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Away in a manger

Are you away from those you hold most dear ? Are there misunderstandings or even death or divorce that keep you apart from loved ones in time, space or distance? Or is this a hard season for you for any reason at all ? There is someone who cares. Someone born AWAY IN A MANGER but not far away today!

Writing my emotions thru letters, prayers, poems & songs has comforted me since I was a child and I am often surprised at how much comfort my words bring to others~ similar to how a song can bring comfort to a child when a mother sings or just humms. Let’s write & sing & humm with & to ourselves and others to bring more comfort to the world starting with just a smile & a KIND WORD ~right in the mirror !

🎶 AWAY IN A MANGER ~ no crib for a bed ~ the little LORD JESUS laid down HIS sweet head ~~~~~The stars in the sky looked down where He lay ~ the little LORD JESUS asleep on the hay…🎶

Things certainly were not perfect ….they were less than ideal for THAT ROYAL birth ~ far & AWAY from home and no room in any inn but THERE WAS PEACE in that humble ground because the HOLY SPIRIT WAS PRESENT.

Amazingly PRESENTS started arriving . Worshipers celebrating the birth of the MOST HIGH came from all over because they knew the truth & wanted to SEE IT & get CLOSER . Angels started the chorus and the shepherds ( drummer boys ? 🥁) & even wise men later brought their most valuable gift each from the heart and with so much JOY . To some of us the BEST GIFT WOULD be:

✨TIME or a

✨TOUCH ( like a good hug !)

✨WORDS of affirmation like in a letter or a song ….

✨Acts of SERVICE

✨GIFTS!


HOW DO YOU GIVE & RECEIVE LOVE ? When we know ourselves & seek to understand others we can better give & receive love. There is always so much to learn because we do change & grow and need to ASK …ourselves & others.

So TODAY as I miss many I love ~ far far away in some cases. There is no distance in my heart…..Perhaps it is YOU I am thinking of so dearly right now ! I DO KNOW GOD IS THINKING OF YOU and believe that is why you are reading this. We are messengers . I hope to be a messenger and a GIFT of love to you & all I meet & know ! So I pray & write & sing & will ask you to wrap your arms around yourself & RECEIVE THIS HUG I AM SENDING & then HUMM along with me your favorite tune of the season or one of mine !

I write for ALL those I love & miss and all who read this sometimes purely by the hand of providence.
I ALSO PRAY this gives encouragement and hope just where you need it most. May this be an answer to both of us. It is is my gift to you today from my heart.

I CARE & that is why I SHARE! I write this today for love and out of my broken heart that Heaven keeps healing and holding together by amazing grace cords of love.

I forgive those who have misunderstood and hurt me because that is the habit my dear daddy modeled and taught me from a child. May we learn to forgive like Jesus did even on our crosses of sufferings and even for our enemies as was JESUS WAY. I know no other way. It is the way of peace and healing and have seen many suffer because they would not forgive or reach out & try to love again. Forgiveness is a gift I give myself as much as for the other person who may or may not know how much their words or actions ( or lack of words or actions or contact ) have grieved me. I ask their forgiveness as well for anything I might have done to cause harm. I never want to hurt anyone I pray we will all get the gift of forgiveness that is one of the BEST GIFTS OF ALL!

My dear daddy was very wise and like a grand~father & mentor to me. He was nearly 50 when I was born. I was his only daughter and he affectionately & humorously introduced me as ” My favorite & Hebrew Daughter along with His Hebrew Son” because he choose our names from the Bible. The Hebrew meaning of my name is compassionate, friend …. Names are important and can teach us much about ourselves & our destiny~ I recommend looking your name’s meaning up and/or pray about the meaning of your name to discover more about yourself. Our name is a key to our destiny and can especially help us when we are AWAY from who we love and things that are comfortable & familiar or need to start a new chapter of our lives.

