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Growing towards completeness

I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness – secret riches (Isaiah 45:3; NLT).

You have searched me, Lord, and you know me (Psalm 139:1; NIV).

When completeness comes, what is in part disappears (1 Corinthians 13:10; NLT).

Put on your new nature, created to be like God (Ephesians 4:24; NLT).

We shall be like him (1 John 3:2; ESV).

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Lord God,

In quiet prayer
I share with you

The secret riches
Of my shadow self,

Though you already
Know them very well –

My silent hurt
And bitterness,

Resentment,
Anger,

Envy, hate
And fear.

Then, as I integrate them,
One by one,

Into a fuller knowledge
Of my self,

Slowly, I change,
Growing towards completeness,

As I become
A little more like you.

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Forgiveness

Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you (Matthew 5:44; NIV).

Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us (Luke 11:4; NLT).

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Lord God,
When I can pray

For someone who has hurt
Or damaged me,

Without a single reservation
From my shadow self,

Then I know for sure
That I’ve forgiven them, at last.

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Faith

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1; NLT).

Keep on seeking, and you will find (Matthew 7:7; NLT).

We are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).

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Lord,

Faith does not mean
Following lots of rules –

It means seeing you
In your created world,

Loving you
In everyone we meet,

And discovering you
Deep within ourselves.

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Darkness

The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness (Psalm 18:28; NLT).

Speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

When completeness comes, what is in part disappears (1 Corinthians 13:10; NLT).

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Lord,
I’ve always kept my shadow self
In darkness,

Shunning the thoughts
I’d rather not accept;

But now, I’m sharing
My whole self with you,

So these thoughts become the cure
That makes me whole.

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Dry bones

If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me (Jeremiah 29:13-14; NLT).

He found them in a desert land, in an empty, howling wasteland (Deuteronomy 32:10; NLT).

He led me all around among the bones that covered the valley floor. They were scattered everywhere across the ground and were completely dried out (Ezekiel 37:2; NLT).

You are with me (Psalm 23:4; NIV).

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Lord,
I seek you out
In lonely desert sands,
Whilst wandering among
My own dry bones –
For you are here.

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Your will be done

Your will be done (Matthew 6:10; NIV).

Our lives are in his hands (Psalm 66:9; NLT).

Wait patiently for him (Psalm 37:7; NIV).

Never stop praying (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NLT).

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Lord God,

Sometimes I wish so much
I could be well again,

For life is passing me by
Day after day.

It seems so pointless, Lord,
Yet may your will be done;

So I rest in your hands,
And wait, and pray.

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