Shall Never Rest

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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Through life’s foggy mist

God’s mercy filled

With eternal peace

Feeling trust build

 

Darkness to light

God’s spirit flowing

Faith’s quiet brook

Leading and knowing

 

Greenest meadow calls

God’s deepest love

Creation’s wings stir

Flying above

 

No greater warmth

God’s grace melts away

Life’s icy outlook

Kneeling now, let’s pray

 

One heart transformed

God shall never rest

New day’s promise

Seeking another quest

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From 1 Chronicles 29:12-13:  “Riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all. In Your hand are power and might, and it is in Your hand to make great and to give strength to all.  And now, our God, we give thanks to You and praise Your glorious name.”

Faith’s Infinite Song

From Psalm 147:5-6:  “Great is our Lord and abundant in power; His understanding is beyond measure.  The Lord lifts up the downtrodden; He casts the wicked to the ground.”

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Flowing Creator’s river

Filling faith’s infinite song

Catching every sweetest verse

Walking with Christ, always strong

 

Knowing heartache and despair

Finding deepest love-filled joy

Praising grace with every song

Crushing darkness, Christ deploys

 

Enriching life’s peace journey

Echoing lyrics shall sing

Leading from night to morning

Replacing evil’s harsh sting

 

Witnessing hope every day

Revealing Savior’s true love

Composing each blessed song

Praying to Father above

 

Transforming another soul

Singing with angels up high

Renewing faith’s guiding light

Looking to heavens’ blue sky

 

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American preacher and renowned hymn writer, Robert Lowry (1826-1899), wrote over 500 hymns.  One inspired this poem, “My Life Flows On in Endless Song.”

Always Leading (Elfchen Series #135)

Living Bread

Offering

Abundant feast

Overflowing and sustaining

Christ feeds our spirit

Nourishment

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Moral Compass

Transforming

Better focused

Deserting sinful ways

God’s lens of truth

Perspective

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Harvest Awaits

Hearing

God’s Word

Sowed with righteousness

Flowing with Spirit’s light

Encouragement

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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.

Gospel-Driven

From 2 Corinthians 5:17-18:  “So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; look, new things have come into being!  All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.”

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God’s living grace

Bends earthly lives

Word’s special place

Righteousness thrives

 

Forgiveness gifts

Mercy for all

Spirit uplifts

One man named Saul

 

Undeserved grace

Transforming hearts

Joy shall embrace

Life’s hope restarts

 

Redemption shared

Walking with Christ

Because God cared

Evil’s plan iced

 

Grace reconciled

Sins forgiven

Darkness exiled

Gospel-driven

 

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From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “Experiencing the forgiveness God offers will transform every part of life.”

Transforming Journey (Elfchen Series #126)

Unburdened

Merciful

Steadfast love

Restoring heart’s spirit

Christ’s blood cleansing sin

Redemption

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Unruffled

Enduring

Human trials

Believing in God

Trusting always without fear

Obedience

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Untroubled

Worshipping

With gladness

Praising Spirit’s goodness

Tasting genuine, faithful love

Peace

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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.

John Stott Quote

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Perhaps the transformation of the disciples of Jesus is the greatest evidence of all for the Resurrection.

From Acts 3:13-14:  “The God of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob, the God of our ancestors, has glorified His servant Jesus, whom you handed over and rejected in the presence of Pilate, though he had decided to release him.  But you rejected the holy and righteous one and asked to have a murderer given to you.”

John Stott (1921-2011) was an English preacher and Christian theologian.  During his years in the ministry, he was one of the leaders of the worldwide evangelical movement.

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.”