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

Love others

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

Love your neighbour as yourself (James 2:8; NLT).

Love ye therefore the stranger (Deuteronomy 10:19; KJV).

Love your enemies (Matthew 5:44; NIV).

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Please help us
To love others
As they are, Lord –
Not as we wish, in vain,
For them to be.

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My mother

Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing (Luke 23:34; NLT).

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

Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you (Matthew 5:44; NIV).

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My mother,
Who is old,
Is slowly dying.

She’s never
Going to say
She’s sorry now.

Help me
To accept this,
To forgive her,

To understand,
And love her, Lord –
Somehow.

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

However busy

Wait patiently for the Lord (Psalm 27:14; NLT).

Listen to his voice (Deuteronomy 30:20; NIV).

Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28; NLT).

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Lord God,
However busy life may be,

Please help me
To make time for you each day –

To wait for you,
And listen for your voice,

While resting in your presence
For a while.

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You love me

Hello, everyone. Here is my response to the questions posed by yesterday’s blog:

 

Lord God,

Though I am even less
Than nothing,
You made me,
And you keep me,
Every day;

You help me
Face my trials
And my sorrows,
Because you love me deeply,
Come what may.

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

You made me (Psalm 119:73; NLT).

The Lord keeps me alive (Psalm 54:4; NLT).

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).

May you have the power to understand […] how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is (Ephesians 3:18; MLT).

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Just think!

Just think
How Jesus’ life

Might have turned out
If God had intervened.

Just think of all
We sinners would have lost!

Lord, may our lives
Be just the same as yours –

Facing whatever happens
With God’s help,

Rather than wanting him
To end our pain.

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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).

God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; NIV).

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

Though I walk in 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 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).

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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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