Many thanks to Fay Johnson, who shared her incredible magazine, Deliberate LIFE, with me. Now, I get to share it with you!
Have you ever felt a little “disappointed” after reading a lifestyle magazine? Did you finish up thinking you could never emulate the images and ideas in the articles? Did you decide to live in fantasy land, rather than attempt to copy or be inspired by something apparently out of reach?
Deliberate LIFE offers another option: clear, easy to read articles highlighted by warm, inspiring photos illustrating graceful living, eating, and travel experiences that are reachable, do-able, and totally worthy of pursuit.
As I read through the magazine, I was reminded of how God’s goodness is expressed in the choices many of us have and too often take for granted.
Yes, we have to eat…and for most of us, that means cooking. But it doesn’t always have to be a chore. It can become a little bit of adventure in taste, smell, and sharing. A good meal can be as simple as a savory omelet accompanied by buttery toast, or as complex as Bouillabaisse. Our taste buds are designed to notice and enjoy hundreds of flavor combinations.
If you ask me, that fact is not a product of evolution. It’s a gift from a loving God who wants to us experience pleasure in our food, living, work, and leisure.
It’s a deliberate choice to find beauty and pleasure and grace in the small, everyday things that are a part of daily life.The world was designed for us and for our enjoyment.
It’s still possible to find that enjoyment in distant travel or something as ordinary as an early evening spent making smores in the park while watching a sunset. It’s a choice. Yes, it takes time and that means taking time away from something else. What are you willing to give up to experience pure, honest pleasure as a deliberate choice and a necessary element of a good and gratitude-filled life?