Cassie Steele (Contributing Editor) – OCP News Service – 28/8/18
Some of the latest statistics show that approximately 260 million individuals worldwide are Orthodox Christian. These numbers have increased in the last century, as people continue to seek a true and meaningful connection with God. For those who are already part of the church, making Christianity part of your daily life is crucial for growing in your faith. In addition to reading the Bible, devotionals, and attending church services, there is another subtle way to make God the focus of one’s daily thoughts. Bringing elements of life and nature into your home can help remind you of the wonders that have been created. Learn more about three specific ways you can bring the beauty of God’s creation into your home for daily faith strengthening.
Domestic animals such as fish, dogs, cats, and birds are a joyful addition to almost any home and family. Studies have found that in the U.S. alone, 68% of households own at least one pet. Why do so many people choose to welcome animals into their homes? In addition to characteristics such as loyalty, playfulness, and a loving attitude, pets are a wonderful way to appreciate the creatures that God has put on Earth. Being a pet owner is also an exceptional way to care for the animals that mankind has been entrusted with. One of the best ways to find the right pet for your home is by visiting high-need animal shelters in your local community.
Flowers and plants
From the beginning verses in Genesis, imagery of the Garden of Eden paints a picture of stunning plant life, flowers, and edible produce. Although this exact kind of exquisite beauty is not experienced in today’s imperfect world, there is still something to be said about nature as we know it. Flowers and plants of all kinds evoke feelings of appreciation, happiness, and kindness toward this specific form of life. If you are looking to brighten up the inside of your home, find plants and flowers that will thrive in your environment. Even small spaces can benefit greatly from the introduction of a single flower or plant. If you have a bit more space to work with, creating an outdoor garden is a fantastic way to appreciate the beauty and complexity of the world.
Images of nature
Has nature ever taken your breath away? From waterfalls to mountains, God has provided people with an entire planet of beautiful outdoor scenes. While you can’t always travel to places that make you feel inspired, you can include images and paintings of nature in your home. Before finding the art you’d like to include on your walls, consider the images of nature that fill you with the greatest sense of appreciation.
Making your faith the focus of life can be challenging at times. However, when surrounded by God’s most impressive expressions of life and grace, one can easily re-focus his or her thoughts toward what matters most.
Cassie Steele – OCP News Service