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Hi friends! Today I want to welcome my friend Dottie Camak from Greenville, South Carolina to the blog! Dottie and I met in February in Austin, TX and instantly I knew she was our kind of people. I hope you help me today in making her feel right at home!

Long lean legs, pink high heels, and perfectly painted nails.  I couldn’t help but notice her cut hips and killer quads–clearly the result of some serious barre classes. My new friend and burgeoning artist, Susannah (age six) presented me with her drawing. It was a portrait of me, she said. ME!?!? I examined her artwork a little closer. Yes, it was a masterpiece; complete with Susannah’s Crayola crayon signature. I finally had a piece of original artwork for my ‘bachelorette bungalow.’ Aka my single girl basement apartment.


I liked the woman she depicted in her drawing. She was so pretty. However, I didn’t believe it was a drawing of me. She failed to capture the adult acne flare up or give any detail to my muffin top.

Back home, I began my nightly routine. It is more of strategic battle plan these days. Looking in the mirror, I quickly assess the situation. I retreat, grab the witch hazel, and hope for the best! Susannah’s interpretation of my face was flawless. The only red coloring she used was the perfectly lined lips and dazzling earrings. “If only I really looked like that,” I chuckled to myself.

I grabbed my washi tape and surveyed my walls for the right spot to hang the portrait. She had drawn a huge heart on the shirt. The heart was colored outside the line, spilling over the shirt. I smiled again. Coloring inside the lines is tough, coloring outside the lines is imaginative, but coloring outside of the lines you drew yourself is brilliant. If only I could view myself through Susannah’s lens, I thought.

What we believe about ourselves determines so much of how we live, the actions we take, and ultimately the stories we live and tell. The story God is telling in our lives is one of change and redemption. He does not just fix broken things, He makes all things new! “And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”( Ezekiel 36:26)

We know the future reconciliation and restoration that eternity offers, but are we presently letting it reshape and renew our hearts here and now!? Paul writes, “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 2:10)”  The HOPE is here and now too! He sees me, newly formed crows feet and all, as a MASTERPIECE! I like how the ESV translation calls us His ‘workmanship.’ He crafted us with His hands and we are HIS work of art. The lens He sees us through is perfect with no blemishes or flaws.

So why do we actively and continuingly strive to add our design to His? Moreover, we focus on telling the story about the ‘old heart,’ the one that is dead. He gives us a new heart, one that is bursting at the seams and colored outside the lines! A heart made alive because of His love, mercy and grace. May we take it. Let’s remember to abide and live in THAT story. It’s such a better one to tell.

I hung my portrait just by mirror. It makes me smile. I hope it too will be a gentle and colorful reminder to be aware of the story I am telling myself. What story does the person I see in the mirror reflect?

What does your mirror reflect?

“….but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:2)”

My prayer is that it is one that reflects continual renewal, hope, and everlasting joy. Shine On!

Screen Shot 2015-08-10 at 9.52.09 AMDorothy Camak is a writer living in Greenville, South Carolina. She is admittedly addicted to Amazon Prime and loves when a package arrives at the bachelorette bungalow. Dorothy’s desire is to create conversations that connect us with God and each other. She is currently working on her first book and you can join the conversation at Follow Dorothy on Twitter and Instagram: @DottieCamak.


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  • Cindy R August 11, 2015, 8:29 am

    I’m very new here but not new to Christianity. I’m 55 years old and have had a sensitive heart for God and His people for many years. I’m enjoying the blogs. Dorothy I loved this message today. It touched my heart.

    • Tammy August 12, 2015, 8:44 am

      Welcome Cindy! So glad you’re here. xo

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