Like Mother, Like Daughter

Have you ever been just drawn to something?

And I’m not talking the bakery case at the grocery store. Or the shoe department at Nordstrom.


I’m talking, a soul pull. A spirit attraction.

Ever since I’ve been home during my mom’s stroke recovery, I’ve discovered a little place in our house that I keep finding myself sitting in. Just ending up there.

It’s a little sitting area in front of the fire place, and focal point of this nook is a beautiful painting of Jesus. It’s called the image of the Divine Mercy. Perhaps you’ve heard of it.

But I’ll often find myself sitting, just looking into the eyes of Jesus in this painting.

Now, to be honest, I’ve never really considered myself a “religious art person.” I mean, I think it’s beautiful and great for, say, a church, but I don’t know. I’ve just never really given it much contemplation.

Until, of course, now.

And I was sitting in my little chair, looking at the painting, letting Jesus’ face make an impression on me, when my mom came in and sat next to me.

“You know the story behind this painting, right?” 

And, truthfully, I didn’t. I know we got it a long time ago, but I just figured my mom’s bible study class gifted it to her as an end-of-year teacher gift.

I got this when you were going through your anorexia.”


I looked back up at the image, and I swear, Jesus’ eyes were looking at me even deeper. Piercing me even more knowingly.

My eating disorder took a toll on my family. It pushed everyone involved to their breaking point. Tested their faith. Shook their foundation.

And during those tumultuous years, my mom spent a lot of time over at church at the adoration chapel praying for me.

She felt out of control. She was watching her little girl waste away and there was nothing she could do. She felt her hands were tied.

And so one day she went and talked to our beloved family friend/priest. And he told her to go get an image of the Divine Mercy.

And so my mom went to our local Christian shop, and wouldn’t you know, as she was pulling up, the owner was unloading a large, beautiful canvas painting of the Divine Mercy. She said, “I’ll take it,” before they even got it in the door.

But my mom told me about how this image got her through a lot of really challenging days when I was sick. She would pray, looking at the comforting face of Jesus.

She was scared, out of ideas, out of hope. And the thing about the Divine Mercy is that at the bottom, is the phrase, “Jesus I trust in You.

That’s what the Divine Mercy is all about: Trusting in Jesus’ goodness and mercy when all seems lost. When life is scary and your soul is going through a period of unrest.

Jesus I trust in You.

That was the phrase that got my mom through her terrifying season when my anorexia was raging.

And now, when the tables are turned, this phrase has been my source of comfort and peace when I’m scared, and searching for hope and courage.

Jesus I trust in You.

He never promised us an easy life. But He did promise us that He’d always be with us, to give us comfort and strength.

I should have known that there was significance to this image, in how my heart and spirit were being drawn to it.

Leave it to Jesus to show up in the most meaningful of ways.

I guess, it’s as they say: Like mother, like daughter.

What are you drawn to? What brings your soul peace? Is there a certain song, or a verse?

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374 thoughts on “Like Mother, Like Daughter

  1. I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the Awesome Blogger Award. I understand that not everyone chooses to be a part of the award nomination process. I just wanted to show thanks and appreciation for your work. Thank you for giving back so much to those around you! You are truly a gift!


  2. This post isn’t really about mothers or daughters.  It is about the significance of what we do day to day and the impact those efforts have to the lives of our loved ones in the future…

    “He never promised us an easy life. But He did promise us that He’d always be with us.”

    Or maybe it IS about mothers and daughters, because what you are addressing…what you write about day to day…will likely be a source of healing for your daughter…in the future.

    Christ will always be with us. “Always.” That is not just today and tomorrow. That is an indication of eternal influence. Your mother’s purchase of the painting changed eternity. Your writing of this essay changed eternity. Keep it up. It is healing eternity.

    Healing eternity does not just heal the future; it also heals the past.

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  3. As I don’t believe in “coincidence,” I have to believe this is a “God moment.” The link I just left on you blog “Something’s Gotta Give” has a video series about the Divine Mercy that is fascinating! You won’t want to stop watching. Thank you for another beautiful piece.


  4. What Brings my Soul Peace? Hmm, when I’m stressed or something I often listen to classical music, like James Newton Howard 😍 I love his music❤ And something else: your Blog ist gorgeous😱I love it! I hope i was able to answer right to your question, because i’m from Hamburg and don’t understand thaaaat much english but I tried😏😂


  5. What am I drawn to? God and the Psalms. Thanks for sharing your story. I pressed this on my site. Wanted to Share on LinkedIn but didn’t see that button. Thanks for sharing your story.


