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

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

 

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