Finding Yourself in nature
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Finding Yourself In Nature **GIVEAWAY**

October 9, 2017

When the hustle and bustle of daily life starts to wear me down, it’s nature that comes to my rescue.

 

Whether it’s reading in the backyard hammock, digging my hands in the garden soil, taking a quick jaunt around the block, or spending the weekend at a cabin, I find it helpful to submerge myself in nature on a regular basis.

Growing up, I lived at the mouth of a National Park. Every Sunday after church our family would pile into the car and go for a drive through the park. My dad would drive a slow and easy 15 MPH as we listened to the quaking aspen trees, whose multi-colored leaves would rustle in the breeze. We kids would bounce up and down with excitement at the sight of an animal crossing the road or a deer eating in a field. We’d always roll down the car windows to enjoy the fresh air, gasp in awe at the magnificent structure of the rock formations, and admire the occasional cascading waterfall. One time we even caught a glimpse of a vibrantly-colored rainbow during a thunderstorm. These are the memories that make up my childhood.

 

Finding yourself in nature

Through these early-childhood experiences, I’ve learned first-hand the life-enhancing benefits that nature provides:

  • Nature calms, restores, invigorates.
  • It centers us and causes us to reflect on those things that are most important.
  • It nourishes us and brings us closer to God.

 

Recently, our family traveled through the beautiful state of Colorado. With its high mountain peaks, gurgling rivers and streams, and sky-high pine trees, I felt like I was in heaven. Driving along the winding roads of Hwy 24 and through the backroads where the vistas were breathtaking, I felt myself being renewed physically, spiritually, and emotionally.

Too often I get caught up in my busy schedule and neglect to spend time outdoors.

 

Perhaps you can relate.

God created this world full of beauty. Are we taking time to enjoy it?

Here are ten ideas that might inspire you to step outside and embrace the beauty of God’s world:

  1. Look at the stars
  2. Go on a picnic
  3. Collect shells on the beach
  4. Relax in a park
  5. Go for a walk
  6. Keep a nature journal
  7. Build a campfire
  8. Grow a garden
  9. Go camping
  10. Visit a National Park

 

What are YOUR favorite ways of spending time in nature?

National Park Pass **GIVEAWAY**

We’re giving away a National Park Pass that’s valid through July 2018! To enter the contest, comment below on how you would put the Park Pass to good use? Which parks might you visit, and with whom? What lasting memories do you envision creating with the help of a National Park Pass? A winner will be selected on November 1st. Feel free to share the giveaway with friends and family. Good luck!

 

Day 9 Challenge: Choose to spend a few minutes today in the great outdoors and notice the positive effect it has on you spiritually, mentally, and emotionally.

 

This is Day 9 of my Write 31 Days series for 2017: 31 Days to an Authentic Life.
For an index of all the posts in the series, please CLICK HERE.

 

 

 

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  1. I’m with you, I need nature for my soul to be healthy. We lived in Chicago for 8 years, and I struggled because I missed the rolling hills of Kentucky and the mountains of Georgia that sustained me before.

  2. I love out in the country, and I loved hearing the crickets, and coyotes howling me to sleep. I loved seeing the beauty of empty fields with cow and horses grasing peacefully, it was a happy place. Since my house flooded I’ve been stuck in the city with the cars honking and engines roaring by on the roads, there is no peace.
    God speaks in a ‘still small voice’ when we’re so busy running around and blaring music we can’t hear Him speak to our hearts.
    Nature shows Gods artisitic touch, it’s just so beautiful no words can explain it!

    Love,
    Valerie T 💙

    1. Yes! God’s artistic touch does leave one speechless. And what a challenge it can be to stay in tune with that ‘still small voice’. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Valerie!

  3. I’m always so blown away by what the National Parks Service does for preserving both nature and historical parts of our country. This past summer we visited Seneca Falls, New York—the birthplace of Women’s Rights. I visited years ago before it was a national park, and the transformation since the NPS stepped in was truly remarkable. Restorations, a free museum, more care to the land surrounding the space, a friendly and knowledgable staff. They are such an incredibly organization, and we try to support them any chance we can. I would love to have a pass so that we can continue to take our young daughters to National Parks around the country—introducing them to the beauty and wonder that they hold.

    1. Yes, what a wonderful service the National Parks Service provides! I love learning about my early ancestors who were among the first to help establish the National Parks. They understood the blessings that come from spending time with nature. It’s our responsibility to keep the outdoor experience in our lives alive and to pass that experience on to future generations. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Kaity!

  4. Ahh, you are speaking my language! I LOVE nature!
    There are two things that always make me feel more in tune with God- pregnancy, (carrying new life), and immersing myself in the great outdoors.
    God’s creation is SO magnificent! It makes me feel small, in comparison. But sometimes I find it refreshing to be reminded of how BIG our God is.

    I live at the base of Mt Rainier, in WA. Some of my favorite hiking trails are along that mountain.
    As I travel back and forth into our small town, I can see it’s grandeur from my car window. It takes my breath away Every. Single. Time.

    If I won the pass, I would take my family to the National Park for a picnic/hike, and enjoy the beauty of God’s workmanship, with those I love most! 🙂

    1. Beautiful Washington state! A picnic and hike in the park sound like wonderful ideas. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Rachel!

  5. This is an amazing list and so true! I grew up in rural Indiana and spent my entire childhood outside. Now that I live in a more urban area I have to go searching for green space on a regular basis in order to keep my sanity. Thanks for the list of ideas!

  6. We love going on long road trips and experiencing different parks together. We really loved Joshua Tree last year as it was so different from what my kids had ever seen. We’d love to head east soon and experience nature there.

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