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Hello Beauties! Happy hot July to you! It’s too hot for porch sitting these days, but my oldest captured a quick photo of me with a handful of Limelight Hydrangeas this week. These beauties redeem an otherwise hot and sticky summer! Hydrangeas, lightning bugs and iced green tea lemonade with fresh mint leaves are the highlights of summer heat for me. How about you?

Okay, I’ve got to get right to it. I’m in between travels and visits with family and only have a 30 minute window to sit down and write, but there’s something welling up so strongly in my spirit that I know I have to give it voice today.

In my last post, I wrote about a willingness to be seen.  God has really been getting my attention on that topic recently, but in the weeks since I’ve written that post, He’s been speaking something along these lines: a willingness to be seen comes from knowing you are worthy to be seen. 

We don’t tend to show something to someone unless we think it has value, worth, importance or significance. Do you see that you have all of that? If we don’t start with the truth that we are worthy, it makes sense that we won’t risk allowing ourselves to be seen. Who shows someone something they think is worthless? And yet, sadly, we often view ourselves as if we have little to no worth.

So where do we find our worthiness? I’ve tried to find it in performance, perfection, the opinions of others and all kinds of other things. But the thing is, a worthiness that’s tied to what we think about ourselves or what others think of us will always leave us feeling unworthy in the end. Because we can never be enough, do enough, perform enough or be perfect enough to attain and sustain our own worthiness.

Here’s the rock solid truth: our worthiness comes from God alone. It’s not up to us to secure and maintain our own worthiness. It’s not up to us to prove our worthiness. It’s not up to us to “hustle” for our worthiness {as Brené Brown likes to say}. What is up to us is to choose to believe and agree with God about who He says we are. We are beloved children of God. We are image bearers. We are radiant with His glory. And so much more. When your identity is rooted and grounded in who God says we are, there is no one and no thing that can influence or redefine our worthiness. Bravehearted Beauties, your worthiness is secure! 

The real work for me has been in not only believing in this truth once, but in claiming it over myself day after day. When the lies of the enemy threaten to steal my identity or the fear of what others think of me leaves me hustling for my worthiness, I return again to God and agree with what He says is true about me.

A huge part of my calling is to remind you what’s true about you. It’s why I started writing as Bravehearted Beauty instead of sticking with LLH Designs. Because deep down, I know God is calling you a Bravehearted Beauty, too. And He’s using me to call it out in you. {And if you’re a man reading this blog – you’re awesome by the way – then you are a Braveheart. And the same truths apply to you!}

So back to allowing yourself to be seen. Why is that so important anyway? Is it just so you can be fully known? No, it’s so much more than that. By allowing yourself to be seen, you’re revealing more of the glory of God to this world. Because you, Bravehearted Beauties, are GLORIOUS! Made in the image of the most glorious Father, Son and Spirit! You are all of the Trinity’s love, glory, radiance and goodness combined! And now more than ever, this world needs a glimpse of that glory. You, my friends, get to be that glimpse!

Shine on, Beauties! You are worthy to be seen!

P.S. My 30 minutes are up, but there’s one more thing I want to say: our ability to love ourselves is also tied to our worthiness. We’re not very good at loving someone or something that we don’t view as worthy of love. And sadly, we often believe somewhere deep down we aren’t worthy. For more on learning to love yourself {which is directly tied to your ability to love others or receive love from others}, here are a few posts/videos. God’s been doing a lot more in me since then, but this is where He started:

Brave New Yoga Pants {And Learning To Love A Little More}

Learning To Love What He Loves

Loving…As We Love Ourselves

As You Love Yourself

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  • Krista - God is definitely speaking to my heart through your posts. I was diagnosed by the doctors in March with mildly invasive follicular carcinoma of the thyroid. I choose to believe & proclaim that I am healed by the stripes of Jesus. One of the things that I have learned about healing the body is how unhealthy stress is. I knew it before this, it’s just become more real to me since the “C” word was brought into my life.

    So, what does this post have to do with all of that? I have cried out to Him that I want to be able to be more positive, stop dwelling on the hurts of the past, to learn how to stop letting the enemy taunt me with hurtful things. This post & the posts that were included are revealing God’s precious truth of who He wants me to be & how much He wants me to love me the way He loves me.

