Faith and Hope

I was surprised when our one and only, most beautiful Faith Reaper sent me an email about taking the baton of faith from her, following her Faith Without Borders hub. She certainly knows a thing or two about that word and all that it entails and she spreads love, hope, and faith just by being herself. So it was quite an honor to read that she had me in mind to pass it on to!

There seem to be so many hubs that originate from or that spin off of Jo_Goldsmith11's original Light 2 Love Project Good Words hub project. It is hard to follow the trail and the many branches of them all. I'm going to say that is a good thing, though, because the idea is all about spreading these good words far and wide.


My grandma made a cross stitch piece with these words on it, which hung on her wall for years. I'd forgotten all about it until my aunt got in touch with me to say she found my name on the back of it and wanted to know if I wanted it.
My grandma made a cross stitch piece with these words on it, which hung on her wall for years. I'd forgotten all about it until my aunt got in touch with me to say she found my name on the back of it and wanted to know if I wanted it.

What Is Faith?

1. a : allegiance to duty or a person : loyalty

b (1) : fidelity to one's promises

(2) : sincerity of intentions


2. a (1) : belief and trust in and loyalty to God

(2) : belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion

b (1) : firm belief in something for which there is no proof

(2): complete trust

3. something that is believed especially with strong conviction; especially a system of religious beliefs

Jo Dee Messina reflects on "That's God" and what inspired her to write it. She talks about the wonder in the eyes of a child in awe of the world around him and the child-like awe that can be discovered in the beauty of things around us if we take the time to notice. To me, this is much of what child-like faith is about. The beauty and goodness in the world around us and the hope that is present just by realizing it is there!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=op2MR6mfzf4

Like a Child

Okay, friends. No promises on quality from me. Far from a professional singer and NEVER publicly shared a clip of myself singing. . .this is what you get, though. A whispered version (for fear of waking light sleeping kids up while recording) of the melody to the poem/lyrics. Sorry. No instrumentals to possibly improve quality somewhat. I'm definitely not a professional singer so no guarantee an instrument would even improve anything. ;)

Child-Like Faith

Faith Reaper's hub focused on child-like faith. Her sweet story about God fulfilling her heart's desire to see the hatching birds on Easter morning reminded me of a few experiences in faith from when I was a child. One of them I shared with her.

According to the date in my journal, I was 16 when I wrote this poem. I was ruminating on the very subject, thinking how wonderful it would be to have such faith all the way through life. That simple poem came from those thoughts. As I told Faith Reaper, at the time, no one else really cared when I tried to share my excitement about that poem. Heck, no one hardly seemed to care about anything I wrote. But, I have a determined spirit sometimes.

A couple of years later I enlisted the help of a friend to put something else I wrote to lyrics. He agreed to do so, but we got so caught up in working on the song that we ended up being late for a scheduled weekly prayer meeting that night. Naturally, those gathered came to hunt us down. They sat and listened as we finished and then we prayed.

The next day or so, some of us gathered again to put another set of lyrics I had to music. One of my friends was looking through my journal. Something in this poem must have stirred something in her because she suddenly insisted that it be put to music. The next thing I know we had a simple melody for it and ended up using it as a worship song for another gathering with a group I was a part of. Truth be told, it was one of the last poems I would've expected someone to see lyrical value in.


Like a Child


Sometimes I doubt

And I don't know what to do

Please help me to see

That you're always there for me


There's nothing that I fear

When you lead the way

So like a child I'll dance

And let you hold my hand


Lord all my life

May I be like a child

With unconditional faith

To trust in all your ways


11-25-99


"The past year has been a trying time for my family, but my faith has carried me through and made me a stronger person. In the midst of those trying times, my daughter Brittany and I wrote 'Undefeated'. It was truly a gift from God as the lyrics came to us almost quicker than we could pen them." ˜Collin Raye

What Does It Mean?

Faith can have many different meanings to people. In the context of my own personal faith it is, to me, a belief that everything is going to be okay even in the darkest of moments when it is hard to fathom how. At times, it has felt more like nothing more than a deep seeded desperate hope for the best. But through it all, one thing I have learned is that hope leads to faith and faith provides hope. The two work in conjunction with love to create something powerful - a sustainable ray of illumination that is both focused internally and a beacon that radiates throughout the darkness.

