Snapshots & Whatnots: BEAUTY (@ Butchart Gardens)

Last June we had a grand time visiting Canada (as detailed in my Victoria Day post) so today here’s a bigger peek at the beauty of Butchart Gardens in Victoria.

Beautiful blue flowers!

Morning stretches…

…walkways of wonder

cool trees…

…& more beautiful flowers everywhere!

Beauty around every corner…

even the leaves are BEAUTIFUL!

A harbor sighting…

and roses!!


This short poem from Daily Strengths for Daily Needs inspired this post:

“To be the thing we seem,

To do the thing we deem

Enjoined by duty;

To walk in faith, nor dream

Of questioning God’s scheme

Of truth and beauty.”


Beauty can be seen in God’s heavenly paintbrushes busy around us, like at Butchart Gardens, but also within us as love softens our sharp edges when we tackle tasks & duties that press us with joy (vs. drudgery.) Beauty can be found in the faces of children, friends, in a lovely meal (preparing with love takes the flavor up a notch.)

Beauty can be seen & appreciated if we look for it, and is made more beautiful when we acknowledge it. “You are beautiful. That is beautiful.”  Uplifting.

May we be on the lookout for God’s beauty around us and within us today!

grace, peace & beauty

For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people. I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.-Ephesians 1:15-16

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