Monday, August 3, 2015

Calling Forth Beauty

I hear how a woman began to believe that God could call forth or create beauty from anyone, anything, anywhere, at any time. 

It changed her life to trust that God, at the perfect time, makes beauty if she allowed it. 

To live in such a way that we reflect God's character as One Who Calls Forth Beauty changes how I approach everything and everyone. Lord, help me call forth beauty today from anyone, anywhere, at any time. 

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Another Great Conversation Question

Today I read Robin Dreeke's (the former director of the FBI's Behavior Analysis Program and expert in interpersonal relations) advice on engaging others in conversation. 

She recommends asking people about challenges. The best question to ask, according to TIME's article, will encourage people to process challenges.  What challenges you at work? What challenges did you face this summer? What are your current parenting challenges? What challenges you in your neighborhood? 

I like this question, and I've been trying it out on family members. Everyone has challenges, and allowing them to talk about these challenges creates meaningful conversation.

You can read the TIME article here: 

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Finally Seeing

I search for the turtles like a child. I bring the children with me. Up and down the pier, we peer upon the water for their little heads or glistening backs. We then adjust our vision to see into the water. We gaze into the mossy depths of summer lake mysteries. Camouflaged by algae and leaves and sticks, the turtles sit. When we finally discern their presence, it's a whisper and a pointing, a kneeling closer and a gasp. We net the smallest one for quick observation and release. 

All day long, they are here but rarely seen. I love those things always about us that we see only when adjusting our vision, probing the murky depths, and waiting to see.