What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?

What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?
Remember: "When God closes a door, He always opens a window!" You never know what might be out there waiting for you!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Why I Love My Open Window

I wonder if I could have a seat in this Adirondack chair and take snooze?

I've had people ask me ever since we moved out to the forest why would we ever want to live so far out from "civilization"?  I want to ask them, "Why do YOU want to live in the middle of too much civilization?"
Too much crime, too much traffic, too many crowds, too much noise, too much strife. Too many rules and laws about such petty things, like how many shrubs you can plant in your own yard, and what kind, and how close to the road.  What kind of grass you are allowed to grow...and what days are you allowed to water your yard and if you are caught watering on the wrong day or too often, you could be fined.  What color you are allowed to paint your house, how many cars you are allowed to have in your driveway at any time, what kind of flags you may fly (if any), how long you may leave up your Christmas decorations or any other kind of decorations. How long your company is allowed to visit...and the lists go on and on and on. You may not believe all of those rules, but I assure you they do exist in communities right near where you live, if not exactly where you live.

I know people who never open their drapes or blinds because they don't want the neighbors to look inside their house, or for the burglars to see what they have that they might want to steal.  There are people who are afraid to walk outside of their homes for fear of the neighborhood hoodlums or even the nosy neighbors.
They live in fear and darkness all the day long. I cannot imagine living like that.

Okay, I know many do not have any other choice. And I apologize if I appear critical of your situation when you may wish you could be somewhere else.  But I started writing this because I wanted to answer the question about why I would ever want to live so far out from civilization.    True, I don't have many shopping opportunities out here in the woods, nor do I have many choices of places to go out to eat.  I don't really have too many close friends or neighbors, although we are working on the "friends" part little by little. And it is true that I have to drive over thirty miles one way to go to my place of employment everyday. With today's skyrocketing gas prices that is a bit of an inconvenience and expense that I'd prefer not to have. But I can't do much about that yet. I still need to work to pay for all this wonderful lack of civilization!

The title of this blog is "Closed Doors, Open Windows."  Our choice of a place to live is the result of a closed door on a home that was far too expensive for us when my husband lost his job due to job cuts, and no longer worth the amount owed. Miraculously, God "opened a window" of opportunity for us to get out from under that burden and placed us in a home that not only was affordable, but exactly in the type of place my heart had always longed for.  The woods. The country. The "boonies", if you wish.  Back to nature. A place where I could leave my window open for a view upon the exciting beauties that only forest living could provide.  Nearly everywhere I look I see green trees and leaves...

Looking out from the sunporch.  The fence is there to keep the bears out of our
patio/courtyard area. Although that doesn't always work, we found out recently!

looking out into my back yard from my bedroom window



You never know what you might see when you look outside my open window:
Looking out my kitchen window we saw this big fella came to get a drink of water one morning

This little guy has been visiting us rather frequently the past few days.

Now this might be a little more than I want to see outside my
open window, but he IS a harmless black snake...and he
takes care of the mice, rats, and even other poisonous snakes!
This little cottontail has become the closest thing to a pet we have. He
seems to feel safe here in our back yard...and we enjoy talking to him. He always
listens and twitches his ears at us as if he really knows exactly what we are saying.
You never know where you might find a new friend peeking out at you!
Then there's these funny lizards who love to show off their "colors".
They think they own the place and show us every chance they get just
who's the boss around here!



Oops! Excuse Me! I didn't mean to interrupt a private moment!

What are YOU looking at?


Okay, I know you probably aren't all that impressed with all my "wild friends" and neighbors.  I suppose I just get overwhelmed with the beauty I find all around me, and I love to share it with you. We don't have a fancy home or great amenities to offer. What we have here is Peace. Joy. Love.  We have hope. The presence of God is in this very place.

Perhaps your place in the middle of "civilization" isn't as bad as I've described above. You may have lovely neighbors, parks, friends, churches, places to shop and enjoy lunch with a friend.  God may have placed you in that exact location to be a lighthouse to others...a person who can be a true friend and neighbor to those in distress. Your home may be exactly what you've always wanted, right in the heart of the city. And that's wonderful...for you! It's where you are supposed to be. And the presence of God is also in that very place.  If you look around you, you can find many things to make you rejoice and be glad for where you are.

