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Your living shrine

Make me like one of your hired hands (Luke 15:19; NIV).

Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all (Mark 9:35; NIV).

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

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

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Lord,

Make me your willing slave,
For evermore.

Make me your hired hand,
For evermore.

Make me your loving child,
For evermore.

Make me your faithful spouse,
For evermore.

Make me a part of you,
For evermore.

Make me at one with you,
For evermore.

Make me your living shrine,
For evermore.

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Soothing

As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you (Isaiah 66:13; NIV).

With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs (Zephaniah 3:17; NLT).

 

Lord God,
Please soothe
My anxious heart

With songs
And warm embraces;

With kisses,
And sweet words
Of reassurance –

As a loving parent soothes
Their frightened child.

 

 

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God’s hand

God’s hand

You place you hand of blessing on my head (Psalm 139:5; NLT).

“They no longer ask for the LORD’S guidance or seek my blessings” (Zephaniah 1:6; NLT).

My child, don’t reject the LORD’S discipline, and don’t be upset when he corrects you. For the LORD corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects the child in whom he delights (Proverbs 3:11-12; NLT).


Lord,
May your hand
Be upon me today,
In blessing,
Guidance,
And restraint.

I ask this in Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Speaking the truth

Today’s blog is a completely unexpected development from yesterday’s…


Speaking the truth 

…speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart
(Proverbs 3:3; NLT).

Pray for those who hurt you (Luke 6:28; NLT).

…forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us (Luke 11:4; NLT).


Father,
Thank goodness
I’m not a helpless child
Any more!

Thank you for showing me
That I no longer have to feel
Silenced, trapped and scared
When someone starts hectoring me,
Raising their voice,
Trying to impose their opinions on me
And to dominate me.

Thank you for giving me
The words I need to use:

Sorry to interrupt you,
But I’m feeling trapped and scared,
So I’m going to end
This conversation now.

Then I will walk away,
Or put down the phone,
Or end our correspondence.

Lord, please tie these words
Around my neck as a reminder,
And write them deep within my heart.

Help me to speak the truth with love
To those who scare me,
Then to withdraw from them
Without delay.

Afterwards,
Please help me to forgive them,
To pray for them,
And to get some healthy boundaries
In place with them!

I ask all this in Jesus’ name,
Amen.

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Clouds and thick darkness

Hello to all readers. I’m currently reading “The cloud of unknowing”, a classic book on contemplative prayer, written during the Middle Ages. Its unknown author describes contemplative prayer as a process of repeatedly beating on the underside of the darkness and unknowability that surrounds God. This beating is done with the sharp arrow of our love for him. Such a description may well accurately reflect many people’s experience, but mine is a bit different, as today’s prayer describes…

Clouds and thick darkness
* Clouds and thick darkness surround him (Psalm 97:2).
* “…struggle to pierce that darkness above you; and beat on that thick cloud of unknowing with a sharp dart of longing love” (The Cloud of Unknowing and Other Works; Penguin Classics, 2001, translated by A.C.Spearing).
* But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content (Psalm 131:2).

Father,
I don’t have the energy
To beat on the clouds
That hide you;
So instead,
I simply step into them –
Straight into the darkness around you,
Trusting you like a little child,
Seeking your face,
And opening myself to your love.

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