Making a Difference

From 1 Corinthians 1:8-9:  “He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.  God is faithful; by Him you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”

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Responsible actions

Stir God’s amazing grace

Making a difference

Foundation’s caring base

 

Lord, master, creator

From heaven to this earth

Making a difference

Anchors ships at His berth

 

Inviting each of us

Share His Word with others

Making a difference

Love sisters and brothers

 

Lord calling us to serve

Caring for those in need

Making a difference

Loving each tender reed

 

Blessed with Father’s goodness

Fortunate with enough

Making a difference

For others, do enough

 

Our Lord reaches deeply

Into souls, hearts, and minds

Making a difference

Servant’s gifts will He find

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From 1 Peter 4:8-10:  “ Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins.  Be hospitable to one another without complaining.  Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.”

Christian Guideposts (Elfchen Series #48)

Growing

Actions

Strengthen faith

Praise in worship

Bible study and prayer

Maturity

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Reshaping

Love

None greater

Taught by Jesus

Transforming us today . . . and

Forever

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Living

Beginnings

Life’s quest

Dust we are

Dust we shall return

Endings

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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.

Grace Taking Root

From John 1:16-17:  “From His fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.  The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”

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Best and worst of times

God’s grace always chimes

 

Loving and caring

Promises bearing

 

God remains at hand

Faith and hope shall stand

 

Seeking empty hearts

Molding time’s restart

 

Life’s melody plays

Offer Him our praise

 

God’s grace taking root

Peace filling love’s flute

 

Gloom and doom appear

Allow Him to steer

 

God’s love shows He cares

Guiding day’s affairs

 

Hope’s beacon awaits

In His hands, our fate

 

Witness as His child

Life no longer wild

 

Forgiveness and love

Shared from God above

 

God’s grace shapes life’s frame

Praise His Holy name 

 

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From Lamentations 3:22-23:  “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

This poem is inspired from some past entries in my “Take-Aways” journal.  Each entry is based upon something read and studied in a morning devotional.

Charles Swindoll Quote

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Harmonious partnerships are the result of hard work; they never “just happen.”  The “hard work” also includes giving just as much as taking.  In one word it means being “unselfish.”

From 1 Corinthians 13:4-6:  “Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude.  It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.”

Monday Memories: Love Conquers

This re-edited poem, written in July, 2019, features an effortless style.   The verses are structured with simplicity because this should be how love exists . . . simple and pure!

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Love Conquers

Finding its way

With words to say

Boundless and rich

 

Love conquers

Despite distances great

Unlocking its fate

With faithful hope

 

Love conquers

Awakens each morn

Feels like being reborn

Lasts and lasts

 

Love conquers

Between two hearts

Eager for new start

Together at last

 

Love conquers

Each special day

Adventure comes our way

Exciting and endless

 

Love conquers

Thoughts to savor

Bringing each a favor

As sunrise arrives

 

Love conquers

Arriving without sound

Loving actions abound

Every special moment

 

Love conquers

Forgetting life’s past

Bringing smiles to last

Faithful and forgiving

 

Love conquers

God’s at hand

Footprints in the sand

Reigns into Eternity

 

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Single Timeless Moment

From Psalm 90:1-2:  “Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.  Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.”

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Life’s amazing blessings

God’s Book of Life unfolds

Single timeless moment

Richer than any gold

 

Man and woman find love

Fragile lives share restart

Single timeless moment

Merging into one heart

 

Forsaken child needs home

Foster parents reach out

Single timeless moment

Love sows, ready to sprout

 

Student facing failure

Here comes love’s helping hand

Single timeless moment

Teacher pulls from quicksand

 

Family in crisis

Unemployed, dreams stand cold

Single timeless moment

Job opens, God beholds

 

Disaster strikes city

Many answer God’s call

Single timeless moment

Kindness stands ever tall

 

Sin’s temptation knocking

Christian brother steps up

Single timeless moment

Christ refills empty cup

 

Darkening, hopeless world

Father’s infinite grace

Single timeless moment

Love reaches out, embrace

 

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From Genesis 9:11-13:  “‘I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of a flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.’  God said, ‘This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations:  I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.'”

Love’s Precious Gift

From the words of author and poet, Ana Claudia Antunes:  “True love is like little roses; sweet, fragrant in small doses.”

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Montana to Ohio

God joins this woman and man

Love bringing His precious gift

As only He really can

 

Love begins with our Father

Nurturing words speak each day

Hand in hand, with each other

God’s grace and peace lights His way

 

Love matures, like fall’s harvest

Built upon God’s rock of trust

Daily hope breathes at sunrise

Walk under angel’s stardust

 

Love meaning more than just words

Through valleys to mountaintops

Joining as one, each ribbon

God’s love never, ever stops

 

God’s Word builds a cornerstone for love’s words and actions in our lives.

From Song of Solomon 8:6-7:  “Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is strong as death, passion fierce as the grave.  Its flashes are flashes of fire, a raging flame.  Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it.  If one offered for love all the wealth of one’s house, it would be utterly scorned.”

Love Never Dims

From Ecclesiastes 3:1: “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”

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Winter’s snow, cannot hide

Cherished love, deep inside

During darkness of night

Her love shines, always bright

 

Spring’s blossoms, love shares

Life’s newness, always cares

Nature wakens, each land

Her splendor, in God’s hands

 

Summer’s glowing spirit

Longing to walk near it

Love growing, day by day

Her grandeur comes this way

 

Autumn’s colored venue

Love fills each day’s menu

Nature paints harmony

Her warmth hides winter’s chill

 

Seasons, patient with time

Faith grows, ever in rhyme

Righteous gifts, sing as hymns

Father’s love, never dims

 

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From Lamentations 3:22-24:  “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.  ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in Him.'”

Eternal Presence (Elfchen Series #43)

Obeying

Child

Of God

Respect your Father

With love and obedient

Heart

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Needing

Weariness

Day’s trials

God’s soothing Word

Heals fragile, tender hearts

Peace

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Seeking

Focus

Life’s attention

God’s secure refuge

Stabilized by His love

Jesus

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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.

Faith’s Testaments (Haiku Series #119)

Love

Brothers and sisters

God calling us to freedom—

Share our love with all

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Mission

Loving the Father

Born into human likeness—

Christ empties himself

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Submission

Trusting His guidance

Living in love of Jesus—

Submit to His will

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