Father’s Way (Elfchen Series #113)

Shepherd Calling


Narrow gate

Road appears hard

But, leads to new


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Righteous Journey


With Jesus

Truth’s unshakable hand

Faith defines our future


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Salvation’s Light


Lord’s grace

Steadfast in faith

Blessed gift of eternal


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Landscape Thirsts

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Early morning rain drops in

Landscape thirsts for blessed drink

Graceful flowers dance and spin

Timeless pause while nature thinks


Tender leaf enjoys her bath

Gentle droplets trickle down

Soft grass carpets nature’s path

Destiny wearing her crown


Silence breaks from quiet mist

Terrain transforms with delight

Nature feels like being kissed

Peace fills every pore with light


Sky gracefully opens up

Rays of sunshine descending

Creator fills every cup

Nature never pretending


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From My Journal

agriculture countryside daylight farm

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From Big Sky Buckeye

At times, I find it numbing to read text from writers of the past.  Some of their words continue to echo into the present.

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 August 11)

Turning to Jesus

From Psalm 18:2-3:  “The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.  I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, so I shall be saved from my enemies.”

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Darkest storms rocking our world

Feeling faith washing away

Turning to Jesus, we hope

His solid rock, never sways


Raging floods rocking life’s peace

Hearing His bold, righteous voice

Turning to Jesus, we kneel

His solid rock, let’s rejoice


Perils rocking daily lives

Seeking comfort in His grace

Turning to Jesus, we pray

His solid rock, let’s embrace


No longer rocking in fear

Stepping over sinking sand

Turning to Jesus, we praise

His solid rock, holds our hand

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Edward Mote (1797-1874) was an English pastor and prolific hymn writer.  One of his most beloved hymns, “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less,” was composed in 1834.

Rick Warren Quote

First Lutheran Church in Circle, Montana (my church home for 22 years). (Courtesy of Pinterest)

Only participation in the full life of a local church builds spiritual muscle.

From 1 Corinthians 3:9:  “ For we are God’s coworkers, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building.”

Day’s Reflections (Haiku Series #190)


Each dollar now counts

Inflation deflates wallet—

Misery for all

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World of tiny bursts

One sound bite’s information—

Where’s rest of story?

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Undaunted voices

Place country over party—

Profiles in courage

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Acting Duo Quotes

Paul Newman (1925-2008)

A man can only be judged by his actions, and not by his good intentions or his beliefs.

Robert Redford (born 1936)

Be careful of success; it has a dark side.

American actor Paul Newman’s life was much more than just the films he starred in. While he earned an Academy Award for Best Actor in “The Color of Money” (1986), he left an indelible footprint with his efforts as philanthropist and entrepreneur.  

American actor Robert Redford starred in two films with Paul Newman:  “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” (1969) and “The Sting” (1973).  Redford’s directing skills have received four Academy Award nominations with one win for “Ordinary People” (1980).  

Warren Wiersbe Quote

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Surrender your mind to the Lord at the beginning of each day.

From Isaiah 50:4:  “The Lord God has given me a trained tongue, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word.  Morning by morning He wakens, wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught.”

Gift of Faith

From Hebrews 11:1-3:  “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.  Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval.  By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.”

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Daily news fills with darkness

Wilderness, eternal home

Future forever empty

Trials continue to roam


Standing alone, Father speaks

Hearing His goodness in Word

Building life’s new foundation

Walking to His light’s watchword


Steps marching with assurance

Trust in Father grows each day

Hope strengthened in His mercy

Steadfast love charting faith’s way


Receiving this gift of faith

Praising Father’s divine lease

Fulfilling every promise

Inheriting grace-filled peace

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From Psalm 33:20-22:  “Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and shield.  Our heart is glad in Him because we trust in His holy name.  Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.”