From My Journal

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From Big Sky Buckeye

Rejoicing with everlasting joy, our Father’s goodness tastes like the sweetest jam.

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 April 18)

Quiet Love

From 1 Corinthians 13:12-13:  “For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face.  Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.  And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.”

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Cherishing quiet love

Humble and enduring

Admiring devotion

Always reassuring

 

Abiding sacred vows

Uniting and growing

Living as single one

True love overflowing

 

Sharing unbridled truth

Caring for love’s duet

Overcoming troubles

Joy shines at each sunset

 

Hearing love’s small whispers

Blessing each day and night

Confessing true feelings

Boundless and holding tight

 

Listening to God’s love

Nurturing lifetime’s stage

Embracing each moment

Unhurried as we age

 

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Expressing her unique songwriting and blessed voice about love’s feelings, Dolly Parton sings “I Will Always Love You.”

Boundless Gifts (Elfchen Series #54)

Transformed

Faith

Perishable, precious

Tested by fire

Rejoice with glorious joy

Indescribable

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Forgiven 

Love

Promises fulfilled

Born a Savior

Quenching world’s dry thirst

Salvation

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Enduring

Forever

Our Savior

Lights our way

His life, His truth

Jesus

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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.

Charles Swindoll Quote

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On each occasion when we observe the Lord’s Table . . . we are not simply to feel or to read or to hear or to see, but to take into our very bodies the taste of our Savior’s sacrifice.

From Psalm 34:8:  “O taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are those who take refuge in Him.”

Do You Hear?

From Deuteronomy 6:4-5:  “Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.  You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.”

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Busy with daily lives

Pausing now, do you hear?

As God listens, we should

Opening minds and ears

 

As God’s chosen, come close

Father waits with patience

Intently, carefully

Despite our impatience

 

Read His Word with earnest

Focus on, meditate

God’s living stone, breathing

Do you hear Him, so great?

 

His mercy chooses us

With never-ending love

Calling us from darkness

Finding God’s grace above

 

Face each hour with new hope

Follow with faithful steps

Lives chosen and precious

God waits at our doorstep

 

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From 1 Peter 2:9-10:  “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.  Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”

Oswald Chambers Quote

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The bedrock of our Christian faith is the unmerited, fathomless marvel of the love of God exhibited on the Cross of Calvary, a love we never can and never shall merit.

From Romans 8:37-39:  “In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Power of Prayer (Haiku Series #130)

Taking Time

Our Lord is waiting

When did you last call to Him?

Reach out in prayer

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Stepping Forward

Praying to our Lord

Sharing truth and promises—

Our life’s foundation

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Growing Faith

He shall answer thee

There exists no greater hope—

Praying to Father

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Charles Stanley Quote

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The sufferings that the Lord allows in our life are given to us for His good purpose.  Whenever God allows suffering to remain, He gives grace to endure it.

From 2 Corinthians 12:7-9:  “Therefore, to keep me from being too elated, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me, to keep me from being too elated.  Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me, but he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.'”

Love Never Fails

From Psalm 142:1-2:  “With my voice I cry to the Lord; with my voice I make supplication to the LordI pour out my complaint before Him; I tell my trouble before Him.”

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Roaming life’s wilderness

Old Man Trouble talking

No escape from his voice

Tougher times come knocking

 

Life’s rivers never rest

Turbulent waters wait

Walking through hottest fire

Faith in God shifts our fate

 

Bright days turning darkest

Where’s our protection gone?

Father’s love never fails

With us at day’s new dawn

 

Choosing life’s one clear choice

God’s love sending courage

Tackling intense troubles

Lord’s Word shall encourage

 

Facing Old Man Trouble

God renewing life’s hope

Eye to eye with our faith

Lord’s unbreakable rope

 

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From Isaiah 43:1-2:  “But now thus says the Lord, He who created you, O Jacob, He who formed you, O Israel:  Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.  When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.”

William Law Quote

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Nothing harms or destroys us but the wrong use of that liberty of choice which God has entrusted to us.

From Romans 6:22-23:  “But now that you have been freed from sin and enslaved to God, the advantage you get is sanctification.  The end is eternal life.  For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”