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I See Beauty

Updated on May 17, 2018
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Susan has a love for all things beautiful. Take a moment to reflect on and appreciate the beauty that surrounds all of us.

I See Beauty

Are you a lover of beautiful things? Have you ever been stopped dead in your tracks when beauty shows up?

I see beauty everywhere, and I adore all beauty in all things and all places. How about you? Do you take the time to reflect upon all of the beautiful things that surround you?

Today I'd like to take a stab at expressing my deep appreciation for the beauty I see all around me.

In this article, I will be exploring the many hues, forms, and expressions of beauty I delight in.

The beauty themes for this hub are as follows: Artistic Beauty, Beauty of Nature, Beauty of Flowers, Beautiful Heart, Beautiful Music and Beautiful Words.

Painted by one of my favorite Artists, Mitchell Tolle
Painted by one of my favorite Artists, Mitchell Tolle | Source

Artistic Beauty

Have you ever stood by and watched an artist at work? Have you experienced the intrigue and mystery of a picture that unfolds before your eyes? The artist takes the vague ideas floating in his brain and with the brush he holds, creates an original and concrete masterpiece.

The painter's artistry transforms a blank canvas into a world of wonder and an exclusive piece of art. A story unravels as his skilled hand applies paint to the canvas. I stand in awe and wonder at the master behind the picture.

The artists' ingenious mind intrigues me. What makes him tick? What goes on in his brain when in the process of creating takes him to places he discovers with his brush. What does he foresee as he masterfully melds colors together and touches the canvas with strokes and splatters of paint?

The artist holds a story in his imagination and with his creator's eye, he sees a world that most people miss. He see's beyond the physical and conjures up images in his mind's eye; he cannot rest until he is engrossed in the art of creating something out of nothing. His filled brush pushed by inspiration, tells a story. The finished work is a creation originating from the heart. It is a treasure to behold.

Artistic beauty reaches out and blesses. The man I have featured for you (illustrated picture above) is Mitchell Tolle. I know this man personally, have visited his studio and proudly display some of his works on the walls of my home.

Knowing the artist is very special to me because Mitchell is a man of integrity with deep waters of wisdom flowing through his being. Check out his website to view more of his creative works.

Sunset Picture
Sunset Picture | Source

Beauty of Nature

There is nothing so beautiful as the colors, textures, and fragrances you find in nature.

Standing by the big lake, I get lost in the hues of blues and greens. The watercolors found in the coolness and movement of the deep waters, fill me up. I am mesmerized by the mighty waves rippling to shore.

While driving to the beach, we pass farmland. The fields filled with wheat, gracefully dance in the wind. I can imagine, as we pass, they wave their slender arms to us. Beautiful provisions tended to by faithful farmers.

The smell of fresh cut earthy grass runs deep through my childhood memories. The trees change in the fall with brilliant blushing colors which soon wistfully make their way to the ground. There is majestic beauty in nature, but you must choose to stop your brain from distractions and open your eyes to see it.

Muted hues of orange, red, purple and pink fill the sky at sunset. It takes my breath away. To sit on the beach's edge is extraordinary, but is especially dramatic at sunset. Waiting for the sun to sink into the waters the moments pass peacefully; subtle changes with varying shades of color open before me. I sit quietly and reverently studying the picturesque beauty of the skies.

The moon falls lazily until it gets close to the periphery of the waters, then quickly drops into the horizon. As the moon draws close to the waters, I consciously fill up my memory and my soul with the Master's handiwork. How blessed it is to witness the master designer putting His world to sleep.

Flower Basket
Flower Basket | Source

Beauty of Flowers

Anyone who knows me well knows of my love of flowers. A gift of flowers touches my heart and fills my senses in a way I cannot express with words.

I feel pure joy at the sight of flowers. I adore their delicacy, color, touch, shapes and pungent scents.

The fragrances range from soft and sweet to succulent and luxurious. All it takes is one whiff of a lilac bush, and I’m off to a place where pleasure and beauty reigns.

I have a Magnolia tree in my front yard. It was a gift from my sweet daughter. She surprised me one day because she knew I was going through a rough time. I was touched and I cried and cried with JOY. She blessed me with her thoughtfulness and with a gift she knew I would treasure.

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Beautiful Heart

A beautiful heart is a heart that has been tended to carefully and purposefully. It does not tolerate weeds of ugliness, hatred, lies or wrath. They will not grow wild in its soil.

