I’m pondering a few quotes from a chapter by Sally Clarkson:
Women who grow more lovely with time have practiced pouring into themselves all that is excellent, wise, graceful, good, and true.
I find that’s true among the women I know. I find that women who grow more beautiful through the years have also have invested pouring out of themselves all that is excellent, wise, graceful, good, and true. It’s a continual flowing in of God’s grace, beauty, holiness, and love and a continual pouring bacl out of the overflow that God has poured into us. As we give, God fills us more abundantly than we can grasp, and we are able and motivated to love. This reminds me of Romans 5:5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
It reminds me of Luke 6:38, as well. — Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
Some of my heroes in life — ordinary women with extraordinary love — exemplify this verse to me.
A little later on in the chapter from Sally, I find these words and pause:
God built such life-giving beauty into the universe. The very first verse of the bible says “In the beginning, God created…” Artist, crafter of all things beautiful in the universe, God planned HIs works of art for our pleasure and admiration.”
Still further on, she mentions: In a world of technology, we often forget to live in what is real. I walk out every day in the fresh air, breathing in the color and the calm that God has placed in my life….But to enjoy nature, I must make myself pay attention to what surrounds me daily and take time to enjoy and admire the beauty God has granted to us.
Note to self: Pay attention to the real beauty in God, people, and nature! Do it with intention.
How about you? What do you find beautiful in life? Does social media help us express beauty and connection? Or, does it distract from those things? I’d love to hear your thoughts.