One of my favorite walks--Lost Maples State Park, a little over an hour from us.
As I meander along the trails, I find myself deep in thought, working out the day's events, trying to figure out what I need to do in the days to come. In my mind, I thank God for the day and for my life. I tell Him of the mistakes and poor choices I've made (and I am so embarrassed when I put them all out there!). I ask Him to help guide me in my week and my month, to overcome obstacles in my path; to help me remove my negativity, my anxiety, my stress. I ask Him for protection of my marriage and my children. I ask Him for help to make me a better person, the person I know He wants me to be. I think of what I need to work on with the girls, what I'd like to cook for Matt, and mostly, that I'd love them all there walking with me (even though I love my alone time!). Invariably, after all of that, I begin to feel calm and a sense of peace. I take photos, I stop and pick up leaves, I stand stock-still and quietly watch deer cross my path just yards ahead as if I were not even there. I feel very close to the Lord and can almost sense a tiny inkling of His vision for the world. It amazes me every single time. I never get bored; I never dread; I'm never frustrated. And that is how it should be in our relationship with God. It should not be a chore. It should not be frustrating. It should be a renewal, each day, a chance for us to marvel at His works in our lives and thank Him for it. Every day! So, on freezing cold days, or burning-hot, humid summer days...what does one do? That is a real challenge for me. This week has been especially hard, because it has been so cold (and wet) that I've barely left my chair, let alone my house! I've realized that I've been further away from God as a result of this. Yesterday I was given a very clear message: get back to it, slacker! This morning has been a time of quiet reflection and I am grateful for having the ability to sit in my toasty house, sip coffee, and enjoy it all. Tomorrow, it looks like things will dry up and the sun should come out. Havana and I will head for the park. Enjoy your day!