Coram Deo ~

Looking at contemporary culture from a Christian worldview


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I’ve written a lot about calling, vocation, work, and leadership, all passions of mine. But right now, as I sit on the patio under an umbrella on a windy day, I’m really just trying to find a way to keep the squirrels and chipmunks out of our bird feeders. I’m also thinking about the simple pleasures in life. You know, like:

God’s Creation

  • Getting that much needed rain for your yard or plants you just planted
  • A cool breeze
  • The smell of fresh cut grass
  • A beautiful sunset
  • Sitting on the beach watching the ocean waves
  • A rainbow
  • Seeing the first growth of sweet corn or soybeans in the fields in central Illinois
  • The Fall colors (trees)
  • A walk along the beach
  • Snow-capped mountains
  • Walking along the path around Geneva Lake in Wisconsin


  • Taking that first bite of a juicy peach or slice of watermelon
  • The smell of fresh popped popcorn at the theatre
  • Taking a long draw on a tall glass of sweet tea from Chick Fil-A
  • Eating pizza, just about any pizza
  • Searching out the best doughnuts in whatever city you’re in
  • A great burger


  • Hearing one of your favorite songs on the radio
  • Watching the birds and hearing them sing
  • An on-time, turbulent free plane trip
  • A walk-off win by the St. Louis Cardinals
  • Taking a nice walk
  • Going to Disney World
  • Listening to a new record by one of your favorite artists
  • Picking up your dog from vet and seeing how happy they are to go home
  • Hitting a great golf shot
  • Hearing everyone sing a great hymn or praise song at your church
  • A place to lay your head, to call home
  • Going for a hike
  • Reading a good book, especially by one of your favorite authors
  • Going to a movie that you’ve been looking forward to
  • Summer vacation with the family
  • Binge-watching one of your favorite shows
  • Taking a bike ride
  • Wearing new clothes for the first time
  • Christmas traditions
  • Attending the Ligonier Ministries National Conference in Orlando

These are just a few of the simple pleasures that I can think of. What would you add to this list?

Author: Bill Pence

I’m Bill Pence ~ married to my best friend for more than 40 years and a St. Louis Cardinals fan. Before retiring I served as a manager at a Fortune 50 company; I'm a graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary and in leadership at my local church. I enjoy speaking about calling, vocation and work. I am a life-long learner and have a passion to help people develop to their fullest potential and to utilize their strengths more fully. I am an INTJ on Myers-Briggs, 3 on the Enneagram, my top five Strengthsfinders themes are: Belief, Responsibility, Learner, Harmony and Achiever, and my two StandOut strengths roles are Creator and Equalizer. My favorite book is the Bible, with Romans my favorite book and 2 Corinthians 5:21 my favorite verse. Some of my other favorite books are Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper, The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul, The Prodigal Son (originally titled A Tale of Two Sons) by John MacArthur and Crazy Love by Francis Chan. I enjoy Christian hip-hop/rap music, with Lecrae, Trip Lee and Andy Mineo being some of favorite artists.

One thought on “SIMPLE PLEASURES

  1. This post reminds me of a book, “14,000 Things to Be Happy About” by Barbara Ann Kipfer. I had the Page-A-Day desk calendar for a couple of years. All the book is, is a list of 14,000 ‘simple pleasures’. The desk calendar was 5 per day. Loved it, as it gave me some happy thoughts each day! I had a widowed aunt who was battling cancer in the 1990’s, and I sent her a copy of the book…and she LOVED it. She joked that she never thought she would like a book that had absolutely no plot, but that one gave her some happy thoughts amidst her treatment process. Sadly, her cancer ended with her death, but I cherish the memories of being able to send some light into her life during a difficult time.

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