Love Never Fades

I read a post by peacockpoetryblog.wordpress.com – “Part of The Process”  June 6, 2017. She spoke of how much she missed her Father since he passed away.  She wrote a beautiful poem about the loss of her Father.  In a comment, I mentioned I had written a poem about my brother who passed away.  She asked if she might read my poem, so I am posting it today.

I wrote this poem in late 2015.  My brother was ill for several years and he told me not to grieve when he was gone; he wanted me to think of him – Now and Then.  I worded this poem as if he were writing the poem himself.  I have 3 siblings, but my brother was the only sibling that shared both childhood and adulthood with me.  He was 1 1/2 years younger than me and we truly had a wonderful, loving relationship.  I miss him, I grieve for him, I loved him so dearly.  He passed away just before Thanksgiving in 2015; loss always seems harder to bear when it happens during the holiday season.

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THINK OF ME – NOW AND THEN

Now I’ve traveled down that long and final road of life; my earthly light shines no more.

I want no sorrow to fill you with gloom and despair; for my soul is now gone home.

Think for me for a short and quiet span of time; and smile as you remember.

Picture the life of love and joy we once shared; Think of Me – Now and Then.

We all must venture through this last journey alone; on the path to glorious eternity.

God has prepared a new and splendid place for me; where pain and regrets cannot go.

Do not fill your heart with distress and grief; find comfort in those still near.

Turn sorrow into charity to help others endure life; But Remember – Think of Me – Now and Then.

written for you – Jack, by your sister – Peggy

 

 

A World of Kindness

I have prayed many times for a world full of kindness.  The secret to staying happy and peaceful – never listen to nor watch the news.  That is hard to do in my home, because my husband is an avid news watcher. I try to escape the violence and hate that constantly bombards the newscasts.  I can hear most of the news from another room in our home.  I often go outside or put my earphones on to listen to music on my MP3 player and drown out the news.

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God’s word tells us there will be wars and rumors of wars in Matthew 24:6-9.  These verses tell of a sad scenario about the violence and hate that will transpire on this earth.

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In Ephesians 6:10-13 God tells us to withstand evil.  We must put on the whole armor of God to stand against the wiles of the devil.

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Listening to a constant barrage of hate on the news; makes us forget there is still much good in this world.  The news is 97% bad and usually only 3% good.

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Ephesians 4:31-32 tells us to let all bitterness, wrath, hate, and evil be put away from us. We are instructed to be kind, tenderhearted, and forgiving one to another.

Romans 12:20 – Overcome evil with Good.

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Although we live among the evil doers of this world – we must let our light shine brightly. Perhaps our examples of good will turn a lost soul to Christ.

I often look to the sky when I pray to God.  As you can see from the enclosed photos – there is beauty and peace in the wonderful pictures God paints for us in the sky.

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May God bless our world and bring more peace and less hate in the future.

 

 

Did You Ever Wish . . .

Did you ever wish you had a small, hidden cabin somewhere deep in the woods?  A place to go and hide from the world that is out of control.  A world of hate, killings, lies, and problems. There would be no computers, cellphones, television in this cabin – no way to communicate with the outside world.  There would be an old rocking chair on a rustic old porch, a beautiful scene spread before your eyes.  A scene with trees, animals, a babbling stream, quiet and absolute peacefulness.  The only device I would possess in this charming place would be my digital camera.  You could learn from the animals of the forest; learn how to share this world and coexist with other creatures.  Ah – to dream the impossible dream!

I took a 3 day break from my computer during Mother’s Day weekend.  I ventured into nature, I read my Bible more, I watched less t.v and tried to forget the daily world news. I felt happier, I actually accomplished outside and inside chores.   I found the world I use to live in – the one where you interact (face to face) with others.  I sat under the apple tree for long periods of time: talking with my husband and watching the garden grow.  I plan to back away from technology and post on wordpress once a week from this point forward.  I like sitting in the rocking chair, from time to time, and just daydreaming.

These little flies are enjoying nature, sharing a flower, face to face.

