My Abba

Abba Father,

I love your presence,

I love you and your loving kindness.

Thank you for your discipline,

I know it’s because you love me,

help me to embrace it

even when it stings and hurts

and my flesh balks at obeying.

Help me to be wise,

listen and obey—

I know it’s the way of life.

I’m most myself with you,

no pretenses,

no self deception,

no more striving.

I can’t believe you’d care so much for my heart,

my joy, my peace,

that you wouldn’t let me settle

for all the lesser things I’d desired.

I’m grateful for closed doors,

all the frustrations and pain.

It’s led me to discovering you—

and slowly finding me.

I love you Abba.

Amen.

God’s With Me

Lord,

I praise you for your nearness,

that you are for me

not against me,

you are on my side.

I thank you for your grace,

for the faith you pour into my soul,

to receive your mercies again and again,

to find courage to follow you.

Thank you for showing me glimpses of who I am without you,

not overwhelming me with my own evil and brokenness,

but loving, accepting, kind,

you urge me to come to you,

the only One who can heal, restore, and redeem.

Grant me a clean heart,

one that’s soft, sensitive, tender towards you,

renew a right spirit within me,

teach me true humility before you,

to know myself rightly,

and just let me love you

as high, long, wide, and deep

you’d give me grace to.

I love you Lord.

Amen.

Love Well

Abba,

I bless you for your love,

and trust in the person and power of your Son Yeshua the Messiah.

Grant me the grace to remain united with him,

and him with me.

Help me to love well,

because love is from you,

and everyone who loves has you as their Father,

and knows you.

You are love,

and you showed your love among us all

by sending your only Son into the world,

so that through him we might have life.

Love is not that I loved you,

but that you loved me and sent your Son

to be the sacrifice for my sins.

This is how you loved us,

let me love others as you loved me,

remain united with us,

and let our love for you be brought to its goal in us.

Thank you for your Spirit

that has drawn me to you

and testified of your love and your Son

in my heart.

I’ve come to know and trust the love you have for me,

and I love now only because you loved me first.

Please Abba, continue to expose and cast out all fear,

as there’s no fear in your love.

Refine and purify this heart with your fire,

mature me in love,

and let me love you and those around me

as you have loved me and called me.

I bless you Abba.

Amen.

Known By Life

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Abba,

Your love overwhelms me,

I’m amazed that you see me,

your child, your own,

a speck of dust,

standing as a separate entity,

before your glorious presence.

You knew the choices of my father, my father’s father,

and my own, made in sin, would lead me

down paths of heartache and bondage.

Yet that you would appoint me to believe,

grant repentance to me that leads to life,

and open my heart to your Son —

I’m in awe of your mercy.

In the midst of my struggles and brokenness,

you cherish, treasure, and dignify me,

and honor my free will and choice.

Lord, you have loved me with an everlasting love,

I bless you for your salvation,

I praise you for your joyous shouts over my life,

your delight in leaning in and hearing my voice,

and answering the movements of my heart.

I am nothing without you,

you make me everything I was meant to be,

you give me life.

God you are so good,

thank you for knowing you, knowing life!

Amen.

Rest Secure

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Lord,

I thank you that I can come freely to you,

and lay my tangled self in your loving hands.

I praise you that you know me,

where to begin healing me,

gently touching my heart, shining your light,

speaking truth, and releasing darkness.

You work in ways non-linear,

beyond my comprehension and understanding,

hovering over my chaos and mess,

bringing your order, life, and beauty.

I rest, trusting in your perfect timing,

to bring up the depths of my heart to cleanse,

it was never my duty,

never my work,

to disentangle, scrub, and bring perfection.

You have done it all,

and I humble my heart again

to draw close to you,

and by faith, receive all that you have done for me,

dying for each and every one of my sins,

and giving me in exchange, your perfect, beautiful life.

I rest secure in your love.

I bless you Lord.

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.

He Hears Me

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Lord of my righteousness,

I cry out to you in distress,

needing your help and strength once again,

please don’t turn me away as I come with feeble arms,

my heart is low, and my spirit defeated within me.

O Lord, I remember your faithfulness,

how you have provided comfort, relief, and mercy,

the strength of your presence, lightness, and joy before.

Remember me in your loving kindness now,

and hear my spirit’s cry where words are strangled in my throat.

Lord look upon me in favor

because I have put faith in you alone.

I lift my heart to you and worship you

because you alone and always

are worthy, holy, and good.

Your delight lifts me up as you inhabit my praise,

I settle my spirit before you,

trusting you see and know me,

and love me all the way.

I bless your name.

Amen.

Bless The Lord

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I bless you Lord,

with all my soul,

I bless your holy Name.

I look to you,

and touch the hem of your garment,

and sigh a breath of relief,

remembering your benefits,

your loving kindness and mercy,

forgiving me of all my sin,

touching and healing all of my diseases.

You’ve taken me up from my pit of despair,

and constantly prove your mercy and kindness as I turn to you.

You are with me,

and you give me the crown of thanksgiving and praise to you.

When I have been hopeless and exhausted,

you met me with continual grace and goodness.

I bless you Lord,

with all my soul,

I bless your precious Name.

Amen.