Sunday, December 13, 2015

Make Room for Jesus

For the past couple of weeks I've been participating in a Holiday Haiku Challenge given at Wendy Speake. The prompt for Day 7 was "Make room." I wrote several before settling on one to share. This evening while reading over them I thought they would go well together as a longer poem with stanzas. Hope you enjoy!

Make Room

This holiday time
Amid shopping and parties
Make room for Jesus

Are you all alone,
Weak, sick, helpless, without hope?
Make room for Jesus

Feeling lost and empty?
Only One can satisfy
Make room for Jesus

With mercy and grace
He can meet your deepest need
Make room for Jesus

Make room for Jesus
Your heart will overflow with
Love that knows no end

May we all make room for Jesus this Christmas season. May we seek Him with our whole heart. May we find joy and peace.

It's not too late to join in the #holidayhaiku challenge. Go to Wendy Speake for all the details!

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Five Minute Friday: Reflect

The Five Minute Friday word for today is reflect.

As I reflect on this past year, I find things that make me happy and things that make me sad. I lost a friend earlier this year and have had other unpleasant things to deal with.

On the other hand, I have made new friends and have improved somewhat in my writing skills. I have continued writing poems which is very enjoyable to me.

One of my goals was to have my house rid of clutter, but that goal is very illusive. It seems that the more I take out, the more comes in. Must. Remedy. That.

Another practice I wanted to establish was to have more regular times of prayer. I have been able to do that to an extent, but not as much as I had hoped. But I am happy with any progress made.

My computer stopped working and I've had to make do with an older laptop with an unfunctioning monitor so it is hooked up to a monitor on my desk.

Some fun activities have been a trip to visit daughter Jamie and meet an online friend in person.

My time is up already, but I think I'll continue just a bit.

I have continued my practice of working in my art journal and expanding it to other notebooks as well. I have found it to be a form of reflection as I think about how to arrange things and what form of media to use. Mostly it's been collage with some occasional found poetry.

My husband and I celebrated our 41st anniversary by staying a couple of days in Gatlinburg, TN, where we spent time resting and walking and taking pictures. I was surprised that our motel room had an actual key rather than a card or code.

A highlight of the year was my first time attending the Allume conference in Greenville, SC, in October. There I met more online friends and have enjoyed their friendship more.

Most recently I've taken on a holiday haiku challenge which you can read about at Wendy Speake in case you'd like to join in.

On the whole as I reflect on 2015, I find myself at peace as we approach the end of the year. Even though some events have been difficult, I am always able to find peace in knowing that God is faithful and will be with me wherever I go.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Seasons of Life

When I first hear the word season, I think of winter, spring, summer and fall. Each one has a beauty of its own. Depending on where you live winter can have snow, which if not always practical, is very pretty and fun to play in when you have no place to go.

When you're really tired of winter, a break comes with spring and new life. Trees have new leaves, flowers bloom and the air is a little warmer. Spring begins to prepare you for summer.

Summer can be a fun time, but it can also get very hot. The heat can seem unbearable at times, but then you can refresh yourself. It's a time of picnics in the shade, of drinking cold drinks and having fun.

Fall is one of my favorite seasons. It gives a break from the summer heat and there are cooler breezes. We can begin wearing sweaters, thinking of hot chocolate and falling leaves.

There are also seasons in our lives from infancy, to childhood, to adulthood and then old age. Each season seems to have sub seasons, times of joy and peace, times of sadness, times of light and times of darkness, times of good news and times of bad.

All these add up to make up our lives. We need them all to become the people we are meant to be. And God will be with us through each and every one. 

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Waiting With Hope

The #wholemama prompt for today is wait.  Yesterday as I was reading The Circle of Seasons by Kimberlee Conway Ireton, I found out that the Hebrew word for wait also means hope. I thought that was interesting because here is what I had been mulling over in my mind: Wait with hope.

Advent is a time of waiting with hope.

In all the busyness we can take a few minutes each day to contemplate what the coming of Jesus meant. We can think about what a sacrifice it was for him to leave the glory of heaven to be born as a human, fulfilling his mission all the way to the cross.

But how do we wait with hope when we are faced with unplanned circumstances?

We get caught in traffic and wait. We sit at the doctor's office and wait. 

We stand in line at the grocery store and wait. We wait for our children as they hunt for the lost shoe and we are running late again. 

None of those kinds of waiting are fun to do. We fret and worry and want everything done NOW. Our days seem like a blur as we run from one thing to another. We don't think we have time to wait, because there is so much to do.

Waiting forces us to slow down and that can be a good thing.

What if instead of fretting when we find ourselves waiting, we intentionally focused on our surroundings looking for something to be thankful for?

While waiting in traffic we might notice details of the different kinds of cars, or see an unusual cloud formation in the sky, or study the architecture of houses or other buildings around us.

Maybe at the doctor's office we can notice the other patients and pray for them.

In the grocery line we could try hard to be calm and smile at others. When it's finally our turn we could say kind words to the weary cashier. I have done this and have seen their faces light up showing they are encouraged.

We won't always get it right. We'll make mistakes. We'll lose our cool.

But we can do our best to help make someone else's day brighter. In so doing we will brighten our day, too.

We can rejoice that Jesus did not stay dead, but conquered sin and death once for all. He has ascended to his place of glory at his Father's right hand. One day he will return and every knee will bow before him as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

We can seek peace and comfort in our own lives as we actively wait with hope, knowing that Jesus is with us wherever we go. Let's share that love.

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I'm also taking on a #holidayhaiku challenge which you can read about at Wendy Speake.