Transforming Journey (Elfchen Series #126)



Steadfast love

Restoring heart’s spirit

Christ’s blood cleansing sin


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Human trials

Believing in God

Trusting always without fear


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With gladness

Praising Spirit’s goodness

Tasting genuine, faithful 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.

Joy of Worship

From Psalm 84:3-4:  “Even the sparrow finds a home and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, at Your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God.  Happy are those who live in Your house, ever singing Your praise.”

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Dwelling in God’s house

Joy of worship sings

Grace always flowing

From eternal springs


Lord ever present

Blessing living things

Promises now filled

Trust in Lord shall ring


Sparrows and swallows

Building each new nest

Creation’s new home

God never at rest


Signs of Father’s love

Worshipping with praise

Spirit of hope breathes

Strength in Him shall raise


Walking with Jesus

Peace never departs

Favor and honor

Love fills every heart


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With lyrics inspired from Psalm 32:8 (words of David) and Matthew 8:26 (words  of Jesus), the Gospel-rich hymn of “His Eye is on the Sparrow” shares a stirring and encouraging message.  Civilla D Martin wrote these lyrics in 1905 with the composition from Charles H. Gabriel.

Father and Son (Elfchen Series #124)

Overflowing Peace


Living God

Experiencing His love

Hearts filling, spilling over


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Steadfast Grace


Prayerful thoughts

Worshipping with reverence

Father smiles from above


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Fulfilling Hope


With Jesus

Wickedness turns away

Shield of faith protects


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Overflowing Kindness (Haiku Series #201)


Sowing seeds of love

Reaping bountiful harvest–

Spirit plants kindness

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Kindness breathing grace

Actions sweeter than honey—

Purging bitterness

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Words packed with kindness

Unlocking life’s path of peace–

Melting hardened hearts

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Charles Stanley Quote

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Jesus promised peace for those who trust in Him, and He delivers on His promises.

From John 16:12-13:  “But to all who received Him, who believed in His name, He gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.”

Charles Swindoll Quote

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We could call any work done in the will of God “the work of righteousness.”  And in doing that work, you will be surrounded by peace.

From Isaiah 32:17:  “The effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever.”

Hearing Angelic Cheers

From Romans 5:8-9:  “But God proves His love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.  Much more surely, therefore, since we have now been justified by His blood, will we be saved through Him from the wrath of God.”

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Trusting God, door opens

Divine plan sharing grace

Believing promises

Forsaking evil’s place


Breaking chains of darkness

Jesus taking man’s place

Dying on cruelest cross

Bringing freedom’s embrace


Stepping forward in Christ

Forgiveness emerges

Sending redemption’s gift

Quelling sinful urges


Restoring place with God

Cross proclaims, “Come to Me”

Erasing lifetime’s debts

Leaving sin, walking free


Delivering God’s peace

Eternity appears

Witnessing empty tomb

Hearing angelic cheers

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From John 14:27-28:  “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.  You heard Me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I am coming to you.’  If you loved Me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I.”

Monday Memories: Receiving Peace

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From John 14:25-27:  “I have said these things to you while I am still with you.  But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.  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.”

Receiving peace, covering far and near

Generating from God’s genuine love

Peace be within us, God blesses our souls

Through His Word, accepting grace from above


Tranquility resting, among God’s flock

Lord forever standing, with heaven’s peace

Surpassing all of our understanding

Jesus lives, delivering life’s new lease


Rely on Christ, seeking His inner peace

Through our Savior, nurturing hearts and minds

In faithfulness, accepting Him as Lord

Teach us to follow, salvation we find


Living Holy Spirit, guided by God

Transforming love, joy, peace—granted from God

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Landscape Thirsts

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Early morning rain drops in

Landscape thirsts for blessed drink

Graceful flowers dance and spin

Timeless pause while nature thinks


Tender leaf enjoys her bath

Gentle droplets trickle down

Soft grass carpets nature’s path

Destiny wearing her crown


Silence breaks from quiet mist

Terrain transforms with delight

Nature feels like being kissed

Peace fills every pore with light


Sky gracefully opens up

Rays of sunshine descending

Creator fills every cup

Nature never pretending


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Filling Life’s Void

From Isaiah 55:3:  “Incline your ear, and come to Me; listen, so that you may live.  I will make with you an everlasting covenant, My steadfast, sure love for David.”

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Searching, still searching

Wanting something more

Living unfulfilled

Looking past life’s door


Listening to heart

Searching deep within

Thirsting for mercy

Crashing, life’s tailspin


Surrounding darkness

Running from its lies

Escaping away

Searching in His eyes


Inclining each ear

Hearing hope-filled voice

Kneeling at one cross

Searching, now rejoice


Satisfying peace

Feeling much stronger

Finding Jesus Christ

Searching no longer


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From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “If your soul feels depleted, make unhurried time with Jesus a priority.”