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...
~photo from southernliving.com~
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
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!
song of songs 8:3
your left hand would be under my head & your right hand would embrace me
Monday, June 22, 2009
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
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~
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
may i find the beauty in the things of everyday...
~my children's smiles
~my husband's delight
~talking to my parents, brother, sisters and friends
~a float in the pool
simple everyday things, bringing joy and gratefulness...
slow down...quiet a minute...listen...it's our Lord loving us
Saturday, June 20, 2009
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
1thess.4:11~this should be your ambition:to live a quiet life...
Friday, June 19, 2009
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
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
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
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
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.