What can I offer?

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What can I offer the Lord for all he has done for me?
(Psalm 116:12; NLT).

I offer you my weak, frail flesh,
Stripped of all the health and strength of youth.
It’s yours already, Lord, for you conceived it,
Yet I have nothing else to give, in truth.

I offer you my damaged mind,
Stripped of all my hopes of paradise.
It’s yours already, Lord, for you ordained it,
But I have nothing else to sacrifice.

I offer you my small, hard heart,
Stripped of all my faith, and peace, and trust.
It’s yours already, Lord, for you assigned it,
Yet I have nothing else to yield, but dust.

I offer you my sinful life,
Stripped of all grace, though you dwell in my soul.
It’s yours already, Lord, for I’m your temple,
But you are the only part of me that’s whole.

Offer every part of yourself to him
(Romans 6:13; NIV).

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Look for the Father

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1. Look for the Father
Who dwells deep within,
Stirring our hearts
To repent of our sin.

2. Seek the Messiah
Who comes from above,
Sharing our anguish,
Outpouring his love.

3. Search for the Spirit
Who falls from on high,
Comforting everyone,
Hearing each sigh.

4. Turn to the Godhead
Who lives in us all –
Ask his forgiveness,
And welcome his call.

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References

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

Repent of your sins (Matthew 4:17; NLT).

2. I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent me (John 6:38; NLT).

In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Colossians 3:11; NLT).

3. The Holy Spirit fell upon them (Acts 11:15; NKJV).

He will give you another Comforter, that he may be with you for ever (John 14:16; DBY).

Don’t you realise that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16; NLT).

4. Turn to God (Matthew 4:17; NLT).

In him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead (Colossians 2:9; ASV).

We will come and make our home with each of them (John 14:23; NLT).

Perhaps even yet they will turn from their evil ways and ask the Lord’s forgiveness before it is too late (Jeremiah 36:7; NLT).

He calls people (Romans 9:12; NLT).

Touch (for A.K.)

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1. Touch my body,
Bind each wound,
For I am faint,
My strength, consumed.

2. Touch my mind,
Correct each thought,
Until I realise
I am naught.

3. Touch my heart,
Yoke me to good,
And fill me with
Your perfect love.

4. Touch my soul,
Make me like Christ
Your Son –
A living sacrifice.

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References

1. He has injured us but he will bind up our wounds (Hosea 6:1; NIV).

My life is spent with grief, and my years with sighing: my strength faileth because of mine iniquity, and my bones are consumed (Psalm 31:10; KJV).

2. The Lord corrects those he loves (Proverbs 3:12; NLT).

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

3. Those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good (1 Peter 4:19; NIV).

We know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love (Romans 5:5; NLT).

4. The Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image (2 Corinthians 3:18; NLT).

So, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice (Romans 12:1; NLT).

Love and peace

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The God of love and peace will be with you
(2 Corinthians 13:11; NLT).

1. Just as water finds its way,
May your love stream through my heart,
And flow to others, as I try
To see you, Lord, in all, each day.

2. Just as water finds its course,
May your peace flood through my soul,
And spread to others, as I try
To show them, Lord, its perfect source.

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References

1. He who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water (John 7:38; NKJV).

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

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12:9; NLT).

Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Colossians 3:11; NLT).

2. This is what the Lord says: I will make peace flow to her like a river (Isaiah 66:12; CSB).

He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us (2 Corinthians 1:3; NLT).

I will show you the most excellent way (1 Corinthians 12:31; NIV).

The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NLT).

He will be the source of peace (Micah 5:5; NLT).

This little cross

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

1. Lord,
I saw this little cross,
As I walked
In the rain today,

2. Pointing straight ahead –
A symbol
Showing me
Your humble way.

3. When I saw
This little cross,
It deeply touched
My heart and mind,

4. Reminding me of you –
A sign
That all of us can seek,
And find.

“You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord (Jeremiah 29:13-14; NIV).

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I love you

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1. I love you, Lord,
With all my heart.

2. I cling to you
With all my mind.

3. I serve you, Lord,
With all my strength.

4. I seek you in my soul —
And find.

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References

1. 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).

