Xenium–Gift (A to Z Challenge, Letter X)

Webster’s Dictionary:  Xenium(noun)
a present given to a guest or stranger, or to a foreign ambassador
Origin: [L., from Gr. xe`nion gift to a guest, fr. xe`nos guest.]

Almighty God, Creator

Heavenly Father, the Lord

Is a generous giver…He

Loves, lives to give gifts

Whether to His children or

To strangers, those who

Don’t trust, believe, accept

Believe in His goodness…

Due, perhaps, to abuses by

Family, churches.  Maybe their

Roots are in different cultures

Religious teachings.  Possibly

Dire events, circumstances

Have disappointed, embittered

Tender, fragile hearts.

But God’s heart and hands remain

Always open…He’s the Lord of

Much More, abundant blessings.

Whatever we’re lacking, we can

Ask of Him; what we need, He’ll

Provide…gifts aplenty, from His

Love:  JESUS, Joy, Peace, Hope

Freedom, Grace, Mercy, Living

Water, Bread of Life; Resurrection

Power to heal, restore, rebuild

Reconcile; Forgiveness, Salvation’s

Eternal Life…LOVE unconditional

Unfailing, Everlasting…Light for all the World.

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“For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.” Romans 11:29, English Standard Version

“Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly await the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will sustain you to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1st Corinth 1:7-8, Berean Study Bible

“In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well.” Romans 12:6, New Living Translation

“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.” 1st Peter 4:10, NLT

“He told me, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard, and your gifts to the poor have been noticed by God!” Acts 10:31, NLT

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Worship (A to Z Challenge, Letter W)

God’s Word made flesh, JESUS

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain…

To Him alone will the world, all

Creation, bow and kneel, forever


In His heart, a wealth of blessings

He’s ever willing to save… Receive

God’s mercy, peace, freedom

From bondage, earthly chains.

No more wandering, wondering

The weary will come…with

Angels we’ll give Him glory

And praise, for only He is


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“Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!” Psalm 95:6, English Standard Version

“Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth!” Psalm 96:9, ESV

“Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name above all names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Phil 2:9-11, Berean Study Bible

“For the Scriptures say, “‘As surely as I live,’ says the LORD, ‘every knee will bend to me, and every tongue will declare allegiance to God.’” Romans 14:11, New Living Translation

“Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness.” Psalm 29:2, ESV

“Then I looked, and I heard the voices of many angels and living creatures and elders encircling the throne, and their number was myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands. In a loud voice they said: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing!” And I heard every creature in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying: “To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be praise and honor and glory and power forever and ever!” Rev 5:11-13, Berean Study Bible

“All things have been entrusted to Me by My Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son, and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him. Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Matthew 11:27-29, Berean Study Bible

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My Lord Un-Veiled (A to Z Challenge, Letter V)

King of my heart, forever

Valentine…the Lord is Man

Of Valor, mighty Hero; He’s

My Vindicator, just and true

Compassionate and merciful…

In Him, is freedom; my Victory

Assured…He fights fearsome

Battles, smaller ones daily.

Because I believed, received

Him only, God lifted His Veil

Allows me glimpse, Heaven’s View.

To cleave to, worship another

Is Vanity: life without blessings…

Protection, provision; lost

Salvation…eternally separate from

Father’s love, Lord’s communion.

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“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will grant the right to eat from the tree of life in the Paradise of God.” Rev 2:7, Berean Study Bible

“Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches. To everyone who is victorious I will give some of the manna that has been hidden away in heaven. And I will give to each one a white stone, and on the stone will be engraved a new name that no one understands except the one who receives it.” Rev 2:17, New Living Translation

“All who are victorious will become pillars in the Temple of my God, and they will never have to leave it. And I will write on them the name of my God, and they will be citizens in the city of my God—the new Jerusalem that comes down from heaven from my God. And I will also write on them my new name.” Rev 3:12, New Living Translation

