Always Remains

From Proverbs 18:24:  “Some friends play at friendship but a true friend sticks closer than one’s nearest kin.”

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Dark perils lurking

Sin’s evil prowling

Reaching into souls

Fiercest storms howling

 

Fragile faith fading

Hope searching for God

Reaching out to light

Gospel never flawed

 

Others abandon

Lord always remains

Reaching into faith

Hope flowing through veins

 

At crossroads of life

Father comes calling

Reaching into hearts

No longer falling

 

Comfort bringing peace

Divine Word spoken

Reaching into self

Spirit unbroken

 

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From Hebrews 13:5:  “Be content with what you have; for He has said, ‘I will never leave you or forsake you.'”

Renewing Seasons

From Ecclesiastes 3:1:  “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”

Central Ohio’s Walnut Woods Metro Park waits for spring under cover of snow.

Winter’s dormant, gray months

Nature taking her break

Gathering strength for spring

Life’s welcoming handshake

 

People face frozen times

Seeking spirit’s rebirth

Darkness returns to light

New season blesses earth

 

Summer’s shining moments

Nature’s blooming color

Autumn’s blessed pause waits

Hourglass sand grows smaller

 

Happiness seeks to shine

Hope filling eager hearts

Spirit nurtures man’s faith

Risen Lord, life restarts

 

Through nature’s creation

Breathing with perfect poise

Order to life itself

God’s divine plan deploys

 

Life’s transition wakens

Rising sun shares reasons

Joy, sorrow, gain, or loss

Renewing fresh seasons

  

Morning’s brilliant sunrise awakens in central Ohio.

From Genesis 8:22:  “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”

Brokenhearted

From Psalm 34:11-12:  “Come, O children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LordWhich of you desires life, and covets many days to enjoy good?”

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Souls crying out

Brokenhearted

Crushed in spirit

Turning to God

 

Seeking refuge

Comfort and hope

Righteous Father

Hearing our cries

 

Evil departs

Darkness transforms

Brightest light calls

Finding our Rock

 

Coming to God

He promises

Deliverance

Breathing goodwill

 

Lord calls us back

Humble and glad

Our troubles wane

Praising with joy

 

Faith surrounds hope

Love never fails

Unselfish grace

Redeeming us

 

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From Psalm 34:1-3:  “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.  My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad.  O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.”

Tempest Brewing

From Psalm 89:8-9:  “Lord God of hosts, who is as mighty as you, O LordYour faithfulness surrounds you.  You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, you still them.”

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Approaching storms

Burdened with fear

Now darkness forms

Hope’s light unclear

 

Tempest brewing

Drowning with fright

Life’s undoing

Faith must invite

 

Our Prince of Peace

Seeing our plight

Renews life’s lease

Turns night to light

 

Lord’s mighty voice

Storm’s rage resigns

Angels rejoice

Peace rules divine

 

Heart’s calmness grows

Lord takes control

Dark chaos slows

Christ on patrol

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From Psalm 107:28-29:  “Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and He brought them out from their distress; He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed.”

Here is a familiar hymn, “Eternal Father, Strong to Save.”  While I have used this hymn in the past, this shortened version features the true intensity of the “tempest brewing.”  We can always look to our Father’s strength to help us persevere.

Monday Memories: Lonely Road

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Sometimes life resembles a lonely road

Walking endless miles, filling with shame

Surrounded by darkness, bearing life’s load

Feeling mixed up, never into the game

 

God’s Word and Spirit bring transformation

Empty, spiritual desert . . . leaving now

Bringing dramatic change, new foundation

An oasis of faith becomes a vow

 

Discovering new hope, suffering ends

God’s light shines ahead of our faithful steps

Stumbling and failing, no longer contend

God’s Glory reigns supreme, without missteps

 

Old ways transforming to a better life

Exchanging total control with our Lord

God’s Grace gives, without cutting like a knife

His everlasting love, brings rich accord

 

God’s army of angels, walking ahead

Lonely road left . . . following Christ instead

 

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Hungry for Hope

From Lamentations 3:22-24:  “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.  ‘The Lord is my portion,; says my soul,therefore I will hope in Him.'”

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Simple acts of faith

Filled with love for man

God pulls at heart strings

Part of Holy plan

 

Life hungry for hope

Man’s health in decline

Liver in failure

God opens hotline

 

Future growing dim

Darkness can’t escape

Searching for donor

Life’s faithful landscape

 

Seeking live donor

Doctors’ preferred choice

Humble man steps up

Quiets hopeless voice

 

Two lives now at risk

Surgery takes place

Success accomplished

Miracle brings grace

 

One man’s health restored

Donor’s body mends

Hope’s hunger fulfilled

God’s faith never bends

 

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This poem brings a true story, which is close to my family’s heart.  The living donor is my son-in-law, married to my youngest daughter.  The two of them will be back home in a few days (about one month since the surgery).  Many lives have been changed by this simple, humble act.  God’s blessings to all living donors.

Marie T. Freeman Quote

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You can’t buy good health at the doctor’s office–you’ve got to earn it for yourself.

From Psalm 62:5-6:  “For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from Him.  He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.”

Charles Swindoll Quote

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The cause of disillusionment is putting one’s complete hope and trust in people.  What’s the cure?  Putting our complete hope and trust in the living Lord.

From Psalm 71:5:  “For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O Lord, from my youth.”

Fulfilling Hope (Haiku Series #139)

Trust

In midst of life’s storms

Lord’s encouragement builds hope—

Blessed hand of grace

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Promise

Led by the Spirit

Born into new life through Christ—

Righteousness brings hope

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Faith

Growing in our love

Finding hope’s meaning of life—

Believing in Christ

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