Simple Joys of Summertime Walks…

     One of my favorite summertime activities is taking walks. I enjoy the quiet contemplation of walking alone. I also enjoy taking a walk with a friend. But, mostly, I love taking walks with my husband. Today’s post includes photos from walks Ron and I have taken this summer along with some inspirational thoughts about walking.

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The true charm of pedestrianism does not lie in the walking, or in the scenery, but in the talking. The walking is good to time the movement of the tongue by, and to keep the blood and the brain stirred up and active; the scenery and the woodsy smells are good to bear in upon a man an unconscious and unobtrusive charm and solace to eye and soul and sense; but the supreme pleasure comes from the talk. -Mark Twain

     We, like most American couples, have very busy schedules. Even though Ron and I are intentional about taking time to talk, some of our most meaningful conversations occur when we’re walking. Here, we’re taking a Saturday morning hike on Tubbs Hill.

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An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day. -Henry David Thoreau

    I loved the way these daisies showed off their beauty amongst the greenery, rocks and an old wooden fence. I asked Ron to take their picture during our early-morning walk in an older Coeur d’Alene neighborhood.

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Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:1

     Sometimes we walk with purpose to pick up local produce at the Farmer’s Market. Last Saturday, while I waited in a long line at Kilarney’s Organic Produce stand, Ron, with camera all ready, wandered around, asking vendors if he could snap pictures of their products like these gorgeous bouquets of flowers.

And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love. 2 John 1:6

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Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4

     There’s a special beauty in sunsets! On one of our recent evening walks along the lake, we watched in awe as the sky changed. With the progression of the setting sun, colors intensified, resulting in these beautiful, rusty tones.

     With each passing birthday, I evaluate the progression of the steps of my life journey carefully. Each year, God becomes increasingly important, and I desire my steps will align more closely with the words of truth I discover in Scripture.

     Faith is walking a road of listening, learning and living.

     The simplicity and amazing beauty of nature remind me over and over that God will never leave me, even when life disappointments or darkness overshadows my day.

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Above all, do not lose your desire to walk. Every day I walk myself into a state of well-being and walk away from every illness. I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it.

-Soren Kierkegaard

     A friend of mine was excited about the potential lying ahead in the next phase of her life journey. Then, she saw her physician for a routine check-up. The AC-1 test she’d been given revealed she was teetering on the brink of full-blown diabetes.

     So, my friend started walking.

     At first, her body ached, and she was winded after a couple blocks, but each day she walked a bit further. Her stamina increased. Her body grew stronger. Excess pounds dropped off. My friend ‘walked out’ these words of Kierkegaard. Every day she walked herself into a state of well-being and walked away from illness.

     The highway of life is not always as straight as this road in the Palouse countryside. Peaks and valleys, twists and turns are part of the journey. But, I’m convinced an unseen, but real, Divine presence walks alongside and that adventures lie ahead.

But, we must keep walking!

Blessings on your journey…

Sue Reeve

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3 thoughts on “Simple Joys of Summertime Walks…

  1. I totally agree with you, Sue! Dave and I walk about one hour per day. Sometimes we talk so much that we don’t realize how much time has gone by! It leaves us tired but, at the same time, we feel so good that we were able to give ourselves such a nice “gift”, mentally and physically!

    1. Love hearing that, Chris! We’re blessed to have good husbands! Hope you’re enjoying a nice long weekend and haven’t been impacted too much by the east coast storms.

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