In Your Hands

Heavenly Father, my life is in Your hands.
Yesterday, today, and forever, I am safe and secure in You.
Lord, please help me to know that You are in control.
Help me to believe You are at work in my life right now,
even when I don't see it.
Help me to trust in what I do not see,
when what I see is so painful.
Please help me to know You are taking care of my needs.

Lord, thank You for listening to my cries for help.
Thank You for loving me so much.
Help me to believe You and the promises You have made.
Forgive me when I doubt You and Your love.
I believe, Lord. Forgive me for my unbelief.

Devotional excerpt by Jill Kelly,
from her book Prayers of Hope for the Brokenhearted


The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you;
He will never leave you nor forsake you.
Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
Deuteronomy 31:8

Holy Spirit, Peace divine!
Still this restless heart of mine,
Speak to calm this tossing sea,
Stayed in thy tranquility.
S. Longfellow

Set me free from evil passions, and heal my heart of all inordinate affections;
that being inwardly cured and thoroughly cleansed,
I may be made fit to love, courageous to suffer, steady to persevere.
Thomas Kempis

I thank Thee, Lord, for blessings, big and small;
For spring's warm glow and songbird's welcome call;
For autumn's hue and winter's white snow shawl.

I thank Thee for the harvest rich with grain;
For tall trees and the quiet shadowed lane;
For rushing stream, for birds that love to fly;
My country's land, the mountains and the plain.

I thank Thee for each sunset in the sky,
For sleepy nights, the bed in which I lie;
A life of truth and peace; a woman's hand,
Her hand in mine unit the day I die.

I thank Thee, Lord, for all these things above;
But most of all I thank Thee for
Thy love.

Ralph Gaither
(written while a POW in North Vietnam)

Keep my heart seeking Lord
So I do not miss you
when I pass through the shadows.

Keep my heart seeking Lord
so I do not obscure
your many attempts to talk to me.

Keep my heart seeking Lord
so I may recognise you
in the many forms of broken bread.

Keep my heart seeking Lord
so I can walk the heaven on earth
for you are walking with me.

Hilary Faith Jones

God be in my head,
And in my understanding;
God be in my eyes,
And in my looking;
God be in my mouth,
And in my speaking;
God be in my heart,
And in my thinking;
God be at my end,
And at my departing.

Old Sarum Primer, 1558