Selwyn Hughes Quote

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It is not by accident, I believe, that the Bible opens with the thunderous acclaim:  “In the beginning God.”  I tell you with all the conviction of which I am capable:  If God is not our primary focus, then everything else will soon get out of focus.

From Genesis 1:1-2:  “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”

Selwyn Hughes (1928-2006) was a Welsh-born Christian minister and author.  One of his best known works was the daily devotional EVERY DAY WITH JESUS.  

What Life’s All About (Elfchen Series #121)

Foundation

God’s

Endless wonders

Faithful, perfect design

Praising and giving thanks

Creation

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Interactions

Relationships

Divine plan

Family, colleagues, friends

Leaning on each other

Recharged

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Voyage

Approaching

Stormy seas

Righteous navigator leads

Guiding toward calmer waters

Faithfulness

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Nature’s Storylines (Haiku Series #198)

Perpetual

Transition’s river

Creation’s tireless seasons—

Lasting ebb and flow

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Instinctive

Blessed reminder

Painting life’s daily landscape—

Creator’s witness

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Doggedness

So much to enjoy

Waiting again to blossom—

Steady persistence

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Our Father’s World

From John 4:13-14:  “Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty.  The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.'”

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Waking up each morning

Running to look outside

Father’s world always waits

His purpose never hides

 

Listening, nature sings

Filling creation’s peace

Father’s world shares our hope

His labors never cease

 

Walking in His presence

Feeling trust ever grow

Father’s world honors life

His living water flows

 

Witnessing earthly wrongs

Perplexing sadness builds

Father’s world reaches out

His hands mold to rebuild

 

Praising God high above

Renewing faith’s wellspring

Father’s world reigns beyond

His Word forever rings

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This poem was influenced by the beloved hymn, “This is My Father’s World.”  Inspired by the scenery of upper state New York’s Lake Ontario and Niagara Falls, American pastor and Christian writer, Maltbie D. Babcock, wrote a poem.  Following his death, his wife published the poem which later became the lyrics for this well-known hymn.

Charles Swindoll Quote

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Within a matter of hours night will fall, the dark sky will glitter with moon and stars, and sleep will force itself upon us.  Life will continue on uninterrupted.  Appreciated or not, the canvas of nature will go on being painted by the fingers of God.

From Psalm 108:5:  “Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, and let Your glory be over all the earth.”

Morning’s Delight

Central Ohio’s Walnut Woods Metro Park is located a short drive from my home.  I frequently walk the park, and a recent one inspires this poem.  Enjoy these photos taken back in April, 2019.

Sunrise greets another morning walk.

Alarm clock spurring

Nature park invites

Sweet song birds stirring

This morning’s delight

 

Sunrise opens sky

Clouds sliding away

Welcomes this Buckeye

Creation’s ballet

 

Quiet moments smile

Spirit walks each trail

Partner with each mile

Fresh air to inhale

 

Life’s cherished highlights

Blessed start to day

Nature’s revered sights

Moments filled with play

 

Joyful heart, rejoice

Walk comes to its end

Creation’s brisk voice

Morning’s steady friend

Tranquil spring morning along Walnut Creek.

Nature’s Trifecta (Haiku Series #172)

Each Morning

Blessed sunrise wakes

World stops its endless spinning—

Tranquility calls

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Take a Moment

Nature’s sights and sounds

Creation’s rhythm singing—

Pause and soak it in

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Life Awakens

Newness of each spring

Opening fresh avenues—

Sacred life takes root

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God’s Presence

From Psalm 19:1:  “The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims His handiwork.”

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Witnessing God’s presence

Singing of His glory

Creation shouts with joy

Reading Bible’s story

 

Declaring His knowledge

Forming this earthly place

Father’s ageless Word speaks

Filling eternal grace

 

Blessing heavens above

Seeing Creator’s hand

God’s perfect plan at work

Spanning across this land

 

Soaring with each sunrise

Praising from empty tomb

Son of God defeats death

Breathing faith, now in bloom

 

Lasting Word from God’s heart

Covering creation

Blessed rock and refuge

Forming life’s foundation

  

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From Psalm 19:14:  “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”

Divine Masterpiece

From 1 Timothy 4:4-5:  “For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, provided it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by God’s word and by prayer.”

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Looking down from Heaven

Viewing God’s creation

His divine masterpiece

Touching eternity

 

Scaling lofty mountains

Traversing snowcapped peaks

Holy divine witness

Sustaining life’s purpose

 

Feeling wind’s gentle touch

Fording mighty rivers

God’s lasting masterpiece

Sailing to calmest seas

 

Walking fertile valleys

Nurturing blessed life

Steady divine presence

Harvesting earth’s treasures

 

Sharing nature’s seasons

Supporting life’s stages

His living masterpiece

Breathing with God’s Spirit

 

Sowing life from His seed

Preserving life’s harvest

Father’s divine wishes

Blessing each sacred life

 

Waking up each morning

Tasting each mystery

His divine masterpiece

Praising God’s gentle hands

  

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From Genesis 8:22:  “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”

Monday Memories: Nocturnal Beauty

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A magnificent oak tree stands center in a park

Waiting with quiet majesty in the solitary dark

 

The blackness of night only adds to the scene

Bringing tranquility and peace, free and clean

 

Trees with fruit blossoms, in full view even at night

Sending forth a fragrance, invigorating and right

 

Tiny green leaves are growing out on the tall trees

Waving from a gentle breath of the wind with ease

 

In the distance, glowing lights enhance a background

Providing a reverent atmosphere without any sound

 

A bit of shining moonlight fashions extra to see

Moving and playful shadows amongst the trees

 

Even at night, God’s creation sparkles all new

Painting for each evening, a breathtaking view

 

The eastern light rises to create the dawn

Crooning birds welcome a newborn fawn

 

The stillness begins to wake-up from its rest

Leaving its nocturnal beauty, always the best!

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