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Praise to God

Updated on October 6, 2015
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A Lenten Journey

Although we are journeying on in our lives towards Advent, the Home Group that I joined a few years ago decided to study a book I wrote some time ago, although at that time it had a different cover.

This is a second edition. It's called A Lenten Journey: Paul's Letter to the Ephesians.

The Format of 'A Lenten Journey'

'A Lenten Journey' is a study of Ephesians. Actually the full title is 'A Lenten Journey: Paul's Letter to the Ephesians.'

A Lenten Journey is really a booklet, as it only has 76 pages. Conveniently, this letter of Paul's is divided into six chapters. This makes it useful for any study of six weeks length and is intended for small groups. Most of the Home Groups at my church meet every week, but as our group meets fortnightly, it will take twelve weeks to cover the book.

The six studies include questions for discussion, prayers, suggestions for meditation and other activities at home, including homework, part of which is reading the chapter to be studied the following meeting.

Prayer of Praise

The first week's homework asks participants to write a short prayer of praise to God. Now, as I'm not leading these studies I'm trying to remain unobtrusive, but as a member of the group, I'm now on the other end and must do my homework!

I thought I'd like to write my 'prayer of praise' in poetry form, but now I've done that, I have problem. I tried it out in different ways and so wrote several and they're not really so brief, especially as we'll all be reading out our efforts in the next meeting. Now I can't decide which one to use.

Would you help me choose? There's a poll near the bottom.

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God Three in One

Lord God, our Father in Heaven,

Son, and Holy Spirit;

Three Persons in One,

To us you have given

So much, yet our merit

Is naught, until we have sought

Forgiveness. Through your Son

We are made holy, and raise

Our hands in your praise.

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Praise on the Journey

Great and awesome God,

On this journey we've trod

In life's long length:

Praise with all our strength!

From the depth of our hearts,

With purity of mind,

Thanks for your love,

'Til the day that we find

Your glory, in eternity above.

The Trinity is represented at the top
The Trinity is represented at the top | Source

Doxology

Praise to you, Father, mighty Lord!

Praise to you, Christ, Saviour adored!

Praise to you, Spirit, here and above,

For your blessings and great love.


May we, your children, come to know

that through the Cross your blessings flow;

Give our thanks for sins forgiven,

All praise to you in earth and heaven!

This Poem can be Sung

This third poem can actually be sung to the tune that is used for the Doxology, 'Praise God from whom all blessings flow.' There are a couple of bumpy bits, but once we get used to it, it seems to work quite well.

The Glory of the Lord (Gold Coast, Queensland)
The Glory of the Lord (Gold Coast, Queensland) | Source

They're to be brief, so which poem do you think I should choose?

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    • BlossomSB profile imageAUTHOR

      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Peggy W: I'm so sorry I didn't see your comment before, but thank you for it now.

      Rolly A Chabot: That was a lovely surprise, thank you. We have so much to praise for, if we only look around. God bless you - from Australia.

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      Rolly A Chabot 

      2 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi BlossomSB...

      Excellent writing and love the use of the words given to you from above... well well written ...

      Hugs and Blessings from Canada

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I voted for Praise on the Journey and see that it is right now slightly in the lead. All 3 were beautiful as were your photos.

    • BlossomSB profile imageAUTHOR

      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      teaches12345: At the moment the Journey and Doxology are 50/50. Thank you for your lovely comments - we're all on a journey, whether at the beginning or nearing the end and it's great to praise Him wherever we are.

      Ericdierker: Just to praise because He IS, is so special. I enjoyed listening to and sharing your youtube praise.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I just had this discussion with a group. Just how wonderful and such a blessing to praise our Lord. Not just thanks or petitions but full on unadulterated PRAISE.

      Thank you

      I was listening to Victory in Jesus while reading https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8BCuoYfE7Q

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      Dianna Mendez 

      3 years ago

      All three are nice but I love the Journey best. It is a place in my life right now that causes my heart to beat to the words. Your book must bless readers who seek a stronger worship with God.

    • BlossomSB profile imageAUTHOR

      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      aviannovice: I think it was at that stage. Now we've had our home-group meeting and there was time for me to read all three.

      Faith Reaper: When I read all three at the meeting, the group decided on the Doxology, too. Thank you for your lovely comments and encouragement. May God bless you, dear friend.

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      Faith Reaper 

      3 years ago from southern USA

      All three are beautiful, but I think I will settle on the Doxology. Anytime there is praise for our Lord God, one cannot go wrong. I am familiar with 'Praise God from whom all blessings flow.' I'm sorry for my late arrival here.

      What a wonderful booklet you have written there. Thank you for sharing here and for your Praise to God!

      Peace and blessings always

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      Deb Hirt 

      3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You might have to have a tiebreaker now.

    • BlossomSB profile imageAUTHOR

      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      truthfornow: Hi, and thank you for your suggestion. It was at 50 - 50, now you have swung the balance!

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      truthfornow 

      3 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      I liked Praise on the Journey the best.

    • BlossomSB profile imageAUTHOR

      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Michael-Milec: Yes. Once for our school's annual church service our choir had to learn those words: "And they that worship Him must worship Him in Spirit and in Truth." It's something that I've never forgotten, I can even hear the tune still. Beautiful! I didn't know that there was such a thing as an Aramaic Bible in English, I must see if it is available here.

      FlourishAnyway: Thank you, it's doing well, I had to have a reprint done recently, so I'm hoping it is a blessing to many people.

