Does God Ever Need A Beer?

He watches over us from above. He sees everything we do and knows what is in our hearts and minds. He notices when we do good and knows when we do bad. No, I am not talking about Santa Claus. I am referring to God. He is all around us whether we notice or not. He built this world for us hoping we cherish it and do something positive in it and for it. What happens when we don’t?

Most of us have good intentions and we mean well. We live our lives to do good for our family, our friends, and our community. There are more decent people doing good than the other way around. Day in and day out, we try our best and don’t mean any harm. “Our best” is different for every person. Our talents, motivations, intentions, needs, and wants are all different from each other’s. We are put on this Earth to grow, learn, help each other out, and do good. What happens when we don’t?

I often wonder how God, All Knowing and All Mighty, deals with things and handles things when we as humans, mess up. When He points us in a direction and we go the other way, does He shake His head? When we miss the obvious, does He put His hands over His eyes? When we do something negative, does He take a deep breath to calm Himself? Having a whole world to watch over, does God ever need a beer?

I sometimes picture God in His throne with a beer relaxing “at the end of a day.” I wonder how He could not need a beer when us as humans are constantly needing help, redirection, advice, and improvement in our lives. In my opinion, He must be so great and so strong in order to deal with billions of people. How great is it that He loves us no matter what we do or what we say. Even with that said, I still wonder if God ever needs a beer?

Find Your Inner Peace

John 14:27 (New American Bible) Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.

Have you ever experienced true, inner peace before? How do we as individuals have peace and harmony in our lives while the world is constantly at war? Every time I turn on the news and read the newspaper, there is conflict somewhere between two or more groups of people. That does not even count the conflict, grief, and pain I hear just by word of mouth throughout my own community. With so many of us suffering through grief, pain, and conflict, it is no wonder that very few of us, if any, have found true, inner peace.

Hearing about the civil war in Syria every time I turn on the news made me think about peace in our communities, or lack of peace in our communities. The world is full of violence and heartache and yet, I bet there is someone out there who at one time has experienced peace in their life. However, I am not sure how long that peace lasted for them. Maybe a loved one on their death bed has experienced peace at the end of his or her life. Maybe a person just finding God in their life, has experienced peace at that moment. Maybe parents experiencing the birth of their children, has gone through moments of peace. Unfortunately, as long as we are on this Earth, peace does not last in our life. We have to move on to the next phase of our life with God in Heaven, to experience lasting peace.

I was thinking about my own life today and wondering if I have ever experienced peace, even short lived. Sadly, outside of being in a complete state of rest or sleeping, I have not experienced peace. I am the type of person who is always worrying about something, even if that worry is small and unimportant. I am always thinking back on my past to see how I could have handled things better. I am always looking ahead and thinking what might happen next. Living in the moment is something I have never been able to do. It is no wonder that all that worrying over so many years is doing a toll on my body, mind, and spirit. I started thinking of ways for myself to find peace in my life. No, it won’t last, but it will be a good change of pace to what I have been going through in my life. One thing I started to do a couple months ago is go to church on a regular basis. Now I have been a member of my current church for two years, but like so many people, I would only go on holidays or sadly when a loved one passes away. When I was a kid, church was long and boring. I would even fall asleep as times when I was younger! Now that I am older, I figured I should give it a try once again. Wouldn’t you know I actually enjoyed it! It brings me one hour of peace every week. The second thing I started to do was read the Bible. I bought a new Catholic Bible, a highlighter, and even new pens. I am reading the Bible from cover to cover and marking up the Bible when I feel it is appropriate. This brings me a few moments of peace in my life every day. Is it a coincidence that the two things I started to do to bring me peace has to do with God? I think not.

You don’t have to follow my examples of peace by going to church and reading the Bible. This is not what this blog post is about. I ask you in this world of turmoil, to find a few ways to bring yourself some peace. If you don’t find ways to bring yourself moments of peace here and there, you will struggle each day. Pain, heartache, and grief will be a common thing in your life. It is difficult to avoid being afraid and troubled because everyone experiences that at some point in their life. Taking a few moments each day to not only rest and relax, but to truly experience a few moments of peace and harmony is essential to our daily lives.

“If you see ten…

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“If you see ten troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you.”
– Calvin Coolidge

Many people, one in particular, has told me this same thing in variation of this quote. Most of the things we worry about, does not happen. So why do some of us do this to ourselves? I wish I had that answer. I personally have a difficult time letting my life play out. I am a planner. I think ahead and plan and act accordingly. That in turn makes me think about every possible outcome that could happen and it leads me to worry about what might happen. However, the older I become, I see myself letting more and more things go. I am trying to let things roll off my shoulders more. Regardless of what some might say, I am starting to worry less. I am learning to relax more. Are you one of those people that worries more than you should? What can you do to lessen your worries?

Letting Go

ImageSearching the internet today I came across this quote that made me think about the opposite of “reaching for the stars”. I am not setting out to burst anyone’s bubble, to discourage anyone, or to even discourage myself, but in anyone’s life there comes a time when we have to walk that line of letting go or holding on.

There is always a lot of talk and advice about going for your dreams and not giving up. There are so many positive messages about doing what you love and completing your goals. I know people who write down their own goals and once they accomplish them, they check that off their list. That is great and if it works for them, good for them. The message is, if you work hard enough towards something you will accomplish what you set out to do. Dreams are worth going for. Hold on to those dreams. I do believe in all of that, but there comes a time when you need to decide to either let go or keep going.

