Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote

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The commandment of absolute truthfulness is really only another name for the fullness of discipleship.

From Proverbs 10:9:  “Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever follows perverse ways will be found out.”

Steadfast Prayers

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Drought hardens fertile land

Faithfully sowing seeds

Reaching out to God’s hand

Praying for farmers’ needs


Weather forecasts no rain

Boldness in faith remains

Praying for crops of grain

Holding tight to God’s reins


Clouds covering high plains

Showers dancing away

Leaving tears, without rain

Filling hours with prayer


Faith shall never waver

Perseverance, God’s domain

Seeking His good favor

Waiting out this campaign


Steadfast prayers prevail

Bountiful, earthly grace

Sharing rain without fail

Bringing smiles to each face

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From My Journal

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From Big Sky Buckeye

Our life journey will be filled with trials, but in walking with Jesus, we will see the Promised Land.

Do you write a daily journal?  This inspiring thought comes from my journal, and much of what is written in my journal comes from reading and commenting on other bloggers’ posts.  Thanks to many of you for adding so much to my journal.

(Updated May 21)

Trinity’s Blessings (Elfchen Series #101)



Fear not

Never be afraid

Be strong and courageous


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With faithfulness

Voice leads us

Hear name now called


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Strengthened daily

Breathing with hope

Never forsaking each believer


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Oswald Chambers Quote

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If you have heard Jesus Christ’s voice on the billows, let your convictions go to the winds, let your consistency go to the winds, but maintain your relationship to Him.

From John 21:7:  “That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, ‘It is the Lord!’  When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he had taken it off, and jumped into the sea.”

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917) was a Scottish evangelist and Christian teacher.  Following his death from an illness while in Egypt during World War I, his wife took on the task of transcribing the detailed notes she had written from his lectures and sermons.  Gertrude Hobbs Chambers’ efforts resulted in the publication in 1924 of MY UTMOST FOR HIS HIGHEST.  I frequently read from this devotional, and it has greatly deepened my faith and understanding of God’s Word.

Stand Firm

From 1 Peter 1:3-4:  “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  By His great mercy He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.”

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Evil’s darkness surrounds

Encroaching with its sin

Life looks to turn around

Wolf hiding in sheepskin


Fraud’s light leads some astray

Moving away from God

Grace opens its doorway

Christ shatters hell’s facade


Resurrection’s new hope

Building faith’s foundation

Salvation, Christ’s tow rope

Father’s promised station


Word speaks of Lord’s power

Calling all to stand firm

Each and every hour

Holy Spirit confirms


Faith anchored in His care

Wearing God’s armored vest

All times, kneeling in prayer

Mercy braves each test


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From Ephesians 6:13:  “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on the evil day and, having prevailed against everything, to stand firm.”

Matthew Henry Quote

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It ought to be the business of every day to prepare for our last day.

From 1 Thessalonians 5:4-5:  “But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness, for that day to surprise you like a thief; for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness.”

Cherished Partner

From Psalm 85:10-11:  “Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other.  Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky.”

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Love joins together

Blessed from God above

Faithful life journey

Sharing precious love


Love binds forever

Stirred from God above

Grace’s living bread

Feeding sincere love


Love resolves trials

Strength from God above

Hope flows eternal

Walking in His love


Love’s cherished partner

Blooms from God above

Daily life smiles back

Breathing trust in love


Love climbs each mountain

Backed by God above

Humble hands touching

Bonding in His love


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Country music entertainer Marty Robbins (1925-1982) was a gifted vocalist and songwriter.  In 1970 he wrote and recorded “My Woman, My Woman, My Wife.”  His efforts were awarded with a Grammy for Best Country Music Song.  This song served as some of the inspiration behind this poem.

Charles Stanley Quote

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When we learn from experience, the scars of sin can lead us to restoration and a renewed intimacy with God.

From Psalm 119:67-68:  “Before I was humbled I went astray, but now I keep Your word.  You are good and do good; teach me Your statutes.”

Divine Intervention (Elfchen Series #100)



His lead

Overcoming our resistance

Changed by God’s persistence


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Sharing hope

Acts of generosity

God’s works best revealed


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Early morning

Rinsing our souls

God calling us 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.