Mar 21, 2010

Ode to the daffodil

As the green stems have proudly pushed way through the dirt, I've been a wee bit impatient about seeing the color crown the stems. And sure enough as I stood looking intently at the soon to be unwrapped daffodils in the garden, I started to think about other *things* going on in my life. Maybe you can relate, or fill in the blank:

Why don't I understand _____?
Why don't I have an answer about _______?
What is going on with me and this situation with _____?

I've been a wee bit impatient, too. I'm focused on what I think the will of Lora should look like if I could have *things* my way. I feel like a child in a forty-something body. Waiting is hard for me as I cross my arms and tap my foot. It has a way of making my life come to a standstill. So, as the LORD would have it, he taught me a lesson today from the daffodil. After I looked intently on the tightly wrapped bonnets of the daffodil, I could hardly make it back inside the door before I heard the LORD speaking to my heart.

I've been wondering for days when you will unwrap your bonnet
Just dreaming about your simple beauty provokes a sonnet
Your green dress so long, and slim and sleek
But of your yellow tresses, impatiently and child-like, I want a peek
LORD for some *things* I'm so eager as I wait
Wanting my plans, my ways to germinate
Oh daffodil, oh daffodil
Bloom please at our cozy house on the big hill
Do not be bashful and do not play coy
Do not taunt me like a child with a prized toy
Unwrap your bonnet
So I may stop writing this sonnet
And enjoy the beauty of your yellow cap
With heart elated, then I'll sing and clap

God, You are an incredibly amazing Creator indeed
Your genius displayed in hybrid form from tiny bulbs and swelling seed
Oh, how hard Father it is for me to wait
But guaranteed, in my heart I know, You GOD, are never late
Sew into my heart the lesson of the daffodil
Fertilize and water my soul here on our big hill
May I rejoice today before the bonnet is to be displayed
Knowing GOD's timing is impeccable each and every day
May I see that waiting is such a necessary part
Of the work You are doing in and through my heart
Help me LORD as some seasons seem so very long
To continually praise and sing Your song

Before I see the trumpet of petals surround
Today LORD, Your glory, in my heart abounds
A lesson LORD from your astonishing creation
Sings my heart to You alone in jubilation
Cultivate this clay and loamy soil of my heart
To display the words You give, my blessed art
Bless you LORD, for the lovely green dress and tightly wrapped bonnet
Thank You for the thoughts of my heart that have been poured out like a sonnet
Let me not be distracted by what's not been revealed or unwrapped
And keep my wandering mind out of any of the enemies deceitful traps
Let me bask in the warmth of Your Son today
And patiently wait and do every thing Your way

Expectantly until Your kingdom will unfolds
Let my thoughts, my heart, my mind, only You behold.

Totally aside; but on my heart, so kindly bear with me.
It rhymes sometimes when I hear Him speak to my heart. I've been a little ashamed at times. No one has said anything to me, this is just the overflow of my heart about the lies I sometimes believe and the insecurity the enemy would have me live and move and breathe in. Today, I've decided to no longer worry what anyone may think or even if they label me a geek. It just rhymes sometimes when I hear Him speak. So in freedom and seeking no adulation, I say, "I'm not ashamed, all praise be to His Name."

Mar 15, 2010

Alive in me

Recently, I brought home a *new* copy of the Word. I am excited.
LORD, may I progressively become more intimately acquainted with Your Word
As I read this *new* copy, allow Your Voice to be heard
LORD, I long for Your Word to be truly alive in me
More of You, Sweet LORD, I long to experience and see

Let me listen, LORD, to only Your voice
Let Your Word, Your Spirit, Your Way, be my first choice
May Your Words Father, in me come alive
And help me to grow and flourish and not just thrive

May the people I know, the company I keep
Know LORD, that in Your Word, I've been steeped
Let my heart not wander from Your Words today
Keep me LORD abiding in You each day

Your God-breathed written Word is more than two thousand years old
Let my heart to Your Words be warm and receiving, not neglecting and cold
I want Your Words to be alive in me
Allow me as I read, more of You to experience and see

Mar 1, 2010

Louisville, Love, and Laughter

We have returned from a trip to Louisville to visit with my dear brother and his family. We had the *best* time together. I am quite certain I say that after every visit with them; but it is true.
The teens snapped all the pictures for me this visit.
The beauty they captured in an around the city delighted my heart. I did not even see this historic downtown beauty until I browsed their pictures...
They both captured beautiful reflections of sunlight...
And seemed to remember my likes in what they photographed...
And I was able to enjoy time with my favorite art appreciative sister-in-love...
We laughed when my brother borrowed his daughter's crayon to sign the dinner bill when the pen broke in his hand...
I love my brother...
We browsed, shopped, read, talked, laughed and enjoyed every moment together...
Audra and Victoria had a beautiful and busy subject to photograph...
My brother and nephew played chess...
We strolled downtown Louisville...
And drank in the beauty that surrounded us...
The architecture was stunning...
From the ceilings of the cathedrals...
To the stained glass reflections on the floor...
When I spend time with my family...
I'm always thankful and find myself longing for more.
Family is a blessing. I am so thankful to the LORD for you.