Sunday Faith Blog:

After the discussions Thursday which involved a kind of juxtaposition between believing America’s on a downward slide for good and hope in the midst of it all, I suddenly saw the picture and quote below and decided it was beautiful and a good reminder of what’s most important.  I think it echoes Kid’s reminders (if I may kind of paraphrase for him, and he’s more than welcome to correct me) that it’s probably smartest to concentrate on those things which make us happy and not get too entangled in the weeds of politics.

From my point of view, I see this as Godly…nature, quiet, the countryside…peace….which comes, for some of us, from Him:  Isaiah 55:12 – For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap [their] hands. 

Here’s the quote I ran across which I found so beautiful:

“The real world, in my opinion, exists in the countryside, where nature goes about her quiet business and brings us greatest pleasure.”
~Fennel Hudson – ‘A Meaningful Life.’

 

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20 Responses to Sunday Faith Blog:

  1. kidme37 says:

    It’s just like that old adage, or maybe it’s just a Hallmark thing – “May God give me the strength to change what I can and deal with what I cannot.”

    Close enough. I think the actual quote is “Accept what I cannot change”. Well, I don’t have to accept it but I don’t have to let it concern me either.

    I live it. I call it watching the freak show. And yes, there are lots of things to enjoy in life and appreciate in the world around us.

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  2. bunkerville says:

    I echo Kid’s comment. Life is to be enjoyed… and years camping throughout the USA tells me so that it it a beautiful world.

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  3. geeez2014 says:

    KID….that quote is a good one, too….
    “Lord, grant me the strength to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
    I remember AA members have made it quite famous.

    I think that well applies to putting up with the horrors of American government and concerns today….. Just yesterday, my German stepdaughter texted me about how awful things were getting there, too… “All governments are destroying the economies for good. Breaks my heart and is hard to watch as there is nothing I can do. SO I HIDE IN MY LITTLE PARADISE OR GO OUT TO THE MOUNTAINS…..” (her paradise being her beautiful garden her dad created for them years ago…the mountains including those of the Alps, where she just returned from N Italy..

    Got to do SOMETHING in contrast to the real FREAK SHOW.
    Thanks, Kid.

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  4. Mustang says:

    If one were to simply consider the awesomeness of the natural environment that surrounds them and note that it was created by the Almighty — for us — we may wonder why we somehow thought that we could, in some way, improve upon it. And how did we do that? We transformed the grassy fields into eight-lane concrete expressways connecting jumbled towns and cities where people live one on top of another and argue about such things as parking spaces and recharging stations for electric cars. Just imagine … handed paradise and then making it into a barren landscape. Pure genius, I’d say … in the twilight zone.

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  5. geeez2014 says:

    MUSTANG; I guess one might say that, for billions of people, something other than grassy fields had to have been developed…and that’s why God gave us the intelligence to accomplish it…..But ‘handed paradise and making it into a barren landscape” is surely true…Actually, were it more ‘barren’, it might be more pleasant! Nice that the really big cities I know of all have very large parks; L.A., NYC, Paris, Munich, Berlin, London……..
    I actually love the big city life….but, of course, I’m very near mountains, the ocean, many trees, etc., so not in a Detroit or NYC ghetto, that’s for sure. LA is far more suburban than Paris, but I adored the beautiful buildings of Paris.
    Got to admit I detest 8 lane highways, particularly when they’re jammed up.
    But enough about ME 🙂
    It’s ALL created by the Almighty, so I’m thinking He’s had a plan…even in this ‘twilight zone’

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  6. Layla Elizabeth Kanas-Gonzalez says:

    Your post made me cry. I have been down about how some treat one another on the blogs that do not share our core beliefs. Then I realized that God is our vindicator and to move on. As the Word says, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” -Philippians 4:8

    God bless you, my dear friend. May the Lord bless you richly.

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  7. MAL says:

    Both beauty and ugliness exists. What we choose to see and allow to influence our mood is up to us. Whichever we choose, doesn’t change things; just our mood and most likely out BP. My wife is one of those worriers who subscribes to Murphy’s law (whatever CAN go wrong, WILL go wrong).
    I believe it’s responsible at least for some of her many health problems.

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  8. geeez2014 says:

    LAYLA..”..think on these things..” Exactly. That’s exactly right! It’s so hard when we see hate and sarcasm and cruelty on the blogs. And it’s on both sides of the aisle..And sometimes it’s people you’d expect kindness from.