The beautiful heart is diligent to pull these destructive weeds as soon as they pop out. The beautiful heart quickly plants fresh virtues to grow in its place. These virtues thrive.

A beautiful heart holds kindness, forgiveness, mercy, patience, and humility within. Love is the dominating force, and it covers a multitude of sins.

Let me share with you the most beautiful description of love I have ever heard. It comes from the Word of God. "Love is patient; love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails." I Cor. 13:1-8

Do you know how to love? Did you notice, in the description above, that love is not a feeling but an action? For example, Love:

  • Is Patient .. something we must choose to practice.
  • Does not envy - Love chooses contentment
  • Does not boast - Chooses to think of others more highly than itself.
  • It is not proud - Gives glory to whom glory belongs

and so on..

A beautiful heart is drawn to the beautiful one who creates beauty out of the ash heaps of our lives:

"God so loved us that he gave His one and only Son so that anyone who believes in Him will live eternally." John 3:16

Though we, like sheep, turned our back on Him and gone our own way .. he pursued us and provided the way to restore us. He gave His life so that we might live, abundantly and eternally. What more could He do?

Praise Music
Praise Music | Source

Beautiful Music

Music is a language that touches the soul deeply and profoundly.

As we allow ourselves to get caught up in its beauty, our emotions lie bare.

Beautiful Music takes us places we have never explored.

It's flowing and beautiful melodies delve into the secret places within and lift us up from the pits.

Allow me to share, with a few videos, my idea of beautiful music.

BLESSINGS

Beautiful Words

Nothing gets to my soul so deeply as well-crafted words .. words sculpted by the finest of minds. I have found deep inspiration by authors here on the hubs, and I revel in the words they implement to make their writings come alive with depth and beauty.

The book of Proverbs is filled with beautiful words that make one wise. Many treasures wait to be unburied in this book of wisdom. In Proverbs, it is promised that if you seek wisdom, with all of your heart ..you will find it.

This book of the Bible is poetic and filled with good things. I recommend reading one chapter of the book of Proverbs a day. You will be amazed at the wisdom and answers to life that it holds.

Proverbs 25:11 says "a word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver" Isn't that Beautiful? As you take in the words and meditate on the book of Proverbs the beauty within you will grow.

A writer holds so much power in his pen, and with the gift of words, he uses that pen to take you places you've never been. He stirs up emotions you didn't even know existed.

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

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Beauty of a Child

Beauty can be perceived differently from one person to the next. For instance, let me share an example I'm quite sure not all of you will think is beautiful.

Picture the beauty of a toddler covered in her lunch. Food is all over the baby's face, hands and clothes. Next thing you know the baby reaches for you. You note the child's bright smile and twinkling eyes. Just then you hear a tiny voice say, "I wanna kiss, please."

When I look at this child, I am swept away by his innocence and unabashed expression love. Oh, how this beautiful child touches me. Some of you are thinking, well she better not touch me.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. To view beauty through the eyes of God is to behold real beauty.

Beautiful Quotes

"Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting."
Charles Kingsley

"The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain, children, all our lives."
Albert Einstein

"My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior spirit who reveals himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble mind."
Albert Einstein

"Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life - Abraham Lincoln

"How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!" Romans 10:15

"Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight." I Peter 3:3-4

"Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised." Proverbs 31:30

"Love is the beauty of the soul."
Saint Augustine

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.  I Thessalonians 5:18
Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. I Thessalonians 5:18 | Source

Give Thanks

I hope that as you have read this hub on beauty, you have been inspired to set aside distractions and open your eyes to the authentic beauty that surrounds you.

In this writing, I have only skimmed the surface on the subject of beauty. To consider and thoughtfully explore every area of beauty would take me the rest of my life. A quick search for beauty blogs may expand your vision.

As you open your eyes to the beauty everywhere allow gratitude to fill your heart. God the creator and lover of your soul is the author of beauty.

Give Thanks! Let beauty lead us to worship and adoration of our Father God and His Son Jesus, who made it all.

© 2012 Susan Ream

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    • Mekenzie profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Ream 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      Hi Lisa - yes beauty is all around us if we would but take a moment to really 'see' it.

      Thanks for your encouraging and kind words and for the Vote up and share too!

      Blessings!

