Welcome our guest blogger this month–Emily Nelson!
So how is your listing going? Was it easy or did you have to struggle to think of thanks? Maybe some of you are making your list in your head. Well, you could but I really want to encourage you to put pen to paper. Trained as a teacher I know the physical act of writing helps the brain process better. Because we are not just doing a nice exercise we are hopefully developing a practice. The tactile feel of writing actually stimulates the brain, so you’re not only learning to become more thankful, you are also exercising your brain! So hunt down that writing surface and treat yourself to a cool pen! Now, on to the next focus…
Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it.
In the beginning, God created. And it was perfect. And it was…absolutely…breathtaking. Does God’s nature take your breath away? Nature is a reflection of the traits of God. God’s nature is a gift to us, coaxing praise and thanksgiving! Think of the granite stone monolith that is El Capitan in Yosemite. Observe the Mama Kangaroo with its built in Baby Bjorn. Drink in the smell of the towering redwoods, spires reaching for heaven. Oh, so many places to add to our vacation lists! But you don’t have to travel to see God’s beauty. It’s around us in our daily. Look high! Crisped leaves falling off autumny trees readying for hibernation. The sun. low on the horizon, making sunset’s magic hour. The flitting of backyard birds,foraging and nesting. Look low! A fall bulb, pushing through earth, stretching to find its true glory. What’s crawling in the blades of grass out front? Neighbors might think you strange, but you might discover a gift of thankfulness there. See micro! See macro! Daytime! Nighttime! How many things from nature can you number today?
Extra Points: (If we were keeping score!) Next to every nature thanks you list, write the trait of God it declares. For example: My husband, Gregg, and I were hiking. I said, “If nature reflects a bit of who God is, then what does that jutting mountain say?” Gregg answered, “Mountains tell about the majesty of God.” Great answer! My turn. I saw a tufts of green grass coming through the hard trodden trail we were on. I said it reminds me of the hope and new life God gives. That even though our lives are hard and rocky, God’s love and care always breaks through to give us hope. Now your turn. Go!
Praise the Lord
Praise the Lord from the heavens
Praise Him in the heights above
Praise Him, sun and moon
All you shining stars
Praise Him, you highest heavens
And you water above the skies
Praise the Lord from the earth
You great sea creatures and all ocean depths
Lightning and hail
Snow and clouds
Stormy winds that do His bidding
You mountains and all hills
Fruit tree and all cedars
Wild animals and all cattle
Small creature and flying birds
Excerpts from Psalm 148