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

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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:

AET makes EAT, TEA, ATE

ATR makes ART, RAT, TAR

OTP makes OPT, TOP, POT

APT makes APT, PAT, TAP

REA makes EAR, ARE, ERA

AMR makes ARM, MAR, RAM

ONW makes WON, NOW, OWN

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)

Unifying

Love

Greatest commandment

Energizing lasting forgiveness

Humbly walking with Jesus

Never-ending

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Surrendering

Forgiveness

Sharing love

Giving and receiving

Building faith’s long road

Trusting

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Repairing

Relationships

Refurbishing each

Righteousness over transgressions

Following Father’s guiding Word

Forgiveness

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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.”