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

Learning to love

This is the life
God gives to me,
Lord Jesus,

With all its countless trials,
Fears,
And sorrows.

May it teach me wisdom,
Kindness,
And endurance,

Just as it did for you,
Through whom
Love flows.

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

Teach us to number our days carefully so that we may develop wisdom in our hearts (Psalm 90:12; CSB).

We prove ourselves by our […] kindness (2 Corinthians 6:6; NLT).

When your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow (James 1:3; NLT).

I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices (Hosea 6:6; NLT).

God is love (1 John 4:16; NLT).

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

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Panic

Fear and trembling overwhelm me, and I can’t stop shaking (Psalm 55:5; NLT).

Terrors overwhelm me; my dignity is driven away as by the wind, my safety vanishes like a cloud (Job 30:15; NIV).

My heart pounds and leaps from its place (Job 37:1; NIV).

Be brave and courageous (Psalm 27:14; NLT).

When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you (Psalm 56:3; NLT).

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Panic is what happens
When my fears are in control,
And they think that it will help
To run away;

But when I run, I take my panic
With me,
And escaping makes it stronger
Every day.

Better by far
To face my panic boldly,
Better by far
To put my trust in you;

Better by far
To wait for it to pass, Lord,
Then continue on my way,
As others do.

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Darkness

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

Moses approached the thick darkness where God was (Exodus 20:21; NLY).

He reveals deep and mysterious things and knows what lies hidden in darkness (Daniel 2:22; NLT).

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

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Father,
During silent contemplation,

I came upon
A partly-opened door.

Holding it, I peered inside
With interest,

But all was dark,
And I dared not explore.

I knew I had a choice:
To leave, or enter,

So I waited there,
Deciding what to do.

Lord, give me courage
To investigate my darkness,

Then I will face it bravely,
And find you.

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What were the joys of your body?

Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily bedside the well about noontime (John 4:6; NLT).

Jesus didn’t trust them, because he knew human nature (John 2:24; NLT).

He was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood (Luke 22:44; NLT).

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Mark 15:34; NLT).

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What were the joys
Of your body?

What were the thoughts
In your mind?

What was the fear
In your heart, Lord?

What was the grief
In your soul?

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Christ in all

Christ lives within you (Romans 8:10; NLT).

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Christ in sorrow
And in bliss,

Christ in darkness
And in light;

Christ in fasting
And in feast,

Christ in wretchedness
And might.

Christ in beauty
And in shame,

Christ in sickness
And in health;

Christ in pleasure
And in pain,

Christ in poverty,
And wealth.

Christ in laughter
And in tears,

Christ in living
And in death;

Christ in confidence
And fear,

Christ in all –
Till our last breath.

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It’s okay

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).

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It’s okay
To be tired.

It’s okay
To be ill.

It’s okay
To be anxious.

It’s okay
To be still.

It’s okay
To be silent.

It’s okay
To feel fear.

It’s okay
To let go now –

It’s okay,
For I am here.

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