God’s Saving Grace (Haiku Series #104)

Targeted

Seeds sown and watered

Only God provides the growth—

Living with purpose

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Pardoned

Through grace and mercy

God offers us Salvation—

Won by our Savior

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Transformed

Trusting Holy Truth

Discovering our new self—

Our true home in Christ

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Forever Steadfast Home (Elfchen Series #32)

Eternity’s Light

Sing

With praise

On the mountaintop

Christ yesterday, today, tomorrow

Forever

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Uplifting

Feelings

Of blue

Covering a heart

God’s faithful love remains

Steadfast

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Faithful Guide

Lost

Cloudy skies

Never flying alone

God navigates our way

Home

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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.

Accepting His Way

From Romans 6:1-2:  “What then are we to say?  Should we continue in sin in order that grace may abound?  By no means!  How can we who died to sin go on living in it?”

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All have been baptized into Christ

God’s offer of Grace shall abound

Christ suffering death on the Cross

Accepting His way, God’s Word found

 

Living with God through our Savior

United with Jesus by His death

Walking in goodness of new life

Accepting His way, lasting breath

 

Escaping life of sin and death

Obedient to God’s commands

Following our righteous Father

Accepting His way, where we stand

 

Knowing God through His Holy Word

Rescued, no longer slaves to sin

Total devotion to Jesus

Accepting His way, love within

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From Romans 6:12-14:  “Therefore, do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions.  No longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and present your members to God as instruments of righteousness.  For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.”

Charles Swindoll Quote

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When we are suffering, only Christ’s perspective can replace our resentment with rejoicing.  Our whole perspective changes when we catch a glimpse of the purpose of Christ in it all.

From Matthew 11:28-30:  “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

His Glory Brings Peace

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

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Holy Spirit tracks every life

Jesus leaves us with eternal peace

Unlike anything else done by man

Praying to our Lord, life’s centerpiece

 

Peace emerges with fullness and joy

Holy blessing from Christ, filled with love

Feeling gladness and newness in life

God’s gift of Grace offered from above

 

Rejoicing in our Holy Father

Feeling the gentleness from His hand

Bringing daily worries to the Lord

Guarding hearts and minds, from where He stands

 

Salvation comes through our Savior

Encourage each sister and brother

Reaching to us, God’s peace never ends

Heart, mind, soul—transformed like none other

 

Complete and perfect in His goodness

Yesterday, today, and forever

Jesus will always love each of us

His glory brings peace, best gift ever

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From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  To be a peacemaker is to reflect the image of our heavenly Father–using our breath, energy, and creativity to sow peace wherever the Spirit takes us.

Monday Memories: Trusting Our Lord

From Psalm 62:1-2:  “For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation.  He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall never be shaken.”

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Anticipating in faithful silence for the One

From Christ, comes our Salvation He won

 

God brings deliverance from life’s trials

His steadfast love proclaims and smiles

 

Witnessing transformation by Christ’s renewing love

Pouring out our daily needs to the Holy Lord above

 

Witnessing the Apostles in their committed walk

Learning about Jesus as His words openly talk

 

God delivering His promise, acceptable and good

Trusting in our Heavenly Father, as we all should

 

As a single body with Christ, persevere in daily prayer

Meditating upon what lies deep inside, our daily cares

 

Trusting always, we come forth to pray

God standing as our rock, always stout

His fortress never shaken with doubt

 

Allowing the Holy Spirit, a welcome space to invade

Loving one another, because Jesus ultimately gave

 

Replacing negative thoughts with a positive way

Slowing down, counting blessings—let us pray

 

Spending less time, filled with our trivial worries

Praising God for His message of faithful courage

 

God’s kingdom depends upon His mighty hand

Feeling His promises, His will covers the land

 

Answering the great question for all to behold

Accepting Christ as Lord and Savior, so bold

 

Reveling in God’s glorious adventure, with trusting love

Allowing Him to assist, in sending answers from above

 

Trusting always, we come forth to pray

God standing as our rock, always stout

His fortress never shaken with doubt

 

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From Romans 12:11:  “Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord.”

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.”

William Tiptaft Quote

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If not washed in Christ’s blood and clothed in His righteousness, no heaven for you, no heaven for me.

From John 3:16:  “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”

A. W. Tozer Quote

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People who are crucified with Christ have three distinct marks:  They are facing only one direction, they can never turn back, and they no longer have plans of their own.

From Galatians 2:19-20:  “For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God.  I have been crucified with Christ.”