Friday, April 22, 2011

Where Our Souls Reside

I just wanted to share something with you today. Today has two pretty special meanings to me and I am sure to a lot of us. Today is the day that The Lord sacrificed His life for us, so we can live eternally.
Today is also Earth Day, a day to celebrate this beautiful place that we call home that holds so much beauty and resources.
My dear friend Sandra from Frugal French Girl wrote this beautiful poem a couple years ago on her way back from a place where she and her hubby travel, a place that calls her home and her soul lives when she is not there, the Mayan Riveria and the Caribbean Ocean.


I wrote this on our first trip back to Mexico in 2009. It's called "She beckons me home"

As I woke up this morning
In this beautiful place
I looked to my husband
And saw a smile on his face

A smile in his sleep
Means joy in his heart
I can't help but smile too
Feeling such love in my heart.

I quietly dressed
And grabbed the camera, eager to see
What beautiful things
She has to show me.

As I quietly leave our room by the sea
I can hear her soft voice
She is whispering to me

My feet hit warm sand
As I walk on Her shore
Everywhere I look
I see Her beauty and more

I watch the sun struggle
To peek through the clouds
The colors so rich & amazingly loud.
Never have I seen a more beautiful sight,
all painted for me, in colors so bright.

I sit here alone, in this moment in time
Knowing that all this is for me,
This moment is mine.

No one around to share this glorious sight
My soul feels so full
I know it is right.

As a sense of calm comes over me
I feel so content,
So whole and complete.

She gave me a gift,
She means it for me
She gave me a gift,
No one else will ever, ever see.

"She" is the Ocean, so humble, so strong
She beckons me closer:
"Why don't you come in?"
I suddenly realize this isn't a dream.

The beauty around me is so surreal;
that I cannot believe all that I feel
I slowly walk closer, my feet in the sand
Holding some of her amazing treasures tightly in my hand

As I get wet, I feel so alive
She surrounds me with love,
And I know, I've arrived.

If home is where the heart is,
Then this is my home
For nowhere else have I ever felt
So fulfilled & happy,
While completely alone.

I look forward to next time
We meet at Her shore,
When She'll fill me with calm
And replenish my soul.

Until next time...

I know that there is a place like this for me and I am sure that many of you have a same spot that "calls you home".

So what do Good Friday, Earth Day and Sandra's poem have in common?

To me it means that Jesus sacrificed His life for us to be forgiven of sin and to live eternally in paradise with Him. Earth day represents how we should care for the world that God gave us, He sent His only son for us, why should't we take care of the only Earth that we have that He gave us, our home? A home that inspires such beautiful poetry of places where our hearts and souls are drawn too, an Earth that provides us with so much beauty and inspirations.
So please, no matter what your celebrate today and this weekend, remember that we are share this planet and we can all do something, a small sacrifice maybe like recycling, reusing (which I know that a lot of you are amazing at!) and just being aware of our surroundings, to help preserve our wonderful home.

Hold it in our hands as He has held us in His.



HAPPY EARTH DAY
AND
HAPPY EASTER



Thank you Sandra for allowing me to share your beautiful poem!
Also please say hello to Sandra, she is crazy talented and she has a heart of pure gold

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42 comments:

Low Tide High Style said...

Simply beautiful!

Kat :)

the fishermans cottage said...

What a beautiful poem, it's such a very special moment when that feeling comes over you.. Happy Easter Michelle x

Shellbelle said...

As I read your friend's poem it took me right over to my "secret" beach, I know you've read about the wonders I find there.

Yep, that's just how we beach lovers feel when we find ourselves at the shore with the sounds of the city left far behind.

Thank you to your friend for writing what so many of us feel and thank you for such a lovely post today.

Hugs

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i love poetry, and this poem was perfect for today. thanks so much for sharing. i think we all need some soul nurturing sometimes, and all we have to do is look at the world around us to find it.

A Rosy Note said...

You said everything so nicely Michelle :)

At The Picket Fence said...

Beautiful, beautiful post Michelle! May you have a truly blessed Easter weekend celebrating and remembering the sacrifice He made for us. :-)
Vanessa

Tonya said...

Great post Michelle!! Really beautiful!! Happy Easter! Hope you have a wonderful weekend with your family! :)

dedeetsyshop said...

Happy Easter and Happy Earth day to you Michelle! I hope you have a very blessed weekend! :)

Shabby soul said...

Thank you Michelle for let us remember such important things!
Have a wonderful easter's holidays
Silvia

Sandra said...

My sweet friend Michelle,

Thank you so much for featuring my poem in such a beautiful and thoughtful way! You are a true GEM, and have a special place in this golden heart!

XXXX
Sandra

Burlap Luxe said...

Thank you for sharing BEAUTIFUL Michelle!

Happy Easter to you and your Family!

See you next week! :)
with something great to visit you over!

xoxo
Blessings
Dore

Pink Satin Sashes said...

The ocean holds a place in my heart. During one of the hardest times in my life, I would escape everything and go to the ocean and just walk and walk in the surf. It was balm to my soul. With each crashing wave it seems to just wash the YUCK out.

Now I live about a minute away, and yet forget. Thanks for the reminder, I realy should get down there and put some balm in my soul.

Easter Greetings to you on these next weekend as we have been liberated from sin.

A Cottage Muse said...

