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Just like you

I need not ask 
What others think
Before I make my mind up —
Just like you, Lord.

I need not  judge 
What others want
Before I grasp my feelings — 
Just like you. 

I need not wait
For others to agree     
Before I speak out boldly — 
Just like you, Lord.

I need not watch 
To see how others act
Before I do what’s right, Lord –
Just like you.

 

References

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

I want you to show love (Hosea 6:6; NLT).

I want you to show mercy (Matthew 12:7; NLT).

Do what is right and good in the Lord’s sight (Deuteronomy 6:18; NLT).

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Pray constantly

Pray constantly, 
Both day and night;

Rejoice in God,
And never stop.

Thank him for good 
And bad alike –

Commune with him,
No matter what!

References

Pray constantly (1 Thessalonians 5:17; CSB).

Rejoice always (1 Thessalonians 5:16; NIV).

Give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18; NIV).

Enjoy prosperity while you can, but when hard times strike, realise that both come from God (Ecclesiastes 7:14; NLT).

Commune with your own heart (Psalm 77:6; KJV).

Don’t you realise that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16; NLT).

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When I can’t rejoice

When I can’t rejoice, Lord,
May I pray.

When I cannot pray, Lord, 
May I sleep.

When I cannot sleep, Lord,
May I rest.

When I cannot rest, Lord, 
May I weep.

When I cannot weep, Lord,
May I wait –

Enduring all,
For you will keep me safe. 

References

Always be joyful (1 Thessalonians 5:16; NLT).

Never stop praying (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NLT).

I think, ‘My bed will comfort me, and sleep will ease my misery’ (Job 7:13; NLT).

I am churning within and cannot rest (Job 30:27; CSB).

I weep with sorrow (Psalm 119:28; NLT).

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

In everything we do, we show that we are true ministers of God. We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind (2 Corinthians 6:4; NLT).

You alone, O Lord, will keep me safe (Psalm 4:8; NLT).

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Be open

 

Be open
To the presence
Of our God –

The One who makes
The earth, and sea, 
And sky;

The One who shares 
Our lives of pain 
And pleasure;

The One who gave us 
His dear Son –
To die.  

 

References

Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it! (Genesis 28:16; NLT).

There is only one God, the Father, who created everything, and we live for him (1 Corinthians 8:6; NLT).

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

Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn (Romans 12:15).

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

This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased (Matthew 17:5; NIV).

The Son of Man must die, as the Scriptures declared long ago (Mark 14:21; NLT).

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We can’t control our thoughts

 

Lord,

We can’t control our thoughts,
But we can be aware of them,
With you.

We can’t control our thoughts,
But we can share them straightaway
With you.

We can’t control our thoughts,
But we can share them honestly
With you.

We can’t control our thoughts,
But we can say: “I’m sorry, Lord,”
To you. 

We can’t control our thoughts, 
But we can try repeatedly –
With you. 

 

References 

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

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 have searched me, Lord, and you know me (Psalm 139:1; NIV). 

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

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Live in hope

 

Hello everyone, I’m just home from hospital. Still pretty sedated and absolutely exhausted, but very glad to be here. More comfortable without wound drain and cannula. My love to you all XXXXXX

 

Lord,
When we stop trying
To be something
We are not,
And start accepting
All of what we are,
Then we begin
To live in hope,
With you.

When we stop longing
To be something
We are not,
And start accepting
All of what we are,
Then we begin
To live in peace,
With you.

When we stop dying
To be something
We are not,
And start accepting
All of what we are,
Then we begin
To live in love,
With you.

 

References

How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? (Psalm 13:2; NLT).

My body also will live in hope (Acts 2:26; NET).

All who listen to me will live in peace (Proverbs 1:33; NLT).

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

 

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Spiritual growth

 

 

There is no spiritual growth
Unless we’re honest, Lord.

Prayer is worth nothing 
If our words aren’t true. 

Facing and sharing 
Our shadow self 
Is vital.

May we never feign
Our ideal self
With you.

 

References 

Lord, you are searching for honesty (Jeremiah 5:3; NLT).

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

God, have mercy on me, a sinner (Luke 18:13; NLT).

You know my thoughts (Psalm 139:2; NLT).

You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence (Matthew 23:25; NIV).

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