I Have Seen

Written by Julie

On May 21, 2022

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.

Psalm 19:1‭-‬3 (KJV)

O Lord, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.

Psalm 104:24 (KJV)

And if beauty is God, then I have seen.

I don’t want to forget.
I want to hold on and not let go of the beauty of Jesus in ordinary today.

copied from an Instagram post that I can’t find now 🙄 I have it attributed to hey_journal_ but I can’t find the right account

The heavens speak of God–do we listen, pay attention? The earth is full of God’s riches–do we seek and cherish them? The beauty of Jesus can be found in ordinary today–do we pause to see and admire?

I’m in my second year of writing down daily blessings, things I enjoyed, etc. And it’s been good for me, helping me remember, be thankful, pay attention, and fall in love.

The other day, while pulling weeds, I found mini flowers and these cool silver leaf things and was getting “distracted” to admire and collect them. I think my focus was in the right place though, because I was thinking of God, I was admiring His handiwork.

I thought of the first line from the above quote: “And if beauty is God, then I have seen,” and my heart echoed, “I have seen, I have seen, I have seen.”

In flowers, sunshine, babies, blue skies, rainbows, deep discussions, good books, tight hugs, unexpected new friendships, old friendships continuing on, reminders that come right when I need them, steaming tea and nebulae in my mug, words, music, laughter and smiles, ocean waves, bubbles, fireworks, butterflies–in all the unnecessary blessings and blessings every day (TAN List 1 and TAN List 2). . .

I have seen beauty, I have seen God. I don’t want to forget or stop. I don’t want to become calloused or blind. I don’t want to look for Him in the big and loud and extraordinary, and miss Him in the small/simple and quiet and ordinary (and yet, is any of this actually ordinary?).

i think we ask God to speak to us and wait for a loud, booming voice to speak.
and if you keep waiting for that you’ll miss all the little things He is saying to you.
how He’s whispering to your heart.
don’t miss Him in the quiet looking for Him in the loud.

Joel Nobis, found on Pinterest (see also this post of mine)

thank You for a thousand mercies new, and forgotten, every morning  

Olivia Knight, @oliviagwynwrites on Instagram

They say that God is in the details,
that He is a God of detail.
And I,
on my hands and knees
pulling weeds,
see Him so clearly
in all the
My sister fusses that I’m getting distracted.
And maybe I am–but no,
I think my focus is where it should be.
~Julie Hochstetler, May 2022



Hi, I'm Julie, a 18-year-old lover of books, music, and Jesus. I'm a senior in high school (Abeka Academy) and have been blogging for three years. I also co-publish a digital magazine called Priceless geared toward teen girls. My desire is to use my words to glorify my Saviour and to encourage you in your walk with God. I'd love to hear from you!

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