Hannah Whitall Smith

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Comfort and peace never come from anything we know about ourselves, but only and always from what we know about Him.

From Isaiah 40:8:  “The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God will stand forever.”

Sweet Treats (Haiku Series #85)

Never Enough

Bagels and cream cheese

Delicious breakfast or snack—

Sweet carbs explosion

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Too Rich?

Triple chocolate

You bake it, then I eat it—

Decadent cheesecake

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Major Letdown

Buttermilk pancakes

Dreaming of breakfast’s sweetness—

Oh no!  Diner closed!

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Oswald Chambers Quote

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You have to learn to go out of convictions, out of creeds, out of experiences, until, so far as your faith is concerned, there is nothing between yourself and God.

From Hebrews 11:8-9:  “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going.  By faith he stayed for a time in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.

Monday Memories: Gratitude

This poem is a guest post from my then 11-year old granddaughter.  She wrote this poem for her Language Arts class, and she has given permission to post her untouched words just as she wrote them.  Enjoy the gratitude that she shares.

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This warm bed

that is really comfy and soft

that is only payed off

by my parents and their jobs

that is filled with

blankets, pillows, and stuffed animals

that is around me as I

dream off to sleep

 

I lay there at night

to recharge my body

I lay there to rest

my body

I lay there if I am sick

to help heal my body

I lay there to wake up

to get ready for the day

 

As we get ready to

dream off again

I lay there ready to fall

asleep

Soon I am fast asleep  ZZZZZZ

 

E. Stanley Jones Quote

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When I met Christ, I felt that I had swallowed sunshine.

From Romans 6:4:  “Therefore we have been buried with Him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.”

Life’s New Page

From Ephesians 4:31-32:  “Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.”

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Life’s battered bucket sometimes overflows

Facing daily challenges, too immense

One challenge standing apart from the rest

Using forgiveness seems much too intense

 

Our righteous Father teaches forgiveness

Extending forgiveness with earnest hearts

Breathe in every word in its entirety

Receiving forgiveness with humble hearts

 

Take in God’s Word, His Holy Commandments

Burying bitterness, it sours the heart

Always best to forgive, forget, move on

Hanging on to the past, weighs down the heart

 

As humans, reacting much too quickly

Expressing heated anger, fixing blame

Slow to forgive, even more to forget

Stepping now with humbleness, drowns the flames

 

No longer in the enemy’s darkness

Praying the sun to not set on our rage

With our Lord’s truth, filling with righteousness

Following God’s way, life writes a new page

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From the words of American pastor and Christian author, Jim Cymbala:  “Looking back over my life, all I can see is mercy and grace written in large letters everywhere.  May God help me have the same kind of heart toward those who wound or offend me.”

America’s Renewed Declaration

From John 8:32:  “And you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”

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Blessed land stretching from ocean to ocean

Spacious skies wink at fields of abundant grain

Framed in by towering, majestic mountains

God’s Grace covering the land like fruitful rain

 

Lady Liberty extends her message of hope

Calling out, only demanding to breathe free

Ensuring freedom for the huddled masses

Keeping her torch lite, from sea to shining sea

 

Asking God to mend a nation’s ills and flaws

Lifting praises up to the Father above

His glory be forever praised here below

Liberty and freedom shall ring, filled with love

 

Forgiving our nation’s errors and transgressions

Healing hearts of discord, peace now safeguarded

Leading this nation out of its dark wilderness

Remembering an old path, long discarded

 

Nation founded from scratch, with lasting vision

“All men are created equal” crying out

Endowed from the Creator, come certain rights

Life, liberty, pursuit of happiness shout

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“American the Beautiful” is a beloved song.  You are invited to listen to this familiar song as sung by Lee Greenwood by clicking on the American flag below.  God Bless America!

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Nature’s Gifts (Haiku Series #84)

Sweet Fragrance

Nature sending love

Despite social distancing—

Smelling sweet flowers

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Concert in the Pines

Deep in the forest

Harmony reigns over all—

Are we listening?

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Catch Us—If You Can

One, two, three, four, five

Their heads bobbing up and down—

Turkeys in tall grass

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