A Joy and Peace That Bubbles Up and Pours Over

In relaxing melody, water tumbles in endless waterfalls in the fountain below me. A green and orange recycling truck rumbles buhBUM buh,  buhBUM buh as it stops by our house. Glass knocks against glass. He drives a house or two away. BuhBUM buh, buhBUM buh and then silence with a hum as he exits our neighborhood.

My Bible pages flicker in a momentary breeze and a cardinal whirs Bree? Bree? chur-chur-chur. Bree? Bree? chur-chur-chur, ending with a trilled tl tl tl tl tl tl. Sunlight wavers torn paper bookmark across the Psalms and chapter sixty-six starts my day with wisdom from the ancients and the Creator of the world.

“Shout with joy to God, all the earth!
Sing the glory of his name; 
make known his praise glorious! 

Say to God, ‘How awesome are your deeds. 
So great is your power that your enemies cringe before you.
All the earth bows down to you;
they sing praise to you, they sing praise to your name.'”

The cardinal sings non-stop in my neighbor’s tree. Bree? Bree? Chur-chur-chur. Bree? Bree? Chur-chur-chur … tchee-tchee-tchee-tchee.

Blue skies, lazy white clouds, my waterfall pouring incessant beauty, and two recycle trucks hum and rattle, beeping in distant rounds.

And I feel it from bare toes curled on weathered deck planks to my relaxed shoulders in the shade, how this pausing to see and say wholeheartedly, “God, you are good! I announce it, proclaim it, stop to truly see and say it: You are good. How awesome are your deeds.” — how it floods me in quiet peace, contentment, beauty, the joy soaking in. Breathing in deep and slow; my muscles are relaxed.

Life and light radiate, pulsing in green and yellow beauty. Water trickles, the cardinal says it again and again. Bree? Bree? chur-chur-chur, tl, tl, tl, tl, and I announce it in kind.

“Say to you, God, how awesome are your deeds! Sing with joy to you, God, all the earth. Sing the glory of his name.”

How wise of our Creator to know that in this stopping of the frenetic pace of life to see him and his artistry, to savor it, receive it, bask in it, and then proclaim it in grateful thanks — that this way of life leads to the greatest joys and a contented peace of mind.

Scientists agree, calling it a grateful way of life, citing it here and here, but our God initiated it simply: “Say to God, How awesome are your deeds. Shout with joy to God!”

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  1. Bill (cycleguy) on July 25, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    There is also no doubt that having a lifestyle filled with praise and worship to the Creator is a healthier life in all ways. I'm just trying to figure out how you know how to spell the bird sounds. LOL

  2. Leanne Mills on July 29, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    Beautiful photos and thoughts! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Lynn Greer on August 2, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    I love your blog, Jennifer! And I love your whole family! Your whole family has left such an imprint on my childhood. 😊-Lynn (Rademacher)

  4. Jennifer Dougan on August 11, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    Oh Bill, that lifestyle of praise and worship, I'm wanting to foster that more and more in myself.

    Bird sounds? πŸ™‚ I bet you can too. πŸ™‚

    Jennifer Dougan

  5. Jennifer Dougan on August 11, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    Thanks, Leanne. Are you having great times this summer with kids and grandkids?

    Jennifer Dougan

  6. Jennifer Dougan on August 11, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    Lynne (Rademacher), I'm so glad you found it! I hope this reply gets back to you somehow. It was a delight to be up by South Elmdale again recently and to see our childhood homes. What great memories, huh?

    Love to you and your family. I am thankful for the happy role you all played in my life too. πŸ™‚

    Jennifer Dougan

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