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

Keeping a Promise


I have a very important promise to keep!

Encouraging you to help me keep my promise on near a river.
Encouraging you to help me keep my promise on near a river.

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 to reach my Grandma.

I pulled over and called her at the hospice house where she was staying.  She haltingly spoke, “Sweetheart, my time to go is very soon.  I will miss you so much!  Always know I am with you and I love you no matter where you go or what you do.  Promise me one thing. I  tried to share love, hope, faith, and encouragement with everyone I could.  Promise me you will continue to spread my message! And follow your dreams.  You will be a writer someday!”  She could tell I was crying when I replied, “You know I will!  I love you and will do anything for you!  You have been my world!  I will spread your message to the ends of earth if I can! Watch over me from heaven, OK?”  The call was short because my 94 year old Grandma was having trouble breathing and speaking at the same time.

She was put into a drug-induced coma by noon that day and she died a week later.  I have cried rivers of tears since she died.  She was my world!  She taught me how to love others and be loved back, how to be strong and survive.  Most importantly, she taught me to believe in myself, that I can make my dreams come true.

Well, I tried to spread her message with everyone I encountered everywhere.  I held doors open for people and smiled at them, I cooked food and delivered it to those who were down for whatever reason, and I volunteered at a nursing home.  But I felt I was not doing enough to spread her message to the ends of the earth.

Years later, I finally became the writer I have always dreamed of becoming!  I could not disappoint Grandma!  And I realized that I can spread her message much farther by writing and sharing my writing on social media.

But there is just one problem.  I have not been on social media very long and do not have many social media friends.  So I am not spreading her message very far.

Could you please help me spread her message?  Could you please share my posts and encourage others to do the same?

Grandma is watching over me from heaven right now, crying as I write this post.  I will not disappoint her.  When I get to heaven, I will hug her and tell her I did my best to keep my promise with help from many friends.

Soar like an eagle over life’s storms.  Spread a positive message every day of your life!

You might also enjoy the encouraging words in these Near a River posts:

Be an angel!

Are you sad?  Please read this!

Here are two of my prayers for you.

Hugging is one of the most powerful forces in the universe.  So is love!

If you enjoyed this post, remember that BJ writes children’s books. Her children’s eagle Near a River common core reading book is available on Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com. Buy BJ’s Near a River eagle reading book for a child you care about today!

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"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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