“…..and you said all those rules would eliminate me!”


Lenten Journey – Day 9
Biblical Scripture: Romans 3:21-31
Open Invitation to Join Terri from
Cloaked Monk


1-Mar-12: Romans 3:21-31

23 since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; 24 they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a sacrifice of atonement by his blood, effective through faith. He did this to show his righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over the sins previously committed; 26 it was to prove at the present time that he himself is righteous and that he justifies the one who has faith in Jesus.


“…..and you said all those rules would eliminate me!”

Old Stump Woman clumped and bumped and strumped her BushNose

Into every crack and pit along the way in all those rocks and all those feet

Sticking that BushNose everywhere but ahead, in all spots signs told “NO!s”

Old Stump Woman clumped faster,all the more smellings all the more fleet.



Old Stump Woman kicked down “NO!” signs, pushed over “DON’T” marks

All the while huffing to get past other legs and other pegs and break in line

Til Stump Woman heard a cry above and smelled Ugly Bird calling in larks

Til Stump Woman sniffed tear at being so crude and fell on knees at gift so fine.


40 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jennifer Vidal
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 06:39:57

    Beautiful, Granbee! It is a blessing that after having “…kicked down “NO!” signs, pushed over “DON’T” marks,” finally, got to hear, and smell, and stick one’s nose up ahead. But I wonder, is it possible to keep sticking own’s nose just ahead without getting lost once again? (I wish I could always keep on sticking my nose just up ahead) Hugs!

    • granbee
      Mar 02, 2012 @ 07:28:57

      So pleased you enjoyed this post, dear Jennifer. But, you see, now that Stump Woman has confessed and been uplifted (redeemed) she will ALWAYS point her nose straight ahead, keeping to goals and the quest with no little nosey side trips, okay?

      • Jennifer Vidal
        Mar 02, 2012 @ 13:43:53

        I always appreciate words of wisdom, especially since I always relate myself to what I read.
        I love how you are starting your posts with verses from the Bible, and then add a beautiful poem, which is the poetically relation between your life and the verses. Love it! Once more, you have inspire me.

        • granbee
          Mar 02, 2012 @ 23:07:28

          So wonder that I have inspired you, sweet Jennifer! If you will notice, above the verses is the link each day during Lenten to the Cloaked Monk blog, where you can sign up to join this Lenten Journey–or just read the full verses Terri has listed there under her Lenten Journey tab at the top of her blog page.

  2. ♡ The Tale Of My Heart ♡
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 07:21:02

    Great post…….Gran…:) remember me in your prayers…..:)

  3. jadedheart
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 09:40:59

    I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award, check it out at http://jadedstone11.wordpress.com/2012/03/01/sunshiny-day/ 🙂

    • granbee
      Mar 02, 2012 @ 23:00:45

      Bless you so very much, jaded! What an honor for you to nominate me for the Sunshine Award. I truly want to shine the light of love, peace, and goodwill however and wherever I can! Bless you!

      • Jessie Jeanine
        Mar 03, 2012 @ 00:32:36

        Congratulations on the award granbee and so well deserved as His light shines from within you so radiantly when you share your stories with us. I am very fond of this Lenten journey you are sharing with everyone and am always in awe of the talent He has blessed you with 🙂 HUGS my friend!

        • granbee
          Mar 06, 2012 @ 00:02:06

          jessiej, dear, dear girl! You have just given me SO MUCH enouragement here today. To know that you are receiving blessings and joy from these posts just means the world to me!

  4. totsymae1011
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 10:53:29

    This piece shows a lot of character, built through some very hard times. I can feel the exhaustion of BushNose Woman. I need a nap now. 🙂

    • granbee
      Mar 02, 2012 @ 23:02:04

      Yes, Tots, very perceptive of you to see that many of us ladies have “Stump Woman” times in our lives. It IS very exhausting! Wonderful to just peacefully rest and let love flow in and around, right?

  5. Betty Hayes Albright
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 13:03:33

    I really love the message in this one, Granbee – as “Old stump woman” finds Grace.

    • granbee
      Mar 02, 2012 @ 23:02:55

      Bless you, dear, dear Betty! Wonderful that you enjoyed this tale of Stump Woman receiving Grace! I am SUCH a “stump woman”–I know!

  6. cloakedmonk
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 13:44:53

    I adore it. I want to hug the Old stump woman.