How wonderful to be SO beloved by both my far from perfect parents but sadly there was a lot of disease and financial stress in my home after a horrible car accident when I was very little. Our car had plunged over the freeway’s edge at 50 mph and it rolled several times before it stopped and my mom was thrown many yards away . When she came to she thought we were all dead just before she passed out again after trying to get up. It seems we all passed out unconscious until a miraculous intervention saved us. My mom & I would most likely have bled to death if someone had not pulled over to help since this was way before cell phones . God made A WAY ! ( ask me about the REST OF THE STORY sometime…I do edit a lot out of stories to save YOU time !) Believe it or not !

There were dangerous medications causing nightmares along with concussion symptoms & other health challenges….some lasting for decades that are all part of what makes me unique. BUT GOD CAN MAKE A WAY & send healing even TODAY for us all ! OFTEN WITH PRAYER !

So much good did come from the tragedy but it takes EYES of GRACE to see and sometimes that includes time & experience. I am so grateful for how it shaped who I am and the many choices because of that abrupt turning point in my life. Painful at the time but I learned & grew so much in ways that were important. God was making A WAY for me even then.

Instead of being shy and afraid I had to learn to be brave. I wanted to be there for others who were in pain because of the hospital trauma where I felt lied to and/or abandoned by everyone including the nurses as I the painful needle pulled me back together and I counted each stitch. I just wanted to know how many and when the nurse across the room said just a couple more …I had believed her but nightmare did not end for a long time. I realized at a young age there is no one who understands or cares and can be with us all the time like Jesus can. Jesus said I AM THE WAY John 14:6

You see, just months before the car accident I had asked Jesus to become my best friend by inviting him into my heart through a simple prayer on my daddy’s lap after church one night when the sermon scared me about the reality of a hell. I wanted to go to heaven not hell like the Preacher had talked about.

How GLAD I AM THAT I GOT THE HELL SCARED OUT OF ME at 4 !!! HALLELUJAH !!

I HOPE TO SCARE IT OUT OF YOU TOO!!! SO you can sing HA HA HALLELUJAH with me too and chase away the fear & anger & pain of this world ! There is no other comfort like the WORDS of Jesus to my heart & soul. Do you know & trust Jesus ? Do you want to know God’s LOVE ? Just say a simple prayer like a child and God will send answers when you ASK ! GOD WILL MAKE A WAY for YOU!

Even at that small age after the car accident I wanted to SPEAK UP for those who had no voice or were too weak or just felt alone.

Well~ we can ONLY choose our response & take our emotions and recreate something good out of what seems like a mistake or a tragedy. May we choose to keep learning & growing and share humor & love wherever we are , like my dear daddy did for 80 wonderful years. I have missed my parents and first son since they all died in the 1990’s. I REMEMBER them each fondly and because I write & talk about them along with others who have died like another son last year ~ it seems to help them seem near and chase away the tears that still flow and pain that grief will bring like unexpected waves at times. Feeling the pain but not getting pulled under & stuck in it is healing. We must feel our emotions and then do something constructive with them ~ like move & create & reach out to help others.

This helps bring healing and even heaven to earth ~ one action at a time. I get thanked daily for some of the simplest acts of kindness that any one can do. A cup of kindness I call it ….It could be a cup or bottle of water or an apple for a homeless person ~ EVERYONE needs a smile & a kind greeting especially in times like these. REACH OUT ~ SMILE & GREET ALL YOU MEET . You will find that the nobleness & love you give away WILL return to you some day when you most need it also ! Not where you think ~ God shows up in mysterious ways and the Bible tells a lot of those mysterious stories to show us HIS WAY!

The most famous stories of all time are full of separation & difficulties and often start in humble & what seems to be unlikely beginning places.

One phrase and most of the world knows the same story we are talking about from the MOST FAMOUS STORY OF ALL TIME ” AWAY IN A MANGER” or “Oh Little Town of Bethlehem” or so many many more about that Oh HOLY NIGHT when there was a SPECIAL STAR shining SO bright in the darkest of times !

In pondering this during my prayer time first thing this morning a poem starting coming to me. For decades I have written my prayers & poems in journals before or after my habit of daily Bible reading.

Here are 2 of my new verses (part of a longer poem ) to AWAY in a Manger that I wrote this morning:

🎶The Story of JESUS a child can RECEIVE ~ but grown~ups forget or are often deceived

🎶We must be like children to SEE the PURE THINGS

🎶Like Jesus the sacrifice LAMB & TRUE (LION) KING!

