Networking with God (Elfchen Series #80)

Plugged In

Creator’s

Voice abounds

Truly humbling ourselves

Taking time to listen

Holiness

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Father’s House

Worship

Gospel’s constellation

Connecting with God

Scripture, prayer, and song

Praiseworthy

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Faith Fortified

Gospel

Shared daily

One on one

Proclaiming Lord’s Good News

Discipleship

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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.

From My Journal

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From Big Sky Buckeye

Being and active player in the game of life offers a much better place to be than sitting on the sidelines as a spectator.

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 15)

Jim Rohn Quote

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Take care of your body.  It’s the only place you have to live.

From 1 Corinthians 3:16-17:  “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?  If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person.  For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.”

Searching for Father

From Amos 5:4:  “For thus says the Lord to the house of Israel:  Seek Me and live.”

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Searching for Father

Walking stark valleys

Running through darkness

Checking back alleys

 

Seeking divine Lord

Wandering each day

Sinking, lost again

Retreating to pray

 

Finding Calvary

Kneeling at sin’s cross

Seeing scarlet stains

Witnessing God’s loss

 

Feeling Christ’s Spirit

Scanning empty tomb

Understanding now

Reaching Father’s room

 

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From Amos 5:14:  “Seek good and not evil, that you may live; and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you, just as you have said.”

Charles Swindoll Quote

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The two most important tools of parenting are time and touch.  Listen to your boys and girls, look them in the eye, put your arms around them, hug them close, tell them how valuable they are.

From Proverbs 20:7:  “The righteous walk in integrity—happy are the children who follow them!”

Monday Memories: Perfection

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Perfection Defined:

The condition of being free or as free as possible from all flaws or defects.

 

Striving for absolute perfection proves to be elusive

Life provides few examples that are always conclusive

 

Perfection in bowling

Rolling 12 strikes in a row

 

Perfect school attendance

No absences during an entire school year

 

Perfect gymnastics performance

Scoring an “improbable” 10.0

 

Perfect school exam score

All questions answered correctly

 

Perfect completion of a crossword puzzle

Every square correctly filled in

 

Perfect game in baseball

Pitcher retires all batters—no one reaches first base

 

Perfect grades in school

All A’s . . .  4.0 GPA

 

Standards have been made to measure perfection

Challenging all to achieve for greater satisfaction

 

Individual actions and results to be told

Defining a level of perfection to behold

 

A “perfect” vacation

What makes it the best ever?

 

A “perfect” photograph

What makes this image so brilliant?

 

A “perfect” job

What provides the greatest satisfaction at work?

 

A “perfect” health report

What makes these results outstanding?

 

A “perfect” marriage

What moments are forever beautiful?

 

Subjective perfection is short-lived for a good reason

Definitions and expectations change with each season

 

When we think that our best efforts fall short

Allow Christ to bring us back to our home port

 

His unblemished life is perfection for sure

We follow His example for lives more pure

 

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Watchman Nee Quote

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There is nothing more tragic than to come to the end of life and know we have been on the wrong course.

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.”

Divine Favor

From Ephesians 2:8:  “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.”

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Dead from our trespasses

Sin ruling over man

Living outside God’s law

Called to accept His plan

 

God opens grace-filled door

Cooling desires of flesh

Sharing His mercy’s love

Today begins afresh

 

Salvation accepted

Lord’s spring of grace will flow

Tasting divine favor

Mistakes washed white as snow

 

Life christened with God’s joy

Made alive in Jesus

Overcoming weakness

Lord’s divine grace frees us

 

Eternal age to come

Lord’s love shall see us through

Saving us from darkness

Grace through faith comes in view

 

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From 2 Corinthians 12:9-10:  “But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.’  So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.  Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.”

Charles Stanley Quote

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Take a moment to ask the Lord if anything is clouding your internal signals, and trust in His promise to make your path straight.

From Proverbs 3:5-6:  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.”

Lifetime Journey (Elfchen Series #79)

Our Navigator

Adrift

Alone, separated

Lost in darkness

God shares His compass

Found

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Our Teacher

Believe

Follow Jesus

Learn from understanding

Scripture with greater fluency

Lifetime

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Our Lord

Spirit

Fills hearts

Hymns sing praises

Our mighty, awesome God

Love

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