My sweet friend Linda gave me the honor of being a guest contributor on her blog, so I thought I’d share it on mine 🙂 It gives the story behind a picture I had posted earlier…maybe I should share more stories…it’s hard to know how much to share.

beauty minute

Today’s theme is “Winter Beauty” and comes from my wonderful friend Niki, who went looking for beauty in a winter season of life.

What does “Winter Beauty” mean to you?

Burning Within Us

For the past three years life was extremely hard; several people I cared for deeply were struggling with mental illness. It was a dark, terrifying, lonely road; there’s not much help out there.

But in the midst of it, one day God told me to take a picture of a flower. As I did, I was amazed to see His face smiling back at me through my camera lens. He took my breath away, He was so beautiful!

For a moment I stepped outside my pain and captured a sparkling glimpse of God’s amazing, graceful beauty. It gave me hope. I so desperately needed hope.

Winter was hard though; everything was dead, it was so depressing!  But recently…

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