If we were having coffee, we would be sitting outside because warm weather finally arrived in Minnesota.

We would talk about signs of spring: mourning doves cooing for their mates, wild turkeys gobbling in the distance, the scent of freshly turned soil, perennials emerging in garden beds, and the last daffodils still blooming.

I would show you that our lilac bushes purchased while vacationing on Mackinac Island atleast 10 years ago will bloom for the first time. (Harsh weather and hungry horses have stymied their growth all these years.)

Expecting a Bouquet


As we sip from our steaming mugs, I would ask you, “What makes life beautiful for you?”

Does that seem like an odd question?

It didn’t come out of the blue; I’ve been considering my own answer for nearly a month after watching the 1997 film Life Is Beautiful.

I wondered what would be essential in order to feel my life was beautiful. I immediately thought of my family … but if I tragically lost them, could life still be beautiful? What if my home, with all its comfort and pretty things, burned to the ground?

That’s when I decided that two things are essential for me to live a beautiful life: gratitude and hope. If I were to lose these, I would risk falling into bitterness and despair, and then enjoying life would seem impossible.

My hope in all areas of life rests firmly on God, my Creator, and the work he’s done through his son, Jesus, to reconcile our relationship, and through the Holy Spirit, who changes me to be more like my heavenly Father. Because of all this, I have a heart of gratitude.

With this as my foundation I enjoy so many beautiful things around me — even little things easily overlooked.

Lichen growing on our bench


An acorn resting on a mossy bed


Last year I read Melissa Michaels’ book, Love the Home You Have, and I was reinspired to add beauty and order to my home in simple ways, like choosing a scented candle for each season. I especially liked a few of her words of encouragement.

A well-loved home will always be a bit of a beautiful mess.

Our homes should inspire us to go out into the world to do great things and then welcome us back for refreshment.

Create a home inspired by your life and what you love, and then your home will inspire you.

Books by Melissa Michaels

Melissa wrote a new book that’s being released on May 1 (but already available through Amazon): Make Room for What You Love. I already ordered a copy and can’t wait to read Melissa’s unique, encouraging perspective on altering my habits to reduce clutter and organize and use what we love.

Would you like to join me as I cultivate a more beautiful life and home?
Make Room for What You Love

Melissa Michaels’ Make Room for What You Love is available here:

Please leave me a comment about beauty you’re appreciating in your life today or any other thoughts on this topic. I’ll pour another cup of coffee and listen.

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Tracie grew up with three sisters and a brother in a farmhouse surrounded by cornfields and relatives. She draws on that early foundation to write about her Christian faith, creative activities, and family life.

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6 thoughts on “Beautiful Living

  1. The rhythm and flow of life. The emotions, both good and bad, that show me how I need to look to Him for wisdom and guidance. The smell of the spring air while we walk, and the pleasure of a drink of ice cold water when we are done.

    1. Good thoughts, Wendy! You help me be grateful for the ebb and flow — constant change and challenges. I think that’s a big part of being the church: helping each other when it’s hard to be thankful and it’s hard to be hopeful. We need to declare God’s steadfast love, grace and mercy.

    1. That’s right, sometimes we need to intentionally look for the things that bring delight. Then it’s an opportunity to give thanks n

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