Monday, February 27, 2012

I Come to the Sea to Breathe


There is nothing quite as refreshing to the body, soul and spirit, as enjoying my morning tea, with a view of the ocean out our cabin window.


Then each afternoon, walking to a bench I discovered this year and sitting outside (yes, in February) while watching the tide come in and go out ... again and again.


Time to think and pray and breathe.

 
My time at the bench (at the beach) was inspired by the lovely pastoral writing of my friend, Diana.

Where do you go to breathe?



ps. For 25 winters we have come to Ecola Bible School in Cannon Beach, OR for my husband to teach a week long class on World Religions. When Dave saw the title of my blog, he said, "you might have 'come to the sea to breathe', but I 'come to the sea to teach.'" 

24 comments:

  1. I can relate to coming to the sea to breath. There is something about time spent at the ocean that refreshes my soul. I get a similar (yet different) feeling when I go to the Rocky Mountains. What a blessing to have a week at such a beautiful place.

    Hugs~
    Mary

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  2. What a lovely scene to awake to! To find a beach so pristine is a joy. Could have your cottage windows open to hear the waves break on the shore?

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  3. Oh how lovely! We have only been twice, but my very favorite place is the ocean! I have a dream of someday getting away for a week or two and just writing while I listen to the waves crash!~sigh~

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  4. I my goodness!! Those images are breathtaking. I'd love to wake up to that!

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  5. Beautiful photos! I have always thought of the ocean as a meeting place. It's where the sand meets the see, it's where the sea meets the sky, it's where I meet with God. Definitely a place to breathe.

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  6. The second and fourth picture simply nice and more scenic

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  7. What a lovely, lovely spot, Glenda. SO glad you could get out to this coast and breathe a little differently for a few weeks. And thanks for the shout-out - that was so kind of you. But then, I am not surprised - you are one of the kindest people I've met out here in blogland.

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  8. You have such a lovely view! Yes, getting outdoors is so wonderful. It sure makes the heart seem lighter, especially after a long winter (of which we haven't seen this year.)However, the longer days and promise of spring is in the air.

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  9. oh what a blessing...can't think of a better place to breathe...mine right now is in my chair in my room...I do get oxygen from His presence there....enjoy you lovely space...

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  10. How lovely! I have never been to the ocean. Hope to one day and when I do I will breathe it in big time! For now, breathing will have to be done elsewhere:)

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  11. Ahhh, what a soothing post, Glenda. Thank you for passing on the peace.

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  12. How wonderful - going to the ocean for 25 winters in a row! One of my favorite places to be - by water.

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  13. Tell Dave I definitely think you got the better deal. I love the coast in winter, particularly when it is stormy. There are places so beautiful they can be visited over and over again. I suspect Cannon Beach is one of them. Here's to another 25 years of tide watching :-). Have a great evening. Blessings...Mary

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  14. Absolutely lovely! I love breathing in the ocean air.....although I've never done that in February!

    I look forward to when the weather warms up a bit more so I can open the windows again. I love sitting on my reclining sofa and hearing neighborhood noises while I read in a quiet house =)

    Enjoy your day, my friend!

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  15. OH, how lovely! I want to be there with you, Gg!

    I go to the mountains, or anywhere with trees. I heart trees. I can pray best surrounded by them.

    Thanks for asking!

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  16. Beautiful photos and beautiful thoughts - it's wonderful that you took this time to do the things that really matter. Being out in God's creation whether the beach or the mountains or the forest just renews my spirit like nothing else!

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  17. How lovely...there is something so soothing about the water...and the solitude. Not to mention escaping the winter of Chicago to the beach of Oregon.

    I'm glad you were inspired and took it all in and shared it with us. Lovely photos.

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  18. My favorite spot to breathe is at the cottage and like you I am on the beach ~ my little piece of heaven here on earth. Great shots Glenda.

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  19. Happy to find your Blog today. So wonderful your pictures!

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  20. I am quite the same way at the beach! :)

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  21. Love the pictures.

    I have never been to any ocean. I would love to sometime. My daughter and family just moved to Portland, Oregon. I may have to check out your beach.

    the only beaches I've been to is Lake Erie and Lake Ontario and Lake Placid.

    I breathe under the shade of my black-walnut trees amongst the wildflowers.

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  22. One of my favorite
    places on earth. I also
    LOVE Ecola State Park.
    So happy that you get
    to return ~ to breathe
    and just be ~ to this
    lovely place every year!

    xx Suzanne

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  23. I so enjoyed the beach and any kind of water. I breathe when I see God in all His marvelous creation. It has a rhythm of it's own that seems to slow our minds, our breathing, and our spirits to see and enjoy the things here and above. Please the next time you go to the beach, breathe for me.

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  24. Ahhh, mountains or sea; sea or mountains, they are both wonderful, restorative and relaxing.
    When I remember to breath, it's in the pastures, walking with the dogs, counting my blessings.

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