My favorite place to read and pray is this place on the front porch. My daughter spent a great deal of time cleaning up this area this past summer. Clearing out overgrown bushes, painting shutters, pressure washing the area. I sit in my favorite rocking chair and do my reading. The squirrels skitter around. The birds tweet and flutter. Recently I have spied a cute little chipmunk scurrying around the porch and the wooded area. At first I was frustrated with myself for being so distracted with all this nature activity. But I have come to realize that what I thought was distraction is actually, at least many times, God getting my attention because He wants to speak to me. After all, what I admire in this setting is His creation. I have come to cherish those ADD moments. My long-time goodest friend, Kerry Howard, taught me long ago how valuable it is to be able to listen, I mean really listen to people. Ironic that listening has become my passion and my profession. But I have not always been good at listening to the One whom I need to hear from the most. What a great lesson. We say 'stop and smell the roses'. I say stop and hear God through the distractions in our lives. Those things which throw us off course may be just the things that we need to set us on our right course. So little birdies, keep tweeting and little chipmunk, keep scurrying. And I will keep being distracted in a most excellent way.
By the way, these bushes or weeds or whatever are right inside the wood line and are beautiful. They are probably weeds overgrown but I cannot identify them. They have a white furry top like a dandelion and have grown about 6 feet tall. Anyone know what they are?