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In his prompt today, David at
invited us to try our hand
at a poetry form
that is new to me:
A Korean verse form related to haiku and tanka and comprised of three lines of 14-16 syllables each, for a total of 44-46 syllables. Each line contains a pause near the middle, similar to a caesura, though the break need not be metrical. The first half of the line contains six to nine syllables; the second half should contain no fewer than five. Originally intended as songs, sijo can treat romantic, metaphysical, or spiritual themes. Whatever the subject, the first line introduces an idea or story, the second supplies a “turn,” and the third provides closure. Modern sijo are sometimes printed in six lines.
David did a fantastic job with the form. Click on his name & blog title above to read his contribution.
I told him I was not sure I was even going to try… it sounds too complicated! But… with the following meme as a prompt, here goes:
Your mind will always believe, if you are ever truthful;
But when you are deceitful, you feed it sorrow, deep grief.
Feed your mind sincere love and truth, and it will be returned to you.
Bob & I send our love and deep peace
to you and your loved ones today.
Thanks for visiting JanBeek.
Will you try your hand at Sijo?
I am not indispensable.
I used to think I was…
If I wasn’t there,
the school would have
Hah! Not true…
The custodian and the secretary
Are indispensable …
Not the principal!
So unlock the misconception!
Set yourself free!
You, too, my friend
Are not indispensable!
What lesson do you wish you had learned earlier?
Live, love, laugh…
Peace to you!
“Keep your heart with all vigilance,
for from it flow the springs of life.”
Proverbs 4:23Just as water flows in constant motion,
We are asked to constantly move
In the direction of grace and mercy –
His love and graciousness to prove.
The springs of life flow in you
And are meant to overflow
So God’s joy and peace are what
Your very presence will show.
Choosing positivity brightens life;
It keeps us happy and upbeat.
Even though we encounter difficulties,
We can choose victory, not defeat.
It’s up to us to decide the kind
Of person we want others to see.
If we keep our hearts open to love,
We’ll be the best that we can be.
We can choose positivity again and again
As we focus on the good things in life.
Meet life eagerly as we tackle each task
And ask God to take away any worry or strife.
“Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies;Ah, TRUTH! It can be so evasive…
you know that they breed quarrels.
And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome
but kind to everyone,
able to teach,
patiently enduring evil,
correcting his opponents with gentleness.
God may perhaps grant them repentance
leading to a knowledge of the truth…”
But a positive attitude and an open heart and mind
Can make Truth more discernible.
Seek it out with questions wise and kind.
Positive people are filled with curiosity;
They never stop asking when and why.
You can’t stop an intelligent child
From asking, “Why?” even if you try.
So foster that curiosity!
Appreciate it in your own design.
You are a Child of God, you know,
So embrace your uniqueness and SHINE!
Thank you for visiting JanBeek today.
Your positive remark in the comments below
Will add to my joy today.
Let your positivity show!!
It was a marvelous Montana morning.
The sun wasn’t up yet, but the doves were.
They cooed and wooed and greeted the day.
I was happy to be up before the sun.
Note the puddle on the rock there.
It rained a little last night.
Everything is so fresh and green.
Welcome to Terrific Tuesday!
As the sky brightened, so did my spirits.
Looking at the purple mountain majesty,
How could anyone not be happy here?
Montana is such a beautiful place to be.
Good morning, sweet Montana sunrise.
Thank you, Lord, for another day;
A day to rejoice and be glad in it,
A day to sing God’s praises….
Sing along with me and the children:
Have a Terrific Tuesday!
How will you celebrate life today?
Sending my love,
What do you consider man’s best asset?
Well, it depends on how you’re looking at the word, huh?
Or maybe who you are and what you do?
If you are a gastroenterologist,
(a GI doctor)
like Dr. Gentry,
who last Sunday performed Bob’s colonoscopy,
then you’re looking for a clear anus!!
Too much information!!
BUTT (oops!) BUT,
hey, we just went through this weekend from hell…
and if you’ve read my previous coupla blogs,
you know what I mean.
And maybe you are waiting for an update?
Bob received wonderful care at
the Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.
The nurse, Ann-Marie, was the reason
he was smiling like this!
She was as efficient as she was beautiful!
What’s a woman’s greatest asset?
She was kind, caring, efficient, and professional.
A real delight!
Aren’t those the perfect qualities for a nurse?
(Or any of us, for that matter!)
Let me digress for a minute, OK?
While Bob was waiting and waiting for his procedure,
(it was scheduled for 8:00 am
and got bumped twice because of emergencies),
I decided to go get something to eat.
