Flower of the Day Challenge #31: Bloomerang Dark Purple Lilac 1st Blooms

Bloomerang dark purple lilac—beautiful and fragrant 2022 ©DeeMin All rights reserved Thanks to Cee for hosting the Flower of the Day prompt. Thank you for journeying along. Like what you see? Read more here👈 Subscribe to the blog here👈 “Like” and comment👇I love hearing from you.In creative solidarity, Dee

BIRTHmonth: Day 30 Concluding Affirmation—I Affirm Today to Self-Love

Before-word: To celebrate my birthMONTH I declared an affirmation for each day. At the end of the month I conclude with the affirmation to self-love, because you must first love yourself in order to love anyone else. This emanates from the ultimate love—the love of and for God. This was the April I affirm to …

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BirthMONTH—Day 19: I Affirm Today to Love the Way My Heart Knows How to Love

I will not make excuses for the way my heart loves I will love ❤️ honestly I will love ❤️ naturally I will love ❤️ completely I will love the way my heart knows how to love Thank you for journeying along. First time to the site? Welcome! You may start here👈 and for more …

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BirthMONTH—Day 13: I Affirm Today to Trust My Journey

Life is a journey, and we each have our unique way to move through it. But, no matter how different our journeys will be, we all will end life in the same way. Different journeys, similar destination. The state you’ll be in when you arrive at the destination is based on the choices you make …

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Smoke & Water© [a Haiku]

Autumn smoky-orange Escapes across water’s glass Reflection, cascades Written in response to Ronovon’s Weekly Haiku Prompt inspired by the image above. 2022 ©DeeMin All rights reserved Thank you for journeying along. First time to the site? Welcome! Feel free to “like” or drop a comment, I love hearing from you. You may start here👈 and …

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Sunday Photo Reflection #24: Tall Palms & Sunlight

Palms taller than high-rise building … … Sun gloriously bright! 2022 ©DeeMin All rights reserved Thank you for journeying along. First time to the site? Welcome! Feel free to “like” or drop a comment, I love hearing from you. You may start here👈 and for more subscribe to the blog here👈In creative solidarity, Dee

Refugee©

Right now the world is in solidarity with Ukraine as it fights for freedom, and rightly so. While there is aggression from without there’s aggression within. Again we see that racism and discrimination know no boundaries and that hurt people hurt people. In addition to the trauma of war, Black people are being detained at borders and animals/pets given safe passage while they are being pushed off trains. As we pray for Ukraine we pray for ALL people—regardless of race or nationality, to have equal access to cross borders to safety.

Shabbat Shalom: Prayer For Peace & Ukraine

Click👆to listen to audio of this post In light of what is taking place in Ukraine and its heart-rending and life-altering impact, I’ll pause the “What In God’s Name” series today to instead offer a prayer for peace. However, before the prayer I’d like to go back to a giant statue that was put up …

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Flower of the Day Challenge #22: of Orchids & Snow

So we’re under a nor’easter with heavy snowfall. It’s cold but what a warmth in my heart this orchid is generating. She’s the first bloom of the season. From the dairy of a HappyOrchidMom Thanks to Cee for hosting the Flower of the Day prompt. Thank you for journeying along. First time to the site? …

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Shabbat Shalom: God’s Art to heART

👆Play👆to listen along as you read ART to heART is more than a homophone. It’s a life-changing salvific principle used in the recreative-poetic expression of God. The Greek word poiēma is used ONLY TWICE in the Bible and both times in reference to the creative power of God. First, when He created eARTh referred to …

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Shabbat Shalom: You’re A Masterpiece—God’s Work of Art [with audio]

👆Play👆to listen along as you read God is a master artist, a genius creator. When He created eARTh, He built ART into every nook and cranny of it. And as beautiful and majestic and wonderful as the ART He created in eARTh was, at its completion God pronounced it as merely “good”. Genesis 1:10, 12 …

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Shabbat Shalom: God Knows Your Name [with audio]

👆PLAY👆 and listen along while you read God is passionate about you because God is passionate about God. OK … hold on. Before you think I’m saying God is egotistic, because that He is not, let me expound. God knows who He is. In response to Moses’ question: “Who should I say you are?”, God …

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Shabbat Shalom: Sun/Son & Shadows

👆PLAY👆You may listen and read along Shadow is mentioned quite frequently in the Bible, and usually in the context of God's protective presence. Like: being covered with the shadow of God’s hand (Isaiah 51:16); resting in the shadow of the Almighty (Psalm 91:1); being hidden in the shadow of God’s wings (Psalms 17:8); or walking …

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Shabbat Shalom—Be Like A Tree© [with audio]

👆LISTEN👆as you read along As we’re winding down the season of long summer days and about to enter the season of transition, I’m thinking about trees and the transformation they’re preparing to undergo—the stripping, the letting go—and how simultaneously beautiful and haunting that is. And that got me thinking about the life lessons we can …

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Shabbat Shalom: Of Lives Lost & Longing

