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He Takes My Breath Away

He passed this way. I wanted to touch the hem of His garment. This is what this felt like today. On my birthday.

God’s hand in our lives is a beautiful thing. My heart is overwhelmed at the little things He does for us.

I always spend my birthday with my sons…just the three of us. I love it when it is all three of us together. But for the last month, I have been dealing with a pulled muscle and my back has been OUT. I mean really out. The last couple of days it has been getting a little better. I can actually get up and down and without any help. This is progress, but I am still healing. My sons take me out for my birthday every year, and it is looking like it is doable. Yay. But….my youngest son is sick, not “too bad to do stuff” stick, but definitely “don’t want to give mom the awful cough” sick. My heart broke a little at the thought of not being able to see my son on my birthday. But I tried to be strong and brave. My oldest was taking me out to dinner, and I know we were going to have a wonderful time. He’s been so excited to celebrate my birthday with me, making a big fuss about it. I love him so much. And I love how he does that for me….making me feel special.

In a last ditch effort to be able to also see my youngest on my birthday, I thought maybe we could all meet at the fair, an open air kind of thing. Sadly, he was already out and couldn’t make it in time. My heart broke a little more. I was trying really hard not to cry. I put on a brave face.

My oldest son and I went to dinner and had a wonderful time. Because today we celebrate. We celebrate life. We celebrate our people, and we celebrate God. So we celebrated. We went to Cracker Barrel. I just love that little store. The smells, the interesting things, the Christmas things…it just moves me. I want to live there. I see things like this beautiful yumminess below. It moved me. There was a show that my sons watched in the 80s that sang this song all the time. All the time. I cannot remember if it was a show called Zoobilee Zoo or if it was another show that I am thinking of and cannot recall the name that was also on during this time. But this takes me back.


Oh, what beautiful memories this brings back. Today, on my birthday, I see this.

But I am not so sure if it was just a beautiful memory or perhaps a love note from someone.

We had a wonderful dinner, and I suggested we stop by Target for a few minutes. I hadn’t really been out of the house in about a month. It felt good to get out. Well, at least in my mind. My body wasn’t loving it. But if I waited on my body to feel like it, I would not have done anything the past year, including that wonderful vacation I had with my sons. But I am kind of glad at this point that we did dinner and Target instead of the fair. I just really missed not spending the day with my youngest son, too. For him I would have powered through the pain at the fair, and we would have made a memory. I may have been saved from myself.

So after dinner, my oldest son and I head to Target. We are not there two minutes when someone yells happy birthday to me. I turn and look, and it is my youngest son! God knew how much I missed my youngest son tonight. He saw the tears I had blinked away. And He passed this way. He is so good to us. They were stopping by Target on the way home. I never run into my son when I am out. Never. And to run into him tonight had God’s signature all over it. The funny thing was we all had thought about Walmart but decided on Target. This meant so much to me. Never think the He does not know the desires of our heart and how much He wants to bless us. He takes my breathe away. So what was a little bit of a sad birthday turned into such a truly blessed birthday. Not only did I get to see both of my sons, but I also got to witness God make it happen against all odds. He passed this way. Oh, how He loves me. Maybe He loves me a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck.

I delight myself in Him and in His love for me. I look for His handiwork. It is in the mountains and in the oceans. It is in the birth of a child. It is in the love notes He leaves for me every where I go. I fall in love with Him a little more every day. He takes my breath away.

My heart is so happy….and full. My heart is full. Today we celebrated.

***Disclaimers*** I am not a health expert. Please consult your own physician for health or exercise advice. I just share what I am doing or things I have found interesting. This is in no way considered to be advice for what you should do. Affiliate links are included on this blog and in this post.


Topaz is an inspirational blogger and photographer building a tribe of beautiful souls creating a beautiful life. Find me on Instagram: @artofabeautifullife


  1. This is beautiful. You are right the sign was from God telling you He loves you & knows the desires of our hearts. Then He granted it too you. My signature saying is: Our God is MAGNIFICENTLY AWESOME!
    I will keep you in my prayers for healing. Remember His awesomeness.
    God Bless

    • Art of a Beautiful Life

      Donna! How are you? I miss seeing you on the page and have been wondering how you have been doing. Thank you for your prayers, my sweet friend. I am indeed getting better and better every day. He hears our prayers. Love your signature saying. Our God is an awesome God. I love that you added magnificently to that. Every time I say that He is awesome. The word “awesome” just does not seem to be enough for what I am trying to say.

      It’s so good to see you, Donna! xo

  2. All is well. God has had me have deal with some things. Not always easy but definitely necessary and so good when it is dealt with.
    I haven’t sane your post much on FB at all. When I saw the email from Google I figured I would stop by & say hello. I miss you!
    I am currently in a state of transition. Not of my own doing but I am trusting God to work it all out. I am blessed because I at least have a job.
    I teach a bible study once a month. We are on the topic of prayer. I forward those that attend my notes & the statement. We serve a MAGNIFICENTLY AWESOME God has become my signature line. I can it think of a better proclamation for Him & Bis beautiful blessings. He is always faithful.
    Thank you for your note. It was so good to hear from you.
    Let’s keep in touch & each other lifted in prayer.
    God Bless you.

    • Art of a Beautiful Life

      It sounds like you are doing good and trusting God through this transition. You are right…He is always faithful. He loves us so much. I will keep you in my prayers for continued favor and wisdom in this place of transition. That is wonderful that you are teaching a Bible study and what a wonderful way to sign your notes. We need to become better “noticers” of His awesomeness. Little things like that signature remind us of that.

      I’m sorry you are not seeing updates for the facebook pages. That is all facebook’s doing. Facebook wants the pages to pay for every post to be seen. It can help a page be in your feed if you like and comment regularly, but then it has to be in someone’s feed in order for them to do that. I post every day on both pages. I am so glad you stopped by to say hello! I think of you often and miss being able to connect more with you and others on the pages. Do stay in touch! xo

  3. AW!!!!! Oh, how I just love how personal our God is!!! He moves people to the perfect places in perfect time… oh, how I love that you truly were blessed on your birthday!! I hate to read about your pain and your suffering!! I understand pain… and suffering.

    But I love most is that IN it, you discovered His Hand- His breathe. His loving embrace on a day He remembers oh so well… <3

    • Art of a Beautiful Life

      Oh, it made it so extra special, Chris. I just loved that He showed up in such a special way. It just melted my heart into a puddle.

  4. Hi Topaz! Happy Belated Birthday!!! What a beautiful present the Lord had for you, seeing both of your boys. And that wood block quote is so cute too. That’s how much God loves you, and so much more.

    What a great tradition you have on your birthday. I’m so sorry that you haven’t been feeling very well, backs are so tricky. And it seems like when you have back problems, it just affects every part of your body. Be so gentle with yourself my friend. I am celebrating the fact that you were well enough to get out on your special day though. Another great gift!

    Tuesday Blessings,

    • Art of a Beautiful Life

      Hi Ceil! Thank you so much! It was such a special gift and just melted my heart. Only He could have made this happen.

      Oh, I love this tradition with them. It was wonderful celebrating my 50th last year with them. I just love them to pieces.

      Back problems are definitely tricky. It feels so good to be up and moving around a bit. This is my favorite time of year, and I’m just so thankful to be moving a little again. God is good. Thank you so much for sharing in how much this meant to me and God’s loving kindness. xo

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