Hello, friends! I 'm so glad you're participating in Spiritual Journey Thursday - either in linking up or reading, commenting, or all three. I love to hear your thoughts!
You may have seen this video come through on social media this week. I saw it on Facebook (I think Katherine Sokolowski shared it), and I had an emotional response to it for a lot of different reasons. Ann Voskamp featured it, also, on her Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend Saturday post. If you haven't seen it, it's one of Colbie Calliet's videos from her new album:
See what I mean?! It got to me. I was thinking about how much pressure we are all under, and not just girls/women, but everyone, and how God did not intend for us to put so much focus on the external - whether it be beauty, youth, thinness, wealth, success, power, perfection, performance, etc. We're exhausting ourselves. We don't have to try so hard. That's not to say we shouldn't be passionate, involved, compassionate, etc., but that comes from somewhere else. That can be spirit-driven. We need to focus on things that are eternal, not external, and that can be so hard. So, today, I'm asking that we think about BEAUTY. What is beautiful to you that would please God? How can we focus more on those things? As always, if you are led to think/write about something else, please do! I loved this quote, too, by Anne Lamott and shared by Lester Laminack on Facebook:
Today, I am joining my mom on her 70th birthday (for those of you who read my blog, you saw that she joined us in Las Vegas to celebrate her birthday just a couple weeks ago - today is her actual birthday!) with the Cuties, the name her friends of 40+ years have dubbed themselves, and yes, they are cuties, not just outward, but inward. Happy birthday, Mom! I am blessed to have you as a mother and friend. We'll be meeting for lunch. I know I will be surrounded by beauty - her friends are the epitome of faith, fun, life, and joy discussions will be rich in content. Here is a recent photo of them on one of their trips (my mom is second from the right):
One more note - my daughter, Katie, and I will be leaving next week (July 24th) with six other church members for a mission trip to Czech Republic to teach English camp, so I will not be posting a Spiritual Journey Thursday link-up post again until August 7th. I know I will have lots to write about then! Please keep us in your prayers. Until then...