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seeing is believing.

May has been incredibly beautiful where I live.

Snow flurries were around at the beginning, but then, spring broke through and pushed away the lingering cold.

When the snow melted and the first green poked through the cold, wet ground, I was filled with fresh hope. The daffodils I planted in the fall woke up from their long sleep, popping their sunny heads all around. But then my heart sank to see my favorite purple and yellow tulips did not survive.

Our life ebbs and flows with beauty and devastation. And yes, some losses are bigger than lost tulips.Yet, God is over all of it.

All of it.

Seeing is believing.

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photo credit: kathy moulton

 

friday’s quote.

I don’t think of all the misery

but of the beauty that still remains.

-Anne Frank
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beautiful world.

The world is such a beautiful place. But it is also a broken world where ugly resides with beauty, evil resides with good.

The beauty is a reminder of God’s presence.

Why is their both? I don’t know the answer and believe me, I’ve had my times of shaking my fist at him. Thing is, God does not reject us for this. He understands and patiently waits for us to trust him through accepting both as it comes. What else can we do? Live out our lives with anger or bitterness? If we do, we’ll soon stop seeing the beauty.

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When life hurts, when things get tough, God always sends something beautiful. In fact, it’s when you are steeped in the ugliness that beauty becomes more vivid, more appreciated, and more focused.

Let peace settle over you. Be patient. Embrace beauty.

 

walls.

The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy.

-Jim Rohn

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Ever see a flower growing in an unexpected place?

Even a rusty fence can be home for a delicate vine.

We all have barren places in our lives. Don’t let that emptiness you feel make you hopeless. There is ugliness in life but there is also beauty. They dwell together.

It’s far too easy to become hardened and bitter, and before you know it, you’ve  built a wall of protection around yourself.

Don’t keep the beauty from growing in your life! Let it wrap around the ugliness and diminish its power of negativity, sadness, and hopelessness.

It has that power.

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beauty.

Sometimes, we aren’t prepared.

Sometimes, we aren’t expecting.

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But beauty will always come through.

And the light is always greater than the darkness.

 

rejected.

I learned the truth at seventeen
That love was meant for beauty queens
And high school girls with clear skinned smiles
Who married young and then retired
The valentines I never knew
The Friday night charades of youth
Were spent on one more beautiful
At seventeen I learned the truth…

And those of us with ravaged faces
Lacking in the social graces
Desperately remained at home
Inventing lovers on the phone
Who called to say “come dance with me”
And murmured vague obscenities
It isn’t all it seems at seventeen…

Some of get it. Some do not.

Have you been rejected because you don’t measure up to the world’s definition of beauty?

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Listen here.

He is right. It may not change a thing. But if somehow, you can feel acceptance…even for a moment.. let it encourage you.

It’s not you.

It’s them.

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At Seventeen – Janis Ian

beauty.

The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy.

-Jim Rohnfence

Ever see a flower growing in an unexpected place? An uneven sidewalk or a cold stone wall is lifeless until the beauty of a flower makes it home.

Even a rusty fence can be home for a delicate vine.

We all have barren places in our lives. Don’t let that emptiness you feel make you hopeless. There is ugliness in life but there is also beauty. They dwell together.

It’s far too easy to become hardened and bitter, and before you know it, you’ve  built a wall of protection around yourself.

Don’t keep the beauty from growing in your life! Let it wrap around the ugliness and diminish its power of negativity, sadness, and hopelessness.

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Photo Courtesy: Denis Collette…!!! / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-ND

wait.

Underneath this icy patch are bright yellow tulips.

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To the left and right of the stone path, hidden beneath, lies daisies, aster, hydrangea, bee balm, and upright phlox.

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All waiting.

Patiently waiting.

Sometimes, things in life look messy. There’s nothing about this muddy, slippery, barren scene that tells the onlooker what is waiting below. In 3 months there will be splashes of beauty calling to everyone – stop and look! And touch! And smell!

You don’t know what awaits you. Don’t give up.

Only believe.

And wait.

relief.

We never know what a day will bring.

Sorrow grips with cold cruelty.

But the sun warms the earth and brings relief.

And with it, beauty.

Just look very closely and you will see it.

relief.

The earth is full of beauty. Thousands of people simultaneously gasp while a scarlet ball of fire sinks below the horizon, casting  purple, orange, and pink across the sky – while one little girl catches a glimpse of  the bluest of blue, astonished at the discovery of six eggs cradled in a neatly built nest of mud and grass.

The earth has the ability to take our breath away.

But the earth is also full of misery – whether thousands watch as wildfires destroy a lifetime of memories or one watches at the bedside as cancer slowly takes their dying loved one.

The heavens echo with anger and pain being sent from earth to God – why? Why?

And the heavens return silence. But does it?

This morning, I watched the smiling, grateful faces responding to the relief of rain that fell upon a portion of the ashen western states.

Relief.

We don’t understand everything in life. How is it that the cold nights and dewy mornings are sufficient for life in the desert? How is it that two parts from two bodies meet and form human life? Every day we accept what we do not fully understand. Yet, when tragedy strikes we shake our fist at God. Can you imagine how many fists are raised to the heavens every day?

And like a loving, earthly father feels compassion for his crying child, God feels compassion for us. The child may not understand, may not receive what he wants – yet the father wipes away the tears and comforts.

Relief.

What are you going through? After you shake your fist or cry, will you see and be thankful for the relief that God brings in the midst of your sadness and loss?