My Daughter’s Roses

Cees-photo-challenges-flower-of-the-day-fotd #photography Close-up flowers Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge ~ Beauty On The Ordinary

Individual petals

Soft like silk

One before the other

Carefully placed

Revealing detailed

Characteristics as

Colored petal tips

Bleed inwardly

Framing each

Developed rose

While their center

Glow with warmth

Like the high noon sun

On an late summer day

Their essences spread

An unspoken invitation

Come close and smell

What no one can ever see

Enjoy my fragrance and beauty

Before fall comes and I must sleep

© 2022 Lidia Hu

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Under His Shadow

Misguiding Shadows

Shadows
Mislead
Unless
One is
Under
His shadow

His shadow
His people
Will grow
Will bloom
Will rejoice

Return to
His shadow
With words
Or repentance
His forgiveness 
Always abounds
– Lidia Hu
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Hosea 14:7
“Those who live in his shadow
Will again raise grain,
And they will blossom like the vine.
His renown will be like the wine of Lebanon.”

Prayer
Our Heavenly Father, please guide us back under your shadow, forgive all our sins and receive us graciously. 

Only you can save us from shadowing misguidance. Your compassion will reach us. Save us. 

Help us to grow in your precepts. Bloom your goodness in us. Then other can see the reason for our joy. 

I ask these things in Jesus everlasting name.

Further reading Hosea 14:1-8
Repentance to Bring Blessing
14 Return, Israel, to the Lord your God.
Your sins have been your downfall!
2 Take words with you
and return to the Lord.
Say to him:
“Forgive all our sins
and receive us graciously,
that we may offer the fruit of our lips.
3 Assyria cannot save us;
we will not mount warhorses.
We will never again say ‘Our gods’
to what our own hands have made,
for in you the fatherless find compassion.
4 “I will heal their waywardness
and love them freely,
for my anger has turned away from them.
5 I will be like the dew to Israel;
he will blossom like a lily.
Like a cedar of Lebanon
he will send down his roots;
6 his young shoots will grow.
His splendor will be like an olive tree,
his fragrance like a cedar of Lebanon.
7 People will dwell again in his shade;
they will flourish like the grain,
they will blossom like the vine—
Israel’s fame will be like the wine of Lebanon.
8 Ephraim, what more have I to do with idols?
I will answer him and care for him.
I am like a flourishing juniper;
your fruitfulness comes from me.”

Emboldened by The Lord

EMBOLDENED BY THE LORD

“I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart;
before the “gods” I will sing your praise.
2 I will bow down toward your holy temple
and will praise your name
for your unfailing love and your faithfulness,
for you have so exalted your solemn decree
that it surpasses your fame.
3 When I called, you answered me;
you greatly emboldened me.”
Psalm 138:1-3

Embolden – to give someone courage or confidence to behave a certain way

My sweet Lord
I’ll praise you
All day long
With all my heart
For all you’ve done
Before man
Or any god

My loving Lord
I’ll sing of
Your praises
From the depths
Of my soul
Before man
Or any god

My forever Lord
I’ll bow down
With all my being
Praising your name
Before your throne
Before man
Or any god

After I praise you
After I sing of you
After I bow down
I then will dance
Out of gratitude
And love
Before man
Or any God

Your unfailing love
Your faithfulness 
Your forgiveness 
Your healing
Your comfort
Your mercy
Your grace
Are forever

You are
Exalted
Dignified
Sanctified
You’ve 
Surpassed
Your fame

With all your
Glorious deity
You lower
Your heart
To me and
When I call
You always
Answer me

You my Lord
My loving Lord
You and 
No man
Or any god
You alone
Lavishly
Embolden
My heart

Lord, I will 
praise you 
With all 
My heart, 
My soul, 
My being, 
All the days 
I shall live

Lejos de Ti / Far from You

Medianoche

Lejos de Ti

Ayer me sentí tan lejos de ti, 

que mi sueño se desapareció

me encontré esperando, 

escuchando por tu susurro.

Caminé de un lado a otro 

de la cocina a la sala, 

te hablé con mi corazón 

te dije mis necesidades.

Anhelaba tu presencia 

queriendo tu compañía 

deseando tu cariño amoroso 

confesé no haber usado el regalo 

qué me distes, de escribir historias.

Me paré junto a una ventana abierta 

el cielo de medianoche revelaba 

el solsticio de verano, 

allí rogué por tu perdón y ayuda.

