~Poet’s Corner- Christina Rossetti~

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A Better Resurrection

By Christina Rossetti

I have no wit, no words, no tears;
         My heart within me like a stone
Is numb’d too much for hopes or fears;
         Look right, look left, I dwell alone;
I lift mine eyes, but dimm’d with grief
         No everlasting hills I see;
My life is in the falling leaf:
         O Jesus, quicken me.
My life is like a faded leaf,
         My harvest dwindled to a husk:
Truly my life is void and brief
         And tedious in the barren dusk;
My life is like a frozen thing,
         No bud nor greenness can I see:
Yet rise it shall—the sap of Spring;
         O Jesus, rise in me.
My life is like a broken bowl,
         A broken bowl that cannot hold
One drop of water for my soul
         Or cordial in the searching cold;
Cast in the fire the perish’d thing;
         Melt and remould it, till it be
A royal cup for Him, my King:
         O Jesus, drink of me.

Beyond All Dreams ~ Elizabeth Camden~

Beyond All Dreams

~About~

Anna O’Brien leads a predictable and quiet life as a map librarian at the illustrious Library of Congress until she stumbles across a baffling mystery of a ship disappeared at sea. She is thwarted in her attempts to uncover information, but her determination outweighs her shyness and she turns to a dashing congressman for help.
Luke Callahan was one of the nation’s most powerful congressmen until his promising career became shadowed in scandal. Eager to share in a new cause and intrigued by the winsome librarian, he joins forces with Anna to solve the mystery of the lost ship.
Opposites in every way, Anna and Luke are unexpectedly drawn to each other despite the strict rules forbidding Anna from any romantic entanglement with a member of Congress.
From the gilded halls of the Capitol, where powerful men shape the future of the nation, to the scholarly archives of the nation’s finest library, Anna and Luke are soon embroiled in secrets much bigger and more perilous than they ever imagined. Is bringing the truth to light worth risking all they’ve ever dreamed for themselves?

 

~My Review~

I’m always eagerly anticipating a new novel from Elizabeth Camden and I wasn’t disappointed at all with this book!
Beyond All Dreams is just my kinda book because I’m a very big advocate for believing in dreams and aspirations. Dreams in my opinion can be a driving force in a person’s life even though it may look hopeless in the beginning. Trust me, it’ll all be worth it in the end. I think that Elizabeth Camden did a great job of portraying just that in her book.

The heroine, Anna O’Brien, has a very interesting and intriguing story. In the story, Anna is a librarian in for the Library of Congress which is by the way could be a dream job for any book lover out there! Who wouldn’t want to discover the wonders of the”King” of Libraries? I really liked Anna O’Brien’s character.

The hero, was another one of Elizabeth Camden’s smashing heroes! She is so talented at making her heroes some of the best heroes in Christian fiction, in my opinion, at least. Scarred by many things that happened in his early life, readers can sympathize and enjoy reading about Luke as his life unfolds in the story. Just take my word for it the hero is absolutely romantic! *sigh*

I think that the story came together very well as a whole. I was entranced by this novel from the beginning to the very end. There’s nothing that I would change about this story but I would love to read more of Anna and Luke’s story. It was perfect.

The book cover was also another beautiful work of art!

I highly recommend this book! It’s another beautiful tale by Elizabeth Camden with all the combinations of adventure,humor,and romance any book lover will certainly enjoy! (5 stars)

 

Happy Reading Y’all!! 🙂

God is Carrying You!

this is my favorite poem in the world. i read it every night before i go to sleep and every morning when i wake up. i also carry it in my wallet. i want to get footprints tattooed on my foot with the words "i carry you".

I was just pondering about a time in my life where me and my family were going through a hard time. It was really hard at one point it was very stressful  to me because me personally,l I had never went through something like that before.

Just seeing how me and my family has made it over is just overwhelming because I was at times saying “Lord where are you?”, but he was standing right there all the time. He had confidence in me and my family like He had Job in the Bible knowing that we WOULD overcome. Sometimes it seems as though He is silent but he has your raging sea under control because He knows you WILL come out victorious on the other side. He knows what is waiting on the other side because He’s already been there!

