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Remember in May when I gave a shout-out to Denver’s Botanic Gardens and the Chihuly blown glass exhibit? Just to feed your soul a bit, here are a few pictures:

Chihuly art

I know right? How does he do it? How many injuries are there with blown glass? So many questions.

Thank you to my friend Gloria for this picture. She has also lived in China so didn’t mind I was pushing the rules a bit by leaning in. Wait, it might have been her idea in the first place.

Amy at the gardenIt really is a stunning exhibit. It’s also open at night and lit up. Wow. Just wow. Here’s one:

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Saturday was one of those near ideal evenings (other than the crowds). The weather was lovely, everyone was in a good mood, and then we added to the mix what that man and his team can do with glass. There comes a point where “stunning” and “Wow” and “Oh I LOVE this one” lose their power and wordlessness speaks more profoundly.

On the way home Mom and I had peeled off from my sister and her family. We were sitting at the final stop light before we were home when Mom said, “Oh look … never mind.” It’s amazing how quickly our souls got used to looking for beauty  in the dark. Out of the corner of her eye she had seen the pink and purple of a Taco Bell and for a moment her soul fluttered.

That is the power of tuning in. You start to expect and see things you might otherwise have missed. And suddenly a Taco Bell can be a reminder of an evening spent with beauty and loved ones and nature.

I felt a turn in my soul this past month when it came to my word for the year: Trust. Months of intentionally noticing have paid off with a settling in my being. It’s like after spending time intentionally looking at blown glass in the dark, you now seewhispers of it outside the walls of the garden. No, I don’t have trust all figured out (and this is part of the joy of the adventure.).

But if you haven’t chosen a word for the year, how about choosing one for the season. There is power in focusing on one aspect or word. And there is paradox. For I no longer see “trust” in the expected places, I’m starting to see them in the so-called Taco Bells of the world.

What might your word for this season be? Do you love Taco Bell as much as I do? Have you seen an art exhibit at night? So many questions, I know :).

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Here’s the deal for the link-up:

  • Every third Tuesday I’ll host a link up. Trust + Tuesday + Third = three T’s and I don’t have to mark my calendar with different dates! Just remember TTT. The next one will be on October 21st  and you can get more details here. The link up will be open for one week, after one week, you’ll need to wait until the next month.
  • Please link back the link-up, either by using the Trusting Tuesday picture or simply a text link.
  • I’ve also started Pinterest Oneword365 board and want it to be a community board (meaning let’s have our Oneword365 posts all in one place!). Check it out!
  • If you miss a month, don’t beat yourself up. This will go on for the next twelve months and isn’t meant to overload you or make you feel guilty. We’re going to be a group of cheerleaders.
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  1. Mike September 23, 2014 at 7:37 am - Reply

    My “word” for this period is actually a phrase, “sing to the Lord a new song.” This is because I’m hoping to create several new songs this semester for a certain people here. I’ve done three so far, and I’m fired up about doing more!

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      Amy September 30, 2014 at 6:08 am - Reply

      Three!! That’s great :)! I’ll enjoy hearing them some day.

  2. Lisa notes September 23, 2014 at 9:00 am - Reply

    “Months of intentionally noticing have paid off with a settling in my being.” I love how the Taco Bell sign showed you that. :)

    I’ve noticed it too with my One Word compassion. When friends tell me they can see a change in me since I’ve been praying about compassion, my heart soars. I so agree with you: there is power in focusing on one word. God is awesome. Thanks for sharing, Amy.

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      Amy September 30, 2014 at 6:09 am - Reply

      Lisa, you are such an encourager! Maybe you’ve always been, but maybe this is “compassion” at work too!

  3. Erica D. September 23, 2014 at 9:32 am - Reply

    I saw the Chihuly exhibit at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix in Jan. and it was amazing! I love how a Taco Bell sign reminded you of something greater than bean burritos. :)

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      Amy September 30, 2014 at 6:11 am - Reply

      He really is talented (a few pieces are odd, but overall, stunning!!!). And love both been burritos and greater depth :)!

  4. Emily Thomas September 25, 2014 at 6:02 am - Reply

    How many injuries ARE there with blown glass?! I would really love to know that too! And also I love the victory peace sign in the picture. So reminds me of China.

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      Amy September 30, 2014 at 6:12 am - Reply

      You can take the girl out of China but …. :)

  5. Brenda October 16, 2014 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    I saw this exhibit at Nashville’s botanic gardens about four years ago and it had a similar effect on me. Love his work!

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