"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body,what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air, they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can anyone of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?" Matthew 6:25-27 (NIV)
These past few weeks of summer, I have had some beautiful opportunities to sit still and listen to the voice of my Father. Really listen. The little break I have taken from the constant stimuli from social media has been well worth it to my soul. Instead of fixating on what is going on in everyone else's lives and all the fake filters of beauty, I have been intentional about paying more attention to my own. Connecting and listening and praying with and for people have allowed me to center my days with a slightly new focus and purpose. It feels refreshing and meaningful.
This summer season as well as this season in which God is placing me have been pivotal for my interior growth. Living with the daily-ness of chronic M usually has me in a state of anxiety or worry to some degree. It is a fact of life that I live with now but learning how to better manage it is the key to acceptance and moving forward with new goals and dreams. I have been blessed with ongoing opportunities to become a patient advocate within the M community and help others on their journeys of living with this debilitating disease. Helping others, for me, is the best way to get the worrisome focus off of myself and lean into God's promises of His protection, guidance, and love. Grace. All Grace.
Recently I had the pleasure of watching mamma bird feeding her little ones while flying in and out of the little birdhouse. I love observing nature because it really brings me closer in touch with our magnificent Creator. The small songbird would sing sweetly much of the day to her little ones. She would feed them and protect her house. Being a close observer on and off during the day gave me joy in my soul. I meditated on God's Word about how He cares for us and all of His creation . It was calming to be in the quiet presence of mamma bird and her young. True peace washed over me. No room for worry. Praise God.
Have you had any opportunities to witness nature lately that have given you pause for praise and thanksgiving to our Creator?
Have any particular circumstances allowed for true peace to settle into your soul without the world's constant worry and anger shouting large?
These few photos were taken from inside our house looking out through a screen because mamma bird did not like me getting too close. National Geographic I am not.
I wanted to share the beauty of nature with all of you. No fake filters. The real deal.