Someone who cherishes the blessings of the simple things, living in a rural area, family, friends and long walks through the woods behind her home. Writer, photographer, painter, someone who seeks out beauty in the small, the unusual, the ordinary all the while appreciating the grander scheme of things around her.
A writer since she was able to string words together and make a coherent sentence she contributed to the Gastonia Gazette's Carolina Voices column for years. Currently her columns can be found in the weekly What's Up Shopper as well as various places online. An inspirational poet at heart when she isn't sharing her many adventures on the rural Dirt Road she resides on she is sharing the poetic words of her heart, seeking to encourage and uplift.
She is a member of the elite 91. Blessed with the opportunity to contribute to another work of the heart along with 90 others known as angels. A journal that is currently being transported cross country by one of the angels to hand deliver it to the next angel scheduled to spill their love and artristry onto their alloted pages. Rebecca knew the moment the Diary of Angels was placed in her hands she was holding something special and it was a very real honor to be able to add her contribution to its pages.
Notes From Mary
I became aware of Rebecca first through her photography. I do not remember who recommended her to me, but was delighted with what I found. Later I would also know her poetry. She was the first photographer I featured on Legacy Writers of Harmony Pub when I started Poetic Ramblings and was a lone host. We became friends and I was so excited I would get to meet this talented artist and see the Dirt Road for myself. Rebecca is as southern as sweet tea, cool and refreshing on a hot summers day. Her faith surrounds her like a subtle scent. It shows in all she does but is not overpowering or oppressive. The area she takes most of her photos is just a small stretch of road that passes in front of her home and that of her parents, but through her lens it becomes a whole new world to those of us who see it through her photographs. She can make nature jump out at you from those photos in the most intriguing way. She is a cancer survivor, but this has made her love of life and her faith only stronger.
Francis and I had the privilege of joining her for a Sunday Service at her church, and it was delightful. The church is 107 years old, with a very friendly congregation. Later that day, we sat upon her front porch and just talked and sipped iced tea. I am not sure what was more refreshing the tea or Rebecca. She glows with a love that shines from her like a beacon. If you wish to be inspired, read her books, look at her photography or read her poetry. For this artist is a living breathing inspiration to us all.
An author of three books; Blessed and Blessed in His Promises- books of inspirational poetry and The Legend of Dragon's Doom a Young Warrior's Vow- a young adult novel. Rebecca is currently working on a collection of her past columns and other essays to be published soon.
A Poem by Rebecca
For the Joy
There is within my heart, a peace
when I seek You
when I make the time, to put all other things aside
and seek only You
allow you, to fill my thoughts
to take that moment, when nothing else interrupts,
and make it Yours
what a special time that is
to feel You, with me, so very close with me
walking as I walk, in this place You have created
my heart trembles at Your presence
tears fill my eyes, not of sadness but of such great joy
How oh how I love You Lord
I have felt You with me, in the darkest of storms
lighting my path,. guiding my every step
You have remained by my side, keeping me safe
as I keep my eyes on You, always on You
knowing, You are here
when the sun shines, its warmth and light glorious
it can not reach Your light
even as I stand in its light, looking at the blessings around me
Your presence outshines even it
Your peace, floods my very soul, washing away all that is not You
My heart and soul trembles in Your presence
excitement flows into my being
when You move, so close
taking me by the hand to walk with You
taking my heart, cleansing it of worries and fears
filling it only with Your comfort
there is within me Lord, a great peace
in the knowing of You
in having a relationship with You
You have brought me to this place, where to know You
is to know joy with no boundaries
to know You, is to feel peace that has no end
flowing in like the tide, washing over me as the tide washes the sand
taking away the earthly things, bringing back into their place Your peace
Your merciful, healing, calming peace.
How I love You Lord, for what You have done
and continue to do, for me.
I know, in my heart I know, Your forgiveness
I know where I have stumbled and fallen short
I know, where my darkness began
more importantly, I know
where Your forgiveness began, where You took my life and washed over me
cleansing this person, cleansing away the sin stains
making me Yours, making me clean
how I do love You Lord
for this love You give to me
for this peace, for the joy Lord
for the joy
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