flurry of overthinking, and put on a new heart and mind.

Inspiring scripture verse from Corinthians about love. #scriptureverse #faithquote #inspiringquote #grace #hellolovelystudio #corinthians

It’s the voice of a Great Teacher who cares for my soul too deeply to let it remain spiritually asleep.

Beautiful inspirational quote from Rumi - the wound is the place where the light enters you. #hellolovelystudio #rumi #inspirationalquote #faith #spirituality #quotes

It’s the voice of the Spirit working things for my good even as I slumber.

Inspirational prayer from Phyllis Tickle on Hello Lovely Studio. #prayers #christianity #faithquote #spirituality #spiritualformation

The lessons are more humbling, awkward and messy than I can say.

Inspirational quote from Henri Nouwen on Hello Lovely Studio. #inspirationalquote #faithquote #christianity #spirituality #spiritualformation

I could easily ignore the prodding to remain the same and trudge along indefinitely.

Inspiring scripture verse from Corinthians about grace. #scriptureverse #faithquote #inspiringquote #grace #hellolovelystudio #corinthians

But the desire burning in my heart is to grow and to bear the cost of what such growth requires.

Beautiful inspirational quote and Apache prayer on Hello Lovely Studio. #hellolovelystudio #inspirationalquote #prayers #apacheprayer #spirituality #nativeamerican

Growing looks different for each of us, and for about five years now, the theme of my spiritual journey has been letting go.

Beautiful inspirational quote and prayer quote from Barbara Brown Taylor on Hello Lovely Studio. #inspirationalquote #christianity #prayer #quotes #faithquote #spirituality #spiritualformation

Letting go of certainty. Of confidence and control.

Let Your Heart Be Light - inspirational uplifting encouragement quote on Hello Lovely Studio. #quotes #encouragement #inspiringquotes

Letting go of what I think my life should look like now and in the future.

Beautiful inspirational quote and prayer quote from Barbara Brown Taylor on Hello Lovely Studio. #inspirationalquote #christianity #prayer #quotes #faithquote #spirituality #spiritualformation

If I’m honest, all I want to do is cling to those two things. I want to dream and scheme and believe that my intelligent plans and formulas for contentment are reliable.

Beautiful inspirational quote and prayer quote from Barbara Brown Taylor on Hello Lovely Studio. #inspirationalquote #christianity #prayer #quotes #faithquote #spirituality #spiritualformation

We’re all so goal-oriented (in America especially) aren’t we? If I work hard on ____, then I’ll be rewarded with _______. Right? Our brains like the idea of transactions.

Richard Rohr inspirational quote on Hello Lovely Studio. #richardrohr #inspirationalquote #faith #christianity #spirituality #spiritualformation

Except reality and curve balls are real.

Beautiful inspirational quote and prayer quote from Barbara Brown Taylor on Hello Lovely Studio. #inspirationalquote #christianity #prayer #quotes #faithquote #spirituality #spiritualformation

There is so much more mystery to this life that on most days we’re too terrified to acknowledge.

Beautiful inspirational quote and faith quote from Barbara Brown Taylor on Hello Lovely Studio. #inspirationalquote #christianity #anxiety #quotes #faithquote #spirituality #spiritualformation

While I don’t know anything at all, I know what I desire. I long to experience Presence and intimacy NOW; I long for his healing right HERE.

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Left to my own devices, I would likely live to please myself, collect love and affection, and try not to harm the earth or others too much as I did so.

Beautiful inspirational quote and prayer quote from Barbara Brown Taylor on Hello Lovely Studio. #inspirationalquote #christianity #prayer #quotes #faithquote #spirituality #spiritualformation

It is easy to envy folks whose calling looks more like that. But my calling is mine, and yours is yours.

Scripture from Corinthians about love. #scriptureverse #inspirationalquote #faith #christianity #lovequotes #faith

This journey is my own, and what a gift to share glimpses of it with you here.

Beautiful inspirational quote and prayer quote from Barbara Brown Taylor on Hello Lovely Studio. #inspirationalquote #christianity #prayer #quotes #faithquote #spirituality #spiritualformation

You’re so incredibly gracious to show up and read tenderly, knowing how often I get it wrong and fail to reflect even a sliver of Divine Radiance.

