Seeing God In Nature

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“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” – Genesis 1:1

Where is your spot? Where is that place that you go and no matter how crazy and chaotic your life has been, that place that will bring you peace and help you to center?

Some people find that place in the mountains. The awesome grandeur of majestic mountains shows God’s power and creativity and it reminds us that the problems of earth can certainly be handled by God.  

Some find a sense of peace and perspective in when they are near the ocean. Again the massive body of water and the consistency of the tide and waves brings peace and comfort. 

Some others enjoy a meadow setting; still others love the varied creativity of the woods. 

Regardless of where the spot is where you feel calmed and closer to God, it is a place where you can appreciate God’s creation… His creativity, His power, His strength and His love. Being in this spot in creation gives you a God moment.  

My serenity spot’s are all of those above. I especially love waterfalls and the woods. I love my jungle. I love trees. My backyard is my jungle, and it is not perfect, but it is my gift from God. There are weeds, and roses have thorns, but I focus on what I have instead of what I don’t have today. I can find peace and serenity in the bird’s singing and all of the greenery cropping up in the Springtime, my favorite time of year. It represents ‘New Life” to me. 

Nature is the art of God. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Prosperous Trees

A Spiritual Renewal

There must be a spiritual renewal of your thoughts and attitudes.

You must display a new nature because you are a new person, created in God’s likeness–righteous, holy, and true.

So put away all falsehood and “tell your neighbor the truth” because we belong to each other.

And “don’t sin by letting anger gain control over you.”

Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a mighty foothold to the devil.

source: Ephesians 4: 23-27 NLT

Forever Texas

Lovely, painting and story. Native Texan here. Thanks for posting.

Mikki Senkarik

As we were looking at the painting last evening Jack and I saw a couple of things I needed to fine tune. First of all the oak tree by the barn was too small so this morning I made it grow a bit. I also decided to make the blue part of the roof a little duller and lighter so the barn stays back in the distance. Then on the left side I took out the big rock behind the Cactus and Indian Paintbrush, expanding the upper pool so the glistening water could show through. Now for the flowers on the right side of the stream.

Red Indian Blanket flowers are blooming everywhere around us right now. They make a fine compliment to the Phlox and Indian Paintbrush growing out of cracks in the limestone boulders. The Bluebonnets provide a cool backdrop for the fiery red-orange blossoms that are blocked…

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My Father’s Day Tribute To All Godly Fathers

God bless all our Godly fathers.

In my lifetime, I was blessed to have two wonderful fathers. One Daddy and a Step Dad. I thank God everyday to have been born in America, and being exactly who I am, and where I am, and doing exactly what I am doing.

If everyone could have Godly fathers, the world would be a lot better place, but that is just not reality! Some poor children grow up with no father, a evil, hateful, and abusive fathers. Some grow up with islamic/muslim satanic cult followers for fathers, that teach them to berate, rape, beat, and kill women. The children if they grow up at all, grow up evil and full of hate just like their fathers did. So, the EVIL cycle perpetuates itself onto the next generation. A few children escape the EVIL world of their fathers, yet they are not unscathed, they bear the scars the rest of their life’s.

In China they will grab a woman from her home and force her to have an abortion if it is more than one child, and baby girls are aborted! Now, how Communistic and Cruel is that!! Not in America!

God continue to bless all the Godly fathers, and wake up the evil ones to the damage that they are doing to their wifes and children. May they find God and change their ways.

We must fight to not allow these Barbaric animals to come to America with their sick way of “thinking” and “living”, and to spread their DISEASE OF HATE!! God bless America! God save America!!

Louis Armstrong – What A Wonderful World (Spoken Intro Version) 1970

I have loved Louis Armstrong for years. Me and Mother went to see him in person when I was 16 at the Music Hall in Houston, TX. That was one special memory, that I have carried with me for 42 years. I felt so special, Mother had six children, and could not afford to take us many places besides the beach or river to play. The tickets were $50.00 each, and we were up front, close and personal. That was a lot of money in 1970. We could not afford it, but it was a special treat for my birthday. That is one birthday, that I have never forgotten! Mother kept poking me and reminding me to breathe, because she saw how excited I was. Mother loved jazz, blues, classical, and country music. We laughed about it for years. I had never been that close to a famous musician before then.

Eagle Confidence

“Confidence in herself and aware of her God-given strength…she enjoys an inner contentment that isn’t based on accomplishments, status, authority, power, or other people’s opinions. This woman of God has learned the value of being…as opposed to doing.” (Author Unknown)

“…in quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” (Isaiah 30:15)

God’s Green Earth

God’s green earth and His wonderful creations are where I find my serenity. This is one of my favorite landscape photographs. I did not take it, nor have I ever been there. I believe it is in Germany. It looks like such a peaceful place. A beautiful spot to pray and commune with God.