You as person may go through things and then you discover that strength you need to carry on in the hottest of the battle. You can rejoice because that is only by God’s grace and mercy  alone and we can’t do it by ourselves. The Devil may have a chance to kick and punch everyday but God is always going to be the Champion because He CAN’T be defeated and if you have HIM on the inside, YOU CAN’T be defeated no matter what you may go through or are going through! God has the last say so! I’m Glad to know that Jesus is carrying me just like how the poem says above because on this journey I need Him to lead the way because only  through Him alone can I make it! 🙂  And by His grace I am going to make it!

Have a very blessed weekend!

(Poem from Pinterest)

 

 

There is A Fountain filled with Blood by Selah

 

This is a very good song! Some new songs are good as well but singing a hymn just really lifts me up.  It really blessed my soul! Stay blessed! 🙂

A Tribute ~Abraham Lincoln~

  Abraham Lincoln

Born on February 12,1809, Hodgenville,Kentucky,USA.

I truly admire Abraham Lincoln.He has to be my favorite president of all time! Of course there were some things I didn’t agree with him politically wise but I won’t go into that.

    I admire his character and his persistence of never giving up even when everything seemed against so him. His integrity and his words proved his character. He went through so much in his life as a young boy growing up with an unloving father and only receiving real love  from his mother and later, his stepmother.

 He knew that even though growing up poor he wanted more from life, and that’s another thing that I liked about him. Of course I know he was only a human being, and made many mistakes as we all do, but something about his character really stood out to me. Later in life, there were many things that he had to go through but he  would eventually, triumph.

Abraham Lincoln quote 'Being on God's side!' Can't wait to see the movie!

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A picture of his mother that had passed away. This picture is truly amazing, I think he looked just like her!

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Abraham Lincoln’s Quotes

I remember my mother's prayers, and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my live. - Abraham Lincoln #quoteI have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom and that of all about me seemed insufficient for the day.- Abraham Lincoln quote

Abraham Lincoln Quote - True then, true today....

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Abraham Lincoln

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~~10 Very interesting facts about Abraham Lincoln~~

1. Lincoln has no heirs

Although Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary Todd Lincoln produced four sons, there are no living descendants today. Three of their sons died before the age of twenty. Edward died at the age of four, Willie at twelve and Tad at the age of eighteen. Robert was the only child to live to adulthood and his last known descendant died in 1985.

2. Lincoln’s beard was historic

Lincoln was the first president to sport a beard while serving in office.

3. Lincoln was an inventor

Lincoln was the first and only president to ever obtain a patent. He was mechanically inclined and like to take things apart just to see how they worked. In 1849, he got a patent for a device to lift ships over shoals by way of a buoying mechanism. His invention, US Patent No. 6,469 never made it into practical use.

4.Lincoln had a premonition he would be killed

Not long before he was assassinated, Lincoln spoke of a dream where he heard someone weeping in the White House. When he found the room it was coming from, he asked who had died. He was told it was the president. He approached the coffin to peer in and saw his own face.

5. Lincoln created the Secret Service hours before his assassination.
On April 14, 1865, Lincoln signed legislation creating the U.S. Secret Service. That evening, he was shot at Ford’s Theatre. Even if the Secret Service had been established earlier, it wouldn’t have saved Lincoln: The original mission of the law enforcement agency was to combat widespread currency counterfeiting. It was not until 1901, after the killing of two other presidents, that the Secret Service was formally assigned to protect the commander-in-chief.

6. Lincoln’s son was saved by his assassin’s brother

Shortly before his father was assassinated, Robert Lincoln was at at train station where he fell between the platform and the train as the train began to move. He was pulled to safety by a prominent actor of the time named Edwin Booth. Edwin was the brother of John Wilkes Booth, who would later assassinate President Lincoln

 7. Poisoned milk killed Lincoln’s mother.
When Abraham was 9 years old in 1818, his mother, Nancy, died of a mysterious “milk sickness” that swept across southern Indiana. It was later learned that the strange disease was due to drinking tainted milk from a cow that had ingested poisonous white snakeroot.

8. He was the tallest U.S president at 6’4″.

9.  Lincoln lost five separate elections before being elected president.

10. Lincoln was fond of pets, and owned horses, cats, dogs and a turkey.

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As I ponder on the life of Abraham Lincoln, I’m reminded of a bit of Henry Longfellow’s poem,

  Lives of great men all remind us
        We can make our lives sublime,
    And, departing, leave behind us
        Footprints on the sands of time…….

