Truth: Look for it With Eyes and Ears Wide Open

The word truth is the Five Minute Friday word for this past week. I am a little late with mine, but I have not been idle.

The truth is, I couldn't seem to find the words to write, but I did spend more time outside. Click To Tweet

 

My garden needed attention, and I needed the exercise and the fresh air. While outdoors I looked for beauty and found it in many places. Truth can be found in creation. I took photos, wrote haiku and must have found words, because I went slightly over five minutes. 

 

Truth in the beauty of creation

 

What is truth?

 

Many people are divided over that question. Thinking about truthfulness, the word honesty comes to mind. When we ask questions, we expect that the answer given us will be true.

But what happens when people see things from different vantage points? Each tells a different story, but which is true? Or are they both true but told from different perspectives.

 

Sometimes we jump to conclusions before we have heard the whole story or seen all the evidence. Click To Tweet

 

We have been watching “Father Brown” on Netflix. It is a series loosely based on G. K. Chesterton’s Father Brown stories.

The inspector in the series is always jumping the gun based on circumstantial evidence. But Father Brown is slow and methodical, thinking things through and asking questions.

Eventually, he uncovers the facts and always seems to confound the inspector.

 

That is why it is important to listen and weigh the facts. Click To Tweet

 

That is why it is important to listen, weigh the facts and then make a decision or come to a conclusion. I know at times I came to a wrong conclusion with my kids, because I answered before actually listening to all that they wanted to say.

 

 

God has been teaching me to “hold my tongue” more, especially in the area of politics. I don’t like the way people accuse others, and even Christians can be very unkind. It seems to me the best way is to learn to listen to each other and together search for the truth.

 

Truth Sets You Free

 

In the Bible we are told that the truth will set us free. Jesus said that he is the way, the truth and the life. He is truth personified. By the sacrifice of his life and subsequent Resurrection, he made it possible for us to have life eternal. He has set us free from the chains that would bind us and hold us down.

 

(John 14:5-6 NIV)
Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

 

(John 8:31 NIV)

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

 

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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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Leap & Throb: Two Very Different Haiku Poems

Leap & Throb are the words for Ronovan Writes weekly haiku challenge. The first thought I had is how our hearts leap and throb within us when we are excited or nervous.

Excitement can come in many ways causing hearts to beat faster. Click To Tweet
You may even see children running and leaping when they are dismissed for summer vacation. A bride just before her wedding, a new school or a job promotion are other examples of excitement causing events.

 

Leap for joy at the beauty

 

Without naming anything in particular, my first haiku tries to capture that feeling of excitement.

Of course sometimes our hearts beat faster because of anxiety or panic, and that is not fun. Click To Tweet

 

My thoughts with this haiku are about happy things that happen in our lives. As you read it think about what might cause you to leap with joy.

 

Excitement

 

I leap in the air

My heart throbs within my chest

So much excitement

 

My second haiku brings to mind those debilitating headaches many of us have sometime or another. It was fresh in my mind as I suffered with one for a couple of days this week.

 

A Headache


Throbbing and leaping

Hammers pounding in my head

Intense pain lingers

 

 

Whether I am happy or sad, in pain or health, I know that I can trust my Lord to be near. He may not change the circumstances, but God does give me strength and peace. My body may not feel like praising God when my head is pounding or my back aching, but I still put my faith in him.

 

Psalm 28:7 (NIV)

The Lord is my strength and my shield;
my heart trusts in him, and he helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
and with my song I praise him.

 

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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.

 

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