6 Years of Blogging

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red squirrel

taking a walk on the trail

my son chases him

  7-23-17

 
 

Today is my blogging anniversary. I’ve been chasing this lifestyle for 6 years now. I have enjoyed it and I plan to continue. Life has not gone where I wanted it to, and I’ve been hit with quite a few sad surprises that have affected my writing this last year. Depression wants to creep in and take over, but I am finding ways to combat that. Surprisingly this time around, writing has not been my main outlet. Prayer and meditation have been. Prayer has always been a part of my life, but rarely the main part. For the last year, daily prayer (as in Quiet Time that lasts for an hour or more) and reading Christian self-help inspirational books, and caring for my son (of course!) has been my main focus. But I am writing here and there.
The haiku above is one of my newest. I hope to start writing more regularly soon. I plan to blog more than once a week from here on out. Thanks for reading, and leaving me such great comments! I hope you all are writing regularly and are brave enough to share it.

 

poet symanntha renn failing at haiku image
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Counterfeit Dollars

I saw a peck of counterfeit dollars once. Did I go to the window and throw away all my good dollars? No! Yet you reject Christianity because there are hypocrites, or counterfeit Christians. –William E. Biderwolf

 

I have a book of old Christian quotes. I don’t know who most of the people are, but the sayings in the book of 10,000 positive quotes are amazing.

daffodil, yellow petals, spring time flower

Senryu on its knees.

lit candle, flame, light in the darkness

we pray on our knees
for ourselves but not the set
of knees beside us

How often do you pray for the person that sits beside you at work? How often do you pray for the people in your pew? How often do you stop to wonder if the person riding the bus with you is facing struggles like the ones that you are facing? I think that, while I pray for various people every day, I need to verbally ask people about how they are and let them know that I am praying for them more often.

Partying for a reason.

our group of women
party to raise awareness
battery fights battery

women's missionary union cake
 
I belong to a Women on Mission group (a group under the purview of WMU). We held a WorldCrafts party last year to bring awareness to human trafficking, or the fact that there are sex slaves here in the USA today. It doesn’t just happen in Asia, there are women who are forced to be prostitutes here in our cities in America. Kansas City is a major hub for trading the girls, and Oklahoma City is where a lot of kids/women are kidnapped from. Miami and other coastal cities are also major hubs for bringing in girls from other countries.
 
WorldCraft table, party for a reason

Our party was a Set1Free party and we held it at our church. We showed the women that attended a video of the women who make the products then encouraged them to buy the products marked “Set1Free” so that women trying to get out of prostitution, and the women already rescued from the slave trade, could find employment. I would encourage you to click on the links in this post and consider hosting a party yourself. There are products made by several people who need help staying employed in 3rd World Countries, such as the HIV positive and those who are deaf. WorldCrafts also employees women who are not allowed to work for companies in their home country simply because they are women. Their husbands have died and they have children to feed but no one will hire them. WorldCrafts builds a shop and employees them. Buying products from WorldCrafts keeps the demand for their work up, and if the demand for the products increase, then they can hire more women.

I’m knocking everywhere –

# 502
At least – to pray – is left – is left –
Oh Jesus – in the Air –
I know not which thy chamber is –
I’m knocking – everywhere –
 
Thou settest Earthquake in the South –
And Maelstrom, in the Sea –
Say, Jesus Christ of Nazareth –
Hast thou no Arm for Me?
 
 
 
I have days like this occasionally. How about you?

Wandering which way?

rainbow in cloud

Is This Path Right?

When I go, when I die

Will I go, to that place in the sky

Will angels sing and saints rejoice

Did I choose, the right choice

Where my hands, soft and giving

Was I righteous, in my living

Will the gate swing wide

Will Jesus be at my side

Is this old path right

Is heaven within my sight

Lord pull me the right way

Up or down, who can say

 

How’s lent going for those of you who are practicing this year?

To learn more about my journey you can visit my Testimony page.

Impassioned on Wandering Wednesday

photo credit: Stock.XCHNG

photo credit: Stock.XCHNG

Impassioned Clay

 

Tears flow down our face

We are impassioned clay

Smiles shape our faces

We are but impassioned clay

Blood flows from our wounds

But we are only clay

We scream and laugh and sing

Clay moved by the Master’s Hands

 

 

Are you letting God shape and move you?

Walking up hill on Wandering Wednesday

courage quote and butterfly picture

Walking My Way

Dear God be with me as I fall

Hear my bones break as I hit the wall

With brick I collide

Watch me hit the mountainside

I climb up high only to trip

Backwards down this path I slip

I slip and stumble down this trail

My body breaks as it is frail

My hands are ripped and torn

Out of my side I pluck a thorn

My body is bloody

The water is getting muddy

Hold me high pull me along

Let the angels sing so I can hear a song

This road is steep and hard to ascend

Maybe to your will I should bend

Maybe if I let you lead the way

I won’t go astray

Challenge Post #30

Day 30- Who are you?

My, what a question! This makes me think of that song “I am Rosemary’s granddaughter.”

 
 

I am Lena’s granddaughter.

I am a complex person, and yet my wants are simple.

I am the young mom you pass at the park.

I am the girl who you shunned in High School because I didn’t fit in your circle.

I am the woman who smiled at you when your kid was throwing a fit in Wal-Mart.

I am the person that liked your post but couldn’t think of a good comment after reading the awesome comments already left for you.

I am the friend you didn’t call back because you got busy.

I am the girl who prayed for you when you were scared.

I am the Mom that insists her son take vitamins and makes him use hand sanitizer.

I am the person that cries at the sad parts in movies I’ve seen 20 times.

I am the woman who would help you if I saw you being thrown into a van.

I am a Daddy’s girl.

I am a republican who is disgusted with Republican representatives.

I am a caretaker.

I am a fan of P!nk & Nickleback.

I am a Bible-believing Christian.

I am the Mom that winces when football players get tackled- even though their not my kid.

I am the person that sends you tons of forwards.

I am a blogger.

I am a poet.

 
 

Who are you??

Acrostic Friday #7

how Christ bridged the old and new testaments

This is another geat page from my Bible.

Christian

Caring

Honest

Righteous

Intervening

Sacrificial

Tenacious

Intuitive

Active

Nice

 
 
This is the last Acrostic Friday, but make sure to come back! I will have a formal poem next Friday.

After this 30 Day Challenge is over I am going to begin a new series on Wednesdays.

I really thought about the words I choose for this poem. I thought about them carefully, consulting the dictionary and thesaurus. “Nice” may seem like a common word and it’s not a ‘punchy’ word to end on- but I think it was important that I used it. Because that is what the majority of our rules, or laws, boil down to as a Christian.

Love is what Christianity is about, but there is no L in Christian.

Is there a word up there that you don’t think belongs?

Is there a word that you think would have fit better? 

{thought of the day} ashes

The first line hit me so powerfully, that I had to reblog this.

Natasha Metzler

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