Wondering What I’ll Find as I Wander Through the Woods

Though I haven’t done it in awhile, I love to take walks in the woods. While making my way along, wondering what I’ll find, I begin to feel less stressed, relaxing as I enjoy the fresh air and beauty surrounding me. There's something about the outdoors that calls to me. Click To Tweet I am blessed to live beside a woodland area with a variety of plants, trees and wildlife. 

 

Wondering as I Wander in the Woods

 

Wondering as I Wander

 

Wandering through the woods
I wonder what I’ll see
A squirrel racing up a tree
Or birds twittering with glee

 

Maybe there will be a snake
Slithering across the ground
While hardly making any sound
He should watch out for the hound

 

 

Fallen leaves, broken limbs
What is that peeking through
I almost smashed it with my shoe
Tiny flower dressed in blue

 

Wandering through the woods
I wonder what I’ll find
A treasure someone left behind
Or a calm place to unwind

                                                                                            ~gayl wright

 

 

Everyone Needs Time Alone

 

We all need alone time without distractions. In our busy world it seems we don’t have time to stop, because of all the demands. We push ourselves from one thing to another hardly stopping to think. What if we made it a priority to pause at times during the day if only for a few seconds? Click To TweetWe can’t all drop everything and go into the woods for an extended time of quiet and contemplation. Most don’t have the means or the time to do that very often, much less every day.

 

Pause for Short Times During the Day

 

What is stopping us from taking a few minutes a day or even several times a day to stop what we are doing and say a quick prayer? We can thank God for life or we can send up a quick prayer for help. Whatever our situation, we need time for pause during our busy days. Click To Tweet It helps immensely to step away for a minute and refocus. If there is time, a quick walk outdoors in the fresh air can be a healing balm enabling us to get back to work with renewed vigor.

 

 

Even Jesus set aside time alone to pray to His Father God. In Mark 1:35 we read:

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

What about you? Are there certain practices that help you pause during the day? What do you do when you feel the need to get away for some time of contemplation? Click To Tweet

Resources

My daughter, Jamie Bagley, has something to aid you in finding times of pause during the day. A collection of poetry/prayers, her Book of Hours: In Shadow and Sun can be found for Kindle at Amazon.

My poem above was inspired by a lesson in Jamie’s free poetry e-course found HERE on her website.

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Trust God When You Cannot See the Way

It’s Five Minute Friday time again! This week the prompt is the word abandon. I thought about it for awhile and then decided to try a poem. It was mostly done within the allotted time, though it took a little longer to finish it up. Each stanza is a haiku and finishes up with a reminder to always trust in God.

 

 

Trust God in the Dark

Where are you, my Lord
My eyes are dim with teardrops
I am all alone

The way is so dark
No light shines to guide my path
I can’t see ahead

Brambles and tree roots
Stretch like fingers to trip me
Please don’t leave me here

Abandon me not
Oh Lord, my God and Savior
I am yours alone

My child I am here
You must trust me in the dark
I will never leave

                                                                                      ~gayl wright

 

 

Many times in this journey of life the road ahead seems dark, and we strain to see the light. Maybe we even feel like God has abandoned us. When trial after trial comes we might be tempted to fall into a heap and give up. Click To Tweet But take heart, God is always with us even when we cannot see. We don’t need to worry about the future or if we will have all we need, because God has it all under control.

(Hebrews 13:5-6 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.”

So we say with confidence, The Lord is my helper;
I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”

 

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Refine My Heart, Oh God

Refine is the word prompt for this week’s #FiveMinuteFriday. The first thing that came to my mind was a song entitled “The Refiner’s Fire.” It was made popular by Steve Green quite a few years ago. I’ll share a link at the end of this post.

 

Refine

 

As I proceeded to write about the word I was not satisfied, because it didn’t seem to come from my heart. So I deleted the post and almost decided not to write for this week. Then I decided to pray about what I should write, if anything at all. Click To Tweet Next, I switched gears and wrote the following poem. It took a minute or two longer than five, but it is an unrevised free write.

 

Refine My Heart, Oh God


Refine my heart, Oh God
Take out all impurities,
those stony parts
of insensitivity


Make my heart fully flesh
May I love as You love
those weaker ones
who need to know that I care


Enlarge my heart, Oh God
Open my ears to hear
those cries for help
and learn to cry with them


Please purify my heart
Open my blinded eyes
to see beauty
in all your creation

                                                                            ~ gayl wright

 

 

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Wait and Trust in the Faithfulness of God

Come, Lord Jesus: The Weight of Waiting is an Advent book written by Kris Camealy. Her words invite us to think about what it means to wait, and to focus on the faithfulness of God. Click To Tweet The readings start on December 1, beginning each chapter with a portion of Scripture. Each reading has a different theme and includes a question for reflection and a prayer.

Christina Hubbard of Creative & Free is hosting a book club. It’s not too late to join us. If you’re interested just click HERE and it will take you to the sign up form.

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The reflection question for Day 1 is: How am I wanting to see God move today?  I’ll share my answer at the end of the post.

I did a lot of pondering on the question and began writing a poem. Then more reflection while wandering around outside and partly in the woods. The air was crisp and a bit breezy but oh so refreshing.Whenever I am down, just spending time outside always lifts my spirits. Click To Tweet

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There were still some flowers blooming on my porch and in the garden.

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After walking a bit I went on the porch to ride the exercise bike, and this was my view.

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As I reflected on the beauty, I was thankful for God’s provision. There was no need for me to be anxious, because He knows what is best. I need to learn to trust more. When I went back inside I worked more on the poem. After a break to fix and eat supper I was able to finish it.

God’s Light Breaks Through

My heart is stubborn, weak and selfish,
in need of healing
I hold on to past hurts looking for
someone or something to blame
Discontentment reigns as I focus on
problems instead of solutions

Stress takes its toll causing
shoulder pain and stiffness
I long for a closer walk with God
yet I put off prayer time
A few words of Scripture read at night
are often easily forgotten

Why do I carry these burdens?
Where can I find peace and contentment?
Who can pierce the thickness of my heart?

God, with His Light of Truth
breaks through the gloom
as love like a rushing stream pours in
opening wide my heart
filling it with abundant mercy
forgiveness and healing

I loosen my grip relinquishing my hold
Stress levels decrease, my body relaxes
Chaos gradually gives way to peace and joy
Grace will sustain me wherever I go
My mouth overflows with praise to God
sharing His love in words, photos and art
                                                                ~gayl wright

Wait on God and His light will shine through.

Now as promised I’ll answer this question. How am I wanting to see God move today? 

I want Him to pierce my stubborn heart so that I am free of the burdens that are not mine to carry, so I can better be a channel of His love to my family, friends, acquaintances and even strangers.

I would also ask myself if I’m willing to wait for His leading and not rush ahead in my own strength.

What about you? How do you want to see God move today? Are you willing to wait on Him? Click To Tweet

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