Unconditional love

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

For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; NLT).

He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases (Psalm 103:3; NLT).

And the Father, as he had promised, gave him the Holy Spirit to pour out upon us (Acts 2:33; NLT).

The LORD looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if anyone is truly wise, if anyone seeks God. But no, all have turned away; all have become corrupt (Psalm 14:2-3; NIV).

You made the world,
And gave us your Son.
You forgive our sins,
And heal our wounds.
You pour out your Spirit,
And offer us eternal life.

What’s more –
You do all this
Despite knowing
Exactly how we behave
Towards each other,
And towards you.

That’s what I call
Unconditional love!

My aim

My aim

“You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.” (Luke 10:27; NLT).

However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me (Acts 20:24; NIV).

I’m not aiming
To get rich;
But to love you
With all my strength.

I’m not aiming
To be liked;
But to love you
With all my mind.

I’m not aiming
To have fun;
But to love you
With all my heart.

And I’m not aiming
To feel well;
But to love you
With all my soul.

In Jesus’ name,

God’s hand

God’s hand 

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand (1 Peter 5:6; NIV).

In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind  (Job 12:10; NIV).

…when you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things (Psalm 104:28; NLT).

…when you take away their breath, they die and return to the dust (Psalm 104:29; NLT).

For then the dust will return to the earth, and the spirit will return to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NLT).

The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the LORD (Job 1:21; NLT).

My life
Is in your hand.

When you open it,
I am satisfied
With good things.

When you close it,
I will die
And turn to dust.

Then my spirit
Will return to you,
Who gave it,

And I will praise your name
For evermore –
In paradise. 



And what about the eighteen people who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them? Were they the worst sinners in Jerusalem? No, and I tell you again that unless you repent, you will perish, too (Luke 13:4-5; NLT).

Be thankful in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18; NLT).

If you become wise, you will be the one to benefit (Proverbs 9:12; NLT).

Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding (Hebrews 6:1; NLT).

Our purpose is to please God, not people (1 Thessalonians 2:4; NLT).

The good things
That come to us in life
Are not rewards;
Nor are the bad things

Stuff happens,
Either randomly,
Or caused by us,
Or other people –
You don’t make things happen,
Either way.

May we thank you
In all circumstances,
Good and bad,
Asking you to help us face
And come to terms
With what life brings.

Then we will grow
In wisdom,
And maturity –
In keeping with your purpose
For our lives.

Pour out

Pour out

So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us (Ephesians 1:6; NLT).

And he said to them, “This is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice for many (Mark 14:24; NLT).

The Jewish believers who came with Peter were amazed that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles too (Acts 10:45; NLT).

Father God,
You make us,
And sustain our lives.

You pour yourself out
For us each day –
So how can we fail
To thank you?

Son of Man,
You came to live
And die for us.

You pour yourself out
For us each day –
So how can we fail
To follow you?

Holy Spirit,
You fill our hearts
And comfort us.

You pour yourself out
For us each day –
So how can we fail
To love you?

A hermit’s prayer

A hermit’s prayer

“You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind.” And, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself’ (Luke 10:27; NLT).

Anna, a prophet, was also there in the Temple. She was the daughter of Phanuel from the tribe of Asher, and she was very old. Her husband died when they had been married only seven years. Then she lived as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the Temple but stayed there day and night, worshipping God with fasting and prayer (Luke 2:36-7; NLT).

May my mind be a refuge,
Where I can dedicate my life
To praising you;

May my heart be a haven,
Where I can dedicate my life
To loving you;

And may my soul be a hermitage,
Where I can dedicate my life
To serving you.

In Jesus’ name,

When I feel empty…

When I feel empty…

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

 Praise the LORD! (Psalm 28:6; NLT).

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you (1 Peter 5:7; NLT).

Worship only God (Revelation 22:3; NLT).

When I feel empty
And alone,
I seek you out
The very best I can.

And when I’m glad
To be alive,
I praise your name
The very best I can.

And when I wish
I’d never been born,
I tell you truthfully,
The very best I can.

And when you fill me
With your love,
I worship you wholeheartedly –
The very best I can.