books that sit on bookcases. There is much wisdom in those books I cherish them. But I don’t think about those things as I write. My heart and mind is centered on writing "Wind Chimes." I write and then stop read what I’ve typed and make changes as I go. (Above Left: Marla's writing space. Copyright permission granted by Marla Shaw O'Neill for this CRC Blog Post Only)
What month and year did you start writing this poem? November 30, 2017 (Right: Marla Shaw O'Neil in December 2017. Copyright permission granted by Marla Shaw O'Neill for this CRC Blog post only)
Years later my mom rededicated her life to the Lord and eventually became a woman pastor/evangelist. She prayed every morning and night. Her example of praying and writing her sermons are engraved on my heart and mind. I can see her even now as she would study God’s word. I’d go with her when she’d preach and I even sang solos right before she’d preach. We had joined the Assemblies of God by that time.
Her birthdate and date that she went to heaven? She was born in April 26, 1932. She didn’t want to die on my brother’s birthday which is July 18. He passed away in 2007. So on July 16, 2015, Mom died. (Mother and Daughter. Copyright permission granted by Marla Shaw O'Neill for this CRC Blog Post Only)
Mom comes to visit me many times in dreams. I know she’s in a wonderful place. I believe with every fiber of my being…that heaven is real and the things God has revealed to me is priceless and a treasure that I long to share with others. God bless you. I pray that He will open new ideas and dreams for you on your journey. Without him, I would not have survived.
But I believe that we are living in eternity right now…and like the caterpillar the metamorphosis won’t be complete until we leave this body and begin our journey in heaven. First we have to complete our journey here. Like the wind chimes...
and self-published it in 2014. I wrote a biography on my mom’s life called, Pray Pearl Pray,(https://www.amazon.com/Pray-Pearl-Marla-Shaw-ONeill/dp/1530991994/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1530466600&sr=1-1&keywords=Pray+Pearl+Pray) and self-published it in 2016. Mom gave me notes regarding things that happened to her in her early life. I finished the book after she had died and published it on her birthday.
I’ve also self-published a book of poetry called, God’s Heartbeat Ba-Bump, Ba-Bump, Ba-Bum
the Penguin and Leo the Sea Lion.
I belong to a group called Christian Poets and Writers on Facebook. At the beginning of 2017, we were asked to seek God for a specific word for the year. My word was ‘write’ I wrote 365 posts in my blog which completed my goal for that year. Each day the Holy Spirit would wake me with an idea or a message and I would get up and write. I prayed that God would use me to touch people for His glory. My prayer is that whoever reads will be blessed and if they don’t know Jesus in a personal way that what I write will help them to see Him as a loving, caring person and not a hard task master. Jesus is the most important person in my life. I pray He will become that to others as well.