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Fires of Love

Updated on February 26, 2009
  Fires of Love
Fires of Love
   getting the metal to a  molten stage
getting the metal to a molten stage
   Pounding it out
Pounding it out
    The final product
The final product
   Roasting the Marshmellows
Roasting the Marshmellows
   I want that one...Please
I want that one...Please
    One of our meals...yummm
One of our meals...yummm
   At the dinner table...yaking
At the dinner table...yaking
    The Grace of God
The Grace of God

Sharing a Story

( A story of inspiration that I received made me want to write this and then share the story with you...I did not write the last story and have no idea who did...I always get in trouble when I try to share) ???


My grand children and their parent's visited this last 4 days and it just re-affirmed my Love for them...Cooking for four teenage boys is a job, but they pitched in and even did some dish washing (since G-Ma doesn't own a dishwasher) and we had so much fun...We built a bon-fire under the stars one evening and sat there talking, making plans and remembering other nights here in the same spot...

This time was different for me though, getting up in age and making a date with my 11 year old for when he is 21...and watching the older boys forging swords out of some tubing that was red hot and they were pounding away til it was flat...did a fine job and my daughter sitting there enjoying champagne and pop corn and the kids roasting marshmellows...and of course the whole bag disappeared before me and my daughter (the youngest of my 3 children) could get one...but oh well...we stayed up late and it was so nice in the fresh cool air with the voices of the children's excitment over their forged treasure's !!

As long as it can seem at times... it is always sad for me whenst they leave...Usually (and today was no exception) I am crying...I just miss the hub bub and hussle of family life...the family all sitting together at the supper table, saying grace and just chit chat...the adults sitting around while the kids pick up our mess from cooking and then the doing of the dishes and the laughter that always comes... the stories that are told and the solving of the world's problems...

Well after they leave and I cry and run to my computer to catch up...I found this in an e-mail and it so hit me...hard I might I see my life slipping away and time moving so quickly and here I am, an old woman happy to be on a computer...looking still for my purpose here on earth???..I hope you enjoy this and maybe it will help it did me :O) Hugs G-Ma

When your hut's on fire.....

The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him. Every day he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming. Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect him from the elements, and to store his few possessions. One day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, with smoke rolling up to the sky. He felt the worst had happened, and everything was lost. He was stunned with disbelief, grief, and anger. He cried out, 'God! How could you do this to me?' Early the next day, he was awakened by the sound of a ship approaching the island! It had come to rescue him! 'How did you know I was here?' asked the weary man of his rescuers. 'We saw your smoke signal,' they replied.

The Moral of This Story:

It's easy to get discouraged when things are going bad, but we shouldn't lose heart, because God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of our pain and suffering. Remember that the next time your little hut seems to be burning to the ground. It just may be a smoke signal that summons the Grace of God.

Peace and Love to all...


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    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Awww.. you doll you...God Bless...:O) Hugs G-Ma

    • frogyfish profile image


      8 years ago from Central United States of America

      Don't know why I found this particular hub today, but you are not an old woman, you are an immortal person, and whatever conditions you are in now are only temporary. I know it doesn't feel good when you are tired and tired of being tired - all that caretaker, aloneness stuff, but take heart, for you are appreciated and loved! And Divine strength IS yours each new day. Blessings, G-Ma!

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Thanks my dear...and you will never know how you just helped me today by reading this...I was in tears and I needed to read this, to remember how fortunate I am, and where I got the Picture...? well usually I go through picture's from Google Images till I find what I feel...I am missing the Hubs, I need toget back on here....:O) Hugs my sweet lady G-Ma

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      Raven King 

      9 years ago from Cabin Fever

      Wow G-MA. This is truly inspiring way to look at life, a truly brave way to live by embracing life.

      I like the Grace of God picture so beautiful. Where did you find it?

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      britney...Thank you happy you liked it...G-Ma :O) Hugs & Peace

      Mr.Nice...Nice to meet you and thank you for your comment...I agree families have moved away to many places, so it is difficult to be a real family anymore...but for me my youngest daughter and her family live just 2.5 hrs. away so we actually see each other often, however I still get  sad when they leave, cause am getting old now and it is not fun...but God's Will be done...G-Ma :O) Hugs & Peace

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      Mr Nice 

      9 years ago from North America

      Hi G-Ma,

      Your story deeply touched my heart. It's always good for G-Ma or grand children to be together but it is sad due different circumstances most families are not together any more.

