Breathing

Context: This prayer happened as soon as I woke and began to pray this morning. I was silently repeating God’s personal name, YAHWEH, breathing in on the first syllable, and out on the second. YAH is feminine, whilst WEH is masculine, so I love how both are combined in this truly astonishing name (see reference below). The prayer begins with an in-breath.


 God said to Moses, “I am Yahweh – ‘the LORD.'”
(Exodus 6:2; NLT). 

You are the God who gives breath to all creatures.
(Numbers 16:22; NLT).

YAH: breathe in, and WEH: breathe out:
With every breath, beyond all doubt,
I breathe you in, and breathe you out –
My Maker.

I live in you, and you in me:
Creator, for eternity,
The One who comes to set me free –
My Saviour.

For I am yours, and you are mine:
You, my temple; I, your shrine;
Together, far beyond all time –
United.

We live in love, unseen, yet true:
The God who comes to make me new,
Who breathes and sighs within, for you
Are YAHWEH.

I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine.
(Song of Songs 6:3; NIV). 

We know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love.
Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.
(1 John 4:16; NIV). 

Anyone who accepts his testimony can affirm that God is true.
(John 3:33; NLT).


Reference

“The personal name of God, Yahweh, which is revealed to Moses in Exodus 3, is a remarkable combination of both female and male grammatical endings. The first part of God’s name in Hebrew, “Yah,” is feminine, and the last part, “weh,” is masculine.”

These words are quoted from an article by David Wheeler-Reed, who is Visiting Assistant Professor at Albertus Magnus College, Connecticut. His article is well worth reading, and is available free of charge online at The Conversation: https://theconversation.com/what-the-early-church-thought-about-gods-gender-100077#. I am very grateful for being able to include his words here today.

Totality in One

Context: A quiet day today. I made breakfast and took it back to bed, which is something I very rarely do. The morning brought the reflective verses below, whilst part of the afternoon was spent gardening in breezy sunshine under a beautiful blue sky.


God said to Moses, “I am Yahweh – ‘the LORD'”
(Exodus 6:2; NLT).

God,
Totality in One,
More brilliant than the rising sun;
No time, beginning, limit, end:
I love you.

God,
Eternity within,
No hate, or fear; no greed, or sin;
Pure love, light, fire; pure truth and peace:
I praise you.

God,
The mystery in all,
Concealed by darkness, yet you call
On me to worship, learn, and grow
Like you.

Put on your new nature, and be renewed
as you learn to know your Creator
and become like him (Colossians 3:10; NLT). 

You alone suffice

Context: After having the most astonishing, wonderful, joyful and liberating day yesterday, today’s blog just poured out as soon as I woke and started to pray this morning.

My grace suffices thee: for my power is perfected in weakness.
(2 Corinthians 12:9; LET). 

Yahweh,
You alone suffice:
My hiding-place,
My paradise;
My book, my priest,
My light, my peace –
I love you.

Yahweh,
You alone are God:
My resting-place,
My staff, my rod;
My night, my day,
My truth, my way –
I love you.

Yahweh,
You alone are good:
My dwelling-place,
My flesh, my blood;
My jubilee,
My liberty –
I love you.

Yahweh,
You alone are bliss:
My life, my death,
My longed-for kiss;
My welcome home,
My great shalom
I love you.

I love you, Lord; you are my strength.
(Psalm 18:1; NLT).


Reference

Shalom is a Hebrew word meaning peace, harmony, wholeness, completeness, prosperity, welfare and tranquility. It can refer to either peace between two entities (especially between a person and God, or between two countries), or to the well-being, welfare or safety of an individual or a group of individuals (Wikipedia).

Don’t force your prayers

Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion
(Ephesians 6:18; NLT). 

1. Don’t force your prayers –
Just be yourself,
And let the Spirit speak.
Remember:
God loves honesty,
And doesn’t want technique.

2. Pour out your heart
To God within –
Use many words, or few.
Remember:
He loves honesty,
So only say what’s true.

3. God knows what’s in
Your mind and heart;
He knows what’s in your soul.
He listens, cares,
And weeps upon your wounds
To make you whole.

He bruises, but he binds up; he wounds, but his hands make whole
(Job 5:18; NKJV).

References 

1. The Spirit, too, comes to help us in our weakness. For we don’t know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit expresses our plea with groanings too deep for words. And God, who knows everything in our hearts, knows perfectly well what the Spirit is saying, because her intercessions for God’s holy people are made according to the mind of God (Romans 8:26-7; TIB).

You desire honesty from the womb (Psalm 51:6; NLT).

2. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge (Psalm 62:8; NLT).

You are the temple of the living God (Luke 17:21; NKJV). 

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

Pray about everything (Philippians 4:6; NLT).

When you pray, do not use a lot of meaningless words, as the pagans do, who think that their gods will hear them because their prayers are long. Do not be like them. Your Father already knows what you need before you ask him (Matthew 6:7-8; GNT).

Let your words be few (Ecclesiastes 5:2; NLT).

Be silent before the Lord (Zechariah 2:13; NLT). 

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

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

If you say, “Look here, we didn’t know about this,” doesn’t God, who examines motives, discern it? Doesn’t the one who guards your soul know about it? (Proverbs 24:12; ISV). 

