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Spiritual Growth in Nature

Wrong Side of the Mountain: Check Your Map

Wrong Side of the Mountain: Check Your Map

Check-in with God every day. Make sure your goals are in line with His vision for you. Otherwise, you could end up at the wrong destination. I was still just 20 when I climbed Mount Fuji. I went with a group, all of us young, impetuous, and ready for adventure....

The Higher You Go, the Harder the Winds Blow: Be Ready

The Higher You Go, the Harder the Winds Blow: Be Ready

The following is a reflection on lessons from the natural world when a young boy and his brothers went on a hike to a local mountain. There is a trail in Washington called Poo Poo Point. Yes, “Poo Poo” Point! The name comes from the noise of the trains that used to...

Starting with God: Lessons from My Snowshoe Hike

Starting with God: Lessons from My Snowshoe Hike

I went snowshoeing with my sister on the weekend to start the New Year. It was cold, it was long, but it was wonderful. Here are five things we learned. 1. Find the fun in it I did not like the hike when I focused on the cold and how hard it was. But, if I focused on...

Spending Quality Time with My Parents

Spending Quality Time with My Parents

By Takae Goto It is a tradition in our family to observe birthdays with a short morning prayer before celebrating with food and friends. It’s an opportunity to thank God for my life, parents, and family who supported me through another year. As each year passes by, I...

The God of Creation and Me

The God of Creation and Me

Clear skies during the Northwestern Autumn are few and far between. Last night, the thunderstorms in the morning had cleared just long enough for my children to hurry outside and catch the last few precious rays of the sun. My daughter was pedaling away on her pink...

Bringing Lessons Home from the Mountain Top

Bringing Lessons Home from the Mountain Top

Photo by Takae Goto Family Peace Association youth leadership programs usually include a segment held in the great outdoors, an adventure hike, or the like. This year was no exception and the hikers were given a chance to climb out to what was ominously dubbed “Blood...

A Story of Thanksgiving in Nature

A Story of Thanksgiving in Nature

I bet that if people spent a little time each day, just a minute staring at the stars at night or looking out across forests, mountains, or sparkling water, they would live a lot differently. I was trudging up a rocky trail, a worn path up a rather steep...

Unplug: Lessons From Nature

Unplug: Lessons From Nature

Nature is one of the greatest classrooms life has to offer. College students from across the United States would learn many lessons in just a short week of their summer in the wilderness of Montana. Although a challenge to literally unplug from their normal daily...

Facing Your True Self in Nature

Facing Your True Self in Nature

College students and young adults from across the United States traveled to the wilderness of Montana to participate in an outdoor workshop in September. This is a story from a participant, sharing what he learned from his experience in nature. With thirty...

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