      However, you are still lucky that you can have family get together some times. Some families don’t have this opportunity because the grand parents are not alive or they live far from each other. I wish you had these get together more often in the past & even more in the future.

    • britneydavidson profile image


      9 years ago from united kingdom

      great hub,.....i have enjoyed reading it...

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      ripplemaker...Thanks hun and glad you liked it...It was a fun week with the family...G-Ma :O) Hugs & Peace

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi G-Ma, I so love reading your hubs because they are so real and so honest about how it is with you. And it gives me a warm feeling inside when the hubbers come around and share their love with you too. I feel so good inside all the more. Just what I need after a sleepy day at work...thanks for the inspiring story. I always love inspiring stories. Thanks for sharing. :-) Hug, hug, hug!

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Tatjana...Well thank you sweetie...such a nice thing to say and to hear also...G-Ma :O) Hugs & Peace

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free are so very sweet and glad you enjoyed it... and the bonfires are always so much least we still have that here for now anyways...God Bless...Thanks for the comment G-Ma :O) Hugs & Peace

    • Tatjana-Mihaela profile image


      9 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

      You really have found through purpose in your life to teach us all values of the life.

      A lots of love....

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      Benji Mester 

      9 years ago from San Diego, California

      Watching family and close friends drive away is just rough. I'm very jealous of your bonfire though. That sounded like a perfect night. You have a gift for appreciating life. Thanks for the hub. I enjoyed it greatly.

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      LAZUR...HI Angel, how are you doing? used to the move yet? and oh yes it would be so nice if you lived closer...but alas...we don' we will have to make the best of what we have I reckon...and know that our burning hut sends smoke signals to God and He will always be there to help us...sooner or later......Thanks my dear for your hugs and love and know I often hug you in my thoughts ...and hope you feel it...G-Ma :O) Hugs & Peace

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      LADY G. ...Thanks sweetie for sharing the wonderful pictures and what a beautiful baby...I bet you made the quilt as well as the bassinet...loved it...good looking family you have.

      ...and though our visits are less and less there will be more..her boys are now teens and very busy schedules to follow...with their music and sports and all that teen goes on...and being retired isn't what it seemed when I was young...Thanks hun for the lovely comment...G-Ma :O) Hugs & Peace.

    • Lazur profile image


      9 years ago from Netherlands

      Now I really wished I was living more close to you G-Ma. Stop looking for your purpose here on earth. I guess you found it by sharing the right words when their hut is on fire. I know you did it with me and now you probably did it again for a lot of others by sharing your story here.

      Lot of hugs and love

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      LAILA...Well my dear if it helped that is are a sweet lady and Thank you for the comment...G-Ma :O) Hugs & Peace

      ANGELA...well that is a weird feeling for sure(empty nest) but that nest doesn't really stay empty for long, or in my experience it didn't. But now seems very empty as I grow older and am retired and bored...I have aways been active and involved...guess I need to get myself involved again in some sort of worthwhile volunteering program?...Thanks for the comment G-Ma :O) Hugs & Peace

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      ELENA...I door may close but always another one opens...and so we must follow our hearts...Thanks sweetie for the nice comment...G-Ma :O) Hugs & Peace

      FUNRIDE;  aWWW...HI  Baby...How are you these days anyways??? And yes would be a great pleasure to sit with you around a campfire and shoot the bull, as they say...and so sweet of you to come by and comment...I know you have like 3 new hubs I need to go read...Love you too G-Ma :O) Hugs & Peace

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      COFFEESNOB:  yes family is awesome and get more so as we grow older...thanks for the comment  sweetie...G-Ma :O) Hugs & Peace

      VIOLETSUN :  Yes LOVE is what makes us tick and family is why we Love I think.and the HUG felt great thanks my dear Lady...G-Ma :O) Hugs & Peace

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      EoVERY...well I hope your steak was as good as our's was hun...and sure...I can be your G-Ma too if you wish...Thanks you are a dear...G-Ma :O) Hugs & Peace

      THE OLD FIRM : Ha ha that was cool...I had forgotten that one...Thanks for the cheers my dear...G-Ma :O) Hugs & Peace

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      Debra Allen 

      9 years ago from West By God

      Wow, God works that way. He did get his answer and his help. Sometimes peopke are just not patient enough to see wehat comes because in this world today everyone want everything NOW. I loved the firepit story of your family. It sounded so wonderful and conforting for you. It kind of rolled over the bounds of the computer into the lives of others.

