Letting Go

From Lamentations 3:22-23:  “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.”

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Growing up with Father

Learning all about life

Encouraged to follow

Living without evil’s strife


Bearing Father’s commands

Nurturing faith each day

Drowned each fleshly desire

Witnessing His grace, let’s pray


Walking in Father’s steps

Surrendering to Him

Sensed righteousness calling

Praising each blessed hymn


Searching for Father’s peace

Letting go, finding love

Gleaned from each steadfast truth

Catching mercy from above


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From Hebrews 5:12-14:  “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic elements of the oracles of God.  You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is unskilled in the word of righteousness.  But solid food is for the mature, for those whose faculties have been trained by practice to distinguish good from evil.”

Everlasting Light (Elfchen Series #142)



God’s Kingdom

Built upon righteousness

Come, receive His peace


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Unselfishly given

Justified by faith

Always surrounded with Light


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Lenten journey

Walking alongside Jesus

Darkness replaced with Light


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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.

Elisabeth Elliot Quote

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It is God to whom and with whom we travel, and while He is the End of our journey, He is also at every stopping place.

From Proverbs 21:21:  “Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life and honor.”

Elisabeth Elliot (1926-2015) was a Christian author and speaker.  She and her husband, Jim, spent time as missionaries in Ecuador.  

By Faith Alone

From the words of American pastor and Christian author, Charles Swindoll:  “When I’m able, by faith, to sense God’s hand in my situation, my attitude will be right.”

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Giving thanks to God

His mighty deeds

Singing with praises

Spirit shall lead


Seeking God’s wisdom

His steadfast hand

Offering mercy

Across this land


Recalling God’s works

His love transforms

Trusting righteousness

Throughout each storm


Praying before God

His sacred Word

Sharing gratitude

Voice always heard


Walking with God’s grace

By faith alone

Keeping his statutes

Life’s firm backbone


Observing God’s strength

Joy singing out

Shaping attitude

Heart never doubts


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From Psalm 105:4-5:  “Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His presence continually.  Remember the wonderful works He has done, His miracles and the judgments He has uttered.”

Monday Memories: Total Surrender

From Romans 6:4:  “Therefore we have been buried with Him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.”


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Are we truly walking in Christ?

With a new life, born again

Follow Jesus, He paid our price


True sanctification will come

Only from burial of an old life

Known as “white funeral” to some


Baptized into Christ, the Holy Son

Baptized into His death

With His death, victory is won


Through the confirmed Resurrection

We humbly come to a Holy God

His defining purpose, brings reflection


God is leading, always out front

Facing trying times of adversity

Our duty shall be, always to confront


Come to almighty and loving God

Sanctify a promise with the Father

God’s will be done, by His rod


When Christ forever defeats the Cross

His lasting, living Resurrection offers

“Walking in newness of life,” without loss


To Jesus, surrender these sinful ways

Hear Him, accept Him, follow Him

Ask for His forgiveness, without delay


Mighty God of angel armies leads

His righteousness marches with us

Filling a hungry soul, His Word feeds


Freed from sin, obedient to God

Wages of sin only bring death

Accept Jesus, He overcomes all odds

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From the words of Scottish evangelist and Christian teacher Oswald Chambers:  “No one enters the experience of entire sanctification without going through a “white funeral”–the burial of the old life.” 

Originally published February, 2020.

Leo Tolstoy Quote

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If you want to be happy, try only to please God, not people.

Proverbs 16:7:  “When the ways of people please the Lord, He causes even their enemies to be at peace with them.”

Leo (Count Lev Nikolayevich) Tolstoy (1828-1910) was a Russian writer.  Many consider him to be one the world’s greatest authors of all-time.

Grace Leading

From Matthew 5:13-14:  “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored?  It is no longer good for anything but is thrown out and trampled under foot.  You are the light of the world.  A city built on a hill cannot be hid.”

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Life’s human experience

Never-ending shortcomings

Darkness follows every step

Hearing its constant drumming


God’s Word shatters evil’s myth

Called to His righteous standing

Light shines with divine goodness

Offering safest landing


God’s eternal promises

Resurrection defines hope

Faith growing, following Christ

Scaling each slippery slope


God’s faithfulness never tires

Jesus fulfilling His law

Holy Spirit reaches out

Teaching, transforming life’s flaws


Kingdom of Heaven beckons

Earthly journey will be hard

Grace leading, trusting each day

Laying bricks toward God’s courtyard

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From Matthew 5:19:  “Therefore, whoever break one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”

Praising His Light

From Isaiah 9:2:  “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness—on them light has shined.”

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From Bethlehem, arrives light

Lying in stable’s manger

Humble birth of hope’s Savior

Grace no longer man’s stranger


Shepherds witness God’s glory

Kneeling and praising His light

Justice shall cover this land

Mercy’s, one eternal flight


Christ answers His Father’s call

Saving every tender reed

Light pushes away darkness

Evil shall never impede


Righteousness shall mark all days

Opening each heart and mind

Jesus shall never waver

His light, perfectly aligned

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From Isaiah 42:6-7:  “I am the Lord; I have called you in righteousness; I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness.”

Paying Actions Forward (Haiku Series #208)

Character Counts

Guiding principle

Building lasting foundation—

Honesty always

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Gift for Tomorrow

Righteous citizens

Preserving lasting good name—

Sharing goodwill

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Setting the Table

Each generation

Integrity’s highest road

Inheriting trust

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Seeking Christian Soldiers

From 1 Samuel 18:14-16:  “David had success in all his undertakings, for the Lord was with him.  When Saul saw that he had great success, he stood in awe of him.  But all Israel and Judah loved David, for it was he who marched out and came in leading them.”

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Marching upright, heaven’s sacred drum

Accepting His will, faithfully come


Shattering evil’s empty façade

Navigating from darkness, with God


Trusting His hands, molding every heart

Following Spirit, renewing start


Searching heavens, finding lasting peace

Living in righteousness, never cease


Leaving sinful ways, Jesus leading

Steering life’s mission, now proceeding


Heeding His call, taking faith’s high road

Promising light, Lord’s mercy bestowed


Looking past Bethlehem, blood-stained cross

Seeing empty tomb, enemy’s loss


Building up redemption’s faithful walls

Touching another soul, God’s grace calls


Seeking Christian soldiers, through His Word

Lasting victory, no longer blurred


Stepping on ashes, filled with untruth

Marching with Christ, believing His truth


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From 2 Timothy 2:2-3:  “What you have heard from me through many witnesses entrust to faithful people who will be able to teach others as well.  Share in suffering like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.”