Posts Tagged "Nature"

Through the Desert to the Garden

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016 in Articles | 0 comments

Through the Desert to the Garden

The sun emblazoned the crystals of sand.  Any breath of breeze picked up the sand and carried it along, throwing it into my face before swirling it across the expanse.  The heat pressed down on me, and my thirst was overwhelming.  I knew I wasn’t alone.  Turning my head to the right, I sensed a friend.  To the left – apprehension, fear.  I couldn’t, however, see anyone.  Pulling my legs up to my chest and resting my head against my knees, I whispered, “Lord, what’s going on?  Where am I and why am I here?”   I gasped awake.  Sweat poured from my body.  I reached for...

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Sweet Gratitude and Joy

Posted by on Sep 25, 2015 in Articles | 0 comments

Sweet Gratitude and Joy

Yesterday was the first day of autumn.  The leaves started their turn a few weeks ago.  The trees around the house have been dropping seedlings and tiny berries since early September.  (During the night, it sounds like hail pounding the roof!)  The nights are cool, cool enough to fire up the furnace.  The squirrels are growing their fluffy tails to keep them warm during the winter that is soon to come.  They scamper around the yard, competing with the chipmunks for the best morsels to store away in their nests.  All the signs of the change of seasons are here.    I’m never...

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Day of Simple Pleasures

Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Articles | 0 comments

Day of Simple Pleasures

It’s been one of those near-perfect days.  Seventy degrees; the sun has shone bright and warm in the sky.  A gentle breeze has rustled the leaves, fluttered the laundry on the line, and kept my wind chimes singing throughout the day.   The laughter of children mixed with bird song drifts through the window.  The pollen drifts in as well, tickling my nose and irritating my eyes, but the flowers that are starting bloom in the garden, and the leaves covering the once-naked tree branches make it worth the sniffles and the watering eyes.   Everything about the day has been so...

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Weird but Wonderful Day

Posted by on Feb 26, 2015 in Articles | 0 comments

Weird but Wonderful Day

It’s been a weird day.  Snow squalls kept me trapped in the house (That isn’t the weird part.  It’s February in Upstate New York.  That’s pretty much the norm.), unable to spend the day at the church working on the bulletin, a task I enjoy on a weekly basis.  The wind has blown; the temperature has dropped; the sky has been gray and dismal.  I didn’t sleep well last night, so I’m tired.  I’ve had the attention span of a two year old.  I’ve walked from window to window.  I’ve jumped from one magazine article to another.  I have accomplished almost nothing today (I...

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Delighting in Simple Pleasures

Posted by on Nov 16, 2014 in Articles | 0 comments

Delighting in Simple Pleasures

It’s snowing again.  I know; it comes with the territory.  You can’t live in Northern New York and not expect snow from November to April (some years, October to May!).  I dread this time of year.  As soon as the first snowflake appears, I hide in the house, wrap myself in blankets, and ask God why in the world He brought me here.  I spend a lot of time staring out the window, longing for the warmth, sunshine, grass, and flowers.  The snow, unfortunately, is inescapable.  It’s one of those things that you just have to accept and deal with.    Yesterday was a three-hour...

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