I have had many experiences that left me close to total despair. The only thing that kept me going during those times was my faith. Without it, everything about my situation seemed nearly hopeless to me. I wrote about one such time in my Mission of Love hub (which, incidentally, Faith Reaper also encouraged me to write). I didn't know what was going to happen or how everything would be okay. All I could do was desperately pray and remind myself that even faith as small as a mustard seed can move mountains. I needed to let all of my fears and anxiety go, to give it all to God. And I did. Somehow. Then I went to sleep and had a dream that I never will forget about.

If I had the space, I could share so many more stories of how amazing faith is and what it has done for me. Perhaps more hubs for the future, but for now, I will leave you with one more thought about faith. It truly does open doors to the child within us. The world doesn't look quite as bleak as it otherwise might seem. Even the beauty of a flower, a sunset, or birds hatching can be awe inspiring again, just as they are to children. There is so much beauty to delight in and so many ways that faith can move a person out of ourselves and into the fire, as the song "You Moved Me" says. Dance like a child! And who cares if someone is watching?

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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Most wonderful friend!


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Hahaha! It's not done, Eric! I hit publish on accident.


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Now you can tell me what you really think of it, my friend. ;) You know, now that there is actually some context beyond the definition of faith, the videos, the photos, and the captions to them.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Oh, Dear Shan,

You have so beautifully taken the baton of "Faith" and ran with it full speed. This brought tears. I am so glad you included poetry here, as you are such a fine poet and this poem reminds us of the pure beauty of having that childlike faith which I believe the Lord really loves for all to have and look with wonder at all of His many blessings. Your song is amazing and I believe that is one of your many God-given gifts that God would like you to share with all to His glory. We just never know how far-reaching sharing our faith will go ... certainly a faith without borders to provide hope to a hurting world.

You are so wise for your young years and I know you have been through many dark moments in your life but still keep the faith which does produce hope for a brighter tomorrow. Thank you for sharing your faith in dark times here. You are a precious daughter of the King.

I love your other music choices here too! "Undefeated" and "You Move Me" are powerful and moving. I know that music plays a big part in your life as well to comfort and heal, as it does so many. It certainly does for me!

Thank you again, for this beautiful article on faith and hope. You have touched my heart this day, and I am so blessed reading your words here this day.

I am voting way Up and hitting all the buttons except funny, tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing, of course!

May God continue to bless you and your precious family richly. I am linking this now to my hub!

In His Love,

Faith Reaper


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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

The quote from Grandma was enough to make me stop and pray and give thanks. Sometimes when faced with difficulties my wife and I hold hands and say nothing yet we both silently give thanks for our faith that things will work out as they should. If my cup is filled with faith there is no room for despair.

Well you did not disappoint with the context. :-)


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starstream 2 years ago from Northern California

Thanks for sharing your experience with faith and trusting like a child. Many of us have moved through the circumstances of our lives with that firm faith which carries us when we are too weak .


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Hi beautiful Faith Reaper! Thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement. They are truly priceless. I discovered last night that I do have a hub already made for that poem. Oh well. Haha. Another hub with one that mentions faith is called A Letter to God, if you are interested. I can't seem to link text in my comments, though. At least not from my phone.

Collin Raye was one of my favorite country artists growing up. He always seemed to sing such sweet songs no matter, but his songs for God are great too. The story behind that one makes it even more meaningful.

You know, I never really thought of "You Move Me" as a song of faith until you asked me to do this hub. I knew it as a Garth Brooks song with a pleasing melody. For some reason, it came to me so I went looking for a video. I couldn't find a version of his that I liked, but so glad I found hers. I may even like her version better. It suits her voice.

Big hugs to you, my friend! Have a blessed day!


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Aww, that's so special, Eric. Thank you for sharing that!


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Hi starstream. Thanks so much for your visit to my hub. Thank God faith is there to carry those too weak and worn to stand or move alone. I am reminded of one of my all time favorite poems, Footprints in the Sand.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

I will check that one out, and you can link it in your hub if you are able. HP does not approve of links in comments and takes away points for that. I do so love all of your imagery and quotes too ... perfect!

You are precious and thank you, again, for such a deep, profound and beautiful reflection on faith. As I tell many here, and you are no exception ... you are more valuable than the rarest of gems on this planet!

