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.”

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.”

Monday’s Memories: A Mother’s Light

[From January, 2020]  This poem is written to honor one of my daughters in Montana.  She celebrates a birthday this week with her husband and three children.  May God continue to fill her home with His blessings.  

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A mother’s heart fills the world with light

Born on a winter day, her life takes flight

 

Her loving and caring mother nurtures each day

Providing a Godly witness, with richness to say

 

God fills this young girl’s life with amazing gifts

Watching her exciting life mature, never adrift

 

God prepares a woman to be an attentive mother

Gathering life’s essentials, she is like none other

 

Christ walks at her side, creating genuine smiles

Feeling His presence, her life goes the extra mile

 

A young man catches her discerning eye with love

Unifying this couple, under blue skies from above

 

Their lives moving forward, with a balanced pace

Witnessing marriage and family, God as its base

 

This mother through it all, feels God waiting nearby

Striding ahead, her Lord’s Word glorifying the “why”

 

With each generation, a mother shares her light

Inspiring her children, to grow under God’s sight

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From Isaiah 60:1:  “Arise, shine; for Your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.”

Oswald Chambers Quote

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Burn your bridges behind you, and stand committed to God by your own act . . . make your decisions in the light of the high hour.

From John 12:35-36:  “Jesus said to them, ‘The light is with you for a little longer.  Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you.  If you walk in the darkness, you do not know where you are going.  While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become children of light.'”

Louise Gluck Quotes

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The soul is silent.  If it speaks at all it speaks in dreams.

Some of us make our own light:  a silver leaf like a path no one can use.

American poet Louise Gluck (born 1943) is widely recognized for her unique style and poetic voice.  She has received numerous awards including the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2020 and the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1993.

Testing Our Faith

From Proverbs 11:8:  “The righteous are delivered from trouble, and the wicked get into it instead.”

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Life encountering trouble

Feeling faith shriveling up

Surrounded, total darkness

God calling, drink from My cup

 

Life’s trials testing our faith

Walking path filled with hardship

Shadowed by prowling darkness

God calling, He rights our ship

 

Life challenges fragile faith

Hungering for something more

Shrouded by empty darkness

God calling, enter My door

 

Life summons Abraham’s faith

Overcoming our miscues

Illuminated in light

God calling, walk in Christ’s shoes

 

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From Isaiah 33:2:  “Lord, be gracious to us; we wait for you.  Be our arm every morning, our salvation in the time of trouble.”

Martin Luther King, Jr. Quote

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Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

From Luke 6:27-28:  “But I say to you that listen, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.”

Charles Stanley Quote

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We can either walk in the world’s darkness or God’s light.

From Ephesians 5:10-11:  “Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord.  Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.”

Walking in Light

From 1 John 1:6-7:  “If we say that we have fellowship with Him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; but if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

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Traveling earthly journey

Living alongside our Lord

Following His path with trust

Feeling love, grace brings accord

 

Pursuing God’s righteousness

Confessing sins, big and small

Obeying Holy commands

Hanging up when evil calls

 

Trading former self for love

Abandoning temptation

Accepting Jesus’ new light

His way, life’s blessed station

 

Teaching life from Father’s Word

Steering lives in righteous ways

Walking in light, blessing faith

Rejoicing with lasting praise

 

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From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “Are you trying to carry old baggage into your walk with the Lord?  The attitudes, habits, and conduct that were yours before Christ must be abandoned in order for you to walk with God.”