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.”

 

Smith Wigglesworth Quote

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To hunger and thirst after righteousness is when nothing in the world can fascinate us so much as being near God.

From Hebrews 11:1-3:  “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.  Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval.  By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.”

Glorifying God

From 1 Peter 2:2-3:  “Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation—if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.”

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Believers searching

Seeking Father’s plan

Bible revealing

Spirit touches man

 

God’s blessed children

Salvation growing

Tasting His goodness

Spirit’s gifts showing

 

Breathing righteousness

Man’s actions molded

In likeness of Christ

Spirit’s tasks unfolded

 

Holy and treasured

Chosen cornerstone

Glorifying God

Spirit in Christ sown

 

Long ago searching

Heeding sovereign will

Now finding God’s plan

Spirit flows downhill

 

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From 1 Peter 2:9-10:  “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.  Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”

Father in Heaven (Elfchen Series #87)

Transforming

Entrusting

Holy Father

Repenting for transgressions

Life’s new page turns

Righteousness

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Trusting

Accepting

Father’s guidance

Follow with obedience

Walking life’s new season

Faithfulness

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Living

Desiring

Father’s world

Honoring His covenant

Grace breathes new life

Deliverance

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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.

Charles Swindoll Quote

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A healthy fear of God will do much to deter us from sin.  When we have a proper fear of the living Lord, we live a cleaner life.

From 1 John 2:4-6:  “Whoever says, ‘I have come to know him,’ but does not obey His commandments, is a liar, and in such a person the truth does not exist; but whoever obeys His word, truly in this person the love of God has reached perfection.  By this we may be sure that we are in Him:  whoever says, ‘I abide in him,’ ought to walk just as He walked.”

Monday Memories: Waiting For Rain

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What is so special about simple rain?

Have you truly witnessed God’s gift of rain?

 

Everywhere, anticipation of rain

Withering crops crave God’s rainfall today

Farmers wait faithfully for rains to come

Without rain, hearts and plants start to decay

 

The farmland depends on these vital rains

Last year, little rain arrives to help out

Sunny skies chase away clouds too often

“Next year” cries out from thirsty lands of drought

 

Farmers sow their spring crops on faith alone

Waiting for nature to moisten the ground

Praying to the Lord, asking for His rain

Rain arrives, new life rising skyward bound

 

God sends righteousness, in the form of rain

Fulfilling prayers, easing farmers’ pain

From Isaiah 45:8:  “Shower, O heavens, from above, and let the skies rain down righteousness; let the earth open, that salvation may spring up, and let it cause righteousness to sprout up also; I the Lord have created it.”

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Catherine Marshall Quote

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The single most important element in any human relationship is honesty–with oneself, with God, and with others.

From Ephesians 4:24:  “And to clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”

Living with Integrity

From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “God understands our struggle to resist temptation and choose righteousness, and He has sent His Holy Spirit to help us live with integrity.”

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Walking blamelessly

Speaking truth from heart

Holding back thy tongue

Integrity starts

 

Drafting one’s beliefs

Adopting God’s Word

Standing by His oath

Integrity heard

 

Living in God’s light

Honoring Him here

Accepting His grace

Integrity steers

 

Submitting to God

Following His lead

Choosing righteousness

Integrity feeds

 

Carrying thy cross

Standing on God’s rock

Forsaking evil

Integrity walks

 

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From Psalm 15:1-5:  “Lord, who may abide in your tent?   Who may dwell on your holy hill?  Those who walk blamelessly, and do what is right, and speak the truth from their heart; who do not slander with their tongue, and do no evil to their friends, nor take up a reproach against their neighbors; in whose eyes the wicked are despised, but who honor those who fear the Lord; who stand by their oath even to their hurt; who do not lend money at interest, and do not take a bribe against the innocent.  Those who do these things shall never be moved.”

Martin Luther King, Jr. Quote

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A man dies when he refuses to stand up for that which is right.  A man dies when he refuses to stand up for justice.  A man dies when he refuses to take a stand for that which is true.

From Amos 5:23-24:  “Take away from me the noise of your songs; I will not listen to the melody of your harps.  But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”

Oswald Chambers Quote

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What our Lord wants us to present to Him is not goodness, nor honesty, nor endeavor, but real solid sin; that is all He can take from us.  And what does He give in exchange for our sin?  Real solid righteousness.  

From Galatians 2:20:  “And it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me.  And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”