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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Small Simple Moments

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I don’t need extravagant adventures in my life to make me happy.  What makes me content are the small, simple, moments in life.  Extreme moments fade, but small daily pleasures that cross my path bring me joy.

When I relax at the end of each day – tranquil, comforting moments are what make me smile or laugh.  A friend told me a joke that I truly thought was funny.  “Why was the cat so small?  Because it only drank condensed milk.”

I sent my friend a card telling her I was thinking of her.  The next time I saw her I received a smile and a big hug.  She said, “You always make me smile and laugh.  You always lift my mood and make me happy.” I knew she always did the same for me.

Taking my camera out to view nature and capturing some fantastic photos thrills my soul.  How could anyone possibly be unhappy when God blesses us with such a beautiful world to enjoy.

I love visiting friends and talking face to face.  A visit from my daughter or granddaughter brightens my entire day.  In this age of technology – physical human interaction is something we all should seek to do more.

Sitting in the lawn swing in the evening discussing the events of the day with my husband is very enjoyable. We sit and look at the garden trying to grow; despite the tremendous amount of rain we have had lately.  Half of the garden has washed away.

The bluebirds entertain me switching their nest between two bird houses we have placed very far apart.  They have switched their nest material from one to the other three times now.  I laugh – perhaps this is a pair of young bluebirds who need a few years of practice on how to raise a family.  Nope – an infestation of ants.  Tangle Foot around the pole and the ants go elsewhere.

Our blueberries create  a lot of work for us at this time of the year.  But until you have eaten blueberries right off the bush – you don’t know what you are missing.

So give me the small, simplistic, enjoyable pleasures that daily life throws at me.  After all life should be filled with laughs and an occasional joke: “What animal has more lives than a cat? . . .  A frog – it croaks every night.”  And I do hear the tree frogs croaking right now – as the lightening bugs light up the night.

Smile at the end of your day and thank God for the quiet, peaceful, happy moments that fill the days of your life.  These small moments help us get through the rough patches.

Psalm 113:3  From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord’s name is to be praised.

Early Morning

I am usually still up when my husband retires for the night.  I am up in the early morning for 2 or 3 hours before my husband arises.  Insomnia is a big problem for me. but seeing the sunrise when it appears is the best part of the day.  The sunrise this morning after 5 inches of rain yesterday – was not as colorful as usual, but I can still see the beauty of God’s morning display in the sky.

Anything in nature is a thrill for me.  We all have to agree that God created a beautiful world for us to enjoy.  The joy in a sunrise is missed by a lot of people in the world, because they fail to pause and take in the beauty that surrounds them.  I give a big sigh as I photograph each morning’s sunrise and realize what others have missed.  I always show the sunrise to my husband who would miss it – if I did not show him what I have captured in my camera lens each early morning.

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James 3: 17-18  But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy, and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.  And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

Thoughts for the day

 

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I was listening to a good preacher on television Sunday morning before we left for church.  He was talking about the amount of people who do not believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God.  That is not a shock to me – just watch the actions of many in the world and you can tell they do not give God a thought at all.   How sad NOT to know and love the Lord who created us all.

Paul wrote in I Corinthians:

I Corinthians 14:37 (KJV)   If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are commandments of the Lord.

My Favorite View

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My favorite view is my backyard from my kitchen window that faces East.  Living in the country in Central Arkansas is wonderful.  The Spring rains have turned our half acre garden spot into a wet mess and has delayed planting.  My Yellow Delicious apple tree is in full bloom and is attracting several types of butterflies and bees.  The smaller Gala apple tree on the right  blooms several weeks later.

I stand at this window at dawn each morning watching the rabbits chase each other around the yard.  Numerous species of birds love to walk across the muddy tilled ground in search of worms and insects.  Each day I watch the fox squirrel leave the big oak tree to the North and venture through the garden and down to the Southeast corner of the property.  I am never sure why he makes this journey each day, but there must be something very interesting in that corner of the yard.

Our little Wren and his mate visit the base of the apple tree each morning looking for some small insect to eat for breakfast.  This pair of Wrens nests in my husband’s shop each year.  The small Wrens and the Bluebirds are my favorite birds.

The Bluebirds perch high on the power lines and swoop down to the ground for a bug or worm.  I often wish I had their keen eyesight.  We have several pairs of bluebirds that nest in bird houses that my husband has made and  placed on our 3 acre spot of land.

I never fail to be watching out my kitchen window during early morning dawn to capture a glorious sunrise in my camera lens.    I can view the little creatures that inhabit my yard through my kitchen window without disturbing them.

My husband and I often sit in the lawn swing and watch the garden grow.  On a warm day the sun warms our faces as we sit, swing and view nature.  On a very hot day the shade from the apple tree helps cool our brow.

The view through the window every morning makes my day begin with enjoyment and thoughts of what a beautiful world God has made for me to view.  I wish each person in the world had a private and peaceful place that brought them comfort and pleasure.

May God bless each of you with a happy, peaceful day filled with joy and contentment.  May you find a  place to escape the hectic world that swirls madly around us each day.

 

 

Outdoor Beauty

I am often amazed when the sun tries so hard to peek through the clouds or the morning fog.  The pictures I capture often create quite beautiful scenes.  This picture is early morning on a  very foggy day.

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I see such beauty in spider webs.  When the rain or dew covers these delicate webs the beauty is enhanced. This photo was taken on a rainy morning.

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The garden is covered with squash, cucumber, and melon blooms.  The bumble bees love to venture to each bloom for nectar.

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I have no idea what the name of this insect happens to be. It seems to like garlic blooms.  I have never seen this creature in my yard before.  Perhaps one of my blogger friends can name this unique insect for me.

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I will leave you with the sunrise from my back yard that spread across the sky this very morning.  Each sunrise contains a beauty of its own. This sunrise had an unusual array of clouds and colors, which I have never viewed in any other sunrise before.  Do you suppose God did this just for my enjoyment?  I will pretend that He did.

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