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The above painting was painted while we stayed at The Barn, a retreat owned by friends. The pond is out the back door. Several mornings, I watched the sun rise over the trees. Throughout the day I’d pass by and notice the reflection of the trees in the water and the many different colors. The reflection caused by the sun’s light changed throughout the day, as the sun changed directions.

I took a wonderful walk this morning. Although, I walked at a brisk pace and about thirty minutes, I barely broke a sweat!!!! Walking in the wonderful mountain air is so exhilarating. Looking at God’s beautiful brush strokes across the sky with huge, fluffy clouds, a brilliant color of blue rarely seen in our cities, tree covered mountains…..ahhhhhhhhh

Do you ever think of your life as a reflection? Our face and attitude are often the reflection of what is going on with us at the moment. Some days are just hard to get passed…some days I call it “putting on my smiley clown face”. I have a friend who seems to always have a genuine smile on her face. The years I have known her, she has gone through many hard and tragic times, but her smile always lights up her face. She will say, it is because she has joy in her heart. She reflects what is in her heart, not what is going on at the moment. I often tell her, I see His light in you.

Our light doesn’t always shine but I know One whose light shines always and will do so through us. He’s our joy when we can’t seem to find any, our strength when we have no more, our hope when it seems we’ve lost ours….he wants us to be His reflection for others to see. When the cloud is over our moments hiding the suns reflection….we can turn to the Son who is never covered by clouds.

Whose reflection do others see in you today?

I came across two songs I have in my ITouch. Both titled, Beautiful. Carole King has been a favorite of mine for years. I use to listen to Tapestry hours on end. Kari Jobe, is relatively new in my ITouch. She has one of the most beautiful voices I’ve ever listened to, and a gift of relaying God’s word through song.
As we continue to travel, I am without ITunes so I typed parts of the songs below. If you are not familiar, try and find and listen.

I love both songs. I think both are beautiful!
Today’s Song

Beautiful

  • Songwriters: Carole King

 

You’ve got to get up every morning
With a smile on your face
And show the world all the love in your heart
Then people gonna treat you better
You’re gonna find, yes you will
That you’re beautiful as you feel

Waiting at the station
With a workday wind a-blowing
I’ve got nothing to do
But watch the passers-by
Mirrored in their faces
I see frustration growing
And they don’t see it showing, why do I?

I have often asked myself
The reason for the sadness in a world
Where tears are just a lullaby
If there’s any answer, maybe
Love can end the madness
Maybe not, oh, but we can only try

You’ve got to get up every morning
With a smile on your face
And show the world all the love in your heart
Then people gonna treat you better
You’re gonna find, yes you will
That you’re beautiful, you’re beautiful
You’re beautiful as you feel

Beautiful sang by Kari Jobe

  • Songwriters: Paul Balcohe; Mia Fieldes; Kari Jobe

 

Here before Your alter
I am letting go of all I’ve held
Of every motive, every burden
Everything that’s of myself

And I just wanna wait on You, my God
I just wanna dwell on who You are

Beautiful, beautiful
Oh, I am lost for more to say
Beautiful, beautiful
Oh Lord You’re beautiful to me

Here in Your presence
I am not afraid of brokenness
To wash Your feet with humble tears
I would be poured out till nothing’s left

And I just wanna wait on You, my God
I just wanna dwell on who You are…..

Blessings and hugs,

In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16 NIV


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