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Where is Beauty? Five Minute Friday

If we use our eyes we will see beauty around us.

I have 5 minutes to write my thoughts on “Beauty”. The prompt is from Five Minute Fridays.


From “The Kingdom of Thrim” by Janis Cox


When I think of the word beauty I see all of God’s creation.

There is so much to see. I haven’t travelled the world much — I’ve been to Europe a few times, the Caribbean, and seen some of Canada and the US.

But I hadn’t really seen any of the beauty. I had to look for it.

During a challenge by Ann Voskamp back in 2012 I started a journal based on a book called One Thousand Gifts. I saw more of God’s beauty than I ever had before. But I had to look.

Looking isn’t easy in our busy lives, is it? We run from one activity to the next.

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Can I Joy Dare You? – Week 5


As I continue to count the gifts I feel like I have been on a scavenger hunt seeking new things. A wonderful week searching and looking. Thanks so much to Ann Voskamp for leading this journey.

January 28 ~ 3 Graces found in friends

  • met an artist online and we hope to meet face to face in the spring or summer
  • met a couple with a dog from Red Deer, Alberta while we walked around our lake – they will be going to Mardi Gras party so we might meet them there
  • emails from friends and new acquaintances

January 29 ~ A song heard, a soft word, a light seen

  • birds at 5pm make a cacophony of music
  • telling Snowball “no” without raising my voice
  • seeing light in photos so I can paint the light

January 30 ~ 3 old things seen new

  • our old socks with holes are new toys for Snowball

  • we use recycled water here in the desert for our lakes and watering our lawns
  • as we give our life to Christ we are renewed – a new person in Jesus

January 31 ~ a gift on paper, in person, in a picture

  • love my journals, notebooks, sketch books
  • I love all my Bible Babes – such wonderful women of faith and funny too
  • a smilebox from my daughter – grandson playing “I’ll get your nose”.

February 1 ~ 3 gifts red


  • red berries on a bush

  • we call it a “bottle bush” but not sure what it is

  • humming bird feeder

February 2 ~ 3 gifts on paper

Baby Bryce – Batik

  • love my new batik rice paper and then the paint goes on – fun
  • books, books and more books
  • journals for writing my thoughts, prayers, and ideas

February 3 ~ 3 gifts found in writing

  • fiction – love a good fiction book before bed
  • non-fiction – always have 2 or 3 on the go – right now, Wonderstruck, Everything and Refresh

God Loves Us - We can pray for others.

  • my Bible – God’s Word – always refreshing, nourishing, and powerful


Can I Dare You? Week 3


As I continue to count the gifts I feel like I have been on a scavenger hunt seeking new things. A wonderful week searching and looking. Thanks so much to Ann Voskamp for leading this journey.

January 14 ~ 3 Startling Graces of God

  • I am in a Bible study called Bible Babes and we are studying In the Grip of Grace by Max Lucado
  • God fully understands me. From Jesus Calling,”Rejoice in the relief of being fully understood.”
  • I found a new blog called Gracelaced.

January 15 ~ One thing you wore; one thing you gave away; one
thing you shared

  • I wore the necklace that I received at a women’s retreat

Tadeo Turtle written and illustrated by Janis Cox

  • I gave away a copy of Tadeo Turtle to the youth pastor at our church
  • I shared my knowledge of computers with my art teacher

January 16 ~ 3 witnessed blessings

  • I got a lovely email from a daughter about my grandson learning to babble words that actually sound like words
  • Listening to my husband’s laugh
  • My computer has more memory – I went from 2 GB of ram to 8 – such a blessing

January 17 ~ a gift bringing laughter, prayer and quiet

  • I went to Bible study and the Bible Babes make me laugh a lot
  • I saw that a girl was lost in the Grand Canyon – prayed for a miracle
  • I am blessed with my morning quiet time

January 18 ~ 3 Gifts from God’s Word

  • “Now choose life, so that you and your children may live” (Deuteronomy 30:19).
  • “Lift up your heart” (Lamentations 3:41) “Lift up your voice” (Isaiah 40:9).
  • “Where you go I’ll go. Where you stay I’ll stay” (Ruth to Naomi – Ruth 1:16.

January 19 ~ 3 Gifts you might never have seen

Margaret Feinberg

Wonderstruck! by Margaret Feinberg


  • Wonderstruck by Margaret Feinberg – a chance encounter, a friendship and a great book
  • Joanne Matthews – my painting instructor
  • Gifts of writing and painting from a great God

January 20 ~ 3 Gifts only seen close up




  • the inside of a flower – I searched to find the best one but they were all beautiful

  • words of Scripture on my new pendant

  • the eyes of Snowball – who delights us every day with her happy nature – always ready for life



TASTE AND SEE – Five Minute Fridays

Taste and See

“Taste and see that the Lord is good; 
    blessed is the one who takes refuge in him” (Psalm 34:8 NIV)

Today the first thing I saw was daylight peeking through the blinds. Six am. Time to rise.

Next I saw the rain starting to fall on the porch outside my office window. A blessing for the farmers as it has been dry this spring.

Then I saw a post about a blind woman – although she cannot see with her eyes, she has tremendous insight into herself and how she can function without eyesight. Janet Perez Eckles has written a best-selling book called Simply Salsa.

To see – is to look at something whether by our eyes, or ears, or by touch, taste, or smell. Can I use my senses to understand God’s world? Am I open to His leading?

The Bible says, “Taste and see that the Lord is good.”

God’s gifts – if only I see them.

Prayer: Help me to see your gifts – using all my senses. Help me to be conscious of the needs and sensitivities of others. Help me to be aware of all that You have to offer. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

Time is up.

What will I “see” today? What will you “see” today?

Around here we write for five minutes flat on Fridays. I am linking to the Gypsy Mama’s Five Minute Fridays. Today’s word is SEE.

We write because we love words and the relief it is to just write them without worrying if they’re just right or not. So we take five minutes on Friday and write like we used to run when we were kids.

On Fridays we write with gusto, unselfconscious and flat-out.

What can you write in five minutes flat? {—> click to tweet}.

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community.

OK, are you ready? Give me your best five minutes on: SEE