Liberated (Poetry Tells Tales)

I liberate soul

‘Mid lines of poetry penned

Posted for world’s view

Such freedom to drape maimed self

Upon comfort of blog’s chaise

 Tell tales leisurely

Sore secrets, stinging heart-storms

Dormant desire’s pull…

And trumpet deep ardent faith

When not limerick-ing smiles


Relaxed, unrestrained

Words fall on page, rain-scented

Bosom’s river loosed

Seed along banks is watered

Spirit nurtured with solace

©Rhen Laird/Cobbled Contemplations, 2020 ~ All rights reserved.

Sunday Songs ~ Feelings and Faith (and a bonus song!)

Good morning, Sunday bloggers!!  Thanks for being here, I’ve come to “preach” a little Encouragement🙂  Some of you know that I’m all about being genuine/authentic, so I’ll begin by stating the obvious:  most of us are “worn down, exhausted, discouraged”.  Perhaps our faith and hope are weakening…we feel doubt about the future, creeping in…our positive perspective is slumping.  It’s okay to admit it, our feelings are legitimate.

(Full Disclosure:  I’m sick as the proverbial dog, some kinda stomach thing…but I’m in my cubicle, happily doin’ what the Lord gives me to do🙂)

As a devout Christian woman, I can tell you that God does not shun our feelings.  He’s well aware of all that’s going on—in the world, and in our individual lives.  He doesn’t run away when we feel pressed against the ropes, flat on the mat.  He loves us and desires two-way communication with Him…speak to Him honestly without fear of rebuke.  Psalm 34:18 says, “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.”

So if you’re feeling near the end of your rope, God is saying, “I’m close to YOU, I understand this is a difficult time; I’m holding you tight, I’ll bring you through.”  Need more?  

The second song today is about God who’ll break open the skies to rescue those who call on His Name—yes, it’s that simple.  Just say His Name.  Watch what happens.  Things will change—miracles abound when we speak the Name of Jesus!  This I KNOW!!  (Hang out in your bathroom for a day/night, you’ll be cryin’ Jesus.)

The third song, “The God I Know”, is really FUN!  When I hear it, I always visualize little kids singing it with hand/body motions: “I threw my hands UP, worries DOWN!”  She sings of God who’s about relationship—who knows we can’t get religious rules right every time.  It doesn’t stop Him from LOVING US!  He’ll still rescue and help us, give us His strength, peace, grace in each situation.  HE’s REAL.  “Invisible” doesn’t mean “imaginary”.

So, go ahead, let Him know how you feel…listen for His Voice which soothes and guides.  Then, don’t forget to dance with the joy of children: “throw your hands UP, worries DOWN!”  Yep, you’ve got it—lookin’ GOOD!!

I pray that you’ll feel His Presence near, and receive the abundant blessings He has for you in the coming week.  He loves you…so do I.Rhen



Glad Game #15 ~ Small Changes, Big Benefits

Well, maybe you noticed I was not here to play the Glad Game last week (20 lashes with a wet noodle!).  I wasn’t lacking in gratitude exactly…just having an ‘overwhelmed’ week.  So, I’ll do my best to make up for it today😉  

For any newbies, the Glad Game originated with Pollyanna, whose classic story entertained and taught many as she set the example of “finding something to be glad about” in unpleasant circumstances.  Here we go!

a) I’m glad and grateful readers have shown great interest in my character “Bedelia”, star of the 6-Sentence Story serial (weekly “word prompt” is hosted by Denise ).  Perked up, I’m encouraged to continue the saga😊

b) Thankful for my recently acquired ‘super fan’…goodness, it’s powerful!  (And surprisingly not over-loud, a bonus-blessing)  So powerful that I had to move it the other night, lest it blow all my hair off while I tried to sleep in the whirlwind.  Glad the area temps haven’t surpassed my ability to tolerate heat…yours truly hasn’t melted yet😉

c) Grateful my fave pharmacist said I still had Rx refills available to process, hurray!  Now, I just have to motivate myself to don mask—mandatory as of today—and walk to the store.  Noncompliance is a misdemeanor fine or jail time…if I should forget it, I doubt the county will let me post from the clink, since I can’t afford bail.  Orange, “the new black”…not my color.

d) Thankful I’m not as stupid as I sometimes self-assess.  As I was spiraling down, I wondered if I should abandon blogging (at least temporarily).  When I reach this stage, my usual mode is “get busy, physically”.  But it was too warm to clean house (and we won’t mention that exercise equipment I moved back to the bedroom).  Even small changes in routine are considerably beneficial. 

