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

Complete honesty

What joy for those […] whose lives are lived in complete honesty! (Psalm 32:2; NLT).

 

Almighty God,
You want us to be honest –

You desired our frankness
Before birth.   

Help us speak the truth in love 
To others,

So we may share the joy of Christ 
On earth.

Almighty God,
You want us to be honest –

To speak the truth to you
Both day and night.

Help us to be frank with you,
As Christ was,

So we may walk with you, Lord, 
In your light.

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References

Lord, you are searching for honesty (Jeremiah 5:3; NLT).

You desire honesty from the womb (Psalm 51:6; NLT).

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

Pray constantly (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine (Matthew 26:39; NLT).

Let us walk in the light of the Lord! (Isaiah 2:5; NLT).

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

Painful honesty

If another member of the church sins against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are alone (Matthew 18:15; NRSV).

So then, putting away all falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbours, for we are members of one another. Be angry but do not sin (Ephesians 4:25-6; NRSV).

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

Do not judge others, and you will not be judged (Matthew 7:1; NLT).

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Lord,

When I have to speak
With painful honesty,

Trying to do the best I can,
In love,

How folk respond
Is wholly up to them –

I can’t control
Their judgement or rejection.

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Honesty

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

Lord, you are searching for honesty (Jeremiah 5:3; NLT).

An honest answer is like a kiss of friendship (Proverbs 24:26; NLT).

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

Do not judge others, and you will not be judged (Matthew 7:1; NLT).

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There’s just one way
For us to know each other, Lord –

That way is made of honesty,
And love.

But our confidence to speak
Depends on trusting

That we won’t be judged,
And will be understood.

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

Agoraphobia diary: 6am on day 8

Hello everyone. I finally completed yesterday’s marathon challenge with my scheduled evening hospital treatment. Now I’m awake, and preparing to get up before too long. At 9.15  a taxi will pick me up and take me to Liverpool Airport, ready to fly home. The week has seemed to last an age and has tested me pretty thoroughly, but I’ve survived, and learned a lot. Above all, I’ve realised that speaking straightforwardly and honestly about my fears makes them much easier to manage than struggling to conceal them, for fear of being judged.

I’m deeply tired, but plan to end the week’s agoraphobia challenge with a final diary entry  this evening. Then I’ll go back to blogging once each day, as usual. Meanwhile, here is today’s morning prayer:

In honesty

Speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15; NLT).

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Lord,

In honesty
With self,
And you,
And others,

Lies freedom,
Healing,
Joy,
And inner peace.

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Agoraphobia diary: day 4

Hello to you all. Day four hasn’t been too bad, as expected. I checked out a couple of charity shops and my favourite kitchen outlet, then met my family for an extended exploration of Ely Cathedral. It’s surprising how distracting it is to pay close attention to two small children in a huge public space. Between us, we managed to watch the boys whilst gazing up and around sufficiently to take in something of our surroundings.

We had lunch in the busy Cathedral Cafe, then the boys had a run around outside on the grass. I was beginning to tire, and to long for a rest, but they wanted to show me their favourite charity shop. Again, I forgot myself for a while, helping one to read aloud from a big book about weapons and armour! The inner process of deciding how much further to push myself is a very delicate one. When I’m alone, of course, I only have to stay for as long as I wish!

Eventually, we had all had enough. I exerted myself to do my own very small amount of shopping, then returned to my room, where I immediately fell asleep. Today feels a bit like the calm before the storm. I’ve got used to my room, and feel safe there now, always pleased to return to quietness and rest. However, tomorrow I have to leave this new-found security behind, and move on to Leicestershire, where I will stay with my sister, and visit my 101-year old mother in her nursing home. Meanwhile, the train journey on Thursday morning is coming a little closer each day, and preying on my mind.

Today I realised that being completely honest about my fears has made it considerably easier for me to cope with the days with my family. So this became the subject of my prayer:

Real things

Lord,

I can speak
And write
About real things!

Real feelings,
Real anxieties,
Real fears!

I can be honest!
What a relief!
I’m not ashamed!

I make sense.
I do my best –
And life is good.

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In prayer

Be silent before the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NIV).

When you pray, don’t babble on and on (Matthew 6:7; NLT).

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

 

Father,
In prayer –

With fewer words,
We have more room
For silence;

With fewer words,
We have more room
For honesty;

With fewer words,
We have more room
For listening;

With fewer words,
We have more room
For worship;

With fewer words,
We have more room
For love;

And with fewer words,
We have more room
For you.

 

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Honesty

But you desire honesty from the womb, teaching me wisdom even there (Psalm 51:6; NLT).

LORD, you are searching for honesty (Jeremiah 5:3; NLT).

Pay attention to my prayer, for it comes from honest lips (Psalm 17:1; NLT).

An honest answer is like a kiss of friendship (Proverbs 24:26; NLT).

But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities (Luke 16:10; NLT).

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

Father,
If we can’t be honest
With ourselves,
We can’t be honest
In our prayers.

And if we can’t be honest
In our prayers,
We can’t be honest
With you.

And if we can’t be honest
With you,
Well –
When can we be honest?

Lord,
Please help us
To speak the truth with love,
So we grow more and more
Like your dear Son.

We ask this in his precious name,
Amen.

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