D. L. Moody Quote

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A great many people are trying to make peace, but that has already been done.  God has not left it for us to do; all we have to do is to enter into it.

From John 14:27:  “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.”

Corrie ten Boom Quote

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In the center of a hurricane there is absolute quiet and peace.  There is no safer place than in the center of the will of God.

From Psalm 86:11:  “Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart to revere your name.”

Restoring Spirit (Haiku Series #133)


Holy Spirit breathes

Navigating Christian faith—

Feeling His presence

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Saved through Christ Jesus

According to His Spirit—

Transforming new life

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Children led by God

Tasting adoption’s Spirit

Heirs of Lord and Christ

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His Presence Leading

From Psalm 88:1-2:  “Lord, God of my salvation, when, at night, I cry out in your presence, let my prayer come before you; incline your ear to my cry.”

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Cold stillness greets early morning air

Dressed in armor’s extra warm layers

Pre-dawn speaks with inviting brightness

Heavenly Father answers prayers


Heart’s emptiness filled with sorrow’s grief

Walking life’s open road with brisk pace

Precious moments with Father’s goodness

He stands ready at this time and place


Frigid frost slaps rosy cheeks and nose

Step after step, life moving along

Chill penetrates through extra clothing

Heart needs comfort, love from Heaven’s song


Absent clouds replaced with brightest sun

God’s advent warms both body and soul

Speaking with loving mercy and grace

Father softens pain from rocky shoal


Walk’s intensity traded for peace

Warmness and hope, alive and feeding

Life’s burdens lightened with God’s blessings

Sharing much more, His presence leading


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From Psalm 25:16-17:  “Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted.  Relieve the troubles of my heart, and bring me out of my distress.”

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.

Monday Memories: Walk With Me

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Walking in the quiet, pre-dawn darkness

Inviting someone to share its calmness

Appreciating the morning’s starkness

Jesus joins these moments of peacefulness


Sharing these special times, feeling so blessed

Listening to Savior Jesus, what joy!

Feeling renewed, with mercy invested

God’s Son gathers peace, ready to deploy


Witnessing this time, brings purpose to life

Forgiving light, leading this faithful walk

Sensing Christ’s harmony, removing all strife

His eternal love, conveying faithful talk


God shapes His flock as a skillful potter

Drawing closer to our Holy Father


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Living Truths

From Proverbs 23:23:  “Buy truth, and do not sell it; buy wisdom, instruction, and understanding.”

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Philosophy breathes steady, our living truths

Waiting with wisdom, long missing from our youth


Life’s daily chase may not be worth the treasure

Reading God’s Word, bringing life’s honest measure


Plan on giving more to others than ourselves

Blessing us with far more than dusty bookshelves


Jesus teaches us to treat others with love

Harnessing our Lord’s grace and peace from above


Trust lives as a virtue, never to be lost

Securing it tightly, at the highest cost


Our daily comfort zone brings false sense of peace

Stepping out with Christ, offering life’s new lease


Failure teaches toughest lessons of living

Earning later success, praise with thanksgiving


Mankind’s world spins daily, filled with too much change

Praying to God, calms life with constant exchange


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From James 1:17-18:  “Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.  In fulfillment of His own purpose He gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would become a kind of first fruits of His creatures.”

Peace in Christ

From Psalm 27:1:  “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”

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Love-filling peace coming to earth

Saving us from darkness and sin

Messiah’s birth bringing shalom

Born to us, root of Jesse’s kin


Precious child of peace shall be born

Ruling with righteousness, indeed

Heaven’s Wonderful Counselor

Prince of Peace proclaims Father’s creed


Glory to God, highest heaven

Peace sharing goodwill amongst man

Worshipping, now as one body

Trusting the way, His divine plan


Exchanging weakness for God’s strength

Blessed will be the peacemakers

Forever called children of God

Sowing peace, Holy Caretaker


Light the way into our future

Adoring child delivers peace

Born the hallowed King of Angels

Hope, peace, and joy shall never cease


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From Isaiah 9:6:  “For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon His shoulders; and He is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Our Father’s Treasures (Haiku Series #101)

Good Shepherd

Leading precious sheep

Rod and staff always comfort

Caring tenderly 

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Call upon the Lord

His love fills with righteousness—

Accepting His Grace

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Our Father is near

Safeguarding our hearts and minds—

Rejoice in His peace

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Morning Peace

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.”

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Early morning arrives

Filled with mishmash of thoughts

Searching for peace of mind

Asking God, call the shots


Waiting in the kitchen

Prayer time with the Lord

His spirit calms life down

Life’s outlook feels restored


Table’s Bible invites

Reading, learning God’s Word

His insight teaches truth

Daily lessons inferred


Accepting God’s invite

Dressed for an autumn walk

Dialog moves outside

Let’s continue to talk


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From Isaiah 57:19:  “Peace, peace, to the far and the near, says the Lord; and I will heal them.”