Written by: Jennifer Dennis
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There are many benefits to attending Church and congregating with other people who share our faith and it is no wonder that a large percentage of Americans (47%) say that they belong to a church or other place of worship. Of course, in addition to attending church worship, there are many places in which to connect with God, pray, and hone your spirituality. As stated in Proverbs 15:3, “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.” Of course, some places instill a greater sense of calm — the kind that helps us achieve the inner tranquility we need to speak with God. If you are keen on finding a personal, special spot in which to worship Him, the following places may inspire you to make your own list.

Saying a Prayer by the Oceanside
If you will be visiting a sunny spot like California before the winter season commences, consider visiting one of its many beaches at sunrise or sunset. The golden-red hues of the sun, the feel of the warm sand beneath your feet, and the sound of the waves crashing against the shore can all help you feel more connected with God’s majesty. If you are with family (and little children), then you can all say a small prayer together, choosing a child-friendly Californian beach like La Jolla Cove, Children’s Pool, Crystal Cove State Park, Coronado Beach, or Carlsbad State Beach. Some beaches have beautiful marine life like dolphins and seals, while others have graceful seagulls flying on the horizon. If you will be praying, pick a time in which the beach is less crowded so you can feel closer to God while also being more in tune with your thoughts and emotions.

Finding God in the Forest
In some parts of the world, such as Japan, people who are stressed and wish to reconnect with their inner worlds head to the forest to enjoy what is known as a forest bath. In reality, all this involves is opening one’s senses o sight, touch, sound, and taste, so as to lower stress hormone levels and feel calmer and more spiritual. Embraced by the beauty of nature, it is easy to feel at one with God and to enjoy the silence and peace that make an ideal background for prayer. The U.S. is home to a bevy of beautiful green spots — including the Tongass National Forest in Alaska, the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in Washington, and the Coconino National Fores in Arizona. Even if you aren’t near one of these verdant spots, you can always achieve similar benefits by visiting a local park or green area during a quiet time of the day. 

Church worship is an ideal way to celebrate the glory of God in the presence of others who share your faith. However, in addition to attending service, you can also pray to God in spaces that remind you of his power, grace, and majesty. Beaches and forests are two ideal spots for this purpose, but regardless of where you are, you can always take part in prayer or talk to God. Just choose a quiet, uncrowded, peaceful spot that is conducive to introspection and communion with the Lord.

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