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Words from Gretchen

DEAR GOD,

I am not sure where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead.
I cannot be certain
where it will end.

I do not really know myself.
Sometimes I fool myself
pretending to follow Your will
yet knowing I am not.

But I believe this
that the desire to please You
does, in fact,
please You.

I hope I have that desire
in everything I do.

And I know that if I do this
You will lead me by the right road
though I may not know it
at the time.

Therefore I will trust You always
and when I may seem to be lost.
I will never be afraid

Because I know You will never
leave me to face my troubles alone.

Thank You, dear God
for all You have given me
for all You have taken from me
for all You have left me.

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DEAR GOD, I ASK….

….that I may have the COURAGE to do what is hard; courage to hold off the quitter in me; courage to stand by my convictions.

….that I may have the gift of WISDOM, knowing the true value of material things.  May I never choose a creature, object or pleasure in preference to You.  May I have a true sense of values knowing what to fight for and what to ignore.

….that I may have a wholesome ATTITUDE in life.  Let me see that my mistakes, set-back, and disappointments can be turned to my advantage if I have the right outlook.

….that I may ACT towards others, not just react.  Instead of returning unkindness for unkindness, let me be the master of the situation and act as I should, no matter how others treat me.

….that I may RESPECT others.  I know my own importance, but never let me lose sight of the importance of others.  Let me considerations for family and friends overcome my own selfish interests.

….that I may have PEACE OF MIND knowing that I am trying to be my best self.  By Your grace may no one be cheapened because he kept my company.  May I always strive to bring out the best in others.

….that I may take a few minutes EACH DAY to think about these things.

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