24/7 Refuge

From Psalm 31:24:  “Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord.”

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Facing life’s trials and critics

Soul and body wasting away

Discouraged, hurting, and distressed

Broken down, strength failing . . . decay

 

Needing encouragement with love

Safe from others, place for healing

Looking for refuge, where to turn

Life under siege, tired and reeling

 

Seeking lasting grace and mercy

Delivering us from dark gloom

Rescue arrives, stand and rejoice

His steadfast love, fully in bloom

 

Staffed by a special redeemer

Our strength, comrade, fortress, and rock

Holding us up with steadfast love

Follow Him, our living bedrock

 

Called by another name  . . . Jesus

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From Psalm 31:1-2:  “In you, O Lord, I seek refuge; do not let me ever be put to shame; in your righteousness deliver me.  Incline your ear to me; rescue me speedily.  Be a rock of refuge for me, a strong fortress to save me.”

Follow His Example

From John 13:14-15:  “So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.  For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.”

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Jesus, our Lord and Savior, teaches us

Sharing the love from the Holy Father

Knowing God has given to Him all things

Sharing faithful witness, from the Father

 

Christ, the living God, guides our faithful steps

Presenting endless chances to serve God

Facing our lives, filled with countless hurdles

Serving one another, as blessed by God

 

Jesus, Son of David, shares acts of Grace

Washing apostles’ feet, blessing the Lord

Teaching through His loving act of service

Telling all, humbling serve our righteous Lord

 

Christ, Lamb of God, transforming life on earth

Faithfully following our Lord Jesus

Seeking, trusting, and praying in His name

Glorifying each day, serving through Jesus  

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From the words of American author, John Eldredge:  “Teach a man a rule and you help him solve a problem; teach a man to walk with God and you help him solve the rest of his life.”

Charles Swindoll Quote

blue and red dress religious man illustration

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Jesus Christ met people where they were . . . not as they “ought to” be.  His enemies misunderstood Him, but they couldn’t ignore Him.  They hated Him, but were never bored around Him.  Jesus was the epitome of relevance.  Still is.

From Hebrews 8:10:  “This is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord:  I will put my laws in their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”

Forsaking Temptation

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Our Lord Jesus

Following baptism at the Jordan River

Led by the Spirit, His Holy Caregiver

 

Traveling into the barren wilderness darkness

Facing the enemy’s temptation, its starkness

 

Fasting and praying over forty long days and nights

Comforted and encouraged by His Father’s might

 

Famished with hunger

Cunning enemy of darkness makes his empty sales pitch

Tempted to turn stone into bread, Jesus will never switch

 

Jesus answers:

“One does not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God”

 

Taken to the Holy City

From the top of temple’s highest pinnacle

Desperate enemy becomes ever cynical

 

Tempted to plunge Himself down to the ground

Mocking Jesus, God’s angels should be around

 

Jesus responds:

“Again it is written, Do not put the Lord your God to the test”

 

Arriving at the highest summit

Viewing below, this kingdom’s richness and vastness

No one can ever remain faithful with steadfastness

 

Come, worship the enemy’s empty, deceitful shrine

Tempted to accept this false kingdom, never Mine

 

Jesus refutes:

“Away with you, Satan! for it is written,

Worship the Lord your God, and serve only Him”

 

We, ourselves, facing similar darkest temptations

Jesus stood firm, through God’s sound foundation

 

We are blessed with much the same encouragement

Read, study, follow the Bible without discouragement

 

Accepting and following Jesus, our Holy Savior and Lord

Through Salvation to Eternal Life, choose God’s accord

 

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The Scripture verses come from Matthew 4:4, 4:7, and 4:10.

Surrounded by Blue

From Philippians 4:4-7:  “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.  Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near.  Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

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Normally for many

This world looks full and bright

Cups overflow with blessings

But then, dark dims the light

 

From this window, world turns blue

Hope was filled with each seed

Life’s harvest seems in doubt

Farmers’ fields fill with weeds

 

Harsh rhetoric and gloom

Positivity hides

Lost in negative times

With whom shall we abide?

 

There has to be a way

Let’s not fight over masks

Turning blueness to light

Remind us of our tasks

 

Jesus, the Bread of Life

Fills our empty hunger

Leading us to His peace

Hearts feeling much younger

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There are days during this Covid pandemic in which I feel at a loss.  The roller coaster ride of life suddenly takes a dark turn, and I feel left at the gate.  This poem was written following one of these “blue” moments in my life.  Together, we can continue to share prayers and encouragement with others.  God’s peace!

Hope Overcomes Fear (Haiku Series #83)

Fear

Stormy clouds approach

Life’s storms threaten with darkness—

Christ quiets the wind

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With Us

Jesus promises

Another Advocate comes—

The Holy Spirit

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Hope

Jesus walks ahead

Emmanuel, God with us—

Coming to save us

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Living Water

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What dark depths dwell in our lives?

Sinful nature, lost like sheep

Hearts fill with lasting troubles

Seeing life’s well, much too deep

 

Returning without promise

Jacob’s well cannot quench thirst

Our parched lips, where’s our relief?

Sinful souls, ready to burst

 

God’s Grace, in living water

Blessing in truth and spirit

Gushing with eternal life

Drink deeply, never fear it

 

Who will bring us this water?

We look, but the well is deep

Jesus draws living water

Saving His lost, thirsty sheep

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From John 4:11-15:  “The woman said to Him, ‘Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water?  Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?’  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.’  The woman said to Him, ‘Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.'”

Oswald Chambers Quote

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The reason some of us are such poor specimens of Christianity is because we have no Almighty Christ.  We have Christian attributes and experiences, but there is no abandonment to Jesus Christ.

From John 4:11-14:  “The woman said to him, ‘Sir, you have no bucket, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water?  Are you greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us the well, and with his sons and his flocks drank from it?  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.’  The woman said to him, ‘Sir, give me this water, so that I may never be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water.'”

Always with Us (Haiku Series #80)

Finding

Running to Jesus

Feeling the Holy Spirit—

Finding still waters

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Hearing

Kneeling at the Cross

Praying for America—

Hearing the Gospel

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Loving

Jesus’ teaches us

Always loving our neighbors—

Step forward as one

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