If I was never fearful

Watch yourselves,
or you also may be tempted
(Galatians 6:1; NLT).

If I was never fearful, Lord,
I might begin to think
That I don’t need you;

And if I never sinned at all,
I might forget
That you, alone, remit;

And if I never suffered, Lord,
I might presume
That I can do without you,

So trials are blessings in disguise:
They make me cling to you, Lord,
And submit.

🤎

Submit to God,
and you will have peace

(Job 22:21; NLT).


Those who suffer

I am the one who answers your prayers
and cares for you (Hosea 14:8; NLT).

Lord,
You care for those who suffer:
Help us all to turn to you. 

Lord,
You comfort those who suffer:
Help us all to trust in you.

Lord,
You strengthen those who suffer:
Help us all to cling to you.

Lord,
You carry those who suffer:
Help us all to rest in you.

My soul, find rest in God;
my hope comes from him
(Psalm 62:5; NIV).

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The purpose of life

You can make many plans,
but the Lord’s purpose will prevail
(Proverbs 19:21; NLT).

The purpose of life
is to learn from all we experience,
both good and bad;

To take up our cross
and follow Christ,
becoming more like him,

And growing ever closer to God,
until we grasp our oneness with him,
and with all people.

The purpose of life
is to love others,
without exception;

To pray for them, bless them,
and serve them,
however we can,

And to heal those who suffer
in body, or mind,
in heart, or in spirit, or soul.

He sent them out
to tell everyone about the Kingdom of God
and to heal the sick
(Luke 9:2; NLT).

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Beyond all time

All glory to him who alone is God, our Saviour through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time (Jude 1:25; NLT).

1. Beyond all time,
Beyond all space,
Is God, who makes
The human race.

2. Amidst all gain,
Amidst all loss,
Is God, who suffers
On the cross.

3. Within all love,
Within all hate,
Is God, who saves
The desolate.

4. Beneath all depth,
Above all height,
Concealed in darkness,
God is light.


References

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

2. Praise be to the Lord, to God our Saviour, who daily bears our burdens
(Psalm 68:19; NIV).

3. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed
(Psalm 34:18; NLT).

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

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

Unite with Christ (for A.K.)

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Everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with him (Philippians 3:8-9; NLT).

1. Unite with Christ,
The Lord of lords,
And with all those
Who offer prayer.

2. Unite with Christ,
The Son of Man,
And with all those
Who love, and care.

3. Unite with Christ,
The King of kings,
And with all those
In want, and fear.

4. Unite with Christ,
The Son of God,
And with all those
Who suffer here.

May the Lord make your love for one another
and for all people grow and overflow
(1 Thessalonians 3:12; NLT).

🤎


References

1. They all met together and were constantly united in prayer (Acts 1:14; NLT).

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

3. Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me (Matthew 25:40; NIV).

4. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us (Colossians 3:11; NLT).

I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one – as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me (John 17:21-3; NLT).

You know me so well

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1. You know me so well, Lord,
And see all I do.
You know me in full,
Having watched, as I grew.

2. You know me so well,
For you hear all I say,
And help me to govern
My tongue every day.

3. You know me so well,
For you read every thought,
And help me to capture each one,
As I ought.

4. You know me so well,
For you sense how I feel.
You live in my heart,
Where you share each ordeal.

5. You know how I suffer,
And help me to cope.
You stay by my side,
Bringing comfort and hope.

6. You know all that happens
To me every day.
You see how I stumble
On your narrow way.

7. You know me completely,
And love me so well,
Although I am nothing –
A frail, empty shell.

8. You always know best,
So I bow to your will,
Accepting whatever you send,
Good or ill.

🤎


References

1. All that I now know is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely (1 Corinthians 13:12; NLT).

2. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely (Psalm 139:4; NIV).

The tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself. People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison (James 3:6-8; NLT).

3. You perceive my thoughts from afar (Psalm 139:2; NIV).

We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5; NIV).

4. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart (1 Samuel 16:7; NIV).

The Lord sees every heart and knows every plan (1 Chronicles 28:9; NLT).

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

In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

5. Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested (Hebrews 2:18; NLT).

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).

