Prayer, prayer, healing, contemplation, oneness, love,

Who am I?

I am nothing (Job 40:4; NLT).

Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you (Matthew 7:7; NLT).

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Who am I
To ask your help?

Why should I receive?

Who am I
To seek you out?

What might I perceive?

Who am I
To rap your door?

Why open it to me?

 

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

Agoraphobia diary: 10am day 3

Hello, everyone. Well, today is the third day of my agoraphobia challenge, and this morning brings a chance to catch my breath. I slept like a log, with only one anxiety dream – much better than the night before. The plan for today is to walk to my family’s house, have lunch, then sit in the middle at the back of the car again for a shorter drive to one of my favourite places in the world: Wicken Fen. Hopefully, this will be less testing than the previous two days, though the cumulative effect of facing feared situations is very tiring, especially on top of chronic fatigue.

For now, I’ve got time for an extra pot of tea, then a space for contemplation, before plunging into the day’s activities. Meanwhile, here is this morning’s reflection:

You give us all a lifetime

He gives breath to everyone, life to everyone who walks the earth (Isaiah 42:5; NLT).

How short is life, how full of trouble! (Job 14:1; NLT).

The Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion (Isaiah 30:18; NLT).

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).

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Lord God,

You give us all a lifetime,
Long or short,

To come to terms
With how we are brought up,

With who, and what,
We are,

And all that
We experience.

Plus, you wait to help us
Every day –

If only
We will ask.

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

Equality of voice

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28; NIV).

Native-born Israelites and foreigners are equal before the Lord (Numbers 15:15; NLT).

All of you are equal as brothers and sisters (Matthew 23:8; NLT).

[Your wife] is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life (1 Peter 3:7; NLT).

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Equality of voice
Is so important, Lord,
Please help us
Work towards it
With a will.

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

Everlasting arms

The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms (Deuteronomy 33:27; NIV).

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

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Lord,

Underneath us
Are your everlasting arms,

Which do not take away
Our pain and suffering,

But help us throughout life,
And through our death.

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May others know

He hears us (1 John 5:15; NLT).

He cares about you (1 Peter 5:7; NLT).

I am the Lord who heals you (Exodus 15:26; NLT).

God loves us (Romans 5:5; NLT).

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May others know
Your listening ear,
Through the way
I hear them out.

May others know
Your gentle care,
Through the way
I offer help.

May others know
Your healing touch,
Through the way
I hold them tight.

May others know
Your love for all,
Through the way
I give my heart.

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The worst

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

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).

I cling to you; your strong right hand holds me securely (Psalm 63:8; NLT).

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Lord,

Even when life throws
The worst it can
At us,

You’re with us
All the way,
To help us through.

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