Welcome to Day 13 of 31 Extraordinary Days to Be… Or…simply: Be…
Together, we will learn to Be… to live fully and beautifully in our “skin”
and in our homes and beyond. If you missed The Introduction or you’d like
to follow the entire series, you can find each post listed here.
Do you live in a spot where you can view a sunrise or sunset?
Right now we’re living at the beginning of a private cul de sac. It’s a half mile from beginning to end. This little road runs from east to west. Or west to east depending on your perspective. The beauty for me is that each morning I can sit in my chair and look out the window and watch the sun rise. And in the evening, if we time our dinner just right, we can step out for a walk and watch that fiery ball drop in the west. It’s such a wonderful blessing. I marvel in my quiet time at day break. And it never fails that I look out the window and draw everyone’s attention to the dramatic colors in the sky each evening.
I could live in a place without this view. But instead, God has blessed me with these spectacular sights to begin and end each day.
…when morning dawns and evening fades
you call forth songs of joy. Psalm 65:8b
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My heart is always filled with joy at these spectacular sights. At these times I am aware of God’s beauty, his creativity, his glory and splendor, his majesty, and his love. How he must smile in my delight of his awesome creation. Though I don’t sing them aloud, my heart is filled with songs of joy.
Hmmm. I wonder if God created the beauty of the sunrise and the sunset for any other reason that his joy and pleasure…and maybe for ours too?
Day 13 Challenge: When you see a sunrise or a sunset do you stop and take in the beauty? Stop and quiet your soul when you see either the rising or the setting of the sun. Allow this small refection of God’s glory to permeate your being. Tell God how glorious he is. Choose to purposefully see the sunrise or the sunset, or both, each day if at all possible. Notice the intricacies and the difference in the beauty.
You who serve God, praise God!
Just to speak his name is praise!
Just to remember God is a blessing—
now and tomorrow and always.
From east to west, from dawn to dusk,
keep lifting all your praises to God!
Psalm 113:1-3 The Message
It’s Joy Day!
Today is the day when we look back on the past week and count ‘seven.’
It’s a favorite time for many of you. It’s good to thank God no matter what. That means we give thanks, count our blessings or gifts, no matter what life has dished out.
God I thank you for
- being able to wear sandals in October!
- your Word that gives me life.
- delicious butternut squash sauce from Aldi.
- a broken fuel line in the car and the long wait for a repair.
- giving me the discipline to push through and prepare a post each day. (13 already!)
- gorgeous sunsets.
- encouraging friends.
Now it’s YOUR turn!! Please join me by tapping in your ‘seven’ in the “Please Share Your Extraordinary Thoughts” section below. Something happens when we take time to list out our bits of gratitude. I guarantee your joy meter will rise.
Want even more joy? Take the Joy Dare here.
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