I am an open book.

A book filled with laughter, colorful stories, family bonding and beautiful memories. A book filled with bedlam moments, loneliness, heartbreak and continual processing.

Our family story stretches through chapters of both celebrations and difficult life lessons.

An intentional legacy stamps each page, yet as you leaf through the chapters, you’ll notice those pages are worn down, tear stained and dog eared from living life.  If you look closer, you’ll notice a few pages torn out, but then taped back as a reminder.

My story is still being written, and I have no idea of the ending.

I’d love for it to be a page turner for sure, but I do know one thing, a dusty book sitting on the night stand does absolutely no good.

If you don’t like how that story started, you can change it, starting today.

When I speak my heart on leaving a lasting family legacy, there’s always someone that shares their hurt and pain over their lack of a legacy. They feel they weren’t given any guidance by their parents and are swirling trying to determine how to do this for their own family.

I can’t even imagine what they are going through –  the pain of relationships, the lack of spiritual foundation, a myriad of issues, and I wish I could help re-write those first chapters,  but the beauty of a leaving a legacy, of determining the family culture and traditions that you desire to cultivate, is that it begins today.

It’s a choice.

Today – Right where you are.

Right with the family you’ve been given. Whether you are married or a single mom, you begin anew, today. No more “If only’s or what if’s.”

It doesn’t matter how your story began or where it came from. You can’t choose that.  Your “happily ever after” may not be a reality right now, but the choices you make beginning today, sets the course for generations to come and you choose how you will live it.

Your real legacy of life begins today.

So whether you are just writing the first page or nearing the end of your series, we are in this together.

Won’t you join me? Let’s dust off those pencils and get writing a new chapter.

Isaiah 43:19 Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?