Breast cancer, mastectomy,, Faith, hope, love, God, Prayer

When we cannot see you

 

When we cannot see you
Face to face,
Nothing’s more important, Lord, 
Than faith. 

When we’re really struggling 
To cope,
Nothing’s more important, Lord, 
Than hope.

When we start to doubt 
You’re there, above, 
Nothing’s more important, Lord, 
Than love.

When its time for us 
To say Adieu, 
Nothing’s more important, Lord, 
Than you.   

 

References

Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love – and the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13:13; NLT).

Have faith in God (Mark 11:22; NLT).

We put our hope in the Lord (Psalm 33:20; NLT).

If we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us (1 John 4:12; NLT).

We brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave (1 Timothy 6:7; NLT).

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

You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind (Luke 10:27; NLT).

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Spiritual growth

 

Our spiritual growth 
Should never cease,

Until the very moment
Of our death,

When all our faith and hope
Will be fulfilled,

In glorious consummation 
With God’s love.

 

References

Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe” (John 20:29; NIV).

These three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13:13; NIV).

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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A single, flimsy thread

 

A single, flimsy thread of faith
Will guide us through our sorrows, 
Back to you;

A single, fragile strand of hope
Will lead us through our wastelands,
Back to you;

A single, fraying filament of love
Will bring us through our dying, 
Back to you;

For these weak fibres form a threefold cord, 
Which binds us to your heart forever, Lord.

 

References

Three things will last forever – faith, hope and love (1 Corinthians 13:13; NLT.

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

I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her there (Hosea 2:14; NLT).

Though I walk in the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me (Psalm 23:4; KJV).

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

A cord of three strands is not quickly broken (Ecclesiastes 4:12; NIV).

He will carry the lambs in his arms, holding them close to his heart (Isaiah 40:11; NLT).

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Your great gift

 

Even the faith which saves us all
Is your great gift
To us.

Even the grace of forgiveness, Lord,
Is your great gift
To us.

Even your Holy Spirit, Lord,
Is your great gift 
To us.

Even your peace of heart and mind 
Is your great gift
To us.

Even what righteousness we have
Is your great gift
To us.

And even the hope of eternal life 
Is your great gift
To us. 

 

References

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God (Ephesians 2:8; NLT).

Even greater is God’s […] gift of forgiveness (Romans 4:16; NLT).

You will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38; NLT).

I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart (John 14:27; NIV).

Even greater is God’s […] gift of righteousness (Romans 5:17; NLT).

The free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 6:23;  NLT).

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What is this cross?

 

Then [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).

 

What is this cross
Of which you speak, Lord Jesus?

What is this burden
I must bear through life?

It’s everything you suffer 
For my sake, child;

It’s every kind of sickness, grief,
And strife.

What makes this cross
So critical, Lord Jesus?

What makes this burden count
Right up to death?

It’s facing all your suffering
With faith, child,

Whilst showing love to all
Till your last breath.

 

References

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

I was given a thorn in my flesh […] Three times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:7-9; NLT).

In everything we do, we show that we are true ministers of God. We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind (2 Corinthians 6:4; NLT).

Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them (Romans 12.9; NLT).

You have heard the law that say, ‘Love your neighbour’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! (Matthew 5:43-4; NLT).

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34; NIV).

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You fill my heart

 

Lord, 
You fill my heart with faith,
Despite my trials and sorrows –
The gift of your baptising Holy Spirit. 

Lord, 
You fill my heart with hope,
Despite my blows and burdens –
The gift of your inspiring Holy Spirit.  

 Lord,
You fill my heart with joy,
Despite my sins and failures –  
The gift of your anointing Holy Spirit.

Lord,
You fill my heart with love,
Despite my griefs and troubles –
The fruit of your indwelling Holy Spirit.

 

References

It is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8; NIV).

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

He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit (Mark 1:8; NLT).

You alone are my hope (Psalm 71:5; NLT).

You will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38; NLT).

Our hearts ache, but we always have joy (2 Corinthians 6:10; NLT).

The fruit of the Spirit is love (Galatians 5:22; NIV).

God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit (Acts 10:38; NLT).

You have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you (1 John 2:27; NLT).

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Faith

 

Faith isn’t based 
On getting what we wish for,

But on trusting God, 
Whatever life may bring.

Faith isn’t based 
On getting what we long for,

But on thanking God, 
Whatever life may bring.

Faith isn’t based 
On getting what we ask for,

But on praising God, 
Whatever life may bring.

Faith isn’t based 
On getting what we pray for, 

But on loving God, 
Whatever life may bring.

 

References

My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will (Matthew 26:39; NIV).

Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God (John 14:1; NLT).

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

Give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

I was given a thorn in my flesh. […] Three times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:7-9; NLT).

The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord (Job 1:21; NLT).

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind (Luke 10:27; NLT).

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