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Sunday, April 22, 2018

At Last


At Last

After days of below freezing temperatures
with no sun to illuminate the picture,
after donning boots and gloves and scarfs
as cold snow blankets the frozen earth,
after huddling around the wood stove
as the winter winds continue to blow,
after cold noses and cold feet
when perhaps a cold settles deep,
after winter does its dance -
it's time for a happy prance!

Why? Because the sun again shines
after winter comes to dine
when it nips our nose
and freezes our toes.
The sun warms the earth
bringing with it mirth
for the long days of winter
are finally over
when at last the early morning sunrise awakens
and at eventide the sunset hovers over the horizon.

At last, the winter snow has gone
and with it you'll hear a new song
for at last, birds return again
and with them springtime rains.
At last, the grass turns green
painting a pretty scene.
At last, snowdrops are in bloom
and you'll see crocus' soon.
At last, you'll see daffodils
over the landscape spill.

Although it seems winter lasts too long
winter is needed, it is not wrong,
for bulbs and perennials,
every year to return will,
need this time of frozen hibernation
as they use it for rejuvenation
before they burst on the scene
with spears of delightful green
soon followed by a rainbow
of colorful blooms just for show.

At last, spring has come
under the ground from
buried bulbs and roots
when hope again shoots
as at last flowers appear
and you'll see returning bees steer.
At last, the long winter is over
as each new day the sun hovers longer.
At last.
At last.

* * * * *

As bulbs yearly need a time of hibernation
to store up energy for rejuvenation
we too need a time to rejuvenate
as we study scripture when we awake
for each day will bring a burden, a care,
that God did not intend for us to bear.

God did, however, intend
that we search scriptures often
for answers to help us fend
when daily troubles offend.
You'll find that scripture often
comforts and relieves burdens.

Scripture also instructs and corrects,
your daily decisions direct.
It gives hope
to help you cope.
It tells you of God's love
sent from heaven above.

Discovering you are loved
is like receiving a hug.
Love will warm your stone cold heart
when it finds its target -
the life-long wrong impressions
that keep you in a prison.

Begin today to discover
what's under the Bible's covers.
You'll be delightfully surprised
as each day you can't wait to rise
to read about God's love for you.
You'll find God's love will see you through.

I will instruct you and teach you
in the way you should go;
I will counsel you and watch over you.
Psalm 32:8

Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light for my path.
Psalm 119:105

Casting all your cares upon him for he careth for you.
I Peter 5:7 (KJV)

You are forgiving and good, O Lord,
abounding in love to all who call to you.
Psalm 86:5

For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Psalm 100:5

You are precious and honored in my sight...
and I love you...
Isaiah 43:4

Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed,
yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken
nor my covenant of peace be removed,
says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
Isaiah 54:10


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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Undercover


 Undercover

Spring has sprung.
Yard work begun.
It's time to discover
what's undercover
for last fall gardens were put bed
covered with a blanket of leaves quite dead.

What was discovered today
underneath this crisp array?
From under this blanket burst
purple and bright gold crocus
now visited by honey bees
which is quite pleasing to me.


Rosy tips of tulips seen
among daffodil's leaves of green.
Can't wait for the tulips to bloom
as they were a gift last autumn.
Much of my garden makes a memory
of friends and family dear to me.

This afternoon under the sun's beams
other surprises wait to be seen.
There are grape hyacinths lacking chlorophyll,
yellowish green under the leaves looking quite ill.
Other hyacinths seem to grow an inch a day.
When I saw them pop up last week they made my day.

Day lilies are uncovered
as the warm sun hovers,
while songbirds serenade
as they build nests from blades
of dried grasses and twigs
when they build their new digs.

Yes, each year spring brings with it a time of wonderment,
where miracles reappear to our amazement.
These warm days seem to bring an excited energy
though I, for one, quickly run out of energy.
I'll need to cut the ornamental grass
and buy something to kill grubs which ate the grass.

The compost pile waits to be dispersed.
There's another pile piled high with brush.
There's holes dug in the yard by squirrels
and trails left behind by moles.
It seems each joy is tempered by a sorrow
but there will be joy abundant tomorrow.

