Hi everyone, today is the day to share with you some images I took at the park a couple weeks ago. I love the views at this particular park I just stumbled upon. It was so serene and beautiful I felt a entranced by the lighting, the slow movement of the water, the birds chirping and just the peaceful feeling of the place. Maybe you need to feel that calm right now. Have you had a week like mine possibly? Maybe your son or daughter is at that age where they’re giving you some pushback, trying to assert themselves too much or speaking to you like you couldn’t possibly know a thing from all your life experience. It’s tiring, isn’t it? Lord, help us with our children! I keep asking him for instruction on how to deal with a preteen who is goofy & affectionate and then insolent & angry because I tried to make conversation when her song was on in the car. I find myself thinking a lot, “Is this what I was like?” and “I don’t remember acting like this at eleven.”
Life can be a lot like a rollercoaster, can it not?
The photos at the top of my blog post remind me to slow down, breathe, be still & know who God is, to turn off the TV, computer, cell phone, radio, podcasts, whatever… And to allow God to relax me with His views. That first picture on the top reminds me to keep walking down the straight and narrow path and to keep following Him. It’s peaceful and brilliant. I can remember hope and wonder filling my lungs as I explored the path; getting stronger with each step. Ahhh, I love that relaxation I get when I’m outside.
It’s important to make time to take care of ourselves so we’re restored when we return home. Like I did that day I went for a walk at a new park and shot these photos. We’re able to respond better to the challenges there when we take some time to breath and be alone with Him. And if we can squeeze some time in to exercise, man, is that helpful!! I went to the gym today and came back feeling like I could conquer anything. Or do something artistic while listening to a great Christian book or a sermon.. I love it. It calms my soul. When I make the time, I don’t feel like I’ve completely lost myself in everyone else’s needs because I had that time I needed to be God’s daughter.
Sometimes, the stress of being a parent can leave us feeling like that one photo up top with the 2 gnarly trees. Those 2 trees interest me because of their uniqueness. They’re not your average trees. They look a little complicated like our thoughts when kids test us and we’re trying to quickly figure out the best way to straighten things out. When things start to get complicated and you find the right time to sneak off and get with God, that’s not a selfish thing, that’s a necessary thing. I know that about myself. My time with God will lead me to feeling like that last picture on the right. See the peaceful waters? I need the peaceful waters for a little while before I jump back in.
We all do.