[FROM THE ARCHIVES] Your Story is Beautiful

[EDITOR’S NOTE] : During the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s, I won’t be blogging much. BUT I will be sharing some of my favorite posts from the past — posts that I hope will encourage you to embrace and celebrate your story, posts that I hope will get you inspired and excited for the year ahead! :) Whether you’re a new reader or a faithful regular, I hope you find some inspiration in this little From the Archives series.

Today’s post was written last June.

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{Gorgeous lettering by Kal Barteski}

I want a life that sizzles and pops and makes me laugh out loud. And I don’t want to get to the end, or to tomorrow, even, and realize that my life is a collection of meetings and pop cans and errands and receipts and dirty dishes. I want to eat cold tangerines and sing out loud in the car with the windows open and wear pink shoes and stay up all night laughing and paint my walls the exact color of the sky right now. I want to sleep hard on clean white sheets and throw parties and eat ripe tomatoes and read books so good they make me jump up and down, and I want my everyday to make God belly laugh, glad that he gave life to someone who loves the gift. ~ From the book Cold Tangerines by Shauna Niequist

(Thank you, Jaclyn Rae, for sharing her quotes on your lovely blog. That book is definitely going on my to-read list!)

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to live that way and what it means to truly love MY story—the one God’s designed just for me. So often, I feel like we compare our lives to other people’s. I know I certainly do. I’ll look at other people my age who are at different places in their lives and wonder, should I be doing what they’re doing? But the beautiful thing is, every person’s story is different. I want to be excited about my own story, rather than looking at another person’s and wondering if mine should look more like theirs.

I don’t want to rush through the days, as though I’m running a race to get to the next chapter or life season. I want to wake up each day with a thankful heart, awaiting the Lord’s direction. I want to admire the beauty in my world, chase my dreams, and encourage others.

Kal’s “I Love Right Now” print perfectly captures what’s on my heart, because that’s exactly what I want to do. I want to sing praises to the Lord for bringing me to this moment in my life. I want to be excited about what’s to come, without ignoring the blessings he’s giving me right now, today, in this moment.

Whatever life chapter you’re currently in, I hope you know that your story matters—and that it’s beautiful and uniquely yours.


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