I want to follow you

“Come, follow me” Jesus said
(Matthew 4:19; NIV).

Lord,

I want to follow you,
And serve you every day.

I want to grow much more like you,
And never cease to pray.

I want to dwell within you, Lord,
And you to dwell in me,

So we may always live in love –
United, strong, and free.

When we died with Christ
we were set free from the power of sin
(Romans 6:7; NLT).

You love me x

We love him,
because he first loved us
(1 John 4:19; KJV).

Lord,

1. You love me, and I love you –
Every word you speak is true.

2. You’re with me, and I’m with you –
In all I feel, think, say, and do.

3. You dwell in me, and I in you –
Timeless, changeless, ever new.

4. I live through you, and you through me –
Your only Son has set me free.

5. I am yours, and you are mine –
In life, in death, and for all time.

6. I’m one with you, and you with me –
Together, for eternity.


References

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

I love you, Lord (Psalm 18:1; NLT).

2. The Lord is always with me (Psalm 16:8; NLT).

I am always with you (Psalm 73:23; NIV)

3. He that dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him (1 John 4:16; AKJV).

4. There is one […] God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all (Ephesians 4:5; NLT).

God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him (1 John 4:9; ESV).

5. I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine (Song of Songs 6:3; NLT).

6. God is love. If we keep on loving others, we will stay one in our hearts with God, and he will stay one with us (1 John 4:16; CEV).

You love me

We love him because he first loved us
(1 John 4:19; NKJV).

You love me, Lord:
I love you, in return.

You speak to me:
I listen, mark, and learn.

You comfort me:
I know your words are true.

You are my guide:
I want to grow like you.

You lived for me:
I follow, and obey.

You died for me:
I long for you each day.

You rose again from death,
To set me free:

So I can live in you,
And you in me.

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

I love you, Lord

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💙

Love the Lord your God with all your heart,
all your soul, all your strength,
and all your mind (Luke 10:27; NLT).

1. I love you, Lord,
With all my mind,
Delighting
In 
your tender care.

2. I love you, Lord,
With all my heart,
Exalting,
For 
I am your heir.

3. I love you, Lord,
With all my soul,
Rejoicing,
For you hear each plea.

4. I love you, Lord,
With all my strength,
For you, alone,
Have set me free.

💙


References

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

2. Since we are his children, we are his heirs. In fact, together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory (Romans 8:17; NLT).

3. I love the Lord, because he hears my voice and my pleas (Psalm 116:1; NASB20).

4. If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed (John 8:36; NIV).

Trust in God (#2 of 2 linked poems)

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Trust in God (John 14:1; NLT).

1. Trust in God,
For he is perfect,
And his mercy
Is supreme.

2. Trust in God,
Who sent his perfect Son
To teach us,
And redeem.

3. Trust in God,
Whose perfect Spirit
Comes to free us
From all sin.

4. Trust in God,
For he is perfect.
And our task?
To grow like him.

🤎


References

1. Trust in God and trust also in me (John 14:1; NLT).

Your Father in heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48; NLT).

His mercy is very great (1 Chronicles 21:13; NLT).

2. 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).

You call me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am (John 13:13; RSV).

When the fulness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law (Galatians 4:5; NKJV).

By the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins (Hebrews 9:14; NLT).

3. There is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death (Romans 8:1-2; NLT).

4. Your Father in heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48; NLT).

Put on your new nature, created to be like God – truly righteous and holy (Ephesians 4:24; NLT).

You are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48; NLT).

A vision in a dream 19.2.21.

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***

1. Out in the estuary,
Dragged from the shore.

2. The current, relentless;
My strength is no more.

3. There’s no turning back now:
I’ve drifted too far –

4. Down to the river-mouth;
Over the bar.

5. The ocean, before me;
The future, unknown.

6. The start of my journey –
Afraid, and alone.

7. Drawn by the ebb-tide
I’m swept out to sea.

8. My days are completed:
My spirit flies free.

*****

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

Heaven

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✝️

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

1. One day
I will rest again
In heaven,
By your side.

2. One day
I will walk again
With you, Lord,
As my guide.

3. One day
I will run again
With you,
Restored and free.

4. One day
I will dance again –
Then you will dance
With me.

He will wipe every tear from their eyes,
and there will be no more death or sorrow
or crying or pain.
All these things are gone forever
(Revelation 21:3-4; NLT).


