Light and Loveliness

Reflections of Emily Sue Allen

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One sibling photo a week throughout the year. 3/52

How is January treating you, friends? Now that we’re days away from February, and beyond the flurry of whimsical New Years Resolutions, what is really on your heart for the coming year? What is your vision?

Vision is something that is on my heart. How does one capture/create vision for life, when its clear that we have no idea what the future really holds? In my mind, vision is something that steadies me on the journey. It’s a whisper into my ear that helps me stay focused on making the small choices every day that keep me pointed in the direction I set out to go.

Quite honestly, it is my experience that vision is a gift from God. It is wisdom from somewhere else that puts my life in order in a way that I would probably not have figured out on my own. I have to cooperate, but I really can’t take credit for the ability to see it or the will to follow through with the process. For me, vision is about tiny, daily changes that hopefully lead into an overarching transformation of life. It is about creating order from chaos, peace from stormy seas, patience from restlessness, love from self-centeredness, confidence from brokenness. In short, its not easy, and not something I would be able to do if not for the mercy of God.

I had a conversation recently with someone I love very much. We talked about how to decide which way to go when you’re at a crossroads. In the midst of angst and uncertainty, what we really need is wisdom. Wisdom is not the same as cleverness or certainty or self-confidence. You could be the most intelligent person on the planet and somehow miss the wisdom boat. There is a required humility in owning the fact that we do not know everything (or in my case, really anything) and seeking God for the wisdom we need. If you’re in a tough season, if you aren’t sure what your vision is for this year, or if you’re at an uncomfortable crossroads, I would urge you to seek out wisdom from God.

I don’t claim to have answers, but I do have a hand of friendship to extend. If you need someone in your corner, feel free to reach back. I’d be honored to journey with you.

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Here is some kid art to make you smile. It says, “12. Go Hawks. Yes Hawks. Go. Yes. Hawks. *Snowman*”

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And here is my baby-faced love who now has an upper tooth poking through! I tried getting a picture of it, but that didn’t go so well, so maybe next time.

Update on goals for week 3:

1) Run/walk at least 10 miles per week. Week 3 ~ 8 Run/Walk miles traveled, 28.5 cumulative in 2015
2) Write 10,000 words weekly. Week 3 ~ estimated 3,000 words completed, 15,000 cumulative in 2015


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“If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and He will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.” James 1:5 NLT

“The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18

“Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.” Proverbs 11:2

561. animal baby pajamas, 562. new chomper, 563. bedtime conversations with a five year old about babies and mama tummies, 564. a successful sunday run, 565. smoothing out some rough spots, 566. sewing a sweet blanket in under an hour, 567. hawks mania, 568. peaceful home, 569. the example of those who give their lives to serve others, 570. sleeping in a long while

1 Comment Vision

  1. Gramma D.

    Em, you are amazing. You are wise beyond your years.
    I really enjoy your blog. Hope someday to see your thoughts/poems published.
    Love you,
    Gramma D.


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