Five-Minute-Friday Writing Prompt—Know

What do you know with clarity in your life?

What we know appears quite foggy in todays newspapers, tv, and popular magazines. They seem bent on removing all clarity from our minds in regards to sexuality, simple math, and even to our families. So, what do you know?

Can you write the reasons in a list, defend them from current cultural opinion if need be? Are you able to have a decent argument with one holding an opposing view? Keep in mind an argument is a civil exchange of ideas of why one believes as they do. Name-calling, belittling, anger, and yelling constitutes a fight.

A good argument takes thought, practice, research and humility. May we know, and never forget, the humility required in all this current cultural muddle.

What do you know?

Wrong Choice of Word

I apologize, I used a wrong word in my previous post on Thursday Thoughts. I said, “…to provoke reflective thoughts.” This is a wrong word choice. A better word would be cause.

My intent is to enjoy the reflective thoughts photography offers us in a positive way. This is not for negative, rude, damaging photos or thoughts. Any posts in that arena will be removed.

Thursday Thoughts #1

It seems like a fun thing to start on this blog, that is, to cause reflective thoughts through photography. There is much truth in the old saying, ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’.

So every Thursday I hope to post a photo of mine with the thoughts that came to mind upon looking at it. With the goal of stirring a thoughtful moment in our often crowded, busy day, a daily, small time of reflection is a wonderful thing. I hope you agree, and perhaps post your thoughts as well. If you would like to share with others your own photo and thoughts, please post your address in your comment.

Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

In Focus #15—More Birds in the Hood

Birding is more fun with company. At least it is for me. I appreciate the extra eyes and smarts it takes to correctly identify fast moving birds around branches. A comic could easily be drawn of me with binoculars, camera, bird book and pencil hanging and flopping around my neck and filling my hands. Did I mention I also have our dog with me? It really is a comical sight, and usually an unsuccessful outing. Beautiful birds are passing through on their way to their summer homes elsewhere. It takes great skill (and another set of eyes for me) to identify them. That said, more times than not, my focus is on the easy birds that live in the fields, woods and ponds with us, and those returning home to us.

What fun to watch the male goldfinches change into their courting attire every spring for summer. They stay home year-round, but loose their brilliant yellow in winter. Also, happy, happy songs fill the air in the barn with the joyful return of our beloved Barn Swallows. Springtime is best time to see even more of our neighborhood birds because tree leaves are just bursting forth. Their small size offers big windows to see many of our beautiful local birds. It is my favorite time of year for birding. Our locals are not in as big a rush to get somewhere else, nor are they as ravenously hungry as those passing through. Making them easier to follow and identify.

A flock of beautiful Bohemian Waxwings were just chilling on a branch earlier this week. They have wonderful lessons to teach on sharing. I have seen them all lined up on a branch passing berries down the line to one another. There are so many sweet singing sparrows busy building their family homes for the year. The Red-winged Blackbirds are busy tending to home and family as well this time of year. While the Carolina Wrens could not sing a sweeter song.

I invite you to go outside, look and listen to this blessed, happy time of year the birds are telling us all about.

So many sweet sparrows.
We are delighted when our Barn Swallows return home for the summer.
We all know warm weather is coming when our Goldfinch sports his fancy summer clothes!
A flock of beautiful Bohemian Waxwings.
They share their food with one another.
Birds teach us much.
An extra—the spectacular Dogwood is in full bloom!

FMF Writing Prompt—FAST

Does time go faster as we age?

I have heard that all my life. I have also heard that time goes faster when one is having fun. Does that imply we are having more fun when we are older? Is that why it seems to go faster?

Too many questions for an early, rainy morning. I do not know the answers. I do know our lives are short, only a speck in the realm of life. When we are gone the place where we were remembers us no longer.

So, I want all my fast days to be well spent.

Five Minute Friday Writing Prompt—Deny

I will never leave you nor forsake you. Heb 13:5

All the promises of God are true and wonderful for He always keeps His promises. He will never deny those of us that call Him Lord. Blessed assurance.

So the question then is who has denied Whom?

Many times over it has been asked why would God send someone to Hell? In truth, it is we who deny The Lord. It is we who say we want nothing to do with Him. Because of this free will we can choose Jesus as our Lord or deny Him. So if we are not in Heaven it is because we chose not to be.

Should we deny Him, please know it is by our own mind and decision that will separate us from God on the other side of Heaven. Either way it is our choice.

He is waiting for us to turn to Him. Would you turn to Him today? Tomorrow may never come.

Five Minute Friday Writing Prompt—Explore

A great word for this most special week in the Christian faith—Explore.

An invitation that calls us to explore the facts and truths of this incredible Holy Week. A personal call to each of us to discover (or rediscover) the first-hand witnesses, historical documents, and full-filled prophecies of Jesus, our Savior. The agony He went through to save us from ourselves and our sins.

Explore the facts and decide for yourselves where Truth, Hope, and Joy resides.

He is Risen! He is Risen indeed! Glory!

Decide this day whom you will serve, As for me and my house, we will serve The Lord.

Little olive wood cup used in Israel for a garden Communion.

Five-Minute Friday Writing Prompt—Coffee

I wonder how many folks start their day, everyday, with a cup of hot, fresh-brewed coffee first thing? I’m not even sure my day would begin without one. I question if even the sun would rise!

Without coffee and quiet time before God in His Word, my family would not even want my day to begin.

After that all-important time I head out to the barn with a second cup. Whereupon the sun and chickens happily greet the world and me a cheerful Good Morning.

Such a perfect start to the gift of each new day. This country gal could not ask for more.