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The greatest way to witness is by walking that straight and narrow and also realizing that you’re going to mess up.  That’s what grace is for.

In those places of doubt and even darkness I’ve realized that who I am has nothing to do with wins or loses, applause, or negative criticism.  It has to do with whose I am.

Always Near (Haiku Series #143)

Encouragement

Facing life’s problems

Alone in harsh wilderness—

Hearing Father’s voice

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Restoration

Lord’s steady hand cares

Removes life’s withered, dark past—

Prunes with love and grace

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Answers

Every morning

Faithfulness and righteousness—

God’s channel broadcasts

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Daily Restoration

From Psalm 85:8:  “Let me hear what God the Lord will speak, for He will speak peace to His people, to His faithful, to those who turn to Him in their hearts.”

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Another morning arrives

God’s open channel broadcasts

Peaceful encouragement speaks

Always accurate forecasts

 

Uploading His Holy Word

God’s message brings much to say

Faithfulness with righteousness

Quiet moments praise each day

 

Grace-filled gifts from Father’s heart

Neither big or small, just right

Peace, joy, and eternal life

Faithfully shining so bright

 

Bursting with His precious truth

God’s lessons fill the airwaves

Life’s daily restoration

Jesus Christ arrives to save

 

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From Psalm 85:10-11:  “Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other.  Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky.”

Monday Memories: Moving Forward

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Facing disappointment for many months and more

Feeling frustration and despair starting to soar

 

Realizing that this journey needs a mid-course correction

Pointing an unsteady compass in a totally new direction

 

Tiring from how many others have treated thee in the past

Looking forward to a future that brings happiness at last

 

Beating up thyself for any past, painful mistakes

Needing renewed courage for a new life to make

 

Knowing that this life needs a helping hand

Wanting to scan for a nurturing place to land

 

Reaching out comes the helping hand of thy God

Sending forth His grace to be thy staff and rod

 

Shielding eyes from brightest sun at a new dawn

Walking forward with energy that’s never gone

 

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Republishing this poem from February, 2019, brings out a theme many of us have experienced in our past.  Take a moment today and look back at your life’s progress going forward from past challenges.

Three in One

From Psalm 107:8-9:  “Let them thank the Lord for His steadfast love, for His wonderful works to humankind.  For He satisfies the thirsty, and the hungry He fills with good things.

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Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

Grace and peace filling life’s spirit

 

God, Creator, Holy Father

Gathering heavens, earth, and sea

Blessing east to west, north to south

His goodness shall never leave thee

 

Jesus Christ, Savior, Son of God

Commands and conquers stormy seas

Quiets endless wind into peace

Saving us from life’s gloomy breeze

 

Holy Spirit, Son’s Advocate

Wondrous works across land and sea

Turns desert to Living Water

Blessing days, Spirit true and free

 

Eternal Father, Three in One

Trinity’s mercy from above

Sing of Holy deeds, songs of joy

God’s Glory reigning with His love

 

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English writer and hymnist, William Whiting wrote the lyrics to the hymn, “Eternal Father, Strong to Save.”  Used in a recent devotional, this hymn inspired the crafting of this poem.  Written in 1860, this hymn is also known as “The Navy Hymn.”  

Love of Christ (Elfchen Series #63)

Redeeming

Carrying

Life’s transgressions

Savior’s mercy saves

Jesus bearing our debts

Cross

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Awakening

Witness

Solid rock

Faith’s living cornerstone

Savior’s righteousness and blessing

Jesus

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Following

Seeking

Holy Messiah

Accepting His grace

Faithfully walking with Jesus

Eternity

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Monday Memories: Are We Worthy?

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Feeling lost, alone, and unworthy

Walking forward to seek God

 

Questioning and asking, crying out

Gathering together, we trust God

 

Seeking Christ must come first

 

Contrasting himself to the Messiah

Foretelling of the One coming

 

Crying out in the wilderness

Baptizing believers at the Jordan

 

Sending John to baptize Jesus

Sensing himself to be unworthy

 

Finding Christ must come first

 

Expressing love now for family

Adoring father, mother, son, daughter

 

Returning from his sinful journey

Rejoicing, a prodigal son found

 

Suffering dishonor for Christ’s sake

Preaching, Apostles speak the Gospel

 

Loving Christ must come first

 

Accepting God’s gift of Grace

Blessing us as worthy Christians

 

Coming to believe Christ’s Salvation

Humbling praising His blessed truth

 

Creating all things, God cares

Receiving glory, honor, and power

 

Standing alone at the Cross

Ransoming His body and blood

 

Loving and accepting our Savior

   

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This faith-based poem comes from my archives.  It was originally written and posted in September, 2019.

Wave After Wave

From Psalm 23:1-3:  “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside still waters; He restores my soul.  He leads me in right paths for His name’s sake.”

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No matter how life plays out

Encountering sea of waves

Big, small . . . quiet, turbulent

Sin’s cunning waits to enslave

 

No promise of easy life

Struggles crashing, day by day

Never learned how to ride waves

Grace anchors hope at each bay

 

Thankfully, never alone

Riding God’s steady surfboard

Trusting Him, surfing each wave

Building up faith, love’s reward

 

Healing our souls from darkness

Guiding us through stormy waves

Refreshing peace from God’s Word

Navigating, His grace saves

 

Walking on calmest waters

Shepherd’s mercy comes to save

Protecting from evil’s doom

Faith conquers incoming waves

 

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From Acts 4:11-12:  “The stone that was rejected by you, the builders; it has become the cornerstone.  There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved.”

Timeless Worship (Elfchen Series #60)

Blessed Harvest

God

Nourishes faith

Planted with righteousness

Reaping upright fruit

Grace

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Heaven’s Lifeline 

Love

From Father

Embraces and covers

Conquer, prevail, and live

Salvation

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Glorious Day

Praise

Heavenly Father

Eternal, steadfast love

Singing life’s new song

Faithfulness

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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.

Always Present

From Psalm 27:1:  “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”

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Father walking nearby

Hearing heartfelt prayers

Healing life’s brokenness

Always present, God cares

 

Dark fears and emotions

Steps stumble, almost fall

Slowly confidence grows

Feeding faith from God’s call

 

Recalling faithfulness

God’s hope covers this place

Healing former despairs

Love shining through His grace

 

During days of trouble

Stirring praises of joy

Father’s shelter protects

Grace’s refuge deploys

 

Once withdrawn in darkness

His light calling lives out

Always present, God cares

Love covering throughout

 

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From Psalm 27:13-14:  “I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.  Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”