With God

Lord,

I praise you and bless you

for small steps,

new beginnings,

fresh hope,

winds of change,

assurance that you’re with me,

and you faithfully guide me

through every transition,

every season,

your hand holding mine,

and I am safe and ok.

Hem me in,

keep me close to you,

pour out your grace

that my heart would ever cling to you.

Direct my steps,

to walk with yours

not lagging behind,

not rushing ahead,

and to always enjoy,

the gift of the present,

your presence,

to know and love you

today and always.

Amen.

Simplicity & Intimacy

Lord,

thank you for your Word,

thank you for your Spirit.

Bring me back into simplicity,

learning to rest,

waiting on you

in simple devotion

and childlike faith.

Let me trust in your living Word,

your gracious guidance,

obeying with a wholehearted yes,

believing the goodness of your commands.

Help me to stand firm in faith,

knowing my steps are secure in you,

for your grace is sufficient,

you provide all I need for the day.

Release your revelation and resource,

divine appointments and angelic help,

strengthen my spirit, give me faith,

that my inner man would be strong,

rooted and grounded in your love,

full of hope and joy,

and I live true from the inside out,

Kiss me with your presence,

be my vision, my goal,

my great reward,

and let me love the process

because you are with me,

and the fullness of my joy,

purpose, peace, and life

is you alone.

Help me to cast the cares of this world on you,

so that I may keep first things first…

You.

You’ve already given all your heart to me.

I love you and bless you Lord.

Amen.

Walk With The Lord

Lord,

thank you for extending your hand

to walk with you,

your presence inviting,

comfortable and gracious,

your heart humble and gentle,

always welcoming and open.

My soul is at ease

in your unconditional acceptance,

your patient, listening ear,

reminding me your voice doesn’t condemn,

shame or demean,

finding rest in your Words,

comfort in your silence,

your counsel and wisdom

light, peaceful… unexpected.

Your love catches me off guard,

you give mercy and kindness

when I think I’ve run out,

and I’m amazed

that you’re endless,

eternal,

you are God,

meek and powerful,

a mystery to me.

Help me to walk with you,

always be fascinated by you,

be in wonder and awe of you,

love, obey, and delight you

that your heart would be happy,

and my heart full and content,

never needing to look any further

to know my joy is complete.

I bless you Lord.

Amen.

Nothing Wasted

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O Lord,

here is the soil of my heart,

defiled by the garbage of the world I’ve allowed in,

where sin and negative emotions have piled up,

pushed away, reviled, and dismissed.

How amazing is your Spirit and presence,

that enters into my filth,

and begins aerating,

turning over, exposing,

breaking down, moving, and working.

How could I have known that your power

could turn this depraved heap into the richest of soil

with all the elements

where your mercy, grace, and tender love thrive.

How could I have known that the seeds you planted,

that I had thought were wasted, scattered, and buried,

were under your safekeeping and watchful eye.

How could I have know that they would take root

in and through the pain and heartache,

watered by your companionship, comfort, and care,

and that you would bring forth shoots of faith and hope ⁠—

new life.

Would you enter in and take all my heart,

I give it all to you.

Nothing is rejected nor wasted in your beautiful hands,

making beauty from ashes.

I praise you Lord,

for you work all things for your glory and my good!

Amen.