Personal growth, faith, prayer, contemplation, love, oneness,, Prayer

Dancing for joy

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him (Psalm 37:7; NIV).

Listen to his voice (Deuteronomy 30:20; NIV).

He loves us with unfailing love (Psalm 117:2; NLT).

You also are complete through your union with Christ (Colossians 2:10; NLT).

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I don’t want to spend my time
In contemplation
Picturing the past
And what might come;

Instead, I want to spend the time
In stillness,
Waiting patiently for you,
For we are one.

I don’t want to spend my time
In contemplation
Reflecting on the past
And what might come;

Instead, I want to spend my time
In silence,
Listening for your voice,
For we are one.

I don’t want to spend my time
In contemplation,
Fretting about the past
And what might come;

Instead, I want to spend it
In the present,
Dwelling in your love,
For we are one.

I don’t want to spend my time
In contemplation
Brooding on the past
And what might come;

Instead, I want to spend it
In your arms, Lord,
Dancing for joy with you,
For we are one.

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However busy

Wait patiently for the Lord (Psalm 27:14; NLT).

Listen to his voice (Deuteronomy 30:20; NIV).

Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28; NLT).

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Lord God,
However busy life may be,

Please help me
To make time for you each day –

To wait for you,
And listen for your voice,

While resting in your presence
For a while.

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You love me

Hello, everyone. Here is my response to the questions posed by yesterday’s blog:

 

Lord God,

Though I am even less
Than nothing,
You made me,
And you keep me,
Every day;

You help me
Face my trials
And my sorrows,
Because you love me deeply,
Come what may.

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I am nothing (Job 40:4; NLT).

You made me (Psalm 119:73; NLT).

The Lord keeps me alive (Psalm 54:4; NLT).

Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows (John 16:33; NLT).

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me (Psalm 23:4; KJV).

May you have the power to understand […] how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is (Ephesians 3:18; MLT).

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I’m nothing

Hello to all readers. Christmas is a time when many of us struggle with depression and suicidal feelings. Today’s prayer is for everyone who has fought hard and heroically just to stay alive over recent days and weeks. Tomorrow’s blog will follow on from today’s, with some answers to the questions this prayer poses.

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How can I say
I’m nothing,
When you made me?

How can I feel
I’m nothing,
When you care?

How can I hate my life
When you, Lord,
Love me?

How can I long for death
When you
Are here?

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I am nothing (Job 40:4; NLT).

You made me (Psalm 119:73; NLT).

He cares about you (1 Peter 5:7; NLT).

I hate my life and don’t want to go on living (Job 7:16; NLT).

He loves us with unfailing love (Psalm 117:2; NLT).

They long for death (Job 3:21; NLT).

God is with us (Matthew 1:23; NLT).

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Darkness

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

Moses approached the thick darkness where God was (Exodus 20:21; NLY).

He reveals deep and mysterious things and knows what lies hidden in darkness (Daniel 2:22; NLT).

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

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Father,
During silent contemplation,

I came upon
A partly-opened door.

Holding it, I peered inside
With interest,

But all was dark,
And I dared not explore.

I knew I had a choice:
To leave, or enter,

So I waited there,
Deciding what to do.

Lord, give me courage
To investigate my darkness,

Then I will face it bravely,
And find you.

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Gethsemane

Father, if you are willing, please take this cup off suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine (Luke 22:42; NLT).

I trust in God, so why should I be afraid? (Psalm 56:4; NLT).

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Mark 15:34; NLT).

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Father,

In Gethsemane,
Christ begged you

To take away the suffering
He faced.

But you did not,
And he embraced your will.

So, may we face our suffering
With his courage,

Even when we, like him,
Feel you’ve forsaken us.

 

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Just think!

Just think
How Jesus’ life

Might have turned out
If God had intervened.

Just think of all
We sinners would have lost!

Lord, may our lives
Be just the same as yours –

Facing whatever happens
With God’s help,

Rather than wanting him
To end our pain.

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Father, if you are willing, please take this cup off suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine (Luke 22:42; NLT).

God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; NIV).

Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows (John 16:33; NLT).

Though I walk in the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me (Psalm 23:4; KJV).

I was given a thorn in my flesh […] Three times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:7-9; NLT).

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