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

 

Singing Transcends Cultures and Peoples and Time

Sing is the prompt for Five Minute Friday this week. I remembered singing this chorus in my church when I was a teen. I don’t know who wrote it, but it was on the back of our small chorus book.

Sing when the day is bright
Sing thro’ the darkest night
Every day, all the way
Let us sing! Sing! Sing!

 

Music Speaks to All

There is something about music that transcends all cultures and peoples. Click To TweetMusic can speak when you don’t know the language. And when singing isn’t possible, a smile also goes far to reach other people.

 

Singing

 

My sons love to listen to a *Japanese group and have many of their albums. They are learning the words, but even without knowing them they are drawn to this group. My youngest said he read the translation of some of the songs and found that they have hope in them. Somehow, he seemed to know that anyway, even before he read the words.

A song can brighten our spirits even when we don't feel like singing. Click To Tweet

I love to listen to music when I’m in the car whether alone or with others. When I’m alone, driving somewhere, I often put the music up loud and sing along. I’ve even been know to move a little with the music. It loosens me up and lifts my spirits.

 

 

Music Comes in Many Styles

I listen to a variety of music from Louis Armstrong, Cliff Richard, Downhere, Tenth Avenue North, Michael Card, Fernando Ortega, Gungor, Switchfoot and many others. There is something about music and singing that reaches almost everyone. Click To Tweet

 

*The Japanese group is MUCC.  I’d like to share one of their popular songs called Yasashii Uta, which in English means Gentle Song. It sounds very upbeat and happy.

 

Below are a few of the lyrics translated into English. The whole translation can be found HERE.

The people who walk the streets, without change
With grim faces and a quick pace
Where are they walking off to?
What are they walking for?

Hey, please listen! Let’s stop and stand here just a bit longer.
Lalala lalala, we sing under totally different skies.

Everyone has a singing voice
Here and now, let it resound
With singing, you’ll be able to become just a little bit stronger. Let me hear it, your unique song.

We all have our own special song which is the unique story of our lives. Click To TweetMay we let our praise ring out to our glorious Lord, who gives us life and hope and carries us through even the dark days.

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

A Beautiful World Marred but Restoration Is Coming

The prompt words for #RonovanWritesWeeklyHaikuChallenge are Beautiful & Curse. Thinking about the prompt brought to mind Adam and Eve. God had placed them in a garden filled with beautiful plants and luscious fruit. But because they disobeyed him all was lost and a curse was pronounced. Click To Tweet
You can read the whole story of creation and the fall of man in Genesis 1-3. 
These thoughts influenced my haiku, which in a small way reflect how things went from beauty to a curse.

Beautiful but marred

Woods are full of brambles and weeds

 

Beautiful but Marred

 

Beautiful Garden

Man and woman disobeyed

God pronounced a curse

 

Because of the curse

Mankind suffered toil and pain

Beauty became marred

 

Not the End of the Story

 

But that is not the end of the story. Jesus came, took upon himself the curse, then conquered death by his resurrection. He is now in heaven interceding with the Father on our behalf and will one day return to make all things new. At that time everything will be beautiful again. Click To Tweet

 

Curse has Lost its Hold

 

Jesus took the curse

Suffered, died and came alive

Beauty still remains

 

Jesus will return

In beauty and with power

Curse has lost its hold

 

Beautiful Reality When Christ Returns

 

At this point in time complete beauty is not restored. We still struggle with things. The world is still marred, but we have glimpses of beauty all around us. We all have beauty, because God created us in his image. Click To Tweet If we look hard enough we will see the loveliness even in little things. 

 

Beautiful creation

photo from one of my walks. gaylswright.com

 

The beautiful things in this world will not compare with the glorious restoration that is to come.

(Romans 8:18-21 Phillips)

 

In my opinion whatever we may have to go through now is less than nothing compared with the magnificent future God has planned for us. The whole creation is on tiptoe to see the wonderful sight of the sons of God coming into their own.

The world of creation cannot as yet see reality, not because it chooses to be blind, but because in God’s purpose it has been so limited—yet it has been given hope.

And the hope is that in the end the whole of created life will be rescued from the tyranny of change and decay, and have its share in that magnificent liberty which can only belong to the children of God!

 

I’m linking up with:  #DanceWithJesus#FaithonFire, #MomentsofHope

 

Adventures Await us on our Journey of Life

It has been awhile since I participated, but Kat Myrman has continued her weekly Twittering Tales. She provides a photo and we write a story or poem with 140 characters or less. These are great fun and sometimes very challenging. You are welcome to check it out and join in. I have three stories, each slightly different, but all involve life adventures for the characters. You can use your own imagination to fill in the details for each story. Click To Tweet

 

No Turning Back

No turning back now
We said our goodbyes and left
Never to return

Oh, how they pleaded
The danger will be too great
Our minds were made up
(133 characters)

 

Adventures Await

This is the photo prompt as found on Kat’s website.

 

A Sad Departure

The lights of the town faded as we pulled farther away.
The fire had destroyed everything. With tears in our eyes we drove into the unknown.
(140 characters)

 

A New Adventure

Everyone cheered and wished us well. Leaving the city
behind us, we headed out for the adventure of a lifetime! What secrets would we find?
(139 characters)

 

 

Life is Full of Adventures

 

We may not be facing a big move or a trip to a remote village or an extended stay away from home, but there is adventure on this journey of life. There is often a mixture of joy and pain, excitement, disappointment, peace, anxiety, and I could go on.

Maybe you are in a difficult time right now, and you don’t know where the road will lead. You need to know you are not alone. Because life is full of surprises, we need to walk alongside each other and look for ways to help. We were not meant to live in isolation but in community.

 

 

Whatever adventure we find as we travel through our daily lives, we need to remember that God is with us, and he knows the way. He sometimes works behind the scenes, but to us it may seem he has deserted us.Even if we don't sense his Presence, we can still cry out in our pain. Click To Tweet

(Psalm 36:5-9)

Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.

Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep.

You, Lord, preserve both people and animals.

How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!

People take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house; you give them drink from your river of delights.

For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.

 

I‘m linking up with these sites: Kat Myrman, #TellHisStory, #InspireMeMonday, #CoffeeForYourHeart, #HeartEncouragement, #TuneInThursday