Mi sueño regreso 

Uniéndose con mi cuerpo, 

mi alma sintió tu presencia, 

pero no me quedé despierta. 

Hoy . . . mi alma recuerda 

lo que mi cuerpo no sabía, 

tu presencia me refresco, 

tu susurro melodioso me arrulló 

tu abrazo calmante me relajo. 

Mi espíritu dijo a mi corazón: 

Dios vino y te abrazó

en sus alas superpuestas te dijo: 

Duerme, mi perdón ya paso, 

mi ayuda ya llego.

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Far From You

Yesterday I felt far from you

that my sleep vanished

I found myself waiting

listening for your whisper.

I walked from one side to the other

from the kitchen to the living room,

I spoke to you with my heart

I told you my needs.

I longed for your presence

wanting for your company

desiring for your loving embrace

I confessed not applying the gift

you gave me, to write stories.

I stood by an open window

the midnight sky revealed

the summer solstice,

there I begged for your 

forgiveness and help.

My sleep returned

Joining with my body,

my soul felt your presence,

but I didn’t stay awake.

Today . . . my soul remembers

what my body did not know,

your presence refreshes me,

your melodious whisper lulled me

your soothing embrace relaxed me.

My spirit said to my heart:

God came and held you

in his superimposed wings, he told you:

Sleep, my forgiveness has passsed,

my help has arrived.

Rekindled Love

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REKINDLED LOVE

On a lonely beach
Dinner for two
Is what you chose

Heart pounding
Hands sweating
Mind unfocused

Speechless
Beside you
I stood

Arm in arm
You guided me
And whispered

Be with me
Stay with me
Live with me

Lighter than air
Softer than silk
Warmer than summer

You embraced
Me whole
With gentleness

You kissed
My lips
With tenderness

I reaccepted
A ring’s
Caressed

My heart
My soul
My life

Has been
It is and
Will be

Only for
My true love
You, my Husband

Until

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How many times do I need to tell you . . .?

You’re beautiful!

Until, I am.

 

You’re not over weight!

Until, I am not.

 

You’re able.

Until, I can.

 

You can let go.

Until, I’m safe.

 

You can do this.

Until, I’m accomplished.

 

You’re forgiven.

Until, all my guilt is gone.

 

You can trust me.

Until, I can truly surrender.

 

Father continue to remind us, of all these possibilities, your promises. Every time our insecurities show up, may we run into your arms before lies chisel us into ice sculptures.

As for the lies we have believed, evaporate them at the touch of your hand, at the sound of your truth and at the warmth of your love. Please, remold us to live the life you’ve given us through your Son’s sacrifice. And, when the pest of lies return, which they will, help us come into your presence.

“The Lord is good. He is a safe place to go to in times of trouble. He takes care of those who trust him.”

Nahum 1:7 ERV

Oh How I Miss My Artist Friends

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would be dry

without the sea,

that’s how

I find

myself

without you,

the poet, the storyteller,

the artist, the reporter.

the thinker, the dreamer

 

Life captured me

took me from you

I’ve returned

now and then

But, only for a glimpse

Maybe, just maybe

this time

I’ll stay a bit longer

Maybe, just maybe

the chains

of inferiority

incompetent

imperfection

won’t pull me

away again

 

Enslaving feelings

keep me in the dark

corner of my soul

Away from you

Oh, how I missed

your printed words

your rhythmic sound

Your unique ideas

Your provoking art

Your rainbow heart

 

You, my friends

are  the missing

colors of my

creative playtime

Your unique art

gives me a key to

become an ocean

filled with a sea,

rejuvenating ideas

deep inside of me

 

 

 

Worship In My Highs and My Lows

 

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Out loud

or within

I cry out

in praise

and

at times

in pain,

either way

I choose to

worship a

Deity who

was, is and

continues

to be

 

 

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With such knowledge

I face the world

whether it maybe

a pleasant sunny day

or a dark stormy night

with a certainty

of a holy assurance

I’ll walk as

I face my fears

calming my breath

when nightmares

of my past appear

 

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Although

my knees

give in from

unbelief and

my face falls

to my feet

I will climb

the steeple

of prayer

to arrive

at the cross

where my

help comes from

 

All I need to do is worship.

Frank Tuesday’s photo challenge: Worship

In Love With The Sea

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With your sways you sooth my soul to near you

With your roars you entice my heart to feel you

With your rolling waves you engulf me to be with you

With your gentle release you leave me wanting you more