I did not anticipate how excited I would be to start a blog. I put it off for a great while because I have not had a laptop for several years and my previous blog 10 years ago was derailed by hackers and terrorists who made it impossible for me to log in let alone fix the damage done. I gave up after awhile…but that’s in the past….I have always loved to write, and this blog makes me want to write more.
I think I will do more than just duplicate my art and writings at my facebook art page. I think I will do more personal writing here. I didn’t do as much personal writing there because there just wasn’t a good format for that, and its more of a business and ministry page while this here can be all of the above, which is what I love most of all. So here I will have a place to share my story as it unfolds…how much to share of it is the question…
Today, I want to share briefly how encouraged I was yesterday to see such a beautiful day. It feels like I have been going through such a dark night of the soul. Its been cold and miserable out, but yesterday I actually took my jacket off. God has been meeting with me in the dark place and speaking of the beautiful dawn (Spring season in the spirit) which is just around the corner. I feel my whole body slowly starting to revive and come back to life.
Lake Smith in Virginia Beach, Virginia is one of my favorite places to go. Theres a special place I like to go to meet with God I call my “God Spot.” Its kind of tucked away and hidden which is what I like best, and there’s actually a little natural tunnel you have to go through to get to the special spot. The tunnel is made of fallen trees with a thick mess of tangled vines all around it, but with a clearing directly over the path. The path ends at a little nook surrounded on three sides with nothing but water with trees and nature all around. There are many fallen trees around and trees which grow in the water, both of which have always fascinated me. Also, there are plenty of ducks and other birds of the air.
I try to come here about once a week, usually on Sundays after church. It’s my special treat. Such a visit usually recalibrates me and takes off the stress that I endured that week. I began to feel peace again, feel revived again, and hopeful again. There is something about being in nature which stills my soul. I need it. I make time for it.
I enjoy most of all hiking by myself, but at times I’ll meet with friends. This place is small enough not to be dangerous; There is no fear of getting lost like I once did at age 17 in a national forest overnight with my then boyfriend. Yet, its big enough to hike between 1-3 miles. Its public and busy enough to call for help if I ever needed it, yet quiet and expansive enough to have moments just for myself. Its beautiful enough that I never get tired of it, and close enough that I can travel there in only 15 minutes by car. Those are all the reasons I love it!