Back in April of 21012, when I first started blogging, I posted this…
Today I was looking at old posts, trying to find photos I can erase to make room for the new.
I noticed that back in those days, I had few (if any) followers.
This post had zero likes… probably zero views… but it is still there – and…
It is worthy of a second look. I know that beautiful (inside and out) friend…
I have met other friends like her since then.
Today I posted “Embrace Blogging Friends,” and you, my dear reader, are one.
You are the faithful reader who has encourages me, nearly ten years later, to keep on.
You make like special. You are special. Thank you for loving me here at WP.
Thank you for encouraging me,
Thank you for being you.
Click on that title now… it deserves a couple of reads, I think!
Posts tagged ‘Beauty’
Back in April of 21012, when I first started blogging, I posted this…
Today’s topic was chosen before I read Caralyn’s post today.
After seeing what she shared yesterday,
I decided I cannot say anything on this topic
that would be more meaningful
than what she wrote.
So, I am reposting her message for you here.
It can be found in its entirety at
THANK YOU, CARALYN
Love Sets You Free
Posted on by beautybeyondbones
One of the most special things in my life, is the fact that my best friend since literally birth, is my neighbor in NYC.
Truly. Neighbors. Our buildings are 157 steps apart, and I couldn’t be luckier to have my true blue — someone who has been with me through thick and thin, the most supportive, loving friend right there — it is one of my life’s greatest blessings.
Anywho – I was over at her apartment last weekend for a movie night. We ordered Chinese food, drank wine, it was truly like we were a scene out of Friends.
We watched The Last Five Years. A very obscure movie musical that, truly, only the “buffiest” of musical theater buffs know about.
But anyway — there was a line in the movie that literally made me stop and say…WOW.
Has that ever happened to you? Like something is just such a truth bomb that it literally stops you in your tracks?
Before I get to the big one liner, a little background about the movie: it’s about a couple’s marriage that falls apart. How uplifting, right?
But it’s scenes from when they first met, all the way through when the man leaves her, told in an alternating fashion from their different perspectives, him: starting from beginning to the end, her: from the end to the beginning….if that makes any sense at all.
But there was a line in his note to her, telling her that he was leaving…and he said, “I could never rescue you.”
And, I mean – wow, not only did that hit like a sack of bricks to the heart, but when I heard, I immediately thought – truer words have never been spoken.
This — this is exactly why I was single for so dang long. This is exactly why only now, have I embraced and welcomed love into my life: because I was not in a whole state, where I could bring someone into my life.
I was not yet at a place where I could welcome someone into my life as a woman who loved herself, had forgiven herself from the anorexia in her past, and freed herself from that shame.
And now — sitting here in an amazing relationship with an incredible man, I can easily say that the most beautiful thing in life, is to love and be loved in return. For so long, I feared doing just that, keeping people at arms length, not opening my heart, because I believed that my past made me unworthy of love. But friends, that is the biggest lie and bunch of malarkey that was keeping me from living fully alive. And though that makes me so sad to think about the abundant life I missed out on, I know that God was in control all along, and allowing things to unfold and bloom in the perfect timing.
Recovery is a long and winding road, and long after you put the weight on, you still wrestle with that inner voice shouting that you’re you’re not enough, you’re too broken, you’re unlovable and full of shame. I thank God everyday for drowning out those lies with His truth. Because that is the only way I fully healed: Him.
The fact is: no one can rescue you. No one can love you enough to get better. No one can do it for you, or want it for you: You have have rescue yourself. Or rather — you and Jesus – together – have to rescue yourself. But you can’t expect your partner to save you: that’s not fair to them, not fair to you. And that’s why it took me so long to get to the beautiful place I’m in today: because I had to do the work. I had to go through that long, arduous, and difficult process of believing that I was worth loving.
And the crazy thing is: it turns out that LOVE reaffirms all the healing truths God was whispering to me all along: truths that I was precious in His sight, that I was forgiven, that my life has value, but more than that: I was loved beyond my wildest dreams.
Love is truly the last step to a full recovery. It is the key that unlocks the freedom to live fully alive — the life of abundance that God created us for.
And it makes sense too, because God is love. And His love sets us free.
And, now – living in that freedom, I can safely say it is the most beautiful thing in the world. And dare I say, what we were created for.
