It’s Sunday! Time to kick back & relax and seriously you all we need to pray. Turning on each other is not the answer.
There is just too much going on in the world (in our country) to even try to fully write about right now.
There is hate, there is violence, there is illness, there is financial worry, and so much more. Aside of these recent global and local battles there has always been abuse. Abuse of animals and abuse of people. I’m afraid with all of the stresses these days this has most likely heightened. So many different challenges people are going through. Just this past week I have heard of two people committing suicide (too close to home). This is one thing that deeply breaks my heart. Thinking that someone felt that much despair that they saw no way out and chose to end their life is such an absolute heartbreaking thing.
A world with no more hate For that day we can hardly wait Until then love is what we’ll portray And on our knees we’ll continue to pray
This has been a hard and strange year and Christmas was strange this year too. Our family didn’t get together because we are trying to remain safe during the pandemic. We celebrated by opening gifts from one another on Skype. It was nice but doesn’t begin to compare to being together.
Christmas always comes & goes so quickly. The poem below I wrote a few years back. I wanted to share it again.
CHRISTMAS IS NEAR…
It’s the most wonderful time of the year People all around are so full of cheer Bells that are jingling all the way Songs a plenty about that special day Children thinking about all of the gifts Telling Santa what’s on their wish list Trees decorated so beautiful & bright That glow beautiful in the silent night
Going here & there travelers abound
Friends and family gathering all around
Candy canes and cookies galore
Mashed potatoes, gravy and so much more Stockings stuffed with treats for Fido So full they fall and land on the bible Everyone stops and remembers the reason That we celebrate this festive season It’s not about Santa and his sleigh full of toys But Jesus’s birth and to the world what joy! So from me and even my little scrooge too We wisha very Merry Christmas to you
The most beautiful time of the year Autumn is once again here Take a walk and enjoy the changing trees Under your feet hear the crunch of the leaves Feel the warm sun among the cool breeze Soak it in because soon comes the time to freeze
copyright LeeAnn Johnston/Animals Are Feeling Beings Too
It’s Sunday! Time to kick back, relax, and look for messages.
This Tuesday it will be three years since my sister, Lisa, passed away. I was looking at some pictures of her and reading some of the poems I wrote after she passed. I was reminded of the messages she sent me during my time of grieving her so I wrote another poem about that.
A hot day and the wind very still
Hoping to cool off in the shade
Sitting on a bench under a tree
Heads bowed while the pastor prayed
A combination of sweat and tears
Rolling down the cheeks on my face
I look over and you’re sitting next to me
We’re preparing your resting place
I was dazed and full of grief
When it came out of nowhere
The strongest and longest breeze
Blowing right through my hair
I lifted up my chin and closed my eyes
I smiled because it was then I knew
I soaked it all in and just received The message that was coming from you
It’s Sunday! Time to kick back, relax, and put those five senses into gear.
There is a lot going on but we still need times to take a breath and ground ourselves again. Animals are such great examples for us in this and in so many ways, aren’t they?! Do you ever watch them play or when you’re walking them? So carefree.
I wrote a little poem for today. I hope you enjoy it.
OUR FIVE SENSES
Surrounded by a bed of roses
Enjoyable fragrance filling our noses
Feeling the warmth of the sun in the sky
We see beauty all around we can’t deny
Everything in nature seems to glisten
Be still, close your eyes, and just listen
From the green grass to the blue sky above
Through it all we’re getting a sweet taste of love
It’s Sunday! Time to kick back, relax, and that means…push the pause button.
My sister’s birthday was this past week which got me thinking about her. She passed away a few years ago at the young age of 53. It was quite unexpected. I wrote the following poem shortly after that. It seems kind of fitting for what we’re all going through right now since the main message is about stopping and slowing down. It really is hard though, isn’t it? But it’s in times like these that we can be forced to.
THE WORLD DOESN’T STOP
The world is so busy
The world is so fast
Treating life like a race
How quickly time is passed
It’s Sunday! Time to kick back and relax. I don’t know what the weather is like where you are but here it has been a weekend to stay in. We’re having rain/snow mix and it is making for some very icy road conditions. On weekends like this I truly can take some time to kick back and relax.
I hope all of you who celebrate enjoyed Christmas and the gatherings. At my family gathering I was asked how things were going with my blogging. My response was “good but I haven’t been writing very meaty posts lately.” I miss sitting down and pouring my heart into a post and I will get back to that. Sometimes life just takes you in other directions for a while.
My meaty posts usually come from an experience of some sort. Not too long ago when I was driving on a highway I passed a truck full of cows. My heart instantly became heavy and I had tears streaming down my face. I wondered if I was the only one on that highway who notices and feels sad for them. Or if everyone sees such a thing as “normal.” In this world it may be looked at as “normal” but the God I know didn’t have that planned for his creation. So in my awareness I have to ask myself do I sit back and just act “normal” and go along with the crowd or do I speak up and educate others? I choose the latter. So you see it is experiences that touch my heart & soul that bring about those meaty posts and I hope this last paragraph was somewhat that.
That experience of seeing the cows (and the adorable picture of Cino) made me think of a poem I wrote a while ago and thought it would fit very well in today’s post. I changed it a little bit and have recorded myself reading it. But boy did I have a lot of trouble making this video. I worked on it for a long, long time, late into the night. It seems to be a software problem. Hopefully I will figure it out eventually for future videos or just go with another route of recording. But for now this is the best I can do. It is a recording with my phone. The poem is also typed out on this post if you want to follow along or just read it.