Less Equals More When Stress is Lost and Rest is Gained

It’s Five Minute Friday time again.  The idea is to write for five minutes whatever comes to mind based on the prompt. We don’t worry about editing and try to keep within the limit. This week the prompt word is More. Sometimes more can actually mean less. Stay with me and I’ll show you what I mean. 

 

More or Less

 

We are a culture who always wants more. Click To Tweet
There never seems to be enough of whatever it is we want or think we need. We are constantly being told that we need this car or this dress or these shoes or that house…. It seems that in order to be happy we have to buy the latest and best. At least that’s what the ads want us to think.

 

Is There a Better Way?

 

What if we stopped craving what we don’t have and take a good look at what we do have? If we could learn to be satisfied rather than always wishing for more, I think our lives would be less stressful.

 

Late afternoon sun spreading light.

 

I realize that some people have found this secret and they have learned to live with less. Instead of wishing they had more, they are finding more freedom with less. Click To Tweet

When you don’t have a lot of stuff around, housecleaning can be simple. If you only have a few dishes, you have to wash them before the next time. If you have tons of dishes you can just put them in the dishwasher, get a clean one every time. Then they just pile up.

The same thing could be said about clothes and shoes. I know I have too many of a lot of things, but it takes intention to go through clutter. Progress is being made, though.

 

A relaxing place in the woods.

 

I know that as I minimize I will have more free time, more time to enjoy life and much less stress. And that's the kind of “more” we could all use, don't you think? Click To Tweet
I’m linking up with: #Five Minute Friday

 

Behold and See Beautiful Flowers Described in Haiku

This week’s haiku challenge from Ronovan Writes are the words Behold & See. It seems to me these words could be used in so many ways. I chose to write about flowers on our property. Click To Tweet

First up is the honeysuckle. These blossoms are fragrant and actually tasty. My daughter would pull them apart and enjoy the nectar. The vines grow wild along the fence and climb up the trees along the edge of the woods.

 

The Fragrant Honeysuckle

 

Honeysuckle vine

Come behold its fragrant bloom

A feast for your eyes

 

 

The Purple Passion Flower

 

The purple passion flower also grows wild on our property. It climbs the fence, grows along the steps and goes just about anywhere it pleases.  Many people call them Maypops. The fruit is green, and when it is ripe you can break it open and eat the seeds along with the pulp. Some varieties turn orange when they are ripe, but ours do not.

 

What does my eye see

A purple passion flower

Behold its beauty

 

Behold the passion flower

 

Behold the Dogwood

 

The dogwood blossom is very beautiful, and is a lovely sign of spring. An interesting story of the dogwood blossom has been passed down through the years. Click To Tweet

The yellow flowers in the middle are likened to the crown of thorns. Dark spots on the edge remind us of the nails piercing his hands and feet. The purplish color spreading out from the spots corresponds to the blood that was shed.

 

Tiny golden blooms

Amidst leaves with purple stains

Behold the dogwood

 

 

These are but a few evidences of the beauty of creation. Click To Tweet We did not plant any of them, yet here they are sharing their loveliness with us. Would you join me and take some time today to notice beautiful things and give thanks to God? Maybe it brings a smile to his face when we enjoy the beautiful things he has made.

 

I’m linking up with: #ronovanwriteshaikuchallenge, #TeaAndWord, #TestimonyTuesday, #TellHisStory, #LMMLinkup, #DanceWithJesus, #FreshMarketFriday

 

Singing Transcends Cultures and Peoples and Time

Sing is the prompt for Five Minute Friday this week. I remembered singing this chorus in my church when I was a teen. I don’t know who wrote it, but it was on the back of our small chorus book.

Sing when the day is bright
Sing thro’ the darkest night
Every day, all the way
Let us sing! Sing! Sing!

 

Music Speaks to All

There is something about music that transcends all cultures and peoples. Click To TweetMusic can speak when you don’t know the language. And when singing isn’t possible, a smile also goes far to reach other people.

