Eyes That Can See.

Last weekend John and I were on a motorcycle ride, enjoying a short cruise on some of our favorite rural roads by the many creeks and rivers in our area.

As we were coming around a corner and cresting the top of a hill, we were greeted with the most beautiful Iowa sunset.

The sky was blue-fading-to-pink with a few white, wispy clouds. The pastures were green and lush, and there was a herd of about 20 Angus beef cattle grazing on a hill in the distance.

We could smell the grass (cue the allergies) and nearby woods. We could feel the dampness of the air as we slowly cruised down the hill into a low spot.

I felt my shoulders relax and my chest broaden. I didn't dare close my eyes for a second; this was a view that I wanted to absorb with every one of my senses. It was in that moment when I said to God, "Thank you for blessing me with eyes that can see this beautiful creation."

You see, I talk to God a lot. He's the best listener.

It was nearly three years ago when I had a medically and emotionally traumatic miscarriage. I was a hot mess. Anxious. Panicked. Scared. Sad. I tell people all the time that the three things that helped me out of that emotional shit-hole were essential oils, a therapist, and Jesus.

Most days that time in my life are but a distant memory. Most days when I am talking to God, I am actually thanking Him.

I thank Him for the ability to work.

I thank Him for our pups and yard birds, which provide us so much joy.

I thank Him for giving me a selfless and hardworking husband.

I thank Him for bringing me to some of the truest friends I've ever known.

I thank Him for the ability to grow food.

I thank Him for our earth, our clean air and water.

I thank Him for the children and students that I see every day. And I thank Him for allowing me to be part of their lives and their teachers' lives.

I thank Him for my mental and physical health; for this body He's given me.

When I take a moment to express gratitude, it's so much easier to be satisfied. Content. It is when I go too long without 'counting my blessings' when I begin to feel unsettled or incomplete. That's not a good feeling.

Which is why I give thanks for eyes that can see while I am on the back of a motorcycle on a hilly country road.

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