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Help me to be honest

 

Lord, 

Help me to be honest 
With myself about my thoughts, 
And with our Heavenly Father,
Just as you always taught.

Help me to be honest
In everything I say
To everyone I contact,
As I follow you each day.

Help me to be honest
In everything I do,
No matter who I’m with, Lord,  
So I may grow like you.

 

References

You have searched me, Lord, and you know me […] You perceive my thoughts from afar […] You are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely (Psalm 139:1-4; NIV).

If you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities (Luke 16:10; NLT).

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

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Your children

 

May we, your children,
Shine with radiant light.   

May we, your children,
Praise you day and night.

May we, your children,
Bear our cross each day.

May we, your children,
Tread your narrow way.

May we, your children,
Thank you that we live.

May we, your children,
Work hard to forgive.

May we, your children,
Serve you, Lord, with grace. 

May we, your children,
One day see your face.

 

References

The righteous will shine like the sun in their Father’s kingdom (Matthew 13:43; NLT).

She never left the temple but stayed there day and night, worshipping God with fasting and prayer (Luke 2:37; NLT).

Take up your cross and follow me (Matthew 16:24; NLT).

Small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it (Matthew 7:14; NIV).

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

If you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you (Matthew 6:14; NIV). 

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace (1 Peter 4:10; NIV).

Now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12; NRSV).

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Pray honestly

 

Pray honestly,
Unceasingly –

Say all 
You want to say.

Then listen 
In the silence,

As God speaks to you
Today.

 

References

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

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

Pray continually (1 Thessalonians 5:17; NIV).

Pray about everything. Tell God what you need (Philippians 4:6; NLT).

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

Listen to his voice (Deuteronomy 13:4; NLT).

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God’s plan

 

Lord,

Even though 
We cannot understand it,

You have a plan 
In all we undergo;

So we can learn,
Through everything that happens,

To trust in you, rejoice in you,
And grow.

 

References

God is greater than we can understand (Job 36:26; NLT).

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

The Lord will work out his plans for my life (Psalm 138:8; NLT).

God saved us and called us to live a holy life […] That was his plan from before the beginning of time – to show us his grace through Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 1:9; NLT).

“I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11; NLT).

We know that all things work together for good for those who love God (Romans 8:28; NRSV).

Trust in God (John 14:1; NLT).

Rejoice always (1 Thessalonians 5:16; 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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Bathed with light

 

Bathed with light,
I wait in prayer –

You are with me;
You are there.

Wrapped in darkness,
All is clear –

You are with me;
You are near.

Cleansed by fire; 
Free from fear –

You are with me;
You are here.

Healed by love;
Absolved of sin –

One with you, Lord,
Deep within.   

…………………………….

References 

God is light (1 John 1:5; NIV). 

Clouds and thick darkness surround him (Psalm 97:2; NIV).

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

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

He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases (Psalm 103:3; NIV).  

You have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you (1 John 2:27; NLT).

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

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Running to meet you

 

“Father!” 

I’m running 
To meet you,   

Caught
In your arms,

Hugging 
And kissing,

Laughing 
And crying,

Leaping 
And dancing with joy;

For you are my Lord, my Creator, 
And I am your dearly loved child.

………………………………………

References

I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty (2 Corinthians 6:18; NLT).

The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms (Deuteronomy 33:27; NIV).

The lame will leap like a deer (Isaiah 35:6; NLT).

God [is] the source of all my joy (Psalm 43:4; NLT).

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

You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13; NIV).

He loves us with unfailing love (Psalm 117:2; NLT).

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Ponder his nativity

Ponder 
His nativity;

His mother’s
Strange virginity. 

Consider 
His humanity

Alongside 
His divinity

And oneness        
With the Trinity.

His message –  
God’s infinity. 

………………….

References

The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God (Luke 1:35; NLT).

But how can this happen? I am a virgin (Luke 1:34; NLT).

He was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood (Luke 22:44; NLT).

He is our God forever (Psalm 48:14; NLT).

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