About the Author

Dorina is an author, speaker, teacher, foodie, and trail runner. She helps people chase God's glory down unexpected trails and flourish in their callings. Her latest books include Breathing Through Grief, Kailani's Gift & Chasing God's Glory. Dorina and her hubby Shawn are raising three courageous daughters in Central California.

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  1. Loved this. Thank you for sharing. I feel most connected to our Creator in the trees. We have many large Oaks and Maples, and on days when the sun peaks thorough the leaves and the birds are singing… Those are the moments. ❤️ Totally calming, time seems to stop.

    • Yes I agree with B. And most especially in the fall, the crisp air/blue skies/colorful leaves… I definitely feel God’s presence.

    • I’m with you! I love the trees too. I grew up in the Midwest with maples and oak trees that sing His praises through their colors. Now I live in California where redwoods and sequoias point my hear toward heaven!

  2. I feel God’s presence most in nature, walking a trail through the trees, sitting amongst the flowers, but especially by the water. God has made it all, and I look forward to our return to the Garden, the way He intended it for us from the beginning. Wishing you a beautiful day in His presence.

  3. The mountains. Every time I see the mountains it makes me so happy… that is why I love to travel so much

    • I agree. I can see the outline of the Sierra Nevada mountains from my balcony in the morning. It makes me smile every time, especially when God paints the sky above them!

  4. For me, mountains, lakes, trees and trails covered in a bed of pine needles are the sanctuary God created for me . I am overwhelmed by His majesty and His presence in these settings.

  5. I’m sitting in my back yard that is filled with beautiful flowers and several species of birds singing and scurrying about. I even have some hummingbirds drinking from the fresh nectar I put out this morning. This is my safe place, my refuge from life’s storms. I’m so very thankful for God and His Word. I’m reading from Philippians now, “I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation”. I have committed most of this chapter by memory, because I found myself reading it over and over. His Word is alive and speaks to me often when I’m sitting out here in my safe place.

    • I love to watch the hummingbirds too! They are my mama’s favorite. She has several that come into her yard. Thank you for the model of memorizing scripture. What comfort it brings!

  6. So thankful God the loving father is taking care of everything. Puts me at peace.

  7. The ocean is my peaceful place. We stayed at the Navy Lodge at Coranado when my mom graduated to heaven. My sister and I would slip out in the middle of the night and listen to the waves. The soft sound so soothed our hurting hearts.

    • We just visited Coronado in January for our anniversary. What a magical place! I loved listening to the waves at night too. Such comfort even in the grief!

  8. I love to stare at the ocean and I love to pray by the sea. I can truly see His glory and eternalness.

  9. Being in at our spot by the lake surrounded by the woods. So much nature to engage my senses and marvel at our good Creator.

    • I love that you have that special “spot” too! I grew up close to several lakes. They are a different kind of serene! All Creation sings!

  10. Oceanside is where I am (and my mom too) at peace. I have written poetry and drawn there. I have spent time in prayer and journaling there. My mom is also more at peace there and in no less pain. There is such majesty and evidence of God there.

  11. I love how the ocean has been a messenger of God’s love and presence for you through the years. This is how I feel in the mountains surrounded by tall trees and lush greenery. Indeed, creation speaks!

    • I love how you said that – a messenger! And you know I’m also a mountain girl too – especially when it involves a trail, big trees, and view of the water! I’ll be up near Yosemite this weekend! Can’t wait!

  12. I’m a Colorado gal born and raised so the first time I saw the ocean I felt so small. I was overwhelmed by the seemingly never ending magnitude of it all. In all of nature, from the mighty Rockies to the shores of the Pacific and the Atlantic, God speaks to our hearts and we are filled with His presence. We are truly blessed.

  13. The beach at sunrise! I love trying to be the 1st person on the beach to watch the sunrise. I walk and sing. My 1st song is always “Great is Thy Faithfulness”.

    • I love that image! Yes, the ocean fills me with worship too! Can’t help but sing! And “Great is They Faithfulness” is a longtime favorite. My friends in Haiti used to always sing it acapella for us. Like angels touching heaven!

  14. Thank you for your beautiful words. They brought tears to my eyes for I too am an ocean girl. I grew up in Southern California and then was blessed to live on the beautiful island of Maui. I also have been to the sweet little town of Cambria. The sea is my happy place and many of my closest moments with God have been sitting in the sand watching the waves. After a difficult year I was able to return to Maui for a visit last month. I returned refreshed and with peace in my soul. Thank you dear Dorina, my sister in Christ and lover of the ocean.

    • Megan, Thank you for sharing your heart. Maui is a special place to our family too. My grandma grew up there! I hope to take my daughters there one day. They’ve been to Oahu and the Big Island with me! May God continue to meet you in ocean waves!

  15. Mine is the ocean too, that’s where I get calm and receive or feel Gods presence. Even if the waves are wild it still is a place of wonder, beauty, amazement at the power and creative genius /talent that only Hod could make…

    I feel his peace often there whether I’m walking the dog slowly or pacing up the beach, I can pray and talk to God in my head, I feel more connected to God there.

  16. Dorina,

    I’m a mountain girl myself. Looking at the great Smokey Mountains has me in awe of God. It is especially beautiful in fall when God paints them in such an array of colors. I got to visit the Grand Canyon one year & it was breathtaking. How can people not believe in a supreme being that created all this?

    Blessings 🙂


    • Admittedly, I’m a mountain and an ocean girl! I can see the Sierra Nevada mountains from my balcony, and I love watching how God paints the sunrise each morning!

  17. I grew up close to the sea in New Zealand. I find the sea a very healing place to be, close to my creator who formed me in my mother’s womb, first as a child who did not yet know Jesus, the sea was a place to express my grief, hurt & anger in safety. As an adult, it was also a good place to walk & express my thoughts & feelings to the Lord! I am now old & live a very long way from the sea. I am so grateful for the gift of my childhood growing up near the sea. But even more grateful for my Lord & Saviour who cares for me & understands me!

    • I love that you can call up these memories of how the Creator met you as a child! I would like to visit New Zealand one day with my daughters! Seems so lush and beautiful there!

  18. Hi Dorina (what a beautiful name!). I just discovered your blog today because I was Googling the name of my new children’s book (God and Me at the Sea) to see what would come up. The book was just released a month ago, so it’s fun seeing its presence grow online. So, “God Meets Me Through the Ocean Waves” popped up as I Googled, and I clicked on it. So glad I did! It got me thinking about special places that help me connect with God. For me, it’s often in my minivan, worship music playing, no kids in the back. Just me and God. It’s a bonus if there’s a sunset ahead (or sunrise if I happen to be up that early). I spent ten years in Rhode Island, but we’re in the Midwest now, so hundreds of miles from an ocean. For me, I think lighting, an organized environment (not common with four kids…LOL), and music are the things that bring me peace and put me in a worshipful mood.

    • So nice to meet you here, Shelley! I’m also a children’s author and working on a book about meeting God at the ocean. What a small world! Your book is beautiful! I love the illustrations and the music in the words. I can definitely relate to your story of riding in the minivan with no kids and all the worship music. Such a good place to meet with Him too!