This Sunset Shouts for Joy – Pink Collar Coach’s Confessions of a Beginning Blogger

This Sunset Shouts for Joy – Pink Collar Coach’s Confessions of a Beginning Blogger

It’s Day 264 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project and I must confess being a beginning blogger has taught me that the sunset shouts for joy. After a wonderful sermon this morning – on making sure we (seeds) are planted in soil that is rich with the right people, places, and things – I taught my faith-based Zumba class, then hunted down a Bargain Priced Book at Barnes and Noble. Elated to have found one by Emilie Richards – an author I discovered at my local grocery store of all places – and that I’d enjoyed an inexpensive linner (my family’s version of brunch; a combo of lunch and dinner) with a BWs Christmas gift card from my hubby, I settled in on my favorite end of the sofa to read. Anticipating the Season 2 finale of “Victoria”, the only thing wrong with my world – not having a blog topic – righted itself when I went to warm up my tea. Our house backs up to woods and the kitchen window provides a picturesque view. Tonight, it framed a stunning sight. Grabbing my phone, I stepped onto the deck just in time to capture the sun as it dipped below the treeline in a perfect haze of pink that made my soul well up with hallelujahs. Not knowing a Scripture that spoke of sunsets, I looked this up: “They who dwell in the ends of the earth stand in awe of Your signs: “You make the dawn and the sunset shout for joy.” – Psalm 65:8.

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Just like the verse says, tonight I stood in awe of this spectacular sign painted across the sky.      As boldly as if written in legible letters or audible sounds it proclaimed, There’s a Master Artist! 

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose novice blogger who wants to create artful posts, I must confess, I wish I had a fancy camera and the skill to use it proficiently so I could have fully conveyed the breathtaking beauty of the colors depicted in this sunset’s pallete. But since I don’t possess either, I offer what I do have in the hopes that you readers will be drawn not to the art but to The Artist. I also offer it as a sacrifice of praise to Him for providing me with such a blogworthy picture and Scripture. Not only does the sunset shout with joy; so do I.

Are you Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose about taking time to appreciate God’s art all around you? When is the last time you enjoyed and expressed joy over a sunset?

Be savvy & chic,

~Pink Collar Coach

 

 

My Room with His View

My Room with His View

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Day 74 of the Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Project was also the first day of a much needed vacation. Following my hubby’s birthday dinner and a late night Redbox movie/date night (United Kingdom is awesome!) early morning Zumba, brunch and shopping with a friend then a cookout last night to recognize those of us in the family with July birthdays, despite having the will, I couldn’t find a way to keep my eyes open long enough to blog and missed day 73…It’s only my second miss, and for the same reason, falling asleep even as I tried to get it done. So, I’m cutting myself some slack and need to listen to what my body needs: sleep!

This morning, as I packed for our road trip, I watched Joel Osteen. He was talking about not only trusting God, but trusting HIs timing. I SO needed that. I trust Him implicitly with my hopes, my fears, my family, my career. All of it. But do I trust His timing? Not always. I want things to tick along smoothly according to my schedule instead of believing that everything, even the things I don’t like, are a part of His perfect plan for my life. Including the timing.

So, for the rest of the day, rather than fretting about not posting yesterday, which is a self-imposed standard, and not posting Post 3 of 3 for my last short story like I’d planned  today – another self-imposed deadline – I just let the day unfold. It was nice not to put so much pressure on myself, and it freed me to just spend the entire day at the pool and in the pool with my family. Afterwards, I came up to the room and stood on the balcony with my husband. The view took my breath away, so I snapped a picture, shifting gears from, I have to finish my short story tonight, to I’ll use this photo as inspiration for tonight’s blog.

As a Pink Collar Savvy & Chic on Purpose Chick who could live on anywhere sunny with water, I feel so blessed to have a room with such a beautiful view. And it made me think,  just like an artist may feel discouraged when his work is not appreciated because the one looking at it does not share the same perspective, could it God feels that way when we’re so focused on our deadlines or schedules, or so caught up in frenetic pace we set for ourselves, our timing, at home and in the workplace, that we can’t see the beautiful world He gave us to enjoy? That we can’t slow down our agendas and be more in sync with His timing for our lives?

The Bible tells us He created everything in six days, and then saw that it was all good. So on the seventh day He rested. When it comes to working and resting, I imagine may of us could tear a page out of that book. I know I can…

What He created is good. I’m so thankful I took the time to see His perspective from my room with a view.