Hungry for 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.'”

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Simple acts of faith

Filled with love for man

God pulls at heart strings

Part of Holy plan

 

Life hungry for hope

Man’s health in decline

Liver in failure

God opens hotline

 

Future growing dim

Darkness can’t escape

Searching for donor

Life’s faithful landscape

 

Seeking live donor

Doctors’ preferred choice

Humble man steps up

Quiets hopeless voice

 

Two lives now at risk

Surgery takes place

Success accomplished

Miracle brings grace

 

One man’s health restored

Donor’s body mends

Hope’s hunger fulfilled

God’s faith never bends

 

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This poem brings a true story, which is close to my family’s heart.  The living donor is my son-in-law, married to my youngest daughter.  The two of them will be back home in a few days (about one month since the surgery).  Many lives have been changed by this simple, humble act.  God’s blessings to all living donors.

Always First

From Exodus 20:1-3:  “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before Me.”

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Jesus tempted by Satan

Making His choice very clear

Placing Father always first

Walking in trust, without fear

 

Moses affirming God’s law

Following the Great I Am

Leading Israel to truth

Bearing faith of Abraham

 

God deserves our attention

Casting away sinful ways

Stepping in footprints of Christ

Hearing treasured Word each day

 

Always first, focus on God

Needing Christ’s mercy and love

Entering Kingdom’s blessings

Forgiving call from above

 

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From Psalm 100:1-2:  “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.  Worship the Lord with gladness; come into His presence with singing.”

Disciples of Faith

From John 8:31-32:  “Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in Him, ‘If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.'”

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Throughout life spent with our Father

Clutching His message, forthright Word

Students learning each day and night

Growing in Christ, God’s flock He herds

 

Disciples of faith, taught by God

Walking in step with Jesus Christ

Children of truth’s Living Spirit

Guiding hands, Shepherd sacrificed

 

Christ’s lessons teach, lighting our way

Believing our Savior, always

His unselfish acts bring freedom

Following Him through life’s dim haze

 

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

Building discipleship, praise Him

Lasting kinship as believers

Hearing our faith’s eternal hymn

 

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From Acts 11:25-26:  “Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch.  So it was that for an entire year they met with the church and taught a great many people, and it was in Antioch that the disciples were first called ‘Christians.'”

Beholding God

From Psalm 16:11:  “You show me the path of life.  In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

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Witnessing daily life

Scanning God’s fingerprints

Saluting His presence

Growing from His blueprint

 

Recalling past events

Entering safety’s zone

Protecting us from harm

Kneeling at Heaven’s throne

 

Viewing God’s handiwork

Beholding how lives change

Embracing His Spirit

Moving from evil’s range

 

Learning from life’s lessons

Reading God’s Holy Word

Discovering His truth

Nourishing grace conferred

 

Casting out unholy thoughts

Boosting faith with each step

Living life of “I Can”

Knocking at God’s doorstep

 

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From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “The evidence of God’s great power is all over your life.  Live confidently knowing out living, omnipotent God dwells with in.”

Marie T. Freeman Quote

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You can’t buy good health at the doctor’s office–you’ve got to earn it for yourself.

From Psalm 62:5-6:  “For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from Him.  He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.”

Righteous Living

From Jeremiah 29:11-12:  “For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.  Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you.”

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Fulfilling His promises

Creating from His design

Cherishing every life

In God’s hands, futures shall shine

 

Calling upon our Father

Hearing our daily prayers

Listening with faithfulness

Blueprints, He lovingly shares

 

Restoring life’s direction

Gathering each of His flock

Distributing peacefulness

Spirit works around the clock

 

Teaching life’s daily lessons

Noting yesterday’s hardships

Offering timeless blessings

Tomorrow, we trust God’s script

 

Believing with faithful trust

Accepting our Father’s grace

Spending time with Gospel’s Word

Righteous living, life’s new base 

 

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From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “If we want to discover the Lord’s best for our life, we must trust that His way is better than our plans and desires.”

Timeless Guideposts (Elfchen Series #65)

Blessed Triune

Holy

Heavenly deliverance

Three in One

Father, Son, Holy Spirit

Trinity

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Firm Foundation

Faith

Heavenly Father

Hope and trust

Gathered in His hands

Cornerstone

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Lasting Assurance

Worthy

In Spirit

Gospel breathes forever

Lord finishes each task

Confidence

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Faith Renewed

From Romans 7:23-25:  “But I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.  Wretched man that I am!  Who will rescue me from this body of death?  Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

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Remolding, new creation in Christ

Transforming self, flesh passing away

Turning to Jesus, finding new life

Lighting each path, righteousness holds sway

 

Restoring heart, Lord always with us

Healing spirit from sin, His way

Accepting grace from Holy Father

Feeling inner faith renewed each day

 

Walking with trusting faith, not by sight

Deepening Spirit rekindles life

Leaving sin’s guilt on Calvary’s cross

Living under Christ’s watch, without strife

 

Forsaking darkness, crushing evil

Seeking Jesus, His love walks ahead

Rescuing this life from sin and death

Lasting faith renewed daily instead

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From 2 Corinthians 5:17:  “So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation:  everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!”

Fulfilling Hope (Haiku Series #139)

Trust

In midst of life’s storms

Lord’s encouragement builds hope—

Blessed hand of grace

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Promise

Led by the Spirit

Born into new life through Christ—

Righteousness brings hope

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Faith

Growing in our love

Finding hope’s meaning of life—

Believing in Christ

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