Prayer, suffering, life, courage, help, bear, illness, mental, physical,

Trials and sorrows

Life brings us, Lord, 
So many trials and sorrows,

Which invite us 
To grow more and more
Like Christ. 

Please help us face  
And learn from them,  
As he did,

Who, out of love,
Became our sacrifice. 

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References 

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

We will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine (Matthew 26:39; NLT).

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins (1 John 4:10; NIV).

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One step at a time

You help us to become like Christ,
Just one step at a time.

You show us how to grow in love,
Just one step at a time.

You teach us how to speak the truth,
Just one step at a time,

To self, to you, to others, Lord,
Just one step at a time.

Then we will walk as Jesus did,
Just one step at a time,

Rejoicing in the light of life, 
Just one step at a time.

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References

Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ (Ephesians 5:2; NLT).

Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children, and walk in the way of love (Ephesians 5:2; NIV).

We will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

What joy for those […] whose lives are lived in complete honesty! (Psalm 32:2; NLT).

Jesus was filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit (Luke 10:21; NLT). 

Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life (John 8:12; NIV).

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Complete honesty

What joy for those […] whose lives are lived in complete honesty! (Psalm 32:2; NLT).

 

Almighty God,
You want us to be honest –

You desired our frankness
Before birth.   

Help us speak the truth in love 
To others,

So we may share the joy of Christ 
On earth.

Almighty God,
You want us to be honest –

To speak the truth to you
Both day and night.

Help us to be frank with you,
As Christ was,

So we may walk with you, Lord, 
In your light.

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References

Lord, you are searching for honesty (Jeremiah 5:3; NLT).

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

We will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

Pray constantly (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine (Matthew 26:39; NLT).

Let us walk in the light of the Lord! (Isaiah 2:5; NLT).

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In this pathless waste

 

Lord,
In this pathless waste   
Each weary day,

You are the gate, 
The shepherd, 
And the way.

Lord,
Through the lonely darkness 
Of each night,

You are the Christ,
The Son of God,
The light.

Lord,
On this hungry earth
We crave a sign.

You are the bread,
The water,
And the wine.

Lord, 
In this evil world,
Where death runs rife,

You are the 
Resurrection,
And the life. 

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References 

I am the gate (John 10:9; NLT).

I am the good shepherd (John 10:11; NLT).

I am the way (John 14:6; NLT).

You are the Christ, the Son of the living God (Matthew 16:16; NKJV).

I am the light of the world (John 8:12; NLT).

I am the bread of life (John 6:35; NLT).

Rivers of living water will flow from my heart (John 7:38; NLT).

He took a cup of wine […] He gave it to them and said, “Each of you drink from it, for this is my blood” (Matthew 26:27-8; NLT).

We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God (Titus 2:12; NLT).

I am the resurrection and the life (John 11:25; NLT).

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The Spirit of God

Let us praise the Lord,
Our heavenly Father,

Who sent the Christ,
His Son, in whom we trust;

For the Spirit of our God
Lives in Christ Jesus,

And the Spirit of Christ Jesus
Lives in us.

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God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; NLT).

I have come as a light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer remain in the dark (John 12:46; NLT).

He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him (Matthew 3:16; NLT).

Those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all (Romans 8:9; NLT).

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Living Lord

You are our heart’s desire,
And our reward;

The Son of Man,
Whose life has been outpoured;

The Christ who dwells within;
Who is adored;

The anchor of our souls –
Our living Lord.

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Our heart’s desire is to glorify your name (Isaiah 26:2; NLT).

I will trust God for my reward (Isaiah 49:4; NLT).

The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many (Matthew 20:28; NLT).

It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me (Galatians 2:20; NLT).

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

This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls (Hebrews 6:19; NLT).

Christ is the living cornerstone of God’s temple (1 Peter 2:4; NLT).

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Without complaint

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-3; NRSV).

Then he [Jesus] 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).

He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word. He was led like a lamb to the slaughter. And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth (Isaiah 53:7; NLT).

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Love, and joy,
And patience;

Peace;
And kindness, too;

Beneficence;
And faithfulness;

Gentleness;
Restraint;

All these 
Can be ours –

Just follow Christ,
Without complaint.

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