It’s a Beautiful World





The earth has music for those who will listen.      ~George Santayana

I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery – air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.”                            ~Sylvia Plath

I like this place, and could willingly waste my time in it.     ~Wm. Shakespeare

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.   ~R.W. Emerson

If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.   ~V. Van Gogh

I go to nature to be soothed and healed. And to have my senses put in tune once more. ~J. Burroughs


A walk through the forest in autumn has it’s own language. And that language is silence. I hope you will find some time this fall season to enjoy the special rhythm, sway and color of the leaves. I also hope you can do it in silence. I guarantee no one can walk out of the forest feeling the same as when they walked in.

Overflowing peace, joy and union with all of nature awaits.

I pray that we will all experience the gift of enjoying God’s creation in this special season of change. May we all breath deeply, let those shoulders relax, and experience our place in the unity of all the Lord’s creation.

It is a beautiful world.

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39 thoughts on “It’s a Beautiful World

  1. I love to go spend time surrounded by nature to re-charge my spiritual batteries, so to speak.

    I agree with you: “I guarantee no one can walk out of the forest feeling the same as when they walked in.” That is why I crave road-trips – to find a spot of nature where I’ve never been before.

  2. It truly is a beautiful world. This time of year God really shows off with how He paints the trees so many different colors and with gorgeous sunsets!!! Our GOD is so good!!! HOPE you have an awesome rest of the week, Ms. Ceil!

  3. It certainly is a beautiful world Ceil,
    I looked out of our bedroom window at the fields and hills and the coloured doves feeding on the bird table and said to my husband. ‘It definitely is a fool who says ‘There is no God’.
    God bless.

  4. We do live in absolutely beautiful world created by the Most Gifted Painter of all. I am not a Fall person because it means my favorite season is over, but I do relish seeing proof of God’s unchanging nature even though nature changes.

  5. This time of year is one of the most beautiful with all of the arrays of color. Thanks for the reminder to take a moment enjoy the beauty around us.

  6. As I sit here and sip on my coffee, I smile and close my eyes and picture the beauty you have just shared in words. A lovely post, my friend. Yes, God is truly a Master Artist and we are blessed to be able to enjoy such wondrous beauty.

    Thinking of you! Love and hugs 🙂

  7. I love this Ceil.

    Autumn is my favourite season. Although I can’t walk through the forest alone… I enjoy it all the same. The serenity of nature calms me (and my children) – it’s so peaceful.

    God’s creation is everywhere but in this season I am frequently awed by what a wonderful artist He is.

    Thanks for sharing. We just might go for a walk through the forest for homeschooling this week.

  8. I love the beauty that God gives us this time of year. I feel so at peace. Even though there is much going on around me I can still feel it. Thank you for those awesome quotes! 🙂

  9. Thank you, Ceil, for these heart-stirring words. I love the pic and the quotes, too. It amazes me that God changes the color of each leaf and not one leaf drops from the tree without His notice. He is the most amazing Artist and Caretaker there ever was or ever will be. 🙂 Nature always calms my anxieties and lifts my drooping spirits.

  10. Ceil … It could have been right while you were penning this encouragement yesterday that I was out strolling the beautiful grounds of the Vanderbilt mansion overlooking the Hudson River. Camera in hand, breathing deep, appreciating, my stride, walking off all that’s coming at me these days, soaking in His creative beauty right and left.

    And thanking God that He is walking with me.


  11. Thank you, Ceil, for this beautiful post. It reminded me of a place I love to go this time of year and walk through the forest. It is part of one our state parks. I can be all tensed up and the minute I start walking through it I totally relax. Love the name of it, also…Cathedral State Park.

    I love that little darling who is pictured in your header.

  12. Good Afternoon, Ceil!

    I just love Fall! I love the coolness in the air. I love the warm nights by the fire. I love all the magnificent colors on and off the trees. I love the pumpkin fields. I love turning on the oven to bake something yummy and sweet. I love the smells of cinnamon and spice. I just simply love Fall!

    And you are right, when you walk through the forest of trees, there is just something so comforting and peaceful that lies within them. A moment of silence is always needed, especially in this house. 🙂

    I hope you are doing well. It’s been crazy busy here trying to get ready for the guys to go hunting. A mother’s work is never done!

    I hope you have a wonderful week!


  13. We live in a subdivision . . . house lined streets, but they left the woods behind our homes. We’re blessed to watch the seasons from our family room, and enjoy the scent of falling leaves and the sound of dropping acorns each time we go out with our puppy. I love it. My dad always tries to coax us to Florida, but I am a Midwest season loving girl.