Neither Bob nor I had anything solid for about 48 hours!
I was sitting at the counter at Jam!
(my favorite breakfast place in Bozeman)
when the hostess seated a coupe next to me.
I glanced up from the CA church service
that was live-streaming
on my cell phone
and said, “Hi!” to the couple.
Then I went back to listening
to our son, Ty, who was delivering
the sermon at his church
in Placerville, California.
(Isn’t modern technology wonderful?!)
That’s Ty with me – taken last summer…
We’re so proud of his decision to pursue the ministry.
Anyway, I digressed…
What I wanted to share with you was the way
God worked miracles in our lives
every time we turned around last weekend!
I was listening to Ty’s sermon
when I heard the customer recently seated to my left
say, “Hello, Mrs. Beekman.”
Surprised, I looked up…
and I studied the handsome young man’s face.
“Neighbor? Crowley?? Are you Cole?”
I had not seen him in a coupe of years.
He and his family live right across the road from us.
He’s been away at college.
What are the chances in a restaurant with 100+ people
that Cole would be seated right next to me??
“When things happen in your Christian walk of faith
and you say to yourself what a coincidence,
you should know that it’s not,
it is God’s hand in your life.”
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above,
coming down from the Father of lights
with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
Cole and I chatted for a while,
got caught up on what’s new
with him and with us…
and I went back to listening to
Ty’s sermon on-line.
Cole & his girlfriend said their good-byes
with “Let me know if you need anything.”
When the sermon was over
and it was time to get back to Bob
before he went in for his procedure,
I asked for the bill…“That couple that was next to you
paid for your breakfast!”
Every time I turned around,
God was working His miracles
through the generosity,
and compassion of others!!
See that latte pictured up there?
Do you think it was a coincidence
that a happy bee is floating on the top?
Remember, Bob is
a retired beekeeper/almond farmer.
No accident that they made my dirty chai latte
with almond milk and God sent the bee here to say,
“Hah! Here I am to remind you
Bob is in good Hands!
I’ve gotcha covered!”
I got back to the hospital in time
to say a prayer with Bob
before he was wheeled in.
It was only a short time when
he was wheeled back to the room.
Shortly, the doc came in with the good news,
“You have a beautiful anus for an 84 year old!”
(See, there’s that asset I was telling you about)
Only a GI doctor with 25,000
colonoscopies under his belt
would be so observant, right?
“Everything is OK!
Whatever was causing the bleeding
(no doubt diverticulitis)
has healed itself.
No surgery needed.
Eat more fiber.
Drink more water.”
Bob was given his marching orders
with instructions to follow-up
in a week with his primary care doc here in Ennis.
But before they checked us out
and sent us happily on our way,
Bob was given solid food
(ah, a turkey sandwich never tasted so goood!)
We were sent home with grateful hearts.
Praise the Lord!!
I believe in miracles.
We just experienced more than one.
Look for God’s miracles.
He is busy delivering them every day!
God bless you!
Thank you for all your prayers.
We love you.
Oh, by the way,
what do you think is
Man’s Best Asset?
How many ways can you say Thank You?
This prompt made me wonder about the ways we show our appreciation. Before I had a chance to get on my computer and augment the post, my dear friend, Peter, responded with a delightful answer. Ah yes, animals know best! Their wordless acts of appreciation tell the whole story! Which of these speaks most loudly to your heart?
Peter suggested a lick on the cheek… Oh yes!
One way I like to say thank you
is by inviting a generous, helpful friend
to come for dinner.
It doesn’t need to be Thanksgiving when we express our gratitude with a meal!
Daily in prayer
I thank my Maker
for all the ways
He has blessed
“Do not be anxious about anything,Thank you for visiting JanBeek
but in every situation, by prayer and petition,
present your requests to God.”
How many ways do you say Thank You?
The prompt today was:
“On What Subject are You an Authority ?”
We just said good-bye to our guests from Switzerland who stayed with us for a week. We did a lot of sharing with one another while they were here. But, even though each of us has had a lifetime of experiences in various fields (technology, social work, teaching, coaching, and beekeeping), none of us tried to come across as an authority on anything! What a turn-off that attitude would be!!
If you have the attitude that you have more knowledge than anybody else around you on a certain subject, and you speak with unabashed authority, I hope you’re being asked to do so, and you’re paid a lot for your opinion! I hope that knowledge gives you an opportunity to have authority with your authority! But…
… in my experience, the one who flaunts his authority (rather than living as an open-minded, humble, life-long learner) seldom finds life very satisfying. Tim McGraw spells it out pretty clearly in his song, “Always Stay Humble and Kind.” You can listen to it below.
