As we take another few steps on this journey through life let us remember that we have no idea what another person is going through, even if we think we do, we just don’t. It’s their experience, not ours. Let us focus on surviving our own path through the obstacles of life to eventually thrive at whatever destination we land.

KE.A. Fussell

Garden longing

Senseless chatter filled days like today make me long for the peace and quiet of a country garden where the only thing sounding in my ear is the sweetness of nature buzzing to the energy of Spring, flowers brightly blooming, and rows of fresh vegetables in various shades of green.

E.A. Fussell

Grasp or let loose

Wrong decisions

Are painful

Holding onto them too long

Just because we made them

And we don’t want to admit

That we made a mistake

Can leave scars

Which can’t be erased

If you are holding onto

A bad decision

I understand how challenging

It can be to release your grip

And let the dream

Of what you thought might be

Slip through your fingers

And go it’s separate way

Yes, I comprehend

How disheartening

Being wrong

Can be

I also understand

That each time

We let a bad decision go

It becomes more difficult

To release the next one

Especially as the years pass

And there isn’t much time left

For overcoming bad choices

Don’t be fooled

Not making a decision

Is solidly deciding

To stay where you are at

And only you know

Whether that is right

Or wrong

For your life, heart, or mind

Every moment

We have a choice

Continue grasping or

Let loose

E.A. Fussell


Your worth is immeasurable

We tend to judge ourselves
And others
By the visible harvest reaped

We forget that
Some seeds we sow
May produce a harvest
Invisible to us

Words of encouragement and
Acts of kindness
Have a ripple effect
Often reaching much farther
Than the eye can see

The world
Would have us believe
That a persons worth
Can be measured

Truth shows us
Our worth
Is immeasurable

E.A. Fussell

Being nervous is okay

Have you ever watched thoroughbreds being led to the gate for a race. They are apprehensive and excited, often difficult for the jockey to control.

Public speaking causes most people some degree of apprehension. Whether speaking to a small group or a large audience, feelings can rise up that are hard to control.

When you get nervous about something you have to do, be thankful. Just like a thoroughbred it’s in your nature to be nervous, but you were made for this. You will get through the feelings and deliver an excellent speech or performance.

E.A. Fussell


The final puzzle piece

Puzzles were part of my childhood. Granny often had one going on a card table and we would gather around to visit and piece it together in the living room. Surrounded by smells of something tasty cooking in the kitchen.

Lions remind me of Revelation 5:5 “Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.”

Revelation reminds me of my daddy and how he loved to study the Bible, especially end-time prophecy. I am so grateful for the time we had together and what I learned from him.

Opal Heinkel Marsden, a very dear friend to my dad, is often posting photos of her puzzle work. She puts together some challenging ones and watching her inspired me to start puzzling again. When I stopped by the bookstore to grab a puzzle this one practically jumped off the shelf and into my arms.

It will be challenging to complete but has already brought many good memories:

Memories of my granny teaching us life lessons about working together.

Memories of the many things daddy taught me about studying God’s word.

Memories of good friends and family gathered around Daddy’s table, talking, learning, dining on something delicious he had prepared.

Memories of who the Lion of Judah is and the victory that is promised to all Believers. There’s a letter about it, written just for you. I hope you’ve read it. If not it’s still there, waiting for you.

E.A. Fussell