“In some way I feel you here with me as I write, and I hope you feel that I’m there with you as you read, just your friend, across the table at a coffee shop, swapping stories and sharing hope,” Annie F. Downs writes at the beginning of her new book, Looking for Lovely. And as I read my review copy of the book, I really did feel that way–like I was having coffee with a good friend, sharing life…funny stories, disappointments, struggles…and most importantly, seeing together the hope beyond the difficult times.
Annie challenges us to look for the beauty around us in simple everyday moments, because it’s in those moments we see God in unique ways and we’re reminded of His love and care for us. And we draw strength from that–strength and encouragement to keep us going on our journey. Annie explains, “There is a correlation, I’m finding, between beauty and perseverance….Beauty is what makes it possible to keep going. And beauty is in the eye of the beholder, isn’t it? It’s not just in the things everyone sees, but it is what YOU see, what sticks out to you, the unique moments God gives you to collect up and hold and draw strength from.”
Strength for the journey–we all need that! Annie, in her very personal, honest style, shares some of her own struggles–things that so many of us can relate to. And how finding loveliness in simple things like a sunrise or time spent with friends helps her see God’s love and His truths more clearly. God blesses our lives with loveliness in so many ways and it’s all around us, like little gifts He surprises us with every day.
I found that I had a new perspective after reading this book. I realized, as Annie points out, that an everyday occurrence like a sunrise is a beautiful reminder that there’s an end to darkness–it’s the beauty God created for us that helps get us through the hard times, keeps us from quitting, and gives us hope. Annie sums it up perfectly when she says, “I’m believing what I cannot see because of what I can see.” And after reading her book, I’m inspired to do the same.
Linked to Thursday Favorite Things, Create With Joy.
Yes! This: “I realized, as Annie points out, that an everyday occurrence like a sunrise is a beautiful reminder that there’s an end to darkness–it’s the beauty God created for us that helps get us through the hard times, keeps us from quitting, and gives us hope.” Stopping by from the launch team and oh my goodness – I am finding all kinds of lovely today! Keep looking… and finding!
Thanks so much, Karrilee! 🙂
Since Kelly passed away, I do a lot of reflecting and appreciating each and every day! XOXO
That’s what I’m hoping to get better at, Susan–I hate to think about how many moments I’ve wasted just not appreciating the gift of another day!
Man, the eye-catching colors of that first image/graphic you posted are SO lovely… before I even got to your post. Thanks for catching my attention! ❤
P.S. I found you from the launch team.
Thanks so much, Elizabeth! It’s so nice hearing from other launch team members! 🙂
Your photo is beautiful! I agree there is beauty is simplicity and beauty in ordinary. Taking time to notice what is around us instead of looking into the distance for what is on the horizon often leads to tunnel vision. This book sounds like a wonderful read.
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