    I can see clearly that is the simple truth. Loving yourself the way He loves you, enables you to be able to be clothed in dignity & strength. If you truly love yourself, you will know & recognize your worth. Equipped with that, you will easily not allow the enemy to taunt you with the lies & schemes to undermine you. Loving others will be possible because you will be content of who you are in Him. You will want them to feel His incredible love through you. What a beautiful concept!ReplyCancel

  • Jessi - Oh, boy … this is bringing up a lot for me. Jesus is using your words – thank you, Linsey.ReplyCancel

  • Lorri - I think everyone suffers from feeling unworthy at least some of the time.

    Ever had the experience of saying something thoughtless or a little harsh to someone you love, and seeing the winch of pain on their face? You know you’ve pushed a button that’s been there all the time, but invisible to you until that moment.

    It’s amazing how we can tear each other down. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. I’ve gotten mad at someone for being callous to a friend of mine, and then turned around and said something insensitive to him myself! It’s the worst feeling in the world to see the look of pain on someone’s face because you made them feel smaller.ReplyCancel

Hello Beauties! I’m back! I didn’t want to leave you too long this time, despite the holiday weekend and a much needed getaway with my husband. It was our first time away together since our marriage meltdown last fall. And even though the enemy tried to stir up some old stuff the night before {of course}, and even though we missed each other’s hearts the first night and spent most of dinner in an awkward silence {happens sometimes}, we fought for connection and enjoyed a really sweet time together. It was worth the fight, and I’d do it again! {That’s something I want to write more about in time: fighting for your marriage.}

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So here I am, bursting at the seams to tell you a story so divinely orchestrated that you won’t have to strain very hard to see the glory of it all. But I can’t dive in just yet. Oh, I’d love to, but I’m wrestling with how to honor the ones I love who aren’t so ready, while also honoring God who has told me this is His story and it’s time for me to tell my part of it. I trust your hearts to see the beauty of it all, but this is the internet after all, and sharing even pieces of stories here can feel like entirely too much exposure for some. I get it. I’m pretty vulnerable here, but you’ll never hear every detail unless you’re sitting right beside me. There’s something powerful that happens when you get to see another person’s response to your stories, especially the painful ones. It heals something in you. {That’s yet another post for another time.}

But regardless of when or where I tell my whole story, and when or where you tell yours, here is something that’s at the top of my heart today: Are we willing to be seen? Am I? Are you? It’s not always as easy as it sounds.

When I shared the photos my daughter took of me in the last post, I felt vulnerable. But I also felt willing to be seen. Why? Because I desire to feel deeply, truly known. Don’t you? After 41 years and plenty of hiding, I’ve come to this conclusion: the only way to be fully known is to allow yourself to be fully seen.

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Let me be clear, I’m not saying everyone needs to post a picture of themselves as proof that they desire to be seen. But for some of you, that might be a big deal. Maybe you’ve been hiding behind the camera like me. Or maybe you’ve been hiding behind veneers of performance, perfection, people pleasing, you name it. Coming out from your hiding places and allowing yourself to be seen is one of the bravest steps you can take toward being fully known. Your desire to be fully known is beautiful! But it won’t just come about on its own. You have to take the small steps each day.

Revealing yourself as you truly are on the outside is one way to be seen, but the real work is allowing yourself to be exposed and known from the inside. And not just the parts of you that have already been refined and made beautiful, but the parts of you that are still broken and in transition. Perhaps the bravest of all is to let others see the parts of you that are somewhere in the foggy, messy middle where you have no clue how or when things are going to be any different. You just keep daring to believe they will be…someday.

A friend shared these words from Brené Brown on Facebook last week. They sync perfectly with what’s on my heart these days. {Though I’d trade the word “universe” with God, because that’s who I hear whispering in my ear.}

”I think midlife is when the universe gently places her hands upon your shoulders, pulls you close, and whispers in your ear: I’m not screwing around. It’s time. All of this pretending and performing – these coping mechanisms that you’ve developed to protect yourself from feeling inadequate and getting hurt – has to go.

Your armor is preventing you from growing into your gifts. I understand that you needed these protections when you were small. I understand that you believed your armor could help you secure all of the things you needed to feel worthy of love and belonging, but you’re still searching and you’re more lost than ever.

