Young at Heart

From Psalm 92:12-13:  “The righteous flourish like the palm tree, and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.  They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God.”

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Passing years adding up

Remaining young at heart

Positive outlook leads

God’s love fulfills its part

 

Morning fills with Scripture

Pursuing and learning

Father’s Word feeds spirit

Faithfulness keeps burning

 

With each passing moment

Shaping this fragile soul

Father’s handiwork molds

Thankfully in control

 

God bestows precious love

Sharing His deepest thoughts

Youthful outlook thriving

Grace unties worries’ knots

 

Righteousness flourishing

Reaping Creator’s love

Always our steady rock

God leads, Heaven above

 

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From 1 Peter 2:1-3:  “Rid yourselves, therefore, of all malice, and all guile, insincerity, envy, and all slander.  Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation—if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.”

Faith and Love (Haiku Series #155)

Harmony

Share Christ’s love with all

Replace our self-righteousness—

Make a difference!

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Humbleness

Coming to our Lord

Trusted sower of our faith—

Accepting His grace

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Peace

His love never wanes

God always walks beside us—

Sunrise never sets

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Monday Memories: Midnight Walk

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Stirring from my deep sleep at midnight

Seeing someone moving in the dim light

 

Hearing a gentle voice whispering my name

Calling out, “Missing you has been a shame”

 

Recognizing that her gentle voice is familiar, not new

Appearing now, my beloved Grandma comes into view

 

Walking towards me, she carries no fear

Listening to a voice so true and very dear

 

Saying again that I’ve been deeply missed

Bowing down, my forehead receives a kiss

 

Remembering previous days with her brings a smile

Telling me kindly, let’s walk together now for awhile

 

Asking her a question, “Is it now my time?”

Replying back, “No, but you must climb”

 

Facing a wall that records each of my sins

Condemning me, comes Darkness again

 

Reaching down comes a firm, strong hand

Grabbing hold, my feet flee sinking sand

 

Gazing upward, my Grandma has departed and left

Taking her place arrives Christ, raised from death

 

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God’s Perspective

From Psalm 8:4-6:  “What are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?  Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor.  You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet.”

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People judging people each day

Empty, hurtful words hunting prey

 

Frozen in polarizing world

Harshest, cruelest comments unfurled

 

Selfish thoughts swarm to harm and crush

Discolor with darkest paintbrush

 

Critique our words and appearance

One voice moves their disappearance

 

Self-esteem sinks in stormy seas

Rising up with God’s gentle breeze

 

God’s perspective always matters

His truly counts, others scatter

 

Listen to Father in Heaven

Divine thoughts arrive to leaven

 

Life’s identity rests with God

Truest actions, never be flawed

 

Hear marvelous news from above

God values us, unselfish love

 

Always, always remember this

God’s perception, never amiss

 

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From Psalm 8:1-2:  “Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!  You have set your glory above the heavens.  Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have founded a bulwark because of your foes, to silence the enemy and the avenger.”

Charles Swindoll Quote

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We do not belong to ourselves, nor should we operate independently of the Spirit of God.  We are the Lord’s, and as our Master, He has every right to use us in whatever way He chooses.

From Proverbs 16:9:  “The human mind plans the way, but the Lord directs the steps.”

Hope Calling (Elfchen Series #78)

Rudderless

Drifting

Compass forsaken

Man’s stubbornness reigns

Hope’s light reaches out

Jesus

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Engagement

Facing

World’s infections

Physical, social, spiritual

Will Hope pursue Christ?

Faith

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Solidarity

Community

Faithfully building

Using Hope’s hands

For God’s lasting goodness

Welcoming

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Quote

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Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

From Luke 6:27-28:  “But I say to you that listen, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.”

Mahatma Gandhi Quote

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There are people in the world so hungry that God cannot appear to them except in the form of Bread.

From Matthew 5:6:  “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”

Comfort’s Spring

From Romans 8:28:  “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose.”

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Holy, living water

Flowing from Father’s hand

Deliverance blesses

Saving from sinking sand

 

Comfort’s spring renewing

Proclaiming Father’s love

Selfless with compassion

Sending grace from above

 

Tragedy reaches out

Hearing each heartfelt cry

Spirit guiding prayer

Bringing forth hope from high

 

Actions follow His light

Sharing words of support

Father’s eternal spring

Returning ship to port

 

Oaks of righteousness call

Comforting life like rain

His mercy never ends

Trusting Father again

 

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From Psalm 72:12-13:  “For He delivers the needy when they call, the poor and those who have no helper.  He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy.”