Yesterday, we made it to Santa Barbara for our 10 year anniversary trip. I had seen pictures of this beautiful little town in California, but it’s even better in real life. We got to our hotel and dropped off our bags and decided to walk down to the beach. The three block walk was full of palm trees, all kinds of fragrant flowers in all kinds of different colors, ivy covered fences, charm and more charm. It was lovely. Everything here is lovely! I noticed a sign on our walk back from the beach that said “1,000 fine for littering.” I looked around and there was not a piece of trash in sight.
The people of Santa Barbara value it’s beauty and because they value it, the tourists that come to visit value it as well. I am not the littering type, but I would feel a lot worse about dropping a gum wrapper here than I would in the Target parking lot back home, because it’s just so beautiful.
Beauty attracts more beauty.
If Jesus is Lord of your life, your spirit has been made beautiful. Your filthy rags are no longer filthy, but spotless. Jesus went to the cross and subjected Himself to all of the evil and all of the filth that the world would ever know, He shed his perfect blood so we could be made perfect.
Do your see yourself as beautiful? I’m not talking about on the outside, but on the inside? Do you value the clean, spotless spirit that Jesus paid such a great price to give you. Do you have signs posted around you that say, “littering not tolerated” or do you allow trash into your life? If you could see your spirit would it look more like the Target parking lot or the three block walk to the beach?
Value the gift of a beautiful spirit by keeping it beautiful. Don’t watch trashy shows, reading trashy magazines, go see trashy movies, listen to trashy movies, talk trash about others, have friendships with trashy people, or be involved in anything God would consider trashy.
Jesus suffered an ugly death so we could have a beautiful life. Keep your spirit free from sin, keep it beautiful and you will attract more beautiful things.
Romans 12:1-2 (MSG) …Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
- Jesus went through every kind of ugly imaginable to ensure a beautiful spirit for me.
- When we embrace what God did for us it’s the best thing we can do for Him and the best thing we can do for us!
- The beautiful walk to the beach that reminded me that my spirit is valueable.
- Beautiful Exchange by Hillsong.
- Josh got the sweetest text from his friend Brandon this morning.
- Slept great.
- The freedom to lay around in bed for a while after we woke up… together! No one had to get up and get breakfast ready for the kids or go to work… we just got to lay there until we felt like getting up!
- Free continental breakfast.
- Another gorgeous day in Santa Barbara.
- Fun morning shopping on State Street.
- Forgot my good walking shoes in Tulsa, found a new pair that made all the walking around we did today not so hard on my feet.
- Got some fun surprises to bring home for Gus & Beau.
- The big bundle of bracelets I found at H&M for $1.50!
- Delicious lunch at Pickles & Swiss.
- Relaxing afternoon napping and writing from our cute little hotel room.
- Valet parking.
- McConnell’s Ice Cream. Salted Caramel Chip = best ice cream I’ve ever had.
- Food Network for featuring McConnell’s on one of their shows and helping us find that little gem.
- Finally got to see Superman. Not as great as I thought it would be, but I still enjoyed myself.
- Full day of dating Josh… and 2 more days left of dating Josh.
- Driving down the coast while the sun was going down.
- Ability to eat outside for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
- Sweet little sparrow hoping around and looking for crumbs while we were eating dinner.
- Our little rental car.
- Got to talk to the kids and hear their sweet little voices on the phone.
- Gus said he missed me, but that he was having so much fun!
- Cutest picture of Gus enjoying his “shake it to make it” ice cream he made with Nana & Papa today.