Spring Rains Encourage Growth, Beauty and Refreshment

Spring has not quite arrived, though it is very close. Click To Tweet
As I relax in my living room I hear the comforting sound of raindrops steadily falling.
This evening I spent some time with the online Nature Magnetic Poetry kit. Listening to the rain my thoughts were naturally drawn to words that might relate.

 

Refreshing Spring Rain

Spring rain softly falling
leaves earth pure and fresh

Squirrels wander about on
mossy forest boughs
as vine tendrils thrive
along wet tree trunks

I follow a covered path
where wild flowers shine
with beautiful vivid blooms

My soul grows full of love
At peace I breathe and relax

                                                             ~gayl wright

 

spring rain

 

Zechariah 10:1 (NIV)

Ask the Lord for rain in the springtime;
it is the Lord who sends the thunderstorms.
He gives showers of rain to all people,
and plants of the field to everyone.

 

It is the Lord who sends rain to water the earth and bring refreshment. May He give us rest and peace and enable us to bring refreshment to those we meet on this journey of life.May God water our souls with the rain of His mercy and grace. Click To Tweet

 

So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today—to love the Lord your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul—then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and olive oil. I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied. (Deuteronomy 11:13-15 NIV)

 

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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

 

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.

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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.

 

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