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Wet Weather

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Those of us who live in the “Tornado Belt” of the U.S. know what Spring holds in store for us concerning bad weather.  Sometimes Arkansas dodges the bullet and the storms leave our state before they become violent.  We were not so lucky Saturday, April 29.  We had 6 inches of rain, tornadoes, hail, wind, flooding, power outages, damaged property, human injury and death.  I can’t understand why any of us decide to reside in an area that has such wild weather.  My excuse is that I married an Arkie – I truly would prefer to live in the Western U.S.

The saddest tragedy concerning the 6 deaths we had in the state was the following story: A mother was out driving with her 2 young children, she ventured into flood water with her automobile.  Her car began to float away when the swift water became too deep.  The mother had to make a choice and she managed to swim ashore, but her 4 year old and 18 month old were still buckled up in the back seat.  She could not save her children as the water rushed into her car.  They have not found the car or the children at this time.  The police on the news who say this is not a rescue, they know it is now a recovery, have tears in their eyes as they talk of this incident.  We all know this mother is probably blaming herself; she will never be able to forget what happened; she will grieve for her children the rest of her life; depression will be the center of her life for a very long time. Each time I hear a story like this it brings sorrow to my heart and soul – I do not know what words could be said that would bring this mother comfort.

The morning the clouds from this storm began to build up over our state –  the sun managed to peek out for 30 seconds.  I was looking out the kitchen window, saw the sun, grabbed my camera, and got these two photos through the window – and then the sun was gone from sight.

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The rain came and in 12 hours we had a total of 6 inches of rain often mixed with hail. The wind blew leaves from the trees and limbs began to fall.  It is never uncommon in these storms to have a death from limbs or entire trees falling on a home.

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Roads were washed away; roads were closed; farmer’s field with planted crops were flooded causing serious financial loss.

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Life on this earth is often rough and very sorrowful.  I will leave you with this scripture: II Corinthians 1: 3-4 “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”

 

 

Unique Country Finds

You never know what you will find when you drive the country roads.  I found a few unique items that I do not see very often.

I managed to see a couple of the older concrete silos that once were used to store grain. The first upright silo like this (made of wood) to store grain was made by Fred Hatch in Illinois in 1873.

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You do not see many windmills in our area.  There are a lot of windmills in the West, especially across the panhandle of Texas.

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I do not live in a fancy house, but this small house was quite a unique find.  I would need to have more windows and the refrigerator in the kitchen and not on the front porch.

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The mailbox was so interesting.  This little cowboy was made of metal. The person who made this was quite a craftsman.

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I have not seen a well like this since I was a child.  My grandmother had one on her Missouri farm.  My brothers and I use to let the wooden bucket down into the well and it took all 3 of us to get it back up; full of water.

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Peace, Love, and Harmony

I guess everyone has sad memories in their lives.  I commend the bloggers I chose to be friends with – they seem to overcome tragedies and move on.  I do not generally mention my memories from 2012 – 2015, which were mostly like living in a nightmare.  Our preacher said the other day – “Ask God to forgive you for the sins and shortcomings in your lives, put them behind you, and move on.  God forgives you – forgive yourselves.” I had many shortcomings in those years due to overwhelming stress.  I did ask God to forgive me many, many times.  But it is funny how your mind will not let them go. My therapy for all of this was to go out into nature and photograph its beauty.  Even a simple puddle of water with reflections inspires me to see beauty.

If Man could learn to live their lives in contentment as the little birds do or the animals – what peace would fill your mind.  These small creatures go on with their lives and simply live in peace and harmony.  Man has never mastered the talent of all the small creatures that inhabit this world.  I guess all the violence and hate in this world is getting me down.  The tornadoes and storms that have damaged Arkansas and other states in the last few months has brought sorrow to my heart.  Sometimes you question why this world has to contain so much sorrow.  I do not blame God – I blame the actions of mankind on this earth.  America will be in a turmoil for 4 years over the actions of the Democrats and Republicans.  These two political parties are waging their own war against each other. Who is getting hurt in the cross fire (?) – the entire world.

