Those Good Things

Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

via The Book Of Common Prayer

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The Blood Moon

Happy Day and Happy 1st Weekend in October!

I can say that I witnessed the super blood moon this week. At first, I wasn’t going to watch it. But, I thought. What the hack? It will be 18 years to see the next one. I  decided not the miss this opportunity.

It was a clear and cool night. I had to wear a jacket. I went outside to look for the moon at 7:11 cst.  I don’t see the moon at first. Other people saw it before the sun went down. I had to wait.  I saw the moon about 7:30 PM cst. It was glowing.

I watched and waited for the changing of the colors of the moon.  As the night grow darker, my view was with a street light as I looked into the sky. I had to shell my eyes to look.  And later on the moon was hidden behind trees. Go figure.

I decided to walk over a way so I could see the moon more clearer. It was beautiful! It was glowing. I’ve seen a blood moon before. It was in April a few years ago. I didn’t have trouble seeing that one.  It was cool to look at. And so was this one.

Meanwhile back to blood moon 2015, I waited  until the time of the peak about 9:27 PM.  I did get to see the red cold. The white silvery ring around the moon was glowing. Then the redness came. I waited as long as I could. It was worth it.

I came back inside and watched more in the internet. I had a better view of the moon there. I watched until the whole process of the moon eclipse was over.  I’m so glad that I got to see it.

I hope you got to witness the super blood moon. If not. Well 18 years from now is the next one. I hope Jesus returns before then. Come LORD, Jesus!

May we seize the moments that we are in. May we not miss out on things that pass us by. May the LORD surprise us with great awe and wonder. Amen.

Thanks for reading,

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October Greetings!

Welcome to October!

We’re into the Autumn season. The leaves have been changes for some time. The squirrels have been gathering their food for the Winter season. Yep! It’s getting colder for some. of us.

This season started off well. The transition from Summer to Autumn didn’t take long. It was a smooth all the way. We did have a warm up. It was in the 80’s. Then the Fall season just step right on in its place.

I hope all had a wonderful month of September. Now, may we press on into the season at hand. I hope that all is coming along with you. I’m doing good. Thank You, Jesus!

May we all enjoy the changes of the leaves during this season. May the LORD enlighten  our eyes to see the beauty of nature. May we press on and be a blessing to those who are around us. Amen.

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September Memories

During this time of year, I reflect back on the goodness in life. What I’ve learned by going through and experiencing life. Thanking God for being there and seeing me through everything.

September is a time for memories. It’s like a time for a new birth within me. It’s like a milestone; and a brand new beginning while I’m  continuing on my journey with Jesus.

I celebrated my 22nd year of church life. I always do this every September since 1993.  My journey with the LORD is very important to me. Jesus is my LORD and Savior.  I won’t deny that.

I love Jesus! I’m so thankful for my relationship with Jesus. I’m thankful that I have the honor to talk with Him every day. God has done so much for me.  He’s always there.  Without Him I am nothing.

I’m thankful for His church. And that I have the honor of being a part of the body of Christ. I’m thankful for Word Of Life Church; the community of believers that I’m connected with.

I’m thankful that I’ve met a lot of people on my church life journey. Some have gone on to be with the LORD. Some have moved on… And some are still around. I’m so blessed; and honored to be used by God.

There’s a time in season for all things. There are times when we must watch and wait. There are times we have to hold on and to let go. There are times when we have to be. Just be.

I’m thankful that I can be. Be that witness for God in the place where He has planted me. The joy of being surround by His love, His mercy, His grace and His presence in the beauty of His holiness. God be all the glory.

May we take time to remember the goodness in life. May the LORD place things in our heart that will bring out the best in us. May we see the good in thanking God for all that He has done and will do for us as we’re on our life’s journey with Jesus. Amen.

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Some Of My Father’s Siblings

Entry Dated: Dec 27, 1983 ( I added the photos and info) On my father’s side: Brothers / Sister

(Elder / Pastor John Blakley Jr.)

“Junior” John Jr. was a talker.


(Rev. Olbrey Pierson Blakley )

Pierson was  1 1/2 years older than my father, David.


(Mrs. Mary Jane (Blakley) Richardson)
Mary Jane was 1 1/2 years older than Pierson

(Mr. D.W. Blakley Sr. )

My father

Some of my thoughts: Research

I don’t remember meeting my Uncle Junior.
He became a  Pastor/ Elder after his first wife, Lottie passed in 1961.


Uncle Pierson passed on 20 years before I was born.
He was ordain as a reverend in 1939.


I remember Aunt Mary.
She was a small woman.
She was baked a lot.
We loved her cookies.

Aunt Mary sung in the church choir .

 There are so much that we don’t know about our relatives.

I hope to make more discoveries.
Thanks for reading.

S.A. Blakley

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Tracing The Lankford / Lankfard Surname Through Isabella Nickerson

Who Was Isabella NICKERSON?

Isabella V. NICKERSON was the daughter of Robert and Charlotta
(DADE) LANKFORD / LANKFARD. She was born in St. Joseph, MO.

Mrs. E.W. Nickerson

1889 – 1938

 On the 1900 census,

Isabella was listed born in Sept 1898.
Her age appeared to be first written as 2 but, marked over to be a one.
She would have been two in Sept of 1900.
Her name was spelled: Isabell SANKFORD / SANDFORD LIVED with parents
and siblings at 2413 Edmond., St. Joseph, MO.

On the 1910 Census

Her name was spelled Isabelle V. LANKFARD. She lived with her parents
and siblings at 2412 Edmond.

On the 1920 Census
Her name was listed as Isabel V. LANKFORD on the index.
However, her mother, Charlottie,  household, her surname was spelled LANKFARD.
Isabel lived with mother and brother, Charles at 516 N 24th St. in St . Joseph, MO.
They were listed as mulatto.
The census was taken on Jan 10, 1920.

Isabella married Ezekiel W. Nickerson on August 16, 1920 in Denver Colorado.
Her surname was spelled LANKFORD on marriage index.
Isabella gave birth to a son on  Nov 14, 1924.
His name was spelled,  LANKFORD J. NICKERSON.

Info from the Nickerson children records
Mother’s name was
 Elizabeth LANKGFORD
Isabell V. Lankford
Isbell Langford

I need to update Isabella NICKERSON’s information. I have discovered more.
The above names were from 3 of the NICKERSON records.
Her children were young when their mother passed.
Perhaps the informant on the records didn’t know how the surname was spelled.

Mrs. Isabella V. NICKERSON

It appears that Isabella with by the LANKFORD surname.
She named one of hers son LANKFORD.
Thanks for reading
S.A. Blakley

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Heavenly Treasure

O God, you declare your almighty power chiefly in showing mercy and pity: Grant us the fullness of your grace, that we, running to obtain your promises, may become partakers of your heavenly treasure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

via The Book Of Common Prayer

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