Daily Prompt: Places (Where Shoes Fear to Tread)

Piñones, Puerto Rico

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Where Shoes Fear to Tread

If I could be anywhere, it would be the beach.
Where peace, sun and sand are within my reach.

Nothing matters except what is in front of me.
Water and sky stretching beyond what the eye can see.

Sand for a blanket and a tree for shade.
Cooling off with with some icy lemonade.

With a pen and pad I plan my future.
Whispering my requests to the breeze, I await an answer.

© 2013 Jade Jarvis

The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, 2  for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers. (Psalm 24:1-2)

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Daily Prompt: First Light (Seven Whoopers Short of Major Depression)

Coping With Depression

“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” ― Rumi

In my quest to become more physically fit, I decided to try jogging. Hearing the swish of tracksuits and seeing the psychedelic trail of rainbow-tinged sneakers following the trail of my grey concrete block every morning, teased my curiosity to a fever pitch.  I just had to try it!  Plus the perk of no membership dues and the pavement always being readily available, made temptation impossible to resist.

Before hitting the pavement, I did research.  Keywords, like “jogging” and “running” turned up an abundance of informative websites devoted to these popular forms of exercise.  I came across an app that would train me to jog 5K in 8 weeks.  After downloading it into my iPod, I prepared for my jogging debut the next day.

My first jog was 20 minutes alternating 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking.  I completed it with no difficulty.  The next week couldn’t come fast enough.  Watching the sunrise and feeling the crisp dawn air cascade over my body was exhilarating.  It wasn’t until the fourth week I began to experience difficulty.  My knees became a little sore and after ice alongside rest, they recovered.  So I thought.

Something terrible happened after my last run on the program.  While stretching, my knees “clicked” loudly.  My knees immediately became swollen and radiated with pain. I limped to the medicine cabinet took two painkillers, got an ice pack and went straight to bed.  Gradually the pain increased until I couldn’t walk or stand for more than five minutes.

After missing mass for a week, the monsignor of my church called me to inquire about my absence.  He told me he would keep me in prayer and to return once my health improved.  Guilt propelled my week legs to the nearest drugstore to purchase a leg brace.  While searching for a brace I encountered a large box of Whoopers on sale for a dollar. “These would make me feel better!” I thought to myself and placed them in my shopping cart and limped to the checkout line.  While waiting for the bus, I ripped open the top of the Whoopers box and fed my anguish with sweet chocolate deliciousness.

Over the next few days, I would periodically pop the top for a “hit.”  As the box became lighter in my hands, I examined the content to see how many chocolate pieces remained.  To my surprise only seven remained.  Shame pierced my heart, because I allowed my agony to get the best of me.  The Whoopers didn’t relieve my sorrow and only provided a temporary fix to my emotional distress.  I trashed the remaining pieces and vowed to attend mass the next day.

After mass the next day, my monsignor saw my tattered knees and told me he would speak to a chiropractor that was a member of the congregation.  He told me to attend the early mass on Sunday.  Sure enough the chiropractor was there.  I knew this was divine intervention and my request for healing was granted.  The chiropractor checked my knees and told me the meniscuses in both knees are inflamed.  He agreed to treat me free of charge at his office.  He was so generous that he even realigned my ankles at church.  Humility and unworthiness struck my heart because I didn’t deserve such treatment.

Tuesday, I had my first rehab session. My knees feel remarkably better.  For ten minutes I can stand without being overwhelmed with pain.  My recovery process will take about a month.  In gratitude I will follow the doctor’s orders and welcome God’s restorative powers.  After completing my rehab sessions through the grace of God, I will walk again normally.

Why am I so confident about my recovery?  My knees will work again because God revealed me the depths of His Divine Mercy.  God was teaching me a lesson in patience and after repeated hints went ignored, He allowed me become fully aware of the damage I was causing my body.  I don’t know if I will jog again, but from now on, God will be my personal trainer and not my ego.

O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me. (Psalm 30:2-3)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward (Footsteps of Evolution)

Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

A man travels the world over in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.
― George Moore

Footsteps of Evolution

I ascended the plate of a mountain, so God could hear my words the loudest.

My knees shivered in the stream of a valley, while I beckoned for the Spirit to baptize me.

Overlooking the edge of a plateau, I realized the depths of my smallness.

Watching prairie dogs nuzzle on the Great Plains, demonstrated that love is best reflected in action.

I descended the slope of a hill, to deliver thank you cards and Baby Blue Eyes annuals to the ghosts of my past.

While exploring from these glorious landforms, I noticed many footsteps etched in soil.  One set of footsteps was larger than the others.  In hot pursuit I followed these footsteps until exhaustion subdued my legs.  Continuously, I prayed for strength until sleep closed my eyes.  The next morning I found myself home and unaware of how I arrived there. Careful inspection of each room revealed the only body present was my own. Upon opening my front door the impression of two large footprints covered in soil marked my patio.

© 2013 Jade Jarvis

10 fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)

Daily Prompt: Far From Normal (Uniquely Joyful)

I'm alive

We are sun and moon, dear friend; we are sea and land. It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is: each the other’s opposite and complement.”
― Hermann Hesse

Joyful is the most accurate word that can describe my life.  Happiness nudges me every morning and peace kisses me goodnight.  My lips blossom into smiles because I am confident in my skin.  Prayer feeds my spirit and I do not leave home without it.  Fortified with prayer, the light orders my steps.

