Acceptance · Blessings · Cows · Musings · Poetry · Tolerance

Don’t Let the Dung Pile Too High

cowpie“Without oxen a stable stays clean,
聽聽聽聽but you need a strong ox for a large harvest.” Pr 14:4

 

If you have kids, you’ll have noise, sleepless nights, messes, and trouble.

Either accept that or don’t have kids.

You’ll also have laughter, delight, and a full heart.

If you want a spouse, you’ll have growth-pains, compromise, heartache, and headaches.

Mine has the hives right now ;).

Either accept that or stay single.

You’ll also have laughter, growth, partnership, and fulfillment.

If you want a oxen, you’ll have mooing, early mornings, and loads of dung

You’ll also have a large bountiful harvest and gratifying work.

But I’m not saying let the dung pile too high 馃檪

LESSONS FROM THE STABLE

  1. If a clean barn is your priority, either be about cleaning it ALL the time and doing little else, or ditch the cows.
  2. Quit complaining about what are actually godsends.
  3. Gain a healthy tolerance for messes and accept them as part and parcel of the blessings.
  4. The Bestower of blessings sends them along with obligations.

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/bestow/

Birthday · Dreams · Gift · Lavender · Musings · Poetry

Pre-glow

I painted this for my friend. Happy birthday Jan! May your lavender-farm dreams glow brighter every day.

lavender

What a pleasure to bestow,

a piece whose rainbow colors glow,

and show the lavender you’ll grow.

And though the process seems so slow,

and you mow through sun and snow,

Your dream will come with joy in tow,

and row after row of lavender glow.

 

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/bestow/

 

 

Kikuyu · Poetry · The Tongue

Tumia

lips

Ang卯korwo r没r卯m卯 rwaku

N卯r没kw卯hithaga,

R没gathi卯 m没hah卯,

Tumia m没rango na k卯hingo!

 

Approximate translation

Seal It

If your tongue is likely to

sneak away on a jaunt

Batten the door and the gate!

 

James 3

Taming the Tongue

3聽Not many of you should become teachers,聽my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged聽more strictly.2聽We all stumble聽in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect,聽able to keep their whole body in check.

3聽When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal.4聽Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go.5聽Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts.聽Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.6聽The tongue also is a fire,聽a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body,聽sets the whole course of one鈥檚 life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

7聽All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind,8聽but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

9聽With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God鈥檚 likeness.10聽Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.11聽Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?12聽My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs?聽Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

  • Image retrieved 4/14/18 from:

https://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photos-close-up-teeth-biting-blue-lip-over-white-background-image35900448

  • Scripture retrieved 4/14/18 from:

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=James+3&version=NIV

 

 

Faith · Kikuyu · Poetry · Strength

Witire

cliff

Nd没getire na ny没mba nene,

N卯卯momokaga.

Nd没getire na ngari njer没

N卯卯g卯aga fanja.

Nd没getire na m没nd没 m没thaka,

Noagak没ra.

Nd没getire na 没没g卯

No没karigan卯ra.

W卯tire na Jes没,

Ihiga r卯a Tene ma.

 

Approximate Translation

Lean

Do not lean on your big house,

It will someday wear away.

Don’t lean on your fancy new car,

It’s liable to have a flat tire.

Don’t lean on a beautiful person,

They too will age with time.

Don’t lean on your knowledge,

It will soon be forgotten.

Lean on Jesus

The Rock of Ages.

 

Image retrived 4/14/18 from:

https://pixabay.com/en/cliffs-of-moher-cliffs-moher-1683423/

Creativity · Inspiration · Poetry

it was a good one too…

evap

a magnificent poem my mind was creating.

electric, melodic, pure genius in the making

but i waited too long, it was done percolating

i had dreamily thought, “this one is yours for the taking;

it will keep till morning, boy it’s downright earth-shaking!”

 

But upon my awaking this poor heart is aching

as the lyrics start fading, rush to evaporating.

my work so painstaking,聽 now a vain undertaking

I should mandate dictating, that goes without stating,

as there’s no compensating for a loss so frustrating!

 

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/rush/

image retrieved 4/9/18 from:

 

https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQrMPHHFXl3biYFYpA6bk3gNrib7Zuk5ypSGxJkY_WzyidhLBPPMw

Attraction · Emotions · Feelings · Intimacy · Marriage · Poetry · Relationships

I Have Feelings For You.

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You thrill me, enchant me,

Scintillate me, excite me,

Fascinate me, enthrall me.

Make my heart throb, hear my soul’s call,

Glad we’re in this, for the long haul.

 

You annoy me,聽 irritate me,

confound聽 me, frustrate me,

You vex me,聽aggravate me,

misunderstand me, berate me…

I have feelings for you alright!

 

Image retrieved 4/6/18 from:

https://www.facebook.com/feelingsldn/

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/haul/

Cairns · Nature · Photography · Poetry · R&R · Rivers

Churn Baby Churn

My husband loves to build cairns on the banks of the Little Santiam River. It’s fun to help him fetch just the right rocks and watch him VERY patiently build these phenomenal structures. It still boggles me that they stand. He is not done until they are stable enough to dance around.

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To make this precarious cairn

Be patient with steady concern

The waters聽 around it will churn

With a whirl and a twirl and a turn.

 

The waves will swirl on the grass and the fern

while the dragonflies dance with the cedar-bound tern.

The sun feels divine, too much more and I’ll burn.

It’s a balancing act, I am starting to learn.

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https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/churn/

 

Insomnia · Musings · Poetry · Sleeplessness

Dreaming Right About Now

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I’d rather be dreaming but I don’t know how

It was all going great till I had to pee

I’ve had Melatonin and Sleepy Time Tea

My work pile’s聽 a mile high and awaits only me

I’d rather be dreaming right about now.

 

I’d rather be dreaming, heavy hangs the brow

but a rogue thought sparked and a fire it stoked

and all the peace and quiet, is successfully provoked

though I chased it down, and wrestled it, its mercy I invoked

I’d rather be dreaming, but I don’t know how.

 

I’d rather be dreaming right about now

Seems 2 AM was ten hours ago, and now 3:56.

I lie here exhausted, I’ve emptied my bag of tricks,

Send a man to the moon, but this I can’t fix

I’d rather be dreaming… so heavy hangs the brow…

 

 

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/provoke/

African · Christian · Faith · Kenyan · Kikuyu · Legacy · Musings · Poetry

Ngauga

Ngarana Tata Wangar卯 wa Mag没,

Augire at卯r卯,

“Ang卯korwo nd没r卯 Jes没,

Nd没r卯 k卯nd没 没r卯.

Ang卯korwo nd没i Jesu,

Nd没ri k卯r卯a 没卯.”

Nani卯 ngauga,

“Ang卯korwo n卯没r卯 Jes没,

Nd没r卯 k卯nd没 没tar卯.

Ang卯korwo n卯没卯 Jes没,

Nd没r卯 k卯nd没 没to卯.”

(Calling all Kikuyus: It is lamentable that many Kikuyu are unable to read in their native tongue. I aim to increase Kikuyu readership by composing, inspiring and collecting new, provocative works in that beautiful language. Wangari wa Ngara)

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M没bete: A young Kikuyu woman in traditional garb.

(Image from https://mukuyu.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/wpid-wp-1422208502982.jpeg?w=630 Retrieved 3/14/18)