But, as the days have passed - I have been led and my eyes and heart have been opened to beauty! Thank you for all of your positive feedback during this month ~ David has even commented that I've had some good posts this month. And, I wondered aloud to him if one reason could be that when we are writing from something deep within us - that comes across. When we are blah about a topic or not interested as much, it can come across as blah and not interested.
When it is from the depths of what makes us tick or feel alive, though, that is sensed from others. But I need to insert here that these words, these ideas for beauty have been His ideas!
One thing I've learned blogging is that there may be something I think I really want to write or share but when I type it out it isn't always sitting right with me. And, when I wait to hear what He would like me to share ~ it comes in His time. If I have to force a post to make it happen or come together, it is not likely something that I should be writing at the moment!
It has amazed me how many times I thought I had a post in my mind and then when I sat down to write it - it just wasn't right. And, it has amazed me how opened my eyes have been to beauty. I can't stop seeing it since I've been immersed in processing it. I've been looking for beauty among the ordinary every day-ness of life and I love it!
Not only that - but numerous times, I just shared my life and what was going on in my heart or home and found beauty in those times. To be able to look at my own life and the things I remember from the week before and share those in beauty - what a gift!
Thank you for walking this journey of beauty with me. I feel like we've barely scratched the surface of all that beauty encompasses. How is it possible that I could write something about beauty every day for 31 days? I'm in awe myself - of the only One who could make that possible.
The Author of beauty, the Creator of all beauty, the One who instills this need and love for beauty deep within. He is the only One who could do this and I am grateful for this beauty in and of itself.
And, I love this quote my friend Angie sent in:
~Louisa May Alcott
And, from church yesterday - I appreciated this song, especially the last verse:
May the mind of Christ, my Savior,
Live in me from day to day,
By His love and power controlling
All I do and say.
May the Word of God dwell richly
In my heart from hour to hour,
So that all may see I triumph
Only through His power.
May the peace of God my Father
Rule my life in everything,
That I may be calm to comfort
Sick and sorrowing.
May the love of Jesus fill me
As the waters fill the sea;
Him exalting, self abasing,
This is victory.
May I run the race before me,
Strong and brave to face the foe,
Looking only unto Jesus
As I onward go.
May His beauty rest upon me,
As I seek the lost to win,
And may they forget the channel,
Seeing only Him.