A few words: 1 Tim 6:17: "Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment."
But it is not the words themselves that made me cry.
It is that they appeared at the bottom of a sweet little blog post from one of these women who live beautiful lives in lovely homes.
No, not jealous. Just admiring of someone with better taste than I have who lives in a part of the world which affords elegant living space.
Melissa writes of finding "the balance between enjoying and living with what we love and having so much stuff that we can’t care for or appreciate what we already have." She reminds that "God provides wonderful things in life for our enjoyment and we can find delight in living with His gifts and reminders of His own creative example....I want to embrace a beautiful life, whatever that might look like in this season of life, as a gift from God.
Amidst the trials or struggles we have faced or will undoubtedly face down the road, it is the beautiful things that should remind us that He is good, all the time.
And best of all, beautiful things we find around us now can be a glimpse of the even more beautiful life in store for us when we place our hope in Him."
She tagged her post home, imperfection but actually it is really about appreciation and thankfulness.
So why do I cry?
I cry because the day before - a few hours, in the evening before - this post arrived in my mailbox, we memorised "I will not trust in my riches, but in God who so richly provides": Andy Stanley's take on "not to...put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us" We're listening to a series of his on...1 Timothy 6.
And no, it is NOT the words - though I suspect they will be with me all my life, as I strive to put my trust COMPLETELY in God. My tears are in gratitude to a God who shows he loves me by taking any opportunity to talk to me - over and over again - through His Word.