A Prayer of Affirmation

Dear Lord of Heaven and Earth, of all that is seen and unseen, I praise your name with a heart full of love! As I ask for forgiveness, I also affirm my responsibilities as Your child:

I now affirm that I choose to live a life as Your disciple!

I now affirm that I will take every opportunity to learn from everyone, even if it’s painful so that I can live and grow in Your light!

I now affirm that this day is precious and I will live in it and not in the past!

I now affirm I will respect myself and care for my body properly!

I now affirm that a joyful life is my birthright given by You!

I now affirm I will observe myself and others without judgment!

I now affirm I will meditate on Your Word and pray for guidance daily!

I now affirm I will trust in You to find courage in times of turmoil!

I now affirm You created me for a purpose and I am significant in this world!

I now affirm that my words and deeds will be used to nourish myself and others as I release all grudges and resentments!

I now affirm that at this moment all is well and I thank You Lord for the miracle of my existence!

I now affirm that my words and actions will be used to glorify You and draw me closer to You!

As always, I love You! As always, I trust You!

Amen!

Adapted from Enneagram Transformations: Release and Affirmations for Healing Your Personality Types by Don Richard Riso

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Contagious

 the unknown evolves when we are silent
when we close our eyes and refuse to see
slowly fear creeps upon the heart
it is contagious and drives people apart
 
don’t let the unknown win
 
fear grabs hold of the train tracks
crushing out all light as the windows pass
the horn only tells contagious lies
intending for hope to surly die
 
don’t let the fear win
 
take responsibility for yourself
don’t fall into that contagious mob
let go anger and hate from what is different
stand up straight on the solid ground
 
don’t let anger and hate win
 
peace and love can spread their wings
if we open the doors otherwise unseen
let their contagious song be heard
and break the chains crumbling our world
 
let love win
 
 
 

A Prayer

Dear Father,

Thank You for the breath of life. Thank You for the depth of Your love. Thank You for never giving up on me.

Please help me to shine Your Light with the gifts you have bestowed on me. Show me how to see with Your eyes all that is happening in this world around me. Guide my heart to hear those in pain, so that I may wrap Your arms around them. Rid my mind of judgment and resentment, so I can be free to love and understand myself, and free to love and understand others.

As I hear sirens pass down the road, I pray for all involved. As I listen about a recent shooting, I pray for all involved. As I learn of a natural disaster destroying cities, I pray for all involved.

But what I understand from Your Word is that prayer includes action.

I pray for guidance to move in Your direction; not sit back and ask: “Why?”

I pray for courage to answer the question: “What more can I do right now?”

Amen

I Am Still Here

years of pressure
build up inside
no light to see
no hope or drive
 
escaping deep
inside my head
excluding the world
to feel safe instead
 
I tried to run
but never could hide
so I injured my body
to soothe my mind
 
I didn’t understand
what was happening to me
I still don’t know
I’ll just let that be
 
looking at my battle scars and
remembering how life was
today a thought occurred to me
as I listened to my Pastor’s words

Jesus came to live with us
He knows how humans work
He showed us His unconditional Love
by being among us in the dirt
 
often when asked
“how are you doing today”
my popular response was
“I am here”
 
today I heard
and understood that
Yes!
I am still here!
 
‘still’ is just
one
additional word
but it creates a whole new meaning
 
‘still’
provides room for
Faith and Hope
and remembrance of His being
 
He walks with us
He walks in us
Yes
I am still here

Is This a Test?

why would God “test” us
He already knows our names
yes, there are times which are difficult
yes, there are times to pray
 
only recently have I realized
how much different I see this world
I don’t see tests
I don’t see the same ordeals
 
I see God challenging me
He knows which buttons to push
to get me going within His direction
even when it’s difficult
 
I don’t see Him “testing” me
I see him granting opportunities
opportunities to grow in faith
opportunities to decide which road to take
 
does God test you
does the universe torment you
or are you given choices to make
opportunities to decide your fate

Filling the Cracks

our world is fallen
our lives are broken
but God is there
to fill the cracks
 
our earth is dying
we are responsible
but God is there
to inspire the impossible
 
we are at war
inside and out
but God is there
to create light within doubt
 
our hearts ache
we wound our Temples
but God is there
to walk with each mile
 
our world is fallen
our lives are broken
but God is there
as we seal the cracks

Compliments

I can't hear
I won’t hear
I refuse
I belittle
 
Why?
Why not?
Do I deserve?
Are they true?
 
Compliments –
The truth –
Gifts from God
Noticed by others
 
Do I believe them?
Working on it
Do I accept them?
Working on it
 
“Thank you”
My current response
Remembering
These are my gifts and strengths

When I deny
I deny God’s blessings
I must try harder
I must accept
 
Compliments
I will accept
I thank you for noticing
I thank God for providing
 
I trust You
I love You
I’m learning
I’m growing into acceptance
 
Never stop growing
Never stop believing
Never stop trusting
Love, Love, Love