To Lose Is To Gain – WWP Week #1

One day I went from well-liked to outcast
Utterly disregarded and ignored
The only friend I have is loneliness and Jesus.
Cut off from the in-crowd
Alone – will no one wants to be my friend now
Still standing tall, throughout, because
To lose all that I have is to gain all that He is.

This was in response to the Weekend Writing Prompt #1, Outcast. The poetry challenge was to do an acrostic of outcast, so here it is. If you would like to join in the fun, here is a link to the submission guidelines for the anthology. The deadline is August 10th. ๐Ÿ™‚


I Am His

I Am His

I no longer live
But Christ lives in me.
All I have to give
Is my life, and gladly
I give it to Thee!

I live by faith alone;
I am no longer mine,
I am no longer my own,
But I am Thine –
This body is Thy shrine.

By faith in the Son,
I live my life –
The One who won
Through Sacrifice –
The Savior Jesus Christ

Who died in my place.
His mercy came as a flood
Washing His wondrous grace
Over me, making this child of sod
Into a Child of God.

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God. who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? 1 Corinthians 6:19 NASB

I’ve had this written for many months, but I couldn’t get the wording of the last five lines to sound right. Finally, it fell into place – thank you, Jesus! โค

I wonder. Do you ever wonder?

Raindrops on grass

I Wonder

I wonder…
Why bubbles are round
Like clear floating soccer balls.
Why do they burst?
Why do they form at all?
I watch it as it floats away…

Donโ€™t you lose your sense of wonder
Never stop asking why
Let your imagination wander
Let your imagination fly

I wonder…
What is fire?
It has no substance
As it grows taller
And joyfully dances
Until it turns its energy source
To ashes.

Donโ€™t you lose your sense of wonder
Never stop asking why
Let your imagination wander
Let your imagination fly

Why canโ€™t we breathe oxygen in water?
Why is each of the prints on our thumbs
Do you wonder why we wonder?
Where does our curiosity come from?

Donโ€™t you lose your sense of wonder
Never stop asking why
Let your imagination wander
Let your imagination fly

Do you ever wonder why things are the way that they are? Sometimes I get too curious. And that is what inspired this idea – a new series in which I find answers to questions that most people probably never thought to ask. ๐Ÿ™‚ Sometimes they explore how God’s wonderful world works, and sometimes curiosity tries to kill the cat lady on other man-made things or word origins. And as an added bonus – I get to practice my essay writing skills. ๐Ÿ™‚ Stay tuned for Wonder Wednesdays – it may not be every Wednesday, but hopefully at least every other Wednesday! โค

(If you are seeing this twice, I apologize – somehow when I posted it, WordPress posted it in the past, on June 7th. XD I have no idea how that happened – I didn’t schedule it, I clicked “publish” – but it has happened before and it looks like I need to keep a better eye on it so I don’t have to move the posting date back to present day.ย  ๐Ÿ˜…)

Two Doors

This is week 124 ofย Three Line Talesย and here is the photo prompt and my response. ๐Ÿ™‚ If you’d like to join in the fun, just click the link. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Luis Alfonso Orellanaย via Unsplash

At 284 Atahualpa, muraled doors lead to magical new lands

Two doors – floating trees, endless azure skies, and fiery sun-baked deserts await

Which door will you choose?

Read Books ๐Ÿ“š

It’s week 70 of 100 Word Wednesday, and here is the photo and my (almost lateย ๐Ÿ˜…) response. ๐Ÿ™‚ If you’d like to join in the fun, just click the link! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Image byย Bikurgurl

Reach upon the shelf
Extract an intriguing title
And find a comfortable place and get a hot
Drink – prepare for an adventure.

Books —
Open to view the pages,
Open a portal to new worlds
Keep traveling from my comfy chair
See the universe from different perspectives.

Learn about interesting places,
Events from the past or present, or places that
Exist in the mind and dream, or
Relive memories,

Live other’s lives
Instead of just your own –
Become a new person.
Realize you can also create
Other worlds, places, times, and perspectives –
Sit down, open a blank journal, and just write.

In addition to this being a free verse poem, it is also an acrostic. If you noticed this butย were second-guessing on the last two parts, “Leer Libros” is “(To) Read Books” in Spanish, so that was an attempt to repeat the phrase in Spanish, haha.ย ๐Ÿ˜Š

Allergy Season Poetry And Flower Photos

April showers
Bring May flowers —
Which apparently I’m allergic to.

April Showers
Bring May Flowers
And allergies which make me cough
And sneeze my head off.

April Showers
Bring May Flowers
And the use of many Kleenexes and Puffs
Because my sinuses can’t handle this pollen stuff.

Welcome April and then welcome May
Welcome the flowers that are here to stay
Long enough to make my head feel like a hot air balloon
And then make me wish they hadn’t come so soon.

The flowers are in full bloom.
My head feels like it might go BOOM.
My eyes turn into a waterfall,
And I wish that it were all —

But then I see the petals fair;
Such beauty and color everywhere.
So I suffer the consequences and go
Bravely into the outdoors to take photos.

Allergy season, we have aย relationship of love and hate.
And I don’t know, maybe you reciprocate.
I’m not sure if I hate pollen or if pollen hates me more,
But there is one thing that I am sure —

It was worth the pain
To go out and gain
Flower photos such as these
In the midst of the allergies!

**None of these flowers are mine – they belong to a local nursery, except for the last one, which is the honeysuckle growing on my grandma’s fence. ๐Ÿ˜„