Loved In The Wilderness

Lord,

thank you for your love,

though I’m stained with sin,

you save and deliver me

and call me lovely.

I bless you for taking me into the wilderness,

drying up any source of comfort,

pleasure, and addiction,

exposing hidden sins,

unearthing fears and pain,

breaking up my fragile veneer,

and tending to the sinner,

the mess within

with tenderness, compassion,

gentleness, and lovingkindness.

I praise you Lord of the universe,

you owe me nothing,

I deserve only your wrath,

but that you’d humble yourself,

and woo my heart,

proving your faithfulness again and again,

loving me to surrender,

showing me I’m no longer a slave,

or an orphan, or a broken soul,

but beloved,

a child of God,

whole, healed, complete in you

with nothing to prove,

nothing to give,

except my sacrifice of thanksgiving and praise.

Lover of my soul,

I bless your Name.

Amen.

A New Creation

Lord,

there is nothing beyond you,

you are Redeemer, Restorer,

Giver of life abundant,

and I praise you for making all things new.

I am a new creation,

I praise you for new beginnings,

grace for new steps,

fresh strength, and revived energy.

I praise you for healing me

from the inside out,

a second chance

when I’d thought I’d long run out of your mercy.

I praise you,

you’ve been with me all along,

disciplining, transforming, molding, and pruning me,

letting me come to the end of me,

showing me my frailty and weakness,

setting me up in every step

for a blessed life with you,

giving me permission to be free,

understanding spirit,

getting to know my own,

no longer living to and for the world,

but abundantly free in you.

I’m changed,

I’m marked by your Spirit,

I’m a child of God,

I’m beloved,

I know who I am,

I am yours,

always and forever,

because of all you’ve done.

I love you and bless you Lord.

Amen.

God’s Love Is Everything

Abba,

Thank you for proving your love again and again,

your mercy and lovingkindness

are new every morning,

an endless well brimming over,

you love me despite my unbelief.

You are faithful when I am faithless.

I’m loved in my brokenness and weakness,

I’m loved, burnt out and exhausted,

I’m loved in my failures, mistakes, and wrong turns,

I’m loved in my mediocrity, inadequacy, and inability,

I’m loved in my pride, independence, and rebellion,

I’m loved in my self righteousness and sin.

You loved me through the wilderness,

teaching me what love is,

you love me because you are love,

and you’ve chosen me in your love.

I praise you that your love is not based

on my performance, excellence, or merit.

You give and you take away as you please,

I remind myself, I came naked and will return to dust,

everything I have comes from you,

is for you, goes back to you,

you sustain all that I am.

Apart from you I’m nothing Lord,

naked, bereft, cold, hard, proud,

miserable, deceived, heading straight for hell.

But you made the way through your Son,

you drew me,

you saved me,

you cleanse, heal me,

and make me whole.

You give me new life and life abundant,

you have given me yourself,

you are my portion, my cup, my inhertance,

and I praise you Lord.

Amen.

Secure In God

Lord,

thank you,

you get me,

you know me better than I know myself,

through my images,

visages and projections,

covering up,

diverting away from my sin and grime,

you peel it off,

layer by layer,

a gentle scrub,

a piercing cut,

a healing balm

revealing blood-infused life,

new wineskin,

your spirit resurrecting

the dead within.

You’ve got me,

walking, fumbling

in my new identity,

unsure, uncertain,

but following your voice,

messing up,

getting stuck,

dangling in transition,

but…

your Spirit a powerhouse within,

overcoming, rerouting all my failures,

using all my compost for life abundant,

growing and guiding me,

to live free and strong

from the inside out,

your hand upon me,

you’ll never let me go.

I rest secure in you.

Thank you Lord.

Amen.

God’s Purpose In Me

Lord,

thank you for your hand upon my life,

not letting me go,

thank you for your “no’s,”

your protection from my own desires

that would have let to heartache and misery.

Thank you for your power at work,

drying up my small, unfitting ambitions,

establishing my identity,

instilling your purpose for my function,

my knit… how you made me.

Thank you that despite all my failures,

my meanderings, my weaknesses,

you use all things for my good, for your glory.