“God, I offer myself to Thee to build with me, and to do with me as Thou wilt. Relieve me of the bondage of self, that I may bear witness to those I would help, of Thy power, Thy love, and Thy way of life.” (AA)

“Abba Father, Your word is so full of Your wonderful promises to care for me. They help me to relax in heart, to live by faith and not by sight.” (Anne Ortlund)

Lovely, Serene Spot

SERENITY PRAYER
GOD GRANT ME THE SERENITY TO ACCEPT THE THINGS THAT I CANNOT CHANGE = THE PAST, THE FUTURE, OTHER PEOPLE, AND GRANT ME THE COURAGE TO CHANGE THE THINGS THAT I CAN = ME, MY OWN ATTITUDES AND ACTIONS, AND THE WISDOM TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE = GOD AND THE 12 STEPS.

Balance is one of my objectives daily

I am such a work-a-holic that if I am not working, then I feel guilty. I was raised to be the Caretaker, and it is hard to remind myself to take care of me. I have a heavy load on me right now, with a disabled husband and elderly mother to care for.
I had given up on our yard, because of the freeze early this year and a whole year of drought we have lost several trees and a lot of our flowers. I was pleased to find our Hibiscus coming back in our front flower bead, because my Dad planted them probably twenty years ago. We lost him in 2002. God uses this flower to remind me that there is “New Life, and not to give up.

Balance is one of my objectives daily. But like so many have said, with reality and the stresses of daily life, sometimes it is hard to accomplish. I use the acronym for Balance:
B = Be yourself
A = Act as if
L = Love yourself first, then others
A = Ask for help when needed
N = Never give up
C = Choices-make good choices
E = Enjoy today-because tomorrow is not promised

Acceptance the Key to Serenity!

The Full Original Copy of the Serenity Prayer
by Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)

Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Amen.

http://www.thevoiceforlove.com/serenity-prayer.html

Colorful Colorado

Colorful Colorado

I love this pic! The colors of fall, and the reflection over the lake. Great pic! My favorite memories of Colorado Springs were from 1970. We were in love then, and we camped out in Colorado. Beautiful and Serene, but very cold at night, there by the water, and that was in the summertime. Lovely place to visit, but I still love my Texas the best!

God’s Beautiful Nature!


This is the Ozark National Park in Arkansas. Beautiful and serene spot for escaping the troubles of the world.

My Road to Happy Destiny

“I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity.” — Gilda Radner

None of my plans that I had for my life worked out like I thought that I wanted them to. I couldn’t have children like I so desperately wanted. God gave me my son. I wanted a husband, home, and family like my parents had. Things did not work as I planned, I married an emotionally, physically, and sexually abusive man who cheated on me. I was a homemaker at that time, and didn’t know how to support myself. After ten years, I reached the brink of insanity, I loved him but I hated him. How was that possible? I hung onto all of his promises, and lies, that he would change, and everything would be different when he did “this or that”.

When death starts looking good, then it is time to divorce. It was kind of like a “death”–it was the death of my dream to have a man who loved me and would never hurt me. I could not afford my home on my own, so I had to move in with my parents. God bless them, they were always there for me. I tried to change everything but myself. I thought that if I were pretty enough, rich enough, that I would be loved. Lord, I had “distorted thinking”.

I had a lot of growing up, and recovering to do for years. Now, twenty five years later I finally have the husband who loves me,and is faithful to me. I adopted a son, who is now 29. I am proud of him. He has his own home. I have my own home too. But…I do not place such importance on material possessions anymore. I suffered a lot of losses, before I finally hit bottom, and decided to make some changes in my life. Thank God, for a loving and forgiving “higher power”, that loves me no matter what. The Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, and Christian doctors and therapists.

I went from an abusive man to an emotionally abusive man to a psycho man. I stayed single for six years, and worked on me. I had to learn the hard way, that it was better to be alone than it was to be miserable. Al-Anon taught me that I could not Control, Change, or Cure anyone, and that I must focus on me and Change what I did not like in me.

By the grace of God, I do not have to be loved by you to be happy. People thought I was crazy when I told them that, “I don’t have to have a man to be happy.” I had been so Co-dependent on them.
I explained to them, I don’t “have to have a man”, but I “choose to have a man”. There is a big difference.

My husband knows that I can survive without him, but I do not want to. And…by the grace of God, he does not choose to survive without me either. God saved the best for last. –:)