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

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Encouraging you to give yourself the gift of Serenity on Near a River.

Happy New Year 2018!  Here is a Serenity Prayer for everyone for every day of the New Year! God, grant me the serenity To accept the things I cannot change, The motivation to change the things I can, And the Read more…


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…


Encouraging you to just breathe on near a river.

When you feel stressed, here is a great way to “just breathe” and actually relax… When you seem stressed, someone may tell you to “just breathe”.  But it is very hard to focus on your breathing when your mind is Read more…


Encouraging you to be a victor not a victim on near a river.

Do you sometimes feel like a victim?  Read this if you do! I enjoy living my life with purpose.  Each day I try to focus on my blessings, not my misfortunes.  On my strengths and not my weaknesses.  And I Read more…


Encouraging you to let go on near a river.

Sometimes you simply have to let go of a relationship! Here is one important key to your happiness:  Do not break your own heart by trying to fix a relationship that is clearly not meant to work. You cannot force Read more…


Encouraging you to use our best solution on near a river.

Our best solution to PTSD, anxiety, and depression. Both my husband and I have been diagnosed with major depressive disorder and PTSD.  I also have been diagnosed with anxiety disorder. We muddle through each day by loving and supporting each Read more…


Encouraging you to heed this pearl of wisdom on near a river.

A pearl of wisdom that everyone should read. An oyster is soft, tender, and vulnerable.  Without the sanctuary of its shell it could not survive.  But oysters must open their shells in order to “breathe” water.  Sometimes while an oyster Read more…


Encouraging you to make someone's day on near a river.

Make someone else’s day happy every day of your life and you will feel happy also! There was a rich man and a poor man.  The rich man usually only thought of himself.  The poor man was different—he had a Read more…


Encouraging you to enjoy using social media on near a river.

Do you enjoy using social media? Do you enjoy sitting inside your home or office and chatting with people while you look at a computer screen?  I do not.  I would rather be outdoors and see people face to face. Read more…


Encouraging you to let your past go on near a river.

Moving on from your past is a key to success in life! I am a woman who has fallen many times, but I have always gotten back up. Every day I work through my pain.  I move on and do 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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