Thank you that you desire success for me,

and that ultimately,

my life rests in your loving hands.

Have your way in me,

help me, use me for your glory Lord,

and let me be your success,

being true to you, to myself,

and shining your light.

Amen.

Giving Thanks

Lord,

Thank you that you’re with me

in the midst of circumstances

that frustrate, confound, press, and overwhelm,

thank you that I’m not alone.

Help me to zoom out,

expand my perspective,

and rejoice once more

in my eternal salvation,

your love that fills the universe,

and your goodness throughout time.

Thank you for my breath,

my life at this point in history,

your Spirit dwelling inside of me,

and for your goodness throughout my life.

I thank you for your lovingkindness,

your provision and care,

your guidance and counsel,

your encouragement and hope.

I thank you for your discipline,

for your boundaries and order,

for your wisdom and lessons,

hard but good, bringing life.

I thank you for the seeds of life

you’ve planted in me,

identity, healing, and purpose

that slowly bear fruit.

Even when I wander, slip, fall back,

I thank you that you’ll never let go.

I give honor, praise, splendor, and glory to you

who keep me from falling away,

and will present me unblemished and spotless

to Him with triumphant joy and indescribable delight.

I wait for that day,

and humbly cast myself unto you again,

and thank you that you have me,

and all will be well.

It is well with my soul.

Amen.

Happy And Content

Lord,

help me to be present,

taking a moment,

catching a breath,

to remember you’re with me,

and be aware of your Spirit,

knowing I’m loved,

not by what I do,

but by all you’ve done.

Let me be content,

letting go of perfect,

leaning in, being ok,

and making peace with broken places,

letting your light,

your comfort shine through.

Let me serve you rightly,

pursuing you,

living to please you,

with joy, gratitude, and overflow,

simply as me,

no false burdens, guilt, or expectations,

exactly where I’m at…

with my few loaves and fishes,

offering back my gifts to you,

taking care of my small garden plot,

being faithful and diligent

in the small things…

they count, they matter,

trusting you,

sinking into your grace,

knowing you’re sufficient,

happy that with you,

I lack no good thing.

Let my heart be at peace,

giving life to my body,

joyfully giving my life for you.

Amen.

Known

Lord,

Thank you that over the years

of melting my walls

and drawing me to you,

through knowing you,

you have shown me… me,

and I have to know her

a little bit better, a little bit more.

You’re kind, gentle, and gracious,

you won me in my stiff-necked rebellion,

you’re merciful to me in my willful independence,

you’ve held the line with discipline and safe boundaries,

other times giving me over to my choices

with painful lessons learned,

treasures still to be reaped in darkness.

You’re my good Father.

I’ve found more and more,

that you know best,

my Creator,

you know me best,

and I can yield to trust you,

though I’m still learning how.

You’ve taken a child of shame,

and brought me into your marvelous light,

and I pray to fellowship with you

walking in your grace,

enjoying you,

being simply me,

all the days of my life.

Amen.

Identity

Abba,

Thank you for making the way

to connect with you, my Creator.

I praise you that I’m fearfully and wonderfully made,

for your thought, care, and love

that went into my design,

my features, my color, the bumps, and the lines,

I cherish as your gift,

the knit of my soul, my preferences,

my heart, my mind,

I bless as a reflection of your image.

Show me who you’ve made me to be,

where my eyes have been veiled with lies

and clouded by criticism, judgement, and expectation,

speak to my heart

into the places of unseen, untapped potential,

release healing, worth, redemption

to spaces I’ve hidden away beyond even my knowing.

Let me know my function,

my gifts, my strength,

my inheritance of every spiritual blessing and gift from heaven —

living waters bringing new life, cleansing, renewal of my soul,

the power of the Spirit electrifying, invigorating, empowering me,

the force and brawn of an ox coursing through my fibers.

Bless me and use me in your kingdom Abba,

hold me close that I may know your heart for me and the world,

take away my walls and boxes,

for there are no limits in you,

and bring glory to your precious Name.

There is no one, no second to compare to you,

may all honor, power, dominion, blessing, glory be yours alone!

Amen.