It’s What Sunflowers Do

“Keep your face to the sunshine, and you cannot see the shadows. It’s what sunflowers do.” – Helen Keller

I admire sunflowers, for…
They spend their whole lives
Growing roots in the sod
Trying to mimic their God
With their faces to the sunrise.
Producing sun-bloom galore!

They need the Son’s rays
And Living Waters
In order to stay alive.
In order to thrive.
Yes, their Creator
They do always praise!

Focused as they grew,
Gazing not at the shadows
Or the foreboding darkness;
Only seeing their Rest
That they are to follow.
I try to do as they do!


On a different note – I bought this black-eyed Susan plant by mistake last year thinking it was a sunflower. Hey, they were both yellow. 😂 I was glad to see it was a perennial, and I planted it in the middle of the garden, hoping it would attract bees or any other pollinators. It scared me a bit when it went dormant – but it came back this year with a vengeance, and it has exploded with flowers!

(And as you can see, a bag of fertilizer and a bag of potting soil along with black-eyed Susans – I thought I had moved it out of the way before I took the photo but I guess I didn’t. 😂) Anyway, buying this plant on sale for $1.00 was a lovely mistake. 🙂

However, unlike the sunflower that points east (thanks for the sunflower facts, Peggy!), these flowers seem to point in all sorts of directions – especially up. 😄

Heavenly Father

I’d like to give a shout-out and thanks to Miriam from The Shower of Blessings for inspiring me to try the Villanelle poem form! You can read her poems here and here. 🙂

Heavenly Father

Heavenly Father, the Creator of all things
How can this Someone love little ole me,
This Lord of Lords, The King of Kings?

The incredible blessings that He brings
For all of mankind to see,
Heavenly Father, the Creator of all things,

To Him, the fowls of the air sing,
“How worthy and good is He
This Lord of Lords, The King of Kings!”

The universe’s expanse and butterfly wings
Display His holy ingenuity.
Heavenly Father, the Creator of all things,

Oh how to My Savior, I cling,
The One Who died to set me free!
This Lord of Lords, The King of Kings,
Heavenly Father, the Creator of all things!

Far Away From The Skyscrapers

It’s week seventeen of 100 Word Wednesday, and here is the photo and my response. 🙂 If you want to join in, just click the link! 😉

This time I hit 100 words exactly! 😀

Image Credit: Scott Webb

There are things we may not agree on –
I’m not much of a city girl; all the trucks and cars,
Buildings reaching for the sky, noise and neon –
Light pollution preventing me from even seeing the stars!

I get lost easily in the large crowds;
There are way too many people rushing past me.
Go with the flow, like raindrops in clouds,
No, I go my own way or disoriented I’ll be.

Show me a place where the buildings taper,
Where trees show off their grandeur.
Away, far away from the skyscrapers,
See all of God’s creations in its splendor!