Thanks for your interest in my book! It is a book of prayers, born in a season of struggle with fears and anxieties, reaching out the only way I knew how for strength, clarity of vision, wisdom and courage to persevere.
Arise, cry out in the night, at the beginning of the night watches! Pour out your heart like water before the presence of the Lord! Lift up your hands to him for the lives of your children, who faint for hunger at the head of every street. ~Lamentations 2:19
In my pouring out, I found I was found. In my crying out, I realized I was responding to my true name being sung over me before I ever knew it myself. In falling, I was caught and safe.
My personal story begins the book for several pages and then a collection of 14 days of prayers follow, with several Scripture quotations for each day, prompts for chewing on the ideas prayed about that day, and then some personal journaling space for writing your own prayers and thoughts. I want this to be your book, your tool.
I’ve put my heart onto the page and shared this personal collection of prayers seeking wisdom and vision to be faithful in the work of serving and living an awake, set apart life. It is a written and photographic journey, based on the prayer Jesus taught his disciples. As a mom to six I have written this from the trenches with mothers in mind, but I hope it will be a source of strength and tool for many who nurture and lead in many positions in life.
To encapsulate my perspective shared in this book:
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In the quiet (and not so quiet), deep places in us call out to the deep of God. We often call it anxiety or fear, but it is miracle too.
A miracle of labor and birth, of spirit and truth. He invites us into this work with Him. Like a woman in labor whose pain is not pointless, our pain is an invitation that beckons us to experience the very presence of God. We were created for this communion.—From back cover, Pray, Like a Woman in Labor, by Raynna Myers
What others are saying:
“These prayers came into my life when I knew I was being called to a deeper union with Christ, but I didn’t know what to do about it. The daily meditations gave my soul the words I wanted to say to God, but couldn’t seem to find. I spent time each morning praying these prayers and reflecting. What struck me the most was the beauty of what God had done in the writer’s own soul – the wisdom, the honesty, and the intimacy I could see on each page gave me hope that God could do the same in my life.”
“We find, during our fleeting life on this earth, that Love and Fear are dual realities.
Raynna, drawing deeply from her own experience as a wife and mother of six beautiful and lively children, illustrates how the two can be woven together to form a garment of praise and prayer. What flows further from this coalescing is a resolution to pain, fear and anxiety by pressing in and passing through them in the Name of Love; which results in an outpouring of God’s glory. Whether a physical or spiritual parent, or simply a seeker with a hungry heart, the birthing of this glory transforms one’s life. It then pours forth to transform the world, around us and beyond, in ways we cannot imagine but that God knows and sees…”
~From the foreword written by Keren Hannah Pryor, Author of A Taste of Torah and A Dash of Drash