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

Balance

Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done (Philippians 4:6; NLT).

He himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else (Acts 17:25; NIV).

Give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

Always be thankful (Colossians 3:15; NLT).

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Lord,

May our requests
In prayer

Be balanced
By our thanks.   

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

So many prayers

Their nets were so full of fish they began to tear […] Soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking (Luke 5:6-7; NLT).

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Lord,

You give so many prayers –
I can’t keep up, 

Like the fishermen
Whose catch was very great. 

Their nets began to tear,
Their boats to sink –

They needed your assistance
With the weight.

Please help me to maintain
My contemplation.

Please help me, Lord,
To note down every piece.

Please help me to continue 
With my writing –

Until the day you want me, Lord, 
To cease.

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I find you

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

There is […] one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all (Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

When you seek me in prayer and worship, you will find me (Jeremiah 29:13; NET).

Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16; NKJV).

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I find you in the living world 
Around me.

I find you, Lord,
In everyone I greet.

I find you during prayer 
And contemplation.

I find you in my soul, Lord,
Where we meet.

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Until I find

Father,
During every silent prayer
May I keep on seeking you
Until I find.

Father,
Throughout every day and night
May I keep on seeking you
Until I find.

Father,
During every time of need
May I keep on seeking you
Until I find.

Father,
At the moment of my death
May I keep on seeking you,
Until I find.

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

If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me (Jeremiah 29:13-14; NLT).

Evening, and morning and at noon, will I pray and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice (Psalm 55:17; KJV).

In the night, Lord, I remember your name, that I may keep your law (Psalm 119:55; NIV).

When I awake, I am still with you (Psalm 139:18; NIV).

Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit (Luke 23:46; KJV).

The dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it (Ecclesiastes 12:7;NIV).

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Silent prayer

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

Keep on seeking, and you will find (Matthew 7:7; NLT).

Love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him (Deuteronomy 30:20; NIV).

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

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Silent prayer –
Our time
For seeking you,
Lord God.

Silent prayer –
Our time
For opening
To you.

Silent prayer –
Our time
For listening
To your voice.

Silent prayer –
Our time
To be at one
With you.

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My blend

Hello everyone. Much of the news has been bad recently, so today I’m posting a more lighthearted prayer by way of compensation:

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The baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God (Luke 1:35; NLT).

You are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28; NIV).

People will come from east and west and north and south, and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God (Luke 13:29; NIV).

I can never get away from your presence! (Psalm 139:9; NLT).

There is […] one God and Father, who is over all and in all and living through all (Ephesians 4:5-6; NLT).

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Son of Man, I am a Quaker
With a pantheistic flavour,
And a subtle Catholic influence
From youth.

I combine your Holy Scripture
With a dash of Celtic mixer,
And The Book of Common Prayer
Thrown in for truth.

I blend Buddhist meditation
With my Christian contemplation,
For both of these are simply
Wordless prayer.

So, rejoicing in your birth,
I pay homage to the earth,
And celebrate your presence
Everywhere.

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

Agoraphobia diary: introduction

Warm greetings to you all. Some of you may remember a short trip I made by bike a couple of years ago, during which I stretched the boundaries of my agoraphobia. Today I’m starting a new challenge: the most demanding and complex journey I’ve ever made on my own. It will use all the skills I’ve slowly been working on throughout my life, including flying, cars, and trains (though I haven’t actually been on a train for many years). I’ll also be staying in 3 different locations, and having some painful hospital treatment, just to add an extra touch of excitement and exhaustion. As well as the agoraphobia, I also live with chronic fatigue, chronic depression, and chronic migraine, so the whole project will be taxing in a variety of different ways.

During this 7-day trip, I’ll do my very best to keep up with the daily blogs, but will also add a short, honest report on how things are going. So, to kick off, before I leave for the airport later this morning, here is today’s prayer, which is introduced by one of my very favourite quotations from the Bible:

Agoraphobia

Ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands (Isaiah 55:12; KJV).

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Lord,

I’ve suffered
All my life
From agoraphobia,

But now accept,
Embrace it,
Without pain.

I know that
It’s the product
Of my childhood,

For fear
Has shaped my body,
And my brain.

I live with it;
I’m not ashamed
To speak of it;

But manage it
As best I can,
With prayer;

So in one sense
I’m no longer
Agoraphobic,

For I do not suffer,
Now I’ve learned
To care.

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