Blink

~This post was written in pieces over the past few days.  It was really emotional for me, and I could not do it all at once.  The Lord beckoned me back to it until it was finished, and I am so glad He did…it was good for my soul to be near Him in these moments…thank you, Lord.

Several weeks ago, I received an email from a woman who is a photographer, and she wanted to let me know that she had decided to do an “auction” in honor of Audrey. The top bidder would receive a session with her.  I was so honored, and I immediately went to her website to check out her work. I have a life-long love for photography, and I am a little bit (ok, a lot) picky about what I like.  Well, let me say this.  I loved her work. I sat for at least a half an hour, oohing and aahing at each shot, just to jump to the next and start it all over again.  I decided that my favorite was a beautiful image of a little girl blowing a dandelion, and you can see all of the little fuzzies as they float away from her.  That’s it, I thought.  She captured life.  More on this a little later…

I have a Bible Study on Tuesday mornings with an amazing woman of God (Ms. Nancy Dunn at Forest Hills Baptist Church here in Nashville…9:30 a.m. if you are local and want to join us!). Every time I am there, in the presence of other women of God, I come away refreshed and encouraged, and yesterday was no exception.  On the way out of church, Kate had run into the grass by the car while Abby and Ellie were buckling themselves in, and I turned to Kate and told her to run to me and I would pick her up.  Her eyes lit up and she took off full-force toward my open arms.  I lifted her way above my head and kissed her sweet cheeks on the way down. As I put her into her car seat, Ellie said to me,
“Know what, mommy? I really wish I had a camera, because that was a beautiful picture you just made.”
It caught me off guard, because I didn’t even realize she could see me from where she was sitting.  
“You think so, honey? Well let’s just blink our eyes and keep that one in our heads, then.”  
I smiled at my 3 sweet daughters, and then Ellie and I looked at each other and blinked our eyes…another moment captured and held as a precious memory.
On the way home, I was thinking about what she said and I realized that I see the world in photographs.  I love to take pictures, and I suppose my mind has incorporated a little camera that allows me to freeze moments and store them away.  Last week I was driving to the pool, and to get there I have to pass under these amazing trees that make a canopy over the road, only allowing bits and pieces of light to pass through.  It was beautiful. 
Blink.
I thought about the way it was when I saw Audrey for the first time, red hair and those sweet rosebud lips.  No crying, but there was breath in her, there was life to be lived… I am so glad to meet you, sweet girl…stay with me for awhile…
Blink.
After a hard day of school as a teenager, my dad took me out in his old-fashioned convertible to talk and make sure I was okay.  We drove to this field in the middle of nowhere that he had found a few weeks earlier.  It was amazing, because as soon as the lights went off in the car, what seemed like millions of fireflies danced around us.  I was completely mesmerized, and as the hot September night soaked into our skin, we watched them light up the night, and I felt like God spoke to me.  It is one of the earliest recollections I have of feeling His presence, and to this day, whenever I see fireflies, I remember the way the old leather seats smelled when my father loved me enough to show me that life is beautiful even when it hurts.
Blink.
Me, in a veil I had dreamed of wearing my entire life, and a church full of people who were celebrating the way we loved each other.  I was so nervous because I was sure I would trip and fall, but then the huge wooden doors swung open and I saw him, and I wanted to run to the end of the aisle.
Blink.
“It is very possible that your daughters will not survive. Now is the time to start praying.”
Blink.
“4 pounds, 11 ounces, and the other is 3 pounds, 11 ounces! They are here and they are healthy!”
Blink.
Kate recites her Bible verse from yesterday (A soft answer turns away wrath…thank you, Ms. Nancy’s class ladies!!!) as “A soft answer turns away the rats.” I spit my coke out all over the car and tell her she is brilliant and that I love her for being exactly who she is. This morning, she was acting up and using a less than desirable tone with her sister, and I asked her if she remembered the scripture I had taught her yesterday.  She nodded yes.  I asked her to say it to me.  She replied, “I think the Bible says I am going to time out.” This time it was coffee.
Blink.
Abby, in the backseat of the car, eyes closed and hands in the air, worshiping with the music as she has seen me do a thousand times before. 
Blink.
“Lord, I believe.  Help my unbelief…
Blink.
Todd surprises me at our wedding with a song he wrote for me.  It is called “After the Rain,” (seriously) and it tells the story of how he knew he was supposed to marry me one day when he prayed during a thunderstorm, and moments later it just stopped with no warning.  
Blink.
My brother-in-law Greg calls, and tells me he went to play golf.  He says he cried on the way home because he realized he will never play golf with his son Luke.  I never mention the conversation to anyone, but the next day, Ellie draws a picture of Audrey and Luke.  She says they are playing in heaven.  I look closer and see something I have never seen her draw (because as far as I know, she has never heard of the game), and I ask her what they are playing. “Golf.” she says, and skips out of the room…
Blink.
These moments, and millions of others, engraved in the beautiful book I am making in my head.  As I drove home, the Lord spoke to me, and I want to share with you what He said, because it is not an exaggeration to say that I believe it has changed my life.
Angie, sweet daughter of mine.  You know, I do the same with you…every day, every hour, every moment. .. 

Blink.

I was speechless as my spirit understood what He was saying to me.  Not necessarily in words, audibly, but it was as if I knew something profound I had never known before, and I knew God had imparted it to me. 
I have choices, every second of the day, to serve my Lord.  To honor Him with my speech and with my thoughts, with the way I love those around me and the way I worship Him. Every moment, there is another opportunity, and I want to use as many of them as He will allow. In fact, Scripture tells me that one day I will stand before Him, and I will (symbolically) hand the King of all Kings a tattered scrapbook of my days.  It is up to me to decide what the pages will reveal.
I was washing the dishes last night and thinking about what the Lord had said to me, and I heard the girls fighting. I raised my voice more than I meant to, and I thought to myself, “Wow. I don’t look like myself in that one. Let me try that again.” I apologized to them for my tone and let my hands drift into the hot water.  Now that one felt better for me too, Lord.  
There are many, many pages I want to rip up and hide…maybe you do too. But that shouldn’t consume me.  Rather, I want to focus on the beauty of this gift that the Lord has given.
It is the gift of this breath, this moment, this photograph.  My offering, captured.
We need not dwell on the things we wish we had done differently, nor should we even give too much thought to what the future will look like.  We need not worry about the pages, but rather this very simple fact.
I have this moment. Right now. And I want to make it good.
I am sitting cross-legged in an old chair, pouring out my heart to you, because above every other thing I can think of, I want these words to be a beautiful photograph for the Lord I love.
Blink.
In a few minutes, I will go find my children their dresses and we will go to a cook-out with friends.  As I snap their sandals and brush their hair, I will tell them how I love them and how grateful I am to be their mommy.
Blink.
Todd just came in to tell me about something he is reading and I nodded absent-mindedly as my thoughts drifted everywhere but his voice.  No, I thought, I don’t want it to look like that. I want to love deeply, and have him know that I care about what he cares about.  I want to show him that I am here to listen, and that he matters to me. 
Blink.
I met a woman who does not know about Jesus. She is broken, bruised, hurt, alone.  I want to show her the way He loves her, to inspire her to let me into the places she runs from. I want to make His name known. I want my life to be lifted up to Him, offered to Him, spilled out for Him…
Blink.
“She is gone…”
Blink.
A crown of thorns, piercing his sweat-drenched brow…oh, my sweet Savior…
Blink.
You refused the bitter wine but drank deep of the cup that would not pass. 
Blink. 
I see you there, Lord, and I will not turn from You.  Not in my joy, not in my agony, not ever. Not ever. I will remember the scars, and the gracious Love that the world could not believe…
Blink.
Oh, my Jesus…speak to us through your Word…
…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me-put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you…Philippians 4:8-9

I have always loved this verse, and I have been meditating on it for the past few days.  I hope you are blessed and encouraged by it tonight…
As for the photographer I mentioned? Her name is Amy, and her business is called “Images of Grace.” (And no, I don’t think that’s a coincidence:)
I came home from church on Sunday (after the message on Providence), and was trying to trust God with my fears.  I opened my email and saw a message from Amy, saying that the bidding had ended.  I cried and cried when I saw the amount, because it answered an unspoken prayer request that Todd and I have had for weeks (almost to the dollar!).  Thank you, Rachel.  You were most certainly used by the Holy Spirit, and I am still speechless, because it was a confirmation of something I have known for years, but love to be reminded of…
I’m still here, Angie.  Tucked away behind this trusty old camera.  Now remember, you have this moment, child… That’s it, turn your head a little more toward me…Do you trust me? A little more toward me…there…perfect…

Blink.

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  • Amie

    I can’t believe I’m one of the first to comment. Bless you, Angie. Your words always speak grace and peace.

  • Mocha with Linda

    Angie,

    That is beautiful beyond words. I love the image of the snapshots. Just the other day I was describing a memory I had as a snapshot in time.

    Greg's phone call and Ellie's picture gave me chills. I hurt for Greg & Nicol as well as you and Todd.

    Words fail me as I read and reflect on this post. I wish I could give you a tender hug.

  • M

    Wow Angie… you spoke to my heart. Thank you!

    Michelle

  • Monica

    What a beautiful post, Angie. You have inspired me tonight.

  • Sara

    Beautiful words. You always make me think about my life and my relationship with God. Thank you.

  • Celeste Dodge

    You are so inspiring to me. Like everyone else in the world our family has something to struggle with right now. Reading your blog always helps to remind me what I should be doing. The direction I should be going. What is most important. You have a gift and I am thankful for it.

  • Kim

    Crying here.

    Thanks for the encouragement, Angie, to focus on living every moment in love and worship.

    I lost a baby in February and have appreciated you website immensely as I work through the grieving process as well.

    Thanks.

  • Kristi O

    I almost couldn’t read all this, today was especially difficult and funny as it sounds I wonder how you deal with difficult days, I remember hearing in your video, Todd said one day you just drove in your car and screamed at God all day. Today I didn’t have words to scream, today was a day I just had others hold up my arms, I couldn’t even pray, today I didn’t want to be held, I was angry and hurt and sad and very frustrated, so many unmet expectations, too many questions without answers, too many feelings that don’t know where they belong, and yet God reminded you that He knows, He is there and its important to Him. Yes He can handle the bad days. I think I will have to really think on this one. I hope tomorrow I can “be still” and sit in His presence. Thank you for sharing. blessings

  • Denise

    Thank you, thank you, thank you….a million times thank you! God knew I needed this post today.

    My son has been in the NICU now for 8 weeks and I am starting to find myself so depressed and so lost and so alone (even when I am with friends). I feel no end in site and I am really tired and ready for my baby boy to be home in his bed…

    Thinking back on these past 2 months, I realize there are many times I can “blink” and catch many a special moment, hurdle jumped, challenged met and have beautiful memories.

    I need to chose to be positive and look at all the wonderful things, but I struggle…

    Then I come here to your blog and a post that hit me to my core. Angie, thank you so much for sharing and for your words…thank you for your amazing strength and your willingness to show yourself to us.

    You have no idea how I appreciate you! You are a beautiful woman of God and I am thankful for this blog, even if we don’t know each other!

    Denise Northern
    denisenorthern@hotmail.com
    http://web.mac.com/parker.northern

  • Jess

    Oh, girl. How I love the way the Father speaks through your poignant posts! Thank you for being such a sweet instrument. You continue to touch our very souls with your honesty and heartfelt emotions.

    ~jessica

  • Sara

    I can only imagine that if others are feeling the same way I do after reading your post, there is a resounding:
    blink
    blink
    blink
    blink
    happening around the world. God must be so pleased with all the snapshots you produced tonight in all of us.

    Blessings on your day…
    sara
    http://www.gitzengirl.blogspot.com

  • Katie

    Thank you for this. The timing was perfect for me.

    Thank you for your transparency, Angie.

  • Sarah

    Incredible, Angie. I love the idea of snapshots, and do-overs. So often I feel like failure is a spiral, forgetting that I can stop and change my actions, attitude, or tone. Thank you for your love for the Lord. I am so in awe of the way you mother your sweet girls, I hope someday that I will have that love and patience for my son. The same love and patience the Lord has in store for us.

  • Rachel E.

    Angie, thank you so much for sharing you heart again so honestly and openly that it reminds me to draw closer to God each moment that I have. Thank you for caring so much about all of us, most of us total strangers. I can’t wait to meet you someday!

  • Lisa

    Every time you share your faith here I want to run to my Bible and dig in! I am believer who is terribly inspired, just IMAGINE what your words are doing for those who are SO close to joining us! Big huge hugs from your blog girls! :)

    Thank you!
    Lisa M.
    jlmarti04.blogspot.com

  • lizwiththree

    you are filled with grace and your words are heavily weighted on the Lord. God bless

  • stephanie garcia

    Your beautiful post was such a special reminder tonight … Thank you.

  • melanie

    God speaks so greatly to my heart through these words, thank you.

  • Joy

    Wow! That was so beautiful, Angie. You have such a way with words. Thank you for sharing what the Lord told you. It was very touching.

  • Heather

    That is your most beautiful post yet! I hope we all have many moments that cause us to “blink.” or that we look at life a little differently and savor those moments more.

  • Abby

    I lost a friend to cancer earlier this year. Next Friday is her birthday and she would’ve been 30.

    Not that I think I’ve learned or processed all that I’m supposed to from losing her…but the one thing I try to take with me, and your post captured it beautifully, is make life count because our days are numbered and we only get one chance at this crazy beautiful life.

    Still praying that you find all the grace and peace you need!

  • jamie b

    how incredibly beautiful, Angie!

  • KELLY

    This is BEAUTIFUL! Off to be with God through scripture.

  • Dallas and Amylee

    Blink. I treasure these moments I get to be with you and with the Lord. Thank you once again sweet friend. I’m still praying.

  • kksweet04

    Dear Angie,
    You did capture such a beautiful photograph for our Lord, but thank you for allowing all of us to picture this beauty too!!

    You are so vivid with your words that you have touched my heart tonight and in my mind I am blessed to have been able to share in these blink moments with you–thank you.

    Blessings dear friend–miss you!
    Kristy Sweet

  • Huddle Girls

    Angie,

    As always, you touch my heart. I was having a particularly hard night, missing Gavin, aching for him. Thank you for sharing of yourself.

    Blessings,
    Amanda

  • Brysmommy, Kenswifey

    You leave me speechless in every single blog you write…I really hope you will pray about putting them all into a book someday..I would love to have them all and to use them as an encouragement! You are an awesome woman of God..and you are touching so many lives! THANKS!!!

  • redeemed one

    Yes. Amen. That’s it.

    He has given you such a gift for writing. Thank you for using that gift to bless and encourage others… most of all to glorify Him.

    He is amazing.

  • Rae

    Once again I walk away blessed. Thank you. Your family continues to be in my prayers.

  • Megan

    I can’t even begin to tell you how your words minister to me each and every time I read them. I am in awe of you and your faith. Angie, you are an amazing inspiration to me and so many others.

    Tears are falling, but I am filled with hope and love from God above!

    You are a precious, precious soul!

  • Lisa

    Hi Friend!
    I always tell my husband about your posts and when he says who? I say, my friend Angie… even though we have never met. I have been SO touched by your blog, my life has been forever changed. You have helped me to be a better mom and a better wife and I am so grateful! Reading your stories has been exactly what I have needed to hear so many times. Thank you for sharing and being a GREAT friend. We WILL meet some day.

    Lisa from Oregon

  • Deidre

    Simple beautiful. God has used you to speak to my heart tonight. I’m feeling so overwhelmed with a move and packing and etc. and haven’t given my best to my precious girls in a few days. I always feel that inevitable guilt. Thanks for reminding me I don’t have to stay there.

    I loved every word of this post, Angie.

  • Gail Lynn

    Oh, Angie, that was such a beautiful word picture of our precious Saviour – Jesus Christ. The camera – always on and ready to “blink”. I loved every word of it – it made perfect sense to me. My camera is always in my purse ready to use at a moment’s notice. Thank you for your wonderful insight – again~~!!!!

  • Celie

    Angie Dear One, God has touched you in an amazing way, carry on. I think God considers you a friend of God . He is able to trust you with the pain and hurt, and you walk with him,trusting him. Yes hurting but he knows your pain God Loves you. Thank you for being a friend of Gods and sharing it with us. BLINK I love you girl! Celie Psa 70:4 Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee:let such as love thy salvation say continually, Let God be magnified. Psa 73:26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever.

  • Jacquie

    I am always so blessed to read your words. God has gifted you to speak for Him. Your posts are always like going to Bible study for me… and I am so touched by your raw honesty. I am praying for you and your family and thank you for sharing the “blinks” in your life. I really believe I will be more aware of those moments in my life because of you!

