“Father, make of me a crisis man. Bring those I contact to decision. Let me not be a milepost on a single road;
make me a fork
, that men must turn one way or another on facing Christ in me.” - Jim Elliot

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Creating Beauty, Again... and Again

It is already forgotten... the rain... the dreary... the cold... because today there is sun and blue sky and warmth in the air and every color in the rainbow spectrum.  And I have been spending most of my day on my patio.  And it reminded me of this previous post and that I need to create beauty especially when I have a hard time seeing any at all.

September 20, 2007

In the Garden

Okay, so I've been a little melancholy lately. I decided to give you a break from my grieving. I know you can benefit from it, but sometimes we need to think about beautiful things, right?

On Saturday, I had my quiet time in the garden. I've started a Beth Moore study, Beloved Disciple, and I had some journaling to do for my grief class homework (oops, there I go, again). Plus, I had an e-mail that a friend had forwarded to me with a devotion on gardening. She was so cute! She said, "Ok, I promise I won't only think of you in terms of gardening and won't continue to bombard you with e-mails about gardening. But thought you might have some kindred spirits here." Please, keep thinking of me in terms of gardening! Whatever draws me closer to the Lord!

Anyway, I took extra time to prepare my solitary place. And I realized I was creating beauty. I brought out extra candles. I poured my lemon-flavored Dasani bottled water into a glass. I pulled out the zucchini muffins I had made - heated them - and placed them on a darling little dessert plate and surrounded it with sliced apples. I really started getting into it when I moved two of my Willow Tree angels outside. Prayer and Good Health.

As I sat down to read the devotion my friend had sent me, I could barely read through the tears. Here was a devotion on gardening which was on beauty!
Beauty has been defined as, "things that please us when seen." But why do certain things please us? No answer satisfies me. Perceptions of beauty, I suppose, are instinctive, intuitive, and inexplicable. I know beauty when I see it and that's about all I can say.

The pleasure of beauty, however, is transient. All of us, I believe, have had the experience of finding something exquisitely beautiful and then discovering one day that it no longer pleases us. Beauty is not end in itself, but points beyond itself to something better and more beautiful.

...The beauty of holiness, on the other hand, is "unfading."[1 P
eter 3:4] That encourages me a good deal.

There is other encouragement here: Through the beauty of holiness we may become the means by which others are drawn to God who is the source of all goodness and beauty. Peter puts it plainly, "Live such good (beautiful) lives among unbelievers that…they may see your good (beautiful) deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us" (1 Peter 2:12). - David Roper
So, my challenge to you today is to create beauty for yourself. Yes, it will take a little extra effort, but think about how it will change your outlook on today... and tomorrow. You know, if it would help, why don't you come over and visit my garden?


gideonmommasita said...

What a refreshing space you made! I made the dog beautiful today does that count...she got her monthly shave and sat in my lap the whole time so then it looked like I needed a shave.

vintage girl at heart said...

so pretty... your little slice of heaven.
a perfect place to study and relax.

a portland granny said...

What a beautiful spot! It looks like a cozy retreat you created for yourself.

I like the new look on your blog!

Have been reading, but not commenting. Loved the pictures of Christopher!

I think boys are much easier to take through the teens than girls...at least that was my experience.

KB said...

Thank you for your comment on my last post. Very true and encouraging. I so appreciate you stopping by. Love your posts.

Anonymous said...

I love this:::: "Live such good (beautiful) lives among unbelievers that…they may see your good (beautiful) deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us" (1 Peter 2:12)"

Ms.Daisy said...

I love being with you in your garden! It looks so soothing besides being lovely. I am glad for you that the sun is finally shining! It was 99 and humid here today. LOL! :)

Lora said...

I Peter 3:4 - I loved it! Your space is absolutely gorgeous!