Author: Nan Jones

A Prayer When Your Need is Great

Lord, I love You. You are the great God — the One True God — and I belong to You. Yes! Because of Jesus, I belong to You and You belong to me.

How can it be? Such amazing love.

Thank You, Lord for Your love that carries me across troubled waters, that picks me up when I stumble. Thank You for Your grace that sustains and wraps me in the knowledge that You are near.

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Finding God’s Presence ~ What Have I Done to Deserve Love Like This?

I wander in my foggy thoughts, weary steps follow weary steps. I press on, but the mountain is steep. The trail is brutal at times.

Life has been very difficult for a few years now — I know many that have experienced the same. But in the midst of our struggles, God has remained. His faithfulness has been a bulwark against the work of the enemy. His grace has sustained and His mercy has held us as hurting, frightened children in the arms of our Father.

What have we done to deserve love like this?

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A Prayer When You’re Just Plain Tired

Lord, I am so tired I can barely think. It’s hard to do the things I need and want to do. But You are my strength! You are my God who has shown me Your might and power. I know of Your mercy and grace. And I rely on Your faithfulness to sustain me.

These things I know, and yet I am so tired.

My soul thirsts for You and my flesh longs for You in my weariness. You have taught me to seek Your Presence —

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Finding God’s Presence ~ Experiencing Transforming Glory From the Sweat Of My Brow

I struggled through the fallen limbs and briars cluttering the mountain trail. Droplets trickled down my face from the sweat of my brow, the arduous journey almost over. The ridgetop was in view — just a little farther and the struggle would be worth it.

The height would offer a glorious view of my beloved Blue Ridge Mountains.

Taking hold of a crevice in a nearby boulder, I hoisted myself onto the rock, using it as a stepping stone to climb along the rock ledge. A few feet over I found a comfortable place to sit. The stone felt warmed by the sun. I hugged my knees and looked out over the vast beauty of the mountain range.

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A Prayer When It’s Hard to Love Like God

Lord, You are mighty. You are good. You are love — pure love, everlasting love, love that never fails. Help me walk in — live-out — Your love.

At all times.

Especially in the ugly places and especially when no one is looking.

That’s when it really counts, isn’t it? That’s when it bears fruit, because that kind of love is of You and certainly not of ourselves.

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