Tuesday, June 30, 2009

summertime in collierville...


green bermuda, like carpet, spreads out everywhere
crepe myrtles loaded with blooms bow from the weight they bear
bright, red geraniums bloom on every porch stair
moisture hangs heavy in the humid, summer air

rocking chairs rock gently as porch fans slowly turn
offers of cold, sweet tea attempt the heat to spurn
pretty mailboxes line the curbsides while brick pathways lead to paned frontdoors
invitations to come by and visit are heard in the little town stores

summer concerts in the town square find people milling around
silver caboose ~ our local favorite ~ serves steaks as people listen to sounds
of music rising gently into the starry, still warm sky
lots of familiar faces smile as they're passing by

oak trees hundreds of years old grace yards and parks and roads
nighttime brings a melody of locusts, crickets and toads
ahh, summertime in collierville, most to me means family and friends
gathering together, no schedule ~ just time to spend...

*jb*


~photo from southernliving.com~

Monday, June 29, 2009

our day...


fingers wrapped around fingers
feet imprinting the sand
side by side ~ wandering
at the very edge of the land

waves gently lapping the seashore
as the day begins
listening to the quietness
strolling hand in hand

later a book & umbrella
a nap in the coolness of shade
together into the water
beyond breakers to the lift of the waves

evening approaching slowly
sun sinking into the blue
one more walk at twilight
no one else ~ just me & you...

happy birthday, tommy ~ love you!
*jb*

song of songs 8:3
your left hand would be under my head & your right hand would embrace me

Monday, June 22, 2009

~come discover me~



if i were the sea
what would i say?
come discover me;come and play

and as you entered
i'd tickle your toes
calling you more of me to know

here at the edge
i'm easy and light
the shallows of me,clear to your sight

my hope though
you'd venture a little more
leaving the safeness of the shore

and as time went by
you'd come out further
daring more of me to discover

places~deeper,darker,
some cold
others warm and light to behold

the more time spent
learning of me
the more intriguing the mystery

the ease of the shallows
the challenge of waves
the beauty of the depths all seeming to say

~come discover me~


*jb*


Proverbs 30:18-19
There are three things that are too amazing for me,
four that I do not understand:
the way of an eagle in the sky,
the way of a snake on a rock,
the way of a ship on the high seas,
and the way of a man with a maiden.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

everyday things...



may i find the beauty in the things of everyday...

~bougainvillea
~blue skies
~green grass
~new babies
~puppy dogs
~cooing doves
~my children's smiles
~my husband's delight
~talking to my parents, brother, sisters and friends
~quiet time
~aprons
~new recipes
~fresh fruit
~a float in the pool
~freckles
~palm trees
~mountains
~cactus
~sunsets
~rain
~starry nights

simple everyday things, bringing joy and gratefulness...

slow down...quiet a minute...listen...it's our Lord loving us

Saturday, June 20, 2009

dreams...


i dream of a place away
lovely by the sea

a place of peace and quiet
just me & a gentle breeze

a screened porch with a hammock
and a rocking chair or two

old bookcase filled with good books
and lots of white and blue

just steps from the ocean
so i can hear the waves

watch the gulls as they circle
hear their cries as they're made

see the sea grass swaying gently
collect jars & jars of shells

feel the sand under my feet
never tire of the salty smell

an iron bed with a feather mattress
crisp, cool sheets upon which to lie

glass doors at my bedside
open to a starry sky

and when i wake in the morning
sit & write what fills my mind

a dream oh so pleasant
in the summer when i close my eyes

*jb*


1thess.4:11~this should be your ambition:to live a quiet life...

Friday, June 19, 2009

~catalina~




sam recently went on a trip to catalina island with his biology class from KEYS. what a great experience! they traveled from long beach to the island on a 3 masted schooner called the american pride. he was able to snorkle, kayak, explore tide pools, go on a hike, help raise the sails, sleep on deck every night, enjoy being with friends, jump from the ship into the ocean, and more...

Monday, June 15, 2009

holding onto hope...


teach me, Father, teach me
as i read Your Word

help me quietly listen
as Your Spirit gently stirs

my heart just to follow
keep my mind stayed on You

what You require is obedience
not what my flesh wants to do

baby steps of faith
moment by moment laying it down

not so easily offended
grace upon grace that abounds

this, the journey i'm walking
this, a great test of my faith

knowing in my heart it means victory
peace in a new place

but oh my mind it struggles
at times doesn't want to believe

tries to convince me otherwise
false voices try to deceive

Lord, be Lord of my heart
Lord, be Lord of my mind

as on this pathway You lead me
my will daily resigned

carrying when I need carried
strenghtening when I am weak

holding onto hope
pleasing You, all that I seek


*jb*


psalm 27:13
i am still confident of this:
i will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living





~image of the cape of good hope from whalecottage.com~

Monday, June 8, 2009

worth the risk?

a little snail peeked out of her shell
was this a safe place to be?
no! she declared as she looked everywhere
this world looks to injure me!



i'll just stay inside where i can hide
free from the stress & the pain
safe in my shell where no one can tell
the fear that reaches out for me

but a small voice calls, tries to draw her outside
says she's missing the life that is planned!
but how can this be, when all that she sees
seems to threaten ~ should she try again?

so slowly she eases out of her shell
risking the voice could be True
but just as she does she's met with a thud
as a rain drop plops on her head!

i knew if i risked that i would be hurt!
i've never the right words to say!
and all that i do becomes an issue!
my heart's not a thing to be played!

so, back in the shell she retreats as the swell
of the rain builds & she's threatened again
still not worth the risk, this life that she's missed!
yet still, the small voice calls her name


psalm 86:1-7,10-11
Bend down, O Lord, and hear my prayer;
answer me, for I need your help.
Protect me, for I am devoted to you.
Save me, for I serve you and trust you.

You are my God.

Be merciful to me, O Lord,
for I am calling on you constantly.
Give me happiness, O Lord,
for I give myself to you.
O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive,
so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.
Listen closely to my prayer, O Lord;
hear my urgent cry.
I will call to you whenever I’m in trouble,
and you will answer me.
For you are great and perform wonderful deeds.

You alone are God.

Teach me your ways, O Lord,
that I may live according to your truth!
Grant me purity of heart,
so that I may honor you.