The Bible starts “In the beginning God created…”
In nature we can see God’s grandeur and beauty – we cannot watch television and experience this.
God is the source of beauty.
Whatever keeps us from his beauty keeps us from his presence.
Sally and Sarah tag teamed as they gave practical ways to express beauty inside our homes.
1. You can read books together – to make books even more beautiful – do it beside a fireplace with a warm glow.
2. You can serve the family a warm dinner – but if you add a candle and some light music it becomes an event.
3. Take the time to make holidays extra special – celebrate life together – this builds a beautiful strong foundation.
4. Read good books – you can only give to your children what you already possess inside. Good books are essential not a frivolity.
5. Expose your children to the best things – the best art, best people, best books, and the best thoughts.
Sally shared that it was in some of their darkest moments that their pursuit for beauty saved their family. And all this beauty doesn’t happen by accident. We must cultivate time for beauty and time to celebrate life with our families. We must remain connected to the source of all beauty.
(from the archives)
Looking back on this post, I’m so thankful for the sweet reminders that Sally gives my generation – to smell the flowers…literally!
The biggest pitfall that keeps my family from pursuing beauty is electronics. We must put our iPads and iPods down to read good books or watch a sunset. This is not easy for me because there’s this artificial joy I find in simply looking at beautiful images on my computer screen. Have you read Ann Voskamp’s A Holy Experience? Her blog has magnificent photos that take me into the presence of God everytime I’m on her site. You see Ann has stopped – looked at the fresh fallen snow – worshiped the giver of the snow – captured it on her camera and shared it with her readers to be blessed also. In the same way, we must stop – see the view out our window, call the children and invite them to worship the creator of our view also.
I know that in the midst of the mess of school papers and dirty dishes there is beauty in small hands folded for prayer time. There is beauty in the sound of my beginner piano player plunking at the piano. There is beauty in the recitation of memorized Bible verses as they fall off the lips of my son. There is beauty out the window as the sun sparkles on the snow making it appear as though diamonds have fallen on our lawn overnight.
Beauty is all around me but I must walk away from my computer to see it and so this week I made a change…
My computer desk has sat conveniently in the kitchen for 2 years. I hop on and off of it all day long…it’s nice because I’m in the heart of the house so I am never away from the action while I’m on my computer…but I need a break – not from Women Living Well…but from the temptation to websurf and hang out on social media too often…so I did this…
I moved my computer away from the kitchen – off the beaten path into the school room – in hopes that I will spend a little more time capturing the beauty of this season of life that is right before my eyes. Because…
“Whatever keeps us from his beauty keeps us from his presence.”