“Puritan Prayer, The Deeps”, from The Valley of Vision (Repentance, Lordship of Jesus Christ, Grace)

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The Deeps

Lord Jesus, give me a deeper repentance, a horror of sin, a dread of its approach. Help me chastely to flee it and jealously to resolve that my heart shall be Yours alone.

Give me a deeper trust, that I may lose myself to find myself in You, the ground of my rest, the spring of my being.

Give me a deeper knowledge of Yourself as saviour, master, lord, and king.

Give me deeper power in private prayer, more sweetness in Your Word, more steadfast grip on its truth.

Give me deeper holiness in speech, thought, action, and let me not seek moral virtue apart from You.

Plough deep in me, great Lord, heavenly husbandman, that my being may be a tilled field, the roots of grace spreading far and wide, until You alone are seen in me, Your beauty golden like summer harvest, Your fruitfulness as autumn plenty.

I have no master but You, no law but Your will, no delight but Yourself, no wealth but that You give, no good but that You bless, no peace but that You bestow.

I am nothing but that You make me. I have nothing but that I receive from You. I can be nothing but that grace adorns me.

Quarry me deep, dear Lord, and then fill me to overflowing with living water.

Amen

From, The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions, edited by Arthur Bennett

“All The Love That was Told”, a worship poem from L.Willows (Grace, Mercy, Hope)

All The Love That was Told

Facing the Beloved we ask, we long,
Seeking His Peace we hope, hearts hold on.
Throughout different journeys,
Throughout times that quest,
Here are His Children, held dear to His chest.

Strengthened by a faith that deepens with time.
Met with unmeasured amounts of Love’s brine.
Here in a valley that is softened by grace,
Here walk those tendered by mercy’s sweet pace.

Held by the Beloved, we pray, we see.
Seeking His Face, we live, walking free.
In places unknown, some new, some old-
there walk his Children that dare to be bold.
Caring, they share all the Love that was Told.

© 2019 Linda Willows

Genesis 28:15
Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

2 Corinthians 12:19
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

2 Corinthians 1:20-22
For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.  And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and who has also put his seal on us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.

“All The Love and It’s Endure”, a poem by Linda Willows (God’s Glory, Grace, Joy)

The only reason that I wake
is for His Glory, for all Love’s sake.
Not to ponder nor to grieve,
in the shadows of life’s mortal weave.

I joy in the beauty, I soak in the Light,
The Cause that made us walk upright.
For All the Love and It’s Endure.
His Grace does pierce throughout the night.

The reason bearing my heart’s care
unearths from wearing mercy’s share,
Not to hold or to gift an unknown,
but Lord, to let such Love be shown.

I joy in the Beauty, I soak in the Light,
The Cause that made us walk upright.
All the Love and It’s Endure..
His Grace does pierced throughout the night.

© Linda Willows 2016

1 Peter 5:10 —And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

Romans 5:5 —and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

1 Peter 3-6 –Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,  to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials,