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nature knows.

Even nature knows where to find what it needs.

Do you?

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replenish.

??????????????????I love working outside in the flower gardens. Every spring I am always amazed to see the tender shoots breaking through the soil once again. If we’re paying attention, the cycles in nature teach us so much. Do you think this is exactly what God had in mind?

Nature reveals who God is.

He has made the earth capable of replenishing after catastrophic events – wildfires, floods, ice storms, fierce winds, and even oil spills. It speaks of God’s redeeming ability. Pain can be likened to such things. With time, even the deepest sorrow can be replenished.

It doesn’t mean life will be the same. It does mean life will go on.  The main trunk of my oak sapling died last summer. I was worried since it’s my favorite tree and I had planted it, nurtured it, and protected it. But then I discovered, all around it were small, new shoots. And this spring, they are thriving.

What is it that you have planted, nurtured, and protected? A relationship? Your body? Your job? Only to be discouraged, frustrated, or hurt because of the outcome? Hold on to hope and never give up. Remember, nature teaches us about God’s care. How much more are you important to God?

There is  joy and comfort in finding the pleasures and treasures along the way that are given by a good God who cares that you are hurting.

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nature.

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Most of the tundra is located north of the Arctic Circle – in the Frigid Zone – the coldest regions of the earth.

Rich Reid and Norbert Rosing

As winter approaches, the nights grow longer and colder as snow and ice cover the earth. The ground freezes solid.

Desolate. Barren. Empty.

Pain is like that.

But then-

Who knew this far removed region of the earth would dance with color? About 400 wildflower species announces to the world that desolation is only temporary.

The existence of pain does not mean God isn’t real. We accept winter and spring. One does not negate the other.

The arrival of spring brings comfort and tells us that God is with us.

Read nature! It helps explain life.

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all is well.

The Northeast is vibrant with copper, gold, and scarlet sun-soaked colors glistening against a sapphire sky.

On the horizon, winter is the next act to follow. But let it suffice for now that God will leave us with a prelude of splendor before the bitter cold sets in.

While walking this morning on a country road, I soaked in the restful scenery.  Falling leaves whispered as they floated to the ground. Is it sorrowful? These dying leaves? No. They play their part of creating rich soil for the trees they fell from.

A cricket chirps its gladness in the warm sun. A woodpecker chips away for his meal. The crunch of branches told me a deer was keeping a safe distance. And then a chipmunk stops and looks at me since I interrupted his busy schedule of winter preparation.

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The earth is a symphony if you are listening. It is a story that unfolds if you’re looking.

Are you at peace? Why not? The earth is.

Even with all the atrocities, heartache, and pain, there is beauty and rest to be found. And when you find it, it becomes part of you until you find that peace within yourself, even when you cannot see clearly.

The dying leaves are not complaining.

The insects and birds and animals are content.

God provides for them.

And God provides for us, too.

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Trust.

Nature does.

All is well.

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Photo credits:

join the dots / Foter / CC BY

howzey / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

read nature.

Most of the tundra is located north of the Arctic Circle – in the Frigid Zone – the coldest regions of the earth.

As winter approaches, the nights grow longer and colder as snow and ice cover the earth. The ground freezes solid.

Desolate. Barren. Empty.

Pain is like that.

But then-

Who knew this far removed region of the earth would dance with color? About 400 wildflower species announces to the world that desolation is only temporary.

The existence of pain does not mean God isn’t real. We accept winter and spring. One does not negate the other.

The arrival of spring brings comfort and tells us that God is with us.

Read nature! It helps explain life.

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Photo credits: Rich Reid and Norbert Rosing

http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/

hidden beauty.

Sometimes, nature comes to us.

But most of the time, we have to go to nature.

The best things are often hidden away.

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Never underestimate its power to soothe your unsettled soul.

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Go.

Find some hidden beauty and linger for awhile.

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photo credit: kathleen moulton

stress remedy.

One of the best remedies for stress is very inexpensive: surrounding yourself with nature.

I love being outside. I think I subconsciously discovered it relaxed me. So if you’re more likely to be house-bound, consider making it a point to get outside.

“Those who lived in the areas with the most amount of green space had lower levels of cortisol, and their self-reported feeling of stress were lower than those who spent more time in urban settings”, writes Emily Main in her article,The Natural Way to Calm Down.

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One tip the article suggests for those who live in urban settings is to take your inside work outside – yoga on the back porch or eating outside.

Personally, I have found taking the time to be outside is restful.

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During winter, think flowers. You can pick up a fragrant, colorful bouquet at grocery stores for less than $10. How often do we hurry by the display and do not take the time to “stop and smell the roses”.

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Re-think your routine and make a few, small changes. See how you feel!