Remembering “Mayberry”

My family and I are fortunate to live in a primarily retired neighborhood. It’s great, because many of the residents have known me since I was three years old when my Mom bought this house. I have grown up with these people and they are definitely an extended family to say the least. Recently, we have had a significant increase in crimes specifically on our street. These have been burglaries that have occurred during the day and some even have occurred when the resident is home. It is definitely concerning and puts one on “high alert” with this form of activity. My main priority, of course, is the safety of my little Emie. Nothing is more important than her safety. With all of the recent activity, I feel as though my feelings have changed significantly merely because my dad is no longer here to guard and protect the family. My dad was a veteran and a retired police officer, so I can say with certainty, he always made me feel safe and secure in all circumstances. I know, Craig is my husband, the “Man of the house,” but he is NOT DAD! The man works on computers and works in healthcare. He is the complete opposite of my dad. Not a character flaw, by any means, but still… it’s just not the same. Does anyone else feel a sense of security only your dad can provide? Thinking back to my youth and childhood growing up here with my sister, we would always be outside. There were no computers, gadgets, iphones/ipads and very little television. You couldn’t pay us to come inside when the weather was nice. We played in the afternoon, playing Frisbee, would go bike riding around the neighborhood and really enjoyed exploring and having grand adventures in the condo community behind our street. The community is somewhat small, but has neat steps to ride our bikes down and we would always play pretend. When Kellie and I were kids, there were no concerns or a care in the world! It was all about fun and games and not worrying about crimes and what “might” happen. It makes me sad to think about the world Emelie is growing up in and how much things have changed over the last 25-30 years. It’s times like this to reflect on one of my favorite Psalms, of which I was recently reminded can help in times of fear. Please note, when I quote scripture, I specifically am OLD SCHOOL! I love my KJV, and wouldn’t have any other version 🙂

“ He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High thy habitation. There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and the adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. Because he hath set his love upon me, there will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.” Psalms 91

Thank you for stopping by today and reading. Here is another memory verse I hold in my heart always.

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Make the rest of today a blessed day! I will be posting again soon. I have some great things to share with you soon!

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