Sky Gazing Offers New Perspective

SKY GAZING

 

There is something about an October sky here in the foothills of South Carolina. To me the blue seems much deeper and richer than other times of the year. The word for #5MFW #write31days is sky. I love sky gazing.

 

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view from back porch while visiting in Simpsonville, SC.

 

Most of the time there are no clouds, but when they do come they are ever changing. Granted we do have some rainy days in which the sky is overcast, but those days have not been that often.

 

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Sunrise in October, 2015

 

I love to look up at the sky in all its splendor. It gives me a different perspective than when I keep my eyes on the ground. The vastness of the sky reminds me of the greatness of God. He created it all and is involved in the everyday happenings here on earth.

Not only did God create, but he sustains the world keeping it in motion. He cares for all the creatures including me. No one is too small to be noticed. We are all unique. He gives me strength. The fresh air and sunshine contribute to my health. Even the rain comes to refresh and nourish the earth and its inhabitants.

 

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Evening in early October 2016

 

SKIPPED HABITS, SOUL CARE AND RENEWAL

 

The past two days have been different for me as I’ve been away from home. Because of this I have not kept up all my newly established habits. “It could make me feel discouraged and like I have failed, but I refuse to let it do that. Besides, I haven’t failed. I may have skipped a couple of days in a few areas, but I was not idle.

I spent time with a daughter and her children. We enjoyed face pancakes, and I helped my granddaughter with her homework. My daughter introduced me to Call the Midwife, a series on Netflix. We spent time watching it and also talking together. We didn’t do any sky gazing, but it was a nice change from my regular daily activities.

I told a friend of mine that I needed to give myself grace rather than get discouraged. When I told her about my time with family, she said it sounded like a lovely day of soul care. I knew she was right. “Sometimes we need a change to help us refocus and return with new energy.

I’m looking forward to the rest of this #write31days challenge.

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14 thoughts on “Sky Gazing Offers New Perspective

  1. Gayl, I think October skies are that way in Ohio as well. They are the bluest of any time of the year generally and actually can be that way beginning in mid-September. Knowing we have winter ahead of us makes me cherish them even more. What you did with your daughter and her children was indeed a healthy choice as well as what you are seeking to add to your usual routine. Life is not always predictable and I think we need to do as well as we can on the most days and grant ourselves grace for the others.

    1. It’s funny, but until I started taking photographs of the sky and clouds, I never noticed how blue it was in October. But it’s been the same for the past few years and I love it.

      You’re right. Life is not always predictable, and we do what we can. Thank you so much for your encouragement, Pam! Many blessings to you!

  2. Love the fall sky. We’ve especially enjoyed the beauty of the sky after Hurrcane Matthew. Wonderful how God gives us the beautiful after a trial!

    1. I’m sure the sky was very beautiful to you after such a powerful hurricane as Matthew! So glad you are safe, Mandy!

      Thanks for stopping by and for your encouragement. Blessings to you!

  3. These photos are just delicious. I grew up in SC so this was especially meaningful to me. Yes, it sounded like you had some awesome soul renewal and self care. I’ll have to check out that series on Netflix. Did you like it? Blessings, Amy

    1. Thank you, Amy! I’m glad the pictures brought back some memories.

      Yes, I did like the show. We started watching it near the end of Season 4, because my daughter had already seen the previous episodes. She filled me in on some of the characters but I think I need to go back to the beginning. It’s based on memoirs of a midwife living in London’s East End in the late fifties and early sixties. The characters are well developed and it’s realistic. It’s easy to get drawn into it.

      Thanks for visiting and for your encouragement. Blessings to you!

  4. Oh, I love those blue sky photos, Gayl! It seems that Wisconsin has been low on that side of things, but it does help me appreciate them more when they finally come. Soul care and family care is so important for our health! And, I have loved the “Call the Midwife” series. Glad you have found it too! –Blessings to you

    1. Yes, the blue skies are beautiful. I love them, too! Thank you for your faithful encouragement, Bettie. I’m glad to have you visit!

      So many people have told me that “Call the Midwife” was a really good series, but I just haven’t had the chance to try it. I think I want to go start at the beginning now that I’ve seen a few episodes.

      Blessings to you!

  5. Gayl, I wholeheartedly agree with these words: “I love to look up at the sky in all its splendor. It gives me a different perspective than when I keep my eyes on the ground.” Thank you for sharing the beauty around you. It helped lift my soul on what has been a very trying day. Bless you! xo

    1. Thank you, Joy! You know, you were the friend I was speaking of that helped me see my day as not a failure but as a lovely day of soul care. Thank you for being such a great encourager.

      Many blessings to you! xo

  6. Always encouraged by your words. So much hope and reminder to keep looking up. Up to God who comes to save and rescue. He’s a good, good Father. Thank you !!

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