Monthly Archives: October 2015

Beyond This Life

beyond this life

Photograph courtesy of Ray Flanagan, rflanaganphotography.wordpress.com

Beyond this life there is something more.  What awaits us there, we cannot ignore.

“However, as it is written:  ‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.'” 1 Corinthians 2:9

Beyond This Life

Beyond this life there is something more.

What awaits us there, we cannot ignore.

Will there be still, silence, and darkness as in the night?

Or will God’s peace surround us in His supreme light?

Beyond this life is something to consider you and I.

Death is a part of life; that we cannot deny.

It need not be something of which we are afraid.

For each and every one of us, the price of death has already been paid.

Beyond this life, when we entrust ourselves to God’s love and care,

There awaits us a place that is beyond compare.

There, all darkness fades into light,

Tears are wiped dry and all is bright.

Beyond this life, the Lord has prepared for you and me,

A place where every knee shall bow, in the presence of His glory.

There, He put an end to turmoil, anger, and strife,

For Jesus promises only peace and joy in His gift of eternal life.

Felecia R. Weber 2015, OntheWingofaDove.com

With Halloween just around the corner, it’s hard not to think about the reality of death. The imagery of graveyards, skeletons, the Grim Reaper, and other scary references to the end of life’s cycle that appear during this time of year certainly do paint a dark and hopeless picture of what lies beyond this life.  At the very least, it seems to be something to be avoided at all cost.  No matter how frightening death is made out to be, it is something that we will all inevitably face.  The good news is, that what lies beyond this life need not be something to fear…it needs only to be accepted.

“For me to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21

For those who have accepted the free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ, what God has prepared beyond this life is so incredible we cannot even fathom it.  It is not something to avoid, but something to embrace.  We have nothing to lose, but everything to gain. It is something freely given, born out of perfect love, and it can never be taken away…it is ours for all eternity.  If you haven’t seriously thought about what awaits you beyond this life, I encourage you to consider what will be there awaiting you when turn to Jesus Christ and accept Him into your heart.

May your heart be filled with sustaining hope and joy in knowing that in Jesus Christ, unimaginable blessings await you beyond this life…and all eternity.

Peace an love,

Felecia

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On Possibilites

On Possibilities

on possibilitiesA Quote to Carry You

October 26, 2015

“I dwell in possibilities” Emily Dickinson

On possibilities – Possibilities are endless, they come in all shapes and sizes, in all colors, and in all forms.  When I think of possibilities, I often think of them in terms of creativity.  When I dream of an idea for creating an item for my budding line of handmade gifts, it is amazing how a single element, such as the texture of a swatch of fabric opens the door for a multitude of possibilities on how to incorporate it’s uniqueness into one of my products.  Before I know it, my head is swimming with all kinds of lovely conceptualizations for intricate and elegant designs for my novelties.  For me, such possibilities have a way of kindling my creative fire…sometimes its blaze far exceeds my own expectations.  When it comes to creativity, possibilities are essential!

How about you, why not reach out and grab hold of your creative possibilities?  Let them pour out of you like a stream of gifts.  May they spill over into the lives of those around you spawning possibilities for them too…like gifts that keep on giving.

Peace and love,

Felecia

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Dag & Che – Getting Along

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Meet Dag (left) & Che (right), the furry, four-legged “grand-dogs” of my dear friend Claudina (Dini) Owen

Dag & Che – getting along, that’s what they do; the two of them together, is a friendship tried and true!

“Don’t walk in front of me…I may not follow.  Don’t walk behind me…I may not lead.  Walk beside me…just be my friend.”  (Anonymous)

Dag & Che – Getting along

Dag & Che – getting along, that’s what they do.

The two of them together is a friendship tried and true!

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Dag – Posing pretty!

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Che – What a good boy!

Both Dag and Che have unique stories to tell,

But they are truly best pals, they get along so very well!

Dag can be feisty, but deep down she’s so very sweet.

getting along

Dag – All smiles …or snarls?

Che, is playful and one of the friendliest dogs you’ll ever meet.

getting along

Che – Chilaxin’!

Dag & Che – getting along, best friends they’ll always be.

The companionship they share shows how wonderful friendship can be!

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Che (left) & Dag (right) – Always full of fun and mischief!

Poem by Felecia R. Weber 2015, OntheWingofaDove.com; photographs courtesy of Claudina (Dini) Owen

I had the pleasure of meeting these two four-legged friends a couple of months ago.  Both Dag and Che are rescue dogs, and the stories of how they both became welcomed  additions to Dini’s family are truly heartwarming.  There is no mistaking that both dogs have their own unique quirks and personalities; but getting along is something that they do so well!  I can see why their “grand-dog-mom” Dini loves them so much!