    And may God bless and richly bless you, too. THanks, Layla xxxx

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  9. geeez2014 says:

    MAL, and YOU have been THE biggest optimistic for years, even HERE, though I see YOU slipping as others are, including me a bit….I see a REAL depression in many Conservatives these days….A real sense that IT IS OVER. You’re right…. Ugliness exists and beauty still DOES exist….and I hope some of my readers get something from my post….
    Say what you will about your wife and Murphy’s Law, she IS over 90, right? 🙂 Tell her HELLO for us! xxx

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  10. MAL says:

    Joni turned 87 in Jan.,, Z, but you’re right. We have reason to remain optimistic. I believe I mentioned previously around November last year they asked all those married over 50 years to submit a photo and short bio and we were the longest at 67 years (68 as of last Jan) and considering we have over 2,000 homes here in Sun City, dat ain’t bad!

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  11. kidme37 says:

    Just watched a bird family playing in and out of a 14 apartment bird house I built and stood up in the back yard a few years ago. Then I combed out a black feral cat who comes by every morning for breakfast then gets into a box with a cat bed in it and I usually go out and give him a massage and a flea combing which removes some of his winter undercoat so he’ll be more comfortable a it hats up outside. Now I’m headed out to get some stuff done on the landscape. Guaranteed I won’t be thinking about the freaks or the evil ones as I often don’t.

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  12. Baysider says:

    Mustang: we are also ‘transforming’ or exchanging good farmland for artificial vertical growing operations inside under LED lights – like the hippies have been growing pot for years – and now in soil free environments fed through water trays. Hydroponics on steroids (and has anyone ever tasted a hydroponic strawberry or tomato worthy of the name?). Farming is HARD work, but that connection with the soil is priceless on several levels. It’s crazy the push to abandon that, too.

    I heard from a guy who changed his life by going for a walk in the nearby forest every morning. Just like Z’s picture. Envy!!

    There’s a good reason we find this restorative. God gave us an earth with a healing resonance. We overload it with buildings and “artificial” vibes. Before all the science about the earth’s resonance and such people knew the value of major parkland in cities. We don’t have that here in LA because everyone rushes – or creeps – to the beach, and the mountains are an oft challenging
    half day’s transit to get back to nature there.

    I’m reminded that when men built cities they got full of themselves and in trouble with God. But God will fix this one day, where we will see His magnificent “New Jerusalem” as a perfect city, a heaven on earth. I think He intended both. I can hardy wait.

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  13. kidme37 says:

    Quick note. Warren Buffet when asked about value and investing has said that the best possible thing you can invest in is farmland. When you’re young to experience the appreciation value. Buffet and Gates are pals.

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  14. MAL says:

    Well, Kid, that makes sense because we don’t can’t more land. Only people.
    I started buying real estate early because I was advised to get a lot while I was young!

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  15. MAL says:

    (It was zoned R-3 and we built a 7 unit bldg. on it!)

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  16. MAL says:

    (That was suppose to be can’t make more land!). Geeez!

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  17. Ray Cole says:

    Some people look for a beautiful place, others make a place beautiful.

    Hazrat Inayat Khan

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  18. geeez2014 says:

    BAYSIDER, L.A. doesn’t have huge parks like Central Park, or the ENglish Garden in Munich because we don’t really need one…we have parks in almost every community and, as you say, the ocean and mountains and desert are within an hour’s drive….five minutes for ocean, for you and me.

    RAY: Lovely quote!

    EVERYONE:

    They say just pulling back from Social Media for ONE DAY, or ONE WEEK, does amazing restorative stuff to us. But WILL most of us?
    And what computers are doing to very little children is something we don’t even know the consequences of yet…and it won’t be good. When I taught my little Patriotism class at a preschool some years back, the first 2 years were magical…suddenly the 3 and 4 yr olds weren’t the same; they weren’t listening as well, they didn’t absorb as amazingly well as the kids in my first two classes…when I mentioned it to our Director, she said I was totally right….that kids aren’t not learning like they used to……….computer games, tablets, etc………..doing a very terrible thing to our kids because parents haven’t the guts to TAKE IT AWAY even for an hour or two……..

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  19. kidme37 says:

    MAL, “never sell real estate” was some advice I got form an older couple when I was in my early 30’s. Unfortunately, I never had to money to make that happen. (sniff) 🙂

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  20. MAL says:

    Well, I never say never. I just listed one of our rentals for sale because the tenant we had trashed the place and we spent a lot of time and $$$$$ getting it back to near perfect and don’t want to deal with it again. They were the tenants from Hell, and I’ve had rentals on and off since the late 1950’s.
    We’ll get 3 times what we paid for it but a big chunk will go to capital gains for Uncle Joe to spend or give away to the illegals…………..

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