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  1. Mary,

    Our lives get so busy & noisy. Just like a gas tank that needs to be filled in order for cars to run our souls & bodies need to filled also. We need to slow down long enough to look/listen to nature. Once we do that we will almost surely be in awe of our most wonderful creative creator. I happen to live near mountains & never ever get tired of seeing snow capped top s or the hues of fall. I thank & praise God for His creation – the beautiful flowers, birds chirping, waves rolling in or out. Time to look outside the window & begin praising God.

    Blessings 🙂

  2. I used to relate very much with this!
    Until I read Ann Voskamp’s 1,000 Gifts 1-1/2 years ago.
    I accepted the challenge then to notice God’s gifts all around me, and have been writing them down in a notebook ever since. It changed my life and I am so thankful!!!

  3. Being outside refreshes my soul and attitude so much. It is hard to not slow down and look up when outside. It’s the best cure for a bad attitude or anxious day. And I feel close to God outside.

  4. We have been in lockdown much of the Pandemic.
    Several times we took a drive to the ocean and were
    so blessed by watching the waves, listening to the sounds,
    enjoying the birds dancing on the beaches.

    Now, I am isolated again due to some health challenges.
    However, I try to walk in the courtyard and around the
    community where we live. I notice the buds on the trees
    and in the flower beds. I love listening to all the birds
    chirping and flying into the trees and flowerbeds. The
    sky is so blue today and cloudless. The wind blows letting
    me know that it is still winter. Afterwards, I go back to our
    small apartment and feel thankful for God’s creation.

  5. Wonderful post! Living at the foot of Pikes Peak for most of my life, I can attest to the fact that I never cease being amazed by the beautiful mountains He created. I will never, ever tire of this view. Though there are days I may be less aware, the enormity of the Rockies is a continual reminder.

  6. As a young child, I saw the beauty of nature and knew there was a creator long before I ever had a personal relationship with my Savior. We moved to the Ozark Mountain area in SW Missouri about five years ago for our retirement years. I never tire of admiring the artwork of our Lord. When we go out for a drive, my husband makes fun of the way I ooh and ahh. The sunrises and sunsets are so spectacular here!

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