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Ann Marquette

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Time to share my annual Halloween Story, which I wrote when I lived in Ireland.

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They come in the night, but only once a year…for Halloween.

In Old Ireland…it all began, a long, long time ago, about a century perhaps. It was almost deserted, the countryside. There was a graveyard very near a small thatched cottage. It was nighttime the end of October, and autumn seemed more like winter. The rain and wind began their song and dance as the pitch black of the night descended. The only light in the surrounding countryside came from the little fire and two candles burning in the tiny cottage.

Father settled in his chair in front of the warm crackling fire, with his corncob pipe. Mother was there too, mending old clothes. The children were playing and whispering together. The six year old boy, had fair hair and deep…

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Thank you, God, for the life of Bill Sweeney and lessons learned through his blog “Unshakable Hope.”
https://unshakablehope.com/2018/10/05/perseverance/

Thanks for Your answer to my prayer this morning.  When I think of the lessons learned this morning in Bill’s post on October 5th 2018 “Perseverance” what a blessing.

I’ve been in a weird state lately, with strange bad dreams and so many thoughts/sensations making me think I am nearing closer to death.  Not sure if it is the medications I’ve been taking, the devil messing with my mind, or if there is something wrong with me that I don’t know about.

Maybe it is a continuation of the sudden thoughts about my mortality since the shocking news last April 1, 2017 in the ER that I have AFIB, that I needed a pacemaker and would have to be on 3 drugs the rest of my life.  I thought I had gotten past that!  But…“Really? This is nothing compared to Bill’s 22 years of suffering, and suffering of others.”

I know that death will come eventually to all of us, I am not afraid of it, and will be happy to be at home with Jesus Christ and His Father and ours.  But since I know Jesus is here with me, I can do anything and am eager to stay here as I continue to grow until the time comes.  It really is His will.

I asked Him this morning to help my mind, my thoughts to be in the here and now, to be LIVING JOYFULLY and focusing on what I need to do on this path He has for me. Next thing I know, I see Bill Sweeney’s blog post on 10/5 celebrating his Birthday – even though 22 years ago he was diagnosed with ALS and told he only had 3 to 5 years to live.  He is now 58 years old.

Reading Bill’s post on PERSEVERANCE, and the messages I needed, opened my eyes.  I’m so grateful for the health I have, and may the stumbling block of AFIB keep me reminded of the fact I am so blessed and I need to PERSEVERE in living the rest of my life joyfully and doing what God has told me to do and leave the results to Him.

Belated Happy Birthday Bill and thank you for the gift of God’s messages to us through you.  When I think of your PERSEVERANCE post, and its various messages…I get goosebumps. You have turned my life around for the better.

Thanks also to your lovely wife and Angel, Mary for her special loving care.

God’s blessings to you both, with love and hugs.

Readers, do yourself a favor and read Bill’s post https://unshakablehope.com/2018/10/05/perseverance/

BELIEVE

Believe by Ann Marquette

Answered Prayer

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Some months ago I asked…

“Dear God, I just want enough finances to support myself, help others. Dine out with friends and some traveling.”  Please show me what is your best for me and how I can accomplish it.”

Well, He has been answering my prayer over the last few months, and I am grateful.

“Thank you God for guiding me to the book “You will never have this day again” where I read an inspirational quote from Oprah “Do What You Have to do Until You Can do what you Really Want to do.”

It was like God hitting me over the head with a 2×4. It was then I realized I needed to accept doing as much work as possible in order to pay off my debt and build my savings.

I am grateful the paid work I’m doing for the City of Greenville is enjoyable and does not create stress.  I also enjoy the people.

I have been working at transitioning from my habit of procrastination to doing now, not later. I’m getting better and better as the days go on.

And now God has gifted me with my wish for working half days most of the year, or at least half the year, and full time when special projects require it.  This allows me the extra income I need to support myself, help others, and treat myself sometimes, specially the dine outs with my gal friends.

Half days off gives me the time to comfortably run errands (not Saturdays!), and take care of items on my personal to do list.  I try to make Sundays my day of rest and relaxation.

What I really enjoy doing is reading, awake dreaming, writing about what inspires me, coffee with friends, and sometimes go for a drive.  I have been away from my writing for a long time. I pray I stick with it now.

 

My Autumn

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Autumn Leaves – Greenville Falls Park 2010

Autumn has always been my favorite season. One Autumn a few years ago was extra special.

The tree colors in the city where I lived were more glorious than I had seen them before.

More wonderful, special people had come into my life…even if briefly. My heart used to hurt so much, when people who came into my life, and I would have liked to keep them there, but they would go out again; not for any bad reason, just life.

As I think about these special souls who come in and out of my life, I realize something magical about some of them. They have had unstable or life-threatening sad beginnings to their lives. Yet they and God knew they needed to be in this world of ours. They are living proof of miracles, and strength, goodness and love. These souls create moments of magic in other people’s lives…they have in mine. I think of them as elusive Unicorns who pass through my life reminding me that I have a loving heart. And even though my heart breaks when they leave, I know another will come along to fill that empty space even for a little while.

Maybe it was that Autumn when I learned to be at peace with letting people come in and out of my life as they needed or wanted. This time of year seems to be a beautiful time for Letting Go, to allow myself to become A Blank Slate in order to allow for healing and new beginnings.

Born to…

Recently I  read a question starting with “Born to…” and leaving the rest blank for our imaginations to fill in.  Another was of seeking our purpose while here; and beyond.

So here goes for my thoughts for me personally.BORN TO…

• Be kind and loving
• Serve God by serving others
• Learn
• Be encouraging
• Inspire
• Write
• Connect
• Walk God’s path for me now and forever

I would love to hear from you, with what you believe your were
Born to….

Life is Good!

Life has not always been kind to me. Much of it was my own fault for making wrong decisions. I still make some wrong choices, but hope a lot fewer.

Through it all I have been richly blessed by God, who loves me unconditionally. The greatest gifts He blesses me with are all the wonderful people He puts on this path I walk through this life.

I didn’t ask to be born and I almost wasn’t. There were times when I wished I wasn’t. Many times I wonder why I was born! I am growing in wisdom. And, glad I was born.

Learning to be grateful for my life, in all its ups and downs has been, and is a blessing. Still not sure what my purpose here is, but I pray I’m doing some things right.

Life IS Good!

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