Life’s Breakwater

From John 4:13-14:  “Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty.  The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.'”

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Haunting landscape of needs

Darkness, breathless with fear

Back streets can never hide

Overflowing with tears

 

Facing hunger-filled void

Shadows filled with man’s greed

Overburdened labors

Breathing amongst ragweed

 

Walking with heart of pain

Emptiness without dreams

Thirst waiting to be quenched

Beholding mercy’s stream

 

Hearing sorrowful cries

Clamorous, selfish strife

Voice speaking, Son of God

Rising above each life

 

Flowing freshness of grace

Well of Living Water

Each heart again restored

Forming life’s breakwater

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From John 14:1-2:  “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me.  In My Father’s house there are many dwelling places.  If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?”

Monday Memories: Angel’s Message

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Summer’s radiant warmth fills the morning air

Playing children scamper, filling simple cares

 

Park trees arising with lively hues, bounty of dreams

Dancing shadows flowing beneath, moving like streams

 

People come and go, some stay for more

Singing above, summer birds fly and soar

 

Empty benches welcome many, resting a spell

Inviting a gray-haired man to sit now and dwell

 

Images scurry around him, some only in his mind

Remembering yesteryears, when all felt defined

 

Career, money, and power once meeting his needs

Sitting all alone now, like ancient dried-up reeds

 

One detail has been missing in his life

Leaving God has wounded like a knife

 

Alone, feeling forsaken, helpless at times

Living a life, nothing richer than springtime

 

Laughing and carefree, small children bring him joy

Filling his empty heart, much like a brand new toy

 

At God’s chosen bench, now sharing with a stranger

Smiling, a lady shares about a stable’s Holy manger

 

She notices him here quite often, sitting all alone

Inspired by God’s love, now enters his quiet zone

 

This visit and chat create sweet treasures

Sharing God’s Word, true by any measure

 

Jesus’ message of Salvation brings honest light

Kneeling, the old man accepts his Holy might

 

This worn bench brings God to a lonely heart

Allowing this man, a fresh and bold restart

 

Her assignment being fulfilled, now time to travel on

Replenishing this man’s heart with Grace and a song

 

Many others arrive at this park every day

Missing out on what this angel has to say

 

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New Freedom

From Exodus 19:5:  “ Now, therefore, if you obey My voice and keep My covenant, you shall be My treasured possession out of all the peoples.  Indeed, the whole earth is Mine.”

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Obeying God’s law

All shall fall short

Darkness consumes

Flesh’s evil tort

 

Sowing falsehood’s seeds

Emptiness reigns

Corruption rules

Flesh’s sinful chains

 

Witnessing Jesus

Calvary’s death

Covenant breaks

Flesh’s final breath

 

Praising Risen Lord

New freedom’s call

Harvest ready

Grace building faith’s wall

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From Galatians 6:14-15:  “May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to Me and I to the world.  For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision is anything, but a new creation is everything!”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote

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Only the man who follows the command of Jesus single-mindedly and unresistingly lets his yoke rest upon Him, finds his burden easy, and under its gentle pressure receives the power to persevere in the right way.

From Philippians 3:13-14:  “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider that I have laid hold of it, but one thing I have laid hold of:  forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal, toward the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.”

German-born Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) was a Lutheran pastor, theologian, and anti-Nazi dissident.  Many of his writings express the role of Christianity in mankind’s daily lives.  He paid the ultimate price for his activism against the Nazi regime during World War II.

Tireless Persistence

From Hebrews 12:1-2:  “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of God.”

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Facing challenges

Darkest, stressful times

Feeling need to flee

Days no longer rhyme

 

Cresting floodwaters

Race seems lost, no doubt

Overwhelming doom

Path blocked, no way out

 

Inner voice speaking

Quitters never win

Winners never quit

Life’s new road begins

 

Looking to Jesus

Faith’s firm cornerstone

Enduring His fate

Never feel alone

 

Hearing His message

Persistence wins out

Yielding victory

Timeless turnabout

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From James 1:12:  “Blessed is anyone who endures temptation.  Such a one has stood the test and will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love Him.”

Charles Stanley Quote

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Every time you see a cross, remember what it really was–an instrument of execution.  Though the scene of your redemption was horrendous, Christ turned the cross into a place of great triumph.

From Colossians 2:13-14:  “And when you were dead in trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive together with Him, when He forgave us all our trespasses, erasing the record that stood against us with its legal demands.  He set this aside, nailing it to the cross.”

Monday Memories: Receiving Peace

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From John 14:25-27:  “I have said these things to you while I am still with you.  But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.  Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.”

Receiving peace, covering far and near

Generating from God’s genuine love

Peace be within us, God blesses our souls

Through His Word, accepting grace from above

 

Tranquility resting, among God’s flock

Lord forever standing, with heaven’s peace

Surpassing all of our understanding

Jesus lives, delivering life’s new lease

 

Rely on Christ, seeking His inner peace

Through our Savior, nurturing hearts and minds

In faithfulness, accepting Him as Lord

Teach us to follow, salvation we find

 

Living Holy Spirit, guided by God

Transforming love, joy, peace—granted from God

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Turning to Jesus

From Psalm 18:2-3:  “The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.  I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, so I shall be saved from my enemies.”

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Darkest storms rocking our world

Feeling faith washing away

Turning to Jesus, we hope

His solid rock, never sways

 

Raging floods rocking life’s peace

Hearing His bold, righteous voice

Turning to Jesus, we kneel

His solid rock, let’s rejoice

 

Perils rocking daily lives

Seeking comfort in His grace

Turning to Jesus, we pray

His solid rock, let’s embrace

 

No longer rocking in fear

Stepping over sinking sand

Turning to Jesus, we praise

His solid rock, holds our hand

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Edward Mote (1797-1874) was an English pastor and prolific hymn writer.  One of his most beloved hymns, “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less,” was composed in 1834.

Watchman Nee Quote

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It does not matter what your personal deficiency, or whether it be a hundred and one different things, God has always one sufficient answer, His Son Jesus Christ, and He is the answer to every need.

From John 14:6:  “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.'”

Watchman Nee (1903-1972) was a Chinese church leader and Christian teacher.  He authored a collection of Christian books, and he endured persecution for his beliefs.  Ultimately, he died while being imprisoned for the final twenty years of his life.

Filling Life’s Void

From Isaiah 55:3:  “Incline your ear, and come to Me; listen, so that you may live.  I will make with you an everlasting covenant, My steadfast, sure love for David.”

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Searching, still searching

Wanting something more

Living unfulfilled

Looking past life’s door

 

Listening to heart

Searching deep within

Thirsting for mercy

Crashing, life’s tailspin

 

Surrounding darkness

Running from its lies

Escaping away

Searching in His eyes

 

Inclining each ear

Hearing hope-filled voice

Kneeling at one cross

Searching, now rejoice

 

Satisfying peace

Feeling much stronger

Finding Jesus Christ

Searching no longer

 

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From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “If your soul feels depleted, make unhurried time with Jesus a priority.”