“All who are victorious will be clothed in white. I will never erase their names from the Book of Life, but I will announce before my Father and his angels that they are mine.” Rev 3:5, NLT

“May my vindication come from Your presence; may Your eyes see what is right.” Psalm 17:2, Berean Study Bible

“He shall receive blessing from the LORD, and vindication from the God of his salvation.” Psalm 24:5, Berean Study Bible

“No weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall refute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD and their vindication from me, declares the LORD.” Isaiah 54:17, English Standard Version

“Be glad, O children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God, for he has given the early rain for your vindication; he has poured down for you abundant rain, the early and the latter rain, as before.” Joel 2:23, ESV

“With God we perform with valor, and He will trample our enemies.” Psalm 108:13, Berean Study Bible

“Let not him that is deceived trust in vanity: for vanity shall be his recompence.” Job 15:31, KJB

“He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity.” Eccl 5:10, ESV

“But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into His image with intensifying glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinth 3:16-18, Berean Study Bible

Testimony, Triumphant! (A to Z Challenge, Letter T)

This faith-walk, momentous

Journey filled with joy of the

Miraculous, mountains-climbed

Highs; and too, by valleys…arid

Soul-parching deserts, fraught.

Life’s seasons ever varied

Changing…heart soars, descends

Mind trips, spirit stumbles sideways.

God’s Word makes plain, we’ll face

Trials, temptations, troubles, torrents

Of tears, tribulations…fires of testing

Needed for character refinement

Purified soul.  Such statements

Stagger young believers; many turn

From fearsome, arduous Way…

Following the Master.

I make no boast of keeping narrow

Path, steps straight, unswerving…but

Once God calls, heart is ever pulled

Back to Him again, again.  That’s

What I hold as testimony…not what I’ve

Done/not done; my failings, small

Success… But rather God’s hand, so

Firm on my life, always protecting

Redirecting, never concerned I might

Lose His destiny for me. 

For, all those trials, troubles, tears

Temptation; testing, I’ve learned to

Appreciate…leads to grand triumphant

Finale: the day He’ll embrace me, say

“Well done, beloved daughter”…and

Wipe every tear, disappointment away.

We can’t avoid life’s grinding crashes

Steamroller events; hell’s baubles

Glittered invitations…we make choices

Regarding how we respond to them.

When we choose badly, it’s another

Opportunity.  Repent: change mind’s

Direction, keep goal to grow in wisdom

Maturity.  With childlike faith, willingly

Trust God…you’ll know security and

Reassurance that He’ll use even worst

Times for ultimate good in your life…

Bring glory to His Name.

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“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you encounter trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Allow perseverance to finish its work, so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:2-4, Berean Study Bible

“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28, New American Standard Bible

“…We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” Romans 5:3-4, Berean Study Bible

“…Strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.” Acts 14:22, English Standard Version

“I will be glad and rejoice in your unfailing love, for you have seen my troubles, and you care about the anguish of my soul.” Psalm 31:7, New Living Translation

“The righteous person faces many troubles, but the LORD comes to the rescue each time.” Psalm 34:19, New Living Translation

“You have tested us, O God; you have purified us like silver.” Psalm 66:10, New Living Translation

“You who have shown me many troubles and distresses Will revive me again, And will bring me up again from the depths of the earth.” Psalm 71:20, NASB

“Though I am surrounded by troubles, you will protect me from the anger of my enemies. You reach out your hand, and the power of your right hand saves me.” Psalm 138:7, NLT

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My Savior Lives! (A to Z “S”/NaPoWriMo)

From His heart of love

God’s saving grace, plan

For the world’s Salvation

His Son, of lowly birth

Immanuel, “God is with us”

JESUS, Messiah, Savior

Crucified on Calvary’s cross

Died, buried in borrowed tomb

Third Day, was resurrected!

Sealed stone was rolled away

Revealed empty grave, now

King of kings, Lord of lords


Victorious over Death!