  • chicapalabruda04

    Angie, I have recently discovered your blog and I want to thank you and thank God for the wonderful gift of expression, spiritual and emotional, that He has given you with which you can reach out to those around you. I realize that the insight He gives you must help you maintain your strength and faith as well. I have felt very spiritually and emotionally anesthetized for a year or so, perhaps longer without realizing it, as I have shifted my attention to struggles that have taken over my life in debilitating ways. I know that God is still there, but the distance that I have created is hard to approach. I feel that He is using your struggles and your words of encouragment, in spite of your recent pain, to soften my heart and to help me refocus on what I have been intensely needing and wanting to return to. The tears have certainly fallen in sweet catharsis. God bless you.

  • Liz @ My Full Cup

    Thank you for this encouragement, and the reminder of how life should be lived. Your beautiful heart shines through your words. I have been blessed by you tonight!

    Love,
    Elizabeth

  • Caleb’s Family

    Thank you again for sharing the truth from your very soul and a personal prayer of thanksgiving to the Lord for allowing all of us to be encouraged by your testimony and wisdom in sharing His truth. As a mother, you have spoken right to my heart. How I so needed to be reminded of how special each moment is that I have with my son- what an awesome blessing it is to be a mother and have the joy of sharing in life’s blinks with them! How we cannot even compare that to sharing life with our Creator, how each blink of life is specially designed and used by Him for His plans and purposes.

  • Diana

    You have an amazing spirit! Thank you so much for sharing your heart. I’ve been very blessed by it tonight!

  • Heidi

    She really is a great photographer, you are richt. I have seen her work before, I love the chair in the field with the little girl in it. I adore photography and fell more in love with it after my kids were born.

    You were very inspiring with your words as always…. Thanks!

  • Joy

    Every time I come here I FEEL the love God has for ME. It’s not just that He shows one of us favor, but He takes those snapshots of ME, too!

    Lately I’ve been telling myself what a bad mom I am. That I raise my voice all the time, that I never spend enough time, that I’m not DOING enough, that my kids will be messed up…

    … I have to let go and let God and I forget that all the time. Thank you for reminding me.

    There are moments when I do raise my voice and do you know what I think? I think about Audrey and I start over. I apologize to my kids, hug them close, and just start over. I am not joking you or pulling your chain.

    That is how much your life has affected mine. That I think about Audrey, what you’ve lost, and remind myself to not take for granted what God has given me!

    The song your husband wrote for you is so amazingly poignant, isn’t it? God knows.
    He even sees the snapshots we’ve yet to live!!!

  • Patricia

    Wow! I’m truly speechless. That was a gift.

  • paperglueetc

    you encourage me!

  • Staci

    I was thinking today about how much your blog blesses me and how thankful I am for my friend who told me about it. It occurred to me that if you published your blog entries as a memoir, I would buy it. And I would probably buy a few copies for friends. I love how you bring the Word into real life – 21st century real life. It’s a good thing. A really good thing. Thanks.

  • Michelle Burrill

    Dear Angie, I agree with everyone else who said that this post is BEAUTIFUL! I am blown away by the way you allow Jesus to shine through you; how you are his vessel, bringing hope and encouragment to those you touch through this blog…Your beauty is in how you allow yourself to be poured out for Him…You are a beautiful perfume for Him. I am so encouraged and inspired to draw nearer to HIM everytime I read one of your posts. I want to be used by HIM the same way that you are…I want my life to be infused with HIM as I see the way that He infuses your life. You encourage me to draw closer to the Lord I love. Thank you, Angie. I know it is painful…but you have not given up. It is beautiful to see your broken heart relflecting Jesus. My heart yearns for more of HIM,too. I am also inspired, touched, and encouraged by the music on this blog. Sometimes I stay on your page longer because I don’t want the music to end…I play “Glory, baby” a lot… All of the songs are terrific, though. Love You, Angie! Love, Michelle in California

  • Marci @Finding Joy in the Journey

    Angie,

    I was totally blown away by this post. I too see life in photographs. Some I can specifically remember telling myself to bank in the scrapbook of my memory. I love how you describe the photographs with the smells attached. It was like you were walking in my mind. What was new and thrilling to me was the idea of God looking at us in the same way. What inspired me was the idea that you could have a do over.

    Everytime you post I get a little giddy at the prospect of reading your words. You don’t even need a last name or an intro with my husband, mom, or friends anymore, you are simply “Angie” and they know just who I am speaking of.

    What a blessing you are allowing God to create in your words. I will continue to send people to your site in hopes that they will get a little giddy to see a new post too!

    In Christ,

    Marci

  • lissilulu

    Thank you Angie. You put into words what I have done and spoke to my children–blink—take a picture kids. blink

    The verse you shared is one of the most recurrent ones that the Lord brings to my heart to encourage,strengthen and keep my mind where it is supposed to be while I walk through the hurt and ugliness of standing for my broken marriage.

  • Sun

    WOW! This post – wow – it is exactly what I needed in this moment. Especially the part about having the pages you want to rip up – was JUST talking about that today. What a beautiful reminder of how much He loves me, how much I can choose moment to moment to moment – to serve Him – to love others the way that He created my heart to love them

    Thank you sweet Angie! Sunshine

  • jammie

    I was just recently introduced to your blog by one of my dearest friends. It has been such a blessing to me. Every time I read your words, I am embraced by my Jesus. He truly speaks through you. Thank you for being so open and honest. I only wish I could express my gratitude as well as you express yourself in this blog. Blessings!

    Jammie Burwell
    San Antonio, Texas

  • LittleMomma

    Thank you so much for following the will of God. You will never know how He just spoke to me through your words. You are amazing and beautiful! Now I must go, I have a lot of pictures to take. Starting wih my two sweet loving children.

  • Jaci

    Beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.

  • staceyfike

    thank you.

  • Jen

    *deep, shuddering breath* Ohhhh… ~Angie~. Stunning. Beautiful. Profound. I’m flapping my hands around trying to find words that are apt. I’m giving up. I’m going to go and read it through again.

    Blessing prayed upon you daily, dearest heart I know.

  • Kori

    Wow – that was absolutely one of the best things I have ever read. I have goosebumps on top of goosebumps on top of goosebumps! Your gift of writing with such passion and authenticity is amazing. Thank you for sharing so deeply – I am encouraged and inspired. What a gift!

  • Casey

    I read tons of blogs every week and rarely feel the need to comment, but your posts are so touching…so honest and real that I am moved to tears each and every time I read them. Please know that you have served as a messenger of His word in my life and many others.

    I’m so inspired by you and your faith. Your words are truly a gift to me and so many others. Thank you.

    Casey

  • The Browns

    God bless you. God works through you to speak to me…and to thousands of others out here. You, your family, your daughters, your faith will ever be in my heart.

    Thank you for letting God use you.

    Much love

  • Brandon & April

    pure beauty here….wow!

  • Brandon & April

    pure beauty here….wow!

  • Brandon & April

    pure beauty here….wow!

  • Brandon & April

    pure beauty here….wow!

  • Brandon & April

    pure beauty here….wow!

  • Brandon & April

    pure beauty here….wow!

  • Brandon & April

    pure beauty here….wow!

  • Brandon & April

    pure beauty here….wow!

  • Brandon & April

    pure beauty here….wow!

  • Tengesdal 4

    Angie,
    Thank you for taking the time and pouring your heart out again and again. Thank you for this tangible way of viewing our lives and the minutes of our days. This image has been burned onto my heart.
    Thank you.

  • maggieallen123

    Dear Heavenly Father,

    Thank you for your precious daughter Angie and her family! Thank you for her gift of words and how she shares you and your sweet Jesus with us! She is precious in her obedience to you. I pray for you to continue to comfort her and help her & all of her family's hearts to heal. Thank you for touching so many hearts through her and her words!
    In your precious Son's Name JESUS CHRIST…Amen
    Becky

  • Carolyn

    I really think we are cut from the same cloth! I too love photography (in a very – just a Mom snapping pics of her boys – kind of way) and have thought of mental pictures before. It was nice to be reminded of that idea – and to be encouraged to think of them in such a spiritual sense. Thank you.

    Praying for you tonight,
    Carolyn

  • Julie

    Angie,

    One word—WOW. Thank you for your transparency. How on earth does the Lord use you to center me every few days when I start to become comfortable?

    This may be hard to take but I have to tell you…

    Thank you for making me a better wife and mother. I am learning by example.

    You are in my prayers and I am SO SO SO grateful for you (as my 3-year-old would say.)

    Your friend,
    Julie
    Sacramento

  • Janera

    Thank you for listening so closely to the voice of Our Father, and for recording his message for us all. We are blessed beyond measure by your writings.

  • Julie

    Beautiful, it reminds me of this lyric in a song that says ” I took a picture, I don’t like to look at.”

    I have a photographic memory too and I love pictures, I love seeing the stones that God has laid out in my life as markers. I have some I love to look and some that are painful to look at. I love how God spoke today.

    Here is a picture from today. I was at Marty’s work waiting for him to come out to the car. I started using his iphone to read blogs. I clicked on your blog and at that exact minute “Bring the rain” came on the radio of the car. God used that picture to remind me to pray for you. I knew you would love that story. Then I come home to find this blog written, God is so amazing!

  • Nichole

    I read this and I thought “Me too Lord? Can I know you like that? Will you say things like that to me please?” These are sweet sweet words

  • Sal Gal

    That was simply beautiful!

  • Stephanie

    Angie,
    You are an amazing writer and such an inspiration. I am addicted to your blog…I get so excited when I see that you have written something new. My heart broke when read about your phone conversation with Greg. Like you,I lost my nephew to SIDS almost 7 years ago. My brother has been in a deep depression since loosing his son, and what you said about Greg made me think of my own brother and how he must feel.
    Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule and writing such beautiful words!

  • momaboog

    My face is drenched in tears. My family has gone through so much in the last 5 months, I couldn’t even give a timeline. So many times throughout all the crud, I always heard Him say–do you trust me. And tonight reading those very words made my heart beat. Thank you.

  • Elizabeth

    I don’t know what to say except thank you. I needed these words tonight so desperately.

  • risa-rin-rales

    I dont even know you and your words are so inspirational!!!
    Praise God!!!

  • Julia

    Dear Angie,

    Two friends of mine pointed me to your blog for an encouraging read of God’s grace in your life. We’re all teenage girls and we have all been so blessed to read the story of your journey and the story of Audrey Caroline.

    Last Saturday I had some extra time, and so I sat down and read your story from the beginning. I want to thank you for your honesty and for your faithfulness to share the story God’s writing for you. I have been blessed beyond words. I’ve cried here and I’ve laughed here, and I leave praising God for His goodness in your life and in my own.

    Know that you and your family are in my prayers. I’m looking forward to giving you a big hug when we meet someday!

    Julia
    Zephaniah 3:17

    livingforthegloryofGod
    [dot]
    blogspot
    [dot]
    com

  • jajbs

    Thank you for sharing this with us. It touched me in a way that I cannot even express to you. I truly needed this tonight.

    amanda

  • Jenny

    This is really, really beautiful. What you have with Jesus… that’s what I want… that’s where I want to be in my relationship with Him.

  • AJ

    Thank you for the reminder to love the way He would have us love.

  • Laura

    This was just beautiful to read. You really have a way with words :) Thank you

  • The Reid Family

    Angie,
    I am always amazed by your grace and mercy. God has blessed you with the gift of journaling. Tonight is a hard night for me with the passing of Dr. Olds, our pastor at Brentwood UMC. When at his funeral today, I was doing exactly what you described in your post. I have been a member of that church since 1982 and have taken many “pictures” there. I thank you for sharing your thoughts.
    Your sister in Christ,
    Brooks

  • Alysa

    I kept checking your blog today and I am so glad I checked one more time before bed. Thank you for blessing me tonight Angie.

  • Emily

    Incredible.

  • Marie

    You’ve touched my heart with the love of Jesus…thank you!

  • Denise K.

    Just like all the readers above, I too have been blessed by your words tonight! You know Angie, there is just such a gentle, genuine, truth to your words that makes them so powerful. You are filled with such faithful love of the Lord, and it ultimately blesses each one of us.

    My mother has stage 4 brain cancer, and after the diagnosis we quickly realized that each day is a gift, and each snapshot we are given of life is meant to be treasured. We only have today, this moment, right now to appreciate and love those around us. We don’t know the timing for when the Lord will call any of us home, so we must live each day as joy filled as possible.

    Thank you for sharing your journey with us all…all your “cyberspace sisters” send hugs and love to you!

    By the way, thanks for sharing about the fireflies…it is one of my “Bucket List” items to one day visit the south, sip sweet tea, and catch fireflies in a Mason jar. Having been a lifelong Californian, and now living in Colorado, I have never seen a firefly…thanks for sharing the image!

    Thanks for being YOU!

  • Rach

    Angie you have a way of speaking to the heart. I loved your words in this post and it helps me to simply look at how I am living my life for God. Thank you.

  • The Kirkpatrick Family

    Angie, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! I am always so touched and so in awe of your words. God is Good and he is capturing every moment of our lives. Thank you sweet friend.

  • Sarah

    Thats beautiful Angie. Just beautiful. I am a photographer also and there are so many moments that I catching myself seeing something beautiful and wishing that I had a camera with me. It is good to be reminded that in every moment of our lives we have a choice in how we want to live it and what we want captured. It encourages you to want to make those deep deep down changes so that every moment possible in your life is honoring to God. Thank you for the inspiration :)

  • nicholei

    Thank you for always sharing your heart. I think that when people read your blog, things are being broken off of them in the spiritual realm. There’s something powerful about God’s truth and sharing that with others. Your constant transparency allows people to examine their own hearts and bring it before God (at least it does for me). My friend sent me this link today and it reminded me of your story. I don’t know if you’ve already seen this but I hope it encourages and reminds you that you are not alone. =)

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=ZE33ejdgWIY

  • Ernie

    I am blown away by your faith!!! I am a Christian, though I have strayed away from how I know He wants me to live. The way He speaks to me through you is AWESOME!!! I only recently was told about your blog and to tell the truth I had to thank and wag a finger at my friend who told me about it because I am now 29 weeks pregnant with my second child.

    Your story is so touching, but I must admit that as I read your blog from the beginning and cried so hard that I could barely see through my tears I just kept praying to God that he would not test my faith the way that He has tested yours and your family’s. I am trying everyday to come closer to Him, and I believe that I am making progress in at least some ways. I thought I’d share this little story with you. I have a 15 month old son, Jacob, and every night before I put him in his crib I say a prayer with him. I keep it pretty simple and it is almost always the same, or at least starts and ends the same. Jacob is now so use to the “routine” that when I get to the ending phrase of our prayer he starts to cry because he knows that he has to go to sleep afterwards. That shows me that I am at least instilling in him that prayer is a precursor to bedtime. I know God praises even the little steps we make.

    So to end this way to long comment, I just want to thank you for creating this blog, you have helped me to renew my walk back to our Lord and to thank Him every day for the wonderful gifts that He has given me and to cherish my son and son, Nathan, on the way. If you could would you send up a prayer for my family and myself during this pregnancy. They have me on bedrest for, I’m pretty sure, the remainder of my pregnancy and I have already had to go up to the hospital with pre-term labor. We need for little Nathan to stay in the oven and bake for at least 7 more weeks! Thank you in advance for taking the time to read this comment and for praying for me. I will continue to pray for you and your family.

    Erin
    Davison, Michigan

  • Tse Family

    Every time I read your words I am blown away by how much more amazing they become and how the Lord just keeps breathing them into you. He is such an amazing Lord and using you in amazing ways. Thank you for allowing Him to reach so many through you. Beautiful!

  • mrs007

    “I want these words to be a beautiful photograph for the Lord I love.”

    Well….you succeeded. I read EVERY word you write, but have never felt the impulse to comment. You have been given such an enormous gift and I am so thankful for your words. When He gives you the words to write it is truly a miracle. Thank you for listening to Him. We are so blessed by your blog.

  • Jessatsea

    as another said, thank you Angie. You spoke to my heart at a time that I needed to hear it. You inspire so many!

  • Tippa Glover

    Incredible, just incredible! Thank you!

    Tippa

  • My Beautiful Mess!

    Through my tears I can say to you that you bring me to my knees this morning. Thank you for making me take a look at pictures of myself and for treasuring the pictures of the special people in my life. You are as always an inspiration!

  • Raelyn

    Thank you!

  • Stacy D

    This was beautiful. What an awesome perspective on how to view life. Thank you for the truths you have so eloquently reminded me of.

  • Amanda

    What a beautiful post. I capture MANY pictures on camera of my little ones but usually the BEST ones are those embedded within me…and there are SO many.

