Set In Stone

Literally… ๐Ÿ˜„ I used to collect rocks and stones as a kid, and when it comes to fossils and unusual rocks and stones today, well… I still like them. These are photos of the rocks and stones in my collection. This is my response to Dutch Goes The Photo’s Photo Challenge, Stones. ๐Ÿ™‚

Lots of colors!

This one my aunt found; doesn’t the one in the center look like a tornado?!

Lots of shell and possibly bryozoan impressions from creatures of long ago…

I like the odd pattern in this one.

The blue crystal is one I bought on vacation, but I can’t remember where. I could have been from a vacation to Mena Mountain, but I can’t say for sure, it’s been too long. The rock near the center fascinates me because it changes color halfway through. What kind of rock does that? ๐Ÿ˜„ And several rocks in this one have fossils in them. I don’t know what kind they are though.

It looks like water shaped this rock oddly; I like the layers in it.

More shells and a burst of red.

Even more shells and what I think are crinoid fossils. (The little circles.)

And more of those… XD

The whole basket!

This one came with a card that tells about it.

And so did this one. ๐Ÿ™‚ My aunt gave me these years ago.

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From Prayers To Prose

From Prayers To Prose

From prayers to prose
Like a scent from a rose

Rising to heaven, sacrifices
As the sun over the horizon, rises
The forests comes to life

Enveloped in the Light
Bringing such delight
Itโ€™s a welcoming sight
After the darkness of the night

Image debuted in “Mother’s Day Roses.”

From praise to poetry
Like a sapling grows into a tree

Growing heavenward
Branches reaching upward
Creator gives words to the bard

To showcase His creation
His fantastic imagination
To give others elation
In each and every nation

From worship to song
The notes float along

On the lofty breeze
Even the majestic trees
Dance with ease

Make a jubilant sound
Unto the Lord; let joy abound,
Let our voice be heard all around,
Let those who are lost be found!

Image debuted in “Feel No Shame.”


I thought that it might be fun to experiment with rhyming patterns and try something new. ๐Ÿ™‚ This one was originally a part of Eclipse; the plan was to start with the early morning and lead up to the Eclipse,ย  but it just didn’t work out. (The third stanza about the Light was originally about the sun returning after being covered by the moon.) So it ended up becoming its own poem with a different rhyming pattern instead. ๐Ÿ™‚

Love Can Be Fleeting

Love can be fleeting
Coming and going as the tide –
The flawed kind of love, anyhow.
As a dragonfly is here now,
Then โ€œSee ya on the flip-side!โ€
Leaving a broken heart beating.

Sometimes love stings
Like a wasp or a bee.
Love can really hurt,
Throwing hearts in the dirt,
So it is hard to see
The beauty love can bring.

From the post, “Bee On A Wildflower

But there is a perfect love
That casts out all kinds of fear;
For He cares so much for us
That He sent his Son Jesus,
So that we may be near
Our Father in Heaven above.

Diamond Heart

Diamond Heart

Depression clouds hung overhead,
Dark thoughts swirled in the storm;
Lightning struck and happiness fled,
Sadness without shape, without form.

Depression spawned twisters that destroy
Everything that was dear to me.
Storage once upon a time held joy;
Tornadoes scattered all that was near to me.

My diamond heart has broken,
And the shards cut into my soul;
The pieces are a sharp token
To what once was whole.

My Father picks up the debris,
And with His loving hand,
Uses His Love to recreate me,
And glues it together again.

Diamond hearts may shatter,
But I know that I will heal;
The pain will no longer matter,
For through the storm, His love, I feel,

From the very heavens above.
He will never from me part.
My Lord rebuilds, so I may love
With all of my diamond heart. ๐Ÿ’–


I almost feel like this is a companion to Stained Glass, one of the first poems I shared on this blog. (Which was in July of 2016… my how time flies! ๐Ÿ˜Š)

Brand New Heart

Summer is almost over, and autumn is in the air; but I’m not quite ready for it to end. So, here is “Brand New Heart,” a brand new poem with a summery theme, plus flower photos from this summer that I haven’t posted before, so they will be brand new to you. ๐Ÿ™‚

Brand New Heart

In the warmth of summer
I met an amazing boy
Who filled me with wonder
And brought my heart joy

But it was a flawed love
Two humans filled with zeal
It wasnโ€™t based on above
But instead on how passionate weโ€™d feel.