 

Singing

 

My sons love to listen to a *Japanese group and have many of their albums. They are learning the words, but even without knowing them they are drawn to this group. My youngest said he read the translation of some of the songs and found that they have hope in them. Somehow, he seemed to know that anyway, even before he read the words.

A song can brighten our spirits even when we don't feel like singing. Click To Tweet

I love to listen to music when I’m in the car whether alone or with others. When I’m alone, driving somewhere, I often put the music up loud and sing along. I’ve even been know to move a little with the music. It loosens me up and lifts my spirits.

 

 

Music Comes in Many Styles

I listen to a variety of music from Louis Armstrong, Cliff Richard, Downhere, Tenth Avenue North, Michael Card, Fernando Ortega, Gungor, Switchfoot and many others. There is something about music and singing that reaches almost everyone. Click To Tweet

 

*The Japanese group is MUCC.  I’d like to share one of their popular songs called Yasashii Uta, which in English means Gentle Song. It sounds very upbeat and happy.

 

Below are a few of the lyrics translated into English. The whole translation can be found HERE.

The people who walk the streets, without change
With grim faces and a quick pace
Where are they walking off to?
What are they walking for?

Hey, please listen! Let’s stop and stand here just a bit longer.
Lalala lalala, we sing under totally different skies.

Everyone has a singing voice
Here and now, let it resound
With singing, you’ll be able to become just a little bit stronger. Let me hear it, your unique song.

We all have our own special song which is the unique story of our lives. Click To TweetMay we let our praise ring out to our glorious Lord, who gives us life and hope and carries us through even the dark days.

I’m linking up with: #FiveMinuteFriday, #Glimpses, #InspireMeMonday, #MomentsofHope, #LMMLinkup, #TeaAndWord, #RaRaLinkup, #CoffeeforYourHeart, #porchstories, #HeartEncouragement, #TuneInThursday, #FreshMarketFriday

A Beautiful World Marred but Restoration Is Coming

The prompt words for #RonovanWritesWeeklyHaikuChallenge are Beautiful & Curse. Thinking about the prompt brought to mind Adam and Eve. God had placed them in a garden filled with beautiful plants and luscious fruit. But because they disobeyed him all was lost and a curse was pronounced. Click To Tweet
You can read the whole story of creation and the fall of man in Genesis 1-3. 
These thoughts influenced my haiku, which in a small way reflect how things went from beauty to a curse.

Beautiful but marred

Woods are full of brambles and weeds

 

Beautiful but Marred

 

Beautiful Garden

Man and woman disobeyed

God pronounced a curse

 

Because of the curse

Mankind suffered toil and pain

Beauty became marred

 

Not the End of the Story

 

But that is not the end of the story. Jesus came, took upon himself the curse, then conquered death by his resurrection. He is now in heaven interceding with the Father on our behalf and will one day return to make all things new. At that time everything will be beautiful again. Click To Tweet

 

Curse has Lost its Hold

 

Jesus took the curse

Suffered, died and came alive

Beauty still remains

 

Jesus will return

In beauty and with power

Curse has lost its hold

 

Beautiful Reality When Christ Returns

 

At this point in time complete beauty is not restored. We still struggle with things. The world is still marred, but we have glimpses of beauty all around us. We all have beauty, because God created us in his image. Click To Tweet If we look hard enough we will see the loveliness even in little things. 

 

Beautiful creation

photo from one of my walks. gaylswright.com

 

The beautiful things in this world will not compare with the glorious restoration that is to come.

(Romans 8:18-21 Phillips)

 

In my opinion whatever we may have to go through now is less than nothing compared with the magnificent future God has planned for us. The whole creation is on tiptoe to see the wonderful sight of the sons of God coming into their own.

The world of creation cannot as yet see reality, not because it chooses to be blind, but because in God’s purpose it has been so limited—yet it has been given hope.

And the hope is that in the end the whole of created life will be rescued from the tyranny of change and decay, and have its share in that magnificent liberty which can only belong to the children of God!

 

I’m linking up with:  #DanceWithJesus#FaithonFire, #MomentsofHope, #TuneInThursday