© Beth A. Richardson, betharichardson.com
God of presence, help me recognize when my thoughts, distractions, and fears keep me from being fully present to you and to those around me. I surrender to you all my tasks, my thoughts, and my distractions. For you are my peace, and the peace of the world. Amen.
God, I surrender to you all my cluttered thoughts.
I took the picture at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, a beautiful conference center near Asheville. The Upper Room offers a variety of opportunities to help people grow closer to God, such as the Academy for Spiritual Formation, The Walk to Emmaus, Face to Face, and Journey to the Table. For more information, visit UpperRoom.org.
What are the thoughts and distractions that clutter your heart and keep you from connecting with God?
I'm a big fan of Patricia Wilson. 1. She's a great writer in the area of practical spirituality; 2. She's from Victoria, British Columbia (I just think that's cool.); and 3. She's really funny. You'll have to check out her other books, including Why Pray When You Can Take Pills and Worry? With Quiet Spaces, you can learn to calm your mind and listen for God's still, small voice.
Seeing young people, both men and women, participate in and write their testimonies at The Upper Room daily devotional writers’ workshop in Yangon, 2019, has been a highlight for me. The event and testimonies led to the publication of the first Lenten devotional in the Myanmar language. I truly believe that through The Upper Room ministry, the Lord will continue to equip people in Myanmar to grow and to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
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