A Friend 1

The 7th Week of Gratitude: ~ A Friend 1 ~

I’m thankful for my friends.
I’ve crossed paths with many people.
Who is my number one friend?
He’s name is Jesus!

Who is A true Friend?
a person who see the good in you and encourages you.
a person who sees your weakness and not condemns you.
a person who lets you be who you are and not make you feel out-of-place.
a person who can correct you in love.
a person who forgives and works things out.
a person who is with you throughout life no matter what.
a person who stands by you and the good and in sad times.
a person who will look out for you…

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

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The City You Live In

The 6th Week of Gratitude: The City You Live In ~

I’m thankful for the city where I dwell. I  live in the City where the Pony Express began and  Jesse James ended.  It’s my hometown. It’s where I came into this world. I’ve lived there all my life. And someday it will be the place where I’ll be laid to rest.

What’s special about this city? For me, it’s the place where some of my ancestors lived prior to the 1860’s. My Great Grandmother, Anna was born June in 1867. And some of my early ancestors were buried here.

It a city of 76,472 in 2016.  A lot of known people are connected to this city.  The City has changed since my up bringing.  Them days are long gone.

The Kansas City Chiefs training Camp is located in this City since 2010.  Trails West Festival , The Pony Express Museum

I have a lot of memories of my hometown.
It’s apart of my history.
Jo Town, MO is where I’m from.

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

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Something Someone Gave You

The 5th Week of Gratitude: Something Someone Gave You. ~

As I was thinking about some of the things that people have given me, I was reminded of the precious gift that God has given me. The gift of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. I’m truly grateful for Jesus!

Jesus is the best gift a person can ever receive. He’s my life and my all in all. My LORD and Savior and more than I can ever imagine. The gift of life isn’t cheat. Jesus is priceless. He can’t be bought.

I first received the gift of life that God offered me on Friday, March 25, 1983. It was two weeks before my twenty birthday. I knew I needed Jesus in my life. I called upon the LORD. I’ve been with Him on this journey ever since. I continue to call upon Jesus to save me everyday.

This gift of Life is eternal is forever. I know that no gift on earth will ever last that long. I’m thankful for the good things I’ve been given through the years. Indeed,  I’m a blessed woman.

I hope that you have excepted and received the gift of eternal life. And that the LORD will guide you on your journey with Him. Jesus is waiting for those to call upon Him. He heard me. And I call out to Him every day. Thank You, Jesus!

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

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A Family Member

The 4th Week of Graditude of Challenge:
A Family Member

I’m thankful for all my family members. I was thinking about which person I want to write about.  I choose my Great Grandfather, my father’s grandfather. I’ve written about him before.

I’m thankful for my Great Grandfather, Isaac Blakey. There’s so much I’ve discovered about him.  His life has been an inspiration to me as I’m searching for my family connections.

Isaac Blakey photo

Isaac was born into American slavery sometime between 1845 to 1847.  He and his family were enslaved in Missouri. By the age of 12, Isaac was said to have ran away. About that time Isaac’s family was divided and sold. Isaac later joined the Civil War in 1863 – 1866.

As I’m searching for info on my Great Grandfather, I wonder how he did what he did? He was born a slave and later became a free man as a teenager. He fought during the Civil War and was injured while serving in April of 1864.

I believe Isaac was a smart man. Though, he couldn’t read nor write, he had some knowledge. He was applying for his Civil War pension in 1891. He had to prove who he was. He needed witness to verify who he was and about his health issues.

As I’ve read Isaac’s pension records, he had many people who vouched for him.  Isaac had a bayonet wound from the war. His left leg had been a running with sores since he was wounded.  By the 1890’s, Isaac was unable to do work. And at times he was confined to his bed.

I’ve read a news article about some of Blakey / White family history. After the Civil War, Isaac was able to located his family. He convinced them to move to Forest Green, Missouri. That was were the family was before the Civil War.

