Friends Photo: Winter Beauty

Today’s theme is “Winter Beauty” and comes from my wonderful friend Niki, who went looking for beauty in a winter season of life.

What does “Winter Beauty” mean to you?

Burning Within Us

For the past three years life was extremely hard; several people I cared for deeply were struggling with mental illness. It was a dark, terrifying, lonely road; there’s not much help out there.

But in the midst of it, one day God told me to take a picture of a flower. As I did, I was amazed to see His face smiling back at me through my camera lens. He took my breath away, He was so beautiful!

For a moment I stepped outside my pain and captured a sparkling glimpse of God’s amazing, graceful beauty. It gave me hope. I so desperately needed hope.

Winter was hard though; everything was dead, it was so depressing!  But recently I heard this:

Winter is an etching, Spring a watercolor, Summer an oil painting, and autumn a mosaic of them all. Stanley Horowitz.

So, I went out to find etchings, and the image above is one of the results.

God took a leaf-less, barren tree and, with software magic, brought it to life with a glowing beauty

Just like the Holy Spirit does with our broken hearts and lives.

The Lord came…

To comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion-to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes. Isaiah 61:3

 Burning within truly does reveal a crown of beauty.

NikiNiki Moran is a 50-year-old (yikes!) single woman living in Fort Collins, Colorado. She is a Project Manager by day and is reconnecting with her artistic roots by night. Her blog is the creative outlet for her writing, photography, and love of Jesus: www.GleaningtheNuggets.com. She is honored to share a Beauty Minute! Thank you, Linda!

 

3 thoughts on “Friends Photo: Winter Beauty

  1. Reblogged this on Gleaning the Nuggets and commented:
    My sweet friend Linda gave me the honor of being a guest contributor on her blog, so I thought I’d share it on mine 🙂 It gives the story behind a picture I had posted earlier…maybe I should share more stories…it’s hard to know how much to share.

  2. Pingback: Winter Beauty « Cheryl Meakins

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