I guess it is all in the attitude of the heart.  When I lived in the city I loved where I was at the time, because I knew that was where I was supposed to be. Now that I am in the country, I love where I am, because this is where I am supposed to be. If I had to move back to the city, I would probably be like "Granny" from the Beverly Hillbillies, and you'd have to tie my rocking chair to the top of the truck to get me to move...(just kidding) ...no, seriously, if that is where I believed God wanted me to be, I'd be there, with a smile on my face.  (well, at least I'd try to smile!)

One thing I have learned (and am still learning) in this life is this:

"...I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.  (Verse 13:) I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."  Philippians 4:11-13

And to add to that, I have also learned this:

"And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus."  Philippians 4:19

So, no matter where we may be living, whether it be the country or the city, be content. And if you think that is not possible...claim verse 13 above...and believe what verse 19 says. God will give you the strength you need to be content and to endure the things that you may not fully love about where you are...and if necessary, He will supply the means to get to a better place, in His time and His way.

I pray that wherever you may be tonight, whether it be where you want to be or not, that God will give you His peace and comfort and strength. That He will give you the courage you need to step out on faith to change your situation if that is what is necessary. Or that He will give you that sense of knowledge and gratitude that He has blessed you exactly where you are.

"Finally, brethren, (sistern?), whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy~meditate on these things."
Philippians 4:8 

5 comments:

  1. Pam, I enjoyed your post this morning. I agree with you, although sometimes I think it may be nice to live closer to the city. I live 10 miles outside the city. When we first moved here there were only a few houses near us, now there is too many but it is still quiet and peaceful most of the time. I find neighbors aren't as neighborly these days. When we first moved here when someone would move in nearby I'd take cookies or a cake and welcome them but that's the last I'd see them. Oh well, I'm learning to be content also.

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    1. I know as we get older we may want to rethink our idea of peace and quiet, but until then I am quite content. You are just the kind of neighbor I would LOVE to have! I would also love to be that kind of neighbor, but it is difficult while I am still working. That is what is wrong in most neighborhoods today...the wives all have to work, so they don't have time to bake cookies and stuff anymore. I am so looking forward to retirement...some day!!!!! Like Mr. Rogers sang: "Won't you be?, Won't you be? Please won't you be my neighbor!" :)

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  2. Hi Pam,
    I'm visiting you today from Kim's over at Marmee's Pantry. What a refreshing beautiful place you call home! And isn't it exciting how God closed the door on the house in the city to open the window to where you are now...the place of Peace, Joy, Hope! I love it when He does those things for us. He is always a faithful provider.

    We live in the country also...and we find some beautiful critters roaming around here also...white tail deer, black bear, squirrels, rabbits, and many different bird specimen. Recently, we've been having a red tailed hawk visit on a rather regular basis. He sits on our fence and looks for birds and other things he can prey on.

    I enjoyed my visit here today and have bookmarked so I can come back again! SO nice to meet you!

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    1. Oh, Dianna, any friend of Marmee's Pantry (Kim) is a friend of mine! Thank you so much for stopping by for a visit today! I must check out your blog too. Your home sounds wonderful. Are you in Ohio? We are in Florida. Our bear friend has been visiting our yard a little too closely lately...tore down a few slats from our privacy fence the other night trying to get into our courtyard where the BBQ grill is (we had grilled steaks that evening...and I guess he wanted some too), but he couldn't get in. We hope he doesn't try that again.

      I love the birds, deer, and other critters so much. Yes, the hawks can be menacing to the other birds. But they are so pretty themselves you can't stay too angry at them. In our former house before this one we had Barred Owls, which I had quite a "relationship with." You should go back and read some of the blogs I wrote about them. Here is a link to one: http://pamelasopenwindow.blogspot.com/2011/04/last-farewell.html (I guess it didn't post the link, but that is the address).
      I hope to get more acquainted with you in the near future.
      Blessings to you and yours...and come back again soon!
      Pam

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    2. Hi Pam,
      As much as I wish I lived closer to Kim, we live in West Virginia. I love our state, but it would be fun to be close enough to Kim that we could visit in person OFTEN! ;-)

      I know what you mean about not being able to stay too angry at the hawks because they are so beautiful. At some point next week I have a couple of pictures I took earlier this week of this beauty that I want to share on the blog. I will spend some time soon reading many more posts on your lovely blog!

      Thanks so much for "following" me! That was so sweet of you!

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