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.”

Never Alone (Haiku Series #165)

Trusting

Walking through life’s fire

Never to blindly stumble—

God always walks close

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Depending

Darkness testing faith

Patiently trusting Father—

Accepting His plan

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Witnessing

Holy Spirit seeks

Guiding tongues in bringing forth—

Pure and blessed speech

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Trust and Obey

From Matthew 28:19-20:  “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.  And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

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Forgettable years adding up

Spiritual health needs checkup

 

Winter’s never-ending season

Now asking, “What is life’s reason?”

 

Empty heart filling with sorrow

God not waiting for tomorrow

 

Lost on dusty shelf, answer speaks

Holy Bible verses now seek

 

God’s guiding hands open each page

Grace unlocking life’s gloomy cage

 

Gospels speak of Messiah’s love

Son journeys to earth from above

 

Jesus speaks truth with conviction

Mercy’s faith heals each affliction

 

Son of God tells of one to come

Spirit beating hope’s steady drum

 

Lord’s Advocate, incessant voice

Each day fills with His divine choice

 

Trust and obey our Triune God

Righteousness shatters sin’s facade

 

Unforgettable years beaming

Spiritual health now gleaming

 

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From 2 Corinthians 13:13:  “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.”

Monday Memories: Seeking His Guidance

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From Psalm 37:23-24:  “Our steps are made firm by the Lord, when He delights in our way; though we stumble, we shall not fall headlong, for the Lord holds us by the hand.”

God wants us to succeed today

Asking for our patience and trust

Allowing faith to rebuild hope

Studying from His Word, we must

 

Always trusting in our Father

Bringing us guidance and His love

Achieving good through His name

Touching hearts, His joy sings above

 

We are never forsaken, never

Leading, God offers direction

Finding the means, moving forward

Meeting trials with reflection

 

The wicked gather all around

Following the Enemy’s lies

Causing God to judge their follies

Coming Judgment Day will apprise

 

Our Savior’s coming, all waiting

Receiving God’s Grace, what a gift

The Lord standing with the righteous

Accepting His plan, lives not adrift

 

We may still misstep and stumble

Preventing us from falling down

Reaching out, God’s hand guiding us

Fleeing, the thirsty Enemy frowns

 

Through His Word, the Father blesses

Giving generously, all with love

Choosing Jesus, Salvation comes

Seeking God’s guidance, from above

From the words of Dutch priest, writer, and theologian Henri Nouwen:  “A spiritual discipline is necessary in order to move slowly from an absurd to an obedient life, from a life filled with noisy worries to a life in which there is some free inner space where we can listen to our God and follow His guidance.”

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