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.”

 

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

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

Plain Country Roads More Beautiful than Interstates

Fast & Plain are the prompt words for the #weeklyhaikuchallenge at Ronovan Writes. I like to choose scenes from my life to use as inspiration for my poems. At first I wasn’t sure about how to use these two words. Then I thought of my recent trip driving back to South Carolina from Illinois this week.

 

I realized why I prefer back roads to interstates. Click To Tweet

On interstates there is almost always construction, lots of trucks and it’s very fast paced. 
Country roads have a certain charm about them. The traffic is minimal and the driving is much more relaxed. There is an occasional crazy driver or slow moving vehicle, but for the most part it is an interesting ride. 

 

Beauty Made Plain

Photo of Smoky Mountain Parkway taken last Fall when I wasn’t driving.

 

Beauty in Plain Sight

 

Winding country roads

Unlike fast paced interstates

Plainly show beauty

 

It's so easy to move quickly through our days forgetting to stop and notice the little things. Click To Tweet
Earlier this evening I went outside. The wind was getting stronger, clouds were moving in and rain was on the way. I felt refreshed and relaxed as I listened to the chimes and watched the trees swaying with the wind.

 

 

Standing on the porch I zoomed in to get a close up of the purple sage blooms in my garden.

 

 

Lovely Purple Sage

 

Sage is plain and green

Stems grow fast and reach up high

Graced with purple blooms

 

I hope you take some time to be still in your day and find the beauty. Click To Tweet

 

Be sure to check out links to other poems at #RonovanWrites, or add one yourself! It’s a fun challenge to find ways to use the prompt words.

 

I’m linking up with: #FreshMarketFriday

 

Behold and See Beautiful Flowers Described in Haiku

This week’s haiku challenge from Ronovan Writes are the words Behold & See. It seems to me these words could be used in so many ways. I chose to write about flowers on our property. Click To Tweet

First up is the honeysuckle. These blossoms are fragrant and actually tasty. My daughter would pull them apart and enjoy the nectar. The vines grow wild along the fence and climb up the trees along the edge of the woods.

 

The Fragrant Honeysuckle

 

Honeysuckle vine

Come behold its fragrant bloom

A feast for your eyes

 

 

The Purple Passion Flower

 

The purple passion flower also grows wild on our property. It climbs the fence, grows along the steps and goes just about anywhere it pleases.  Many people call them Maypops. The fruit is green, and when it is ripe you can break it open and eat the seeds along with the pulp. Some varieties turn orange when they are ripe, but ours do not.

 

What does my eye see

A purple passion flower

Behold its beauty

 

Behold the passion flower

 

Behold the Dogwood

 

The dogwood blossom is very beautiful, and is a lovely sign of spring. An interesting story of the dogwood blossom has been passed down through the years. Click To Tweet

The yellow flowers in the middle are likened to the crown of thorns. Dark spots on the edge remind us of the nails piercing his hands and feet. The purplish color spreading out from the spots corresponds to the blood that was shed.

 

Tiny golden blooms

Amidst leaves with purple stains

Behold the dogwood

 

 

These are but a few evidences of the beauty of creation. Click To Tweet We did not plant any of them, yet here they are sharing their loveliness with us. Would you join me and take some time today to notice beautiful things and give thanks to God? Maybe it brings a smile to his face when we enjoy the beautiful things he has made.

 

I’m linking up with: #ronovanwriteshaikuchallenge, #TeaAndWord, #TestimonyTuesday, #TellHisStory, #LMMLinkup, #DanceWithJesus, #FreshMarketFriday