      Mekenzie

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      Elizabeth Rayen 

      5 years ago from California

      What a "beautiful" hub MeKenzie I love how you covered so many areas of beauty and how it surrounds every day. Sometimes we tend to see beyond the beauty and forget how simple life can be if we but allow that beauty to envelope us. Great job, well done! Voted up+ and definitely shared!---Lisa♥

    • Mekenzie profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Ream 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      Hi LChristiane, thank you for your lovely comment. I read your profile and felt the love you hold in your heart. I am sure that you too appreciate Beauty in all of its expressions and hues.

      Blessings!

      Mekenzie

    • Mekenzie profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Ream 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      Yes billy, beauty is all around us ... most of us are so busy, with so many things to do or by being preoccupied, that we miss what's right in front of our eyes. I love springtime too. Thanks for the visit my friend!

      Mekenzie

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      LChristiane 

      5 years ago from Florida

      BEAUTIFUL thoughts and words. Thank you for sharing. I'm now following you on hubpages:)

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A lovely reflection on the beauty that surrounds us. It is springtime, and flowers are popping up and trees are budding and children are outside playing....life is so good my friend.

    • Mekenzie profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Ream 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      dghbrh, Welcome, I took a peak at your profile and see you live in India. Isn't it amazing how we are able to meet people from all over the world here on the hubs?

      Would love to see the beauty of India as I know it holds it's own unique splatters of beauty. Our creator is the greatest artist in the universe.

      Beauty is all around us if we would but take a moment to be still and open our eyes and our hearts. Thanks for the visit and the vote up, beautiful and shared.

      God Bless YOU!

      Mekenzie

    • Mekenzie profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Ream 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      Hi Faith, Yes we are all so blessed that He loves us so much and He has told us to love one another as He first loved us. Voted Way up to the Heavens ... ((smile)) Only you could say it with words that praise the God who gave us all this beauty.

      How is you dear Mother? Still waiting to hear your miracle story.. You bless my heart time and time again and I thank God for you! Happy Thanksgiving to you and the family .. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

      Hugs!

      Mekenzie

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      deergha 

      5 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      The way you have seen BEAUTY is really beautiful so far. Thanks for sharing this one. Keep up the beautiful work.Voted beautiful and sharing it too.

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      Faith Reaper 

      5 years ago from southern USA

      God has revealed His beauty in your beautiful words here to glorify our Lord God. Very beautiful indeed. I do see the beauty all around, and we are all so blessed He loves us so much that we are able to love, as He first loved us.

      Voted Way up to the Heavens

      God bless. Happy Thanksgiving! To God be the glory and all the praise to Him for His beautiful creation all around. In His Love, Faith Reaper

    • Mekenzie profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Ream 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      Hello North Wind,

      I have to agree with you about the beauty of words. There is nothing that can move me like well chosen words. I revel in words put together in a way that touches the soul, allows me to see something in a different light, challenges me and creates beauty.

      As you have duly noted His words are more precious than silver. They are living words and a love letter to His children from the Father in Heaven. Oh how I love the Lord.

      Thanks for the visit dear one. I need to come visit you soon.

      Blessings!

      Mekenzie

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      North Wind 

      5 years ago from The World (for now)

      There is beauty around us if we search for it. I especially love the part about the beauty of words because, to me, His words are more than beautiful.

    • Mekenzie profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Ream 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      Welcome Epi, I just came from Amy Becherer's Hub on beauty too. While there I read your comment to Amy - It was heart warming to read of the friendship you two have and fun to read the 10 best things about her hub. Clever .. Really!

      Thank you for your sweet words of encouragement. I see you are a beauty lover too! Thank you for all of the thoughts and wishes from lake erie. I appreciate you stopping by for a read and also for leaving your thoughts! :)

      Blessings from Michigan,

      Mekenzie

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      epigramman 

      5 years ago

      ....I just come from a beautiful hub by Amy Becherer and I must say as well this is one of the most beautiful hubs I have ever seen/read at the Hub in my time here and no doubt it has a lot to do with the author behind this presentation - I personally try to see beauty everyday in my life - whether it's where I live or in my cats or in someone's writing or when listening to music ..... sending you warm wishes and good energy and yes beautiful thoughts from lake erie time ontario canada 3:01pm

    • Mekenzie profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Ream 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      Stages, I'm not sure I have been given the gift of observance because my natural tendency is to be lost in my thoughts. But beauty catches my attention and pulls me out of my inward thinking. God is so gracious and He is the lover of our souls. His unconditional love for us is a beauty that words cannot describe.