So — The Last Five Years — just goes to show that God can speak to you even in the most obscure ways: reminding us of His love, and the beautiful journey He’s brought us through, and helped us overcome.
Maybe this is super cheesy, and yeah, it probably is. 😉 But reflecting on all this, just makes me feel super grateful for this man who makes my heart feel safe, seen and loved. I might not need rescuing, but it is a beautiful thing to have a partner who loves and supports you just the way you are.
What’s a movie quote or song lyric that has stuck with you?
“This is what the Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.” Ez 37:5
So, since Caralyn has reminded us that
“Life is vulnerability,”
“Love is truly the last step to a full recovery,”
help me embrace these bruises
and love the changing colors, ok??
Love your troubles away!
Are they on their way to full recovery?
I dressed in yellow
to match the yellow hew
of the bruises yesterday
(I’ve always loved the cheerfulness of yellow)
by this morning,
the yellow is accentuated…
is the color for this
beautiful, sunny, blue-sky
ADD A LITTLE GREEN AND BLUE TO THE YELLOW.
Don’t you love it?
Caralyn wrote, “it is a beautiful thing to have a partner who loves and supports you just the way you are.”
And I couldn’t agree more. I am certainly grateful for my partner of nearly 60 years who told me I was looking better this morning! Oh my… better than what? Love me just the way I am??
I LOVE YOUR VISIT
AND YOUR COMMENTS.
Thanks for sharing some loving thoughts.
See ya tomorrow (God willing)
It’s a beautiful evening
for a maiden fly fishing adventure.
Bob & Steve took Mary Grace out on the Madison.
Stay tuned, friends.
I’ll give you a report tomorrow to let you know how they did.
I hope they are able to catch a few big ones.
They will call when they are ready
for me to get them at the “take out” in Ennis.
Bob says, “The tug is the drug.”
Do YOU embrace fly fishing??
I’m five feet nothing.
But, I embrace shortness.
No one ever says
for the statuesque.
But – cute?
It’s not just people and buttons and bunnies that are sometimes short.
Your temper can be short.
No one embraces a short temper!
I came across a short today…
One that I want to embrace:
It’s an invitation to a short story –
Really short –
On her post, Marion Driessen
invited her readers to try it…
try writing a six word story.
Oh, I discovered later that the invitation
was posted on Posted on .
Do you suppose it still is valid?
I’m going to try it…
just a short trial.
I can embrace the fun of it…
Even if it is out of date!
She challenged her readers,
“Write a story about SUPERSTITION in just six words.
Let a photo or image inspire you to write a story.
Or first write the story,
and then make or search
for a picture to go with it.“
Then she suggested,
“Publish your Six word story on your own website/blog
and paste the link to that post
in a comment to this one here at Figments.
I will include your contribution in this post, forming a list of stories.”
OK… here’s mine!
Black cat crossed my path –
Yup, I’m doomed!
No way this short post
is gonna end up on
But, oh well,
it was fun anyway.
My blog is all about
We can hope, can’t we?
You wanna try a six word short story?
just for the fun of it!
Ridge to Valley
Valley, Mountains, Big Sky
It’s eleven words
Set in number pattern
Expansive blue sky
Delightful precious generous friends
Always making improvements
Delightful to have around
As evening came,
The shadows grew longer
in the north-east
Cool, crisp, refreshing air
On Father’s Day
Couldn’t have been better
Friends from Pakistan
Young man I tutored
Staying in Touch
Long after they move
Father’s Day roses
Showing evidence of love
In full bloom
They always are appreciated
Elfchen is a form of poetry
Sometimes called Elevensies
Because it consists of 11 words
In this configuration:
1+2+3+4+1 = 11
(You probably figured that out by now.)
Write an elfchen for me in the comments below, will you?
Be sure and use the word BEAUTY in your poem!!
Come visit us
We’d love seeing you
Ed Sheeran sings
In a musical video
I’m not beautiful…
Beauty’s as Beauty does
Charm is deceptive,
and beauty is fleeting;
but a wo(man) who fears the Lord is to be praised. …
Let the king be enthralled by your beauty;
honor Him, for He is your lord.
~ Psalms 45:11.
A friend passed this video on to me today and I just couldn’t resist passing it along to you. It’s stunning!
