What’s Your Definition of Paradise? {Masterpiece Weekend}

 

These weekend features are to remind us of the INGS of life. The Doing. The Nothing. The Speaking (of the Holy Spirit). The Listening (of our hearts).

Masterpiece WeekendWhen you hear the word Paradise, what comes to mind? Is it sun soaked beaches? Comfy cabanas next to the pool? As a girl who lives in a cold weather state (we see snow six months out of the year), Paradise usually conjures up mental pictures of something somewhere warm.

But what if our imaginations could be convinced to be more content and click to images of our own backyard upon hearing that word (or porch, or nearby park, as the case may be)?

BONFIRING

As a family who lives in a Alaska, we are blessed with a big backyard. And in its wild vastness, we have filled it with friends, family, food and laughter, not to mention a slackline, a trampoline, and a well-loved fire pit. We like a little activity mixed in with our relaxation. Not exactly the kind of family that sits around the flames singing Kumbaya (kum-bye-ahh) all night long. We cook hot dogs, roast marshmallows; conversing about anything and everything, laughing long and hard, while attempting to keep the mosquitoes at bay (which requires ninja-like swatting skills). But there is something about fire that pulls you in. It’s mesmerizing. It’s simplistic, yet complicated. It’s unpredictable. It warms the body as well as the soul. It’s therapeutic. Quite simply, sitting around a bonfire is my favorite way to spend a summer evening in our backyard paradise. 

Backyard Paradise CollageWhich brings me to my next favorite ING…

HAMMOCKING

If a bonfire can mesmerize, a hammock can flat out put you to sleep. It’s like a bed and a lullaby rolled into one object of relaxation with the sole purpose of forcing you to slow down and stay awhile. And what mom doesn’t need a little reminder to take a Mommy Time-Out from time to time?

So how would you define Paradise? This weekend, may you find your Unwind. Your Object of Rest. Your Paradise. And after you’re all good and chillaxed, tell us about it. We’d love for you to join in the conversation by adding your own two bits in the Comments area below. Have a great weekend, friends! May you see the fingerprints of the Creator wherever you go…

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Anne-Renee Gumley

Anne-Renee is a full-time mom who works part-time at her family's party store. She has two children who keep her laughing, a husband who keeps her smiling, and an itch for writing that just won't go away.
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Anne-Renee is a full-time mom who works part-time at her family's party store. She has two children who keep her laughing, a husband who keeps her smiling, and an itch for writing that just won't go away.

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  1. Sat down to take a break and read your posting 🙂 This moment of paradise included sitting still (for more than 5 min), comfy pants and a hot cup of tea. I think we might bonfire tonight 🙂 Great idea!!

  2. We live in the Seattle area so it is lush and green and paradise – like outside…If you have a covering. Yes, covering is my ING word for paradise because it rains here so SO much! But with a covered porch (which our new house has, thank you Lord!), a blankie (you know, those warm, fuzzy, miniature versions of blankets), a comfy lounge chair, and a cup of coffee, I can sit out there for hours enjoying the wildlife with the soothing sounds of the rain while staying dry! Yep, paradise 🙂

    • Love it, Katrina! Crazy as it sounds, I really do miss those Pacific Northwest rains. Guess my feet will always be somewhat webbed (haha). Really like your description of CoverING. The cover of your porch and blanket, and emotional covering of your comfy chair and cup of coffee. Mmmmm. I can see it. Smell it. Feel it. Love how God covers His people, protecting us and providing for us. Good stuff. Thanks for sharing your paradise, friend!

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