Christian Witness (Elfchen Series #50)

Absorbing

Allow

God’s Wisdom

To speak aloud

Permeate souls and minds

Truth

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Believing

Courage

Young David

Clinging to God

Lasting perseverance over his

Trials

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Rescuing

Witness

Christ’s body

Wounds and scars

Transformed by our Risen

Savior

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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.

Robert Schuller Quote

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I’d rather attempt to do something great and fail than to attempt to do nothing and succeed.

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 so 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.”

Charles Stanley Quote

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The only true remedy for discouragement is to put our hope in God.  He alone can give us the courage to persevere. 

From Romans 8:28:  “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose.”

Robert Schuller Quote

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Press on.  Obstacles are seldom the same size tomorrow as they are today.

From Romans 5:3-5:  “And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.”

John Quincy Adams Quote

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Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.

From Romans 5:3-5:  “And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.”

Robert Schuller Quote

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Tough times never last, but tough people do.

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 so 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.”

Horace Bushnell Quote

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The more difficulties one has to encounter, within and without, the more significant and the higher in inspiration his life will be.

From Hebrews 12:1:  “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us.”

Called to Persevere

From Hebrews 10:19-20:  “Therefore, my friends, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that He opened for us through the curtain (that is, through his flesh).”

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Sharing these words of eternal hope

Living with hope-filling optimism

Gathering with positive people

Persevering through God’s bold prism

 

Living as faithful children of God

Hearing our Father’s message of hope

Realizing now, hope springs from our Lord

Praising His Word, helping us to cope

 

Joining into a New Covenant

Filling with assurance from His Creed

Approaching with hearts, clean from evil

Washing with His pure water, indeed

 

Recalling our earlier struggles

Showing compassion through hopeful hearts

Maintaining endurance, life’s ahead

Remaining faithful, as life restarts

 

Holding fast to God’s blessings of hope

Encouraging daily, each other

Blessing with our love and gracious deeds

Standing with our sisters and brothers

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From the words of American pastor and Christian author, Jim Cymbala:  “We urgently need people who encourage and inspire us to move toward God.”

Monday Memories: Perseverance

This poem was written when one of my granddaughters was 11 years old.  She had recently moved up to Level 7, and she was facing challenges with her uneven bars routine.  At this meet, she finally completed her “giant” for the first time in competition.

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Perseverance is her nickname

Tenacity ignites her flame

 

A young gymnast spends hours sharpening her skills

Improving a challenging routine stirs up a giant thrill

 

Her practices have been going well thus far

Showing tireless energy to conquer the bars

 

Recent meets have brought a challenge her way

Missing the giant on the uneven bars both days

 

This Level 7 gymnast travels to her next meet

Hoping the Warrior Challenge will bring a feat

 

She will compete today in three events plus the bars

Believing in her athletic destiny as she arrives by car

 

The judges will be looking for routines to score the best

Expecting to assess poise and skills that pass the test

 

This determined gymnast competes with renewed poise

Warming up, she seems oblivious to the crowd’s noise

 

Her bars warm-up finishes exceedingly well

Feeling her inner confidence grow and swell

 

It’s her turn to show the best she can be

Nailing the giant at last for judges to see

 

Perseverance is her nickname

Tenacity ignites her flame

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