Beauty In Nature

Have you ever marveled at the beauty in nature?  Maybe (secretly) you watch those nature programs on PBS.  It’s alright, your secret is safe with me.  (Shhh! I watch them, too.)

On my way to work some mornings, when it’s clear, I get to see the sunrise – all of the yellows, oranges, and pinks.  The dawning of a new day is breathtaking.  Or, have you ever watched birds soar in the air?  They just glide and swoop and twirl in the air.  It makes me wish I could fly like that. Of birds, when my children were smaller, whenever they’d see birds sitting in a row on the telephone wire, they’d say “Mom! Look at the bird choir!”  Too cute!

I’ll never forget, when I lived on the west coast, my first time seeing a hummingbird up close outside of my window.  I was amazed at the tiny wings fluttering so fast that it held the bird in the air, hovering as it visited a flower.  Wings fluttering so fast it sounded like a slight buzzing sound.  Hummingbirds are gorgeous creatures to behold as they dance from flower to flower.

Or maybe you love the water.  Ahhh, something about the lake or the ocean is calming.  The rhythmic dance of the waves as they lap up on shore. And the beautiful expanse of those bodies of water puts you in awe.

Or maybe you like mountains? Hikes on the trail? Walks in the park? Sailing on the open water? Gardening and watching the miracle of life come from a seed?

Whatever it is, don’t miss the beauty and wonder that nature provides.  It can be something that brings joy and wonder to your day…little moments of awe.

God has created such wonders in nature for us to behold.


You’re Beautiful, So Shine!

Did you know that you’re beautiful? Yes, you! No, don’t turn around and look behind you. I’m talking to YOU! Yes, you! The one reading this blog right now. 🙂 I just wanted to tell you in case no one else did. God made you special…even with all of your so-called flaws. No one is perfect but God. Oh sure, some people can pull of the “perfect” vibe, but, each one of us have things about ourselves that we don’t like. When we sit alone and no one else is around, our insecurities have a way of oozing out to try to make us feel yucky. We all have things about our personality and/or appearance that we want to fix. And yeah, maybe there are some things we can work at to better ourselves as people or to spruce up our appearance and make us feel ‘cute’. But, if you let your insecurities get the best of you, then, you won’t shine like you were meant to. And you were DEFINITELY meant to SHINE!

Maybe somebody once told you that you weren’t pretty or handsome…or not as good-looking as someone else. Maybe somebody said you’d never amount to anything, or that you were stupid or pathetic or not talented enough. Maybe somebody told you that your nose was too big, or that you were too short, too tall, too fat or skinny, too dark or pale, or even that you smile too much. Maybe they even told you that you were wasting your time and there was no way that you would ever make it.  LIES!!! These are all big, fat lies!

Here’s the TRUTH! You are SPECIAL, unique, gorgeous, talented, smart, brilliant, amazing, powerful, elegant, empathetic, caring, sweet, bold, fearless… You are LOVED with God’s everlasting love! And you were created with unique and beautiful qualities. You are so special and so important that God didn’t make anyone else exactly like you. Think about it. You’re the only you there is. And you have unique set of qualities, characteristics and attributes that make you who you are. It’s time to celebrate you.  Shine, in spite of the nay sayers! Shine for all to see. You’re beautiful. ♥