Messages of Hope (Elfchen Series #153)



Wisdom’s enlightenment

God with us

Guiding toward tomorrow’s light


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Prayerful moment

Talking with God

Minutes filling with hope


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Descending darkness

Hope calling out

Returning to Good Shepherd


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Daily Presence (Elfchen Series #152)

Breaking Through


Impenetrable walls

Love-filled kindness

Discovering smallest of cracks


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At Our Side


God’s perfection

Illustrating another scene

Navigating life’s imperfect journey


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Exiting Fast Lane


Life’s pace

Conversing with Father

Sensing His uncompromising grace


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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.

Father’s Love (Elfchen Series #149)



Darkest wilderness

Focusing on Light

Mercy shall be waiting


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Never forsaken

Conversation with God

Faithful trust connects daily


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Frozen outlook

Spirit’s warming presence

Gentle rain of grace


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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.

God’s Quiet Place

From Luke 6:12:  “Now during those days He went out to the mountain to pray, and He spent the night in prayer to God.”

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Needing to rest awhile

Overwhelmed, countless thoughts

Looking for special place

Mind bound in endless knots


Seeking time for prayer

Faced with fleeting choices

Searching for quiet place

Away from past voices


Hiking to mountaintop

Filled with Spirit’s insight

Trusting every new step

God welcomes with His light


Being alone with God

Bottled up words speak out

Praying for hours on end

Life’s course now comes about


Hearing from God’s wisdom

Blessed words offer grace

Quelling battle within

Always, God’s quiet place


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From Luke 5:16:  “Meanwhile, He would slip away to deserted places and pray.”

Andrew Murray Quote

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Where there is much prayer, there will be much of the Spirit; where there is much of the Spirit, there will be ever-increasing prayer.

From James 5:15-16:  “The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise them up, and anyone who has committed sins will be forgiven.  Therefore confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed.  The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.”

Andrew Murray (1828-1917) was a South African Christian pastor, writer, and teacher.  He believed that Christians should always place a great emphasis on maintaining a rich, personal devotional life.

Choosing to Worship

From Matthew 4:10:  “Then Jesus said to him, Away with you, Satan! for it is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve only Him.'”

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Choosing to worship

Searching wrong places

Feeding soul more lies

Filling dark spaces


Choosing to worship

Searching earth’s treasures

Finding temptation

Offering pleasures


Choosing to worship

Searching for false gods

Yielding more sorrow

Seeing only frauds


Choosing to worship

Searching for new plan

Reading Scripture’s truth

Hearing Son of Man


Choosing to worship

Searching new measures

Praying to Father

Seeing His treasures


Choosing to worship

Searching for true joy

Discovering peace

Riding God’s convoy


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From Psalm 100:1-2:  “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.  Serve the Lord with gladness; come into His presence with singing.”

Strength in Faith

From the words of American Christian author, Kay Arthur:  “To be courageous is to step out in faith–to trust and obey, no matter what.”

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Each fear tests quiet resolve

Holding tightly to God’s Word

Strength in faith, stepping forward

Waiting courage, to be stirred


Another mountain to scale

Taking every fear to God

Faith’s shield shall always protect

Dissolving evil’s facade


Disappointment knocks at door

Believing in faithful Lord

Unspoken fears leaving heart

Sustaining grace, comes aboard


Endless wilderness journey

Seeing mercy’s light ahead

Every roadbed now smoothed out

Darning each fear, with faith’s thread


Dark challenges setting sail

Meditating day and night

Prayer surrounds every fear

Transforming faith, Savior’s light


Yesterday’s failures vanish

Removing fear’s daily stress

Faith encased with timeless love

Coming sunrise brings success 

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From Joshua 1:9:  “I hereby command you:  Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Charles Stanley Quote

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God’s generous gifts of relationships, possessions, and meaningful work should never be cherished more than the Giver.

From Matthew 6:24:  “No one can serve two masters, for a slave will either hate the one and love the other or be devoted to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve God and wealth.”

Voices of Faith (Elfchen Series #144)



Spiritual journey

Father’s daily conversation

Filling up tomorrow’s hope


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Feeling forsaken

Lost and alone

Hands folded, head bowed


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Stumbling, falling

Unable to see

Spirit nurtures with grace


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Faith and Prayer (Elfchen Series #143)

All Welcome


God opens

Faith journey’s door

Quiet conversation fills hope


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Stand as One


Love overcomes

Uniting divided world

Grace softens another heart


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Our Father in Heaven


Faithful relationship

With Lord above

Hallowed be thy name


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