2. Cling to him (Deuteronomy 10:20; NLT).

3. You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him (Luke 4:8; NLT).

4. “If you look for me wholeheartedly you will find me. I will be found by you,”  says the Lord (Jeremiah 29:13-14; NLT).

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

I seek you

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I seek you with all my heart (Psalm 119:10; NIV).

1. I seek you, Lord;
My head is bowed.
All is darkness;
Silence; cloud.

2. I lift my heart
To heaven above.
All is light;
Unfailing love.

3. You are Spirit,
Truth, and peace.
Your righteousness will
Never cease.

4. Lord, touch my hand,
And give me faith
That, one day, I will see
Your face.

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References

1. Now is the time to seek the Lord (Hosea 10:12; NLT).

Seek the Lord your God with all your heart and soul (1 Chronicles 22:19; NLT).

Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the Lord our maker for he is our God (Psalm 95:6-7; NLT).

Clouds and thick darkness surround him (Psalm 97:2; NIV).

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

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

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV).

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it (John 1:5; NLT).

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

3. God is Spirit (John 4:24; NLT). 

The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).

The Lord is peace (Judges 6:24; NLT).

His righteousness never fails (Psalm 111:3; NLT).

The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease (Lamentations 3:22; NLT).

4. When Jesus touched her hand, the fever left her (Matthew 8:15; NLT).

I have faith. Help my lack of faith! (Mark 9:24; JB).

The promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift (Romans 4:16; NLT).

Now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12; NRSV).

I will see you face to face and be satisfied (Psalm 17:15; NLT).

Dying

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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).

Lord,

1. Hold me gently
In your arms,
For I am weak, and ill.

2. Join my drifting thoughts
With yours,
And let me hear you, still.

3. Keep my heart, Lord,
Safe in yours,
So love is all I know.

4. Then take my spirit
In your hands,
And let my body go.

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


References

1. I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls (Matthew 11:29; NLT).

The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you (Deuteronomy 33:27; NLT).

He will carry the lambs in his arms, holding them close to his heart (Isaiah 40:11; NLT).

Have compassion on me, Lord, for I am weak (Psalm 6:2; NLT).

I am dying (Genesis 48:21; NKJV).

2. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5; NKJV).

We have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16; NLT).

After the fire [he heard] a still small voice (1 Kings 19:12; KJV).

3. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them (1 John 4:16; NLT).

4. Into your hands I commit my spirit (Psalm 31:5; NIV).

Yes, my soul, find rest in God (Psalm 62:5; NIV).

All my thoughts

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Put on your new nature, and be renewed
as you learn to know your Creator
and become like him (Colossians 3:10; NLT).

1. May all my thoughts, Lord,
Be like yours,

2. And your love reign
Within my heart.

3. Please live forever
In my soul –

4. Then, though I’m weak,
I shall be whole.

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References

1. We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5; NIV).

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2; NIV).

2. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them (1 John 4:16; NLT).

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12:9; NLT).

I have hidden your word in my heart (Psalm 119:11; NLT).

3. Jesus lives forever (Hebrews 7:24; NLT).

Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Colossians 3:11; NLT).


4. Have compassion on me, Lord, for I am weak (Psalm 6:2; NLT).

He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that made us whole (Isaiah 53:5; RSV).

When I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:10; NLT).

I commit

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1. I commit my mind to you:
Please come to dwell within.
Then I will grow like you

Lord,
I have nothing else
To bring.

2. I devote my heart to you:
Please come to settle there.
Then I will love like you

Lord,
I have nothing else
To share.

3. I entrust my soul to you:
Please come to help me live.
Then I will serve like you

Lord,
I have nothing else
To give.

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References

1. We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5; NIV).

Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Colossians 3:11; NLT).

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5; NKJV).

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

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2; NIV).

2. Devote your heart and soul to seeking the Lord your God (1 Chronicles 22:19; NIV).

Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them” (John 14:23; NLT).

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

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love (Galatians 5:6; NIV).

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12:9; NLT).

3. I entrust my spirit into your hand (Psalm 31:5; NLT).

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10; NLT).

The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others (Mark 10:45; NLT).

Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all” (Mark 9:35; NIV).