As I uncover, I find lots:
there's fat buds seen on the lilac,
forsythia almost ready to bloom,
lovely daffodils, with their spring-fresh perfume,
new green growth on the rose,
a pair of mourning doves pose...

hostas poking out of the ground,
under the leaves rhubarb is found,
here's sedums green rosettes
and hellebores are met,
there's purple columbine leaves.
These dead leaves make me sneeze.


Hooray for spring
for spring does bring
renewal each year
as green growth appears.
It's as the earth is kissed
and now filled with promise.

* * * * *
There's another promise
much better than a wish
found in God's Word
direct from the Lord.
It's: you are loved with an everlasting love.
Consider yourself enveloped in God's hug.

Not only is God's love eternal,
it's also unconditional.
You do not earn it.
It is a free gift
waiting to be discovered
under the Bible's covers.

I have loved you with an everlasting love.
Jeremiah 31:3

The gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:23

It is by grace you have been saved, through faith -
and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God -
not by works, so that no one can boast.
For we are God's workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus to do good works,
which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Ephesians 2:8-10

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Monday, April 9, 2018

Sunshine Yellow


SUNSHINE YELLOW



A test of patience each spring is yearly instilled

as we wait 11 months for the daffodils -

some bright yellow with trumpet frills

or maybe the white ones will thrill.



Though these yellow blooms last for up to three weeks

their green leaves from the flower bed will peek

for several more weeks,

looking messy, not neat.



In the meantime yellow forsythia bursts into bloom,

though if you're impatient you can force their yellow blooms

by cutting a few canes to bring inside.

Just a week it takes for flowers to betide.



Forsythia, another springtime bloom,

that we patiently await to bloom

bursts into color, a bright sunshine yellow,

reinforcing spring is here – hello!



How soon these bright sunshine yellow daffodils are over and gone

but do not fear, yellow dandelions are soon coming on...

and on...

and on.



Dandelions test our patience

seemingly beyond our endurance.

Many neighbors yearly apply "weed and feed"

as dandelions are filled with endless greed.



You'll find my yard filled with an abundance

which remind me of God's "faithfulness"

for that's what dandelion happens to mean -

these sunny blooms among jagged leaves of green.



For many weeks on end, over and over again,

you'll find me (impatiently) digging out dandelions in the gardens

as last year's dandelions went to seed

growing thousands of dandelions to weed.



I'm reminded of God's patience

and everlasting faithfulness

daily toward me as I weed -

a needed reminder indeed.



Let's not forget the sunshine yellow sun

that each spring brightens and warms

the barren, colorless earth

causing new life to spring forth.



Bright sunshine yellow,

such a cheerful color.

Much happiness it brings,

painting the earth each spring.



* * * * *



Patience is a hard lesson to learn,

though often needed at every turn,

for everyday something unforeseen goes awry

causing unwanted suffering, why oh why?



Yet God's Word says those who persevere are blessed.

Something to contemplate during the next test -

and you can be sure one will come,

though hardly ever welcomed.


 

Instead of worrying,

simply start praising.

The peace of God will again calm your spirit,

then perhaps you'll see God's solution in it.



And you'll find an attitude

of unceasing gratitude

will peacefully surround

through life's many ups and downs.



Asking for God's "hedge of protection"

will allay many daily problems

showering us with blessings instead.

Just pray this simple prayer before bed.



Focusing on the positive

instead of the negative

will change your perspective.

A blessed way to live.



As an example of patience in the face of suffering,

take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.

As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered.

You have heard of Job's perseverance

and have seen what the Lord finally brought about.

The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.

James 5:10-11



Have you not put a hedge around him

and his household and everything he has?

You have blessed the work of his hands...

Job 1:10



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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Grow


Grow



A tiny seed planted in a peat pot

to grow under a heat lamp, not too hot,

and sprinkled with water wet

will sprout with two green leaflets.



In a few weeks this seedling

will need careful transplanting

then will daily mature under the sun

and from a needed rain that weekly comes.



By inches it will creep

and soon blossoms will greet

in a yellow array

imitating the sun's rays.



Bees will unerringly seek

these pretty blossoms which greet

as this plant now matures,

though hardship it endures.



Yes, buffeted about

by wind and/or drought

it grew despite

life's unknown plights.



For its life is filled with hardships whether

from too much sun or from stormy weather.

