Together

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

Father,
Let us live together
In your love,
For evermore.

Jesus,
Let us walk together
In your light,
For evermore.

Spirit,
Let us rest together
In your bliss,
For evermore;

And, Lord,
Let us stay together –
Here, on earth,
And evermore.

We will be with the Lord forever
(1 Thessalonians 4:17; NLT).

Every breath (for David)

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

May every breath I take
Be shared with you,
And every thought I have
Become a prayer.

May every word I speak
Be filled with love,
And every task I face
Be done with care.

Then I will dwell, Lord, always
In your hand.
No matter what I face,
You’ll help me through:

Lord,
May I rest forever
In your peace,
And dwell in perfect unity
With you.

You also are complete
through your union with Christ
(Colossians 2:10; NLT).

Rest

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

Father,

Life is tough,
And change is hard.

Please help me to live
More restfully,

By doing only one task at a time,
Never hurrying,

And taking the pressure off everything –
Even prayer,

Until my soul finds rest, at last,
In you.


My soul finds rest in God
(Psalm 62:1; NIV).

Rest

I have suffered from Chronic Fatigue since 2005. This means that my energy is always very limited. Exhaustion often forces me to rest, regardless of what I want, or need, to do.

Until today, I have always understood ‘rest’ as time spent sitting down, or being in bed.

However, to my astonishment, God has now shown me that rest can also be a state of mind, and even a way of life.

With this approach, whether or not I am active, living restfully means noticing my sensations, thoughts, and emotions as they occur, acknowledging their reality without judgement, then sharing them simply and honestly with God.

Hopefully, this process will teach me how I need to change in order to live more restfully, so I can be at peace with myself, with God, with others, and the world. 

References

My soul finds rest in God (Palm 62:1; NIV). 

Transformation (with thanks to A.K.)


“Only God can turn the dark night into glorious heavenly light”
(Alan Kearns).

Lord,

1. Turn our anguish
Into peace;
Our darkness
Into dazzling light.

2. Turn our sorrow
Into joy;
Our blindness
Into perfect sight.

3. Turn our judgements
Into love;
Our sickness
Into welcome rest,

4. And turn our dying
Into life eternal,
When we’ve faced
Each test.


References

1. Lord, see my anguish! My heart is broken and my soul despairs (Lamentations 1:20; NLT).

The Lord turns my darkness into light (2 Samuel 22:29; NIV).

2. Oh, give me back my joy again; you have broken me – now let me rejoice (Psalm 51:8; NLT).

The Lord gives sight to the blind (Psalm 146:8; NIV).

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

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12:9; NLT).

The Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, has said: “You will be delivered by returning and resting; your strength will lie in quiet confidence” (Isaiah 30:15; CSB).

4. Our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies (1 Corinthians 15:53; NLT).

Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying” (John 11:25; NLT).

The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul (Deuteronomy 13:3; NIV).

Live in eternity

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✝️

1. Live in eternity;
Dwell in God’s hands.

2. Rest in his presence;
Obey his commands.

3. Thank him for everything,
Joyful, and sad.

4. Never stop praying,
And always be glad.

✝️


References

1. The high and lofty one who lives in eternity, the Holy One, says this: “I live in the high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble (Isaiah 57:15; NLT).

In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind (Job 12:10; NIV).

2. He will restore us, so that we may live in his presence (Hosea 6:2; NLT).

I have given rest to the weary (Jeremiah 31:25; NLT).

You will be blessed if you obey the commands of the Lord your God (Deuteronomy 11:27; NLT).

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

Should we accept only good things from the hand of God, and never anything bad? (Job
2:10; NLT).

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

Be glad; rejoice forever in my creation! (Isaiah 65:18; NLT).

Rejoice always (1 Thessalonians 5:16; NIV).

Inner space

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Christ lives within you
(Romans 8:10; NLT).

