Posted in Choka, November 2017

Richly Blessed

Stop, look around you.

Blessings come in many sizes,

How many do you see?

And how many are unseen?

Big and small blessings,

That live within your heart?

Treasure them all.

For if you have even one,

You are rich my friend!

Choka

Posted in Monoku, October 2017

A Visit and a Gift

African Violet Plant
Little surprises are best

Monoku

Feeling blessed. Grand-daughter stopped by with this little plant for me. She said she was thinking of me and saw this little plant and got it for me. What a nice surprise it was! She’s such a thoughtful, sweet girl! 

Posted in October 2017, Triolet

Give Thanks

Sunset
Dont let this day come to an end

Without a word of thanks for it 

Whether you faced foe or friend

Dont let this day come to an end

Until a word of thanks you extend

Thank God for life-every bit

Dont let this day come to an end

Without a word of thanks for it 

Triolet

Posted in Choka, September 2017

Pause to Praise

Praising God
Is your life full

Of good things sent from the Lord?

Abundantly blessed,

Crowned with tender mercies?

Have you been divinely

Healed, Forgiven, Redeemed?

May you never forget

To always praise the Lord daily

For everything He does for you 

Choka

Based on Psalm 103:1-5

Posted in Christian, January 2017, Rhyme, Scripture

Standing Ovation


This very place

Where I once stood

Weak and frightful

Wondering if I could

Now I stand

And all’s well and good

I’m feeling strong

As I hoped I would

This brings the thought

Had I not in Him stood

If life now

Would be this good

It would not

For its understood

In His great strength

Is my livelihood

Rhyme

I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.  (Jesus) John 15:5 

 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 

Posted in October 2016, Reverse Etheree

Five Months Later…

Carpet of fall leaves--thankful, grateful, blessed
Today i walk upon a carpet of leaves

In red, yellow, gold, orange, brown 

Colors so vibrant yet fading

The opposite of my trodding

Feet which are renewed

To walk more lively

Step more sure

Than before

In Summer’s 

Days

Reverse Etheree

I am so thankful that I am pretty much back to normal again after my fall five months ago. I feel very blessed to be able to get out and go for a walk and do things again. Thanking God for His healing, strength and encouragement. He was my ever present help in my time of need. 

Posted in Haibun, July 2016

Feeling Thankful 

small flower
Giving thanks today

For the little things in life

Often gone unnoticed

Today I am thankful I can walk using only a lightweight one point cane. 

Quite a strange thing to be thankful for you might say, but…it sure beats lying in a hospital bed, being unable to walk or having to walk with a walker or a heavy duty 4 point cane, as was previously my case.

Little things we don’t think twice about, daily tasks we do that we often take take for granted, or routine things we do without thought….

Like tying a shoe, or putting a shoe on without using a shoehorn for help.

Or, pulling on a sock, trimming a toenail, bending a knee, taking a shower, washing clothes, carrying out garbage, loading and unloading a dishwasher, reaching up, bending down, sitting in any chair or position for any length of time, dressing and undressing yourself, cooking meals, sweeping a floor, vacuuming a carpet, lifting things, and I could go on and on. Mundane daily tasks for some, great achievements for others…

Appreciating

The little things we often do, 

Frequently overlooked

Two months ago I fell, fractured my hip and had to have surgery. This resulted in me not being able to do all these little things I so often took for granted. Now, as I am regaining the ability to do all these things again, I am finding myself feeling so excited and thankful! For I have come to realize that nothing we do is a “little thing”, it is a blessing and it should be treasured. 

For many can’t do these things because of injury, illness, or some other circumstance. For these individuals, the ability to do one or all of these things would be a great blessing. 

It’s something to think about…

Treasure all you have

Be thankful for all you do

Nothing done is small

Haibun