Embracing Nature: Slowing Down and Finding Joy in God’s Creation


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Slowing Down and Finding Joy in God’s Creation

There are lessons all around us in the world—if we’re looking for them

by Joanne Troppello

I was sitting outside on my deck just relaxing for a few minutes before going back inside to finish another article. Then I decided to record the sights and sounds of nature around me – and then a Lantern Fly started crossing the deck railing. They are pesky pests that feed on host plants like grape vines, pine, and fruit trees. Yet, in that instance, that insect, or "planthopper" reminded me of God's beautiful creation.

Sunflower Quest: Lantern Fly on the Move


Social Media Overload

We’re inundated with a 24/7 news cycle because everything is shared online as it happens. We’ve watched President Trump’s health crisis unfold online and on cable news from the moment he left the White House to get on Marine One to go the Walter Reed Medical Center for medical care due to COVID-19.

People share their thoughts on Twitter, post photos on Instagram, share about their “wonderful lives” on Facebook, and post professional content on LinkedIn. Social media can be a positive tool in our lives. However, all these social media platforms have been designed to make users addicted to using them.

I don’t have Netflix anymore. We canceled our subscription two years ago once they started to become even more liberal in their programming. We subscribed instead to PureFlix and Up Faith & Family. My husband and I love their excellent family programming and haven’t missed our Netflix subscription at all.

However, I was watching the Mike Slater show on The First TV and his October 5th episode was powerful. He shared about the Netflix documentary, “The Social Dilemma” and how these tech executives and engineers designed these social media platforms to addict users so they continue to stay on for hours each day.

Mike Slater continued to describe how he’s experienced social media and political overload recently. However, God’s been helping him to refocus. He shared several Bible verses like the following:

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” – (Phil. 4:8, NKJV)

That message truly resonated with me because I have also been experiencing social media overload. God’s been helping me focus on Him and I’ve had my own reawakening since The Return Prayer event on September 26th. You can read more about that experience for me here. Also, if you’d like more advice, check out my article, Dealing with Social Media Overload.

Has anything reminded you of God’s beauty lately? Have you been experiencing social media and political overload recently?

About the Author

Joanne Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.


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