The Little Way of Ste. Thérèse

Photo: Engin_Akyurt

Follow the way of love (1 Corinthians 14:1; NIV).

1. Thank you, Lord,
For this new day.

2. Please keep me on
Your Little Way,

3. So I may feel, think,
Say, and do

4. Everything with love,
For you.

References

1. Stand every morning to thank and praise the Lord (1 Chronicles 23:30; NKJV).

2. Show me your ways, Lord (Psalm 25:4; NIV).

Follow the way of love (1 Corinthians 14:1; NIV).

The gateway to life is very narrow and the road difficult, and only a few ever find it (Matthew 7:13-14; NLT).

3. To acquire wisdom is to love oneself (Proverbs 19:8; NLT).

Do not judge others, and you will not be judged (Luke 6:37; NLT).

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

4. Do everything with love (1 Corinthians 16:14; NLT).

If you give up your life for my sake, you will save it (Luke 9:24; NLT).

You pour out light

Each day the Lord pours out his unfailing love upon me
(Psalm 42:8; NLT).

1. Lord,
You pour out light each day,
Yet you still have more to send.

2. Lord,
You pour out fire each day,
Yet your strength will never end.

3. Lord,
You pour out truth each day,
Yet your words are never stale.

4. Lord,
You pour out peace each day,
Yet its source will never fail.

5. Lord,
You pour out life each day,
Yet your well is never dry.

6. Lord,
You pour out love each day,
Yet your heart will never die.

References

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

2. God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NIV).

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

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

5. I am the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6; NLT).

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

Love never ends (1 Corinthians 13:8; CSB).

Within your hands

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

1. May I live
Within your hands,
Rejoicing, Lord,
In your commands.

2. May I live
Within your mind,
Praising you,
For you are kind.

3. May I live
Within your heart,
Delighting, Lord,
To play my part.

4. May I live
Within your soul,
Trusting you
To make me whole.

References

1. Our lives are in his hands (Psalm 66:9; NLT).

I find joy in your commands (Psalm 119:143; NLT).

2. Praise the Lord, O my soul! Do not forget all his kind deeds! (Psalm 103:2; NET).

3. Your instructions are my delight (Psalm 119:77; NLT).

When you obey me, you should say, ‘We are unworthy servants who have simply done our duty’ (Luke 17:10; NLT).

4. We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love (1 John 4:16; NLT).

He was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed (Isaiah 53:5; NLT).


Photo acknowledgement: Milan Popovic

Thank you

Thank him for all he has done (Philippians 4:6; NLT).

1. Thank you, Lord,
For your example,
Patience, goodness,
Care.

2. Thank you, Lord,
For your forgiveness,
Kindness, healing,
Prayer.

3. Thank you, Lord,
For your atonement,
Courage, body,
Blood.

4. Thank you, Lord,
For your salvation,
Guidance, comfort,
Love.

References

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

2. Through this man Jesus there is forgiveness for your sins (Acts 13:38; NLT).

3. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood (Romans 3:25; NIV).

4. He [Jesus] became the source of eternal salvation for all those who obey him (Hebrews 5:9; NLT). 

All I need to do

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you (Matthew 7:7; NIV).

1. All I need to do, Lord,
Is to seek you.

2. All I need to do
Is ask the way.

3. All I need to do, Lord,
Is to knock on my soul’s door,

4. Until you throw it open,
Every day.

5. For you are waiting there, Lord,
Always present,

6. Just to hear me say:
Forgive my sin.

7. Then we reunite, Lord,
As one spirit,

8. And dwell in love together,
Deep within.

References

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

If you seek him, you will find him (1 Chronicles 28:9; NLT).

2. Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for (Matthew 7:7; NLT).

Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it (Jeremiah 6:16; NLT).

3. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you (Matthew 7:7; NLT).

4. Never stop praying (1 Thessalonians 5:16; NLT).

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

6. Forgive us our sins as we have forgiven those who sin against us (Matthew 6:12; NLT).

7. I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one (John 17:22; NLT).

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

Christian contemplation made simple

Photo by Rawdon Hayne, with many thanks.

We all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image (2 Colossians 3:18; NIV).

Contemplation is the slow, patient repetition of these steps:

1. Make yourself comfortable, sitting or lying in a place where you will not be disturbed.

2. Ask God to bless your time of contemplation.

3. Rest in God’s presence within and around you.

4. Focus your mind, heart and soul on loving God, drinking him in with every in-breath.

5. Repeat, ‘Abba’, or ‘Father’, silently, on every out-breath.

6. When anything comes into your mind, pray about it briefly and simply. Just a sentence or two is all that’s needed.

7. Then leave the matter in God’s hands, letting it go completely. He knows all about it.

8. Return to resting quietly in him, as before.

9. When you are ready to stop, thank God for your period of contemplation, then continue with your day.

References

1. Sit alone in silence (Lamentations 3:28; NIV).

2. May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord (Psalm 19:14; NLT).

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

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

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

5. God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father” (Galatians 4:6; NLT).

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

When you pray, don’t babble on (Matthew 6:7; NLT).

7. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord (Psalm 139:4; NLT).

8. Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength (Isaiah 30:15; NLT).

9. Thank him for all he has done (Philippians 4:6; NLT).