Abba’s Joyful Discipline

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Abba,

I praise you for being such a good Father to me,

I thank you for your work of discipline in my life.

Thank you for the discipline of discouragement and frustration,

teaching me to relinquish my ways and my own path,

training me to look up and seek your face.

Thank you for the discipline of grief and pain,

guiding me to find rest in you alone,

rather than the broken cisterns I would cling to.

Thank you for the discipline of my will,

showing me I have a voice and choice,

to make decisions best aligning all parts of me

to follow you.

Thank you for the discipline of times and seasons,

instructing me of your will and how you work,

daily, weekly, seasonally, yearly,

to discern the right time for every action

for me specifically

and how I fit into your marvelous plans for the world.

I let go of my productivity, my rigid timelines, and my need to be perfect,

and choose to put my hope in you and seek your face continually.

That you may make straight my paths,

teach me your ancient ways,

and show me the ways of being a child of God, and a citizen of your kingdom.

I bless you Abba, thank you that your trustworthy and faithful,

I put my hope in you.

Amen.

Lovingly Hemmed In

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Loving Father,

I look to you, seek you,

and wait upon your hand and guidance.

What I saw as my cage with iron bars,

is your protection and strong hand hemming me in.

Where I feel stuck,

you are working out the deeper things,

your Spirit moving in the hidden places of the heart,

growing, maturing, and strengthening me in ways I don’t yet understand.

When I am angry, frustrated, discouraged, and desperate,

and I finally give up my own willful efforts,

your hand reaches in,

once more bringing comfort and encouragement,

reassuring me that everything is alright.

You’re with me, that’s all I need to know.

I know you plans are to prosper me and not to harm me,

and that you work all things for your glory and my good.

I am blessed and in strong, safe hands.

I love you Abba,

Amen.