Time is growing short. There are unexplored adventures ahead of you. You can’t live the rest of your life worried about what other people think. You were born worthy of love and belonging. Courage and daring are coursing through you. You were made to live and love with your whole heart. It’s time to show up and be seen.”

 

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It’s time to show up and be seen. This is what a Bravehearted Beauty does. She has the courage to show up and be seen. She has the faith to believe what God says about her even if she’s not feeling it: radiant, beautiful and delighted in daughter of the King! And she has the confidence to let others see the beauty and glory of God that shines from within her.

Made in His image, you’re naturally beautiful and glorious! So rise up, Bravehearted Beauties! Rise up and let your/God’s glory be seen!

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  • Marsha - Linsey,

    I love seeing the way God is using you. Your honesty and vulnerability are such an inspiration to me. It is so hard to let our defenses down and be completely transparent, but God honors our obedience to Him. Thank you for sharing your heart. I am praying for you.ReplyCancel

  • Lexi - Linsey so happy to see that you are back to us and so wonderfully willing to share your journey. Brene’s words are profound, as are YOURS! Thank you, thank you, thank you for discussing the truths of life that are messy and not so perfect. Please know you have inspired many others to start doing the same!ReplyCancel

  • Marcella - My journey to your blog began this morning by simply clicking on a Pinterest picture of your first attempt at container gardening in a wine box. Something about your spirit drew me through a number of your blogs and sites to where you are today. It was where I needed to be this morning. Thank you for continuing to share your journey. Your beauty (and God’s) shows through.ReplyCancel

  • Emma - So, So happy you are back!!! What a great smile in your pictures!ReplyCancel

  • Dianne - I must say you and your girls are all so beautiful. Your light shines. I do have a question. Did all of the turmoil come with the move? Was that the jolt that started it all. I am hoping for a beautiful, happy ending whatever that means to you. Hugs!ReplyCancel

  • Worthy To Be Seen » Bravehearted Beauty - […] my last post, I wrote about a willingness to be seen.  God has really been getting my attention on that topic […]ReplyCancel

My dear Bravehearted Beauties, how I have missed you! Do you know that even when I’m not here, I think of you? It’s crazy, right? I haven’t even met most of you, but God keeps you close to my heart. I don’t even know all of your names or how many of you are here, but God does, and through Him, my heart feels a connection to yours. I wonder how you are, where you are, what you’re facing in life, what beauty you’re hunting in the midst of brokenness…and so many other things that only God knows.

And I know you wonder about me, too. Especially during times of silence. Given the vulnerable things I’ve shared here over the years, a natural thought or concern would be that I’m either battling depression, spiraling into some old trauma, or tanking in my marriage. And as a dear friend recently pointed out, the title of my last post (three months ago!) was When Your Life Feels Stuck in Good Friday. I can absolutely understand why some of you would think I’ve been stuck ever since. I’m so sorry I left you with that!

The best way I know to show you how I’ve been in the last few months is to do something that feels vulnerable for me: share these photos my daughter took of me at the beach a few weeks ago. I’m not entirely comfortable being photographed or sharing photos of myself, but I want you to see what God has been doing in me. I want you to see the life in my eyes, the smile on my face and the peace in my spirit. I feel very much myself…the truest me. A welcome restoration!

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So where have I been? Why haven’t I written? Here it is in a nutshell: I’ve been living in a really big, beautiful God story! It’s the best story I’ve ever known in my life. It’s a story that will blow your mind, and I can’t wait to share it with you! But as it’s been unfolding, I have chosen to be fully present to it, which means I haven’t been online at all. No blogging, no Facebook, no Instagram. I didn’t intend to drop the internet cold turkey, but that’s just what happened as I stepped into the story God has been writing. I want to tell you everything, but it’s going to take a whole lot of words over a number of posts. I hope you’ll join me as I try to tell the story. I have no doubt it will stir your spirit and invite you into deeper places with God in your own story.

There is one other reason I’ve been quiet here. As much as I love to write my heart out, I also want to honor people involved in my story. And someone I care about wasn’t ready for me to write the story, and I wanted to honor her. My desire is always for good, not to hurt or harm. But God has told me very clearly this is His story. It doesn’t belong to me or to anyone else. It’s His and is designed to give Him glory. And that’s why I have to tell it. He’s gifted me as a writer so that I can tell His story.

