It's Berry Season {focusing on what is lovely}

Leaving the grocery store yesterday I spotted a stand selling all kinds of berry bushes. I had just been inside the store purchasing fresh blueberries, raspberries and strawberries to make my triple-berry trifle later this week. Inspired, I pulled my tiny digital camera from my purse and began snapping away. My son, a bit exasperated to be seen with his mother photographing outside the grocery store said in a droll tone, "Let me guess, for the blog?" His comment made me laugh ~ both at his sarcasm and at myself. I guess I have slipped into a habit of seeing the world around me through blogging-colored glasses. It's just that having created my very own tiny space on the web has reignited a fire in me for the beauty and majesty of the everyday world we all see but may have stopped noticing in our daily lives. It has begun to feel like a privilege to bring my humble observations to my dedicated readers and those who accidentally stumble into Misty's Mornings.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Philippians 4:8 (RSV)

Isn't it fantastic to be commanded to focus on those things in life that are beautiful, true, pure and good for us? Think about how rare it truly is to find sources in life that focus on these characteristics.

It is easy to be fooled into believing that the world is full of mean-spirited people, that our environment is totally polluted or that it is Pollyanaish to simply enjoy life and live it happily.

But it's not. I know because I see people sandbagging for strangers, donating money to churches and giving freely to people in need. I hear beautiful music being made and see people whose eyes well up at the sound. I see flags flying, families laughing and couples holding hands in church and babies being cradled by adoring mothers.

And when I see berries ripening on vines outside the grocery store I have to stop, to notice that which is worthy of praise. And as I click my photos I think God is good, life is good and I don't want to miss any of it.

Misty Nagel is a former English and Spanish teacher turned Catholic convert and stay at home mother of three busy boys. She writes about the beauty of everyday life at Misty's Mornings (http://mistysmornings.blogspot.com/) and also shares some favorite family recipes at her Bake Me Away blog (http://bake-me-away.blogspot.com/).