Monday Memories: God is Near

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From Psalm 16:11:  “You show me the path of life.  In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

God dwells on a Holy hill

Pursuing those hungry, for His will


Away from God, we are forlorn

Seeking refuge, asking to be reborn


Our Lord is a most Holy God

Bringing blessings and love, He nods


He brings delight, for another week

Filling cups with refreshment, we seek


At night, He calms our hearts

Giving wise counsel, new day starts


God remains near, always beside us

Walking patiently, without a big fuss


He stays close, offering His hand

Facing our challenges, across this land


God fills hearts, with joyful gladness

We sing and rejoice, without sadness


Our prayers seek a willing ear

Finding a Holy God, without fear


Our footing will never slip away

Walking a safe path, God’s way


God hears our words and prayers

Sending answers, because He truly cares


Under the shadow of God’s wings

Protecting us, safe refuge He brings

Oswald Chambers Quote

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My worth to God in public is what I am in private.  Is my master ambition to please Him and be acceptable to Him, or is it something less, no matter how humble.

From 2 Corinthians 5:6-9:  “So we are always confident, even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord—for we walk by faith, not by sight.  Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.  So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to be pleasing to Him.

Hearing Angelic Cheers

From Romans 5:8-9:  “But God proves His love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.  Much more surely, therefore, since we have now been justified by His blood, will we be saved through Him from the wrath of God.”

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Trusting God, door opens

Divine plan sharing grace

Believing promises

Forsaking evil’s place


Breaking chains of darkness

Jesus taking man’s place

Dying on cruelest cross

Bringing freedom’s embrace


Stepping forward in Christ

Forgiveness emerges

Sending redemption’s gift

Quelling sinful urges


Restoring place with God

Cross proclaims, “Come to Me”

Erasing lifetime’s debts

Leaving sin, walking free


Delivering God’s peace

Eternity appears

Witnessing empty tomb

Hearing angelic cheers

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From John 14:27-28:  “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.  You heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I am coming to you.’  If you loved Me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I.”

George Whitefield Quote

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The true believer can no more live without prayer, than without food day by day.

From Luke 6:12:  “Now during those days He [Jesus] went out to the mountain to pray, and He spent the night in prayer to God.”

George Whitefield (1714-1770) was an English-born pastor and Christian evangelist.  He spent the second half of his life in the American colonies.

Headlines Come Alive

Away from the front page, consider the Sunday newspaper to be a delightful connection to the rest of the world.  It is refreshing to read about life as so many others see it.  Enjoy!

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Creating garden’s diverse retreat

Forsaking traditional green lawn

Flora and fauna’s pulsating beat


Feeling awesome, eighty-nine years old

Singing one hit after another

Willie Nelson’s music grabs ahold


Discovering lighthouse, flower farms

Visiting enchantment’s sweet magic

Lake Michigan showcasing her charms


Keeping scientists up every night

Suggesting many snooze like humans

Will spiders finally sleep tonight?


Passing up snail mail without delay

Recalling technology’s lightning

Telegraph launches high-speed gateway


Sharing another public witness

Imitating Jesus Christ’s footsteps

Sidewalk evangelism’s eyewitness


Trivia’s Facts and More (9/24)

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This informative post will be posted on Saturday along with my usual writing.  You are invited to participate with the opening question.

Brain Teaser Question

What three letters can be rearranged to make 3 three-letter words?

(answer found at the end of this post)

Featured Facts

One of most misunderstood arachnids of the wild kingdom is the tarantula.   Arachnids include spiders, mites, ticks, scorpions, and a few other species.  Their bodies consist of two parts:  the cephalothorax in front and the abdomen behind.  All have eight legs.

Here are some unique characteristics of the tarantula:

  • Color:  Gray to dark brown, some with red or orange markings.
  • Description:  Large, hairy spider with stout body and eight closely grouped eyes.
  • Habitat:  Hot deserts, grasslands, and rainforests.
  • Diet:  Insects and other bugs.  Larger species eat lizards, birds, and mice.

Tarantulas are primarily active at night, and females may live up to 20 years.  Some tarantulas live on the ground in burrows lined with silk, while others are arboreal (tree-dwelling).   Despite what some of Hollywood’s older films depict, the bite of a tarantula is rarely fatal to humans.

Believe it or not:  Tarantulas found in Central America and other rainforest areas have been known to hitch a ride with a bunch of bananas.  Some even arriving in the United States and Europe, only to be discovered at wholesale produce distribution centers.

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Answer to Brain Teaser Question

Several answes:








Amanda Gorman Quotes

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There is always light.  Only if we are brave enough to see it.

Somehow we’ve weathered and witnessed a nation that isn’t broken, but simply unfinished.

Amanda Gorman (born 1998) is an American poet and activist.  She is the first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate.

Journey of Forgiveness (Elfchen Series #119)



Greatest commandment

Energizing lasting forgiveness

Humbly walking with Jesus


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Sharing love

Giving and receiving

Building faith’s long road


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Refurbishing each

Righteousness over transgressions

Following Father’s guiding Word


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James Dobson Quote

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Prescription for a happier and healthier life:  resolve to slow down your pace; learn to say no gracefully; resist the temptation to chase after more pleasure, more hobbies, and more social entanglements.

From Matthew 18:4: Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

James Dobson (born 1936) is an American psychologist and Christian author.  In 1977 his efforts started Focus on the Family where he remained actively involved until 2010.

Seeds of Mercy

From Romans 8:38-39:  “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

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Darkest valleys approach

Spirit walks within thee

Holding fast to one’s faith

Quieting stormy seas


God’s presence always breathes

Evil’s shadow will flee

Lighting path to follow

Building trust, setting free


Truth in Christ’s promises

In heaven and on earth

Hearing His divine Word

Bringing grace, life’s new birth


Righteousness dwells in heart

Never be left alone

Blessing seeds of mercy

Reaping what God has sown

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From Matthew 28:20:  “And teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”