Restoring Spirit (Haiku Series #133)

Faith

Holy Spirit breathes

Navigating Christian faith—

Feeling His presence

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Peace

Saved through Christ Jesus

According to His Spirit—

Transforming new life

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Love

Children led by God

Tasting adoption’s Spirit

Heirs of Lord and Christ

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Charles Stanley Quote

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Many Christians today are trying to find a shortcut to a closer relationship with the Father.  But intimacy takes times and effort; knowing God better is a lifelong pursuit.

From Psalm 63:5-7:  “My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast, and my mouth praises you with joyful lips when I think of you on my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy.”

Monday Memories: A ‘Perfect’ Memory

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Proud of my memory with its endless perfection

My impeccable recall never needs any correction

 

As a small child from many years ago

My memories remain vivid, this I know

 

My family stands astonished and amazed

While my data files work through a maze

 

I remember many, many things from my past

Hoping that these remarkable powers will last

 

Many beautiful memories organized to be found

I am thrilled by a brain that is sharp and sound

 

Sometimes my mind feels like an encyclopedia

Please don’t ever challenge me with Wikipedia

 

God has blessed me with an awesome mind

As for my car keys . . . please help me find?

 

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Holding Us Fast

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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Burdened with sin-filling guilt

Questions about salvation

Worn down, feeling overwhelmed

Life struggling with temptation

 

Surrounded by sin’s gloom and doom

Meager actions not enough

Salvation ignores life’s works

Grace shining through evil’s bluff

 

Remember God’s faithful truths

Choosing us, always with us

Spirit marks each with new life

His love, hope’s guaranteed plus

 

Father’s Word holding us fast

Always our righteous anchor

Steadies weary, stumbling steps

Answers doubts, quiets rancor

 

Jesus pays our debts in full

Forgiven, transformed, renewed

According to His mercy

Taking our place, flesh subdued

 

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From Titus 3:4-5:  “But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to His mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.”

Oswald Chambers Quote

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Have I entered into the glorious privilege of being crucified with Christ until all that is left is the life of Christ in my flesh and blood?

From Romans 6:6-8:  “We know that our old self was crucified with Him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin.  For whoever has died is freed from sin.  But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with Him.”

Steady Song

Montana’s Yellowstone River, without dams and flowing free.

Innocence of its journey

Silently moving along

Life flowing from its spirit

Hearing river’s steady song

 

Adventure fills nature’s page

Imagination runs wild

Treasured stories to transcribe

Waters frolic like God’s child

 

Back in time, from long ago

Calling out, steady she goes

Flowing with perseverance

Energy shall never slow

 

Panoramic and mighty

Slicing across vast landscapes

Mystery around each bend

Secrets waiting to escape

 

Most precious and sustaining

Endless scenic avenues

Dreaming of chapters to write

Like tasting sweetest fondue

 

Montana’s Madison River, blue-ribbon trout fishing.

Curious Trivial Facts

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This is a new type of post, which will be posted on Saturday along with my usual writing.  We can all appreciate some of the lesser known facts from around the world.

The ubiquitous piano ditty “Chopsticks” was written in 1877 by sixteen-year old Euphonia Allen.  The name had nothing to do with Asian eating utensils, but came from the way  she played her composition:  with palms facing inward, the little fingers lowest, so that the movement of the hands hitting the keys mirrored a chopping motion.

The first folding game board was devised by a chess-loving priest in the twelfth century.  At the time, the Church viewed chess as gambling and threatened to excommunicate any member of the clergy caught playing, so the priest cleverly created a special board that closed to resemble two books lying on top of each other.

These facts have been discovered in I NEVER KNEW THAT by David Hoffman (2009).

American Authors Quotes

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James Michener (1907-1997)

Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.

An age is called Dark, not because the light fails to shine, but because people refuse to see it.

Awarded the 1948 Pulitzer Price for Fiction:  Tales of the South Pacific (1946).

Into New Life (Elfchen Series #56)

Saving

Fellowship

With Jesus

Walking from darkness

Into His joyous light

Forgiven

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Disciplining

Called

Go forth

Share Christ’s light

Bring witness and healing

Collectively

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Living

Believers

Gathered together

Jesus, Risen Savior

“Peace be with you”

Alive

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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.