Beauty. That moment we catch our breath, replacing the air in our lungs with the wonder of what stands before us.That feeling of awe that speaks to a place deep in our soul, stirring us, telling us that there is so much more. That momentary feeling that all is well as it cozily wraps our heart in warmth and comforts us. The arrow that strikes as we realize it is temporary. The poignant longing as the moment slips away.

I think we have all experienced these moments at some point in our lives. Whether it is the beauty of a child being born, an incredible sunset, the touch of a lover’s lips for the first time, the feeble hand-hold of a parent as they slip into eternity. These moments are rare, but they are all so beautiful. They create a longing within. They make us reach for more. They make us realize our humanity and our connection to everything around us.

This weekend was moment after beautiful moment for me. Moments where friends spoke truth and life to me. Moments where the pain wore off and the light shone through. Moments where I knew that “all is well”. The tranquility of nature, the laughter of friends, the sound of “I love you” from my children, and the peace that comes from knowing I am exactly where I need to be in this moment.

Beauty. The perfect combination of passion and peace, like water and a rock, a life led is a life with serenity and power. I know this moment will pass, but even in the longing for it to remain, there is a special kind of beauty

There is no longer any need to be more. There is no need to do more. Things may not look as I thought they would, but it is exactly what it is supposed to be. I am exactly as I am meant to be in this moment. I am grateful for the life I lead, and happy that my choices so far have brought me to this point. I can rest, knowing that all is well.

Happy Monday, my beautiful friends!




About Shannon Joy

I am a single mama with two incredible munchkins. I confuse most people and the deeper you delve into the rabbit hole, the more lost you will become. I play a lot, work a lot, learn a lot, volunteer a lot and tend to do a lot... I love my life. The past few years have been an incredible journey, full of ups and downs. Thankfully, I have made the choice to see challenges as opportunities and it makes me so much stronger than I ever thought possible. I love to write and paint and feel that being creative is my God-given talent. I am so excited to share my life and experiences with you. Although I am a diamond in the rough, I known that I am being chiseled and hewn by experiences and grace and perseverance. I love comments and feedback, so please send a little love when you can. I will always try to respond personally and in a timely fashion.
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1 Response to Captivating

  1. Daniel says:

    Reading you’re newest blog I found very encouraging and uplifting . If there is one thing I have learned, it is Life is short and is a very special gift that we are given. Make the best of it, using the past to make us stronger, because as we wake up everyday it is a new start to life. I look forward to you’re next blog Shannon (-:
    “God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”
    ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:8-10‬ ‭NLT‬‬

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