Good Morning!

   Time away and birth of a healthy baby granddaughter.   Mother and child well.  Gratitude and thankfulness.   The blog today is looking at something outside of the fullness of personal Grace and wellbeing.

But, Look what has survived3 or 1

This thin tree is the only survivor of a massive forestry harvesting which has transformed what has been the beautiful and much appreciated walking paths I have enjoyed for many years.


In the midst of this decimation of everything  around the sight of this surviving tree and its unique shape brought me to prayer.  So much devastation in our world yet, always, always there is HOPE.

Once the walk 1

As it once was – Many, many,  years of walking and meditations and prayers.

Barren 1

Where I now walk………..One touch of new life on the way…………..

Survivor - wild fern 2

I found a pocket of wild ferns……….this was my first sign of  HOPE.

But the next day when I saw the one survivor pathetic cross-shaped tree I was deeply stirred.   Now the walk has new impetus.  I will not look around and bemoan what was but look forward once more to what may yet be in the future.

This is the seed of HOPE I would like to leave with you today. Rejoice in HOPE.  Always look for the ‘better’ even when you can only see the bleak /gloomy or sad.

Think on this……..Where the soul is full of peace and joy, outward surroundings and circumstances become of comparatively little account……   Hannah Whitall Smith

Blessings and Grace to you each one.   Marvel today at something beautiful you find on your way and delight in this.



About Faye

I m a wife, mother and grandmother. I have always enjoyed writing even from an early age. My book Beyond the Ashes has been written as a labour of love. All the characters are real to me and their story needed to be told. As a Christian my desire is to write General Fiction stories about real people but Hope and a desire for 'better' will always be part of the journey. I have had several short stories published over the years and moderate success in writing competitions. I realized as I was thinking today (30/01/15) that perhaps I should add here that I have had life experiences of many valley times but also many mountain top experiences. I can understand and be beside anyone who finds their life in tatters because I have 'been' there. Of course as I have got older as well there have been the added sorrows of losing not only older family members but also one by one finding the dearest of friends and the ones of greatest support and care also dying. On the site of rich mountains has been my certainty of the value of marriage and how grateful I am that after loss and sadness I made a happy and long-lasting marriage commitment. The one who was my best friend back then is still my best friend 45 years later. Beyond the Ashes touches upon the POWER of LOVE when folk can forget about their own personal 'feelings' and reach out in LOVE to a desperate and broken person.
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  1. Dawn Marie says:

    There is always Joy to be found around us…even in the ashes!! Hugs to you for pointing this out to all of us…


  2. hlhivy says:

    I needed this today!


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