These hardships will harden the plant to endure

and most likely a sweeter harvest ensure.



On summer afternoons the plant will wilt

as the sun over the horizon tilts

but the plant will survive

for its roots keep it alive.

 

This plant that started life as a seed

now produces enough to feed

ones family through the months of winter

as it soaks in the goodness of summer.



This seed grew

with life anew

for inside each seed is a miracle

waiting to be let out. Grow little plant, grow.

* * * * *

And so it is with us

as we grow in faith and trust.

We mature through hardships

for hardships equip us.



One day our hardships may another encourage

as others see us prevail and take courage

as our roots have grown deep

in God's Word, which we seek.



God's Word assures us that God is with us,

and in us, and will never forsake us.

We are assured that God loves us

and through His Son has forgiven us.



Hardships are meant to refine us,

as we learn about God's faithfulness,

and in the end, we find, teaches us

to give glory to God who blesses us.



His delight is in the law of the Lord,

and on his law he meditates day and night.

He is like a tree planted by streams of water,

which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.

Whatever he does prospers.

Psalm 1:2-3



Be strong and courageous.

Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged,

for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

Joshua 1:9



I pray that out of his glorious riches

he may strengthen you with power

through his Spirit in your inner being,

so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,

may have power, together with all the saints,

to grasp how wide and long and high and deep

is the love of Christ,

and to know this love that surpasses knowledge -

that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Ephesians 3:16-19



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.

Hebrews 13:5-6



Though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief

in all kinds of trials,

These have come so that your faith -

of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire -

may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory, and honor

when Jesus Christ is revealed.

I Peter 1:6-7






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Monday, April 2, 2018

"x"

"x"
(Inch by Inch)
story
on my Life Is a Garden Party
facebook page
for National Poetry Month (April).

Friday, March 30, 2018

Garbage Mouth


Garbage Mouth



Almost every day "garbage mouth" is fed

from excess that grows in my garden beds.

Today it gobbled up borage

with blue flowers and green foliage.



Garbage mouth especially likes to eat weeds

like chicory, purslane, sorrel, and bindweed.

Garbage mouth never has a stomach ache

no matter what is served to its palate.



Yesterday it dined

on cucumber rinds

and tomato skins -

consumed with a grin.



Sometimes apple cores are eaten

and banana skins, they sweeten.

It's been known to eat peach pits.

It's okay to feed it plain grits.



Would you believe egg shells

also go over well.

Everything tastes yummy

in its big, fat tummy.



It will devour

any given hour.

Garbage mouth might consume

tomorrow afternoon...



but its soon hungry again

when the dinner bell rings.

By morning it yearns for a feast.

Garbage mouth really is a beast.


 
Yes, garbage mouth is a vegetarian

but will never be a barbarian.

That means no meat

it will eat.



Garbage mouth has been known to guzzle.

Have you solved this little puzzle?

I think it will be bring a smile.

Garbage mouth is the compost pile.



* * * * *



There is another garbage mouth

that causes everyone to pout.

It never encourages when it speaks

for its many words are never sweet.

It always tears down

and leaves a frown.



This garbage mouth is a person

who makes unpleasant conversation.

They are often loud,

bringing a black cloud,

raining vile words

that should be unheard.



Some garbage mouths are gossips,

filled with spiteful malice.

Other garbage mouths are slanderers.

Bringing dispute, these wrongdoers

also tear others down

all around their towns.



Other garbage mouths call people names.

They belittle as they seek to gain

the upper hand

or so they plan

but these garbage mouths will never win

for what goes around, comes around again.



Yes, we learn by example.

So beware: words can trample,

injure others and produce no good

or they can edify for good.

May your conversation be full of grace

bringing a glow to everyone's face.



They have become filled with every kind of wickedness,

evil, greed and depravity.

They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice.

They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters,

insolent, arrogant and boastful;

they invent ways of doing evil;

they disobey their parents;

they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless.

Romans 1:29-31



Let your conversation be always

full of grace.

Colossians 4:6
 
Another type of "garbage mouth," I suppose.
(It was collecting nesting materials.)
 
 
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Monday, March 26, 2018

Sun


Was editing this afternoon when came across this poem that tells the Easter story,
just in time for Easter this coming Sunday.
 
