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)

 

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Sweat, Heat and Spending Time Outdoors

We need heat, but sometimes it becomes extreme. God created our bodies to have a way of cooling down by using sweat.

In my three haiku, heat and sweat seem to be opponents, but in reality both are important. Click To Tweet

 

Sun and sweat

 

 Heat and Sweat

 Summer heat is strong

Warming skin ‘til sweat beads form

Dripping down my brow

 

Outdoors in the Sun

Heat can be intense

Working outdoors in the sun

Sweat comes as relief

 

Summer’s Breeze

Touched by summer’s breeze

Sweat soaked clothes now keep me cool

Heat has been thwarted

 

 

Sun and Wind and Rhythms of the Earth

 

The third haiku above portrays the cooled sweat defeating the sun’s heat. It reminds me of the Aesop’s fable about the argument between the North Wind and the Sun. In this story the sun is portrayed as the gentle one. If you’re curious about the story you can find it HERE.

Though the sun wins in that story, North Wind does have a place. Wind, rain, sun, heat and cold all play a part in the story of earth, the planet we call home. Some people prefer one season over another, but all have their purpose.

 

God created rhythms that would repeat day after day, month after month, year after year. Click To Tweet

 

Spending so much time indoors with windows closed, electricity buzzing, lights that keep us up late at night, we have lost touch with the rhythms of the earth. Somehow I think if we could recover some of that and allow our bodies to relax and slow down, maybe our lives would take on new meaning and purpose.

 

 

Relaxing Outdoors

 

Last Friday was warm and sunny so I decided to go outside for awhile. Sitting on the grassy hillside I felt a connection to the earth. No electronics, just grass and dirt, sunshine and breeze, all natural and real. (I did have my cell phone but only to take pictures.) Grounding my body in this way helps me to relax and let go of some tension.

 

I've kept myself inside for far too long compared to the time spent outdoors. Click To Tweet

 

I need to find a balance. The time outside refreshes my outlook. I bask in the sun while listening to the sounds. Somewhere in the woods I hear a crow, but the other birds must be taking a nap. Or maybe I’m not listening intently enough.

Sitting out there I’m able to take my mind off some of the demands and enjoy being still. It’s a good feeling. My cat also enjoyed the extra attention and tried to interrupt my writing. She finally settled down to rest close to me.

 

 

Our Lord created a perfect world for us to inhabit. Beauty thrives even though parts of it are spoiled. Seasons come and go. I look forward to the changes each season brings, for all have a purpose. 

 

I thank God for all kinds of weather and for the change of seasons. Click To Tweet

 

Genesis 1:14,15

And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so.

 

I’m participating in the #weeklyhaikuchallenge at #ronovanwrites  where Sweat & Heat are the prompt words. You can find all the details at the link above and are welcome to join in.

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Trust in God Can Overcome Fear

Safe is the Five Minute Friday prompt word for this week. What does it take to make us feel safe in our everyday lives? In who or what do we put our trust? What does it actually mean to be safe? These are questions I think most of us have, and we all seek to find the answers. Click To Tweet

 

 

One of the first things that came to mind with the prompt was an old hymn I remember from childhood. It is called “Safe in the Arms of Jesus” and was written by Fanny Crosby. You can click on the link above to read all the words. Here is the chorus:

Safe in the arms of Jesus,
Safe on His gentle breast,
There by His love o’ershaded,
Sweetly my soul shall rest.

When I looked up the lyrics I found some interesting information about Fanny Crosby. One is that she was the first woman to be heard in our government’s Senate chambers when she read aloud one of her poems. Even though she was blind she did not let that stop her from getting a good education. She even became a teacher in the school for the blind that she attended. Click To Tweet

 

Trust Triumphs Over Fear

 

What if she had been too afraid to try new things?

What if her parents had been over protective, because they wanted to try to keep her safe?

We can try all we want to prevent accidents and live safely, but we are not really in control. Fanny Crosby kept going in spite of any fears she may have had. I’m sure she must have put her trust in God to see her through. She penned many of the hymns that people still love today.

 

 

I want to always put my trust in God, but I know I am weak and will sometimes let fear creep in. It is a comfort to me to know that God knows my weakness, yet still loves me and promises to be with ever me.

 

Psalm 28:7-9 (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.

The Lord is the strength of his people,
a fortress of salvation for his anointed one.
Save your people and bless your inheritance;
be their shepherd and carry them forever.

 

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Nature Can Give Rest and Inspire Poetry

Tonight I have been busy at work writing more poetry from the online Nature Magnetic Poetry Kit. The first shows how nature can help us rest and at the same time inspire poetry. The second one celebrates love and the poetry it inspires. Each stanza in both of the poems is a separate haiku Click To Tweet.

Poetry From Nature

 

Like seasons of life
Poetry is fresh and bright
Or dark and lonely

Through vivid color
Come watch a gentle river
With secret longing

Breathe pure air at dawn
Relax between lake and tree
Nature could give rest

Like rain on green grass
Let her water your spirit
You will grow and thrive

 

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Beneath the Moonlight

 

I can see you there
On our secret garden path
Beneath the moonlight

You wander throughout
And listen to the wind song
I watch quietly

Walk with me my love
Poetry comes fresh and sweet
My world is at peace

 

 

If you’ve never tried out an online magnetic poetry kit, you might like to take a look. There are several categories to choose from, so there may be something that you like better than the nature kit I use. It’s a challenge but can also be fun and rewarding. Sometimes the words just seem to fall into place. Other times I change them around over and over before I am satisfied. Still, I find it to be fun and a good way to be creative. Click To Tweet

 

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