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.”

Monday Memories: Feeling His Joy

From Hebrews 12:1-2:  “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings to closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before Him endured the Cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of God.”

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God’s footprints, visible for eternity

Filling our hearts with His joy, perfectly

 

Our Lord’s joy remains forever man’s strength

Overcoming the wicked, godless and fleeting

When distressed, our Lord brings answers

Sadness and worry turn to joy, never retreating

 

Through God, He restores the joy of Salvation

The Lord’s highway steers us on His Holy Way

Justice arrives, bringing joy to the righteous

For God’s Word, keeping all from going astray

 

Joy is a choice, feeling our Lord’s countenance

When tackling life’s endless, inevitable trials

Consider every one of them, nothing but joy

Walking with God, feeling joy with every mile

 

Faith produces endurance for God’s community

Endurance leads to maturity from God’s hand

Maturity through God, brings lasting, final joy

Trusting God’s Holy Word all across this land

 

God’s Kingdom delivers righteousness and peace

Through the Holy Spirit, souls experience joy

Clapping hands, singing praise to our Holy Lord

Redeemed man walks, filled with gladness and joy

 

Prophets foretell of the coming of a new King

Our Messiah’s birth brings magnificent joy

Joy later shattered on a bitter, bloody Cross

Only to defeat death, with Resurrection’s joy

 

Living as part of God’s redeemed, feeling His joy

Fruits of the Spirit sharing love, peace, and joy

christ the redeemer

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Monday Memories: Pure in Heart

From Lamentations 3:25-26:  “The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul that seeks Him.  It is good that one should wait quietly for the Salvation of the Lord.”

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We are an impatient lot

We know what we want

We want it right now

 

God’s Word brings us wisdom

Try following a different path

 

Remain patient at all times

Allow God to be in charge

His faithful plans will unfold

 

Offer our prayers to God

Give thanks for our blessings

 

Remain ever hopeful each day

Wait faithfully with quiet reverence

For the Lord delivers Salvation

 

God allows us free will

How will we use it?

From Philippians 4:8:  “Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

Infuse quality into our lives

In our attitudes and thoughts

Guard our actions and words

 

Influence our daily course

Adjust our tone of thoughts

 

Jesus taught us to believe

“Blessed are the pure in heart

For they will see God”

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From the words of evangelical pastor Henry Blackaby:  “God is concerned about your life in Eternity.  Allow Him to take all the time He needs to shape you for His purposes.”

 

Taken From a Church Sign

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Worry ends where faith begins.

From Philippians 4:6-7:  “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Hope’s Redemptive Peace (Elfchen Series #105)

Faith Believes

Sharing

God’s glory

Accepting His grace

Boasting in our sufferings

Hope

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Salvation Purchased

Jesus

Unselfish grace

Justified by faith

Lasting peace with Father

Redemption

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Life Awakens

Spirit

Filling heart

With hope-filled peace

Strengthening endurance molding character

Everlasting

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All of the above verses are inspired from Romans 5:1-5:  “Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God.  And not only that, but we also boast in our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.”

Jack Wellman Quote

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Peace doesn’t come until we lay it all out before God and then let God do what only He can do, while doing what we can:  even if it’s only praying.

From Philippians 4:6-7:  “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Lori Gottlieb Quotes

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Don’t judge your feelings; notice them.  Use them as your map.  Don’t be afraid of the truth.

Peace.  It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work.  It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.

Lori Gottlieb (born 1966) is an American bestselling author, therapist, and speaker.

Alexander Maclaren Quote

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Peace comes not from the absence of trouble, but from the presence of God.

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.”

Billy Graham Quote

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Troubles we bear truthfully can bring us a fresh vision of God and a new outlook on life–an outlook of peace and hope.

From Isaiah 40:28-29:  “Have you not known?  Have you not heard?  The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.  He does not faint or grow weary; His understanding is unsearchable.  He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless.”