Sadly, that flame died
But later I met someone
Who was brutally crucified
And called Himself Godโ€™s Son.

I believed โ€“ in the waters I dipped
And found out what genuine
Love was, and how a relationship
Is supposed to honor Him.

Washed in the blood,
My heart became pristine;
What a loving God,
To wash my very core clean!

Now itโ€™s a new start
I am ready to love again
With my brand new heart
Set on Jesus Who paid for my sin!

 

**This isn’t about me, by the way. This is my imagination taking flight. I’ve never had a boyfriend, haha. But it was still fun to write. ๐Ÿ™‚

***The last photo was actually a mistake – I wanted a photo of the sun behind the clouds at sunset, but the sun came out right after I clicked the button. I thought for sure that I ruined my old camera by doing that, but it somehow survived. **whew**ย ๐Ÿ˜…

I Marvel At Thy Marvels

More than night sky stars,
And tiny specks of sand

That litters the beach,
Are the marvels of Thy hand;

For the numbers are
Out of our mindโ€™s reach!

Galaxies that swirl in space,
Intricate design, scale magnificent.

Delicate pattern of flowers;
Royalty isnโ€™t dressed as opulent

As the bloomโ€™s exquisite face;
I marvel, Lord, at Thy creative powers!

Whether it be large or small,
I marvel at Thy marvels;

The creation of the universe,
Or the creation of a cell,

Thy cosmos and all,
Therein of Thy glory, tell!

John 5:19&20: Then answered Jesus and said unto them, โ€œVerily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He seeth the Father do: for what things soever He doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth Him all things that Himself doeth: and He will shew Him greater works than these, that ye may marvelโ€ฆโ€


**You may have noticed that the second photo of the moon is obviously more than my 3X zoom camera can do. My parents saw that my old camera had about reached its end (seriously, the rubber band and Coke Cola cap that was screwed into the bottom was not keeping it alive anymore and it required twisting the camera and pushing on different parts a certain way to make it work at all), and so instead of waiting until my birthday in October, they put in $200 to go with the money I was saving and we picked out a Cannon PowerShot that has a 50X zoom. I think I have fallen in love, haha! ๐Ÿ˜Š I plan to post soon comparing the two cameras; taking the same shot with both to see how much better the new one is! I sort of did that in this post too; the first photo was the best my old camera could do with the moon. A white glowing blob. ๐Ÿ˜‚ What a difference!!!

Out Of The Blue

Before we get to the photos… you may have noticed the lack of posts this week. My uncle is staying with us. He left the Texas coast right before Harvey arrived, and it’s a good thing he did; that part of Texas was hit hard. Please pray for Houston and the surrounding areas. โค

Dragonfly, with the blue sky filtering through the wings and the trees in the background – I love pattern in the wings ๐Ÿ’™

Love the color theme for this weeks’ photography challenge from Dutch Goes the Photo! – blue! Turns out, Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge‘s theme this week is “a color that starts with B,” which is quite fortunate. And the Daily Post’s prompt is “Structure,” which I showcased above with the structure in the dragonflies wings, so I’m killing three birds with one stone instead of two here. (Poor birds…! ๐Ÿ˜œ)

Flying vulture silhouetted against the blue sky

I’m enamored by blue, especially in the sky and reflections of the sky on my grandma’s lake. (Click if you want to see more photos of the lake.)

And then… I remembered some hyacinths I bought before Easter of last year. (If you’d like to see more of these flowers, click here.)

And lastly: a mushroom! ๐Ÿ™‚ (If you want to see more of this mushroom, click here.)