  • Jennifer

    Wow, Angie. That was SO beautiful and moving. In the book that you’re writing or will write one day, this post must appear. God Bless you and your beautiful family.

  • Linda Goossen

    Thank you, Angie. I found your blog the other night, just going through things on the internet. Needless to say, I surely didn’t think I would find something like this!

    Anyway, I am glad you are writing down all of your ‘pictures’ because when you get ‘older’ it is amazing what you forget, and wish you had a ‘picture’, either in words, or on paper, to remind yourself of what happened, or what you were thinking.

    May our Lord continue to give you strength and grace in your life.

  • Tina Vega

    I so love your description of life as a collection of photographs because I do the very same thing in my head! Beautiful post Angie…

  • April

    God knew that many of us needed those words from him today!
    Thank you for being His vessel.
    Blink,
    April

  • Southern Gal

    Angie,

    This is so incredibly beautiful. What an amazing ‘picture’ of the Lord! To make myself stop and actually enjoy the moment or to stop and really love is something I have to remind myself to do each and every day. These words tell me how to do that more easily.

    We are studying gratefulness in a Bible study at church. It’s so easy to forget to be GRATEFUL at times when we are so caught up in ourselves and our ‘needs’.

    Thank you for struggling through this post and putting it out there for everyone. I have benefited from it already.

    You are a sweet spirit and I love you in the Lord.
    Renee

  • I Believe in Miracles

    What a beautiful post. Thank you!

  • Joy

    Thank you for listening to the Lord and working on this post until it was done. Last night I cried myself to sleep in regret and shame for the way I have handled this past week and how I have not focused on each moment. We are preparing for our youngest to undergo his second open-heart surgery next week, and I have been overwhelmed with fear for him and at the work needed to get the other kids cared for (one is in a wheelchair and has extensive health issues, so we have to document everything and every possibility).

    Then I got up this morning and read what God has shown you. Thank you, thank you, thank you, dear sister in Christ. I cannot do better on my own, but this was such an encouragement to me to not live in regret but move forward with His help.

    You, Todd, Greg, and Nicol remain in my prayers.

    Joy

  • daniella

    Once again, you leave us all with tears, smiles, joy, and more. No wonder you don’t scrapbook; because you can’t possibly put together a scrapbook that would contain ALL the moments you described in this post. I don’t blame you. You have a “photographic” memory full of these “blinks” that one day will be told to your girls and grandkids. That’s why you’re a good writer and story teller.

    Oh, and Ellie? Sounds like a mini-mamma to me!

  • Teresa

    I’m pretty sure I won’t ever forget these words. Thank you for sharing them.

  • Hope Wilson

    Oh, Father…I thank you for the "work" that you are doing "in" Angie and "through" Angie. What a beautiful child you created when you created Angie! I praise You for her faithfulness to You & pray that You will continue to use Audrey's life to bring glory to You. May you continue to richly bless Angie and her family. We love you, Lord!

    Thank You, Angie, for your continued transparency…beautiful!

  • Willow

    Every now and again, you run across someone or something who changes your life, who gets you to take a second look at the way you’re living it, who opens your heart to God’s Word. Your post did all of that for me and I am grateful to you beyond words.

  • georgia tarheel

    Wow!
    You are amazing! Thank you for reminding me about the daily “blinks” that happen in my life. I want those blinks to capture my love and devotion to my Savior who gave it all for me.

    The paragraph about Greg and Ellie’s picture made me shiver, but not with surprise. We have lost children in our family and in my sweet circle of friends…more than should be allowed, really. But each one can tell a story about how a child, who never knew the one who was gone, spoke truth about that child in a way that can only be described as miraculous! I think it might be that faith of a child…oh to have it!

    You are a blessing and I pray you are blessed a hundred fold for what you have done here for us!

    Paige

  • kristina

    Beautiful words, Angie. Thank you so much for sharing them. BIG hugs and blessings to you and your family.

  • Katie

    I needed these words today. God is using you, this whole blog is amazing. I have no words to share that know one else has. You are loved and prayed for…
    Love,
    Katie

  • Cindy-Still His Girl

    I’m so glad you were obedient to finish this post! It was powerful and beautiful.

    I’m going to try to keep that concept with me all day long today. THANK YOU.

  • CityStreams

    Angie- I can’t tell you how much these words meant to me. For so long lately I’ve been feeling like my actions just don’t matter. It seems too overwhelming to try to live up to the Christian examples that were set before me. I’d pretty much given up trying.

    The thought of having snapshots taken gives me so much hope. Because it’s okay if a photo isn’t perfect. Each one stands alone.

    What a freeing idea. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  • Tessa

    It is truly amazing how God has orchestrated so many precious moments in your life into one big and mighty message … you were listening and He answered. There are no coincidences and you just showed all of us how God uses everything … and wants us to use everything. The way you described this is awesome. As I read your post, I was also thinking of “blink” moments in my life … as I know everyone was. Thank you for sharing your soft tender heart with us. I am so blessed by it.

  • Stephanie

    Wow. That was crazy good. (I wrote that because it was the first thing I said out loud after I finished reading)

    Thanks for posting inspiring thoughts for all of us reading and struggling with our doubts. I don’t think I will ever look at my camera bag quite the same again.

  • Amy Beth @ Ministry So Fabulous!

    By far, the best post I have EVER read on the internet.

  • Sue

    Dear Angie,
    I’ve read your posts for weeks and have been so blessed. This one was amazing as well!
    My heart cried Amen! as the tears streamed down my face. My life has been as yours; it’s full of precious memories snapshots. Blink! as you say.
    Our daughter got married 4 years ago and the chapel and reception area would not hold all the people we would have loved to invite. I couldn’t let the time pass without expressing the gratitude and love for so many who had played such an important and blessed role in the molding by the Lord of our daughter into who He has made her to be. I sat and wrote a letter stating just that to the mass of people who had blessed her and us throughout the years up until the time of her wedding. I expressed it just as you have in this post… that my memories of them are as snapshots of moments; special, sacred, loving moments that the Lord has allowed us the privilege of understanding the value, the treasure He had made them to be in our lives.
    Our Lord and His love…we cannot put it into words of praise that can express to the Father our deepest gratitude and love… But Hallelujah! His Holy Spirit presents it all to Him as it should be!
    Hugs to you! My love sent to you! Prayers raised for you and yours.

    In His Amazing Love, Grace, and Joy!
    Sue of Tennessee

  • Melissa Irwin

    I am so grateful for your words. Your blogs inspire me so much to just talk so much more about Jesus. I love Him and long for Him….and your words of love for the Lord often read exactly like my thoughts, that I’m not as good as putting into words. I know that you think one of your purposes here is to reach others outside of Christ…and IT IS….but what you might not have realized is that at least one of your other purposes is to give others of us an example of how to praise, adore and Love Him publically, like it is the ONLY thing that matters. And IT IS!
    Love to you, again and again.

  • Candace Jean July 16

    You are gifted and beautiful and so are your words. I needed to be in God’s “zone” this morning and couldn’t quite get there myself. He got me there through your beautiful words and for that I am grateful. Grace and peace to you. Keep pointing us all in the right direction – Him.

  • Allison

    Angie, your words are life to me. I can’t tell you how many times I have come to your blog and been blessed by the presence of the Spirit that lives in your words. Today I can hardly beleive it- it is like you wrote these just for me. I am a photographer also. I live in that world where there are pictures everywhere, there’s a shutter in my mind. But sadly, I miss them with my own children so often, life’s frustrations and the simple logistics of living blind me to that shutter. Lately, it seemed to come alive only with my clients when the real shutter was clicking. Thank you for reminding me to hold onto these special little minutes and to appreciate their worth in my own life. Thank you Angie. You are a precious blessing to me.

  • emily

    Your writing is absolutely beautiful. Thank you for your sweet words of encouragement to all of us. :)

  • Valerie

    This is beautiful and brought me to tears. Thank You!

  • Kristi

    I needed this so much tonight!!! I’m amazed how your story-even though so very different from mine-can touch my heart so much!!! I’m not at all comparing my heartache at this moment to yours-but even with our differences-God is using you and your words to call me back to Him in my darkest hours!! Thank you Lord for using Angie to show us your face-all of us-in so many different places with different hurts and different situations. Praise God that we all worship one true God!!!

    Angie-thanks again!!! Each little glimpse you show us into your heart warms ours!!! Thank you!!!

  • Elyse Kinard

    I have been following your story since Audrey’s Death. and I am been amazed by you so many times. you make me think about my faith and question if I am a good enough Christian. Your words always touch me so deeply. I don’t think I have read a post of yours and not cried. You are such an amazing and Strong mother and Christian. I commend you for that. I strive to be like you in so many ways.

    Elyse
    elyselroberts@hotmail.com

  • Charin

    This is so beautiful!! I’m writing this comment with tears in my eyes.

  • Carole

    That was amazing Angie. I really feel like God speaks through you. And those pictures are awesome! Love her:)

  • Kayla Grace

    Blink.

  • Anne

    Thank you. You were led to write this and it is a blessing. I remember at my daughter’s wedding the pastor used the phrase “moment in time” as the theme of his homily. I think of that often, how we are given moments in time.
    And with God’s grace we see these moments as snapshots that point to Him. Anne
    onegirlfriday.blogspot.com

  • Catherine

    Your words are beautiful. Thank you for sharing your heart and soul with us here on these pages.

    You are Jesus to so many people.. hurting people, people who need to come to Jesus for the first time, people who need to turn back to Him,..

    Thank you, Angie.

  • Jennifer

    precious thoughts – thank you for allowing yourself to be used by the Lord to touch MY life and change me. thank you for being real and sharing

  • Corey Re’

    Thank you for being a vessel for the Lord. He spoke to me, through you today. May the Pictures I see, and the pictures I make today, be beautiful “in His sight”.

  • Cindy

    WOW – MOMmy, wife, daughter, sister, auntie, friend.
    What lives you have photographed through this post.
    Blink!
    Cindy ~ Phoenix

  • Jennifer Witham Buck / Graceful Expressions

    Wow… so powerful. I needed that.
    Thank you for having the courage and patience to finish that.
    I will totally check out Amy’s website.
    Grace means alot to me as well…
    what a connection!
    Thank you for not letting me feel alone in this huge world…
    amazing how God works and connects us to people… even from miles away.

  • Jennifer Witham Buck / Graceful Expressions

    another thought –
    I am a calligrapher from West Michigan, my studio name is “Graceful Expressions” (I established my studio in 2004 after fighting anorexia and using calligraphy as a positive recovery tool) and I would love to do a poem/bible verse of your choosing and do the same thing – auction it off with the proceeds going to the charity of your choice – in honor of Audrey…
    please let me know if this is something that you would like to do… I would be honored!
    http://www.gracefulexpressions.com

  • Lori

    Thank you for your words…they inspire more than you will ever know.

    Sisters In HIM,

  • Stephanie

    Ok Angie, the more I read, the more you just slay me!! I am so grateful for this post because it speaks so deeply to me. I also see the world in pictures and I think through events as I want to remember them. How amazing to think of the Lord seeing me that way too. I just have goose bumps reading this and I want you to know how much I am affected by it. You are such an obedient servant of the Lord, thank you for working through this so you could share it with us. I’m telling you Angie, I just love you!! You are so precious to me and I have loved hearing your heart for the last 6 months. I admire your honesty, your courage, and your vunerability. I know you have pleased your Heavenly Father over and over with this season of life. In the words of your husband, “press on” my sweet friend! If I lived in Nashville, I would be knocking on your door to hug you!!

  • Lorri

    Angie…first of all, your girls are hilarious! We just watched “Enchanted” last night, so if you’ve seen it, the gentle answer to turn away RATS would fit in perfect! I love that your daughters are filling your life with smiles and laugher even in your greiving time. They are God’s streams in the desert for your soul! I’m so glad you have them!

    As everyone else has said, you have posted another breathtaking, life changing message. Bless you for pouring yourself out in your brokeness. You are becoming more and more like Jesus and God is very pleased with your transparent living.

    Press on dear woman of God! You are loved! With deep admiration and affection, Lorri Steer

  • Ethan and Emily

    Angie, i just love to go to your blog and read your words. I was not a person the believed in god either. Many things had to happen before i knew he was really there. I have had many tests in my life and for all of them i am greatful. Because he has shown me who i can be. And what i CAN accomplish if only i walk with him. I have two beautiful children here on earth and one in heaven from believing. Thanks for sharing your life and your love with all of us.

    melinda

  • The Porter Family

    Wow. I don’t know you, but you spoke to my heart like no one else has. Thank you for being a vessel for the Lord to speak through to all of the people that read this blog. You are truly an inspiration.

  • jennifergriffin

    What a beautiful post. God reveals Himself to you in so many ways each day. I love how He lavishes His love on us.

    You have made me realize that I don’t like many of the photographs in my book lately. Harsh answers, impatient looks, my thought arent’ what they should be. Thank you for that.

    You have taught me alot today…I have grown…my eyes opened…..Thank you God for using Angie. Jen

  • Sarah

    Each time I read a new post of yours, it always shows me a new part of the world and I can relate it to something in my life. I love that. The affect you have on all of your readers is amazing and that you can speak to us in such a way without even knowing the majority of us, is just awesome. Thanks for being an inspiration to me to look up to God more and appreciate life.

  • Tiffany

    That is one of the most beautiful word pictures of the Lord that I have ever heard. Ever.

    That is the most amazing way to describe those verses in Phillipians.

    I love to hear stories of how God speaks to us. Girl, the way He speaks to you through your children, and the way you are open to hear Him, is absolutely amazing.

    Thank you for sharing your heart with us.

    Muh Love

  • Mandy

    WOW! I always learn from you and after reading your posts, long to more like Jesus.

    Thank you.
    Mandy
    GA
    http://www.madelinegracefoundation.com

  • Paula Hamernick

    Beautiful!! I am in the midst of kids, kids and more kids!! (7-ask Shawn or Nicol) SO I love the reminder to fix the picture! Sometimes I wonder why God chooses to refine us the way that he does. Sometimes it is through losing our children and sometimes it is through walking faithfully with the ones we have.

    Keep walking!
    The whole Smith family is on my daily prayer list.

  • Kelley

    Thank you for allowing God to use you through your words to minister to so many of us. As my boys (now 10 and 15) have grown up so quickly, I often reflect and worry that I haven’t “blinked” enough or as I should have. Thank you for reminding me that it’s never too late. What a gift you are to so many.

  • Blissful Nikki

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I just had to share it on my blog because you truly touched my heart! God bless you

  • Lesley

    Thanks Angie, I really needed to hear that!!!!

    I know our storms are different but it seems the lesson is the same.

    My PCOS has come back with vengenance, which only shows the true miracle my little boy is. It’s so hard some days because I feel so bad but at least I can start taken medication again to try and help.

    Thank you for your tender heart!!! And honesty!

    God bless!

  • jamie

    i never really want to post because you always have 100′s of people posting- it might be overwhelming to you. I sent you an email about our sweet simeon who died while i was in labor. and then the Lord blessed us with boy/girl twins 5 months later.
    but i wanted to say that every single time i read your blog.. every single time.. i cry my eyes out- it touches a deep deep part of my heart that not many people can do. So thank you for helping me continue to heal and draw closer to Jesus through it!

  • Sheryl

    Wow, wow, wow!! I am speechless (which is rare for me). Maybe that is good and I will just let God continuing to speak to me.

    I love your heart,
    Sheryl

  • jamie in rose cottage

    I don’t often comment because there are usually about a zillion already on there. But really, this is just awesome. I see life in photographs, too. It’s the main reason I’m a photographer. The thought of God taking snapshots of these moments in life is amazing. Thank you for using all the gifts God has given you to bless all of us, too.

  • Amanda Marie

    I have to tell you that this post was exactly what I needed to read today.

    I found your blog one night towards the end of May… when I was up at 4:00 in the morning racked with insomnia and deep deep depression. I stumbled across your blog while reading about Maria Sue Chapman. I spent the next three hours reading post after post. Crying tears for Audrey and you and your family. And still resting in knowing that God is there. These past few months, well and if I am being truly honest… these past few years have been a hard road and I have lost faith many times.

    This week especially I have been struggling with regretting the past. Mistakes I have made. Second guessing the choices I make today because I am so afraid I am going to mess up. Wondering what might have been. It’s a never ending cycle.

    So thank you as always for using God’s word and message. It always finds a way straight to my soul.

  • just1

    Thank you so much for this reminder of our precious Father’s thoughts towards us. They are more than the grains of sand! I will take these thoughts with me . . .