🎶NOW what can we do to show JESUS we care ? ~

🎶Let’s give Him our HEART & show love everywhere~

🎶For that is the message from that HOLY NIGHT ~

🎶TO SHINE FORTH THE KINGDOM OF PUREST D*LIGHT ~~~ grace’t*ruth

May this & every season remind us of the reason we are still here & why the

King of glory arrived AWAY IN A MANGER & WANTS TO BRING COMFORT & JOY TO EVERY PLACE !

GOOD CHEER TO YOU & YOURS AS YOU CELEBRATE YOUR DAYS & HOLY NIGHT(s)

MAY THEY ALL BE WITH & IN D*LIGHT

Lovingly

with grace & truth

your friend ~ even to the end …..which is really just a new beginning

PS AND ….If you are grieving the loss of someone or REMEMBERING my dear Son Joshua as I am perhaps this touching song will help you cry out a few more healthy & healing tears like it did for me when I heard it ! May GOD’S LOVE RAISE YOU UP over the ashes of life to SEE THE MANGERS & THE CROSSES of life , that can seem like a bloody mess actually turn into the places that lift us up to SEE LIFE ETERNAL FULL OF HOPE & JOY & ABUNDANCE EVEN :

Blessed are those who MOURN (express their grief) BE COMFORTED BY JESUS~ Matthew 5:4

For more on Jesus Birthplace & prophecies in the Hebrew Scriptures check out this Link especially if you are are seeker of truth or Jewish or just CURIOUS ~~like a child.

https://jewsforjesus.org/messianic-prophecies/the-messiah-would-be-born-in-bethlehem

SHALOM ! & IF YOU RECEIVED & BELIEVED THEN GO TELL …SOMEONE & SPREAD THE LOVE
GOOD WILL ON EARTH AS IN HEAVEN

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TIME TO WEEP & MOURN ~ YET WITH HOPE !

I AM weeping with & for the families of the dead & dying & suffering around the world tonight …especially for those who have no HOPE IN ETERNAL LIFE and for the loss of children.

 

Our hearts should weep & bleed with tears especially when innocent lives of children die before & after birth. The families & loved ones will miss them always. They need support & heaven’s help & LOTS OF TLC for a long time. The first year is VERY RAW !

 

….having buried 3 of my own children, one just last year & 2 others decades ago along with many other close loved ones including parents & others who felt like family … I WEEP WITH THOSE WHO WEEP …

yet I also have faith that there is RESURRECTION HOPE FOR THOSE WHO WILL TRUST … ..BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO MOURN FOR THEY SHALL BE COMFORTED . Matthew 5

 

LET’S KEEP PRAYING FOR BLEEDING HEARTS TODAY & THIS WEEK & whenever the Spirit reminds us to …

IS YOURS ONE OF THEM LIKE MINE WHO OFTEN OR EVEN NOW WEEPS ALONE? YET I AM NOT ALONE , I HAVE THE COMFORT OF MY DEAREST HEAVENLY FATHER …MORE INTIMATE TO ME THAN ANYONE HERE ON EARTH …ESPECIALLY NOW …. with angels seen & unseen daily !

 

MAY YOU FIND THE HEALING & COMFORT THAT ONLY HEAVEN CAN BRING THROUGH PRAYER AND TAKING TIME TO MOURN ( Matthew 5:4 ) A daily walk …a daily habit of grace.

DO you know….I MEAN REALLY KNOW GOD’S GRACE & PEACE or is Jesus just a story or fable to you? …do you read the love letter & instruction guide for life daily as I do?

 

Without TRUTH the world is grim.

What a good good Father & Shepherd we have who gives us ALL we need if we only ask in prayer & seek HIS WISDOM FROM THE WORD OF TRUTH & LIFE !!! …. Perhaps that is why you are here ..you were praying for truth & light …OR someone was praying for you . Actually the Bible teaches that GOD IS ALWAYS THINKING OF YOU …Psalm 139 …more than the sand on the seashores are His thoughts #foryou!!! WOW …that’s a LOT OF THOTS !!

