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To Grandpa, from your “No 1 Granddaughter” Possum

It’s been quite a while since my last post, I know. The reasons for that are multiple but one of the reasons is my Grandpa, Ray, passed away peacefully on 29 March 2015 after a two month stint in hospital. He was 87 years old and it has been so hard saying good-bye to someone who had such a huge impact on my life. I thought I would upload the poem that I wrote and shared at his funeral last week.

His unquenchable thirst

Pushed him to new heights.

He was my Pa Pa first

Umpiring my sister fights.

Little hands knead the dough;

Big ones made such a mess.

The flour: high and low;

Grandma sure earned her rest.

His booming laugh roared,

Around his chair, we would run.

In strong arms enfolded,

As we giggled with the fun.

The law now behind me

He allayed all my fears.

He was still proud of me

All of my days and years.

Becoming a Great Grandpa:

The next step for Ray.

Raising the flag to the stars,

He was fierce proud that day.

Looking at pictures of us,

He told me happily

that we were all his:

His precious family.

He got knocked down,

The Comeback King Ray.

Inner strength he found,

He did things his way.

I miss his face,

His hair needing a comb.

But he ran his race.

And now he has gone home.

His love was fierce,

I’m not me without him.

His loss does pierce

But I know I will see him.

I see him in the sun,

Young and walking tall,

Eyes sparkling with fun,

Waiting with Jesus for us all.

You’d look at me and smile,

You knew me so well.

You raised me up high,

And I never fell.

You knew how I loved you.

I knew you were never far.

So now I say thank you

For being my Grandpa.

As Shakespeare once wrote,

“Now cracks a noble heart! Good night, sweet prince; And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!”

My last words to Grandpa were, I love you and I’ll see you soon. Today, I want to say the same thing.

Fly away Pa Pa and until we meet again, I love you.

You’re Beautiful by Phil Wickham

Hi Everyone,
I’ve had a few changes in the last few months which is why I’ve been absent from my blog and am actually back at University to step into a new career. My nephew arrived safe and sound – he’s 2 months! My grandfather is also very sick, which has been hard and some days my heart just aches with it. When I get overwhelmed, which I have to admit has been a lot lately, I like to listen to WorshipMob’s version of this song. You can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JP_HLFdfok
Lyrics:
I see Your face in every sunrise
The colors of the morning are inside Your eyes
The world awakens in the light of the day
I look up to the sky and say
You’re beautiful

I see Your power in the moonlit night
Where planets are in motion and galaxies are bright
We are amazed in the light of the stars
It’s all proclaiming who You are
You’re beautiful

I see You there hanging on a tree
You bled and then you died and then you rose again for me
Now You are sitting on Your heavenly throne
Soon we will be coming home
You’re beautiful

When we arrive at eternity’s shore
Where death is just a memory and tears are no more
We’ll enter in as the wedding bells ring
Your bride will come together and we’ll sing
You’re beautiful

I see Your face, I see Your face
I see Your face, You’re beautiful
You’re beautiful
You’re beautiful

Stay safe.

2015 – ready or not

As I write this, I’m still surprised that the New Year has come and gone. 2014 went by so fast for me that I’m not even sure I have clear memory of what happened. Perhaps everyone feels that way this time of year. I mean, if you’re anything like me, preparation for Christmas starts in November – gifts, cards, parties, catching up with friends. It goes by so quickly and then suddenly, it’s the first day of a new year.

I’m not a resolutions person. I never really bought into New Year’s Eve as an actual holiday – I’m grateful for the public holiday. I read a post by Candace Cameron Bure today that reminded me that this time of year is a great time to re-evaluate your goals. You can read her post here: http://candacecameronbure.net/practically-speaking/2015-goals/

It got me thinking about my own goals. My personal trainer likes me to think about fitness goals in the New Year period but I’ve never pushed myself to achieve them. For 2015, I’ve decided to hold myself accountable to this blog post. I’m posting this to make myself think seriously about what I want to get out of 2015.

