Unconditional Surrender

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Abba Father,

You call me your own,

Called me unto you,

to surrender all,

Help me, show me

the things I still cling to,

and give me grace to let go,

expose the fears,

that keep me from trusting you,

to believe your best is far greater

than all my wants,

take all my rebellion and selfishness,

to do things my way,

pour out your mercy,

draw me into unconditional surrender,

of every area of my life,

nothing withheld, no holding back,

that your lordship would rule over my life today,

and that I may enter into your kingdom,

and experience the sweetest delights

of your grace, power, and love

starting today… and into all eternity.

You alone are worthy,

Amen.

My Protection

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Abba Father,

I ask your protection over my heart,

over my mind,

cleanse my eyes, my ears

with your blood,

that I may see all things rightly,

in love and in truth,

protect me from the evil one,

its deception and its ways,

expose where its voice has become all too familiar,

sounding like mine.

I choose to hear your voice alone today,

convicting, encouraging, loving,

I choose to fear you alone today,

not my circumstances, any person or problem in my way,

trusting you’re close to me,

you’re moving in the invisible realm,

and that you’re so faithful

to deliver me every single time.

I fix my gaze on you today,

Adonai Tzva’ot, Lord of my Refuge,

Amen.

Seen and Known

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Abba Father,

You know everything about me,

the inclinations, leanings, the shape of my heart,

my patterns of running away and coming home,

where I’ll go, when I’ll come,

the invisible thoughts, beliefs, lies that drive me,

the words spoken and repressed,

left hanging in unawareness,

You see me, beyond my drive and my behavior,

God you see the real me.

The one you created,

the child you love,

with special intimate knowledge,

care, affection, and approval,

You know me better than I know myself,

and you love me better and more than anyone else.

I praise you for your trust, your hope,

your gentleness, kindness, goodness, and long suffering.

And I declare today, that you know me,

that I belong, and I am beloved.

Amen.

Drink In His Rest

A grace on my heart

to stop and be still

the King of the Sabbath

calls me to draw near

to rest in His presence

allowing time to float lazily by

as I drink and imbibe

joy, courage, life and peace

from my Maker who sees

and knows better what I need

who gives generously

and without hesitation

Restoring, refreshing, enlivening me.

I praise my wonderful King.

A Dreamer’s Daughter

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I’m a daughter of a dreamer

who died searching for neverland

with pie-in-the-sky expectations

but white knuckling through life

grasping for control a vapor, an illusion

my legacy from an earthly father

I release

to you my heavenly Father,

trusting I have a rich inheritance

abiding in Your Son

who has forgiven me and cleansed me with His blood

my hope is now in heaven,

and my fruitless striving undone

to be motivated by your love, your heart

my Father by me, for me

my life resting in you alone,

so I release to you my control,

and all my expectations too

trusting you know and you love,

and that is all I need to.

Amen.

Permission To Be You

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Lord,

Touch me as you touched Daniel

in answer to his prayers of grief and pain,

Let me know the nearness of heaven

and teach me how to pray again,

touch my heart to express feelings long hidden away,

lost deep within as shiftless vapors with no identity,

give me words that shape them, give them meaning,

creating form for me, my heart, my petitions,

grant me grace to be honest with you,

and to give myself that same permission,

to be messy, complicated, known and unknown,

all of me, wholly surrendered to you,

Touch with me your vision and comfort,

and hope for what’s to come,

Don’t leave me where I am,

but let me enjoy the process with you.

I love you and I trust You Lord,

Amen.

A Vanity Affair

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Lord, you’re by my side as the black clouds come

walking hand in hand with me,

Your comfort and counsel close to me,

your strength and power reassuring,

most of all your warm, earthy presence

and your Spirit, it’s the blossoms’s perfume before a storm

hold onto to me, don’t let me go,

for as the elements collide, and the nations rage

everything is stripped down, hearts exposed, souls naked

and the pursuit of self and happiness in fleeting time,

dizzying chaos, and the anxiety of uncertainty,

feels empty, meaningless, and purposeless.

All is vanity as the world roils…

but God.

Your love reaching me from beyond eternity centers me,

Your heart and passion changes my shallow desires,

Your purpose roots me in earth and connects me to heaven,

raising my head, and opening my eyes

to see in faith to what lasts forever,

Your holiness, righteousness, beauty and love will always reign,

and you are coming back soon

to make all things right,

I worship you King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.

Amen.

The Zephyr’s Call

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In this month of Elul

I approach my King

who came down from His throne

earth meeting His feet

striding the fields

to be alongside me

and in His presence

I’m in His halls

might oaks trumpeting

blossoms rejoicing

clouds like chariots

painting a masterpiece on blue canvas

with glorious brushes of light

zephyrs rest and calm my soul

as all fauna’s joy stirs my spirit

I’m walking through an open door

to His heart flung open,

to meet my beloved

my gentle, humble, and magnificent King.

Creative Me

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Life expressed

unhindered in my soul

the sole of my feet

touching winding paths

on adventure for treasure

discovering pieces of me

holding His hand

in a leisurely stroll

full of questions and query

through time and back

receiving more mystery than answers

and sweet spirals of redemption

realizing that in my trek

I’m already there

safe and secure in grace and process

resting in my Maker’s love.