Personal growth, faith, prayer, contemplation, love, oneness,, Prayer

In contemplation

You are close beside me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).

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

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Lord,

In contemplation,
I don’t even need

To let my thoughts
And feelings go.

I simply let them be
Just as they are,

Whilst I look on,
With you beside me,

Watching and waiting
Till they fade away,

And only you
And I remain

As one.

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Panic

Fear and trembling overwhelm me, and I can’t stop shaking (Psalm 55:5; NLT).

Terrors overwhelm me; my dignity is driven away as by the wind, my safety vanishes like a cloud (Job 30:15; NIV).

My heart pounds and leaps from its place (Job 37:1; NIV).

Be brave and courageous (Psalm 27:14; NLT).

When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you (Psalm 56:3; NLT).

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Panic is what happens
When my fears are in control,
And they think that it will help
To run away;

But when I run, I take my panic
With me,
And escaping makes it stronger
Every day.

Better by far
To face my panic boldly,
Better by far
To put my trust in you;

Better by far
To wait for it to pass, Lord,
Then continue on my way,
As others do.

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However busy

Wait patiently for the Lord (Psalm 27:14; NLT).

Listen to his voice (Deuteronomy 30:20; NIV).

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

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Lord God,
However busy life may be,

Please help me
To make time for you each day –

To wait for you,
And listen for your voice,

While resting in your presence
For a while.

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Darkness

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

Moses approached the thick darkness where God was (Exodus 20:21; NLY).

He reveals deep and mysterious things and knows what lies hidden in darkness (Daniel 2:22; NLT).

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

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Father,
During silent contemplation,

I came upon
A partly-opened door.

Holding it, I peered inside
With interest,

But all was dark,
And I dared not explore.

I knew I had a choice:
To leave, or enter,

So I waited there,
Deciding what to do.

Lord, give me courage
To investigate my darkness,

Then I will face it bravely,
And find you.

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Stop!

Stop!

Be still.
Be silent.

In darkness,
Sit alone.

Wait patiently,
And listen,

For God
Is in your soul.

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Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him (Psalm 37:7; NIV).

Be silent before the Sovereign Lord (Zephaniah 1:7; NIV).

Clouds and thick darkness surround him (Psalm 97:2; NIV).

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed (Mark 1:35; NIV).

Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening (1 Samuel 3:9; NIV).

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

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

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Contemplation

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him (Psalm 37:7; NIV).

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

Enjoy prosperity while you can, but when hard times strike, realise that both come from God. Remember that nothing is certain in this life (Ecclesiastes 7:14; NLT).

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

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I sit with light
And darkness;

I sit with gold
And dross.

I sit with health
And sickness;

I sit with gain
And loss.

I sit with joy
And sorrow;

I sit with love
And hate.

I sit with good
And bad, Lord;

I sit with life –
And wait.

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Agoraphobia diary: 10am day 3

Hello, everyone. Well, today is the third day of my agoraphobia challenge, and this morning brings a chance to catch my breath. I slept like a log, with only one anxiety dream – much better than the night before. The plan for today is to walk to my family’s house, have lunch, then sit in the middle at the back of the car again for a shorter drive to one of my favourite places in the world: Wicken Fen. Hopefully, this will be less testing than the previous two days, though the cumulative effect of facing feared situations is very tiring, especially on top of chronic fatigue.

For now, I’ve got time for an extra pot of tea, then a space for contemplation, before plunging into the day’s activities. Meanwhile, here is this morning’s reflection:

You give us all a lifetime

He gives breath to everyone, life to everyone who walks the earth (Isaiah 42:5; NLT).

How short is life, how full of trouble! (Job 14:1; NLT).

The Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion (Isaiah 30:18; NLT).

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me (Psalm 23:4; NLT).

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Lord God,

You give us all a lifetime,
Long or short,

To come to terms
With how we are brought up,

With who, and what,
We are,

And all that
We experience.

Plus, you wait to help us
Every day –

If only
We will ask.

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