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

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

A taste of paradise

At times you give me joy, Lord –
A taste of paradise.

At times you give me suffering –
A taste of sacrifice.

But, good or bad, I thank you,
However life may go,

For when my faith is tested
I have a chance to grow.

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

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

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

Fortitude means fixity of purpose, endurance, having the strength to live with what constrains you (Luke 1:38; NKJV).

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

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

Learning, changing and growing

“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good – except God alone” (Mark 10:18; NIV). 

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

You are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48; NLT).

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Lord Jesus,

Just as you
Were learning,
Changing,
And growing in faith and love
Throughout your life,

Please help me
To do the same.

I ask this, Lord,
In your dear name,
Amen.

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No point

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

We can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus (1 John 4:17; NLT).

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

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Lord,

There’s no point
In our asking
Your forgiveness,

Unless we try to grow
More like your Son.

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Please help us

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

Enjoy prosperity while you can, but when hard times strike, realise that both come from God. Remember that nothing is certain in this life (Ecclesiastes 7:14; NLT).

Father, if you are willing, please take this cup off suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine (Luke 22:42; NLT).

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

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Lord God,

Please help us
Through our times
Of suffering,

So we can learn from them,
And change,
And grow.

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Standards

We will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ (Ephesians 4:13; NLT).

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

We will be like him (1 John 3:2, NLT).

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Lord Christ,
You set
The very highest standards

Of thought, and word
And deed
In every way,

Not only
For yourself,
But for us, too –

So please help us
To grow more and more
Like you.

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Like you

Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits – who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases (Psalm 103:2-3; NIV).

Help me, O Lord (Psalm 30:10; NLT).

The Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like him
(2 Corinthians 3:18; NLT).

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Father God,
Forgive me;

Son of Man,
Please heal me;

Holy Spirit,
Help me

To grow more and more
Like you.

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