  • Jen

    That is the wonderful thing about the atonement of Jesus Christ. If we repent of what we have done then we don’t have to remember the things that we have done. More importantly he doesn’t remember the things we have done wrong. Just as long as we repent! Love your blog I pray for comfort for you and your family.

  • Elizabeth S

    You have no idea how much I needed this today. My husband left today to go to Wilderness Trek in Colorado. I have 4 kids and I am not always known for my patience ;) Being on my own for 7 days has had me extremely anxious. Anyway, this post blessed me so much to realize that my kids are also taking pictures of me in their minds. And I want their pictures of me to be blessings. Thank you, once again, for letting God speak through you. I love how you write one message and God speaks hundreds of messages through it. Did that even make sense? Thank you ;)

  • Kelly

    Another unbelievable, perfect post.
    thank you.
    Please write a book.

  • Keri

    Angie,
    I’m not even sure what to say…..”Wow” doesn’t even come close to expressing my thoughts and feelings after reading “Blink”.

    I, too, love photography. Especially the way the unexpected can pop up in a photograph. Something you may miss in real time, but notice after those long moments of staring at a still image. How many times I”ve missed those unexpected moments because I’m moving too quickly.

    I pray that as I “blink”, I will take more notice of the wonderful things my Savior does in my everyday life that miss. Thank for an incredible reminder that it is the good and sometimes the bad pictures of our life that ultimately make a beautiful life album that brings glory to our God.

    If I can’t get you here to Houston in person to speak, I may have to talk to you about recording you reading some of your blog entries…….it’s much easier on the eyelashes! heehee

    Keri

  • Kirsten

    Angie,

    You are such a blessing! God speaks through your fingers as you type and it touches our hearts so deeply. His love shines through you and because of Audrey you are touching lives that you never would have come in contact with otherwise. Thank you for the comfort, strength, and love that comes through your posts. God is shining through you, girl! I LOVE to read your posts.

    Blessings,
    Kirsten
    http://www.blooming-faith.blogspot.com

  • lp8265@gmail.com

    Thank You Angie for the beautiful post. I loved when you wanted to have a do over when you didn’t speak as kindly to the girls as you would have wished. What a powerful message to keep in mind and go back immediately and try again. I want to remember that always.

    You have such an eloquent way of communicating with our hearts. Thank you for sharing.

    Luanne

  • created2teach

    How beautiful!You are truly gifted. I was sweeping (or mopping) this morning and listening to the Martins “May we Never Forget.” It talks about the pain of Jesus and the grace of God and His forgiveness. How refreshing it is too be able to look into someone’s life and see such love for our Master. You have the cleanest “window” I have ever seen to allow us, your readers, to see into your life as if we are there. WOW!
    Blessings.

  • petrii

    Angie,
    I have a 15 yr old son and we were in the car the other day and having a, well how shall I say it, heated discussion. And he was kinda well, being 15 (almost 16), and I told him that he needs to remember that here on this earth we are making memories, and that we needed to make the kind of sweet memories that last and do not fade . . . blink indeed.

    He does that for me. The heat in the discussion ended and he understood. How important it is to impart wisom to our kids; wisdom in Jesus that will last for eternity. Thank you for this post. I am reminded to keep and make dear memories in my heart today and every day.

    So I’m off to make some memories today . . . blink!! Love and sweet hugs to you,
    Dawn

  • erinz

    Great analogy! I had to blog about your blog this a.m. Thanks so much!

  • The Rhoderick Family

    Wow! That was powerful! Thank you for sharing that with all of us.

  • Jesi

    Beautiful…just beautiful…I’m always in a deep place when I read your words…thank you…

  • katiecottle

    What a blessing and a beautiful reminder that life is made up of the little things and the choices we make to honor or dishonor. I will choose love today! Blessings on you and your beautiful family.

  • Miss X

    Wow. I love the written word and you did a beautiful job in this post. It brought tears to my eyes.

    Thank you! For sharing your life, your thoughts with strangers.

  • sally rogers

    Angie,
    I needed to read that today. I will probably come back often and re-read it. Thank you for your willingness to be used by the Father.

    Love and prayers continue to flow your way!

  • Hotmama 2 3

    Wow… I’m speechless. This is the first time I have cammented on your blog. I have been following since the beginning.

    As a photographer this spoke volumes to me. I wish I could capture everything in life. However it passes by so quickly that you are right we need to remember the small things that our kids say and do and little things that happen in our lives.

    This was just beautiful…

  • Amy

    I sit in awe, as always…
    Thank you…
    I will remember to blink…

  • sawin

    Wow, just beautiful Angie, like always!

  • Alicia

    Angie, Thank you for another wonderful post. I read this before going for my morning walk and my walk ended up being very different than most days. You gave me so much to think about. Thank you for inspiring me to be a better Christian. Your words are amazing and I hope you always continue your blog.

  • Kalyn

    Angie- I too am a photographer, and I see the world through the lens of my camera. I believe that is what makes a good photographer. I capture the moments on film (digital) that not many other people see. You’ve got it. I haven’t seen any of your photos- but I am sure we ALL would love to see some! From the way you describe your moments in time- I believe you have the vision of love and photography in your heart!!!

    kalynphotography.con

  • The Butcher Family

    Beautiful…
    beautiful spirit…beautiful words…beautiful images…beautiful memories…

    Love & blessings~ Rebecca

    http://www.babygirlbutcher.blogspot.com

  • Kim

    How beautiful. As an avid picture taker (of my kids mostly), I realized as I read your posts, I, too, in an overall view see my life in pictures so to speak. Thank you for your encouragement to take them for Him. This just really resonated with me. Once again, strait to my heart. Thanks for sharing.

  • Jordan

    Amazing!

    I don’t even have words for the way you have inspired me to become a BETTER Christian and I thank you so much for that!

    I am continually praying for you and your family.

    Jordan

    http://jmccaskey.blogspot.com

  • Jenna

    Absolutely perfect, Angie. Words can’t describe the amazing way God is using you. Continuing to pray for you and your sweet, sweet family. With love…

  • Angela

    I love this post! This is how my mind holds memories as well. You are SUCH a talented writer Angie.

    Last night we had a night here that was ,in part, inspired by you and your sweet Audrey. If you have a minute, stop by my blog and read my thoughts and the pictures on our night!

    http://www.thebusymama.blogspot.com

  • Linda

    I am so glad that when the Lord impresses something on your heart to share, you are obedient dear Angie.
    My life, because of the devastating health problems our family faces, is filled with those moments I either want to capture forever or live well. I caught myself feeling a bit impatient with my aging Mom just yesterday, and the Lord gently reminded me of how precious these moments I have with her are. How I need to store them up in my heart so I will always have them.
    This was so beautifully written – so lovingly shared. Thank you Angie.

  • Brittanie

    Your entries always make me think. Today, as I was reading this, my little Erin scooted up to me and wanted up in my lap. She then just laid there with her head on my shoulder and her arms around my neck. It got me to thinking of how many such beautiful moments I’ve missed out on, because I’ve been so sick. I realized that I’ve been pushing Erin away, she doesn’t deserve it. How many little snapshots have I missed out on because I’ve been dwelling on how awful I feel? As always, you made me think about just what is important in my life right now. Thank you.

  • Cristi

    Your writing amazes and blesses me every post. Thank you for those thought provoking words.

  • Kristi

    Wow, this was really beautiful. Thank you for sharing, this blessed me today.

  • dlyn

    Such a lovley post. I too love to take pictures, so I understand about about mentally freezing shots when I don’t happen to have my camera handy. Good for me on a day when I am struggling with some recent “photographs” of my own.

  • familyoftwo98

    Once again you have touched me.

  • Heather

    Possibly the most beautiful thing I have ever read. I’m speechless.

  • Darlene

    your words do not cease to encourage me. this post is beautiful. He uses you.
    Darlene

  • CityStreams

    I linked this story in my Saturday Linkages post today. It was such a powerful story that I wanted to share it with others.

  • Regina

    Beautiful … something to treasure in my heart

    Blink

  • Jo

    It seems like everytime I read your posts you are verbalizing what I am feeling, but unable to put into words.

    I laughed out loud at Kate’s recollection of the bible verse…and read it out loud to my husband, who also laughed :)

    Thank you for adding joy to our day.

    I love the relationship that you have with God, and am inspired to listen more closely so that I can hear Him speaking to me as well. I am currently struggling with finding a new job and have been praying for weeks for Him to provide, but as of yet I have not heard His answer. I know it will come… I’m trying SO hard to be patient :)

    Big hugs to you and your family. Thank you for sharing your story.

  • Lynn

    Wow! Angie I also love to take pictures and often see the world just as you described. I think the word blink all the time during special moments. I have been in a valley lately and your words really spoke to me. Thank you.

  • Rumour Miller

    I was referred to your blog by a friend and have book marked it. I cried when I read about your Audrey. I cried when I read how deep your faith is… mine is not and I have yet to blog about it.

    I love the way your write. I love the way you wrote about the pictures, the memories in your head… I do that alot as well. Close my eyes and hope to keep that memory forever in my mind, in my heart.

  • Pam

    This is absolutely beautiful. I think I will forever be changed when I consciously “blink”. I want my book to be one that glorifies my Father, too.

    Thank you, dear Angie.

  • Amanda

    All I can say is that this is beautiful and my soul needed it. That verse has crept up on me a few times this past week too.

    Thank you…as usual!

  • Simplyliz

    Such beautiful words that mean so much and are speaking straight to my heart.

    Thank you!

  • MCK Mama

    Wow. Unbelievably amazing! Thank you for taking the time to share.

    So crazy it is that I have been reading your blog for ages (well, you know) and had only had experiences with perfectly healthy pregnancies and babies and now I am hospitalized as our unborn fourth little one is fighting for his life.

    Somehow, it changes things. Makes things even more real, as I think about you and your girls.

    The golf drawing story=goosebumps!!!

    Still praying for you; thank you for being a vessel that God uses…and a beautifully transparent one at that.

  • Brad, Adrienne, McKenna, Bryn

    My name is Adrienne and came across your blog through a friend of mine (you know how it goes). Thank you so much for that post. It was exactly what I needed at the exact moment I needed it. Thank you for following those proptings from the Holy Spirit.
    Adrienne

  • MamaBear

    Wow, Angie. This speaks to me deeply … just as all your posts do. I am drawn closer to the Father every time I stop by to visit. Thanks so much for your transparency. You bless many.

  • Amy

    I am bawling. This is absolutely wonderful. Thank you.
    I am going to link this post on my blog if you don’t mind. I have many friends that need to read this.
    Thank you so so much.

  • Caroline’s Blog

    Ok girl!!! You are an amzing instument of God’s messsage to us all. I hope one day you are able to write a women’s devotion book with your blog entries. Which will always be Audrey’s life speaking louder than ordinary words!!!!
    Kim. Jax, Florida.

  • karen44

    Angie,
    I love the image of you raising your voice to your girls, then catching yourself, and doing a “retake.” I think I need to blink on that one, and remember that with my own kids.

    You have such a way of taking the deepest feelings and emotions and putting them into words. I have a hard time sometimes figuring out my emotions much less expressing them to someone else. We are all blessed by your ability to tell your story and by your willingness to show us your “warts.” Thank you, beautiful Angie. You’re making a huge mark for Jesus through what you write here every week.
    Much love,
    -karen l.

  • Jill

    Angie,

    WOW! That was the most beautiful post I have ever read! Simply beautiful!

    BLINK! BLINK! BLINK!

    I will cherish these words tomorrow and in the future as I look at how God is right in the moment with me!

    Love the imagery in your words and how simple it all really is!

    Hugs and blessings to you sweet friend and Sister!
    Love,
    Jill

  • Stacy

    What a beautiful post. I don’t get here often, but when I do I am always blessed by what you have to share.

    Thank you.

  • Heather Bug

    All I can say is, WOW!!!
    Thank you for a wonderful blessing!

  • ess

    I found your blog through another’s blog and just want you to know that you are an incredible person. Your Heavenly Father must be very pleased with your choice to look to Him in your times of need. When in the storms of life, we always have a choice of which way we will turn…turning to Him will always bring peace and comfort where otherwise there would be none.

  • Bethany

    Angie,
    You MUST write a book! I was thinking….if you just put this blog into book form (so to speak), it would be awesome :)
    God Bless you my sister,
    Bethany in Michigan

  • Rebecca

    this post…it’s so beautiful, angie. you definitely have a way with words. thank you for sharing. it’s definitely something that’s been on my mind and something i needed to hear (or read). beautiful!!!

  • Kasey (Ethan’s Mommy)

    Thank you…. your words have reminded me tonight that I have much to be thankful for inspite of my 6 month old son’s cancer. Thank you for bringing to my mind tonight many “blinkful” moments we’ve had with him so far. And… revealing the hidden fears I have in my battle to fully trust the Lord.

  • Megan

    Angie, your words and your story have helped me know how to pray for my friends and how to encourage them during this difficult time. Thank you.
    http://ourbeaverdam.blogspot.com/

  • Amy@Life Breaths Photography

    I, too, have realized that God has allowed me to see life, especially my life in pictures. When I think of moments in my life, I see a visual image of it engrained in my mind.
    As you can tell by my username I’m another Amy and I, too, have a photography business. I named it Life Breaths Photography because that is what I want to capture whatever the moment may be. Our lives are made up of the breaths God gives us. I want to freeze those “breaths” in time for my clients. I received one of the greatest compliments when one of my clients said my work completely embodied the name “Life Breaths” because that’s what he felt he was looking at in each one of my pictures.
    Keep blinking and breathing grace. And thank you for being so transparent to allow us the privilege of blinking and breathing with you.

  • Christy

    Angie,
    Beautifully said. I love the idea of the photographs. It is so easy to get caught up in busyness or just being preoccupied with things that in the long run really may not matter. I want to completely embrace those “blinking” moments in my life. Thank you for giving me something to think about.

  • Holly

    Thank you for posting! Your blogs always touch my heart, teach me something.. I am so glad God lead me to know you (even if just threw this blog)

  • KELLY

    Amazing. Thank you. What a beautiful picture of our sweet Lord.

  • 6 Bottelberghe’s

    As the tears stream down my face I am speechless. You have moved me beyond words, or should I say the Lord has moved me thru your words. Thank you, the Lord is using you in an amazing way. keep sharing with all of us!

    Cathi

  • Fran

    Just beautiful Angie. So so beautiful. You are my inspiration and my hope to keep on after JEsus.

    I thank you. I pray for you. I pray His deepest blessings on you.

  • Kiki@Seagulls in the Parking Lot

    I love this post. I love it because I have thought similar things, Blink and remember something. But I had never thought about how I can choose the moments that are recorded for my Saviour. Beautiful analogy.

    I linked this post from my blog.

  • sewies913

    Angie,
    I have been reading for a long time and am very touched by your story. I remember reading a while ago about you wanting to write a book…and it just seems to me the fitting title would be “BLINK” because that is how God speaks to each of us…through little moments..Just a thought!

  • Marla Taviano

    I see the world in snapshots too.
    This post was amazing.

  • Kristin

    Angie
    Thank you for allowing us to see the snapshots of your life…each and every post shows me another glimpse of God, another facet of the Christian life that is worth exploring more in depth. That is such a gift that you have given to all of us. Thank you, thank you.
    Hugs from South Dakota
    Kristin

    dominicandkristin.blogspot.com

  • Silvana

    Your words spoke so much to me Angie. Your phone call with Greg brought me to tears, I felt the Holy Spirit guiding me to pray for Greg and you guys. God bless,

    Silvana

  • Karen Jolly

    I’ve never posted a comment before but I have been reading your blog for a couple of months. You inspire me to be a better Christian, mom, and wife and I thank you.

  • Erin

    Angie, I can’t thank you enough for your email this week-I truly felt the Lord speaking to me through you in a time I could not have needed it more. I feel very blessed that you took the time for me! After I received your email this week, I read the book of Phillipians for the first time, and I memorized Phillipians 4:8-9 for comfort. I wasn’t at all surprised to see it here tonight because I know He is speaking to me. Thank you for another wonderful post that encourages me to be a better person and lets me see the light in the world. Still praying with a fervent heart, Erin Southwell

  • Leah

    I just read your beautiful story of Audrey. We had a similar story … We lost our little Trenton John on June 8, 2001. I was 17 1/2 weeks. He was actually fine, but my body rejected the pregnancy. Your story brings back so many memories. Sometimes it feels so good to take the time to think of our little guy. Our Lord is amazing!

