About

Hi! I am Heidi Viars. I have been married to Scott for over thirty-four years (and I shamelessly admit that I made the better deal). We are parents of six kids, adopted and biological, adults and teens.

I started this blog almost ten years ago. I shared pictures from my early morning walks, from the beauty I found in a breathtaking sunrise or the simplicity of a sunflower in a field. Many mornings I came home and sat with the downloaded photos, and was stirred by awe. I tried to condense this almost uncontainable joy through a few, carefully chosen words in poetry, an outlet I still use today to manage deep emotions.

But then things changed.

More and more, God showed me people … something more beautiful to Him than sunrises and flowers. I took note of their stories and tried to find Him there.

What I found surprised me.

My prayer is that you are just as astonished at what you see in these ordinary yet extraordinary reflections.

I hope to see you there …

147 responses to “About”

  1. […] guest today is Heidi Viars, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and follower of Jesus. Originally from Germany, she now lives […]

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  2. “I have found Jesus to be more than I could have ever imagined. He is the Light of my day and what drives me to live.” His grace now shines bright through your writing as a beacon for others to see His undeserved mercy. Peace and blessings to you.

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    1. Same to you, blogging friend.

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  3. What a beautiful testimony to the Gospel of Christ. x

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    1. Beautiful God, Lesley! Thanks for introducing yourself to me. Looking forward to reading your posts

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      1. Thank you so much, Heidi. πŸ’–

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  4. A beautiful testimony of God’s love!

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    1. Thanks for coming by to read … and connect. God’s stories are beautiful … stories of his redemption, love and kindness. SO glad we crossed path, Cindy πŸ€—

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  5. I’m just tickled pink to find myself here with you!

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    1. So grateful to be able to connect here, Brenda!

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    2. For anyone who happens to read here or has known Brenda Lynn … Brenda has passed away some time ago. I only had the privilege of knowing her for about a year. She attended the Bible study I facilitate and shared sparingly and heartfelt about her struggles. She is missed. She wrote amazingly. She held tight to Jesus. I can’t wait to see her again one day.

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  6. Such a well written “About” I rewrote my “About” many times before I was satisfied with it. After reading yours, I’m wondering again. Does it say what it really needs to say? Hmmm. I might just be comparing. I do that! It’s not good, but I just want to say what needs to be said. Nice meeting you. I love poetry, so I’m sure I’ll enjoy reading your inspiring words. 😊

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Tina … I love this community and the unique gifts each person brings. It’s in this diversity God shows His manifold wisdom and love. Looking forward to reading more at your place, too πŸ™‚

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  7. Dear Heidi, I saved what I thought was your email address, but am not such. Would you share it with me again so I can send you the Words of Life list? Thank you. Blessings

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    1. Thank you, sweet friend! So grateful God allowed us to cross paths!

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    2. I am grateful you are in my life; you life me up. Please continue to write and share. You are a gift to all who read.

      Colleen Micele

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  8. Hey, pleased to know you.
    Your name made me think about the novel, HeidiπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜€
    I loved that novel and movie.😊
    Blessings.🌸

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  9. Mrs Viars, I was looking for you on Facebook as we haven’t talked in a long while. I then realized that you don’t have one but stumbled across your blog. I couldn’t help as I was reading but to think that I needed to read this. As I am about to begin my path after high school and into the military this has helped me think more deeply on the difficult road ahead and given me strength to remember to keep going no matter how hard it gets. Thank you, I miss you and I hope to get in touch soon, xoxo, Mercedes

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  10. Heidi thank you got following my blog. I appreciate you sharing your testimony. It will give others hope I am sure. I really enjoy reading the blogs and hearing how God has touched others life through his love. I will look forward to reading your post. I am studying now and involved with ministry so I am not blogging as much. However I try to follow the prompting of the Holy Spirit and write when he asks me to. I hope my blog will encourage you and give you hope as well.

    Blessings to you Tom

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  11. Followed your blog. It’s awesome. Feel free to stop by mine.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment. It’s so very much a appreciated. Blessing to you this Easter πŸ™‚

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      1. THANK you! I wish you peace and love.

