God takes one still life piece of beauty and speaks volumes to bring us life and perspective. Today I am sharing snapshots of God’s glory with reflections and questions to give us the chance to go deeper in our own lives. Each image stopped me long enough to ponder – why this scene and why now??

Do you see real beauty when out in God’s world? Do you notice the color or variance in hues even when it seems to be lacking? Come take a picture walk with me to see how God speaks to you.

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The brilliant blue highlights the bare branches stretching upward. The contrast of color against washed out branches proves how God takes a splash of beauty to show off something that at first glance is very ordinary. God chooses a backdrop for our lives to show off the beauty we have within. A backdrop of events and people to accentuate the beautiful person He created in each of us. God is intentional in loving us well and highlighting us as His children.

“I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. 3 You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. 4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. John 15:1-4 NLT

Do you believe you are a special gift from God that He loves to show off to others?

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Food is one of my love languages, but many of you know that clean eating is my go to as I pursue healthy living. But this beautiful picture of food has an entirely different meaning here. It tells a story of hospitality- a giving heart who lovingly prepared the food for both of us to share. Another one of my love languages is acts of kindness. The time, effort and love put into the preparation of this meal was a gift. The blessing was not just the food but the beautiful servant’s heart of the person who prepared it.

Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Philippians 2:3-4

What blessings have you received as a gift from another with a servant’s heart?

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Hidden beauty is God’s specialty. He loves the element of surprise and is blessed when we discover the beauty on our own. Taking the time to look closer helps us draw near to God as we uncover our own gifts. He wires each of us uniquely and wants us to shine for His glory. But many times our excuses outweigh our willingness to explore and develop the beauty God has already created within us.

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16

How can you use your gifts for God’s glory without letting worldly initiatives steer you in a different direction?

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Stunning beauty! The kind that produces a gasp and a look of admiration is always present but rarely found. God places these hidden treasures everywhere. Being present draws us into God’s presence.

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He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. Ecclesiastes 3:11

How will you discover the stunning beauty God has created just for you?

Each picture complete with details tells a story. As you explore and look deeply at each one, what story do these pictures tell you?

I would love to hear your picture stories in the comments.

***Did you know I have a beautiful 7 Day devotional- Finding the Rhythms in Your Life- just for you? By joining the Passage Through Grace community via email, you will receive this devotional just for signing up.

Blessings of grace along the way!

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