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Hot and Cold – A Quadrille Poem

Hot and Cold

Today I am trying a poetry form called quadrille (44 words). The prompt is “gather”. My poem is called “Hot and Cold”. I am joining Dverse – Poets Pub.

Springtime in the country. After a big snowstorm last weekend we had beautiful sunshine. Glorious time.  We are still waiting for the snow to melt but hopefully not too quickly so we don’t have floods.

My post is short and sweet today.

hot and cold

Hot and Cold

To gather – the intent
All the family together

But grandma got sick
There were no hugs for her

Kids made meals
Grandkids made grandma laugh

She watched as they played in sun and snow
A mixture of hot and cold
Exactly how grandma felt

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“See! The winter is past;
    the rains are over and gone.
 Flowers appear on the earth;
    the season of singing has come (Song of Solomon 2:11-12, NIV).”

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#UTCOP – Do you speak Christianese?

Do you speak Christianese?

by  Brenda J Wood

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I started out so sure of the Christ path I would take.
But then it looked too difficult. My strength I had to fake.
The people strange, the rules unclear, I stumbled on some more.
I couldn’t seem to fit in so, why the open door?

The language was all funny, the words so hard to say.
I couldn’t get my tongue around the topic of the day.
The Greek was all a blur of words, the Hebrew, just as bad.
I tried another version and it was just as sad

I struggled on, until I saw I’d found the perfect place.
I was on the common pathway. I’d joined the Christian Race.
So even though I hadn’t yet learned all the Christian-ese,
I determined to remember how hard it was to please

New ones follow Christ each day. They too are lost, in dazes.
I speak the language clearly now but still remember when
The phrases were all weird to me
So I help others, when I can.

As a new Christian, I was bewildered by phrases like washed in the blood. Imagine how stunned a non-Christian must be. Let’s take care to use phrases others can understand or at least explain them.

I have told you these things in parables (veiled language, allegories, dark sayings); the hour is now coming when I shall no longer speak to you in figures of speech, but I shall tell you about the Father in plain words and openly (without reserve) (John 16:25, AMP).

Prayer

Lord, help us to translate the truth of Christ’s death and resurrection for others who are new to it. For Christ’s sake. Amen.

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Brenda J. Wood

A popular motivational speaker, Brenda, of Barrie, Ontario is known for her common sense wisdom, sense of humour and quirky comments. Brenda especially enjoys speaking at women’s retreats and conferences, community events, Mops, World Day of Prayer, and Stonecroft Ministries.

A prolific author, her current books include:

The Big Red Chair: a children’s book dealing with the loss of a grandparent.
Meeting Myself: Snippets from a Fractured Mind:  the author’s recovery from abuse and eating disorders.
Hearts Under Construction: A motivational cookbook designed to feed both body and soul
Heartfelt: 366 Devotions for Common Sense Living.
God, Gluttony and You: a Bible Study dealing with our relationship to food.
The Pregnant Pause of Grief: the first trimester of widowhood

Read more at:
http://heartfeltdevotionals.wordpress.com
facebook – www.facebook.com/brendawoodspeaker

Can You be a Pinch Hit Prayer Warrior?

Pinch Hit Prayer Warrior

by Stephanie Nickel

Can you be a pinch hit prayer warrior?

Photo from FreeDigitalPhotos.Net

We all know them
The pray-ers
Those we can go to
When we are burdened
For ourselves
Or someone else

They’re the 1:00 AM Prayer Warriors
We don’t have to worry about disturbing them
It’s no surprise when we find
They’re already awake
In prayer
Maybe even for us

But what happens
When the pray-ers
Are tired
Or knocked out of the game
By a ball they didn’t see coming

Who can they call on
When they have to sit out
For an inning or two

When we’re called in to be
A pinch hitter
Will we be ready?

Not to do things like the Warriors always have
But to face the challenge

Step up to the plate
And hit a home run
For the player on the bench
And the entire team

Who is now counting on us

Dear Lord . . . May I be willing to step up when those precious Prayer Warriors need to step back. I pray that You will surround them with Your love and peace. And may they rest assured that You will raise up those who will faithfully pinch hit on their behalf. Refresh them. Renew them. And restore them. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Steph Beth Nickel

Headshot 1 Stephanie 2013

Steph Beth is a wife of over 30 years and the mother of three grown children. Steph’s eclectic interests include writing, editing, fitness, and childbirth (she is also a labour doula).
Steph’s was honoured to co-author former Paralympian Deb Willows’ memoir. Living Beyond My Circumstances is scheduled for release at the end of November 2013.
Steph edits for Christian Editing Services under the leadership of Karen Burkett. She is a long-time member of The Word Guild and a recent member of InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship.

