Tough love

Tough love

When the crowds came to John for baptism, he said, “You brood of snakes! Who warned you to flee God’s coming wrath?” (Luke 3:7; NLT).

“Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him (Matthew 9:9; NLT).

‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ ” (Mark 12:31; NLT).

“But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you” (Luke 6:27-8; NLT).


God’s love is tough,
He tells us straight,
And warns us of
His wrath to come.

We need to listen
To his voice,
And try to follow
His dear Son;

To say we’re sorry,
And to change,
Love friends and neighbours
As our own;

Love those who hate us,
Those who harm;
Then he will save,
And lead us home.

Surfing

Surfing

Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me (Psalm 42:7; NIV).

The mighty waters engulfed me; I was buried beneath your wild and stormy waves (Jonah 2:3; NLT).

But mightier than the violent raging of the seas, mightier than the breakers on the shore – the LORD above is mightier than these (Psalm 93:4; NLT).

Kings will stand speechless in his presence (Isaiah 52:15; NLT).


Lord,
In contemplation,
I surf my breathing.

Again and again,
I try to catch a wave
And ride it towards you;
But a sea of problems
Swamps me,
Dragging me down
Into the depths.

Yet,
From time to time,
The surge lifts me up,
Sweeping me effortlessly
Into your presence,
And dropping me at your feet,
Where I am lost for words.

Sorry

Sorry

“Can a person do anything to help God? Can even a wise person be helpful to him?”  (Job 22:2; NLT).

“I am God, your God! […] If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for all the world is mine and everything in it” (Psalm 50:7,12; NLT).


Lord,
I’m sorry I’m no use to you.

I can only be me –
Battered and bruised by life,
With a damaged body
And mind.

Thank you for loving me
Just as I am.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Contemplation

Contemplation

Now seek the LORD your God with all your heart and soul (1 Chronicles 22:19; NLT).

Clouds and thick darkness surround him (Psalm 97:2; NIV).

The Lord your God is a devouring fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NLT).

Jesus replied, “The Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the LORD your God and serve him only’ ” (Luke 4:8; NLT).


Lord,
Please help me
To put everything aside,
As I step into the clouds,
To seek you alone.

Lord,
Please help me
To put everything aside,
As I step into the darkness,
To spend time with you alone.

Lord,
Please help me
To put everything aside,
As I step into the fire,
To worship you alone.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Alone

Alone

Serve only the LORD your God and fear him alone. Obey his commands, listen to his voice, and cling to him (Deuteronomy 13:4; NLT).


Lord,
Please help me
To fear you alone,
Listen to you alone,
Obey you alone,
Serve you alone,
And cling to you alone.

In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Fear, freedom and power

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Fear 

Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the LORD means safety (Proverbs 29:25; NLT).

Serve only the LORD your God and fear him alone (Deuteronomy 13:4; NLT).

Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty (Ecclesiastes 12:13; NLT).


Father,
Fearing people
Is a dangerous trap,
But fearing you,
Trusting you,
And obeying your commands,
Brings safety.


Freedom and power

Instead, we will speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).


Father,
My newfound sense
Of freedom and power
Lies in being able to express
Things I previously didn’t dare
To voice at all.

Thank you so much
For my progress!

Contemplation

Contemplation

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

The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you
(Deuteronomy 33:27; NLT).

Then Jesus shouted, “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!” And with those words he breathed his last
(Luke 23:46; NLT).


Father,
In contemplation,
I’m aware
Of your guiding hand
On my life,
And your everlasting arms
Beneath me.

Thank you so much
For all your love
And support,
No matter what befalls me –
In both life,
And death.

Through Jesus’ name,
Amen.