Keepsakes and Treasures

shutterstock_188837126Art. Pieces drawn, crafted, molded, or shaped by hand. Display of beauty in various ways. The tools used may be colors, paint, pens, paper, paintbrush, canvas, clay and tons more. Creativity at work. Inspiration and uniqueness in the expression of being you. Handmade designs.

I have keepsake boxes of my children’s artwork. Masterpieces created by tiny hands. They have added their own special flair and touches that make them beautiful. Tonight as I look at each box I am reflecting upon them. There is sweet beauty here. These boxes hold keepsakes and treasures that are close to my heart. I wouldn’t want to part with them. They are special and priceless beyond compare. Countless moments they spent in creating these pieces. If I had an art gallery they would be on display for the world to see. Even the tiniest details I would love to display.

As a mother, we love to share the beauty and creativity that our children portray. It is delivered and expressed in remarkable ways. We would raise it high on a banner so that everyone that passed by could get a glimpse of their giftings that God placed within them. Unique. Full of inspiration. Creativity and color. The words they say, the love they share, the uniqueness of who they are. A smile. A touch. A cuddle. A cry. You place those precious things in the pockets of your heart.

Are you aware that God has a display case and gallery of the art you have created?

As a child your drawings and handmade cards and special mementos you made for your parents and friends were designed and crafted. They were special to you because you made them with your own two hands. You handcrafted these pieces and wrapped them with care. Excited to see the look on their face when the art was revealed. They may have said ooohh and aahhh over what you handed them.

God loves to reveal the beauty that is within you. The delivery is unique and special for each and every one of us. Some may be creative in song, poetry, expressions from their heart. God delights in every expression that comes from you. You are His masterpiece. His artwork that He created, fashioned, molded and shaped to display to the world. He treasures you. He delights in you. You are lovely.

As you mother and hold your little ones in your womb or in your arms, art and beauty is beheld there. Expressions from your heart. Moments, keepsakes and treasures are captured in these special encounters. Priceless. Blessings beyond measure.

As I am writing this post I receive a message from an alumni bloom. An expression of art straight from her heart. I felt led to share with you. As an art gallery proudly displays their latest pieces, this beautifully handwritten piece is lovely. It speaks of a mothers heart. The little things.

Tonight I laid in bed thinking about all the things I’ve lost, all the little things that changed when Ella came about. And so I made a list of all the little things and here they are for you… Number one: I’ve lost my alone time. Every morning I wake up and there she is and when I go to sleep, I wouldn’t change a thing. Number 2: I’ve lost the feeling that I was useless, to my daughter I am everything and when she reaches for me I know I am here to be her caretaker. I wouldn’t change a thing. Number 3: I lost the awful relationship that was holding me back, my daughter opened my eyes to something I needed to step away from. I wouldn’t change a thing. Number 4: I lost the person I was becoming, the tired, lonely. Person I was. I wouldn’t change a thing. With my daughter I lost friends, a relationship, a teenage life, and I wouldn’t change a thing, everyday is a new miracle. Everyday she does something that makes my heart grow more than I ever thought was possible, and everyday she shows me that god is alive and walking in the miracle child he put into my life to give to me not take. So when people look, and whisper, and think that my baby, my love, my everything TOOK from me, that I LOST something, I hope they can see in my eyes that I was Found and saved through the hands of a tiny angel that delivered me to my Father. – written by alumni bloom Haley Driver

Written so beautifully. This is a treasure to my heart to read the words that she has expressed. She is a beautiful, caring, life-giving mommy that is full of love and adoration for her baby girl.

You precious reader are a Keepsake and a Treasure. Beauty beyond compare. You are a priceless work of art that has been crafted and designed. You are on display for the world to see. As the colors are added to your life in an array of beauty, may you reflect the heart of your Father in heaven. A brushstroke here, and there and everywhere. Leaving lasting impressions upon the hearts of the people around you.

With your very own hands you formed me; now breathe your wisdom over me so I can understand you. When they see me waiting, expecting your Word, those who fear you will take heart and be glad… Oh, love me- and right now!- hold me tight! Just the way you promised. Now comfort me so I can live, really live. Psalm 119:73-76

Written by Salina Duffy

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