Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Healing Properties in Nature

A dear friend recently told me the story of a man who went to see a herbalist in her valley for his stress and high blood pressure.  The man was tested of many things and came out clean.  The specialist then proceeded to instruct the man to go out and spend some time in nature.  He left her office upset and without paying for the 'advice'.

A few weeks later he called her and asked 'Can I come and pay you now?'
He had taken her counsel as he was out of other options and didn't know what else to do. 
He had found peace again and his life had been changed for the better.

My friend, who related this story to me, was at the seminar where this specialist spoke.  As she shared this with me it struck a chord in my own soul and I have been trying to heed that.  My recent stresses have included another move, getting reestablished and helping my children through the challenges of changes.

We're right up against a mountain now and only a few minutes from some walking trails. I went out with my friend and her husband last weekend for a short hike.  It truly was renewing.  I was reminded of the importance of taking time in our routine to breathe in fresh air, to absorb the beauties of nature and to appreciate what we have been blessed with.

Life can be filled with change.  Nature and Seasons may be too.  We can do well to learn from that symbolism.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Being Grateful

One of the greatest blessing of the day in which we live is learning to rely upon the Lord for all that we are and all that we have.  When we're too 'independent' or self-absorbed we forget from whence all our resources come.

As a family we've strived to live more by the old pioneer adage;  "Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without".  We've realized that we can live on much less that we thought that we could and also that we have 'sufficient for our needs' when we put the Lord first and then rely on Him to deliver us from our troubles and afflictions.

If we keep His commandments and seek to do His will, we can trust in Him to keep His part of the commitment;  "I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise."

I recall a statement of a wonderful religious leader who said:  "A Happy Person is a Grateful Person".  I've not forgotten that - for as we recognize the Giver of all good gifts we are more prone to acknowledge grateful receiving rather than what we lack.

I'm grateful for the many trials that we've faced as a family in single-parent home.  We've learned things that we wouldn't otherwise have learned and have grown in ways that we didn't know we needed to grow in.  Perhaps the greatest blessing for me has come in having to rely on the Lord and His promises.  Because of that I have grown to love and appreciate Him more than I otherwise might have.  And...I've recognized His hand in many miracles in our behalf.  I should, of all, be most grateful .....and.....happy!  :)