Posts Tagged ‘ocean’

The Joys of Summer

Summer is a time for vacations with family, enjoying nature, and relaxing with friends. The warmer weather elicits our desire for the outdoors and Barbecue. Kids look forward to fireworks and pool parties. Adults look forward to time off from work. There are many reasons to be thankful for all the blessings of summer that often get overlooked amidst fun activities. Today, let us take a moment to rejoice in the gifts of  summer.

  1. Time outside with family and friends
  2. Swimming in pools or the ocean
  3. Fishing in lakes or rivers
  4. Camping in the woods
  5. Hiking mountain trails
  6. Riding bicycles
  7. BBQ’s
  8. Car trips
  9. Warm weather
  10. Ice cream & Watermelon

What would be on your list?  

 A picnic at the park?

 

 

 

                                              A day at the beach?

 

R & R at home or vacation rental?

 

 

 

Regardless of  what you do this summer, I invite you to enjoy each moment of this season and experience it fully and completely… consciously… and with gratitude.  Use all of your senses to appreciate the joys of summer and look for the unexpected messages.

Bon Voy Age!

God is in the Details

What a lovely sight; the ocean. How it moves freely and effortlessly over, in, and around land and ships. Millions of sea shells bask in the sunlight as pictured on the left, yet each is uniquely different. God surely is in the details of life.

How often do we become still in gratitude to bask in the magnificence of the Divine? God is all around us, guiding and directing the planets, animals, weather, and us, if we listen and heed his/her advice. I am so thankful that I don’t have to have all the answers and that I can rely upon a power greater than myself for wisdom and strength to lead me through anything.

Each day I am reminded of Spirit’s availability and accessibility in my life. When I feel overwhelmed or out of control, there is a power for good that I can call upon that restores me to sanity and serenity, however I must call upon it and believe its wisdom. There is freedom in trusting God. Spirit never abandons anyone and loves us all unconditionally.

Where in your life is God calling you to surrender control of the details so that something greater can come into being?  Today, I encourage you to become still long enough to feel the presence and peace that awaits when we release our fear and find faith.

God’s Country… Nature!

Just beautiful! Settings like these remind me of the divine perfection within our creator. They call me to take a closer look and insight dreams of simplicity. Nature is the ultimate healer as well as instigator of hope, creativity, gratitude, and relaxation. Her tree’s provide shade and shelter while their fruit sustenance.  Streams and rivers feed into lakes and oceans that have a sound all unto their own that is both soothing and rejuvenating while being the life blood for the rest of the landscape and all that lives on/in it. Her soil is a rich and fertile womb for plants, insects, and animals.

Everything comes from mother nature; wood, fish, meat, medicine, vegetables, fruit, paper, electricity, sun, fire, and the very air we breathe. She purifies our carbon footprint while providing recreation and inspiration for generations of species.

I am so thankful, appreciative, and grateful for all of mother nature’s gifts. I relish in her beauty as well as resiliency; always forgiving man’s transgressions. The absolute intelligence of her design is an unmistakably brilliant work of art that must be respected.

Nature is the macrocosm of Eden’s paradise, where peace and harmony thrive effortlessly. It is under God’s grace that we are allowed to enjoy this bountiful garden. However, as stewards of this Earth, responsible use and care are essential in maintaining her abundance. Are your habits of consumption and attitudes helping or hurting her? Are these patterns similar to your relationships with others? I implore you to dig deep and ground yourself in her wisdom for answers that will sustain us all and allow healing to begin.

Namaste’

Reverend Lisa

Today!

Today was a great day! I just love spending time with family and friends. Summer is a fabulous time to enjoy the sunshine and lay out by the pool or ocean. In Arizona, summer can be a bit of a challenge due to the excessive desert climate, so we do things a bit different down here; swim in the evening. Twilight swimming occurs after 5pm and can extend well into the night since we have light till almost 8pm. The freedom of enjoying the water without worries of sun damage to my skin, is intoxicating. Like a dolphin swimming in the big, wide, ocean, I dove in and splashed through the water. There’s nothing quite like swimming at this part of the day; unencumbered and fresh.

What a blessing, water is.