Pluviophile: a creative poem

Rain ran down her window,
chasing after one another in the pitter-patter.
She was a pluviophile:
a person in whom finds joy, love and peace as rain falls.

The petrichor of post-rain
filled the scent of the autumn air.
The colorful leaves lay peacefully
on the ground, as they bath in the natural springs of earth. 

The sirimiri calmed her soul,
and made her feel a different sense of peace.
The world seemed to slow down, and the atmosphere
felt quieter. These were the days she sat and listened,
and watched, and admired.

(k.m.)

Kaitlyn is 23, a wife, a chinchilla mom, and she currently works full-time as a retail department manager. She dabbles a little in portrait and nature photography, as she enjoy capturing memories and natural beauty. Kaitlyn loves to write, spend time with her hubby, and explore God’s marvelous creation. She enjoys playing the piano, even though she’s still a beginner. Random fact: She would probably cry if she was ever given the honor of holding a sloth. Most importantly, Kaitlyn loves Jesus and is so grateful for His unconditional love and grace. She learns more about Him everyday, and desires to journey with other women, as we learn to walk in bravery, and shine His light through our lives.

In The Beginning

One of my life mottos is that I believe everything happens for a reason . I believe that everything is connected in some way and that little moments connect into big moments. I believe that God intertwines themes into our lives to teach us and speak to us in different ways.

I’ve always been amazed by the creation story. The only thing God had to do was use His voice, then life and beauty came into existence. Looking around at His beautiful creation: the mountains, the oceans, the living creatures – it all leaves me so overwhelmed and awestruck by His goodness.

The creation narrative seems to be a theme woven into my life lately. I’m learning this is because I needed to be reminded of God’s goodness and how truly powerful He is. Sometimes I lose sight of how big He is and I forget that He spoke the universe into existence.

Let that soak in for a second.

The God that only had to use His voice to create the sun & moon, the land & sea, the light & darkness is the SAME God that loves us and resides in our hearts. He’s the SAME God that cares about all of our fears and worries, big or small.

The other day I was listening to the song, “Great are you Lord,” one of my favorite songs of the moment.

In the chorus it sings,

it’s your breath, in our lungs, so we pour out our praise..“.

This part of the song reminds me of creation all over again. God created us. It is literally HIS breathe in our lungs. He gave us the life we live, the body we live in, and the oxygen that gives us life. Because of that, He deserves ALL of our praise. He deserves our everything!

Here are some truths God has planted in my heart surrounding the creation theme:

1. God is all powerful! Just with His voice, He brought life into existence, therefore He is capable of anything! “With God, all things are possible” (Phil. 4:19).

2. He is the SAME God, yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). The God that spoke our universe into existence is the SAME God that resides in our very hearts and He cares and listens to each and every one of us.

3. He is the one true God! I choose to believe that what the Bible says about creation, and God himself, is true. This means we can firmly believe that ONLY He has the power to create such a beautiful universe.

4. He deserves ALL of my praise for my whole life! If He is the one true God, who breathed life into my very lungs, who formed me in my mother’s womb, and who spoke the universe into motion then how can I not recognize Him as my God? He forgives me when I fail and picks me up when I fall. He deserves all of my praise!

5. God is good in every season. Even in the storm God protects us , restores us, and comforts us. He is merciful and slow to anger. Even when we go through difficult seasons, God is still there.

Kaitlyn is 23, a wife, a chinchilla mom, and she currently works full-time as a retail department manager. She dabbles a little in portrait and nature photography, as she enjoy capturing memories and natural beauty. Kaitlyn loves to write, spend time with her hubby, and explore God’s marvelous creation. She enjoys playing the piano, even though she’s still a beginner. Random fact: She would probably cry if she was ever given the honor of holding a sloth. Most importantly, Kaitlyn loves Jesus and is so grateful for His unconditional love and grace. She learns more about Him everyday, and desires to journey with other women, as we learn to walk in bravery, and shine His light through our lives.

Let Go & “Just Be.”

The sunshine is warm today and I know what God’s called me to do.

Just Be.

I get so lost in plans and responsibilities and filling my schedule. Sometimes I am buried beneath seemingly thousands of demands.

