Always First

From Exodus 20:1-3:  “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before Me.”

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Jesus tempted by Satan

Making His choice very clear

Placing Father always first

Walking in trust, without fear


Moses affirming God’s law

Following the Great I Am

Leading Israel to truth

Bearing faith of Abraham


God deserves our attention

Casting away sinful ways

Stepping in footprints of Christ

Hearing treasured Word each day


Always first, focus on God

Needing Christ’s mercy and love

Entering Kingdom’s blessings

Forgiving call from above


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From Psalm 100:1-2:  “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.  Worship the Lord with gladness; come into His presence with singing.”

Oswald Chambers Quote

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We have to keep letting go, and slowly and surely the great full life of God will invade us in every part, and men will take knowledge of us that we have been with Jesus.

From Romans 6:9-11:  “We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over Him.  The death He died, He died to sin, once for all; but the life He lives, He lives to God.  So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.”

Love of Christ (Elfchen Series #63)



Life’s transgressions

Savior’s mercy saves

Jesus bearing our debts


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Solid rock

Faith’s living cornerstone

Savior’s righteousness and blessing


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Holy Messiah

Accepting His grace

Faithfully walking with Jesus


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Monday Memories: At the Door

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Jesus stands ready


He understands life

With its hardships


He’s walked there

Experiencing it all


His body bears

Marks of death


Hands forever scarred

Feet harshly pierced


He defeated death

Empty tomb proclaims


He understands thee

Life’s never-ending turmoil


He offers hopefulness

Encouraging and loving


His reassuring voice

Calming all worries


Life’s sufferings appear

Generating lasting tenacity


Trusting in Him

Rock of Salvation


Sending steadfast love

From heaven above


Faithful and righteous

Extending into Eternity


Never be afraid

Always trust Him


Hearing His words

Praising and soothing


Giving peaceful strength

Against harsh times


Open one’s heart

Closed door opens


Jesus stands ready


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This Christian poem was written and published in July, 2019.  Writing faith-based poetry continues to be one of my favorite places to be.

Glorious Gospel (Elfchen Series #62)



Creating mankind

Jesus calling us

To love one another


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Darkest depths

Rescued by Jesus

Sharing His Good News


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Without fear

Reshaping this world

To right side up


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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.

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.'”