Friday, May 30, 2014

Five Minute Friday: Nothing

It's Friday again and time for the link up with Lisa-Jo Baker's Five Minute Friday.

Nothing. So many times there is nothing we can do. We have to just wait.  Last week and then again this week we took my mom for cataract surgery, the right eye last week and the left eye this week.  This morning she went for the checkup to make sure everything was doing well.  On all these occasions a lot of waiting is involved and there is nothing you can do to change that.

But wait.  There is nothing I can do?  Well, maybe I can't change how long things take but I can take charge of my attitude and what I do with my waiting time.  Nothing can make the waiting time go away, but I decided to read using the kindle app. on my phone.   Last week I read a good bit of the book DIVERGENT and found that it made the time seem to go faster, because I was caught up in the story.

Yesterday, I spent time talking on the phone with a daughter that I had not talked to in awhile, so that also helped the time pass.

So even though the time did not really go faster, it was not true that there was nothing I could do.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Five Minute Friday: Close

As I contemplate the word "close" a lot of different thoughts are going through my mind.  I think of the

closeness of our family. Even though we are quite a variety the underlying framework is love.  Our

love for each other surpasses any disagreements we might have.  And we are a large family. My

husband and I have 7 children plus 4 sons-in-law and 13 grandchildren.  We are very blessed.  It is

great to be able to have this closeness with each other.

I also thought of a popular song from when I was in high school.  It was sung by The Carpenters and the title

was "Close to You."

Then there are pictures taken - close ups of flowers, birds and many other things.

I am linking up with Five Minute Friday at Lisa-Jo Baker's blog along with many others who write for five minutes and then stop.  It's usually unedited and not as polished as some blog posts,but it's meant to be a fun activity.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Monk, Artist, Mystic

     I am going to start living like a monk   

     in the world daily by                              

     drinking from the well

     of God's word,

     basking in His unfailing love,

     praying intercessory prayers,

     working with my hands,

     taking time to be outdoors,

     slowing down to notice

     the beauty and the holy

     in the ordinary,

     hearing the birds sing, 

     listening to the whistling

     of the wind as it

     causes the trees to sway.

     I am going to start living like an artist

     in the world daily by

     holding things close

     in my thoughts until time 

     for recording observations

     using whatever means

     are available whether

     writing privately in my journal

     or publicly on my blog, 

     in prose or poetry,

     audio or video,

     drawing or painting,

     photographing or

     making collages,

     all with praise to God.

     I am going to start living like a mystic

     in the world daily by    

     affirming the    

     incarnation of Jesus,

     who left the glory of heaven

     on a mission to save mankind,

     becoming fully human, 

     yet also fully God;

     by seeing the hand of

     the Three-In-One

     in all my circumstances

     knowing that although

     I make many plans

     He is the one who

     guides my way.

This poem was inspired by an exercise in the book The Artist's Rule by Christine Valters Paintner of Abbey of the Arts

A monk is usually thought of as one who lives in a monastery along with others of the same mind who keep themselves in seclusion from the world at large, but Christine invites us all to be "monks in the world" by becoming more aware and fully present in our everyday tasks wherever we are and by taking time for more rest, contemplation, and hospitality, among other things.  To find out more about what she means you can check out this page of the Abbey of the Arts website.

According to an artist is "a person whose creative work shows sensitivity and imagination."  I believe we are all artists of a sort.  Any work we do no matter how mundane can be done artistically with a little imagination.  As human beings made in the image of God we all have a capacity to create.

A mystic, according to Rhymezone, is simply "someone who believes in the existence of realities beyond human comprehension,"  and as an adjective can mean "having an import not apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence, beyond ordinary understanding."  As a believer in God, I consider myself a mystic because He and his works are "beyond ordinary comprehension."

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Sometimes Rain is.....

Sometimes rain is quiet
like feathers falling
gently to earth.

Sometimes rain is loud
like thundering giants
pounding the roof.

Sometimes rain is steady
like marchers in rhythm
never missing a beat.

Sometimes rain is sporadic
like children at play
as they run, climb, laugh, sing, yell.

Sometimes rain is soothing
like droplets of water
caressing a parched tongue.

Sometimes rain is fierce
like a mighty lion
devouring its prey.

Sometimes rain is welcomed.
Sometimes rain is shunned.
Always rain is wet.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Thank you Mother

Thank you Mother
for loving me,
cooking food,
making clothes,
taking great care
when I was sick.

Thank you Mother
for teaching me,
reading books
opening new worlds
stimulating my

Thank you Mother
for leading me
by example,
daily studying
the precious
word of God.

Thank you Mother
for being there,
always ready
to help
giving wisdom
and support.

Thank you Mother
for your prayers
faithfully given
day after day
year after year
because you love.

Thank you God for such a loving mother.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Five Minute Friday: Grateful

Today is the day of Lisa Jo Baker's Five Minute Friday link up.  If you have never done this, it might be enjoyable to try it sometime. We set a timer and write for 5 minutes on the given topic. You can find out all about it  HERE.  The topic for this week is the word "grateful."  


When I think of the word "grateful" I automatically think of being thankful for something or someone, but when I looked up the word in a dictionary I found that it can also mean pleasing. For instance, if you were working outside in the heat and someone brought you a cool glass of lemonade, you could say it was a grateful drink.  I don't really think that definition is used nearly as much as the other one.  

This past week has been a good one for my husband and me.  We have had the house to ourselves and have been able to work together with the animals, discuss things on our minds and generally have a good time together.  Today we went to purchase some new little chickens which will bring us eggs in a few months when they get older.  I am grateful for fresh eggs.

We also bought some fresh strawberries and I am grateful for the refreshing taste they bring to me.

And now my 5 minutes are up, but I have a little bit more to say.   I am grateful for my family and friends and for my home. I could go on and on.  When I stop to think about it I realize that I am very blessed and I am grateful to God for all that He has given me.

One other thing we purchased today was this beautiful hanging pot of petunias. I am grateful for beautiful flowers. They really dress up the front porch, don't you think?