searching for the beautiful {#OneBeautifulThing & a giveaway!}

{Giveaway now closed}

I find beauty most often from behind the lens. Wearing a camera around my neck somehow causes me to stop and look for beauty more than I do without it.

I'm not a professional photographer by any stretch, but I'm finding that photography coupled with a passionate desire to really see my life as the beautiful work of art God has created, is healing me.

One Beautiful Thing Collage

Beauty inspires me to say "yes" to God. It reminds me of the goodness of the God Who made me, even when I'm surprised by life, or it hurts too much to comprehend. So I decided to challenge myself to take a picture of one beautiful thing each week. One beautiful thing to inspire me. One beautiful thing to lift my spirits. One beautiful thing that brings healing.

Sometimes, in the dark days, I have to look hard to see what's right and beautiful. But it's there.

Go on the beauty search with me?

Challenge yourself to look for the beauty in your life. Your interpretation can be anything (as long as it's family friendly) that brings peace and inspiration to your heart. No camera requirements, no worries that your photos won't measure up. Just one beautiful thing each week.

I'll host a link-up here on Thursday of each week for those who blog. If you don't, post your photos on my Facebook page. If you share them on Twitter or Instagram, it would be fabulous if you used the #OneBeautifulThing hashtag so we can all find each other and be inspired together.


Let's make the choice to see our lives as God sees them--through the lens of beauty.


To help us celebrate our new search for beauty, Jo Totes is offering a $20 gift certificate toward their awesome camera bag shop!

Ladies, may I introduce you to Rose? She's my bag of choice to carry all of my camera equipment when I need to do it in style. I can't tell you how many compliments I get on this little girl!


To enter for a $20 gift certificate toward Rose, or any of the other Jo Totes loveliness, just participate in the #OneBeautifulThing challenge. This contest will be open for a week, but you can come back every Thursday to share your beauty.

And join me Tuesday for the next part of a series on prayer and faith as we take a look at what happens when radical faith goes in mourning. Don't forget to enter for a chance to win a "my life is beautiful" necklace from Grace Tags! I'll announce the winner on Tuesday.