“Calling all dog lovers!”

If you have a four-legged furry friend that you’d like to have  featured in a  poem on my blog, email your cutest pictures and a short bio to me, Felecia at [email protected]

I hope to hear from you soon!

Peace and love,

Felecia

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On Respecting Others

On Respecting Others

respecting othersA Quote to Carry You

October 19, 2015

“So God created man in his image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”  Genesis 1:27

On respecting others – Respecting others goes far beyond getting along with them, or even being nice to them.  I believe that respecting others means to honor them as individuals, uniquely made, even when their views or behaviors represent something completely against what we believe or value.  To me, respecting others has less to do with a person’s actions, and more to do with the person’s value and worth as a human being. We’ve all been given the gift of life, a treasure bestowed upon each of us by God.  In that regard, each and every one of us is precious in his sight.  That being the case, shouldn’t we all, at the very least, go about respecting others?

“…the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life…”  Genesis 2:7

No matter what society says, we are all fundamentally equal.  After all, each of us enters into the world and exits from it in the same way.  God breathes life into us when we are conceived.  We take our first breath of air when we are born, and life escapes our physical bodies when we breathe our last.  The act of respecting others, honoring the dignity of each human life seems so basic.  Yet, according to the tragedies we hear of in the daily news, it is apparently one of the most difficult things to uphold.  It often makes me wonder why?

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  John 3:16

I believe the answer lies within the lines of the above verse. When I accepted Jesus Christ into my heart as a child, I did not fully understand what an awesome sacrifice was made for me, and all mankind, to make it possible to receive not only a new life in him, but life eternal.  In essence, Jesus gave up his life for ours; the ultimate sacrifice, born out of love. The older I get, the  clearer and more important that truth has become to me.  If God so loved each and every one of us that he would demonstrate that love in such a way, isn’t all human life worth respecting?

Respecting others is something that calls for us to peer into our own hearts and face what lies within it.  For, all of us being equal, respecting others essentially means respecting ourselves.  When we value and love others as we do ourselves, just imagine how amazing life can be.

May your respect for others lead to loving others…and may that love lead to a life that is truly worth living.

Peace and love,

Felecia

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Enough

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater‘s Linda Celeste Simms. Photograph courtesy of Andrew Eccles

Enough – Enough you say when you are at the end of your rope…

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you’…”  1 Corinthians 12:9

Enough

Enough you say when you are at the end of your rope,

When times become so tough that you simply cannot cope.

Enough you say when all you face is struggles and strife.

You ask,”How can I face another day of this life?”

When you reach that point when enough is enough,

That is when you realize nothing really needs to be that tough.

For God has promised to supply your every need;

And the flow of his provision, nothing on earth can impede.

Felecia R. Weber 2015, OntheWingofaDove.com

The past few weeks have been so full for me.  With working, traveling, devoting time to my creative projects, work around the house, ministries at church, and making time for my little dog Bilbo, not to mention trying to spend time with friends and family, sometimes I want to say “ENOUGH!”  No sooner do I think that, do I start to consider, do I really have enough?  Is what I have in my life enough to keep me going?  Believe it or not, sometimes I honestly don’t feel that it is.

Losing my beloved husband left a huge hole in my life.  The longer the time between his passing and the present grows, the more intensely I feel the resulting emptiness.  Granted, I know that the Lord’s will for my life is perfect and I do trust in him completely.  I must admit, however, I do sometimes find myself dwelling on what is absent rather what is present in my life.  I can tell you, without a doubt though, that I truly do not lack anything in my life, because indeed, God’s grace is sufficient.

This truth was lovingly illustrated to me earlier this afternoon. I was having one of those Saturday mornings when I was missing the ones when my husband and I would sleep in, slowly make our way down the stairs to the kitchen to make the morning coffee, enjoy a walk with our little Bilbo, taking in autumn’s beauty, and catching up talking and laughing about different activities that had filled our week..simple things really.   But, oh how mush I miss such times.  When I ventured out later in the day to collect the mail, the Lord gently reminded me that no matter what it is that I feel I am lacking in my life, what he provides at any given moment is all that I need.

As I sorted through the mail, I noticed an envelope that was from one of my dear aunts.  As I read the words that she had written in her letter to me, it was as though God was whispering words of comfort directly into my heart.  I could almost feel my tears being wiped from my eyes.  An indescribable sense of calmness came over me.  Although he has not removed my loneliness, my Heavenly Father showed me that no matter what I am going through, or how I am feeling, indeed, he is enough.

