A Gift For Myself (Unveiling)

If we are ever to enjoy life, now is the time, not tomorrow or next year…
Today should always be our most wonderful day.
~Thomas Dreier

Hi, my friends. I am so excited to share with you this special one of a kind necklace that has been made for me to signify my one year blogging journey. I had to unveil it and share because it is significant to me and I knew you would so appreciate seeing it! 

I am not really a “jewelry” person but I had made up my mind that I would get something special to wear to acknowledge my accomplishment & commitment, just for myself. Nothing extravagant, yet I love so many of the creations I have seen as I have met photographers, painters, and various mixed media artists this year. I knew that one would be able to help me by creating a reflective token with my blog as the inspiration. 

Sure enough, Becky Strahle of Farmgirl Paints has made this beautiful necklace for me.

I sent my specifications, which were pretty sketchy -not literally!.
I trusted her to create something unique
using what she felt reflected the blog when she visited. 
Orange is my fave color and she added the little bead as a special touch.
The white beads remind me of the purity of Christ.

Becky has so many exquisite items, and I am grateful she was so willing, able and up to the task of working with me to design this reasonably priced, beautiful token.

My Birthday is not until next month, but I consider it an early gift to myself. 
From my husband.
Hee, Hee.

Stop by and see this creation as well as her many other wonderful 
offerings at her Etsy Shop!

Perhaps, you might request she create something for 
your next Milestone-Celebration!

The only way to live is to accept each minute as an unrepeatable miracle, 
which is exactly what it is: a miracle and unrepeatable.
~Storm Jameson

While we are living in the present,
 we must celebrate life every day, 
knowing that we are becoming history with every work, 
every action, every deed.
~Mattie Stepanek

To Unfollow And Unfriend

Button by Farmgirl Paints

There I am popping onto the Internet, coffee cup sitting just to my right, on the desk. I am unsuspecting, and looking forward to checking in on my blog, my Google Friend Connect Reader for fresh posts on  blogs I follow and of course peeking in on  friends on Facebook. 
When I least expect it, I see the number staring back at me. It’s down one. My stomach feels sick. 
I think to myself, it shouldn’t bother you. It doesn’t matter.
I feel rejected.
Distracted by a number.

My mind races as I consider the number of followers on other blogs.
I hate myself for thinking it.
It brings me right back to Junior High. 
I’m standing in the bathroom, brushing my hair…
hating the reflection staring back at me.
A fellow student walks up and says “You’re hair is so pretty”
I feel sick and respond “Not really.”
 I  explain how ugly it is, as if she has not seen clearly,
and she smiles leaving me standing alone with my own self-loathing.
It’s silly, right?
I am an adult.
I have a life.
I’ve grown beyond this.
Haven’t I?

One number makes me feel like I was sucker punched.
It’s why I moved that GFC follow button to the bottom of my blog.
So that every time I looked at my blog I did not seek that
number to affirm me…
who has the ultimate affirmation in His Holiness.
Who has met His grace and believes in His believing in me.

Why do we seek our value in meaningless numbers?
The scale, a salary…followers? 

When He Himself has said…”I will never leave you or forsake you.”
Who has also said, “be content with such things as you have.”
Be content with what you have. Whatever it is.
Be content.
If we have Him, why would we seek other validation?
We are defined by His grace.
Beautiful. Lovely.
Set apart for His pleasure.
Followed, friend-ed.
Pursued by the one who approves us full well.
Who longs to be our friend,
even while we were unlovely, desperate, needy.
One who will never reject us,
Un-follow or un-friend us.
Because He is faithful.

I have come across a blogger and artist who has removed that badge 
of Approval Seeking madness, and invited others to do the same. 
Her name is Becky and her blog is called Farmgirl Paints.
She is “Follower Free”.
So, how about you?

Do you have a love – hate relationship with the number of followers you have?
Do you struggle with Approval Addiction?
Could you be Follower free?
Why or why not?
I have been toying with this for awhile…
humor me.
Offer me some input!
Just sharing Becky’s button since it is a beautiful place to visit:
Farmgirl Paints

Linking up with with Katie and Stacy, with this post today because
 it truly is what’s on my heart- for better or worse! 

Write it girl

Linking up also with Emily who originally sent me
over to Becky and got me to pondering:

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