Monday, March 19, 2012

GOOD STUFF FROM BOOKS: John & Stasi Eldredge "Captivating"

Why Beauty Matters

"And what does beauty say to us?  Think of what it is like to be caught in traffic for more than an hour.  Horns blaring, people shouting obscenities.  Exhaust pouring in your windows, suffocating you.  Then remember what it's like to come into a beautiful place, a garden or a meadow or a quiet beach.  There is room for your soul.  It expands.  You can breathe again.  You can rest.  It is good.  All is well.  I sit outside on a summer evening and just listen and behold and drink it all in, and my heart begins to quiet and peace begins to come into my soul.  My heart tells me, All will be well, as Julian or Norwich concluded.  'And all manner of things will be well.' 

That is what beauty says, All shall be well.

And this is what it's like to be with a woman at rest, a woman comfortable with her feminine beauty.  She's enjoyable to be with.  She is lovely.  In her presence your heart stops holding its breath."

~ John & Stasi Elderidge "Captivating" p. 38-39

I love the idea of your "presence" and what that can do.  It's a beautiful and powerful and mysterious thing.  I want being around me to feel like warmth and grace and being known and light and color to the people I cross paths with.  My prayer is always that when people come into my presence, they feel God's presence, and that when we spend time together, they leave feeling lighter and more hopeful and more sure of things.  Sure, I have cranky days, and mopey days and days when I just want to be alone, eating a burrito under my covers and watching Community on Hulu, but reading this passage always reminds me that every single time I'm with people, I leave them with a feeling - I invite them into an atmosphere - and I decide, by the way I tend to and nurture my life with God and the climate of my heart, what that feeling will be.

Gabe Dixon (I played a show with him!) has a gorgeous song called "All Will Be Well," that I had to share.  Enjoy!

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  1. I love this book! It is so good!!

    1. totally agree! i read it a few years ago and just keep coming back to it :) they definitely tapped into something that resonates in my heart!

  2. What a beautiful thing to have, God's presence!

    1. YES! it blows my mind whenever i think about it!