Six interesting, exciting and possibly odd things about myself are as follows:

  1. I am an experienced Christian, writer and photographer. What a lethal combination!
  2. My faith defines me. Christ gives me identity and purpose.
  3. I have impeccable intuition.  In an instant, I can assess character and intention of a person.
  4. Impatience is one of my worst vices. I want to do everything at one time and right now!
  5. I have a sassy answer for everything. I am an experienced smart-arse.
  6. I love my life!  Every experience, emotion, thought and prayer has brought me to this moment and I’m ever attentive to each step.

My life may not be interesting to outsiders, but its incompleteness gives me infinite motivation.  What makes my life most interesting is because it is mine.  It is the only life God gave me.  I am going to live it with purpose, faith, hope and love.  I crave a life so fully lived, that even the Eternal Father will be impressed. On judgment day I want to be worthy to hear the words, “Good job!”

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. (Psalm 139:14)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Love (Peace of Love)

Peace

“Let the first act of every morning be to make the following resolve for the day:
- I shall not fear anyone on Earth.
- I shall fear only God.
- I shall not bear ill will toward anyone.
- I shall not submit to injustice from anyone.
- I shall conquer untruth by truth. And in resisting untruth, I shall put up with all suffering.”
― Mahatma Gandhi

Peace of Love

May peace open your eyes.
May peace craddle you during slumber.

May peace give you mirthful thoughts.
May peace give you vitality to enact them in action.

May peace make you smile.
May peace make you giggle.

May peace remind you of happy occasions.
May peace guide you through bad moments.

May peace reveal to you those in need.
May peace give you the pitcher to water another’s cup.

© 2013 Jade Jarvis

11 Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. (2 Corinthians 13:11)

Daily Prompt: Through the Window (Sunshine On My Eyes)

Sunrise over Puerto Rico

“Each new day greets us with no rules except for the rules we place on it. Greet this new day with open arms and endless possibility.”
― Steve Maraboli

Sunshine On My Eyes

Goodmorning! Rise and shine!

Get ready and I’ll meet you outside.

I have illuminated your path so you can see me.

Each step brings new lessons, so walk with caution and without haste.

© 2013 Jade Jarvis

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24)

“Blog of the Year 2012” Award

Blog of the Year

My second award.

Thank you Biltrix for bestowing me this honorable award. Humility overpowers my hearts, because I am an avid reader of your blog. May God bless you with all the joy you have given me.

My nominations for the “Blog of the Year 2012” Award include:

Award Rules:

The ‘rules’ for this award are simple:

1 Select the blog(s) you think deserve the ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award

2 Write a blog post and tell us about the blog(s) you have chosen – there’s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required – and ‘present’ them with their award.

3 Please include a link back to this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award – http://thethoughtpalette.co.uk/our-awards/blog-of-the-year-2012-award/  and include these ‘rules’ in your post (please don’t alter the rules or the badges!)

4 Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the ‘rules’ with them

5 You can now also join our Facebook group – click ‘like’ on this page ‘Blog of the Year 2012’ Award Facebook group and then you can share your blog with an even wider audience

6 As a winner of the award – please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award – and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebar … and start collecting stars…

Yes – that’s right – there are stars to collect!

Unlike other awards which you can only add to your blog once – this award is different!

When you begin you will receive the ‘1 star’ award – and every time you are given the award by another blog – you can add another star!

There are a total of 6 stars to collect.

Which means that you can check out your favourite blogs – and even if they have already been given the award by someone else – you can still bestow it on them again and help them to reach the maximum 6 stars!

Daily Prompt: Ready, Set Go (Little Girl Who Fed a Bird)

Help others

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Little Girl Who Fed a Bird

Everyone needs a helping hand.
To prop them up when they are unable to stand.

Everyone needs a kind phrase.
Bringing consolation to a spirit overpowered by fatigue.

Everyone needs a tight embrace.
A reason to stop and realize that life is not a race.

Every time we help another.
We cultivate the Kingdom of the Creator.

© 2013 Jade Jarvis

35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers you did it to me.’ (Matthew 25:35-40)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination (Hail the King)

Merry Christmas

“Christmas in Bethlehem. The ancient dream: a cold, clear night made brilliant by a glorious star, the smell of incense, shepherds and wise men falling to their knees in adoration of the sweet baby, the incarnation of perfect love.”
– Lucinda Franks

Hail the King

Amber light of God reflected by the sun.

Mimicked by man under the creamy glow of a waxen moon.

Simulacrum of light bottled into bulbs, illuminated when turned “on.”

Incandescent lights continuing where the sun sunsets leave off.

Earth greets the arrival of the divine King, Jesus Christ.

With decorated trees, colored lights and faith.

© 2013 Jade Jarvis

2 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” (Matthew 2:1-2)

Daily Prompt: Resolved (Forgiveness)

Happy New Year

“Forgiveness is me giving up my right to hurt you for hurting me.” – Anonymous

I Forgive Thee, to Forgive Me (Prayer)

Frustration, I forgive you with knowledge.

Exhaustion, I forgive you with fortitude.

Confusion, I forgive you with divine counsel.

Affliction, I forgive you with acceptance.

Spite, I forgive you with wisdom.

Hate, I forgive you with fear of God.

Ego, I forgive you with piety.

Holy Spirit heal all pain residing internally and externally through your gifts.
I relinquish all pain ever experienced and shared in the name of Jesus.

© 2013 Jade Jarvis

4 Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
5 For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you. (Psalm 86:4-5)

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