Path of Life

From Psalm 16:1-2:  “Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.  I say to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.'”

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Seeing foolishness

Walking darkest roads

Life’s journey of faith

Coming to crossroads


To whom shall we choose?

Evil’s empty book

Filled with deception

Flesh becomes his hook


Wilderness calls out

God’s refuge protects

Love filled with goodness

Earning our respect


Boundary lines set

Marching in God’s trust

Chosen path of life

Faith removes our lust


Always before us

God’s daily support

His right hand’s guidance

Grace never falls short

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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.”

Overcoming Storms

From Matthew 14:23-25:  “And after He [Jesus] had dismissed the crowds, He went up the mountain by Himself to pray.  When evening came, He was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them.  And early in the morning He came walking toward them on the sea.”

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Facing challenges

Feel nourishing calm

Fed with Living Bread

Holy Spirit’s balm


Sailing into wind

Swelling, stormy waves

Seeking God’s compass

Eternal grace saves


Witnessing hardships

Gale arrives today

God never leaves us

Teaching us to pray


Smothering tempest

Evil’s wrath scolding

Finding God’s refuge

His peace beholding


Overcoming storms

Daily lessons teach

Hearing Gospel’s call

Rescued from tide’s breach


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From Proverbs 10:25:  “When the tempest passes, the wicked are no more, but the righteous are established forever.”

Hungry and Thirsty

From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “Only a believer of God can experience full satisfaction and a yearning love for Him.”

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Wilderness in one’s heart

Seeking mankind’s rewards

Shivering emptiness

Chasing promised awards


Dry, desolate landscape

Running this futile race

Clinging to sinful ways

Chasing hollow, false grace


Life comes to its crossroads

Starving for daily bread

Craving living water

Searching highway ahead


God intercedes with love

Filling body and soul

Sharing mercy and grace

Believing, life made whole


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From Psalm 63:5:  “My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast, and my mouth praises you with joyful lips.”

Caring from Above

This poem is designed with every three verses using a modified Haiku format (with the first and third verses rhyming).  The verses alternate between God’s exhortations (the odd verses) and our responses (the even verses). 

From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “We can trust God because He works all things together for His good and just purpose.”


Sharing grace-filled love

Crafting His divine message

Caring from above


Sowing lasting seeds

Trusting Father’s sacred Word

Following His creeds


Blessing through faith’s way

Teaching us His righteousness

Molding lives each day


Accepting God’s grace

Believing His Holy way

Living in His space


Freeing from sin’s net

Writing life’s newest chapter

Changing heart’s mindset


Walking in new light

Stepping onto hope’s worn path

Feeling life take flight


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From Proverbs 3:5-6:  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.”

Holy Trinity’s Blessings (Haiku Series #181)

God Almighty

Father’s grace and peace

Sticking to each hungry soul—

Fed along rocky roads

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Dealing with life’s stress

Islands of isolation—

Jesus rescues us

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Righteous highway leads

Like river’s gentle current—

Spirit’s guiding hand

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Salvation (Elfchen Series #103)

True Freedom


Broken heart

Sin’s inner chains

Saved by mercy’s key


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Messiah’s Calling


Overwhelming darkness

Sin’s high tide

Grace saves with love


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Ultimate Grace


High priest

His precious blood

Pays our sinful debts


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Divine Intervention (Elfchen Series #100)



His lead

Overcoming our resistance

Changed by God’s persistence


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Sharing hope

Acts of generosity

God’s works best revealed


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Early morning

Rinsing our souls

God calling us home


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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.

Saving Grace

From Romans 5:1-2:  “Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God.”

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From ancient garden, crying out

Man’s sinful seeds scatter and sprout


Father’s wrath consumes with His fire

Suffering journey to hellfire


Spiritually dead from God

Lives walk in darkness, always flawed


Holy tablets proclaim God’s law

Sin’s frozen nature never thaws


Judgement follows life’s trespasses

Sticking like thickest molasses


Lord’s saving grace seeks better way

Messiah opens new causeway


Jesus steps into this abyss

Unselfish love shall never miss


Hopeless man’s eyes can’t turn away

Drawn to grim, cruel cross, Christ pays


Jesus offers Himself instead

Faith follows this new Living Bread


Father’s amazing grace enters

Salvation breathes life’s new center


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From Romans 5:18-19:  “Therefore just as one man’s trespass led to condemnation for all, so one man’s act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all.  For just as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so through the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.”

Matthew Henry Quote

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Extraordinary afflictions are not always the punishment of extraordinary sins, but sometimes the trial of extraordinary grace.

From James 4:5-6:  “Or do you suppose that it is for nothing that the scripture says, ‘God yearns jealously for the spirit that He has made to dwell in us’?  But he gives all the more grace; therefore it says.”

Holding Us Together

From Psalm 25:4-5:  “Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths.  Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.”

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Looking to God above

Reading His Holy Book

Holding us together

Opening life’s guidebook


Witnessing Father’s hands

Creating and molding

Holding us together

Seeing lives unfolding


Abiding in Lord’s faith

Building each step with trust

Holding us together

Escaping evil’s lust


Searching for God’s footprints

Discovering His love

Holding us together

Finding mercy above


Praying to our Father

Knowing He always hears

Holding us together

Overcoming heart’s fears


Following Lord’s teachings

Accepting divine grace

Holding us together

Leading to heaven’s place


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From Psalm 25:20-21:  “O guard my life, and deliver me; do not let me be put to shame, for I take refuge in you.  May integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for you.”