 

PEOPLE PERISH WITH NO HOPE BECAUSE OF LACK OF KNOWLEDGE & ESPECIALLY FOR LACK OF WISDOM !! GET TO KNOW GOD BY READING HIS WORD DAILY AND LISTENING IN YOUR HEART TO THE VOICE OF TRUTH THROUGH HIS HOLY SPIRIT IS THE KEY . GO FOR A WALK DAILY …barefoot if possible in the grass or the woods as often as possible …and LISTEN ! BE WELL ….

JESUS OFTEN ASKED FIRST …DO YOU WANT TO BE WELL ? …WE GET TO CHOOSE! …

ASK SEEK & KNOCK ON HEAVEN’S DOOR FIRST … then confirmation will come as we learn to discern. THE VOICE OF TRUTH WILL MATCH TO THE WORD OF GOD…. Not a religion …a RELATIONSHIP … MORE REAL & COMFORTING THAN I CAN EXPLAIN …. !!
GET WISDOM …READ PROVERBS & PSALMS DAILY ALONG WITH GOING THRU THE WHOLE WORD OF GOD FROM GENESIS TO REVELATION …THE ONLY NEWS WE CAN COUNT ON & TRUST …A NEVER~ENDING STORY OF GRACE ….

 

GRACE & TRUTH FOR YOU & ME & ALL WHO WILL BELIEVE & TAKE ACTION ….FAITH IS AN ACTION WORD …JUST LIKE LOVE …

LOVE DOES SOMETHING… !


LOVE IS….

…. WAY MORE THAN WORDS

 

Love costs something …time & something of value from a heart of love …it did cost GOD EVERYTHING JOHN 3: 16 THE PRECIOUS SON OF GOD WHO DIED FOR YOU gave LIFE TO PROVE LOVE TO YOU AND NOW LIVES & PRAYS FOR YOU AT THE RIGHT HAND OF HIS FATHER !!!! Colossians 3

 

IN THE END LOVE WILL WIN & CONQUER ALL AND ACTUALLY ALREADY HAS ! REVELATION 5:5

IF YOU BELIEVE & CONFESS THIS WITH YOUR HEART & SHOW IT BY HOW YOU LIVE YOUR LIFE …NOT TO EARN IT BUT AS A THANK YOU FOR THIS GIFT OF GRACE …THEN YOU CAN DANCE WITH ME EVEN NOW OVER THE ASHES & GRAVES OF THIS WORLD THRU THE TEARS ! …BECAUSE
FOR THOSE WHO LOVE …TIME IS ETERNITY … YES WEEP BUT DON’T STAY STUCK AT A GRAVE OR IN THE WORLD SYSTEM … LIVE ABOVE & RISE TO HELP OTHER’S RISE TOO !

LIVE IN LOVE PEACE & JOY …

EMMANUEL NOW & FOREVER ….

… MAY WE ALL GRIEVE WELL TO HEAL …BREATHE …& DO PLEASE HUG SOMEONE OR HUG YOURSELF NOW & OFTEN DAILY IF YOU LIVE ALONE LIKE SOME OF US SO … EACH OF US HIDES A STORY OF PAIN THAT NEEDS TLC !!! …SENDING A HUG & A PRAYER …REMEMBER THERE IS ONE WHO KNOWS & CARES 1 PETER 5:7 …. PSALM 23 EVEN IN THE VALLEYS & SHADOWS OF DEATH …THERE IS A PLACE OF PEACE WE CAN FIND REFUGE & COMFORT … ~

PRAYING & SPEAKING LIFE & JESUS OVER YOU ~ REVELATION 12:11

PHILIPPIANS 1:9-11

SHALOM & GRACE GRACE TO YOU

ROMANS 15:13 WITH JOY ….. TEARS LIKE RAIN BRING RAINBOWS …IF WE LOOK UP AND SEE GOD’S SMILING TEARS COMING DOWN TO SHOWER US WITH BLESSINGS THAT DO OFTEN COME THRU RAINDROPS …

 

