#timesquare: the time of a dog traveler

#timesquare: the time of grace

Time to cross the square

heeding gentle beckoning

of time calling grace

This months photo challenge in square format from Becky is #timesquare

am i not rare? a sidewalk flower asks

Rare
rare purpleYes, you are rare. In my eyes. Today, I walk pass this way without expecting to see you. I am just walking and not looking. I am busy because I am going somewhere. This pathway and roadside are just things I happen to walk by from one spot to another spot. My destination is somewhere else. My interest is not here. I am just traveling by. But I see you. You look at me and smile. You reach out your invisible hand and offer a friendly greeting. Here, this neighborhood? Yes, you stand out despite the environment. The background. The class in which you find yourself. You display your purple. We exchange greeting for a while and I halt my steps for you for awhile. When I move on I know I have encountered a unique rarity. A simple greeting one morning between a traveler and a sidewalk on which I have imprinted my steps one morning which will not be repeated again. The next time I visit this place again it will be another time. A moment in time is rare and unique with its own existence.

a morning’s perspective

morning in FebruaryThis picture was taken two days before I left the country in February this year. It was a cool morning and I walked alone on this familiar road probably one last time for a long time to come. I had stayed for half a year in this neighborhood and it had become my routine to take a morning walk in the cool, fresh air. The photo was taken with a Samsung Galaxy, nothing fancy. Winter was mild and comfortable. I normally do not like heavy clothing unless I travel to the snow countries. I just returned from one before I took this shot. Somehow this ordinary grayish morning with the sun coming out against the silhouette of trees, (as I walked alone on a quiet and still road), gives me a perspective I like best. It is just another easy and breezy morning. People are still sleeping or getting ready to go somewhere. No one seems in a hurry. The noisy and busy world is some distance away. I am traveling home shortly and yet the frantic packing does not deter me from this leisurely unhurried walk. As I meet one or two early birds who are walking solo too, or working in their gardens, we smile briefly and say to each other, “Good morning!” Then each of us carry on walking or doing our morning chores, each to our respective destination. As I write this my heart is filled with thankfulness for another day alive and well in this world.

Good morning to you, my friend, who reads this today! I pray you are well!

Morning

thankful to be alive and well

Morninganother morning in NovemberThis is a photo taken on one November morning when I decided to go for a walk. I arrived in August in this country at a time when things did not look rosy for one of my close ones. After a brave battle of many months on his part and on the part of his very committed children who took turn to care for him, he recovered miraculously! So this morning I walk with thanksgiving and gratitude for the mercy and grace we have enjoyed as a family. It is such a glorious day to be alive and having our loved ones around, knowing that they are well again! What a beautiful morning it is! 

snow tracks for the remains of love: a haiku (and a prose)

snow mountain continues
snow tracks up a mountain

Not beginning’s end
tracks of white so pure and light
heavy on my heart ~~~~~~~An ice storm, following three days of snow has turned the tracks into sheets of glazed ice that shine and shimmer blue in the distant horizon. He begins another climb up the snow covered mountain. The tracks are unseen and he just has to follow by memory of another day, a day of sunshine and green trees. There are holes on the ground made by others’ footsteps. In some he sees water. The trees seem unreal with their green color sticking out of the otherwise empty wilderness. Some are rather young trees, even saplings. He knows he is in the woods. Distance changes when he walks up this slope. He knows where he is heading but he has to make some effort to get there. It does get lonely. After some years of traveling this life, he has asked himself, “Why am I doing this? Why am I not settling down like many others? What am I hoping to leave behind?” He recalls the first line of a book, “I told you last night that I might be gone sometime, and you said, Where, and I said, To be with the Good Lord, and you said, Why, and I said, Because I’m old, and you said, I don’t think you’re old.”(Marilynne Robinson, Gilead) He is leaving a legacy for her. They do have a significant age gap between them though not as huge as that between the couple in the book. A gap of fifteen years. When they first  met she was 29 and he was 44. He, an established successful senior executive in Wall Street, and she a young medical surgeon posted to a rural farming community. Their first meeting was impossible, like the meeting of aliens, like climbing this mountain on this Winter day. He knows he is not hoping to accomplish another miracle though he believes in miracle. Do not get him wrong, the mountain itself has no magic portion which can give him back his youth. Has he regrets over the life he has with his love? He seems now to have no words of his own. He recalls another quote from his favorite:

