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Our Soul and the Natural World ~ Article III

Article III: Our Soul and the Natural World

A few weeks back, I began a series on the natural world and how nature, the world God created, can bring healing and joy to our soul. We started with light. If you missed that post, you can read it here. Then we looked at darkness and how we are adversely affected. You can read that post here.

Today is the third post in this series. I’m completely convinced the natural world was created for our health; physically, emotionally and spiritually. The environments where we spend time affect our lives and they impact the spiritual realm and impact the spiritual warfare going on around us.

So you’re in a bad mood. What is a believer to do?

We could likely spend hours and hours of conversation answering these questions. Anything from a slight inconvenience to a catastrophe can change our optimism to pessimism and leave us feeling defeated, mad, and or sad.

Let me be clear here. Those negative emotions are NOT how or where God wants us to live. Those feelings and moods are straight from the enemy who is relentless to discourage and crush. Note: I recognize there are physiological causes for some depression and mood swings. But that aside, how do we deal with an everyday bad mood or sadness?

My short answer: Take a walk.

Recall from my first post in this series the importance of living in the light. Well, when we are in a mood or feeling sad, my experience leads me to believe there is some kind of healing power in getting outside into the natural world.

When I'm worried, troubled, confused, sad, angry, I put on my tennies and head out for a two-mile walk. I make a point to walk where there are little distractions (people). I want to “really see” the natural world. I often listen to praise music on my Ipod (this is a post for another day~ sense of hearing). Or I listen to the sounds of the birds, the dogs barking in the distance, frogs, the breeze blowing the flowers.

AND that is when I start…….

AND that's when everything changes.....

I look at the brilliant blue sky and I start to praise God for His wonder and creation. I praise Him for the color of coral as I pass a rose bush in the neighbor’s front yard. I praise Him that the birds are singing and they bring Him glory. I smell in the bouquet of flowers more sweet and pleasing than any man-made perfume.

I walk. I breathe. I worship.

I return home and life is better.

Walkingpath Why?

Because I spent time with God in the natural world. He walks beside me when I walk and pray. When I’m praising Him the devil MUST flee. God dwells in the praises of His people. He delights in us when we thank Him for His creation. After all, He made it just for us.

I don’t pretend to understand how this time affects the spiritual realm but after many years of walk/praying I know it makes an impact.

Get out and walk. Even in the winter months a short walk will help. Walk with the baby in the stroller. Walk before work, after work, on yhour lunch hour if you need a recharge. Walk with the dog, the cat, the pet pig if you have to, just walk. Anytime outdoors walking noticing nature, praising God will draw you closer to Him and can totally change your mood, perspective, dare I say, your life.

Thoughts? Who has experience in this? Please share.

Next up. Two areas I discussed in this post: Physical activity. God made us to work, physically. And, hearing. Oh, I can’t wait to share about this aspect of our natural world and the profound impact on the spiritual realm. Stay tuned. We are in the summer months, the best time to put all of these posts to the test. Discover for yourself if what I’m sharing proves true in your life. I challenge you. Be blessed, Lynn

Psalm 23

A psalm of David.

 1 The Lord is my shepherd;
      I have all that I need.
 2 He lets me rest in green meadows;
      he leads me beside peaceful streams.
    3 He renews my strength.
   He guides me along right paths,
      bringing honor to his name.
 4 Even when I walk
      through the darkest valley,
   I will not be afraid,
      for you are close beside me.
   Your rod and your staff
      protect and comfort me.
 5 You prepare a feast for me
      in the presence of my enemies.
   You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
      My cup overflows with blessings.
 6 Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
      all the days of my life, and
I will live in the house of the Lord forever.

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