Boundless Gifts (Elfchen Series #54)



Perishable, precious

Tested by fire

Rejoice with glorious joy


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Promises fulfilled

Born a Savior

Quenching world’s dry thirst


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Our Savior

Lights our way

His life, His truth


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This series of poems (written in the German-inspired style of Elfchen or Elevenie) shares a total of eleven words in each poem, with a sequence by line of one, two, three, four, and one words.

Do You Hear?

From Deuteronomy 6:4-5:  “Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.  You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might.”

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Busy with daily lives

Pausing now, do you hear?

As God listens, we should

Opening minds and ears


As God’s chosen, come close

Father waits with patience

Intently, carefully

Despite our impatience


Read His Word with earnest

Focus on, meditate

God’s living stone, breathing

Do you hear Him, so great?


His mercy chooses us

With never-ending love

Calling us from darkness

Finding God’s grace above


Face each hour with new hope

Follow with faithful steps

Lives chosen and precious

God waits at our doorstep


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From 1 Peter 2:9-10:  “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.  Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”

Oswald Chambers Quote

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The bedrock of our Christian faith is the unmerited, fathomless marvel of the love of God exhibited on the Cross of Calvary, a love we never can and never shall merit.

From Romans 8:37-39:  “In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.  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.”

Love Never Fails

From Psalm 142:1-2:  “With my voice I cry to the Lord; with my voice I make supplication to the LordI pour out my complaint before Him; I tell my trouble before Him.”

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Roaming life’s wilderness

Old Man Trouble talking

No escape from his voice

Tougher times come knocking


Life’s rivers never rest

Turbulent waters wait

Walking through hottest fire

Faith in God shifts our fate


Bright days turning darkest

Where’s our protection gone?

Father’s love never fails

With us at day’s new dawn


Choosing life’s one clear choice

God’s love sending courage

Tackling intense troubles

Lord’s Word shall encourage


Facing Old Man Trouble

God renewing life’s hope

Eye to eye with our faith

Lord’s unbreakable rope


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From Isaiah 43:1-2:  “But now thus says the Lord, He who created you, O Jacob, He who formed you, O Israel:  Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.  When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.”

Monday Memories: Nourishing Love

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A beautiful garden planted in the spring with great love

Flowers and vegetables blessed with peace from above


Every detail carefully planned and tenderly done

All this fertile soil needs now is water and sun


The first few weeks bring excitement and growth

Green buds and a bit of color are amazing both


One week goes by without any tender loving care

The young, immature plants now seem a bit scared


I am thirsty for a drink, can’t you see!

Why have you forgotten all about me?


Another week passes along without feeling a human hand

The fragile plants begin a slow march back to the land


I am thirsty for a drink, can’t you see!

Why have you forgotten all about me?


A third week arrives with unhappiness and despair

The once promising garden can’t surely be repaired


I am thirsty for a drink, can’t you see!

Why have you forgotten all about me?


From high above comes His promise to bring rain

Soon a gentle, nourishing mist reduces the pain


Humans need to be fed from above by Him

We must ask Him gently like singing a hymn


Without loving care, the garden and people will perish

The Lord adores all of His creation with love to cherish


Let us never, ever wonder and say . . .


I am thirsty for a drink, can’t you see!

Why have you forgotten all about me?


To have little faith isn’t part of our day!


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Oswald Chambers Quote

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Darkness comes by the sovereignty of God.  Are we prepared to let God do as He likes with us–prepared to be separated from conscious blessings?  Until Jesus Christ is Lord, we all have ends of our own to serve; our faith is real, but it is not permanent yet.

From John 16:32-33:  “The hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each one to his home, and you will leave me alone.  Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me.  I have said this to you, so that in me you may have peace. In the world you face persecution.  But take courage; I have conquered the world!”

Awesome Certainty

From John 3:14-17:  “And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him may have eternal life.  For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not perish but may have eternal life.  Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.”

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Holy God of Abraham and Sarah

His Tree of Life blesses generations

Throughout Creation’s awesome certainty

Into Christ’s death, reborn as new nations


When rising with each new, precious morning

Blessed by our Father’s love, mercy, and grace

Witnessing His divine truth, now spoken

Passing on to each act and word we place


Walking as His body, the Son of Man

Sanctified through His sacrificial blood

Christ leads, encouraging all to follow

Life streaming to pristine sea, free of mud


Broken lives, breathing as imperfections

Life’s daily missteps, forever stumbling

Christ’s forgiveness showers each soul with love

Pardoning sinners, no longer tumbling


Grace-filled Holy Spirit moves within us

Offering necessary strength and hope

Fueling deep faith, God’s awesome certainty

Go forth, blessed and ready, walk life’s tightrope


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Here is a special song, written by American composer, Marty Haugen, “Tree of Life and Awesome Mystery.”  This short tune is filled with inspiring verses.

Stepping Into Light

From Romans 13:11-12:  “Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep.  For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; the night is far gone, the day is near.  Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.”

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Turning away from temptation’s path

Following God’s Holy, righteous road

Transforming self into Christ’s image

Experiencing His love, bestowed


Breathing, yet lost in evil’s darkness

Hiding in shame, past sinful landscape

Reaching for Salvation’s lasting grace

Wearing armor of light, faith reshapes


Sharing His Father’s Word, Christ teaches

Loving one another, sharing peace

Witnessing His greatest commandment

Living with openness, life’s new lease


Leaving His advocate, Christ assures

Coming Holy Spirit, lifts each life

Overcoming sin’s flesh-filled desires

Growing in submission, without strife


Offering path to new life, Christ comes

Forsaking life’s bold truth, darkness flees

Walking in faith, stepping into light

Remaining steadfast, in what He sees


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From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “When we rely on Him [God] instead of ourselves, He produces godly desires within us, empowers obedience, and transforms our character into Christ’s likeness.”

Lenten Walk (Elfchen Series #49)



Faith’s steps

Trusting in God

His love shall always


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False notions

Accept Savior Jesus

True love frees us


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With us

Sorrow lifted away

Reborn in our baptism


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Robert Schuller Quote

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Faith is the courage to face reality with hope.

From Lamentations 3:22-24:  “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.  ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in Him.'”