What is pertinent is the calmness of beauty, its sense of restraint. It is as though the land knows of its own beauty, its own greatness, and feels no need to shout it.
What is the point of worrying oneself too much about what one could or could not have done to control the course one’s life took?
― Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day

remains-of-the-day
the remains of the day

a tree and her shade: a haiku (and prose)

under a treeinseparable

a tree and her shade label

refreshing table

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Walking in hot sun requires plenty of shady spots to rest. Here is one of my favorite spots. Near Autumn but there is still plenty of green. The sun can get quite unbearable and one has to fortify oneself with a hat/cap, at least a bottle of plain water, and of course a mobile phone (camera). But the shades are very useful. They are not the trees. They reflect what the trees are like. Usually in a stretching and exaggerating way. Shades stretch the truth somewhat depending on the location of the sun. Sometimes some creatures like birds or squirrels may be hiding up the trees and their shadows appear as parts of the shades. Rare but it could happen. Trees and shades are certainly very rewarding to a traveler.

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” 

(Psalm 91:1-2)

on a hill faraway: a haiku (and a prose)

on a hill

Across thousand hills

they cannot see each other

love beyond their heels

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~When he watches these mountains, he knows only the birds can fly there. He does not have wings. Yet he knows on a hill faraway his love waits. So one day he packs his humble belonging and starts the first step of his journey by faith, walking across the thousand hills. Many years later, they say they see him still walking relentlessly. His hair has turned snowy white. His face and shirt shine in the sun. But his back remains straight. His feet remain strong. He shoes have not worn out.

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And I have led you forty years in the wilderness. Your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandals have not worn out on your feet. (Deuteronomy 29:5)

Quotes from a man of faith and words

haginKenneth E. Hagin quotes

“Do not have any anxiety about anything.” ― Kenneth E. Hagin, Casting Your Care Upon The Lord

“Jesus paid for salvation for every man, woman, boy, and girl who would ever live on this earth. But people must believe on Jesus and receive Him as their own Savior before salvation can benefit them.”  Biblical Ways To Receive Healing

“Healing belongs to you. It belongs to you because sickness is of the enemy. It belongs to you because you are a spiritual child of Abraham. It belongs to you because sickness is a curse, and Christ has redeemed you from the curse of the law.”
―  Don’t blame God

“The Name of Jesus and You Here’s another Bible fact: The Name of Jesus belongs to every believer, every child of God.”
Your Faith In God Will Work

“Central Truth: Prayer is successful only when it is based on the promises in God’s Word!” ―  Biblical Ways To Receive Healing

“Our confession will either imprison us or set us free. Our confession is the result of our believing, and our believing is the result of our right or wrong thinking.” ―  Right and Wrong Thinking

“What we believe is a result of our thinking. If we think wrong, we will believe wrong.”
Right and Wrong Thinking

“You are what you read.” ―  Growing Up, Spiritually

“Sometimes we have to unlearn things before we can learn the right things.”
God’s Medicine

“When you know the Word of God, it will change you.”
Your Faith In God Will Work

“Mothers and Dads: Your home atmosphere is the product of WORDS. Children fail because wrong WORDS were spoken. The right WORDS were not spoken.”
―  Words

“Make this confession out loud: “I am the righteousness of God in Christ.”
Your Faith In God Will Work

“know who I am! I’m a new creature in Christ Jesus. I’m a child of God. I’m an heir of God. I’m a joint-heir with Jesus Christ. I’m the righteousness of God. Hallelujah!”
Your Faith In God Will Work