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  12. Wow, your blog is so inspiring and so is your life story. May God bless you today. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Anna Rose, for stopping by. Thank you also for those kind words πŸ™‚

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  13. You have a lovely blog. I’m so glad I found it. I think I’m really going to enjoy reading at your little corner of the blogosphere. πŸ™‚

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    1. The same goes for your blog, Jennifer. Glad we bumped into each other πŸ™‚

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  14. I am both sorry for and give thanks for your past pain and darkness. It’s made you who you are, and one whom God has chosen to work through to share great beauty. I’m looking forward to reading more of your past work and sharing it on occasion.

    A funny story about the piece of yours that I re-blogged this morning. My husband read it and wasn’t sure which of the words were yours and which were mine, since our voices are so similar…his words.

    I give thanks that Our Lord has caused our paths to cross,

    Mary

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    1. Thanks so much for those kind words of encouragement, Mary! I too am very grateful God allowed us to cross paths πŸ™‚ Blessings to your as you journey with Him!

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  15. Heidi, I love how you have truly given the “reason for your hope.” I had not read your About page before now, and I got goosebumps as I read it. My own life was “rescued from the deep” over 30 yrs ago. How blessed we are to know and walk with such a gracious Savior.

    Your sister in Christ ~ Wendy

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    1. How blessed we are indeed, Wendy. I am so grateful that He allowed us to cross paths here.
      Your blogs, reflections, poems, and artwork are all so beautiful, always pointing us to our ultimate Creator and the Artist of our souls πŸ™‚ Thanks for reading!

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  16. Found your blog today and had very much enjoyed viewing the pictures within your posts!

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    1. Thank you for your visit and comment. Blessings to you!

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  17. Heidi, thank you so very much for showing me your kindness at my blog http://familyanswersfast.wordpress.com/ . Mothers of 3 sons unite πŸ™‚ I’m super happy to read of your happiness and praise God that deep darkness has been pushed aside by His light! The photos on my blog are also taken here at my home, often by my 14 year old who has a keen and eye. My eyes are a bit more harried, lol!

    Merry Christmas to you and yours! I look forward to getting to reading your blog ❀

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    1. Thanks so much for your visit, Angie~ Yes, praise God for His plan to push out the darkness through Jesus. May He fill your heart this Christmas with Himself … Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  18. Amen and God’s continual favor on the words you write and speak. I love your blog because it is your testimony and I respect your faith in the message God has taught you. Thank you for sharing your journey. God bless. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, April, for visiting and commenting! We serve a marvelous God, who did not spare His Son for us … Blessings to you, on your journey as well. πŸ™‚

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  19. I just found your blog and I am inspired!!! God is truly awesome!!! πŸ™‚

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    1. Glad we got to cross (cyber)paths πŸ™‚ Blessings to you!

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  20. Praise God!! What an awesome testimony you have to share with others. It’s a powerful one from the Lord.

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    1. I am so grateful to Him for having drawn toward His heart. What an amazing God who fully knows us and yet completely loves us … Blessings to you … thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

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  21. Dear Heidi
    Thank you for liking my page πŸ™‚ I really appreciate it. You have such a great poem here. will read more your stuff soon. Blessing to you.
    Regards
    Karina

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by, Karina πŸ™‚ Blessings to you and on your journey with Jesus!

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      1. Hi sis Heidi.
        You are much welcome. Blessings πŸ™‚

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  22. Thanks for sharing your powerful testimony. May God continue to bless you on your journey!

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  23. I am happy that God has brought you out of darkness into His marvelous light, so that you can continue to let your light so shine before men, so they can see His wonderful work and glorify Him. Thanks for dropping by my blog. God bless you and family.

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  24. Heidi,
    I connect with the way your write your heart in your pages. Your story. Your passion for Christ.
    I’d love for you to be a part of the Wanderings project. Readers sharing together. Very powerful.
    If you’d like go check it out:
    http://40yearwanderer.com/devotionals-and-studies/
    And please share it with others you know would appreciate encouragement and encouraging others.
    Hugs,
    Heather
    40YearWanderer

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    1. Thank you so much, Heather for you kind encouragement and all the work you do to advance His Kingdom… I will stop oven and check things out! Blessings to you!

