One Step at a Time

 

Dear Father,

Thank You simply for being here when I need You and holding me with Your strong and comforting arms, even when I don’t seem to realize You are there.

Thank You for sending Jesus to shower me with Your scandalous compassion, Your lavish grace and Your unconditional love. Thank You for breaking the chains of shame and guilt, and giving me a new life, a new mind and a new heart.

Thank You for imbuing me with Your Spirit, who reminds me of the words of Jesus, breathes wisdom of His intention into my mind, and infuses Your love, grace, patience and forgiveness into my heart.

Thank You for being the kind of Father who loves me for who I am instead for how I perform. Thank You for adopting me into Your family instead of excluding me or ostracizing me because of the sins I committed.

Thank You for being the expansive God You are, even while sometimes I attempt to put You in box so I can “better understand” You.

Thank You for never holding me to standard, but always holding me in high esteem because I am Your beloved daughter.

Thank You for giving me eyes to see Your heart and Your Presence surrounding me. Thank You for giving me ears to hear Your voice and the ability to discern Your will.

Thank You for allowing me to know You and to become a member of Your family. Thank You for introducing me to other brothers and sisters who accept Your compassion and grace and are willing to pass it forward.

Thank You for transforming my mind and heart, even though sometimes I resist the change.

Thank You for creating me anew every day by granting me new opportunities to love, to forgive and to bestow Your grace on those around me, including myself.

Thank You, Father, for all those reading these words today, that they might find a little peace, a little comfort, a little love, a little grace from Your heart through mine.

Every time I think of you—and I think of you often!—I thank God for your lives of free and open access to God, given by Jesus. There’s no end to what has happened in you and in me; it’s beyond speech, beyond knowledge. The evidence of Christ has been clearly verified in your lives. (1 Corinthians 1:4, The Message)

20 comments

  1. Amen – a wonderful post.

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  2. Harley Quinn · · Reply

    So wonderful is your post. It felt like you took my thoughts and turned them into that article. I too, am very Christian, and there are still bad days for me. I pray, even if I’m too depressed to get out of bed. I talk to God. I listen. And I know I will be better one day because He and Jesus are there for me. Thank you for writing this post.

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    1. Jennifer, we have to understand that we as Christians with mental illness need more help than Church offers. We need it straight from our relationship with God; we need medication through psychiatric assistance; and we need our own research and support to learn to manage our illness.

      Support comes when we lift each other up in unity, as Jesus asked us to do, not in ostracizing those of us who suffer with these devastating circumstances.

      Paul defined them as “thorns.” During his time, medication wasn’t known; now it is, and I’m thankful for the wisdom God has given those doctors who specialize in these studies.

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  3. Lovely prayer! 😍

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  4. Beautiful, dear Susan. I’m grateful He doesn’t give up on me when I “resist the change.” He’s a good forever Father. ❤
    Blessings ~ Wendy

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    1. He is, Wendy, a very patient Father.

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  5. Amen and amen! Awesome prayer.

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  6. Beautiful prayer. I took the liberty to reblog this as we should all follow this example

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    1. Thanks as always for your support, Pete.

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  7. Reblogged this on Walking In Christ and commented:
    A wonderful prayer we should all have on our hearts

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    1. Thank you, Pete. I pray you’re doing well.

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      1. Improvement every day except for the neuropathy. I have some big outdoor construction projects around the house for the next few weeks to keep me busy. Plus 2 grandaughters 11 and 8 coming for 10 days starting tomorrow. Fun times!

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      2. Wow, fun times indeed, Pete! 😀

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  8. Great reminder Susan. May you know God.

    Blessings to you Tom

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    1. And you, my friend. ❤

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  9. Great message, Susan!

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    1. Thank you, Lionel. Always remaining thankful, even in the most confusing of times.

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