Our World in Words

Of the many blessings I’ve received from obeying God’s call to become a Christian writer, the writing friends I’ve met along the journey stand out. Today, I’m blessed to introduce my precious sister-in-Christ, dear friend, and amazing children’s author and poet, Mrs. Martha Jane Orlando. It’s been a joy-filled journey of encouragement to read and comment on her weekly blog posts as she shares observations about her journey in faith and the natural world around her. When she does so through her poetry, her words transport us into her world. I am honored that she agreed to share some of those with us here Around the Cross-Dubya today. Please welcome our guest this week, a Georgia native, Mrs. Martha Jane Orlando.


June’s Glory

Scripture:  There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number – living things both large and small. ~Psalm 104:25

June’s glory comes in

A floral cluster bold, brave

Invites hope and praise

For the wonders small

That prompt us to pray without

Ceasing.  The little things.


The Light

Scripture:  When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.~John 8:12

Lightning bugs emerge

As day concedes to night

Twilight emissaries

Turn the dark to light

Hope is signaled

Promise in a blink

To longing eye

Becomes God’s wink.


Four o’ Clocks

Scripture:  So why do you worry about clothing?  Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow:  they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all hit glory was not arrayed like one of these. ~Matthew 6:28-29

Four o’clocks grace my mother’s garden

Blooms to herald afternoon’s entrance

Holding fast to evening’s pathway

Closing only at the dawn of day

Bowing out to allow Day Lilies

To take their watch upon the towers

Assuring all that beauty never fades

Instead, the flowers lift their precious petals

Sustaining us in day and into night.


Roots Take Hold

Scripture:  The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” ~Isaiah 40:8

I spring forth unexpected

A wanton, lowly weed

Adorned in yellow

Not the color of cowardice

But of sunny survival

I bloom where I’m planted

And thrive against odds

For I’m content to call home

Wherever God intends

For my roots to take hold

And when I go to seed

I am grateful still.


Martha Jane Orlando is a Christian blogger and writer. You can visit her at Meditations of My Heart (https://marthaorlando.blogspot.com) on Blogger. You can also learn about and order her novels, The Glade Series and Adventures in The Glade, at her website: www.gladetrilogy.wix.com/theglade.

Her email is: marthaorlando@gmail.com


62 thoughts on “Our World in Words”

  1. Welcome to the Cross-Dubya Ms. Martha Jane. What a thrill it is to have you visit this week. I’ve long enjoyed your Meditations of My Heart blog and am thrilled you graced us here today.

  2. I’m delighted to meet you, Martha Jane. Your poetry is lovely and heartfelt. I also have fond memories of lightning bugs as a child in Cincinnati–catching them in my hands and watching them light up inside the cocoon I had made for them. I so miss them here in Texas! Also, I grew up with Four O’clocks in our garden. I collected the little black seeds in the afternoons when the flowers opened up. Such good memories! And lastly, your name is the same as my maternal great-grandmother’s. She was such a quiet, godly lady, always patiently serving others her whole life. Thank you for stirring up such good memories. You have richly blessed me today.

    1. Thank you so much, Karen, for your kind words here. And I can’t believe your maternal grandmother was named the same as I was. How cool is that??? I’m glad my words brought back many memories for you!
      Love and blessings!

  3. I love it when I have an opportunity to get together with friends in ways that enrich each other, and meeting you here at the “Cross-Dubya” is a special blessing for me this morning. Thank you, J.D., for inviting my gifted friend, Martha Jane, to share her poetic creativity. I love the scenes that come to life in your words, Martha. You don’t take pages to paint pictures, and that is a unique gift that God doesn’t pass around to very many, and I wish I had some of it. God bless both of you for the heartwarming and inspirational start to my day.

    1. You have a splendid gift for writing, dear Ron. Never sell yourself short!!!
      And thanks so much for your kind words here, my friend. The people we’ve met through blogging are often the very best of folks, aren’t they?
      Love and blessings!

  4. I love Martha’s writing, poems, and heart for the Lord. She’s an inspiration to me weekly. Thanks for highlighting her God-given gifts this week, J.D. God bless you both and your blog sites!

  5. I love nature – especially flowers. I love poetry, and I love a wide-open heart for God. Thanks for allowing me this lovely pause this morning with the gift of Martha’s words. I’ve written about the burrowing four o’clock, which grows only on the southern tip of Florida. (In the United States, that is.) It’s a protected species in Florida. A fascinating flower!

    1. Thank you, Candyce, for your kind and thoughtful words here today! I have a special place in my heart for the four o’clocks; the ones in my mother’s yard came from seeds harvested from my grandmother’s plants. That’s extra-special!
      Love and blessings!

    1. Such kind and gracious words coming from a retired English teacher, Karen. Thank you! I majored in English and taught seventh grade social studies. My kids would always get upset when I would edit their papers or other works. I used to tell them it was for their own edification – LOL!
      Love and blessings!

    2. Absolutely Ms. Karen. It’s always such fun to share the great work my Christian writing friends offer up for God’s glory. I’m always amazed at the many ways in which we writers can accomplish that same goal. Pleased that you enjoyed ma’am. I just knew that Ms. Martha Jane was going to awake that college professor in you. 🙂

  6. How can I thank you enough, J. D., for featuring my poetry here on your blog? I am humbled and honored, my friend, and so grateful and pleased to be able to call you my brother in Christ!
    And thanks, too, to all of you precious folks who have left such powerful comments. I do hope I’ll see you all over at my blog.
    Much love and many blessings!

  7. What beautiful words. Thank you for sharing them Martha Jane. I look forward to reading more about you and your work.

  8. Oh, how wonderful to see Martha Jane’s work featured here! This is my first visit to your blog, so I will be subscribing! Martha Jane is such a dear, kind, sweet friend and has been such an encouragement to me so many times. I’m thankful to meet you, J.D., and I look forward to following your blog. God bless you and Martha Jane!

    1. Thank you Ms. Cheryl. Ms. Martha Jane is a sweet and dear sister-in-Christ. I’m so blessed to have her share here on our blog. God’s blessings ma’am, and I’m looking forward to sharing more with you in the future.

  9. Lovely interpretations and insights from scripture through your poetry, Martha Jane. I don’t know how, but that J.D. guy finds time to read and support numerous Christian blogs and comment on them including mine. Thank you, Martha Jane and J.D.

    1. I don’t sleep much Ms. Karen. 🙂 Glad you’re back home from your missions trip and doing well ma’am. God’s blessings.

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