Simple Truth: Truth is often simple.

Truth is often simple.

Its the human mind that shuffles facts with feelings, which make for one heck of a card game.

Maze, like Alice trying to escape the queen of hearts, but is so lost in confusion that her only escape is to wake up: get out of her mind and into reality.

Why make life so complex?

Want a life rich and real?

“Love what you have, and you’ll have more love.” -R. Spektor

Open your eyes. Vision; blessing.

Open your ears. Hearing; blessed.

Beat in your heart, pulse in your veins, breath in your lungs, mobility in your limbs, capacity to learn in your head.

Blessed.

Even with every year aging on your tired body–you’ve reached a distance in life to which many have not had the privilege of surviving.

Gray hairs. Life; blessing.

Simple truth: “More blessed to give…”

A person will give as much as they count as gift given to them.

Start counting (1 Thessalonians. 5:18, Ephesians 5:20).

Christ modeled the greatest giving, how can I possibly agree with greed when One so great gave up is life for my soul?

Father thank you for instruction that simplifies my life: “It is more blessed to give than to receive” Acts 20:35

BEAUTY beyond BEAUTY | Audrey Hepburn Exhibit in Seoul

(As defined by dictionary.com)

Beauty

1.the quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind, whether arising from sensory manifestations (as shape, color, sound, etc.), a meaningful design or pattern, or something else (as a personality in which high spiritual qualities are manifest).

In a physical world constructed with physical things, we breathing humanoids wafting through life day by day guided by depleted eyes that can only see deeply as skin will unveil, it is no surprise to me that outward beauty is sought so, prized so; valued so.

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One such valued beauty would be Audrey Hepburn. (Here I am, sandwiched between two portraits of her, one from each of my favorite of her films).

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Anybody who knows anything about A.H. knows that her meek disposition onscreen was a character trait that followed her offscreen into and through out day to day life. She was a gentle spirit; kind calm and so graceful.

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Delicate.

The world praises her for her beautiful face, body, voice, disposition, poise, posture, laugh etc…

(…through and through she was very attractive and has always been very inspiring to me [for as long as I can remember] for various reasons–one being her style [clean, modest, chic, feminine]).

Pretty woman.

But, there is far more to life than being well dressed.

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After wandering through the exhibit for nearly two hours, it occurred to me that being physically beautiful alone attributes very little to a woman. Very little to life really.

Common thought maybe, but there was new weight in this truth for me that day.

Viewing gowns and costumes on plastic bodies that once robed the ‘queen‘ herself, dresses I’ve watched her stun in silver, and technicolor for my entire life, it was humbling.

She is gone, but her dresses and shoes and drawings remain.

Her body is dead, but her beautiful grace infectious leaves residue on my heart. Inspiration to mimic the gentle spirit, feminine meekness she modeled. Gracious, giving, quiet heat.

“Your adornment must not be merely external– braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God.” 1 Peter 3:3-4

What I saw with my depleted eyes was that the tangible beauty, long lasting beauty (Beauty beyond Beauty) is deep rooted in the heart, cultivated, farmed and nurtured by life, love, people, God.

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When I was little, I remember being enamored by her beauty. It was either in “Sabrina” or “Roman Holiday”. Regardless, I’ve truly looked up to her example of womanhood, physically and disposition-ally for a very long time. . .

. . . not to put her on a pedestal. Humility was a major aspect of her beautiful constitution. She was human, and very flawed. We all are. But beyond her faulted humanness, she carried herself so well. So much grace. A quality I strive to attain and inspire women around me in my life to pursue as well.

Only, for a greater purpose: so that people I encounter might see through my brokenness a beautiful Creator who longs to know you intimately.

The most beautiful love.

Beauty beyond Beauty.

May my meekness, poise, grace, gentleness and kindness be a reflection of the Kindest, most Gracious, most Loving.

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We had fun.

Beautiful fun.

Definitions and Thoughts

1. Simplicity: Freedom from complexity.

2. Purity: Freedom from guilt.

3. Clarity: Freedom from confusion.

4. Peace: application of all of thee above.

Striving for an emptier fuller life.

Simple.

Minimal.

“For if you have food and clothing, with these you should be content…” (1 Timothy 6) 

5. Contentment: freedom form ingratitude.

Thankfulness that satisfies. Safe house from poisonous gluttony.

The motion of the train guided the blue ink from my pen to quill barley legible squabbles that entertained my mind yesterday afternoon.

Bodies racing up and down steps, chasing the train before he takes off again. Rushing temples. Rushing to avoid collision. Train sped in fury over a bridge painted green. Neighboring train snuck up on the left, eyes shifted from tiny font in hand to acknowledge. Race begins.

Scenery bleeds together like a puddly watercolor. In the chaos of the motion, blurred lines and all, my eyes again raise and lock on a face staring at me from competitors window. Teddy in arm, head rested on glass. Not the slightest stretch of a grin. Pig-tails.

Race ends. And we’re left in the wake of his vain fury. Carrying a little heart from here to there, safely I’m sure, but some reason I wanted to switch trains and make sure she wasn’t alone. Help her find her way.

She reminds me of me.

Bodies all around. Machine puffing and puffing, racing, running to arrive at the next stop. And I sit, unsure. I sit. I go where the train goes, wanting to know the whens and where, but having to resolve to (defiantly) sit and go with it.

But life is immeasurably more simple when I trust and obey.

A grateful heart will give because she knows how much she has.

Fearless giving.

” Lord, Give me a quiet heart that does not ask to understand, but confident steps forward in the darkness guided by Thy hand.

