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Do You See the Beauty?

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Post By: Angela Parlin

The way we view our lives changes things.

I’m beginning to believe that the way we choose to see the circumstances of our lives is the big point.

Sometimes my vision is clouded with things I don’t enjoy about my current situation. When I’m focused on the problems I face, there’s little room in my heart to see the good. Instead, I’m chronically unhappy with the way things are.

Can you relate?

Other times, my eyes are full of what I think I need to improve upon everywhere I look, and then I fall into perpetual striving. I seek to make my life something better, and I miss the beauty of what’s already in front of me.

I’m talking about contentment, a way of seeing our lives with thankful eyes.

The way we see determines how we’ll experience our days. So how is your vision today? How do you choose to see?

Years ago, I named my blog, So Much Beauty in All This Chaos. God was teaching me then that His beauty is always around me. Even in the chaos that sometimes happens at home with the kids, even in the trials, even in my disappointment, He has planted so much beauty.

My job is to choose to see the beauty. My part is to call it out and thank Him.

I’ve struggled many times to see the beauty in my life when chaos crowds it out, and so I started naming the beauty whenever I could see it. I started to look for it.

~The way God met me there in that trial, the way He comforted me.

~The beauty inside the people He placed in my life for me to love, and the ways they love me back.

~The truth He speaks straight to my heart from His Word day after day.

~The sky and the birds and the rest of His incredibly gorgeous world which surrounds me.

I’ve learned the beauty goes on and on and on.

I’ve learned there’s always more, because I find it whenever I choose to look.

But sometimes I still return to my critical eyes, to my critical heart. Sometimes the details of life overwhelm me, and I find myself right back in that ugly, bitter place, where I have a really hard time seeing the good. Sometimes I wake up and it’s cold and I’m tired of doing the same old things another day, and maybe it’s just that I woke on the wrong side of the bed, but I’m just not happy with the way things are. I’m just not satisfied.

I don’t know about you, but I desperately need God’s vision–to see great things He’s already done.

To see all the beauty He’s planted between the rows of my chaos, in the middle of every day.

Where will you choose to see the beauty God has planted in your life today?

Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. Psalm 90:14

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Angela Parlin

Angela Parlin is Dan’s wife and Mom to 3 rowdy boys and 1 sweet girl. In addition to spending time with friends and family, she loves to read and write, spend days at the beach, watch romantic comedies, and organize closets. But most of all, she loves Jesus and writes to call attention to the beauty of life in Christ, even when that life collaborates with chaos. Join her each week at www.angelaparlin.com, So Much Beauty in All This Chaos.


                        

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  • WOW! I didn’t get to read this post until Friday afternoon but it seems we were of the same mindset on Thursday, of choosing to see the beauty. Twice yesterday I post on social media about seeing the beauty when the natural eye may see it differently. Happy to be connected in the spirit, committed to seeing with Jesus’ eyes. Here’s one of those posts
    “A little food for thought….
    Finding the beauty in suffering requires shifting gears. Being pregnant with baby #6 while busily caring for 5 young children is no easy feat. Sciatic nerve issues got me limping, carpal tunnel has debilitated my right hand, and thyroid issues got me fatigued. This has been QUITE a humbling experience for someone who highly esteems health and wellness. This has been especially humbling for this someone who went into this pregnancy in the best physical shape ever in my life. BUT GOD!!! A gear shift causes me to rejoice in my suffering. It makes me give thanks that even though I’m limping, I’m still walking. Even though I’m wearing a brace on my hand, I can still cook for my family. Even though I am fatigued, I have enough energy to give love, give hugs and care for the household. Glass half empty or glass half full, you decide. My cup is full and running over with blessings!”

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