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

In your presence

When I wake up, you are still with me! (Psalm 139:18; NLT).

I know the Lord is always with me (Psalm 16:8; NLT).

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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Lord,

I sleep and wake
In your presence;

Walk and talk
In your presence;

Work and rest
In your presence;

Love and pray
In your presence –

For you
Dwell in my soul

Both night
And day.

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agoraphobia, depression, anxiety, chronic fatigue, cycling,, Prayer

Agoraphobia diary: day 5

Hello to all readers. Today is the fifth day of my week-long agoraphobia challenge. The most difficult parts of my trip start to kick in today. My son will drive me from Ely to Leicestershire (about two hours), where we will arrive at my sister’s house around lunchtime. After lunch, my son will leave, and my sister and I will visit our mother in her care home not far away. That might not sound terribly difficult to some readers. However, seeing my mother is always stressful, as my agoraphobia, depression and anxiety go all the way back to my very earliest memories at home.

Over recent years I’ve slowly developed One or two coping techniques to help me through these visits, but I still dread them. As always, it will be interesting to observe how it goes, so I plan to share that with you in my evening blog, as long as I have sufficient energy left.

Finally, I’ll be staying at my sister’s house for two nights, so must say goodbye to my quiet hotel room and move on to a new temporary home. This is just another part of my week-long exposure exercise, but, as ever, it will take mental effort and physical energy to cope.

For those who follow this blog each day, here is my morning prayer. I’ll be keeping it pretty close to my heart during the car journey, later, at the nursing home, and in the night at my sister’s house.

Always with me

I know the Lord is always with me (Psalm 16:8; NLT).

When I wake up, you are still with me! (Psalm 139:18; NLT).

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Lord,
You are always
With me –

So when I wake,
I wake with you;

When I roam,
I roam with you;

When I work,
I work with you;

And when I rest,
I rest with you.

Amen.

 

 

 

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

Equality of voice

There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28; NIV).

Native-born Israelites and foreigners are equal before the Lord (Numbers 15:15; NLT).

All of you are equal as brothers and sisters (Matthew 23:8; NLT).

[Your wife] is your equal partner in God’s gift of new life (1 Peter 3:7; NLT).

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Equality of voice
Is so important, Lord,
Please help us
Work towards it
With a will.

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

I knew you today

They told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread (Luke 24:35; NKJV).

Their eyes were opened, and they recognised him (Luke 24:31; DBY).

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Lord,

I knew you today
In the fragrance of roses;
In trees full of berries,
And fields of sweet hay.

I knew you today
In the sheep and the cattle;
In faraway mountains,
And ships in the bay.

I knew you today
In the love of my partner;
In greetings with strangers,
And hugs from a friend.

I knew you today
In my work and my leisure;
I knew you today
When I reached journey’s end.

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You are all

My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9; NLT).

I am nothing but dust and ashes (Genesis 18:27; NIV).

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End (Revelation 22:13, NLT).

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Lord,
I can be just as I am
With you,
And that’s okay.

I can be empty, Lord,
And you don’t mind.

I can be weak,
For you work best
Through weakness.

And I can be nothing, Lord,
For you are all.

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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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