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

Make time

God is with us (Matthew 1:23; NLT).

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


Help me to make time for you
Today –

By constantly remembering
Your presence,

Always praying and rejoicing;
Giving thanks;

Including you in every thought,
And word, and deed –

Help me to make time for you

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Holy is your name

Your name is holy! (Psalm 99:3; NLT).


There is none beside you –
Holy is your name.

I worship, praise,
And thank you, Lord –
Holy is your name.

During life,
And after death –
Holy is your name.

You’re in me,
And I’m in you –
Holy is your name.

You are One,
And you are all –
Holy is your name.

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Bad as well as good

Let us thank God
For the bad,
As well as good,

For there
Is much to learn
From every trial,

And thus we grow
In wisdom,
Peace, and love.


Be thankful in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18; NLT).

Should we accept only good from the hand of God, and never anything bad? (Job 2:10; NLT).

When your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow (James 1:3; NLT).

Those who suffer he delivers in their suffering; he speaks to them in their affliction (Job 36:15; NIV).

Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything (James 1:4; NIV).

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May I rejoice in you

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).

Serve the Lord with gladness (Psalm 100:2; CSB).


May I rejoice in you
With every breath,

Pray to you
With every thought,

Thank you
With every word,

And serve you
In everything I do.

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Agoraphobia diary: 6pm on day 5

So, today is drawing to a close, and it’s been quite hard in some ways. Trigger alert: if you don’t like mild references to the effects of childhood emotional abuse, now is the time to do something else.

After an early start, I said goodbye to my family, then travelled up to Leicestershire, with my son driving. It was interesting to note that I felt fine until I saw the first sign for the town where I was brought up, when a sharp pang of anxiety automatically shot through me.

My sister and her husband made us very welcome for lunch, then my son left, and I fell asleep, very tired after the cumulative efforts of the previous few days.

Then came the hardest part of the day: visiting my mother in her nursing home. I was alone with her for about 40 minutes. She never leaves her bed, and slept the whole time, so I sat quietly, observing both her, and my own feelings. Even though she is very old, deaf, immobile and blind, I still dreaded her waking up, or speaking, still felt she might rise up and be as she used to be. I didn’t touch her, approach her, or speak to her, but tried to pray.

My sister returned exactly when she had promised, and I left the Home with relief. Tomorrow may be harder, as I’m imagining that a cheerful staff member with a loud voice might rouse my mother. She’s so deaf that people have to shout into her ear, and that means getting close. However, I have developed the technique of keeping my arms behind my back, so she can’t get hold of me in any way. That has given me a small sense of retaining some control over allowing her to intrude on my body.

I honestly don’t know how I’d manage if it weren’t for the progress I’ve made through faith and contemplation. So for those who like such things, here is today’s evening prayer:

Facing each day

The same Spirit gives great faith to another (1 Corinthians 12:9; NLT).

It is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God (Ephesians 2:8; NIV).


Facing each day
With you

Is very different
From facing it
Without you;

So, thank you
For the gift
Of faith in you.

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How can I thank you?

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

All who confess that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God (1 John 4:15; NLT).

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

The kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21; KJV).


How can I thank you, Lord,
For all you give me?

How can I make amends
For all my sin?

How can I tell you, Lord,
How much I love you?

How can I ever thank you,
God within?

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When I’m too ill for joy

Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; NLT).

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



Lord God,

When I’m too ill
For joy,
May I still pray to you;

When I’m too ill
For prayer,
May I still thank you;

And when I’m too ill
For thanks,
May we be one.