Thursday, February 11, 2010

Simple Things...

I grew up in the 70’s, graduated from High School in 1975. I was a big fan of Carole King. She had a lot of good songs, a lot of songs that people remember – Tapestry, Will You Love Me Tomorrow?, I Feel The Earth Move, So Far Away, Where You Lead, Smackwater Jack, Home Again, Way Over Yonder, You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman. There was one song that never became popular; a lot of people probably do not even remember it. But it spoke to me years ago and still does today.

Simple Things
by Carole King & Rick Evers

Simple things mean a lot to me
Some things only children can see
Simple things like horses running free
And easy acceptance of life

Simple things never compromise
All things have a rhythm I can’t realize
I feel content in my freedom
And I feel my freedom is right.

I never want to stop being a child
I want to see the flowers
Growing wild on the hillside
To see the sun rise in the morning

Sunlight growing filling the skies

Simple things of the earth don’t die
They just grow and change as time goes by
There are no questions without answers
I’ve found my answer to life is living
The secret of living is life.

Such a simple song but it says so much. At that time in my life I was not a Christian. I was not brought up in church. I was of the world. I was a sinner. I look at things differently now. Simple things still mean a lot to me. But when I look at the simple things like flowers growing wild, or sunrise filling the skies, or cardinals at the birdfeeder, I think differently now.

I thank God every day for the simple things in my life, for the simple plan of salvation that gave me and everyone else a way to have eternal life, life through Jesus Christ.

And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” 1 John 5:11-12

Do you know Him?

until next time... nel


  1. I was just a decade ahead of you, and I loved Carole King too! Having grown up in the 50s, the simple things of my life were then, and are now among my greatest treasures. Those roots keep me grounded, and I am rarely tempted to live in today's counterfeit joy.

    Growing grass and bird song still get to me!


  2. Childlike faith!! it's the best!!
    Blessings, andrea

  3. Amen! It's the simple things that mean the most.

    I graduated the same year as you, and also love Carole King. :-)

  4. It definitely is the simple things in life that bring happiness the longest. This was a great post Nel!

  5. Lovely poem celebrating the simple things in life and a great posting to honor the singer, the innocence of children, the simple things.

  6. carole king was QUEEN of the charts for years!

    i know where willard MO is! our neice has taught in that school system for years....

    agree: simple = wonderful

  7. I graduated in '69.

    Yes I know Him.

  8. Hi Nell-
    I'm Judd Corizan from the meme Sunday Stealing. ( I thought I'd take the time to invite you and all Random Dozen players to join us this and every Sunday. We have a group of great players who participate. We usually post by 3PM Eastern time on Saturdays.


  9. What a great post! It truly is the simple things that make life so worthwhile.

  10. We'd all do well to pay attention to the simple beauty of God's generous grace.

    He's all around us everyday. How I pray for the eyes to notice him as he arrives.