Love Like You

Abba,

holy and righteous,

powerful and awesome,

I remember love

that you loved us

and sent your Son,

crushed Him to be the satisfying offering

for all the sins of the world.

Without you Lord, I’m nothing,

a skeleton of failures, brokenness, and selfishnes

resurrected to spirit and life only by your power.

Empower me by your Spirit and life,

bring your strength to the end of my strength

let me walk in your light,

decreeing my righteousness bought by your blood,

shaming the enemy’s whispers and lies,

exalting you, all that you’ve done

by my being and words

that I may be a faithful witness unto you —

let your heartbeat and life beat through mine,

enable me to arise,

a force of your grace

ablaze in holiness and righteousness,

to be different and other,

salt and light,

that you would draw many to you,

imbue me with your supernatural love

to love as you do,

loving my brother and sister,

loving my enemies

that the world would see you.

Lord, you alone are worthy,

and I pray that my life would glorify you.

Amen.

Tabernacle With Us

Lord,

I thank you for coming in fragile human flesh,

living among us,

knowing us intimately, painfully, and unreservedly.

Thank you for never turning away,

but pressing into death on the cross,

embracing all our brokenness,

taking all our sin, accusations, and shame,

and dying, burying it all in the grave.

You took yourself up into life,

which only you the Son of God, Son of Man can do,

and you made a way

for us to find home in you.

I praise you for being the tabernacle of life

that sustains, makes me whole,

bringing comfort, love, joy, peace, and rest.

I bless your Name for the promise

that you are coming again, soon,

and you’re making all things right

in accordance with your Word and decree,

waiting patiently for all

you’ve called into your household.

Thank you for your Spirit,

your presence with me

as we sojourn through this life,

and the hope of home with you

forever afterwards.

I bless you Lord.

Amen.

My Lord

My Lord,

I surrender to your waves of mercy,

sinking deep, allowing your love to penetrate every cell of my body.

I can’t believe you would take me back,

after my failures, my sin, my betrayal of you,

the nails I put in your hands and feet,

the way I mocked and scorned you,

how hard and cold my heart was to your suffering.

I don’t understand how you receive me back again and again,

this prodigal,

with wide open arms,

putting your ring on my finger,

your robe on my back,

telling me I am yours,

that you chose me and want me,

and I belong to you.

I can’t understand your love in my intellect,

yet you pursue me, you haven’t let me go.

You are kind, gentle, and good,

holy, pure, with no guile,

strong, tender, compassionate,

humble, gracious, and patient.

You keep no record of my wrongs,

your heart is always soft towards me,

open, merciful, you never hold back.

I bless you Lord

there’s none that loves like you,

you alone are God,

perfect in love,

beautiful, glorious,

take this small, broken heart,

make it wholly yours,

I give myself to you.

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.