Inspirational quote about prayer by Phyllis Tickle on Hello Lovely Studio. #phyllistickle #inspiraitonalquote #prayer #christianity #spirituality #spiritualformation #faith

Thank you for your prayers and patience through the years.

Inspirational quote about faith and prayer by James Finley on Hello Lovely Studio. #inspirationalquote #christianity #prayer #faithquote #spiritualformation

Your company makes all the difference.

Inspirational quote about healing on Hello Lovely Studio. #inspirationalquote #healing #quotes

And thank you for your support of this strange pocket on the internet swirling with hope and unknowing.

Beautiful inspirational quote and prayer quote from Barbara Brown Taylor on Hello Lovely Studio. #inspirationalquote #christianity #prayer #quotes #faithquote #spirituality #spiritualformation

Sunday Prayer of the Heart

HOLY, Holy Father of Mercy. Come close to your child and see every part in need of healing and light.

Thank you for your endless patience; for nurturing us as we grow.

I’m grateful for the blessings you provide to help me see as you see.

Thank you for winter trees so bare and lonely yet anchored in a weighty fullness of hope. Praise these furry woodland creatures teaching the beauty and honor inherent in their dependence and poverty.

And praise the poor, the sick, and the suffering who point us to the depths of your compassion. Praise the child and the aged for truly their feet are closer to the Garden.

Oh, Father, lead us back to the glory of Eden which is you.

Thank you for so many gifts of darkness which you recycle into beauty for my greater good.

Forgive me for every selfish tendency as I fall asleep to your love and to your voice.

Grant me the grace to overcome obsession with self so I may live a fruitful life bearing kindness.

Help me to resist clinging to that which is less noble and less pure.

Father, turn my gaze to your face as I seek the grace to know I am made of stars and a way of light for the universe.

Help me to become your sacred prism through which divine Love may enter and defract.

Bless this earth, our home, and heal her wounds, Lord. Bless your people and transform their consciousness so unity may blossom from seeds of hidden wholeness.

I pray all of this in a humble state of unknowing, with a heart softened by your touch, with hands wide open to receive.

AMEN.

Michele of Hello Lovely Studio. Photo: Jody Stella. #hellolovelystudio

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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10 Comments

  1. February 3, 2020 / 8:20 am

    Your words are so touching Michele and a wonderful way to start my day. How blessed you are to have such faith to carry you through all life’s challenges. Have a lovely time in AZ. You are just next door.

    • Michele
      Author
      February 3, 2020 / 2:25 pm

      Thank you so much for your kindness, Celia. I am now back from Arizona but will be back there in a few weeks – the snow here is lovely, but too many grey days mean I like mixing it up and getting my sunshine! 🙂

  2. February 3, 2020 / 12:47 pm

    Beautiful post and beautiful prayer Michele! I have a couple books by Richard Rohr and Henri Nouwen and they’re great. Thank you for being your generous self and sharing your heart with us!
    xo
    Holly

    • Michele
      Author
      February 3, 2020 / 2:24 pm

      Thanks for your open heart, Holly. I keep learning so many wonderful things from Rohr and Nouwen. My favorite Henri Nouwen book is The Prodigal Son. Have you read it?

  3. Amy
    February 3, 2020 / 12:47 pm

    AMEN & AMEN!! ❤️🙌🏼

  4. Carol S.
    February 4, 2020 / 12:19 pm

    Tears, I’m touched, needed this today (and everyday!) as my faith practiced since childhood gets challenged and sidetracked at times. Always come back to light and love and our Lord!! Thank you.

    • Michele
      Author
      February 4, 2020 / 1:15 pm

      Your heart is so lovely, Carol – thinking of you as you journey over these rough patches of earth with faith. Pointing each other to light and to the assurance that ours is a loving God becomes so important in the valley. Peace to you right where you are – so beautiful and open to receive.

      • Carol S.
        February 5, 2020 / 1:44 pm

        So true!! Your words sure do flow sweetly 🙂

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