beautyBeauty Lurks

Beauty lurks in unexpected placesbeauty
hoarfrost springs from a
shriveled red berry beneath a
subzero sky

Beauty hovers at wood’s edge
speckled fawn twitching
elegant ears, blinks slowly in
dappled sunshine.

Beauty hides behind dark clouds
sunrise stretches fingers out
across the water filled with
snowy geese.

Beauty peeks from angry eyes,
of a girl too young to carry life’s
burdens on slender shoulders,
itching to escape

Beauty manifests hope as a
young man reaches out a hand tobeauty
help the competition to
his feet.

Glimpses of beauty come in myriad
shapes and sizes, to
those who live in wide-eyed
expectation and wonder.

May I seek beauty as a song of
praise to the One who
created it instead of lamenting
winter’s hold.

May I fix my eyes on the One who
created beauty that I may
see it in others when anger
blinds me.

Do You Struggle to See it?beauty

Do you ever struggle to see the beauty in things? The hard times, the difficult days, the situations that seem to never end? I know I do. But this verse has helped me a lot over the years.

11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Philippians 4:11-13

Five-Minute Friday

If you’ve never heard of Five-Minute Friday, hop on over to the website and check out the community. We meet on Twitter on Thursday nights, and then rush off to write from the top of our heads. Don’t be afraid to join in the twitter party or the link up. It’s full of beauty!

20 Comments

  1. Oh, Anita. I love your words and your beautiful photos. Yes, beauty lurks in so many different places, doesn’t it? The thing is, we need to choose to see it. To be intentional to look for it.

    I Loved what you said here:
    May I seek beauty as a song of
    praise to the One who
    created it instead of lamenting
    winter’s hold.

    Just beautiful, my friend!

  2. Such a beautiful poem friend! It can be so hard to see the beauty but it truly is all around us. Oh and hoarfrost is incredibly beautiful. I love that photo you posted. I’m in the 5 spot this week.

  3. O come on, you’re a poet too? Dang woman you are so creative and talented. This was great. AND YOUR PHOTOS MUST BE TURNED INTO A COFFEE TABLE BOOK OF BEAUTY. We have to figure out how to do that. Notice the “we”???? LOL

  4. Beautiful – truly! And I just want to write this to you as an encouragement. I think you have one of the most fun photos of yourself for your blog. You are very photogenic! Also, thank you for the many beautiful pictures of birds. I love them…
    Have a great weekend.
    Your FMF friend #48 from the linkup.
    Lisa
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  5. Stunning pictures Anita! Loved your words.

    “May I fix my eyes on the One who
    created beauty that I may
    see it in others when anger
    blinds me.”

    Oh this is my heart’s cry. Sometimes I let my bad girl side leap when I should truly stay focused on Jesus.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. May I fix my eyes on the One who
    created beauty that I may
    see it in others when anger
    blinds me.

    Beautiful poem Anita. I know that you thrive in the outdoors. I let my discomfort of a chill hinder me from seeing the beauty that beckons. Thank you for the exhortation to keep looking.

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Anita Ojeda

Anita Ojeda juggles writing with teaching high school English and history. When she's not lurking in odd places looking for rare birds, you can find her camping with her kids, adventuring with her husband or mountain biking with her students.

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