This fragile place

Ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature (Romans 1:20; NLT). 

Lord,
You made this fragile place,
So those who search for you each day
Can always find you,
Always praise,
For they will see
Your face.

Lord,
You gave your only Son,
So those who put their trust in him
Will never perish,
Never die,
But dwell with you,
As one.

Lord,
You send your Spirit, too,
So those who take him to their heart,
Although they suffer,
Though they sin,
Will live in love,
With you.

💙

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

 


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).

 


Born again (#1 of 2)

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

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).

Father,
Being born again
Means starting life afresh
With you;

Jesus,
Being born again
Means learning how to love
Like you;

Spirit,
Being born again
Means praying day and night
In you,

Because,
Once we are born again,
We believe and trust
In you.

💙

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). 

 


Trust in the Lord

Trust in the Lord with all your heart.
(Proverbs 3:5; NLT). 

Trust in the Lord,
For his love is so wide.
His light is undying;
His Spirit, our guide.

Trust in the Lord,
For his love is so long.
His peace is unending;
His mercy is strong.

Trust in the Lord,
For his love is so high.
His truth is unfailing;
His tongue cannot lie.

Trust in the Lord,
For his love is so deep.
His grace is eternal;
His healing, complete.

🧡

May you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.
(Ephesians 3:18; NLT).

 


My Father and my Mother (#1 of 2)

Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you!
(Psalm 63:3; NLT). 

Lord,
My Father, and my Mother,
Always helping me each day:
I praise you. 

Lord,
My Sister, and my Brother,
Always showing me the way:
I bless you. 

Lord,
My Shepherd, and my Lover,
Always seeking when I stray:
I thank you. 

Lord,
My God – there is no other,
Always hearing when I pray:
I trust you.

🖤

I trust in you, my God!
(Psalm 25:2; NLT).


 

Why am I here?

I desire to do your will, my God.
(Psalm 40:8; NIV).

Why am I here, Lord?
What is my task?
How can I do your will?

By turning from sin,
And trusting my Son;
Praying, alone, every day.

Why am I here, Lord?
What is my task?
How can I do your will?

By taking your cross,
And following Christ;
Uniting with us, as one.

Why am I here, Lord?
What is my task?
How can I do your will?

By seeking my face,
And learning to love;
Forgiving both friend and foe.

Why am I here, Lord?
What is my task?
How can I do your will?

By bearing what comes,
And growing in faith;
Accepting both good and ill.

💜

The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away;
blessed be the name of the Lord.
(Job 1:21; NKJV).


Inner prompting

I listen carefully to what God the Lord is saying
(Psalm 85:8; NLT).

Lord,

I hear your inner prompting
Daily, in my heart
And mind,

And your silent inspiration
In my soul,
Where you’re enshrined.

Thank you
For your inner prompting,
And your inspiration, too –

Help me, Lord,
To use these gifts,
So others come to trust in you.


Then others will realise that they, too,
can believe in him and receive eternal life
(1 Timothy 1:16; NLT).

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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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May I be born again

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God” (John 3:3; NLT).

Lord,
May I be born again,
Not once, but every day,
Then I’ll walk beside you,
Fearing nothing, come what may.

Lord,
May I be born again,
Not once, but every day,
Then I’ll grow like you
In all I think, and do, and say. 

Lord,
May I be born again,
Not once, but every day,
Then I’ll trust that you
Will seek me, every time  I stray. 

Lord,
May I be born again,
Not once, but every day,
Then I’ll thank you, praise, rejoice,
And never cease to pray. 

Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NLT).