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Inner peace

Lord,

We long so much 
For inner peace, 
But how is this great treasure 
To be won?

It’s learned through growing
More and more like Jesus;
It’s gained by always following
Your Son.

For inner peace is found 
Through saying sorry
When we hurt other people –
As we will,

And always, Lord, forgiving 
Those who hurt us,
Even when this seems
A bitter pill.

Peace also grows through
Being kind to others,
Always glad to walk 
The extra mile;

And also, Lord, through loving 
Those who hate us, 
And praying for them daily,
With a smile.

In sum, we will find inner peace 
Through love, Lord,
By serving you in others
Every day;

Rejoicing in your presence
Deep within us,
And always making time to praise,
And pray. 

 

References 

Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand (Philippians 4:7; NLT).

I will give you treasures hidden in darkness – secret riches (Isaiah 45:3; NLT).

The Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like him (2 Corinthians 3:18; NLT).

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said (Matthew 4:19; NIV).

If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift (Matthew 5:23-4; NIV). 

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

A servant of the Lord […] must be kind to everyone (2 Timothy 2:24; NLT). 

If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles (Matthew 5:41; NIV).

Love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! (Matthew 5:44; NLT).

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

You are the temple of the living God (2 Corinthians 6:16; NLT).

Rejoice always. Pray continually. Give thanks in all circumstances (1Th 5:16-18; NIV).

 

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How I love you!

Father, my Creator, 
How I love you!
Help me as I worship you 
Today. 

Mary, my Protector, 
How I love you! 
Help me to thank God, 
Rejoice, and pray. 

Jesus, my Redeemer, 
How I love you!
Help me to serve in thought, 
And word, and deed. 

Spirit, my Companion,
How I love you!
Quicken my soul, Lord, 
Whispering, “Godspeed!”

 

References

Worship the Lord in the splendour of his holiness (Psalm 29:2; NLT).

Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; RSV).

Whoever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else (Mark 9:35; NLT).

Quicken me in thy way (Romans 119:37; DBY).

Look forward to the day of God and speed its coming (2 Peter 3:12; NIV).

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May I live in your presence

May I live in your presence, Lord,
By praying night and day;
Then I will trust in God, like you,
Rejoicing in his way. 

May I live in your presence, Lord, 
By walking at your side;
Then I will speak the truth, like you,  
And constantly confide. 

May I live in your presence, Lord, 
By sitting at your feet;
Then I’ll increase in wisdom, Lord,
For all your words are sweet. 

May I live in your presence, Lord,
By kneeling at your cross;
Then I will grow in love, like you,
For all else, Lord, is dross. 

 

References 

They will pray day and night, continually (Isaiah 62:6; NLT).

As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him (Matthew 9:9; NLT).

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

Mary sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught (Luke 10:39; NLT).

How sweet your words taste to me; they are sweeter than honey (Psalm 119:24; NLT).

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-3; NRSV).

He will sit like a refiner of silver, burning away the dross (Malachi 3:3; NLT).

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Truly free

I thought some of you might be interested to see how a prayer can continue to grow, even after I think it’s finished. So here, as a bonus, is yesterday’s blog, with a brand-new, unexpected second half, written this morning:

 

Come, sit with me
And seek my voice;
Then you will know me,
And rejoice.

Come, rest with me
And seek my face;
Then you will share
My peace and grace.

Come, walk with me
And take my hand;
Then you will join
My pilgrim band.

Come, take your cross
And follow me;
Then you will find
You’re truly free.

 

References

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

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

Your own ears will hear him. (Isaiah 30:21; NLT).

Seek his face always (1 Chronicles 16:11; NIV).

May God give you more and more grace and peace (2 Peter 1:2; NLT).

Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men (Matthew 4:19; NKJV).

If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me (Luke 9:23; NLT).

If the Son sets you free, you are truly free (John 8:36; NLT).

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Contemplation

Come, sit with me,
And seek my voice,

Then you will know me,
And rejoice.

Come, rest with me,
And seek my face,

Then you will share
My peace and grace.

 

References

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

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

Your own ears will hear him. (Isaiah 30:21; NLT).

The godly will rejoice in the Lord and find shelter in him (Psalm 64:10; NLT).

Seek his face always (1 Chronicles 16:11; NIV).

May God give you more and more grace and peace (2 Peter 1:2; NLT).

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I know you better than you know yourself

Lord,
My mother used to scoff:
I know you better than you know yourself –
She didn’t mean it nicely.

And when she disagreed 
With what I thought, or said, or did, 
She called me fool –
That summed me up precisely.

But you alone, Lord,
Know my inner being,  
The treasures hidden
In my heart and soul.

You show them to me
One by one
So I can be myself,
Not play a role.

And then I share them all with you 
By choice
Not fear, or threat,
Or shame,

Rejoicing in your perfect love,
And trusting in your name. 

 

References

Whoever says, “You fool!” shall be in danger of hellfire (Matthew 5:22; NKJV).

Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely (Psalm 139:4; NIV).

He knows the secrets of every heart (Psalm 44:21; NLT).

I will give you treasures hidden in darkness (Isaiah 45:3; NLT).

You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free (John 8:32; NLT).

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

He loves us with unfailing love (Psalm 117:2; NLT).

We trust in the name of the Lord our God (Psalm 20:7; NIV).

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We’re one

Lord,
You make us all to be like you:
You live in us, you’re part of us,
We’re one.

Lord,
May we respond to this great gift:
We live in you, we’re part of you,
We’re one.

Lord,
May we love everyone alive:
You live in us, you’re part of us,
We’re one.

Lord,
May we rejoice with all the world:
We live in you, we’re part of you,
We’re one.

 

References

Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our own image, to be like us” (Genesis 1:26; NLT).

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

I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one (John 17:22; NLT).

Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep” (John 21:17; NLT).

Rejoice forever in my creation! (Isaiah 65:18; NLT).

I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one (John 17:22; NLT).

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