(((Hugs)) to you this beautiful Sunday, and I hope you have a peaceful one.


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Oh, well that might explain a few things. Haha. I tend to share links to music if it strikes me.

You are pretty darn valuable youself!


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Aw, bless you. I just read your Letter to God and was so blessed to read it again. If there is a way to link it here in this hub via your phone, that would be awesome, as it is also so profound and on topic.

I am amazed at how you can put together a hub via your phone! You are multi-talented in your many gifts.

Thank you for sharing your faith, precious heart.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

Shanmarie, this is precious. Faith to me, is believing without evidence or seeing, it is a hopeful feeling that's indescribable, yet wonderful. I can't believe i never heard of Collin Raye. I listened to his video and it brought tears, his words , so true and relatable. Thank you for sharing. I will tweet this, hoping many will read and enjoy...


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

I can link in the hub, and probably the comments too now that I think about it, because it's a matter of copying and pasting. Though that took a bit of trial and error.to.figure out. Doing a hub from my phone or anything else involving writing is not my preferred method, but where there's a will there's a way, right. ;)

Actually, I used a laptop to do this hub last night, but.ended up being awake until around 4am. Totally worth it! I do put together quite a few poetry hubs from my phone, though. The last two were published entirely from my phone


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you for sharing what faith is to you, sweet Ruby. The only thing I might add is that the evidence is in the belief itself. How, I don't know, but the fact that it does do so much while seemingly not providing any previous proof...Well, maybe that makes sense.

If you like country from around the mid 90s, you will like more of Collin Raye's work. Love Me, The Gift,One Boy One Girl, Not That Different, What If Jesus Comes Back Like That are a few.

Oh, and just thought of a song I almost used on the hub you and Theresa might both like. It's a relatively recent one by Brad Paisley that features Dolly Pardon called When I Get When I'm Going.


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Okay, I added it, but I will have to edit from the computer later! Hahaha. I wouldn't be so impressed with working from a phone. It's kind of limiting.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Oh, wonderful. I am still amazed you can do it from your phone : ) You can put it in a link capsule in a blue box, so it will stand out too, like the others. However, I am glad you have it on there any which way you can!

I have heard the song by Brad Paisley featuring Dolly, "When I Get When I'm Going" ... that is a wonderful one too. I love your love for music, as I can't go one day without it!

Have a beautiful Sunday.


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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Shanmarie,

How lovely to see you here on HubPages, as I read your beautiful response on Faith Reaper's "Faith Without Borders" post. I have also enjoyed your comments on Colin's poems on his website...

...but now I can see your own gift in writing, sharing, inspiring and your voice is pure and peaceful to listen to. You know from Colin's posts that I love my music and you have made some beautiful selections here that are most fitting. I was unfamiliar but glad to listen to Collin Raye and Susan Ashton. The lyrics to 'Like a Child' are amazing and your voice is perfect for them to me.

How very special that your grandmom left you her cherished faith sampler. As one who does cross-stitch, that is a great honor... so much loving hours goes into that stitching...wow, I love that for you.

Faith made a wise choice passing her FAITH to you... voted UP & UABI.

Have a peaceful Sunday. Hugs, Maria


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

Beautiful describes this Shanmarie and I love the Collin Raye song; been years since I have listened to him. Up and sharing.


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Hi Maria! Ah, yes, you leave the comments with the song title to go with his poems! It's fun to see what you come up with. ;) Sadly, I don't get to visit his site as often as I would like to, though.

Glad you enjoyed my musical selections, too. Also, thanks for the compliment about my voice. I cringe when I hear my recorded voice, singing or not, but especially singing.

I look forward to hopefully seeing you more around HP!


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Alright, Faith Reaper. I got it linked and then some! ;) You've said I'm a blessing to you, but I say you're one to me!!!


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Jackie! So good to see you here!


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Oh, WOW, Shan, they look amazing here. I knew I chose you for a reason, as you are filled with so much faith and write beautifully on the topic many times. I must check them all out to see if I have read them all yet. You are a prolific writer and such a blessing, as I have stated, as it is true. Thank you for your kind comment back.


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Thanks. I know you read some of them, but not sure if you read all of them. LOL. :) No pressure to do so, of course.


