Settled In Love

Lord,

I quiet my busy mind

calm my antsy soul,

why is there such unrest within me?

When I gaze upon you in faith

with the eyes of my heart,

sensing your presence

the substance of what my faith longs for,

te weight of your Spirit

quenches my soul thirst,

heals my mind,

and settles my heart.

Lord, strengthen my inner man with your Spirit

that you would dwell in my heart as I trust in you.

Let my roots go down deep in your love

and make me unshakable, unmovable, magnanimous.

May I grasp how high, long, wide, and deep

your love is,

embracing and trusting the mystery

that all eternity will not be enough

to understand fully.

Let me be whole, complete, perfect as you are,

in the abundance of life and strength that comes from you,

that I may decrease and you would increase.

I praise you Lord

that you answer above and beyond

anything that I can ask, think, or imagine.

I praise you for your love.

Amen.

To Love

Lord,

I praise you, thank you for opening my eyes to your love,

reaching down into the deepest crevices,

cleansing, healing, renewing, and bringing life.

Teach me, help me to love like you,

enduring with patience and serenity.

Forgive me for how quickly I fall short each day,

and infuse me again and again with your Spirit.

Soften my heart, open my eyes to be kind, thoughtful, aware,

and let me always be aware of your presence,

your heart for others,

not being jealous or envious,

coveting what’s not mine,

being content exactly in my place.

Lord, please help me to keep myself humble

before you and others,

not bragging, not proud, not arrogant,

let the spirit of the fear of the Lord be heavy upon me always,

that I may blessed with humility, wisdom, and mercy.

Cleanse my heart of rudeness, self-seeking, selfishness,

to have a generous, considerate heart towards others,

and let me not be offended and provoked easily,

nor overly sensitive and easily angered.

Grant me understanding and discernment to see other’s hearts,

not necessarily their words or actions,

and grant grace to my own heart to be warm, embracing, accepting,

as you have been of me.

Help me to forgive and let go quickly,

wash away pain and hurt caused by others,

and replace it with your understanding, peace, and joy.

Let me hate injustice as you do,

and help me to discern truth

and rejoice when rightness and truth prevail.

Grant me the strength of an ox

to bear the trials and tribulations to come,

to believe all things,

seeking out and sifting up the best in others like hidden treasure,

to hope all things,

standing firm, strong through challenging times,

and to endure all things without faltering.

I’m utterly unable to do any of this without you Lord.

So I surrender my heart, thoughts, desires, plans, will, and ways,

let me decrease, so you may increase in me,

and use me

Shine your precious love and light through me Lord.

Thank you Lord, I praise you and love you.

Amen.

Love Hears

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Abba,

Thank you for your love,

that you bend down from heaven and incline your ear,

to hear my feeble cries.

I praise you for your loving kindness and humility,

for your Spirit that comes into the middle of my fractured mess,

accepting my heart, frailty, and fragility with mercy.

I bless you for your presence,

your answers, solutions, and divine coincidences,

that speed healing, life, and restoration within me

that I could never conjure or figure out for myself.

I repent to you Lord,

for all the ways I control and fix on my own

leading to so much more heartache and pain.

Thank you for your patience and kindness,

always receiving me back,

gently comforting and healing,

loving me into wholeness and truth,

cleansing and washing my feet once more,

so I can rest and wholly abide in you again,

safe and secure as your child.

I bless you Abba,

Amen.

Abba’s Love

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Abba,

thank you that you’ve adopted me,

receiving me as one of your own.

You’ve welcomed me into your household of light,

put your robe over my shoulders,

your ring on my finger,

and prepared a celebration feast to honor me

when I came to you as an orphan.

To know you had prepared this place,

waiting with heart open, long suffering,

so patiently for me

as I wandered adrift, bitter, and lost.

I’m amazed you never gave up,

that your love has proved most powerful.

Abba you endure with steadfast love and patience,

you are kind and thoughtful,

you are not prideful or boastful,

you don’t take into account all the wrongs you’ve endured by me,

you rejoice when right and truth prevail in my life,

You bear all things, believe all things,

hope all things, and endure all things —

for me.

And you never change.

Your love is amazing Lord.

Amen.

My Soul Is Well

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Lord,

I come before you,

seeking you,

with prayers that can’t find words from my spirit,

I still my heart before you,

waiting for your presence,

listening for your wind,

and suddenly your sweet presence comes,

lifting my head,

your beauty arrests me

with colors vivid and verdant in your creation,

the sun warm and happy on my skin,

your peace settles upon me again,

that all is well and good will always triumph.

For you are on your throne today,

yesterday and forevermore.

I love you and put my trust in you O Lord.

Amen.

Glad In Love

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God,

I praise you for your love,

your exuberant, exhilarating delight,

your lively, happy, captivating joy,

so close, so intimate,

and yet utterly holy, wild, unknown.

You are an all-consuming fire,

cleansing, burning, refining away

all that hinders your love,

and your love always wins.

Patient, kind, and long-suffering,

you always wait for my stumbling steps,

and cherish my willing, bumbling heart,

and you give me time and space,

freedom

in every stage,

in all my imperfections.

Your love sets me free,

to follow you,

to dance with your Word,

to obey and love you back,

I delight in your love,

your joy in me is my strength.

I bless you and love you Lord,

Amen.