and this is grace: an invitation to be beautiful

November 2, 2010 at 10:47 pm 2 comments

I love that line.  I’ve been listening to “Add to the Beauty” almost non-stop since Dana told me I had to and Amazon agreed by emailing me a free $3 mp3 credit for being a member of Student Prime.  (For the record, Amazon’s downloader dumps the song right into your iTunes library.  Who knew?  Now I can order from them more often).  I love the entire song, and I especially love that line.

This is grace.  An invitation to be beautiful. 

Grace is God showing us mercy and forgiveness, drawing us to Himself, and making us beautiful.  Changing us from sinners into a reflection of His beautiful and wonderful self.  Grace is us letting down our guard and allowing others to be genuine and beautiful.  Grace is seeing the “glory” in the “glorious ruin” that we all are.  (Love that phrase from Paula Rinehart, too!)  The beauty that was meant to be, that will be, that we are becoming. 

Love it.

I’ve started listening to music on my way to class.  I never really did, because a) I was too lazy, b) I liked the idea of using the time for prayer and thinking, and c) I didn’t want to be zoned out and not say hi to people I know as I passed.  Granted, C has definitely happened, but oh well.  (Just today, I was fiddling with my iPod and was nearly tackled by one of my friends.  Naturally, I screamed).  And I realized that the prayer-and-thinking bit doesn’t work too well for me.  It works sometimes.  But more often than not my thoughts get distracted and fragmented, and I’m not really thinking about anything except how cold it is (oh, hello, November!) or something else pointless. 

 Maybe it has to do with the whole introvert/extrovert thing?  My dad and sister are introverts, and they love walks and runs where they can just think.  If I’m not listening to music or a podcast while I run, I spend the entire thirty minutes (who am I kidding?  More like twenty-three) counting to eight.  one and two and three and four.  Maybe it’s the dancer in me, but it’s pathetic, and it drives me crazy.  But I digress.

Anyway, I also discovered that music really perks me up.  I walk faster if I have a happy beat, and it just makes me smile.  And most of the songs re-focus my heart on Christ as well.  You know, I have things like this is grace: an invitation to be beautiful or be strong in the Lord, and never give up hope.  You’re gonna do great things, I already know.  God’s got his hand on you, so don’t live life in fear…stuck in my head all day (Sara Groves and Sidewalk Prophets, respectively).  And it makes me happy.  Or I listen to songs that just make me smile, like She Loves Me and the Beach Boys’ Surfin’ USA.

In other news, I voted for the first time today.  (Last year, I forgot to request/fill out/whatever an absentee ballot in time.  I knew I’d spend the next three years forgetting, so this year I just changed my address so I could vote here, at school).  It felt so…grown up.  I was kind of sad that there were only five things to vote for and it was over in about thirty seconds.  I kind of wanted to savor this rite of passage.  But, it was very fun because the senate and governor’s races for PA were considered to be pretty much a dead heat, so I felt like my vote really counted. 

Other small things that have made me smile:

– wearing my pretty green coat

– listening to Christmas music on Pandora (oh yes I did.  Amazon and Starbucks are already decorated, and the jeweler downtown has garlands strung up already.  It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!!)

– Kelly losing her wallet.  Well, that wasn’t funny, but after we turned the entire room upside down and I told her we’d find it in some dumb place, she did find it zipped inside her cosmetic case.  You probably shouldn’t ask.

– my acting professor telling me that I should probably play up to my looks and be auditioning for the young ingenue characters (“because you look really young and innocent…”).  I’ve heard I look young for simply forever, so it just made me smile.  And I really couldn’t see myself playing a role that isn’t really ingenue-ish, either.  And Julie Andrews was always told the same thing, so I like that comparison.

– Dana is lending me Madeleine L’Engle’s Walking on Water, and it is beautiful and amazing and I love it.

celebrating the small things in life – what Annie just called the “sparkles and bubbles”,



Entry filed under: beauty, Politics, random nonsense.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Annie  |  November 2, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    i LOVE what you said about grace! ahhh. i’ve been learning so much about grace recently, and it’s been popping up in the most random places, allowing me to expand on my knowledge of it – and i love that!

    music on the way to class is just happy. {that’s what i think, anyway, haha} besides sara groves, what’ve your favorite songs been lately? i’m always looking for new songs or to rediscover old ones i’ve forgotten about.

    and yes, your school may’ve beat mine, but we can still be friends. haha.

  • 2. overlapped  |  November 3, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    ooooh. Music!!!

    Let’s see…favorite songs…”The Words I Would Say” by Sidewalk Prophets is a current favorite. And anything by Tenth Avenue North, especially “Beloved” (you like them too, right? So you probably have a bunch of their songs too :).

    I also really like JJ Heller. She just came out with a new album that I haven’t listened to yet, but I have Painted Red, which I really like. check out “What Love Really Means” and “Your Hands” 🙂 (the first is on a different album, I think). And “I’m Still Yours” and “What Faith Can Do” but Kutless.

    And I also love James Taylor.
    And all Christmas songs (well, except the ones that are WAY overplayed on the radio).

    Your turn! what are your favorites right now?


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