References

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

The Lord will be at your side (Proverbs 3:26; NIV).

2. Those who trust in the Lord will find new strength […] They will walk and not faint (Isaiah 40:31; NLT).

I will guide you (Psalm 32:8; NLT).

3. They will run and not grow weary (Isaiah 40:31; NLT).

He restores my soul (Psalm 23:3; NKJV).

The oppressed will be set free (Luke 4:18; NLT).

4. You will again be happy and dance merrily (Jeremiah 31:4; NLT).

God will redeem me from the realm of the dead; he will surely take me to himself (Psalm 49:15; NIV).

My beloved is mine and I am his (Song of Songs 2:16; NIV).

Trust

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🧡

I trust in you, my God
(Psalm 25:2; NLT).

1. I lift my hands to you in secret,
Trusting you will hear my prayers.

2. I lift my mind to you in stillness,
Trusting you will ease my cares.

3. I lift my heart to you in silence,
Trusting you will pardon me.

4. I lift my soul to you in darkness,
Trusting you will set me free.

Pray continually
(1 Thessalonians 5:17; NIV).

🧡


References

1. Lift up your hands in the sanctuary (Psalm 134:2; NIV).

When you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father who is unseen (Matthew 6:6; NIV).

I love the Lord because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy (Psalm 116:1; NLT).

2. Be still and know that I am God (Psalm 46:10; NIV).

Pray about everything (Philippians 4:6; NLT).

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

3. Let us lift up our hearts and our hands to God in heaven (Lamentations 3:41; NIV).

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

Pour out your heart to him (Psalm 62:8; NLT).

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

4. To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul (Psalm 25:1; NKJV).

Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light (Micah 7:8; NLT).

He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see [and] that the oppressed will be set free (Luke 4:18; NLT).

Healing

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Seek peace (Psalm 34:14; NIV).

1. Healing is a painful, lifelong journey:
A pilgrimage
In search of inner peace.

2. I struggle up the path to my next insight;
What joy to reach the top,
And what relief!

3. But every crest reveals a higher mountain,
And more beyond,
As far as I can see,

4. Until, at last, I glimpse my destination:
The hill, Lord, where you died
To set me free.


References

1. He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds (Psalm 147:3; NLT).

Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage […] They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion (Psalm 84:5,7; NIV).

I search for peace (Psalm 120:7; NLT).

2. Send out your light and your truth; let them guide me. Let them lead me to your holy mountain, to the place where you live (Psalm 43:3; NLT).

Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand (Philippians 4:7; NLT).

3. The mountain of the Lord’s house will be the highest of all (Isaiah 2:2; NLT).

4. It is high and magnificent; the whole earth rejoices to see it! Mount Zion, the holy mountain, is the city of the great King! (Psalm 48:2; NLT).

They brought Jesus to a place called Golgotha […] Then the soldiers nailed him to the cross (Mark 15:22,24; NLT).

Christ […] has died as a ransom to set them free (Hebrews 9:15; NIV).

If the Son sets you free, you are truly free (John 8:36; NLT).

Free gifts


Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires
(Psalm 37:4; NLT).

1. God’s love
Is within, for the taking,
His light
Is as free as the air.

2. His peace
Heals each heart that is aching,
His truth
Is both upright and fair.

3. God’s Son
Is his gift of salvation,
His Spirit
Is gracious and sweet.

4. His mercy
Is for all creation,
His joy
Makes our exile complete.


References

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

You are the temple of the living God (Luke 17:21; NKJV).

The teaching of your word gives light (Psalm 119:130; NLT).

2. The Lord blesses them with peace (Psalm 29:11; NLT).

I am the Lord, who heals you (Exodus 15:27; NIV).

He will judge the world with justice, and the nations with his truth (Psalm 96:13; NLT).

3. 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).

May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing (Psalm 143:10; NLT).

4. He forgives all my sins (Psalm 103:3; NLT).

I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete (John 15:11; NIV).