Wordless Haiku #2

I’m having fun with these Haiku challenges.  If you feel so inclined, I’d love for you to join me!  Check it out at Ronovan’s place.

I enjoy writing Haiku.  Sometimes it takes a good deal of thought.  I’m thinking, though, that finding the right pictures for wordless Haiku is a challenge in and of itself!  That aspect of it has been the impetus to make sure all the photos on this blog are properly cited.  :)  As a serendipity, while I search for images, I find myself “soaking” in the words of what I’m writing.  This one was especially meaningful.

This week’s prompt:

Mountains & Valleys

What do the words mean to you?

How can you connect the two words through the second line?

 

Here is mine.  Take a gander at guessing what it is and what inspired it.  I’ll post the answer on Thursday.

 

Wordless Haiku 2

 

 

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You May Come Only This Far

I’ve been reading through the Book of Proverbs the last few months, and I always look forward to Chapter 8—which I got to read while on vacation. Each morning we went to the beach with our coffee, watched the sun come up, and enjoyed the peacefulness of the yet-to-be-filled shore.

I watched the waves roll in as I read about Wisdom.

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Proverbs 8:22, 27-29 (NLT)
“The LORD formed me [wisdom] from the beginning,
before he created anything else …

I was there when he established the heavens,
when he drew the horizon on the oceans.

I was there when he set the clouds above,
when he established springs deep in the earth.

I was there when he set the limits of the seas,
so they would not spread beyond their boundaries.” [Emphasis added.]

I love it when God speaks to me through His Word for my specific life circumstances.  It’s even more special when it “comes alive” like it did that morning.  We set our chairs a short ways from the water.  I watched the waves come only so far—knowing that He was in control of each one. Occasionally a wave would roll in close enough to wet my feet.  It reminded me of something Kay Arthur says, “God doesn’t allow anything to touch me that isn’t filtered through His fingers of love.”

That sounds nice most of the time—and even “ok” when life is kind of crummy.  I can accept some (what I consider) light and momentary troubles.  I certainly need my rough edges sanded off.  There are other times when life is downright horrible, and sometimes I don’t do well at … all.  In fact, and embarrassingly, my kids have seen me (more than once) stomp my feet in a fit of anger and sob uncontrollably over disappointment.  It’s good for them to see the expression of emotion.  This is life.  In this world we will have trouble.” But it’s more important for them to see me dealing with my emotions in the right way.  Certainly acknowledging them and not “stuffing them.”  

What is the right response?  Psalms 42-43 gives us some help. In these two psalms, the psalmist goes through a cycle of crying out to the Lord, expressing his deep sorrow and frustration, and then reminding himself to (1) put his hope in God, and (2) praise Him. He does this three times.  That alone encourages me. I don’t always learn life-lessons the first time around.  Sometimes it takes me a while to come around to God’s way of thinking.

It is difficult when God allows trying circumstances to find their limit in the middle of my life and the lives of those I love.  I am learning that He uses those difficult circumstances to accomplish His purposes.  Often, I have no idea what those purposes are.  But I do know this.  God loves me.  And absolutely nothing can separate me from Him or His love.  

Romans 8:35-38 (NLT) “Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? … No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.”

Light up the Night!

Lydia Ann-Port Aransas

Lydia Ann Lighthouse Port Aransas, TX

 

2 Samuel 22:29 (NLT)Lord, you are my lamp. The Lord lights up my darkness.”

1 John 1:5 (NLT) This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all.”

2 Samuel 22 is a song of victory, written by King David in response to God’s delivering him from his enemies–including King Saul.  You will also find it repeated, almost word for word, in Psalm 18.

I’m encouraged knowing that no matter what I am going through, the Lord is with me–guiding  me every step of the way.

 

Lydia Ann is privately owned by Charles Butt, CEO of H-E-B. Although there is a light keeper at Lydia Ann, it is not “active.”

Wordless Haiku #1

The blogosphere is a FUN place to hang out!  I was reading through the posts in my blog reader and found a friend who is doing this weekly Wordless Haiku Challenge.  After seeing John Mark’s on The Artistic Christian (and it’s totally cool), I decided I had to join this party.

I have written a standard Haiku (5/7/5 syllables) and illustrated using only images.  If you want to, see if you can figure it out!  I’ll post the answer tomorrow …

Wordless Haiku 1

 

 

July 19–Answer

Thanks John Mark & Ronovan.  Both of you were very close.  :)

The Beach

Warm sand in my toes
Hot, sticky air on my face
Waves send worry far

 

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Nelda says, “Lord, change my mind.”

I love my mom.  I love her relationship with the Lord.  I was going through some old notes and found one she wrote to me a few years ago when I was going through a difficult time. I’m posting it here.

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Nelda Strangmeier–My Mom

 

I love Proverbs 16: 1-3 in the Amplified. The rendering is so “faith-building” , especially verse 3, which you know already, but, it reads “Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.” 

I made a notation at the bottom of the page “Lord, change my mind about every issue you and I do not agree on.” (Afterwards I jotted down, Phil.2:13.)

In turning to Philippians 2:13 (AMP) “[Not in your own strength], for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and the desire] both to will, and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight”.

 

 

Related Post:  A Legacy:  The Chair & The Basket

The Sounds of Midnight

I stand alone in the hallway darkened by night.
Listening—
To strange sounds.

I move to the first room.
Loving on the child asleep there.
Fans.

The second room—where there is usually the soft strains of music.
Tonight—
Silence.

And the third room—this is where the unusual sound is coming from.
I shove and stroke the lump in the bed—certain the sound is coming from somewhere under the covers.

No. I nearly stumble over the noisemaker at my feet.
Classical music.

I think for a moment that I might silence it.
Instead—I smile, walk away, and gently close the door.

Finally, my room—my favorite sounds.
The fan whirring. The anti-allergy thing humming. The soft snoring of the man I love.

I still hear the resonance of classical music down the hall—making its mysterious, subconscious mark on the boy in the room.

This is my home. And I love it.

September 30, 2012

 

On Vacay for a Bit

imageI am on vacation with my husband this week while my kids are on a service project with their youth group.

We love lighthouses. This is the Half Moon Reef Lighthouse. Originally located in Matagorda Bay at the southern tip of Half Moon Reef, it was in service from 1858-1943.

Lighthouses remind me of what Jesus said in John 8:12 (NLT), “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”

More lighthouses to come!