      I now have an appreciation like you of family that is far ways and when you do get togehter is is a wonderful time and it is sad knowing that when it ends you don't know when the next time will be.

      I have more pictures of the baby now, but they are on I know you will want to see them so I will go out on a limb and post the link. The girl in the red sweater is my other daughter and the guy holding the baby is the father.

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      Angela Harris 

      9 years ago from Around the USA

      Great personal hub. I am looking forward to grandkids, but starting to feel the empty nest syndrome. I only have one child left at home, and this is her last year. Thank you for such a touching view into your life.

    • Laila Rajaratnam profile image

      Laila Rajaratnam 

      9 years ago from India

      G-ma,your 'hut on fire' was what I exactly needed today!It has given me hope and encouragement..Thanks for sharing!:)

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      Ricardo Nunes 

      9 years ago from Portugal

      After long time without getting my fan mail - I disabled it because I had little time to go through so many hubs - I found this pearl from my dear G-Ma. What a lovely hub and such an inspiring story. I wish I could participate on one of those evenings with you and your family. You`re really a special person and I´m soooo happy to have you as a good friend. A huge hug and a warm kiss, love you G-Ma

    • Elena. profile image


      9 years ago from Madrid

      Lovely family story, and also nice story and moral with the hut.  I like to think positive and believe that when a door closes a window opens, the trick is not to get stuck looking and the closed door, but look around and it's pretty sure there'll be a way out.  Hugs.

    • VioletSun profile image


      9 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      G-Ma: You are so full of love and this is a reason why you so enjoy family and friends. For a long time I wanted to find my life purpose, and I finally realized its to love and doing the best I can, and I suspect its the same for most humans.

      Sending you a hug((((((((((G-Ma))))))))))

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      9 years ago


      I know - family is sooo awesome. thanks for sharing your heart - which is so ful of love and purpose

    • The Old Firm profile image

      The Old Firm 

      9 years ago from Waikato/Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

      Hi G-Ma, Hugs and Peace to you too.

      You may like this.Here you go, TOF

    • eovery profile image


      9 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      Can I adopt you as my g-ma?  All of my g-parents and parents are now passed away.  Everyone need good g-parents.

      That steak dinner look good.  I got a package of steaks in the fridge.  I am going to have to get them out and fry them up.

      Keep on hubbing!

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Just_Rodney...Yes it is and I do see them quite a bit but seems to get harder each time they have to leave... I am just feeling so alone right now...Thanks dear for caring...God Bless...G-Ma :O) hugs & Peace

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Jesus_saves_us_7...well thank you dear...G-Ma :O) Hugs & Peace

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      Rodney Fagan 

      9 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Hugs, Peace and Love,my personal wish and prayer for you G-Ma. To have family and not see them or here from them is a parents quiet nightmare. ;-O

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Cris A. well thanks dear for commenting and for the hug...I need them all today G-Ma :O) Hugs & Peace

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      9 years ago from Seeking Salvation

      I liked the hub it felt very warm.

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      Cris A 

      9 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I feel for you G-Ma. So hugs to you, too! Thanks for sharing :D

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      DEQ...Hello...shame on me I guess you been here as long as I have and I just met you...Thanks for the comment..:O) G-Ma Hugs & Peace

    • G-Ma Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free you made me cry again...Thank You Angel you are always here and I like that...and the HUG felt good Thanks. G-Ma :O) Hugs & Peace

    • DEQ profile image


      9 years ago from Buffalo,NY

      sweetb deal!

    • goldentoad profile image


      9 years ago from Free and running....

      G-Ma, Great story and I really enjoyed the hub, I know how it is missing family and you know you always got us. You're one hell a lady and I'm sure those kids are missing you already too.

      a bigger hug than usual for ya!


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