  1. To stay fervent in prayer – I’m a Christian and I believe that prayer really helps me stay centered on the things that God has for me.
  2. Spend time studying the Bible each day, whether that is 5 minutes or an hour. This is a habit that I really need to get back into because I know from past experience that without it, I feel stressed and out of whack with myself.
  3. Prioritize myself more – I tend to drop everything for family whenever they need it but I rarely put my own needs first. This takes a toll after a prolonged period of time and I start to feel frustrated with myself. It’s my own fault though so the solution starts with me.
  4. Get in shape – I’m completely out of the habit of getting to the gym 3 times a week and this has to change. I know it’s going to kill me to start but I also know that it’s going to really help my mindset. I know intellectually that I need the physical outlet… I’m just too good at putting it off at the moment.
  5. Write every week – This one is really important. I finished my first manuscript but I owe it the proper time to edit it into a polished work. I also just started my second manuscript, which I’m really excited about so this has to be a priority in 2015.

I figure that if I can really focus on these five things, 2015 is going to be better than 2014.

What are your goals?

Today, I’m promising myself that I’m going to meet mine this year and I hope that you do too. I’m thinking of the feeling of achievement I will have when I look back on this post on 1 January 2016 and realize that I did what I set out to do.

The Magic Bank Account

Wow, thanks for sharing! This is very thought provoking. I love the picture you chose to!

Lynette Noni

My mother sent me a forwarded email the other day and something about it just stuck with me, so I wanted to share it with you. The original author isn’t known—the following text was found in the billfold of a man named Coach Paul Bear Bryant upon his death in 1982.

The Magic Bank Account

Imagine that you had won the following *PRIZE* in a contest: Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400 in your private account for your use.  However, this prize has rules:

The set of rules:

1. Everything that you didn’t spend during each day would be taken away from you.

2. You may not simply transfer money into some other account.

3. You may only spend it.

4. Each morning upon awakening, the bank opens your account with another $86,400 for that day.

5. The bank can end the game without warning; at any time it…

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The State of the World

I am constantly torn between not wanting to sound ignorant of current events and disgusted by what I read. Has anyone else felt like that? I log on to a news website to see what is currently being reported and instantly I feel sick to my stomach. Stories about mothers sexually abusing their children, a 9 year old child stabbed to death by a 12 year old on a playground, children left to die in cars in hot weather – I mean, the list is endless. And it’s filled with sick and twisted individuals committing unspeakable acts.

Even the so-called ‘fluff’ pieces about celebrities contain the latest in rehab stints, or mental breakdowns, or some other sexually explicit dance move. People getting divorced, people getting cheated on – am I the only one who’s noticed that the news has taken a real negative twist?

I remember in high school (only ten years ago but hey!) we were encouraged to read the newspaper to keep up to date on current events but today it feels like a different world. Readers are bombarded with some of the most disturbing stories and it’s exhausting.

I try to keep this blog positive and free from that kind of dark and twisty stuff. I try to keep my mind free of it as well but today I realised that if I really hate being hit with this type of stuff, I actually need to make the break. I need to stop ‘informing myself’ of these types of stories and to do that I need to give up on the news websites. So starting today, I’m no longer going to log on to these websites. I’m going to risk looking ignorant of what’s happening in the world. It will no doubt prove to be good for me.

Write to the Point with Angie Brashear

I really enjoyed this post by Angie Brashear. I hope you will too!

Genesis 5020

Angie Brashear - Headshot (2)Today we get write to the point with Angie Brashear. I am sure you will be touched by her interview. Read until the end, she has a giveaway for you.

Tell us about yourself, family, where are you from, how long have you been writing?

Let’s see…I’m originally from Rockland, Maine and currently reside in Cameron, Texas with my husband and three children. By day, I’m a Director of Special Education for nine small school districts. By night (once my kiddos fall asleep), I’m a writer. At least for the past two years. During all the hours in between, I attend a lot of time at sporting events because my husband is a football coach and all of my kids love sports.

How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?

While this is the question I love to answer most, it is also the most difficult question for…

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