Posted in Choka, October 2019

Mending the Broken Pieces

Broken windchimb

Discouraged, tearfully

I picked up the broken pieces.

Another trial.

Reaching for the Light of hope

To show me the way

I prayed for healing and strength

To mend broken wings

So I might fly, to try again

‘Til I reach heaven’s reward

Choka

OctPoWriMo 2019

Word Prompts:

Discouraged, Broken Wings, Healing,

Strength, Calm, Acceptance

“Our heart mends as our inner self—the central or innermost part of our identity—is wrapped around the Light inside of us, rather than around the people who have harmed us. This one small step changes the way we see things”. Suzanne Eller

                                                                                                       

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Posted in November 2018, Rhyme

Walking in Faith

Brown leaf cracked

Is a burden wearing you down,

Like a heavy gown,

A weighted cloak or heavy yoke?

Are you being oppressed,

Or being tried to be blessed?

Is it just a test,

Or the enemy’s cruel jest?

Time and faith will tell,

If it’s from heaven or hell.

Rhyme

Posted in Christian, Etheree, January 2017

Ribbons of Life

Ribbons of Life watercolor painting , original painting by Leona J. Atkinson
Life’s

Ribbons

Teardrops flow

Pain overwhelms

Trials seem to grow

Hope slowly declines 

The future looks so dim

Yet thru all these ribbons glows

The strong and sure symbol of Him

He nevers leaves us nor forsakes us

Etheree

Yesterday I decided to do a watercolor tapestry of my life.

I planned to use different colors and drawings to represent my various life events. Well, not being an artist, the whole painting ended up looking like a timeline of colors with some childish doodle drawings. The one thing that stood out was a brown cross that I drew, however, the rest of it I knew I would need to redo.

The whole painting had a good message as I explained it, it just needed a better appearance.   

So, this morning I had the thought to just wash the whole painting clean with water and start over, kind of like a new life, new beginning. So I did. I loaded my shammy with water and washed and rubbed. In the end most of the paint disappeared, some just faded and all the drawings washed away EXCEPT THE CROSS!  Honest! 

The Cross didn’t fade nor change at all! It did not erase thru all I did! All the other drawings were drawn with the same watercolor pencils as the Cross, and they all erased, but it did not! AMAZING! 

It seemed God was speaking to me in this, telling me that nothing can ever erase the message of the Cross. That what Christ accomplished thru His death on the Cross will always remain and that if we believe and receive Him as our Savior and Lord He will never leave us nor forsake us. 

This seemed so profound to me that I decided to name the new painting “Ribbons of Life” to represent that no matter what happens to us in our life, if we have believed and received Jesus as our Savior and Lord, He will always be there with us thru it all! 

Posted in August 2016, Haibun

Success

yellow flowers blooming in rocks
Not just surviving

But blooming, in life’s hard places.

Are you up for it?

Seeing this little bunch of yellow flowers blooming brightly in a crack my daughter’s concrete driveway yesterday prompted this poem.

Previously, I had seen a few of these spritely yellow bursts of color in the green grass of her yard, however today, I happened to notice this little lone trio growing right in the paths of where cars come and go!

I marveled!

Surely at some point they had been run over or knocked down by a car tire, yet here they were standing tall in bloom!

Unlike their relatives in the grass who had been fortunate to receive refreshing drinks and showers from the garden water sprinkler, they had grown up among rocks, dry dirt, and concrete. Yet, they bloomed, and just as brightly.

Facing each new day

With an inner fortitude

To overcome and bloom!
Such a great lesson for us all.

As we face the hard times in life, let’s determine to not just survive them, but to show forth a positive attitude of achievement and success, so others will notice and be encouraged to do the same thru life’s challenges.

Anyone can quit

It’s not hard to just give up

Are you just “Anyone”?

Why should you be a statis quo?

When you can succeed and grow!

Haibun