Daily Praise

From Psalm 145:21:  “My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord, and all flesh will bless His holy name forever and ever.”

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Receiving God’s eternal glory

Filling us with His mercy and love

Declaring salvation through His Grace

Singing with praise, like a morning dove


Blessing His name, our most awesome Lord

Stepping forward, showing gratitude

Honoring His Holy righteousness

Extolling His patient fortitude


Sending forth His Word, filled with goodness

Guiding lives from high Heaven above

Creating breathtaking tranquility

Abounding with lasting, steadfast love


Proclaiming His infinite greatness

Praying to the Father, praise His name

Lauding His glorious, wondrous works

Declaring our Lord’s mighty acclaim


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Peace is seeing a sunset, and knowing who to thank.  (author unknown)

Dorothea Brande Quote

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There are seeds of self-destruction in all of us that will bear only unhappiness if allowed to grow.

From 2 Peter 1:5-7:  “For this very reason, you must make every effort to support your faith with goodness, and goodness with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with endurance, and endurance with godliness, and godliness with mutual affection, and mutual affection with love.”


This poem takes a different route from much of my usual poetry.  It begins with the word “incessant” and carries this meaning throughout the poem with various synonyms.  Using free verse, the number of syllables remains consistent with seven in the odd-numbered lines and ten in the even-numbered ones.  Thanks for reading and enjoy!

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Early in the morning’s peace

Welcoming the incessant quietness


Predawn light creates shadows

Enjoying their unending playfulness


Cool, crisp air signals autumn

Witnessing the season’s ceaseless nature


Solitary doe walks nearby

Looking for tender grass, endless craving


Neighbor walking her collie

Moving with an uninterrupted pace


Front porch provides morning roost

Dreaming now of countless, unbroken thoughts


Past memories parade on by

Watching an ongoing video show


Former students fill the room

Flourishing with unflagging attention


Grandchildren always gather

Hearing constant laughter, bringing a smile


North wind gusts with icy chill

Feeling winter biting with nonstop bliss


Frigid cold invades the porch

Warming now, by persistent fireplace flames


Life has been kind, a blessing

Spending everlasting time with our Lord


From the front porch, one can sit and watch the entire day unfold.

Dwight D. Eisenhower Quotes

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Leadership consists of nothing but taking responsibility for everything that goes wrong and giving subordinates credit for everything that goes well.

We the people, elect leaders not to rule but to serve.

Dwight D. Eisenhower served America as its 34th President.  During World War II, he was chosen to lead as the Supreme Allied Commander.

For the People (Elfchen Series #28)

Hear Their Words 


Founding Fathers

Sharing our cause

Now speaking to us


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Unity in Voice


Another day

Freedom for all

A nation stands as


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A Dream for All


Seeking equality

Hand in hand

All races and creeds


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This series of poems (written in the German-inspired style of Elfchen or Elevenie) joins in a theme of “For the People.”  This phrase was used by American President Abraham Lincoln near the end of his famous Gettysburg Address (follow the link to read the entire speech).

Charles Stanley Quote

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To be called children of God means that we earnestly seek His redemption–not just for ourselves but for the whole world.

From Matthew 5:9:  “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”

24/7 Refuge

From Psalm 31:24:  “Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord.”

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Facing life’s trials and critics

Soul and body wasting away

Discouraged, hurting, and distressed

Broken down, strength failing . . . decay


Needing encouragement with love

Safe from others, place for healing

Looking for refuge, where to turn

Life under siege, tired and reeling


Seeking lasting grace and mercy

Delivering us from dark gloom

Rescue arrives, stand and rejoice

His steadfast love, fully in bloom


Staffed by a special redeemer

Our strength, comrade, fortress, and rock

Holding us up with steadfast love

Follow Him, our living bedrock


Called by another name  . . . Jesus

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From Psalm 31:1-2:  “In you, O Lord, I seek refuge; do not let me ever be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me.  Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily.  Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me.”

John Calvin Quote

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Hope is nothing else than the expectation of those things which faith has believed to have been truly promised by God.

From Romans 8:24-25:  “For in hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope.  For who hopes for what is seen?  But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”

Endless Race

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Running on this daily treadmill, filling life’s gloomy story

Falling behind in life’s endless race, without much glory


Working Nine to Five, five long days each week

Stumbling through every month, looking bleak


Forgetting when life last paused for any vacation

Punching in, punching out . . . time clock fixation


Heating up life’s pressure cooker, deadlines loom ahead

Hoping the lid doesn’t blow off, propelled into tiny shreds


Watching everyone trying to row in the same boat

Rowing in separate directions, now barely afloat


Refueling the tank, this coffee break no longer helps

Scurrying on empty, might just as well holler a yelp


Taking the elevator to another miserable meeting

Ending up on the wrong floor, no warm greeting


Driving home each night, worn down to a blown-out frazzle

Stopping at the same red traffic light, it no longer dazzles


Racing every day, life delivers another coup de grace

Looking left, then right . . . who’s winning this rat race?

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