Saturday, May 1, 2010

Beauty All Around

Today is beautiful. No matter where I am, beauty sneaks up and overwhelms me. If I will only open my eyes wide open. Moving from the richness of the Costa Rican rainforest to the dryness of the desert, my eyes needed time to shift focus. The weather warms up and the desert around us bursts into bloom. This is my Arizona, wrapped in beauty.

Opening my eyes today, looking for the special, the unique, the moments to remember in my simple day. Daddy and his sons playing baseball in the backyard. The hum of the dryer (trust me, this is a melody for those of us who have line dried for years on the mission field). Silver dangly earrings. Gooey cheese pizza and strawberry smoothies. A date awaiting me this evening with my love. Beauty in the everyday.

Take a moment and stop, look around. listen. What simply beauty surrounds you today, waiting to be discovered?

18 comments:

Debbie said...

Sara, I love how you are enjoying each precious moment. I thought I was the only one who enjoyed doing laundry. I love the smell of clean clothes.

The Arizona desert is blooming and so beautiful right now. I love sitting in the backyard and watching the quail, bunnies, jackrabbits and birds. It's like a little symphony.

I went up to the higher country on Friday and experienced SNOW! Can you believe it? I loved it.

I love the beauty of God's creation. With my camera in hand, I look for how He will surprise me.

Have a wonderful and fun date tonight with Ryan.

You are splashin' all over me and I love it.

Love you,
Debbie

Mich said...

Thanks for the sweet reminder to appreciate all the little things each day!

Enjoy your date! :)

Daveda said...

I love the picture! It is so beautiful. It is the everyday things that contain so much joy, when we are open to seeing it.

I am so glad you stopped by! I didn't stop blogging :) I just had to take a bit of a break due to a very challenging health trial I had been going through. I am on my way to being 100% though. So, I am back!

Being Loved BY Him, With You, Daveda

Audrey said...

One of our beauties came from standing on the sidewalks high-fiving and cheering on 5K, half marathon & marathon runners. We had several friends run, but God granted me a wonderful picture of how the saints in heaven are cheering us on in our spiritual (life-long) marathons, as well as how we are to cheer and encourage each other along here on earth. It was so exciting!
love,
Audrey

Linda said...

We just need eyes to see Sara, and a contented heart I think. It was a beautiful day here today too. My little antique rose bush is bent over with her bounty of sweet little blooms. The wild flowers are so abundant and everything is so green (after last summer's drought it is such a blessing).
Have a fun date night!!

Connie Arnold said...

There is so much beauty around us each day. Thank you for this reminder to take a moment to look and discover it. My husband and I went for a walk in the park today, and I soaked in the beauty of the trees, lake, sky, clouds, and being with a loved one.

Cindy said...

I'm also lovin' my Arizona home:)

Denise said...

I love the beauty of God's world.

Sassy Granny ... said...

Being a desert-dweller myself, I totally relate to your having been captivated by the beauty here. I'm still relishing the powerfully scented Star Jasmine growing on our back wall; and the Acacia blooms this year are spectacular.

All of creation proclaims His glory!

Blessings,
Kathleen

Sandy said...

I agree! Thank you for sharing this, Sara!

Leah @ Point Ministries said...

Sara,

I love your heart. Who would have imagined that the hum of a dryer would be beautiful. However, I can so see it.

Thank you for reminding me to look for the beautiful in the ordinary!!

leah

Sharon Sloan - Joy In The Truth said...

"My Arizona"....has a nice ring to it. Wow....God is bringing you full circle...and beyond! Beauty all around indeed.

Happy Date Night!

Sharon

Genny said...

Thanks for the beautiful reminder to open my eyes today!
Hugs,
Genny

thedomesticfringe said...

Great post. Too often we don't take time to enjoy what is around us.

Have you seen the blog, Adding Zest to your Nest? I've only read a few of your posts, because I'm new around here, but you've mentioned 'dates' and things like that a few times. Anyway, it's not my blog, but I do read. Here's the link.
http://www.addingzest.net/

Enjoy your day! (I know, you already are. ;-))

-FringeGirl

Leslie said...

my hubby playing guitar, sweet boys playing together, sleepy jude just waking up from his nap, fans whirring away, beauty everywhere :) thanks for reminding me to find it... love you
xo

Cheryl Barker said...

We are enjoying a beautiful spring day here in Kansas. Sun shining, mild temps, birds singing... Gotta love it!

Jo Princess Warrior said...

We have gorgeous blue skies and perfect Autumn weather in Australia ~ just beautiful! xo

Rhonda said...

I love all God's handiwork! Indeed beautiful!