Wondering What I’ll Find as I Wander Through the Woods

Though I haven’t done it in awhile, I love to take walks in the woods. While making my way along, wondering what I’ll find, I begin to feel less stressed, relaxing as I enjoy the fresh air and beauty surrounding me. There's something about the outdoors that calls to me. Click To Tweet I am blessed to live beside a woodland area with a variety of plants, trees and wildlife. 

 

Wondering as I Wander in the Woods

 

Wondering as I Wander

 

Wandering through the woods
I wonder what I’ll see
A squirrel racing up a tree
Or birds twittering with glee

 

Maybe there will be a snake
Slithering across the ground
While hardly making any sound
He should watch out for the hound

 

 

Fallen leaves, broken limbs
What is that peeking through
I almost smashed it with my shoe
Tiny flower dressed in blue

 

Wandering through the woods
I wonder what I’ll find
A treasure someone left behind
Or a calm place to unwind

                                                                                            ~gayl wright

 

 

Everyone Needs Time Alone

 

We all need alone time without distractions. In our busy world it seems we don’t have time to stop, because of all the demands. We push ourselves from one thing to another hardly stopping to think. What if we made it a priority to pause at times during the day if only for a few seconds? Click To TweetWe can’t all drop everything and go into the woods for an extended time of quiet and contemplation. Most don’t have the means or the time to do that very often, much less every day.

 

Pause for Short Times During the Day

 

What is stopping us from taking a few minutes a day or even several times a day to stop what we are doing and say a quick prayer? We can thank God for life or we can send up a quick prayer for help. Whatever our situation, we need time for pause during our busy days. Click To Tweet It helps immensely to step away for a minute and refocus. If there is time, a quick walk outdoors in the fresh air can be a healing balm enabling us to get back to work with renewed vigor.

 

 

Even Jesus set aside time alone to pray to His Father God. In Mark 1:35 we read:

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

What about you? Are there certain practices that help you pause during the day? What do you do when you feel the need to get away for some time of contemplation? Click To Tweet

Resources

My daughter, Jamie Bagley, has something to aid you in finding times of pause during the day. A collection of poetry/prayers, her Book of Hours: In Shadow and Sun can be found for Kindle at Amazon.

My poem above was inspired by a lesson in Jamie’s free poetry e-course found HERE on her website.

I’m linking up with: #DanceWithJesus, #porchstories, #InspireMeMonday

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

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)

 

I’m linking up with: #InspireMeMonday, #LMMLinkup, #Glimpses, #TeaAndWord, #TestimonyTuesday, #TellHisStory, #RaRaLinkup, #porchstories, #TuneInThursday

Slow Down for a Time of Reflection this Lenten Season

Slow and steady wins the race is the moral of the story about the Tortoise and the Hare. I’m not sure it always holds true, but there is definitely wisdom in taking things slowly rather than always rushing ahead. SLOW is the #FiveMinuteFriday word prompt for this week.

Lent: A Time to Slow Down

We are coming up to the season of Lent as observed in both Roman Catholic and some Protestant churches. The first thing many of us think us when Lent is mentioned is that something has to be given up for the 40 day period. I’ve also heard that you could add something meaningful instead.

In thinking of Lent I believe it is also a time of slowing down, of contemplation, a remembrance of the last days Jesus spent on earth before His sacrificial death.

I did not grow up practicing Lent, but am now learning to see it as a meaningful time of reflection. Click To Tweet My observance of Lent has been sporadic and some years I haven’t done much at all. This year we will be on vacation when it begins with Ash Wednesday on March 1. Since we’ll be relaxing at the beach there will be ample time to take things more slowly.

We are planning to read through a couple of books written especially for the Lenten season. Click To Tweet Both are written by friends of mine, one of whom I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in person several times. The other I’ve gotten to know over the past couple of years in a small online writer’s group.

Books to Read for Lent

The first I want to share is The Living Cross – Exploring God’s gift of forgiveness and new life by Amy Boucher Pye. She is an author and speaker and contributes devotions for Our Daily Bread. Amy is passionate about the Scriptures and sharing God’s love with others. She write a weekly devotional on her blog.

In Amy’s words from the Introduction:

“Lent is traditionally a time of self-examination and thus an opportune moment to delve into God’s stories of forgiveness. As we move from Ash Wednesday to Easter Day we will engage with biblical characters from both the Old Testament and the New, as well as modern-day accounts of sin and forgiveness.”

Amy’s book is divided into weekly sections with a devotion and prayer for each day. At the end of every section as per the Table of Contents are “spiritual exercises and questions for individual reflection and group discussion.”
The focus is on the forgiveness we have in Christ. Click To Tweet
The Living Cross can be found at Amazon.

The other book I want to share is:

40 Days of Lent – the people, places and events of the Passion by Susan Shipe. Susan is an author who writes from her heart the words she has to share. She blogs at Hope, Heart Home.

These words from her Introduction tell a bit about the book:

“We will cover events, people and places. For 40 days, minus Sunday’s we will meet on the pages of this devotional; remembering Jesus’ final days on earth and celebrating His victory over life and death!

Each short chapter ends with a challenge for us to consider. Also included are a couple of maps showing the area of the ministry of Jesus. At the end  of the book she shares a recipe and a project. Susan’s book is also available at Amazon.

I'm looking forward to reading both of these books. Click To Tweet The plan is to read one in the morning and one in the evening. I hope you will take a look at these wonderful books that point us to Jesus. His sacrifice was great, but it made a way for us to be forgiven. What great mercy and love He continually shows to us!

 

I’m linking up with #FiveMinuteFriday.