MAXINE BILLINGS, Photographer & Author

Fine Art Photography Inspired By Natural Creation & Wholesome Reading For Your Family's Entertainment


Leave a comment

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.

ATOF

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 🙂

Advertisements


2 Comments

DO YOU REMEMBER THE TIME WHEN . . . ?

THOUGHT BUBBLEAre you kidding?  I can barely remember what happened a few minutes ago!  I decided to write this blog because it seems that more and more, I am forgetting things.  Here are a few that immediately come to mind.

One day recently, I kept my then five-year-old nephew for my sister and her husband and let him drink orange juice all day long and could not understand why he was so wired up and bouncing off the walls.  Hey, it was an honest mistake.  I mean, my kids are now 34 and 27 so I had forgotten that you can’t give young children a lot of products that contain sugar.  But you better believe that whenever I keep him now, I remember.

Then some years back, I was talking with a friend and her son.  During our conversation, I kept digging around in my pocketbook, and her son finally asked what I was looking for.  When I said, “My car keys,” he asked, “What’s that in your hands?”  I could not help but laugh at myself.

I’ll share one more with you and then get on with this blog.  I was really craving a vanilla soft-serve ice cream cone from McDonald’s one day, but first, I stopped to put $7.00 worth of gas in my car and also to take it through the drive-thru car wash.  On my way home as I savored my delicious ice cream cone, I kept glancing at my gas gauge and thinking to myself, “It doesn’t even look like the gas hand moved.  It’s like I didn’t even put any gas in the car.”

Finally, it dawned on me that the gauge hadn’t moved because I had actually forgotten to pump the gas.  Because the only thing that had been on my mind at the time was getting my ice cream, I had gone into the store, paid for my gas and car wash, jumped back into my car, drove through the car wash, got my ice cream at McDonald’s, and headed back home.  That was when I noticed the gas gauge.  Since I was on the Interstate and the next exit was the one for me to go home, I could not turn around.  When I got to my exit, instead of going home, I had to return to the gas station and explain to the cashier what I had done.  He said, “So that’s why that customer said the pump only gave him $7.00 worth of gas and then stopped.”  As usual, I laughed at myself and just had to share my funny experience with some of my family and friends.  My husband simply grinned and shook his head.  Hey, there’s no shame in my game!

I’ve been thinking about how our ability to remember things is a divine gift from God.  Of course, it’s not perfect because we’re not perfect; Adam and Eve messed that up for us, along with everything else.  Anyway, when my brain is working properly, it’s nice to be able to retrieve bits of information that has been stored there.  And I can only imagine how awesome it will be when we are able to use our brains to the extent that God originally intended.  The human brain is like a reservoir that can never be filled.  No wonder Psalm 139:14 says that we are wonderfully made!

AMOFThere are times when I love reminiscing about the good ole days.  I also love looking through photo albums at some of myTFH and my family’s pictures from that era.  I think that sometimes it’s good to reflect on the past, especially when we focus on the good memories that we cherish.  Oftentimes, I have some of my characters do the same.  Rose does it in A MEASURE OF FAITH, and so do Myah and one of her sons in TIME FOR HOPE.

One of the things I enjoy most about writing is that I get to put my characters onto the center stage of my reader’s mind’s eye, and in the process, the characters perform for their audience (the readers.)  Yes, I know, some of them get on your nerves, making you angry at them; some of you may even shout at them. Other characters may make you laugh, and some may cause you to cry.  That’s because even though they and their stories are fictional, the issues they face are true-to-life.

Well, that’s all for this post.  I just had to share some more laughter with you–more of my crazy, hilarious experiences.  And remember–whether you’re reading my books or someone else’s, READING IS FUNDAMENTAL.  So HAPPY READING!

And as always, this is from my heart to yours,

Maxine

http://www.maxinebillings.com

(Emoticon With Thought Bubble Courtesy Of Office.com Clip Art)