Spirit at Work (Elfchen Series #67)



True foundation

Times of trouble

Witness Scripture’s divine promises


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In faith

Keep His commandments

Come to know God


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By God

Sharing our abundance

Walking together with others


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Charles Stanley Quote

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It doesn’t matter how talented or successful we are by earthly standards, because God’s goal for us is obedience, faithfulness, and Christlike character.

From 1 Corinthians 4:5:  “Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart.  Then each one will receive commendation from God.”

Charles Stanley Quote

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One of the biggest dangers for believers is a failure to mature.  To grow, we must have nourishment from God’s Word, and to become strong, we need the exercise of obedience.

From Hebrews 5:12-14:  “In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again.  You need milk, not solid food!   Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.  But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.”

Forever First (Haiku Series #128)


Prayer and Scripture

Witnessing His promises—

God forever first

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Always will be mine

Choosing righteous, not wicked—

God forever first

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Patience shall reward

Life’s faithful obedience—

God forever first

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Eternal Presence (Elfchen Series #43)



Of God

Respect your Father

With love and obedient


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Day’s trials

God’s soothing Word

Heals fragile, tender hearts


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Life’s attention

God’s secure refuge

Stabilized by His love


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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.

Charles Stanley Quote

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A person with no devotional life generally struggles with faith and obedience.

From Psalm 92:1-2:  “It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night.”