As the saying goes, sometimes you literally need to “stop and smell the roses.” That’s precisely what happened to me the other day while sitting in my best friend’s backyard pavilion, enjoying a warm cup of coffee on a beautiful summer morning.

The first thing that struck me was a deep sense of serenity. The sun’s warmth soaked my skin, and a gentle breeze rustled through the leaves. The symphony of nature surrounded me—birds singing their cheerful melodies, neighbors chatting, and a playful dog barking in the distance. Even the occasional car passing by and the distant hum of the highway seemed to weave into the background rhythm of the day.

A lawnmower sputtered to life somewhere nearby, adding another layer to the soundscape. Looking up, I saw the vast expanse of a clear blue sky dotted with fluffy white clouds. My friend’s American flag fluttered gently in the breeze, and a wave of gratitude washed over me. Even the faint scent of dryer sheets wafting from a neighbor’s laundry held a strange charm. My dog stretched contentedly on the grass seemed to radiate peace, too.

In that quiet moment (as I found myself nodding off), I couldn’t help but be reminded of Jesus’ words in the Sermon on the Mount: “Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, Yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these” (Matthew 6:28-29). Jesus reminds us that God’s love and grace are everywhere, even in the most ordinary things – the birds singing, the sunshine on our skin, the gentle hum of everyday life.

Taking a moment to appreciate these simple wonders can be a powerful form of prayer. It allows us to quiet the constant noise of our busy lives, and really be present in the moment, and to experience the joy of God’s creation in all its richness.

All In All

As I sat there, savoring the beauty and tranquility of that moment, I realized the importance of slowing down and being mindful of the simple wonders surrounding us. In our helter-skelter lives, it’s easy to overlook these moments of grace and connection. Jesus’ words are a timeless reminder that God’s love and beauty are ever-present, waiting for us to pause and appreciate them.

When I left my friend’s backyard that morning, I carried with me a renewed sense of gratitude and a commitment to take more (micro) moments in my day to stop and truly appreciate the world around me.


In that stillness, I found a profound form of prayer that didn’t require words but rather an open heart and a receptive spirit. I am reminded that God can be found not only in grand gestures and significant events but also in the everyday tapestry of life itself.

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  1. Hi, Paula. I hope you are doing well. This post really touched my soul. I get it. This will be featured at the Gma’sPhoto | ge•ner•ic Linkup Party #38 that opens Friday, June 28th 00:01 Central time.

    Again I hope you are doing well. Have a wonderful week ahead.
    Take care and best wishes.

  2. Beautiful! What a perfect description of the morning. Yes, if we can just take the moment to stop and pay attention, there is SO MUCH God has given us to enjoy, appreciate, and even relish. I can see His love for us everywhere. Visiting from Talking About it Tuesdays.

  3. Such beautiful words, Paula. I sensed the peace just reading them! You have a way with words that always stands out and blesses me!

  4. Paula, what a gift to find serenity and stillness in the comfort of a friend’s backyard. And how precious of our God to provide all the beautiful elements in creation to bring His peace to you. May we always have eyes and ears to sense His Presence.

  5. We all need those micromoments every single day to be reminded to look for the goodness and beauty all around us. Thanks for letting us experience them here through your words!

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