In January, just before this part of my story unfolded, I heard God say, “I need you to tell your story so I can tell Mine.” I said yes to God, but didn’t know how to proceed. I tried to start writing my story the old fashioned way: by hand in a leather bound book. But then this new part of my story unfolded just a few weeks later…a story that helped to make sense out of so many painful parts of my story. A story that feels like restoration and redemption. So I stepped into it. The story isn’t finished, but it’s time to start telling it.

Stay tuned! I’ll be back soon. Hopefully after the holiday weekend. A huge hug and thank you to all of you who’ve waited for my return!

With much love,

P.S. There’s something I hear God speaking over you today: you were meant to live in a great story. If you feel stuck in the messy middle as my Good Friday post suggests, know this: your story isn’t finished. And you aren’t stuck. You are being invited into a great big God story this very moment. He’s writing a story that is MORE than you can ask or imagine…even when you can’t yet see it. Believe, dear heart! Redemption and restoration of every broken story is what God has for us!

 

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  • Lisa - Linsey-I loved seeing your new post in my email today. So good to read you are doing well and “living a great story”! You look beautiful and happy in the pictures. I look forward to learning more about what has been going on in your life. I am a long time follower from Houston!ReplyCancel

  • Amy - HOORAY! It is so good to have you back Linsey! I can’t wait to hear your God Story!ReplyCancel

  • Beth - So glad to hear from you!ReplyCancel

  • emi - Linsey, It’s so great to see a post from you & photos of your joy! I, too, have been wondering how you were doing. So glad you are living “great God story”! Looking forward to reading about it! Love to you!ReplyCancel

  • Krista - You & your posts have definitely been missed. Looking forward to the revealing of your God story. Can’t wait to hear what He has been doing in you & your life.

    Thank you for the encouragement at the end of your post. I needed that right now. I have recently been through a difficult health journey. It brought me closer to God & for that I am more blessed than words can say as well as thankful. I see His faithfulness unfolding in my life. Yet, there are days when because of having to eat much much cleaner & healthier than before, not having energy or much strength, leave me frustrated. Not at Him, never at Him. Just this new life I am living. I needed to be encouraged today. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Adrienne - So good to hear from you and you look radiantly happy! Looking forward to hearing His story😉ReplyCancel

  • Courtney Claiborne - I can’t wait to read more!! Much love to you, my beautiful friend!ReplyCancel

  • Beverly M - Your eyes are ‘smiling’ too — and that’s the best part of those photos. Like others, I’ve missed your posts and look forward to your big reveal.ReplyCancel

  • Jessi - Thank you for this post, Linsey! I am so excited to hear your God story! Also stepping into new things – just went on a missions trip to India and Cambodia, and now starting a new teaching job at an amazing place. Grateful for your words <3.ReplyCancel

  • Shelby - Looking forward to the rest of your story…mine isn’t finished either!ReplyCancel

  • Sherry - I am sooooo glad to hear from you! I was getting concerned. And I can’t wait to hear your story!ReplyCancel

  • Gigi - So glad to hear from you and can’t wait to hear His story! Hugs to you!ReplyCancel

  • Karen - Excited to catch up with
    your/His story =)ReplyCancel

  • Amy Avery - This is such a wonderful and joyful post Linsey! I have missed your writings but I am so happy that you have taken the time to be right in God’s story for you. I am looking forward to hearing all about it!

    Much love,
    AmyReplyCancel

  • Suzanne - Linsey, so happy to see you doing so well! I look forward to hearing all about what God is doing in your life! Thank you for being such an inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • A Willingness To Be Seen » Bravehearted Beauty - […] I shared the photos my daughter took of me in the last post, I felt vulnerable. But I also felt willing to be seen. Why? Because I desire to feel deeply, truly […]ReplyCancel

Hello Bravehearted Beauties. There’s so much in my heart I’d love to share, but on this Good Friday, words I wasn’t expecting to write are welling up and looking for a place to land. I think they must be words someone needs today. Someone who feels like their life is stuck in Good Friday. Someone who feels like their Easter Sunday is never coming. This is for you, dear one.

