Understanding My Story

Renee Ann Smith —  July 2, 2014 — 17 Comments

Jean Fleming Pursue the Intentional Life

What God gives & takes is my biography,
the story meant to bless me & others.

~Jean Fleming~
Pursue the Intentional Life
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“The capacity to view things in their true relations or relative importance.”

That’s the dictionary definition of PERSPECTIVE—the view which shapes our attitude toward every life event.

The thing I love best about Jean Fleming’s Pursue the Intentional Life is the perspective from which she views our spiritual journey and time here on earth. Jean writes . . .

“When I enter my place of endless delight: wonders unveiled, springs unstopped, truths perceived, unbounded communion enjoyed with the Lord and others—

There I will understand and glory in my story.

My life on earth will come into focus without distortion. The pain of life, so seemingly senseless, will emerge in sparkling clarity with meaning.

I will see that nothing came to me from caprice or malice; all came from the hand of a good and wise God.

The tapestry woven out of sight is now revealed. Threads I thought so harsh and coarse are transformed into silken warp and woof. Colors, so discordant, now harmonize. I think heaven will be full of earth—the best parts, the parts closest to heaven.”

Jean Fleming’s little book is filled with wise reminders, challenging insights & beautiful truth. It’s a treasure I’ll re-read and share with others as often as possible. Here’s a link to check it out further if you’re interested.

You can hear Jean talk about each section of the book at the Bloom Book Club. This link shows the schedule for each online session with Jean.

Pursue the Intentional LifeThanks for letting me share this beautiful book with you.

Blessings, friends!

***Photo Backstory: I made the graphics on this page from blank backgrounds, my own iPhone pics, or images from my account at RGB Stock Photos, which I then tweaked with PicMonkey. Feel free to Pin, Tweet, download & share.

Here are a few more great quotes from Pursue the Intentional Life. Click on the thumbnails to view full size or to download.

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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!

17 responses to Understanding My Story

  1. Visiting from Word Filled Wednesday over at w2wministries.org

    Jean’s book is on my Fall reading list – your insights from the book cause “anticipation”!

  2. Thanks so much for linking up! Have a wonderful week.

  3. Just beautiful thoughts, and lovely graphics. Thanks for sharing this author.
    Blessings for all of these!

  4. Beautiful words, and as always beautiful graphics to accompany them.

  5. What a great thought and quote to ponder!

  6. Jean has helped me to re-configure my thinking in so many ways. I am so glad that we got to share this book together, Renee. Love your graphics!

  7. Oh – may Nook this book later today! Love the message – been meditating on these very things as I’m preparing to pour out in a manuscript of my own this summer! Thanks for the review – and your graphics are stunning!!

  8. Thanks for sharing your heart, your graphics, and your process.

  9. Thanks for sharing your gifts here! Great post!

  10. A great thought to ponder.

  11. Beautiful quotes & memes. So glad that I was after you in the Quitting Thurs. linkup!

  12. Beautiful words and images!!! I feel blessed to have found your site via SitsGirls. Have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

  13. Hello. I’m visiting from Lisha’s Give Me Grace link-up. Both your words and your images blessed me.
    Thank you.
    Peace and good to you in Jesus’ name.

  14. Looking forward to getting my hands on this book!
    Thank you so much for joining our little family at Recommendation Saturday!! <3 Heart Hugs, Shelly

  15. This beautiful post and your graphics summarize well all the things you shared during our Bloom study and Facebook group. Thank you. I enjoyed it all.

  16. Hi Renee, Jean Flemings words have drifted along my timeline for the past few weeks. Each snippet calls me deeper along the trail for further reflection. I love it. Will have to get this book. Thanks for sharing the joy you’ve found in its pages with the #GiveMeGrace community.

  17. Hi Renee. The words of Jean Fleming have drifted along my timeline for weeks now and each time I’m drawn deeper along the path for further reflection. I have to get this book. Thanks for sharing your review with the #GiveMeGrace community.

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