How beautiful Michelle...thanks for sharing!

Wishing you and your family a blessed Easter!!

Kelle Dame said...

Beeeeeautiful post!! Thanks for sharing that poem and sharing a little more of your beautiful heart!
Thank you for stressing the importance of the holiday..it's so easy to get tangled up in life and forget.
Have a great holiday!
Kelle
xx

A Vintage Vine said...

Thanks for sharing! That was beautiful!

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

Have a wonderful Easter weekend, Michelle.

Laura said...

This is so simple..and so beautiful..have a sweet Easter, my friend!
hugs from rome.
Laura@RicevereconStile

Restoration House said...

Just lovely Michelle. Thanks for sharing and have a lovely Easter with family,
Kim:)

Jessie said...

Michelle,

Lovely thoughts all around today! As I was sitting in church this afternoon, it amazed me (as it seems to every year at this time) what a sacrifice He made for us.

I have also enjoyed getting to know you through your blog! You are truly a kind soul:)

I hope you and your family have a blessed Easter!

Jessie

Heaven's Walk said...

What an amazing poem, Michelle! I got all choked up while reading it because my beloved Sanibel immediately came to my mind. It's incredible how the ocean calls to our souls, isn't it? How healing it is? How powerful the pull? I know that it's God calling to us through the beauty he created. And we should care for it in thanks. ♥ Have a blessed Easter, sweetie!

xoxo laurie

Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack said...

Beautiful words! Both in poetry and the meaning of today. What an amazing sacrifice paid!

Lots of love and blessings to you and your family this Easter!
XOXOXO

Libbie said...

It is amazing how being in nature can bring us closer to God :) He sure manages to speak to me with His creation :) Thanks for sharing this beautiful poem AND His glory :) Happy Easter Michelle!

Stormy said...



:-)

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

I really, really enjoyed that poem!!!

Have a wonderful Easter!!

Rachel Noelle said...

Beautiful post!;) ~~Happy Easter~~ Hugs,Rachel

French Farmhouse 425

becky said...

This beautiful post leaves me wordless...how neatly you've tied Earth Day into Easter. Thank you for sharing these warm and personal reflections of the springtime of the soul.

Happy Easter, Michelle, to you and all your beloveds.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Indeed. The words of a poet are the life blood of a heart that beats with passion and JESUS showed us the ultimate sacrifice. Blessed be HIS HOLY NAME....REJOICE FOR WE ARE MADE ETERNALLY YOUNG IN HIM!!!! Blessings to you my sweet Michelle! Anita

Sylvia said...

Michelle , I love reading this post ...It is a special one and close to my heart ! I feel so honored to know you and to read your thoughts. Thank you for sharing them and this wonderful poem .
I wish you and your family a Easter full of Joy !

Sally Lee by the Sea said...

A divine post, my friend. Happy Easter.

Hugs,
Marie

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Beautifully put dear Michelle
You know the sea is my sanctuary.. and the seaside somewhere to enjoy beauty....

Wishing you and your family a beautiful safe and happy easter... xxxx Julie

*❀*ℳḯʟʟḯ℮ ℳεα∂☺ωSẘℯℯ☂*❀* said...

Happy Easter dear Michelle

Thank You for sharing this beautiful post and Thank You also for Your kind comment on my blog

xxx

Millie

Love of the Sea said...

Happy Easter Michelle to you and your family. Hope you have a wonderful day!!!

Debbie said...

Have a wonderful Easter, Michelle!!
Hugs,
Debbie
xxxooo

blessedmom's simple home said...

What a beautiful poem and post Michelle. Thank you so much for sharing your heart here :-)
I hope you're having a glorious Easter.
Blessings,
Marcia

Desire Empire said...

I love Sandra's poem and your sacred take on both Easter and Earth day. I hope you are enjoying both.
Best Carolyn

Jenni said...

Hi Michelle~

That is a beautiful poem your friend wrote, and this is a beautiful post! :) I hope you and your family had a wonderful Easter!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

GOOD MORNING MICHELLE! It is always a delight to see your beautiful comments and face on my page. Oh what a magical weekend I had with my birthday and then RESURRECTION DAY to follow. Sunshine finally came to us yesterday and since we have no family here, we are on our own for holidays. I gardened (really cleaned up...) and now things are looking promising! Off to work now, but only 7 weeks left of school with MUCH to do and wrapping up of a busy year.

HAVE A CALM AND WONDERFUL DAY!!! Anita

Cat & Cricket said...

Love it!
Smiles and Hugs~
C

Marie said...

Hi Michelle - What an absolutely touching post. I did something good on Friday, Earth day - I planted another tree in my garden. It was a gift and little baby Olive tree, it will take a while to grow, but it will.

Wishing you a beautiful and blessed start of the week!
-Marie

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Awesome poem! Just went over and followed your talented friend. Hope you had a blessed Easter. This post made me want to sing, He's got the whole world in His hands!

Cynthia@Beach Coast Style said...

Hi love your blog i found you via Seaside Style! I will be back!

Deborah said...

Love this Michelle!
How beautiful to express our hearts in poems!!
Sandra has spoken so clearly from her heart..
How true..to also take care of this earth that he has so generously given us to enjoy.
He just keeps giving and giving and giving... xoxo
Missed you sweetie!!! :)

Much love,
Deborah xoxoxoxo

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