My Needs, My Hopes- a prayer based on Matthew 4

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What would it be like to turn toward Jesus right now and place everything into His healing hands? All you are planning and working for. All you are feeling and longing for. All that weighs heavy upon you – for yourself, those you know, and our weary world.

God is near. God is good. God is strong to save.
Let us pray…

Jesus, my Light, my Savior
Breaker of Chains
Bringer of Grace and Hope

I’ve been carrying this by myself
I hear your call to repentance
The turning will save me
Save us

I’ve been trying to make it right in my own strength
I hear your Good News
The trusting will save me
Save us

I place every need into your healing hands
name your needs

I place every hope into your divine care
name your hopes

I’m listening
pause in silence

Thank you for receiving it all
Receiving me

In you, I find rest and wholeness
In you, I find life
Now and New and Forever
Blessed be your Name. Amen.

My Needs, My Hopes, a prayer based on Matthew 4 © 2019 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia
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2016 TED Talk Experiment- Week 6

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All the talks chosen for week 6 are less than 10 minutes each. Everyone’s got time for some quick inspiration, so check one out.

Underwater Astonishments
David Gallo
TED 2007 Monterey California, March 2007
Bioluminescence and amazing camouflage. So fun! Be sure to show this one to the kids.

The Art of Misdirection
Apollo Robins
TED Global 2013 Edinburgh Scotland, June 2013
Watched this one a couple of times. Clever and unnerving.

How to Speak So That People Want to Listen
Julian Treasure
TED Global 2013 Edinburgh Scotland, June 2013
A mini master class in public speaking. Excellent! It includes

  • the 7 Deadly Sins of Speaking: Gossiping, Judging, Negativity, Complaining (Viral Misery), Excuses (Blame Thrower), Exaggeration (which often becomes lying), Dogmatism (Confusion of facts and opinions)
  • the 4 cornerstones of speech which are powerful and can bring change, HAIL: Honesty (straight and clear), Authenticity (be yourself), Integrity (be your word, do what you say), Love (bless, wish them well)
  • 6 vocal warm up exercises

A 3D Atlas of the Universe
Carter Emmart
TED 2010 Long Beach California, February 2010
A beautiful and humbling look at our tiny place in the universe.

5 Ways to Kill Your Dreams
Bel Pesce
TED Global, October 2014
Classic insights from a delightful presenter.

I’m trying an experiment in 2016. Maybe you’d like to try it with me.

Here’s where I am
I’m tired of the spin. I’m tired of ideas, news, and entertainment really being one long sales pitch for profit or power.

I’m longing for creativity, curiosity, and inspiration. I’m in search of passionate people willing to speak to the truth and complexity of living with a heart of hope. I want to hear from authentic humans who are in the trenches working for the greater good.

I think I’ve found them in the TED community.

“TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. On, we’re building a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world’s most inspired thinkers — and a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other, both online and at TED and TEDx events around the world, all year long.”

TED’s been around for 30 years. I’ve heard about them and even watched a couple of talks, but I’ve never spent any concentrated time mining the good stuff. So….

Here’s the plan
Watch 5 enthusiastic, inspiring TED Talk presenters a week for a year.
Apply and share the goodness.