Heartbreaking Worry

From Joshua 1:9:  “I hereby command you:  Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

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Man’s human nature

Wrestling with new fears

Breathing with unease

Darkening frontiers

 

Fear all consuming

Racing with flurry

Suffocating breath

Heartbreaking worry

 

Root of lasting doubt

Distrusting our God

Overlooking grace

Hiding, sin’s facade

 

Strength walks with courage

Turning to God’s Word

Following His law

Trusting faith’s watchword

 

Scripture holding fast

Anchoring with peace

Receiving Lord’s love

Blessing life’s new lease

 

Christ’s moral compass

Shepherding with grace

Walking in His trust

Slowing down life’s race

 

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From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “To conquer our fears, we should identify them but then focus instead of God and Scripture.”

Monday Memories: Shattered Hopes

From Romans 10:12-13:  “For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call Him.  For, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.'”

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Sitting here on a quiet, morning dawn

Drinking coffee, warming a drowsy mind

Passing the time with memories, all wrong

Looking for warmhearted hopes, none to find

 

Wishing countless troubles would go away

Thinking another day will bring some hope

Realizing now, my dreams are crushed today

Watching out the window, through hopeless scope

 

Opening a Bible, found by God’s Grace

Inviting me in, His Word reaches out

Sensing a way to change life’s dismal pace

Offering a new path, without a doubt

 

Witnessing Christ Jesus on a cruel Cross

Accepting my Savior, no longer lost

 

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Matthew Henry Quote

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The more reverence we have for the Word of God, the more joy we shall find in it.

From Isaiah 40:8:  “The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God will stand forever.”

Oswald Chambers Quote

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There is no escape when our Lord speaks.  He always comes with an arrestment of the understanding.

From Hebrews 4:12:  “Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917) was a Scottish evangelist and Christian teacher.  Following his death from an illness while in Egypt during World War I, his wife took on the task of transcribing the detailed notes she had written from his lectures and sermons.  Gertrude Hobbs Chambers’ efforts resulted in the publication in 1924 of MY UTMOST FOR HIS HIGHEST.  I frequently read from this devotional, and it has greatly deepened my faith and understanding of God’s Word.

With Father (Elfchen Series #83)

Speaking

Waiting

Daily prayers

Searching for answers

Responding in His time

God

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Guiding

Hurting

Life’s pitfalls

Swirling, stormy seas

Anchored by His Word

God

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Inviting

Arriving

Precious day

Heavens open up

Come, walk with me

God

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Life’s Messages (Elfchen Series #81)

Precious

Life’s

Lasting foundation

Steadfastly built upon

Holy Word of God

Unbreakable

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Perpetual 

Life’s

Darkening journey

God’s light filling

Our lantern of hope

Everlasting

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Pivotal

Life’s

Faltering trust

Sin’s empty promises

Driving us toward God

Redemptive

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Young at Heart

From Psalm 92:12-13:  “The righteous flourish like the palm tree, and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.  They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God.”

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Passing years adding up

Remaining young at heart

Positive outlook leads

God’s love fulfills its part

 

Morning fills with Scripture

Pursuing and learning

Father’s Word feeds spirit

Faithfulness keeps burning

 

With each passing moment

Shaping this fragile soul

Father’s handiwork molds

Thankfully in control

 

God bestows precious love

Sharing His deepest thoughts

Youthful outlook thriving

Grace unties worries’ knots

 

Righteousness flourishing

Reaping Creator’s love

Always our steady rock

God leads, Heaven above

 

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From 1 Peter 2:1-3:  “Rid yourselves, therefore, of all malice, and all guile, insincerity, envy, and all slander.  Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation—if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.”

Call to Worship

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.”

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Call to worship

From near and far

House of the Lord

Sabbath’s bright star

 

Call to worship

Doors open wide

All are welcome

Spirit shall guide

 

Call to worship

Hearing God’s Word

With reverence

His love transferred

 

Call to worship

Praising through song

Lifting voices

Together strong

 

Call to worship

Praying as one

Communal time

Blessing God’s Son

 

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The inspiration for this poem grew from a morning devotional which featured the hymn, “All Are Welcome.”  If you wish to hear more hymns, look for MaryRuth72’s channel on YouTube.

Matthew Henry Quote

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The more reverence we have for the Word of God, the more joy we shall find in it.

From Isaiah 40:8:  “The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God will stand forever.”

Filled with Wonder

From John 6:51:  “I am the living bread that came down from heaven.  Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

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Around this treasured sea

Come five thousand and more

Hungry crowd gathering

Miles from food’s nearest store

 

From boy’s meager knapsack

Two fish and loaves of bread

Filled with wonder, eyes see

All satisfied and fed

 

Looking later for Him

Finding Jesus onshore

Hungering for His Word

Bread of Life offers more

 

Coming from His Father

Through Jesus’ wondrous deeds

All should hunger no more

Filling every need

 

Nourished from Heaven’s bread

Salvation never earned

Filled with wonder again

Jesus’ love now returned

 

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From John 6:40:  “This is indeed the will of my Father, that all who see the Son and believe in Him may have eternal life; and I will raise them up on the last day.”