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As Much As I Love Myself

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As Much As I Love Myself

I can only love God as much as I love myself
and I wonder why He's not my first priority
How do I love myself through you oh God?
How do I love myself enough to get close to You?

I can only love God as much as I understand love
Maybe this is why I don't understand our relationship
His glowing light shines too bright sometimes
His glowing light enforces too great a might sometimes

I can only love God as much as I commit to truth
and I ponder why its so hard not to lie
when vowing means to do when I try
when bowing means its to You that I lie

I can only love God as long as I have faith
and I think how my melancholy doesn't seize hope
How do I trust whats only brought me pain?
How do I connect to what drives me insane?

I can only love God as much as I love myself
and I wonder why He's not my first priority
How do I love myself through you oh God?
How do I love myself enough to get close to you?


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  1. Date: 5/21/2011 5:12:00 PM

    Love your neighbor; and Love yourself as much as you love your neighbor. Works for me. Love gf

  1. Date: 1/31/2010 11:15:00 AM

    There is a lot of truth in this write, Richard. We have to love ourselves in order to have faith and love for God. Sometimes it helps to look out upon all of the natural beauty God has created and offer prayers of thanks. It works for me; hope it will help you as well. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 1/31/2010 11:05:00 AM

    Meditate on the cross, that's how I do it-see all and acknowledge what it means- "Love" crucified-we have to die to ourself. Not an easy task, for sure, Richard but each of us can take one step at a time with our God. He's walking right by your side, like a loving Father teaching his toddler to walk. When you fall, he'll pick you up, wipe your tears. You just keep walking. That's all that's required. Peace and love to you this Sunday and always, Audrey

  1. Date: 1/30/2010 12:23:00 PM

    Look to God to find love within yourself and for yourself. It's a choice to make him your priority. Pray often, it helps.

  1. Date: 1/30/2010 12:11:00 PM

    Keep asking and you will find.