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Peyton Garland is an author who loves connecting people to a bigger-than-expected grace. Her book, Tired, Hungry, & Kinda Faithful, is a guide to discovering overflow despite desert seasons. Away from writing, you can find Peyton traveling with her husband and two dogs, Alfie and Daisy.

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  1. I found deep comfort and joy in your message this morning. God is in the beauty around us, within and in the faces of all whom we share His love, whether received or not. Thank you.

    • Hi, Duell! You are so right! God is so humble that He continues to bless us with His beauty—even when we ignore it or don’t recognize that it’s there! ♥️

  2. Words I need to here today, especially the part about memorizing scripture word for word. I too feel it’s more important to live out what I read.

    • Yes, Maura! I’m right there with you! Lately, I read 1 Psalm a day and 1 verse a day. The Psalms just feel so relatable, and I focus on only one verse so I can engage what it calls me to throughout the day!

  3. Gods beauty could definitely be found in the soothing beautiful words of this writer. Thank you Peyton for reminding us that we only have to open our eyes as well as our hearts to see, feel and taste the beauty God has for us all.

    • Yes! Just as God made a heart that beats, He made a heart that loves. He made eyes that see, but then He made eyes that see more than the physical surroundings. He gave us senses to, quite literally, sense His beauty.

  4. Thank you for these inspiring words and the deep truth embedded in every word. Thank you for allowing me to see myself worthy in God’s eyes even when I’m not in my own.

    • I believe we are all sinners in desperate need of grace, but the more I understand God’s character, the more I believe that even in our depravity, God saw through our sin and still chose to call us worthy and beautiful. Hence, His burning desire to send His Son. We are forever worthy because of Love.

  5. Thank you so much formsharing your experience. It was a painful lesson to know that your Sunday school teacher lied to you. It is enough to derail your pursuits in life. God is ever faithful, there is a way He leads us even when we are ignorant of where we are going. I thank God for you, because, you are fulfilled despite your early ugly experience. God is beautiful in all ways praise Gid

    • Hi, Kemi! I’m so grateful for your kindness. As a child, I took whatever adults said as truth, assuming they always taught what was right and good, especially in the church. However, the older I’ve gotten, the more I recognize how crucial it is to take every man’s words and hold them in light of Scripture and God’s teachings before so easily labeling them as trustworthy.

  6. Thank you so much for sharing your experience. It was a painful lesson to know that your Sunday school teacher lied to you. It is enough to derail your pursuits in life. God is ever faithful, there is a way He leads us even when we are ignorant of where we are going. I thank God for you, because, you are fulfilled despite your early ugly experience. God is beautiful in all ways praise God

  7. Peyton thank you for this post. It is so true we can never exclude God’s beauty. When we look all around our world which man wants to destroy. We can still see the beauty of God love. Especially when after a rainy day. We then sometimes see a beautiful Rainbow. All its beautiful colour. How amazing it is and how beautiful it is. It also as we look at it reminds us of God’s promises that he said to Noah. That when you see a Rainbow it is my promise to never flood the world again. Plus when we listen to that old hymn “All things bright and beautiful” The words some of them go like this. All things bright and beautiful the Lord God made them all.. Each little bird that sings he made their tiny wings. Each little flower that opens he made he made there colours. I might not have said it right but if you listen to song on line on YouTube you get all about God’s beautiful in the world we live in. One thing someone told me. God beauty is also in us. His people that he made. As we are beautiful to God no matter what we look like. That all that matters. Not what man may think of us. We have to remember we are beautiful to God. So God beauty is all around us no matter what. As God made this beautiful world we live in. It says it in the a song I was taught at Sunday School when small. It goes “He’s God The Whole World In His Hands” you get the full version of it on YouTube. Yes he got the whole world in his hands. Because God made it. So our God is a you say beautiful and his beauty is all around us. I say Amen to that. Love Dawn Ferguson-Little keeping you all in prayer incourage.

    • Hi, Dawn! I love the truth that God’s beauty is nestled in each of us. Perhaps if we remembered that more intentionally, this world would be a kinder place. Grateful for your encouragement!

  8. Peyton,

    God doesn’t demand a certain amount of our time daily. He waits patiently for us to come to Him when we are ready. In the meantime He showers us with beauty beyond description. I look at Smoky Mountains & glorious fall colors. Listen & sing along to Christian music to & from work. I spend as much time as I can with Him daily & He is pleased with that. If we miss a day for some reason He gives us grace to try again tomorrow.

    We need to point out God’s beauty to everyone.

    Blessings 🙂

    • Hi, Beth! You are so right. God doesn’t label our faithfulness and devotion to Him with a stopwatch. He’s far more gracious and loving than that. Grateful for your encouragement!

  9. Thank you for this!! It’s so easy to feel like there is this list of reading the bible 30 minutes a day, attending church every week, memorizing scripture, etc, etc, etc, and if you don’t attain everything perfectly on this list than you aren’t doing it right when in reality going into the world every day and showing love and being love is really what Jesus was/is about. It’s about being perfect or checking a list everyday or following man-made standards that can make you feel like you’ll never be good enough or like God is always disappointed with you.

    • Hi, Kimberly! I completely agree. If we think about the life of Jesus, He rarely emphasized the rules of the faith. Rather, He encouraged the love that activates faith. So thankful for a God who is more concerned with my spirit than my checklist!

    • Deborah, you have no idea how encouraged you have left me. Often, I ask God to show me how I can matter each day, but monotony and routine lead me to feel as if I make little difference amid work emails, errands, and chasing my terrible dogs. But your comment settles my heart and reminds me that I—all of us—matter daily. Sending grace and light your way, friend!

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