Monday Memories: God’s Promises

From Matthew 7:13-14:  “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it.  For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

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Life tempting us with enticing shortcuts

Most of these never seem to bring success

Gods speaks honestly, always asking us

Did we burrow deeper, rather than guess?


Clever world flooding us with remedies

Formulas for a more successful life

Simple, surefire, easy to use, guaranteed

God’s formula, always true without strife


Never shy from following the Father

He doesn’t promise a road without bumps

God offers promises with blessed love

His way leading us forward, our hearts jump


Requiring patience, life’s a marathon

God remains our Rock, faithful and steadfast

His blessings fill our lives in countless ways

Our ship sails, with eternal hope amassed


Losing hope at times, seeking a quick fix

Encouragement and trust arrives from God

Offering us Grace, filled with peace and joy

Grateful, He accepts us, totally flawed

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From the words of Saint Teresa of Avila, “We ought to make some progress, however little, every day, and show some increase of fervor.  We ought to act as if we were at war–as, indeed, we are–and never relax until we have won the victory.” 


Originally published March, 2020.

Love’s Promised Peace (Fourth Sunday of Advent)

From Isaiah 7:13-14:  “Then Isaiah said, ‘Hear then, O house of David!  Is it too little for you to weary mortals that you weary my God also?  Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign.  Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son and shall name Him Immanuel.'”

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Seeing life’s uncertainty

Searching heavens far beyond

God’s love offers gift of peace

Sending to earth, Savior’s bond


Tracing roots of future Prince

Sensing blessed hope through time

Bethlehem stable breathes love

Transforming man’s paradigm


Bearing His Son, born this day

Filling Mary with God’s love

Angelic voices praising

Singing with joy high above


Lasting, grace-filled love shall save

Bringing wayward sheep back home

Good Shepherd walking this land

Gifting peace to always roam


Declaring new covenant

Shining with love’s promised peace

Joyous light born in manger

Blessing hope’s faithful, new lease

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A contemporary Christian song, “When Love Crossed Over,” shares powerful and inspiring images during this Advent season.  

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.”

Helping Hand

From John 14:15-16:  “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.  And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever.”

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Walking with Jesus

Seeing within Him

Father in Heaven

Praising with each hymn


Believing in Christ

Listening to God

Heavenly dwellings

Beating evil’s odds


Asking of Jesus

Filling with His love

Commandments followed

Blessings from above


Leaving Advocate

Stepping into lives

Holy Spirit breathes

His helping hand thrives


Fulfilling promise

Teaching everything

Spirit within hearts

Living truth to bring

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From John 14:26:  “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.”

Charles Stanley Quote

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No matter how many good deeds we’ve done or how many mistakes we’ve made, God’s love for us remains the same.

From Isaiah 49:15-16:  “Can a woman forget her nursing child or show no compassion for the child of her womb?  Even these might forget, yet I will not forget you.  See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; your walls are continually before Me.”

Lee Roberson Quotes

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If you are a child of God, know that every promise in the Bible is yours.

From Hebrews 10:23:  “Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who has promised is faithful.”

Moments with God (Elfchen Series #92)

Thundering Voice


Holy Word

Amplifying His love

Hope, grace, and peace


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Revealing Cosmos


In darkness

God reveals promises

Each heavenly, shining star


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Receiving Joy


Blessings awake

Landscape of grace

Responding to Creator’s peace


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Divine Interactions (Elfchen Series #90)

Angelic Message


Favored One

Mary’s unexpected motherhood

Spirit shares heavenly blessing


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Hope’s Response


Prophecy fulfilled

Prince of Peace

Israel’s King of Kings


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Father’s Blueprint


Bethlehem birth

God with us

Gift of Gospel’s truth


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Returning from Exile

From Jeremiah 31:8:  “See, I am going to bring them from the land of the north, and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth, among them the blind and the lame, those with child and those in labor, together; a great company, they shall return here.”

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Filling life with darkness

Wandering, defeated

Residing in exile

Forfeiting, depleted


Hearing distant trumpet

Sending invitations

Proclaiming Good News

Gathering each nation


Calling to faithfulness

Extending Holy hand

Leading us with promise

Witnessing God’s command


Sustaining light ahead

Proclaiming Father’s might

Returning from exile

Forsaking former plight


Accepting Lord’s mercy

Praising His love and grace

Walking in step with God

Tasting life’s Holy place


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From Jeremiah 31:7:  “For thus says the LordSing aloud with gladness for Jacob, and raise shouts for the chief of the nations; proclaim, give praise, and say, ‘Save, O Lord, your people, the remnant of Israel.'”

Fulfilling Hope (Haiku Series #139)


In midst of life’s storms

Lord’s encouragement builds hope—

Blessed hand of grace

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Led by the Spirit

Born into new life through Christ—

Righteousness brings hope

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Growing in our love

Finding hope’s meaning of life—

Believing in Christ

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