This is the confidence that we have in him: if we ask for anything according to his will, he listens to us (1 John 5:14; ISV).

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you (1 Peter 5:7; NLT). 

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

I bow down

All the families of the nations will bow down before you (Psalm 22:27; CSB). 

Honour the Lord (Psalm 29:2; NLT). 

Father,
I bow down before you,
Honouring your love and light.

Jesus,
I bow down before you,
Honouring your sacrifice.

Spirit,
I bow down before you,
Honouring your truth and grace.

Lord,
For now, I bow in faith alone,
But soon I’ll see your face.

Jesus said, “Thomas, do you have faith because you have seen me? The people who have faith in me without seeing me are the ones who are really blessed!” (John 20:29; CEV)

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

Trials and sorrows (#2 of 3)

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

1. We have our trials and sorrows, Lord,
It’s true –

2. We’re privileged to bear our cross
For you.

3. Help us to face our lives
With constant prayer,

4. Until we rise
To meet you in the air.

First, the Christians who have died will rise from their graves. Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever
(1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; NLT).


References 

2. You have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him (Philippians 1:29; NLT). 

If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me (Mark 8:43; NLT). 

3. I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10; NIV). 

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

Looking at others

No one can receive anything unless God gives it from heaven
(John 3:27; NLT).

Father,
Fill us with your truth;
Flood us all with hope and faith –
Then, Lord, when we look at others,
We will always see Christ’s face.

Father,
Fill us with your love;
Deluge us with grace and peace –
Then, Lord, when we look at others,
All our fear and hate will cease.

Father,
Fill us with your light
Until we shine, just like your Son –
Then, Lord, when we look at others,
We will know that all are one.

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


References 

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

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love (1 John 4:18; NIV). 

Before their eyes, Jesus was transfigured – his face becoming as dazzling as the sun and his clothes as radiant as light (Matthew 17:2; TIB).

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

Peace for all (#2 of 3)

There is peace with God through Jesus Christ,
who is Lord of all (Acts 10:36; NLT).

1. Peace for all:
The Lord is here
To set us free
From sin.

2. Light for all:
The Lord is here,
Around us,
And within.

3. Truth for all:
The Lord is here
To set us free
From doubt.

4. Love for all:
The Lord is here,
Within us,
And without.

You are the temple of the living God (Luke 17:21; NKJV). 

Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it!
(Genesis 28:16; NLT).

There is …one God and Father, who is over all,
and in all, and living through all (Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).


References 

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

He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds (Titus 2:14; NLT). 

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

He gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike (Matthew 5:45; NLT). 

I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life (John 8:12; NLT). 

His glory fills the whole earth (Isaiah 6:3; CSB). 

The kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21; KJV). 

3. The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).

Since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him (Hebrews 10:21-2; NLT). 

You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free (John 8:32; NIV). 

4. God is love (1 John 4:8; NLT).

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

God is peace (#1 of 3)

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

1. God is peace,
And he is here
To set us free
From sin.

2. God is light,
And he is here:
Around us,
And within.

3. God is truth,
And he is here
To set us free
From doubt.

4. God is love,
And he is here:
Within us,
And without.

The kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21; KJV). 

His glory fills the whole earth (Isaiah 6:3; CSB). 

I walk in the Lord’s presence as I live here on earth
(Psalm 116:9; NLT).


References 

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

He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds (Titus 2:14; NLT). 

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

I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life (John 8:12; NLT). 

This light within you produces only what is good and right and true (Ephesians 5:9; NLT).

3. The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).

Since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him (Hebrews 10:21-2; NLT). 

You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free (John 8:32; NIV). 

4. God is love (1 John 4:8; NLT).

Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it!(Genesis 28:16; NLT).

There is …one God and Father, who is over all, and in all, and living through all (Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

God’s presence

I will lie down and sleep peacefully,
for you, Lord,
make me safe and secure
(Psalm 4:8; NET). 

1. I sleep in your presence,
Absorbing your love,
Soothed by your peace, Lord,
And safe in your arms.

2. I wake in your presence,
Suffused by your light,
Hearing your voice, Lord,
And learning your truth.

3. I rise in your presence,
Accepting each loss,
And, trusting your strength, Lord,
I take up my cross.

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).


References 

1. God is love (1 John 4:8; NLT).

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

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

I myself will tend my sheep and give them a place to lie down in peace, says the Sovereign Lord (Ezekiel 34:15; NLT).

The everlasting Gods is a refuge, and underneath you are his eternal arms (Deuteronomy 33:27; NET).

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

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

God speaks time and again, but a person may not notice it (Job 33:14; CSB). 

The Spirit is truth (1 John 5:6; NKJV).

Mary sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught (Luke 10:39; NLT).

3. Rise and stand on your feet; for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you (Acts 26:16; NKJV). 

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

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

The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord (Job 1:21; CSB). 

Though the Lord gave you adversity for food and suffering for drink, he will still be with you to teach you (Isaiah 30:20; NLT).

The Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength (Isaiah 26:4; KJV).

The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy (Psalm 28:7; NLT). 

In your strength I can crush an army; with my God I can scale any wall (Psalm 18:29; NLT).