1. My inner space
Is a shining shore,
Where Jesus listens
While I pray.

2. My inner space
Is a forest path,
Where I can talk with him
Each day.

3. My inner space
Is a mountainside,
Where Jesus helps me
Face each test.

4. My inner space
Is a desert cave,
Where I can sit with him
To rest.

When you pray, go away by yourself,
shut the door behind you,
and pray to your Father in private
(Matthew 6:6; NLT).


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References

1. He hears my voice (Psalm 116:1; NLT).

2. God talks with man (Deuteronomy 5:24; DBY).

3. The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul (Deuteronomy 13:3; NIV).

The Lord God helps me (Isaiah 50:9; RSV).

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

The dawn of your love

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1. Each day, Lord,
I wake in the dawn of your love,
And pray
In your heavenly light.

2. Each morning,
I wash in the fall of your dew,
Then take up my cross
In your sight.

3. Each evening,
I rest in the shade of your wings,
Then sleep in your arms
All night through.

4. But one day you’ll call
My frail spirit back home —
Then I’ll reunite, Lord,
With you.

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References

1. When I wake up, you are still with me! (Psalm 139:18; NLT).

Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, and he shall hear my voice (Psalm 55:17; NKJV).

I am the light of the world (John 8:12; NLT).

2. Your dew is like the dew of the morning (Isaiah 26:19; NIV).

Let my teaching fall on you like rain; let my speech settle like dew (Deuteronomy 33:13; NLT).

I will be to Israel like a refreshing dew from heaven (Hosea 14:5; NLT).

If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me (Luke 9:23; NLT).

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

All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings (Psalm 36:7; NLT).

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

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

Then the dust will return to the earth, and the spirit will return to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NLT).

I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one (John 17:21; NLT).

On earth

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🌸

No power in the sky above or in the earth below – indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:39; NLT).

1. On earth, Lord,
And beyond our death,
We live forever
In your love.

2. On earth, Lord,
And beyond our death,
We walk together
In your light.

3. On earth, Lord,
And beyond our death,
We rest united
In your peace,

4. For all are one
With you, dear Lord,
And all are precious
In your sight.

🌸


References

1. In him we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28, NIV).

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

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

2. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light (Colossians 1:12; NLT).

The city does not need the sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light (Revelation 21:23; NIV).

If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin (1 John 1:7; NIV).

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

3. Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him (Psalm 62:1; NIV).

Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you (Psalm 116:7; NIV).

Peace I leave you; my peace I give you (John 14:27; NIV).

He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross (Colossians 1:20; NLT).

Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace (Ephesians 4:3; NLT).

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

4. You are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28; NLT).

He will redeem them from oppression and violence, for their lives are precious in his sight (Psalm 72:14; CSB).

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints (Psalm 116:15; NKJV).

Look at your sorrow (with thanks to R.O.)

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1. Look at your sorrow,
Your pain, and your fear;
Then take God’s right hand,
For the Father is near.

2. Look at your body,
Your mind, and your heart;
Then take a step back,
And let God play his part.

3. Look at your setting,
Wherever you are;
Then move further back,
And observe from afar.

4. Look at your country,
Your continent, too;
Then shift further back,
For a much wider view.

5. Look at our planet,
The moon, stars, and sun;
Then go further back,
Till you see all is one.

6. Look at the universe,
God’s boundless space;
Then draw further back,
To behold his bright face.

7. Witness creation,
Christ’s birth, and God’s plan;
Then praise him forever,
And rest in his hand.

 


References

1. You reach out your hand, and the power of your right hand saves me (Psalm 138:7; NLT).

Though I walk in the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me (Psalm 23:4; KJV).

2. I hold you by your right hand – I, the Lord your God. And I say to you, “Don’t be afraid. I am here to help you” (Isaiah 41:13; NLT).

3,4. No power in the sky above or in the earth below – indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:39; NLT).

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

6. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1; NLT).

They will see God’s face (Job 33:26; NIV).

7. This is God’s plan: Both Gentiles and Jews who believe the Good News share equally in the riches inherited by God’s children (Ephesians 3:6; NLT).

I will praise you forever, O God (Psalm 52:9; NLT).

I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28; NLT).

The Lord will hold you in his hand (Isaiah 62:3; NLT).