His Great Love

From Deuteronomy 8:3:  “He humbled you by letting you hunger, then by feeding you with manna, with which neither you nor your ancestors were acquainted, in order to make you understand that one does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.”

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Life’s darkening journey

Never exempt from pain

Evil always prowling

Adversity’s campaign

 

Seeking life’s foundation

Holy Word, God alone

Heavenly love provides

Troubles no longer groan

 

Praise our Great Comforter

Treasures open, His love

Understanding God’s law

Commandments from above

 

Freed from harsh wilderness

Rejoice with faithful trust

Delighting in God’s love

Filled with hope, life adjusts

 

Depend upon the Lord

Manna nourishing needs

Trials teach bold lessons

His great love always leads

 

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From Romans 8:28:  “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose.”

Faith’s Journey (Elfchen Series #58)

Cornerstone

Anchor

God’s Word

Answers life’s doubts

Steadies each shaky step

Grace

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Beacon

Wilderness

Testing faith

Facing certain adversity

Christ walks with us

Strength

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Resilience

Guideposts

God’s wisdom

Growing in trust

Before life reaches new

Crossroads

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This series of poems (written in the German-inspired style of Elfchen or Elevenie) shares a total of eleven words in each poem, with a sequence by line of one, two, three, four, and one words.

Conquering Fears

From 1 John 4:17-19:  “Love has been perfected among us in this:  that we may have boldness on the day of judgment, because as He is, so are we in this world.  There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love.  We love because he first loved us.”

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Bringing anxiety

Life’s darkness encroaches

Where can we always turn?

Father’s light approaches

 

Bitten by sinful grief

Burdened at life’s abyss

Time to admit these fears

Seeking truth to dismiss

 

Frightened by life’s trials

Being honest with self

True feelings now exposed

Finding Bible on shelf

 

Coming to our Father

Reaching out to His hand

Time now spent in prayer

God’s Word faithfully stands

 

God’s hand vanquishes fears

Lasting comfort and peace

Heavenly rod and staff

Salvation, life’s new lease

 

Father’s infinite love

Grace casting out these fears

Supportive hand and Word

Conquering fear-filled tears

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From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “When fear begins to sink in, I pray harder, study longer, and read my Bible more closely.  God wants to cast out the fear and doubt in your life.”

Living in Christ

From Colossians 3:1-2:  “So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”

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Living in Christ, never alone

Marked with genuine, lasting love

Walking in daily harmony

Bread of Life, feeding from above

 

Living in Christ, finding mercy

Filled with thirst for Holy kindness

Quenching faith with living water

Spirit healing sin-filled blindness

 

Living in Christ, cherished moments

Covered by His forgiving grace

Centering on infinite love

Patience guides, finishing life’s race

 

Living in Christ, tasting His love

Called to follow in faithful ways

Building new life with righteousness

Heavens singing with blessed praise

 

Living in Christ, God’s chosen ones

Baptized, newest children of God

Praising Heavenly Father’s love

Comfort received, His staff and rod

 

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From Colossians 3:14-15:  “Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.  And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body.  And be thankful.”

Spring’s Temptations (Haiku Series #134)

Ready to Go

Respite from winter

Digging into Mother Earth—

Spring planting on deck

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Next Step

Dancing with nature

Waiting to plant spring’s garden—

Following her lead

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Backing Off

Eager to plant now

Oops, garden struck by frostbite—

Better to sit tight

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Monday Memories: Mom’s Summer Woes

This free-verse poem was originally published in June, 2019.  While the theme is filled with humor, between the lines one can read about the endless duties of a mother.  In this case, she is busy during a summer’s break from the school year routines.  This repost is dedicated to all mothers for a job well done!

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Summer finally arrives

Breaking from school routines

Children eager, excited, hyper-filled, energized

When does Mom get to take a break?

 

Chauffeuring children everywhere

Swimming lessons, sports camps

Gas tank never seems full

When does Mom ever get to run to a special place?

 

Thunderstorms pop up

Bringing their usual culprits

Rain, wind, hail, lightning, thunder

How did Mom’s new umbrella end up in the yard?

 

Enjoyable family gatherings

Long picnics, games aplenty

Lots of tasty food prepared

But Mom—why are we picking up a bucket at KFC?

 

Travel plans made

Laundry, packing, laundry, repacking

Mom still must be “Mom”

When does Mom get to enjoy “her” vacation?

 

School arrives again

Summer finally over—finally!

Bus leaves with the kiddos

Why does Mom hit the snooze again?

 

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True Motives

From Proverbs 21:2:  “All deeds are right in the sight of the doer, but the Lord weighs the heart.”

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World around us

Views outer selves

Not always true

God sees ourselves

 

Examines hearts

What’s false, what’s true

Peeling away

Each beating clue

 

Colleagues at work

Neighbors and friends

Hold opinions

Not through God’s lens

 

God’s view prevails

Noting actions

Mindful of thoughts

Weighs each fraction

 

Most important

True motives say

Pure intentions

Every day

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From the words of American Christian author, John Eldredge:  “If the narrative of the Scriptures teaches us anything, from the serpent in the Garden to the carpenter in Nazareth, it teaches us that things are rarely what they seem, that we shouldn’t be fooled by appearances.”

Morning Time

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Morning arrives before sunrise

Blessed calmness comforts life’s soul

Taking time to honor Father

His Word filling today’s payroll

 

Morning stillness quiets life’s heart

Time for prayer-filled reflection

Hot coffee and conversation

Blessing now Father’s connection

 

Morning always starting like this

Creature of life’s daily routine

Sharing special moments with Him

Just with Father, our special scene

 

Morning time ending much too fast

Father’s presence felt all day long

Confident and ready for more

Holding tight to His faithful song

 

Morning will return, always does

Looking forward to precious times

Father’s Spirit, life’s alarm clock

Moments filled with heavenly rhymes

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This poem is inspired by my daily morning time in prayer and study with God’s Word.  This special time with my Heavenly Father has become more and more intertwined into my daily fabric.

Divine Encouragement (Elfchen Series #57)

Tireless Designer

Observing

God’s blessings

Universe He crafts

Order, balance, lasting beauty

Creation

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Attentive Father

Witnessing

God’s expectations

Upgrading our actions

Life’s inner alarm system

Conscience

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Life’s Pilot

Reading

God’s Word

True, grace-filled knowledge

Linking faith with hope

Scripture

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In His Word

From Psalm 119:97-98:  “Oh, how I love your law!  It is my meditation all day long.  Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies, for it is always with me.”

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Eternal Lord in Heaven

Our faithfulness flows from Him

God’s Word pilots creation

Through time’s ages, never dim

 

Evil prowling in darkness

Waiting to maim and uproot

God’s love, lasting protection

His grace lighting life’s new route

 

Accepting God’s Holy law

Life filling with His delight

Marching with our conviction

Saved from misery’s dark night

 

Reading daily from Scripture

In His Word, Lord shall converse

Living with Father’s wisdom

Love every single verse

 

Father’s Word always teaches

Guiding life’s faithful mindset

Lives led by His commandments

Follow now, never forget

 

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From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “We need godly knowledge and principles to guide us, which is why we must make meditation on the Word a daily habit.”