There are situations in everyone’s life where it is time to let go of the hurt, the anger, and the frustration. It could be a friend hurt you, your job interview didn’t go well, you were let go from your job, someone said something negative about you or your dreams, or your goals are not developing like you thought they would. Whatever is holding you down, whatever is discouraging you, whatever is hurting you, there comes a time to let go of that hurt. There needs to be more forgiveness in this world. Not just forgiveness towards others, but forgiveness of yourself. Know one is perfect. It may seem like everyone else around you is leading this perfect, happy life, but that is not the case. Be patient with yourself and begin to let go of any situation, any memory, any comment or wrong thing said about you, and let it go. It is bringing you down and stopping you from doing what you love and stopping you from reaching your goals. Stop comparing yourself to others and concentrate on your own journey. Know matter what anyone says, it doesn’t hurt you at all to do nothing in certain situations. Allow yourself to live and let life play out. Let whatever is going to happen, to happen. Then deal with it accordingly. Life is too short to wake up each morning with depression, anxiety, worries, hurt, and frustration. Just let yourself simply be! Take a deep breath and release all the disappointment and hurt whether it was brought on by yourself or someone else. It doesn’t matter. Just let it go, move on, and “reach for the stars!”

Slow Down and Notice Mother Nature

Putting one foot in front of the other at a moderate pace. Most of us walk every day. We walk all around our home. We walk at work. Up the stairs, down the stairs. We walk outside in our yards. We walk on a trail. We take walks on the beach or around town. We walk on a treadmill. Everyone knows the benefits of walking for your physical health. Walking will help you lose or maintain your weight. It can help you prevent a disease. It can strengthen your bones. This is common knowledge. However, did you know walking is also good for your soul and for your mental health? For me, walking improves my mood. It calms me down when I am stressed out. It clears my head and helps me think better.

Walking gives me a much needed break when I need one. Well, that much needed break arrived yesterday. I decided to walk on a local nature trail and for some reason I decided to bring my camera and I am so glad I did. I found some very pretty scenes of nature that turned into nice photographs. Take this one for example.

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Walking by it at first glance may not seem like anything special. However, after stopping and looking at this flower more closely, it really is very beautiful. It helps me realize that I need to give things a second chance and not dismiss things right away. Sometimes things are not what they first seem. However if you stop, look, listen, and watch, that something can give you a better way to look at things.

So I kept walking along the trail looking at the beautiful scenes in front of me. The pretty trees, flowers, woods, meadows, and wetlands. Not many people notice their surrounding. I mean really notice their surrounding. They go about their daily lives not paying attending to the beautiful things that surround them. I came across this bridge and I was just going to walk across the bridge and keep walking. Then something caught my eye. I am glad I stopped because this is what I found.

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It may seem like a average photo to you. To me, I see the sky reflecting on the water, which just adds something special to the picture. I see the turtles in their natural habitat. In fact, the turtles were all around on surrounding logs. If I kept walking by at my brisk pace and didn’t notice what was around me, I would have missed this. I stopped here and really looked at where I was while everyone else was walking past me. I was wondering why know one was stopping to look at these turtles. Didn’t they realize if they stopped for 30 seconds, they would witness nature at her best?

I kept walking and my thoughts consumed me. In fact, my worries crept up on me. I was worried about a job, money, my writing, etc. Will I ever make it to where I want to be? Will my writing ever improve? Will I ever be published and noticed? Then I came across this.

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Yes, this is a bench. What does this have to do with calming my soul down and letting go of my worries you ask? For one, the two plants make this bench look inviting. The bench is just waiting for someone to slow down, notice it, sit down, and breath. Secondly, the pillow adds decoration to the bench. It makes me want to take a nap on it! Last but not least I want you to look very closely at the bench. What else do you see? I see a picture of someone on that bench. In fact, it is what I noticed first. Someone had to pass away in order for that picture to be there. This bench is in memory of someone. It reminds me that someone unfortunately had to pass on so we could have this beautiful scene. Someone’s family decided to put this here for not only for them, but for us to enjoy it. The bench reminded me I need to calm down and relax and not only go for my dreams, but also let life happen. Life is too short to be stressed and worried all the time.

So my walk was coming to an end. I was less stressed, more energetic, and ready to continue my day without be consumed with worry. My walk did what I was hoping. I was in a better mood than before I started it. I stepped up my pace to finish my walk and went right on by one last picture. I missed it at first. Then I stopped and backed up. Looked up and took out my camera. This is what my camera took.

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To you, an ordinary picture of a corn field. Am I right? To me, it was a picture that I didn’t want to miss. This is very pretty to me. I don’t have the words to really explain it, but the sky is gorgeous to me. Not only do you see partially blue skies, but the clouds are very pretty. The trees add a nice frame to the picture while the corn field is like the base of the picture. All together it makes a beautiful nature scene.

So you see if I didn’t go for a walk yesterday and believe me, I almost did not. I had to talk myself into it. I would have missed nature. I would missed the pictures I ended up taking. I would have missed the opportunity to calm my soul. The next time you are under some stress, stop what you are doing. Breath slowly in and out. Relax. Do what calms you down. It does not have to be a walk, but do something to help you think about the brighter things in life. Next time you are out for a walk, notice your surroundings. Notice nature. Mother nature is beautiful. She is waiting for people to slow down and notice her!