MAXINE BILLINGS, Photographer & Author

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SOMEONE WHO CARES

I wrote this poem, “Someone Who Cares,” around 2004 to be included in my second published novel by BET Books, “A Test of Faith” (released April, 2005.) I’ve also made it part of my Zazzle greeting card collection. In the book, my main character Andrea finds herself consumed with grief and despair when her beloved husband Clayton is killed by a drunk driver.

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One of her dear friends gives her a card that contains the poem. The poem is also near the front of the book before the story begins. Losing a loved one to death is the most tragic and painful heartache we can ever experience. Yet, not everyone grieves in exactly the same way. During this time, it is important that we have family and friends by our side to help us through the process of bereavement.

Sometimes, however, even in the midst of such support, our sorrow may cause us to feel lost and alone. Even with the support of her devoted family, this is how Andrea feels as she is being tested in so many ways. But with the progression of time, she wrestles with her sadness, anger, and faith–one day at a time.

A Test of Faith” is now out of print. However, you can still order a paperback copy via Amazon. Why not order one for yourself or someone else? Also, if you like it, I would greatly appreciate your writing a review on Goodreads and/or Amazon.

From my heart to yours !

Maxine 🙂


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LIVING IN FEAR OF THE PERSON YOU LOVE

WOMAN SCAREDDomestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone.  Although (as the WebCHILD SCARED site of HelpGuide.org points out) women are more commonly victimized, men are also abused–especially verbally and emotionally, although sometimes even physically.  And as we all know, even little, innocent children are abused as well.  Regardless of the target or the source, abusive behavior in any shape, form, or fashion is never acceptable because every human is a product of God, and therefore, should be viewed as precious just as each is precious to Him.  (Psalm 72:12-14)

MAN DEPRESSEDWe live in a world that is filled with outright hatred, anger, and violence.  However, violence and abuse, when it is coming from someone you love, is particularly painful and discouraging–because at the end of what may already be an excruciatingly difficult day, when we come home to our loved ones, we expect and crave to enter into our safe haven.  But if the very ones who are supposed to protect us from harm are the ones causing if, where can we turn?

As with any traumatic situation, a strong support system is vital.  In addition to HelpGuide.org, below are links to some other helpful online resources.

 

 

 

Until the time comes when violence is forever eradicated, may we all do our part to help contribute toward peace and harmony to the lives of all but especially toward those to whom it should be our greatest honor and privilege to love and nurture.FAMILY 2

Take care, and have an awesome weekend!  🙂

From my heart to yours,

Maxine

http://www.maxinebillings.com

(Photos-Courtesy of Office.com Clip Art)