Life’s Reactions (Haiku Series #229)


Empty coffee can

Much needed grocery run—

No caffeine to spare

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Digging In

Final goal-line stand

Fullback takes crucial handoff—

Freight train A-coming!

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Husband’s chores waiting

Morning’s golf invitation—

What’s a man to do?

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From Psalm 4:8:  “I will both lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety.”

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Lying awake in night’s darkness

Hearing promises from voices

Most too good to really be true

Filled with countless, empty choices


Tackling another stressful day

Witnessing contrasting voices

Thoughts quite overwhelming again

Faltered in making best choices


Retreating into quiet place

Searching, listening to voices

Father’s Word opens mind and heart

Found at last, His trusted choices


Hearing each righteous cry for help

Nurturing Father’s faithful voice

Enemy’s plan reduced to dust

Raised His Son, salvation’s sole choice


Harvesting empty void no more

Walking in step with Savior’s voice

Jesus cries out, journey finished

Saved man with mercy’s final choice


Seeing truth in these promises

Extending Father’s righteous voice

Grace deepens His Son’s love for thee

Accepting Christ, life’s blessed choice


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From John 19:29-30:  “A jar full of sour wine was standing there.  So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to His mouth.  When Jesus had received the wine, He said, ‘It is finished.’  Then He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.”

New Day

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New day saying “hello”

Revitalizing voices

Inspirations aglow

Identifying choices


Horizon brightens, stirs

Reawakening today

Morning opens sunrise

Illuminating gateway


Daylight’s rhythmic tempo

Internalizing soundtrack

Soul’s eternal rainbow

Anticipating comeback


Sunset’s fading skyline

Evaporating outlook

Night’s taste of moonshine

Rejuvenating guidebook

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No Longer

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Facing life’s challenges

Decisions needing to be made

Stepping with confidence

No longer feeling afraid


Listening to own heart

Negative thoughts fading away

Taking positive steps

No longer leading astray


Flexing new attitude

Tomorrow inviting fresh start

Letting yesterday go

No longer filling sad heart


Leaving darkness behind

Choices finding healthy outlets

Loving new direction

No longer bringing regrets


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Choosing Life

From Deuteronomy 30:11, 14:  “Surely, this commandment that I am commanding you today is not too hard for you, nor is it too far away.  No, the word is very near to you; it is in your mouth and in your heart for you to observe.”

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Sowing faith’s seeds

Freeing from sin

Darkness recedes

New life begins


Guiding beyond

Walking with thee

Heavenly bond

Christ sets us free


Living with doubt

Leaving dark past

Grace reaches out

Divine broadcast


Singing with praise

Gospel’s new lease

Faith now ablaze

Bringing Christ’s peace


Bearing life’s woes

Moving each heart

Love always shows

Righteous jumpstart


Mercy abounds

Choosing life now

Seeking high ground

Christ shows us how

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From Deuteronomy 30:19-20:  “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses.  Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying Him, and holding fast to Him, for that means life to you and length of days, so that you may live in the land that the Lord swore to give to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.”

Oswald Chambers Quote

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To set our mind on the things of God, we must consistently choose to have the Lord’s viewpoint and reject conformity with the ways of the world.

From Romans 12:2:  “Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of the mind, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Menu of Choices

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Life comes at us every day

Today’s choices have much to say


Right now, Option A looks quite good

Wishing for luck, knocking on wood


Infinite possibilities

Some become liabilities


One choice navigates life forward

Life seems so straightforward


Another turns life upside-down

Flipping plans into dark ghost town


Daily question:  What choice to make?

Tomorrow’s answer now at stake


Opportunities from choices

Watch out for temptation’s voices


Making choices, powerful tool

Please just one, become a jewel


Life’s mistakes searching for feedback

Answers help to keep us on track


Menu of choices fills desires

Lighting up our inherent fires


Near life’s hot stove, always aware

Certain choices may burn, beware


Searching with hands, hearts, and minds

Our next choice, what will it now find?


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