  • Sarah

    Oh Angie! Thank you for letting the Lord speak through you to me. I am moved beyond words because of yours. That mental picture of moving my face a little more towards Him, not to the past, not to the future, but to this moment, the moment His grace is sufficient for. Sweet sister, you have no idea how much I feel you are a dear friend! A friend who doesn’t know me…yet, but a friend nonetheless. I am going to be with Jesus in the Word now, He is calling me for a visit!
    Love, Sarah

  • Wisdom.Courage.Love

    nd.comBeautiful… Thank You

  • queenie76

    Angie honey,
    You make me want to be a better person and woman of God. I can’t even explain it!
    God Bless you girl!

  • Jerralea

    That was so beautiful! I love the thought of the Lord capturing pictures of us like we would do snapshots. You’ve truly given me something to think about!

  • rebecca

    Hi Angie,

    This was such an awesomely beautiful post and as usual, I cried my way through it!
    I can’t describe what a sweet blessing you are too me!
    I always feel that “mommy guilt” at not always capturing all the special moments of my children’s lives on camera- you made me see that the most important “pictures” are the memories that I will always hold dear in my heart.
    Blessings to all of you~ Rebecca

  • tera

    It never ceases to amaze me how you are able to find the little moments of true grace and blessing even in the hardest of moments.
    Thank you so much for helping me to remember that.

  • Where we are right now

    Oh Angie, once again I come to your blog to because I know its exactly what God is wanting to show me for this exact place in my life. These words that you wrote… “I have this moment. Right now. And I want to make it good.” that is EXACTLY what I needed to hear… I have for too long been living in the past and dreaming upon the good ol days (before the huge stack of bills that never fail to come in each month, the responsibilities of a family, and the work of keeping our marriage together, 3 miscarriages, etc ) instead of enjoying the right NOW. I have a lump in my throat and tears have welled up in my eyes because the time has come where Jesus has told me that I need to close the chapter that I cling to and start enjoying the chapter He has me in right now. I cant go back and although my dreams feel very shattered He created my dreams and passions and I just need to keep my eyes on Him.
    May you have a blessed day worshiping with fellow believers.

  • Vera

    What a great post! And it made me realize that I have always done the same thing (in fact, I think the word “flash!” when I want to catch a scene in my mind) but I’ve never consciously thought about (or talked about) the fact that I do that :)

    Things have been hectic at my house, so I am just catching back up with your blog, but you have remained in my prayers!

  • Cherie LaSala

    Once again I am completely blessed by the words you humbly leave for me to read each week. I too have a passion for photography and like you see the world in pictures. Thank you for sharing and for reminding me of what I have always known but need to be reminded of from time to time. May the Lord bless you and keep you today as you put your trust in Him. Know that I am still praying for you.
    ~Until we meet~

  • WendyCarole

    I loved your post to day. You always put things into perspective for me

  • JMom

    So beautiful and so encouraging. Thank you.

  • Kennedy Krew

    Oh my gracious!!! What a beautiful insight our heavenly Father has given you! I almost lost my son yesterday in a drowning incident – I was making memories as fast as I could, thinking they would be my last. Thanks to my Heavenly Father, he is safe and sound (sleeping with his sister after a traumatic day) and we are headed to church to worship the miracle! Thank you for being so open with your heartfelt insights!!

  • Scarlet & Gray

    Beautiful post!

  • Scarlet & Gray

    Beautiful post!

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    Beautiful post!

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    Beautiful post!

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    Beautiful post!

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    Beautiful post!

  • Scarlet & Gray

    Beautiful post!

  • Scarlet & Gray

    Beautiful post!

  • Scarlet & Gray

    Beautiful post!

  • Great-Granny Grandma

    Incredibly beautiful post. It touched me beyond words.

  • a woman found

    Aaaah! Balm to my soul!!! Again! Thank you Angie for letting our sweet Jesus pour out your life, even your pain and your joy, to so many who you’ve never even met!!!

    Sheila

  • Ladd Family

    Thank you so much for your words. I needed them today.

  • vaneblu

    those pictures are so beautiful (the images of your words) and the ones in Images of grace…txs for sharing

  • TressaMOMof3

    Thank you for your beautiful words. You inspire me everyday, and thank you soooo much for bringing me closer to the Lord.

    Tressa

  • cutie10706

    Angie,
    Just recently I stumbled across your blog, and you’ve made me laugh, and cry, and truly reflect on life. You have such a gift for words. Thank you for sharing your family and faith. It is truely inspirational. I will keep your beautiful family in my prayers.
    God Bless
    Amanda

  • kendra

    Beautiful…just beautiful.
    Blessings,
    kendra hoffman

  • Courtney Nichols

    I’ve been following your blog for quite some time now…passed on by a friend. I was told to give myself and hour and a couple of tissues and start from the beginning. So after my boys were in bed, I sat down at 9:00 pm and started….at 1:30 am and a complete box of tissues later, I got caught up to the present time. God Bless you, Angie, and your entire family. God is certainly using you and your way with words to reach many, many people. I have always considered myself a Christian, but you, through God, have inspired me to become closer to God. I have lost both of my parents by the time I was 28, so I feel like I don’t take my relationships with those whom I love for granted….I know the real, “concreteness” of the physical separation from those you love. But it is through your words that I am reminded to take each moment as it comes and cherish each second with my children. Thank you for courageously sharing your story of your sweet Audrey with me. God bless you today and in the days to come.

  • Nancy

    Great post!

    Thank you for being such an encouragement in my life.

  • Becoming Me

    Amazingly beautiful

  • Lauren

    Angie,
    I had a quote written on the wall at our old home, ” We do not remember day’s, we remember moments.” under that quote I had a large display of different pictures, the “blink” moments from our lives, thank you for sharing, you make me remeber to blink! and to do things that will make my Jesus happy!
    Much love
    Lauren

  • Lallee

    Once again you have captured (no pun intended) the love of God through your writing. Thank you for your ministering to me.
    Lallee

  • Jamie Mullins

    This post is exactly what I needed to read today. Everywhere I look, God is reminding me that this moment, right now, is the only moment that I am granted on this earth. I have the choice to make the absolute best of it and strive to live for the One who was pierced for me. Thank you for this post, what a beautiful way to illustrate something God is speaking into my heart!! You are such an amazing vessel for the Lord to speak through. Thank you for being willing to be used and for pouring your heart out so that others will see Him in the midst of their pain and heartache and joy and celebrations!! You ARE building a beautiful scrapbook for your Abba Daddy!!

  • Jaysi

    Unbelievable post Angie! Thank you for taking the time to listen to God and share with all of us. I can’t even imagine the sheer joy you bring to him.

    The photography site is amazing!!! Oh how I wish I lived near that woman.

  • Honea Household

    Your words are beautiful! You are such a good write and I hope to read a book of yours one day.

    I thought what Kate said in her Bible verse was hilarious! I was cracking up! My little boy is almost 3 and has learned his books of the Old Testament. (You can watch the video here. Anyway, he says, “dat guy” for Haggai.

    Also, one day, their Bible songs were playing in the car. He said, “Joshua fought the battle of cherry-coke, cherry-coke, cherry-coke…” If I was drinking something, I would’ve spewed it, too! Kids are such blessings, aren’t they? *Blink*

    Thank you for sharing so openly.

  • Jenny

    Angie, my dad passed away on July 1st, and I have visited and revisited this blog the past 3 weeks. I have mentioned a few weeks ago how I was amazed at your strength and impressed with your faith. It’s amazing how in the turmoil of raw emotions I have clung on to Him. I come here to listen to the David Crowder song…it’s so beautiful.
    :)

  • Amanda

    Angie,
    our pastor preached a bit about the Valley of Baca today … yeah, I thought of you :-)
    It’s exciting to see how God has filled your valley with the rain of blessing – making it a spring …
    God is using what was intended to destroy into a tool that is causing people to turn to Jesus, helping us be better mothers, wives, daughters, etc.
    Thank you :-)

  • Donna-Jean

    There’s something about taking a picture that makes you feel the memory is safe, that it can’t be lost, that it’s now going to be kept forever.

    How amazing to think of a Savior who says my times are in His Hand – one image after another, carefully, safely kept, forever.

    Thank you for your writing. You always, always bless me.

    Blink – of internet sisterhood, that will one day be real-life poses in heaven :-)

  • Sought-Out

    *BLINK*

    God absolutely hand-delivered me a book I read about on your post the other day. Jeanne Guyon’s “Experiencing the Depths of Jesus Christ.” I wrote a short post about the part you played in it. So many of the books you listed as favorites, are favorites of mine. I just read Henri Nouwen’s book, “Turn My Mourning Into Dancing.” I know it would bless you, as it did me. I can’t wait for you to start “Stepping Up”. Oh, my! Beth Moore calls it “a journey through the Psalms of Ascent.” But, I have found that it is journey of healing. Of learning how to live our lives again. Bless You!

  • heidi jo

    OHMYGOODNESS!!!!!!! I AM SO GLAD I FOLLOWED THE LINK IN MY FRIENDS POST!!!!! BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL! I think I blink too but never used that word… Now I know the word I need for those moments… blink. :)

    I was thinking about that ‘scrapbook’ of my life that I’ll one day hand to Father face-to-face… I’m relieved to rest-assured that when he opens the pages, the only ones He’ll find are covered in the grace of Jesus. There will be some I will be pleased for him to see, but, there are WAY too many undesirable pages that I mistakenly put in that book and somehow, He miraculously dissolves them and replaces them with beauty. I think there must be a LOT of pages in my book with images of Christ replacing my pages of sorrow and shame!

  • Amy

    Everytime I read one of your blogs I am touched. God bless your sweet spirit!

  • Hope2morrow

    Hi Angie,

    I have something on my blog for you. I hope you get the chance to visit…
    http://infertilityhope2morrow.blogspot.com/2008/07/hodge-podge-mish-mash.html

    Thank you for being such an amazing writer and an inspiration to us all!

  • mommy2gabby

    WOW! What a beautiful post with such depth and feeling. Yes, I too was crying thinking about the photo’s of my life. You are such an awesome inspiring person and true woman of God.

    Blessings,
    Jody

    I will definately be back to be filled more . Thank you!

  • Amy

    Angie,
    I have been reading your blog for awhile now. I lost two very important people in my life this year on the same day. One that just walked out of my life without any warning and left me heartbroken, and the other because a law was passed that would not alow single parents to adopt children from their country anymore. I have never experienced such pain and heartache in my life before. I have turned to God, but I have also turned to you in times when I thought God was not listening. You have reassured me through your faith that he is with me at all times. You are such an inspiration and a comfort to me. I am honored to read your blog and I am so thankful that you do speak about God in the way that you do. You continue to help me through the bad days and I just wanted to thank you.
    Amy

  • Ashley

    Simply so true thank you! Via JMom’s blog I was directed to yours and I personally know Ms. Nancy, she led and mentored me for a year, my eyes flooded with tears as you shared and reminded all of us in just a BLINK! My prayers and heartfelt thanks go out to you! Blessings and may the Lord bless you and your sweet family.

  • Mom 4 Life

    beautiful Angie *sigh* thank you. I was brought to sudden tears reading about the Golf drawing, I LOVE when God cares enough to confirm our hearts longings like that. ((many hugs))
    Heather Ledeboer

  • Karen and Shane

    You always have a way of putting what God is doing in my heart into words.

    Thank you, you are inspiring me to do the same.

  • Audra

    Angie,
    I have been reading your blog for a while and I’m ashamed to say that I’ve never commented before….I think partly because how could I say anything that would remotely be as profound as what you speak. Actually I think I’m always speachless after reading your blogs, they touch me to the depths of who I am, they stir the spirit in me and I am so Thankful to you for that. Tonight, I cried, your words are eye openers from God and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. My heart is drawn to yours because of your pain in losing your precious child. I have never lost a child, but being a mother my heart HURTS for yours.
    Wow! You have such a gift for writing, for allowing the Spirit to speak through you, I’m always, always moved, touched after reading your words.
    God Bless you and your sweet family!
    Much Love,
    Audra Deffenbaugh

  • Heather

    All I can say is…AWESOME. Thank you for your words. They touched my heart.

  • kungfuchicken

    I love to read your posts. Your psalms are always so encouraging to my faith. I say psalms because no matter where you’re at there’s always a “but God…” that points back to the greatness of our God. Thank you for the blessing of your faith.

  • Leonard Family

    Hi Angie!

    Thank-you so much for sharing ALL of your life! I appreciate that you share the good, the bad, the beautiful, the ugly and everything in between. You touch my heart, you make me think, you lift me up, you convinct me and I always feel blessed I’ve read your blog. You’re amazing hun! God has given you an amazing gift to write. I love your images of snapshots/blink. I too LOVE photography and scrapbooking. Love ya girl! Wish I lived near ya! In my prayers!

    Jana

  • John & Michelle

    I am so uplifted and encouraged tonight. This post really made me think about my life. Keep on writing…so many of us need you!

  • John & Michelle

    I am so uplifted and encouraged tonight. This post really made me think about my life. Keep on writing…so many of us need you!

  • John & Michelle

    I am so uplifted and encouraged tonight. This post really made me think about my life. Keep on writing…so many of us need you!

  • John & Michelle

    I am so uplifted and encouraged tonight. This post really made me think about my life. Keep on writing…so many of us need you!

  • John & Michelle

    I am so uplifted and encouraged tonight. This post really made me think about my life. Keep on writing…so many of us need you!

  • John & Michelle

    I am so uplifted and encouraged tonight. This post really made me think about my life. Keep on writing…so many of us need you!

  • John & Michelle

    I am so uplifted and encouraged tonight. This post really made me think about my life. Keep on writing…so many of us need you!

  • John & Michelle

    I am so uplifted and encouraged tonight. This post really made me think about my life. Keep on writing…so many of us need you!

  • John & Michelle

    I am so uplifted and encouraged tonight. This post really made me think about my life. Keep on writing…so many of us need you!

  • k and c’s mom

    Angie:
    I came to your page through the suggestion of http://www.lotsofscotts.blogspot.com. I don’t know if you two are friends, but you both seem to write with the same calm and gentle spirit. To say you touched my heart and spirit would be an understatement. I have felt lately that I’m caught in the stage of grief that is the mourning and I cried out to God at church this morning to pull me through to the future and hope He promises. The abundant life. And your words have surrounded me with the realization that the abundant life is found in the sweetness of the moment. I needed that reminder. And I am so very grateful to you for your post. I’m getting up and pressing on.

  • Mrs. D

    Beautiful post. I just love how children are so in tune with God. They don’t have as much junk to filter God out. My daughter has done some similar prophetic stuff and I love to ask her what God is telling her just like you did about the plane ride with the rainbow. Prayers for you and your family. It sounds like you are doing better. Remember that is will continue to be an up and down process and to just let yourself eb and flo through the greiving process with Jesus holding you up when needed and having Him along side when needed. Hugs.

  • Vaeh’s Blog

    What a ministry you have in this forum of blogging! You obviously reach so many people & speak volumes to everyone who reads your encouraging words!

    You are an inspiration to mothers & women alike. I aspire to be a woman of God as strong as you are! Thank you for your words of wisdom!

    Tina Walp:0)

  • Holly

    Absolutely beautiful, as always.
    Touched tonight,
    Holly

  • Holli

    You have a wonderful way of writing that touches my soul.

  • lori

    Girlfriend! When will we see your book in the store, you are a talented writer, a real person changing lives, and showing a graceful side of the all mighty

  • Michelle

    I have just finished reading another beautifully written post by Angie, filling my heart and soul with words of our great and almighty God.

    Blink.

  • Jennifer P.

    EXCELLENT object lesson. I won’t forget that one any time soon… Please, Angie… you MUST write this all into a book. It is needed.

    Jennifer

  • christi28

    sweet friend,

    that was so beautiful! your words bless my heart!

    blessings ~

  • Jill

    Angie, I just wanted you to know that you continue to be an encouragement to so many. Thank-you for your continued openness to all of us….still praying for you…..

  • BusyBee

    Every time I read one of your posts, it brings tears to my eyes. You are a very admirable woman. Your words encourage my walk with God.

  • Monica

    Hi Angie-I read your blog every so often and I am encouraged by your spirit and the words you type..This last post was amazing,it was confirmation..Bobby Connors was a guest speaker at our church this weekend..One question he ask “What is your favorite verse?”Gosh,I have so many but which one stood out the most to me:Phillipans 4:7-8..Wow!!!!I laid an idol down this weekend and wondered,God,are you sure that one thing is holding me back from so much of what you have for me,us,my family…Yes,is his answer and by reading your blog with my favorite verse as the one you type on this post for this day for me to read at this time;God’s timing is perfect…May you be blessed and may God’s perfect peace rest on you always…Love in Christ

  • The Kaufmann Krew

    beautiful words. i am speechless and in tears. the Holy Spirit is using your words to bless and encourage so many people to love the Lord with all their heart, mind, soul, and strength. what a sweet Jesus we serve.

