Monday Memories: Perfect Seat

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Circus shows once filled with excitement to delight

Few spectators now attend circus magic each night

 

Generation ago, numerous children experienced it all

Now mighty Big Tops have vanished with a huge fall

 

Sitting in the crowd with a perfect seat

Thrilled to adore another tasty treat

 

The ringmaster keeps the thrilling show moving along

Audiences soon realize that each act lasts only so long

 

Three rings keep crowd’s enthusiasm mounting with ease

Here come zany clowns, filled with foolishness to please

 

Dazzling jugglers and daring acrobats delight

Children dream of being in the circus spotlight

 

Sitting in the crowd with a perfect seat

Eagerly watching performances so sweet

 

Lions, tigers, and bears—Oh, what a sight to behold

Bravery shown by animal tamers, awesome and bold

 

Always pleasing are gigantic elephants from afar

Their majestic presence makes them the stars

 

Evening’s ultimate act flies high above three circus rings

Trapeze artists dangle with suspense from their swings

 

Sitting in the crowd with a perfect seat

Looking forward to each astonishing feat

 

Fewer circus companies still travel the globe

The “Greatest Show on Earth” needed to fold

 

Audiences once filled the Big Top’s nightly crusade

Now dying out, precious memories stumble and fade

 

New generation of young children shall never wonder

How circus night brought applause as loud as thunder

 

Sitting in the crowd with a perfect seat

Recalling circus images that will repeat

 

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Disciples of Faith

From John 8:31-32:  “Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in Him, ‘If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.'”

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Throughout life spent with our Father

Clutching His message, forthright Word

Students learning each day and night

Growing in Christ, God’s flock He herds

 

Disciples of faith, taught by God

Walking in step with Jesus Christ

Children of truth’s Living Spirit

Guiding hands, Shepherd sacrificed

 

Christ’s lessons teach, lighting our way

Believing our Savior, always

His unselfish acts bring freedom

Following Him through life’s dim haze

 

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

Building discipleship, praise Him

Lasting kinship as believers

Hearing our faith’s eternal hymn

 

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From Acts 11:25-26:  “Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch.  So it was that for an entire year they met with the church and taught a great many people, and it was in Antioch that the disciples were first called ‘Christians.'”

Charles Stanley Quote

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Through our trials, God works powerfully within us to do more than we can perceive or imagine.

From Ephesians 3:20-21:  “Now to Him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.  Amen.”

One

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“One” standing up, life’s lonesome number

Rising today, waking from slumber

 

One single digit, filled with courage

Stepping up, ready to encourage

 

One man standing with boldness, alone

Moving against tyranny’s dark throne

 

One tiny seed maturing to grow

Spawning thick forest, nature’s chateau

 

One last try remains, taking a chance

Advancing to championship’s dance

 

One more war, aiming to end all war

Proving to be mankind’s hopeless chore

 

One single journey, will never do

Touring Yellowstone’s picturesque views

 

One small voice, singing with gentle praise

Joining life’s chorus, hearts now ablaze

 

One yummy taste, frozen now in time

Savoring home cooking at mealtime

 

One kind act, paying forward life’s grace

Sharing love, lighting up darkest place

 

One heart knocks, opening couple’s door

Adopting this daughter, love cares for

 

One righteous Son of God, boldly walks

Bearing our sins, Cross forever talks

 

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Curious Trivial Facts (7/17)

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This informative post will be posted on Saturday along with my usual writing.  We can all appreciate some of the lesser known facts from around the world.

Irish step dancing (now recognizable worldwide, thanks to “Riverdance”) was created after the British conquest of Ireland in the 1600s outlawed music, and cultural traditions had to be performed secretly.  The dance form that evolved–body and arms kept stationary, movement confined to the feet–ensured that if the English glanced at the locals through a window, they would be unable to tell that anyone was dancing.

The odds of a good golfer making a hole in one are 1 in 8,606, which averages out to one in every 478 rounds.

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

Tim Tebow Quotes

The greatest way to witness is by walking that straight and narrow and also realizing that you’re going to mess up.  That’s what grace is for.

In those places of doubt and even darkness I’ve realized that who I am has nothing to do with wins or loses, applause, or negative criticism.  It has to do with whose I am.

Spirit at Work (Elfchen Series #67)

Devotion

Father’s

True foundation

Times of trouble

Witness Scripture’s divine promises

Truth

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Reformation

Surrender

In faith

Keep His commandments

Come to know God

Obedience

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Collaboration

Called

By God

Sharing our abundance

Walking together with others

Community

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Oswald Chambers Quote

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We have to keep letting go, and slowly and surely the great full life of God will invade us in every part, and men will take knowledge of us that we have been with Jesus.

From Romans 6:9-11:  “We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over Him.  The death He died, He died to sin, once for all; but the life He lives, He lives to God.  So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.”

Circle of Life

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Children and grandchildren

Each fills precious treasure

Hug this “Circle of Life”

Family time’s pleasure

 

Watching young daughters grow

Teaching lessons of love

Taking delight each day

Dad, where’s my softball glove?

 

Time moves much too quickly

Each day shares its rewards

Daughters become women

“Circle of Life” records

 

Transforming life’s landscape

Mastering how to crawl

Cherishing grandchildren

Grandpa, will you play ball?

 

Robust “Circle of Life”

Family roster grows

Memories made each day

Lifetime’s delightful rose

 

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Some of the best poems are written from from the heart.  Such is the case with this poem; created from just a thought about family and its blessings.  My wife and I have been blessed with five daughters between our Montana and Ohio families.  Our grandchildren now number ten.  Our own “Circle of Life’ has indeed been a blessed one.