Extraordinary Beauty in Your Ordinary Life

Five Minute Friday: BEAUTY

God can use the ordinary moments in your life to glorify himself by conforming you into the image of his Son. That is precisely what he intends to do.

Gloria Furman

A mother weeping over a wayward child, love spilling onto a soaked pillow.
A wife overcoming exhaustion to minister to her husband when he returns home downtrodden after a long day.
A missionary drinking tea with the locals, struggling in her second language.

 

There’s beauty in the ordinary though it may not always be obvious outside of your Instagram feed. God does miracles on ordinary days and uses ordinary people to accomplish His will in the world. He transforms brokenness into bellowing declarations of His majesty — it’s the kind of business He’s best at. He brings glory to Himself and beauty in our lives as He shows off who He is by making us more like Him.

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Beauty is dying to self and humbling ourselves before a holy God even if it is manifested in wiping noses and matching socks. The most glorious moments of our lives are often the hardest to live out because the most beautiful story ever told required blood, death, and sacrifice, and we are called to retell that story each day in both the miraculous and the mundane.

When we look around, we may only see the mess, but we trust that the God that makes all things new, brings life out of death and shines light into the darkness is at work to redeem it all. We keep our eyes on Him — a miraculous display of transformative power. Little by little, we being to resemble Him in the smallest of ways as this transformative power touches each part of our lives. Is there anything more beautiful than that?

Tell me something beautiful God has done in your life this week.

Talk to me in the comment section below!

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23 Comments

  1. Tara

    People have shown up for our silent auction fundraiser this weekend. The donations just keep coming in and I’m flabbergasted. Over 50 baskets so far. Your post reminds me of the book “Liturgy of the Ordinary?” I think you’d love it. I’m in the 5 spot this week.

  2. Cindy

    “Beauty is dying to self” Wow! The world sees beauty all about self and yet you’ve so wisely reminded us that God’s ways aren’t the world’s ways! And how freeing it is to think about letting go of self and dwelling in the beauty of God’s transformative power! Great post Amber! Cindy Wilkins

    • I often think of the beauty of little old ladies who have lived a life for the Lord and serving others without ever drawing attention to her good works. Quietly doing what the Lord has us to do is certainly a beautiful thing whether others notice or not. IG and the temptation to “humble brag” is a constant struggle!

  3. “…resemble Him in the smallest of ways as this transformative power touches each part of our lives. Is there anything more beautiful than that?”
    Thank you for this beauty on beauty! And you are correct there’s nothing more beautiful than our Savior. Eyes on Jesus… you’re shining!! Lisa #48 at the FMF linkup

  4. kelly @kellyblackwell

    ” The most glorious moments of our lives are often the hardest to live out because the most beautiful story ever told required blood, death, and sacrifice, and we are called to retell that story each day in both the miraculous and the mundane.”

    Amber this was a wonderful post. Really piercing. But wow! The above words sang to me! So glad I dropped by.

    God bless you!

    Visiting from FMF #61

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