  • shelby1232

    That was amazing. Your words are truely amazing. All I can say is WOW!!! I felt like I didnt want to stop reading, I could have kept reading and reading.

    You have a wonderful way with words.
    Thank you for sharing, you are a true inspiration.

    Fran

  • Brandee

    I’m going to post this here b/c I am begging you to hear this and begin to pray so hard that it hurts for a little baby who has leukemia and who is, in the doctor’s terms, losing his battle with leukemia at 14 months of age!

    Sullivan Farrar was born in May 07 and was diagnosed in July 07 with childhood leukemia. He has been battling cancer now for over a year and he is not doing very well tonight. As a matter of fact, doctors are telling his parents, Tabitha and Jason, that he may be losing the battle and that he may be passing very soon.

    Tabitha and Jason are coveting your prayers right now so if you please PLEASE send up some prayers tonight and this week for little Sully! They have been fighting so hard to win this battle and I want to send this out so that he is getting as many prayers into heaven as is possible!

    Please say lots of prayers for little Sully tonight and any time you think of him! Pray that God shows His glory in an awesome way and baffles the doctors with a complete healing! Pray for Tabitha and Jason as they struggle to explain this to Hannah, Sullivan’s big sister. Pray for Tabitha and Jason as they wrestle between the acts of trying to hold him as tight as possible because it might be “it” and BELIEVING that God will work mightily in this latest blow. Pray for the staff at St Jude Hospital in Memphis and that God would guide these doctors and give them the wisdom to care for Sully! Pray for Sully’s grandparents, friends, and relatives…just PRAY! Pray like it was your little one! I look at little Ashlyn, 1 month older than Sully and I just weep! I can’t begin to fathom what Jason and Tabitha are going through!! Please, I beg you to pray!!!

    Here is his website if you want to see him and his updates!
    http://www.sullivanfarrar.com/index.htm

    Here is his Grandparent’s website about him:
    http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/sullivanbubbyfarrar

    Thank you!

  • Anita

    Thank you for the reminder to treasure each moment even when it hurts. Your blog makes me cry, laugh, & love, but even more, it makes me focus on Jesus. Thank you for your gift of words. They are touching hearts around the world in ways you can't imagine, but I know that God is looking down and smiling at the way you share your faith. You are a blessing to me. Thank you.

  • Traci Best

    Speechless

    Traci

  • CARRIE

    What a beautiful post! The story of Audrey and Luke, golfing. Your husband writing a song for you, absolutely beautiful. I needed this today, thank you.

  • Oliver’s

    When I read your post today I just had to ……..Blink

    When my children (18, 15, and 10 yrs.) wake up today I will do everything I can to make moments where we can all blink. You write so beautifully, thank you for sharing. Paula

  • truth4nothing

    A pastor wrote this about the difference between men and women who grieve.

    The magnitude of difference between the grieving the husband/father experiences from the wife/mother is so great that people get divorced when there is a loss of a child. This is what happens in the secular and even the professing Christian world. This should tell us something about the nature of the grieving mother and the effort that needs to be given by the husband to understand. If extreme effort needs to be taken by the husband to understand the grief sufferings of his own wife, how much more the griever’s comforters!

    She feels as if she is frozen in the time museum of the moment of the trauma she experienced of her loss. Looking outside the windows, everything outside the museum presses on and continues in normality in every way, except for the life of the griever. As much as she tries to presume her normal activities, her life will never be the same.

    How may we help her? Grief and sorrow is a pivotal place in ministry and you can blow it easily. First, you may not be welcome. Approach her in a gentle manner and do not jump in her lap (figuratively speaking – pouncing next to her in a vibrant, energetic manner). Remember she gets overstimulated easily. This applies to church and public places. Ask before you come by or enter her home. Her abode is her space and she feels this her only base of safety in a world that is overstimulating and not understanding. This is the place she retreats to for shelter from the world and to be alone. It is a place of comfort and healing.

    Walking along side her in this trauma of her loss takes a long time. Do not try to rush her along in this experience. Have her pick out one Psalm that represents the cry of her heart. Have her own that one Psalm. She does not need exposure to the breadth of Scriptures. Truth must be positioned appropriately and in small doses. One verse at a time, meditate on it, and own it.

    Ask have you talked to God about this? You don’t want this time of sorrow become a dark place that cannot be touched by the gospel. Gently lead her from looking down and in the horizontal, vertically to the God who created this personal universe. Calling out to God in this personal universe is essential. Have her pray herself. If she cannot, walk along side her, read the Psalms to her, and let her listen to you as you pray for her in this time that she begins to look heavenward. Do not rush her, grief is part of the process of healing. Grief is not our enemy, death is. God is grieving with her. See John 11 on how Jesus wept and was deeply moved. Even an omnipotent God is moved and angry by the phenomena of death. Read the Psalms to get an understanding of her grief and anger.

    Asking her to search her heart for idolatry, rebuking her for her anger, calling her to obedience is not to be emphasized or to be a main theme to help her in the grieving process. Beware lest you kick her when she is down. She is experiencing traumatic suffering. The Holy Spirit will take care of conviction. Anger at God is never right since he is perfect, good, and holy in his sovereignty and providence. But anger at God and questioning his purposes is a real phenomena that is expressed in the Bible. I believe the way David deals with his anger and questioning God is right and biblical. That is because he is not in rebellion but he is Godward in his orientation and it ends in praise. God was walking him through the process in his love, patience, long suffering, and gentleness. We should learn from God when dealing with the griever. God left those Psalms in his inspired, inerrant, infallible word for a reason. (See also Jeremiah questioning God in his purposes in Lamentations). Comforters are sometimes quick to rebuke the griever for this real experience. She is dealing with the real cries of her heart in this fallen world full of death.

    Panic and anxiety attacks in the midst of grief are not uncommon. The body is going through the grieving process as well as the soul or spirit. We are embodied souls. The soul or spirit is intimately connected with the body. The body is communicating that you have been through trauma. Trying to resume your activities as if nothing has happened, your body will speak a language which could be panic attack. There are seismic reverberations in the physiological that the body experiences from the past physical and emotional trauma. You have been in close contact with death and you begin to consider your own death. It is fearsome to depart from this world which is all you have known in your five senses. The thought of your bodies returning back to the dust and your spirit to the Lord who gave is a fearsome experience (Ecclesiastes). Panic or anxiety attacks are a way our body responds to our fear, grief, and anger towards death.

    Lastly, and again this is not all there is to say on the subject. A multi volume work can be written on grief. I would like to speak to the expectations placed on a griever. The funeral is not the closure or ending of the grieving process but only the beginning. It is amazing that people actually believe this. A realistic time frame of grieving is not a month, 6 months, or even a full year. If the grieving process for this type of trauma is dealt with in a healthy and biblical way, receiving good counsel and comfort, a more realistic time frame can be more like 2-4 years. Also we need to realize that we never completely get over the loss until we reunited in heaven with the Lord and the loved one. I say this knowing that everyone grieves differently, and the aspects, faces, stages of grief are different in each person’s experience. It varies from person to person and experience to experience.

    Be patient when walking along side the grieving person. It may take several months or a year before the griever resumes her responsibilities in the church. Bible studies or even one Bible study may be too much to handle. See what was said above about the position and dosage of truth. The griever may be stuck one verse at a time for a while. The breadth of Scriptures at this time may be too overwhelming and overstimulating. Grieving is hard work. She can handle only a little at a time.

    Resuming her serving responsibilities is to be evaluated and determined at her pace not yours. Also, being around newborn babies or talking about babies may not be the best thing for her at this time. Be sensitive to that also.

    There is so much more to say. I plan on sending something out soon on corporate worship for the griever. But these concepts are all that was discussed in class and my conversation with Dr. Welch. Some were direct concepts spoken, some were my own conclusions, and practical out workings of these concepts.

    Practically speaking what can comforters, friends, family, brothers and sisters in Christ do? Sometimes asking the question “what can I do” is not helpful. You can always ask but many times the griever does not know what she needs. Since grieving is hard work, removing some of her responsibilities is always helpful. Show up with a meal. If you are worried about invading her space, place the meal on the doorstep, ring the doorbell, wave and leave. If you do not want to invade her with a phone call, send her an e-mail. Ask to come pick up the kids for a few hours so she can be alone. Do grocery shopping for her. Being in a crowded, loud, lit up, public place can be overstimulating and trigger panic and anxiety. Pick up her money and grocery list at the door. Other things such as yardwork, washing the car, and misc. errands, can be helpful. It is amazing how taking care of practical things can help her spiritually through the process. Remember that grief is emotional, spiritual, and bodily. We are embodied souls connected to both realms. You are helping her tremendously – emotionally and spiritually, just by giving her help with chores of life that seem minute compared to magnitude of aid she needs to overcome her loss.

    Now I said all that not that we personally need these things. I am speaking to grievers in general so that we, even us, will know what to do to minister to those who experience a loss in the future. This is not really a cry for help on our end, but a cry for a change in our thinking. Let us look at Scripture and deal with this sensitive area of grief in a biblical manner.

  • diana

    Angie,
    I have been following your blog for about a month now and have gone back to read older posts. I just had to comment, can’t stop! I LOVE to read your posts. I have begun to notice how God has been using your words to speak to me. I have never gone through what you have and have a very different life from yours but He still uses your story and words to speak truth to me. The music helps too!! This post especially has helped me. When I am about to become angry at one of my kids or my husband I remember “blink” and am then able to ask the Lord for help. Thank you for your obedience to the Lord. I can tell by your words that your really love Jesus and I honestly do not know very many people who actually are as head over heals about Him as I am. It is a breath of fresh air to read your posts. God has given me just a few women as examples of Godly women that I can learn from, you are one of those women. I pray for you and your family. By the way, I am a 35 year old mom of 4 and married 13 years. Marriage has been the great classroom of life for me! My kids…two girls, 14 and 11 and two boys, just about 3 and just about 5.
    Diana

  • Traci

    Hello Angie,

    Thank you for the wonderful reminder to “blink” at life…. it certainly has a way of sneaking by us all!

    I too LOVE capturing life in special photos…..

    Thank you for letting our God use you once again. Your word always cause me to LOVE my LORD that much more!

    Love,
    Traci

    http://goddoesnotmakemistakes.blogspot.com/

  • d

    I received the link to your blog from a friend after a close friend of ours lost her baby boy. He was born 07/22 and only lived for about 9 hours. He had developed some sort of bacterial infection in the womb but they had no warning. It had gone undetected by any ultrasounds. The blessing was if they had waited to do the C-section on her actual due date (08/01) he would have most likely been still born. He was born alive but she never got to hold him, just touch his foot while they worked on him. I have found so much hope and from your blog. I hope that someday my friend Brooke will feel strong enough to read your story. I read your blog from beginning to current day on Thursday and went to Houston for the baby’s funeral on Friday. I think you are an amazing person, and an inspiration to all. Thank you for opening your heart and sharing your story with all of us. ~Dana

  • Cara

    You couldn't possibly know how much I needed to hear these words, Angie.

    My heart is swelling within my chest because I am so blessed at this very moment. Thank you for sharing such beauty. I love your image of an old tattered scrap book to hand our Savior when we meet Him. Now I must sit with Him to discuss what mine will look like; I want it to be one that He will be proud of.

    I want Him to be proud of me.

    Thank you for reminding me what this life is about–to serve our Lord and to love as many people as our hearts will hold.

    God bless you abundantly…
    <>< Cara

  • Sarah

    This has messed with me this morning. It will stay with me.

  • Traci

    I came here today b/c I was dealing w/ a disturbing situation and I knew reading your words could make me feel like I was sitting in my Fathers lap again {I only hoped for a new post since my last visit}. I had to read this in parts – minimize the page and come back – my eyes kept brimming with tears and I don’t think wailing my eyes out like a tired baby would be the best move today @ work. ;) This post is beautiful!

    Thanks {again} for sharing yourself with us and for your words that I am sure speak to each person in many different ways.

  • anrdraper1212

    I have no idea how you do this. Only by the grace and love of God could those beautiful words fall from your mind to your hands and rest on the keyboard to share them with us. Your words (given by absolute divine inspiration) are completely astounding!
    Love, Amy in OK

  • Smoochefrg

    You have such a God given gift for writing. Your words are absolutely perfectly written. Thank you for continuing to share your thoughts.

  • Scott

    That is absolutely amazing! I think me and my lovely wife are always aware of this. As she literally takes hundreds of pictures so she will not be forgotten. And I capture all I can in my thoughts. I am just amazed how you have put into words what we have thought through our whole dating and married lives. You are such a blessing to us! May God continue to bless you!!!

  • Stayingstrong

    I have been studying in my quiet time Joy – and you, my dear friend, are the perfect snapshot of what I have been trying to learn. May God continue to surround you with His Amazing Love. Thank you for showing us your heart for you will never really know how you affect others and the lives we live.

  • weevilmaw

    Wow. And then you read the comments and they make you blink some more. You bless me everytime I read your blog. It’s always beautiful, poignant, wise.Thank you.

  • Angela

    Wow… just beautiful – and very inspiring.

  • Mrs. Nichole Jordan

    Dear Angie,
    I have been reading your blog for quite some time now. And have been heartbroken for you. But not untill now have I really felt your pain. I am in the middle of a miscarriage and its breaking my heart more than I could ever imagined. Reading what you wrote helped me today. Thank you for being so open with your life so that others may gain comfort from it.
    With many tears
    Love
    Nichole

  • Jeff and Amy

    Wow, and thank you!!!! I am currently in a study by Tianne Moon called “Enjoy, A Thirst Quenching Look at Philippians”. Finding joy in every cirmcumstance and how in everything we are to glorify God!! Even when were tired and the little one is crying, you teenagers are testing you and negative comments are trying to drag you down, ALL responses should be glorifying God. This is a hard one, and so many times we have seen this example from you Angie and it brings hope and encouragement, thanks.

  • Alyssa K. Krebs

    As always your beautiful words help to encourage me. The pictures are beautiful. You always leave me speechless and for me that’s pretty amazing. Thank you so much for sharing your love, encouragemant, and your life stories on this blog.

  • Christy

    Hi Angie!
    I am a photographer myself and understand fully how special the moments are that you want to capture so you never forget and you worded them all so beautifully and drew my heart in with each snap of the shutter *blink*! I read this blog today after having a very emotionally and spiritually draining and exhausting weekend and it turned my focus back to things that are more important: the memories that mold us and shape us, that bring happiness and joy. It makes me want to capture so many more of those in my own life right now. I’m currently 35 weeks pregnant with my first baby, a little girl, and there are so many things yet to be done in preparation for her arrival as well as other things going on in my life right now and I’m just feeling so overwhelmed with how I will get everything accomplished that needs to be done before she arrives. This blog post makes me long for a time that I can just sit down, take a break and reflect on the joyful moments that are tucked away in my memory bank…flip back through the memory photo album and for the ones yet to be made. Thank you for being so transparent and real…we all live in a place where life is not always snowcones and cotton candy but it is encouraging to find the joy in the midst of the more difficult times. Thank you for that!
    ~Christy~
    http://www.cwphotographyblog.blogspot.com

  • Candi

    beautiful

  • ocean mommy

    I read often, but don’t comment much on here…this very well may be the first time!

    This post is powerful. Thank you. :)

    Anticipating Him,
    stephanie

  • Kylerjamesmom

    Thanks for letting us into your thoughts and experiences.

    As I set here reading your blog, I am thinking about one of my good friends from high school and his wife. They have a 4 year old son and then had a miscarriage last fall. They have since gotten pregnant again, and now she is in the hospital at 27 weeks. She is bleeding and they are not sure why. I know he is scared and sure that she is also. So I ask that everyone reading this keep them in there thoughts and prayers.

  • Sab

    That is beautiful… I’m crying over here.

    It is incredible all the things God brings into our lives, and how he is always with us through them.

  • Kimmer

    thank you for the wonderful post…

  • Tara

    beautifully written. It brought tears to my eyes.

  • Strawberry Blonde

    Do you know how powerful your words are?
    Do you know that God is speaking through you to minister to all of us who read?
    You honor God with your written words and it speaks to so many. Thank you for being so open with your readers. I am blessed each time I read. I am uplifted. I am thankful. Thank you Angie.

    – Brandi

  • Amy

    You’re right, there was not a coincidence. There is only Godincidences!

    Beautiful post. So glad I found you today!

  • BP

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful words.

