Friday, December 9, 2011


The seasons of my life blend uniquely.

What is for you, isn't for me. And the colors I See aren't what you See.

Our perspectives of life are unique.

At this time of year, I am a seething red in the rawness of the pressure. Twisting and turning, trying to wriggle my way out of the stress I've allowed to overwhelm me.

And, embarrassed that I've let it become this way.

He makes me less dark and more light. Pink-ish. As if I've only been kissed by the stress and caressed by His pure white.

The truth of this overwhelms me--He makes me less dark and more light.

I begin to See when I lean into how He is so much of me. I needn't try harder or be good-er. He accepts me as I am, and created me with purpose--even though He knew I'd struggle in these ways.

A friend asks if choosing gratitude "really works?" and I consider this long into the night. I wonder what she means exactly--works? And I know she wonders, too.

What is it we look for? Radiant blues and blissful greens? Or, pop-out yellow and radiant orange?

Beauty. Purpose. Peace.

When I begin to lean into His Story, I See the magnificence in color. Beauty lies in them all. Purpose for each.

Even the black has a place in my story. I choose to trust.

Colors strike the heart in such poignant ways, evoking and awakening emotions we see as shame and He sees as moments to trust.

And this--this touching of our heart and brushing our story in colors galore--it is how He speaks, ever so personally and ever so beautifully.

Today's post is part of my friend, Lisa-Jo's fun challenge each Friday to 

     "Write for five, short, bold beautiful minutes... 
     Unscripted and unedited...
     Without worrying if it's just right or not."


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  1. {He makes me less dark and more light.}

    love this, #31.

    love, #32

  2. Just this today, just this leaning in and breathing in His glorious color..

    " When I begin to lean into His Story, I See the magnificence in color. Beauty lies in them all. Purpose for each."

    Praying with you today, Amy. Tell me we might meet this side of heaven... maybe at Relevant 2012 ? ;)

  3. Brilliant. There is, indeed, a place for every color, and I can trust His brush to masterfully touch my canvas with perfection. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts!

  4. Beautiful. I'm glad that He has helped you get to pink-ish.

  5. Oh how I needed to read this post. It has been such a balm to my soul this morning. This:

    "Even the black has a place in my story." Speaks wonders.

  6. wow, thought provoking. I may need to read this a few times and let it sink in a little more. "Even the black has a place in my story. I choose to trust." Simple. True.

  7. I believe it works better than not doing it. and that might be the measure in which its judged.

    All of God's promises are YES and amen. and when we are thankful things change. Kingdom is brought to earth. You can't have anger when you are being thankful for the gift in front of you. You can't worry because the gift is too great. A thankful heart prepares the way for our God...

    blessings friend.

  8. i know the colors in a painting aren't nearly as vibrant without the black as contrast. {grateful for this new friendship.}

  9. Wonderful! Yes His story really is magnificent! and filled with both good and bad. What wonderful words! Glad to finally read your blog and not just see you twitter :)