Prayer, suffering, life, courage, help, bear, illness, mental, physical,

When we suffer

 

Father,

When we suffer 
You suffer with us, too.

May we recognise 
Your presence,

Feel your love, 
And turn to you.

 

References

In all their suffering he also suffered (Isaiah 63:9; NLT).

Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it! (Genesis 28:16; NLT).

Though I walk in the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me (Psalm 23:4; KJV).

Let us turn back to the Lord (Lamentations 3:40; NLT).

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

Hatred

 

The only thing I hate
Is hate itself, Lord,

So I take my example
From your Son,

Who, though he suffered, 
Never hated others,

But spoke the truth in love
To everyone.

 

References 

You have heard the law that say, ‘Love your neighbour’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! (Matthew 5:43-4; NLT).

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34; NIV).

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

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Our narrow way

God, our Father,
Help us when we suffer.
Help us to accept 
Our narrow way.

Help us still to serve 
As we are able,
And always, Lord, to thank you, 
And to pray.

Christ, our Saviour,
Help us face our hardships.
Help us to accept 
Our weary way.

Help us still to serve
As we are able,
And always, Lord, to worship you, 
And pray.

Mother Mary,
Help us through our sorrows. 
Help us to accept 
Our stony way.   

Help us still to serve
As we are able,
And always to rejoice in you, 
And pray. 

Holy Spirit, 
Help us in our weakness.
Help us to accept
Our lonely way.

Help us still to serve
As we are able,
And always, Lord, to cling to you,
And pray.

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References

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

Small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it (Matthew 7:14; NIV).

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

You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him (Luke 4:8; NLT).

Simeon blessed them, and he said to Mary, the baby’s mother […] “A sword will pierce your very soul” (Luke 2:34-5; NLT).

The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness (Romans 8:26; NLT).

Cling to him (Deuteronomy 13:4; 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).

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Hatred

You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbour’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! (Matthew 5:43-4; NLT).

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34; NIV).

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

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The only thing I hate
Is hate itself, Lord,

So I take my example
From your Son,

Who, though he suffered, 
Never hated others,

But spoke the truth in love
To everyone.

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Be merciful

The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving (Daniel 9:9; NLT).

I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins (Jeremiah 31:34; 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).

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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Lord,

Be merciful and kind
Towards my mother;

Forgive her sins,
Forgetting all that’s past.

Don’t let her suffer
Any pain or terror;

And bring her
To your kingdom, Lord,

At last.

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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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Your kingdom

The Kingdom of God has arrived (Luke 11:20; NLT).

The kingdom of God is already among you (Luke 17:21; NLT).

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

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

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Your kingdom’s
In our flesh, Lord,
So we pray for all
Who go through
Pain and sickness.

Your kingdom’s
In our minds, Lord,
So we pray for all
Who live with
Mental illness.

Your kingdom’s
In our hearts, Lord,
So we pray for all
Who do not know
Your love.

Your kingdom’s
In our souls, Lord,
So we pray for all
Who suffer
For their faith.

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