The Great Outdoors

The Great Outdoors

The whisp of the fresh, clean breeze,

the scent of wood burning in the firepit,

and the cool morning air encompassing the sunshine peeking from behind clouds.

Surrounding a picnic table sits a group of people sharing a morning in the great outdoors.

The birds chirp in a natural morning-alarm tune

and the squirrels fly from branch to branch

while the nocturnal animals return to their slumber.

We sit temporarily disconnected from the world,


in serenity,

and in gratefulness for all of God’s creations.

Time slows down in the wilderness.

Our greatest stressors are overshadowed by the forrest of trees.

The blue sky envelopes the great big world beyond the forrest of wildlife.

We forget,

for just an instant,

that life can be complicated and unfair at times.

Because we then remember that God has a plan for each of us.

Just as God created the trees, the sunshine and the animals that reside in the thickness of the great outdoors,

God created a plan for every living being on this beautiful planet.

The great outdoors frees us from our fears and worries.

Our fears and worries seem minute compared to the expanse of the wilderness.

And for that reason, I could endlessly continue to feel the whisp of the fresh clean air,

and smell the campfire,

and watch the sun peek behind the clouds and shine light on all of the world;

this is when life feels most whole.



The day you accept change is the day you allow yourself to live.

Change is inevitable:

we all age,

we all find new places to stay,

we all learn new things,

we live, we learn, we grow.

Change can either break you or build you – the choice is yours.

When we deny that change is occurring, we are just holding ourselves back from living in the now.

We must try to see that God has a plan for each and every one of us.

He wants us to discover new things.

He wants us to take a leap of faith.

He wants us to travel, venture out, and meet new people.

He has a plan.

Every day I believe more and more in fate.

The people in my life now are meant to be a part of my life.

The things I have the opportunity to do are given to me as a gift from God.

Everything really does happen for a reason, right?

We might not understand it now.

We might not even see it now.

But we can live now.

We can grasp every moment and hold onto it tight.

We must always remember that the people in our life in this given moment are meant to help us, guide us, and be our friends.

We must love these people and cherish our shared times.

Change may be occurring but have no fear;

God will be there every step of the way.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart.

Everything will be ok.

This is the life gifted to us to learn, to grow, to live.

A change in life is God’s way of saying, “I want you to live”.