Shelter (dVerse haibun)

https://dversepoets.com/2022/08/29/haibun-monday-give-me-shelter/

Instructions from host, Michelle Beauchamp:

“Today, I’d like you to incorporate the theme of “shelter” into your haibun. If you are new to the form, a haibun is made up of no more than three tight paragraphs that are non-fiction/autobiographical and usually written in present tense. The prose is followed by a haiku that makes reference to a season with an image of nature. Often the haiku adds another depth or layer to the prose.”

🏡🏠🏚

Growing up, I lived in a house envied for its custom-designed beauty (mere veneer of “home”).  Dysfunction resided within, peopled by anger, secrets, deceits, a domineering and comfortless spirit of shaming humiliation.  This nurtured paralyzing fear and insecurity, a sense of abandonment, life-long difficulties.  I never felt sheltered—it was perilous to speak, my cares were dismissed.  I had no hope, heart homeless.

Memory-scars remain tender (‘forgiveness is a process’).  Thus, I’m daily grateful for my Heavenly Father’s embrace, the Good Shepherd’s gentle voice, Holy Spirit.  His love endures forever, new mercies every morning. 

I’m sustained in ‘the shelter of His wings’.

~♥~

First hearts ne’er sheltered

Their ice encased soul till it

Found true Haven’s warmth

©Leyde/Leslie Rene, 2022 ~ All rights reserved.

“For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent…” Psalm 27:5, English Standard Version

“I will abide in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings.” Psalm 61:4, New King James Version

“He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection.” Psalm 91:4, New Living Translation

“For You have been a stronghold for the helpless… A shelter from the storm, a shade from the heat; For the breath of tyrants Is like a rainstorm against a wall.” Isaiah 25:4, Amplified Bible

“Rattle!”

I’ve brought this song especially for my good brother, Ben Nelson, who didn’t think he’d heard it before when I mentioned it to him. It’s a “rockin’ Christian song! 

I met Ben through blogging a decade ago, and can’t brag enough about him—if you’d like to meet him, here’s the link to his blog:

http://anotherredletterday.com/

Enjoy the song! 💖Leyde/Leslie

Laughs Exceed Tears (3TC)

https://pensitivity101.wordpress.com/2022/08/27/three-things-challenge-m68/

Prompt words: amuse, funny, laugh

Next month I turn 70—this poem is partial testimony of what The Almighty God has done in my life by the transforming power of the Holy Spirit.  Color me glad and grateful!

Days without humor

Heart can’t count, too numerous

Now laughs exceed tears

Life, people often amuse

Most, unwittingly funny

©Leyde Ryan, 2022 ~ All rights reserved.

Miracles Await

https://mindlovemiserysmenagerie.wordpress.com/2022/08/23/photo-challenge-428/

I know how you feel

Those thoughts you’re contemplating

I’ve been there myself

Give courage another chance

Miracles await ahead

If I had quit life

I’d have missed everything good

More wonderful than vast hopes

Live another day

Wake up, breathe, look all around

There’s One who loves you

Who doesn’t make promises

He won’t fulfill…trust God’s love♥

©Leyde Ryan, 2022 ~ All rights reserved.

My Keychain (#SoCS)

This post is part of SoCS:

https://lindaghill.com/2022/08/19/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-aug-20-2022/

It’s my first time participating in Linda’s Stream of Consciousness prompts.  Click the link above to learn all about it, and join in.

The prompt word is KEY.

I have a keychain which I began in 2011…it holds what I feel are keys to a “good life”.  The first 4 keys are Faith, Gratitude, Humor, and Prayer.  I can’t get very far without all of these! 

There’s also a key for Generosity…it’s kind of like a skeleton key that fits many doors.  To me it means, give and share at every opportunity that comes my way.  I derive tremendous enjoyment from giving, almost a “high”…maybe it’s the feeling of connection, however briefly, with people. 

My generosity can take the form of food, books, gifts of anything I no longer need but are still in great condition.  It can also be time, listening, caring, encouragement, hope—again, the connection with others.

I was slow in learning most of this, but it’s never too late to make changes which benefit more than just me.  This keychain has more value than a diamond bracelet.

©Leyde Ryan, 2022 ~ All rights reserved.