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“Happy Good Friday” has always felt like a strange thing to say. What’s so happy about a day of death and darkness? A day of violent assault and literal brokenness? A day when the One who came to give abundant life is hanging on a cross submitting Himself to death? Nothing looks good about this day…until you know what happens on Easter Sunday.

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It’s so much the same in our own lives. When we’re looking at just one day or one season of life up close, it can look a lot like Good Friday. It can look like everything is dark, broken, wasted, hopeless, senseless…the opposite of what we thought life should be. But when we step back and get a glimpse of the larger story, brokenness gives way to beauty. And there’s nothing like Easter Sunday to remind us of that truth!

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This is the way life works: brokenness gives way to beauty. Barrenness gives way to life. Darkness gives way to light. Winter gives way to spring. Remember the daffodil? Behold! All that’s true of the daffodil is true of you, too. Beauty always breaks through, my friends. And you, dear one, aren’t the exception to this natural and spiritual order of things.

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But what if it feels like your life is stuck in Good Friday? What if brokenness and all of its effects are all you can see in this season? What if all this talk of resurrection and abundant life doesn’t feel like it applies to you? What if you’ve been waiting for months or years or decades, and the larger story of beauty hasn’t burst forth from your brokenness?

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Brave and beautiful one, if that’s where you are right now, you are not alone. I’ve been there. I’ve shared some of those dark places with you. And while I’m not in one of those places today, I haven’t forgotten the pain of those places. Oh, those places hurt something fierce. They feel like the tomb before the stone is rolled away. They threaten to extinguish hope, steal joy and snuff out abundant life. And that’s exactly what the enemy of your soul intends. The enemy opposes everything Jesus came to bring. {John 10:10}

BUT GOD.

Those two words are my two favorites in all of Scripture. {Ephesians 2:4} BUT GOD is the story of Easter. Evil, darkness, brokenness, death and shame looked like they won on Good Friday. BUT GOD. He had a different plan. A plan to bring life out of death, beauty out of brokenness, good out of evil. {Genesis 50:20} It’s who He is and what He does. Not just for Jesus, but for YOU!

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When we surrender our heart to Jesus, believing in His life, death and resurrection, all that’s true for Him becomes true for us. All of His radiant beauty, lavish love, incomparable glory, ridiculous righteousness, abundant life and resurrection power is yours the very hour you believe. It may take a lifetime to take in all that’s available to you – to let it trickle down deep into your heart and flow back out in your life – but it’s available to you this very day.

{Don’t believe me? Check out the story of the criminal who Jesus said would be with him in paradise. They hung side by side on their crosses, and in his final breath, a criminal saw Jesus for who He was: Savior and Son of God. And in that very second, all that belonged to Jesus became his. No time to earn it, work for it or prove himself. The grace of God was on full display!}

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Bravehearted Beauties, if you you feel stuck in your own version of Good Friday, take heart! Your Easter is coming. Your Jesus has come! He knows suffering and sorrow like no other…and brings redemption and beauty to every bit of brokenness.

I’m believing in the resurrection and redemption of all things…even on the dark Fridays of our lives. How about you? Will you dare to believe?

Happy Easter, brave and beautiful ones!

P.S. Going way back to 2010, here are my thoughts on Good Friday. And quotes I still love.

P.P.S For an honest, encouraging conversation on hope {and losing hope}, I think you’ll enjoy this podcast: “A Living Hope.” I especially love listening to my dear friend from college, Morgan Snyder. Honored to have been used by God to introduce him to Jesus 20+ years ago. Heaven is going to be a blast with Morgan in it! {Part Two is coming Monday. Perfect timing for anyone who has the post-Easter blues.}

 

 

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  • Krista - I choose to believe! The death & resurrection of our amazing Savior is incredibly humbling to me. I know that even in the midst of that deep deep darkness, hope eternal springs forth. He can & does make all things new if we allow Him to. Light triumphs over darkness every time.ReplyCancel

  • Gracia @ Gracious Offering - Linsey, once again your words are a balm to my soul. Things have been really dark here for this season of life. But, today, I’m choosing to join you in “believing in the resurrection and redemption of ALL things…even on the dark Fridays of our lives.” Thank you for the post. Have a joyous Easter with your beautiful family!ReplyCancel

  • Dianne - Call me crazy but I worry when you go silent for so long. Are you alright? Here’s a big hug!ReplyCancel