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

I'm glad that Faith Reaper passed this baton on to you. When I was passed the baton from Genna's hub on Love, and wanted to fulfill it, but knew this silly CTS would vastly hinder my making a proper hub, I'd thought I'd pass that baton on to you. But I think that the Faith baton which our most wonderful personification of it, Faith Reaper, truly fits you even more, as much as Love also fits you.

I guess you may know that my faith is expressed in the words, "There is no problem", because how can there be if what one hopes for and senses is real? The details are not important.

Faith does not depend on what is 'known' but it guides us in all that we do know and know to do and gives us courage to continue.

Your hub is really inspiring. I especially like that brings YOU and your many creative talents in to demonstrate the meaning of faith for you, and allows you to share it with us. Your lyrics put to music are lovely and your gentle voice delivering them is just right for the message.


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Sparklea 2 years ago from Upstate New York

Shanmarie: Voted up, useful and beautiful! Faith emailed me and told me she passed the baton to you, and what an exquisite hub! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the light up feather prior to your introduction, not to mention your choice of inspiring videos. The poem you wrote is simple, beautiful, from the heart and I listened to the lyrics from your lovely voice which was so genuine.

So thankful for Hub Pages and the wonderful people I have met, and especially those of you who encourage others about faith. God bless, Sparklea


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Hi Shan, I have shared everywhere (as I indicated), and on HP, but I do not see it in my feed? I will share again to make sure it goes out to those I follow.

Hugs


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

What do I say to that, Nellieanna? I am deeply touched by your comments. You are so very dear to my heart and always will be. Beyond that, I really have no words. And I'm going to get teary-eyed so I'll wrap it up.

I am aware of your belief that "there is no problem" and thought of you and it, actually. when considered who to pass it on to. But I am aware that your CTS is a hindrance at present. Nevertheless, you are so right. There is no real problem if faith is present and it is not about having all the answers, though some may reveal themselves in time.

Hugs and Love to you.


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Hi Sparklea,

I'm so glad she emailed you and that you came by. I've seen you around and been meaning to read some of your hubs. Now I have the reminder right here and a link so that I can go follow you. I don't forget those I follow because the emails come to me and I can read them when I have time and access, hopefully before too much time gets away.

Thank you so much for the compliments. I love that photo, too. I actually had another one up, but then I saw it and just had to use it instead.

I look forward to hopefully seeing you around more often.


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Oh, Faith Reaper, you are a gem! You've brought so many smiles to my face today, my dear friend. I am amazed at the comments that keep coming in for this hub and the Letter to God hub. It's all been very refreshing to take delight in the delight of others. And how I needed it! My faith never wavers, but reminders to find the beauty even in the struggles never hurt anybody. But you do not have to make such a fuss by going out of your way, sweet friend. You are so precious.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Smiles are good : ) Your smile is lovely! That is a lovely statement you have made about reminders to find the beauty ...

That is precious about your grandma and I know you said, "YES"!

Hugs sweetie ... Have a peaceful night and get some rest.


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

I did of course say yes! I had nothing else left she had given me and those words ring true to me.

I will try to sleep tonight. LOL Still have dishes to do and clothes on my bed to fold first, though.

You sleep well and have a good night yourself. :)


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word55 2 years ago from Chicago

This was a very touching article. Faith and hope are very important. Faith Reaper is very dear to me. Her comments weigh over a hundred pounds of inspiration. You just can't stop with her support but keep on writing until time comes to move on. God bless you!


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you, word55. She is a true sweetheart and a blessing to many no doubt.


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Jo_Goldsmith11 2 years ago

What a true blessing it is to meet you. How wonderful it is to read your words and the signing wasn't bad either! :-) A gentle and beautiful voice which I am sure Father God was so pleased to hear, as I was blessed to listen too. Shared and voted this up. Shalom


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Aw,you are too kind, Jo. Thank you. Pleasure to meet you too!


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Hi Dear Shan,

Let us know in your comments when you have chosen someone to pass the baton of "Faith" on to someone, so we can all watch for that hub.

Hope you have a lovely weekend ahead.

Hugs and love


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Oh, so sorry! I know I mentioned to you already, but forgot to post here. So much has been happening. I am not sure if I will have an internet connection to link it in my hub, but I passed it on to Eric Dierker. He is working on it or plans to soon. Hugs and love to you too!


