Sweat, Heat and Spending Time Outdoors

We need heat, but sometimes it becomes extreme. God created our bodies to have a way of cooling down by using sweat.

In my three haiku, heat and sweat seem to be opponents, but in reality both are important. Click To Tweet

 

Sun and sweat

 

 Heat and Sweat

 Summer heat is strong

Warming skin ‘til sweat beads form

Dripping down my brow

 

Outdoors in the Sun

Heat can be intense

Working outdoors in the sun

Sweat comes as relief

 

Summer’s Breeze

Touched by summer’s breeze

Sweat soaked clothes now keep me cool

Heat has been thwarted

 

 

Sun and Wind and Rhythms of the Earth

 

The third haiku above portrays the cooled sweat defeating the sun’s heat. It reminds me of the Aesop’s fable about the argument between the North Wind and the Sun. In this story the sun is portrayed as the gentle one. If you’re curious about the story you can find it HERE.

Though the sun wins in that story, North Wind does have a place. Wind, rain, sun, heat and cold all play a part in the story of earth, the planet we call home. Some people prefer one season over another, but all have their purpose.

 

God created rhythms that would repeat day after day, month after month, year after year. Click To Tweet

 

Spending so much time indoors with windows closed, electricity buzzing, lights that keep us up late at night, we have lost touch with the rhythms of the earth. Somehow I think if we could recover some of that and allow our bodies to relax and slow down, maybe our lives would take on new meaning and purpose.

 

 

Relaxing Outdoors

 

Last Friday was warm and sunny so I decided to go outside for awhile. Sitting on the grassy hillside I felt a connection to the earth. No electronics, just grass and dirt, sunshine and breeze, all natural and real. (I did have my cell phone but only to take pictures.) Grounding my body in this way helps me to relax and let go of some tension.

 

I've kept myself inside for far too long compared to the time spent outdoors. Click To Tweet

 

I need to find a balance. The time outside refreshes my outlook. I bask in the sun while listening to the sounds. Somewhere in the woods I hear a crow, but the other birds must be taking a nap. Or maybe I’m not listening intently enough.

Sitting out there I’m able to take my mind off some of the demands and enjoy being still. It’s a good feeling. My cat also enjoyed the extra attention and tried to interrupt my writing. She finally settled down to rest close to me.

 

 

Our Lord created a perfect world for us to inhabit. Beauty thrives even though parts of it are spoiled. Seasons come and go. I look forward to the changes each season brings, for all have a purpose. 

 

I thank God for all kinds of weather and for the change of seasons. Click To Tweet

 

Genesis 1:14,15

And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so.

 

I’m participating in the #weeklyhaikuchallenge at #ronovanwrites  where Sweat & Heat are the prompt words. You can find all the details at the link above and are welcome to join in.

This post is also linked up with #LMMLinkup, #Glimpses, #TeaAndWord, #TellHisStory, #TestimonyTuesday, #CoffeeforYourHeart, #ThreeWordWednesday

 

Hearts Full of Love Will Overflow

The photo for this week’s Twittering Tales is an interesting one. Kat has a knack for picking photos that can have many interpretations. In case you are not familiar, Kat Myrman picks a photo prompt each Tuesday. The challenge is to write a story inspired by the photo using only 140 characters or less. Click To Tweet Hearts with arrows tend to turn thoughts toward love. Consequently, each of my tales involve love in some way.

 

Hearts

photo Kat chose for Twittering Tales

 

The Joy of Love

Each anniversary Joe drew a giant heart in the sand for Liz.
She always acted surprised which made him very happy.
It was the joy of love.
(138 characters)

 

An Unusual Artist

An unusual artist, Sid used the sand as his canvas.
Hearing the waves crash inspired him as he created
the heart, a token of love for Sasha.
(140 characters)

 

For my last one I tried writing it several different ways and finally ended up with these two below. I wasn’t sure which one to use so both are featured. Which do you like better, the first or the second?

 

Hearts of Love

Matt and May met late in life, an unlikely pair to fall in love.
In the sand he drew a heart and nervously proposed.
She nodded with a smile.
(140 characters)

OR

Matt and May met late in life and often walked on the beach.
One day he drew a heart, held her close and proposed.
What would her answer be?
(140 characters)

 

On the Florida Gulf Coast

 

A Beach Vacation

My husband, Steve, and I are planning a trip to a beach in Florida in the near future. We’ll be renting a place for a week with his younger sister and her husband. Right about now, after all the sickness and busyness the beach sounds inviting.

