Into New Life (Elfchen Series #56)



With Jesus

Walking from darkness

Into His joyous light


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Go forth

Share Christ’s light

Bring witness and healing


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Gathered together

Jesus, Risen Savior

“Peace be with you”


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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.

Boundless Gifts (Elfchen Series #54)



Perishable, precious

Tested by fire

Rejoice with glorious joy


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Promises fulfilled

Born a Savior

Quenching world’s dry thirst


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Our Savior

Lights our way

His life, His truth


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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.

When Life Tumbles

From Psalm 31:3-5:  “You are indeed my rock and my fortress; for your name’s sake lead me and guide me, take me out of the net that is hidden for me, for you are my refuge.  Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.”

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When daily life tumbles

Love and kindness arrive

Helping hand reaching out

Spirit bringing high fives


When little steps tumble

Curious toddler falls

Mother offers sweet hugs

Spirit’s love never stalls


When career takes tumble

One avenue closes

Another path opens

Spirit turns up roses


Healthy life takes tumble

Caring neighbors help out

Lending love’s blissful hands

Spirit waters our drought


Shame stings with sin’s tumble

Darkness changes to light

Jesus calls out with love

Spirit’s grace glowing bright


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From Romans 8:26-27:  “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.  And God, who searches the heart, knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.”

Oswald Chambers Quote

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The one concentrated passion of the life is Jesus Christ.  Whenever you meet this note in a man, you feel he is a man after God’s own heart.

From Acts 9:17:  “So Ananias went and entered the house.  He laid his hands on Saul and said, ‘Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on your way here, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.'”

Dennis Swanberg Quote

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One reason so much American Christianity is a mile wide and an inch deep is that Christians are simply tired.  Sometimes you need to kick back and rest for Jesus’ sake.

From Matthew 11:28-30:  “Come to Me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.”

Lenten Walk (Elfchen Series #49)



Faith’s steps

Trusting in God

His love shall always


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False notions

Accept Savior Jesus

True love frees us


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With us

Sorrow lifted away

Reborn in our baptism


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Walking With Him (Elfchen Series #47)



Taking root

Hearing God’s Word

Overcoming life’s stressful times


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Apostles imprisoned

Freed by angels

Teaching and proclaiming Jesus


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Jesus Christ

Always the same

Yesterday, today, and tomorrow


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Charles Stanley Quote

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What greater joy could we have than to see our sons and daughters walking with Jesus, not just in the early years but even after they grow up and leave home?

From Matthew 4:19-22:  “And He said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.’  Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.  As He went from there, He saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and He called them. 22 Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed Him.”

Oswald Chambers Quote

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The greatest note of triumph ever sounded in the ears of a startled universe was that sounded on the Cross of Christ–“it is finished!”

From John 19:30:  “When Jesus had received the wine, He said, ‘It is finished.’  Then He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.”

Oswald Chambers Quote

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Goodness and purity ought never to attract attention to themselves, they ought simply to be magnets to draw to Jesus Christ.

From John 3:28:30:  [John the Baptist is speaking] “You yourselves are my witnesses that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah, but I have been sent ahead of Him.’  He who has the bride is the bridegroom.  The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears Him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom’s voice.  For this reason my joy has been fulfilled.  He must increase, but I must decrease.”