Monday Memories: God is Near

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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.”

God dwells on a Holy hill

Pursuing those hungry, for His will

 

Away from God, we are forlorn

Seeking refuge, asking to be reborn

 

Our Lord is a most Holy God

Bringing blessings and love, He nods

 

He brings delight, for another week

Filling cups with refreshment, we seek

 

At night, He calms our hearts

Giving wise counsel, new day starts

 

God remains near, always beside us

Walking patiently, without a big fuss

 

He stays close, offering His hand

Facing our challenges, across this land

 

God fills hearts, with joyful gladness

We sing and rejoice, without sadness

 

Our prayers seek a willing ear

Finding a Holy God, without fear

 

Our footing will never slip away

Walking a safe path, God’s way

 

God hears our words and prayers

Sending answers, because He truly cares

 

Under the shadow of God’s wings

Protecting us, safe refuge He brings

Woodrow Kroll Quote

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Immediate, glad obedience to God sets our course on the sea of happiness.

From Isaiah 1:19-20:  “If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land, but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

Woodrow Kroll (born 1944) is an American pastor, Christian author, and radio host.  He has written over 50 books on the Bible and Christian living.

Charles Swindoll Quote

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God doesn’t tell time as we do.  He does remarkable things, regardless of our time of day.  He will leave our particular Red Sea absolutely closed, without an opening, without a sign, until He has finished teaching us the lessons we need to learn.

From 1 Chronicles 16:27:  “Honor and majesty are before Him; strength and joy are in His place.”

Monday Memories: Accept His Invitation

From Isaiah 55:1:  “Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters.”

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Seeking abundant life

Never arrives from man

All will thirst for much more

Accept God’s Holy plan

 

Our Lord’s invitation

Never hidden from us

Just step forward today

Follow God, always a plus

 

Tasting His bread of life

Never bitter to eat

Peace arrives with each day

Listen for its steady beat

 

Our Father’s always near

Never absent with love

Come, come worship the Lord

Read His Word, from above

 

Finding life’s one true joy

Never alone with Him

Invitation welcomed

Filling us to the brim

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From Isaiah 55:12:  “For you shall go out in joy, and be led back in peace.”

Lee Strobel Quote

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There’s a unique sense of fulfillment that comes when we submit our gifts to God’s use and ask Him to energize them in a supernatural way–and then step back to watch what He does.

From 1 Timothy 4:14:  “Do not neglect the gift that is in you.”

Lee Strobel (born 1952) is an American Christian author.  Before accepting Jesus Christ, his former life revolved around investigative journalism.

John Eldredge Quote

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When we are in the presence of God, removed from distractions, we are able to hear Him more clearly, and a secure environment has been established for the young and broken places in our heart to surface.

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.”

John Eldredge (born 1960) is an American author, counselor, and lecturer on Christianity.  More details are available on his website:  wildatheart.org.

Charles Swindoll Quote

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In a world consumed with thoughts of itself, filled with people impressed with each other, having disconnected with the only One worthy of praise, it’s time we return to Theology 101 and sit silently in His presence.

From Psalm 115:3:  “Our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases.”

God’s Firm Pathway

From Psalm 37:1-2:  “Do not fret because of the wicked; do not be envious of wrongdoers, for they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb.”

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Another day

One more trial

Kneeling to pray

With God each mile

 

His way shines bright

Patience fills hope

Holding on tight

God’s faithful rope

 

Love conquers all

Wicked step back

Hearing His call

God’s steady tack

 

Temptation folds

Righteousness saves

Crafting hands mold

God quiets waves

 

Dark times expire

Storms fade away

Sowing faith’s fire

God’s firm pathway

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From Psalm 37:39-40:  “The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; He is their refuge in the time of trouble.  The Lord helps them and rescues them; He rescues them from the wicked and saves them because they take refuge in Him.”

Peter Marshall Quote

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The Grace of God is sufficient for all our needs, for every problem and for every difficulty, for every broken heart, and for every human sorrow.

From 2 Corinthians 3:4:  “Such is the confidence that we have through Christ toward God.”

Peter Marshall (1902-1949) was a Scottish-American pastor who later served as Chaplain of the United States Senate.

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.