Views From My Front Porch on a Lazy Afternoon

After doing some cleanup inside, I decided to enjoy some time on the porch. I love the views we have.

Being outdoors is refreshing and helps to calm me. Click To Tweet The temperature was mild and the sky was overcast, though some blue was peeking through. A light breeze was causing lovely sounds to come from the chimes. I had to snap a few pictures.

 

 

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. (Psalm 19:1-2)

 

Front Porch Views

 

When I came back inside, I felt relaxed and happy. As I looked at the pictures I wrote some poetry in the form of haiku. I hope you enjoy them and find some time in your day to relax a bit outside if the weather permits.

 

Front Porch Views

 

Bunny sits and stares

From his place on my front porch

Does he wish for life?

 

Here I sit alone

In my wooden rocking chair

Taking in the view

 

Peaceful and serene

Time to write and contemplate

While I take a rest

 

Silly, furry cat

Pushing on my journal hard

Wants to take its place

 

 

Sitting outside, listening and observing reminds me of the power of God and His handiwork. May we all find time each day to pause and praise our Creator who gives us life and hope! Click To Tweet

 

(Psalm 66:1-4)

Shout for joy to God, all the earth!
Sing the glory of his name;
make his praise glorious.

Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!
So great is your power
that your enemies cringe before you.

All the earth bows down to you;
they sing praise to you,
they sing the praises of your name.”

 

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Rainbows of Colors in Every Hue, Shade and Tint for All to Enjoy

This weekend I participated in an online retreat for a writer’s group I belong to on Facebook. In one of the sessions we had about fifteen minutes to write on a topic of our choice. I wrote about varied colors like rainbows. This morning I turned it into a poem.

We chose words that came to mind as we observed a cup full of colored markers. Click To Tweet

 As always with poetry there is more than just the surface meanings. Each of us may come away with something different. I hope you enjoy!

 

Rainbows of Colors

 

Rainbow of colors
Light and dark
A place for all

 

Green is for growing
All our lives
At our own pace

 

rainbows of colors

an art journal page

 

Yellow is cheery
Brings us light
Makes me happy

 

Red is so lovely
Like a rose
Brings joy and pain

 

a gift of roses

 

Black is beautiful
Dark as night
Contrasts the light

 

Blue is sky and sea
Calm or wild
Cool refreshment

 

Gulf coast of FL

 

Orange is juicy
Clean and fresh
Full of delight

 

Many more colors
Room for all
Rainbows of joy

 

I’d love to hear your thoughts if you’d like to share in the comments. Maybe try writing your own poem about colors! Click To Tweet

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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. I am making progress, 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

 

Hebrews 13:5 NIV

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” 

 

Phil. 4:12-13 CSB

I know both how to make do with little, and I know how to make do with a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content—whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need. I am able to do all things through him who strengthens me.

 

I’m linking up with: #Five Minute Friday, #FaithonFire

 

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.

 

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