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It started innocently enough. I took a picture and then said on Instagram: 

I’m finding it hard to work on email and editing the book. I just want to stare at this cute pig! I’m creating a new hashtag/ spiritual practice and calling it —#DistractedByBeauty. Seriously doubt it’s new :). But who else wants to be #DistractedByBeauty?!

Turns out many of us do.

#DistractedByBeauty has become a significant spiritual practice as it slows me down to notice what’s right in front of me. I’ve noticed I’m more tuned into the small pieces that could be easy to overlook in all that needs doing. I can sense it informing my being, pushing back on the rush that too often is stirring my soul.

Several people have asked if it’s okay to use #DistractedByBeautyI don’t own it! It was given to me to help steward. I’d love for you to join in on Facebook or Instagram. It’s small, it doesn’t have to be daily, and it’s fun.

Here’s some of what’s been distracting and delighting me:

#DBB11. #DistractedByBeauty was born by that cute pig!

2. Here’s the thing, sometimes to be #DistractedByBeauty you have to look past the fact that the squirrel ate one of only three sunflowers that came up this year. And say “I see you empty, naked, headless stock. But I also see the two beautiful sunflowers! And yes, one of them is held up by string.” #DistractedByBeauty

3. Today I was #DistractedByBeauty on my #dietCoke! What a cute #LadyBug and she had good taste! 

4. #DistractedByBeauty in the form of chocolate :) Really people, doesn’t this look like art? {Side note: this turned out to be one of the most popular ones, are we surprised?}

#DBB2

1. I am a sucker for a cute bench. Think of the conversations that could take place! Or the books that could be read. Almost done with #RisingStrong by #brenebrown. So good! #DistractedByBeauty in benches and books.

2. This isn’t the only insect or spider web picture I’ve taken. I didn’t know I was such a bug fan.

3. Wouldn’t you love to know what they are talking about?  #DistractedByBeauty and #DistractedByRandomness “I don’t say this to hurt your feelings, but I’m not sure Green is your best color.”

4. I got new shoes and I love them!!! Depending on your philosophy they either go with nothing or with everything :). I think you know where I land in this! #DistractedByBeauty that are on my feet! Soon to be #DistractedByBoarding … These are very comfortable for travel. So I am in about seven of my happy places at once :)!!

 #DBB31. Look!! On my car … When you see #denverbroncos colors how can you not be #DistractedByBeauty :)!!

2. Walking into the library to work I nearly missed this!!! Yes, you made in the Imago Dei, don’t forget. #DistractedByBeauty I love a good #bumpersticker

3. This is #4’s first #DenverBroncos game! She’s wearing her mom’s vintage orange crush shirt and I’m wearing my Super Bowl shirt from when the Broncos were in their first one! All four of Tom Young’s granddaughters have sat in his seat. She has been looking forward to this for months :)! I love you #4!!#DistractedByBeauty

4.Bought temporary scripture tattoos this week and this is what I’ve been thinking and praying about. And then I read this from “Soul Keeper”: The Bible does use the word easy once, though. It came from Jesus. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and … And you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. “Easy is a soul word, not a circumstance word; not an assignment word. Aim at having easy circumstances, and life will be hard all around. Aim at having an easy soul, and your capacity for tackling hard assignments will actually grow. The soul was not made for an easy life. The soul was made for an easy yoke. P 126

After the week I’ve had, I needed that reminder :-). #DistractedByBeauty in the form of encouragement. #armedwithtruth

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So, we’re not talking high literature, and my use of exclamation marks might border on excessive. But I am more actively look for and appreciating the beauty that’s around me. Beauty that points me to the joy and mystery of our faith.

Tomorrow I fly to China for two weeks and have decided to take a two week blogging break. I can either be present with those around me, or focused too much on the internet as I travel. I’ve recently been nudged by God how easy it is to talk about rhythms and not live them. The only reason I’d keep blogging while traveling with a fairly full schedule is out of fear that you’ll forget about me or my blog numbers will fall.

But God wants us to live bigger, more interesting stories than blog numbers. And fear is not a sign of His Spirit.

If you want to see bits and pieces when something hits me, I’ll be on instagram or Facebook as I’m #DistractedByBeauty. Please feel free to use that hashtag so I can see what’s distracting you, too.

Enjoy the next two weeks.

Grace and Peace and #DistractedByBeauty,

Amy

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  1. David Rupert November 4, 2015 at 9:49 am - Reply

    I love this reminder to allow God to interrupt our day with reminders of his goodness.

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      Amy November 4, 2015 at 3:15 pm - Reply

      Me too, David. Me too!

  2. Susan Gaines November 4, 2015 at 11:20 am - Reply

    Let me assure you, the pink shoes DO go with everything! Have a wonderful time.

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      Amy November 4, 2015 at 3:23 pm - Reply

      That’s what I thought! Thanks Susan, I hope to :)!!

  3. Amy Boucher Pye November 5, 2015 at 12:53 am - Reply

    As you know, I’m on the #DistractedbyBeauty bandwagon! Love it as a way of seeing and being present. And you know I don’t share your love of your team, BUT, it’s huge and fabulous and amazing that you all can sit in your dad’s seat. I love that. Safe travels, friend, and I’m glad you’re not pressurizing yourself to blog.

  4. Nancy Ruegg November 5, 2015 at 11:36 am - Reply

    I’ve kept a blessings journal for years, but you’ve inspired me to look for beauty, and enjoy even more of God’s marvelous gifts. Just this morning I paused to revel in the falling leaves. They perform such a graceful dance while drifting downward! I tried to take a video with my phone, but the falling leaves didn’t even show up. I guess there wasn’t enough light–too cloudy today. Thank you, Amy, for the delight of your humorous and cheerful post, and the reminder to live aware!

  5. Jody Collins November 13, 2015 at 10:56 am - Reply

    Amy, I’m in! And I’ll cross post this on Glory Writers. Great idea!

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