Sometimes we do not realize that enough is all that we need until we reach the point of saying “enough!”  It is only then that we understand that God is enough.

May his grace always be sufficient for you, because he is certainly all that you need.

Peace and love,

Felecia

 

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On Sufficiency

On Sufficiency

sufficiencyA Quote to Carry You

October 12, 2015

“The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore.”  Vincent Van Gogh

On sufficiency – Sufficiency, having enough, is a wonderful thing.  It provides us with a sense of security and satisfaction.  After all, we do not know what tomorrow will bring, and what fills today’s hours are sufficient enough to see us through until we get there.  Living for today, however, does not mean just that…we do have a responsibility to prepare for what lies ahead in the future.  What I’ve just written sounds a bit contradictory, I know, but is it really?

There is a delicate balance between so many things in life…being full of worry and anxiety verses being concerned but walking in faith about a situation for example.  We walk the tightrope between trekking through today and stepping too far into tomorrow constantly…or at least I do.  Sometimes I have wandered so far into tomorrow that I feel I’ve already lived it and I’m ready to leap into the day after.  When I continue to forge ahead into the future, I find myself stumbling back to the present, often times frustrated and exhausted too.  Indeed, the principle of living on the sufficiency for the day proves to be the best way to maintain a sure-footed stride through today…and there is plenty left for tomorrow.

Walking in balance between today and tomorrow always seems to be the wisest way to go.  For when we strive always to do our best with what we are given today, I believe the results of our efforts will pave the way for a rewarding tomorrow.

Peace and love,

Felecia

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Why?

Why?

“Curiosity,” graphite pencil drawing by Felecia R. Weber 2005, OntheWingofaDove.com

Why?  Why am I living in this time and place?

“There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why.”  William Barclay

Why?

Why do I say the things that I say/

Will they make a difference to others today?

Why am I living in this time and place?

Can I truly overcome the challenges that I face?

Why am I always searching, wanting to do more?

Will I have the courage to step through the next open door?

Why was I born, what is life’s purpose for me?

Will I ever discover who I am truly meant to be?

Felecia R, Weber 2015, OntheWingofaDove.com

Life is full of questions isn’t it?   Granted, they are not always as heavy as the ones I asked in my poem above, but surely we’ve all asked similar ones from time to time.  Given the life changing events that I’ve experienced recently, I find myself asking “why?” quite frequently.  Sometimes the answers are revealed to me quickly and quite obviously.  Yet there are many for which I am still seeking a response.

“Trust in the Lord and lean not onto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.”  Proverbs 3:5-6

I’ve come to realize that I may never know or understand the reasons for the “whys” in my life…and honestly, that’s okay.  When it comes to asking “why” I suppose the “who” is the more important question.  For I know that God holds all of the answers in my life…what more could I ask for?

When your heart is full of questions, who, what, and why, may you turn to the Lord God, for goodness, love and mercy you will always find in His reply.

Peace and love,

Felecia

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On the Unknown

On the Unknown

unknownA Quote to Carry You

October 5, 2015

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear and the oldest and strongest of fears is the fear of the unknown.”  H .P. Lovecraft

On the unknown – October is a month that brings with it an air of mystery.  Not only does it seem to usher in the sharp contrast of noticeably shorter days and a heavier mask of darkness during the nighttime skies, the undressing of the leaves from the trees all combine to create an eeriness to nature’s canvass.  Lately, I have found myself not wanting to venture outdoors once the sun starts to set, and I’ve turned on more lights indoors than I have during the past months.  I seek out the warming comforts of a hot cup of tea and nestling down under heavy blankets or wrapping myself up in my cozy sweaters, as if to shelter myself from the wiles of the outdoors.  I never know what to expect from one day to the next…the blazing sunshine of an Indian Summer day can fade into a blustery snow squall seemingly overnight.

Fear of the unknown has a similar quality.  When we face new situations or volatile times, we become uneasy and seek out the comfort of familiarity.  The unknown, no matter if it is something as common as the weather or as major as a life altering event, the mystery and uncertainty of not knowing what’s ahead can be frightening.

There is one sure way to face the unknown with confidence and security…his name is Jesus.  When we cast our cares upon him, the unknown becomes known, because he will reveal it to you perfectly in his timing and in his way.  When we yield to his love and care, there is nothing that we will ever face that he hasn’t already equipped us to handle.

“Fear not tomorrow, for God is already there.” Author Unknown

When the mystery and fear of the unknown threaten to creep into your comfort zone, may you always step out in the boldness of knowing that our Lord has already cleared the way…you need only follow him.

Peace and love,

Felecia

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