Quiet Grace (Elfchen Series #93)

Boldness

Faith

Grace refilling

Every precious day

Father, Son, Holy Spirit

Eyewitnesses

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Journey

Walking

Never alone

Holy Spirit’s voice

Yielding to His guidance

Transformation

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Blessing

Darkness

Hiding sin

Divine light’s guidance

Grace nurtures Christ’s forgiveness

Believe

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In His Midst

From Psalm 29:3-4:  “The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord, over mighty waters.  The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty.”

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Life’s calmest seas

Facing coming storms

Never alone

In His midst, strength forms

 

From God, our hope

Reaching out His hand

Safely sheltered

Upon His command

 

Witness His peace

Quieting these waves

Triumphant’s might

Father’s grace shall serve

 

Darkness retreats

Hearing comfort’s voice

Glory thunders

All saints will rejoice

 

Mercy rescues

Breathing with God’s love

Everlasting

Blessings from above

 

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The lyrics and music of “O God, Our Help in Ages Past” is a familiar hymn to many.  Inspired by Psalm 90, the lyrics were composed by English hymn writer and theologian, Isaac Watts, in 1708.  

Life’s Winter Darkness

From Psalm 31:9-10:  “Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress; my eye wastes away from grief, my soul and body also.  For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my misery, and my bones waste away.”

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Feeling earth’s numbing cold

Facing each new trial

Life’s winter darkness stirs

Filling another mile

 

Witnessing grief and loss

Traversing heavy snow

Life’s winter darkness stands

Causing impulse to slow

 

Prowling disease and strife

Reading storm’s latest news

Life’s winter darkness shouts

Raging snow sings the blues

 

Plodding in Arctic’s chill

Crushing social unrest

Life’s winter darkness tests

Failing every quest

 

Viewing world’s upheaval

Blinding blizzard’s whiteout

Life’s winter darkness runs

Bulldozing faith with doubt

 

Guiding light now arrives

Accepting Father’s grace

Life’s winter darkness fades

Walking in Spirit’s place

 

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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, ‘God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.'”

Grace of God (Elfchen Series #91)

Leading

Blinded

Life’s blizzard

Plowing far ahead

God clears our path

Grace

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Accepting

Waiting

Father’s gift

Open it now

Grace and love offering

Salvation

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Transforming

Tempted

Highway’s darkness

Salvation’s bright floodlights

Follow, accept Christ’s grace

Forgiveness

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By Faith Alone

From Hebrews 11:1:  “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

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Praising his earthly work ethic

Man seeking Father’s lasting grace

Totally missing Gospel’s heart

By faith alone, shall love embrace

 

Preparing for Heaven’s homeland

Mercy of Christ walking ahead

Righteousness, marking worldly path

By faith alone, waits daily bread

 

Tasting God’s eternal goodness

Earthly trials, evil’s dark hand

Lord’s strength overcomes man’s weakness

By faith alone, His grace commands

 

Seeking blessings for things hoped for

Filled with promises, where love dwells

Thirsty for Christ’s living water

By faith alone, salvation swells

 

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From Hebrews 11:6:  “And without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever would approach Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.”

Greatest Gift

From John 3:16-17:  “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not perish but may have eternal life.  Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.”

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Imagine receiving one gift

But, never accepting its love

Forsaking Father’s lasting grace

Angels witness all from above

 

This precious gift brings lasting peace

Why would God’s love remain unwrapped?

Sin continues weaving darkness

Triggering mankind to feel trapped

 

Spirit moves into heart’s fabric

Cosmic collision stirs within

Christ stepping into this dark breach

Divine love snaps sin’s frail linchpin

 

For God so loved this fallen world

His Holy Son pays for sin’s debts

Unlocking eternity’s gate

Christ’s mercy saves, without regrets

 

Now embracing and accepting

Father’s loving gift now received

Trusting in Savior’s greatest gift

Forgiveness, all who believe

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From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “The greatest gift ever given was the sacrifice of Jesus, and all we must do is accept this free gift in joy forever with Him.”

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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Charles Swindoll Quote

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God has entrusted to us a great deal.  He knows that we can do all things by His grace, so He’s trusting in us to trust Him.

From Psalm 31:7-8:  “I will exult and rejoice in your steadfast love, because you have seen my affliction; you have taken heed of my adversities, and have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy; you have set my feet in a broad place.”

Perfect and Holy

From Psalm 100:  “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.  Worship the Lord with gladness; come into His presence with singing.  Know that the Lord is God.  It is He that made us, and we are His; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.  Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise.  Give thanks to Him, bless His name.  For the Lord is good; His steadfast love endures forever, and His faithfulness to all generations.”

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Child learning of God’s kindness

Unaware of its vastness

Praise His eternal goodwill

Laboring with steadfastness

 

Goodness, perfect and Holy

From righteousness, living water

Worship always with gladness

Crafting hands, grace-filled potter

 

God’s blessings, never-ending

His mercy flows from above

Lives rescued with divine hand

Transforming with endless love

 

Lost sheep, needing daily grace

Good Shepherd’s assisting hand

Heaven’s gate, darkness scattered

Lifting eyes to God’s homeland

  

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From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “At times when we’re struggling to trust God, we should remember all the ways He is good to us.”

Divine Love

From 1 John 4:9-10:  “God’s love was revealed among us in this way:  God sent His only Son into the world so that we might live through Him.  In this is love, not that we loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.”

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Father reigns from above

Revealing divine love

Heaven’s whispering dove

 

God’s love never changes

Spanning earth’s vast ranges

Blessed interchanges

 

Mankind living in sin

Loving Christ, life begins

Cross becomes faith’s linchpin

 

Lasting love, none greater

Needing no translator

Grace shines, from Creator

 

Love’s divine foundation

Nurturing salvation

Life’s eternal station

 

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From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “We didn’t earn the love God has for us, and that’s why we can never lose it.”