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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Oswald Chambers Quote

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To set our mind on the things of God, we must consistently choose to have the Lord’s viewpoint and reject conformity with the ways of the world.

From Romans 12:2:  “Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of the mind, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Leading On

From Luke 9:59-60:  “To another He said, ‘Follow Me.’  But he said, ‘Lord, first let me go and bury my father.’  And Jesus said to him, ‘Let the dead bury their own dead, but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.'”

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Life’s journey calling thee

Expectations reach out

Chains of flesh holding tight

Darkness casting its doubt

 

Hundreds gather to hear

Christ willingly teaches

His actions empower

Endless spirit reaches

 

Christ commands, follow Me

Father’s Word sets life’s tone

Go, proclaim His kingdom

With God, never alone

 

Spirit’s transforming hand

Born again, faith renewed

Hope’s patience enduring

Evil’s choices subdued

 

Life’s labors, not in vain

Daily, Christ leading on

His steadfast support stands

Tomorrow’s lasting dawn

 

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From 1 Corinthians 15:58:  “Therefore, my beloved brothers and sisters, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”

Life’s Journey (Elfchen Series #96)

Divine Solution

Life’s

Puzzle pieces

Scattered and missing

Grace recovers through love

Forgiveness

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Divine Opportunity

Life’s

Lasting treasures

Waiting in Eternity

Heart focused on God

Transformation

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Divine Nutrition

Life’s

Empty void

Spirit reaches within

Nourishing Bread of Life

Empowerment

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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.

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.”