Making a Difference

From 1 Corinthians 1:8-9:  “He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.  God is faithful; by Him you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”

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Responsible actions

Stir God’s amazing grace

Making a difference

Foundation’s caring base


Lord, master, creator

From heaven to this earth

Making a difference

Anchors ships at His berth


Inviting each of us

Share His Word with others

Making a difference

Love sisters and brothers


Lord calling us to serve

Caring for those in need

Making a difference

Loving each tender reed


Blessed with Father’s goodness

Fortunate with enough

Making a difference

For others, do enough


Our Lord reaches deeply

Into souls, hearts, and minds

Making a difference

Servant’s gifts will He find

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From 1 Peter 4:8-10:  “ Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins.  Be hospitable to one another without complaining.  Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.”

Grace Taking Root

From John 1:16-17:  “From His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.  The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”

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Best and worst of times

God’s grace always chimes


Loving and caring

Promises bearing


God remains at hand

Faith and hope shall stand


Seeking empty hearts

Molding time’s restart


Life’s melody plays

Offer Him our praise


God’s grace taking root

Peace filling love’s flute


Gloom and doom appear

Allow Him to steer


God’s love shows He cares

Guiding day’s affairs


Hope’s beacon awaits

In His hands, our fate


Witness as His child

Life no longer wild


Forgiveness and love

Shared from God above


God’s grace shapes life’s frame

Praise His Holy name 


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From Lamentations 3:22-23:  “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

This poem is inspired from some past entries in my “Take-Aways” journal.  Each entry is based upon something read and studied in a morning devotional.

Charles Stanley Quote

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To flourish and grow, a person must be completely dependent on Christ for spiritual nutrition.  That involves drawing near to Him each morning through His Word and prayer and receiving His Grace all day long.

From Isaiah 55:6-7:  “Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near; let the wicked forsake their way, and the unrighteous their thoughts; let them return to the Lord, that He may have mercy on them, and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.”

Charles Swindoll Quote

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Grace is positive and unconditional acceptance in spite of the other person.  Grace is a demonstration of love that is undeserved, unearned, and unpayable.

From Micah 6:8:  “He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

Courage Stands (Haiku Series #121)


As people of God

Graced to be Christ’s hands of change—

World’s transformation

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Followers of God

Called as voices for justice—

Filled with Grace of Christ

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Our Creator calls

Walking in Jesus’ footsteps—

Lives for renewal

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Lord of Glory

From Isaiah 6:3:  “And one called to another and said:  ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory.'”

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Darkness, evil abound

Our Champion arrives

Freeing chained hearts with praise

Faith growing in our lives


Graced by shed blood of Christ

Facing every hour

Wisdom, courage unite

Strongest bonds of power


Standing as God’s people

Walking as peacemakers

Sowing seeds from His faith

Harvest Glory’s acres


Christ’s journey lights His way

Centered on His people

Calling us, step forward

Blessed Cross, our steeple


Jesus’ pierced hands of change

Steady feet meet life’s quest

Lasting voice for justice

Renewing lives, each test


Glory fills God’s Kingdom

From His Heaven above

Nothing stops living Grace

Salvation’s gift, free love


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You are invited to sing or follow the lyrics of this blessed hymn, “God of Grace and God of Glory.”

Just in Case

From James 4:6:  “But He gives all the more grace; therefore it says, ‘God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.'”

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Our Creator’s divine plan

Offers fullest, living grace

Giving patience, just in case

When running life’s anxious race


Our Lord shares forgiveness

Relationships need healing

Forgiving sin, just in case

When each day seems freewheeling


Heaven’s Father, sharing peace

Imperfect lives needing change

Trimming each branch, just in case

When roaming lost on God’s range


God shares His timely wisdom

From Heaven, He sees us fall

Touching our hand, just in case

When we need His hope-filled call


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From John 15:1-2:  “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower.  He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit.  Every branch that bears fruit He prunes to make it bear more fruit.”

Cherished Grace (Haiku Series #116)


Reminded today

Keep the main thing, the main thing—

Christ front and center

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We’re never alone

Fed by the Holy Spirit—

Love’s chain reaction

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God seeks each of us

Unholy and unrighteous—

Gathering the lost

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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


From God

Proclaiming His righteousness

Moving forward in acceptance


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Calvary’s darkness

Our Lord promises

Green blade now rises


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For Us


New day

Feeling His peace

Being anxious for nothing


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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.