With Him, believers

Share Life Eternal!



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“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that everyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” John 3:16-17, Berean Study Bible

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All My Eggs In One Basket


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I put all my eggs

In one glorious basket

Salvation through Christ

John 3:16-17

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Number Our Days

V.J.’s Weekly Challenge #44: Numerology

Ennle (“casual)”, Christian blogger, poet & Bible student

V.J.’s weekly “assignments” are typically of a serious nature, and I tend to take them perhaps too seriously…stressing, as though I’m still in school and final grade depends on how well thought out and written my finished effort will be received by her.  Silly…but that’s the make-up of my constitution.  So when my initial comments to her expressed mild anxiety, she responded that she was sure I had a “favorite passage”, and that they were “numbered”.  I confess I had rather forgotten that, as a Bible student, I had much material to draw from…

Out of curiosity, I went to her link for “Token Rock”…no surprise to read I fit the “life path” description of Number 7.  The Bible is full of symbolism regarding numbers; for instance, 5 is considered the number for “grace”…and 7, symbolic of “perfection” or “completeness”.  I’ve deduced that my “7” is about the curse-ed “perfectionist bent”, nothing remotely close to being “perfect” in any saintly way.

So last night I was “cramming” to get the assignment completed, and went directly to the Old Testament’s book of Numbers.  Some people find it dry, but to me it’s fascinating, in particular the relationships between Moses, his brother Aaron, sister Miriam, and God.  But goodness, if I were to write about that it would take days, resulting in a long post none would read.  Which is where I’m already heading, I know…because I write the way I think, talk…

I’m grateful to have God as my writing partner…He sped up the process, reminding me of the verse in Psalms about “numbering our days”.  Since becoming a student of the Bible, I’m intrigued by, and have collected a fair number of Bible versions/translations for my library.  So let’s dive in for a short study, shall we?

Psalm 90:12, in the King James Bible reads:  “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”  Notice that the purpose of numbering our days is to “apply our heart” or study to gain “wisdom”.  In the New American Standard Bible, the psalm’s wording is, “That we may present to You a heart of wisdom.” The focus is not merely to gain wisdom, but to be able to show an appreciation of what we’ve learned, to God.

And in the New Living Translation, same psalm, there is yet something more: “Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom.”  Life is relatively brief; thus, we are urged to respect the time and pay attention to becoming wiser.  I dare say God assigned me longer years than I might have liked because I was clearly a “slow student”…nearly 70, I’m only recently gaining a smattering of wisdom.

Before leaving this psalm and verse, I’ll include Young’s Literal Translation:  “To number our days aright let us know, And we bring the heart to wisdom.”  “Bring the heart to wisdom” is lovely language, I think…it’s not just about our thought-deluged brains, we collect wisdom in our hearts.

Job also spoke about our length of days.  “Since his days are determined, The number of his months is with You; And his limits You have set so that he cannot pass.” Job 14:5, NASB

And the New Living Translation puts a fine point on the same verse:  “You have decided the length of our lives. You know how many months we will live, and we are not given a minute longer.” (underlining mine)

Psalm 139:16 (NASB) speaks about our Creator/Father God having seen and known us before our birth:  “Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them.”   It’s worded slightly differently in the New Living Translation:  “You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” 

And one last “numbering”, also from the book of Psalms (56:8)*, which reflects God’s loving attention to each one of us…so much so, that He’s kept track of our “wanderings”* (which is of particular comfort to me); He’s counted and kept/saved our tears*…and He’s even counted our “tossings”* (for those with sleep issues, I’ve interpreted 🙂 ).  ALL of these, God has written in His personal book on every single person He created.  As the Bible says frequently, “Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!” (The Amplified Bible)

*“You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book?” English Standard Version

*“You have taken account of my wanderings; You have put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your book?” Berean Study Bible

Thank you, V.J. for a wonderful assignment this week…it did me good, I preached myself happy!! 🙂

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