#Weep #Pray #Mourn #shootings #Texas #Ukraine #World # Hope #Peace #Jesus

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JOY & PAIN of LOVING

BIRTH IS THE MOST THRILLING OF EARTHLY EXPERIENCES BUT IT IS OFTEN THE MOST

CHALLENGING AS WELL~especially the next 100 years or if the child dies before the mother!   IN other words LIFE IS a BEAUTIFUL MESS & BITTER~SWEET!!!…

 

…A MESTER~ PIECE ….orchestrated by the MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE WHO CAN MAKE
ALL THINGS TURN FOR GOOD IN TIME IF WE WILL ONLY TRUST & DO THE NEXT RIGHT THING!photo

THE SMILE on my face is the thrill of a water birth at home after hours of labor & laughter to bring forth our last son! My 12 year old daughter, ( still an amazing photographer!)took

this photo at the moment of my last of 10 births ( 8 are still living on this earth).

Anything worthwhile takes effort & even a certain amount of pain to learn to breath with & through to manage life well. I got very good at practicing breathing with my many births

( the last 5 at home !)

Life IS about taking DEEP BREATHS FOR LIFE!

It is the first & most important principle of good health~

all three aspects of good health: BODY ~ SOUL~ SPIRIT BREATHING!

AND DEEP BELLY LAUGHTER COVERS ALL THREE ASPECTS WHEN DONE PROPERLY!

TODAY my oldest son would have turned 26 ~ but sadly Luke Henry Clifford was sang into

Jesus arms & heavenly peace at the only 1 week old as his father & I wept and began the grieving process that only someone having lost a child can understand.

Doctors misdiagnosed  several times the “problem” pregnancy and ultimately GOD had different plans for our precious & beloved first born son.

ONLY GOD can give the peace that I experienced at those critical moments when the world

seemed to be falling apart .

GOD has carried me & guided me and I THANK GOD DAILY for the gifts I learned during

Luke’s short life AND death and though I miss him dearly, I am SO GRATEFUL for the GIFT OF
LIFE & DEATH because GOD IS NOT ONLY WITH ME BUT IN ME.

ASK GOD TO SHOW YOU THE WAY.

Jesus example of TRUSTING HIS FATHER & FORGIVING & LOVING ALL
IS THE WAY
IS THE TRUTH
IS THE LIFE

 

AND THIS IS THE LIFE
I WANT TO LIVE & DO PRACTICE DAILY TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITY WITH GOD’S HELP
WON’T YOU JOIN ME?

FOLLOW JESUS John 17:3

IN FULLY EMBRACING THE JOY & PAIN OF LOVING EVERY MOMENT OF LIFE!

lovingly

“aunt Ruth”

aka : graceanne

Here are two songs that were great comfort in my deep grief that I want

to share with you:

 

 

 

https://youtu.be/x2PkccjTlho

 

 

Let’s comfort each other ~ each one you meet is hiding pain!Share this:
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GOOD GRIEF~ breathe please!

TAKE A DEEP BREATH….YOU might need it now to read through this blog or for the events of YOUR day ! BE PREPARED! I AM!grace hydrate IMG_6622

Please be a neighbor ~ KNOW YOUR neighbor …you will do YOURSELF a favor and have NO REGRETS like me!

How shocking for me to find what I discovered last week the day after the last blog on the necessity of breathing! (NO one should see what I saw… there is no delicate way to share what I found, but I will try. ) And yet there was and always is so much grace for me because I live in the promises of GOD’S WORD….just like a BEAUTIFUL RAINBOW on the darkest day ~ GOD’S LOVE shows up for me and ALL who will just BELIEVE…..  each breath for me is like a prayer because I PRACTICE what I preach ALL DAY!  Many pregnancies and births and traumas have reinforced the ABSOLUTE KEY TO ALL LIFE IS BREATH!!! ….body ~ soul~ and SPIRIT breathing that is….

I found my dear neighbor who lived a few blocks away in the town I have been visiting…

NOT BREATHING and clearly dead for a long time….and it had been a week according to the FIRE department & officials that showed up right away.

