Prayer, spiritual development, personal growth, faith, exploration, wholeness,

Everlasting light

 

Holy Spirit,
Fill us,

Dwell in us, 
And help us;

Guide us to Christ’s truth, 
His way, his life.

Holy Spirit,
Comfort us,

Counsel us;
Encourage us;

Lead us to God’s 
Everlasting light.

 

References 

Be filled the Holy Spirit (Luke 10:21; NLT).

Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16; NKJV).

The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness (Romans 8:26; NLT).

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth (John 16:13; NLT).

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6; NLT).

He will give you another Advocate [Comforter, Encourager, Counsellor], who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth (John 14:16-17; NLT). 

The Lord your God will be your everlasting light (Isaiah 60:19; NLT).

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

All who grieve

 

May all who grieve, Lord,
Turn to you for comfort.

May all who suffer 
Know that they are blessed.

May all those facing trials, Lord,
Be strengthened.

May all those who are weary
Find your rest.

 

References 

God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted (Matthew 5:4; NLT).

Those who suffer he delivers in their suffering; he speaks to them in their affliction (Job 36:15; NIV).

With your help I can advance against a troop, with my God I can scale a wall (2 Samuel 22:30; NIV).

Keep on seeking and you will find (Luke 11:9; NLT). 

Then Jesus said, “Come to me all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28; NLT).

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May I find comfort

 

Lord God,

May I find comfort
In your presence,   

Like a babe in arms, 
Or like an unborn child.

 

References 

He comforts us in all our troubles (2 Corinthians 1:4; 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).

Unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 18:3; NLT).

Let the children come to me (Matthew 19:14; NLT).

The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you (Deuteronomy 33:27; NLT).

I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content (Psalm 131:2; NIV).

You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13; NIV).

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Lost in you

Many thanks to my friend Graham, who sent me an email that triggered this prayer.

He comforts us in all our troubles (2 Corinthians 1:4, NLT).

The Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom (2 Corinthians 3:17; NLT).

How kind the Lord is! (Psalm 116:5; NLT).

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

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Lost in you, Lord God,
I find your comfort.

Lost in you, Lord God,
I find release.

Lost in you, Lord God,
I find your kindness.

Lost in you, Lord God,
I find your peace.  

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I’m empty

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

God gives rest to his loved ones (Psalm 127:2; NLT).

God gives […] joy to those who please him (Ecclesiastes 2:26; NLT).

You will also share in the comfort God gives us (2 Corinthians 1:7; NLT).

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

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I’m empty, Lord –
Restore my bones
With rest.

I’m empty, Lord –
Relieve my mind
With joy.

I’m empty, Lord –
Revive my heart
With comfort.

I’m empty, Lord –
Refill my soul
With love.

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agoraphobia, depression, anxiety, chronic fatigue, cycling,, Prayer

Agoraphobia diary: 6am on day 8

Hello everyone. I finally completed yesterday’s marathon challenge with my scheduled evening hospital treatment. Now I’m awake, and preparing to get up before too long. At 9.15  a taxi will pick me up and take me to Liverpool Airport, ready to fly home. The week has seemed to last an age and has tested me pretty thoroughly, but I’ve survived, and learned a lot. Above all, I’ve realised that speaking straightforwardly and honestly about my fears makes them much easier to manage than struggling to conceal them, for fear of being judged.

I’m deeply tired, but plan to end the week’s agoraphobia challenge with a final diary entry  this evening. Then I’ll go back to blogging once each day, as usual. Meanwhile, here is today’s morning prayer:

In honesty

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

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Lord,

In honesty
With self,
And you,
And others,

Lies freedom,
Healing,
Joy,
And inner peace.

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Agoraphobia diary: 3pm on day 7

Greetings to you all. Well, I’ve done it! Today’s challenge was to travel by train from Loughborough to Warrington, changing at Nottingham, so I’m here in my hotel room now, absolutely drained. At each stage of my journey, just when I was getting anxious about what to do next, there was always a kind person ready to help. Outside Loughborough station, a very nice taxi driver I chatted to for a moment offered me a bottle of water, and we shared a hug. On the platform, the guard was happy to chat, which passed the anxious time until my train arrived, and so on.

Changing at Nottingham was very stressful. My train was already at the platform, but I needed the loos before boarding. They were on another platform, and I felt very rushed. It all worked out in the end, though, and passengers help each other quite a lot.

I had been thinking a good deal about the very long tunnels I knew we would pass through in Derbyshire, but managed surprisingly well. The lit train, the people chatting around me, and the large size of the compartment meant it was considerably less claustrophobic than I expected. My last train journey with major tunnels, taken about 45 years ago, was a traumatic nightmare I prefer to forget. Ever since that day, I’ve had occasional nightmares about being on trains in narrow, dark, never-ending tunnels. It’s only now that I’m beginning to realise just how damaging that journey was, because of my terribly anxious state of mind.

By the time I got to Warrington, I was spent, rather like yesterday afternoon – no thoughts, no fears, no ambitions, just a blank mind, accompanied by a familiar sensation, as if the ground was heaving up and down beneath my feet, like being in a boat. I was so tired that I wandered away from the station in the wrong direction, dimly looking for a taxi rank. To my surprise and sadness, the first person I asked for directions didn’t even register my greeting. Then I met a woman who, though clearly startled to be asked, pointed me in the right direction.

It’s a huge relief to be in my own quiet, dark room now, resting in bed and having lots of hot drinks. So here is today’s prayer, which I wrote during this morning’s contemplation:

Your peace

Lord,

When I reach the station,
May I go in with you.

While I wait for my train,
May your arms encircle me.

As I board it,
May I hold your hand.

When the doors close,
May I know your presence.

As my journey starts,
May we pray together.

When I change trains,
May I share your calm.

During long tunnels,
May I feel your comfort.

When I arrive,
May I thank you deeply.

And, as I go on my way,
May I know your perfect peace.

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