Saturday, July 11, 2009

11th Step

We were reading from Melody Beattie in our little (after the meeting) step meeting. I've experimented a bit over the decades with meditation, less with prayer. I used to do some fancier praying in the past. Now, as Annie Lamott has said, I have basically two prayers. The first is Please, Please, Please and the second is Thank You, Thank You, Thank You. And this week I felt lousy enough that I asked for a sign. And it was given.


  1. I love the Please and Thank You prayers. So often I have not a clue how to pray because I have no idea what would be in anyone's best interest, but I know God does.

    And I am always so grateful when I am actually given a sign. What a blessing.

    So glad you were given one.
    Prayer Girl

  2. Somewhere in my archives I have a blog which describes a time I asked for a "sign". I was having a problem with being honest (cash register-type).

    That afternoon I passed a grade school where on the outside billboard was posted:

    (A play in 2 acts by students of Lake Park Elem.)

  3. Sign granted!

    More "Thank you, thank you, thank you" prayers, sister ;-)

    Comfort Spiral

  4. Love Annie LaMott! I know of a little 11th step meeting on Saturday afternoons.......hint hint....

  5. You will not have that for which you ask, nor can you have anything you want. This is because your very request is a statement of lack, and your saying you want a thing only works to produce that precise experience—wanting—in your reality.

    The correct prayer is therefore never a prayer of supplication, but a prayer of gratitude.

    When you ask God in advance for that which you choose to experience in your reality, you, in effect, acknowledge that it is there…in effect. Thankfulness is thus the most powerful statement to God; an affirmation that even before you ask, I have answered.

    Therefore never supplicate. Appreciate.

    ~Conversations with God, pg. 11