1 Praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
praise him in the heights above.
2 Praise him, all his angels;
praise him, all his heavenly hosts.
3 Praise him, sun and moon;
praise him, all you shining stars.
4 Praise him, you highest heavens
and you waters above the skies.
5 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for at his command they were created,
6 and he established them for ever and ever—
he issued a decree that will never pass away.
7 Praise the Lord from the earth,
you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,
8 lightning and hail, snow and clouds,
stormy winds that do his bidding,
9 you mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars,
10 wild animals and all cattle,
small creatures and flying birds,
11 kings of the earth and all nations,
you princes and all rulers on earth,
12 young men and women,
old men and children.
13 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for his name alone is exalted;
his splendor is above the earth and the heavens. Amen.
I needed a change of pace. I had been spending way – Way – WAY too much time stuck inside. I am not an inside kind of person. I have a threshold of inside-ness and I had surpassed it days ago! Thanks to our winter-y weekend weather I had a rather serious case of cabin fever.
I was longing to be outside. I needed to be immersed in nature. I needed fresh air. I longed for the sounds of nature. I wanted to explore – to move – to seek. I needed to feel the sun on my face. (This is seriously one of my favorite things in the entire world – I love – love – love it!) I needed mud on my boots. I needed trees – and lots of them.
I knew just where I longed to be. I knew just where I needed to go. I needed to go to the river. It was time for a river glass hunting expedition!
So I got up a bit earlier than usual on Monday with a plan. Will, Jack, and I were going to the river on Monday if at ALL possible. Thanks to a National Holiday and no NTI – I was able to work with fewer interrupts than usual and achieved my goals for the day with a few hours of sunlight left! Yippee! Whoo-Hoo!
Warm hats – gloves – cozy coats – and sons were located and we were off! We quite cruelly left poor Jason behind. We are like that sometimes . . . I think he is getting used to it!
As soon as we arrived I felt more at peace. My soul – just sort of sighed with relief. I was where I needed to be. It was well with my soul!
I am so often happier outside. (Unless it is raining – I despise getting wet from water that I did not request – yuck!) And outside with lots of trees and a river or a lake is amazingly – perfectly awesome!
I feel more alive – more awake outside too. And this time of year – I so often feel like I am constantly combating the desire just to surrender and hibernate until spring. Some days I feel like I never really wake up all the way until I get outside for a walk!
One of us threw stones.
Taking my littlest guy to the river means that rocks will be thrown. I love listening to the sound of Will throwing rocks into the river. I sometimes just close my eyes and listen. It makes me smile. What is it about children (and many adults) that makes them feel compelled to throw rocks into bodies of water? I don’t personally feel the draw to throw rocks – but I love watching my sons do it. I even love listening to them do it. That glorious plop is very appealing. Maybe I don’t throw stones – because Jack and Will do it for me!
Will climbed and climbed. Will has been taught about climbing from an excellent teacher. His beloved big brother is a serious climber.
We found tons of river glass.
Seriously – tons of river glass!
I listened to the river.
I watched the river and the trees.
I looked at the sun and the sky.
We were quiet together too.
I let the beauty of the day and the blessing of the magnificent company wash over me.
We headed for home feeling refreshed and thankful and blessed.
Do you have a place or places that do this for you? Where do you go when your soul needs a break? Where do you find peace settling into your heart?
How are you taking care of your soul these days?
You are all in my heart – thoughts – and prayers.
In Christ and with Love –