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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Piece By Piece

Tomorrow I will celebrate my 18th wedding anniversary.

I’ve tried to convey at various times what my husband means to me.

I am never successful because my heart tends to leak out through my tearducts.

But know this:

The woman I am today has been strongly shaped by a man who loved a broken woman.

Yes. The Lord does this.  And I think  humans can reflect His love to others in how we love them ourselves.:

One of my favorite songs on the radio right now is “Piece by Piece” by Kelly Clarkson. It is a beautiful heart touching melody. Warning: you may need a tissue when viewing this video.

So why does this song speak to me?

On a basic level it reminds me of my daughter and I, and of my husband ~ one of the best men that I have ever had the privilege to know.

The Fashionista and I were the original “Two Broke Girls”.

And piece by piece he restored our faith
That a man can be kind and a father should be great

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But on a deeper level it can mean so much more.

So many of us have felt the sting of betrayal from friends and family members.

We  know what it is to be abandoned.

What it is like to feel worthless.

To experience the searing pain of rejection.

The only thing that could ever truly fill the holes is knowing that:

Jesus can transform your broken pieces into peace.

I like how it isn't a full circle. Top and bottom, with a good quote inside.:

You may think your story is over, but it is just one chapter. I promise you there can be a happy ending.

If you are struggling it’s not just ok to ask for help, it’s imperiative.

You are loved.


“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27


Lynda Brandly said...

Beautiful post, Laura! Yes! Only Jesus!
love and blessings~
Lynda @ Gates of Crystal

Angela Boone said...

This is beautiful. Happy anniversary my sweet friend! said...

Beautiful. Happy Anniversary dear lady. May God continue to fill you with his love and peace and healing. God bless your man!

Lisa said...

Happy Anniversary Laura to you and sweet husband!

DD's Cottage said...

Happy Anniversary! Love the new Kelly C. song too!

The Boston Lady said...

It seems like not too long ago that Eric called and told us he would be getting married. There is no perfect marriage, but there is a perfect blending of two people who then become one strong entity. You have both made the other a better and complete person. So happy for you both and your two great kids. love, Ann

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

So beautiful Laura, a truly lovely post. Love the wedding photo and the story.. Happy anniversary.

Lucy martin said...

What a beautiful post! I love that song too, and have thought similarly you just said it so well. God Bless!

Stacey said...

Laura, this is a precious post and a wonderful witness to others. I'm so glad you found the man of your dreams. :)

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

Your post touch me because I could relate to what you have felt. I love John 14:27. Such a comfoting and calm verse...Happy anniversary!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

What a beautiful tribute to your wonderful husband!! I loved Kelly Clarkson's performance of Piece by Piece on American Idol. The version on the album, which I have, is a bit more up tempo.
Thanks so much for stopping by!! Congrats on your Wedding Anniversary!!


Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

Congratulations on your 18th Wedding Anniversary. This is a beautiful post. I'm glad you found a good man and that life for both you and your daughter was turned around. It's hard to believe that we're celebrating our 38th the end of this week.

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

Such beautiful sentiments for a wonderful man. You are blessed to have found such a wonderful man to spend your life with. And even better to have found a father for your daughter.

Happy Anniversary!

20 North Ora said...

Happy Anniversary! Beautiful post.


Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Happy Anniversary Laura, such a sweet and lovely post.

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Happy anniversary to you and your husband who seems to be an amazing caring man.

Jeanie said...

This is simply exquisite. Congratulations and happy anniversary.

Daniela said...

I'm truly touched by this post of yours, my wonderful Laura !
Congrats and Happy Anniversary to you both!

Hope your week is off to a great start, I wish you most wonderful days to come,
with love and thankfulness


Simply LKJ said...

Amen Laura. What a beautiful post. Only God can truly heal the brokenhearted. I love that song.
Happy Anniversary!!

Linda said...

This is so very beautiful, Laura. I have so many thoughts about what you shared, but I can't really put them into words. I will just say "Amen". I know what you mean. ♥


Linda said...

Oh and I forgot to wish you a very Happy Anniversary!! ♥
Much love and continued blessings to you all.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Laura, I am so priviledged to know you both. You are truly a great pair and one that the Lord matched up. Such a great couple and wonderful example to others of love and life. Happy Anniversary to you both and may God bring you nothing but Happiness for years to come.

Kelley Dibble said...

I love what someone said about birthdays, and it's true about anniversaries as well. Every [birthday] anniversary you've celebrated? You get to keep them all. That's a lot of anniversaries this year, Laura! And I wholeheartedly congratulate you all for choosing to be a family for nearly two decades. May the Lord richly bless you as only He can!


Ramblings of a Southern Girl ~ Rhonda G said...

Beautiful, encouraging post! Love the verses you shared! Happy Anniversary! May you be blessed with many more! ~Rhonda

Laura said...

Happy Anniversary Laura.
Everything can be restored.
This is a beautiful post.