True Love

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Oh, to be loved.  Truly loved.

This is the heartfelt longing that many of us experience.  Life can be hurtful when those we care about treat us with disdain.  It can be hard to know our value.

Like many, I have suffered much at the hands of others.  Sometimes deserved; sometimes not.

The emotional toll that such rejection causes is painful and we struggle to make sense of such dislike, or hatred.     The negative energy directed at us can be crippling.  There is, however, a safe place that we can go, if we choose to.

When the bottom fell out of my world I could not have foreseen the outcome.  My heart was broken and yet, one day I was approached by an unknown carer, who took my hand (metaphorically) and led me to a much better place.  A safe haven where true love resided.

I can recall a sense of immense relief on that day.  It felt as if God had stepped in front of me; He picked me up; dusted me off and stood me up causing me to look into His eyes.  His only words were ‘You may not know me, but I know everything about you.  I know when you sit down and when you rise up.  I am familiar with all your ways.’ Psalm 139:1-3

Child, I love you.  I do not concern myself with the things that you have done.  The things that cause others to treat you with disdain.  I love you, just as you are.  All I ask is that you love me, for you are my treasured possession (Exodus 19:5).

Do you need a hug today?  Let God be the provider.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus.  I ask You to come into my heart and life and forgive me all my wrongs.  Please show me the right way to live and to choose wisely.  In Your Name. Amen.

Patricia

 

 

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A Sticky Situation

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The past few months in Ontario have been some of the hottest ever recorded.  Temperatures have consistently soared to between 30 – 40 degrees when factoring in the humidity.

The air feels sticky, even steamy leaving some folk labouring to take a breath in the oxygen-deprived air.  Relief eludes us, in fact, it seems that this intense heat has enveloped almost the entire Northern hemisphere locking us into a vortex of unusually high heat.

I liken this weather to life situations.  When trouble hits, whether it is illness, a death, work-related or financial challenges, we are suddenly thrust into the midst of a cloying, uncomfortable placed that depletes our energy and we sink into an abyss of worry or grief.  It is an unpleasant and frightening place to be.  We have to be strong and not give up as we fight to maintain a semblance of normalcy in our lives.

Just as breathing is challenging on a hot, steamy summer day knowing how to deal with life-challenges can be an arduous uphill battle too.

We become so overwhelmed by the turbulent events that threaten our sanity; even our life and wise decision-making can elude us.  That’s when we need help.

The Bible gives us ample encouragement if we choose to read and trust its’ content.  We can find many words to hang on to and calm our troubled spirit and mind.

Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.    Psalm 37:5

Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.  Psalm 37:7

.. those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up (walk) with wings like eagles.  They shall run and not be weary.  They shall walk and not faint.   Isaiah 40:31

Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.  Psalm 30:5

I experienced a particularly horrifying period some years ago.  My life became a battleground as I was alone and rejected.  Jobless and (for a brief period) homeless.  I was tired and hopeless.  Unable to see the wood among the trees as I became more and more dejected.

A chance (methinks it was a God taking control moment) visit to a small church saved me.  I wanted safety and peace.  I was ready to give up.  I sat.  Took a deep breath and asked God for help.

A bible in front of me had a well-worn section and I opened it and read.

The Lord is my shepherd;

I shall not want.

He makes me to lie down in green pastures;

He leads me beside the still waters.

He restores my soul;

He leads me in the paths of righteousness

For His name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil;

For You are with me.

Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;

You anoint my head with oil;

My cup runs over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me

All the days of my life;

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord, forever.   NKJV New King James version.

Those few moments filled me with a sense of purpose.  I chose to not give up on my life and determined to seek wise advice, instead of struggling alone.

Whatever you are dealing with, please choose to not give up.  Reach out for help, be it from a church member, a social services agency or a trusted friend.

I found renewed hope and I know you can too.

God loves you just as you are.  Trust Him to be your guide to bring you relief.

