Treasured Moments (Haiku Series #189)

Visualizing

Midnight sky awakes

Milky Way explodes with dreams—

Hang on to each star

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Trusting

Remaining patient

Sometimes life comes full circle—

Second chance arrives

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Overcoming

Trapped in harsh desert

Mountain of perseverance—

Thirst finally quenched

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Thomas Carlyle Quotes

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Go as far as you can see; when you get there, you’ll be able to see further.

Endurance is patience concentrated.

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) was a Scottish historian and philosopher.  His prolific writings earned him the title of “the undoubted head of English letters” in the 19th century.

Lesson in Patience

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Fred and Wilma return home with a purchase from the Bedrock Mall, and their daughter, Pebbles, is so excited to have her Daddy set up her brand new Kiddie Kamp tent.

With both Wilma and Pebbles’ encouragement, Fred is more than willing to take a few minutes to pitch the tent.  As Fred unpacks the materials from the box, he looks at the directions and pitches them aside. 

After all, Fred is set to be the next foreman at Slate Rock and Gravel Company, where he has worked for several years as a bronto crane operator.  He certainly won’t need to follow any directions.

Pebbles watches her Daddy as he begins to pitch her new tent.  She is excited to show it to her next door friend, Bamm-Bamm.

Bamm-Bamm’s Mom, Betty, is on the phone with Wilma.  Wilma tells her, “Pebbles is really looking forward to playing in her new tent.  Fred should have it up quickly.”

Patiently watching from a few feet away, Pebbles smiles as her Daddy finishes up.  Fred tells himself, “Another piece of cake for the next foreman at Slate Rock and Gravel.”  Pebbles claps to show how happy she is.

Meanwhile, Betty has finished her phone conversation with Wilma.  She remarks to her husband, Barney, “Perhaps you should go over and see if Fred needs any help with pitching this tent.”

Fred steadies the tent.  Because of the summer heat, heavy sweat is running down his face.  His patience is wearing thin.  Suddenly, the tent collapses and falls into a disheveled pile of canvas and sticks.

Barney takes a glance out of his backdoor to witness something he has never seen before.  He steps back in and tells Betty, “Too late!  Fred has already pitched the tent.”

Poor Pebbles!  Her brand new tent is piled up by the trash.

Beth Moore Quote

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We want Christ to hurry and calm the storm.  He wants us to find Him in the midst of it first.

From Isaiah 41:10:  “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will uphold you with My victorious right hand.”

Beth Moore (born 1957) is an American Christian evangelist, author, and teacher.

Oswald Chambers Quote

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One of the greatest strains in life is the strain of waiting for God.  Remain spiritually tenacious.

From Psalm 46:10:  “Be still, and know that I am God!  I am exalted among the nations; I am exalted in the earth.”

Never Alone (Haiku Series #165)

Trusting

Walking through life’s fire

Never to blindly stumble—

God always walks close

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Depending

Darkness testing faith

Patiently trusting Father—

Accepting His plan

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Witnessing

Holy Spirit seeks

Guiding tongues in bringing forth—

Pure and blessed speech

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Life’s Handbook (Haiku Series #160)

Solving

Life’s puzzling game board

Patience offers solution—

Much improved focus

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Unlocking 

Trauma’s darkness reigns

Deepest burdens lock up life—

Love offers its key

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Liberating

Accepting life’s flaws

Turning to another page—

Conscience walking free

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Coretta Scott King Quote

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The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.

From Colossians 3:12-13:  “As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.  Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

With Us (Elfchen Series #45)

Serving

Called

By Christ

Servants to all

Graced as faithful witnesses

Christ-like

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Restoring

Waiting

For God

Resting with quietness

Lord’s refuge and strength

Patience

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Beholding

Goodness

Holy uprightness

Stands blessed Father

Steadfast love and faithfulness

Teaching

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Growing in God (Elfchen Series #44)

Faithful Tutor

Goodness

And uprightness

Stands the Lord

Steadfast love and faithfulness

Teaching

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Serving God

Called

By Christ

Servants to all

Graced as loving witnesses

Christ-like

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Holy Fortress

Waiting

For God

Resting with quietness

Lord’s refuge and strength

Patience

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