True, Good, and Beautiful

True, Good, and Beautiful

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You’re reading a God-sized dream post. Each Tuesday, a team of God-sized dreamers write on the progress of their dreams, spurred by the wisdom in Holley Gerth’s new book, You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream: Opening the Door to All God Has for You. This week’s question is: What brings you joy? To read all posts in the God-Sized Dream Series, please click here.

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The true, good, and beautiful.

That’s what brings me joy.

When I was in college, my dad cut the above quote out of our hometown church paper and gave it to me. Now it adorns my inspiration dream wall, in a jeweled purple frame:

Art is beauty made visible.

And I am made in the image of a Creator God.

When beauty and creation collide, it results in all manner of joy.

That moment when liquid color kisses blank canvas is like a light switch for me.

Instant joy.

Hook to baby soft yarn…

Adhesive to delicate papers…

Fingertips to keyboard…

Even piped butter cream to red velvet cupcake…


From elements to a beautiful whole.

Utilizing the gifts entrusted to me by my God.

That’s when I feel joy.

When I feel close to my Creator.

And it works the other way too.

When I witness others flourishing in their God-given talents…


Like this mail from Rachael, my dreamer friend from Australia.

Who has a serious gift for encouragement.

This postcard + inserts arrived on God-time. With His words spoken right to my heart.

And you.

You are my joy.

I smile big every time I see your words in the comments, with your beautiful, smiling faces next to them.

When you leave a little bit of your heart there, and we share a conversation.

When you sacrifice a portion of your valuable time to read here.

Thank you for that.

I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. –John 15:11

What brings you joy? Let’s chat!

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  1. Oh, Mandy…I have sat on the sidelines and watched so many of you chase and seize your God sized dreams. I am in awe! Me? I think I am afraid…I don’t even know what my God sized dream is.

    Love this post my friend…Love it!!
    Mary recently posted..when you can see the sin…My Profile

    • You can do it, Mary! A secret? You can do it afraid;) Because a God-sized dream is more of what God has for you, He’s already planted gifts and desires in your heart. And this is one of the best parts: our job is simply obedience, and His is results! Have you read Holley’s book? It is so full of wisdom, encouragement, and step by step how-to. I’d love to support you in your dream, Mary. Please let me know how I can do that:) I’m praying that God presses the dream into your heart.
      Mandy recently posted..True, Good, and BeautifulMy Profile

  2. Mandy,
    You are so very talented. Bless you for the God I see in your heart, and in the work of your hands. Thank you for your words. Thank you for your spirit.
    Peace and good to you, in Jesus’ name.
    Chelle recently posted..a funny thing happened while walking the dog…My Profile

  3. This is such a peaceful post. Praying your have peace surrounding you today!
    Kristin Taylor recently posted..{God-sized Dreams} Joy right hereMy Profile

  4. Oh sweet friend how much beauty He shines through you…through your words and creations. So blessed to call you friend and to be dreaming together. Love you much.
    Wendy recently posted..The Gift To Be UnwrappedMy Profile

  5. “Art is beauty made visible. And I am made in the image of a Creator God. . .” which means His beauty in us is art, however that happens. That is powerful truth, girl! Holding on to it while loving my hard-t0-love foster/adopted daughter. Being His art while doing soiled laundry. Being His art while giving the tough love consequences. Being His art while holding a child who fights connectedness. Praying for His eye in it all!

  6. Love this! There is so much beauty in your art…you are really talented! Thank you for the way you speak joy into my life, too…for taking the time to read my words and bless me with yours. I’m thankful for you! Blessings, sweet friend. :)
    Mel recently posted..My God-Sized Dream: Joy Surrounding MeMy Profile

  7. This was beautiful, and soul stirring. I just learned about this book and this group of writers chasing their dreams through you. I can’t wait to read more!

  8. Love that.

    “Art is beauty made visible.”

    Did you paint that in the photo above? Good job! Love the colors. :)
    Duane Scott recently posted..for if you think you aren’t creativeMy Profile

  9. Oh this is so beautiful. I felt your heart in it.

    Janelle Marie

  10. <3…you are beautiful inside and out and I love seeing His gifts to you take shape. Warms my heart to see how you make Him smile…;)
    Nikki recently posted..Jesus Loves Us Where We’re At {And How I Want to Love Him Back}My Profile

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