Grateful

 I am often inspired to create and share in hopes of inspiring others.
 But there are also times when I just want to share a little bit of me.  Not a painting,
not a staged photo or a clever craft. Just share me…my heart.

The funny thing about blogging is that if you allow it, it will take away
your voice. What I mean by that, is slowly but surely, blogging starts to
become a little more about what your audience wants to see, commitments
to certain groups of friends or companies, or numbers and hits.
Suddenly, it could become less  about why you started to blog in the first place.

So today, I’m going back to origins of this blog…

It was Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada and we had a chance to go
out and take a couple of family photos.  Every time I look at these photos,
a new memory of these little guys fills my head and with each passing year
as our children get older (and I find myself getting shorter), I realize that
life is on fast forward.  These photos are confirmation of that.

We walk through this journey called life, often just walking and
looking ahead and suddenly there’s a mirror in front us and the reflection
of the mirror shows a different picture than the one you recall. 

Suddenly, you’re turning 41 and driving your oldest son to high school.
Yep, I turned 41 yesterday, and though I have been very accepting of the
aging process up to now, this year was a little harder to accept. 

But I had to quickly tell myself that life starts over every morning as soon
as your feet touch the ground. That you will never be as young as you are
today. You can choose to worry about how you look, will look, don’t look,
want to look, should look…or just enjoy your youth now, as it is. 

I don’t always listen to my own advice and will fret about my not so toned
body or sudden laugh lines that want to stick around even when I’m not laughing.
But then I think of what those laugh lines represent and if I look inside into this
young heart of mine; the one that wants nothing but to be a light in this world, the
one that wants to show love, patience and kindness, then my outer shell becomes
just that – a shell. A shell that protects what is most important and beautiful about
us: our hearts and souls. And those two things never age.

To this handsome guy, I am the most beautiful woman
in the world and that makes my heart skip a beat.

To these three, I am the centre of their universe (though it’s
not always cool to show it) and their love is innocent and pure.

But most importantly to my Lord, I am perfection. 
To Him, we are worth more than diamonds and pearls (Proverbs 31:10)  
and because of His Grace, we have been redeemed and there is no fault in us. 
For that and all I have been given, I am forever grateful.

Just wanted to end by letting you know how much
I appreciate your visits as they mean so much to me. 

Hope you have a beautiful day.

much love,
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Comments

  1. says

    Lucy this is the most touching and true blog I have ever read. Thank you.
    You are so right it is what is in our heart and soul that matters.
    God bless you and your family, and keep writing.
    Hugs Kay

  2. says

    Ok First off, you look 24. What a beautiful family. I do agree with you about the demands of blogging. I constantly have to remind myself that I started blogging to do projects for myself. I just love and adore your blog!

  3. says

    Hi Lucy, I hope you had a wonderful birthday! Mine was last week — I have a couple of years on you. ;) The 40’s are great! It looks as if my daughter will be taller than me by the end of the year…sigh! You have a beautiful family, and are truly blessed. I really enjoy your blog. You have a lovely heart and are so talented. Thank you for sharing your gifts with all of us.

  4. says

    Beautiful, just beautiful. Such a great post! Thank you for sharing your heart Lucy! I so enjoyed that! And I must say, you don’t look a day over 20! I’m not exaggerating either! lol xo Jen

  5. says

    Beautifully said. Hope you had a wonderful birthday. That is one handsome family you have. Enjoy your 40’s . I’ve got 2 decades on you and when I look in the mirror I ask my reflection where the woman I was went, and even if it takes me a lot longer to do the things I want and need to do, in my mind I’m still don’t fell as old as the calendar says I am.

  6. says

    What a wonderful post of Thanksgiving for the beautiful relationships in your life — your Heavenly Father, your husband, and your beautiful children. May He continue to bless you all. Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. says

    Lucy, you are such an inspiration! What a beautiful family you have. Not only are you incredibly talented, but you know that the most important thing is family. Thanks for sharing this great post! Michelle

  8. says

    Thank you Lucy, for sharing a personal post with the BE-U-TI-FUL pics of you and your handsome growing family. Life is a gift, each and every day and I am grateful to you for sharing your gifts and talents you have been given that bless us and enable us to share some of those same gifts with our family and friends, thus enriching our lives and theirs. Hugs to you my bloggernacle friend! Sincerely, Becky of http://homespeakhome.blogspot.com/

  9. says

    Thank you for sharing such beautiful thoughts! It is refreshing to read them among the crafts and tutorials of blogland. I always enjoy this blog, and the peak into your creative, and lovely heart. Happy birthday!

  10. says

    thank you so much for sharing. I have also been sharing more personal views.You have a wonderful family. I am now a 74 year old great, grandmother. Think the next time I have them all together will get a photo as you have done here.

  11. Karissa Hochstetler says

    I appreciate you can specifically talk about Jesus, your Lord. I repeat those Proverbs to myself & daughter often. Bless you.

    I’m new to following your blog (any blog). I think I picked a good one to start with. And, I think God had His hand in that!

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