My computer is staying home, and I will take a short break from blogging. Click To TweetMind you, I’ll still be writing, just not with my computer. A few of my art supplies will be coming with me, along with books to read and a couple of journals for recording thoughts. You can be sure I will continue to write poems, take photographs and be on the lookout for blogging material.

I do plan to use my phone for checking email, Facebook and reading a few blogs, but only for a short time each day.

Time to Reconnect with God and Each Other

This vacation is a perfect opportunity to take walks along the beach, to talk about dreams and goals and to celebrate each other. This vacation is a perfect opportunity to take walks along the beach, to talk about dreams and goals… Click To TweetWe used to pray together regularly and also spend time reading the Bible and other books together, but we’ve let other things interfere. Without all the normal distractions of home, a vacation is a perfect time to begin again.

 

Turning Our Hearts To God

In turning our hearts to God, thinking about His great love for us, I am reminded of the following passage from I John 4.

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.
(I John 4:7-12 NKJV)

I pray that we will let our minds dwell on the truth of God's great love for us. Click To Tweet May our hearts be filled with love for our Lord and others, beginning right in our own homes. Then together we can reach out to others with a true love that will continue to ripple out into the world.

I’m linking up with: #ThreeWordWednesday, #LMMLinkup, #HeartEncouragement, #ThoughtProvokingThursday.

 

Darkness Fades and Daylight Breaks Anew

For #RonovanWritesWeeklyHaikuChallenge this week the words are Eye & Fade. You could take those words in any number of directions. I thought about darkness and daylight.

My three haiku came to me in a different order than you see here. As I read and reordered them they seemed to flow from one to the next. I’ll not elaborate on my interpretation. They may speak to you in a different way.

 

Darkness Hovers

 

Daylight slowly fades

Eyes once sharp are growing dim

Darkness hovers close

 

darkness

 

New Dreams Come

 

Old dreams fade away

New ones shine with hope

My eyes look ahead

 

 

Dawn Breaks Anew

 

Dawn breaks bright and fresh

Nighttime fades as fiery eye

Blazes through the mist

 

daylight

 

(John 1:1-5)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.

Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

I’m linking up with: #LMMLinkup, #MomentsofHope, #TeaAndWord, #RaRaLinkup,

 

Family, Music and Love: A Winning Combination

February is the shortest month of the year. Many think of it as the month of love because of Valentine’s Day. Some people love it, but others not so much. I like the idea of doing something special for the whole family, though we don’t always have a party. I like the idea of doing something special for the whole family Click To Tweet

When my kids were home we would sometimes have heart shaped cakes or cookies. My husband will often bring me a dozen red roses to remind me of his love for me.

 

family

 

Love is a Many-Splendored Thing is the name of an old love song. It was originally written for a movie by the same name. It has been sung by Andy Williams, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, The Lettermen and many others. (I will share a YouTube version at the end of this post.)

While it is referring to romantic love in this song, I think the word splendor can refer to Jesus and the kind of love He has for us. I looked up the word on Rhymezone and found quite a few synonyms – magnificence, brilliance, resplendence, extravagance, grandeur, beauty and more.

Doesn’t that remind you of Jesus and His sacrificial love for us? He left His home in heaven and became a human being so that He could make a way for us to live with Him forever. The love and mercy He shows to us is extravagant. Click To Tweet

Then your fingers touched my silent heart and taught it how to sing is one of the lines in the song. That’s what Jesus did for my heart when I became His child. He gives us a reason to live, a reason to sing and have hope and joy. We may not always be happy about our circumstances, but we can have joy deep inside.

I’ve been busy working on another poem from the online Magnetic Poetry Kit. This time I used the one in the category of Love. I hope you enjoy it.

 

Family, Music and Love

 

Remember happy family moments
Love and laugh and give a hug
Search for joy all through this life

Find a song to touch your soul
Dance and let your spirit soar
Feel the power of music

Listen and join voices together
Be true to one another
Fill your heart with love


As promised, here is the link to a YouTube recording of  Love is a Many-Splendored Thing.

 

John 15:9-13

 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

 

I’m linking up with: #InspireMeMonday, #MomentsofHope, #Glimpses, #LMMLinkup, #CoffeeforYourHeart, #TestimonyTuesday, #TellHisStory