Monday Memories: Trusting in the Lord

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The teenage boy has been battling an aggressive form of brain cancer for months.  Mark has shown the unwavering courage of a young man who follows God without flinching.

His pastor, Wayne, visits Mark one afternoon.  The teen has been at the hospital for several days as he is undergoing another round of treatments to battle his cancer.  Wayne wants to share some of God’s Word with this courageous teenager.

Mark’s hair is gone.  His slender frame looks even thinner than Wayne remembers.  His young body is marshalling all of its resources to battle the foe within.

Mark’s bubbling smiles lights up when Wayne walks into his room.  He is thrilled to have a visitor stopping by.

To prevent transmitting any germs or infections, Wayne is gowned up.  He looks more like a skilled doctor than a pastor.

After several minutes of conversation, Mark surprises his pastor by sharing a verse from Proverbs 3:5:  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight.”

The fourteen year-old’s faith under such harsh circumstances is truly remarkable.

At the end of his visit, Wayne asks if he can pray over Mark.  Mark quietly says, “Certainly!”  The two of them share a few moments in prayer.

Walking down the hallway after leaving Mark’s room, Wayne thinks to himself, “I feel like Mark has ministered to me.  I come to bolster his spirits, yet he is the one who reminds me to always trust in God.”

Published in March, 2020, this story was based on a true life experience of a fourteen year-old boy.  An entire community rallied around him as he continued to battle cancer.  He shared the verse from Proverbs in a video which was shared with many believers.  His witness to his Lord was inspiring indeed.   Sadly, Mark lost his long battle with cancer, but his courageous spirit will live on.

Charles Stanley Quote

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When God asks us to surrender our will to His, it’s our job to trust He will show us the way.

From Proverbs 3:5-6:  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.”

Our Rock, Our Refuge (Elfchen Series #106)

Invincible

Searching

Life’s wilderness

Where’s stability found?

Nothing shall shake God’s

Cornerstone

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Proven

Faith

Deeply challenged

Whom to trust?

Christ’s love builds His

Cornerstone

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Everlasting

Waiting

No longer

Finding empty tomb

Jesus fulfills faith’s empowering

Cornerstone

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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.

Life’s Flame

From Psalm 92:1-2:  “It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High; to declare your steadfast love in the morning, and your faithfulness by night.”

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Giving thanks to our Lord

Praising His divine name

Witnessing steadfast love

Faithfulness sparks life’s flame

 

Growing old, bearing fruit

Believing in sharing

Abiding in Jesus

Youthful spirit caring

 

Trusting wholly in God

Reaping harvest of gifts

Walking always with Him

Mindset shall never drift

 

Flourishing in His light

Listening to His Word

Shaping fresh attitude

Beatitudes now heard

 

Growing every day

Feeling spirit at work

Hearing positive vibes

Life follows God’s framework

 

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From Psalm 92:14-15:  “In old age they still produce fruit; they are always green and full of sap, showing that the Lord is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.”

Eugene Peterson Quote

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All the persons of faith I know are sinners, doubters, uneven performers.  We are secure not because we are sure of ourselves but because we trust that God is sure of us.

From Proverbs 3:5-6:  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.”

Mary Oliver Quotes

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If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate.  Give in to it.

One day you finally knew what you had to do, and began.

Mary Oliver (1935-2019) was a best-selling American poet, who received many honors for her work.  Her love of nature can be found in much of her writing, and it resulted in honors from the National Book Award in 1992 and Pulitzer Prize in 1984.

Heartbreaking Worry

From Joshua 1:9:  “I hereby command you:  Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

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Man’s human nature

Wrestling with new fears

Breathing with unease

Darkening frontiers

 

Fear all consuming

Racing with flurry

Suffocating breath

Heartbreaking worry

 

Root of lasting doubt

Distrusting our God

Overlooking grace

Hiding, sin’s facade

 

Strength walks with courage

Turning to God’s Word

Following His law

Trusting faith’s watchword

 

Scripture holding fast

Anchoring with peace

Receiving Lord’s love

Blessing life’s new lease

 

Christ’s moral compass

Shepherding with grace

Walking in His trust

Slowing down life’s race

 

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From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “To conquer our fears, we should identify them but then focus instead of God and Scripture.”

John Eldredge Quote

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Only by walking with God can we hope to find the path that leads to life.

From Proverbs 3:5-6:  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.

Charles Swindoll Quote

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Make no mistake about it, “He’s got the whole world in His hands.”  In doing so, he weaves everything together into His design.

From Proverbs 16:20:  “Those who are attentive to a matter will prosper, and happy are those who trust in the Lord.”

Charles Swindoll Quote

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God has entrusted to us a great deal.  He knows that we can do all things by His grace, so He’s trusting in us to trust Him.

From Psalm 31:7-8:  “I will exult and rejoice in your steadfast love, because you have seen my affliction; you have taken heed of my adversities, and have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy; you have set my feet in a broad place.”