Lent: Week 1

This year for Lent, I’m working through the Beauty in the Common Lent Guide. Part of this guide is a photo challenge. Here is my first week and a half! If you’re interested in joining me on this Lenten journey, check out the guide in the link above.

Day 1: Beauty in the Simple

I am a writer for To Love Ourselves. I love the simplicity, yet thoughtfulness, of a handwritten letter and how I can use my gift of words to love and encourage women across the country.

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“The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.” -Psalm 119:130

Day 2: Beauty in the Chaos

Chaos is defined as “behavior so unpredictable as to appear random.” The beauty in chaos is learning to see the beauty in the unpredictable- sunshine on the cold days, the joy in the valleys of life, the peace in the chaos.

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“When we worship the right way, God doesn’t stir us up into confusion; he brings us into harmony.” -1 Corinthians 14:33

Day 3: Beauty in Community

I couldn’t imagine posting about community and not have it be about this group of women. Whether we are talking about faith in small group, taking on downtown Naperville on a birthday bar crawl in fake mustaches and covered in glitter, or sending funny group snapchats, my heart is full every time I see these faith-filled, servant-hearted women.

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“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” -Matthew 18:20

Day 4 & Day 5: Beauty in the Tedious & Beauty in the Familiar

We often walk the line of the tedious/risky and the familiar. We are intrigued by the tedious, but find comfort in the familiar. We are sometimes called to go outside of our comfort zone, yet fear prevents us from walking into the unknown.

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“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'” -Jeremiah 29:11

Day 6: Beauty in the Moment

There are so many moments I could find more beautiful or more profound than this one, but on this day, my favorite moment was being able to have some alone time, working on a new blog post and watching the storms roll in.

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“Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” -Matthew 11:28

Day 7: Beauty in the Weathered

This blanket has some stains and some rips. But despite its weathered exterior, this was my great-grandma’s blanket that I received after she passed last fall. She was a woman of extreme faith, and even during her last days when my grandma told her it was okay to let go, she replied that it wasn’t her choice, but His. Sometimes our possessions that are special to us aren’t shiny and new, they are weathered and old with intangible worth.

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“True, the grass withers and the wildflowers fade, but our God’s Word stands firm and forever.” -Isaiah 40:8

Day 8: Beauty in Patience

I’m an impatient person. This is also because I’m a person who wants to go, go, go and doesn’t take a lot of time for rest. While searching for a full-time job has really tested my patience, I’m thankful for this time of rest and the ability to really search for what brings me joy. Thank you to my friend Lindsay for this much needed reminder and encouragement.

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“Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is the right alongside helping us along.” -Romans 8:26

Day 9: Beauty in the Meager

I struggled trying to find a picture that represents the word ‘meager.’ Perhaps that’s a good commentary on my life and how cluttered it is with unnecessary things. However, this verse kept coming to mind.

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“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'” -Matthew 25:40

Day 10, 11 & 12: Beauty in Forgiveness, in Meditation & in Movement

Meditation is a powerful thing. Some people meditate through yoga, others through a guided practice. My form of meditation is music. I can sit for hours at the piano and just play, whether it’s a song that’s been stuck in my head or I’m just making it up as I go. I find beauty in the movements of songs and how they mirror life. Music helps me process life- helps me calm down when I’m mad so I can forgive others and when I’m sad, forgive myself.

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“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” -Psalm 19:14

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