Prayer, spiritual development, personal growth, faith, exploration, wholeness,

My soul

Father,

You are everything
To me –

My food and drink,
My way, my truth, my goal;

My life and breath,
My suffering and death,

My love,
My soul.

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References

Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4; NIV).

God is the spring of living water (Jeremiah 2:13; NIV).

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6; NIV).

He gives breath to everyone, life to everyone who walks the earth (Isaiah 42:5; NLT).

My beloved is mine and I am his (Song of Songs 2:16; NIV).

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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Prayer, spiritual development, personal growth, faith, exploration, wholeness,

I return to you

Lord,

When I awake,
May I return to you;

And, all day long,
May I return to you.

In silent prayer,
May I return to you;

And when I sleep,
May I return to you.

So, whilst I live,
May I return to you;

And when I die,
May I return to you.

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References 

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

Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved (Isaiah 30:15; 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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I’ve fallen

Lord,

I’ve fallen
Straight into your hands.   

I’m thunderstruck, 
Yet I will gladly stay.

I can’t go any further –
Your arms hold me,

So here I will give thanks,
Rejoice, and pray. 

Lord,

I’ve fallen
Straight into your hands.

There’s nowhere else 
That I would rather be.   

So I will gladly stay 
With you forever, 

For here, at last, held tightly, Lord,
I’m free.

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References 

It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God (Hebrews 10:31; NIV).

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

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

A single day in your courts is better than a thousand anywhere else! (Psalm 84:10; NLT).

I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever (Psalm 23:6; KJV).

In my distress I prayed to the Lord, and the Lord answered me and set me free (Psalm 118:5; NLT). 

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Prayer, suffering, life, courage, help, bear, illness, mental, physical,

Our narrow way

God, our Father,
Help us when we suffer.
Help us to accept 
Our narrow way.

Help us still to serve 
As we are able,
And always, Lord, to thank you, 
And to pray.

Christ, our Saviour,
Help us face our hardships.
Help us to accept 
Our weary way.

Help us still to serve
As we are able,
And always, Lord, to worship you, 
And pray.

Mother Mary,
Help us through our sorrows. 
Help us to accept 
Our stony way.   

Help us still to serve
As we are able,
And always to rejoice in you, 
And pray. 

Holy Spirit, 
Help us in our weakness.
Help us to accept
Our lonely way.

Help us still to serve
As we are able,
And always, Lord, to cling to you,
And pray.

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References

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

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

Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28; NLT).

You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him (Luke 4:8; NLT).

Simeon blessed them, and he said to Mary, the baby’s mother […] “A sword will pierce your very soul” (Luke 2:34-5; NLT).

The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness (Romans 8:26; NLT).

Cling to him (Deuteronomy 13:4; NLT).

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

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Expectations

Help me to give up my expectations 
That others, Lord, will give me what I ask.  

Then I’ll never suffer disappointment,  
But squarely face each trial and each task. 

Help me to give up my expectations 
That others, Lord, should give me what I seek. 

Then I’ll never suffer disillusion, 
For all of us are fallible and weak.

Help me to give up my expectations
That others, Lord, can tell me what to do.

Then I’ll never suffer desolation,
But instead I’ll bear my cross, and trust in you.

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References

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

If you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple (Luke 14:27; NLT).

Unfailing love surrounds those who trust in the Lord (Psalm 32:10; NLT).

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Spend time alone

Spend time alone
To seek God’s holy presence;

Be silent   
As you listen for his voice.  

With eyes closed
You may see his dazzling glory;

And in stillness
You may join his sacred dance. 

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References

He [Jesus] left in a boat to a remote area to be alone (Matthew 14:13; NLT).

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

God shines in glorious radiance (Psalm 50:2; NLT).

 Golden splendour comes from the mountain of God. He is clothed in dazzling splendour (Job 37:22; NLT).

Be still before the Lord (Psalm 37:7; NIV).

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Trials and sorrows

Life brings us, Lord, 
So many trials and sorrows,

Which invite us 
To grow more and more
Like Christ. 

Please help us face  
And learn from them,  
As he did,

Who, out of love,
Became our sacrifice. 

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References 

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

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

If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine (Matthew 26:39; NLT).

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins (1 John 4:10; NIV).

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