I am linking up for Five Minute Friday. The FMF is hosted by Kate Motaung on her blog Heading Home. Today’s prompt is “more.” I love spending time with this crew, but missed being with them last night as I was moderating the #slatespeak conversation. I love the communities I have found online; both FMF and SlateSpeak love me for who God created to be and I always feel like I belong there.
Sometimes the world can seem dark and lonely or that it is full of so much hatred and war. I find myself looking to find more of the good stuff. So here is a poem that formed in my heart, soul and mind last night and into today.
By Tara L. Ulrich
More flowers blooming
More time with friends
who always show you that you belong.
More words that give life
and don’t tear down
More words that embody the gospel
“to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly”
More sunsets and sunrises
A constant reminder of God’s goodness
More of hearing and knowing each other’s stories
For our hearts are more entertwined than we could ever imagine.
More little ones who are carefree
and remind us that God calls us to trust.
More of the goodness of the world
Found in the gift
Of love, laughter, tears and friendship
hi tara:) we’re neighbors today. i enjoyed your post today. great job with more!
I agree, those are the things we could always do with more of!
One thing I’ve been reminded of through the recent events in our life is that while it’s not pleasant, God can take what seems to be terrible and make beautiful things of it. Sadly sometimes the ugly is necessary.
“More of hearing and knowing each other’s stories
For our hearts are more entertwined than we could ever imagine.”
This line especially. When we know each other’s stories it helps us to be more compassionate toward each other.
BTW, I just noticed your new picture in the line up, beautiful!
Yes, makes me think of Gungor’s song “Beautiful Things.” Amen! And thank you! It was taken on Easter!
I love your post,especially the part about our lives being so intertwined. That is what is so nice about Five Minute Friday: being able to share our stories with one another and feel less alone and more connected. Thanks for doing just that. And thanks for visiting “my place” last night – I appreciate it! Enjoy your weekend – Jeannie
A lovely poem, Tara! it beautifully expresses how receiving more of the best can mean having less of those things which are not so helpful for us, especially in excess. Thank you for your thoughtful contribution on this prompt. Well done, friend! 🙂 xo
Thank You, Joy! xo
What a beautiful poem, Tara. As others have said, I loved how you shared how our hearts are entwined. I also loved this: “More little ones who are carefree
and remind us that God calls us to trust.”
Oh, that I can come to trust God like a child trusts. God is ever trustworthy.
PS—Your new bio photo is just lovely!
It’s this years Easter pic!
Yes! Children have a way of teaching us.
The very first sermon I shared was on Micah 6 : 8 “And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” I try and live by those words and I often think back to over 25 years ago to that first sermon… “have I done that well with the life I live?” I hope to… may we always grow to love Him more.
Thanks for these words! (Also… love your new avatar pic) 🙂 Have a great weekend!
That’s one of my fave verses! I try to live them out too. Thanks. It’s my Easter pic from this year.
What a great list of ‘mores’ ! I too “find myself looking to find more of the good stuff.” Your lines “More little ones who are carefree / and remind us that God calls us to trust” rang in my heart and I thought of the delightfulness of my grandkids. Bless you! I’m #70 at #FMF.
Thanks Alice! Bless you!
Tara, as others have said, this is so good. Those are the things we really need more of in this world. Thanks for sharing your heart!
Aww thanks. Blessings!
This is great, Tara, except maybe for the ‘less war’ bit…back in the day, that would have put me out of a job!
But I guess I be cool with it now.
I didn’t think about that.
Tara, the Poet! Leave it to Andrew, eh?
Yep leave it to Andrew!
Thank you for this important reminder that there is such a positive and hopeful turn to each of those discouragements. Upside down at its best.
Tara, I love your words here and echo them. Yes, more love. Less hate. Let’s love more like Jesus. Bless you, sister!
Thanks Julie! Bless you too!
I enjoyed your poem. To put it simply, we just need more God! 🙂
Thank You! And yes!
This could totally be a song. Send it to your favorite music artists via Twitter!
It reminds me of Turn Turn Turn…there is a season…turn turn turn…by The Byrds.
Have a lovely week “on the prairie” roads friend. Meanwhile we’ll be driving fast in FL, but I will try to slow my car and life down whenever possible or remembered.
FMF friend…with love,
I love the idea of it being a song.
Thanks for sharing, Tara! What a beautiful poem!
Beautiful, my friend! We want more of the same things! (I might have irrerevently thrown in ‘more dark chocolate/fewer calories’ on that list–but I digress 😉 ).