My options, aside from a “blog siesta”, were to read a book or 3, and/or do jigsaw puzzles.  I tidied the bookshelves and found a couple books that looked worthy—and, not wanting to put the leaf in the dining table, located the box of 500-550-piece puzzles. 

I LOVE jigsaw puzzles, and think they’re the remedy for much that ails you.  So I set aside the books, turned off the laptop…and lost myself in a colorful puzzle until sunny daylight.  Slept better, and woke up with a calmer, more hopeful perspective.

e) As always, I finish my gratitudes with a shout out to my readers…who truly are a wonderful family.  Thank you for making my day, everyday 🙂

f) And a public declaration of my beyond-grateful love for God, without Whom I wouldn’t be here.  I don’t believe in coincidences…there’s too much evidence of the Lord’s big and little miracles throughout each week.  His faithful love dusts off the “bleak” and doldrums. 

I’m ever astounded that He pays attention to smallest details, and reassures me that He’s in charge of mole hills and mountains—they’re NOT my job.  Hallelujah!  I praise Him because he’s Sovereign, mighty, “good Father”, and Good Shepherd who guides me on the path He’s set before me.

As we greet another weekend—may you feel God’s presence and receive His abundant blessingsRhen

©Rhen Laird/Cobbled Contemplations,  2020 ~ All rights reserved.

Fire In the Sky

Faith paragon, no…

But I brave fire in the sky

Hammer at Heaven’s

Pure pearl gate outside God’s throne

Making tear-drenched prolix prayer:

“What if there’s something

I could do to compensate

For all that I’m not

Persuade You, my Lord, to move

As You’ve done, often before

Have mercy, and speak”…

Freshened breeze blows reminder

God has Not changed, Never Sleeps*

He’s present in our waiting

©Rhen Laird/Cobbled Contemplations, 2020 ~ All rights reserved.

*“Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17, New International Version

“God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?” Numbers 23:19, New Living Translation

“Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.” Psalm 121:4, King James Bible

Eat and Pray, You’ll Be Okay (Limerick)

Don’t be a fool, giving place to despair

Tearing what remains of too-thin hair

Step back from life’s crazy whirligig

Before you’re forced to invest in wig

Eat big bowl of fruity sherbet, lift faith-filled prayer

 ©Rhen Laird/Cobbled Contemplations, 2020 ~ All rights reserved.

Optional Prompt:  FOOL


Faith’s Sure Future (a ha’sonnet)

I’m linking to my poet friend, Stephen, Prince of the Ha’sonnet.  Initially, I was intimidated by the form, regardless that I was an English Major in college…but Stephen is both gifted poet and an encourager.  Thus, I’m beginning to enjoy writing these🙂  Click the link for all the info, directions…you may want to write one yourself.

Of shadows dim

Sore wilderness

‘Mid light so thin

Hope witnesses

Clear droplets-dew

Reflect vast hue

Faith’s sure future

©Rhen Laird/Cobbled Contemplations, 2020 ~ All rights reserved.





Pull on boots

Of trust, wrap

Faith’s cape ’round

Declare to


Heart which risks

Crushing wound

“Take courage”

One step

Then another

Overcomes tug

Of isolation’s


What if the

Drop between

Precipice and

Intimacy’s wealth

Is mere foot or two?

©Rhen Laird/Cobbled Contemplations,  2020 ~ All rights reserved.

Grappling for Strength

Grappling with onslaught

Bleak fatigue… ‘how much longer’

‘How much more’ to bear

Pandemic, early heat wave…

Domino effect topples


Thoughts become assaults

Imminent betrayal sensed

Denial’s shield cracked

Faith stretched to hope’s fraying strands

Gratitude begging relief

©Rhen Laird/Cobbled Contemplations,  2020 ~ All rights reserved.