Morning Prayer

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Dear Lord

Make me a man

Of fervent prayer

 

God’s Holy Word

Commands me to pray

Without ceasing

 

Encourage me

To bring everything

To you my Lord

 

When discouraged

Let me pray

You are my refuge

 

When joyful

Let me offer

Prayers of thanksgiving

 

In all things

Great and small

At all times

 

Whether happy or sad

Let me seek

Your wisdom and grace

 

Amen

 

Today, may God bring you the courage to ask him for guidance.  Ask Him to lead you to a “right” place.

Haiku Series #13

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Success

Failure will arrive

From the ashes of despair—

Comes greatest success

 

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Help

Life’s sticky messes

How do we clean it all up?

Seek God’s helping hand

 

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Focus

Focus on God’s Word

Walking on a truer path—

He will see us through

Quirky Team Names

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Sports teams abound

Loyal fans cheer on

Unique names astound

 

What is a Laker?

Honoring “Land of 10,000 Lakes”

Minnesota becomes Los Angeles Lakers

 

What is a Dodger?

In Brooklyn, dodging the trolley tracks

Becoming baseball’s “Dem Bums”—the Dodgers

 

What is a Canuck?

Referring to a French Canadian

Now hockey’s Vancouver Canucks

 

What is a Celtic?

Honoring Irish, Welsh, and others

Now a trademark of the Boston Celtics

 

Who are the Knickerbockers?

Remembering Dutch settlers’ trousers

NBA Knicks shortened from Knickerbockers

 

Why the Wizards?

Depicting violence as the NBA’s Bullets

Transformed into the energized Wizards

 

What is the meaning of the Mets?

Official team name of baseball’s Metropolitans

Becoming New York’s “Amazin’ Mets”

 

What’s with the Jazz?

Utah certainly doesn’t fit today

Formerly in New Orleans as the Jazz

 

Why the Cleveland Browns?

Sounding like such a simple name

Founded by their coach Paul Brown

 

Pausing now to catch an exciting game

Let’s hope this team’s name isn’t lame

 

 

Never Forsaken

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Life feels upside down

Angry with fists clenched

Barking back at God

You have forsaken me

 

Please, please my Lord

Don’t push me away

Heart fills with courage

Waiting for my God

 

Look around to witness

Patience comes to many

Those immersed in faith

Righteous saints never forsaken

 

God asks for perseverance

More to one’s life

Than just plain enduring

Bring me staying power

 

God is my stronghold

In times of distress

For those seeking him

God will never forsake

 

God always walks ahead

He was with Moses

He’ll be with you

Never to forsake you

 

Ask for God’s protection

Through faithful, fervent prayer

God’s justice will return

Never, ever be forsaken

 

Open hands, open arms

Looking up toward God

Submitting to my Lord

Never to be forsaken

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Edwin Hubbel Chapin Quote

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Neutral men are the devil’s allies.

From 1 Peter 5:8-9:  “Discipline yourselves, keep alert.  Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour.  Resist him, steadfast in our faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters in all the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering.”

Haiku Series #12

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Special You

Only one of you

On a planet of many—

Yes, you are special!

 

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Family

God remains thoughtful

His creation of family—

Amazing grandchildren

 

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Life

Allow life to come

Sharper and better focused—

Slow down, now to see