A book that I really enjoy is A Catholic Woman's Book of Days by Amy Wellborn. Each day has a scripture quote, a little story illustrating a point related to thoughts on the scripture quote and a prayer. It is a little devotional book that takes only a minute or two. When I read today's entry it spoke to me and I hope that Ms Wellborn will allow me to quote her here. Maybe somebody will want to get this book also.
"To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. Proverbs 21:3
When she was about five, my daughter was caught in the act of scribbling on the bathroom mirror with lipstick, much to her dismay and her brother's delight (in catching her).
After being found out, Kate began to wail in her own defense, "But I did it for God!" What she had written on the mirror was "I love God." So that made it okay!
Using God as our defense when we've done something wrong. It's not unheard of, no matter how old you are.
Heavenly Father, purify my motives and my actions." from page 183.