Your Favorite Memory: One of Mine Is, While I Was Reading The Bible

The 29th Week  of Gratitude: Your Favorite Memory ~

I’ve been thinking about my good memories.  Oh! How beautiful! As I reflected back, I can see the hand of God touching me on my journey. I’m thankful for  those encounters I have with God. Thank You, Lord Jesus!

 One of my favorite  memories:
I remember when I was wanting to go to Israel.  I thought about it and thought about it and even spoke to God about it. My mind was on the going journey to Israel.  My sister had gone in November of 1996 with the church. I prayed for them that year.

I’ve been attending church for five years.  In 1997,  I attended a women’s meeting at church.  The guest speaker was walking around and was prophesying  over some of us. She spoke to me.  She asked me, if I had a passport. I said, I didn’t.  She suggested that I get one.

As time went on, there were ladies asking me if I got my passport. And if I was I saving up money to go to Israel. This could be why I had a desire to go. I had a longing to go to Israel. It was on my mind so much.

On April 7, 1997, I felt that the Holy Spirit was leading me to read the Book of Romans. I started that night.  I couldn’t read it all. But, the next morning I pick up to where I left off. I was up to chapter 14. I read this on my 35th birthday.

As I was reading about Paul going to Spain, I told God that I wanted to go to Israel. I continue to read.  And these 5 words that catch my attention  from Romans 14:25  ….but, now I am going to Jerusalem … those words came alive to me.  They weren’t just words on the page. My spirit knew something that my mind could comprehend.

I felt the joy of the LORD upon me. I believe that God wanted to see the words. I was so amazed. I WAS GOING TO ISRAEL!  I kept this to myself for about a few months. Every thing had to fall into place. It had to be a miracle to make this all happen.  I wanted to prepare myself for the journey.

While I was preparing to go to Israel in November of 1998, I had to make up my mind for sure that I was going in 1997.  I got a word from God. And I wasn’t going to let go.

I asked people what I needed to do? And what I need to take? There would be a lot of walking. I had to learn to eat other foods. I never been on an airplane. I have never been out the country.

I had a lot of conformation that I was headed to Israel.  I had my mother’s blessings. I found a letter holder with the name Jerusalem on both sides. I saw a license plate with IZREAL about a few days before I was to leave.

Yes, I was headed to Israel in 1998. It wasn’t until about 24 hours before I was to board the plane that I realized that I was actuallyy going.  There was someone trying to talk me out of going.  I told that person that it was my time to go.

I did make the journey.  It was 18 month in the  making from the time I read those 5 words in Romans 14::25. And it came to pass. Thank You, Jesus!!  I had a wonderful adventure in the Holy Land. I will share more on my journey and Jerusalem in another blog.

“But now I am going to Jerusalem to minister to the saints. ”
Romans 14:25 (NKJV)

May we thank God for memories that He plants in our hearts.
May we enjoy the journey the best way we know how.

Thanks for reading.
God bless you.

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My Book Of Remembrance: 18 Years


 And counting…

It’s been 18 years since I begin my Book Of Remembrance on July 17, 1999. I got this idea from watching  a message by Joyce Meyer. It’s a record of some of the good things that God has done in my life.

From time to time, I review what I’ve written. God has done many great things in my life. I’m thankful for my book of remembrance. There are times, I laugh when I read it.  I even misplaced my booklet and forgot to write something down.

However, through the years, I have made a note to record things about my life.  I did go back and filled in the missing days and times. I’m doing my best to record daily.

I think is a good practice to reflect over what I’ve written. I search for my special days. I have come across things that I forgotten about. I’m thankful for my journey with Jesus.

I’ve seen some things that has surprised me. I can’t read my own handwriting. LoL.  But, I see that God’s goodness and mercy is following me all the days of my life.

May we learn to record the goodness of God and reflect back on them.
May we have a book of remembrance to leave as a legacy.

I’m on My Journey Of Transformation: I  will continue to record in my Book Of Remembrance: I’ m at 18 Years and counting.  My first Book Of Remembrance goes to December 2017.  I have to start a new one on January 1, 2018. LORD knows how long that book will be.

Thanks for reading.
God bless you,
S.A. Blakley

Oh, LORD,  I’m so thankful for all  that You have done and continue to do in my  life and  others.  Thank You!  Thank You! THANK YOU! Amen.

