My Kind of Gym

No walls.
Fresh air.
Open sky.

The sound of gulls, or birds
to the music that threatens to drown my soul.

The shoreline that dares me to run along it’s edge
is a better training partner than 
the best athlete, I have met.
Sharp shells 
and smooth stones are more beautiful 
than mirrors 
and piercing eyes.

The salt mist, breeze-
a perfect welcome kiss, that greets my arrival.
Kinder than the impersonal hello from behind a front desk.

The sand beneath my feet,
assures me, supports me and sticks to me.
No trainer required.

Yet, He is there…
The Trainer of my soul.
He’s always present,
I am embraced by His transforming power and held captive by the beauty of His gaze.
His presence permeates this place.
Immersed by His grace.
Tears allowed, sometimes. 
Laughter and smiles.
Sand Angels.

If you catch me speaking out loud,
and wonder…
I am not alone.
Call me crazy-
I wonder as I wander, in awe.

My Coach you see is by my side- 
and I am taking in His 
wisdom and advice.
Oh, how He inspires me!

These days – that’s my kind of gym.

Thank you God, that you have built a gym that is beautiful with no membership fees, 
and the best equipment to work out with: this body that you yourself designed -to MOVE!

There is always a way to be active. It does not have to be within walls.

Friends, these pictures were taken today, in beautiful Narragansett, RI.
Except the smile which I took in the same place a few years back! 
Hope you enjoy. Remember to be a tourist wherever you live!
There is beauty to be discovered all around you!

Open your eyes!

My Creator, Elohim

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Genesis 1:1

“Men must worship something; if they do not worship an unseen Being who loves and cares for them, they will worship the works of their own hands; they will secretly bow down to the things that they see, and hear and taste and smell; these will be there Lords and masters.”
~ Fredrick Denison Maurice
How often we limit the limitless God with our own perceived limitations. We project on Him our psychological dogma and our preoccupation with our own expectations. We imagine Him to be so small and we fail to admit it. I wonder how disappointed He is with the lack of faith in His name. Elohim – Mighty Creator. Maybe we should ask Him to help us to see Him as He truly is: He is the Creator of everything ! Today, and every day, I am thankful for My Creator God. The One who calls himself the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. His Word spoke the universe into existence and by His hand every single thing came into being. His breath brought life. His Spirit still moves. He knits each one together in the womb. In Him we live and move and have our being.
 I acknowledge Him as the Mighty Creator and praise Him who sits on the throne.
When I look at the natural creation all around me it causes me to stand in awe of Him who created everything. It causes me to praise and worship the One, True, Living God who is the Author of Salvation, Creation and Truth.
He is the Giver of Life and the One who takes Life.
He is the Final Judge.
I do not worship the created.
I worship the Creator.
Today I am thankful for the God who has revealed Himself clearly in scripture as the One who created all.
If I never speak or write another word
His name will still be praised
Jesus said that if His disciples kept quiet,
the stones would cry out!
Perhaps, this is why I love the stones so much on my beach walks,
they are reminders of Him…literally!
His very own Creation will praise Him if those who were created to
 praise Him shut their mouths to praising Him!
Well, I am not shutting my mouth.
Shocked, aren’t you?
 How many are your works, O LORD!
In wisdom you made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.
Psalm 104:24
God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.
Genesis 1:31
For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible,
whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities;
all things were created by him and for him.
Colossians 1:16
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities
his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen,
being understood from what has been made,
so that men are without excuse.
Romans 1:20

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