Steph blogs at Steph’s Electic Interests. Her new author website, Steph Beth Nickel , is a work-in-progress.

Blog Hop for Writers – What Genre Do You Write?

Blog Hop for Writers – What Genre Do You Write?

What Genre Do You Write?

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I started writing by journalling. I wrote what God showed me through His Word, and through people I met. In the first couple of years of journalling I wrote over 150 poems along with questions, words from the Bible, quotes and what eventually turned into posts. I asked God, “What’s up”?

Here is one of the first poems I wrote (unedited) called Meditation.

In the quiet and stillness
You are there.

You arrive slowly
Envelope me with a warmth and peace.

I feel Your Presence intensifying
As You hold me in a spell-binding embrace.

I don’t want to let You go.
I hold on to the moment.
I remember it.

I thank You for all Your blessings.
I remember others to You.

We are together, we are connected.

Time passes.
I must return to my daily tasks.

But, I take with me Your peace,
Your joy,
And the memory,
Of You.

After writing all those poems, I started to write devotionals and had two published in The Upper Room – A Pottery Lesson    and   Quiet Moments.

At the same time, I started two blogs, Spirit-filled Canada and A Better Way. (These are both closed now). Spirit-Filled Canada started because I wrote a companion Bible study for Ed Hird’s book, Battle for the Soul of Canada. You can have a free copy as an e-book by writing to me. (Janis). A Better Way started after I wrote a midrash of the story of Mary and Martha.

From that story I started a children’s story about Mary and Martha and did some watercolour pictures. That story is still in the vault.

Then I heard God’s voice saying to start a different blog. This time focussing on prayer. So I started Under the Cover of Prayer. It has been running since 2010 with many contributors and guest bloggers.

Then one day while journalling, a little story about a turtle flew off the paper. That story morphed into Tadeo Turtle where I did the illustrations and published it in the fall of 2012.

Tadeo Turtle - Written and Illustrated by Janis Cox

Tadeo Turtle – Written and Illustrated by Janis Cox

Next came a website with a blog called He Cares for You because I needed to build a platform.

Now to go back to the question:

What genre do I write?

I have written poetry, fiction, non-fiction, devotionals, Bible study and a children’s book.

So my answer is –  I have no idea. I write what God calls me to write. He inspires me. I try to listen where He is leading me in my ministry to “feed His lambs”. God is in charge of what I write.

Joy comes from seeing the complete fulfillment of the specific purpose for which I was created and born again (Oswald Chambers).

What has God called you to do in your life?

We each have to find a niche in life, and spiritually we find it when we receive a ministry from the Lord (Oswald Chambers).

Ask Jesus to reveal to you what He has called you to do. And LISTEN for His answer. Be ready to move in the direction He is leading. We can do this as we work towards a closer fellowship with Him and strive for Jesus being more than our personal Saviour – He must be our everything.

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What genre do I write?  I write what God calls me to write. He inspires me. (click to tweet)

Fifth in a series of a Writers Blog Hop held by Ruth Snyder. 

Our first blog hop can be found at Ruth Snyder. . Writing Goals for 2014.

Our second blog hop can be found here. Writing Tools.

Click here for the third blog hop on the topic. Hero.

Our fourth blog hop was Advice for new writers.

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Watchful Wednesdays – Opportunities

Watchful Wednesdays – Opportunities

Twice this week I was offered an opportunity to guest post. I realized for the first time that I really like to write. I will write about anything where the Holy Spirit gives me a prompt.

Haiku

The first one Angelview Inspirations was about perseverance. Sharon Kirby wrote a comment on that post.

You know, most of the time when I hear that word, I think of trudging along in spite of circumstances – mostly with an exhausted spirit, and a disgruntled attitude. However, I think you’re right.

Perseverance is a process.

And rather than a destructive windstorm that serves only to erode us, it’s more like a chisel in the hand of a master sculptor. (tweetable)

God uses our perseverance to work on our character. And so, the longer we persevere, the more we’ll look like Him. That IS a lifelong process, but worth it for the joy that awaits.

Then another opportunity at Grace Thorson’s blog –

Grace reminded me that I love poetry and I shared one of the first poems that I wrote while questioning God about everything – and how He showed me exactly Who He is.

Follow the link to read my post called How Writing Changed My Life.

I love opportunities – to meet new people, to try new things, to stretch the mind God has given me.

Prayer:

Thank You, Lord for opportunities. May I always move towards them when you give me a nudge. In Jesus’ Name. AMEN.

What opportunities has God been giving you? I would love to hear from you.