Nature = God

Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better.   Albert Einstein

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Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature.  It will never fail you.   Frank Lloyd Wright

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There are moments when all anxiety and stated toil are becalmed in the infinite leisure of nature.   Henry David Thoreau

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One touch of nature makes the whole world kin,  William Shakespeare

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Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.   Ralph Waldo Emerson

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There is pleasure in pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea and music in its roar, I love not man the less, but Nature more.   Lord Byron

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Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.   Gerald De Nerval

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How strange that nature does not knock and yet does not intrude!  Emily Dickinson

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Shall I but say that nature is the work of God in glorious display!  Peggy Joan (just had to get a personal quote of mine in here).

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In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.   Aristotle

A Carpenter Bee on my Stevia plant.

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When Sorrow Comes

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When Sorrow Comes

by Peggy Joan

She stood on the sandy beach looking toward the far horizon. A storm was brewing and would soon reach the area where she stood.  She could see the huge waves build and crash in upon themselves.  In her heart a storm raged.  This very ocean had taken the life of her husband.

She fell to her knees on the sand and wept.  Her husband’s boat had capsized and been lost in a storm.  He was gone forever.  She would never see his face again and that thought overwhelmed her.

She had once loved this great body of water, but now she felt only anger for what it had taken from her.  How could she go on without Peter.  Did she even wish to face life anymore? When she first lost Peter she blamed God.  How could God destroy her life like this.  Yet, in her heart she knew God had not taken Peter’s life; it had been a terrible accident.

She had come to the beach this day to ask God to forgiver her for blaming Him.  The tears silently slid down her face as the wind whipped her hair and strands touched her wet cheeks.  It has been six months now since Peter had disappeared.  Months of devastating pain and sorrow had nearly destroyed her will to live.

She began to earnestly pray for God’s help and guidance.  She knew God was there beside her and would help her weather the storm in her soul.  She did not know how long she knelt on the sand and prayed.  Finally, she stood and lifted her hand to wipe the tears from her face.

She glanced toward the horizon once more.  Then, she turned and slowly walked away.  She knew God was walking beside her giving her strength to face the future.  Her faith in God would help her leave the storm behind.

A Great Sunset

I have been waiting for a great Sunset to appear for a month.  We have had plenty of beautiful Sunrises, but Mother Nature would blow all the evening clouds away and refuse to let the Sunset shine in all its glory.  Last night the sun lit up the clouds in every direction and surrounded my yard with glorious beauty and color.  Such a thrill.

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I really can’t give the glory of such beauty to Mother Nature – we all know God created the beauty of this world.

Communing With The Cows

There I was once again – boots on, in my pajamas in the yard trying to capture another gorgeous sunrise.  So peaceful out in my country yard – dew sparkling on the grass at 5:45 A.M.  Then I got side tracked and began to talk to the cows in the pasture – just across the fence.  I must be Mrs. Dr. Do-Little, because I talk to all the creatures I meet.

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God just makes some of the most spectacular scenes for us to view.  Thank you Lord for another wonderful beginning to another beautiful day.

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These cows never gave me a single Moo today.

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The Light Of The World

Psalm 27:1  The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid.

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As I sat in the Retina clinic yesterday with my husband – I prayed to the Lord to let my husband keep the sight in his right eye.  The last three months have been filled with eye appointments and anxiety.  Yet, I knew the Lord was there to help and comfort us.  My husband has Macular Degeneration in both eyes, but his right eye is leaking fluid at the back of the eye.  David has lost some vision in his right eye, but with treatment each month he will retain what sight he now has in that eye.  We all go through trials and tribulations in this life, but with God’s help we can endure.  Never under-estimate the power of prayer – I saw prayer save my husband’s life 6 years ago when he was in the hospital with meningitis.  I thank the Lord each day for the last six years that David has been with me.  Live each day with gusto – for we do not know if we will have tomorrow with our earthly family. Yet, we all know eternal life will  be  wonderful and beyond our expectations.

Our Feathered Friends

I love to watch and then photograph our feathered friends that fill our days with enjoyment.  The rain has not stopped, nor hampered the activities of these little creatures that grace our lives each day.

I think this Bluebird and this Mocking Bird thought sitting on my lawn swing under the apple trees would keep the rain from soaking their feathers. Alas, this did not help.

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This Blackbird was actually taking a bath in the mud puddle in my garden.  This is not the best picture in the world, because he would just not stand still and pose for me.

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This baby Wren was a little smarter than the birds above – he waited for a sunny day to venture out into the world.  He sat on this small metal tube for quite some time as he waited for his parents to feed him.

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For a long time I have watched this lone duck search around the pond for his lost mate.  I know either a coyote or some other animal must have killed her while she was on her nest.  I felt sorry for this male duck as he frantically ran through the grass calling for his mate.

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When a few Canadian Geese venture to the area around the pond this duck starts making shrill noises and runs out to greet them.  He is seeking any kind of companionship.  The geese simply chose to ignore him, but he is unaware that they are shunning his friendship.

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There is a lesson in this encounter of the duck and goose.  We often shun those who we do not wish to associate with.  When we see a lonely person – a person who needs a friend – why not try to be that friend.  We moved very often when I was a child and I know how hard it is to fit in – in a new town and new environment. In each new school  I made friends with those that I could tell needed a friend.  I guess you might have called me and my new friends – Nerds.  But my new friends were some of the best people I have encountered in my life.  I am sure you will agree – God wants us to show kindness and compassion for all the people we encounter in our daily lives.

Beautiful Reasons

Thousands of Reasons by Doe Zantamata

If every morning you can find a reason to say, “Yes, it’s going to be a beautiful day.” And every day, you find a reason to say, “Yes, it is a beautiful day.” And every night, you find a reason to say, “Yes, it is a beautiful day.” Then one day you’ll look back and easily say, “Yes . . . it was a beautiful day.”

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Psalm 104:33-34 I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have being. My meditation of Him shall be sweet: I will be glad in the Lord.

Spring’s Definition

I looked up the definition of Spring in Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.  It said: A time of season of growth and development.  The season between Winter and Summer comprising the northern hemisphere.  The months of March, April, and May or as reckoned astronomically extending from March equinox to the June solstice.

My definition of Spring: The time when the earth re-awakens and comes alive after it’s Winter slumber.  The time God chose to  fill our view with color and beauty.  The period of the year when God let’s us know this is His world.

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