Five-Minute Friday: Perspective

Today’s Five-Minute Friday prompt is “perspective.” Write a post for five minutes — unedited — and post a link to your blog at The Gypsy Mama. Here goes:

When I was a kid, my artist parents would give me basic drawing lessons: light and shade, rendering, color, and perspective. I was impressed with the way a couple of lines would meet at the center of the page and make the scene look as though it were farther way. Just a couple of lines would change the entire perspective of the drawing.

I learned that I could see more if I backed up and gained a broader perspective. We would go to art museums and look through art books, where I learned about the Impressionists and their ability to place colors side-by-side to create something visible when seen from a distance.

Artists mimic the creative brush strokes of the Master Artist. No one else can see from His perspective, and no one else sees the broad picture that He sees. I must try to remember this more often, as I fret through a crisis or challenge!

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Could have said so much more…but since this is Five-Minute Friday, it’ll have to wait for another blog post. Have a blessed weekend!

 

5-Minute Friday: Real

Today’s prompt for 5-Minute Friday is REAL. Write for five minutes straight — no editing — from this prompt and join us at The Gypsy Mama!

Poets and artists know what’s real. My husband writes heartfelt poems about spirit and beauty and nature — the things that are the most “real” to us. Worry about our car is not as real as lyrical verses that come from the heart. These electrodes stuck on my chest for the next 24 hours? Not real compared with my God and His creation.

We poets are sometimes accused of having our heads in the clouds. But that is the only real place to be, as far as I’m concerned. Other things change and are not permanent, but our dreams, our inspiration, our faith…these things are beyond our physical grasp and therefore go on forever. That’s real.

So I’m being real today. I’m tired but full of inspiration and excitement for the days ahead. Really.

 

Word-Filled Wednesday: Job 12:7-10

“But now ask the beasts and they will teach you;

And the birds of the air, and they will tell you;

Or speak to the earth, and it will teach you.

Who among all these does not know

Thant the hand of the Lord has done this,

In whose hand is the life of every living thing,

And the breath of all mankind?” Job 12:7-10 (NKJV)

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Thankful Thursday: God’s Wisdom Reflected in His Creation

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Thank you to Iris from Grace Alone for hosting this month’s Thankful Thursday.

Each evening, I like to read the Proverbs chapter that corresponds to the day’s date. Last night, I was reading Proverbs 30, and this verse resonated with me:

“There are four things which are little on the earth, but they are exceedingly wise: the ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their food in the summer; the rock badgers are a feeble folk, yet they make their homes in the crags; the locusts have no king, yet they all advance in ranks; the spider skillfully grasps with its hands, and it is in kings’ palaces.” Proverbs 30:24-28 (NKJV)

I am thankful that God’s wisdom permeates His creation. Each aspect of His creation holds a unique beauty, as well as valuable lessons. Even the smallest among us have a place and a purpose. From the diligence of ants to the quiet intricacy of a spider’s web, the Master’s hand is evident all around us. We are also reminded of His provision:

“So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all His glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass in the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” Matthew 6:28-30 (NKJV)

We are surrounded by reminders of God’s presence. I am grateful that He designed His creation as a daily testimony to His wisdom, power, and promises.