Patricia

 

 

 

 

You Are a Gift

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I performed a long-overdue task recently.  I sorted through, and categorized a myriad of papers that I have collected over many years.  Yes, a lot!

I write – albeit not always consistently, and I make notes on observations.  I can and will use these in future writing endeavours.

One of the items I found in my mountains of collected thoughts and memories was a birthday card.  The words struck a chord with me because I love the thought that God made each of to His unique pattern.  I’d like to share the words with you and hope that if you are in need of encouragement today maybe this will help.

(Author Unknown)

You are a gift!

God made loving people to do His work on earth,

To give a hug or lend a helping hand.

He gave them words of encouragement, and cheer, and tender hearts that care and understand.

God made loving people to show us day by day

How far the wonders of His love can go.

And all the good they do helps make a better world.

A little bit of heaven here below.

There is no one else like you.

You have gifts that only you can give the world.

You have blessings others can only receive through you.

The Lord designed every detail of who you are,

And the world is blessed to have you in it.

May the Lord guide and keep you safe and well,

And show you how special you are.

Patricia

 

 

 

Spring Flowers

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Each year as winter draws to a close, I eagerly anticipate the arrival of spring flowers; first the snowdrops and crocus, then lilac and primroses, followed by lily of the valley and more.  The icing on the cake is always the sighting of the first robin.  All these bring me joy, because the cold of winter does not thrill me at all.DSC01765 (100x75)

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I always need to curb my desire to begin sowing seeds.  I visualize how I want my garden to look and begin to plan each step.  More and more, I am planting pollinator species.  It saddens me that we are losing bee and Monarch butterfly species.  I now plant with their needs in mind.

Of course late snowstorms often bring my dreaming to a halt, nevertheless, the creative gardener in me cannot be stopped for long.

I love the fresh crisp air; the sounds of birds returning from their winter migration, and the pull of the great outdoors.  To me there is nothing quite like it.  Nature coming back  to life again, after a long cold sleep.

To those of you that do not have the gift of a garden, here are a few pictures of flowers in my garden.

Enjoy.

Patricia

A Stolen Childhood, Eleanor’s Story – review

A review of my book A Stolen Childhood, Eleanor’s Story.

Submitted by Denise Foster of Innisfil.

Thank you so much, Denise.

This was a very compelling book to read.  The main character was a survivor of life, life itself after living a very scarred childhood.  It formulated her adult life, marriage and the lives of her children.

It was in giving her life to God that Eleanor managed to be a survivor.

The book is very well done by author, Patricia E. Day

 A Stolen Childhood, Eleanor’s Story 

Softcover:  $15 Cdn. + shipping by email request from Author (pattersday@gmail.com)

E-book:     https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/308936

                 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CHQI39U  

 

 

 

 

 

Good Grief People. (Death. The uninvited intruder).

Good Grief People, a deeply moving collection of stories and poems written by Glynis M. Belec; Barbara Heagy; Alan Anderson; Donna Mann; Ruth Smith Meyer and Carolyn Wilker.

DEATH!  The uninvited intruder that robs us of joy in life.

It interrupts your life and slows your plans and goals.  (Donna Mann, page 92 in the book)

This is a book that could claim to be a comforter to all who lose a loved one.  It is that and more.  It is like a comforting hug; an understanding friend.  Within the many experiences I feel there will be at least one with which you can relate, if you have experienced a death in your family, or social circle.

They are stories that could help you deal with the deep trauma of grief, and not be trapped by it.

When we come to accept that death is a part of life.  We can’t escape it, but we can overcome the pain of grief.

Ruth M Belec says it well on page 72. Grief!  We don’t get over it.  Rather, it becomes part of us.  We slowly develop a new normal.

This a profoundly true.  One day at a time, you do what needs to be done.  The hardest part is just getting out of bed, when you would prefer to curl up in a ball and die too.

