Friday, January 20, 2012

Vivid

Vivid.  Having the appearance of vigorous life or freshness.  Producing a strong or clear impression on the senses: producing distinct mental images.

The smell of country apple body spray.  Breathing in the freshness of pine cones; the kind that leave the tips of  your fingers sticky, and take you to a childhood fire, wrapped up in blanket on the eve of Christmas.  The feel of soft cotton robe pulled up above lips, caressing cheeks back and forth.

There are smells, touches, sounds... evoking memories, buried deep within, that come rising to the surface.  Some, I sit and day dream about, never wanting to wake up.  Others, I rip the blinds closed, blacking out any remembrance.  

I want my little babes to remember sweet, special memories of our home.  I want each smell, each touch, each sound to give them an abundance of a precious storehouse of memories.  I want the grace of God to dance upon their minds, and recall His faithfulness and mercy.

And so, with each day, lifted to God as an offering of sweet-smelling praise, I will seek to create an atmosphere of peace in our home.  No loud voices that damage little souls.  No harsh tones that breakdown and crush spirits.  Arms wrapped around with love, Christ's unconditional love spilled forth.

VIVID MEMORIES that will last a lifetime.  May they always look back, and never want to wake up.


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21 comments :

  1. Powerful words, Traci. Thank you for the reminder...needed this today.

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  2. As Mary Joy said, powerful. The pictures are beautiful.

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  3. Hi Traci, you especially touched me with your words and efforts toward creating a loving and quiet, not jarring, environment for your sweet children. I think your goals are so important and will help them grow to be adults who have lives that has room for God's love and for sharing that joy with others. Beautiful post about the word Vivid.... thank you! Pam

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  4. Great post! Your words were truly vivid!

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  5. Beautiful post, Traci! I could picture in my mind everything you mentioned - vividly! ;)

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  6. Absolutely beautiful. And certainly worth striving for. Thank you for sharing!
    ~nikki

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  7. Great imagery here. Lovely post

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  8. Yes, those are the memories I hope to help create for my little ones.

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  9. Oh how I loved your post today, Traci! "I want the grace of God to dance upon their minds, and recall His faithfulness and mercy." Yes, this! I'm humbled and challenged by your gentle, loving spirit toward your children, making a home of grace and kindness. Thank you for sharing. I'm so grateful to be your SIB!

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  10. You paint a vivid picture with your words, Traci. Powerful and beautiful.

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  11. This is a wonderful post. i wish I had been more focused on creating good memories for my children.

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  12. What an awesome post! And a beautiful blog.

    Thank you SO much for you sweet, sweet comment on my blog! I really, really appreciate it.

    Sunshine

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  13. Vivid Memories....

    that was the first part that came to my mind too....

    I love the ones you shared...I felt like I was experiencing them along with you!

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  14. Truly beautiful words! I pray that my children will have vivid memories of a peaceful home filled with love and laughter....interestingly enough, peace is my word this year that I am working on! Thank you for the reminder!

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  15. I love your heart, Traci, the intentional parenting choices you offer as gifts to your children. How blessed they are. Beautiful.

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  16. I love your descriptions. And your mama-heart. :)

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  17. That is beautiful, Traci! That's just how I want my home to be!

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  18. Your descriptions are amazing! I feel as though I smelling, feeling and experience as you write.

    Beautiful imagery, sweet friend...

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  19. I feel like I am seeing it all through your eyes! What beautiful imagery!

    "I will seek to create an atmosphere of peace in our home." I'm inspired...

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  20. I love these images... so beautiful.

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