  • Lexi - Missing the beautiful and inspiring words from such a thoughtful woman… hoping your blog quietness has been filled with sunshine.ReplyCancel

  • Pink - These topics are so consufing but this helped me get the job done.ReplyCancel

  • Patti - Hi there,

    Just thought of you and was wondering how you’re doing. Hope you and your family are doing well.ReplyCancel

  • Ardith - You are in my thoughts, brave hearted woman. ArdithReplyCancel

  • Emma - Miss hearing from you friend!ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne - Just checking in with your blog and re-read this encouraging post! You have been such an inspiration to me and so many others! You are in my thoughts and are missed! Hope you have a wonderful summer! Bless you and your family!!!ReplyCancel

  • DIane - Linsey, I hope you are doing ok. You are so loved, and bring such joy to so many.ReplyCancel

  • Ardith - Hi Linsey. Just stopping in to say hello and to wish you a blissful summer. Cheers, ArdithReplyCancel

  • Stacey - Linsey, missing you, your beautiful heart and your beautiful words. Praying for you and your family!ReplyCancel

  • Rhonda - Linsey…..praying all is well with you and your family. I miss you! Hugs!ReplyCancel

  • Living A Great Story » Bravehearted Beauty - […] And as a dear friend recently pointed out, the title of my last post (three months ago!) was When Your Life Feels Stuck in Good Friday. I can absolutely understand why some of you would think I’ve been stuck ever since. […]ReplyCancel

Hello Bravehearted Beauties! It’s a glorious sunny day in Middle Tennessee {finally!}, and I’m eager to get outside and try my once broken ankle at a gentle hike in the woods. But before I do, I want to share some beauty that I’ve been holding back on sharing for the last two years: Blackberry Farm. {Get ready for an abundance of beauty captured over three different seasons.}

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Why haven’t I shared this beauty before? Fear. Fear of what you’d think {that I’m spoiled or boasting about where I’ve been}. And fear that sharing beauty without a heart message would lead to all kinds of thoughts I don’t want you to have about yourself…or about me. But what kind of crazy is that? To let fear keep beauty in hiding…or to think that I have some kind of control over what you’d think!

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This is what a Bravehearted Beauty does: she overcomes fear not by avoiding it, but by leading with her heart and stepping right into it. Bravery in’t the absence of fear; in’s stepping right into it. Let’s all be brave today!

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So why is today the day I’ve decided to be brave and share all of this hidden beauty? Because I want to honor the proprietor, Sam Beall. Just a few days ago, he died in a tragic skiing accident. I can only imagine how heartbreaking this loss is to his beautiful wife, 5 precious children, extended family, countless friends, and a staff that surely feels like family. Sam Beall was only 39 years old, but he ran Blackberry Farm like a man twice his age. He’s a man who understood the blessing of family, food and beauty like few I’ve encountered. A stay at Blackberry Farm feels like a taste of heaven. The natural beauty, the feasts, the hospitality, the attention to details…all of it is glorious!  

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I feel sad that out of my fear, I withheld this beauty and didn’t introduce you to this remarkable place after my first visit two years ago, but after three visits in three different seasons {yes, I’m spoiled}, I know that honoring this man and this place of beauty – this place where he was born and where he leaves a legacy – is absolutely the right thing to do.

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Sam Beall, I honor you. I hope to return to Blackberry Farm someday to honor the legacy of beauty, love and hospitality you’ve left this world. Thank you for sharing your heart, home, passion and gifts so bravely and abundantly.

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A visit to Blackberry Farm is unforgettable. It’s also unaffordable to most. That fear also kept me from sharing. But if you’re a farm fresh foodie, a beauty hunter, and a detail lover, a splurge at Blackberry Farm will speak so much love to you. JD and I have considered it an investment in our marriage. An expensive one, yes. And we almost ran out of cash in 2015 thanks to massive amounts of trauma therapy and an unexpected fall visit to Blackberry Farm. But in the end, every penny we’ve spent has been worth it to get to this place of hope in our marriage.

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“I have come that you might have life and have it abundantly!”

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I hope you’ve enjoyed the abundance of beauty in this post. Beauty is God’s love language to me, no matter where it’s spoken. And most of the beauty God speaks is entirely free! You just have to practice having the eyes to see it.