Before-word: for today’s Shabbat Shalom celebration, sharing a piece commissioned by my church as a tribute to our members who’ve passed on as part of our 50th anniversary celebration. I did not want a macabre presentation, but rather one filled with hopeful anticipation. Using the abecedarian poetry form, I chronicled our beginning; the joys of …

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Shabbat Shalom: The Sacrifice©

Before-word: This epic poem is a parallelism of the Abrahamic and the Messianic sacrifice experiences. Abraham’s would-be sacrifice of Isaac was a foreshadow of the crucifixion of Christ. The sacrifice of Christ was a symbolism of high sabbaths (John 19:31) as the complete story of salvation—that is, the work of Christ beginning with His death …

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Shabbat Shalom—Soul Cry: Hiraeth! [with audio]

Hiraeth: “A deep homesickness; an intense form of longing or nostalgia; an unaccountable homesickness for a place you have never visited”. 👆LISTEN👆WHILE YOU READ ALONG Hiraeth! Hiraeth! Something irretrievably lost, beckons Beckons my soul from deep Deep within, this unexplainable, unattainable longing Longing—intense yearning, reminiscing for a place A place I’ve never been but somehow …

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Why I Write: The Power of the Written Word

Before-word: As I’m spending more time building this blog, I’ve been thinking a lot about writing—the art of writing and the power of the written word. I love to write. And chances are if you’re on this site, you’re a blogger which means you also love to write. Or, you’re here because you love to …

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Shabbat Shalom: Sabbath, A Time-Tithe

Sabbath is a tithing of our time. Okay—having put that out there, let me explain: Sabbath and tithing are two biblical principles. Both appear paradoxical or self-contradictory on the surface. And, both are associated with blessings. Paradoxical and a blessing? How? Both are based on you giving up a portion of what you have a …

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Shabbat Shalom: Rest in Stillness

I’m a big fan of David. The David of the Bible. Yes, that prolific spoken word artist who was also a master harpist, a warrior King and a murderous adulterer. So bloody were the hands of David from warding off assailants while he fled a jealous crazed king and from wars he waged to secure …

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Shabbat Shalom: Why I am A Christian

I came across 12 Bloggerz! hosted by Rory. Rory you asked 12 great questions but one really jumped out at me. So, I’ll answer only that one because it aligned so strongly to something that is integral to who I am—my faith and being a Christian. This is the question: How would you feel if …

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Another Blog Accomplishment—200 Posts!

I made it to 200 posts y’all!!!! Yippeee 🎉🥳🎊 Glad I reached this milestone on this beautiful post on the joy of gardening. I really wish to use the moment of this accomplishment to thank YOU! Yes, YOU! The YOU who take the time to stop in on this space The YOU who choose to …

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Shabbat Shalom: God Started It, Science Confirms It

Before I understood the true meaning and the blessings of the Sabbath, it was more like an arduous religious ritual observance. And as an adolescent, I recall at the end of just about every Sabbath I came down with a terrible migraine headache. Research on the anthropology and psychology of religion have confirmed the psychological …

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Shabbat Shalom: Grace

In addition to—the tranquility of Sabbath peace; the blessings of Sabbath worship; the refreshing of Sabbath rest; those Selah moments of pause like mini-Sabbaths that can be taken throughout the week; and the joy of Sabbath reflection—is the affirmation of GRACE. We know that God established Sabbath as a day of rest at the end …

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Shabbat Shalom: Reflection

In addition to—the tranquility of Sabbath peace; the blessings of Sabbath worship; the refreshing of Sabbath rest; and those Selah moments of pause like mini-Sabbaths that can be taken throughout the week—is the joy of Sabbath reflection. Sabbath is a time of reflection. Many people tend to think of Sabbath as merely a command given …

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Shabbat Shalom: Fellowship

I previously wrote about attributes that Sabbath affords us—the tranquility of Sabbath peace; the blessings of Sabbath worship; the refreshing of Sabbath rest; and those Selah moments of pause that we can take throughout the days that are like mini-Sabbaths. This post is about another facet of Sabbath, fellowship. One of the things I miss …

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Shabbat Shalom: Worship

God started it! Sabbath is for rest and it’s also for worship. Standing on the bank of the river transfixed, in awe of all creation bustling around me. Watching the sun go down, but not before it colored the clouds an autumn orange and the river a golden glimmering tint. Hearing the geese honking, hissing …

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Shabbat Shalom: Selah! [with audio]

👆LISTEN👆as you read along Selah! This may be the most mysterious word in the Bible. It appears at the end of verses primarily in the books of Psalms and Habakkuk. There’s no one definition but all may be summed up to be interpreted as: “stop and listen”, or “pause and consider”, or “contemplate, reflect and …

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Finding Hope in A Broken World

Before-word: This piece was written in response to the following questions I've been asking myself in the wake of protests to social injustice across the globe: How many times can a people be stretched before their elasticity is extended beyond its capacity to bounce back and they snap instead? What do you do when as …

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Unmasked© (a poem)

Before-word: I wrote this piece long before masking became part of global health guidelines. Today we mask-up to protect our immune systems from an unseen predator—the novel corona virus. So for that reason, follow the golden rule of masking: mask-up for others as you’d have them mask-up for you. However, when I wrote this piece …

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