Dietrich Bonhoeffer Quote

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The commandment of absolute truthfulness is really only another name for the fullness of discipleship.

From Proverbs 10:9:  “Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever follows perverse ways will be found out.”

Steadfast Prayers

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Drought hardens fertile land

Faithfully sowing seeds

Reaching out to God’s hand

Praying for farmers’ needs

 

Weather forecasts no rain

Boldness in faith remains

Praying for crops of grain

Holding tight to God’s reins

 

Clouds covering high plains

Showers dancing away

Leaving tears, without rain

Filling hours with prayer

 

Faith shall never waver

Perseverance, God’s domain

Seeking His good favor

Waiting out this campaign

 

Steadfast prayers prevail

Bountiful, earthly grace

Sharing rain without fail

Bringing smiles to each face

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From My Journal

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From Big Sky Buckeye

Our life journey will be filled with trials, but in walking with Jesus, we will see the Promised Land.

Do you write a daily journal?  This inspiring thought comes from my journal, and much of what is written in my journal comes from reading and commenting on other bloggers’ posts.  Thanks to many of you for adding so much to my journal.

(Updated May 21)

Curious Trivial Facts (5/21)

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This informative post will be posted on Saturday along with my usual writing.  We can all appreciate some of the lesser known facts from around the world.

The bottle in which Jeannie lived on “I Dream of Jeannie” was fashioned from a 1964 Christmas-edition Jim Beam decanter.

Costumed characters commonly found at amusement parks are known in the industry as “fuzzies.”  On the average, a fuzzie’s outfit weighs forty pounds, and during the hot summer months, under the blazing sun and surrounded by crowds, interior temperatures can heat up to 150 degrees.

These facts have been discovered in I NEVER KNEW THAT by David Hoffman (2009).

Oswald Chambers Quote

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If you have heard Jesus Christ’s voice on the billows, let your convictions go to the winds, let your consistency go to the winds, but maintain your relationship to Him.

From John 21:7:  “That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, ‘It is the Lord!’  When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he had taken it off, and jumped into the sea.”

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.

Morning’s Bliss

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Waking up early

Thick darkness greets thee

Quiet time invites

Tranquility’s seas

 

Hearing rain’s cascade

Rhythm bringing ease

Daylight holding back

Morning’s bliss shall please

 

Steaming toward light

Music in background

Thoughts wander, carefree

Life’s train now homebound

 

Arriving on time

Memories retrieved

Harvest of warm hearts

Life’s journey achieved

   

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Washington Irving Quotes

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Sweet is the memory of distant friends!  Like the mellow rays of the departing sun, it falls tenderly, yet sadly, on the heart.

Whenever a man’s friends begin to compliment him about looking young, he may be sure that they think he is growing old.

American Washington Irving (1783-1859) ranks as one of his country’s most renowned authors.  His amazing short stories of “Rip Van Winkle” and “The Legend of Sleeping Hollow” remain all-time classics.  Ironically, his final resting place is at the Sleeping Hollow Cemetery in New York state.

Stand Firm

From 1 Peter 1:3-4:  “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  By His great mercy He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.”

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Evil’s darkness surrounds

Encroaching with its sin

Life looks to turn around

Wolf hiding in sheepskin

 

Fraud’s light leads some astray

Moving away from God

Grace opens its doorway

Christ shatters hell’s facade

 

Resurrection’s new hope

Building faith’s foundation

Salvation, Christ’s tow rope

Father’s promised station

 

Word speaks of Lord’s power

Calling all to stand firm

Each and every hour

Holy Spirit confirms

 

Faith anchored in His care

Wearing God’s armored vest

All times, kneeling in prayer

Mercy braves each test

  

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From Ephesians 6:13:  “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on the evil day and, having prevailed against everything, to stand firm.”

Matthew Henry Quote

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It ought to be the business of every day to prepare for our last day.

From 1 Thessalonians 5:4-5:  “But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness, for that day to surprise you like a thief; for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness.”