Life Without Jesus ~

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

You may have breath,
your heart may beat
but, you don’t have Life
until Jesus you meet.

You may have sight,
your eyes may perceive
but, you don’t have Life
if in God you don’t believe.

You may have reason,
your ears may detect
but, you don’t have Life
if Jesus you reject.

You may have vitality,
your body may go
but, you don’t have Life
until Jesus you know.

You may have breath,
but, you don’t have Life
for without Jesus . . .
there’s only eternal strife!


1 John 5:11-12

“And this is the record,
that God hath given to
us eternal life, and
this life is in his Son.

He that hath the Son hath life;
and he that hath not the Son
of God hath not life.”

King James Version
Public Domain

Copyright 2019
Deborah Ann Belka

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Family Memories of Guernsey County’s Annie Oakley

Gypsy Road Trip

Emma Thompson Feeds This old metal sign from 1913 stirred up family memories of their great-aunt, Emma Sherby.

Memories awaken when a picture or object appears that opens doors to the past. Recently, an original Thompson Feed Company sign brought back memories to the family of Emma Sherby as it stated: No Hunting Without Permission.


Emma Thompson Feed 001 This popular feed mill was located at 125 N. 7th Street, where the Genealogical Society is located today.

   In 1913, Ohio decided that hunters needed to have a license. Young Emma at the age of 17 purchased one of those early licenses for the fee of ONE DOLLAR in Cambridge at the Guernsey County Clerk of Courts. She was a very slim girl as the license listed her at 5’9” and 120 pounds with light hair and blue eyes.


Emma's Hunting License Emma was the first woman to have a hunting license in Guernsey County, and perhaps in…

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My love


My love for you
goes beyond all silver linings
from the darkest storm
it stretches like the wind
to glorious sunlit days
beyond all seasons…
it waves at the universe
with the constant rhythm
of being alive,
of being in love…
My love for you
folds like a gentle prayer
in silent waves
of the vast ocean
that does not question
the emotions
of the heart
rising and falling
like the tides…

My love for you…
is endless hope
with infinite dreams
and peaceful sleeps
of holding you close
in my heart.

poetry nad image copyright neha 2019

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Dust Yourself Off

Peacock Poetry

After a tough day I was feeling a little sorry for myself until I glimpsed a stoic Swiss elderly lady pushing her mobile walking frame. I have nothing but admiration for those that get up and get out despite challenging mobility issues. I vowed to pick myself up immediately and wrote some lines. Moments after writing I accidentally deleted the whole bloody poem so had to start again from scratch. Witnessing this lady’s determination gave me the drive to rewrite it and to keep pushing onwards and upwards. What gives you your drive?

Tenacious Lesson

She stooped over the mobility frame

Pushing onwards, pushing upwards

Frail fingers crunching beneath the cool handle

Pushing onwards, pushing upwards

Face falling but spirit standing

Pushing onwards, pushing upwards

I glimpsed the vivacity of her youth

Pushing onwards, pushing upwards

Beneath piercing blue eyes and silver strands

Pushing onwards, pushing upwards

Iron will and…

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Just Because ~

CHRISTian poetry ~ by deborah ann

Tell someone you love them,
just because . . .
let them see your appreciation
just because.

You don’t need to buy a gift,
or a card from a store
just tell someone how much
them you cherish and adore.

Tell someone you love them,
just because . . .
let them see you truly care
just because.

You don’t need a special day,
to show them your affection
everyday you can make
this your heartfelt confession.

Tell someone you love them
just because . . . .
for Jesus loved us first
just because!


 1 John 4:19

We love him,
he first loved us.

John 13:34-35

“A new commandment I give unto you,
That ye love one another; as I have
loved you, that ye also love one another.

By this shall all men know that
ye are my disciples, if ye have
love one to…

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