Always First

From Exodus 20:1-3:  “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before Me.”

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Jesus tempted by Satan

Making His choice very clear

Placing Father always first

Walking in trust, without fear


Moses affirming God’s law

Following the Great I Am

Leading Israel to truth

Bearing faith of Abraham


God deserves our attention

Casting away sinful ways

Stepping in footprints of Christ

Hearing treasured Word each day


Always first, focus on God

Needing Christ’s mercy and love

Entering Kingdom’s blessings

Forgiving call from above


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From Psalm 100:1-2:  “Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.  Worship the Lord with gladness; come into His presence with singing.”

Max Lucado Quote

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God is God.  He knows what He is doing.  When you can’t trace His hand, trust His heart.

From Psalm 118:8-9:  “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to put confidence in mortals.  It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.”

Righteous Living

From Jeremiah 29:11-12:  “For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.  Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you.”

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Fulfilling His promises

Creating from His design

Cherishing every life

In God’s hands, futures shall shine


Calling upon our Father

Hearing our daily prayers

Listening with faithfulness

Blueprints, He lovingly shares


Restoring life’s direction

Gathering each of His flock

Distributing peacefulness

Spirit works around the clock


Teaching life’s daily lessons

Noting yesterday’s hardships

Offering timeless blessings

Tomorrow, we trust God’s script


Believing with faithful trust

Accepting our Father’s grace

Spending time with Gospel’s Word

Righteous living, life’s new base 


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From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “If we want to discover the Lord’s best for our life, we must trust that His way is better than our plans and desires.”

Charles Swindoll Quote

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The cause of disillusionment is putting one’s complete hope and trust in people.  What’s the cure?  Putting our complete hope and trust in the living Lord.

From Psalm 71:5:  “For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O Lord, from my youth.”

Fulfilling Hope (Haiku Series #139)


In midst of life’s storms

Lord’s encouragement builds hope—

Blessed hand of grace

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Led by the Spirit

Born into new life through Christ—

Righteousness brings hope

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Growing in our love

Finding hope’s meaning of life—

Believing in Christ

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Wave After Wave

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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No matter how life plays out

Encountering sea of waves

Big, small . . . quiet, turbulent

Sin’s cunning waits to enslave


No promise of easy life

Struggles crashing, day by day

Never learned how to ride waves

Grace anchors hope at each bay


Thankfully, never alone

Riding God’s steady surfboard

Trusting Him, surfing each wave

Building up faith, love’s reward


Healing our souls from darkness

Guiding us through stormy waves

Refreshing peace from God’s Word

Navigating, His grace saves


Walking on calmest waters

Shepherd’s mercy comes to save

Protecting from evil’s doom

Faith conquers incoming waves


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From Acts 4:11-12:  “The stone that was rejected by you, the builders; it has become the cornerstone.  There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved.”

David Jeremiah Quote

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We realize that the Lord is our strength and shield.  Our hearts can fully trust Him.

From Psalm 28:7:  “The Lord is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts; so I am helped, and my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to Him.”

Faith’s Journey (Elfchen Series #58)



God’s Word

Answers life’s doubts

Steadies each shaky step


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Testing faith

Facing certain adversity

Christ walks with us


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God’s wisdom

Growing in trust

Before life reaches new


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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.

Charles Swindoll Quote

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There are four words I wish we would never forget, and they are, “God keeps His word.”  You can trust Him.

From Psalm 145:9:  “The Lord is good to all, and His compassion is over all that He has made.”