Walking the Walk, #5 Slow Walk

Dear Lord, how behind I am on blogging so many things You have blessed me with! Like the day back in August when You allowed me to go back to the Arboretum for a new walk. You allowed me to discover this place back in Walking the Walk, #4 Smell Walk and it immediately had became a favorite spot! I meant to blog about it to keep doing the challenge our Lovely A of Discovering Your Happiness had created in her Walking the Walking challenge back in December of last year to do 50 walks.

I know You remember our lovely Anita who always signs…

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day

So while You are giving me the chance, I want to thank You for allowing me to get that next walk in!

#5 Slow walk – Go as slowly as you can manage. Pay attention to your five senses as you walk to the end of of the block and back. Note what you’ve noticed for the first time.

Walking the Walk, # 5 Slow Walk was so beautiful even if it was so rainy and had a very challenging end. You were so worth it!

There were such beautiful flowers inside and out! This was a great surprise as You know last time it was winter brown. I called it an earthy wonderland, and was just as breathtaking then. But You certainly decorated my walk with a little color this time.

 

 

There was an awesome quilt pattern for a garden!
I would love to be a part of doing one! 🙂Arb2.25

 

I was blessed to come across this little fish swimming in a fountain.Arb2.23

Then more flowers to decorate my path.

Then there was the Fragrance Garden.. in a fountain! 🙂
These fountains have me thinking on your word:
“For with thee is the fountain of life:
in thy light shall we see light.” – Psalm 36:9 KJV

The rain started picking up, so I went for shelter. As I stood under the roof, I noticed I was still getting wet. I looked up and saw wood beams, and a very cloudy sky… oh and a flag pole that was very wisely barren for this rain soaked day. I went for better shelter.Arb2.12

I passed by the gift shop… nice pillows.

Then look over down into the lobby.

I see signs for a Plant Sale.

 

After checking out their plants for sale in the green house, I head on out to the parking lot. I cannot find the car and the rain is pouring. While it’s not a huge parking lot, it is on a couple of big hills, and I know I strategically parked near landmarks to remind me where the car is. Because of my health, I am unable to run in this rain… I am actually struggling to walk up and down the hills of the parking lot… and after circling twice I am so weak I feel like I could fall at any second. I am lost and soon become so disoriented I don’t even remember where or who I am for a few seconds. I am broken and scared, and having inner conversations with You.

I walk up the hills one one more time, as I keep recognizing the landmarks I know You wisely had me thinking on. Standing where I know I left the car in the rain that has not let up for one moment, but instead has only gotten heavier, I am leaning on You more than ever, just as scared that I am… Losing It… altogether.  And then RIGHT BEFORE MY EYES (LITERALLY)… I see I am standing RIGHT BESIDE IT!! I am so relieved, but as I get in the car wringing wet, I am horrified to think I could be getting worse.

You help me to think on the beautiful walk You have given me, along with the peaceful joy that You allowed me while walking on the beautiful journey with You this morning. It was a slow walk. It had to be with my health. But praise Your Holy name I can walk. You have allowed my doctors to help me do that much. You make me think on one of my favorite hymns of Yours…

In the Garden by Charles  A. Miles

I come to the garden alone,
While the dew is still on the roses,
And the voice I hear falling on my ear
The Son of God discloses.

Refrain:
And He walks with me, and He talks with me,
And He tells me I am His own;
And the joy we share as we tarry there,
None other has ever known.

He speaks, and the sound of His voice
Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,
And the melody that He gave to me
Within my heart is ringing.

I’d stay in the garden with Him,
Though the night around me be falling,
But He bids me go; through the voice of woe
His voice to me is calling.

It has been worth it to have spent time with You! ❤

Thank You for spending the time with me! ❤

I love You, Jesus!! ❤

30 thoughts on “Walking the Walk, #5 Slow Walk

  1. This is such a beautifully thankful post Gail. I have not been as thankful as I should lately. My year seems like your parking lot adventure. It’s pouring, I cant see my way, I am lost but God is always there, waiting guiding, loving us 🙂 LORD, thank You for Gail, and for continuing to bless her 🙂

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    1. PTL! Thank you, Margaret, for your encouragement! I am praying for you, dear sister! Praise His name for always being there. How blessed we are with an omnipresent God! ❤ Thank you for lifting my name to Him ❤ Me and God love you!

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  2. Oh wow! What a lovely post! Thank you for sharing your intimate God-moments with us. It is so nice to see your beautiful photos and learn what they mean to you. And the timing of the blogs don’t matter at all. If you suddenly remember something that happened to you 3 years ago, it doesn’t matter that you are only just blogging about it. this post encourages me to stop and take time out to reflect on the ‘little’ things that others miss. I wish you continued peace and joy as you continue to walk along with Jesus by your side, capturing the essence of his creation in every thing you see.

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    1. PTL! Thank you, Sharon, for such uplifting words and spoken blessings!! I love your heart for Jesus… especially all over your blog! It always makes my heart smile to see someone else keeping it all about Him! He is so wonderful! And He loves you so much!

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    1. I’m not much of a green thumb either. That’s why it seems so nice to join those who know what they’re doing to guide my hands, to listen to their years of wisdom, and stories of their years.
      I don’t trust myself with real ones. God is the Master Gardener! And my what splendid beauty He creates. And He loves you, Savannah!!

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  3. Gail, I enjoyed reading about your slow walk. Sometimes I don’t pay attention to what is going on all around me and then I remember that I need to look up and see the sky and the trees and the sunshine and the clouds, etc. And, I’ve been taking pictures, too. I loved your photos.

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      1. Thank you, Gail. Yes, our God shows us his love in so many different ways, and some of them are little ways and some are big ways. Some are through his Word, or how he is working in our circumstances, and some are through his created works, too. In all ways he shows us his magnificence, his mighty power, his gentle spirit, and his compassion. Glory to God for the great things he does!

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  4. Hi Gail, it’s me, Hayley from Red Letters! I’m blogging on here now with some other ladies from my church.
    This post was beautiful and honest. I love how you are not afraid to share your vulnerability and how much you depend upon the Lord, it’s so inspiring. The photos were lovely too!
    You are always in my heart and prayers. I’m getting a new Facebook so will add you once I’ve set it up.
    Much love,
    Hayley xxx

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    1. PTL! Hayley! It is so awesome to hear from my Brummie Sister! Thank you for your encouraging words!
      I will be sure to stroll on over and check on your new blog! How wonderful to be able to do things with your church family! Sisters in Christ!
      Our family misses yours and prays for you each! Me and God love you!!

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  5. This is a truly beautiful account. I love walking, in a state of mindfulness, yet I can also get lost in parking lots, as my mind is sometimes on where I am going-not on where I pulled in. I am getting better at paying attention to such matters, though, as it is God’s time I am wasting, otherwise.

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    1. PTL! Thank you for encouraging words, Sagittarian Seeker. I will be sure to keep you in prayer! And while that is so thoughtful to be considerate of Him, I am sure He thinks no time with you is a waste wherever you are! 😉 God loves you!

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