This fragile place

Ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature (Romans 1:20; NLT). 

Lord,
You made this fragile place,
So those who search for you each day
Can always find you,
Always praise,
For they will see
Your face.

Lord,
You gave your only Son,
So those who put their trust in him
Will never perish,
Never die,
But dwell with you,
As one.

Lord,
You send your Spirit, too,
So those who take him to their heart,
Although they suffer,
Though they sin,
Will live in love,
With you.

💙

Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.
(1 John 4:16; NIV).

 


Leaving no footprints

You walked through the sea; you passed through the surging waters,
but left no footprints (Psalm 77:19; NET). 

1. Father,
May I walk these sands,
Leaving no footprints –
Only faith.

2. Jesus
May I pass this way,
Leaving no footprints –
Only peace.

3. Spirit,
May I wander here,
Leaving no footprints –
Only prayer.

4. Saviour,
May I rise with you,
Leaving no footprints –
Only love.

♥️

Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ.
(Ephesians 5:2; NLT).

 


References

1. It is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast (Ephesians 2:8-9; NIV). 

2. How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” (Isaiah 52:7; NIV).

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

3. The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words (Romans 8:26; RSV).

4. All glory to him who alone is God, our Saviour through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen (Jude 1:25; NLT).

My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour (Luke 1:46-7; NIV). 

My beloved calls to me, “Arise, my darling. Come away with me, my beautiful one” (Song of Songs 2:10; BSB).  

Those who trust in the Lord for help will find their strength renewed. They will rise on wings like eagles; they will run and not get weary; they will walk and not grow weak (Isaiah 40:31; GNT). 

We …will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:17; NLT).

The dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NIV).

 


 

I’m nothing

I am nothing but dust.
(Genesis 18:27; NIV). 

He cares for those who trust in him.
(Nahum 1:7; NIV).

1. I’m nothing,
Yet I know you care,
Because, Lord God,
You help me.

2. I’m nothing,
Yet I know you care,
Because, Lord,
You inspire me.

3. I’m nothing,
Yet I know you care,
Because, Lord God,
You heal me.

4. I’m nothing,
Yet I know you care,
Because, Lord,
You forgive me.

🖤

What are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them? Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honour (Psalm 8:4-5; NLT).

 


References 

1. He helps me (Psalm 28:7; NLT).

2. There are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of working, but it is the same God who inspires them all in every one (1 Corinthians 12:4-6; RSV).

3-4. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases (Psalm 103:3; NLT).

 


 

Born again (#2 of 2)

Unless you are born again,
you cannot see the Kingdom of God.
(John 3:3; NLT).

Not for deeds that we had done, but by his steadfast love alone, he saved us through a second birth, renewed us by the Spirit’s work,
and poured him out upon us, too.
(Titus 3:5-6; ISV).

Father,
Being born again
Means starting life afresh,
No longer thinking we’re alone,
But trusting, Lord, in you.

Jesus,
Being born again
Means starting life once more,
No longer lost in self alone,
But serving, Lord, like you.

Spirit,
Being born again
Means starting life anew,
No longer facing death alone,
But walking, Lord, with you.

💚

Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God – truly righteous and holy.
(Ephesians 4:21-4; NLT).

Yea, 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).

 


A foolish prayer


Never stop praying, especially for others.
(Ephesians 6:18; CEV). 

1. Lord,
Please be w
ith those who suffer.

2. Sorry,
That’s a foolish prayer –

3. Because you’re always with us,
Waiting,

4. Wanting us
To know you care.

5. Lord,
How should I pray for others?

6. May their hearts
Return to you –

7. Then they’ll know
Your deep compassion,

8. As you heal,
And make them new.

🖤

He renews my life.
(Psalm 23:3; CSB). 


References

1. I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf (1 Timothy 2:1; NLT). 

2. O God, you know how foolish I am (Psalm 69:5; NLT). 

3. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me (Psalm 23:4; NLT). 

The Lord must wait for you to come to him, so he can show you his love and compassion (Isaiah 30:18; NLT).

4. The Lord longs to be gracious to you (Isaiah 30:18; NIV).

5. Lord, teach us to pray (Luke 11:1; NLT).

6. I will give them hearts that recognise me as the Lord. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me wholeheartedly (Jeremiah 24:7; NLT).

The spirit returns to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NIV).

7. With deep compassion, I will bring you back (Isaiah 54:7; NIV). 

8. He heals all your diseases (Psalm 103:3; CSB).  

He renews my strength (Psalm 23:3; NLT).

 


 

Born again (#1 of 2)

Unless you are born again,
you cannot see the Kingdom of God.
(John 3:3; NLT).

Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God – truly righteous and holy.
(Ephesians 4:21-4; NLT).

Father,
Being born again
Means starting life afresh
With you;

Jesus,
Being born again
Means learning how to love
Like you;

Spirit,
Being born again
Means praying day and night
In you,

Because,
Once we are born again,
We believe and trust
In you.

💙

Not for deeds that we had done, but by his steadfast love alone, he saved us through a second birth, renewed us by the Spirit’s work,
and poured him out upon us, too.
(Titus 3:5-6; ISV). 

 


Simple prayers

When you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans,
for they think they will be heard because of their many words.
(Matthew 6:7; NIV).

1. May my prayers
Be simple, Lord,
For you already know
My needs.

2. May my prayers
Be honest, Lord:
You know my thoughts,
And words, and deeds.

3. May my prayers
Be Christ-like, Lord:
Pleading for others,
Judging none;

4. And may my prayers
Be constant, Lord,
Then we will always
Live as one.

🧡


References

1. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him (Matthew 6:8; NIV).

2. You desire honesty from the womb (Psalm 51:6; NLT).

You perceive my thoughts from afar (Psalm 139:2; NIV).

Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely (Psalm 139:4; NIV).

You know everything I do (Psalm 119:168; NLT). 

3. When they came to a place called The Skull, they nailed him to the cross. And the criminals were also crucified – one on his right and one on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34; NLT). 

Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you (Luke 6:37; NLT).

4. Pray constantly (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NIV).

The person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him (1 Corinthians 6:17; NLT).

 


 

In anguish (for M)

Blessed be the Lord!
Day after day he bears our burdens;
God is our salvation.
(Psalm 68:19; CSB).

Lord,
In anguish,
And distress,
Hour after hour,
You watch with us.

Lord,
In sickness,
Fear, and pain,
Day after day,
You care for us.

Lord,
In heartbreak,
Loss, and grief,
Month after month,
You comfort us.

Lord,
In birth, and life,
And death,
Year after year,
You carry us.

♥️

He lifts them up, and carries them.
(Isaiah 63:9; LSV).

 


 

We only live (#2 of 2)

Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.
(1 John 4:16; NIV).

We only live
Because you live within us.

We only serve
Because you make us one.

We only love
Because you loved us first, Lord.

We only give
Because you gave your Son.

💜

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).

 


We live (#1 of 2)

  

He himself gives life and breath to everything.
(Acts 17:25; NLT).

Lord,

We live
Because you live.

We share
Because you share.

We love
Because you loved us first,

And care
Because you care.

💙

Care for the flock that God has entrusted to you.
(1 Peter 5:2; NLT).

I will be your God throughout your lifetime –
until your hair is white with age.
I made you, and I will care for you.
(Isaiah 46:4; NLT).