Around us is beauty. One thing The Napa Valley is known for is hot air balloons. On a clear day, you can see so many balloons high in the sky. People looking over the valley of such beauty.
You can also take a drive through the valley and see beauty in so many place. The vineyards, different colors of seasons and so much peace as you drive.
Napa is also the place where we attend church. The name is Hillside Christian Church and we have gone there for over 14 years now. It has become a place of beauty for me. I can see how far God has brought my life from the first day I started there. I have co-lead a class for women for over 10 years on Wednesday Nights with Darlene (Speedy). It has become that spark in so many women who enjoy coming together to learn, grow and develop friendships. We named it THE WELL because Jesus met the one woman at the well and changed her life.
BEAUTY ~ comes out of our brokenness too. Jesus takes us from where we were and creates new beginnings as we surrender our will to his will.
Isaiah 61:1-3 New International VersionThe Year of the Lord’s Favor
61 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion--
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor.
BEAUTY ~ is seen the mirror of you soul. I love where God has brought me from and I see the beauty in that. I look into the mirror and I see a person who was broken, but God in his amazing grace changed me. I like who I am today while still learning each day of life. I often find myself different than others. There are times when I feel so out of place, I can't describe that totally. I still have hopes and dreams I want to see come to pass. I won't give up believing in greater things.
God can take us from ashes and give us the oil of joy. It just keeps flowing into positive and praise comes out in all things. Sure there are things I don't like, but I've learn to praise through a hard season of life. I love how God surrounds me with people who care and show me. I know today, I'm praying for you (reader of my blog) your family and friends. I care and won't stop believing big for you as well. Happy new day!