Posted in May 2019, Triolet

Standing on The Rock

Bird standing on rocks

I will never give up or in

Though the way is hard and long

Through fortitude I’ll win

I will never give up or in

I have Christ’s power within

To help me stay strong

I will never give up or in

Though the way is hard and long

Triolet

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Posted in August 2017, Choka

Vista

Pacific Ocean beach
So much beauty

Bestowed upon one place

Billion grains of sand

Kissed daily by the sea

That encompasses

A towering rock of old

Worn smooth by elements

This time, this place, this space

Is mine to enjoy today

Choka
 

Posted in August 2017, Scripture, Shadorma

Rock of Refuge

Chief Kiawanda Rock in Pacific City, Oregon
Chief Kiawanda Rock in Pacific City, Oregon

Overwhelmed

Just too much to do

In deep waters

Near drowning

In need of a helping hand

To help me overcome

Shadorma

…when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Psalm 61:2

Posted in July 2016, Shadorma

Solid Rock

a rock
Wondering…

What stories you hold?

What have you

Seen and heard,

Sitting there observing life?

A silent listener?

Shadorma

(This big rock caught my eye today. It was sitting in a grassy area of the parking lot of a busy mall. As I started to pass it by I had the thoughts which inspired me to write the poem and take the photo. 😊

Posted in Haibun, Haiga, Haiku, June 2016, Scripture

Determination


Daisies by the rock

Standing tall and blossoming

Growing in a hard place

Haiku
I think we’ve all heard the saying ” between a rock and a hard place” which is an expression often used when we might be in a difficult place in our lives. We might feel helpless, hopeless, hindered, and wondering if we are ever going to get out of the situation at hand and live well again. 

Well, I believe God showed me the answer this morning as my eyes fell upon this big rock on hard ground with two daisies growing right next to it. The daisies are standing tall and blooming beautifully even though they are in hard ground and not really in a place that is most ideal for growth. I doubt anyone purposely planted them there, I imagine it was a happenstance that their seed fell upon that ground, yet with determination and the divine providence of sunshine and rain they grew, and I am imagining that the rock’s presence may have been a beneficial barrier that might have given them some protection from strong winds and rain that could have otherwise beat them down to the ground. 

Since I am going thru a hard time in my life right now I feel God showed me this very good lesson. I think all of us can take this to heart and when the winds of adversity blow and we are tossed to and fro, let’s determine to dig in, stand firm, grow, and bloom near the Rock who is our salvation and strength. 

Adversity winds

blow, tossing lives to and fro 

Stay rooted in faith
Stay rooted in faith

Bloom and grow in the hardest places 

Clinging to the Rock

Haiku

Haibun

“The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;

my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,

    my shield and the horn of my salvation.

He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior—

      from violent people you save me. 

2 Samuel 22:2-3 NKJV