Faith’s Journey (Elfchen Series #58)

Cornerstone

Anchor

God’s Word

Answers life’s doubts

Steadies each shaky step

Grace

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Beacon

Wilderness

Testing faith

Facing certain adversity

Christ walks with us

Strength

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Resilience

Guideposts

God’s wisdom

Growing in trust

Before life reaches new

Crossroads

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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.

Living in Christ

From Colossians 3:1-2:  “So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”

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Living in Christ, never alone

Marked with genuine, lasting love

Walking in daily harmony

Bread of Life, feeding from above

 

Living in Christ, finding mercy

Filled with thirst for Holy kindness

Quenching faith with living water

Spirit healing sin-filled blindness

 

Living in Christ, cherished moments

Covered by His forgiving grace

Centering on infinite love

Patience guides, finishing life’s race

 

Living in Christ, tasting His love

Called to follow in faithful ways

Building new life with righteousness

Heavens singing with blessed praise

 

Living in Christ, God’s chosen ones

Baptized, newest children of God

Praising Heavenly Father’s love

Comfort received, His staff and rod

 

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From Colossians 3:14-15:  “Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.  And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body.  And be thankful.”

In His Word

From Psalm 119:97-98:  “Oh, how I love your law!  It is my meditation all day long.  Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies, for it is always with me.”

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Eternal Lord in Heaven

Our faithfulness flows from Him

God’s Word pilots creation

Through time’s ages, never dim

 

Evil prowling in darkness

Waiting to maim and uproot

God’s love, lasting protection

His grace lighting life’s new route

 

Accepting God’s Holy law

Life filling with His delight

Marching with our conviction

Saved from misery’s dark night

 

Reading daily from Scripture

In His Word, Lord shall converse

Living with Father’s wisdom

Love every single verse

 

Father’s Word always teaches

Guiding life’s faithful mindset

Lives led by His commandments

Follow now, never forget

 

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From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “We need godly knowledge and principles to guide us, which is why we must make meditation on the Word a daily habit.”

Forever Praise

From Psalm 98:5-6:  “Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody.  With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord.”

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With joy, singing life’s new song

Lifting up voices, filled with praise

Hailing Father’s steadfast love

Let our eyes to Heaven gaze

 

Our Lord does marvelous things

Victorious in His deeds

Judging world with righteousness

Tirelessly His Spirit leads

 

Earth’s faithful hearts shall rejoice

Accepting His love and grace

Forever praise God’s presence

Darkness, never will we chase

 

Ageless joy recites God’s Word

Life’s solid foothold responds

Promises backed up by trust

Faith, hope, love form lasting bonds

 

Guide every daily step

Reigning from Heaven above

With Son and Holy Spirit

From God comes lasting love

 

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From Psalm 98:7-8:  “Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who live in it.  Let the floods clap their hands; let the hills sing together for joy.”

Holding Us Fast

From Romans 8:38-39:  “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

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Burdened with sin-filling guilt

Questions about salvation

Worn down, feeling overwhelmed

Life struggling with temptation

 

Surrounded by sin’s gloom and doom

Meager actions not enough

Salvation ignores life’s works

Grace shining through evil’s bluff

 

Remember God’s faithful truths

Choosing us, always with us

Spirit marks each with new life

His love, hope’s guaranteed plus

 

Father’s Word holding us fast

Always our righteous anchor

Steadies weary, stumbling steps

Answers doubts, quiets rancor

 

Jesus pays our debts in full

Forgiven, transformed, renewed

According to His mercy

Taking our place, flesh subdued

 

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From Titus 3:4-5:  “But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to His mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.”

Gifts of Grace (Elfchen Series #55)

Redemption

Father

Sharing grace

Transforming countless lives

Sending salvation’s precious gift

Love

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Goodness

Life

Embracing truth

Witnessing infinite love

Stepping forward, accept God’s

Grace

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Trust

Believers

Love calling

Jesus spreading grace

Inviting us to follow

Faith

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Holy Deliverance

From Psalm 34:17-18:  “When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and rescues them from all their troubles.  The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit.”

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Praying for His guidance

Needing our Lord each day

Kneeling in humbleness

Love answers with His way

 

Troubles overtake thee

Confessing now to Him

Finding peace in Jesus

Blessings fill saintly hymns

 

Taste and see, God is good

Life’s every heartbeat

Casts temptation aside

Walking to His drumbeat

 

Departing from evil’s sin

Each day, every hour

Come, listen to Father

Grace fuels mighty power

 

Calvary’s cross beckons

Love’s road to salvation

Empty tomb proclaiming

Life’s faithful foundation

 

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This poem’s message of “Holy Deliverance” is intensely felt through the singing of Chris Tomlin in “Lord, I Need You.”

Monday Memories: Treasured Grace

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Life’s richest treasures, waiting just ahead

Following God’s true light to a new day

Unlike any of man’s earthly treasures

With God’s Spirit, angels leading the way

 

Our journey defined by something greater

Life can only be measured by God’s wealth

Allowing heart and soul to follow God

Our Father’s treasured Grace, restores our health

 

Rejoicing, now choosing God’s truthful way

Do you witness and see this path as well?

Join with Jesus, we’ll follow together

Following our Savior, our treasures swell

 

Courage, faith, and hope carry us along

Fueled by God’s love, we march to Jesus’ song

  

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Charles Stanley Quote

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The sufferings that the Lord allows in our life are given to us for His good purpose.  Whenever God allows suffering to remain, He gives grace to endure it.

From 2 Corinthians 12:7-9:  “Therefore, to keep me from being too elated, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me, to keep me from being too elated.  Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me, but he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.'”

Sinclair B. Ferguson Quote

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The foundation of our love for the Lord lies in the recognition of His holiness, our sinfulness, and His grace.

From Ephesians 2:4-5:  “But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which He loved us even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ–by grace you have been saved.”