  • Sarah Taylor

    Angie

    I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. I talk to God more often because of the example you set in your life and in your words. When I see you live out your relationship with Jesus, it makes me want to follow your example. I’ve changed since I first found this blog. I’ve softened, I’ve opened up my heart more to Jesus. I’ve desired to read His word more often. You make the Bible seem exciting to read – and it becomes less intimidating to me. You are a Proverbs 31 woman, no doubt. Because so much of Jesus shines through you, I find myself wanting to be the same. More of Him and less of me. Thank you for leading the charge.
    Finding “Bring The Rain” and reading about Audrey has been one of my “Blink” moments.

  • Amy

    Hi Angie. I’ve been reading your blog for awhile now but have never yet left a comment. But I feel I must today. I have been very encouraged by what you share from your heart and I really love the picture you painted in this one. That God likes to take snapshots of me in every day life. And I do hope what I give Him to remember brings Him glory. I am a pre-field missionary on my way to South Brazil and often feel very overwhelmed and scared at what God is asking me to do. But I continue to worship the God who makes no mistakes. Thank you for the blessing of you and your blog. And for ever reminding me that I serve a loving, faithful, and sovereign Lord.

  • Pink

    Angie, I love this post. I have always thought the same way…I have told many people that I have a slide show in my head, like a file cabinet of mem.’s. and that when I need to draw on those memories, it is like the file cabinet opening and the memory sliding into a projector and playing it again for me. thank you for your openness. YOu are a gifted writer.

  • MAC5

    Beautiful. Just beautiful.
    Angie keep letting God call you to that place. He longs to be near you in this time. He loves you. Keep making memories. Play in the rain. Dtomp in the puddles. Blow bubbles. Tonight we will do some sparklers just because.Isn’t it cool to hear children quoting scripture. I have had similar things with my three two of them have severe speech issues… soe things come out as well… things that should not be said anywhere by anyone only that is not what they are saying. Thankfully they are older now and their speech has imporved though not normal.

  • Mel

    These ‘pictures’ were worth a thousand words.
    Blink
    Thank you for sharring.

  • sarah

    thanks so much for your encouraging words once again. this really made me think of things differently in how i do my “day to day” routines and want to glorify God with each and every picture. thanks!!! God has truly gifted you in writing. I look forward to reading your posts!

  • Beth

    I always love reading your blog, but this post is exactly what I needed to read tonight. Thank you for sharing so much with all of us! It’s like you are speaking directly to each of us!

    Bless you!
    Beth

  • Julie

    Amazing words, Angie. Thank you for sharing them. They have touched me deeply and drive me to want to recreate some difficult “snapshots” I’ve had lately. Thank you for reminding me of our choices…and how important it is to capture the moment and make it good.

    Bless you.

  • Trish

    I love this post! I’m so thankful for your open sharing heart – and the things God is teaching you that you in turn use to “teach” us (your viewers). Such a good idea to view life as pictures being snapped and put into a scrapbook of our life story. Beautiful. I will never forget this reminder/lesson. Thank you!

  • Mab

    Angie,
    Thank you for your words.
    I love reading them.
    This post was wonderful!!!!
    Love,
    Arlene

  • The Couch Family

    ANGIE,
    I AM WRITING TO TELL YOU THAT I PUT A LINK FROM MY BLOG TO YOURS SO OTHERS COULD READ YOUR STORY. I CAN NOT BEGIN TO EXPRESS MY SINCERE THANKS FOR YOUR INSPIRING POST. YOU HAVE REALLY TOUCHED MY HEART. I WROTE A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR STORY AND PUT A LINK BECAUSE I HOPE I CAN LEAD OTHERS TO YOU WHO YOU CAN TOUCH AS WELL. FEEL FREE TO CHECK OUT MY BLOG.
    http://WWW.MATTANDJESSICASFAMILY.BLOGSPOT.COM

  • TNKerry

    Beautiful.

  • Tammy

    I love the photo snapshots you describe and how they make me look at my own. I am such a visual person and I just so want to see. I had to cry as I read some of your words. You share such a beauty with us and I want to thank you.

  • Pitchoune

    I got to your blog reading another one and here I am crying your posts…I don’t know you but I know there is no coincidence when things happen. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with everybody…I am in awe to see how strong your fith is and what an encouragement it is to me to grow closer to the Lord. THANK YOU, THANK YOU for opening your heart and pouring everything before us. God is using you in a beautiful way!!!!

  • sharon

    Hi Angie,
    I have been reading your blog for awhile now. I found it from a friend of a friend. I have been hesitant to comment before now because honestly I just figured you would never really get to it. But I just can’t hold back anymore. You have an amazing way with words and everytime I read a post I feel like God is speaking right to me through you. In a time when my faith is lacking and my emotions hidden you have brought me closer to God. Thank you for that and you are in my prayers.

  • Alyssa

    I found your blog today and have read through the entire thing. I was alternately weeping aloud, chuckling, tears silently streaming, laughing aloud (“Who is “Pee-pee Longstalker???”) and praying for your family.

    I’m in Houston, (Beth Moore and I are members of the same church actually) but if I lived in Nashville I would love to come to your study.

    Thank you for opening your heart, your life, to the public.

  • Alicia

    I love this post. We have been blinking pictures around here as long as I can remember but I’ve never thought of God capturing our moments, my moments, in that way… moments too precious to miss or forget.

    I’ve noticed that in recent months I often (several times a week) “happen” to notice the clock at exactly 7:23, which is my birthday. I haven’t done this my entire life, just recently. But now it happens all the time. It’s like God is whispering to me, “I’m thinking about you.” Blink.

  • Kristy

    Angie, everything you wrote was painful but so beautiful. You have inspired me to be the best I can be – especially as a mother. Not to raise my voice as much as I do, and to cherish them all and love each of my three kids for who God made them to be. Thank you for reminding me that it is up to me what I want to the pages to reveal – about myself.

  • Kenn and Jolene Johnson

    Angie,
    You’re blog is my favorite because it always speaks the right words to my heart- it soothes my soul and heals my wounds.
    You remind me that I am a child of God, and that we all have a purpose here on Earth (whether it be through a lifetime of service like you, or just a brief moment of perfection like Audrey).
    Your words are like poetry. Thank you for being an instrument in God’s hands and inspiring all of us to work a little harder to be more Christ like.
    May God continue to guide you in this journey.

    Jolene (Utah)

  • Jane-Jane

    Thank you for sharing your “blinks” I too LOVE photography and will forever use your blinking technique to monitor my actions and how they do, or do not, glorify our Heavenly father. THANK YOU again for sharing your heart and teaching us how to walk closer with our Lord and Savior.

    and also…my husband and I LOVED Kate’s statement that the Bible said she was going to be going to time out. LOVE your girls and how they grow ALL of us!!!

    I still pray for your family EVERY time I hear Todd’s songs on the digital music we have streaming through our home. Praise God for their talents and building His kingdom through their music.

  • ashlee

    your words always bring encouragement to me. they continue to remind me how much the Father loves me and waits on me. this has given me a whole new perspective on how He sees us, and how i need to see this life:)
    thank you angie!

  • Sarah

    A wonderful post filled with great reminders for me.
    Thank you for writing so honestly!
    You are a blessing.

  • Harris Family

    Those are some of the most beautiful words!!! Thank you so much for your trasparency. None of us are perfect and there certainly are pages we would like to rip out of our scarbook. But, hopefully each and every page can be used for God’s glory in some way! Phil 4:8-9 is one of my favorite verses. Thanks for the reminder! I have truely been blessed by your words! Your little stories and tidbits gave me chills…it is amazing how God works in our lives! I have also been reminded of the little things in life than are worthy of a blink!

  • Andrea

    What a beautiful post, Angie. It so amazing to witness how God whispers to you and your family. The part about taking each moment and making it one to cherish really touched me. With three small ones myself, sometimes I find it so hard to refocus and make it a beautiful moment. How gracious is God that He equips us with the desire to choose Him moment by moment.

    Your post got me thinking too…do you think God’s scrapbook of our lives will be vastly different from what we think He savors? Would the moments we think forgetable make it to the top of His list of favorite moments.

    Today as I was putting one of my son’s down for a nap, he said that after we go to sleep, we’ll wake up and then Jesus will show us pictures of ourselves. Maybe it’s because during a thunder storm, I suggested the lightening was God taking pictures. Or maybe God was speaking something to his heart. Anyway…just thought I’d share. :)

  • Rachel

    Your posts always leave me in tears — not just because of the sad parts, but because God uses them to open my eyes, heart, and ears.

    Thank you for the lessons of this post.

  • MoziEsmé

    Beautiful! I love the idea of taking photos with our mind – making deliberate memories of God’s blessings.

  • Eric and Michelle

    Angie,

    What a beautiful image you show. I think you would be an amazing author and could write many books that showed how beautiful the Father’s love is and not because everything goes right. Your story and faith humble me, saden but at the same time encourage me. Thank you for sharing your beautiful heart.

    BLINK

  • Lurenda

    Angie,
    You don’t know me, but I stumbled upon your blog today. Your story inspires me to be a better Christian, Wife and Mommy. I understand the grief you are experiencing all to well as I lost my daughter due to prematurity in May 2006. God has spoken to me in so many ways since the day that she went from my arms to His, and your blog is just another example of His Amazing Grace. I’m now the Mommy to a precious baby boy, but I will always have two children, Olivia and Jeffrey. Again, I thank you for sharing your beautiful words and for reminding us all to Blink, Blink, Blink. I will hold you and your family in heart and prayers.

    In His Love,
    Lurenda

  • Aunt Rhody

    How you bless me! If it isn’t through your Davidic-like writing, then it is through the psalmistry of Selah, whose songs are continuously occupying space in my head. May the Lord continue to pour out His Spirit on all of you, meet every need, teach you even greater ways to pour out His gifts through each of you. Your children already display the evidence of that gift. Thank you.

  • Kori

    This post is amazing. You are amazing. Your faith is… amazing.

  • Ryan and Deminy…

    I know you’re a busy woman, but if you get a chance and have the time, please take a look at my blog – http://highleys.blogspot.com/
    Please know how much you have touched this mother of twins.
    Sincerely,
    Deminy

  • amy

    Oh Angie…what a wonderful post! I have been moving through the day trying to “blink” and get the pictures right. Sadly, I’ve had to take a lot of retakes today :( . Hopefully, as I remember that I want each moment to compose a beautiful “scrapbook” for HIM, the pictures will look a little better.

    Love you sweet friend!
    Amy

  • Vern

    I just got done explaining to my daughter why I have streams of tears dripping off my face.

    I am so moved by your transparency and beautiful portayal of Gods love, provision and power in your life…the reflection is of His strength in the midst of your world is breathtaking.

    You made me laugh when I read Kates memory verse story…I am glad I had nothing in my mouth – or else I would be cleaning something up right now!

    I glanced at your blog about you being in line to meet David Crowder. You were so close!!
    You two probably would have been escorted out from all the sobbing and hugging so maybe there will be another opportunity for you to share…knowing him he would be so honored to meet you and hear your story…Someday you need to follow through and do it!! I have spent some time with him…he is so awesome!

    Cheering and Praying for you!

    Be Inspired,
    Vern

  • AbbyDawn

    Oh my goodness. That was beautiful. I’ve read your blog for a mere few weeks now, but have loved it so much I had to share it with others. It is truely understandable how this blog had to take days because it is certainly powerful. THANK YOU for sharing this and giving me such a different perspective!!

  • Courtney

    Please please please write a book. I’m am continually comforted by your words. I too struggle with some pretty hefty anxiety and I think of your words and the Word of God you share… and I feel it working. Thank you.
    And thank your for helping me pay more attention to the snapshots of my life.
    cawonder@gmail.com

  • The Voice from Shelbyville

    That was truly the most amazing post I have ever read.

  • Beauty From Ashes

    Beautiful!!! Enough said. Thanks for sharing.

    Ashley

  • Kelly

    Angie…your writing is so beautiful…the Lord has given you such a gift and you are blessing so many with your eloquent words as you share the truth and encouragement of scripture with real life relevance. The way you share your heart, I can see why so many women feel that they can call you friend. I, too can relate to the idea of the snapshots of our lives…and I love the way you gave do-overs for the pictures you didn’t like!
    Thank you for sharing your heart,
    Kelly
    sufficientgrace-kelly.blogspot.com

  • Sue

    Those were some of the most inspiring words I have ever read…..THANK YOU THANK YOU for sharing with us. I will be praying

  • BritandBugsMommy

    Angie,

    I am sitting here with tears streaming down my face, which is nothing unusual when I read your words. But tonight it is for a very different reason. I am amazed by Him. On Sunday, I was drawn to Philippians while our Pastor was speaking of Matthew. I don’t know why but I found myself highlighting a passage with my pink pencil and later read it to my husband, telling him that I was drawn to it for some reason that I was not aware of. My dear Angie, it was the very passage that you put in your blog…

    He still speaks to me thru your words, as it is your words that led me to seek Him, and walk into a church months ago with my family for the first time since I was a child. To me, it is just Him letting me know that He knows…He sees…He lives. I also will draw comfort from those words, just as I now know you do too.

    I am amazed on a daily basis by Him, now that I seek to know Him. This is just one of many instances. I had to share it with you. Hugs to you my friend!

    Love,Tammy
    Tammy

  • BritandBugsMommy

    Angie,

    I am sitting here with tears streaming down my face, which is nothing unusual when I read your words. But tonight it is for a very different reason. I am amazed by Him. On Sunday, I was drawn to Phillipians while our Pastor was speaking of Matthew. I don’t know why but I found myself highlighting a passage with my pink pencil and later read it to my husband, telling him that I was drawn to it for some reason that I was not aware of. My dear Angie, it was the very passage that you put in your blog…

    He still speaks to me thru your words, as it is your words that led me to seek Him, and walk into a church months ago with my family for the first time since I was a child. To me, it is just Him letting me know that He knows…He sees…He lives. I also will draw comfort from those words, just as I now know you do too.

    I am amazed on a daily basis by Him, now that I seek to know Him. This is just one of many instances. I had to share it with you. Hugs to you my friend!

    Love,
    Tammy

  • Miller Family

    Angie, I came across your blog through a friend of a friend and have been so amazed and touched by your raw honesty, your Amazing Faith, your love for our Precious Lord, and your beautiful writing. It has taken me a couple of days to read from the beginning….many nights just crying because of your pain and loss, yet also tears of joy for such beautiful insights of your walk with Jesus. Thank you for sharing your story.
    I giggled at how you react to plane rides, because I too am really afraid of flying. I won’t even leave my kids to go with my husband to Hawaii. EEk! I need to put my trust in Him to get me through the terror.
    This post “Blink!” is so true. I am the mom that always has the camera, but sometimes it is that mental picture that we need to stop and blink to relish in the beauty and laughter of that special moment. God has blessed you with a gift of writing that draws us to want to read more and learn more about Him. You have encouraged me to pray more, not just at night or during my devotion, but all day long. This in turn helps me to encourage my two boys to pray anytime of the day. Just talk with God. Just know that I am praying for you and your family and others that you have asked us to pray for. Such a sweet family you have and an amazing husband to share this life with. God Bless you! Love, Michelle

  • Amy

    You are a beautiful person. Thank you for being willing to share even when it hurts.

  • Erin

    Angie, as always, you remind how to live. I tucked my son in tonight after a rough afternoon with him, but you reminded me to Blink. I have done that a lot in the last few days, I have even had a few re do’s. They were much better.

    I look for your posts daily. Thank you for leading me along this path~

  • Holly

    My goodness, Angie, I am so glad that you followed through and shared what the LORD wrote upon your heart. It is a beautiful heart that He has given you, truly.

    In these last days, which I believe we are living in, you have the gift of giving hope and life and love to a world that desperately needs it. Thank you for that. Praying for you and your family…praying for Greg and Nicol’s family.
    Love,
    Holly

  • Michelle

    Angie, I tried posting last night because I just wanted to let you know the comfort I take from your blog. I often find myself coming here when I am lost, struggling, or alone. The music, your words, your thoughts, and that feeling of friendship always calm my soul. Thank you for sharing yourself with me. You provide a safe place for me to sit and think. Thank you.

  • Sara

    Loved this post – definitely one of my favorites!
    By the way, I google-mapped it, and our new house is .21 miles closer to Nashville, so I’m slowly inching my way there! :)

  • rightfootforward

    wow, you are so incredibly authentic, thank you for sharing that authenticity with the rest of us. you are amazing.

    Renee

  • Kirsten Phillips

    This is beautiful, thank you for sharing this perspective with others!

  • David and Nicole

    You provide so much inspiration and encouragement with every post. I hope you realize how much good your writing does!

  • Rebecca

    Just want you to know that your writing is a sweet aroma to us and your life is a gift to the body. Thank you for sharing bits and pieces of moments of laughter, sorrow, confusion, peace, trust, and even unbelief with us. It helps me today to know that this journey is shared. “But thanks be to God, who always leads us in His triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place.” 2 Corinthians 2:14

  • Momma 2…5

    This is my first time on your blog, but I have heard your story. I am so glad that God kept prodding you to finish this post. I so needed to be reminded of his providence. He knows our needs and will provide exactly what we need exactly when we need it!

