Happy, Alive, Beautiful and Free: A Butterfly Haiku

Today is Haiku Poetry Day. In honor of that I spent some time with the online Magnetic Poetry kit. Using one of my photos as a guide I wrote a haiku about a happy butterfly. Nature is always inspiring to me as I observe the beauty of God's creation. Click To Tweet 

A Happy Butterfly

 

Happy and alive

Butterfly resting in grass

Beautiful and free

 

Happy Butterfly

 

 Faithful Bloggers is a group I belong to on Facebook. To celebrate Haiku Poetry Day the leaders challenged us to submit some haiku with a Christian emphasis to be included in a free e-book. If you read my blog you'll know that I love to write haiku. Click To Tweet I couldn’t pass up the challenge. The book features some of my poems along with twenty-one others.

I hope you will take a look and download this lovely book. Just click on the link below. I think the offerings there will inspire you.

**It is available for free*** 

Just click on this link: Faithful Bloggers website.

 

I’m linking up with: #LMMLinkup, #TeaAndWord, #TestimonyTuesday, #RaRaLinkup, #TuneInThursday

Wonder & Spy: A Haiku Challenge

The words for Ronovan Writes #weeklyhaikuchallenge this week are Wonder & Spy. Sunday, I took a walk around our property wondering what I might find to photograph. When I saw the prompt words, I knew they would go perfectly with writing haiku using my photos.

 

Strawberry blossoms and even some tiny green strawberries

 

I walk and wonder

What will my eyes spy today

Blossoms fresh and new

 

Some of our blueberry blossoms survived the recent cold snap.

 

As I continued my walk I found some surprises. I saw pansies that survived the winter hidden under weeds. That’s not all I found when weeds were pulled away. 

 

I love pansies. These almost look velvety

 

Garden under weeds

I wondered what was hidden

Then spied herbs and kale

 

Parsley, sage, oregano, thyme and kale…

 

With wonder I spy

Leafy vines climbing a tree

Yikes! Poison ivy

 

Pretty sure this is poison ivy and not Virginia Creeper.

 

The Beauty and Wonder of Creation

 

There is much beauty in creation and much to ponder when we take time to slow down and savor the richness. 

There is much beauty in creation and much to ponder... Click To Tweet

 

Our God gave us all this to enjoy and to reveal a part of who He is. When I walk I am more aware of the beauty of God’s creation. Sometimes I pray while walking alone. As the sun begins to set, and gentle breezes blow, I am refreshed. I pray that you, too, will find a way to be refreshed today.

 

Woods behind our house.

 

Check out Ronovan Writes to find more haiku and add your own if you like.

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Enough To Satisfy: How Much Does it Take

It’s time for Five Minute Friday. We write for five minutes without editing, using a one word prompt. I must confess that I often catch myself editing as I go. It’s also hard to stick within a five minute time limit, but I do my best. This week’s prompt is the word enough.

 
Enough

 

As I was thinking about the prompt, the following statement popped into my mind. Enough is as good as a feast. ~Mary Poppins Click To Tweet

What do you think that means? I have a feeling that it might have a little bit to do with being content with what we have.

 

Lovely table set by a friend.

 

Did you get enough to eat? There’s plenty more. Don’t go away hungry!

Those words were said by my mother and her mother before her when they served a meal. They wanted to make sure everyone had enough. Usually there was so much that we couldn’t eat another bite, and they still insisted that we were welcome to more. I do appreciate their gifts of hospitality.

Often we take for granted the things we have and end up wanting more. Click To Tweet

We think if only we had a new outfit, or if only my house was clean, or if only I could have one more hour in the day, etc., then I wouldn’t want any more. The trouble is when we think like that we will never be satisfied. We could always wish for more and never think there is enough.

 

View from my front porch one recent evening.

 

How Do We Find Contentment?

I certainly don’t have all the answers, but I think giving thanks for what we have would be a good start.

I think how content we are has a lot to do with whether or not we can be satisfied. Click To Tweet

Jesus tells us not to worry about what we will eat or drink or wear, because our Father knows what we need. He said in Matthew 6:33:

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

In scripture we see many examples where Jesus provides what is needed. His first miracle was turning water into wine, not just any wine, but the best.

Jesus Provides Enough

Another example is when there were over 5,000 people gathered who were hungry. The only food they could find were a few small loaves and some fish. Jesus blessed them, and there was not only food to go around but plenty left over. You can read this story in John 6.

When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.” (John 6:12 NIV) (emphasis added)

What do you think? How can we tell when we have enough?

I’m linking up with: #FiveMinuteFriday, #InspireMeMonday, #Glimpses, #MomentsofHope

 

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.

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