George Muller Quote

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The only way to learn strong faith is to endure great trials.

From 1 Peter 1:6-7:  “ In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith—being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”

German-born George Muller (1805-1898) was a Christian evangelist.  Later in his life, he and his wife spent 17 years involved with missionary travel throughout the world.

Monday Memories: God is Near

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From Psalm 16:11:  “You show me the path of life.  In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

God dwells on a Holy hill

Pursuing those hungry, for His will

 

Away from God, we are forlorn

Seeking refuge, asking to be reborn

 

Our Lord is a most Holy God

Bringing blessings and love, He nods

 

He brings delight, for another week

Filling cups with refreshment, we seek

 

At night, He calms our hearts

Giving wise counsel, new day starts

 

God remains near, always beside us

Walking patiently, without a big fuss

 

He stays close, offering His hand

Facing our challenges, across this land

 

God fills hearts, with joyful gladness

We sing and rejoice, without sadness

 

Our prayers seek a willing ear

Finding a Holy God, without fear

 

Our footing will never slip away

Walking a safe path, God’s way

 

God hears our words and prayers

Sending answers, because He truly cares

 

Under the shadow of God’s wings

Protecting us, safe refuge He brings

Oswald Chambers Quote

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My worth to God in public is what I am in private.  Is my master ambition to please Him and be acceptable to Him, or is it something less, no matter how humble.

From 2 Corinthians 5:6-9:  “So we are always confident, even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord—for we walk by faith, not by sight.  Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.  So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to be pleasing to Him.

Hearing Angelic Cheers

From Romans 5:8-9:  “But God proves His love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.  Much more surely, therefore, since we have now been justified by His blood, will we be saved through Him from the wrath of God.”

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Trusting God, door opens

Divine plan sharing grace

Believing promises

Forsaking evil’s place

 

Breaking chains of darkness

Jesus taking man’s place

Dying on cruelest cross

Bringing freedom’s embrace

 

Stepping forward in Christ

Forgiveness emerges

Sending redemption’s gift

Quelling sinful urges

 

Restoring place with God

Cross proclaims, “Come to Me”

Erasing lifetime’s debts

Leaving sin, walking free

 

Delivering God’s peace

Eternity appears

Witnessing empty tomb

Hearing angelic cheers

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From John 14:27-28:  “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.  You heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I am coming to you.’  If you loved Me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I.”

George Whitefield Quote

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The true believer can no more live without prayer, than without food day by day.

From Luke 6:12:  “Now during those days He [Jesus] went out to the mountain to pray, and He spent the night in prayer to God.”

George Whitefield (1714-1770) was an English-born pastor and Christian evangelist.  He spent the second half of his life in the American colonies.

Journey of Forgiveness (Elfchen Series #119)

Unifying

Love

Greatest commandment

Energizing lasting forgiveness

Humbly walking with Jesus

Never-ending

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Surrendering

Forgiveness

Sharing love

Giving and receiving

Building faith’s long road

Trusting

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Repairing

Relationships

Refurbishing each

Righteousness over transgressions

Following Father’s guiding Word

Forgiveness

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James Dobson Quote

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Prescription for a happier and healthier life:  resolve to slow down your pace; learn to say no gracefully; resist the temptation to chase after more pleasure, more hobbies, and more social entanglements.

From Matthew 18:4: Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”

James Dobson (born 1936) is an American psychologist and Christian author.  In 1977 his efforts started Focus on the Family where he remained actively involved until 2010.

Seeds of Mercy

From Romans 8:38-39:  “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.”

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Darkest valleys approach

Spirit walks within thee

Holding fast to one’s faith

Quieting stormy seas

 

God’s presence always breathes

Evil’s shadow will flee

Lighting path to follow

Building trust, setting free

 

Truth in Christ’s promises

In heaven and on earth

Hearing His divine Word

Bringing grace, life’s new birth

 

Righteousness dwells in heart

Never be left alone

Blessing seeds of mercy

Reaping what God has sown

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From Matthew 28:20:  “And teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Charles Stanley Quote

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The shortest distance between a problem and a solution is the distance between your knees and the floor.

From Luke 22:39-41:  “He came out and went, as was His custom, to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him.  When He reached the place, He said to them, ‘Pray that you may not come into the time of trial.’  Then He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed.”

Monday Memories: Angel’s Message

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Summer’s radiant warmth fills the morning air

Playing children scamper, filling simple cares

 

Park trees arising with lively hues, bounty of dreams

Dancing shadows flowing beneath, moving like streams

 

People come and go, some stay for more

Singing above, summer birds fly and soar

 

Empty benches welcome many, resting a spell

Inviting a gray-haired man to sit now and dwell

 

Images scurry around him, some only in his mind

Remembering yesteryears, when all felt defined

 

Career, money, and power once meeting his needs

Sitting all alone now, like ancient dried-up reeds

 

One detail has been missing in his life

Leaving God has wounded like a knife

 

Alone, feeling forsaken, helpless at times

Living a life, nothing richer than springtime

 

Laughing and carefree, small children bring him joy

Filling his empty heart, much like a brand new toy

 

At God’s chosen bench, now sharing with a stranger

Smiling, a lady shares about a stable’s Holy manger

 

She notices him here quite often, sitting all alone

Inspired by God’s love, now enters his quiet zone

 

This visit and chat create sweet treasures

Sharing God’s Word, true by any measure

 

Jesus’ message of Salvation brings honest light

Kneeling, the old man accepts his Holy might

 

This worn bench brings God to a lonely heart

Allowing this man, a fresh and bold restart

 

Her assignment being fulfilled, now time to travel on

Replenishing this man’s heart with Grace and a song

 

Many others arrive at this park every day

Missing out on what this angel has to say

 

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