Personal growth, faith, prayer, contemplation, love, oneness,, Prayer

Starting again

Be silent before the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NIV).

Worship the Lord your God (Luke 4:8; NIV).

Keep on seeking, and you will find (Matthew 7:7; NLT). 

All night long I search for you; in the morning I earnestly seek for God (Isaiah 26:9; NLT).

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Lord,

I start again,
With every breath,

To concentrate 
My heart and mind on you;

Not just in silent prayer 
And times of worship,

But all day long,
And all night, Father, too.

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

Until I find

Father,
During every silent prayer
May I keep on seeking you
Until I find.

Father,
Throughout every day and night
May I keep on seeking you
Until I find.

Father,
During every time of need
May I keep on seeking you
Until I find.

Father,
At the moment of my death
May I keep on seeking you,
Until I find.

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

If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me (Jeremiah 29:13-14; NLT).

Evening, and morning and at noon, will I pray and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice (Psalm 55:17; KJV).

In the night, Lord, I remember your name, that I may keep your law (Psalm 119:55; NIV).

When I awake, I am still with you (Psalm 139:18; NIV).

Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit (Luke 23:46; KJV).

The dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7;NIV).

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

Agoraphobia diary: 6.30am on day 4

Greetings to you all. This is the fourth day of my agoraphobia challenge, and it’s amazing what foolish things my mind can attach my anxiety to. As the time with my family draws to a close, I’m still ruminating about how to manage my luggage. Before I arrived in Ely I sent a bag of clothes ahead so as not to have a heavy, unmanageable suitcase. So by the time I leave Ely on Tuesday for the next leg of my journey, I need to change into clean clothes, then ask my son to wash the dirty dirty ones, parcel them up, and send them back. This seems like an appalling thing to ask of anyone, so I’ve been worrying about it for days. You might say it’s not really part of being agoraphobic, but in fact it’s all part of not wanting to be any trouble, not attracting any attention to myself, and, above all, not wanting to presume on others in case they reject me. All these things were big no-no’s during my childhood, and I still struggle hard with them. I guess that partly explains why I never developed the confidence to cope with life.

Anyway, the plan for the morning (worked out over a very good dinner at Pizza Express), is to meet in a coffee shop, then go round Ely Cathedral. It might make you smile to hear that though I’ve visited Ely Cathedral  quite a  number of times, and love it dearly, I’ve only once, many years ago, gone past the barrier where people pay to enter. Normally, I confine myself to the free side-chapel for private prayer, and the excellent shop. Spending money to go round the whole building just seems too extravagant, and I’ve never overcome this. Hopefully, with encouragement, I’ll do better today!

After all that tangled thinking, here is today’s prayer, which is perhaps rather suitable for reflecting on whilst visiting one of the most magnificent, beautiful and richly-decorated buildings in the world…

 

We are one

I praise you! (Psalm 63:3; NLT).

You alone are the one we worship (Isaiah 26:134; NLT).

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

I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one (John 17:22; NIV).

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It makes no sense
To say, “I praise you, Lord,”
For we are one.

It makes no sense
To say, “I worship you”,
For we are one.

It makes no sense
To say, “I love you, Lord”,
For we are one.

Yet still I say
These things to you each day –
For we are one.

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Prayer

Pillar of cloud

Clouds and thick darkness surround him (Psalm 97:2; NIV).

The Lord your God is a consuming fire (Deuteronomy 4:24; NIV). 

You led our ancestors by a pillar of cloud during the day and a pillar of fire showed them the way through the night (Nehemiah 9:12; NLT).

He leads me (Psalm 23:2; NLT).

 

Lord,
You’re my pillar of cloud
Each day,
And my pillar of fire
Each night.

 

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