"One day at a time--this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering."

Ida Scott Taylor

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Sometimes life can hand us situations that we would rather deny
are even real.  Especially when it is completely out
of our own control.

That is when I can no longer
 rely on my own human understanding. 
 Instead, I must believe in God's promise that
he has everything all figured out and
 I can rely on Him and His plan.

"...For I know the plans I have for you,"
 declares the Lord,

"Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to
 give you hope and a future..."

Jeremiah 29:11

Sometimes we have to train our HEART
to Imagine the best that is ahead.
Sometimes you even need to pick up your heart
and look it straight in the eye and say,

 "Okay heart, remember your dream, the one
you imagined and hoped for?" 
"It is still there."
"God sees it and he knows all about it." 
 "Imagine His Best!".....

.....and when we do remember to Imagine His Best, 
we shine on the outside, even in spite of our gray and
not so great of circumstances, that are in the background.
 That glow on you is what
brings such wonderful HOPE to others too! 

....and don't worry that by imagining the best
when things are the worst, that you
won't  shine forth
as a REAL and  sincere person. 
(I used to worry about that)

Because, what gives others Hope is seeing you
persevering through, and up and over,
 because of your faith and
your belief in the midst of what you are going through
or have overcome!  Your Real story will
Inspire so many!

Inspiration shows itself in so many wonderful ways.
Just like, in how I am 
so thankful that God has given me friends that are like
little butterflies in my life. 
When I am sad, or afraid, they seem to fly out
of nowhere and land on my shoulder, and remind me
that I am not alone on my journey. They remind me  of the
blessings that God has showered  upon me during
my lifetime and of the many more He is waiting to
rain upon me.....and upon YOU.

Thank you
 for being one of those beautiful butterflies
in my life!


Jaymie Halt said...

Mom you are just amazing & i love you sooooo much! You truly do inspire hope effortlessly right here on your blog & in everyone's lives who are privileged enough to know you! by the way, i LOVE the new pieces & can't wait to wear one around & advertise for my beautifully talented Momma that you are! Please know I am believing & praising God right along with you. You are loved endlessly...

Nana's Nuggets said...

Hi! LeeAnn, this post was so pretty! and Thanks for being one of my Bloggy Friends as well, it is the neatest thing to share our hearts with each other and lift each other up in prayer! Beautifully Done! Have a Blessed Thursday:)

Farmgirl Paints said...

you deserve those little butterflies my friend. you are one of the kindest people i have "never" met. just love you. those creations were just beautiful.

Jennifer Richardson said...

What delicious little bits of
beauty, LeeAnn!
I love your handcrafted jewelry!!!
Such tender little pieces:)
And I love your heart, too...all the
See such love and life in you,
even in the breaking.
Lots and lots of fruit
being produced
that you can't even see or imagine
It's going to be alright.
Really, it is:)

Cindy Story said...

I agree with Jaymie. You really are amazing LeeAnn ! I am blessed once again by your beautiful words of inspiration and hope. And your pendants are awesome! Love you!

Anonymous said...

I am praising God for the beauty of your Daughters post. How I wish I would get the same reception from my son or dil.
God work is never empty or unfulfilling. Love all of your necklaces..
So happy to have you as my sis in Christ..
Hugs, Darlene

deborahspalette said...

Oooh La La, Your pendants keep getting better and better. Keep up the great creative work...
God is soooo Good! I know He adores you...especially when you share his words and truths so well.
Many Blessings, Deborah

Carol said...

Hi LeeAnn! I haven't been blog-hopping in a while. I LOVE your new Etsy shop. Much luck with it~

xoxxooxoxox Carol

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Beautiful art work and beautiful words...a true inspiration!

bee'nme said...

Lovely post in every way, LeeAnn! Your encouraging words and gorgeous jewelry harmonize perfectly! Thank you for sharing your heart and the work of your hands so freely with us!

And how about that daughter of yours - what a beautiful tribute to you, her obviously loved and admired Mom...

Have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs & Blessings,

BECKY said...

Wow Gal! I feel like I just got to play in a sprinkler on a 100 degree day! How utterly encouraging and refreshing this is! I praise God for this treasure from you today, my friend! It really touched my heart!

I forgot to put your blog in my sidebar, and haven't remembered to come visit!! I am so glad you commented today, and I got to read this post! I am going to put you there now!

May God give back to you all the encouragement you are giving others!!

Blessings and hugs,

JANET! said...

OH, LeeAnn, you are THE SWEETEST!!!! You are one of MY butterflies!!!!!

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

You are such a fantastic encourager.

I simply love your comments that you leave on Modern Country Style.....especially the most recent about the princess and the pea!!

It made me smile!

I really look forward to your visits!


Lissa said...

such wonderful inspiration here. You do such beautiful work.

lori vliegen said...

hello, sweet butterfly! your pendants are beautiful, and you always have such a beautiful message to go along with them.....! thanks for always focusing on the Words (God's Word!!) from your heart.....! xox, :))

rachel awes said...

beautiful pendants
& encouraging words
from your heart! xo

Mary said...

Hey sweetie, you blessed me by the words you left on my blog today.
You bless me by the words on your blog - always.

I love the new pendents, especially the Hope and Butterfly one.