One final word: if a visit to Blackberry Farm is beyond your wildest dreams, I’m asking God to do more than you can ask or imagine {Ephesians 3:20} in some other way. He’s wildly creative, excessively lavish, and entirely good!

Sending all my love and prayers to Sam Beall’s family today,

P.S. If there were one place other than my own farm where I’d most want to lead a Beauty Hunting Retreat, Blackberry Farm is it! Wouldn’t it be dreamy if someday I got to do that someday?!?! Dare to dream, Bravehearted Beauties! Dreaming keeps us alive!

P.P.S. A huge thanks to my parents for treating us to an extra stay there. You spoke my love language big time! I’ll gladly meet you there any season! It’s the only farm I love as much as my own. Okay…more. Because we all know I love to be spoiled!

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  • Amy Avery - Linsey, thank you for your beautiful tribute to Sam Beall and his legacy that he has left in Blackberry Farm. His death is a tragedy beyond understanding. Although I did not know Sam personally, we share many mutual friends and I was neighbors and I am still good friends with his paternal aunt. I am thankful that the Beall family is surrounded by many who are lifting them up and prayer and carrying them in God’s love. I am also grateful for your blog post as I have never visited Blackberry Farm while i lived in Knoxville. It has always been my dream to go and I still have it on my wish list. Your photos capture it so beautifully and I am certain Sam himself would think your post a wonderful tribute to not only him but also to the beautiful retreat he lovingly ran and cared for at Blackberry Farm.ReplyCancel

  • Marjorie Dineen - Dear Linsey,

    I think this is my all time favorite posting of yours. The photos of this place are magnificent as are your words. You were privileged to have the opportunity to be there. This has given me a lot of inspiration. And was a sad ending for a young man who created such beauty in his surroundings and his life. I love the beautiful picture of you and your parents.

    HOPE springs eternal.

    Margie DineenReplyCancel

  • Krista - Thank you for sharing the heart & beauty of this amazing place. In reading your post, the one thing that made me sad was hearing an almost apology for your being able to experience it. Had you not been able to go there, take pictures & enjoy it, you could not have brought it to life for others. I am thankful that I was able to see it through your eyes. I believe that God knew exactly what you needed to minister to your heart & soul, & in turn, you have done the same for others! Beautiful post, thank you for taking us along.
    P.S. I have been praying for the family ever since reading of Sam’s passing.ReplyCancel

  • Katey - I’ve always wanted to visit there as it seems like the most tranquil place. Such a sad story for the owner. Your pictures are just beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Jenn Martin - Oh, Linsey, you have indeed honored Sam Beall’s legacy! Your words make me think of the line from “Hamilton” – “What is a legacy? It’s planting seeds in a garden you never get to see.” So true. I visited and fell in love with Blackberry Farm with my husband (and our lucky dog!) last summer while our girls were away at camp. Such beauty, deliciousness, and tranquility that I didn’t want to leave.ReplyCancel

  • Shirley@Housepitality Designs - A friend just sent me a link about his tragic death…I had no idea he was so youngReplyCancel

  • Alisha - I’m so glad that you posted this! That way we can live vicariously through you:) I think we should share beauty with each other no matter what. Should I apologize to someone who lives on the plains whenever I post photos of my mountain views? No. Or apologize to people living in a winter wonderland for my photos of sandy beaches? No! There is beauty everywhere, and if we share those beautiful moments with others I think we will all gain a more beautiful view of God and His world:)ReplyCancel

  • Katie -- The Rustic Boxwood blog - So sorry to hear about his loss. Praying for his family!! And these photos are absolutely breathtaking!ReplyCancel

  • Christi Flaherty - Linsey! I’m so happy to find your blog! I’ve been thinking about you and wondering if you were still blogging and then I saw your wine box garden on Kitchn and it pointed me right to you. I love your new blog and will subscribe the minute I finish this post. Glad to see you’re still at it. We moved TO Texas and it’s been the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I still miss California so much even though we’ve now been in Texas for almost 3 years. I would love to catch up when you have the time! I was just telling my friend about Blackberry Farm and that we should go so it was even more of a serendipity that I saw this post!ReplyCancel

  • Daniel Benson - Happy to find your blog…ReplyCancel