Hello and welcome to my blog.


I am Patricia Ann Boyes and have just become a first time published author at the age of seventy-seven. I am so excited! The title of my book is My Precious Life, and is now available for sale in Hardcover, Paperback, Kobo, Kindle and various e-books. The book is available on many online book stores such as Amazon.ca, Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble, Amazon.uk, Westbow Press, to name a few.

In April of this year I posted an excerpt from each of the forty chapters, and they can still be read by scrolling down to the beginning of this blog. “My Precious Life” is meant to be an inspiration to those who are struggling with life’s lessons, and wondering what they are all about. The feedback the book is receiving is touching on just that. “Wonderful…I couldn’t put it down…inspiring…” These are some of the comments coming back to me, and I’m so thankful for the interest it is generating.

After I posted the first forty excerpts, I continued to blog a post a day, and am still blogging! I love it, and have met some wonderful people in the blogging community. Here again, comments are positive and uplifting.

Here is a link to my church web site. My church is a focal point in my life and is featured in my book which is why I’m including its link.

Thank you for visiting “My Precious Life”. I look forward to hearing your comments on “My Precious Life” the Blog and the Book:

http://www.amazon.com/Precious-Life-Patricia-Ann-Boyes/dp/1490835504/ref=sr_1_1?  ie=UTF8&qid=1413155276&sr=8-1&keywords=my+precious+life

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How Much is Too Much?


My attention has been drawn back to the year 2007 when I was in a hospital emergency room experiencing heart attack symptoms. While there I met an eighty-four old grandmother who confided in me that it didn’t matter if she lived or died at this point in her life. As she poured out her sorrows to me my heart broke even more.

This wonderful woman had lost two adult children…one to cancer and the other in a car accident. If that wasn’t bad enough one of her grandchildren, at eighteen months, had died of meningitis.

I believe we met at that particular time because I needed her strength and courage to lean on. I had had lung cancer surgery two years prior to this heart episode, and my husband, now in the final stages of Alzheimer’s disease, was dying.

How much is too much? Only God knows.

 

God Took Her Soul


She was stunningly beautiful with a healthy body, luxurious hair, a quick smile, and gentle, friendly manner. She worked where I did in 2005 and was always a pleasure to be around.

Then, in 2008, cancer struck. As it so often does, it played havoc with her life. A bony body, hairless head, and quietude were the new norm. It was almost as hard on those of us who worked with her as it was on her family to see this dramatic change in such a short time.

And then she died…at the tender age of fifty years. This vibrant, vivacious young woman was no longer with us. Her bright smile and happy face were now only a memory…a haunting, lovely memory.

My only consolation was that though cancer took her beautiful hair and body, God took her soul.

 

Lost and Found


Here’s a true story I heard on the news in 2008, and noted in one of my journals because I love coincidences.

A lady found an engraved school ring in her back yard. She had no idea how long it had been there but tried to find the person whose name was on the ring, with no luck. She put the ring away in a drawer but kept the name in mind.

One day at her job as a store cashier, she noticed the same name on a gentleman’s credit card as he paid for his  purchases. When she asked him if that was his name and did he lose a school ring, he was flabbergasted that she had found it. So much time had lapsed that the ring no longer fit his ring finger but his pinkie. The lady was so excited she said that God had sent this man to her cash register.

I remember thanking God for a “good news” story for a change.

When God Speaks


Many years ago I had a very vivid dream. I was on the lookout deck of the Toronto Dominion Tower which at that time was the highest building in Toronto. It was at a very trying time in my life and in my dream I was walking alone around the observation deck feeling lost and afraid. Presently, a faceless male figure came alongside me and held my right hand. At his touch, my body tingled from head to toe and I felt it was Jesus by my side.

I awoke, still tingling, feeling less distressed and somewhat comforted. That dream with its surge of feeling has always stayed with me.

Recently I read in Isaiah 41:13 – For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, “Do not fear, I will help you.”

It brought back that dream one hundredfold.

Please forgive me if I have blogged something like this in the past but it just boggles my mind when and how God speaks. Happy Sunday.

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Life Goes On


Here is a poem I wrote in 2012…don’t know what was going on in my life to inspire it, but think it is worth a share.

LIFE GOES ON (It is Eternal)

Life is like a boxing match.

It spars with you, throws a few punches, knocks you down.

You get up and go a few more rounds, sometimes dancing in circles; not connecting…or so it seems.

Like all boxing matches, you win a few and lose a few.

The wins are triumphant. They are what keep you in the fight.

You struggle with the losses, hope to overcome them and try not to lose too many rounds.

But then Life comes in with the big KO, the knockout, the one punch you weren’t expecting.

Brain cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer, social cancers, relationship cancers and the count continues until Life throws up its Eternal arm; the winner in a fight you can never lose because Life goes on.

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Hold Your Head High


Standing for what you believe in regardless of the odds against you and the pressure that tears at your resistance…is Courage

Keeping a smile on your face for the sake of supporting others when inside you feel like dying…is Strength

Stopping at nothing and doing what’s in your heart that you know is right…is Determination

Doing more than is expected to make another’s life a little more bearable, without uttering a single complaint…is Compassion

Helping a friend in need to the best of your ability, no matter the time or effort…is Loyalty

Holding your head high and being the best you know you can be when life seems to fall apart at your feet, facing each difficulty with the confidence that time will bring you better tomorrows, and never giving up…is Confidence

Hold you head high and make your life better every day.

This was a 2002 Internet message which I had copied into one of my journals, and came across yesterday. It is good to know that what touches our hearts and opens our minds, is good for passing on, no matter how old the message.