Breezes, Sunshine, Waves and Sand: Poetry from the Beach

Earlier this month my husband and I had a short but lovely vacation in Florida with some of his siblings. The sun, the waves, the sand, the breezes that were both mild and strong, the blue sky and white clouds – all worked together to bring refreshment and reduce stress.

 

 

Weekly Haiku Challenge

The prompt words chosen for Ronovan Writes #weeklyhaikuchallenge are Breeze & Blow. How fitting for some haiku about the beach!

 

Sand beneath my feet

Water rushing to and fro

Constant breezes blow
                                                                                                                                         gayl wright                                                         

 

We took walks on the beach, the soft sand making a cushion beneath our feet. Wading along the edge we let the water come over our feet, then felt the sand pulling away as the water receded.

 

Breezes

 

A beautiful day
Clouds blow by and waves roll in
Soft breeze cools my face

                                                                                                      ~ gayl wright                                                         

 

On the beach I sit
Breezes blow in from the sea
Sand gets in my hair

                                                                                                ~ gayl wright                                                         

On our last day, even though the winds were strong we braved them anyway and walked along the beach. Click To Tweet

Inspiration and Refreshment

My sister-in-law and her husband decided to sit down for awhile. She was the inspiration for the last haiku, as she found sand in her hair upon returning to the condo.

I hope you were able to relax and find a bit of refreshment here through the poems and photos. The beach can be a nice place to relax or exercise. Maybe I like it so much because it is different from what I see every day.Sometimes a change of scenery can work wonders to lift our spirits. Click To Tweet If you could travel anywhere you wanted to go, where would you choose?

If you’d like to add your own haiku or read what others have written check out Ronovan Writes.

I’m linking up with: #CoffeeforYourHeart, #TellHisStory, #LMMLinkup, #HeartEncouragement, #TuneInThursday

Broken Families Need Our Love, Encouragement and Support

Every Tuesday Kat Myrman offers a photo to inspire us to write a story or poem using 140 characters or less, hence the name “Twittering Tales.” The photo prompt I used brought thoughts of brokenness, primarily of broken families. After working on it for awhile I discovered I had used last week's prompt! Click To Tweet I decided to post it anyway, because it stirred some other thoughts which I share at the end. 

 

Broken

 

Trust Betrayed

Tired of his shallow, twisted excuses, she became angry.
Hurling the goblet to the floor she screamed,
“Go! I never want to see you again!”
(139 characters)

 

Broken but Determined

Like this broken glass
A marriage had been shattered
He chose another

Not to be kept down
She worked hard for their children
Filling in the gaps
(139 characters)

 

 

Broken Relationships and Single Parenting

When divorce happens, many adjustments need to be made. It's a hard road to walk. Click To TweetThe hurt and sadness don’t just go away. Sometimes relationships are restored, but other times God has something else in mind. Even so, it doesn’t take away the fact that lives are altered in ways they never imagined. Things will never be the same.

One parent is often left with most of the responsibility and not much free time at all. Click To Tweet This reminds me, too, of single parents whose spouses have died. They also need a lot of encouragement. I’m sure they appreciate it when someone shows interest and offers help.

It’s hard enough being a parent when both Mom and Dad are involved in the lives of their children. I remember times being very exhausted at night, and I was not the sole provider or caretaker. Click To Tweet Think of having all the responsibility of the home, the care of the children and having to hold down a job. It’s not an easy way of life.

A Challenge

My challenge is for us all to look around at the families we know who might be struggling. I want to encourage us to reach out and help others, especially those who are parenting alone. They would not have chosen this but now have to work extra hard. Without judging we need to be available to help those parents who are in the role of single parent. Click To Tweet

The following scriptures exhort us to care for and share with others. While the single parent is not mentioned specifically, they would certainly be included. I don’t have a list of things we can do to help, but I’m sure each of us could think of practical things to help lighten another person’s load.

Galatians 6:2 (NIV)

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 

Hebrews 13:15-16 (NIV)

Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.

And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.

What about you? Do you have any suggestions of ways to help the single parents we know in our families, neighborhoods and churches?

 

I’m linking up with: Kat Myrman and Twittering Tales, #ThroughProvokingThursday, #HeartEncouragement, #TuneInThursday, #TeaAndWord, #FreshMarketFriday

Secret Dreams, Longings and Freedom from Shame

While away on vacation I worked on writing haiku based on the prompt words Secret & Burn given at #ronovanwrites. I did not finish in time to share them last week but now that I’m home my computer is ready and waiting.

 

 

Gazing at the clouds

I walk on beach and ponder

Secrets burning deep

 

We all have secrets. Some are desires we are too timid to share. Click To Tweet

 

Other secrets are exciting and we can’t wait to reveal them. Still others hold us back because of things that happened in the past. They haunt us and make us feel shame. The shame becomes a heavy burden stealing our joy and stifling forward movement.

Freedom from Shame

Stuck in a pattern of lies making us feel unworthy, we may find it hard to forgive ourselves. But God loves us more than we know. His forgiveness is real. Jesus paid the penalty long ago and we are free.

We don't have to keep stumbling under a burden of shame. Click To Tweet

 

Burn away the shame

Secret sins have been confessed

All is forgiven

 

 

The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
(Psalm 103:8-12 NIV)

There is also shame that comes through no fault of our own. Click To TweetOthers may have hurt us or made us feel less than or forced us into situations we should never have to face. But God knows about these, too, and welcomes us with open arms. His love and mercy are abundant. He can take away the shame and replace it with joy and peace.

Secret Dreams

Often we are afraid to reveal some of our secret longings partly because we lack confidence in our abilities. Maybe we don’t want to risk failure or we think no one will understand or support us. We can hold ourselves back because of fear or try new things, learning from mistakes. Click To Tweet 

Like a flame of fire

Secret longing burns inside

Yearning to be free

 

I say let’s go for our dreams, looking to God for strength and supporting each other as we go through life.  What do you say?

 

I’m linking up with: #HeartEncouragement, #ThoughtProvokingThursday, #TeaAndWord, #CoffeeforYourHeart, #TuneInThursday

 

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