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Everything Beautiful in Its Time … a little edit – not content!


He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the
hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. ~Ecclesiastes 3:11

Good morning Loves  ♥ I am hooking up with Lisa-Jo and the 5 Minute Writers again this morning. Jump on over to GypsyMama, check it out, and join us!

Todays topic is: Beauty in 5 Minutes … no editing, no second guessing.


God has made everything beautiful in its time. That is EVERY thing. You … Me … the trash can … the withered flower …

The beauty of life …

I’ve never felt ugly … though I don’t like pictures of me. I see what I precieve as flaws. I see my heaviness and age.

Me ...

I see the reflection of my mother and my grandmother … now those are not flaws … but… I want to be me … I want to see the me God made.

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14.

I am blessed, I say often. My childhood, oddly enough, did not leave me feeling ugly. Dirty, unworthy, neglected and even abused; but not ugly. Though I must say I’ve never felt beautiful either. Odd, I never think of it that way!

I find beauty outside of myself. God shows me beauty everywhere. I often think of the age old question:

“Who can not believe in a loving creator when they behold the beauty before their eyes?”

Seriously. There is a story in every picture … beauty to be found in the day to day life, as described by so many by this prompt today.


UPDATE: I went to a meeting after posting this and on my heart was the video posted at the top; in my Spirit I knew it needed to be added! Thanks for forgiving me this indulgence, but there is at least one heart that needs to listen … You are beautiful! ❤

(photos added after the five!)  and…

Forgive me an aside here, I believe this sums up our responsiblity concerning beauty … after all we are God’s Children!

 “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest
fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness,that frightens us most.

We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,
talented, and famous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make
manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ~ Maryanne Williamson

This has been a 5 minute post!

Blessings Loves ♥

Author: Hopeannfaith

Welcome, I'm Andrea ... HOPEannFAITH ... I write and take pictures as a way of expression. These are gifts given by a loving and indulgent Father, to a headstrong and stubborn daughter, with much to say. A semi-retired social worker/secretary, I now call myself a writer. I've published one internet article and written many blog posts. However, publishing does not make one a writer, anymore than taking a box camera to the park makes one a photographer. What makes one who and what they are? Well God for one ... formed me before the foundations of this world (Psalm 139); and many, many years after putting away my passion for wordsmithing and picture taking He gave it back ... in droves. I am a culmination of my choices and experiences. It is here that my experiences color the world in print and color. It is my goal to reach just one soul a day with love ... encouragement ... understanding or just letting that soul know that they are not alone where they are today. This is about creating ~ all of it. Creating a HOLY and SACRED place where the ugly truth can be healed and the beauty of a moment or a tear can brighten a day for the experience. Why HOPEannFAITH? Hopeannfaith is my inner child, and she is maturing, as she should have done all along. She is learning all about how Faith fulfills Hope. She is learning how to live. HOPEannFAITH ~ the wonder twins all wrapped up in one, me. These are my Journey Journals ~ written and visual. I welcome your company. I welcome your friendships. My Journey is in the light ~ although I have and will share the shadowy corners and the dark ~ so you know that you are never alone there. If we hold hands in the dark, and we walk, side by side, through the shadow, we will reach the Light together. In relationship with one another and with the Light. Blessings.

10 thoughts on “Everything Beautiful in Its Time … a little edit – not content!

  1. Absolutely beautiful! We’ll forgive you for going over five minutes when that last entry was so pretty!
    I’m like that in a way, I get uncomfortable when something good happens to me or somebody says something good to me and other peope are uncomfortable. I end up saying something to make them feel better and show that I am not perfect. Then, I feel better, too. Weird, huh?

  2. Hi…popped over to say hi…but God had a sweet gift..maybe the song was just for me…or should I say my daughter. We just had a heart to heart…she is a teenage girl in the war of hormones…lies of the enemy and just the flat out battle of the flesh…all trying to steal her joy. I just downloaded this…will put it on the ipod and leave it on her bed…so when she gets home late tonight…she will have a sweet lullaby to soothe her soul.
    Thanks for obeying the prompt…

  3. Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I loved reading yours! We are fearfully and wonderfully made! I think it’s interesting we you said you never used “ugly” to describe your childhood. That is a blessing and all of it – even the past – makes us beautiful in just the perfect way God intends! Many blessings!

  4. Oh, Andrea! I love your honesty and your heart. You are an encouragement to me today…

  5. Beautifully written by a beautiful woman!

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