“Then those who feared the Lord spoke with one another. The Lord paid attention and heard them, and a book of remembrance was written before him of those who feared the Lord and esteemed his name.”  Malachi 3:16

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Your Past: Its In The Past ~ Learn From It

The 28th Week  of Gratitude ~  Your Past ~

I ‘m thankful that the LORD has been with me throughout my journey. I’ve been thinking about where I’ve come from and to where I am right now. I see that I have made some progress. But, I have much more ways to go.

Yes! We all have a past. We are reminded of it from time to time. We can remember the best of times and the worst of times. We had to meet challenges. We had to adjust to them.

I’ve been reflecting back on some of my back stories from what I could remember – 1967, 1968 – 1975, 1976 – 1981, 1982 – 1988, 1989 – 1992, 1993 – 2000, 2001 – 2007, 2008 – 2016. And now, 2017.   Oh, the memories.  My past is behind me. I’ve learned from my past. And I continue to learn from my life’s happenings.

I was thinking, what was my past life-like? LORD, have mercy. I was living in sin (and I still am).  In my early shy life,  I was soft-spoken. I wasn’t outgoing. I knew that I was a sinner. And I knew that I needed more to life than what I thought. I need to repent daily and turn to Jesus for help.

In my weakness, I thank God for granting me strength. I know I’ve made a lot of mistakes. I’ve learned to count them as experiences. I have had my share of disappointments. I’m thankful that God was there to see me through.

I shouldn’t have any regrets on what I did or didn’t do. I made those chooses. Indeed, I learned the hard way and suffered the consequences. I’m thankful that I’ve overcome some of those challenges. And I have more issues to press on through.

I’m thankful that God is making me into whom He has called me to become. I want to be more Christ like.  I’m on the journey of spiritual transformation. I believe that I’m being changed every day by the grace of God.

“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 3:14

May we be thankful that Jesus is on the journey with us.
May His Holy Spirit be our guiding Light.
May we learn to celebrate our process.

Thanks for reading.
God bless you.

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In Memory Of James A. Washington: He Passed Too Soon

 Who was James A. Washington? I first heard of  James while searching the 1880 census record. He was the son of William and Susan Washington.  He was listed as mulatto and a 7 year old who attended school. The census was taken on June 9, 1880.

I knew very  little of James. I learned that he my Great Grandmother, Anna Laura (Washington) Allen Walters’ brother. I tried to trace him on the 1900 / 1910 censuses and other records. He never showed up. I assumed that he passed. But, when?

I searched the death records. I came across a James Washington, colored who drowned on July 8, 1889. I thought that he was that person. But, I needed proof. I didn’t know where to look.

About 4 years ago, I started to explore old newspapers. I didn’t think that the news wouldn’t record his death. I never thought to look. But,  one day, I came across a notice of a James who did drown. I was amazed that I stumbled across the news of James’ passing.

As I kept searching, on Feb 27, 2017,  I found the evidence that James was William Washington’s son. The article mentioned where they lived. One thing I noticed that his race wasn’t mentioned. James “Jim” drowned on Sunday, July 8, 1889 at 10:30 am. His body was found on the next day.

The article mentioned that James was swimming. He went out to the middle of the stream near the bridge where it was deep. He had a cramp. There were people were trying to help him. They couldn’t get to him.

The searchers couldn’t find his body on Sunday. But, they recovered the body by using fish hooks on that Monday. What a horrible sight to witness.

As I look back over my search for my Great Uncle James. I  thought I wouldn’t find anything on him. I wondered: What became of his life? I’m thankful that I found out what I did.

Indeed, James lived a very short life. He was born about 1873 in St. Joseph, MO.  Apparently, he liked to swim. He was in school. Tragically, he drown at the 102 river at the age of 16.

I believe that James is with Jesus. God had a purpose for his life. Though James lived 16 years on this earth, he is not forgotten. He left a mark on those he touched.  ~ R.I.P Great Uncle James.

Thanks for reading.
God bless you

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Favorite Spot In Your City

Upper Room: at the altar

Week 27: Favorite Spot In Your City:  And I have many.

I’ve been thinking about my favorites spots in the city where I dwell. I have good memories there.  I’m thankful for those places.

My personal favorite spot is where I spend most of my time. I’m at home there. One of my favorite public spots, is wherever I pray…. I love my time with Jesus. And I have another spot that connects with this spot.

I don’t have a photo of that spot. But, here’s an example of what I’m speaking of.  This is the place to where I’m in the process of  receiving communion. That’s sacred time. ~ Holy Communion.

The Cross and Communion Table in the Upper Room Prayer Chapel WOLC campus in MO

I love seeing where the LORD’s table is located…the bread and wine: the body and blood of Jesus.  The presence of the Lord is with us. (In  the cross and communion photo to the side: this communion was for workers for the children church before their Sunday gathering.)

