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||40days|| week two: acknowledge our longings

What do you dream about? What captures your imagination in the middle of the day? What secret longings do you have that you keep only to yourself or a close friend?

Each of us have longings that arise within the depths of our souls. It is part of what it means to be human. As Adele Calhoun writes, “The longing for something more, no matter how weak or crackling with heat, is the evidence that God is already at work in your life.”

Some of our longings are good. It is a good longing to achieve something meaningful with our work. It is an appropriate desire to leave a worthwhile legacy behind us. The craving to be loved by another is given to us by God. It is right that we long to see lost loved ones again.

But there are other longings we have that are bent toward wrong. When we long for harm to come Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2013 in Discipleship

 

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Saturday Prayer 45

All around me in the natural world, I see reminders of who You are, oh God.
Every season reveals Your person and glory.

In the beauty of deep skies,
in the variegated contrasting colors of falling leaves,
in the slanting shadows of autumn’s sunlight

All these things remind me that You are here
ever and always
You are God unchanging
in Your creativity and power

I praise You.

[This is part of a series of prayer posts in 2012 that began here.]

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2012 in prayers

 

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Saturday Prayer 30

Oh God, our Father,
through the holy wonder
of Your One and Only Son
reveal Yourself to me.

Oh Father,
I know it is sheer gift;
I know it is only by
the choosing of Your Son.

Oh God, our Father,
So long I have not known
Your life in my living;
reveal Yourself to me.

[This is part of a series of prayer posts in 2012 that began here.]

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2012 in prayers

 

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Saturday Prayer 25

I have seen You in the sanctuary and beheld Your power and Your glory. Because Your love is better than life, my lips will glorify You. I will praise You as long as I live, and in Your Name I will lift up my hands. I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise You. (Psalm 63:2-5)

Lord, my eyes have seen You move in power both in times past and in the present. Lord, You are my hope and health and salvation. I know that Your love is better than life. In You is found my soul’s satisfaction.

Still, Lord, at times I turn away from You. There are moments where my mouth says one thing and my actions show something else. Take me deeper into the ways of life and satisfaction in You.

Lord, You are worthy of all worship and I want to praise You as long as I live. I know my best life is to be fully satisfied in You. Lead me into this reality.

[This is part of a series of prayer posts in 2012 that began here.]

 
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Posted by on June 23, 2012 in prayers

 

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Saturday Prayer 23

How abundant are the good things that You have stored up for those who fear You. (Psalm 31:19)

Lord,
may I grow in reverent fear of You
even as I seek refuge in You.
You are the great King of the universe
and the Leader of my life.
When human strife and criticisms
arise like flames to consume wood,
keep me safe and sound
in Your overflowing goodness
and startling generosity.
If You are the great King over the universe
then certainly You are the king over my life.

[This is part of a series of prayer posts in 2012 that began here.]

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2012 in prayers

 

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