“The reward for humilityI am rich in friends
fear of the Lord
is riches and honor and life.”
I am rich in love of life
Christ is my life’s authority.
Where do your riches lie?
It was an interesting prompt today.
How would you have answered it?
Keep looking up!
Stay humble and kind!
Thanks for your visit today to
Whenever I feel grateful
Which is certainly most of the time
I cheerfully, freely express it
Often in cards I write in rhyme
I’m grateful for the animals
That come and rest in our space
But when they eat branches or flowers
I shoo them off – give them chase!
I thank God for our sunsets
That reflect on the mountains east
The beauty of their presence
Is for my eyes a heavenly feast!
I express to our sweet visitors
Who came from Switzerland to here
How much we enjoy their presence
Creating memories so dear
Here they are on the Madison
Fishing with Bob on the shore
The peacefulness and the beauty,
Made up for no catches, zero score
Our hostess was Fran, the musician
Who entertained us with lunch and a song
We thanked her with hugs and elation
With such beauty, what could go wrong?
I thank God for USA’s freedom
For the way we celebrate each year
Parades, the rodeo, barbecues… what a crowd
All came to see the bronc riders and to cheer
Our Swiss guest, Laszlo, really caught the mood
Donning a cowboy hat, he weathered the rain
He enjoyed all the cowboys and cowgirls
Watched many get bucked off- lose the rein
Saskia smiled at the chance to be here
Their first USA trip – They chose this Montana spot
I’m expressing my gratitude for their visit
And thanking God for perfect weather -not too hot!
Of course, you can count on huge crowds
On Independence Day every year
The parade is the main attraction
Literally thousands come to view and to cheer
Horses are plentiful, some large, some small
And the floats are the old fashioned type
Throwing candy, waving flags, squirting water,
They live up to all the hype!
The Bible says:“Rejoice always, pray continually,
give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”
1 Thessalonians 5:16 -18 (NIV)
If you’ve gotten out of the habit of being thankful, it’s time to get back into spiritual shape. Every morning, as soon as the alarm goes off (or you wake up on your own… this side of the grass), make a habit of thanking God for a new day — and ask Him for guidance as you embark on new victories and challenges in the hours ahead.
We began our day at the nursing home
Grateful we could help the residents out
Pushed them in their wheel chairs
Where they could hear the crowds shout
We thanked Madison Valley Manor
For placing a row of chairs at road’s side
We had first class seating to view
All the cars, horses, floats… want a ride?
Back home we were treated
To our own neighborhood parade & song
The neighbors’ grandkids rode their bikes
“Happy Birthday, Uncle Sam!” Sing along!
How do you express your gratitude
When you are overwhelmed with glee?
I wish you could have been here
To say Thanks to the kids with me!
Thank you for the daily prompt
That encourages me to write
I don’t get at it every day, but often…
You inspire my muse’s light!
How do you express your gratitude
To those who touch your heart
I hope you do it daily & often –
If not, now’s a good time to start!
Thanks for visiting
(Happy Independence Day!
Happy Birthday to our pastor,
Mary Grace Reynolds,
I’m grateful for her
presence in our lives!
God bless you, MGR!!
This coming week is a big one in Ennis, MT. People come from all around to enjoy:
1) the Fireman’s Pancake breakfast 7:-10:am at the FireHall,
2) the old fashioned (step back 50 years) parade at 10:00 am,
3) a walk around our quaint little town for a couple hours,
4) the Lion’s Club BBQ at Lion’s Club Park at noon, and
5) the rodeo at 4:00 PM … or is it later? (there’s also one the night of the 3rd)
Here are a few pictures from years past to help you see what a great set of events it is:
The parade is an event not to be missed!
The rodeo is always fun!
I love the way little kids dress up for the holiday!
The adults go all out, too!
Fortunately, this year we don’t have to wear face masks!
The Boy Scouts, the 4-H Club,
various churches, the Lion’s Club,
cowboys, and our school kids
all join in the fun!
This year, I will again
help the folks
in our nursing home
get front row seats
on the parade route.
Come to Ennis this week!
Enjoy the festivities!
I wish our daughters
could be here again this year.
Alas, they’re too far away!
DeDe & Laina,
we’ll miss you!
Ray Easter will be in the parade
with his pristine old convertible!
Look for him!!
Of course, little kids on their ponies
must always be a part of the fun!
Carts, dogs, clowns, fire trucks…
you name it! They’ll all be there!
Will we see you?
I hope so!!
You’ll love our little town!!
And our neighborhood celebrates, too!
I send my Love to you,