With the recent news and spate of events, I have begun to wonder when will we have some normalcy to our lives. Has mankind lost its favour in God’s eyes? I often think about this when I lie awake some nights wondering if there will ever be an end to this madness. For those of us who have parents, families, spouses, children and loved ones in other parts of the world, that we can’t travel to see, can’t hug or visit with – I know the feeling can bring on sadness, helplessness and sometimes distraught. But the comforting thought is that our loving Father is beside all of us every step of the way. He has us in the palm of his hands. He knows our every thought and will be there with us all until the end. I said a prayer for all of you today.
Isaiah 49:25 - I Will Not Forget You I Have Carved You on The Palms of My Hands.
There is nothing more mesmerizing and spectacular than a Canadian sunset with its array of colours that range from cool blues to soothing yellows to warm golden to bright fiery orange hues, transforming the skies into a canvas that will forever remain imprinted in your memories. The after glow is by far my favourite part of a sunset, casting shadows while the sun slowly slips away. You won’t be disappointed with the magnificent show a Canadian sunset puts on, I promise. It is in these mesmerizing moments you marvel in the creator.
Psalm 19:1 - The heavens declare the glory of God, the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
While on a trail to Hatchery Falls in scenic Muskoka, I came across the most beautiful mushrooms that took me back to my childhood, fairy tales, elves and toadstools. I am convinced that whoever wrote these tales visited such places. I love the smell of damp earth, the springy feel as you walk on trails formed by years of fallen bark and paths that feel almost cork-like, the mossy expanses on the barks of trees, the sounds of the leaves rustling in the quietness of the woods and the coolness of a break-out-sweat that follows after a long walk. The best environment for growth of these mushrooms are the damp and moist undergrowth. However, don’t be fooled by their beautiful colours, apparently some of them are poisonous.
1 Corinthians 3:16 - Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you?
This summer we had an abundance of rain showers, some days it rained hard and long and while it kept us indoors , the gardens and plants around us seemed to flourish. It is amazing what rain can do to the earth, less rain and we have drought, plenty of rain and we have floods, but just the right amount of rain creates and brings forth an abundance!! Rain revives dormant plants, brings lushness to lawns and aids in releasing the soil micronutrients essential to plant growth. Similar to what the word of God does to our bodies and souls.
Deuteronomy 32:2 - “Let my teaching fall like rain, and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants.”
When you need a break from the rush and busyness of life, a quick escape or a getaway to a place of quiet and calm will help your body and mind to breathe and relax. It will remove you from the everyday stress, the chaotic lifestyle that most of us lead, the thoughts and anxieties that crowd our minds and fill our heads, the tensions in our bodies and the regular worries that everyday life brings. The rest and relaxation will bring healing to your mind and body and rejuvenate you. The getaway does not have to be an expensive or exotic getaway, it can be an escape to your room or your backyard, a hike in the woods, a day spent gardening, a long walk by the lake or a day spent in bed reading your favourite book. What’s your getaway this weekend?
Jeremiah 30:17 - For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the Lord; because they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.