Wednesday, October 8, 2014


"When was the last time you felt the stinging gift in your own eyes, this most natural reminder that you are alive, here, human?
Maybe it’s been a while for you. There’s nothing wrong with that. But the next time the tears rise up to meet you, don’t brush them aside. Greet them, receive them, and listen for the life they bring." 
~Ann Voskamp

A roller coaster year of emotions

bringing me up
letting me fall
affirmation of my human-ness
confirmation of a life full up with love

feeling untangled
becoming unraveled


"Every single one of our life-aches, large and small, has a response from a God who put on skin so that we might know His scent and feel His calloused hands and live in a nearness to this beauty that would forever keep us coming back to sit at His feet.
Pain invites us to see. Him."
~Sara Hagerty, author

I see.
I hear.
I feel like never before.
The pain of loss has opened my eyes to an even deeper grounding of my being in the love of Christ.


"I don’t waste anything in your life, including your suffering. I use it to teach you important lessons here and now. But there is more. Your troubles are also accomplishing something in heavenly realms. They are achieving eternal Glory—contributing to the reward you will receive in heaven." 
~Jesus Today by Sarah Young

My devotional book lays open before me on the table.
Eyes drinking in the words.

scents surround me
lifting my spirit
calming my soul

I inhale His goodness
letting it fill my heart

The essential oils ground me.
Define me.
Heal me.

Valor swiped on the back of my neck for strength and courage.
Joy rubbed over my heart for happiness.
Peace & Calming fill the room with tranquility.
Patchouli's earthiness like a warm hug.
Biblical oils.
The original source of healing for

Sitting in the stillness of His presence
I prepare to face the day.

to hear His voice
to follow His guidance
to live in a nearness to His beauty


And as I learn to live with loss...
I learn to feel even more the grace of Him.

accepting it
breathing it
filling it
releasing it

Finding my deepest fulfillment of my heart in Him alone.

Breathing Him

Breathing Life

using one of God's healing gifts.

~  Eucharisteo  ~

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  1. Beautiful and so inspiring as always.
    Leslie xxoo

  2. I feel very connected to you.
    My father died two months ago. My mother is gone from me. She died ten years ago My roots are no longer there.
    It is very sad.
    But God also gives us every day beautiful moments.
    We just have to see.
    Thank you for your beautiful words.
    Greetings from Germany

  3. I am happy you are healing dear Laurie... though the pain will never leave you completely, you will find you can smile once more... and yes, all things in life do take on a certain sweetness that lets you see the beauty in each new day... much love, xoxo... Julie Marie

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  5. Laurie, I still cry for my parents. I miss them so. I let myself cry, then I pray and it helps. Hugs to you dear Laurie. xoxo,Susie

  6. Oh dear... some days are like that for me too. I miss someone so dear to me, that some times I can even hear her voice. I hold on to memories.... and I hope that someday I will see her again in heaven. A week ago it hit me hard... the thought of never seeing someone again is just so peculiar... and as you say "finding fulfillment of my heart in Him alone". I trust Him! Thinking of you dear.... love ~ Vanessa

  7. A day at a time....
    Big hugs, Janet

  8. Since the lost of both my parents, (Mom 16 years ago, Dad 10 years ago) I have felt such a lose of "connection". As if once I belonged...and now I don't! Where is that link to my history, the history of my life, where did it go? No matter how long they are misses, a word, a touch and the connection one felt so safe in. Like a baby blanket you took with you layed there, comfort and love were found. Now it can only be found in our hearts...the physical may be gone...but our memories keep playing like a movie on a screen. A silent movie for we hear no sounds...but we do remember. A very beautiful post Laurie...and you do have a gift of words!

  9. I'm so very sorry for your loss. My most favorite grandmother, my parents, my special aunts & uncles ~ all gone. 6/21/13 we lost my almost 16 yr old granddaughter in a freak auto accident. This has been the most challenging loss ever! I've been so sad today ~ it comes and goes now ~ and I heard this special song on the radio..."I'll See You Again" by Carrie Underwood. I think she sent it my way to comfort me. It's so true that we need to acknowledge the beauty of the present moment ~ that's all we really have.

    Beautiful post!

  10. What a beautiful post Laurie!

  11. Laurie, you're such a poet. Beautiful post. xoxo

  12. What a lovely post, Laurie. Truly, suffering and loss bring us closer to Him. Always. Susan

  13. God sent you to me tonight. Thank you.

  14. Bonjour,

    Tant d'êtres chers sont partis... Ils me manquent tant, pourtant la vie continue et je mesure grandement comme elle est précieuse.
    Très joli billet...
    Gros bisous ❀ ☼ ❀

  15. I love this post and so dreamy and beautiful pictures...
    Take care!
    Warm hug,

  16. Hi Laurie, there is grounding in the loss. Yes, GOD sees us through the sadness and brings us to a place closer to him. Our gift is comfort in the knowing those we lost are in their heavenly home. It takes time to move past the heartache, but once we do, with GOD's help, we can smile again. We truly can!
    Lovely post my friend.
    Hugs XOXO

  17. Eucharisteo, Laurie. Eucharisteo.
    We have experienced great losses here this summer. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with you, and your words continue to minister!

  18. Laurie,
    Faith will always guide us towards healing. Loss deepens our commitment to our spiritual beliefs. Continue healing my friend. I'm facing the 1st year anniversary of my son's passing, I don't think it will ever stop hurting but belief has enabled me to acceptance of my loss.

  19. Three years ago I was on 22 medications, because of the beautiful oils I am down to 3 and I feel great!
    XX Jo

  20. What a beautiful post, and your home is so lovely, a perfect place for healing your heart.

  21. As always, Laurie, your posts comfort, inspire, and teach. Thank you, and thank you for sharing so openly--it makes your teachings so real and honest. My continued prayers for you.

  22. Laurie, your post is touches my heart. The Lord does allow us to feel pain. It helps us to draw closer to him. We never know what the year might bring. No matter what, we can find joy and embrace life! May his healing power surround you my friend! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  23. Beautiful-beautiful post dear Laurie! As I read I felt a calmness and thankfulness that I came to read here this morning. Thank you for your lovely photos and quotes to carry me through the day!
    sending hugs...

  24. I do completely understand what your'e saying and how you feel - beautiful post, I will be featuring your post in this week's Home and Garden Thursday,

  25. Beautiful post Laurie! When are you writing your first book?? :)

  26. Such a way with words Laurie. Love your beautiful posts!

  27. How did you get to become such a great photographer?! Beautiful, as are the words.

  28. Laurie,
    Yesterday. . .
    yesterday the reality of what lies ahead hit me full on.
    I had a melt~down.
    It wasn't a scent. . .it was music.
    I was listening to one of "Mr.Ed's" LP's.
    ABBA was playing the songs of the year our son, Bill had just turned three.
    Living, just the three of us, in Baumholder, W. Germany.
    Many a day, I would place Bill's feet atop mine and we would dance around the living room
    of our tiny European one bedroom apartment to fill the hours "Mr.Ed" would be away. . .soldiering.
    I moved to my knees and prayed, all the while I let the tears freely flow.
    When I stood upright again, I knew whatever lies ahead I can face through God's grace and love.
    The timing on this post is priceless!!!
    Thank you, dear friend.

  29. Beautiful healing balm here...thank you Laurie xo

    All my heart,
    Deborah xoxo


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