Divine Favor

From Ephesians 2:8:  “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.”

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Dead from our trespasses

Sin ruling over man

Living outside God’s law

Called to accept His plan

 

God opens grace-filled door

Cooling desires of flesh

Sharing His mercy’s love

Today begins afresh

 

Salvation accepted

Lord’s spring of grace will flow

Tasting divine favor

Mistakes washed white as snow

 

Life christened with God’s joy

Made alive in Jesus

Overcoming weakness

Lord’s divine grace frees us

 

Eternal age to come

Lord’s love shall see us through

Saving us from darkness

Grace through faith comes in view

 

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From 2 Corinthians 12:9-10:  “But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.’  So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.  Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.”

Young at Heart

From Psalm 92:12-13:  “The righteous flourish like the palm tree, and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.  They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God.”

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Passing years adding up

Remaining young at heart

Positive outlook leads

God’s love fulfills its part

 

Morning fills with Scripture

Pursuing and learning

Father’s Word feeds spirit

Faithfulness keeps burning

 

With each passing moment

Shaping this fragile soul

Father’s handiwork molds

Thankfully in control

 

God bestows precious love

Sharing His deepest thoughts

Youthful outlook thriving

Grace unties worries’ knots

 

Righteousness flourishing

Reaping Creator’s love

Always our steady rock

God leads, Heaven above

 

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From 1 Peter 2:1-3:  “Rid yourselves, therefore, of all malice, and all guile, insincerity, envy, and all slander.  Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation—if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.”

Comfort’s Spring

From Romans 8:28:  “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose.”

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Holy, living water

Flowing from Father’s hand

Deliverance blesses

Saving from sinking sand

 

Comfort’s spring renewing

Proclaiming Father’s love

Selfless with compassion

Sending grace from above

 

Tragedy reaches out

Hearing each heartfelt cry

Spirit guiding prayer

Bringing forth hope from high

 

Actions follow His light

Sharing words of support

Father’s eternal spring

Returning ship to port

 

Oaks of righteousness call

Comforting life like rain

His mercy never ends

Trusting Father again

 

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From Psalm 72:12-13:  “For He delivers the needy when they call, the poor and those who have no helper.  He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy.”

Single Voice (Elfchen Series #77)

Searching

Voices

Too many

Communing with Scripture

Listening to just one

God

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Arriving

Darkness

Surrounding thee

Sin’s guilt heckling

Now hearing mercy’s voice

God

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Blessing

Alone

Competing thoughts

Who truly cares?

One voice offers grace

God

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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.

Infinite Love

From Psalm 146:1-2:  “Praise the LordPraise the Lord, O my soul!  I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God all my life long.”

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Singing praises to Holy Lord

Looking up to heavens beyond

Rejoicing, filled with His glory

Trusting faith, believers respond

 

Building our daily faith and hope

Targeting His grace for our needs

Magnifying love with mercy

Looking upon each tender reed

 

Blessing earth’s next generation

Doing great things, God is His name

Showing almighty, loving strength

Lighting our way, eternal flame

 

Watching over His creation

Conceiving heavens high above

Reigning forever and ever

Downloading His infinite love

 

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From Luke 1:46-48:  “And Mary said, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has looked with favor on the lowliness of His servant.  Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed.'”

Follow Him (Haiku Series #150)

Daily

Seeking lasting peace

Reverent morning prayer—

Kinship with our Lord

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Any Moment

Take each perfect gift

Coming from our Creator—

Transformed by His grace

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Moved to Action

Respond to His call

Loving hearts serving neighbors—

God of Mercy leads

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Rest Assured

From Psalm 42:2-3:  “My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.  When shall I come and behold the face of God?  My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me continually,Where is your God?'”

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Darkness comes upon

Evil drawing near

Thirsty and hungry

There’s nothing to fear

 

Discouraged feelings

From dark, fallen world

Approaching Father

His Spirit unfurled

 

Rest assured with God

Observing our tears

Hearing nightly cries

Boldly He shall steer

 

Facing life’s hardships

Never giving up

Faith shall overcome

Overflowing cup

 

Believing in God

Trusting divine walk

Casting away storms

Grace shall always talk

 

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From Psalm 42:11:  “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me?  Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my help and my God.”

Grateful Reliance (Elfchen Series #73)

Kinship

Peace

Composes harmony

Grace fills joy

Binds us all together

Relationships

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Devotion

Grace

Divine presence

Love’s unselfish gift

Placing trust in God

Faithfulness

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Deliverance

Faith

Gospel feeds

Believing in Jesus

Gift of Eternal Life

Salvation

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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.

Life’s Firm Foundation

From Psalm 62:1-2:  “For God alone my soul waits in silence; from Him comes my salvation.  He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall never be shaken.”

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World’s foundations often shake

Failure crashes upon lives

Fragile planet in distress

How will we ever survive?

 

Earthly alliances break

Financial systems crater

Globe overwhelmed in turmoil

Where is our navigator?

 

Life’s storms never-ending

Future stands on wobbly ground

Weakest foundations crumbling

Who can help us to rebound?

 

Sharing His love, comes Jesus

Delivering freedom’s grace

Gathering in God’s fortress

Accepting Christ, let’s embrace

 

Rising from dark, empty tomb

Sitting at Father’s right hand

Saving us, Christ carries us

Life’s firm foundation shall stand

 

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From Psalm 62:11-12:  “Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this:  that power belongs to God, and steadfast love belongs to you, O Lord.  For you repay to all according to their work.”

Redemption (Elfchen Series #72)

Humble Walk

Works

Never enough

Come to Jesus

Accept His unearned grace

Salvation

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Zeroed Out

Underwater

Sin’s soaring balance

Witness Calvary’s cross

Jesus pays our debts

Salvation

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Whitest White

Sin

Evil’s tattoo

Life’s red stain

Jesus transforms to white

Salvation

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