Following Our Lord (Elfchen Series #53)

Rescued

Jesus

Steering lives

Along blessed river

Leading to higher ground

Deliverance

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Directed

Vision

God’s enlightenment

Sharing the Gospel

Declaring trust in Christ

Guidance

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Strengthened 

Trusting

Stepping back

Sharing life’s burdens

Jesus carries us with

Resilience

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Oswald Chambers Quote

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Ask God to keep the eyes of your spirit open to the Risen Christ, and it will be impossible for drudgery to dampen you.

From 2 Corinthians 6:3-4:  “We are putting no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way:  through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities.”

Spiritual Blessings

From Ephesians 1:13-14:  “ In Him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in Him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; this is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory.”

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Adopted as God’s children

Following His Word of truth

Spiritual blessings sprout

Sharing wisdom since our youth

 

Holy Spirit breathes insight

Glorious grace singing out

Love and peace, freely granted

Hope from heaven, rousing shouts

 

Holy Word reigns eternal

Gospel of salvation acts

Forgiving our trespasses

Life renewed with Savior’s pact

 

Baptism with Holy Spirit

Redemption through Jesus’ blood

Called and claimed by our Father

True faith restored, life’s new bud

 

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From the words of German pastor and Christian theologian, Martin Luther:  “The Holy Spirit has called me through the Gospel, enlightened me with His gifts, and sanctified and kept me in true faith.”

When Life Tumbles

From Psalm 31:3-5:  “You are indeed my rock and my fortress; for your name’s sake lead me and guide me, take me out of the net that is hidden for me, for you are my refuge.  Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.”

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When daily life tumbles

Love and kindness arrive

Helping hand reaching out

Spirit bringing high fives

 

When little steps tumble

Curious toddler falls

Mother offers sweet hugs

Spirit’s love never stalls

 

When career takes tumble

One avenue closes

Another path opens

Spirit turns up roses

 

Healthy life takes tumble

Caring neighbors help out

Lending love’s blissful hands

Spirit waters our drought

 

Shame stings with sin’s tumble

Darkness changes to light

Jesus calls out with love

Spirit’s grace glowing bright

 

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From Romans 8:26-27:  “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.  And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”

Divine Actions (Haiku Series #129)

Reconciliation

Between God and man

There’s but one mediator—

Christ’s eternal bridge

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Revelation

God’s goodness and love

Revealed in His Son Jesus—

Giving us new life

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Compassion

Greatest commandment

Share love with one another—

In faith, follow Christ

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Charles Stanley Quote

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Good intentions aren’t enough to make a proposed plan right.  Learn to appreciate your conscience–God’s gift of an internal warning system–and heed its admonitions.

From 1 Timothy 1:18-19:  “I am giving you these instructions, Timothy, my child, in accordance with the prophecies made earlier about you, so that by following them you may fight the good fight, having faith and a good conscience.  By rejecting conscience, certain persons have suffered shipwreck in the faith.”

Monday Memories: Nourishing Love

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A beautiful garden planted in the spring with great love

Flowers and vegetables blessed with peace from above

 

Every detail carefully planned and tenderly done

All this fertile soil needs now is water and sun

 

The first few weeks bring excitement and growth

Green buds and a bit of color are amazing both

 

One week goes by without any tender loving care

The young, immature plants now seem a bit scared

 

I am thirsty for a drink, can’t you see!

Why have you forgotten all about me?

 

Another week passes along without feeling a human hand

The fragile plants begin a slow march back to the land

 

I am thirsty for a drink, can’t you see!

Why have you forgotten all about me?

 

A third week arrives with unhappiness and despair

The once promising garden can’t surely be repaired

 

I am thirsty for a drink, can’t you see!

Why have you forgotten all about me?

 

From high above comes His promise to bring rain

Soon a gentle, nourishing mist reduces the pain

 

Humans need to be fed from above by Him

We must ask Him gently like singing a hymn

 

Without loving care, the garden and people will perish

The Lord adores all of His creation with love to cherish

 

Let us never, ever wonder and say . . .

 

I am thirsty for a drink, can’t you see!

Why have you forgotten all about me?

 

To have little faith isn’t part of our day!

 

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Sinclair B. Ferguson Quote

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The foundation of our love for the Lord lies in the recognition of His holiness, our sinfulness, and His grace.

From Ephesians 2:4-5:  “But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which He loved us even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ–by grace you have been saved.”

No Greater Love

From 1 John 4:9-10:  “God’s love was revealed among us in this way:  God sent His only Son into the world so that we might live through Him.  In this is love, not that we loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.”

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Jesus shows us God’s way

No greater love than His

Sharing all of himself

For us, taking our quiz

 

Coming in human form

Living His humble way

Obedient to God

For each sinner, He prays

 

Taking our place in death

His body bears our sins

Shedding His precious blood

Defeating death, God wins

 

Above darkest valleys

Highest mountains tremble

No greater love shall breathe

Saintly choir assembles

 

Greatest exchange ever

Washing sin, white as snow

Christ’s love covers darkness

Spirit forever glows

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From Philippians 2:9-11:  “Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”