God rewrote the text of my life when I opened the book of my heart to his eyes. Psalm 18:21 MSG
It’s been a difficult week. Too much darkness and too many sorrows.
Our hold on our love for life, perhaps a weak grasp.
But love we must.
Love we must.
THE THING IS…
to love life, to love it even
when you have no stomach for it
and everything you’ve held dear
crumbles like burnt paper in your hands,
your throat filled with the silt of it.
When grief sits with you, its tropical heat
thickening the air, heavy as water
more fit for gills than lungs;
when grief weights you like your own flesh
only more of it, an obesity of grief,
you think, *How can a body withstand this?
Then you hold life like a face
between your palms, a plain face,
no charming smile, no violet eyes,
and you say, yes, I will take you
I will love you, again.
ELLEN BASS in “Mules of Love” © 2002, BOA Editions, Ltd.
Run for your life from all this. Pursue a righteous life—a life of wonder, faith, love, steadiness, courtesy. Run hard and fast in the faith. Seize the eternal life, the life you were called to, the life you so fervently embraced in the presence of so many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:11-12 MSG
Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life. I’m back home in the house of God for the rest of my life. Psalm 23:6 MSG
I grew up on a Lane, four houses long.
A chestnut tree to climb on, a path through the woods to walk to school.
White colonial homes and wild rose bushes, silhouettes of sailboats and lobster boats . . .
The opera of the gulls . . .the silence of snowfall on the trees. . .
The salty sea air was my breath, the expanse of ocean–my dreams unbounded.
Its beauty lives on within me every day of my life.
Who out there has a lust for life? Can’t wait each day to come upon beauty? Psalm 34:12 MSG
A camera and a whisper from God sent me on a journey last spring . . . searching for beauty in the pain.
These are the unedited photos I took around my house–as far as I could walk at the time. I saved them in a folder on my computer, entitled it “small victories” and gave them the captions you read here.
These pictures became the evidence of my small victories–the smallest of small baby steps away from pain and darkness into the light and life of healing.
This is the day God started to color my dark world beautiful. The day the simple, ordinary views of my life became extra-ordinary glimpses of the beauty of LIFE all around me.
This is the day I understood the scripture above–that to recover my lust for life–to experience my pain and darkness redeemed–was about eagerly searching each day for the beauty OF LIFE.
Psalm 23:6 says that God’s love and beauty chase after us every day of our lives.
This spring day last year, I finally turned around to see it.
Walk on a rainbow trail: walk on a trail of song, and all about you will be beauty.
There is a way out of every dark mist, over a rainbow trail. – Robert Motherwell
Praying for you to turn around and see the beauty and love of God chasing you, where you will find your rainbow trail, and where God colors your life beautiful each and every day.
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You planted a flag to rally your people, an unfurled flag to look to for courage. Psalm 60:4 MSG
This picture from Wednesday night of this week inspired a question that turned into one of the most beautiful and meaningful beauty moments of my week. I shared the conversation below on Facebook, and it seemed to inspire others as well.
So I’ll share the beauty with you. May it bless you as it has me.
Hubby: “Flags were invented because from a distance you can’t see where your commander is in battle. They mark his presence.”
“My banner over you is LOVE.”
Are you in a battle today?
Praying for those of you in the midst of a battle. 🙂
“And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.” John 12:3
This picture has a story to tell.
Moments before it was taken, these pink rose petals were floating on breezes perfumed with their own delicate scent. They wouldn’t have been aware that within days their petals would fade and fall to perfume only a limited piece of ground.
Dearest beloved, fear not!
You are part of a great distillation going on in the Kingdom’s Perfumery.
You will only lose that which is not eternal.
And once that which would fade is gone you will join that glorious fragrance so powerful that it fills the whole house.
“For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.” 1 Cor. 2:15
Binsey, aka Carolyn, founded Two Trees Ministries with her husband in 2008, a ministry teaching the Body of Christ to unlearn their affection for the knowledge of good and evil and learn to eat from the Tree of Life, which is Christ. She also shares life-giving expressions of faith on her blog, Tree Thoughts.
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