Pieces of Serenity

Yesterday it was cold, cloudy and rainy.  Today, the sun is shining, the sky is blue, the clouds are few, the birds are chirping.  It’s a perfect Spring day.

We find pieces of serenity in many places.  A beautiful garden, a beach with gentle waves, hiking in the mountains, sitting outside with a cup of tea and a good book, walking the dog, the list is endless.  Where are you when a cool breeze finds you?

In my mind (guided imagery) I have a beautiful small cabin, surrounded with large pine trees, a lake nearby with picnic table.  My dad visits me here, and we talk for hours about everything.  I used to always have a cat (before I had a dog in real life), and now I have a dog that follows me around, and lays at my feet.  I built this place years ago, as a place to go in my mind when the world was too much to deal with.  Last year, while battling cancer, I was there a lot.  It’s peaceful, calm and I have no visitors except the elements (rain on the tin roof, a cool breeze on a hot summer day, snow in the winter with snowshoes propped up against the back door).

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When I want serenity in real life; I often find myself at a country cemetery.  I must be a glutton for open air and genuine quiet.  I find myself under a pine tree, when the wind blows just right, I can hear the whisper of God.  I find it incredibly cathartic.

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Experience serenity with Mother Earth.

This is the day!

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What do you rejoice most about when it comes to your love of Mother Earth?  In Springtime, I’m thankful for the beautiful buds and blooms, the sunshine, birds chirping and blue skies.  Earth Day was celebrated around the world on April 22nd.  I missed it because I was traveling, so today am spreading my gratitude around like the wisps of a dandelion.

What does the Lord say about nature?

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

1 Kings 6:18  The inside of the temple was cedar, carved with gourds and open flowers. Everything was cedar; no stone was to be seen.
Genesis 1:29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.
Personally, I think God is disappointed that we’ve cared so little for the earth the past 75 years, but glad that we have found ways to heal her.  Love your Mother Earth is not a hippy saying, it’s a way of life.
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By loving the earth, you are loving your Father.
Matthew 22:37   Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’