Tuesday Morning Haiku and Prayer ☀️🙏🙌

Awoke this morning to a misty landscape. The sun started its ascent and with it the fog started to dissipate…

Misty veil of fog

Murky Sunlight burning through

Clearer things become

©️lindamarie

The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. (Psalm 9:1)

Father, Thank You for the gift of this new day and for Your boundless grace. Lord, Your amazing unearned favor has helped put us on the path of Your love and grace. May we abide by the disciplines that you have set out before us regularly, and continue to bring glory to Your name. In Jesus’s name we pray…Amen 🙏

My Falling Leaves 🍂🍂🍂

Summer is starting to make its exit for autumn’s arrival. The morning sun has and continues to shift. There is a crispness in the air. The days are brighter and I’m beginning to ‘see’ things with new clarity. The trees are beginning to let go of their slowly decaying leaves. I sit and watch as the leaves, faded green, yellow and brown, twist and fall, and dance gently across the yard on the breeze. Their time is drawing to a close.

Autumn is my favorite season. It’s a wonderful time to witness nature in all its magical, colorful glory. There are lessons to be learned in this new season. The trees are not holding on to those dead leaves that no longer have a purpose, instead they are being dispelled, to fall back to earth and eventually decay back into the soil whence they grew. A good reminder to me that I shouldn’t be holding on to the the dead weight of all that is holding me down. Covid knocked me to my knees. The isolation and loneliness unbearable. Yet, I’ve been pretty good at fooling myself and others that I’ve had a handle on things, that I was ok, until I wasn’t ok.

One cannot flourish in a new season carrying the dead weight of the past. For me, it’s grief, pain and despair. It’s loneliness and hopelessness. It’s bitterness and it’s fear. Throw in guilt and I’ve got myself a pretty heavy chain there. And truth is, I can’t do this alone………..

So, in this new season, I’m working on letting go and really turning to God for His strength and guidance. I’m studying Philippians at the moment, and this verse is one of my go to’s.

Philippians 4:6-7

Old habits are hard to break. One of those habits is thinking I can handle things on my own. I know I can’t, yet I try anyway. As a new Christian, I tend to get sidetracked by self, forgetting God is right there, just waiting to hear from me. In this new season, I plan on continually praying and asking Him to shine His light on my thoughts, on my life and journey as I work towards letting go of my ‘decaying leaves’ and these weights that bind me.

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30 Days Of Gratitude…Day 7

Day 7…I Am Thankful and Grateful for 🙏✝️❤️

my love of books and reading. Today I am lost in God’s Word.

there are four things said about the Word of God.

It is alive, “All Scripture is God-breathed.”

It is powerful. “It is powerful to convict; powerful to convert; powerful to transform; powerful to revolutionize.”

It is surgical, “sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit and joints and marrow and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

It is victorious, “There is no creature that is not manifest before Him, for all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.”

“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight; but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.” (Hebrews 4:12-13)

Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. ( John 17:17)