“Come and stay a month with us. Come and stay until you get healed and have your faith built up enough to stay healed. The Spirit of God is moving, and the Word of God always works!” (K.E. Hagin, Prayer and Healing School)

~~~~~~~~~~~~Brief biography taken from various sources*

Rev. Kenneth Erwin Hagin (August 20, 1917 – September 19, 2003), known as the “father of the modern faith movement,” served in Christian ministry for nearly 70 years.

Kenneth E. Hagin was born with a deformed heart and an incurable blood disease. Those conditions left him paralyzed and bedridden at the age of 15. Everyone around him told him to prepare for death. But he got light on Mark 11:23–24, and that sparked faith for healing in his young heart. On August 8, 1934, God raised Kenneth off the sickbed—completely healed and whole! At that moment, God birthed something greater in Kenneth E. Hagin—a desire to see the lost saved and the sick made well. He began to preach and teach salvation and divine healing wherever he went.

Hagin began an itinerant ministry as a Bible teacher and evangelist in 1949. He was also a part of the Voice of Healing Revival in the U.S. in the 40s and 50s. In 1950, the Lord spoke to Kenneth E. Hagin and told him, “Go teach My people faith. I have taught you faith through My Word, and I have permitted you to go through certain experiences. You have learned faith both through My Word and by experience. Now go teach my people what I have taught you.” In 1967, he began a regular radio broadcast that continues today as Faith Seminar of the Air. In 1974, Hagin founded RHEMA Bible Training College USA, which now has 200 campuses in 46 nations. In 1979, he founded the Prayer and Healing School there to provide a place for the sick to come to “have the opportunity to build their faith.” Its Healing School continues to be held free of charge twice daily on the RHEMA campus. RBTC has trained over 40,000 graduates who reside and minister in more than 100 countries.

In 1968 Rev. Hagin published the first issues of The Word of Faith. That magazine, now produced nine times a year, has a circulation of over 200,000. The publishing outreach he founded, Faith Library Publications, has circulated worldwide more than 65 million copies of books by Rev. Hagin and several other authors. Faith Library Publications also has produced millions of audio and video teaching.

*Sources of biography as follows:

http://www.rhema.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2008&Itemid=663

http://www.rhema.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8&Itemid=137

https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/102183.Kenneth_E_Hagin

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenneth_E._Hagin

And that is what happened: a haiku

october clouds 2
fascinated awed
glimpses of another realm
daily marching pass
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Let these lights in the sky shine down on the earth.” And that is what happened.
You will succeed in whatever you choose to do, and light will shine on the road ahead of you.
From Mount Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines in glorious radiance.

a branch at land’s end: a haiku

oceanawed by majestic

vast water and sky beyond

he became a branch

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[ A Promise of Restoration ] But in that day, the branch of the Lord will be beautiful and glorious; the fruit of the land will be the pride and glory of all who survive in Israel.
(Isaiah 4:2 )

a seagull at land’s end: a haiku

a seagull at land's endhiking to the sea

reaching an ocean instead

he soared as seagull

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 the flocks and the herds
    and all the wild animals,
the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea,
    and everything that swims the ocean currents.

O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!

(Psalm 8:7-9)

(revised 2-25-16) a door opens: a haiku

 

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a door opens wide
while he is just walking by
pink and gold and light

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Yet he gave a command to the skies above
    and opened the doors of the heavens;
24 he rained down manna for the people to eat,
    he gave them the grain of heaven.
25 Human beings ate the bread of angels;
    he sent them all the food they could eat.

(psalm 78:23-25)

a sunny bird

20150322 sunny bird

power cut on off

deters not traveler’s roaming

sunny bird watching

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Matthew 6:26 [Full Chapter]

Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

dayspring colors our best youth

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dayspring colors our best youth

joyous and faithful

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2 Samuel 23:3-5 New Living Translation (NLT)

The God of Israel spoke.
    The Rock of Israel said to me:
‘The one who rules righteously,
    who rules in the fear of God,
is like the light of morning at sunrise,
    like a morning without clouds,
like the gleaming of the sun
    on new grass after rain.’

“Is it not my family God has chosen?
    Yes, he has made an everlasting covenant with me.
His agreement is arranged and guaranteed in every detail.
    He will ensure my safety and success.

traveler”s mirror reflects: with or without things (a haiku)

white with stripes

whitefish

Fine times we have. Fine.

Sometimes we don’t have any;

life still goes on life.

traveler’s mirror reflects: a road of hope (a haiku with explanatory notes)

a road of hope

a road of hope, son

brings us to a bright future

compassion and love

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Hope, compassion and love which are essential healing ingredients may be Clichés to many, for many people these are the heart-felt cries of men, women and children…even the ground and the creatures and plants.

Traveler’s mirror reflects: a wooden bridge (two haiku)

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I can fast forward
excel in cutting edge tracks
precipitate fame
~~~
I beg to differ
hearing a different drum beat
lofty sublime call

traveler’s mirror reflects: how to make a living writing Haiku

~making a living~

how not to make a living
how not to make a living

a writer* needs bread

bird needs seeds fish needs water

“live on” means by faith.

