Father’s Way (Elfchen Series #113)

Shepherd Calling


Narrow gate

Road appears hard

But, leads to new


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Righteous Journey


With Jesus

Truth’s unshakable hand

Faith defines our future


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Salvation’s Light


Lord’s grace

Steadfast in faith

Blessed gift of eternal


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D. L. Moody Quote

The preaching that this world needs most is sermons in shoes that are walking with Jesus Christ.

From Romans 6:4:  “Therefore we were 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 also might walk in newness of life.”

D. L. Moody (1837-1899), also known as Dwight Lyman Moody, was an American evangelist and Christian teacher.  He is frequently credited with inspiring modern mass revivalism.

From My Journal

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From Big Sky Buckeye

At times, I find it numbing to read text from writers of the past.  Some of their words continue to echo into the present.

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 August 11)

Turning to Jesus

From Psalm 18:2-3:  “The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.  I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, so I shall be saved from my enemies.”

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Darkest storms rocking our world

Feeling faith washing away

Turning to Jesus, we hope

His solid rock, never sways


Raging floods rocking life’s peace

Hearing His bold, righteous voice

Turning to Jesus, we kneel

His solid rock, let’s rejoice


Perils rocking daily lives

Seeking comfort in His grace

Turning to Jesus, we pray

His solid rock, let’s embrace


No longer rocking in fear

Stepping over sinking sand

Turning to Jesus, we praise

His solid rock, holds our hand

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Edward Mote (1797-1874) was an English pastor and prolific hymn writer.  One of his most beloved hymns, “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less,” was composed in 1834.

Rick Warren Quote

First Lutheran Church in Circle, Montana (my church home for 22 years). (Courtesy of Pinterest)

Only participation in the full life of a local church builds spiritual muscle.

From 1 Corinthians 3:9:  “ For we are God’s coworkers, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building.”

Monday Memories: Grounded Through God

From Psalm 119:105:  “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

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Life’s trials spinning around us

Challenging our unsteady beliefs

Grounded through God, we must trust

Bringing His Grace, granting us relief


Spiritually grounded, seeking refuge

Walking along God’s chosen path

Life chooses from God’s menu

Always correct, computes God’s math


Prayer time, our Father’s time

Encouraging one another

God delivers a new paradigm

His plan replaces all others


Sincerely humbling our hearts

Hearing God’s truthful Word

Our Lord proclaims a new start

Actions can no longer be deferred


Grounded through God

Anchoring to His cornerstone

He banishes the Enemy’s fraud

With our Lord, never alone

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From Ecclesiates 4:12:  “And though one might prevail against another, two will withstand one.  A threefold cord is not quickly broken.”


Warren Wiersbe Quote

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Surrender your mind to the Lord at the beginning of each day.

From Isaiah 50:4:  “The Lord God has given me a trained tongue, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word.  Morning by morning He wakens, wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught.”

Gift of Faith

From Hebrews 11:1-3:  “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.  Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval.  By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.”

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Daily news fills with darkness

Wilderness, eternal home

Future forever empty

Trials continue to roam


Standing alone, Father speaks

Hearing His goodness in Word

Building life’s new foundation

Walking to His light’s watchword


Steps marching with assurance

Trust in Father grows each day

Hope strengthened in His mercy

Steadfast love charting faith’s way


Receiving this gift of faith

Praising Father’s divine lease

Fulfilling every promise

Inheriting grace-filled peace

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From Psalm 33:20-22:  “Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and shield.  Our heart is glad in Him because we trust in His holy name.  Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.”

Donald Miller Quote

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There is something beautiful about a billion stars held steady by a God who knows that He is doing.

From Isaiah 40:26:  Lift up your eyes on high and see:  Who created these?  He who brings out their host and numbers them, calling them all by name; because He is great in strength, mighty in power, not one is missing.”

Donald Miller (born 1971) is an American author, speaker, and business owner.  Many of his personal essays and reflections deal with faith, God, and self-discovery.

Heavenly Father (Elfchen Series #112)



Labor pains

Father delivers mercy

Drink deeply with delight


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Overflowing stream

Father’s grace bestows

Faith flourishes, hearts rejoice


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Like mother’s

Rejoice with Jerusalem

Father reigns high above


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From Isaiah 66:12-13:  “For thus says the Lord:  I will extend prosperity to her like a river and the wealth of the nations like an overflowing stream, and you shall nurse and be carried on her arm and bounced on her knees.  As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.”