Ready and Able

From John 15:4-5: “Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.”

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Sometimes in life, failure knocking

Darkest times, odds stacked against us

God always, ready and able

His greatness, witness Glory’s plus

 

Heaven’s Father never ceases

Life’s moments of weakness erased

God always, ready and able

Strengthened, with His sweetest foretaste

 

Abraham’s Sarah, doubts the Lord

Blessing comes with birth of a boy

God always, ready and able

His covenant, flowing with joy

 

Hebrew slaves hunger for freedom

Moses feels uncertain, with fear

God always, ready and able

Israel now freed, while He steers

 

Toiling and sweating in darkness

Accomplish little on our own

God always, ready and able

His hope and peace, faith’s firm backbone

 

Coming to the Lord, trusting Him

Follow His path, at life’s crossroads

God always, ready and able

Willing to lift burdensome loads

 

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From Matthew 11:28-30:  “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Faith Nourishes Hope

From John 16:33: “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!”

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Where can mankind find lasting hope?

 

Living each day without much joy

Peace and hope absent from life’s scope

Searching under every rock

Calmness found in elusive hope

 

Falling into Enemy’s traps

Darkness clouds life’s kaleidoscope

Overcome with discouragement

God’s love endures with living hope

 

Life’s tribulations never win

Our Father promises lasting hope

Christ fulfills Bible’s prophecies

Faith fuels hope, ascending life’s slope

 

Tireless Holy Spirit at work

Opens doors by way of God’s Word

Building and strengthening our faith

Life’s fresh discovery, hope stirred

 

Turning sorrow into joy . . . Rejoice!

Ask the Father in Jesus’ name

Guiding with righteousness and truth

Faith nourishes hope, now aflame

 

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From the words of American evangelist and Christian author, Bill Bright:  “Without the certainty of His resurrection, we would come to the end of this life without hope, with nothing to anticipate except despair and doubt.”

E. M. Bounds Quote

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Only God can move mountains, but faith and prayer can move God.

From Matthew 17:20:  “He said to them, ‘Because of your little faith.  For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.'”

Faith’s Cornerstones (Elfchen #40)

Passages

Listen

Life’s surroundings

Hearing God’s peace

Sharing blessed, warmest transitions

Faith

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Promise

Precious

Holy moment

Holy Child’s birth

Holy Father’s glory revealed

Gift

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Guidepost

Promised

Holy Spirit

Sin’s righteous judgement

Steering us to follow

Truth

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Quiet Life’s Turbulence

From Psalm 107:28-29:  “Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and He brought them out from their distress; He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed.  Then they were glad because they had quiet, and He brought them to their desired haven.”

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Life meeting relentless turbulence

Perpetual, never ending storms

Shaken by overwhelming defeat

Sinking beneath unending harsh swarms

 

Downtrodden, now hungry and thirsty

Clinging to life, in darkness and gloom

Shackled by sin’s shame, harshest irons

God’s steadfast love delivers from doom

 

Crying out to our Father above

At final end of life’s fraying rope

Nowhere else to turn, escape darkens

Realizing now, God’s way restores hope

 

Cutting and freeing lives from bondage

Storm’s wrath consumed by transformation

Into valley of richest harvests

Redeeming lost souls from damnation

 

Fleeing life’s turmoil, rescued by God

Trusting Him leads to gladness and praise

Faith grows by yards instead of inches

Life’s turbulence quiets, hope ablaze 

  

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From American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “God knows we sometimes need to reach the end of our own resources before we will turn to Him.”

Charles Stanley Quote

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With truth, Christ made people aware of their hopeless, sinful conditions; with grace He offered forgiveness to all who would come to Him in faith.

From John 1:14:  “And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen His glory, the glory as of a Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth.”

Witnessing Grace (Elfchen Series #39)

Live Today

Truth

From God

Proclaiming His righteousness

Moving forward in acceptance

Faithfulness

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Salvation

Faith

Calvary’s darkness

Our Lord promises

Green blade now rises

Hope

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For Us

Sunrise

New day

Feeling His peace

Being anxious for nothing

Jesus

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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.

Faith’s Encouragement

From 2 Timothy 1:3-4:  “I am grateful to God—whom I worship with a clear conscience, as my ancestors did—when I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day.  Recalling your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy.”

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Witnessing God’s desires each day

Growing in faith, kneeling to pray

 

Coming to our Savior in faith

Sharing blessings of the Good News

Telling others about Jesus

Understanding the Gospel’s views

 

Calling on the name of the Lord

Believing in His divine Grace

Saving us through body and blood

Walking with Christ, our special place

 

Studying Biblical teachings

Guiding others, led by God’s love

Drawing ever closer to Christ

Coveting His peace, from above

 

Abiding in Christ, the true vine

Encouraging our daily walk

Building stamina and our faith

Lighting our path, around the clock

 

Living under God’s righteousness

Trusting our Father day and night

Submitting to sacred commands

Transforming lives through faith’s daylight

 

Breathing with Savior’s peace and joy

Running to Jesus, faith’s convoy

 

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From Philippians 4:19:  “And my God will fully satisfy every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

Charles Stanley Quote

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Like Job, we don’t know all that the Lord is doing in heaven, but He is always working on our behalf.  Be encouraged by these truths today, and keep persevering in prayer.

From Job 23:11-12:  “My feet have closely followed His steps; I have kept to His way without turning aside.  I have not departed from the commands of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my daily bread.”

Monday Memories: Walk With Me

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Walking in the quiet, pre-dawn darkness

Inviting someone to share its calmness

Appreciating the morning’s starkness

Jesus joins these moments of peacefulness

 

Sharing these special times, feeling so blessed

Listening to Savior Jesus, what joy!

Feeling renewed, with mercy invested

God’s Son gathers peace, ready to deploy

 

Witnessing this time, brings purpose to life

Forgiving light, leading this faithful walk

Sensing Christ’s harmony, removing all strife

His eternal love, conveying faithful talk

 

God shapes His flock as a skillful potter

Drawing closer to our Holy Father

 

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