When a storm is coming, all other birds seek shelter. The eagle alone avoids the storm by flying above it. So, in the storms of life may your heart be like an eagle’s and soar above.” – Author Unknown

Encouraging everyone to be an angels on Near a River.

Got pain?  Feeling depressed or anxious?  Let’s be angels! “Are you an angel?”, an Appalachian Trail hiker I was helping yesterday asked me.  I said, “No, I am just someone who loves to help others.”  He replied, “Then you are Read more…


Today I received a mysterious blessing.  I thanked God for it! Do you believe that God works in mysterious ways? Today God blessed me in a mysterious way.  It was a simple blessing but it reminded me that God loves Read more…


Encouraging you to remain uplifted on near a river.

Here is the secret to remaining uplifted. Most of the time,  I am happy. I am happy in spite of having survived a lifetime of adverse events.  How can I be happy in spite of having lived an unbelievably difficult life? Read more…


Encouraging you to read this bear post on near a river.

This morning while walking alone to a friend’s home, I encountered a mother bear and her three adolescent cubs.  Unfortunately, I had left my bear spray at home.  I had to sing.  I sang “All Creatures of Our God and Read more…


Encouraging you to see the good on near a river.

What does the word “good” mean? Many bad things have happened to me in my life. I was born as a result of my Mother’s extramarital affair and she has never accepted me like she accepts my siblings. My first Read more…


Encouraging you to not worry on near a river.

  Worry does not accomplish anything! Worry!  It can be a real problem. As a child, I worried that my brothers would find my hiding spot, hold me down, and tickle me again until I wet myself in the house Read more…


Encouraging you to join the kindness movement on near a river.

Something great is going on!  A Kindness Movement has begun! Did you know there is a “Kindness Movement”? A woman named Audrey dreamed up the idea. Others had been kind to her during her difficult times, and these acts of Read more…


I have a very important promise to keep! It was a cold November day almost 20 years ago but I still remember it like it was yesterday.  I was driving to work and suddenly got the feeling I should try Read more…


Encouraging you to read a practical post on near a river.

Do you know there are practical things you can do to clean your home easier? I like having a clean home, and we do not have a housekeeper.  If you clean your own home, keep reading.  And if you have Read more…


Encouraging you to understand unanswered prayers on near a river.

A story about  three unanswered prayers.  Are you thankful to God even when he does not answer your prayers?   I am! Here are three unanswered prayers I have prayed. My first unanswered prayer Today we went Walmarting in our Smart Read more…

"Each reader's heart is like an eagle's and can soar above the storms in life..." - Near a River's Author, BJ Rae.

Written with uplifting words of encouragement, Near a River is a photographic children's book about two young bald eagles who are eager for their mother to teach them to fly so they may soar over the storms in their lives. Near a River encourages early childhood reading. BJ hopes that every child becomes a strong reader and soars above the storms in life.

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