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Faraway Places

Updated on March 27, 2017

This is strictly a friendship motivated hub, I hope it's of interest to some out there who like to browse and read. Do you have sweet memories you like to remember from childhood? I think we all have that in common and we love to share them in our writings. This is a brief journey into some of my early life experiences. A life I've lived over many long years with the love of music and song always a source of comfort and pleasure to me.

As a young teenager I loved to sing, I would watch all of the old musical shows on TV and learn the songs and soon I had memorized many of them. My love of singing and music never faded as some early experiences do. I'd love to share with you a song that's part of those memories. Maybe it will stir something in your memories.

The song is about things many of us dream of when we're young. I sang it on stage in a school carnival when I was about 11 years old. I really don't remember being nervous about getting up on stage. But I do remember standing there and singing. Isn't it odd how just a tiny part of an event stays with us over the years? I've thought on that a lot. The actual memory of the event is cloudy, but the song and the lyrics stayed with me through many years as I was growing up. In hindsight, I can now see a little deeper into the whole scenario.The phrase "Places with strange sounding names" made me laugh as I thought on these years, because shortly after I sang this song, we moved to a place in Texas named Waxahachie. A place with a strange sounding name! My dream journey was beginning and the song has proved to be prophetic; strange sounding names were definitely a part of my future. And I've reflected often on the various life places I've discovered since I first heard and loved the song.

For many years I loved reading about these real faraway places in the world in National Geographic magazine. I so enjoyed looking at all the great pictures of the cities of the world and it's people and creatures. I still enjoy reading about other cultures, but I truly don't know if I'll ever see any of these places. However, as I've aged I've enjoyed some exciting new places in my actual life experiences and heart life.

Through the worldwide Web I began to connect with people who actually lived in these places, and I've enjoyed seeing the world and it's people and places. I've learned a lot from the experience. I don't travel, but I can have fun sitting in my house and seeing the world in pictures and stories of the adventures of many writers and friends. I think the web to be a great blessing, and I've seen some of the beautiful places in the world through it.

And now, that book I took from the shelf. All the treasures of truth I've found in the Holy Bible, have carried me by grace in the Spirit into faraway places which compare with places God carried Abraham,Isaac,Jacob,and even Jesus Christ through. Spiritual journeys through places of hard but productive wilderness and deserts, deep valleys of death and grieving, beautiful, lush places of rivers of healing waters and mountains of high, heavenly places of love and grace which were so faraway for so many years. Who would have thought it at 11 years old?

I am eternally grateful to have been carried through and then to this place I stand. Although for most of those years I didn't have a clue what the and of the story would look like. That's not to say the story is over and the end is here. I cling hard and fast to promises of God for my future. There are still many faraway places in the world to discover yet..

Isaiah 58:14

Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.

I pray that you who read will find that place of eternal salvation in Jesus Christ. Take the book from the shelf and seek the Lord. He will be found by those who seek him with the whole heart.

Love life and look to Jesus to see many good days. Hug every single day of life up real close and sing loud out of a happy heart. If you have to sing alone, sing like you love being alone. And it will become true. My voice is still creaky but my heart laughs at it. Love the wonder of life and be glad for another new day to delight in Jesus.


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      Rita Hanks 6 years ago from Little Elm, Texas

      Thank you, Poppa! God has blessed me with you, a true friend, and I'm grateful. True friends are a place many never see.

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      Poppa 6 years ago

      Love every word of it!