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Awesome, Shan, thank you so much ...we will look forward to Eric's hub on faith! Just wanted everyone to be on the watch.

(((Hugs)))


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mothersofnations 2 years ago

Shanmarie, I thoroughly enjoyed this hub. I found you through the thread of faith articles, one posted by Ms.Dora, started by FaithReaper (I'm a fan of both.)

Looks like I've found another wonderful writer - I look forward to reading more of your hubs and I start today! :)

God bless you.

Voted up!


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Nice to meet you, mothersofnations! I look forward to reading some of your work as well. However, I do not currently have internet service at home so it will be a few weeks before I can read more hubs. I just wanted to respond to comments. I so appreciate them. :)


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

Nice combination of music, poetry and personal thoughts. Your grandmother's cross-stitch must surely be a treasured possession.


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Hi, FlourishAnyway! So sorry it took me so long to get back to you, but I have been away from any real access to the internet. Thank you so much for your kind comment. Yes, it is a treasured possession, especially since I lost other things she gave me in a house fire a couple of years ago and one other embroidery of a peacock that I adored to theft because it was in a box full of other things the thief wanted and took away from the home.


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schoolgirlforreal 2 years ago from USA

I like your little poem of trust! And I love Faith Reaper!

Hugs,

Rose


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you and ,yes, she is oh-so-loveable!


Seif 23 months ago

Romans 10: 13-17 says:For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How then will they call on him in whom they have not bleeived? And how are they to bleeive in him of whom they have never heard?c And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has bleeived what he has heard from us?” So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.


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shanmarie 23 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you for the imput, Seif.


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Faith Reaper 23 months ago from southern USA

Dear Shan,

I am now including your beautifully memorable hub here in my tribute. I remember reading it again the other night when working on my hub, and trying to decide which line to include from this hub, and so I meant to come back to it. Then I started having issues with glitches on HP.

No excuses, but I love your writing and I hope you continue to write your beautiful thoughts.

Hugs and much love always


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shanmarie 23 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you again, Theresa, for reminding me of my own words. They are meaningful to me now especially.


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Faith Reaper 23 months ago from southern USA

I am so glad, dear Shan. Yes, they are certainly so meaningful.

Keep the Faith and allow your light to continue to shine brilliantly ...

Love and hugs always


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shanmarie 23 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you, Faith Reaper!


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Shyron E Shenko 22 months ago

Shanmarie, so happy you picked up the Baton. I think Faith is the strongest word of all and I am glad that Theresa (Faith Reaper) had Faith in you, and chose you to pass the baton to.

Voted up, UABI and shared.

I thought I placed messages here more than once but don't see them,

and I am trying again.

Blessings to you

Shyron


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shanmarie 22 months ago from Texas Author

Thanks so much for your persistence, Shyron! -And for your kind words. Those hub glitches are irritating sometimes. I appreciate that you came back to make sure I knew you read it and enjoyed it.


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Colleen Swan 22 months ago from County Durham

Voted up. Many say we believe, yet so few can explain or truly understand faith. I believe faith transcends what is written which provides us with the freedom to do so.


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shanmarie 22 months ago from Texas Author

Hi Colleen. It does transcend what is written enough that sometimes a person does not even realize faith is all that is left when the heart seems so tattered and torn. It is the means that eventually puts all the pieces back in place, too. And always somewhere in the back of the mind and depth of the heart even when it might seem all but lost.


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whonunuwho 19 months ago from United States

Nice work my friend. whonu


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shanmarie 19 months ago from Texas Author

Thank you, whonu. It seems I get pulled back to this hub whenever I can use a boost of faith. Thank you for your comment.


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Jo_Goldsmith11 19 months ago

Hello Sweet lady.

Just wanted you to know this article has been chosen for April's Gold award. Your writing the content for this has really blessed my heart over and over. I stop by often for the same reasons. To help increase my faith! You have a talent that God has given you. And I am grateful and honored to call you friend. You should be happy with your achievement with the way you write so beautifully! (((((((( Shanmarie )))))))


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shanmarie 19 months ago from Texas Author

Aw, Jo, thank you. That warms my heart!

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