    • granbee
      Mar 02, 2012 @ 23:03:56

      Wow, Terri! You just hugged me along with Stump Woman. Your encouragement as you lead us through this Lenten Journey is highly valued here at granbee!

  7. cottonbombs
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 14:47:24

    Rose! Inspiration comes at us from every angle if we like it or not. Here you’ve got Old Stump Woman falling to her knees because of a sound she heard above her. Yes, God is calling us, if only we would listen.

  8. Jane Thorne
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 20:32:27

    Rose I wanted to give you the Sunshine Award because you bring bright sunshine into my life … http://wp.me/p1l7Si-yk Love to you x

    • granbee
      Mar 02, 2012 @ 23:05:40

      Bless, dearest Jane, for your kind nomination of my blog for the Sunshine Award. I am so thrilled about bringing sunshine into your life. You are SUCH a happy camper, anyway!

  9. Claudia
    Mar 03, 2012 @ 00:43:39

    smiles..you’re always coming up with the most impressive visuals..just loved your stump woman..

    • granbee
      Mar 06, 2012 @ 00:03:23

      Claudia, coming from such an accomplished poet as yourself, this feedback just gives me SUCh a boost to be even more “visual”! Of course, you realize, there is a lot of Stump Woman in granbee!

  10. writinggomer
    Mar 04, 2012 @ 05:36:21

    Ignore the detour signs…straight up…or ahead. You know what I mean…

    • granbee
      Mar 06, 2012 @ 00:04:15

      Yes, indeed, writinggomer, I certainly do know what you mean–always straight ahead, one foot in fron of the other, always looking up, up, up!

  11. lscotthoughts
    Mar 04, 2012 @ 06:16:17

    I loved the message conveyed in this one, Rose, and I, too, felt a bit exhausted at the end of Stump Woman’s journey; very vivid writing! 🙂

    • granbee
      Mar 06, 2012 @ 00:05:33

      Bless you dear, Lauren. This one made me a little out of breath, as well! Resting and meditating time is just ahead, but we had to earn the rest, right?

  12. eof737
    Mar 04, 2012 @ 10:43:12

    Old Stump Woman kicked down “NO!” signs, pushed over “DON’T” marks… She’s my kinda of brave lady. 😉

    • granbee
      Mar 06, 2012 @ 00:06:57

      Yes, eof737, brave but sometimes a tad hasty! Some of those signs probably should have been heeded, as she now realizes, but because of her humbled attitude, she is now blessed with forgiveness and grace and enlightenment.

  13. Sue Dreamwalker
    Mar 06, 2012 @ 03:55:12

    “….Since ALL have sinned……..”
    We of little Faith!… have fogotten to have Faith .. And we often forget to forgive ourselves!… Once we do, it then leads us to see those other signs dear Granbee,, The ones that lead us onward, carrying the banners of truth.. 🙂 Love and light xx

    • granbee
      Mar 06, 2012 @ 04:07:11

      Yes, we must never allow our own “old stuff” to blind us to those carrying the banners of truth to lead us ever onward and upward! LIght and love to you as well, dear Sue!

  14. bardessdmdenton
    Mar 12, 2012 @ 06:21:41

    ‘Til Stump Woman sniffed tear at being so crude and fell on knees at gift so fine.’

    It is not how we begin…but how we ‘end’…

    I am not commenting on every one of your Lenten Journey posts, but in catching up please know that I am reading and enjoying each fully! Thank you for sharing your heart and soul as well as your writing gifts, Granbee!

    • granbee
      Mar 12, 2012 @ 22:39:28

      Yes, it is what Stump Woman is becoming, rather than how she started out on this journey, way back in late November! There is a continual story line from the first day of Advent, 2011, on through the last day before Advent, 2012, Diane! So very pleased you are now with on this journey! Thank for your many recent comments and your most gracious and encouraging feedback here!

  15. Christy Birmingham
    Mar 29, 2012 @ 00:05:17

    Stump Woman is a great character. She is bold and I am learning with her on her journey!

    • granbee
      Mar 29, 2012 @ 00:48:35

      So pleased that you are enjoying Stump Woman; and that you are learning from her. She is largely based on a combo of my high school librarian and my maternal grandmother! Very bold were those ladies when might was needed to make right! Lovely having you stop in here, ChristyB!

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