  14. Ah… yes!! My most personal moments with God are in nature. His Presence is rich in the wonder of such beauty, as I take long walks and marvel at His Work!! This is exactly how I feel too Ceil!! You said it perfectly…

    God’s masterpiece is miraculous!! I am constantly in awe of it all…

  15. Ceil,

    What fabulous quotes about the beauty and renewing properties of God’s world’s beauty! Several of them resonated with me, but Van Gogh’s stood out the most: “If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.” Yes!

    Jennifer Dougan

  16. A walk through a forest during Autumn has its own language! Amen! I love that line!

    The title of the post immediately had me thinking about how often I love to see or read about what is happening in other parts of our beautiful and large country. God is so good and can be found in all of the beauty. When we travel to far distances by car it seems that the scenery changes so slowly and subtly. When we travel through others’ blogs, the impact is bigger, for me at least.

    We are suppose to have two cold fronts move in in the next week. A drop in temps. Today is warm and HUMID…Saturday will have a high of only 70. Looking forward to that crispier air 🙂

  17. I agree, it is a beautiful world! So thankful for all the wonders of God’s creation. Love this photo. 🙂

    Thanks for your kind comments on my blog. You are so sweet, and I am grateful for your support and friendship! Happy weekend!

  18. Beautiful photo and beautiful words, Ceil. The whole season is just brimming with beauty! I see you and Mindy and I are all on the same page!

  19. I visibly relaxed just reading your words. I feel closest to God when I am out walking among the beauty of His world. I can relate to what it feels like to be surrounded by silence but open to all the whispers that God wants to share. Thank you for words that remind us of God’s glory and love!

  20. In the Netherlands we also have forests. earlier lived wolves in the woods. Not any more. For a century no more. If we walk in the woods it’s liberating. Each season has its own charm. Sometimes I hear the wind rustle through the tops of the trees and then I think about the story of David. That he had to pay attention to the wind in the tops of the mulberry trees. If there is snow in the woods, I remember God’s promise: I’ll make you whiter than snow. Now I enjoy the fall colors. And especially the smell of autumn.

  21. I got it! I’m here in Florida and miss the cool, fresh and amazing beauty of the fall. Just a thought. Fall means death. Is God showing us, in nature, the death in Him is beautiful? Kathryn Kullman said, “Everyday I die and thousand deaths.” Look at what the Lord did in her life. OH! That the autumn blessings find their way in my heart to die a thousand deaths for Him and may the bursting colors of beauty fall at His feet to do with at His good pleasure.

  22. Ceil, just looking at the photo clip for this post, i’m inspired to go for a walk! It’s cool and beautiful! I must say, spring is my favorite season of the year because of the newness of life, and the excitement of looking forward to summer. However, every season has it’s own beauty. So does autumn, with the fallen leaves on our paths, gentle cold breeze and those beautiful heart warming colours. We are so blessed!

    And I pray you have a wonderfully blessed day 🙂

  23. It is a beautiful world. And I love to spend time outdoors noticing the changes with the seasons. Even here in Phoenix, there really are a few changes. But all I have to do is drive two hours north to higher elevations and I can clearly see that autumn has arrived. I can’t wait for the redeemed earth though!!!!

  24. Being in the woods among the quiet beauty of nature is startlingly enjoyable to me…it renews my spirit. This is the time of year things are beginning to quiet down and prepare for the winter which in itself is beautiful but harsh and some time’s brutal…just like in our life we need to quiet down , renew our strength to be prepared for what may be ahead. I must add…I love your header photo♥

  25. Lovely post and the quotes are so inspiring, Ceil … Fall is a beautiful season … the symphony of colours in the nature is wonderful – just admiring a tiny leaf with all the details – One cannot really comprehend the vast and awesome Creation – how much more unique the DNA of each of us is … I was walking today and collected leaves in a basket,bringing some of the colors inside 🙂
    Blessings to your week, Ceil!
    PS: The photo in your header is so sweet!

  26. Your words ring so true Ceil… When we used to go to church we only had to walk to the end of our road. Sometimes I used to have to think hard about whether we could give to the Collection… On those days we would climb up the grassy bank and walk across into the woods past the ruins of the Abbey where the monks worshipped for so many years. Perhaps not the same as a church service – but the link with the past and present and the healing energy of nature certainly did my soul much good.

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