It sometimes seems that, over the holidays, every nuance of every relationship in our lives takes on added significance—some might call it “blown out of proportion”!

Today’s is another guided listening prayer. Wait in the stillness, bringing to mind specific persons or things. Listen for God to speak into our relationships, touching them as He knows best. Then, when ready, move on to the next topic.

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GUIDED LISTENING PRAYER – Relationships

Heavenly Father,
Today, I want to listen to You.
To present my concerns and know Your thoughts.
To see the people around me,
Those who cheer and those who jeer,
Through Your eyes.
To hold my life up, open to Your gaze.
To wait in the silence and hear Your voice.
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First, Father, I bring You my relationships,
Formed by choice or by “chance”….
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The people I care for….
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And the people I struggle to care about….
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Here are the people in authority over me….
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And the people over whom I have authority….
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Here, Papa, are my hurts,
The tears You collect like gems….
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Next, I offer You my fears
That hold me at a distance from others….
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Papa, take the anger and grudges
That make me toxic to the Body….
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Take my love, Lord.
Make it Yours.
Break my heart of stone.
Give me a heart
Sympathetic and submissive.
Give me a heart like Jesus….


marcia-headshot-225x300As a child, Marcia Gunnett Woodard was an avid reader, often disappearing into a book for days at a time. By her late teen years she realized that she wanted to be able to use words to weave a spell that drew the reader into the story, like her favorite authors did. Since then, she has enjoyed trying her hand at a variety of writing forms, including fiction, poetry, and theatre scripts.
Although she still lives less than 100 miles from her birthplace, she has traveled internationally and has shared her thoughts with groups as near as a local university and as far away as Vladimir, Russia.
When she isn’t writing, she enjoys camping, traveling, sewing, playing word games, and surrounding herself with family (her husband and their children and grandchildren) and friends (both real and imaginary).
Marcia firmly believes in the power of story. Since learning that the words parable and parabola have the same origins, she considers her writing and speaking to be a catapults, using the parabolic arc of story to launch projectiles of truth into walled-off hearts and barricaded minds.
Connect with Marcia online:
Blog: www.itsallaboutmarcia.blogspot.com
Twitter: @MarGunWoo
Email: m.g.woodard@gmail.com