What’s Your Story? Wednesday: Sharon Lazar

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Today’s ‘What’s Your Story?’ features adorable Sharon Lazar, a mom to four firefighter sons! Yes, four! I had the privilege of making her a custom family window, but what was even more fun was making a family window for her sister, Kathy, at the same time! There could not be two closer sisters. As best friends they share a huge love for their families which is evidenced in their stories.

A sweet moment in the creative design process was when Sharon’s sister, Kathy {who will be featured in next week’s What’s Your Story?’} asked me for ideas on family quotes, scripture, sayings, etc. for her window. I read hundreds ~ everything from George Burns’ “Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city,” to Mother Teresa’s “What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.” It was surprisingly sad to observe that most family quotes had something to do with hurt or pain, not love and grace. I switched gears and turned to Scripture, rich with family verses. When I read 1 Corinthians 13:6, 7, “Love… It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” I felt a tug and emailed the verse to Kathy as an idea for her family window.

Immediately after sending Kathy’s email, I saw a message from Sharon in my inbox. I read. My mouth gaped. And then I laughed. After much thought she’d decided on her family’s verse, 1 Corinthians 13: “Love… It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” Ha!

To tell Sharon’s story, is to tell where her love for “old things” comes from.

“It is heartwarming to look at an old refurbished item and remember where I got it, and to imagine where it came from, and who had it in their home prior. Old, aged items have history that brings so much more inspiration to a home. Those old items make my dwelling a home, and not just “things” in a house. My parents collected antiques. It was a passion of theirs to find old and unusual items, and they passed this passion on to me. Old windows, doors, boxes and wood… they tell a story!”

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The Lazar Family window inspiration? Without a doubt, Sharon believes they are ‘One of God’s Masterpieces.’ She says, “My husband and I share a love for our boys that is deeply rooted and unconditional. We do most everything together; vacations, dinners, and everyday get-togethers. We are so thankful to have each other.” This is quite a feat considering there are four sons ranging from 22-30. When she speaks of her sons, her sweet-spirited bragging is contagious. “My boys treat their mama with love and respect that is over-the-moon, to the point that I often feel undeserving. They have followed in their father’s footsteps in becoming firefighters. I don’t think he realizes the impact he’s had on their lives, so much so that they aspire to be like him!

If you ask her about wishing they would have had a daughter, Sharon answers truthfully. “A daughter would have been nice but God had a plan for our family, and He gifted my husband and I with the perfect family for us. It has been a wonderful journey but there have been bumps along the way; disappointment, let-downs, rejections, heartache and loss. We have used those times to teach life lessons, knowing our hope will be strengthened as a result. It’s a hope not found in this world, but only available through our Lord. James 1:2-3 says, “My friends, consider yourselves fortunate when all kinds of trials come your way, for you know that when your faith succeeds in facing such trials, the result is the ability to endure.”

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Whatever trials face you today, may Sharon’s words be an encouragement to you: “I wake up each morning with an anticipation as to what the Lord has for me, it’s my goal to begin each day filled with joy and love, even if I’m not feeling it.”

Sharon, your story is a blessing, as is your family. Thank you for sharing! Next week, Sharon’s sister, Kathy, tells her story!

Embrace today- the ups and downs, and remember that you are writing your story! What does yours say?

I leave you with this family quote:

“You must remember, family is often born of blood, but it doesn’t depend on blood. Nor is it exclusive of friendship. Family members can be your best friends, you know. And best friends, whether or not they are related to you, can be your family.” ~ Trenton Lee Stewart

 

If you have questions about creating a custom inspired window, please contact me at: bekah@inspiredwindow.net

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