Hannah Whitall Smith Quote

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Where the soul is full of peace and joy, outward surroundings and circumstances are of comparatively little account.

From John 14:27:  “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.”

Hannah Whitall Smith (1832-1911) was an American lay speaker and Christian author.  She was an active voice during the women’s suffrage movement as well as the temperance movement in the United States.

Looking Ahead

From the words of American-born philosopher, Pema Chadron:  “Be kinder to yourself, then let your kindness flood the world.”

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Waiting in life’s shadows, another year

Thinking conscious thoughts, ready to embrace

Setting aside more time for daydreaming

Leading to tomorrow’s energized space

 

Allowing positivity to shine

Sowing today’s seeds, filled with future hope

Reaping lasting harvest of inner peace

Looking ahead through New Year’s vivid scope

 

Finding humor’s lessons in life’s darkness

Focusing on single tasks, without more

Filling each day with heartfelt gifts of joy

Witnessing blessed year, coming ashore

 

Creating reservoirs of lasting light

Passing each on to others taking flight

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Advent’s Journey (Elfchen Series #131)

Prophetic

Trust

God’s promises

His actions awaken

Life’s wilderness shall blossom

Hope

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Witness

Hope

For Savior

God’s desires fulfilled

Bethlehem stable’s Holy ground

Peace

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Receive

Peace

Father’s gift

Lying in manger

Emmanuel, God with us

Joy

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Illuminating

Joy

Angels proclaim

Humble shepherds attest

Christ comes to save

Love

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Joy’s Game Changer (Third Sunday of Advent)

From Isaiah 35:10:  “And the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.”

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Facing constant waves

Overwhelming despair

Father seeking to save

Eternal grace cares

 

Bethlehem manger

Looking beyond today

Savior, joy’s game changer

Mercy’s light conveys

 

Hope breathes, Son of Man

King of Kings, Prince of Peace

God opens His divine plan

Joy’s new centerpiece

 

Angels’ choir deploys

Always singing above

Reflections full of joy

Peace filling with love

 

Scaling highest slopes

Locating lasting peace

Rebuilding life’s new hope

Joy shall never cease

 

Peace restored, anew

Joy’s steady, beating drum

Tomorrow’s hope accrues

Salvation to come

 

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With lyrics composed by renowned English hymn writer, Issac Watts, “Joy to the World” has become the most published Christmas hymn in North America.  These verses were penned in 1719, and they share an interpretation from Psalm 98.  In this Advent season, the hymn holds a special place with its emphasis on the joy we have been patiently waiting for.

God with Us (Elfchen Series #130)

Renewing

God’s

Magnificent creation

Praising every sunrise

Worshipping His blessed peace

Sustaining

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Affirming 

God’s

Sustaining spirit

Sunset never closes

Reaching for tomorrow’s hope

Awakening

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Cleansing

God’s

Awakening message

Endless joy sings

Mercy delivers His love

Forgiving

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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.

A. B. Simpson Quote

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We do not always feel joyful, but we are always to count it joy.

From James 1:2-3:  “My brothers and sisters, whenever you face various trials, consider it all joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance.”

A. B. (Albert Benjamin) Simpson (1843-1919) was a Canadian-born pastor, theologian, and Christian author.  He founded the Christian and Missionary Alliance.

Joy of Worship

From Psalm 84:3-4:  “Even the sparrow finds a home and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at Your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God.  Happy are those who live in Your house, ever singing Your praise.”

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Dwelling in God’s house

Joy of worship sings

Grace always flowing

From eternal springs

 

Lord ever present

Blessing living things

Promises now filled

Trust in Lord shall ring

 

Sparrows and swallows

Building each new nest

Creation’s new home

God never at rest

 

Signs of Father’s love

Worshipping with praise

Spirit of hope breathes

Strength in Him shall raise

 

Walking with Jesus

Peace never departs

Favor and honor

Love fills every heart

 

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With lyrics inspired from Psalm 32:8 (words of David) and Matthew 8:26 (words  of Jesus), the Gospel-rich hymn of “His Eye is on the Sparrow” shares a stirring and encouraging message.  Civilla D Martin wrote these lyrics in 1905 with the composition from Charles H. Gabriel.

Life’s Preciousness

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Recalling life’s preciousness

Cherishing every moment

Savoring family’s past

Dreaming of tomorrow’s hugs

 

Recounting lasting blessings

Beholding father’s wisdom

Echoing voice of knowledge

Conquering each new challenge

 

Reflecting on nature’s gifts

Catching creation’s newness

Framing winter’s white portrait

Tasting another sunrise

 

Waking to morning coffee

Embracing daily treasures

Mapping out daily shortcuts

Visiting newfound places

 

Gathering of long-time friends

Revealing closeness of all

Enjoying hours filled with joy

Discovering something new

 

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Richard Bach Quotes

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A soulmate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys to fit our locks.

The best way to pay for a lovely moment is to enjoy it.

Richard Bach (born 1936) is an American writer, who is well-known for his literary masterpieces from the 1970s.  One of his biggest sellers has been JONATHAN LIVINGSTON SEAGULL (1977).

Oswald Chambers Quote

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Joy is the great note all throughout the Bible.

From Philippians 4:4:  “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.”

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.