Beauty Unseen

This morning, I took a moment to bask in utmost beauty.

I was driving to Iowa City as the sun was just peeking its way over the hills on the horizon of the Kalona countryside. And what a show it gave! I watched as the sky filled with several shades of blues, pinks, oranges, and yellows.  I was in awe of the artistry that was unfolding before my eyes. It sounds so cliché, but it actually took my breath away. I found myself wondering, “How long has it been since I’ve seen the sunrise? Is it always this gorgeous? What have I been missing?”

I realized…. in the daily hustle of rushing kids to school, feeding the family, attempting to keep the house clean with a toddler in tow, and somehow managing to brush my teeth all in time to squeeze in a workout, I have forgotten how wondrous our surroundings are.  I have literally been looking the other way – too preoccupied by life’s everyday tasks.

I want to go back to that time when priorities and responsibilities were simple. Back when you took a moment to actually stop and smell the roses. A time when you sat down, listened to the rhythm of the rain, and relaxed while you smiled at the simplicity of it all. You noticed it then. Life was not complicated.  You saw beauty in each day!

I encourage you to try to find your way back to that place, whether it be through a hobby such as running or pottery or even yoga. Maybe it comes through cozying up with a good book while sipping on a cup of hot tea. Or it could be that moment during a worship service where you feel the Spirit thick like a summer fog.

However you find your inner peace in the chaos of life, just make it happen. Make THAT a priority. I promise, you’ll be soo thrilled to, once again, observe the beauty in things! Happy hunting, my friends!  =)

tarasunrise

Stay-at-home-Momma to 3 rambunctious, but adorable kiddos, and wife to her talented husband, Gabriel, Tara spends most of her days in a hectically blessed world! Her two boys, Simeon (6) and Solomon (5), and sassy 3-year-old daughter, Surion, help keep her on her toes. She is proud to call Kalona her home and settled in quickly after moving from central Iowa a few years ago to launch a ministry in the IC area. Her family is an avid supporter of all the local “Hawks”… Go Black and Gold! She claims that exercise is not her strong suit, but continues to condition her body (mostly through running) in hopes that one day, it will come naturally to her. She enjoys being creative through crafting and DIY projects, and admits that her body is a canvas and artistic outlet with her many tattoos and piercings. Tara has a special place in her heart for “finding a good deal,” and can often be found scouring local thrift stores for all sorts of wonderful treasures! She is truly passionate about litter-removal and recycling and hopes her obsession will rub off on the munchkins so they can lead a “clean” life in their future. Lastly, and most importantly, Tara has a heart for the Lord and is thrilled to be involved with her community MOPs group. =)

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