    Thank you Angie for your obedience!
    Amanda in SC

  • Stacey

    I eagerly look each day to see what new gift you will bestow upon your readers! I really enjoy your writing and would like you to know that your blog is a constant reminder to me of how I can improve my relationship with the Lord.

  • Megan D

    What a beautiful message. Thank you. I love the idea of taking a picture, then possibly “re-taking” it to better fit who we want to be in that moment. It’s like having a digital camera in our mind!

    You are a light, and I love to read the words you write. I learn so much from what you say, and the perfect way you say them. Each post I read is like a sermon, coming from a kind and faithful servant. Thank you for answering his call, and thank you for sharing yourself with us. I have learned not to read your post if I’m going anywhere anytime soon, because I cry every time. (This comes easily for me too… I also cried the first time I saw Cars!) Your posts make me laugh too – because your sense of humor is as touching as your pain, healing and faith.

    Thank you again for being you, and letting us get to know you.

  • Gretchen

    I am a new reader to your blog via Jackie at Our Moments Our Memories. I so appreciate your transparency in all that God has brought you through. Beautiful, beautiful post.

    Blink.

  • Shanygne

    This post blessed me beyond words. Your blog continues to inspire me to be a better person, better mom and better Christian.
    Thank you for being real about ALL of life.

  • Southern Gal

    Angie,

    I emailed you earlier about this sweet lady and her unborn baby. A friend of hers is setting up a prayer vigil for baby Stellan. If you (or any prayer warriors reading this) get the chance, go to her site http://www.mycharmingkids.net and let her know you are praying!

  • Jodie

    Angie-

    If you have not, you MUST READ http://www.adailyscoop.blogspot.com

    P.S. I love to read what you have to say…you inspire me to be a better mommy!

    You should be really proud of yourself.

  • Kimmy

    You have amazing faith and a huge following! I check your blogs weekly. I am asking for prayers for baby Susie who was born premature to a family we know. They too have amazing faith. You can read their story and updates at :
    http://thesandersonfam.blogspot.com
    I am sure any words of encouragement would be welcome.

  • Sue

    Angie
    I just wanted to encourage you further to put your writings in a book. I WOULD BUY SEVERAL COPIES to hand out. I truly do not think that I have ever read more inspiring words and this post was my absolute favorite and has touched me deeply. God is working through you and your writings. Thank you again for your transparency and love that you put into everything.

    I am still praying for your family and Nicol and Greg everynight.

  • Carrie

    What beautiful thoughts…. mental snapshots are always the best because they lso capture all the emotion that film can’t express. Mental snapshots are embedded in the heart as well. Such a great reminder to really enjoy and take in every moment.

    I wish I were close to join your Bible study!!! If I could figure out way to do it over Skype or something, I would! However, maybe I can look into doing it on my own or with a few girls here and then check in on your blog :) I guess this would be a good way to meet some women here in South Florid since we just moved :)

    Thank you again for your inspiration and encouragement.

  • Mami Sue

    Angie you certianly have a way with words. God has given you a wonderful gift and I am so thankful you are using this gift for Him!
    Now since you love photography so much, lets see some photos that you have taken.
    God Bless,
    Sue

  • NotJustLaura

    Thank you so much for opening your heart and sharing with us.

  • Laura

    You don’t know me, but I read your blog and watched those videos. What an encouragement and example you are. Thank you for your writings…you have a gift.

    We serve a sovereign and gracious God.

    Laura

    http://laura.cozart.org

  • Danielle

    Angie, your words have touched my heart yet again, as they always do. This post was so beautifully written.

    Thank you for continuing to inspire so many.

    Sending you a big hug, my friend.

    Blessings,

    Danielle

  • Princess Motormouth

    WOW! One of the most moving, touching, poignantly spoken words I've ever read & felt. Truly the Holy Spirit breathes through you as you pour out His words, and I soak it up. I take it all in and bask in His Glory.

    God bless you!

  • Teesa and Bill

    God has blessed you with an amazing ability to write. Thank you for sharing with us, as I know it can be hard to capture difficult experiences in writing.

  • Heather

    Angie- I don’t know you, but I love you so much and am praying for you. This post was my favorite, I think. The pitcher is a close second. I’m giving you an award on my blog Friday, in case you ever want to check it out.

  • Sara

    Hey, lady… just had you on my mind all day for some reason and thought I’d stop in and let you know you’re being thought of! Hope your week has been filled with many good things.

    blessings on your day…
    sara
    http://www.gitzengirl.blogspot.com

  • MelissaM

    This has to be one of the most beautiful post I have read and it really hit home with me. I worry so much about what has happened in the past and what my future holds that I forgot about the here and now. You are such a wonderful writer with such wonderful insight. I truly admire your grace, beauty and humility.

  • lize

    Amen. I cry with you and laugh with you too. Thanks for sharing from your heart.

  • Amber

    Angie –

    I just stumbled on your blog a few days ago; I was so moved by the first post “Blink” that I had to read more. I have read several posts, enough to know what you have been through.

    I feel so blessed in my life. I have two wonderful sons, a 3 ½ year old and a 5 month old.

    Please know that you and your family are in prayers and please add me and my family to your prayers. I truly want the faith that you have. Your story has touched my life in more ways that you will know. Thank you for sharing your story, and making me realize how truly blessed I am! God Bless – Amber

    http://thehairstons.blogspot.com/

  • Miller Family

    Angie, I was thinking of you today and said a little prayer. While I was in the tractor baling straw, David Crowder Band’s song “Never Let Go” came on K-Love. I remember how you wrote that you enjoy listening to their music and tihs song seemed to speak to me about how God never let’s go or gives up on us. I also was reminded that you too have never let go of your Faith. Through this journey and the events, you have never let go of God. I hope you had a great day today and just wanted to let you know I was thinking of you! Love and prayers, Michelle

  • MandieGirl

    Angie-

    This is beautiful. THank you so much for sharing as you do. I am so thankful for you and your words.

  • The Smiths

    you gave me a new way to look at life. Thank you.
    I came across your blog site thru a link on a friends’ site.
    Your blog has been such an inspiration to me and others.

    Im a picture fanatic..your post makes me think about what pictures of being taken of me.
    Thank you for posting.

    -Joy-

  • Vaitai 6

    Angie,

    I LOVE to frequent your site. It is inspiring and uplifting! It is guaranteed to bring me to tears.

    Please check out this clip, if you haven’t already. This slideshow was created from photograph alone. It is amazing and depicts the life of our Savior.

    http://mabrystudios.typepad.com/reflections_of_christ/

    Mahalo Nui Loa!

  • TK

    You are so inspiring! Right before I read this blog, I looked at some of these great photographs that our family had made last September. (My husband passed away in January, so I am so glad that I splurged to get these great shots.) Scrolling through the pictures, I cried and cried, blinking to capture the moment! I then click on your blog. Crying even more as I read through the beautifully written ancedotal records of your life, reflecting my very own life. Thank you for sharing and being such an inspiration, both spiritually and emotionally, for me. Although at times we can’t understand, the Lord is still great!

  • Rebecca

    “I see the world in photographs,” so perfectly puts into words how I want to look at life. You helped open my eyes to the way I must look to my family sometimes and I’m determined to make a change. You speak from a depth of heart born of suffering, and it’s hard not to be drawn closer to God everytime I stop by. Thank you for speaking into my life (and those of countless friends – and strangers – I’ve told about your blog). Yours and Audrey’s story has helped me navigate the stormy waters of the loss of my own baby this month, and I believe I’ve finally ended in His arms.

  • The Four Feathers

    Wow…no other words.

  • Erin

    Thank you for blessing me with your heart…I’m trying to think of who to send this to first. Just a wonderful reminder of what it means to really live.

  • Leo’s Mommy

    Angie,

    This is my first time leaving a comment, and it may end up to be a short novel. :) The image of sharing my “scrapbook” with Jesus was amazing. You are so gifted. As a teacher of 5 year-olds, some days I’ve used a tone with them I’d hate for anyone, especially Jesus to hear.
    Thank you for sharing your story.

  • Denise

    I have to tell you that your story is simply amazing. I have read it from start to finish, every single post, over the past two days. I love the way you write and how you have kept a servant’s heart, even when it’s been difficult…or even when you didn’t feel like it. Thank you for sharing your heart for all to see and to read. I am praying for you and your precious family! Maybe I’ll be in Nashville someday and will have the chance to meet you! =)

  • Denise

    By the way, my email is denise.reese@yahoo.com. I have my blog set to private, but if you email me, I can send you the link to my page. =) God bless you!

  • Katie

    I don’t know you, but I found your blog. I am so sorry about your little girl. I have had a few people die lately. I know that they watch over me though. Every night they come down to my room and give me angel kisses. I miss them so much, but I know Heavenly Father needed them. I will pray for your baby to watch over you.

    http://www.littlekdbug.blogspot.com
    -katie

  • chicknboy

    thank you. thank you for this post. as tears roll down my cheeks, I need to tell you how much I needed to read this today.

  • dena

    Angie,
    I have read your BLINK post at least 10 times all the way through. I am so so impressed by your writing.Your words flow so well in that I feel as if I am feeling each emotion right with you. You are a true woman of God, and inspiration to all those who read, and a woman of such love and compassion for all those around her. Bless you so much for sharing with us:) I am praying for you and your family daily:) God Bless you:) Dena

  • tulip girl

    The out pouring of your heart has washed across the wounds in mine soothing and healing. I smile thinking my two babies; Adam and Charis are playing with Audry and Luke. For this pregnancy I find it almost impossible to face Him. Your portrait of our Father has brought me back to Him. Thank you.

  • Amanda

    Angie,

    I wanted to bring to your attention another woman who is pregnant and is fighting a battle of time for her child. She goes by the name MckMama, and her son Stellan is dealing against some strong odds. HIs current heart rate in utero is 300 beats per minute, and his body can’t handle that for long. She is a woman of God, and her words are sp uplifting, but she needs prayers.

    I thought of mentioning it here because she said she was currently listening to a Selah CD to fall asleep.

    Here’s the link to her blog…

    http://www.mycharmingkids.net/

    She needs our prayers right now.

    Amanda

  • Beckycain6

    Hellloooooo, Angie? C’mon, write something funny and make us laugh. I love this blink post, but I’m ready for something else.

    Have you guys been to BooMama’s blog? She is soooo funny!

    And, I have a prayer request for Korrine, a little girl battling cancer–and also for little baby Sullivan Farrar. Please Lord, if he is on his way home, can you take him soon and ease his family’s terrible grief? We trust you, Lord. Your way, not ours.

    Take care, Ang……start typing, eh?
    :)
    :)
    :)
    Love,
    Becky Cain!

  • Amanda

    Angie,

    I saw your comment posted at My Charming Kids for MckMama who is dealing with alot right now and praying for her baby in utero who is fighting for his life. I read on her post where she was listening to Selah and I instantly thougth of you. I have been deeply, deeply touched by your blog as well as MckMama’s.
    Selah is performing at a church near me on Aug 17th in SC and I am SO thrilled. I can’t wait for this.

    I watched the video again tonight of Audrey Caroline – she, like Stellan has touched my life like never before.

    Thank you for your wonderful words.
    Bless you,
    Amanda in SC

  • All Things BD

    Thank you for your beautiful posts.

    I gave you an award over at my blog. You deserve it.

  • KK

    Dear Sweet Angie & Family, This was one of your most wonderful posts and thanks for sharing. The images are something I deal with on a regular basis, somewhat differently, since most of mine are photos of loved ones I once physically had, and no longer have since the devastating fire. The images in our minds do make us "blink" with His Hope! And I thank Him daily for His reminder of these memories, some good ones and some hurtful ones after losing loved ones, but above all, HE wants us to see HIM and realize His unconditional LOVE for all of us.
    Continuously praying for all of your family and your extended family.
    With His Amazing and Everlasting Love,
    Kaye

  • vjbdolphin

    Angie,

    Your words touched my soul and I want to thank you for that. You have been given many special gifts and you are helping many others along with yourself. May God bless you and your family.

    There are so many more things I would like to say, but I cannot even find the words to express them as you have left me speechless. The Holy Spirit is definitely working through you to reach so many.

  • Lisa

    Angie…
    Someone referred me to this post because they know how much I treasure a woman who is real. That’s exactly what I found when I came here this morning and read this post. I heard your heart. You took me “there.” I relate to your words.

    I’ll never looking at “blinking” the same, again.

    Thanks for letting me into your thoughts…
    Lisa :)

  • Sarah

    You’ve gotta head over here Angie:
    http://www.mycharmingkids.net/
    I think you could speak to this sister in a way few of us can.
    Love, Sarah

  • Jeremy and Emily

    Thank you for this :) You have no idea how much God is speaking through you right now… to me, but many I’m sure. God Bless you!!

  • Moni

    wow, your blog makes me feel like i’m in heaven!

  • Lewis Family

    I felt the Spirit when you spoke of taking those memory pictures. That is something I do; I’m always asking Heavenly Father to take pictures for me. btw, I just realized I had bookmarked your page at your last post in June, so I am just catching up. I thought you hadn’t posted in so long! Please forgive my silliness.

  • Ter

    I, too, see the world in pictures. I need to make friends with my camera again.

  • Lindsey

    You are an incredible writer. I found your blog through my mom and absolutely love it.

    I hope you don’t mind if I share this post on my own blog. For whatever reason, this one and your post about the pitcher are constantly with me.

    And now I too Blink.

  • Emily

    your words are beautiful and touched me! I love how you see life.. your faith in God and love for your family amazes me…You are an amazing women and I enjoy reading your journey.. you should (if you havent already) write a book! God Bless and thank you for sharing!

  • Twice Blessed China Mom

    Angie, every word you write touches my heart. You encourage me to walk closer with God. Good luck with your homeschooling! I’m a teacher and a homeschooling want-to-be! Some of my best friends are homeschoolers. A dear friend, whom I had just met was fearful of sharing that she was a homeschooler, since I’m a teacher. She got over that fear very quickly when I began asking question after question to learn from her. Friends recommended Teaching Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. I used it to teach my own daughter to read. It was great and I’ve used parts of it when working with students, as well. One of my special memories is that my daughter and I traveled to St. Martin the summer I was teaching her to read. We played on the beach early in the day, and headed to our hotel in the afternoon when the sun got hot, to READ! You’ll do great and you’ll bless your children with this commitment to their education.
    Jeana in Illinois

  • LC

    that is now the second post I have read from you and you have touched on two of my loves in your first two posts… Kentucky and photography. What a beautiful post. Thank you.

  • Kristin

    Beautifully written. And beautifully spoken to my soul. Thank you.

  • Andrea

    Wow – I needed this tonight. Thanks :-)

  • Cristy

    I was camping with my family this weekend and I can’t tell you how many moments I “blinked” into my memory because of this post. My 17 year old will be a senior, school starts tomorrow. Not many years of these family trips left, I fear…not like this anyway. The bonfire, sitting around talking and cooking hot dogs and marshmallows, the stars were absolutely stunning, the beauty of the waterfalls while we were hiking and the boys “showering” under them. So much fun was had and so many blinks stored up. Thank you for reminding us to savor each moment. Love your blog.

  • traceysteenbergh

    Thank you for writing this! I have started a “blink book” with my kids and husband. We write quick entries whenever something happens or is said that we want to remember forever.

    I love the way you translated it to our relationship with Christ also. I’ve had some pretty unflattering pictures taken of myself as a mom (like your example at the sink). I love to think of it in these terms!

    Thanks for this blog, God Bless you and your family!

  • Lady-in-the-Making

    Your blog has deeply moved me.

    This post is simply inspired.

    God bless you, Angie.

  • Kel

    Thank you. That really spoke to me.

  • Mel @ MCA Designs

    So I am sitting here squawling! God has led me to be photographer in the last year. All of these things you wrote capture the very essence of my desire to capture moments with my camera. I have a teaching degree but now homeschool, and at 38 years old, God has revealed a passion in me to capture his beautiful creations. I doubt my ability often, but I have to remember that God is doing this work in me. Your post is beautiful. It reignited the fire when I was feeling very insecure. Thank you!

  • jarcarhar

    I am not exactly certain how I ended up on your blog…wait, yes I do. I know the Lord let me here for many reasons. I have spent hours reading parts of your story, secretly admonished and encouraged by your journey. You may never know this side of Eternity what your words mean to, obviously, so many. God has used you and your honesty here in my living room these last hours, and I thank you for being willing.