Phillip Graham Ryken Quote

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When a mind is in love with Jesus, this is what it sees:  a world full of the wonders He has made.

From Hebrews 13:8:  “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

Phillip Graham Ryken (born 1966) is an American pastor and theologian.  He currently serves as the president of Wheaton College in Illinois.

Creation’s Wonders

Earth’s natural powers perform

Displaying every treasured gift

Creation’s wonders will transform

Watching from every dream’s chairlift


Niagara’s powerful falls

Feeling nature’s surrounding beat

Creation’s wonders never stall

Hosting another front row seat


Peaks reach upward to thinnest air

Looking upward, each heart plummets

Creation’s wonders declare

Scaling Himalayan summits


Oceans join briefly as one

Surging together at Cape Horn

Creation’s wonders never done

Pacific-Atlantic’s firstborn


Volcanic eruptions thunder

Witnessing eternal duty

Creation’s wonders from under

Adding to Hawaii’s beauty


Arctic’s dancing fills clearest sky

Illuminating heaven’s light

Creation’s wonders dare to fly

Enthralling Northern Lights at night

Knew My Name

From Isaiah 49:1:  “Listen to me, O coastlands; pay attention, you peoples from far away!  The Lord called me before I was born; while I was in my mother’s womb He named me.”

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Long before my birth

Father knew my name

Yes, creating me

No one shall be the same


Witnessing His grace

Father builds my trust

Day’s resolve strengthens

Righteousness now entrust


Providing for needs

Father’s light leads me

Mountains become roads

Future path, clear to see


Serving life’s purpose

Father never awed

My green pastures wait

Forever, child of God


Praising Savior Christ

My blessed salvation

New life now christened

Father’s creation


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From Isaiah 49:13:  “Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth; break forth, O mountains, into singing!  For the Lord has comforted his people and will have compassion on his suffering ones.”

Monday Memories: God’s Masterpiece

From Isaiah 65:17: “For I am about to create new heavens and a new earth; the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind.”

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From the beginning of time

God’s creation changes each day


This eternal blueprint conveys mastery

His design takes center stage


His earthly canvas presents wonder

Artistic palette of colors astonish


His imaginative mind never ceases

Earth’s treasures continue to impress


Traveling around this awesome planet

Breathtaking venues await our call


Majestic mountains loom high above

Immense beauty reaches the clouds


Rolling plains shine with beauty

Grasslands thick with green tapestry


Swift rivers travel for months

Mountain-fed water reaches blue seas


Dense forests blanket the terrain

Trees of every description stand


Endless oceans bombard distant shores

Continuous tides frolic with beaches


Wide canyons stretch above rivers

Featuring amazing sculptures and hue


Desert sands infinitely scatter themselves

Continually sifting from God-inspired winds


Days launch with illuminating sunrises

Nights commence when the moon rises


God continues molding and shaping

Praise His incredible creation forevermore


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Originally published May, 2019.

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)



Endless wonders

Faithful, perfect design

Praising and giving thanks


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Divine plan

Family, colleagues, friends

Leaning on each other


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Stormy seas

Righteous navigator leads

Guiding toward calmer waters


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Nature’s Storylines (Haiku Series #198)


Transition’s river

Creation’s tireless seasons—

Lasting ebb and flow

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Blessed reminder

Painting life’s daily landscape—

Creator’s witness

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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.