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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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You made us

Lord, 

You made us; 
We belong to you. 

We’re part of you,
And of your realm above.

Therefore, we respond 
With ceaseless praise;

With thanks, rejoicing,
Constant prayer, and love. 

 

References

He made us, and we are his (Psalm 100:3; NLT).

Whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17; NIV).

The kingdom of God is within you ((Luke 17:21; NKJV).

The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised (Job 1:21; NIV).

Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; RSV).

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).

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Your breath is my soul

You formed me, Father,
Then I came to birth.

The cord was cut –
Survival was my goal.

You breathed the breath of life
Into my body,

And thus your Spirit, Lord,
Became my soul.

May I always know
Your Spirit’s presence;

May I pray in him
Till my last breath.

Then my bones will go back 
To the dust, Lord, 

But my soul will merge with you
Beyond my death. 

References

The Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul (Genesis 2:7; WEB).

The Spirit of God lives in you (1 Corinthians 3:16; NLT).

Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion (Ephesians 6:18; NLT). 

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

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My only strength

   

Lord, 

You are 
My only strength –

I have none
Of my own.

I love you, Lord, 
With all my mind –

May my thoughts
Be your home. 

I love you, Lord,
With all my heart –

Your temple 
Here on earth.

I love you, Lord,
With all my soul –

The stable 
Of your birth. 

 

References

My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9; NLT).

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).

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

While they were there, the time came for her to be delivered. And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling-cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn (Luke 2:6-7; RSV).

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Thank you, Lord

 

Thank you, Lord, 
For loving us so much,
And waiting for us all
To turn to you;

For always being ready 
To forgive, 
And wanting us 
To share your Spirit too. 

Thank you, Lord,
For sending us your Son,
Our teacher, shepherd,
Living bread, and light;

Who died for us
So we can be forgiven,
And shows, in human form, 
What you are like.

 

References

The Lord must wait for you to come to him (Isaiah 30:18; NLT).

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

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).

Christ […] died for sinners to bring you safely home to God (1 Peter 3:18; NLT).

In Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form (Colossians 2:9; NIV).

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After death

 

Lord, 

If I know nothing
After death,

My life will still have been 
Worth all the pain,

For though my flesh
Will go back to the earth,

My soul will lose itself 
In you, again.

References

Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows (John 16:33; NLT).

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

I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5; NLT). 

If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up your life for me, you will find it (Matthew 10:39; NLT).

Whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17; NIV).

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When I’m slow

 

Lord, 

When I’m slow 
To recognise 
Your presence,
Please help me 
To seek out your face 
Each day.

When I’m slow 
To recognise 
Your kindness,
Please help me 
To express my thanks 
Each day.

When I’m slow 
To recognise
Your glory,
Please help me 
To heap praise on you 
Each day.

And when I’m slow 
To recognise
Your mercy,
Please help me 
To rejoice in you
Each day.

 

References

Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognised him (Luke 24:31; NLT).

Seek his face always (1 Chronicles 16:11; NIV).

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

Praise the Lord (Psalm 150:1; NIV).

Rejoice in the Lord (Psalm 33:1; RSV).

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