Quiet Grace (Elfchen Series #93)

Boldness

Faith

Grace refilling

Every precious day

Father, Son, Holy Spirit

Eyewitnesses

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Journey

Walking

Never alone

Holy Spirit’s voice

Yielding to His guidance

Transformation

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Blessing

Darkness

Hiding sin

Divine light’s guidance

Grace nurtures Christ’s forgiveness

Believe

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Nothing Greater (Elfchen Series #85)

Be True

Confession

With repentance

Walking with righteousness

Stepping forward into light

Obedience

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Be Fed

Invitation

Hungry feast

Nourishes spirit’s needs

With faith and grace

Forgiveness

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Be Saved

Resurrection

Empty tomb

Grace overcomes darkness

Transforming our “broken glass”

Redemption

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Oswald Chambers Quote

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The outstanding characteristic of a Christian is this unveiled frankness before God so that the life becomes a mirror for other lives.

From 2 Corinthians 3:18:  “And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.”

Monday Memories: A Heart Transformed

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This short story was written in December, 2019, and it encourages each reader to draw upon his or her thoughts.  The ending paragraph speaks from the heart of a writer who looks for a future filled with hope.

There was once a leader in a far-off land in the “Make Believe” world of a toy box.  This leader was made of wood, and featured the well-crafted workmanship of his Creator. 

Despite appearances, there were flaws in the leader’s character.  He was dishonest and bullied everyone around him.  His actions as leader led to friction and decisiveness in the toy box.  The leader continued to govern with a misguided mind and agenda.  His heart seemed hardened to the point that other toys really wondered if he even possessed a heart.

One day, the boy who played with the toy box every day asked the leader, “Why is your character so bad?”

The leader ignored the question, and the boy played with his other toys.  Perhaps being made out of wood had made him inflexible with a hardness of attitude.  Everything the other toys did or said seemed to go against his grain.

Meanwhile, more and more heat came from some of the fiery citizens in the toy box.  Their patience was wearing thinner with each passing day.  A few toys even threatened the leader with more than just words.  The leader was paranoid about being literally “put on fire” from some of the other toys’ actions.  After all, he was made out of solid wood.

After observing the crippling turmoil in his toy box, the boy told the other toys, “I will ask the Creator to help us with this mess.”

The boy prayed a special prayer to the Creator:

Dear Creator, the toys and I ask for your help.  Our leader needs to change his bad ways so that all of the toys will enjoy a better life here in this toy box.  We look to you for aid and support.  Amen.

The Creator heard the boy’s prayer-filled words.  Overnight, he came into the toy box and removed the leader, who was sleeping soundly.  He remolded the leader into a better person with a benevolent and caring heart, which had been missing all along. 

The leader was returned to the toy box with a heart no longer as hard as wood.  He was transformed into a Gospel-led leader.

Walking in Light

From 1 John 1:6-7:  “If we say that we have fellowship with Him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; but if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

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Traveling earthly journey

Living alongside our Lord

Following His path with trust

Feeling love, grace brings accord

 

Pursuing God’s righteousness

Confessing sins, big and small

Obeying Holy commands

Hanging up when evil calls

 

Trading former self for love

Abandoning temptation

Accepting Jesus’ new light

His way, life’s blessed station

 

Teaching life from Father’s Word

Steering lives in righteous ways

Walking in light, blessing faith

Rejoicing with lasting praise

 

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From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “Are you trying to carry old baggage into your walk with the Lord?  The attitudes, habits, and conduct that were yours before Christ must be abandoned in order for you to walk with God.”

Godly Actions (Elfchen Series #59)

Linking

Relationship

With Father

Through timeless prayer

Grace connects us together

Hope

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Mentoring

Guidance

Holy Spirit

Empowering our obedience

Following God’s sacred will

Faith

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Speaking

Revelation

God’s Word

Strengthens our character

Transforming life’s imbalanced alignment

Believe

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Charles Swindoll Quote

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Infectiously joyful believers have no trouble convincing people around them that Christianity is real and that Christ can transform a life.

From Philippians 4:4-5:  “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.  Let your gentleness be known to everyone.  The Lord is near.”

Joseph Campbell Quotes

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You can’t have creativity unless you leave behind the bounded, the fixed, all the rules.

When we quit thinking primarily about ourselves and our own self-preservation, we undergo a truly heroic transformation of consciousness.

American professor of literature, Joseph Campbell (1904-1987), was also a prolific writer about many aspects of the human experience.  His best known book was The Hero With a Thousand Faces (1949).

Courage Stands (Haiku Series #121)

Hands

As people of God

Graced to be Christ’s hands of change—

World’s transformation

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Echoes

Followers of God

Called as voices for justice—

Filled with Grace of Christ

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Feet

Our Creator calls

Walking in Jesus’ footsteps—

Lives for renewal

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Timeless Transformation

From Ecclesiastes 3:1:  “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.”

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Winter’s first flurry arrives

Transforming autumn’s landscape

Covering like comfy quilts

Dreams look for snowy escape

 

Storm’s artwork witnesses joy

Taking hearts to a past place

Gazing back to youthful times

Snowflakes remove autumn’s trace

 

Quiet, tranquil peace whispers

Hearing the timeless calling

Feeling light breezes breathing

Nature moves, never stalling

 

Time bends with changing seasons

Opening fresh, new page

Witnessing transformation

Life’s Director stands offstage

 

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Central Ohio received its first snowfall of the winter on the night of November 30.  The transforming seasons always remind me of how our Lord transforms our lives, faith, and hope.  May His grace and peace lead you on your journey.