Interventions (Elfchen Series #122)



New day

On eagle’s wings

Soaring to Father’s refuge


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Bitter tongue

Walking with Jesus

Righteousness fills each word


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God’s mercy

Filling our spirit

Overflowing with His goodness


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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.

Monday Memories: God is Near

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From Psalm 16:11:  “You show me the path of life.  In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

God dwells on a Holy hill

Pursuing those hungry, for His will


Away from God, we are forlorn

Seeking refuge, asking to be reborn


Our Lord is a most Holy God

Bringing blessings and love, He nods


He brings delight, for another week

Filling cups with refreshment, we seek


At night, He calms our hearts

Giving wise counsel, new day starts


God remains near, always beside us

Walking patiently, without a big fuss


He stays close, offering His hand

Facing our challenges, across this land


God fills hearts, with joyful gladness

We sing and rejoice, without sadness


Our prayers seek a willing ear

Finding a Holy God, without fear


Our footing will never slip away

Walking a safe path, God’s way


God hears our words and prayers

Sending answers, because He truly cares


Under the shadow of God’s wings

Protecting us, safe refuge He brings

Charles Swindoll Quote

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As never before in this generation, we realize that we are dependent upon God for protection and strength.  Our resolve is firm because our refuge is based on the eternal foundation of the living God.

From 2 Timothy 2:19:  “But God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this inscription: ‘The Lord knows those who are His,’ and, ‘Let everyone who calls on the name of the Lord turn away from wickedness.'”

Help in Trouble

From Psalm 46:1-3:  “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult.”

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Drowning in sinfulness

Darkness covers this land

Needing help in trouble

God reaches out His hand


Facing our transgressions

Mighty hand bringing grace

Saving us, all alone

God tapping life’s backspace


Sending love through His Son

Refuge found in one cross

Squashing dark’s empty hope

God triggers evil’s loss


Leaning on His wisdom

Strength flows from His power

Living with righteousness

God rebuilds faith’s tower


Knowing we walk with Him

Lord’s armor covers thee

Praying in Christ’s spirit

God’s mercy sets us free

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From Ephesians 6:13:  Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on the evil day and, having prevailed against everything, to stand firm.”

To Whom Shall We Turn?

From Isaiah 65:1:  “I was ready to be sought out by those who did not ask, to be found by those who did not seek me.  I said, ‘Here I am, here I am,’ to a nation that did not call on my name.”

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Life’s stormy tribulations

Landscape filling with despair

Asking, to whom shall we turn?

God’s love coming forth, He cares


Darkness waits at each doorstep

Evil tramples tender reeds

Asking, to whom shall we turn?

God’s caring, sows fertile seeds


With each day, doing our best

Failure waiting once again

Asking, to whom shall we turn?

God’s seeds, breaking chains


Persecution waits nearby

Enemy lines up to strike

Asking, to whom shall we turn?

God’s breaking bread, fills life’s dike


Passing years taking their toll

Burdens never seem to leave

Asking, to whom shall we turn?

God’s life plan, always believe


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American Methodist preacher and gospel hymn composer, Charles Albert Tindley (1851-1933), wrote the lyrics to “Stand By Me” in 1905.  Gospel singer Marvin Williams adds his own interpretation to this beloved hymn.

Charles Swindoll Quote

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When times are tough, the Lord is our only security.  

From Matthew 6:25, 31-32:  “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?  Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’  For it is the gentiles who seek all these things, and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.”


From Psalm 34:11-12:  “Come, O children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LordWhich of you desires life, and covets many days to enjoy good?”

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Souls crying out


Crushed in spirit

Turning to God


Seeking refuge

Comfort and hope

Righteous Father

Hearing our cries


Evil departs

Darkness transforms

Brightest light calls

Finding our Rock


Coming to God

He promises


Breathing goodwill


Lord calls us back

Humble and glad

Our troubles wane

Praising with joy


Faith surrounds hope

Love never fails

Unselfish grace

Redeeming us


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From Psalm 34:1-3:  “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.  My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad.  O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.”

Charles Stanley Quote

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The key to courageously facing the future is confidence in the Lord.  He’s your shelter, strength, and help in trouble.

From Psalm 46:1-3:  “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult.”

Breaking Free

From Psalm 31:3-4:  “You are indeed my rock and my fortress; for your name’s sake lead me and guide me, take me out of the net that is hidden for me, for you are my refuge.”

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Crying out from devilish wasteland

Surrounded by desert’s empty sand

Caught, tangled in sin’s deceptive net

Buried under life’s heaviest debt


Captured by evil’s sly temptations

Confined to cellblock’s harsh reception

Engulfed by relentless guilt and shame

Throwing key away, dimming life’s flame


Praying to Holy Father above

Singing of His steadfast, faithful love

Seeking His mercy in valley’s distress

How will life move forward, from this mess?


Coming to life’s rescue, Jesus Christ

Accepting His grace, He pays full price

Breaking free from sin’s ongoing grip

Sailing on Spirit’s armored flagship


Exiting darkest, shame-filled prison

Beholding blood-stained Cross, He’s Risen!

Remaking character, with each day

Walking with Jesus, never shall stray

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From Psalm 18:1-2:  “I love you, O Lord, my strength.  The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”