Mental health

Hello to all readers. Today’s blog takes the form of two short pieces under the same heading, rather than one longer one:

Speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

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1. The more we hide from others
What we truly think and feel,
The more depressed and anxious
We will be.

2. We build our prison,
Brick, by brick, by brick,
Out of all that we believe
We can’t express.

Learning to love

This is the life
God gives to me,
Lord Jesus,

With all its countless trials,
Fears,
And sorrows.

May it teach me wisdom,
Kindness,
And endurance,

Just as it did for you,
Through whom
Love flows.

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

Teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts (Psalm 90:12; CSB).

We prove ourselves by our […] kindness (2 Corinthians 6:6; NLT).

When your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow (James 1:3; NLT).

I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices (Hosea 6:6; NLT).

God is love (1 John 4:16; NLT).

Rivers of living water will flow from his heart (John 7:38; NLT).

Lose and find

Be silent before the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NIV).

Anyone who loses his life because of me will find it (Matthew 10:39; CSB).

Keep on seeking and you will find (Luke 11:9; NLT).

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Lord,

May I lose myself
In you
Today,

And find myself
In you
For evermore.

Infinite love

 

The infinite love
That keeps the stars
In motion,

Hears all our cries,
And holds us
In her hand.

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All the stars are at my command (Isaiah 45:12; NLT).

Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice (Psalm 55:17; NIV).

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

The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms (Deuteronomy 33:27; NIV).

As truly as God is our Father, so truly is God our mother (Julian of Norwich, Showings, translated and introduced by Edmund Colledge and James Walsh; Paulist Press, 1977, p231).

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Trials and sorrows

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

I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart (John 14:27; NLT).

You rejoice with a glorious inexpressible joy (1 Peter 1:8; NLT).

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

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

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I’ve had a lot of trials
In my life, Lord,

But I have peace as well,
For I have you.

I’ve had a lot of sorrows
In my life, Lord,

But I have joy as well,
For I have you.

I’ve had a lot of burdens
In my life, Lord,

But I have rest as well,
For I have you.

I’ve had a lot of heartache
In my life, Lord,

But I have love as well,
For I have you.

My task

When you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too (Mark 11:25; NLT).

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

Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing (Luke 23:34; NLT).

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Lord,

So often it has crossed my mind
To say:

I’d forgive them like a shot,
If they’d say sorry.

But many people
Never say they’re sorry,

Yet, still, my task
Is always to forgive.

Breathing

He himself gives everyone life and breath (Acts 17:25; NIV).

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12.9; NLT).

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Lord God,

I’m breathing in
Your love
For me.

May I breathe out
Your love
To all I meet.

Mental health

Speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

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Lord,

In order
To improve
Our mental health

We need to face
Our feelings
And our thoughts,

So we can speak
The truth in love
To others,

And make
Much-needed changes
In our lives.

You understand

He forgives all my sins (Psalm 103:2; NLT).

The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need (Psalm 23:1; NLT).

Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do (Ephesians 5:1; NLT).

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

The Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like him (2 Corinthians 3:18; NLT).

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Lord, you understand,
Love,
And forgive me;

There’s nothing else
I’d ask you, Lord,
To do.

Help me
To do the same,
For other people,

So I become,
Lord Christ,
Much more like you.

My heart’s desire

My soul thirsts for you (Psalm 63:1; NLT).

Seek his face always (1 Chronicles 16:11; NIV).

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

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Lord,

May I always thirst
For your holy presence,

Seek your face
In prayer,

Listen
For your voice,

And find
My heart’s desire.