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When I feel lonely

 

Lord,
When I feel lonely
And depression fills my mind,

I hear the words
You said on earth:

Seek God,
And you will find.

Lord,
When I’ve offended you, 
And sorrow fills my heart,

I hear the words
You said on earth:

Turn back
For a fresh start. 

Lord,
When I reach paradise,
And you receive my soul,

I’ll hear the words
You said on earth:

Your faith
Has made you whole.

 

References 

Keep on seeking and you will find (Luke 11:9; NLT). 

Turn from your wicked ways and start doing things right (Jeremiah 35:15; NLT).

Your faith has made you well (Luke 8:48; NLT).

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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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Paradise

When you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins (Mark 11:25; NIV).

The Kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21; NKJV).

Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43; NIV).

 

Lord,
Help us
To forgive,
Heal,
Help,
And love
All those
Who hurt us –
Till life on earth
Becomes
Our paradise.

 

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You’re with me

I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5; NLT).

They have stumbled off the ancient highways (Jeremiah 18:15; 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).

Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43; NIV).

 

You’re with me, Lord,
From long before
My birth.

You’re with me
As I seek
My path through life.

You’re with me
When the ancient way
Seems dark.

You’re with me
As I reach
The point of death.

And you’re with me
For all time,
In paradise.

 

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Choice

Unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God (John 3:3; NLT).

Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them (1 John 4:16; NIV).

Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise” (Luke 23:43; NIV).

 

Lord,
We can choose
Each day
To be reborn
With you;

To live in you,
To love you,
And rejoice
In you;

To suffer with you,
Die with you,
And dwell in paradise
With you.

Or, Lord,
We can choose
To spend each day
Without you.

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God’s hand

God’s hand 

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand (1 Peter 5:6; NIV).

In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind  (Job 12:10; NIV).

…when you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things (Psalm 104:28; NLT).

…when you take away their breath, they die and return to the dust (Psalm 104:29; NLT).

For then the dust will return to the earth, and the spirit will return to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7; NLT).

The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the LORD (Job 1:21; NLT).


Lord,
My life
Is in your hand.

When you open it,
I am satisfied
With good things.

When you close it,
I will die
And turn to dust.

Then my spirit
Will return to you,
Who gave it,

And I will praise your name
For evermore –
In paradise. 

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