I don’t have to work hard to love God. It is natural.
I was designed to know and love God.
Yep, you were too. Hey, even the wounded person screaming that God doesn’t exist was made, designed lovingly to know and live His Creator. The proof is how angry they are, they are going against their makeup.
We were designed by God to know and love Him.
He loves us and built within us the wisdom to love Him back. We were designed to relate to Him. All our intricacies point to Him. All our gifts point to His love of us. All of our blessings remind us this has never changed.❤
Ya know, in life we have ups and downs. And generally we don’t appreciate the ups fully until we hit those downs. And of course when we are in the downs, we desperately long for the ups that we will again not fully appreciate and so on. That is the way of it. Most t hj ings n in nature God created to want to be neutral. All things were designed to be in balance with each other. It is true in chemistry, which I love, and biology and virology (for the most part) and microbiology (all of these of which I have studied in great depth in earning my science based doctorate).
Enter plateaus. These are the flatlands, thr neutral spaces, the balanced places, the waiting games places where nature is most content and we are not. These places I have come to accept and truly appreciate, for the ups and downs are not present here. Something has to happen to change the plateau. For weight loss, it is to try to change the proportions or mix up the menu or change the exercise. In life, a change event has to happen to go up or down, like a loss or gain or accident or surprise. In nature, an imbalance has to happen for things to scurry to get balanced again. God designed this. These plateaus should be celebrated for they increase stability and balance and allow for some rest before the change comes. They are indeed created by God (like we are) to be a blessing. We still work in the plateau, we all still do our job, nature does its job, mitochondria and enzymes do their job, everything is working but not in a stressed out way. This is an absolutely beautiful place to be, friends. See it as a blessing as it was designed to be for you. ❤
Visualization comes easily for me. It is harder for some, I understand, but a good hearty freedom of imagination can help fill in what the memories of the eye cannot return to you. I have travelled extensively until about 13 years ago and since has just been vacations and a few family visits. But I can travel back in my mind to England, Poland, Russia, Canada, Hawaii and every other state in thr USA I have visited or lived and remember the particulars of the places, the people, the traditions and unique vocabulary and foods there. I can remember the hiking trails (something I have done wherever I have gone) on flatlands or mountains or waterfalls or beaches. I remember these places. And what I love to contemplate most about everywhere I have been is the quiet spots, the spots of beauty and nature. And I finally figured out why I am such a nature girl (other than being raised in the country on a farm). I can feel and see God most in these places. No matter where in the world, God shines brightest through what He made. Sometimes that is the people but always it is nature. And seeing Him closer always reminds me how close He is always, no matter where you are or what else is going on. And that, my friend, is beautiful.❤
It has been raining almost 3 weeks staight here in Florida with a very few exceptions to that. Wow. Very beautiful rain but getting pretty gloomy. The sun is missed. And I think that is what happens to us when we focus on the wrong things: news, propoganda (or is that redundant?), problems, illnesses, anti-social media, tech, video games, conspiracies, whatever. We focus on anything this world urges you to focus in and after a while, we are a gloomy mess, as soggy at heart than any amount of rain pouring down. We miss and need the Son. We need to focus on Jesus. We miss Him. ❤
So, here is what we did today. We planted herbs- oregano, thyme, rosemary, basil, parsley- as well as one tomato and lavender, with several marigolds. I am happy with how it turned out- all my husband’s design and planning. Yay! I feel an amazing comfort in getting back to my farming roots. So happy God has reconnected me to gardening again. I feel so blessed. And admiring it’s beauty, I watched a great gray heron fly up and perch in a tree next to me to wait out the brief storm. What majesty! I can see God’s glory everywhere. It is beautiful and peaceful. I am so very grateful to God for everything. How I love Him!❤❤❤
We just returned from a week in God’s masterpiece, Gatlinburg. We found hiking trails in mountains by beautiful waters and wild turkeys and quiet time with God. There is no doubt that He keeps His eye there to just enjoy what He made without argument. It is beautiful and peaceful and full of His glory. You cannot be there an deny Him. You cannot help but be regenerated and invigerated. He is everywhere and more obviously there. Gorgeous!! And our whole family feels more relaxed and alive and ready for the rest of the school and gig year.😄❤
I know some of y’all are still knee deep in winter, but that is one reason we live in Florida. Here it is spring! I love this season because it is planting time, pruning time, preparing for beauty outside time! Wonderful! I am dirty every day again and working outside every day doing something! It is phenomenal. The kids are old enough to help so my back is not hurting even. And I used to love my solitude with the plants and now I love my time with family and the plants and mostly time with all of the above and celebrating God and His creation. Nature is such a luxury for just being in God’s glory and beautiful design. Nothing brings me more peace and just sheer joy than that. So happy spring!!! And for those up north, it will happen soon, there is hope! 😄❤