It inspired me t find poetry about the moon. Here’s one I really like:
Will You Come?
Edward Thomas – 1878-1917
Will you come?
Will you come?
Will you ride
At my side?
O, will you come?
Will you come?
Will you come?
If the night
Has a moon,
Full and bright?
O, will you come?
Would you come?
Would you come
If the noon
Not the moon?
Beautiful, would you come?
Would you have come?
Would you have come
Had it been
Beloved, would you have come?
If you come
Haste and come.
Owls have cried;
It grows dark
Beloved, beautiful, come.
Have a peace-filled Monday night, my friends. Thank you for coming to visit JanBeek.
Embrace the Moon!
Love and Moon Hugs to you.
Aren’t you totally amazed at how
The Creator made us each so unique?
No two fingerprints, no two zebra’s stripes
Are the same – – – just take a peek!
No two sets of eyes, not even twins
Have exactly the same DNA.
No two cats – and no two dogs
Are just the same – no matter what you say.
No two leaves – nor clouds in the sky
Are just like any other one.
How did God create such uniqueness
In this world beneath the sun?
No two ways of looking
At exactly the same motivation
will result in the same response –
Some see sadness others elation.
It is our uniqueness that makes us
An interesting, diverse, beautiful world.
We fly our flags in different colors,
But in reality we’re all one world unfurled.
Let’s embrace our uniqueness
And celebrate how we see things differently
While remembering we are more alike
Than not… and we’re all designed magnificently!
I am grateful for the unique qualities
Of each bird and fish and friend –
And I thank God for His imagination –
For His Creation – that has no end.
There’s no one on earth like me;
No one in the whole world like you,
So embrace your uniqueness, my friend…
Share with others your point of view.
No one sees life quite like you do.
No one can paint or write as you do.
Let your expression of life splash out of you
And help others see the world anew.
He has made everything beautiful in its time.
Also, He has put eternity into man’s heart,
yet so that he cannot find out
what God has done from the beginning to the end.
Just as no pot created on the potter’s wheel
Ends up looking just like another pot,
And yet each is beautiful in its own way,
So each of us beautiful – no one is not!
Something beautiful, something good –
All my confusion He understood.
All I had to offer Him was brokenness and strife,
But He made something beautiful of my life.
Give your brokenness and strife to God.
Let Him make something beautiful in you.
Then share it – as only you can do –
So others can appreciate their uniqueness, too.
Use your unique qualities to make the world a better place.
Don’t judge others or turn them away because they’re different.
Embrace them. Love them. Appreciate the way they add color to your world.
Know God designed each of us intentionally … be reverent!
I love you, my friend.
Thank you for adding your uniqueness to my world.
See ya tomorrow.
(& Bob – my unique hubby)
Live in harmony
Let your steps dance to the tune:
Live in harmony with one another.
Do not be haughty,
but associate with the lowly.
Never be wise in your own sight.
Repay no one evil for evil,
but give thought to do what is honorable
in the sight of all.
so far as it depends on you,
live peaceably with all.
Brings out the best in others –
Beautiful to see –
Guys who live in harmony –
Born of friendship and shared joy –
Beautiful to see.
Beautiful to be
Playing harmoniously –
As my outer world
Reflects my inner spirit,
Happiness is when
what you think,
what you say,
what you do
are in harmony.
My friend, Elaine Forsberg, recently left this earth for her eternal home. The memorial service for her was last weekend. She was a woman who raised her children to love God, follow Jesus, embrace harmony, and play harmonically. She did all those things herself. She taught by example.
Her son, Jim, plays the guitar and the saw! Her daughter, Peggy, also plays the saw… and the violin (magnificently). If you had attended Elaine’s service, you would have come away knowing this was a woman of great integrity – a woman who loved God – a woman secure in her destiny.
The Gandhi quote above fit Elaine Forsberg to a tee!
Besides loving God, Elaine loved music. She played the piano and made it possible for her children to appreciate the beauty of harmony.
The video below with its beautiful harmonies and gorgeous scenes of nature would be a favorite of hers. It’s a favorite of mine, I sang in the A Capella Choir all four years at the University of the Pacific. It was one of my favorite activities in college – and those harmonies still live in my heart.
To survive in peace and harmony,
united and strong,
we must have one people,
My prayer today is this:
O Lord, may we learn to live in harmony.
