body, mind, heart, soul, realisation, important, prayer, contemplation,

More like you

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

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Lord God,

Please make me
More and more
Like you.

May my mind
Be more like
Your mind,

My heart
Be more like
Your heart,

And my soul
Be more like
Your soul,

Now,
And for evermore,
Amen.

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In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5; NIV).

God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them (1 John 4:16; NLT).

Put on your new nature, created to be like God – truly righteous and holy (Ephesians 4:24; NLT).

It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me (Galatians 2:20; NLT).

The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you (Romans 8:11; NLT).

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One goal

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us (John 1:14; NIV).

We have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16; NLT).

I will give them one heart (Jeremiah 32:39; NLT).

Whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17; NIV).

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

Let love be your highest goal! (1 Corinthians 14:1; NLT).

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Lord,
We share one flesh
With you,

One mind,
One heart,
One soul.

So, may we share
One faith
With you,

One hope,
One love,
One goal.

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My lips say I forgive

Whilst listening to a radio play called Home Front, one character said something that suggested the beginning of this prayer to me, so I’m very grateful to the writer for their inspiration.

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Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others (Colossians 3:13; NLT).

Do not nurse hatred in your heart (Leviticus 19:17; NLT).

Forgive your brothers and sisters from your heart (Matthew 18:35; NLT).

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Lord,

My lips say
I forgive all those
Who hurt me,

But my mind knows
It needs longer
To catch up.

My mind says
I forgive all those
Who hurt me;

But my heart knows
It needs longer
To catch up.

My heart says
I forgive all those
Who hurt me;

But my soul knows
It needs longer,
To catch up.

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Help me to forgive

Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us (Luke 11:4; NLT).

Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others (Colossians 3:13; NLT).

Do not nurse hatred in your heart (Leviticus 19:17; NLT).

Forgive your brothers and sisters from your heart (Matthew 18:35; NLT).

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Lord,

Help me to forgive
Not only with my lips,

But with my mind,
And heart,
And soul

As well.

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My dull mind

The Lord […] reveals his thoughts to mankind (Amos 4:13; NLT).

God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son (John 3:16; 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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Lord,

May my dull mind
Be one with yours,
So I can share your thoughts
In contemplation.

May my cold heart
Be one with yours,
So I can share your love
For every person.

May my small soul,
Be one with yours,
So I can share
Your unity with all.

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We share your light

We now have this light shining in our hearts (2 Corinthians 4:7; NLT).

My beloved is mine and I am his (Song of Songs 2:16; NIV).

We have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16; NLT).

I will give them one heart (Jeremiah 32:39; NLT).

Whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit (1 Corinthians 6:17; NIV).

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Lord God,
We share your light,
Your truth,
Your peace.

Lord God,
We share your faith,
Your hope,
Your love.

Lord God,
We share your mind,
Your heart,
Your soul.

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Agoraphobia diary: 6pm on day 6

Hello, everyone. Well, today has been by far the hardest yet of my week-long agoraphobia challenge. It began very pleasantly with a slow walk in a local country park with my sister. There were deer chewing the cud calmly, close to our path, and a large herd to be seen on the way back. The autumn colours and blue sky were glorious.

After lunch my sister dropped me off at my mother’s care home. As I walked toward her room, I felt the familiar burst of anxiety. She was lightly asleep, moving in the bed, and opening her eyes a little from time to time. I found it impossible to stay in the room, and repeatedly retreated to the corridor. My big fear was that she would wake up and want to relate to me. Eventually the owner-manager stopped by, and after a few pleasantries, I asked if I could talk  to her in private. Without going into too much detail here, I told her about my childhood, and its effects on my mental and physical health. She was a great listener, warmly sympathetic, kind, and very understanding. I was extremely grateful for her help.

Afterwards, I settled sufficiently to sit with my mother again for a few minutes, then left. By accident, I set off the fire alarm as I let myself out, but coped without panicking.

Now, here’s a strange thing: I had to wait at a bus stop, catch a bus, then walk half a mile back to my sister’s house. I’ve only done this once before in my whole life, so you might expect it to be pretty demanding from an agoraphobic point of view. However, I made the whole journey feeling totally empty and blank, as if after a shock, with almost no thoughts in my mind, or feelings in my heart.

On paper, tomorrow is due to be the most demanding day of my trip, as it involves using trains for the first time for more years than I can count. However, just at the moment, I’m so physically and mentally drained that I have very little sense of anticipatory anxiety at all. Of course, it may well rise later, as the effects of such a stirring afternoon wear off a little.

Meanwhile, this evening brings two contrasting prayers. The first expresses the shadow side of how I feel about my mother. The second shows how I ask God to forgive her, and to spare her from suffering every day:

1. Sitting with mother

I don’t mind
Sitting at a distance, Lord,

But I don’t want my mother to stir,
Or wake, or speak.

I don’t want to hear her voice,
To touch, or kiss her.

She’s an unexploded bomb,
A sleeping tiger.

Surely she cannot live forever?

2. Please bless

Lord God,

Please bless, forgive,
And heal my mother.

Enfold her in your arms,
And draw her to your heart,

For evermore.

 

 

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