Jim Cymbala Quote

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The challenge before us is to have faith in God, and the hardest part of faith is waiting.

From 1 Corinthians 16:13-14:  “Keep alert, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong.  Let all that you do be done in love.”

Passionate Faith

From Isaiah 40:31:  “But those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”

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God’s caring faith fills our nearly empty hearts

God loves us with His passion, our lives restart

 

With passion more intense than any previous storm

Flashes of fire, a burning flame—we become reborn

 

God sends unconditional passion, a zest for life

Passion means more than just love without strife

 

Recharge those spiritual batteries, putting God first

Fuels growing faith, Jesus rises to quench our thirst

 

God seeks a prayer-filled linking, He really does

Strengthening us with His Spirit from high above

 

To God and Jesus, sustaining a life-long commitment

Witnessing amazing things, filling us with contentment

 

Through our faith, Christ resides in our hearts

Counting our blessings, bringing love to impart

 

Passion-filled emotions—being true to the call of our Lord

Igniting fires of action, a passionate life comes on board

 

Now with our eternal love firmly rooted in Jesus’ love

Life’s experiences become richer and deeper because

 

Our loving, caring Father loves each of His offspring

Passionate about Jesus, we will joyfully, forever sing

 

Experiencing with God, a more passionate faith

Personifying into a more passionate life to make

 

Passionate Faith

Passionate Life

Passionate Joy

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From Psalm 92:4:  “For you, O Lord, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy.”

Vance Havner Quote

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Faith in God will not get for you everything you want, but it will get for you what God wants you to have.  The unbeliever does not need what he wants; the Christian should want only what he needs.

From Proverbs 16:9:  “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.”

Haiku Series #18 (With God)

Future

 Live in the present

Always look to the future—

God’s amazing Grace

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Grace

 God’s Grace arrives—yes

Accept His unselfish gift—

Thanks be to our Lord

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Faith

 Stand strong with the Lord

Take His shield of amazing faith—

Trust Him every day

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Silent in Darkness

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Sitting in darkness

Feeling so lonesome

Dealing with sadness

Silence still fearsome

 

Waking at night

Harsh dreams exist

Silent images in sight

Dark visions persist

 

Feeling infinitely restless

Nearly every day

This mind will confess

Nothing but gray

 

What voices speak

To a lonely heart

No one to greet

Needing a restart

 

This world filled

With eerie muteness

No longer a thrill

Never a kindness

 

Who hears at all?

Silence sadly grows

Landing with a fall

No embers glow

 

Forget this life

So long ago

No more strife

Waiting to go

 

Too much “stuff”

To deal with

Darkness is enough

This life drifts

 

Special love lost

Many years ago

A ring is tossed

Away it goes

 

Empty, shattered heart

Now freezing cold

Alone in the dark

No longer bold

 

My Lord, my God

Bring light to bear

Be an awesome God

Help one to care

 

In total blackness

Of a lost night

Words of brightness

Feeling so right

 

God’s truthful voice

Speaks loud and clear

Brings a perfect choice

No longer in fear

 

Cutting the quietness

Like a warm knife

God brings sunniness

Saves another life

 

Falling to knees

Now in prayer

Sad emotions flee

This soul cares

 

Kneeling at the Cross

Laying down sins

Repentance, now costs

Accept Christ within

 

Beholding Christ’s Salvation

Help to break out

Heart fills with elation

Lighting a shout

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Experiencing Contentment

Living in Christ brings believers true and faithful contentment.  Apostle Paul writes much about experiencing content with our faith and remaining true to God’s calling.  His writings inspire this poem.

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Encourage others as God encourages each of us

Be patient with others, may we always bring trust

 

Give thanks for all of God’s blessings

Be a prayer warrior at every setting

 

Allow Christ to shine through in all we do

Be filled with the Spirit, faithful and true

 

Hold dear to our hearts, all that is good

Be thankful to God, as we always should

 

Fiery ordeals and daily trials will always challenge all

Be an eyewitness to Christ’s sufferings, never to fall

 

God is sovereign and forever in control of it all

Be aware, all things work together, forever tall

 

When God’s glory is finally revealed on that day

Be shouting with amazing grace, sing as we may

 

We bring nothing into this world we live

Be content with little, the rest God gives

 

The love of money brings evil times

Be taking nothing, not even a dime

 

Bring together godliness with contentment

Be willing to follow every Commandment

 

Despite our weaknesses, Christ dwells within thee

Be content with calamities and hardships we see

 

God’s Grace is sufficient for everyone

Be thankful for the sacrifice of His Son

 

Christ resides in our hearts, He yearns to save

Be strengthened with blood and body He gave

 

Always rely on God’s strength and mighty clout

Be content, following His Word, never in doubt

 

Love of Christ surpasses all that we ever see

Be grateful and shower blessings, take a knee

How does God’s Word bring you contentment?  Does a special verse of Scripture sing out to you?

 

Charles Spurgeon Quote

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A tried Christian grows rich by his loses, he rises by his falls, he lives by dying, and he becomes full by being emptied.

From James 1:2-4:  “My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.”