Fire Destruction – Spring Renewal

Let’s trek to the Santa Monica mountains from Mulholland boulevard! The path starts with mustard seed plants leading to renewal and growth at the Cistern Trail overlooking Malibu Lake. It was a glorious site to see after the destruction of fire that rampaged close to my home located at the foot of the Santa Monica mountains and this trail.

We were evacuated and then after five days of courageous fire fighters on the scene, we thankfully returned home to do some clean-up. Instead of the usual cool, clean air from the Pacific Ocean, the smell of burned soot was everywhere. Air filters were changed and changed again. Rain cleansed the earth that brought up compacted ash. When I began to see new growth of green sprouting on the hillside, it gave my heart hope.

“The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.” – John 1:5

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Light shines its renewal after the fire on Cistern Trail, Santa Monica mountains.

 

 

Fire Destruction and Regrowth

A fire burned tree shadows the flourishing beauty of Lupine flowers.

 

Hiking on Cistern Trail

Hiking is fun to share with my daughter, Marianna, Tucker and Sammy!

 

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Cistern trail to Lookout trail on the Santa Monica mountains.

There were lovely flowers along the way, butterflies and caterpillars. My daughter and my sister trekked ahead of me down towards Cage Creek trail, while I took some pictures.

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Nature’s beauty along Cistern trail and Lookout trail.

 

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Lookout trail to Cage Creek trail below.

Where’s Waldo? Or should I ask, “Where is Marianna?”

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Marianna does a leg stretch along the trail!

 

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Hiking with my daughter, Marianna, my sister, Linda and her two dogs.

Hiking is fun but can be strenuous exercise. After this hike, I decided to invest in some hiking shoes as I want to do it more often. It’s a free adventure that is inspirational and stress relieving. It is a breath of fresh air, away from computers and traffic!

My sister, Linda lives in Westlake Village and she showed me some Poppy and Lupine flowers that were growing in all their splendor. It’s hard to believe that the mountains behind me in this picture collage were also filled with fire.

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Enjoying the flowers blooming in my life!

The hills are now beautifully draped with yellow-tipped, mustard seed plants too numerous to count.

I wondered if Jesus was walking or hiking on the hillsides with his disciples, Matthew and Luke, when he spoke about the faith of a mustard seed that can move mountains and uproot mulberry trees. Yes! I think so!

Wishing you a blessed Easter,

Maria Lauren, AKA Maria Elena Alberici

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Renewal – My dance with the Lord

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“I believe God works in His time, not ours. God orchestrates our lives, so we might as well dance to the music.” – Your Powerful LIFE blog

 

“I believe God works in His time, not ours. God orchestrates our lives, so we might as well dance to the music.” – Maria Lauren, AKA Maria Elena Alberici – Riccio 

I can’t remember a time when I didn’t know Jesus. As a child, my eight siblings and I were raised very differently than other children. Back then, living on a plant-based diet was not a cool thing to do. Everyone thought we were going to be weaklings because we didn’t eat meat.

Praying as a family got us through many challenges, even financial difficulties. These spiritual roots grew deeper when I learned bible stories in religion class, my favorite school subject. I took my Catholic education seriously and the bible to heart.

I was not part of the popular group but Jesus was my friend.

Even now,  Jesus is my Savior, God the Father is my Creator and the Holy Spirit gives me inspired intuition.

When I feel needy and weak, I am made strong. When I am overwhelmed, I am given peace. In every season of my life, there are little miracles that help me connect the dots as my life unfold. My heart swells with this knowing and I am so grateful.

“Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you. Before you saw the light of day, I had holy plans for you.” – Jeremiah 1:5

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Your Powerful LIFE is wired to God’s Purpose

God has given me abundant life with abundant emotions. This wiring gives me a wide scope for compassion in whatever I do, wherever I am. As seasons change, so do I, but what never changes is God’s presence within me. I am nurtured by the love of God’s grace,  the wisdom through Gods word and beauty by God’s design. 

Every moment is filled with the Holy Spirit but I have to take a moment to appreciate it and know it. I am loved by God’s awesome love, a love of power, humility,  commitment and renewal.

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Thy Will Be Done

On this Easter Sunday, I recall the gift, passion, teachings and healing of Christ into glory.

My life has had frustrations, despairs and even suicidal thoughts creeped in to destroy me but through the pain, Christ has revealed himself more fully to me.

In my fear, I have found courage as I run with the Lord towards a resurrected life. 🙂

Below, are links of my past blog posts that ‘share some of my reflections. When life has been full of darkness, the Light can always be found…

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Have a blessed Easter sharing in the resurrection and renewal of Christ.

Maria Lauren, A.K.A. Maria Elena Alberici – Riccio

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Music and Meditations for relaxation and renewal…

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“Your Powerful LIFE” is a blog about LIFE: Living, Inspiration, Fitness, Entertainment… It is produced in my own time and solely reflects my personal opinions. Statements on this site do not represent the views or policies of my employer, past or present, or any other organization with which I may be affiliated. All content is copyright.