With Us (Elfchen Series #45)

Serving

Called

By Christ

Servants to all

Graced as faithful witnesses

Christ-like

Photo by Abel Tan Jun Yang on Pexels.com

Restoring

Waiting

For God

Resting with quietness

Lord’s refuge and strength

Patience

Photo by David Bartus on Pexels.com

Beholding

Goodness

Holy uprightness

Stands blessed Father

Steadfast love and faithfulness

Teaching

Photo by John-Mark Smith on Pexels.com

Growing in God (Elfchen Series #44)

Faithful Tutor

Goodness

And uprightness

Stands the Lord

Steadfast love and faithfulness

Teaching

Photo by Oladimeji Ajegbile on Pexels.com

Serving God

Called

By Christ

Servants to all

Graced as loving witnesses

Christ-like

Photo by Rodolfo Clix on Pexels.com

Holy Fortress

Waiting

For God

Resting with quietness

Lord’s refuge and strength

Patience

Photo by Keith Lobo on Pexels.com

Horace Bushnell Quote

Photo by Jeff Hall on Pexels.com

The greatest and sublimest power is often simple patience.

From 1 Thessalonians 5:14:  “And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone.”

Waiting with Patience

From Isaiah 64:4:  “From ages past no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who works for those who wait for Him.”

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

Facing life’s dark, endless afflictions

Waiting with patience and new hope

Turning to our Holy, mighty Lord

Reaching for the Spirit’s steady rope

 

Seeking maturity and insight

Receiving God’s plan, sacred foresight

 

Witnessing our Father’s faithfulness

Flowing as a gentle river, His love

Nourishing hungry souls from His Word

Touching us, Holiness from above

 

Continuing to teach, God reaches out

Instilling our confidence, let’s shout

 

Waiting with patience for our Father

Sending His goodness to those who seek

Filling compassion with steadfast love

Offering Salvation, mercy speaks

 

Trusting God’s divine wisdom each day

Following His Word, showing the way

 

Photo by Wendy van Zyl on Pexels.com

From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “Waiting isn’t easy, but rushing ahead of the Lord can short-circuit His plan.  Be patient while God works out the details.”

Max Lucado Quote

Photo by picjumbo.com on Pexels.com

Be patient.  God is using today’s difficulties to strengthen you for tomorrow.  He is equipping you.  The God who makes things grow will help you bear fruit.

From 2 Peter 1:5-7:  “For this very reason, you must make every effort to support your faith with goodness, and goodness with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with endurance, and endurance with godliness, and godliness with mutual affection, and mutual affection with love.”

Wisdom’s Companion

Photo by Snapwire on Pexels.com

An elderly man steadily works in his backyard, raking up some of autumn’s harvest of red maple leaves.  The quiet, afternoon air is punctuated by angry and upset mumbling coming from the neighbor’s yard.

Walking over to the fence, the former teacher listens while a much younger man unsuccessfully tries to start up his lawn mower.  The neighbor, in his late twenties, has been facing extra pressure and longer hours at the small business he operates.

Pausing and then sending some words of encouragement over the fence, the quiet man offers some advice, “Does the mower need a new spark plug?”

A quick reply comes back, “I never thought of that.”

The conversation continues back and forth for a few minutes.  The young man confesses his frustration at work has brought a heavy burden on him as well as his family.  He is married with a young daughter.

The wise neighbor adds some gems of wisdom before they both go back to their separate chores, “Hang in there.  God’s using these difficult days to prepare you for a more successful tomorrow.  He’s equipping you with tools which will help you to bear fruit.”

The young man replies back, “Thanks.  I appreciate your advice as well as your testament from the Lord.”

With the rake in his hand, the elderly man prepares to step away from the fence, but he returns and offers a prayer for the young man, “God, grant Tim the serenity to accept the things he cannot change, the courage to change the things he can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

Both men say their final words, and return to their respective yard work. 

As the retired teacher continues to rake more of the stubborn leaves into a series of small piles, he hears the lawn mower start up with a roar.  Obviously, the young man has changed the mower’s spark plug, and it is now running as it should.

At the same time, Tim feels the spark of God’s Word bringing him patience and encouragement for today as well as for tomorrow.

From 2 Peter 1:5-7:  “For this very reason, you must make every effort to support your faith with goodness, and goodness with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with endurance, and endurance with godliness, and godliness with mutual affection, and mutual affection with love.”

Living with Patience

From James 5:11:  “Indeed we call blessed those who showed endurance. You have heard of the endurance of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

Totally unexpected, overwhelming

Lingering cracks appearing along life’s road

Tripping, stumbling, and finally crashing down

Shattering confidence, from life’s heavy load

 

Floundering, drowning . . . caught in river’s rapids

Endlessly swimming, lost at pool’s deepest end

Feet never finding firm ground, dour fear arrives

Replacing life’s daylight with night at each bend

 

Life’s turbulence teaches us lasting patience

With the Lord, with ourselves, and with life’s curve balls

Fumbling life’s slippery game ball once again

God’s love sends patience after every fall

 

Endurance of Job, life’s journey shall require

Living with patience, frees us from each briar

 

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

From Galatians 5:22-25:  “By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  There is no law against such things.  And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.”

Max Lucado Quote

apple apple tree apples branch

Photo by Tom Swinnen on Pexels.com

Be patient.  God is  using today’s difficulties to strengthen you for tomorrow.  He is equipping you.  The God who makes things grow will help you bear fruit.

From Ephesians 1:11-12:  “In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of Him who accomplishes all things according to His counsel and will, so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of His glory.”

Day by Day

inspirational quotes on a planner

Photo by Bich Tran on Pexels.com

Looming, life’s challenges come from left field

Invading life, pushing through safety shields

 

Sheltering-in-place brings many changes

Experiencing new rules, with broad ranges

 

Occupied at home, juggling novel ways

Overcoming change, yet lost in life’s maze

 

Closing businesses, routines now shuttered

Feeling suddenly strange, life seems cluttered

 

Playing underfoot, young children amaze

Showing adults, innocence shows new ways

 

Living with this new normal, upside down

Sensing loss, emotions creating frowns

 

Praying for those needing support and care

Tapping our faith, God leads with His bright flare

 

Remaking daily habits, life’s new pace

Shelving normal, left high on a bookcase

 

Growing each day, uncertainty prevails

Ticking clocks, second hands moving like snails

 

Hunkering down, persistent virus sprawls

Waiting day by day, patience makes its call

round black analog wall clock

Photo by Shawn Stutzman on Pexels.com