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*you may substitute this word ‘writer’ with any terms to describe yourself, like, blogger, artist, poet, painter, dreamer…

traveler’s mirror musing: an ode to a grey city red rose

~ an ode to a grey city red rose ~

grey city red rose
grey city red rose

after the rain, turning your upright back to face the sky

firmly you reaffirm the gracious Providence in His might

to continue to shine His countenance and sustain with dew and air

every creature created since the beginning

to last until the end

meanwhile you raise your head without the fear

of who will take care of your tomorrow rain or shine

chic, delicate, dignified, exquisite, noble, regal and royal

you continue to grace this grey city by day and by night

mirroring the visionary glimpses of another life another realm another world another glory

“A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” chapter 33: ‘conform or transform’

  1. Conform takes human effort. The paradox of ‘conform’: Over recent history, the word ‘conform’ has been associated with ‘prohibitive’ words like, ‘bondage’, ‘oppressive’, ‘totalitarian’, ‘subservient’, and has become a unwelcomed negative behavioral word among the proclaimed ‘individualistic’ young people. Yet unknowingly, while rebelling against their parents’ or grandparents’ moral values, they practice conformation among their global peers in copying the patterns set by popular trends and icons at the period. The adults are just as paradoxical. Whilst claiming under grace (and thereby not under law) and rejecting the solid foundation of the eternally unchangeable moral value of the holy God in the Bible, they practice conformation to the worldly values that point to only one way, the way of eventual destruction (physical, mental and spiritual).
  2. Transform is a supernatural process. The refreshing empowerment of ‘transform’: God has actually given this key word to believers living a successful and wonderful abundant life. Unlike what many people think, and indeed what many human power system practitioners practice, God does not want conformation to dead letters.

Not all believers are equally wise or highly educated or trained and qualified in the world or having the same resources at disposal.

Therefore, when God issues a command He makes sure His believers can apply easily. Otherwise He would not be good and just.

When we are required to do something we need the following prerequisites:

  1. willingness;
  2. ability;
  3. capacity;
  4. all other circumstantial and environmental variables being favorable.

The average believers of Jesus know and are normally willing to please God by applying the Biblical principles in our lives. The problem is often we are stuck at the rest of the prerequisites. God of course knows this very well. He sees what we are and what we actually do (including our thoughts and our spoken words). He knows that when left on own, we cannot practice his words like what He commanded Joshua to do:

“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (Joshua 1:8)

The answer is how does God do it? Empowering. He empowers us. How does He empower? Empowerment is a transforming process.

  1. He gives every believer His Spirit that gives birth to us as a new creation. A mark that we belong to Him. The spiritual power within to do the impossible that God expects of us.
  2. He gives every believer His words. The truth and spirit that set us free from the bondages and oppressions of sins from the enemy of God. The ingredients for everything we need to live the abundant godly life that Jesus has promised.
  3. He gives us every spiritual blessings in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus. All the richness of God for us to live as His glorious inheritance.
  4. He gives us the faith of God. The key to access the above. The faith to move mountains.
  5. He gives us the resources needed to live a godly life and partake His own holy divine nature.
  6. He gives us the divine life of Jesus Christ (as He is so are we in this world).
  7. He gives us eternal life with Him.

How do we take hold of them? Just believe and by faith take them. This whole list of good gifts are freely given by God to everyone who believes. The words of God are guarantees. The Holy Spirit enables them to come into physical existence in this realm. This changes the physical environment too. We receive God’s favor. It makes the key difference.

How does the word ‘transform’ work? It works with the Holy Spirit and the words of God. It works on our mind as we are being renewed by God’s words and the might of God (the Holy Spirit). The good news is God gives to all who believe and ask by faith. He has no favoritism.

Romans 12:2 New King James Version (NKJV)

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

be transformed by the renewing of your mind

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