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

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

 

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.

I’m linking up with: #DanceWithJesus, #porchstories, #InspireMeMonday, #MomentsOfHope, #Glimpses, #LMMLinkup

Breezes, Sunshine, Waves and Sand: Poetry from the Beach

Earlier this month my husband and I had a short but lovely vacation in Florida with some of his siblings. The sun, the waves, the sand, the breezes that were both mild and strong, the blue sky and white clouds – all worked together to bring refreshment and reduce stress.

 

 

Weekly Haiku Challenge

The prompt words chosen for Ronovan Writes #weeklyhaikuchallenge are Breeze & Blow. How fitting for some haiku about the beach!

 

Sand beneath my feet

Water rushing to and fro

Constant breezes blow
                                                                                                                                         gayl wright                                                         

 

We took walks on the beach, the soft sand making a cushion beneath our feet. Wading along the edge we let the water come over our feet, then felt the sand pulling away as the water receded.

 

Breezes

 

A beautiful day
Clouds blow by and waves roll in
Soft breeze cools my face

                                                                                                      ~ gayl wright                                                         

 

On the beach I sit
Breezes blow in from the sea
Sand gets in my hair

                                                                                                ~ gayl wright                                                         

On our last day, even though the winds were strong we braved them anyway and walked along the beach. Click To Tweet

Inspiration and Refreshment

My sister-in-law and her husband decided to sit down for awhile. She was the inspiration for the last haiku, as she found sand in her hair upon returning to the condo.

I hope you were able to relax and find a bit of refreshment here through the poems and photos. The beach can be a nice place to relax or exercise. Maybe I like it so much because it is different from what I see every day.Sometimes a change of scenery can work wonders to lift our spirits. Click To Tweet If you could travel anywhere you wanted to go, where would you choose?

If you’d like to add your own haiku or read what others have written check out Ronovan Writes.

I’m linking up with: #CoffeeforYourHeart, #TellHisStory, #LMMLinkup, #HeartEncouragement, #TuneInThursday