I miss Joyland.  If I had grandkids, I’d like to have it back so I could share some of my childhood memories with them.  It was a great place for a family to share.  There’s one ride I would not ride – and that’s that old wooden roller coaster!

Beyond the main part of Joyland was a picnic area; however, to get to that area, known as The Enchanted Forest,  we had to cross a bridge. It was not just a bridge, but it was a swinging bridge. Did I trust that bridge to hold me as I walked across it??? Um… NOPE!  I remember my daddy carrying me over that ol’ bridge because I’d stand there and scream and cry!  I was really scared of it!

Oh look – somebody went to the now abandoned Joyland amusement park and took some video – and tried to cross that old swinging bridge – let’s watch.

LOL – I wouldn’t cross that bridge back when it was in GOOD shape!  Most of that video made me cry – to see Joyland in shambles and abandoned just breaks my heart.  I have so many good memories of it.

But there is some very good news here. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the farthest thing from a flimsy swinging bridge made of wood planks and rope! I can say a resounding AMEN to that, can’t you?  Jesus will carry me across any old swinging bridge that I have to cross.

He is a pillar. He is the strongest, most powerful force in my life. If you do not know Him as your personal Savior, you can. He’s not exclusively mine. He died for everyone on planet earth. You can pray and ask Him into your heart and life. Just sincerely repent of your sin and ask Him to take charge of your life. I like having the Lord of the universe, the One who knows the past, present and future on my side!

I put my faith in Jesus Christ because He alone can be trusted to guide me in the right direction.

For in the day of trouble He will keep me safe in His dwelling; He will hide me in the shelter of His tabernacle and set me high upon a rock. – Psalm 27:5

I mentioned to a friend of mine today that my heart is troubled by current events. Never in history have we heard so much about wars and rumors of war. We’ve not heard a peep from Russia for decades – now all of a sudden – BOOM… I’m reminded of the scripture that says the bear will come down from the north. I remember teachings from childhood. We are one day closer to eternity.  ❤



January 1967 Back when life was carefree



For me, this day is a time of reflection. I do a lot of thinking about the past and all of the times I’ve heard the song AULD LANG SYNE in my lifetime. My most vivid memory is sitting in front of our black and white Zenith television watching the Guy Lumbardo New Year’s Eve special, eating popcorn, roasted hot dogs and toasted marshmallows. We used to roast wieners over the wood-burning fire in the fireplace then toast the marshmallows for dessert.

When the clock struck midnight, my little family would hold hands and pray the new year in. There was something so comforting about knowing we had invited God into our lives for another year. We knew that everything would be alright at that point.

There’s something so sad about the song “Auld Lang Syne”. I cry every time I hear it! The very meaning of the title is sad to me. It means “Times Gone By” in Scottish. Although it was written back in the 1700’s and transcribed by Robert Burns so we in America could sing it, the tradition is so deeply rooted that we just don’t realize it is a new year without singing that particular song at midnight on New Year’s Eve. These days, I usually go to bed before midnight to avoid hearing it.

The words “We’ll drink a cup of kindness yet for times gone by” just about kill me inside. Those really were good times and I can’t stay there very long. I must look ahead toward the new year. I am determined to make these my best days. My future looks very bright and exciting!

So what lies ahead for Linda? I am praying about that and waiting on God. That’s a great plan to have. Until it is time to realize my dream, I will keep preparing for it. When God says it is time to move, I will be ready. I will have my ducks in a row, for to pray for a dream to be realized is more than just wishing and hoping. It is hard work and preparation. It is knowing that you have poured the very best of yourself into a project. But the timing is in God’s hands. I leave the timing to Him.

Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.  – Hal Borland

I will not write the next great novel, but I would like to publish a book of poetry, prayers and quotes. Thus far, I have over 80 poems, about 10 quotes and 20 prayers written. I just keep writing and waiting. When it’s time to do something with them, I will know.

I pray God blesses you richly in 2014. Happy New Year! 😀