Pain Unimaginable ~

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

God brought into my life,
pain unimaginable
heartache so deep
it was unfathomable.

But, through it I found,
the meaning of steadfast
and onto my joy
I’ve learned to holdfast.

God brought into my life,
sorrow unthinkable
suffering so vast
it was unmeasurable

But, though it I discovered,
the surpassing of peace
and now I understand
why it will never cease.

God brought into my life,
pain unbearable
and now my faith in Him . . .
is indestructible!


Psalm 18:1

“I will love thee,
O Lord, my strength.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2018
Deborah Ann Belka

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Awesome Redeemer

The Psalmist

His glory abounds in the heavens
His light shines o’er all the earth
His hand shows in all of creation
He’s lived with us since His birth

His peace is abundant to all
His joy is unspeakable
His hope will endure forever
His love is remarkable

Oh what a wonderful Savior
Who came down from heaven to die
He took away all of my burden
And gave me eternal life

Oh what an awesome redeemer
Who freely gives us His grace
I look for the day of His coming
For then I shall see His face

And until that day He will keep me
By mercies abundant and free
Forever I’ll give Him my praises
For He is so good to me

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Fort Monroe, Virginia

John Cowgill: Stories of the Railroad


You may have heard of many forts across the United States of America, but very few of you may not have heard of Fort Monroe.  Known as ‘Freedoms Fortress’ and the largest stone fort in America, it is a historic military fort built on a peninsula with the Chesapeake Bay on the east side and Hampton Roads to the south.  It was designed to protect the entryway of the Chesapeake Bay and the Hampton Roads waterways during the early years of the nation.  It was also used during the American Civil War.  Today, Fort Monroe has been deactivated as a military installation, and there are restoration efforts to preserve the fort to its original state.  Although much of the fort is not open to the public for tours, the Casemate Museum, which is operated by the Fort Monroe Authority of the Commonwealth of Virginia, is where you can see the…

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Col. Hiromishi Yahara on Okinawa

Pacific Paratrooper

Lines of defense on Okinawa. Top Japanese officers were in the bottom line of bunkers.

Colonel Hiromishi Yahara was third in command of the Japanese defenses on Okinawa. Read all about his story below.

It was Colonel Hiromishi Yahara who designed and implemented the jiykusen, or the yard-by-yard battle of attrition that cost the American forces so many casualties in the three-month battle, and he was the highest ranking officer to survive the battle and make it back to Tokyo. Before the overall commander on the island, Lt. Gen. Mitsuru Ushijima, committed ritual suicide in the battle’s final days, he instructed Yahara to escape to Tokyo to make a final report to the emperor.

Yahara was captured by the Americans, which bothered him immensely—to be captured or to surrender was considered a disgrace to one’s family—but eventually he did return to Japan.  In 1973, Yahara still felt strongly that…

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A Heart Open ~

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

A heart open,
to God’s searchings
is a heart ready
for His teachings.

It’s a heart willing,
for God to make known
His plans and purposes
the way to be shown.

A heart open,
is one that will pray
it doesn’t matter
if it’s night or day.

It’s a heart knowing,
God’s will is the best
if it wants to have
true peace and rest.

A heart open,
to God’s eternal good
is a heart working for Jesus
just as it should!


Jeremiah 17:10

“I the Lord search the heart,
I try the reins, even to give
every man according to his ways,
and according to the fruit
of his doings.”

King James Version
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Copyright 2018
Deborah Ann Belka

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Shape of Yesterday

Whispering in shifting hues

Of soft Silence and viridian Dreams;

Temple of Tomorrow

Lilting through Carols of birdsong

And sun shimmer,

Reminding of the Glory

All around


~ Morgan ~




Beautiful photograph found on Pinterest. Credit Gratefully Acknowledged to the original photographer. Thank you ~

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