  6. This is lovely. I completely understand where you are coming from. I’m so happy you have a spiritual awareness that helps you through the challenges life presents. xoxoxoxoxoxox (100x)


  7. Ever since my recovery last September I have been listening to KLove every day. As time moved on I was drawn to a particular song. As time moved on another song would take its place, then another, then another. It seemed as if I was being told something by God Himself. The first song Eye of the Storm by Ryan Stevenson. This reminded me that as dark as the sky gets and we feel like tomorrows sun will never shine, God is the anchor and will keep up save in any storm. No matter if our friends and family have sold us out or forsaken us, God will never do that. The Next song that came up was One Step Away by Casting Crowns. As I entered the phase of wanting to go back to take it away, remove it from history. As I realized I would never be able to do that, God’s love was always there. It never mattered how far I went, as long as I was still breathing, I could change my course. My Ghost could be left in the past. One step from surrender, one step from Arms wide open. After that came What if I Gave Everything also by Casting Crowns. I realized my whole life I’d been running from my calling. All my life I felt like I wasn’t living up to my own potential. Why was I still standing there, why was I holding back from God. I then realized in order for me to finally find my own happiness I was going to have to let go. I was going to have to uproot my feet from the deep mud, and in my faith, step out onto that ledge, move that mountain, and venture away from my own comfort zone and trust, finally with all my heart, with all my soul, trust. The final song in my journey was Voice of Truth again by Casting Crowns. I had been told so many lies my whole life. I was told I wasn’t attractive enough, not strong enough, not fast enough. I was told I wouldn’t survive basic training. I was told I would never amount to anything. I believed them. I fought through basic and proved them wrong. This was one victory out of many I would let the lies fuel. The Voice of Truth would eventually tell me I was good enough, I would be fast enough when I needed to be. The Voice of Truth would tell me someone out there will love me for me. I will be good enough for the right person. The Devil’s lies had gotten ahold of me, and only when the time was right, I would be able to fight back. When i finally understood, finally let go of my own fears and I choose to listen to that voice in my head, the voice in my heart, the voice in my soul. In one foul swoop the Devil grabbed a hold of me and I nearly lost my life. I nearly fell into the Web Satan sets for us, and I nearly lost my life to that wretched spider. Instead I found Gods love, I found Gods grace as I was saved from the brink of death. I believe in the Son, the Holy Spirit, I believe I overcome by the power of his blood I was saved. I’m alive because He Lives. (Because He Lives, By Matt Maher). It took my whole life to find my place under Gods wing, and now I look for my place in this world. I have accepted my roll as a warrior for Christ, now I must seek my physical place. I have faith that God will provide the path when the time is right. I believe God’s grace will not leave me now. I believe in the power of prayer, and the power of Godly counsel.

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing your story. Gosh, i love christian music too. those songs are so powerful and I’m so glad that you’ve found strength and comfort in them too. Gosh, I am so glad that you’re doing well. Cling to that voice of Truth. God is good. big hugs xo

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      1. Well Thank You. I elaborated on my comment to yours, and turned it into my own post. I found there was some irony in it. I had been thinking how I wasn’t able to come up with where to go next. Then in the last two days, I’ve thought of more titles I could keep up with. When the Holy Spirit moves us, we need to listen.

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  8. Yes, I can see why you’re drawn to the Divine Mercy painting. On seeing your uploaded image, I noticed Jesus’ kind, loving eyes too. JESUS I TRUST IN YOU……………. I BOW BEFORE IT AT CHURCH EVERY SUNDAY. Jesus has given me a new heart and a new spirit when I started to believe it. ❤ God bless from http://www.fathergodlovesyou


  9. I love everything you write so true. My parents have passed ,its been 21 yrs .and when I am at a loss I t find myself just sitting at the kitchen table with a mug of Coffee in my hands holding it so like my mom use to cupped in borh hands against the side of her face when she was deep in thought and I always wondered but I see now because that same gesture is comforting to me as it must of been to her would of had to know her to understand lol and she was a very religious women so she may have been praying to god. Hugs my dear and enjoy this comfort


    1. Thank you so much for sharing your story. I’m sorry that your parents are no longer with us. Your mother sounds like she was an incredible woman. Thanks for stopping by. Hugs and love xox


  10. Your story took a surprising, pleasant turn. It is so beautiful the love your family has for you, your mom. I hope she is feeling better. What a gorgeous story to hear about how Jesus touches lives and heals.


      1. You are very welcome! I really enjoy your writing and feel connected. You are a special lady. Back at ya xoxo


  11. I am drawn to a room in my home that once belonged to my step-daughter Alex. It’s blue with a beachy feel. This is where I meditate, write, read and seek peace. I love your uplifting writing, and love this story. Very uplifting. Thank you.


