|Bella Grace, a favorite magazine for those who write and journal and run to the lovely.|
This past week, I was sitting on the sofa and feeling warm and cozy as a very cold rain fell outside the window. As a gardener, I'm well aware that April showers are necessary but it is still easy to feel gloomy after a few days of such weather.
I went to pick up a mug of hot coffee when I noticed the issue of Victoria magazine which currently rests on a corner of the coffee table. A "vintage" issue sent to me by a long time blog friend, the cover being particularly beautiful so I left it out to enjoy. I'm not sure if it was the hot coffee or the Victoria magazine that made me smile more but whichever it was... I needed it.
I have a few issues of Bella Grace ready to peruse, to be inspired, to lose myself in their beauty of words and photos. Kind of a staycation in words and pictures.
I need "whatsoever is lovely" these days.
It seems each evening the news brings us images of anguish and terror which could cause one to stop watching all newscast and read only Brambly Hedge... perhaps turning to Pooh or Max & Ruby to escape a bit into another world. Yes... I'm reverting to pre-K stage.
Although to be honest, I find that running to Who is lovely helps most of all. Obviously the most Beautiful is God and His Word... Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Ever the most Beautiful in the entire Universe.
God created us in His image so we are drawn to all that is lovely. We were born of the sod of Eden and in it, we long all the days of our lives... whether we realize it or not. We stop at a garage sale to purchase that gorgeous piece of artwork sitting next to a tree just waiting for us to notice it while driving by. We choose to bring home the pretty table or vintage silver or that pot that will look perfect for a plant... all so inexpensive at the thrift store.
We choose to sip our tea in a floral teacup and our morning coffee is poured into a favorite mug that makes us smile. We display our colored pencils and pens in vintage blue Ball jars on our desk because they are as pretty as flowers... and fill our home with plants to bring nature indoors during the long bleak winter days.
I hear quite often that the world is worse than it ever has been and in some ways that is true. Definitely there are enough bombs and chemical warfare bottles and crazy people to destroy the earth many times over. Thankfully, God still has His hand in history and will not let the enemy of our souls destroy the earth before God's timing.
I've been reading about life prior to WWI and how mankind thought war was done away with because man was now so darn smart and well, so wise you know. Little did they know that the 20th century would become the most violent in history.
So while it may seem terrible at the moment with so many changes around us and this crazy election going on and the hearing of wars and rumors of wars and terrorist killing people in coffee shops and in airports... we can run to the Lovely.
Each one of us has the capacity in our own little place on the earth to create Beauty and to some extent... peace. Never perfectly but good enough that we can enjoy a hot beverage, get lost in a well written book, or perhaps watch a PBS Mystery... or a British flick DVD... or listen to our favorite music.
We must run to the lovely... on purpose.
As for my husband and I, we no longer keep 24/7 news on during the day, now turned on only if there is a major news story happening at the moment. I'm doing what I can to make our home even more peaceful, like decluttering the garage (it drives me crazy when I walk in it to do laundry).
Soon I'll purchase flowers and plants for the porch and deck, designed to create Beauty when one walks into our home or looks out the window. Veggies will be planted in the garden with hope and a prayer and organic fertilizer. Running to the lovely once again. Choosing Beauty. Choosing to live and not cower in a corner of the house.
For I'm making a decision to balance out the bad stuff for which I have no control (other than prayer) with the good stuff in my control. Like flowers and pretty teapots and good books and tying an apron around my waist to chop onions and make soup and to do... whatsoever is lovely.