7.16.2013

Deep Seeing

I'm reading this book again...


...thanks to encouragement from my sweet prayer partner in Houston. {So thankful she's stuck with me through the last year. She's been one of my greatest gifts.} This book was a game changer for me two years ago, but just as my friend suspected, it's sinking in even deeper the second time.
"That which tears open our souls, those holes that splatter our sight, may actually become the thin, open places to see through the mess of this place to the heart-aching beauty beyond. To the God whom we endlessly crave." (Ann Voskamp, page 22.)
We all have our soul holes. We can try to cover them up by staying busy, avoiding our pain, ignoring our hearts, but when we do that, we miss the gift of the torn open places. I'm finally letting mine show. And the beautiful thing is, they are becoming places of deep seeing...places where glory shines through and thanksgiving bubbles up.
"The art of deep seeing makes gratitude possible. And it is the art of gratitude that makes joy possible." (Ann Voskamp, page 118.)
Finding joy today as I give thanks for...

A hammock beneath the trees.

Thyme that grows wildly despite being ignored.

Herb infused drinks.

My husband's delicious dinners.

Two farm fresh eggs a day.

A puffy-faced Hope who's still alive and well.
{We lost another hen yesterday.}

A surprise double yolk.

Hole-in-the-toast filled with a farm fresh egg.

Breakfast in bed thanks to my youngest daughter.

My songbird playing in the trees.

A daddy who takes his daughters on special dates.

Sisters who've found all kinds of ways to have fun this summer.

Fresh squeezed lemonade and the biker who buys some.

Neighbors who come to your rescue
when a giant snapping turtle is threatening your animals.

And loan you a tractor when yours is broken.

Dogs who've learned to relax while chickens peck around them.

Funny sideways stares.

God's glorious artistry.

Ducks taking an evening flight...and returning home.

Dogs who feel like family.

Happy rescue kitties living in our barn.
{My oldest daughter took this incredible photo.}

A full moon rising as the sun sets.

As I freeze these moments in photos and words, my heart swells with joy and thanksgiving...even amidst the soul holes and struggles. There is magic here...magic in the deep seeing of real life. What are you seeing today?

With joy and thanksgiving,

24 comments:

  1. I think I need to read that book. Let's get together next week. I miss our talks. :) Is that biker, Jason Duran? Looks like him. As always, your photography is breathtaking.

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    1. You'll love it, Dana! I'd loan you mine, but it's one you'll want to keep. Mine's all marked up and dog-eared! I know I have an extra copy, but I think it's hiding in a box I've yet to unpack! No idea who the biker is. Just a nice guy who stopped to buy lemonade when not very many others were stopping. He made their day!

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  2. I love the way you capture the beauty around you! It serves as a friendly reminder to appreciate the little things in life. Thank you.

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    1. Thanks, Heather. Sometimes I have to force myself to pick up my camera and hunt for the little beauties of everyday life, but when I'm done, my spirit always feels more alive and well!

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  3. glorious! simply glorious!! xoxo

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  4. Beautiful my friend. I'm picking this book up for our Seaside vacation next month.

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    1. You will LOVE it. But let me warn you: the book opens with tragedy that's hard on a mama's heart. Not exactly an easy, breezy beach read. Deep stuff. For a good beach read, try "The Lost Husband" by Katherine Center. But do get "One Thousand Gifts" for sure!

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  5. Linsey - your photos are amazing! I think you are right, I'm going to read that book again too - thanks for the thought! I just love following your blog - it's one of my very favorites. God bless you and your beautiful farm life!

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    1. Thank you, sweet Sheri! I know you'll find some deeper treasures as you read it a second time. Enjoy!

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  6. Linsey... another beautiful post!!! Will definitely look into buying that book. The picture your daughter took definitely shows she has inherited her mama's incredible talent. Love every one of you posts!!!

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    1. My daughter was so honored when I showed her your comment, Katie!

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  7. so great! I picked up that book the other night, and a couple of pages jumped out at me to share with you specifically after reading your posts about beauty/brokenness, but I am behind on my e-mails :( so glad you found it--obviously God makes it happen even in my slowness :) I'll still see if I can e-mail you since I thought of you when I read them :)

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    1. Oh, yes! Do let me know the pages that jumped out at you. I'd love to know! I'm perpetually behind on my emails, so I get it. No rush! Hugs!

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  8. I am reading that one again right now too! Don't you just love her? I hope you are loving Franklin- it is a deep soul-love of mine now. I imagine leaving your hometown when it is hundreds of miles away is so hard- I spent my childhood in Nashville and we moved to Franklin when I started high school (and it was NOTHING but farms- no Galleria, no Cool-Springs, nothing). I went away to college and then back to Nashville. We moved back to Franklin with babies in 1999. After living in the city, it can be a long fall into love. Hang in there- I can't imagine a better place to raise a family!

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    1. Yes, love her writing...in the book and on the blog. I do love Franklin. The hard parts of the last year would've been SO much harder if we weren't so in love with Franklin and this exact place of beauty we get to call home. A lot has changed here for sure (I went to church in Franklin during my Vanderbilt days in mid 90's), but it still has the small town charm I remembered!

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  9. So much beauty- thank you for sharing! (I especially love the picture of the kitty, taken by your daughter. Precious!)

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    1. I love it, too! My favorite one in the entire post!

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  10. Gorgeous photos of the days in your life in your most bucolic setting...the photo taken by your daughter is just amazing!!...truly award winning...hope she will consider submitting it to a photo contest...It is a true winner!

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    1. She'll love knowing you think she's got a winner! I love the way it all happened. She was bored, so I handed her my camera. Even children can hunt for beauty if you give them a tool or inspiration!

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  11. Many moments to be thankful for, indeed!! I'll have to see if my library has this book. I still check out books at the library :) I love your photographs of daily life on the farm. And the shot of the kids selling lemonade......that's what summer is all about!
    Have a great weekend ahead.
    x Loi

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  12. I love your style and the photography is just beautiful! Thank you for sharing :)

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  13. it would probably do me good to read it again...
    love the beauty that you captured...

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  14. Fantastic pictures. Love them.

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  15. Hi, Linsey -
    Just returned from Maine again. Hope you all had a wonderful time up there. Can't wait to hear about it.
    Happy summer,
    Loi

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