Tag: valley of vision

A New Year

O Lord,
Length of days does not profit me except the days are passed in thy presence, in thy service, to thy glory.
Give me a grace that precedes, follows, guides, sustains, sanctifies, aids every hour, that I may not be one moment apart from thee,
but rely on thy Spirit to supply every thought,
speak in every word,
direct every step,
prosper every work,
build up every mote o faith,
and give me a desire to show forth thy praise, testify thy love, advance thy kingdom.
I launch my bark on the unknown waters of this year, with thee, O Father, as my harbour,
thee, O Son at my helm,
thee, O Holy Spirit, filling my sails.
Guide me to heaven with my loins girt, my lamp burning, my ear open to thy calls, my heart full of love, my soul free.
Give me thy grace to sanctify me, thy comforts to cheer,
thy wisdom to teach, thy right hand to guide,
thy counsel to instruct, thy law to judge,
thy presence to stabilize.
May thy fear by my awe,
thy triumphs my joy.

~ from The Valley of Vision

**photo credit Will Davis

extravagant love

Jesus Storybook Bible quote ... Always and forever love 2015 version in turquoise

It’s been a tumultuous few mornings in our house. Lots of tears, fussing, fighting and lots of hard parenting.
But today, after a foot stomping, fussing and complaining walk to school – a friend is there waiting.
A friend who never walks to school.
Like he dropped out of the sky like a gift.
I wish I would have had my camera to take a picture of this boy – eagerly waiting for my boy – with this big grin on his face.
And it stopped my boy in his tracks.

And then it hit me – this is how God loves us.

Even in the midst of our foot stomping and crying and fussing and trying everything possible to get our way – He still gifts us with amazing things.

He drops smiling faces out of the sky and into our days and into our fits and shows us His extravagant love.

Thou art all my good in times of peace, my only support in days of trouble,
my one sufficiency when life shall end.
Help me to see how good thy will is in all,
and even when it crosses mine teach me to be pleased with it.
Grant me to feel thee in fire, and food and every providence,
and to see that thy many gifts and creatures are but thy hands and fingers taking hold of me.
Thy bottomless fountain of all good, I give myself to thee out of love, for all I have is thine…
from Valley of Vision

my vocabulary

redeemed
implanted with eternal life
given love so unmerited
His sheep
His jewel
accepted
bound
a heart implanted with faith
a stubborn heart subdued
my unworthiness covered by His righteousness

may these words be the vocabulary of my heart

(taken from “the trinity” #3 from Valley of Vision)

I could have never sought my happiness in thy love, unless thou had’st first loved me.
how I praise you Lord Jesus that you did find me and you daily find me even when I hide from you!

It is by thy Spirit I call thee Father
may I never forget, dear Jesus, that it is only by your Spirit within me that I am even able to call you Abba.

Strengthen me inwardly for every purpose of my Christian life;
may every move I make be purposeful and to glorify you. And when I don’t move in a way that is pleasing to you, may You protect me from the Accuser who whispers that I am a failure. I am beauty in Your eyes because of Your Son. May that be rooted in my heart.

Let the Spirit continually reveal to me my interest in Christ, and open to me the riches of they love in Him…by the Spirit may I daily live to thee…and become rooted and grounded in it as a house on a rock.
As the world spins by an dangles such beauties in front of me, may I seek only Your face. May my heart be soft, yet sure of how I am and what You give me.

I know but little…keep me pressing forward for clearer discoveries of it.
press into me Lord and keep me pressing on with my clear goal in sight. The goal not to please others, but to please you. The goal to seek your Will, even when it is hard. The goal to know You.

Magnify they love to me according to its greatness…and whatever increase thou givest, let it draw out greater love to thee.
may every move of my life bring nothing but praise out of me. Whether you move me into the desert or into the drenching rain of Your Spirit, may I praise You.

Amen.

(italics are from A Convert’s First Prayer #53 in Valley of Vision)