Love Is Yellow

Renee Ann Smith —  July 7, 2014 — 27 Comments

This post is part of the Atlas Girl Blog Tour, which I am delighted to be a part of along with hundreds of inspiring bloggers. To learn more and join us, CLICK HERE!

Emily Wierenga Atlas Girl

***Since Atlas Girl is Emily Wierenga’s memoir, I’m joining in the spirit of things
with a Memory from My Own Childhood . . .

If love has a color, I think it’s yellow.

When I was growing up, I lost myself in books. The stories in books seemed so much more interesting than my life. The people were bigger, bolder, better. I wanted to know those people. I wanted to be one of those people.

My father did not appreciate my book people. He would come home from work, big, gruff, grumbly and find me wherever I had holed up with my books. He’d shoo me outside. After dinner he would ask me to be with the rest of the family.

It hurt him when I crept back to my books.

But I was self-focused and silent and stingy with my heart. With the book people for company, I didn’t need anyone else—even my family.

Some time during those years, I took a home economics class. When the teacher announced a sewing unit, I panicked. I was horrible with the machine. I chose the smallest project possible—a tie.

The material was this cheap polyester stuff. And bright yellow. But those were the days of leisure suits, so maybe yellow was not such an odd choice!

I finished as best I could and presented the tie to my father. I was relieved to be done with it.

My father thanked me as if it were a very special present. And one night, when he left for a meeting, I noticed he was wearing that yellow tie.

Soon after that I accepted Christ, and God woke my heart to life. Almost for the first time, I felt like I was able to love.

A whole new world opened up to me. Needless to say, I wasn’t thinking about that old tie . . .

But many years later, when my father was gone, and I and my adult siblings were going through his things, I came across my old home ec project.

With new eyes, I took in the uneven stitches and crooked seams and snagged material and horrible color.

And all I could think was, “I can’t believe my father actually wore this tie.”

And I wished I had given him something worthy of his love.

I had not put much thought into my gift. Yet my father’s love for me had transformed it into something beautiful.

Atlas Girl Psalm 45(Click to Tweet)

I believe that’s what the Heavenly Father does for His children.

We wrestle with the tools of our creativity,
Words or paints or fabrics.

But it’s not until we place our feeble creation into His hands

That He shapes it into something beautiful.

My heart bursts its banks,
Spilling beauty and goodness.
I pour it out in a poem to the King,
Shaping the river into words.
~Psalm 45:1, The Message~

Amen

May you know many blessings this week, kind friends. Thanks for stopping by today!

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Emily Wierenga Atlas Girl***Did I mention this post is part of a blog tour? Emily T. Wierenga, award-winning journalist and author of 4 books, has released her first memoir, Atlas Girl: Finding Home in the Last Place I Thought to Look. They say the book is like “Girl Meets God” meets “Wild” meets “Eat, Pray, Love.” I say the book is inspiring. You can grab a copy here.

This week I might be linking up with Miscellany Monday, Amaze Me Monday, Motivation Monday, The Art of Homemaking Monday, Mix It Up Monday, Inspire Me Monday, The MM&M Monday Link Up, Sharing His Beauty, Mommmy Monday Blog Hop,Monday Musings, Hear It on Sunday, Modest MondaysBook Notes, Make Your Home Sing Monday, Unforced Rhythms, Salt & LightBusy Monday, Tell Me a True Story, Turn It Up Tuesday, Teach Me Tuesdays, The Bloggers’ Digest, Titus 2 Tuesdays, Teaching What Is Good, What I Learned This Week, Titus 2sday Link-up, Testimony Tuesday, Raising Homemakers, Imperfect Prose,The Bloggers’ Digest, WW Create with Joy, WW Catch My Words, WW Ms Mystery Case, Woman to Woman, WW Books & More, WW Mom’s Own Words, WW Stacy Uncorked, Jenny’s Wordless Wednesday, Mrs. Tee WW, Raising My Boys WW, WW @PD Mama, WW Blogspot, WW 5 Min for Mom, Mama to 5 WW, Wake Up Wednesday, Wholehearted Home Wednesdays, Winsome Wednesday, Wise Woman Wednesday, Three Word Wednesday, Works for Me Wednesday, Whimsical Wednesday, A Little R&R, Capture Your Journey Wednesday, The Barn Princess, Adorned from Above Wednesday Link Party, Whimsy Wednesday, In Him We Live, Words of Life Wednesday, Coffee for Your Heart, Juana Mikels Wednesday Link-up, In Him We Live, Hope in Every Season Homemaking Party, Thursday Favorite Things, Thriving Thursday, Hearts for Home, Throwback Thursday, Thoughtful Thursday, Cozy Book Hop, Booknificent Thursday, Tell His Story, Thought Provoking Thursday, From House to Home Link Party, Share the Joy Thursday, Time Travel Thursday,Thrive @Home Link Up, Grace at Home, Little Things Thursday, The Barn Princess, Create It Thursday, Throwback Thursday, Hearts for Home Hop, Christian Connection,Christian Fellowship Friday, Faith-filled Friday, Fantastic Friday, Faith & Fellowship Friday,Friendship Friday, Freedom Friday, Womanhood w/ Purpose Friday Link Up, Essential Friday Link-up, Fellowship Friday, Friday Finds, Fridays Unfolded, Everyday Jesus, On Your Heart, Anything Goes, Paula’s No Rules Weekend Hop, Missional Weekend Link Up, Saturday Sharefest, Saturday Situation,Heart Reflected, Recommendation Saturday, Still Saturday, Beauty Observed, Weekend No Rules Blog Hop, Fresh-brewed Sundays, Sunday Stillness, and The Sunday Community.

Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

27 responses to Love Is Yellow

  1. this is precious on so many levels.

  2. Oh my goodness. This is glorious, friend. Of fathers (and Fathers) who see beauty in what is less than I will never cease to catch my breath. Thank you for this glimpse. Divine, indeed.

    So nice to have you with us at Unforced Rhythms.

  3. Oh Renee,

    Your lovely post spoke into the inner layers of my heart, thank you. :)

  4. I love the connection you made with our Heavenly Father. I remember wearing a pipe cleaner ring to work one day and a knowing customer commenting, “You have children, don’t you?”

  5. Such a sweet story! So precious! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Testimony Tuesday.

  6. Beautiful! God does make all things new and oh so beautiful! Blessed to be visiting you from Testimony Tuesday today.

  7. Loving this. Loving your heart. Just LOVE all around! You are a blessing.

  8. This–> “But it’s not until we place our feeble creation into His hands That He shapes it into something beautiful.” That is truth right there. Thank you for linking up to Testimony Tuesday!!

  9. Thanks for your kind words, ladies. I enjoyed visiting your blogs & soaking in your sweet posts. Thank you for sharing this journey with me. Blessings!

  10. I love this so much! That is one of my favorite verses in The Message and speaks to me so much… and your story about the Yellow tie and how Love is Yellow reminded me of a book of poetry by Monique Duval called The Persistence of Yellow! It’s fun and whimsical and full of hope and my, you are right… Love IS Yellow!

  11. Yellow was the color of Love, and your Dad was so proud of you that he was willing to wear your gift. Oh yes, Congratulations on your published books. Thank you for sharing your lovely post with us here at “Tell Me a Story.” At: http://letmetelluastory.blogspot.com/

  12. So grateful that we are neighbors at Essential Fridays. This post is so special and reminds me that each person we meet on the Way is special to God. He wants us to reach out and not be afraid to say, “Good Morning” or give a hug or say a prayer or so many other small ways we can touch another.
    Yellow is love as is a terrible oil painting I did in 6th grade that my mother hung on their bedroom wall for years and years. Oh, it was bad! But she loved me more than I hated that picture! : )
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

  13. Very touching! I got a little teary reading this.

  14. … love this reminder of what the Father’s love is like. Thanks.

  15. Beautiful and moving, Renee Ann… You certainly have a way with words. Thanks for this gentle reminder. And thanks for linking up over at #EverydayJesus. Blessings!

  16. A beautiful post, Renee. I am anxious to read Emily’s book. Blessings.

  17. “We wrestle with the tools of our creativity”

    Yes, we do. I do.

    I’m reading Emily Freeman’s book “A Million Little Ways” about how our life is God’s art and this spoke to me today. Thank you for your words.

    Visiting from The Weekend Brew.

  18. What a precious story. God wears us, unworthy as we are, flawed love and all. ~Pamela

  19. I love this verse as translated in The Message. What a word for writers..a beautiful expression of the creative heart. Thank you for sharing it and yours today Renee.

  20. Great post, this is such a great reminder to us that we have amazing abilities that are only great once we allow the Creator to create through them.

    Thanks for sharing with Salt & Light this week – I’m featuring your post this week!

    Marissa

  21. What a beautifully touching story!

  22. That was a beautiful story about the tie you made for your father. Too often children do not appreciate their parents.

  23. I just have to share with you…

    This post made me tear up. It’s such a lovely post.
    It reminded me of a plaque I bought my dad when I was 16.
    It said `Jesus loves you & so do I`

    Well, when I was in my late 40′s he said do you know what I cherish?
    I said no, not really…what?
    He then went into his office and grabbed the plaque to show me.
    He had kept it all these years.
    When my dad died I told my siblings all I want is that plaque.
    So now I proudly show off this plaque in remembrance of him.

  24. Thank you so much for your encouraging words, ladies. It’s taken me a while to get to your blogs & respond but I soooo appreciate your kind comments!

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