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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Seeing the Everyday


What would it take to inspire you to see the beauty and the glory in everyday things?  I want you to reflect on that question for a bit while I tell you about someone who thought the everyday was so spectacular, that they designed an entire magazine about just that - Seeing the Everyday.  No advertisements.  No fluff.  No great gadgets.  Just the everyday - with family, friends, and God's creation.  Pretty amazing don't you think?  I sure do.



When I discovered this magazine, I became a subscriber and I do not regret it for one second.  I have never looked forward to any magazine coming in my mail more than I do this one.  Suddenly I just want to sit in my favorite big comfy chair and focus on the Everyday - and feel inspired to be a better person, a better mother, a better friend, and better at Seeing the Everyday things that make life so amazing.



I feel inclined to write this post because if any magazine is deserving of Kudos, it is this one.  Again, I ask you, What would it take to inspire you to see the beauty and the glory in everyday things?



Well, how about some inspiration for one thing. You'll find it in this wonderful magazine.  In many ways, I don't like calling it a magazine.  I want to call it something else, but I haven't a clue what else to call it.  To call it a "magazine" conjures up images of advertisements and gadgets galore, recipes and stories sprinkled in for good measure.  This isn't a magazine.  It is something much more. 



Somewhere between a magazine and a great book lies this work of art.  There are times I will pick up the magazine and think "you know, if God were to have published a magazine, this is the one it would be. This is what He would want us to see.  This is what He would want to share with us."



One of my favorite stories from "Seeing the Everyday" is a story called A Key to the Piano, by Steven Jensen.  He tells the story of how, as a young boy growing up, how his mother encouraged him to practice the piano and how he appreciates all that she did to give him the loving encouragement he needed every time he practiced.  However, his father did not give him that encouragement, necessarily, but rather one day, he heard his father humming Tchaikovsky's Opening Theme from Piano Concerto No. 1 which was the piece that he had been practicing.  Hearing his father hum that tune was the validation he needed most as a boy and the one that most affected him.  It changed his life.  Now, every time he hears that song he thinks of his Dad.  


It is stories like this that fills the pages of this "magabook."  There.  I've figured out what to call this wonderful work of writing and photographic art - a "Magabook?" or maybe a "Bookazine?"  You will find yourself engrossed in story after story and page after page of inspiration and joy in life's littlest pleasures.  The things we most often take for granted.



No matter what you call it, you will be inspired, uplifted, and enchanted by the stories, the images, and the encouragement it will bring to your life in "Seeing the Everyday."



I encourage my readers to subscribe to this magazine.  You won't regret it.  It is better than any coffee table book I've ever read.

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Then, answer this question in the comments below: What would it take to inspire you to see the beauty and the glory in everyday things?


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