  12. Thank you for sharing your story. You are beautiful! When I go into panic mode and fear strikes, I will remember these words: “Jesus I trust in You.” Many blessings ~dp


  13. Seems like there are too many to list. For paintings, I like the work of Nathan Greene as he seems to capture the beauty and divinity of Christ and yet reflect his humanity, too. One of my favourites is “Johnny Made Whole” –
    For music, I really like the hymn “It Is Well With My Soul” and for more current stuff, I am really blessed by many of Phil Wickham’s songs. A big favourite is “When My Heart is Torn Asunder” –
    Generally speaking, when life is chaos, I review and meditate upon the truth that we have nothing to fear if we remember how God has led in the past.


  14. This brought tears to my eyes, so spirit warming. Jesus our lord and saviour in all circumstances…his eyes in that painting are just immense…..they speak love and comfort to you. Your eyes glisten with the love of Jesus too, awesome!! Thank you for sharing.


  15. A lovely, beautiful, tender and powerful post. Thank you.

    I’m often drawn to my holding Cross, to the point that I now carry it with me wherever I go. It has a dark side (reminding me of the pain of the crucifixion) with a knot where the spear would have pierced him, and a face visible in the grain of the wood. And then there’s a lighter side that reminds me of his resurrection. Sometimes it draws me in, sometimes it simply rests in my hand and I turn of over and over when I’m anxious. It’s become a friend, a connection with Jesus himself.


    1. thank you so much for sharing this. Wow, that is so beautiful that you carry the cross with you. how powerful it is to remember His passion and resurrection throughout the day. A connection with Him indeed. thanks again for the encouragement. big hugs xox

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  16. Very inspirational indeed. I am not surprised at all by your words and why you felt this spiritual call. I had a conversion experience myself a few years ago, it was direct, natural and not influenced by any individual. Glad to see you have found peace.


  17. One of my favorite prayers, the Divine Mercy Chaplet. The Divine Mercy story is an amazing one (St Faustian’s diary) and it is a powerful devotion. So glad that your heart was called to meditate on Christ, the King of Mercy!


      1. Hey U! I am. I’m watching the days TRY to hold on to some warmth. I’m watching my another year of students get close to a close and its almost time for my son to graduate HS. Its a beautiful time even on these rainy days. Biggest hugs and love!! ❤ ❤


  18. Hi BBB,

    There is a song by Tenth Ave North called, Worn. Seeing that tree coming back to life reminds me that the Lord knows how to renew us at our lowest points. Also, Casting Crowns song, Broken Together, is a wonderful picture of how the Jesus makes inperfect people perfect for each other. Have more spirit moments,


    On Thu, May 18, 2017 at 4:00 PM BeautyBeyondBones wrote:

    > beautybeyondbones posted: “Have you ever been just drawn to something? And > I’m not talking the bakery case at the grocery store. Or the > shoe department at Nordstrom. I’m talking, a soul pull. A spirit > attraction. Ever since I’ve been home during my mom’s stroke recovery, I’ve > ” >


    1. Thanks so much, Gary. I love the song Broken Together. That song really moves my spirit. I’ll have to check out Worn! I can’t wait to listen. thanks for passing it along. hope you’re having a great week. hugs xox


      1. Anytime. This week, Chronolocity, will be available on Amazon Create Space. Scary step getting the book out. We will see what the Lord has planned. Hope your book is coming together.


  19. What a wonderful post! I got chills of bliss, for you, for your mom, for Christ our Mercy! Thank you so much for sharing this! I clicked on this post because I’m a pianist and I was attracted to your smile sitting in front of a piano!!! 😀 But there was so much more in your story than I expected! What a blessing! (I’ve also noticed you’ve liked a few of my posts for which I thank you heartily. It helps to know some-one is reading what I write, as I am sure you understand!) Blessings to you! You are a blessing! 😀


  20. I have been woefully behind on reading my emails and blogs that I follow…but this comes at just the right moment in my life. A year ago, we really weren’t sure if my mom would be able to live by herself again after her illness. Through her hospitalization, a song on Christian radio by Lauren Daigle called “Trust in You” brought me peace.
    Fast forward to now. Mom’s personality changed and she probably will never be herself again. Her short term memory has never improved since then, and now the neurologist wants to try a medicine that is used in Alzheimer’s patients. That blew me away. Having to just hang on to Jesus right now because after all Mom has been through, I am going “why THAT now?!?!?”
    Praying for peace for you in your journey…


    1. Hi Shauna, oh gosh, friend, I’m so sorry to hear that. I will definitely keep your mom and you and your family in my prayers. Hopefully this new medication will brings some improved healing. That will be my prayer 🙂 sending so much love and hugs xox

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      1. Thank you! I have been keeping you and your mom in my prayers as well! Praying for you as you make decisions…life is always throwing us curveballs, isn’t it!


  21. This was beautifully written. How are you dear? Hope you are having a great days and thanks for liking my post 💝☺️ much love


      1. You are more than welcome sweetheart. I am so glad that you are doing okay. That is great life becomes much easier when we take it one day at a time. Much love hugs 💕😊


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