Nature Helps Bring God’s Peace after Stress



It has been awhile since I used the Magnetic Poetry kit online. So I decided to go to the website and play around with the nature kit.


After a busy week ending with a car accident, I needed an outlet for stress.


Creating poetry was just what I needed. Here is what the web page looked like when I was finished:





On the far right are the word choices, and you click the More Words button to scroll through all the words in the nature kit. Using the mouse I click and move the words I want to the far left to write my poem. If I’m not sure of a word, I’ll move it to the middle. It will stay there while I move through other pages of words.


After I finished the poem I used a free program called GIMP to cut away everything from the screen shot except the poem. Then I exported it to my desktop and used the photo editor to enhance the photo a bit. This is what it looked like when I finished.





My next step was to look for a photo that would go along with the poem.


I found it among those I took at the Botanical Gardens in Clemson, SC. I opened it with GIMP and added the poem photo to it, but I wasn’t sure I liked the way it looked.




After that I copied the poem into the word processor and layered it on the photo. The result is the photo below. Now I’m not sure which I like better – the one using the screenshot of the poem or the one below. What do you think?






Since the weather has been cold and rainy, and I had been sick. I didn’t want to go walking outside. The Nature Magnetic Poetry was a good substitute as I thought of the beauty of God’s creation. It was also good therapy for me after a busy week that ended with a car accident involving myself, a son, and a daughter and her 3 children. We were traveling home from a party celebrating the Winter Equinox at my oldest daughter’s house when it happened. 


God’s hand of protection was on us, and we were thankful as it could have been much worse. 


We are all fine, though tired and a little achy, but our car needs some work. After the initial shock everyone was pretty calm. When my son-in-law came to pick us up, the children began singing Christmas songs as we drove home. I praise God for His goodness and mercy and protection.


Psalm 18:1-2 (CSB)

I love you, Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer,
my God, my rock where I seek refuge, my shield and
the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.





This Christmastime may we find joy whether at home or traveling.
If you have no home I pray that someone will include you in their celebrations.
If you are missing someone, I pray that you will find comfort in Jesus.
May you find joy in memories and making new ones with those you love.




I’m linking up with: #Let’sHaveCoffee, #TeaAndWord, #LMMLinkup

18 thoughts on “Nature Helps Bring God’s Peace after Stress

  1. Dear Gayl,
    I am so thankful that God led you to try magnetic poetry again. I’ve missed your and Joy’s sharing of it. There is something in the form of the words, and the way they become segmented that causes me to slow down and read the words with a different rhythm. I like both pictures–each one for it’s unique perspective. And I am so very grateful that God protected you all, and brought peace to your heart after so much stress! You are in my prayers for a joyous Christmas time with your family! Love and Hugs to you my dear sister/poet/friend! xoxo

    1. Dear Bettie,
      Thanks so much for your encouragement! I’ve missed the magnetic poetry, too, and hope to be more regular with it again. It really is fun and challenging. I think I agree with you about both pictures. They are unique and offer a slightly different perspective. I’m thankful, too, for the peace that God gives and for the ways He allows us to process stress. Thank you for your prayers. I pray for you and your family, too. Many blessings, love and hugs to you, dear poet/sister/friend! A Blessed and Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  2. Gayl, I was inspired by your blog post. I’m so glad that you and family are safe after the accident. Praying for you all and wishing a joyful Christmas season and a peace filled, prolific, new year! I’m your neighbor at Coffee for Your Heart linkup. <3

    1. Thank you, Kathleen! I’m glad you were inspired. That blesses me.:) Thank you so much for your prayers. God was watching over us. Thank you, too, for your Christmas and New Year’s blessing. May God bless you and yours now and throughout the new year!

      Thank you for visiting. I hope to visit your blog soon.

    1. Thank you, Sarah! Yes, you should try the magnetic online poetry. There are several kits. I really enjoy working with them. Blessings to you and yours throughout this next year!

    1. Thank you so much, Tara! May God bless you this year in ways you cannot imagine! May He bring much joy into your life after all the loss you suffered last year! Blessings to you, dear friend! xo

    1. Thank you, Calvonia. A friend introduced my to magnetic poetry last year, but it’s been awhile since I tried it. It is a fun, peaceful activity. Thanks for visiting. Blessings to you!

  3. Praise God you are all okay!
    We lost our son in law 4 years ago in a horrific car accident… they had just celebrated their first wedding anniversary. Devastating for us all, especially our daughter.

    I like the photo with the words done by the word processor 😀
    Blessings for 2019 Gayl,

    1. Oh, Jennifer, I’m so sorry to hear about your son in law. What a tragedy. May God pour out His comfort on all of you, esp. your dear daughter. Grief doesn’t ever go away, but God does help us to keep going. Blessings and love to you and yours!
      Thank you for visiting, and I think I like that one better, too. Blessings!

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