6. The Lord looks down from heaven on the entire human race (Psalm 14:2; NLT).

The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand (Psalm 37:24; NIV).

The gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life (Matthew 7:14; NASB).

7. You have searched me, Lord, and you know me (Psalm 139:1; NIV).

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

He knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust (Psalm 103:14; NLT).

Remember how short my life is, how empty and futile this human existence! (Psalm 89:47; NLT).

8. God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything (1 John 3:20; NLT).

I send good times and bad times (Isaiah 45:7; NLT).

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

I pray for all who suffer

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1. I pray for all who suffer,
For the dying,
And the dead;

2. For those who have to live
With what they did,
And what they said;

3. For all they loved,
And all they hurt,
And all those who hurt them:

4. Forgive us, Lord,
And heal us all; have mercy –
Don’t condemn.

🧡


References

1. Moses prayed for the people (Numbers 21:7; NLT).

2. Bless those who curse you, pray for those who hurt you (Luke 6:28; NLT).

3. Love your enemies (Luke 6:27; NLT).

4. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us (Matthew 6:12; NLT).

Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces but now he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds (Hosea 6:1; NIV).

Have mercy on us, Lord, have mercy (Psalm 123:3; NLT).

Who then will condemn us? No one – for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honour at God’s right hand, pleading for us (Romans 8:34; NLT).

Your cross

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Lord,

1. Your cross
Is part of me,
And I am part
Of you.

2. It’s always with me,
Day and night,
In all I think, and say,
And do.

3. It gives me courage,
Comfort, peace,
When I am anxious,
Or in pain –

4. Reminding me
How Jesus lived
And suffered,
Died, and rose again.

🌺🌺🌺


References

1. 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).

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

2. 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).

3. I am full of the courage that the Lord’s Spirit gives (Micah 3:8; NET).

I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever (John 14:16; KJV).

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

In all their suffering he also suffered, and he personally rescued them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them. He lifted them up and carried them through all the years (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

4. The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction. But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God (1 Corinthians 1:18; NLT).

“The Son of Man must suffer many terrible things,” he said. “He will be rejected by the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He will be killed, but on the third day he will be raised from the dead” (Luke 9:22; NLT).

Hold me fast

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❤️

Your right hand will hold me fast
(Psalm 139:10; NIV).

1. Hold me fast, Lord,
When I stumble.

2. Hold me
When I go astray.

3. Hold me close
When I’m in danger.

4. Hold me
When I cannot pray.

5. Hold me safe, Lord,
When I suffer.

6. Hold me
When I plead, and cry.

7. Hold me tight
When I’m afraid,

8. And hold me, Lord,
When I must die.

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).

❤️


References

1. They have stumbled off the ancient highways (Jeremiah 18:15; NLT).

2. I have strayed like a lost sheep (Psalm 119:176; NIV).

3. The Lord will hold me close (Psalm 27:10; NLT).

4. We do not know how to pray as we ought (Romans 8:26; RSV).

5. You hold me safe (Psalm 18:48; NLT).

In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

6. Hear my prayer, O Lord; let my cry come to you (Psalm 102:1; ESV).

7. Your strong right hand holds me securely (Psalm 63:8; NLT).

When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you (Psalm 56:3; NLT).

8. No one can live forever; all will die (Psalm 89:48; NLT).

I am continually with you; you hold me by my right hand (Psalm 73:23; NKJV).

May I follow Christ

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1. May I follow Christ,
My Guide.

2. May I suffer
At his side.

3. May I value love,
Not wealth.

4. May I long for peace,
Not health.

5. May I cling to truth,
Not lies.

6. May I wait with hope,
Not sighs.

7. May I cherish trust,
Not might.

8. May I walk by faith,
Not sight.

💙


References

1. Then he said to the crowd, “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).

2. If we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering (Romans 8:17; NLT).

3. You cannot serve both God and money (Luke 16:13; NLT).

4. Search for peace and work to maintain it (Psalm 34:14; NLT).

5. A person who seeks to honour the one who sent him speaks truth, not lies (John 7:18; NLT).

6. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children (Romans 8:23; NLT).

7. I pray that God, the source of all hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him (Romans 15:13; NLT).

8. We walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7; NKJV).