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.”

 

I’m linking up with: #MomentsofHope, #Glimpses, #LMMLinkup, #InspireMeMonday, #TeaAndWord, #TestimonyTuesday, #porchstories

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

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

Waiting for the Dawn: A Magnetic Poetry Creation

It has been awhile since I worked with the online Magnetic Poetry Kit. I became inspired when I read Kat Myrman’s poem today. You might want to check out her blog as she writes a variety of poetry and more. Today I was thinking about waiting for the light. Click To Tweet

 

Waiting for Dawn

 

Brown bough wet with rain

Wind rustles through the forest

I walk beneath cover of night

Green grass thick and moist

an ancient pathway for my wanderings


I watch for the light to shine

Full on this beautiful world

Quietly listening as bird songs

Breathe fresh sweet harmony

Into our nature sanctuary

 

 

Sometimes I have trouble finding the right words for a poem. This afternoon it came together with only a little bit of a challenge. It is a fun exercise. If you have never done it I would highly recommend giving it a try. You might surprise yourself with what you create. Click To Tweet

 

 

I thought the following scripture fit in well with my poem, as it refers to our waiting for the return of Christ in all his glory. This is our sure hope.

 

2 Peter 1:19-21 The Message (MSG)

We couldn’t be more sure of what we saw and heard—God’s glory, God’s voice. The prophetic Word was confirmed to us. You’ll do well to keep focusing on it.

It’s the one light you have in a dark time as you wait for daybreak and the rising of the Morning Star in your hearts.

The main thing to keep in mind here is that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of private opinion.

And why? Because it’s not something concocted in the human heart. Prophecy resulted when the Holy Spirit prompted men and women to speak God’s Word.

 

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

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