“Our life is not a problem to be solved; it is a gift to be opened. The color of the sky, the song of a bird, a word of kindness, a strain of music, the sun on our face, the companionship of friends, the taste of sea air, the shape of clouds in summer, the reds of maples in fall—there are so many gifts in a single life. If we are preoccupied with what is missing and what is broken and wrong, we lose the miraculous harvest of all these tiny gifts, piled one upon the other, that accumulate without our acknowledging them.” (Wayne Muller, How, Then, Shall We Live?)
“When we begin to enjoy all that we already have instead of focusing on what we don't have, we move toward contentment. We become people who are more content when we stop, rest, play, because in those things, we find great freedom. We discover that like a loving parent, God revels in the joy of his children. We are unconditionally loved by God even when we are not working or producing.” (Keri Wyatt Kent, Rest: Living in Sabbath Simplicity)
“The real issue is whether we can learn to see, and then welcome, the divine presence wherever we are.” (Norman Wirzba, Living the Sabbath)
"The Mighty One, God, the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to the place where it sets. From Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth." (Psalm 50:1-2)
"Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth." (Psalm 46:10)
When you take time to pause, how does God open the eyes of your heart to see and appreciate His blessings in your life?