      Your life dear one has been a beautiful testimony to God's grace and His provision. Your light shines brightly as I picture you at the feet of Jesus. Thank you for the encouragement my friend. God is so good and our meeting was NOT by accident.

      Hugs and Blessings!

      Mekenzie

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      The Stages Of ME 

      5 years ago

      Mekenzie ~

      When one is given the gift of observance they see beauty in all things, and you have showed your giftedness in this beautiful HUB. Your Hub also reminds us how beauty can be seen in so many places and talents. Ultimately all this beauty is originated in His most beautiful words. He then allows our depictions of the beauty He has given in many ways. I love your break down of these allowances. Thank you for sharing

    • Mekenzie profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Ream 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      Hi teaches, I could receive no greater compliment than to know this hub let you into a spirit of Thanksgiving. You caught the spirit of the hub. Thank you for your kind and encouraging words.

      Blessings!

      Mekenzie

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      Your post leads me into the spirit of Thanksgiving. I have much to be thankful for, thank you for sharing these thoughts. Blessings.

    • Mekenzie profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Ream 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      rcrumple, I cannot believe I left music out of the beauty I see. I LOVE music and the way the chords resonate with emotions. Music lifts me up and fill me with JOY.

      I also hold a awe filled respect for musicians. My favorite form of music .. is acapella. I may have to revisit this hub to add music .. It is worthy of it's own heading for sure.

      Thank you for drawing my attention to this deficit .. which it surely is as Music and it's beauty plays a BIG part in my life.

      God Bless you!

      Mekenzie

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      Rich 

      5 years ago from Kentucky

      You've shown beauty in many areas so very well. Would I be redundant to say "beautifully?" I add the beauty of music to your list. Not just the words or tones it holds, but the beauty of connecting, both in the performance of the artist and in the ear and emotions of the listener. I don't know if I'm becoming a "softie" with age, or I simply appreciate it more, but it pulls me in more and more these days. Perhaps, this may classify under the "Artistic Beauty" heading. Perhaps, it's worthy of its own heading. Great Job!

    • Mekenzie profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Ream 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      Greetings Always Exploring, I am tickled to read that you love the beauty of a sunset and painting as I do. A newborn baby ... tiny, delicate, perfect, soft, new, baby smells, lil' cry ... nothing compares to the beauty of a new life.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts

      Have a Blessed Day!

      Mekenzie

    • Mekenzie profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Ream 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      Blossom, I see you are a fellow beauty lover. Thanks for sharing Keats words here ... a thing of beauty really does create joy which lasts forever. Thank you for coming by for a read and I am glad you enjoyed the hub and the images.

      Bless YOU!

      Mekenzie

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      As Keats wrote: "A thing of beauty is a joy forever." A lovely hub with such beautiful images, too.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      There's nothing more beautiful than a sunset or an artist painting and a new born baby. Thank you..lovely throughout..

    • Mekenzie profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Ream 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      Pamela, thank you for your sweet encouragement. I see in you a fellow true beauty lover.

      Blessings!

      Mekenzie

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      Susan Ream 

      5 years ago from Michigan

      Hi teacherjoe .. it's evening where I live so I wish you a good evening ((smile)) Now it's my turn - Beautifully said dear man. I imagine that the place you live has flowers I have never seen or experienced .. just the thought of their fragrances makes me happy.

      So you are an early riser and get to see the sun rise with God your constant friend ... I can hardly open my eyes at that hour ... so I enjoy sunsets. I like your comment about children .. living a second childhood with them .. I would add to this thought .. a much better childhood.

      Thanks for coming by and leaving a thoughtful comment.

      God Bless you too -

      Mekenzie

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      teacherjoe52 

      5 years ago

      Good morning Mekenzie.

      Very beautifully said.

      I enjoy sharing sunrises with God. Whenever possable I like to go for walks in parks early in the morning. That is when the flower fragerances are the strongest. They are intoxicating. It is always special to sit on a beach and watch a sunrise or sunset. I love the reaction recieved whenever I do radom acts of kindeness. The beauty of children is that it alows you to experiance a second childhood when you are with them.

      God bless you

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      5 years ago

      I love all the beauty in the world and you illustrated it beautifully. I really enjoyed this hub. So beautiful.

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