Whoever I think of

Take care lest there be an unworthy thought in your heart.
(Deuteronomy 15:9; ESV).

1. Whoever I think of, Lord,
See, hear, or greet,

2. All those I read about,
Pass in the street,

3. Write to, or talk with, Lord,
Many, or few:

4. May I pray for them, love them,
And serve them, like you. 

🖤

Never stop praying, especially for others.
(Ephesians 6:18; CEV).  

Anyone who does not love does not know God,
for God is love (1 John 4:8; NLT).

The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others
and to give his life as a ransom for many.
(Mark 10:45; NLT).


 

Fear God (#1 of 2)

I’ll tell you whom to fear. Fear God, who has the power to kill you and then throw you into hell. Yes, he’s the one to fear (Luke 12:5; NLT). 

Each of you must repent and turn to God, and be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38; NLT).

Fear God’s awesome fire and strength:
Turn away from sin.

Seek God’s gracious heart and mind:
Worship only him.

Choose God’s faithful truth and care:
Give up lies and shame.

Search God’s endless height and depth:
Honour his great name.

Share God’s blissful light and peace:
Make his love your home.

Choose God’s perfect way of life –
Serving him alone.

🖤

Serve him alone (Matthew 4:10; CPDV).

 


Testing and temptation

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).

When I’m being tested,
May I fear you, Lord, alone.
When I’m feeling tempted,
May I cling to you, alone.

When I’m being tested,
May I serve you, Lord, alone,
And when I’m feeling tempted,
May I follow you, alone.

When I’m being tested,
May I praise you, Lord, alone.
When I’m feeling tempted,
May I worship you, alone.

When I’m being tested,
May I love you, Lord, alone,
And when I’m feeling tempted,
May I trust in you, alone.

🖤

God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation.
Afterward they will receive the crown of life
that God has promised to those who love him.
(James 1:12; NLT).

When troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.
For you know that when your faith is tested,
your endurance has a chance to grow.
(James 1:2-3; NLT).

 


I follow you

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).

I follow you
As best I can: Jesus Christ,
My Shepherd King.

I praise your name,
And worship you: Jesus Christ,
To whom I cling.

I trust in you,
And want to serve: Jesus Christ,
Though I’m so small.

I offer you my love,
My life: Jesus Christ,
My All in All.

🖤

Christ is all, and is in all (Colossians 3:11; NIV).

 


Joined

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

Don’t you know that your bodies are a part of Christ’s body?
(1 Corinthians 6:15; CSB).

Wake with Jesus, joined in love;
Talk with Jesus, joined in prayer.
Go with Jesus, joined in hope;
Serve with Jesus, joined in care.

Laugh with Jesus, joined in cheer;
Weep with Jesus, joined in grief.
Eat with Jesus, joined in thanks;
Rest with Jesus, joined in peace.

Learn with Jesus, joined in truth;
Kneel with Jesus, joined in praise.
Live with Jesus, joined in faith –
One with Jesus, all your days.

🖤

The person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him.
(1 Corinthians 6:17; NLT).

 


Praying for others

Never stop praying, especially for others.
(Ephesians 6:18; CEV). 

Lord,

Bless those who follow you today,
And those who don’t;

Those who talk with you,    
And those who won’t;

All those trying to serve,
And those who aren’t;

Those who glimpse your light,
And those who can’t.

🖤

I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.
(1 Timothy 2:1; NLT). 

 


Christmas Day 2021

The star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy (Matthew 2:9-10; NLT).

Keep following Christ’s shining star,
Rejoicing in his precious birth.

Keep thanking God for our great gift:
His Son, sent down to live on earth.

Keep walking in Christ’s humble steps,
Delighting in his narrow way.

Keep serving him the best you can:
Then you will be like him, one day.

✝️

 We will be like him (1 John 3:2; NLT).

 


Nothing but your love


We were born but yesterday and know nothing.
(Job 8:9; NLT). 

May I know nothing but your love,
Before my birth, in life,
And after death;
Seek nothing but your narrow gate,
See nothing but your perfect light –
Because your way is best.

May I want nothing but your wine,
Before my birth, in life,
And after death;
Need nothing but your living bread,
Crave nothing but your perfect truth –
So I may serve afresh.

May I fear nothing but your fire,
Before my birth, in life,
And after death;
Bear nothing but your healing pain,
Find nothing but your perfect peace –
Then, I will share your rest.

✝️

With his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5; KJV).

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you,
all whose thoughts are fixed on you (Isaiah 26:3; NLT). 

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

 


 


No longer (for K.B.)

The eternal God is your refuge,
and his everlasting arms are under you.
(Deuteronomy 33:27; NLT).

1. Abba,
When I can no longer cling to you
With all my might,
Take me in your loving arms, Lord,
Carry me,
And hold me tight.

2. Abba,
When I can no longer hear your voice
Or see your face,
Pardon all my sins and faults, Lord,
Pity me,
And end my race.

3. Abba,
When I can no longer serve you,
And my exile here is done,
Leave my body far behind, Lord,
Marry me,
And make us one.

🖤

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

 


References

1. Cling tightly to the Lord your God (Joshua 23:8; NLT).

Praise the Lord; praise God our saviour! For each day he carries us in his arms (Psalm 68:19; NLT). 

2. They will hear my voice (John 10:16; NKJV). 

They will see his face (Revelation 22:4; NLT).

He forgives all my sins (Psalm 103:2; NLT).

Have pity on me, according to the abundance of thy kindness (Nehemiah 13:22; YLT).

The Lord gives both life and death (1 Samuel 2:6; NLT).

“I have had enough, Lord,” he said.  “Take my life” (1 Kings 19:4; NLT).

I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me – the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace (Acts 20:24; NIV). 

3. Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only (Luke 4:8; NIV).

You will soon return from exile (Lamentations 4:22; NLT).

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

God will rejoice over you as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride (Isaiah 62:5; NLT).

I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one (John 17:22; NLT).

 


 

Born again (#2 of 2)

Unless you are born again,
you cannot see the Kingdom of God.
(John 3:3; NLT).

Not for deeds that we had done, but by his steadfast love alone, he saved us through a second birth, renewed us by the Spirit’s work,
and poured him out upon us, too.
(Titus 3:5-6; ISV).

Father,
Being born again
Means starting life afresh,
No longer thinking we’re alone,
But trusting, Lord, in you.

Jesus,
Being born again
Means starting life once more,
No longer lost in self alone,
But serving, Lord, like you.

Spirit,
Being born again
Means starting life anew,
No longer facing death alone,
But walking, Lord, with you.

💚

Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God – truly righteous and holy.
(Ephesians 4:21-4; NLT).

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
(Psalm 23:4; KJV).