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Be Still and Listen

A Sunning Lizard

A Sunning Lizard

Do you know how an animal tells if there is danger around them? They become still and they listen. This beautiful lizard was enjoying the sun when I saw him and with my presence became very still and just waited to see if I was a danger to him before he made a choice to move or not.

We can learn a lesson from one of God’s creatures that is as small as a lizard. When you are feeling worried, not sure if there is danger around you, uncertain of a challenge, other people, an opportunity the best course of action is to be still and listen. You can learn much if you just focus on remaining quiet, keeping an open mind and just take the time to listen to what message God is trying to give you.

The sound of the wind can bring a message, the singing of a bird, the buzz of a bee and even sitting quietly alone while your family is sleeping and just listening to what God is trying to tell you. Working late or getting up early before the hum of your household begins is a great opportunity to just listen. Sitting down to journal and just letting the thoughts come to you naturally and writing them down can be a comfort, can help you work something out you have been thinking of but you have been avoiding a real commitment of time to think it through.

Take time to listen and be still for amazing things can come to you in those moments. That great idea that will allow you to start your own business, that concept for a book you have been toiling over or helping someone that you haven’t seen in a while. It does not matter how small or large, how elaborate or simple, it only matters that you listen and then take action once you know what God has been trying to get you to focus on.

These moments can help relieve stress, help clarify an issue in your life, help solve a problem at work, give you the guidance you needed and most importantly help you listen to God. Give it a try and see what being still and listening does for you.

If you like to be still and listen in a certain way then please leave a comment below and share this with anyone else you feel would enjoy this blog post. Have a blessed day!

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In my own Backyard

Quail on Lookout on top of a Tree in Backyard.

Quail on Lookout on top of a Tree in Backyard.

Quail are one of the many animals that are abundant in my area. A couple times a year you will find them being trailed by these tiny little babies no bigger than my thumb. They are so adorable and I find the sounds they make to be relaxing when I sit upon my porch.

When we had horses our covered area we stored the hay we came upon a nest of Quail eggs. At that point we (my husband and I) that we would feed our horses around that stack to keep the nest in tact until they hatched. Since we always feed our horses at a certain time every day the mom must of knew when we were coming around because she would leave but only long enough for us to get in and get the hay we needed and then get out to not disturb her nest. We would hide in the trees nearby and watch as she returned to sit upon the eggs and watch over them.

A few weeks later these tiny little Quail babies were roaming the yard with the family. They stayed close to where the nest was for a couple more weeks so we were careful when feeding our horses but this little family finally moved on to other nearby coverage in trees and shrubs to stay safe from predators. The Quail among other wildlife is one of the reasons we like living in our area. The desert can be beautiful but you must look for the beauty sometimes when you are fighting the heat.

Hope you have a Blessed day!

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Inspired by the Ocean

Ocean Wave

Ocean Wave

 

I live in the desert and there are times I just need to get away from the heat and brown and go someplace with water. I love the ocean and traveling to find a place to sit and relax. Not only do I enjoy photographing the ocean and the surroundings but I also am thrilled to wiggle my toes in the sand, feel a wave rush over them as the wind makes my hair dance back and forth across my face. The sound of those waves rolling in, the feeling of the salt in the air around me, it all has a therapeutic vibe to it when I go.

I try to go to different areas when I travel so that I can see a new place and have various surroundings to add to my experience. I also love waterfalls, lakes, rivers and streams. I think I just love water to be honest. It’s calming to my soul somehow. It allows me to think and refresh, it gives me inspiration, my creativity flows more freely when around it and it seems to melt my stresses away too.

I hope you have something that makes you feel this way, so that your stresses diminish and your inspiration increases. Our world is so beautiful and nature itself can be relaxing and inspiring all at the same time. Let it help you somehow this weekend.

Have a blessed day!

 

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Beauty in Nature

Closeup of a Pink Flower

Closeup of a Pink Flower

 

I am constantly amazed at the beauty in nature all around me. It does not matter if I’m in the desert, in a forest, or at the ocean. The saying, stop and smell the roses, comes to mind as we walk by such beautiful things every single day and most of us don’t even notice them. Life would be less stressful for all of us if we did.

There is a pair of ground owls a few streets from my home that live in some tunnels they created on a property that’s been for sale for some time. When it is getting close to sunset I will take a drive down that street and just look at them. This year I got to see a third ground owl with the other two so a baby was added to the family. I’ve yet to be able to get what I consider a good photograph of them, as I don’t like to stop to long so that they don’t become nervous of my presence.

It’s also known that the first thing the owls will go for is your eyes if they feel threatened and I personally would like to keep my vision so I can enjoy the beauty they add to our world. I hope you will take time to add some beauty to your life. It’s not about just going through each day, stuck in your routines and trying to juggle all of life. It’s also about enjoying that which is around you all the time, each season, a flower, an animal, clouds, rainbows and even sunsets.

Share in the beauty around you and I hope you have a blessed day!

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A Little Rain

A wooden bridge in an Autumn forest.

A wooden bridge in an Autumn forest.

The last few days we have had a little bit of rain in our desert area. It is something very much needed so I love getting it after so many days of sunshine during the summer months. The rain reminds me of a fresh start, replenishing living things and a new season of change ahead.

The rain also allows for the air and the living things around us to get a bath and fresh drink of water to help with the changes of fall. The colors on the trees, the different types of flowers that bloom in the fall, the plants and vegetables that grow in the cooler months, all give new life to photographs in a fresh season. Opportunities of new things to photograph avail themselves with each season, but the colors of fall always let me know that the holidays are around the corner.

I hope if you are someone that loves taking photographs that you will use the fall months as a time to experiment and find new things to bring to life in one of your images. I know I love doing the same and I also enjoy knowing that I get to see family and extended family in the months to come.

Let the colors of nature move you! Enjoy!

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