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Thank our Saviour

 

Thank our Saviour
Day and night;
Praise, rejoice, and pray.

Know his presence;
Seek his face;
Hear all he has to say.

Share his comfort
And his joy;
His deep, unfailing love;

His freely-given sacrifice
Of life, and breath,
And blood.

 

References

She never left the temple but stayed there day and night, worshipping God with fasting and prayer (Luke 2:37; NLT).

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NIV).

I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave you are there (Psalm 139:7-8; NLT).

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

Listen to his voice (Deuteronomy 13:4; NLT).

He comforts us in all our troubles (2 Corinthians 1:4, NLT).

The joy of the Lord is your strength (Nehemiah 8:10; NLT).

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

No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily (John 10:18; NLT).

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No room

 

May there be no room for scorn
Within my mind, dear One;
No trace of slight, or disregard,
But only thou, God’s Son.

May there be no room for hate
Within my heart, dear Christ;
No trace of spite, or bitterness,
But only sacrifice.

May there be no room for fear
Within my soul, dear Lord;
No trace of dread, or cowardice,
But only love outpoured.

 

References

Christ lives within you (Romans 8:10; NLT).

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

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18; RSV).

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Second nature

Lord, live in me,
So I become like you,

For Saint Paul says:
We have the mind of Christ.

Then you, Lord, will become
My second nature,  

And I will gladly share
Your sacrifice. 

 

References

It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me (Galatians 2:20; NLT).

We have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16; NLT).

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

We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters (1 John 3:16; NLT).

 

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What counts?

It’s not my search for you 
That counts, Lord God –
It’s yours for me.

It’s not my mind in you 
That counts, Lord God –
It’s yours in me.

It’s not my love for you 
That counts, Lord God –
It’s yours for me.

It’s not my life through you 
That counts, Lord God –
It’s yours through me.

It’s not my sacrifice for you 
That counts, Lord God –
It’s yours for me.

 

References

The Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost (Luke 19:10; NLT).

Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5; NKJV).

This is real love – not that we loved God, but that he loved us (1 John 4:10; NLT).

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

While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8; NIV). 

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The shedding of blood

 

Hello to all readers. I thought you might be interested in some catch-up news, as quite a lot has been happening recently. Yesterday I made my first confession, and today was received into the Catholic Church, making my first Holy Communion.

After a recent diagnosis of breast-cancer, I’ll be having a mastectomy tomorrow. I hope to publish my blog as usual, but if I’m not well enough, there could be a gap.

Much love to you all, and thank you so much for your encouragement, praise and messages, all of which mean a lot to me.

With all best wishes from Ruth XXXXXXX

 

Without the shedding of blood, there is no forgiveness (Hebrews 9:22; NLT).

 

Long, long ago,
Before you paid our price, 
We drained the blood 
Of perfect lambs,
In holy sacrifice.

Then you were sent 
To save us from God’s wrath.
What did we do? 
We flogged you, Lord,
And hung you on the cross.

We nailed you there,
And slowly drained your blood.
Yet as you died 
You bore our sins, 
And saved us with your love.

 

References

I have paid the price to set you free (Isaiah 44:22; NLT).

You must sacrifice a one-year-old male lamb with no defects (Leviticus 23:12; NLT).

God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; NLT).

He ordered Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip (Mark 15:15; NLT).

“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness (1 Peter 2:24; NIV).

Since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation (Romans 5:9; NLT).

We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us (1 John 3:16; NLT).

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Empty me

 

Empty me, Father,
And fill me with Christ,

So I will be ready
For each sacrifice.

Empty me, Father,
And fill me with prayer,

So I will be ready  
To give, and to care.

Empty me, Father,
And fill me with love,

So I will be ready 
For heaven above.

Empty me, Father,
And fill me with grace, 

So I will be ready
To gaze on your face.

 

References 

Christ lives within you (Romans 8:10; NLT).

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

My grace is all you need (2 Corinthians 12:9; NLT).

The Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words (Romans 8:26; RSV).

Now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face (1 Corinthians 13:12; NRSV).

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Trials and sorrows

Life brings us, Lord, 
So many trials and sorrows,

Which invite us 
To grow more and more
Like Christ. 

Please help us face  
And learn from them,  
As he did,

Who, out of love,
Became our sacrifice. 

………………………………….

References 

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

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

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).

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins (1 John 4:10; NIV).

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