Monday, September 12, 2011

beauty everywhere

drinking deep the beauty that is all around me.  we're swamped with ministry; our cup runneth over.  we're loving this crazy season!  but i must pause and capture the beauty of now, or else i'm just running blind.

"To not simply be lulled by beauty but to read God in the Beauty, the eyes need to wear His Word and to see a thousand gifts, a thousand features of His face, I first need to slow my life, wear a lens of words and turn the inner eye." -Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts

excerpts of gifts #4775-4814
"Come aside by yourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile." -Mark 6:31
--the beauty of this quiet place. how it beckons.
--little boys pausing
--Caleb's new love for You- what a beautiful thing to witness

"and whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him." -Col. 3:17
--beautiful Rose teaching us how to make chapati
--little hands covered in flour. patting. rolling.  tasting.
--her graciously accepting their "help"

"Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!" -I John 3:1
--beauty of tradition
--Sunday night breakfast for dinner
--beauty of adoption, sweet Zuri crying for her new mama
--our adoption into the family of God

"The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord." -Psalm 33:5
--such a beautiful place to call our school
--learning and worshiping and growing as a community
--Your handiwork everywhere, in minute details and in grand vistas

"Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 19:14
--beautiful, this posture of prayer
--little heads bowed, and hands folded
--the whole school carving out a week to seek You


  1. Love chapati--one of our best friends is from Kenya and makes it for us. Love the picture of your two boys reading together! My two boys are becoming the best of friends. Enjoyed visiting here today!

  2. Love the picture of the little girl praying! So sweet!

  3. Thank you for taking the time to visit my site. I adore the photo of the little girl, hands folded in prayer. What a precious site. And the pancakes look divine - a family favorite of ours! Many blessings to you and your family!

  4. This is beautiful...
    I love that your photos have scripture captions. How perfect.

    I love the picture of your boys sitting there reading together.

    Beautiful memories. Beautiful life!!

  5. hi Kelly,

    im over here from Ann's and now i come to read your list. beautiful! achingly so--the precious little ones with heads bowed, my favorite.


  6. What a beautiful list, couldn't pick a favorite! But that picture of the praying little girl stole my heart too =)

  7. thanks for the spirit of sharing. yes capati is healthy and nice. i love the posture of prayer too. God bless your days and ways..with love..


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