“In all ranks of life the human heart yearns for the beautiful; and the beautiful things that God makes are his gift to all alike.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe
I know people who choose a word for the new year and focus on it for their personal and spiritual growth. I haven’t done that – at least not until this new year. A word came to mind that has followed me like a lost puppy for a few weeks now. So I guess I’ll have to keep it! The word is beauty.
I believe God designed us to be drawn to the beautiful. He lures our hearts with what is attractive. I had an artistic friend who once told me I should surround myself with beautiful things. I took that to heart, but now I’m realizing I don’t have to put beautiful things in my path, they are already there. I just have to look.
This year I am looking for beauty in . . .
. . . the natural world.
. . . the arts.
. . . God’s Word.
. . . God’s character.
. . . other people.
. . . my own soul.
It seems that the most captivating kind of beauty is that which is inside a person. There are people we may not be drawn to because of physical beauty, but there is something in their soul that attracts us: Something deep in their being that seems right and good and beautiful. I’m looking for that kind of beauty as I go about my day today. Want to join me?
“. . . whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” – Philippians 4:8b
What a wonderful word for the year. Yesterday I shared a few beautiful and real flowers made by the LORD in all His creativity. I am attaching pictures. The first one is real-had to verify it for the sisters – yellow faced sun orchid. Blessings on your day! Ruth
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Love your comments, Ruth. For some reason, the pictures did not come through, but flowers are certainly one of God’s ways of sharing amazing beauty with us! And you with others. . .
Love your response, Linda! Hoping we are both overwhelmed with beauty this year.