 
Sun



There's a brightness on the horizon

coming up over the mountain.

This brightness turns a rosy glow

as it welcomes today with "hello."



The shroud of night dissipates

as sunlight takes its place

filling the sky with light

from the sun's rays so bright.



Another glorious beginning to today

as the sun dispels the nighttime shroud away.

How the sun is missed in January

and throughout the month of February.



In another hour the sun will rise

as it ascends higher in the sky

bidding late sleepers to arise,

to enjoy the new day's sunrise.



And as the sun rises

there's another surprise.

The coldness of night

is warmed with delight.



The morning chill evaporates

when the sun incorporates

its rays

today.



Yes, it's going to be a great day.

Hope you enjoyed the sunrise today

then can get outside to enjoy the sunshine

as you listen to the birds singing in the pines.



* * * * *



Today's application is about another son,

specifically God's one and only beloved Son,

named Jesus meaning "the Lord saves us"

and Immanuel which means "God with us".



God's Son was born to save us from our sins

as we all were born with sinfulness within.

A sin that rules our life

and begets unending strife.



But God in His infinite wisdom

had a plan to save us humans.

Jesus became our sacrifice

when He died upon the cross.



Which means Jesus took our place,

our substitute for sin's disgrace.

He bore our deserved punishment

when up Calvary's hill he went.



Purposely He endured

God's plan that would ensure

salvation

for all humans.



And there He gave His all and died

before His false accuser's eyes

for you and for me that day,

now known as Good Friday.



The darkest day in recorded history

as darkness descended at noon that day

perhaps signifying the black nature of sin.

A day satan, the Prince of Darkness, thought he did win.



But God had a plan to triumph,

quietly, that would circumvent

satan's joy

with a ploy.



Hallelujah! Jesus did not remain in that tomb

for He's alive in heaven where He is enthroned

and is now our intercessor

with God, our heavenly Father.



Through Jesus, who conquered death,

we have the promise of new birth.

That's why Christians celebrate Easter Sunday.

A day that brings promise and hope everyday.



So sing and shout out

this "good news" about.

Give praise to the Lord

and stand on His Word.



"He is risen, just as he said,

Jesus Christ is no longer dead."

If we believe, our old nature is dead

and we are given a new nature instead.



This new nature is matured

when we read and obey God's Word

and we have God in us and with us

to help us live a life of trust.



We are also instructed to "go and tell"

this "good news" that will save others from hell.

We are called to be ambassadors,

to share the gospel with our neighbors.



We are also encouraged, "Do not be afraid"

when we tell others their sin debt has been paid;

that Jesus is our Immanuel, God with us,

when we believe in Him and live a life of trust.



God with us in life's trials and temptations.

God with us in impossible situations.

God with us to help us to endure.

God with us strengthens us for sure.



May the promise of Easter Sunday

be celebrated each and every day

as you recall the resurrection: “He is risen,”

which made a way for our sins to be forgiven.



She will give birth to a son,

and you are to give him the name Jesus,

because he will save his people from their sins.

Matthew 1:21



The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son,

and they will call him Immanuel – which means, "God with us."

Matthew 1:23



From the 6th hour until the 9th hour darkness came over all the land.

Matthew 27:45



Sing to the Lord,

for he has done glorious things;

let this be known to all the world.

Shout aloud and sing for joy...

for great is the Holy One of Israel among you.

Isaiah 12:5-6



Christ Jesus, who died –

more than that, who was raised to life –

is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.

Romans 8:34



He is not here;

he has risen, just as he said...

go quickly and tell his disciples:

He has risen from the dead...

Matthew 28:7



Those who live according to the sinful nature

have their minds set on what that nature desires;

but those who live in accordance with the Spirit

have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.

Romans 8:5



We are therefore Christ's ambassadors,

as though God were making his appeal through us.

We implore you on Christ's behalf:

Be reconciled to God.

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us,

so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

II Corinthians 5:20-21



"Do not be afraid. Go and tell"...

Matthew 28:10



For God so loved the world,

that he gave his only begotten Son,

that whosoever believeth in him

should not perish,

but have everlasting life.

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world,

but that the world through him might be saved.

John 3:16-17
 
Sunrise out my front door.
 
 
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