Thursday, February 6, 2014
I always searched for the steeple of my church. I'd look out at the city landmarks in the distance. And I would begin to pray for my city, for the people who lived in the homes below. I knew one of my neighbors was fighting cancer so I'd bring her name before the Lord. It was a time of solitude. It was a time of reflection.
Usually on my quick (almost run) back down the mountain, I'd either be singing praise songs or writing a blog post in my head. The words always came easily for me when I was alone on my mountain.
I no longer live here. Life circumstances changed for me. I was so sad about leaving. In the midst of this sadness, I allowed the stresses of life to get the best of me at times. I stopped exercising. I indulged in too many sweets that really didn't satisfy. I ended up gaining about 15-20 pounds. So now I'm trying to get back to those days when exercise was fun and I enjoyed hiking up mountains. I may not have such easy access to a mountain but I can do other things for exercise.
My quiet place is now at my computer. I need to listen to soothing music more often. I sometimes forget that I do have access to Pandora. I can easily exercise on my treadmill. On the weekends I can begin to hike up the mountains that are a short car drive from where I now live. It may take time and effort to get back to the ease I used to climb but I know I can do it. Yes I can!
And I can take time to notice the beauty all around me. The roses in my front garden, the red geraniums I planted in my window box. The amazing friend and sister in Christ who lives right next door to me. How thankful God planted me right next to Caroline. I need to take time to visit with her.
I'm linking up with Bonnie of Faith Barista for this jam.
Do you have a secret place?
Blessings and love,