Tag Archive | Jesus

Faith & Choice Haiku

 

Love and Faith from the Heart

Faith more felt than seen.

Like love, it comes from the heart

Choice can make it hard.

 

RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #204 Choice&Faith

 

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ABC Poem – What the World Needs More Of……

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A = Abundant hope, health, faith, joy and love

B = Beginnings anew like the freshness of Spring,

C = Comforting words to calm the anxious mind and heart,

D = Daring to soar like eagles

E= Exalting people with words and deeds,

F = Faith the size of mustard seeds to move great mountains (Luke 17:6).

G= Grace to try to forgive

H = Humbleness is not weakness, but strength.

I = Inner peace and contentment.

J = Joyous laughter that fills the room.

K= Kindness and empathy.

L = Love and loyalty aplenty.

M = Majestic beauty appreciated

N = New creation, new attitude.

O = Obedience in greater measure

P = Pondering before doing something regretful

Q = Quell the impulse to hurt others

R = Radiant smiles to brighten the day.

S = Sweet serenity of the spirit

T = Taking time to appreciate blessings

U = Understanding that we all have trouble in our lives.

V = Vicarious joy watching kids play.

W = Wonder as we look up at the sky.

X = Xanthous is the color of the sun on a fun summer day. Enjoy it!

Y = Youthful exuberance is a gift we should all share.

Z = Zest for love, hope, faith and life

Faith as a Child

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Faith as a Child

Wee ones love magic,

That becomes hope in Jesus,

In an open heart.

 This haiku reminds me of this sweet verse:

And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:3.

RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #183 Magic&Hope

Haiku Horror & Nightmare

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His Love Wins

To Mary’s horror,

 Jesus born in a manger was

King Herod’s nightmare.

 

Jesus, no earthly King,

Herod murdered infants, his sins

But Jesus’ Love Wins!

RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #181 Nightmare&Horror

 

 

Casting Your Cares

1 Peter 5:7 says, “Cast your cares upon Him for He cares for you.” English can be very inadequate at times. The word as a verb, “cast”, has a much more literal meaning in Greek than I ever thought. It means to to throw away or to fling away from you. One article I read described it as dumping our worries and anxieties onto God. That made me a little guilty because I really do not want to dump my problems onto people.164caoceanside But, as a parent, don’t I want to help my child with problems if I can?  Sure, I do! That is the same way that God feels about you and me! When I was a little girl, I went with my Grandpa several times to fish off the pier in Oceanside, CA. Last night, I remembered how my Grandpa would beautifully and smoothly cast his fishing pole into the ocean, far away from him. I recalled wanting to do it just like him, but I didn’t have the knack or experience. Every time I tried to cast my pole, the hook would catch on my wheelchair or on the pier itself. But, Grandpa helped me do it. He was a very special man who taught me many life lessons, even about casting my cares! He always had a way of sharing God’s love!  Years later, there were signs up not to cast your poles anymore when the new pier was built!

A Lesson from Christopher Reeves

Here is the devotional that goes with the previous post. I am sorry that that part did not publish.

“Man’s days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed.” —Job 14:5

A few years back when I watched Christopher Reeve on television (the actor who was severely paralyzed in a riding accident), I was deeply moved. Although he sat stiff and rigid in his wheelchair, he smiled courageously as he puffed-and-sipped his mouth controls to steer his chair. The day after the program aired, I kept running into people who said, “Did you see Christopher on TV last night? Isn’t he an inspiration?”

I smiled and nodded “yes,” but thought, just last week everyone was talking about assisted suicide for people like him. It is not consistent. One day letters to the editor applaud the courage of the severely disabled; the next, the editorial column can be filled with letters cheering on the new legislation legalizing assisted suicide. One day Christopher Reeve was positioned as “a helpless victim.” The next, a picture of courage.

It tells me that society keeps a double standard. Society thinks it is appropriate to prevent able-bodied people from committing suicide, but considers it rational for a terminally ill or severely incapacitated person to end his life. More importantly, it shows that we lack confidence in God’s ability to sustain those who suffer.

God gives common grace to non-believers who suffer and God gives special grace to believers who suffer. Is someone close to you terminally ill or severely incapacitated? Pray that God will give them grace today. Show a skeptical society the truth of 1 Corinthians 16:19-20, “You are not your own… Therefore, honor God with your body.” At all times, no matter how physically or mentally limited we are, it is the Lord of life who gives breath. Be the Lord’s hands to help a suffering friend today. Through prayer and encouragement, help this hurting friend understand that life is worth living.

Help me to shatter the schizophrenia as I share with others that you are the Lord of life. Help me to support the hurting and encourage the dying. Praise you for helping people like Christopher Reeve… using people like me.

Taken from More Precious Than Silver. © 1998 by Joni Eareckson Tada. Used by permission. Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49530.

 

More Valuable than Gold

The point that Joni is trying make here is that just because some people have physical or mental challenges that All we still have value. There are many who have no legs that still do marvelous things. Everyone has value because we are all God’s children. i copied my daily devotional from today. from to It really touched me and I hoped it touches you as well.

 

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