I have been able to see so much more beauty in my life recently. The tiniest of blessings make me grin, to where anything from a beautifully-colored coloring page to a new song singing praises to His name has given me great reason to sing along.
There are days when the bigger blessings in my life are of great importance to me, but on the days when not much is going on, the positivity I have to hold onto is the love the Lord constantly shows me, especially in the smallest of ways.
Using a gift card I got for Christmas, I bought myself a new adult coloring book. This one is nautical-themed throughout, so there are images of oceans, seascapes, sea creatures, lighthouses, etc. I absolutely love it! I have taken to coloring in its pages in the evenings with my lovely Crayola fine-tipped markers, and that has been such a nice switch from the videos I usually spend time viewing before going to bed. While I don’t feel like I shouldn’t be watching those videos, which are usually either relaxing or funny, it ends up feeling like a waste of time to me in the end. I enjoy being productive, but I’ve been struggling for a long while to find an evening routine that works for me.
At the moment, I’m enjoying coloring. First, I find some uplifting Christian songs I’ve been loving, then I get out my coloring supplies and settle in for a little coloring session. I’ve done this the past two nights, and I couldn’t be happier with the results. At the end of them, I have been inspired by the songs I listened to and have a bit of artwork to display, as well. You can see the mandala I’ve been working on today below. (:
As I mentioned, this activity is enjoyable, peaceful, and enables me to praise Him for something so simple in my life.
However, I have also been finding great joy in what I have been reading in His Word.
I have loved flipping through the masterfully-written pages of the Bible since I was about eight years old, but it has only been in the past five or six years that every verse I read holds great meaning for me. I find myself in both familiar chapters, stories I ended up forgetting about, as well as parables I haven’t read for the longest time. I’m encouraged by the stories that teach me, through the lives and accounts of those who knew Him so many years ago, that He is a great God, One Who loves His people and cares for them in absolutely countless ways. From providing children for women who were barren, to leading His people to victory in battles and guiding them through other horrifying circumstances, there is no end to the ways He reveals to the readers of His Word how awesome, loving, merciful, patient, kind, caring, majestic, and truly beautiful He is!
The book I have been enjoying reading the most recently has been II Corinthians, believe it or not. I usually find myself in the same books most of the time, but I haven’t turned much to this book until now, and I can’t stop reading it. All of the verses I underlined over the past couple of years keep jumping out of the page at me (not literally, of course, as you may guess haha), which is why it is currently staying open at these pages on my nightstand.
Let me know in the comments below where you have been reading in the Bible, as well as any other little blessings in your life that you are praising Him for!
I hope you’re having a beautiful week! ❤