a breath of fresh air

Friday, this was school.  Purposefully setting aside the pencil and paper and steeping ourselves in God's handiwork.  Breathing, smelling, feeling, and breathing it all in.  What a teacher He is!

"But ask the beasts, and they will teach you;
the birds of the heavens, and they will tell you;
or the bushes of the earth,and they will teach you;
and the fish of the sea will declare to you.

Who among all these does not know
that the hand of the LORD has done this?
In His hand is the life of every living thing
and the breath of all mankind."
Job 12:7-10

Taking up that pencil and paper again to record His wonderful works.

"I will greatly rejoice in the LORD;
my soul shall exult in my God,
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation;
he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress,
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

For as the earth brings forth its sprouts,
and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up,
so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise
to sprout up before all the nations."
Isaiah 61:10-11

Ah, real learning took place that day.  That's not to discredit what we learn at home with books and pencils, Bibles and journals, or what we learn through just interacting with each other day in and day out.  God is as much in THAT as in OUT THERE.  All air...all ground we stand on is holy...outdoors AND indoors.  But these days when we saturate ourselves with His creation fill our souls in a special way.  A literal and spiritual breath of fresh  air.

Filled to the brim, I pour out in thanks to Him...

#81. the revealing of Yourself there
#82. boy's pure joy and thrill at spotting and chasing after that snake
#83. fearless girl's glee, too
#84. teeny, tiniest frog we've ever seen in that amazing bronze color
#85. You made a frog with spots of a leopard and let us hold it in our hands
#86. boys searching out pussywillows for their pussywillow loving mama
#87. "ooo, there are some red berries for you to take a picture of, Mom"
#88. children that know my heart and
#89. children that don't mind the ever-present camera
#90. Your bringing the dormant back to brilliant life
#91. You bring that about in us, too

#92. the revealing of Yourself here
#93. faces exuberant with anticipation
#94. hot chocolate ringed lips
#95. prayers of faith from those same lips
#96. You, Holy Spirit, giving this fumbly-mouthed mom words to explain
things of You
#97. boy who runs from the temptation to break his Lenten sacrifice for You
#98. undeserved grace for when I've run towards temptation and thrown my sacrifice to the wind
#99. books in hand, feet to feet on the couch with husband
#100. no guilt in life, no fear in death

holy experience

May you feel the breath of His presence today,
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you and your words are a GIFT to me! thank you!