Personal growth, faith, prayer, contemplation, love, oneness,

Enlightenment and wisdom

Enlightenment and wisdom  
Grow in stages –

Through shafts of insight
And of inspiration; 

During prayers of thanks, joy,
Or devotion;

Of deep distress;
Or silent contemplation.

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The Lord my God will enlighten my darkness (Psalm 18:28; NKJV).

Teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts (Psalm 90:12; CSB).

The inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding (Job 32:8; WEB). 

Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NLT).

In my distress I cried out to the Lord (Psalm 18:6; NLT).

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

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

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Starting again

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

Worship the Lord your God (Luke 4:8; NIV).

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

All night long I search for you; in the morning I earnestly seek for God (Isaiah 26:9; NLT).

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Lord,

I start again,
With every breath,

To concentrate 
My heart and mind on you;

Not just in silent prayer 
And times of worship,

But all day long,
And all night, Father, too.

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Patient silence

When you pray, don’t babble on as people of other religions do (Matthew 6:7; NLT).

If only you would listen to his voice today! (Psalm 95:7; NLT).

Wait patiently for the Lord (Psalm 27:14; NIV). 

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

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Lord,

Forgive us
When we pray

Without listening
For your voice,

And help us
To wait for you

In patient
Silence.

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God’s will

Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10; NLT).

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

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12.9; NLT).

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If a thought isn’t loving, 
It isn’t God’s will; 

If a word isn’t loving,
It isn’t God’s will;

If a deed isn’t loving,
It isn’t God’s will –

However right 
We like to think we are!

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One with you

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

There is one Lord […] who is over all and in all and living through all (Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

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

Nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:39; NLT).

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When I close my eyes 
I’m one with you, Lord,

And when I open them,
I’m one with you.

When I go to sleep 
I’m one with you, Lord,

And when I wake up
I am one with you.

When I’m walking
I am one with you, Lord,

And when I’m resting
I am one with you.

When I’m silent
I am one with you, Lord,

And when I pray aloud
I’m one with you;

So, as long as I’m alive
I’m one with you, Lord,

And when I die
I’ll still be one with you.

 

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Footprints

Righteousness will go before him, and shall make his footsteps our pathway (Psalm 85:13; NKJV).

Uphold my steps in your paths (Psalm 17:5; NKJV).

I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you (John 13:15; NLT).

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

God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example and you must follow in his steps (1 Peter 2:21; NLT).

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Lord,

Thank you 
For your footprints –

Help us follow 
Where you trod;

And for 
Your life’s example –

Help us follow you
To God.

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A hundred thousand stages

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12.9; NLT).

This is the secret: Christ lives in you (Colossians 1:27; NLT).

It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me (Galatians 2:20; NLT). 

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

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Jesus,
By a hundred thousand stages,

May we learn to love all beings –
Just like you. 

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