Daily Gifts of Grace
   Devotion for Tuesday , May 22, 2012
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Daily Gifts of Grace: 365 Devotions for Each Day of Your Year by Women of Faith

Are you looking for somebody who really understands your joys and sorrows? You'll be in good company when you open this daily devotional. Joni Eareckson Tada, Lisa Whelchel, Jenna Lucado, Sheila Walsh, Patsy Clairmont, Natalie Grant, Lisa Harper, and others offer a year's worth of insights and reflections to light your spiritual path. 384 pages, hardcover with magnetic closure from Nelson. Copyright 2011.

Open Your Blinds, and Voilà!

I'm staying alert and in top condition. I'm not going to get
caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then
missing out myself.
- -1 CORINTHIANS 9:27 MSG

It really doesn't matter where one goes to find adventure in nature. It lies all around us, in our own backyards and under rocks and trees. Maybe I can see it easily because I really want to. It's that simple. I'm always on the lookout. I carry my camera, journal, and watercolors wherever I go.
     One year I was in Portland, Oregon, and outside my hotel window was majestic Mount Hood. I saw it with early morning light, midday light, and when the evening shadows were long across it. Every minute of the day, it was beautiful. I took out my watercolors and painted it in my journalójust to snatch that moment for a later recollection.
     When I lived in the desert, I quite often saw roadrunners. They are fascinating to watch. Once I saw one in the backyard with a small frog in its mouth. It hustled up my grapefruit tree and sat on one of the branches eating the frog and tormenting two mockingbirds. I took a snapshot. Why not? I don't have to be in some far-off place to see the beauty of this world. I just open my blinds, and voila! It's there.
     Whether adventure takes us to our own backyard or to a distant continent, the spirit of adventure is all about participating fully in the moment we've been given as a gift. We often plan one thing and, on the way, experience another that's even more interesting, meaningful, or unusual. We have a part to play, a song to sing. Each experience life serves up is an opportunity to savor a moment we will never taste again.
     I, for one, don't want to miss a morsel.

óLuci Swindoll

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