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When I sleep

The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you (Deuteronomy 33:27; NLT).

God speaks again and again (Job 33:14; NLT).

I hold you by your right hand (Isaiah 41:13; NLT).

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

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Lord,

When I sleep,
I’m in your arms,

When I pray
You talk to me;

When I walk
You hold my hand,

And when I’m lost
You rescue me.

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You hold us

The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms (Deuteronomy 33:27; NIV).

God speaks again and again, though people do not recognise it (Job 33:14; NLT).

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up (James 4:10; NIV).

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

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Lord,
You hold us in your arms,
But we don’t see you;

You talk to us each day,
But we don’t hear;

You lift us when we fall,
But we don’t thank you;

Yet you love us as we are –
Year after year.

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May I walk with you

Walk humbly with your God (Micah 6:8; NLT).

 

Father,
May I walk
With you today.

Father,
May I talk
With you today.

Sit with you,
And stand with you;

Work with you,
And rest with you –

Father,
May I walk
With you today.

Father,
May I stay
With you today.

Father,
May I pray
With you today.

Drive with you,
And share with you;

Serve with you,
And care with you –

Father,
May I stay
With you today.

 

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Message

Message

“You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your strength, and all your mind” (Luke 10:27; NLT).

“This is my Son, my Chosen One. Listen to him”  (Luke 9:35; NLT).

Give your burdens to the LORD, and he will take care of you (Psalm 55:22; NLT).

“Follow me and be my disciple, “ Jesus said to him (Matthew 9:9; NLT).

“Love you neighbour as yourself” (Luke 10:27; NLT).


Lord,
Your message is so simple –

All we need to do
Is love you,
Listen to you,
Talk to you honestly,
Follow your Son,
Forgive others,
And serve you
As best we can.

In Jesus’ precious name,
Amen.

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Self or others?

Self or others? 

Depression haunts my days (Job 30:16; NLT).

“I am nothing” (Job 40:4; NLT).

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another” (John 13:34; NIV).

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love (Galatians 5:6; NIV).


Father,
After church today,
However bad I feel about myself,
And however much I long
To escape from social contact,
Please help me
To overcome my awkwardness,
My lack of confidence,
And my miserably low self-esteem.

Help me instead
To think of others –
To notice those who look lonely,
Unwell,
Anxious,
Or depressed –
The ones who need to talk.

Then help me to approach them
With a smile,
Offering my interest,
Friendship,
Care,
And love –
As Jesus did.

In his dear name,
Amen.

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Paradise

Hello, everyone. I’ve been working further on yesterday’s prayer, especially as I had time to discuss it with a friend who gave me some helpful feedback. So I thought that just for once, some of you might be interested to compare the latest version with the previous blog entry. See what you think…

Paradise
But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear (Isaiah 59:2; NIV).

* My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, LORD, I will seek (Psalm 27:8; NIV).

Father,
In the beginning
We talked with you face to face
In paradise.

But when we disobeyed you,
We were banished
From your side.

Since then,
Clouds and thick darkness surround you.
Our sins hide your face from our eyes.
They close your ears to our cries.

Lord, if we turn away from sin
And seek your face,
Will you let us return to paradise?

Will you talk with us face to face again,
Just as you did in the beginning?

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