Death not only robs you of a loved one; it steals your identity.  Suddenly, you are no longer a parent, son, daughter, friend.  Life becomes empty: an empty chair at the table.  Birthdays, anniversaries and special holidays are tinged with sadness.  There are a multitude of new ‘firsts’ as you attempt to regain a normalcy in life.

Barbara Heagy writes, ‘I have learned that grief doesn’t come in nice tidy stages.  It has a twisting path that goes ina and out of healing and new growth, and back into emotional outbursts, anger, and panic.  I may think I am doing just fine and then something will happen that makes me realize I really am not as fine as I thought. (Page 139)

Altogether, a down-to-earth look at, and sharing of death, and the ensuing grief.

Easy to read when you feel you can begin to look at the outside world of life again.

May be purchased on Amazon.ca

https://www.amazon.ca/review/RX9BZWZ729K9V

 

Surviving ‘Uncle Hitler’ – Book Review

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Surviving ‘Uncle Hitler’  Journey of a German Girl written by Dorothea Wollin Null is a thoroughly engrossing account of the life of six year old Dorothea, caught up in the atrocities of  war in Europe.

Under the brutal Hitler regime the German people were hoodwinked into thinking the bombing of German has been unprovoked.  They believed their country was innocent of evil activities and was being led by a leader of esteem.  This was before television reporters could investigate to reveal the truth.

When her family lost their home they began a long, dangerous journey seeking shelter wherever they could.  This journey took them through the Hitler reign, the Russian occupation and so much more.

The strength they needed was beyond their ability.  Their Christian faith sustained them through extreme conditions lasting for decades.

Dorothea’s account is beautifully compelling and sad.  War is especially cruel to children who have no real concept of why people are suddenly so cruel and lacking compassion toward neighbours who are in trouble.

Emotions are turned upside down and surviving to hold their family together became the mainstay of her parents and siblings.

Finally landing in America, her story will hold your attention from beginning to end.

I can relate to much of what she recalls having survived bomb attacks through the German blitz on England and being relocated out of London during second world war in England.  None of what I experienced compares with the trials Dorothea and her family endured.  This honest critique from the memories of a little girl is definitely a must-read.

Highly recommended for all.

I was provided with a complimentary copy of this publication in exchange for an honest review.

https://www.amazon.ca/review/RJ6BAD1KSB755

Seek and You Will Find

An osprey often glides over and across the green space behind my home.  It is seeking food.  It knows it will find an abundance of critters available for its next meal.  A plethora of choice actually.  Squirrels, rabbits, chipmunks and birds all frequent my back garden.

Oft times I watch the prey creatures going about their business below the hunter and wonder why the osprey is not attacking.  It obviously knows what is good for its own well-being.  It is choosing carefully.

I pondered this and asked myself if I was equally diligent in my choices.  Equally discerning when taking into account my own well-being.

Am I always drawn to what will be good for me?

I think I am, yet in my imperfection I reason that there are times when I lack wisdom.  Knowing and seeking calls for discernment.  So – I pray each day for God’s intervention in my life; that I will follow His guidance because I need help every day.

Just as the magnificent osprey carefully determines what the next move is, I pray that my next action proves to be beneficial to not only me,  but also to those around me.

Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you.  (NKJV)

What do you need help with today?

Patricia

 

 

Books by Patricia Day

Book Links

 A Stolen Childhood, Eleanor’s Story 

Softcover:  $15 Cdn. + shipping by request from Author

E-book:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/308936

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CHQI39U  

 

Book for Children:  Tabitha and The Forbidden Forest

Softcover: $10 Cdn. + shipping by request from Author

E-book      http://www.amazon.com/dp/B016L3NZD8

Blog:         https://patriciaeday.wordpress.com

 

Hidden in the Shadows, Never Give Up

Softcover: $10 Cdn. + shipping by request from Author

E-book     https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/708253

https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B06XDV6P5F

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/708253