When I stand before God at the end of my life,
I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say,
"I used everything You gave me."
~Erma Bombeck

January 9, 2010

Living a Legacy...

I have been thinking the last couple of days about what to create and why I should create it. Which way should I go first. My friend Jess at Entertaining House is watching someone near and dear to her heart go through their final moments on this earth. (Visit and leave a sweet comment if you will.) I am sad for her, because I did this twice last year, first with my father in law, then with my sweet, sweet Mom.  Reading her post here, got me to thinking about Mom and I looked back to some old posts on my other blog Misc. and Etc. and found this (originally posted in early November 2009). Something to ponder today...

This beautiful painting was done by my mother about 8 years ago. It is supposedly of St. Therese, but after having so many people ask if it was a self portrait, my sister and I have come to the conclusion that it is.

We had a memorial for Mom this past weekend. It was both sad and sweet. So many wonderful people from her life in the past few years were there. I had never met most of them. Even 4 nurses from her stay in the hospital this past year were there. The things they had to say only made me love and admire my mother more.

A friend of my sister's who is also dying from cancer right now stood and talked about legacy. My mother left a wonderful legacy. Her artistic ability lives on in my daughter and I hope myself. I am struggling to tap into it lately.

This morning I received my weekly email from Max Lucado. This week he talked about why we each have the uncanny ability to do certain things. For instance, I have always admired people who can play a musical instrument and sing like nobody's business. Or, when I read a good book, I admire an author who can make the words work so as to weave a story that is so captivating, I can't put the book down. How do they do it?

Max says "God. He knew young Israel would need a code, so he gave Moses a love for the law. He knew the doctrine of grace would need a fiery advocate, so he set Paul ablaze. And in your case, he knew what your generation would need and gave it. He designed you. And his design defines your destiny. Remember Peter’s admonition? “If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies” (1 Pet. 4:11)."

So, my question this week is what exactly God designed me to do? I know I am here to be a wife, mother, friend, sister, daughter, but I also know I was made to be creative. I pray that he will help me find the time to do this and to minister to other's hearts through my talents. I hope he will open my eyes to show me how to organize my time better so that I may continue to uphold my responsibilities but also to follow my dreams. I want to leave behind a legacy my daughters would be proud of.

God is working in you to help you want to do and be able to do what pleases him. Philippians 2:13 NCV

Hug your loved ones today, hold them close and ponder the legacy you will leave.


  1. Wow, I lost you! I'm glad to get the new url. I will change it over at French Picnic if Marie hasn't already. I love this post!!

  2. I just tried to resubscribe but feedburner says the url is incorrect. Let me know when it's working and I'll subscribe. :)

  3. French Picnic is wishing you a PEAR-fect day!

  4. Thank you Lanie for a beautiful post and great reminder to cherish each day with family and friends.

  5. maybe this is naive, but i think you are blogging for a reason too. a memorial is wonderful. we are planning one too.