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    Beauty Faith

    What One Woman Taught Me About Longing

    When David and I lived in California, the neighborhood pool was a short walk from our home. I’d wake at dawn, pour coffee, and hit the water.

    There was nothing unusual about this routine until the Monday I noticed strained, awkward movement one lane over. Wiping the fog from my goggles revealed a flailing silhouette.  I waved at the lifeguard, who tilted his head and twirled his whistle. Was this blatant neglect? Did he see what I saw?

    Moments later, a purple swim cap emerged at the end of the lane. The woman lifted her eyes toward the sunrise and closed them for a moment, her chest rising and falling with a long breath. Then, she stood.

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    Beauty

    Ten Books to Inspire Beauty in 2017

    Here I share 10 books to inspire beauty. Some I’ve read, others I haven’t. Let me explain what I mean by beauty. I’m not talking about Webster’s definition, here. If there’s a personal God who created all things, then we must define beauty relative to Him. The best definition I’ve read goes something like this:

    “God himself is the absolutely original pattern of all other beauty…Beauty is what God is. His wisdom is beautiful wisdom, his power is beautiful power, his justice is beautiful justice, and his love is beautiful love. Just as in paintings it is not the isolated color or shape or texture that is beautiful but rather their relationship with each other, their proportion and interplay; so it is with God. It is the harmony of all God’s attributes that constitutes God’s beauty, and makes him the foundation of all the beauty in the world.”

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    Beauty Just for Fun

    Beauty for Your Weekend – April 14, 2017

    There’s something wonderful about spring weekends. They’re bright and airy; they’re 60 degree mornings with a chorus of chirping birds; they’re the anticipation of longer days and the surprise of colorful blooms and greener trees.

    David wrapped up a night class this week, which means I get him back in the evenings. Tonight we’re making homemade pizzas with friends. It’ll be warm enough to enjoy them outside under the string lights. Tomorrow we celebrate (mourn?) my sister’s move to Austin, Texas later this month. And, of course, Easter is Sunday.

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    Beauty Just for Fun

    Beauty for Your Weekend – April 7, 2017

    Happy Friday! This week’s been a hodgepodge of celebrations, hard work, and late nights. I am welcoming the weekend and, if anything, I know it’ll include these two things in our house: The Masters and coffee. Can you tell which one is of my choosing? Here’s some beauty for your weekend.

    Little Hands and Feet: I’ve officially entered the ‘friends having children’ stage. A couple that we’ve journeyed through dating, engagement, and marriage with had their first baby girl on Tuesday. Every life stage with them has been sweet, but there’s something about standing alongside someone as they bring new life into the world that makes your soul pause. And who doesn’t love mini noses, ears, hands, and feet?

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    Beauty Just for Fun

    Beauty for Your Weekend – April 1, 2017

    Welcome to the fourth installment of Beauty for Your Weekend! Here, I share a dose of things, ranging from my own experiences to articles, photos, and music, that help you take a breath, see beauty in the every day, and remind you of your worth as we head into the weekend.

    • A flower feast for your eyes: Spring has sprung, and that means two things here in North Carolina: thunderstorms and fresh flowers. A girlfriend of mine invited me to Art in Bloom, a festival featuring over 50 floral interpretations of art in the local museum’s permanent collection. In addition to the pics I snapped below, here’s a link to the #artinbloom hashtag on Instagram. Take a peek! You’ll thank me later.
    • This article on escaping growth from SheHasWorth.org. I’ve been following this blog since its inception and their team of writers always seem to create words that move me at the soul level and move me towards God.
    Ellie Holcomb’s new album, Red Sea Road

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    Beauty Just for Fun

    Beauty for Your Weekend – March 24, 2017

    Filling my weekends with connection in turn fills me with life. Yes, even as an introvert, I find joy in submitting to the cosmic truth that we are created for relationship. This is why children chase fireflies in cul-de-sacs at dusk. It’s why your 9-5 is suddenly less mundane once you befriend those in the cubicles around you. And why a smile from a stranger holds the power to change the course of your day.

    The shedding of our winter coats and caps for spring showers and blooms makes me hopeful for this reason. The world is now spinning towards our summer, and that means longer days and warmer nights are on the horizon. And so are cookouts, picnics, vacations, and much togetherness.

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    Beauty Just for Fun

    Beauty for Your Weekend – March 17, 2017

    Happy Friday! David and I just got home from Washington, D.C., and it was was just the loveliest.

    My two days consisted of:

    1. Snuggling up in the coziest AirBnB this side of the Mississippi.
    2. Graduating from “learn to build a wood burning fire” class (c/o my husband).
    3. Seeing my best friend, Amy, and saying “oh my gossshhh” and “babbyyyy” 1,000 times because she is creating a human.
    4. Risking my life roughly 2x per hour because I thought my Nike training shoes were an appropriate choice for walking. PSA: Do not attempt to be cute when there is black ice involved.

    With that said, here’s some beauty for your weekend:

    • Scenes from D.C. I know I said this already, but this was just lovely. Our AirBnB hostess owns a pie shop in Georgetown with her two sisters called Pie Sisters, and I realized halfway through our stay that they baked the pies for my best friend’s wedding several years ago. Small, sweet world.
    • A dear friend of mine turned me on to the book Soul of Shame. Oh, how I am just reveling in all its truths. I even wrote a blog post about shame and friendship this week. Here’s a quote from the book to whet your palette:

    “We deeply long for connection, to be seen and known for who we are without rejection. But we are terrified of the vulnerability that is required for that very contact. And shame is the variable that mediates that fear of rejection in the face of vulnerability. But in the Trinity we see something that we must pay attention to: God does not leave. The loving relationship shared between Father, Son and Spirit is the ground on which all other models of life and creativity rest. In this relationship of constant self-giving, vulnerable and joyful love, shame has no oxygen to breathe.”

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    Beauty Just for Fun

    Beauty For Your Weekend – March 10, 2017

    Welcome to the first installment of Beauty for Your Weekend! Every Friday, I’ll be sharing just that: things, from images and videos to quotes and books, that infused a little beauty into my week. I hope you’ll find some beauty in them, too.

    • We’re having winter whiplash here in the south, with snow expected this weekend. The wind’s been kicking up as the low-pressure storm sweeps in. I turned a corner today and thought I was going to need high powered jets to make it to my car. And then I saw this silly video of a wind-blown (literally) girl in Chicago, and I realized I don’t have it all that bad.
    • I started reading Melanie Shankle’s book on friendship, and I was touched by this quote. Friendship is among the greatest gifts. Something to ponder this weekend.

    There are probably only a handful of times in our lives when someone who will change us forever walks in—when we find someone we can love with our whole hearts, who will challenge us and shape us and make us feel like the world is safer and brighter just because they are in it. A person who loves us for exactly who we are, yet teaches us to be better because of who they are and how they live their life.”

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