Beautiful Things

Do you need a touch of beauty in your life today?

Beautiful things are all around you if you have eyes to see them.

I was recently walking through a meadow covered with wildflowers in Sedona, Arizona.

I had my Nikon D810 with my 80-400mm Nikkor telephoto lens hoping to capture closeup shots of some of the beauty. My telephoto lens helps me notice beautiful things that I might not otherwise see because it helps me slow down to look at the landscape all around me.

This day I saw a butterfly enjoying the wildflowers as it fluttered close by. So I zoomed in and captured images of it as it rested on these flowers.

As I looked through the lens, I was in awe of the beauty of this little butterfly. Its wings looked like stained-glass windows with various colors rippling across the surface. Just beautiful. And the beauty brought a certain calm and peace to my heart.

I find that slowing down always helps me see beautiful things. Even when I open the pages of my Bible, if I will only slow down, I see a beautiful view of my Lord that I never see when I am in a hurry. That beautiful view of the Lord helps me grow in my relationship with Him drawing me in to a deeper intimacy.

The Lord encourages us to slow down. He says to us, “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). These are great words to take to heart every day.

As I go about my day, sometimes I just stop and look around me, taking time to notice beautiful things. It might be a leaf on the sidewalk or a bird in a tree. I love seeing kindness in the eyes of a stranger or joy in the smile of a friend. All of these beautiful things are gifts and blessings from the Lord.

Today, dear friend, I pray that you will stop and notice beautiful things all around you.

God bless you.

Dear Lord, give us eyes to see beautiful things all around us today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

♥ Blessings and Grace to You!


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Be still and know that I am God.
Psalm 46:10

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  • Title: Beautiful Things
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  • Description: A butterfly at the Bear Mountain trailhead in Sedona, Arizona, USA.
  • Creator: Catherine Martin
  • Date Created: 08/30/17
  • Camera: Nikon D810, Nikkor 80-400mm, FL 400mm, ISO 100, f/16, 1/100sec.
  • Photoshoot: myPhotoWalk Photo Shoot in Sedona, Arizona, USA.
  • Post-Processing: Adobe Camera Raw, Adobe Photoshop, Topaz Software, ON1 Software.
  • Copyright ©2017 Catherine Martin — myPhotoWalk™ — Quiet Time Ministries. All Rights Reserved.
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