Sharing

Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge (Psalm 62:8; NLT).

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

Lord,
May I share everything with you:
Progress, praise,
Achievement, love,
And joy.

Lord,
May I share everything with you:
Failure, guilt,
Rejection, shame,
And sin.

Lord,
May I share everything with you:
Sickness, pain,
Depression, fear,
And grief.

Lord,
May I share everything with you:
For then
I will experience
Your peace.

🖤

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand (Philippians 4:6-7; NLT).

 


Faith, hope, and love

Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love –
and the greatest of these is love.

(1 Corinthians 13:13; NLT).

1. Give faith
To the faithless, Lord,
I pray,

2. Hope
To the hopeless,
Far away,

3. And love
To the loveless,
Every day,

4. Then all
Will be joyful –
Come what may. 

🖤

Our hearts ache, but we always have joy.
(2 Corinthians 6:10; NLT).
 

 


References

1. By grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8; ESV).

2. You were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the people of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of the promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who previously were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ (Ephesians 2:12; NASB20). 

3. As God says in Hosea: “Those who are not my people I will call my people. Those who are not loved I will call my loved ones” (Romans 9:25; GWT). 

4. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Saviour -yes, the Messiah, the Lord – has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!” (Luke 2:9-11; NLT).

Their hearts will rejoice with everlasting joy (Psalm 22:26; NLT).

 


 

More like you

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). 

Christ Jesus,
Make me more like you
In thought, and word, and deed;
A little more like you each day,
By helping those in need.

Lord Jesus,
Make me more like you
In patience, joy, and peace;
A little more like you each day,
Forgiving without cease.

Christ Jesus,
Make me more like you
In kindness, truth, and prayer;
A little more like you each day,
Ready to give, and share.

Lord Jesus,
Make me more like you
In mind, and heart, and soul;
A little more like you each day,
Until, at last, I’m whole.

✝️

We will be like him (1 John 3:2; NLT). 

His hands make whole (Job 5:18; NKJV).

 


You give me faith

By grace you have been saved, through faith –
and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.
(Ephesians 2:8; NIV).

You give me faith,
So I can pray for others.

You give me strength,
So I can help them, too.

You give me love,
So I can serve with joy, Lord.

You give me hope
That I can grow like you.

🖤

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).

 


Sharing (for B.A.)

Praise be to the Lord, to God our Saviour,
who daily bears our burdens.
(Psalm 68:19; NIV). 

Father,
You are here within us,
Sharing all our joys and fears.

Jesus,
You are here within us,
Sharing all our pain and tears.

Spirit,
You are here within us,
Sharing every sigh; each breath.

So, may we share all
With you, Lord,
Here, on earth, and after death.

🤎

Pour out your heart to him,
for God is our refuge.
(Psalm 62:8; NLT).

 


Open my eyes (#3 of 3)


Open my eyes so that I will observe amazing things from your instruction.
(Psalm 119:18; ISV). 

He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.
(Ecclesiastes 3:11; NLT).

Lord,

Open my eyes, so I can see
The scope of all you give to me:
Genesis; conception; birth;
Your realm within me, here, on earth.

Open my mind, so I can see
The scope of all you do for me:
The gift of Christ, your only Son;
His battle against evil, won.

Open my heart, so I can see
The scope of all you offer me:
Forgiveness, faith; your truth; your way;
Your Spirit, helping me each day.

Open my soul, so I can see
The scope of all you promise me:
Salvation; life with you above
For evermore, in joy and love.

🖤

You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.
(Psalm 16:11; NLT).


I run to you

They ran to him, grasped his feet, and worshipped him
(Matthew 28:9; NLT).

May I run to you, as well, 
And grasp your feet,
For you are here.

May I never let you go,
Worshipping with joy,
And fear.

May I, too,
Tell all the world
About your perfect sacrifice,

And that you’re with us evermore, Lord God,
Our pearl
Beyond all price.

🧡

The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls. When he found one priceless pearl, he went and sold everything he had and bought it
(Matthew 13:45-6; CSB).


References

Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying. And now, go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and he is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there. Remember what I have told you. 

The women ran quickly from the tomb. They were very frightened but also filled with great joy, and they rushed to give the disciples the angel’s message. And as they went, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they ran to him, grasped his feet, and worshipped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t be afraid! Go tell my brothers to leave for Galilee, and they will see me there” (Matthew 28: 5-10; NLT).

Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20; NLT). 

“My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed (John 20:28; NLT).


I long for you

I long for the Lord
more than sentries long for the dawn
(Psalm 130:6; NLT).

I long for you, Lord,
And for death,
When I will take
My final breath,

Then share, at last,
Your joy and grace,
While gazing on
Your shining face.

I thirst for you, Lord,
And for bliss,
As I await
Your loving kiss,

Then share, at last,
Your peace and light,
While praising you
With all my might.


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


Lost in darkness


Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life” (John 8:12; NLT).

Though my prayers
Are lost in darkness,
You are there to light the way.

Though my thanks
Are said in darkness,
You, Lord, listen every day.

Though my joy
Is locked in darkness,
You will come to set me free.

Though my life
Is spent in darkness,
You will not abandon me.


God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you”
(Hebrews 13:5; NLT).

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