A willing acceptance of all that God assigns and a glad surrender of all that I am…understanding the key to receiving the gift of a quiet heart. Whenever I have balked, the quietness goes. it is restored, and life immeasurably simplifying, when I have trusted and obeyed.

God loves us with an everlasting love. he is unutterably merciful and kind, and sees to it that not a day passes without the opportunity for new applications of the old truth of becoming a child of God.

This sums up the meaning of life. ”

-Elizabeth Elliot “Keep a Quiet Heart”

A heart that trusts is quiet. A trusting quietness that is strong enough to silence the constant invitation to meditate on ingratitude and fear.

Much still to learn about this screenplay life. I praise God for hearing my call for guidance, and bathing my parched heart in the cool life giving of Truth.

God breathed, relevant Truth.

Dishes.

So, have I ever mentioned that I have a sever addiction problem?

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Yeah.

It is a serious problem.

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Korea needs to STOP deigning cute dishes made in China.

(The yellow with blue stars and blue with yellow star dishes belong to my roomie. The others are mine. We share them all).

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Bess bought a mug similar to this one. I saw it at her house last week and was totally enamored by is. So I bought one for myself.

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This piece is extremely special to me.

She modeled for me in my last post; cradling kiwi fruit, contrasting green so fresh!

My dear sister/friend Hannah saw it in a shop window and bought it for me. I love her heart for knowing what would make mine so happy.

Cherished friend. Sister. Friend.

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Twelve stems of happiness.

I inhale the blushing blooms and exhale girlish glee.

I blush.

It is time to hang them for drying, but I want them alive still.

Smelling sweetness.

Blushing sweetness.

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Happy Heart.

Treasuring the moments. Pondering all the while.

(Luke 2:19, 51)

Fruit.

The nature of ‘fruit’ is that it is a product. A unavoidable consequence to that which has been sown.

The type of fruit you produce in your life is dependent on how you tend, nurture, exercise your Soul/Spirit/Body entirely.

What do you feed your soul/spirit/body?

Fruit of apathy is laziness.

Fruit of discipline is strength.

Fruit of ingratitude is overindulgence.

The fruit gratitude is contentment.

Fruit comes no matter what you sow.

Don’t be concerned by the thought “I hope my life produces fruit!”.

I promise you, your life will produce fruit.

Ponder the questions (which can de thought as deeply as you dare to let it sink) “What kind of fruit is my life producing?”

What are my habits? My actions? How do I treat people? How do I spend the time given to me?

I realized today that I’ve been given a great capacity to learn. What am I doing with this privilege? I was challenged by that insight to do a few extra french lessons–tirelessly trying to articulate the poetic language. Because I can. And there is joy, hidden away behind the realization that even my interests and desires are gifts–tools given to me.

Fruit of studying new language: one day I’ll be able to speak to a whole new people group.

Abidance in Him: branch form the True vine. Baring fruit, fed by The Source of fruit/life.

Bask | Definition

Verb (used without objects)

1. to lie in or be exposed to a pleasant warmth.

2. to enjoy a pleasant situation.

Mon petit coeur a un grand bonheur pour vous.

Mon coeur allumes avec bonheur.

Allumes!

Je prélasser.

Close Attention…

I was introduced to this phrase two weeks ago during sermon two on Hebrews at church.

“Therefore, we must pay closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.” (2:1).

The ‘therefore’ at the beginning of this passage was referencing back to the dialogue the author was having with himself, hashing through the supremacy of Christ and His authority compared to the angels and prophets. “it” here is truth.

I want to challenge you: What truth has Christ been telling you to do? What do you need to pay closer attention to (personally)?

Why haven’t you done it?

Pay close attention to what He is asking you to do. Follow Him first by constructing your mundane daily routines in such a way that glorifies Him. Start small. Start. Do.

Stop talking about what you want to change. Show people what you believe.

It isn’t enough to know that feeding your body garbage is bad for you. You have to actually nurture it with real food and stop buying the garbage (your stomach isn’t a trash can!).

It isn’t enough to plan workout routines. Your mind may benefit from the stimulating thought process, but your body will profit nothing.

It isn’t enough to just want to know God. You have to pick up His word. You have to pray, spend time with Him. Ask Him to show you His heart, guiding you with wisdom and truth.

Change: change comes from doing something different.

Peace follows obedience. Peace feeds joy–spirit grows.

Anxiety follows disobedience. Anxiety feeds fear–flesh grows.

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galations 6:7-9

In order to pay close attention, you have to make room for it. You have to exclude noise from the world and choose to seek God and His truth. There isn’t room for both.

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other…” Matthew 6:24

Slave to Christ. Beholding Him.

Eternal perspective–run the race–it is worth it.

 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.” Romans 13:14

and

“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” Galations 5:16

12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.” James 1:12-15

Spiritual discipline and physical discipline.

Be a doer.

“22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.” James 1:22-25

The secret to success?

Count it all joy.

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you face trials of many kinds. For you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:2-4

Gratitude sets the stage for joy.

Thank you Father for healthy limbs that can walk and run and hike! Thank you for the beauty in creation that I can drink in while I work out. Thank you for knowledge on how to feed and care for my body. Thank you for this day, these breaths, the pulse in my heart.

Change the way you look at things and the things you look at will change.

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind...” (Romans 12:1-2).

Smile, breath, thank God for everything.

It is always thanksgiving that brings me joy.

Such joy is my strength.

“The joy of the Lord is my strength.” Nehemiah 8:10

You’re not designed to live alone. You’re not designed to fight alone.

Its been won (John 16:30, 19:30).

Rise in victory, walk in obedience.

Because He lives and lives in you.

Grace, joy, peace and love to you from Korea.

-Sky

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