It’s rare that I receive communion in the Upper Room.  I partake of communion there about 2 times a year once on Ash Wednesday and Maundy Thursday.  The other time is when I attend the Sunday gatherings. I believe that this part of the gathering is the most important.

The joy of being in my favorite spaces where I go and just being there. It’s like longing to be where you long to be. Once you get there, oh, the feeling. Thank You, Jesus!

May we be thankful for our favorite places.
May we enjoy our time there.

Thanks for reading.
God bless you.
S.A. Blakley

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While On The Journey To N. E. Riverside Road

My view home from N.E. Riverside

I‘ve been on the journey to North East Riverside Road since February / March of 1996. I don’t know how many times I’ve made it there and back.  However, its been an adventure in the making. And it’s been a well road traveled.

In my early years, I never thought of going down by the riverside.  I recall riding by that area and Horseshoe Lake. I do recall  August of 1993, the flood waters on that road. The place looked like a lake.

Through the years, I had a reason to  journey to riverside. The church that I attended was built there.  Back then, it felt this place was out of nowhere. It felt like forever to get there.

The first gathering was on the last weekend in March of 1996. It was long in the waiting. The memories are still there. The road was a rocky and dusty. I was happy to be there.

I’ve seen a lot on the journey. I witness the landscape changes. The road was paved and widen in some areas. A  soccer field and a private school with a football field were built. The scenery blended in with the farmers’ fields.

We would find dead animals along the road side. God’s creatures running on the land. Though the years, there were accidents. There were some deaths. That’s so sad.

There is one cross by the soccer field by a pole. And some near on sign by Word Of Life Church campus near a pole. Those reminders of the ones who loss their lives. It’s so horrible to hear how their lives were loss.

The View on the way to Word Of Life Church in MO.

The journey to N.E. Riverside has many memories for me. I don’t travel much there since the Summer months of 2017.  I’m thankful that I can make the journey there and back.

Every time when I travel to riverside, I look to see what I can see. I look up into the sky. I see how the land looks. If there is anyone playing soccer or if running around the track of the football field. I look to see how the fields are growing.

I hope that you have memories to the place where your journey on a regular basis.  Enjoy the journey where you’re going. Amen!

Happy July!

May the LORD protect us on our journey to where we are headed.
May we be careful and watch out for others.
God bless you.

 Thanks for reading.
S.A. Blakley

(LORD) You make known to me the path of life;  in your presence there is fullness of joy;  at your right hand are pleasures forevermore. ~ Psalm 16: 11 

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Someone You Got To Meet: What An Honor!

Question for Week 26 ~Someone You got to meet.
( I added some people who I got to meet. )

We all have the honor to meet many people on our journey.  We should  thank God for the people who have left an impact on us. What a blessing!

I’m blessed to I’ve met (and continue to meet) many ordinary down to earth people. Also, I’ve met some people who have been on T.V. Wow!

When I was in the 5th grade, the teacher gave us an assignment to write to a famous person. I choose to write to Susan Blakely, the actress / model. And she wrote me back an autograph photo on a postcard. Yes, there are some people spell my surname Blakely.

I never thought that I would never meet Susan Blakely. However, in March of 1992, I got to meet her in person in my hometown.  I think it was a God thing. It was cool!   She was the first famous person I’ve met face to face.

I’ve met  a few of the members of the K.C. Chiefs in person about 10  to 15 years ago.  I got some of their autographs. I’m thankful that they came to my hometown.  It’s good to have a city connection.

There are a group of young men from my hometown who made it to the NFL. I’m proud of all of them. One night there was a gathering to honor them. They spoke about their career in the NFL. The group of guys were called the “Sensational Six”.

I sat and listen to their testimonies. Their ages were from 20’s to 40’s. What they have accomplished and what they are doing now, is amazing. They lived out their dreams.

After they spoke, each one had a room where we could talk to them and get their autographs. I followed one of them since day one of his NFL career. It was a joy to see him on the field. Yes, I’m proud of my nephew. He was #85 on the Atlanta Falcons. He continues to speak to encourage the youth.

Everyone  is special. We should show respect everyone in whom we meet. Whether if it’s our family members, friends and prefect strangers, we all have something to offer one another. Honor and respect is important. God has given us one another.

May we be respectful to one another.
May we show honor when honor is due.

Thanks for reading.
God bless you.
S.A. Blakley

The rich  and  the poor meet  together; the LORD is the Maker of them all.
~  Proverbs 22:2

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