WQWWC # Faith, Trust, belief, Hope, Expectations

Marsha is the host of this Challenge

Do you have a story of faith you’d like to share?

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We all wish for an easy life!

We don’t want hurdles in our way or any accidents to happen. A smooth ride, all the way.

But life is seldom like that. Invariably, we face hardships on the way.

These hardships teach us something very important about life. They teach us to look for an anchor. Faith in a power higher than ourselves.

My story is not of startling discovery but of a subtle realization.

I was just six when my mother died. I wasn’t old enough to understand death or mourn for her. In my teens, I started missing her the most. It was at that time that I was looking for an anchor. Some way to justify to myself the loss of my mother who died at 26 years of age.

At the age of 14-15, I realize that I felt the presence of God in my life. There was no other reason for me to miss my mother who I didn’t even remember properly. The love I felt for her and the tears I shed for her were proof that there was a divine power who had created this love.

From here my faith gradually grew and helped me overcome the hurdles in my life. Every time I was down or distraught, I felt the strength my faith gave me and it lifted me up.

The trials of life, bring out our true potential. They make us stronger in spirit and mind and give us the hope that things will be alright.

Many times in my life, I have taken strength from my faith and hope that God will give us what is best for us.

“We are given not what we want but what we need”

This is my story.

Thanks for reading.

#Keepitalive

#WQWWC

A to Z Challenge- People, Qualities or Things that inspired me – I

For Letter I, I have chosen an introduction to my religion, Islam

Islam, is the most inspiring factor in my life.

Most people have heard of Islam and Muslims but unfortunately in a negative tone. I want to dispel the notion that Islam is in any way connected to terrorism.

The word “Islam” means peace.

We believe in God, and in spreading goodness through good deeds, like kindness and charity.

Living in peace and harmony with our fellow humans is our aim. Islam urges us to develop a strong connection with our creator and to have firm faith.

All through my life, I have taken strength from my faith. In hard times it has made me strong and in good times, it has made me humble.

Our holy book, Quran is the source of guidance for us. It is the word of God, revealed to our prophet, Muhammad ( peace be upon him).

It is an essential part of my daily routine to read from Quran. It helps me navigate through the path of life.

As a Muslim, I believe in all prophets and all religions. And want to exist in peaceful harmony with everyone.

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#Keepitalive

#AtoZChallenge

Reena’s Exploration Challenge # 178

Reena is the host of Reena’s Exploration Challenge

Welcome back!

PROMPT #178

I give you the last line …

If I’m God, why do I need a bird’s eye view?

Write the remaining piece as you like, but it has to end with this line. It is okay, if the line appears more than once in the piece, in the beginning, or middle, but it has to be there at the end.

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I lift my joined hands in a prayer

I ask You for Your help in trouble

You the Almighty, the all powerful

You know what’s in my heart and mind

God, the all knowing, Omnipotent, Omnipresent

Before we know what’s in our thoughts, You know

Before it befalls us, it is in Your knowledge

No detail, big or small escapes Your eyes

I bring my prayers and pleas to you

It is in my prayer that I admit to being weak

And I humble myself in front of you in submission of my will

For you are God,

Why would you need a bird’s eye view

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I made a change in the given line as I cannot, even in verse, presume to speak for God.

I hope it is acceptable!

#Keepitalive

#ReenasExplorationChallenge

Farewell Sue Vincent

It was last year that Sue shared the details of her illness. Terminal stage 4 cancer of lungs.

The WordPress community came together to provide moral support to each other to prepare themselves for this event.

Sue, however, took this illness bravely and kept on writing as long as she could. She was posting her daily haiku as recently as two days ago. I was so impressed by her courage and strength in accepting the inevitable and the fact that she kept her sense of humor till the very end. You can sense the way she didn’t let this disease beat her by her “The small dog” post which she penned in the voice of her dog Ani.

Rest In Peace, my friend.

We will all miss you.

#Keepitalive

#SueVincent

“Her” An ode to all women

March is drawing to an end!

I meant to do more posts this month about the women of this world but I got caught up in life.

Anyway here’s my next post about” Her”

(Image credit; Happy color app)

Color her in vibrant colors

She shines in gold of divinity

Exudes grace is shimmering silver

Her passion is in the shades of red

She is all sweetness in pretty pink

Compassion and care colored in green

Deep and dark blues show her integrity

Yellow highlight her joy and exuberance

Her persona is rainbow hued, vibrating with life

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#Keepitalive

#InternationalWomensDay

One Liner Wednesday- March 17, 2021

Linda is the host of One Liner Wednesday

Today is St Patrick’s day!

It’s also the birthday of my first grandchild, who had turned 11 today.

An Irish prayer for you all;

“May Good give you…

For every storm, a rainbow

For every tear, a smile

For every care, a promise And a blessing in each trial

For every problem life sends, A faithful friend to share

For every sigh a sweet song

And an answer for each prayer

#Keepitalive

#1LinerWeds

Stream Of Consciousnesses Saturday- 13 March, 2021

Linda is the host of Stream Of Consciousnesses Saturday

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “day/week/month/year.” Use one, use them all, use them any way you’d like. Enjoy!

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Linda has asked us to write either about the experiences of living with covid restrictions one full year or just use the prompts as we like.

I’ll take both options.

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A year ago we were warned about a pandemic hitting our planet

We thought it would be a few weeks till we were given all-clear

Now a year on, it doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon

Days, weeks, or months we are waiting in anticipation

But life went on, children being born, the elderly departing

Many left us too early, succumbing to this deadly disease

But life still went on, people graduated, children enrolled

New and old all vying for our attention amid all the tension

Now most of us have readjusted our perspective about life

We are being mindful of little blessings and aware of the positives

Life is still going on, perhaps not as usual, but in ways unimagined

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#Keepitalive

#SoCS

Photo Challenge #357

Nekneeraj is the host of Photo Challenge

Photo by Luca Nardone on Pexels.com

Use above image as inspiration for a poem or short story.

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Fog makes you lose all sense of direction

You feel lost in your own familiar backyard

The distance is distorted and light is a misleading illusion

Keeping a balance when surrounded by fog is hard

What is in front of you or at the side is a mystery

Sometimes in life, we feel like we are fog bound

Decisions are difficult as we cannot see into the future

At such times, we need to trust our instincts

And proceed with caution lest we lose our way

With patience, we can find the correct path

Trust and faith in our abilities is what makes it possible

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#Keepitalive

#PhotoChallenge

International Women’s Day – March 8th

Today is International Women’s Day. March is also celebrated as women’s history month.

I am sharing some inspirational quotes on the role of women in the society;

“Feminism isn’t about making women stronger, women are already strong, it’s about changing the way the world perceives that strength”

“May all women be free to dream, express, create, and live their deepest heart’s desires”

“Here’s to strong women; May we know them, May we be them, May we raise them”

“Don’t worry about being successful, but work towards being significant, and the success will naturally follow”

“Do not wait for someone else to come and speak for you. It’s you who can change the world “

“A woman is like a teabag-You never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water”

“I am grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life”

Happy Women’s Day to all my friends!

#Keepitalive

#StrongWomen

#WomensDay