“You don’t understand,” I mutter at my husband, as I try to explain how I’m juggling umpteen different roles and barely staying afloat.

But maybe he understands more than I do. Maybe his laid back personality allows him to more easily adapt to the art of being.
I’m laid back sometimes, but most of the time I am hyper-aware of everything that needs to be accomplished. I like to do everything well and I sometimes go on auto-pilot mode, creating a cyclone of production and performance swirling all around me.

This mode of functioning causes me to lose sight of what is most important: Simply Being With Jesus.

The funny thing is, most days I aim to just be, but anything and everything gets in the way. The dishes are piling up, there’s dirt on the floor, I have a world of things to plan and prepare, one-hundred people that need my attention, and two-hundred problems that need to be solved and I reason that there is just no time to be.
The truth is, there’s no time in my day to NOT just be with Jesus. I’m complaining about not staying afloat, but where is my fuel coming from?

When will I understand that it’s not about doing, but instead about being?  Jesus doesn’t measure His love for me based on performance, tasks, or productivity. His love for me is measured by one thing only: What He has already done on the cross. That changed everything. That changed my need to work for acceptance and grace. He died so that I could have abundant life and lay to rest all of my doubt and guilt and shame about not doing enough.

Jesus is concerned with transforming my heart first. Before anything else, I can rest in His presence and know that’s enough. First, my heart will be renewed and changed by drinking in the fullness of His love and then that will spill over into my outlooks, desires, thoughts, and actions. There is no life-giving fuel that comes out of to-do lists and task-doing. Jesus wants my heart. Once I surrender my heart to Him daily by stopping to connect with Him and allowing Him to strengthen me, His love will outshine everything that I try to be on my own. His desires will become my desires to love and serve others. My actions will follow my heart transformation and God will purify my intentions. He will make my actions and responsibilities come from a place of love, rather than duty.

I long for this. I long for Jesus to have complete control of my heart, guiding my every step. I long for Him to free me of my guilt and the burdens I grasp tightly onto whispering that I’m not doing enough. I yearn for Him to change my perspective.

It is getting harder and harder to not be selfish in this world. It is so difficult to not be only consumed with building a perfect little kingdom for yourself, with all of your own strength, and blocking out any need for God.

Who am I if I don’t need God? Who am I if I don’t have His love etched throughout my skin and bones? I’ll tell you who I am: I am tired and broken, ashamed and selfish, lonely and definitely not content, anxious and drained, shattered and lacking vision, void of compassion and completely lifeless. A total mess, trying to survive by doing, rather than being.

My prayer for each of you is that this truth will be planted deep within your heart. Simply being God’s daughter and hungering for His presence is the key to allowing God to transform everything else that follows. Fleshly tendencies will always lead back to the lies that you’re not doing enough, that you’re not enough. In those moments, I pray for God’s grace to point you to the truth once more.

Wife to Simon and mama to Theodore Samuel. Hannah began her walk with Christ at age 17 and He is radically reshaping her world daily. She find so much joy in coffee cup conversations with other women at her home, serving alongside her husband at our church’s middle/high school youth group, exploring new cities, cozy days with a book, decorating/reorganizing, filling journals with brightly-colored pens, hand-writing notes on pretty stationary and time at the beach.

I Lose Myself

“It’s when I’m self-centered that I am the most alone. Because when I’m focused on myself, I don’t see anyone else.”

I Lose Myself

It's when I'm selfish that I lose myself. 
It's when I'm self-centered that I am the most alone. 
Because when I'm focused on myself, I don't see anyone else.
Escaping such a state could be considerably difficult, 
for I have become so short sighted I can't even see the starting line.
-O. Louise

Putting Ourselves Aside

The text written above is an excerpt from a poem I wrote awhile back. They are ugly words, but those words are also an important part of a bigger thought process. A world centered on one person is a small place. As human beings are social creatures it is natural for us to benefit from interacting with others. We have all heard it a million times, the golden rule, do unto others… We tend to forget, we can actually prosper and improve on our own lives by helping out someone else and considering their needs.

The Lone Clover @ctw_photography_

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Olivia is an eclectic creativity enthusiast. A teacher by profession, but an aspiring storyteller on occasion. Her super power is her compassion.