I believe that Isaac was a forgiving person. He asked two of his former slaveholders to speak on his behalf. They knew of Isaac as a slave. Yes, they wrote an affidavits stating who Isaac was. Isaac had a good reputation as a slave.

In 1900 Isaac received his pension. It was $6 a month. Also, he received back pay since 1891. At the time of his death, he was receiving $ 24  a month. Isaac passed on Dec 23, 1917.

So far on my search, Isaac is the only family member that has been listed as an Africa. He and his parents and some siblings were listed on a slave ad in 1858. So far, they are the only documented family member that were listed slaves.

Isaac’s Family.
Isaac was the only known member in his family that carried the Blakey surname. All the others including his parents, Andrew and Julia choose the White surname. Isaac was one of 12 children.

Isaac was the father of about 20 children. His first wife, Martha (Scott) Blakey gave birth to twins sons. She later passed with her son, Andrew. The other son was my Grandfather, John Blakey / Blakley.

Isaac’s second wife was Rachel, Jackson / Lephridge Blakey. She was the mother of Isaac’s 18 children. She raised my Grandfather, John. She passed in 1916.

I believe that I’ll have the opportunity to meet my ancestors who fell asleep in the LORD face to face, when the time comes. They paved the way for us. I’m thankful to be on their family lineage.

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

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The 3rd Week of Gratitude: Family

I’m thankful for my “birth” family that the God has blessed me with. I wasn’t born by accident. I was born the 19th child of my parents. I was their 4th daughter and last child.  Yes, my parents loved children. (Both of my parent, a sister and a brother are in the presence of the LORD.)
As I look back over the many years, I’m so thankful… I  see how blessed  my family was and is. God planted each all us where we needed to be.  We have our family doings and differences. But, yes, we are family. Nothing can change that.

I’m thankful that I’m growing in years. I appreciate the value of family. I have a nice feeling inside… My parents taught us kids to be kind to everybody and good ethics. They wanted their children to have an education. I’m thankful that my parents did the best for us.

I’m thankful for my church family as well.
It’s unique to be connected to many brothers and sisters in the Lord.
God is our Heavenly Father. Amen!
Thank You, Lord Jesus!

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

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Spouse / Significant Other

The 2nd Week of Gratitude Challenge: ~ Spouse / Significant Other ~

In my case, I’m reminded of Isaiah 54:5.
For your Maker is your husband, the LORD of hosts is his name; and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer, the God of the whole earth he is called.

At the present moment, I’m single woman.  I have no significant other.
Jesus has called me His own. I belong to Him.

I’m thankful that the LORD is the LORD of my life.
I’m thankful that God is with me (and you) 24/7.

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

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Why Start Weeks of Gratitude Challenge?

Happy Twenty Eighteen! We all have many challenges set before us.  May we make the most of our present moments that have been given to us. May the LORD grant us wisdom on our journey. Amen.

I’m continuing on my 52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge.  I started on the 9th week of 2017.  I hope to complete my the first 8 more weeks for this year.  Time will tell.

Week 1 of Gratitude Challenge: Why Start This Challenge?
The challenge of writing blogs or whatever I do, is a choose. I choose to or not to do. Anyway, this is my 2nd blog of 2018 for this site.

I’ve been coming along on this 2018 journey. I’ve been wrapping up and keeping warm. So far the low was about minus 16. That was the temperature.  Thank God for heat waves. It’s been in the 20’s. It will be in the upper 30’s on Sunday and in the 40’s by Midweek. I’m thankful for each day.

We’ve been in a season of a cold wave. There have been people who loss power. There have been house fires. There have been frozen and broken water pipes. Lord, have mercy.

I believe that things will work out for the good, as we press on into 2018. We need to keep our focus on Jesus. Yes, challenges will come. We have to take each day as they come. We need to live in the day that we’re in. Amen.

May we do what we need to do when the time comes.
May the LORD guide us through our everyday life.
May we see the good in each passing day.

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

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