      Jo_Goldsmith11: thank you for those choices and God bless you for those lovely comments. I hope you had a lovely night's rest.

      manatita44: Thank you for your comments and your choices. I need to make up my mind which one to choose before tomorrow evening. At the moment, 'Praise on the Journey' and 'Doxology' are exactly equal on the poll! My Guru (teacher) is the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ is my Saviour.

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      manatita44 

      3 years ago from london

      Yes, my Sweet, Doxology is the one I went for, but note I looked at the pros and cons. My Teacher used to say that your Guru should be given 100% devotion. So if your Guru is the Christ, (not Jesus), then the first is best.

      Actually, what your Heart says is the best. Go with your Heart.

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 

      3 years ago

      This is just beautiful!! I love the "Praise on the Journey" the best.

      My second choice is "God Three in One". What a blessing it is to read and find this as I get ready for a nights rest. Many blessings for you dear woman. Appreciate you sincerely and thank you for sharing this.

      I made sure to share and pass this blessing along. Wish I could "vote it up", as before. :(

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on your book! Lovely poems and stunning photos.

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      Michael-Milec 

      3 years ago

      Yes and Amen to your " isn't it great that we can praise our wonderful God any time and anywhere!?- Just as Yeshua said " For the Spirit is God, and it is fitting that those who worship him worship in The Spirit and in The Truth." ( John 4:24 Aramaic Bible in Plain English)

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      AudreyHowitt: Thank you for reading and your lovely comment. God bless you.

      Michael-Milec: The doxology seems to be the most popular in the poll. Not sure if the leader will allow time for me to read all my efforts. But isn't it great that we can praise our wonderful God any time and anywhere! Blessings to you and thank you for your lovely comments.

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      Michael-Milec 

      3 years ago

      Hello BlossomSB.

      When a heart praises, making melody in my heart, exalting the Name above all names Jesus, the Father everlasting God, In Spirit and in Truth...You start with doxology, and the other two will follow...

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      Audrey Howitt 

      3 years ago from California

      Your faith just shines forth in this hub! Beautifully done!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      whonunuwho: Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

      CrisSp: Thank you for voting on the poll and for your comments. God bless you.

      pstraubie48: How lovely! There is so much in our lives that we can praise and thank our Heavenly Father for. Lovely that you want to share them with others, too. Many blessings.

      Lipnancy: Thank you for your encouraging comments about my photos.

      MsDora: Yes, it's lovely to be able to sing our praise, it seems to involve more of ourselves. Bless you, and thank you for your comments.

      Manatita44: Much peace to you, too, my HubPages friend! You have pinpointed my dilemma in trying to choose which to use. So far, the poll is showing the most votes for the Doxology.

      Frank Atanacio: I guess it's craftswoman! Thank you and blessings for your lovely comments. Wishing you much joy in the coming days.

      always exploring: To be content in the Lord is an amazing feeling, it shows our trust and faith in Him. Blessings to you.

      Troy C. Thank you for helping me to make my choice. God bless you!

      AliciaC: I'm so glad that you enjoyed reading this hub. I've been so busy writing my latest book, that I've been very remiss in my responses in HubPages recently. Your choice is the one that has the most votes so far, so thank you for that, as well as your lovely comments.

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      Linda Crampton 

      3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I voted for the Doxology because I loved the rhythm and flow in the poem. Thank you for sharing your faith and the beautiful photos. I enjoyed reading your hub very much.

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      Troy Wilkerson 

      3 years ago from Norfolk, VA

      I chose Doxolog but they all were beutiful. Great job.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      All three poems were beautiful, my choice Doxology. Your writing gives me the feeling of contentment. Your love for God shines through your word's. Thank you..

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      Frank Atanacio 

      3 years ago from Shelton

      I like the journey, and mostly I love your inspirational drive you display in your hubs.. when it comes to inspiration you are a superb craftsman.. or craftswoman?

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      manatita44 

      3 years ago from london

      I will go for 3, but also like 2. Again, there are different approaches to Spirituality. I follow the Bhakti way, which is the Devotional way; the way of praise and adoration, with the marginal difference being that my Guru is Sri Chinmoy.

      On the devotional way, the sincere Christian's Saviour is the Christ which makes the first one best.

      I like the accommodating nature of two and three, though. So my case goes for the first, for the Christ-Lover, and the other two or last - my choice - for the God-Lover. Both are valid in the Devotional Path. Christ was a great Bhakti.

      About your Hub and book, written with sweet simplicity and much wisdom and Love. Not surprising to me, for this is how I have always seen you. Peace.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Blossom, I like the Doxology perhaps prejudiced by the fact that I can sing it. However, they are all acceptable to God, because they are the genuine expressions of your heart. The class seems very interesting; you're leading indefinitely through your book. Congratulations on the success of the project.

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      Nancy Yager 

      3 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      I truly love the photos that you take. They put your words into pictures.

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from sunny Florida

      Amen...praise to our Lord can never happen enough ...many times throughout the day I pause to give thanks and praise, Blossom. These 'songs' are beautiful ....each of them, I feel could be sung....

      I will share this with my church family and many others as well

      Angels are on the way to you this morning. ps

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      CrisSp 

      3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      To answer your poll, I chose "Praise on the Journey" but they are all inspirational and truly delightful to read.

      Love from the sky~

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      whonunuwho 

      3 years ago from United States

      Beautiful in its context and meaning. A wonderful tribute to our Lord. Well done my friend. whonu

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