Up Close

by - July 19, 2010

Sometimes life is better viewed from a distant perspective. Putting things in context brings meaning, shapes the atmosphere.

Lately I've been more interested in the close up - the unexpected beauty created by details that often goes unnoticed.

The shadow one casts just from simply being there, still, constant, beautiful is a silhouette of grace.

The one that supports and holds things up is a quiet strength that's as beautiful as what's really on display.

The instrument is a beautiful work of art in itself, but then it is touched by fingers that breathe life, and a whole new masterpiece is created.

May life be beautiful in the mundane, the practical and the obvious. In every place we look to find it and in those places we miss.

From His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. ~John 1:16

This week's counted graces include:

135 ~ self inflicted French manicure (not too shabby after much practice)
136 ~ impromptu overnight company
137 ~ family movie night, including the dog
138 ~ slipping into fresh, clean sheets
139 ~ birdsong symphony to wake up to
140 ~ haircuts
141 ~ that what I call interruptions to my plans God calls His will
142 ~ the blessing of lifelong friendship, even if it has always been long distance
143 ~ audiobooks
144 ~ Cherry Lane, Canterwood Road, Canal Place Circle and Overbrook Drive keeping the real estate industry hobbling along
145 ~ what's needed and God's provision
146 ~ a summer of missionary stories and family prayer for those who volunteer for hostile frontlines of areas unreached and unreceptive to the gospel
147 ~ kids who break car windows and friends willing to help fix them
148 ~ a surprise gift of folded laundry - priceless, literally and figuratively
149 ~ teaching my kids that even being bored is a luxury; always be grateful, never complaining
150 ~ Christmas music in July

This is a 1000 Gifts post as well as a link to High Calling Blogs Photo Play of thirds.

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  1. A few years back I was on a huge kick about how the mundane needed to be infinitely beautiful and respected for that in our lives. Will put with your words and snapshots. And I'm liking the new layout on the site, too. Looks like you're having fun with this. :)

  2. what a lovely way to push me to see deeper.

    it made me think of the 51 year old hand
    that displays the 30 year old wedding ring.


  3. I'm here via Claire enjoying your photos and thoughts.

  4. Dawn I am so thankful that you have joined us for PhotoPlay.

    We all learn from one another. I like the angle from which you took the first photo.


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