The forest Road is straight and although gently sloping and  the surface  rocky, it is reasonably flat. 

     In the late afternoon sunshine it has a wild natural beauty and encounters with animals and bird life is ever possible.

  Char-Lee loves the ‘open’ freedom to run.

     Physically, I’m less mobile these days and slow and steady has been my pace. (I was even advised to always take a walking stick for support.)  I do carry it.

        Then, I discovered I had renewed confidence., if I marched and deliberately placed my feet in position.

     From this marching has come my mantra of Hope and Joy. (I have never been a lover of chanting or a repetitive  style of worship,  but this  has become my  ‘Mantra of LIFE”)

      I begin marching with Right foot placed firmly and THIRTY steps softly saying. PRAISE! Praise!

     Then keeping to a marching rhythm  say or sing PRAISE the Lord! Ten times still marching with the right foot forward PRAISE……The ,,,,,,,,Lord!

     I usually then march on a few meters and then with the left foot forward march confidently onward  emphasizing    now with this left foot,   Thanks thirty times in the same rhythm and conclude with Thank the Lord Ten times.  

     Praise the Lord!   Thank the Lord! I sing marching until I turn to go back to the car, repeating the same marching pattern.  

   Many days I find now I’m surprised to reach the ‘Ebenezer white rock where I have often stopped to rest and pray..

        Now this elderly one can (Even if I turn back early) with Joy and confidence) affirm the sentiment of the EBENEER STONE,

’Thus far God has been with me !A-men!   A-men!    

May this mid-week Day bring renewed HOPE and BLESSINGS to your life, HE IS LORD!


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:

    Ahhhh, now I understand what it can look like – “when the Saints go marching in!’ 😉


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