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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Stress: A Hindrance to a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful Life

My life is busy, and I’m sure yours is, too. Many of us don’t take enough time to rest and relax during the day. We just want to do one more thing, write one more page, clean one more area in our home, finish the blog post, finish editing the photograph, and the list goes on causing stress.

Sometimes I’m up really late at night trying to get a blog post just right. Maybe I’ve had trouble getting the photographs to upload, or formatting, or whatever it is, and I think I HAVE to finish before I go to bed. So I push myself and sometimes don’t finish until after midnight.

Why do I find it so hard to stop? Do you run into that problem?

Work cannot take all of our time. Life is meant to be enjoyed. We need to focus on what is at hand. When we are always thinking about the next thing, we aren’t really in the moment. Instead, we are stressing about whatever else we have lined up for the day. We don't need to be continually rushing from one thing to another. Click To Tweet

Our bodies need adequate rest and relaxation. Most of us suffer from too much stress, and I think part of that is because we don’t slow down. We don’t stop and notice the small things. It is important to find ways to eliminate stress in order to enjoy life and be healthy.

 

Flowers relieve stress

photo taken today in my yard

 

Health and Well-Being

Recently a good friend of ours had heart bypass surgery. Just last week he had a heart catheterization and blockages were found in several arteries. And suddenly he needed surgery. I’m sure that was not something he had in his plans, but he’s glad it was found in time to do something about it. He’s doing well, by the way.

That got me thinking about my own health and well-being. Click To TweetAt my latest doctor appointment I had a mostly good report. My blood pressure was a little high, but she did not seem overly concerned. However, the lower number, which is the resting heartbeat, was much higher than it should be.

With the recent surgery of my friend, and knowing that years ago my dad had the same thing, it was a wake up call for me. I immediately did some research to find natural ways to lower that diastolic pressure. Click To Tweet Turns out there are some simple things I can do to make a difference within a short period of time. I am already putting some of them into practice. One recommendation is to find ways to relieve stress.

Relieving Stress with Poetry

Earlier yesterday I spent time with the online Magnetic Poetry kit to write a poem and wanted to publish it last night. But I didn’t have a blog post to go with it. I almost pushed myself to finish last night. But I took my own advice and decided to set it aside until I had time today. Click To Tweet Believe it or not that took off some stress. There were only bits of time today to work on it, but I kept at it when I could and finally finished after supper. Here’s the poem. I hope you enjoy it!

A Beautiful Life

Listen to intuition
Rest and relax

Feel gentle breezes
Breathe deeply

Climb a tree
Let your soul blossom

Love always
Live a beautiful life
                                                                        ~gayl wright

 

 

May we always be full of love and look for ways to encourage ourselves and others, looking to God for strength to become who we are meant to be. May we follow our dreams and use our talents to make the world a better place. Click To Tweet

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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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Nature Can Give Rest and Inspire Poetry

Tonight I have been busy at work writing more poetry from the online Nature Magnetic Poetry Kit. The first shows how nature can help us rest and at the same time inspire poetry. The second one celebrates love and the poetry it inspires. Each stanza in both of the poems is a separate haiku Click To Tweet.

Poetry From Nature

 

Like seasons of life
Poetry is fresh and bright
Or dark and lonely

Through vivid color
Come watch a gentle river
With secret longing

Breathe pure air at dawn
Relax between lake and tree
Nature could give rest

Like rain on green grass
Let her water your spirit
You will grow and thrive

 

nature poetry

 

Beneath the Moonlight

 

I can see you there
On our secret garden path
Beneath the moonlight

You wander throughout
And listen to the wind song
I watch quietly

Walk with me my love
Poetry comes fresh and sweet
My world is at peace

 

 

If you’ve never tried out an online magnetic poetry kit, you might like to take a look. There are several categories to choose from, so there may be something that you like better than the nature kit I use. It’s a challenge but can also be fun and rewarding. Sometimes the words just seem to fall into place. Other times I change them around over and over before I am satisfied. Still, I find it to be fun and a good way to be creative. Click To Tweet

 

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