745. I hope your dreams take you to the corners of your smiles, to the highest of your hopes, to the windows of your opportunities, and to the most special places your heart has ever known. ~Author Unknown

You cannot help but learn more
as you take the world into your hands.
Take it up reverently, for it is
an old piece of clay, with millions
of thumbprints on it.
~John Updike

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This is my lovely granddaughter. She was two years old when her father and our daughter, Nikki, got married. So I have been a part of her life almost from the get go and like to think that I’ve had a positive impact on her, if not by a blood link, then by a shared heart link. Like my daughter, Annie is beautiful and bright and has a compassionate, loving heart. She will graduate soon from high school, and then in the fall she will be headed off to college. Since her life will soon change in profound ways, I pray that she continues to follow the Lord and the holy nudgings of her own heart. Part of my desire for her is best stated in these quotes above and below and in what Ralph Waldo Emerson once said: “Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.” And I pray that she always knows that the “all” of who and what she is more than enough since she is made in the image of Almighty God. For a better insight into her sweet heart, check out some of her posts on her blog where she expresses her love and desire to serve the Lord at:   https://alwayslivingforhim.wordpress.com/2015/04/22/little-moments-big-blessings/

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To be nobody but yourself in a world
which is doing its best, night and day,
to make you everybody else
means to fight the hardest battle
which any human being can fight;
and never stop fighting.
~e.e. cummings, 1955

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Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. ~Marianne Williamson

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths. ~Proverbs 3:5-6   ✝

25 thoughts on “745. I hope your dreams take you to the corners of your smiles, to the highest of your hopes, to the windows of your opportunities, and to the most special places your heart has ever known. ~Author Unknown

  1. A beautiful girl who I must say shares a striking similarity to her grandmother–from the picture I’ve seen!!!
    What an exciting time she is about to embark on!!
    I wish her much love and happiness on this new journey!!
    Happy Day grand mom!!
    cookie

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    • Thanks, Nico. I think so too. The Lord has blessed us greatly with this lovely family. Annie is for sure very wise and you should see her with children. She’s been on several mission trips to orphanage’s, actually one is the same one her brothers came from, and the children adore her. Like me she loves to take photographs and she gets some precious shots of these chidlren. Thank you for your comment. Blessings and hugs to you, N 🙂 ❤

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  2. She is beautiful!
    Blessings to you and your lovely family. With God at the helm I see great things in her future. Have a nice weekend 🙂

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  3. Congratulatons to your beautiful and intelligent granddaughter Annie. She is a blessing to all and you and her parents have been good examples for her life.
    Natalie, may Annie continue to grow close to the Lord and be a Light for others.

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    • Thank you so much for your lovely comment. Annie is a blessing to all of us for sure. Thank you for wishing her well. I honestly believe she will serve the Lord is great and amazing ways since she has such a heart to serve him. May the Lord bless and keep you and yours as well. Hugs, N 🙂 ❤

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