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Everything Is Better In The Son

I get excited about Fridays because that is date night on the water. And Saturday is time on the water. Everything is better in the sun! Everything is better in the Son! This morning the Scripture verse that was part of my devotional was Psalm 37: 7, "Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him." I began thinking that I do find myself alone with my thoughts on the water or in nature. No wonder I call that my therapy. It renews my soul. Psalm 25: 4-5, "Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long."

Years ago I would wake up in the middle of the night and feel God talking to me. God first spoke to Samuel in the middle of the night! God would lay so much on my heart that I would have to get up right then and write in the middle of the night. That is when I wrote my books. I guess that was because God knew that was my only alone, quiet time with small children. I had always loved the water but all nature became therapeutic for me after I gave myself to God 100%. He opened my eyes to a whole new beautiful world out there!

Because I am a very social person, for years I did not think I required much alone time. The last few years I find that I do like my alone time. Being in nature is my number one time to be quiet, reflect and listen. That is where I "hear" God often and during the night. For whatever reason I am very quiet in nature. Maybe it is because I am in awe and feel I am in the presence of God.

I just realized that when Mike and I go to the island or on boat rides, alone, we are often quiet. It is downtime for both of us. Often times I walk over to the ocean side and walk for hours by myself. I never go out on the water without thanking God first thing for being able to live in such a special place where I feel so close to Him!

I know I am being still and knowing that I am with God during these times. That is why I always feel so good after being in nature. There are many problems solved, many things healed and many inspirations from these therapy sessions. I have also written books, blogs and women's retreats while walking that beach.

So what do I do in the winter? Well, I have to be outside, even for a little while, every day! That is where I let all the clutter of life go! One of the blessings of this blog is that I spend lots of time thinking and listening now. I also have to sit and write which is very therapeutic for me. Romans 10: 17, "Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ." So I believe God has taught me to be still more than I thought.

How blessed are we to be able to spend time alone with God? We do not have to share that time with anyone else? Just Him! The Lord of Lords, the King of Kings, Our Savior, just wanting time with you! Revelation 3: 20, "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me." Invite Him in and quietly soak in His presence! You will be amazed at what you "hear!"


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