I had no intention of writing all this – but I will say – Mankind needs to get their act together and straighten up.  None of the hate that transpires helps anyone.  God is not responsible for any of this turmoil – for God is love.  God gave man a free will to think for himself and mankind simply does not do what is pleasing in God’s sight.  Many need to grow up and take responsibility for their own actions.  You could say mankind acts like they are little children.  I believe children are more mature than many adults in this world.

These little blue butterflies live in peace and harmony.

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Look To The Sky

When your life is troubled, or your heart is full of sorrow – lift your eyes to the sky and let God help and comfort you.

“Sometimes the best thing that you can do is not think, not wonder, not imagine, not obsess.  Just breathe and have faith that everything will work out for the best.” Thedailyquotes.com.

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“Be silent, only the hand of God can remove the burdens of your heart” Rumi

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“Don’t feel bad if people remember you only when they need you . . . Feel privileged that you are like a candle that comes to their mind when there is darkness.” The Daily Quotes

Can you see the fox walking on the clouds in this picture?

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“Don’t make too much distance from your dear ones.  Otherwise they may learn how to live without you” . . .  www,olaalaa.com

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Give God the glory in your life and always put your faith in Him.  He will never leave you nor fail you.

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Vainglory and Strife

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I was sitting, looking at the lovely reflection in my living room mirror.  For an instant I saw beauty, peace, comfort and yet . . .  In just a short time my thoughts changed to something that has bothered me for a long time.  The chaos, deceit, and hate I see happening here in America in Washington D. C.

I Timothy 2:1-3 “I exhort therefore that first of all, supplications, prayers, and intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men.  For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.  For this is good an acceptable in the sight of God our savior.”

It truly is hard to pray for those in authority in this country.  They are like unruly, squabbling children.  In my heart I do not see them turning into responsible adults.

Ecclesiastes 10:16 “Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes eat in the morning!”

Ecclesiastes 10:12 “The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.”

I find myself depressed and full of hopelessness; due to the childish behavior of the democrats and the republicans. I see them all acting like 5 year old children.Each of them is trying to get a piece of the pie, but there is not enough pie to go around. My wise Mother, who is with the Lord now, would have laughed at that statement and agreed with me. I truly believe our new president needs to learn to control the words that come out of his mouth.  He needs to cease the childish statements on Twitter.  A wise man thinks and is silent, but a fool spews foolishness from his mouth.

Philippians 2:3 “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.”

I will leave you with another bit of the wisdom of King Solomon.

Ecclesiastes 1:9 “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.”

May God bless America and instill upon the foolish men of this country – Wisdom.

A Soldier’s Prayer

I was reading a book on prayer, “Prayer The Voice Of Faith”, written by a preacher (Charles B. Hodge, Jr.).  He enclosed a prayer by an Unknown Confederate Soldier. This prayer was found on the body of this soldier after he was killed near the end of the Civil War (in the battle of Devil’s Den near Gettysburg).  Through trials and tribulations most of us turn to God in  prayer for help and comfort.

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I ask God for strength, that I might achieve,

I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey . . .

I asked for health, that I might do greater things,

I was given infirmity, that I might do better things . . .

I asked for riches, that I might be happy,

I was given poverty that I might be wise . . .

I ask for power, that I might have the praise of men,

I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God . . .

I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life,

I was given life, that I might enjoy all things . . .

I got nothing that I had asked for, but everything I had hoped for.

Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered.

I am, among all men, most richly blessed.

Be Ever Ready

We drift through life.  We let the world distract us from serving the Lord.  We watch others pass from this earth, but we ignore our own mortality.  God tells us to be ever ready for we know not when the hour shall come.  The parable below is an excellent example of this scenario.

Luke 12:16-21  “And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?  And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.  And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.  But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasures for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

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Proverbs 3:9-10 “Honor the Lord with thy substance, and with the first-fruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.”

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Luke 12:24 “Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?”

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God tells us to lay up our treasures in heaven, not on this earth.

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We have lost several good people from our congregation lately.  Another wondeful Christian man passed away this morning.  We will all miss him greatly.  But, we all feel this gentleman has gone to be with Jesus.

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Serve the Lord with all your heart, mind, and soul and be added to The Book of Life.