From My Journal

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From Big Sky Buckeye

The migratory journey of the monarch butterfly is nothing short of a miracle.  God’s creation shares many amazing feats.

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 October 25)

Charles Swindoll Quote

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I honestly believe that “forgetting” is the hardest part of “forgiving.”  Forgetting is something shared with no other person.  It’s a solo flight.

From 1 John 4:4:  “Little children, you are from God, and have conquered them; for the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”

Charles Stanley Quote

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In order to make deposits in heaven’s bank, following Christ must be more important than any worldly ambition or priority.

From Luke 12:19-21:  “And I will say to my soul, ‘Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’  But God said to him, ‘You fool!  This very night your life is being demanded of you.  And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’  So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.”

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.

Agatha Christie Quote

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A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world.  It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.  

From Isaiah 66:13:  “As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.”

Alan Redpath Quote

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The secret of every discord in Christian homes and communities and churches is that we seek our own way and our own glory.

From Romans 12:15-17:  “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.  Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are.  Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all.”

Monday Memories: No Longer Lost

This poem, written in May of 2019, again brings a message which has been part of some recent devotionals and Bible readings.  May all believers continue to reach out to others with the message of God’s grace and peace.  He never grows weary of gathering the Lost to hear His Word.

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Walking down an empty sidewalk all alone

Feeling lost when no one calls his phone

Facing the final sunset of a life

Remembering past sinful strife

Rubbing together his chilly, worn hands

Warming a cold heart of a humbled man

 

Recalling a strong home built brick by brick

Wiping away tears when she became sick

Losing his loving bride to illness

Asking, “Why God, is this meant?”

 

Battling the raging, turbulent cosmic powers

Creating lonely darkness that sadly towers

Living without a daily dose of hope

Trying to understand his life’s scope

 

Reciting scripture as Christ says, “I am with you”

Witnessing the bloody Cross, coming into view

Testing his faith, builds continued endurance

Removing sinful chains at every occurrence

 

Loving us, God guards our hearts and minds

Smiling, the old man knows he has more time

Bringing Salvation, our Savior conquers the Cross

Blessing another life, this man no longer feels lost

 

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Matthew Henry Quote

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That we may not complain of what is, let us see God’s hand in all events; and, that we may not be afraid of what shall be, let us see all events in God’s hands.

From Proverbs 27:1:  “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.”

Future Glory

From Isaiah 6:3:  “And one called to another and said:  ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory.'”

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Expecting our best

God shall never rest

 

God’s future glory

Becomes our story

 

Adopting each child

Life now reconciled

 

What’s lying ahead?

God’s plan weaves a thread

 

Life fosters trials

Coming with each mile

 

His Word, guidance, love

Shining from above

 

God’s sacred fitness

Our constant witness

 

Daring to dream now

God’s mercy allows

 

Caring, righteous Lord

Trusting His accord

 

Patience encouraged

Waiting with courage

 

Together working

Blessed networking

 

Humbleness fills life

Removing all strife

 

Sowing fertile seeds

Harvest’s bread now feeds

 

Called by Jesus Christ

His blood sacrificed

 

Glory fills God’s name

Building each life’s frame 

 

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From 1 Corinthians 10:31:  “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.”

Charles Swindoll Quote

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There is one Advocate we all need–one who represents sinners like us in the highest of all places–the presence of God:  “Jesus Christ, the righteous.”  What a great promise!

From 1 John 2:1-2:  “My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin.  But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.”