I believe there is beauty to be had in the ordinary, simple, every day moments of life. Yet more often than not, my vision is cloudy. I rush here and there, with my eyes half open, only seeing the same old, mundane things that are right in front of my face. I long to slow down, to take time to really look and see the beauty that is all around me. I long to see His beauty.
I need to learn to stop, to be still, and to be intentional at seeking it out.
You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13)
To truly see Him, my whole heart must be involved in the process. But most days, I feel as if I am looking at life with half a heart, while the other half is wrapped up in the busyness of every day. My desire is for the moments that take my breath away, for those moments which cause me to stop and say “wow, how beautiful”. Yet at the same time, I realize there is beauty to be revealed in the messes of life, in the piles of unfinished laundry and the dirty dishes in the sink.
A flower may look like an ordinary flower, but given a closer look, I may notice the lady bug that has settled in the center.
The sun may look the same to me every day, but I might take the time to notice how the light from its rays changes the color of my daughter’s hair.
I may go to the same job every day, but I don’t want to miss the beautiful gifts that await me there.
This year, I want to be intentional at seeking out the Giver of gifts, and uncovering the treasures that lay beneath the surface of my life. I thought perhaps I would begin my counting with Ann’s Joy Dare prompts. But for me, it was actually harder. I found myself scrambling for subject matter and thus missing the beauty of “eyes wide open seeing”. So I will count. I will count to see His beauty. I will share my gifts with you every week. I may share three. I may share five. I may share 10 or more. The point is not in the number of gifts, but in the seeing.
In order to see beauty, one must open their eyes. I think I’ve been living with my eyes half open. My prayer is that God would awaken my heart, my mind and my eyes to His beauty.
Beautiful gifts #1-10
*Hot coffee on a cold morning.
*Youngest son playing basketball outside laughing with joy.
*The power of God’s Word.
*A new church building (we move in two weeks)!
*New paints for creative expression.
*Friends who love me through the hard seasons.
*Blogging friends who give me courage to dream.
*God’s continued financial provision.
*Grace for homeschooling (which I need lots of right now).
*My son’s dimples.
How about you friend? Are you counting your gifts? I would love to visit your list. If not, share one thing below that you are thankful for.
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