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  25. Hi Heidi, predictive text and text correction can annoying when doing something in a hurry I meant to say ‘open mind’. Thank you again!

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    1. Hello Ranger,
      I agree with you…automatic text corrections can be a pain πŸ™‚ I appreciate you taking time to comment here. Glad to have crossed paths with you on this journey. Yes, I agree, long live honest words, useful communication with empathy, and may I be so bold to add truth to that list πŸ™‚ blessings to you, blogging friend!!!!

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  26. Hi, Heidi! I just wanted to let you know that God brought you to mind a couple of different times today so I hope you are doing well and I pray that He will just abundantly bless you right now πŸ™‚

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    1. Dearest Ann, what a blessing to know that the Lord prompted you to think about me. I so appreciate your prayers. My husband and I have stepped out and made some big decisions which will be affecting our whole family, for which we need prayer. Also, God has been leading me since October last year to provide encouragement for families hit by disaster (see my other blog at http://boxesfromtheheart.net). Slowly, and step by step, He is making the provisions for that … I have seen Him lead and confirm this path in the most amazing ways! Thanks so much for your prayers and heart for a fellow sister πŸ™‚ I will pray for you today too … how are you?

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      1. Moving into new seasons in our lives quite often is a bit scary but you have seen God confirming this for you and I think it is awesome πŸ™‚ I will keep you in prayer for sure. I am at a weird place where the rug has sort of been pulled out from under me and kind of feel like I’m just hanging out there. I believe God is telling me to let go of a lot of old stuff but hasn’t really shown me which way to go and there’s not much room for standing still. I know He will keep me no matter what happens but sure wish He would give me a vision, a direction to move toward and at least one step to take πŸ™‚ Ah, faith..such an exciting walk! Blessings to you, Heidi and to your family also!

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        1. I am reading wonderful book right now. Actually, I am reading it again. If you can get a hold of Susie Larson’s “Your Beautiful Purpose” I think you would love it …. It has so helped me. We did it in our Ladies’ Bible Study group and I am also going through it with a gal I am mentoring. I will be praying for you as well … If you ever want to shoot me an email feel free hviars@charter.net πŸ™‚

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          1. Thanks for the book recommendation. I made a note of it and will look when I’m at LifeWay next time. I also noted your email. Thank you..:)

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  27. Hi Heidi thank you for the kind words on my poetry! It seems that our journeys have taken us to different platforms! But I am grateful for your open mindless and your honesty!

    Long live honest words and useful communication with empathy.

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  28. Hello, sweet sister! I love knowing that you’re part of my family! There’s a memento for you on my blog: http://lessonsbyheart.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/wordpress-family-award/ πŸ™‚

    \o/

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    1. I am honored to be a part of such a loving (blog) family. Thank you for your kind words, sister πŸ™‚

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      1. Meant every bit! πŸ™‚

        \o/

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  29. Time alone. We struggle to arrange it in this world of rush and connectivity. But it must happen! Forget the agenda. Leave the cell phone on the counter. Hit the sidewalks at break of day. Listen for God’s heartbeat, a lifting word of scripture, incomparable refreshment…Doug

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    1. How true indeed! Yes, we must make time and to seek and find. He never leaves us nor forsakes us and makes Himself known in the quiet and stillness. Thank you so much, Doug, for stopping by the blog, I love your writings and poetry! Blessings to you!

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  30. Hi Heidi, I am so pleased to have found your blog through the fellowship of Christian Bloggers. I love your heart-felt blog. Thank you for sharing your heart with us.

    Anita http://www.scatterthestones.co.uk

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    1. Thank you, Anita, for visiting and leaving a note of encouragement. Blessings to you in your ministry as you share God’s heart with your readers!

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  31. Great to hear about your testimony.
    And thank you on behalf of Daylight Tune Ministry for visiting and liking our blog, your future visits and likes. May it bless you πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks for your visit, Blessings to you!

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