With everything going on around the world I have been trying to take time to see his beauty. I have been feeling the need to take a break from all the ills of our world and just enjoy life, the “little” things.

I enjoy gardening veggies, fruits, and flowers, so that is where I go to think and pray. The birds and butterflies keep me company and the sun keeps me warm and happy. Walks and enjoying the turning leaves, playing games in the yard with grandbabies (and lots of time digging in the dirt with my grandsons to gather potatoes.) Each of the boys got at least 20 little pumpkins to share in their classrooms.

I take breaks from my work life to prepare for North Dakota winters, canning, freezing and dehydrating. I love opening the freezer in the middle of the long winter and finding food prepared from my own garden ready to enjoy. Last weekend I picked tomatoes, various peppers, onions, carrots and green beans. Then it was into the kitchen to chop, dice and slice them and make meals for the freezer. I was able to get a crock pot of chili and a crock pot of beef stew.

Sadly, the world sneaks back into my thoughts with concern over what is happening in our lives. My prayers become heavier, the women of Afghanistan, the issues facing our own children, it can be overwhelming. We are in such a battle for the wellbeing of the children. Medical decisions overruled, biology perverted, children being taught to judge others by skin color not the contents of their hearts. Parents expect schools to teach reading, writing and arithmetic, to teach critical thinking so children to learn how to think for themselves, not spoon fed a political agenda. Yet we are terrorists.

A few weeks ago, we re-watched the wonderful John Adams HBO miniseries. There is a scene late in Adam’s life, he is walking with his son, John Quincey, and he is captivated by a simple flower and by the beauty of his farm. In the movie, "Amazing Grace," there is a scene where Wilberforce stares at a spider web and wonders at all of the flowers and growing things. Depicted are two people in the battle – fighting for the American Experiment or fighting to abolish slavery. One, Adams, was so caught up in the fight he missed the simple things, the “little” things. The other, Wilberforce, slowing down at times in the midst of battle to take in the beauty and mystery around us. Follow Wilberforce, we can do both.

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Take time to enjoy the little things, the beauty of creation and be prepared to take on the issues of this world. Be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might.

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. (Eph. 6 modified)

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Grande represented the 41st District in the N.D. Legislature from 1996 to 2014. She is CEO of the Roughrider Policy Center, an "innovation over regulation" think tank. She is a wife, mom, grandma, lover of life and Jesus. Opinions are solely her own.

This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Forum's editorial board nor Forum ownership.