911 was just a phone call away but I had to call putting action to that belief  & believe that they would show up and they did…in just minutes…BUT I HAD THE HELP OF GOD RIGHT AWAY BEFORE anyone else showed up!!!

PRAYER is INSTANT when WE PUT OUR BELIEF into ACTION and open our mouth and CRY OUT!!!….the RAINBOW OF GOD’S LOVE WILL RESPOND  ~~~~

…to wipe our tears and comfort us in any storm

….giving us GOOD Grief so we can comfort others ~ WHICH IS WHY WE ARE STILL HERE to be GOD’S hands for each other~

The good news is that the last day I saw Bill was at a neighborhood party that I had invited him & several other new friends to, from church & all over and we had a ROYAL celebration and then he walked a few blocks home late that afternoon & died  …( the new ” heart medication” …that he had been taking for a month was not taken that night the paramedics discovered but he had taken his morning pill of ‘poison’….all meds are TOXIC and we better start asking GOD FIRST!and do some alternative homework…. before we do ‘toxic harm to our livers’.. ~ LIVES )  I know this because I died from wrong meds & came back to life 25 years ago a week before my one week old son died from the same meds they put me on after a misdiagnosis  (LIED TO!!!) in my pregnancy!) ALL DOCTORS ARE JUST ‘PRACTICING’ ! THEY DO NOT KNOW they guess the best they can. I do not blame them ! IT IS OUR ignorance often and theirs too! Mistakes happen but life can come out of ANY DEATH and WILL IF YOU JUST BELIEVE!

I could tell you numerous  personal stories…

…check out the statistics yourself compared to other countries!

I have been at TOO many deathbeds ( including my mom & dad..) because of THIS # 2 cause of DEATH IN AMERIWAS! I want to REVIVE America & the WORLD with a NEW WAY…THE OLD WAY of natural healing including the things I talk about on this website such as  PRAYER and WATER and REAL FOOD…exercise, sunshine, laughter, MORE  PRAYER….(herbs & essential oils says the BIBLE for the HEALING of the nations and the leaves of the trees! …and LAUGHTER IS THE BEST medicine says the wisest man ever Solomon in the book of Proverbs !) ALL my WISDOM comes from GOD’S WORD & SPIRIT living in me …and that is how I kept my family OUT OF THE HOSPITAL & Dr’s office for 35+ mothering years!!! ….prevention is worth a TON of CURE!

BE WISE ….BE YOUR OWN HEALTH REFORM!

I do not know if o bam a cares but GOD DOES! and so do I…for my neighbor AND MYSELF!

Consider getting back to the garden of good eden …I mean good eating and using essential oils and PRAYING FIRST !!! Then LISTEN …HIS SPIRIT WILL GUIDE THOSE WHO ASK & LOOK TO HIS WAY & HIS EYE … Psalm 32:8

GOD’s ways first do NO HARM…it is NOT A HYPOCRITICAL OATH! HA!

Please prepare for GREAT ABUNDANT LIFE HEALTH NOW

and prepare for grief now…good grief ~ God’s way!… because death & life are determined by BREATH…. REAL LIFE IS  just a breath away & so is LIFE eternal….

BREATHE PLEASE! and then go drink some real good pure water….

 

lovingly

deeply breathing & deeply caring

~abounding in sufficient & abundant grace always

Rainbow of God's Promise

ALL BECAUSE OF AN OLD RUGGED CROSS THAT FIRST GOOD FRIDAY….

AND AN EMPTY TOMB THREE DAYS LATER ~ EASTER SON~RISE DAILY!

~~~~ HERE COMES THE SON TO~ DAY!!! HERE NOW!

MARANATHA

HALLELUYAH

I LIVE IN THAT POWER NOW!

JOHN 17:3  ETERNAL LIFE IS KNOWING CHRIST!

JOHN 11:40 DID I NOT TELL YOU IF YOU BELIEVE YOU WOULD SEE THE GLORY OF GOD!

JOHN 14:18 I WILL NOT LEAVE YOU COMFORTLESS~ I WILL COME TO YOU

BELIEVE !!! BREATH …PLEASE!!!!Share this:
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