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As Christians, we should be generous people, giving whatever we can whenever we can. And that doesn't just mean money, we can give help, encouragement, time, talents and forgiveness.

This means we can't let selfishness get in the way. A lot of people are stingy, clinging to what they have and afraid to give it up. Others aren't stingy in their actions, but they are stingy in their hearts, giving because they feel obligated, not because they really want to.

But this isn't the way God calls us to give. Second Corinthians 9:7 tells us, "God loves (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, 'prompt to do it') giver [whose heart is in his giving]."
If you think about it, when we give our lives to God, everything we have is His anyway, it no longer belongs to us. We should be givers, using our resources the way He wants us to.

Give cheerfully today. It pleases God, and those who give cheerfully are happy, fulfilled, and highly effective.

Prayer Starter: God, I make up my mind and purpose in my heart right now to be a cheerful giver. Show me how I can generously give to You and the people in my life today.

VERSE: 2 Corinthians 9:7
Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
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What method of prayer works best for you? Do you use the prayers of others? Do you write/say your own prayers? which senses do you use? What "props" do you use? Do you use your body when praying?
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prayer for rest and refreshment




You live in a high and holy place

in a sanctuary of rest

a land of peace

that can never be shaken



But you also live in the heart

of the quiet spirit

the humble and the afflicted

and those who are loving and kind



Help me to enter your rest today

help me to be still

and know in my heart

the deep peace of your mighty love



Help me, I pray, to come to you

please let me draw close

please let us meet

in the special place of stillness



You are the one who calls me by name

the one who really knows me

draw me close, I pray

draw me to you, in a strong and silent peace


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letting you in




You are everywhere

like a lovely impulse

a kind presence

a sweet fragrance



You are in the running wind

you are in the flowing stream

you are in the rolling clouds

you are in the breaking waves



Open my heart

and help me to let you in today

let your feelings flow

and carry me onwards, carry me, carry me onwards


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prayer to the one I love




You are gracious and you are lovely

and you have chosen me

and call me precious,

one that you love



Help me to know you close to me today

help me to know you with me

your calm and reassuring presence all day long

your patient love that never changes



Help me to know your path of life :

the things of this world

which we might put our trust in -

they can never last



But you, in majesty you live forever

and in your loving presence

I will dwell today and always

Your strong love watching over me,



our shared love a delight



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[personal profile] susannah
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the quiet heart


Help me to seek a way in life

that follows the quietness of the heart



The quiet heart in the storm of injustice

the quiet heart when the poor cry out

the quiet heart that knows goodness and joy

the quiet heart that feels gentle love



Help me to seek a way today

in your presence and your goodness

the gentle love of your quiet heart

and the stillness of your strong being


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You are unchanging

And your love never alters

From everlasting to everlasting

You are beautiful and holy



Make my heart still, I pray

At the start of this day

Help me to know and trust your love

Fill my mind with your light



Thank you for this day

Please help me truly live it

Help me know you with me

Remind me of your calm presence



Show me your ways of life, I pray

Give me courage to walk in goodness

I am kept safe by your faithfulness

And your strong love to hold me


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