Monday Memories: Angel’s Message

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Summer’s radiant warmth fills the morning air

Playing children scamper, filling simple cares

 

Park trees arising with lively hues, bounty of dreams

Dancing shadows flowing beneath, moving like streams

 

People come and go, some stay for more

Singing above, summer birds fly and soar

 

Empty benches welcome many, resting a spell

Inviting a gray-haired man to sit now and dwell

 

Images scurry around him, some only in his mind

Remembering yesteryears, when all felt defined

 

Career, money, and power once meeting his needs

Sitting all alone now, like ancient dried-up reeds

 

One detail has been missing in his life

Leaving God has wounded like a knife

 

Alone, feeling forsaken, helpless at times

Living a life, nothing richer than springtime

 

Laughing and carefree, small children bring him joy

Filling his empty heart, much like a brand new toy

 

At God’s chosen bench, now sharing with a stranger

Smiling, a lady shares about a stable’s Holy manger

 

She notices him here quite often, sitting all alone

Inspired by God’s love, now enters his quiet zone

 

This visit and chat create sweet treasures

Sharing God’s Word, true by any measure

 

Jesus’ message of Salvation brings honest light

Kneeling, the old man accepts his Holy might

 

This worn bench brings God to a lonely heart

Allowing this man, a fresh and bold restart

 

Her assignment being fulfilled, now time to travel on

Replenishing this man’s heart with Grace and a song

 

Many others arrive at this park every day

Missing out on what this angel has to say

 

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A. W. Tozer Quote

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The deeper into the heart of God I go, the more the Enemy will oppose me, bu the more God will draw me.  The Enemy may be strong, but his strength is limited, whereas God’s grace has no limit.  

From Ephesians 2:8-10:  “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God—not the result of works, so that no one may boast.  For we are what He has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we may walk in them.”

Salvation’s Grace

From 1 Peter 1:3:  “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  By His great mercy He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”

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Suffering endless trials

Resulting from earthly sin

Why does God permit such pain?

Allowing His glory to win

 

Testing character by fire

Sharing His perfect design

Dependence grows upon God

Sending redemption’s lifeline

 

Fostering genuine trust

Sowing faithful repentance

Salvation’s grace rises up

Freeing from hell-fired sentence

 

Kneeling at Calvary’s cross

Witnessing death’s empty tomb

Now accepting God’s mercy

Saving sinners, new hope blooms

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From 1 Peter 1:8-9:  “Although you have not seen Him, you love Him, and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”

Most Powerful Name

From Isaiah 9:6:  “For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon His shoulders, and He is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

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Single blessed name

Sown in virgin’s womb

Coming to reclaim

Grace leaves empty tomb

 

Name above all names

Crowning Him our Lord

Father’s seed proclaims

Salvation’s accord

 

Most powerful name

Faithful Prince of Peace

Saving from hell’s fire

Mercy’s centerpiece

 

Jesus, be His name

Sharing righteous love

All saints now acclaim

From heavens above

 

Christ, our Savior’s name

Sin’s darkness wiped out

Everlasting claim

Father leaves no doubt

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From Mark 15:37-39:  “Then Jesus gave a loud cry and breathed His last.  And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.  Now when the centurion who stood facing Him saw that in this way He breathed His last, he said, ‘Truly this man was God’s Son!'”

Monday Memories: Receiving Peace

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From John 14:25-27:  “I have said these things to you while I am still with you.  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.  Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.”

Receiving peace, covering far and near

Generating from God’s genuine love

Peace be within us, God blesses our souls

Through His Word, accepting grace from above

 

Tranquility resting, among God’s flock

Lord forever standing, with heaven’s peace

Surpassing all of our understanding

Jesus lives, delivering life’s new lease

 

Rely on Christ, seeking His inner peace

Through our Savior, nurturing hearts and minds

In faithfulness, accepting Him as Lord

Teach us to follow, salvation we find

 

Living Holy Spirit, guided by God

Transforming love, joy, peace—granted from God

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Father’s Way (Elfchen Series #113)

Shepherd Calling

Entering

Narrow gate

Road appears hard

But, leads to new

Life

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Righteous Journey

Walking

With Jesus

Truth’s unshakable hand

Faith defines our future

Life

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Salvation’s Light

Receiving

Lord’s grace

Steadfast in faith

Blessed gift of eternal

Life

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Monday Memories: Jesus Comes Near

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Life’s wilderness breathes–this dark, lonely place

Falling away with sin, feeling disgraced

Searching for hope’s light, weary of darkness

Shame and guilt unmask tracks, never erased

 

Coming to this place, filled with prickly thorns

Plowing straight through, left bloody and battered

Searching for new hope, never forgotten

This harsh life’s future, forever shattered

 

Ominous clouds loom over horizon

Lightning strikes, temple curtain torn in two

Searching for life’s fresh start, to be reborn

Plodding into darkness, absent of clues

 

Deserving life’s worst, approaching the Pit

End of time arrives, stop and surrender

Searching for God’s Grace, feeling forsaken

Heavens brighten up, with newfound splendor

 

Stumbling steps make haste, Eternity waits

From bloody Cross, hope springs from empty tomb

Searching and accepting, come near this Cross

Salvation through Christ, our Father’s heirloom

 

Jesus beckons, come forward, taking knee

Bring sin’s burdens to the Cross, forever free

From Titus 2:11-13:  “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all, training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives hat are self-controlled, upright,and godly, while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.” 

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Growing Faith (Elfchen Series #111)

Journey

God

Pursues us

Mercy and justice

Nourished with Spirit’s grace

Transformation

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Deliverance

Life’s

Twin truths

Sin’s wandering road

Infinite mercy in Jesus

Redemption

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Destination

Seeking

Righteous living

Prayer and Scripture

Accountable to one Savior

Salvation

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Love’s Guidance (Elfchen Series #110)

Never Wavering

Praising

Father above

Fulfilling His promises

Eternal love’s steadfast faithfulness

Deliverance

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Redeeming Passion

Praising

Christ’s love

Body and blood

Breaking evil’s sinful chains

Salvation

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Holy Advocate

Praising

Enduring Spirit

Times of trouble

Silent hands of love

Transformation

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Monday Memories: Opportunity Knocks

From Psalm 23:1-3:  The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside still waters; He restores my soul.  He leads me in right paths for His name’s sake.”

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Walking lost in the still darkness of night

Realizing the Lord delivers His might

 

Knocking at the door of life, He arrives

Granting a safe place, helps us to survive

 

Finding lasting peace in His Holy verse

Quenching our parched thirst, like a caring nurse

 

Coming with righteousness, Christ our Shepherd

Refueling us today, always treasured

 

Re-energizing empty hearts and souls

Blowing away blackest clouds, God controls

 

Lighting our way, God’s eternal love shines

Breathing His Word, offering faithful signs

 

Facing life’s challenges, Christ walks with us

Giving Grace, His way never brings a fuss

 

Guiding us to the Promised Land, Christ leads

Saving us from sin, from a Cross which bleeds

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