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I hope you enjoyed this post. 🙂 I used many sites and references to glean most of this information so if you

want to look more into it, the websites will be below. 🙂

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraham_Lincoln

http://www.republicanpresidents.net/10-interesting-facts-about-abraham-lincoln/

http://www.alincoln-library.com/facts-about-abraham-lincoln.shtml

http://www.civilwar.org/education/history/lincoln-hub/lincoln-ten-facts/10-facts-lincoln.html

http://www.potw.org/archive/potw232.html

(The quotes and picture of Abraham Lincoln are provided through Pinterest)

~Poet’s Corner- Elizabeth Barret Browning~

   Today, I’m going to try to do a post about one of my favorite woman poets, Elizabeth Barret Browning!!

 She had a very interesting life story. I haven’t read all her poems but when I read Nancy Moser’s book, “How Do I love Thee”, it introduced me to her “Sonnets from the Portuguese” which I really enjoyed.

  I really love Nancy Moser’s book about her life story it’s a really great read. I love how she mixes fact with fiction.  I was surprised as to how much was really fact. I hope you enjoy her poetry down below! 

E.B.B

 

How Do I Love Thee?

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right.
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,

Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

Comfort

SPEAK low to me, my Saviour, low and sweet
From out the hallelujahs, sweet and low
Lest I should fear and fall, and miss Thee so
Who art not missed by any that entreat.
Speak to mo as to Mary at thy feet !
And if no precious gums my hands bestow,
Let my tears drop like amber while I go
In reach of thy divinest voice complete
In humanest affection — thus, in sooth,
To lose the sense of losing. As a child,
Whose song-bird seeks the wood for evermore
Is sung to in its stead by mother’s mouth
Till, sinking on her breast, love-reconciled,
He sleeps the faster that he wept before.

Exaggeration

WE overstate the ills of life, and take
Imagination (given us to bring down
The choirs of singing angels overshone
By God’s clear glory) down our earth to rake
The dismal snows instead, flake following flake,
To cover all the corn; we walk upon
The shadow of hills across a level thrown,
And pant like climbers: near the alder brake
We sigh so loud, the nightingale within
Refuses to sing loud, as else she would.
O brothers, let us leave the shame and sin
Of taking vainly, in a plaintive mood,
The holy name of GRIEF !–holy herein
That by the grief of ONE came all our good.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning
How Do I Love Thee? (Ladies of History #4)

XIV (If thou must love me, let it be for nought)

If thou must love me, let it be for nought
Except for love’s sake only. Do not say
“I love her for her smile–her look–her way
Of speaking gently,–for a trick of thought
That falls in well with mine, and certes brought
A sense of ease on such a day–”
For these things in themselves, Beloved, may
Be changed, or change for thee,–and love, so wrought,
May be unwrought so. Neither love me for
Thine own dear pity’s wiping my cheek dry,–
A creature might forget to weep, who bore
Thy comfort long, and lose thy love thereby!
But love me for love’s sake, that evermore
Thou may’st love on, through love’s eternity.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Elizabeth Barrett Browning Quotes

by Elizabeth Barret Browning:

 

“Light tomorrow with today”

“God’s gifts put man’s best dreams to shame.”

Poetry Corner~ Robert Frost~

I really do love poetry by Robert Frost! I try to at least read some of his poems whenever I get a chance.I love nature, and many of his poems portray a lot of things involving nature. I’ve included some of his poems that I  enjoy at the bottom of this post. Enjoy! 🙂

The Road Not Taken

by Robert Frost-

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

And sorry I could not travel both

And be one traveler, long I stood

And looked down one as far as I could

To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,

And having perhaps the better claim,

Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black.

Oh, I kept the first for another day!

Yet knowing how way leads on to way,

I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh

Somewhere ages and ages hence:

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-

 took the one less traveled by

And that has made all the difference.

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

by Robert Frost

Whose woods these are I think I know.

His house is in the village though;

He will not see me stopping here

To watch his woods fill up with snow.

 My little horse must think it queer

To stop without a farmhouse near

Between the woods and frozen lake

The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake

To ask if there is some mistake.

The only other sound’s the sweep

Of the easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,

But I have promises to keep,

And miles to go before I sleep,

And miles to go before I sleep.

Fire and Ice

by Robert Frost

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favour fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.