North Highland United Methodist Church
Friday, February 26, 2021
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors


“You Can Have It”
About thirty years ago I changed my prayer focus. I changed my “tactic” for praying.  I shared this idea as often as I could to people who were feeling down and out,  worried, abandoned, lost.
I stopped asking God to take my burdens. I stopped begging God.  I stopped pleading.
I GAVE everything to God.  “I am tired of carrying this. Here God, YOU can have it.”  I sometimes cup my two hands to make a basket, imagine my concerns in the basket, then throw them into the air.  I throw them to God.  “You can have this stuff.  It isn’t doing me any good to carry it any longer.”
When we pray in community we often ask God “Hear our prayer.”  In my own mind I do not ask, I assume “God hears our every prayer.”  
Today’s UPPER ROOM devotional is along the same line.  Linda Douty puts it this way.  State your prayers as affirmations. Rather than ASK God,  ASSUME ..........
· God is my Light and my Salvation (rather than “Be my light …”).
· The Lord of life walks with me (rather than “Please walk with me”).
· Healing Presence, you bring me strength (rather than “Please bring me strength”).
· I am a channel of God’s loving-kindness (rather than “Help me be a channel …”).
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Likewise, when your basket is full to overflowing with love and joy and thanksgiving,  GIVE those things to God as well.
Peace, Sheila

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Rev.Sheila Richards' Column

September 2011 Column       "A Sacred Space"
 May 2011 Column                 "Finding Time for Silence in a Noisy World"
 April 2011 Column                 "The Spiritual Disciple of Silence -Two"
 March 2011 Column                 "Change"
 February 2011 Column            "The Spiritual Discipline of Prayer"
January 2011 Column            "The Spiritual Disciple of Silence - One"
 December 2010 Column          "A Christmas Prayer"
 November 2010 Column          "Thanksgiving"
 October 2010 Column               "Spiritual Practices"
 September 2010 Column          "Scripture Exercise"
August 2010 Column                  "Hearing Scripture"
 July 2010 Column                         "Allow the Scripture to Read You"
June 2010 Column                         "Praying Scripture for Transformation"
 May 2010 Column                         "A 'Disciplie' is a Practice"
 March 2010 Column                        "Self Examination"
 February 2010 Column               "Spiritual Life Must Include Prayer"
 November 2009 Column          "A Bountiful Basket of Blessings"
 October 2009 Column               "Prayer for Peace and Blessings"
 August 2009 Column               "Breath Prayer"
 June 2009 Column                    "For What Shall We Pray"
 May 2009 Column                    "Courage, Passion (and Compassion), Persistence
 April 2009 Column                    Jesus Prays
March 2009 Column               "How Prayer Works"
 January 2009 Column               The "Practice of Prayer"
  November 2008 Column          The "Discipline of Prayer"
 October 2008 Column               Centering Prayer
 September 2008 Column           First column on Spiritual Formation