Boundless Love (Elfchen Series #150)



Transcending love

Each living witness

Handiwork crafted through faith


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God’s love

Never running dry

Eternal spring, drink deeply


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Future envisions

Through Spirit’s eyes

Walking in Christ’s love


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Spirit Awakened

Montana’s Madison River faithfully flows toward the headwaters of the Missouri River.

Life’s faithful river

Always flowing free

Spirit awakened

Jesus walks with thee


Light covers darkness

Faithful source of hope

Spirit awakened

Jesus tames each slope


Quiet place welcomes

Prayers nurture peace

Spirit awakened

Jesus holds life’s lease


Resurrection breathes

Eternity’s grace

Spirit awakened

Jesus leaves His trace


Destiny fulfilled

Journey now complete

Spirit awakened

Jesus offers seat


Christ’s invitation to take a seat offers tranquility of the Spirit’s presence. (as captured from this peaceful place at central Ohio’s Chestnut Metro Park)

Charles Swindoll Quote

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Each of us has some area of pain and suffering in life.  The world around us would have us run from that burden–to resent it, hate it.  Instead, we should embrace it.

From Matthew 10;38-39:  “And whoever does not take up the cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me.  Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for My sake will find it.”

Phillip Graham Ryken Quote

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When a mind is in love with Jesus, this is what it sees:  a world full of the wonders He has made.

From Hebrews 13:8:  “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”

Phillip Graham Ryken (born 1966) is an American pastor and theologian.  He currently serves as the president of Wheaton College in Illinois.

Burdens Ease

From Matthew 10:38-39:  And whoever does not take up the cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me.  Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for My sake will find it.”

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Life’s suffering

World calls out

Run from burdens

Filled with doubt



Castaway now

Full of hate

Life’s heavy plow



Darkness calls

Enemy waits

Man shall fall


Each of us

Jesus teaches

Cross to bear

Pain, it reaches


Taking up cross

Burdens ease

Embrace each one

Mercy sees


Follow Christ

Losing old ways

Find new life

Faith’s hope ablaze


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From the words of American pastor and Christian author, Charles Swindoll:  “Each of us has some area of pain and suffering in life.  The world around us would have us run from that burden–to resent it, hate it.  Instead, we should embrace it.”

Faith’s Blessed Actions (Elfchen Series #139)

Stepping Up


Christ’s call

Boldly following Him

Serving needs of others


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Life’s Turnabout


Jesus more

Leaving earthly ways

Rescued from tumultuous seas


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Making Differences


With humbleness

Touching another life

Living in Christ’s presence


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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.

Robert Lowry Quote

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What can wash away my sin?  Nothing but the blood of Jesus.  (taken from the hymn, “Nothing But the Blood of Jesus”)

From 1 John 1:7:  “But if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

Robert Lowry (1826-1899) was an American preacher as well as an acclaimed hymn writer.  One of his most revered hymns is “Nothing But the Blood of Jesus.”  It was written in 1876, and it has been sung by many contemporary gospel singers.

Oswald Chambers Quote

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We must build our faith, not on the fading light, but on the light that never fails.

From 2 Corinthians 3:18:  “And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another, for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.”

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917) was a Scottish evangelist and Christian teacher.  Following his death from an illness while in Egypt during World War I, his wife took on the task of transcribing the detailed notes she had written from his lectures and sermons.  Gertrude Hobbs Chambers’ efforts resulted in the publication in 1924 of MY UTMOST FOR HIS HIGHEST.  I frequently read from this devotional, and it has greatly deepened my faith and understanding of God’s Word.

Praising His Light

From Isaiah 9:2:  “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness—on them light has shined.”

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From Bethlehem, arrives light

Lying in stable’s manger

Humble birth of hope’s Savior

Grace no longer man’s stranger


Shepherds witness God’s glory

Kneeling and praising His light

Justice shall cover this land

Mercy’s, one eternal flight


Christ answers His Father’s call

Saving every tender reed

Light pushes away darkness

Evil shall never impede


Righteousness shall mark all days

Opening each heart and mind

Jesus shall never waver

His light, perfectly aligned

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From Isaiah 42:6-7:  “I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness; I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness.”

Welcoming Savior

From Luke 2:10-11:  “But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid, for see, I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people:  to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.'”

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Fling wide each window

Open every gate

God walks among us

Welcoming Savior


Choir of angels sing

From heavens above

City of David

Salvation’s bright light


Answer to prayers

Shepherds witness birth

Praise this King of Kings

Called Emmanuel


Trust God’s divine plan

Faith’s most Holy Rock

Fill hearts with gladness

Redemption paid for


Father’s act of grace

Eternity’s gift

Hope, peace, joy, and love

Welcoming Savior

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From Galatians 5:22-24:  “By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  There is no law against such things.  And those who belong to Christ have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”