Praying with the senses, January edition



There’s something about primroses. Their color is so beautifully vivid,  a pop of color in the brown yard of January.  This is the second year in a row that I’ve made a point of planting them shortly after New Year’s, and that little bit of effort pays off big-time.  My mood is lighter when I can savor this little splash of color outside my bedroom window.  (Bonus: when you get really close to primroses, you realize they smell like jelly.)

Speaking of beautiful sights, on our little getaway last weekend Scott and I went to Point Reyes National Seashore for a hike. To get to the coast, you  hike through beautiful, Lord of the Rings-style forests with ferns and little creeks and redwoods, and it’s all so bucolic and lovely.

And these plants, whatever they are, caught my eye. Look closely, and you’ll see a raindrop in the center of each cluster of leaves.  Each drop was just resting there in the middle, looking like a diamond solitaire in an engagement ring.  Just one of those lovely little miracles I so often miss.



There was such a glorious smell at Point Reyes, that mix of vegetation and damp earth and a hint of the ocean.  I must have mentioned it at least eight times to Scott during our hike.  I don’t realize how much I miss the smell of nature until I’m back in the middle of it.

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My boys have very short hair, but I love tousling it with my fingers.    My cousin once remarked that Matthew’s hair feels like feathers, and it’s really true.  I know there will come a day when there will be an invisible protective bubble of adolescent space around my boys, and they won’t let me ruffle their hair as I pass by their chairs.  But for now, I absolutely love doing it.

Where are YOU finding God these days?


2 responses to “Praying with the senses, January edition

  1. Ginny, Thank you for reminding me to appreciate the beautiful gifts from God. I have realized that they are all over but we all just kind of need to open our eyes a little more no matter where we are ( oohhh…sounds amazing where you & Scott visited, though.) I have read almost 2 of your books (yes, almost 2…mom of 2 so you know how that goes…) & have read your blog off & on for a while. I am so inspired by all that you stand for. On one of those dark days, my husband pulled up your blog knowing that it would shake me out of my “funk” & it worked. Thank you…,

  2. Angela, thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kind words. They mean so much. I’m not always so good about recognizing the little gifts, but I find that the more I practice, the easier it gets … and blogging, like prayer, is a form of practice for me. I’m so glad my blog has been a little source of inspiration for you. Many blessings!