Smelling the Roses

A couple weeks ago the weather was amazing! I’m talking 70 degree weather, bare feet in the grass, sitting in the sun, wonderful weather! Thankfully, this happened on a day that I only had to work a half day! I ran a few errands and then grabbed my beach chair, my sunglasses, and a bag of books.

That afternoon was so good for my soul. I basked in the slowness and calm. I felt like I could breath again. It awakened a longing for more days like this. I realized that I so often get caught in the hustle and bustle of the day that I forget to slow down and appreciate life.

Now this is not a new thought or lesson for me. I’ve known of the Sabath rest for most of my life and yet, I still get caught in the chaos of my life. That afternoon brought this all to the surface again and I realized that I am the only one stopping myself from slowing down. When processing all of this, I came across Song of Solomon 6:11, “I went down to the nut orchard to look at the blossoms of the valley, to see whether the vines had budded, whether the pomegranates were in bloom.” 

In choosing to slow down and “look at the blossoms”, I have the opportunity to slow down and enjoy the small things as well as experience Him in a different way. Below are four pictures of when I slowed down and looked at the “blossoms” around me. Feel free to share any of your “blossoms” with me!

Watching the snow fall (I know you can’t see it, but I did and enjoyed it immensely!). Each snowflake was beautiful and reminded me that He crafted each one!

Enjoying time with family! I was able to get home and spend time with two of my brothers, parents, two sisters, a sister-in-law, two nieces, and a nephew! 

I’ve been going through pictures and found this one of my oldest brother and myself when I was 2-years-old. It was fun remembering our childhood!

This was the sunrise that I had the blessing of seeing early one morning. It took my breath away and slowed me down that day. His artwork is beautiful!