May our world embrace harmonious unity.
Help us, God of Creation,
to learn to follow Your commandments.
There is no better way, we know, to live peacefully.
Help us “Embrace Harmony”
and spread its beauty to all we meet.
Today we focus on harmony, peace, wholeness, and joy.
Embrace us, O Lord,
as these thoughts flower in our consciousness –
and bring our dreams of world-wide harmony to vivid life.
Thanks for visiting JanBeek.
May you feel the peace of harmony
in your heart today.
God bless You!
See ya tomorrow!
Looking for beauty
Can sometimes be elusive
When your eyes are closed
So open your eyes
To find the beauty around.
It is everywhere!
Do you look at it?
The “it” that’s blocking your view?
Where do your eyes go?
Look up to enjoy
The beauty, not the blockade!
Listen for the sounds.
The amorous dove
Is cooing to his partner:
“Come with me and rest.”
“It is the Sabbath –
A day to stop and relax.
Let’s go to our nest.”
“Are you listening?
Don’t look down – the nest’s not there.
Let’s fly to our roost.”
“You go if you want.
I’m perfectly happy here.
“OK. I give up.
Every bird is not the same.
Be happy sitting…
But I want to go
Exploring other vistas.”
Like that female dove,
Sometimes we seem to be stuck
In our own small rut.
Afraid to venture
Out into this great big world
To meet challenges.
There are lovely views
On horizon’s other side –
Beyond folds of light.
This view is Lisa’s –
It’s in North Carolina.
Sent to me with prayer.
I may not go there –
Not today or tomorrow.
But maybe someday.
I want to explore
The beauty of Lisa’s world.
Its vistas call me…
Just as our preacher,
Dawn, who was in the pulpit,
Felt Africa’s call.
She shared her stories
With us in church this morning.
They were amazing!
She spoke of children
Where poverty and illness
Put them at great risk.
Shared with us in church today
Brought love of strangers.
“When were You hungry and I fed You?
When were You thirsty and I gave You drink?
When were You a stranger and I welcomed You?
When were You naked and I gave You clothes?
When were You sick or in prison and I took care of You?”
“Whenever you did one of these to the least of these, my children, you did it unto Me.”
Paraphrased from Matthew 34-40
Love Stories from Africa
Our guest speaker told of her missionary trips to Uganda and Ghana, South African areas where she was called by God to go – not to speak of religion – but show the love of Christ through her actions. She helped children with cancer, families with loved ones dying of HIV-AIDS, orphaned children, farmers in need to seeds to plant their crops, or goats to provide milk, or workers who needed motor bikes to get to their places of employment. She danced to the music of the natives, and walked barefoot in the sands of these foreign lands.
Judgement turned to admiration. She gained appreciation for the resilience of these people. The poverty rate was 80% in many of the remote regions of the north. Improving their health care and job opportunities was the goal of the USA funding that she managed. The people had so little that every bit of help was doubly appreciated. They had so little, and yet they had so much. So much love. So much beauty.
Beauty comes smiling at us
Everywhere we turn
If we just open our eyes
See the love – and learn!
Learn to treasure all
the people God has made.
Reach out to those you meet.
Love them all – be not afraid!
Love is all we need.
Gotta keep it real simple:
Love God – Love People!!
Embrace God and Love One Another.
See ya tomorrow (God willing).
Being who you’re meant to be –
It is no holds barred.
Open up your heart!
It is being seen –
Being appreciated –
Who are showing great courage
By being open.
Should always be rewarded
There’s no place for hate!
My heart is breaking.
The Asian community
Is hurting today.
Eight nonsense killings –
Six of those killed were Asian.
I have trouble believing
Hate has no place in our hearts.
Just love each other!
Must come out of ignorance.
Don’t “they” know we’re ONE?
We’re all God’s children…
Created in His image.
Let your voice be heard.
Speak with authenticity:
Speak loudly with LOVE!
What can each of us do to help eradicate hate?
What can we do to allow everyone to enjoy authentic freedom?
What can we do to demonstrate our oneness?
Honor the intelligence and love of all God’s people.
Be authentically proud of all who step up to serve.
Bee Authentically YOU –
You were made to be YOU… and it was no accident!
God Bless You!