Paths that Cross By Quita feeley

This morning I found out that a young woman/mom just a couple miles away from where I live, took her life and that of her little three year old. My heart just broke and so I sat down and wrote this…

Paths that cross

If only I had known you, perhaps I could have helped–
A listening ear, taken your hand and said a prayer.
It could have made a difference, maybe changed your plan
But I had no idea, because our paths had never crossed.

As I planned my morning, coffee in hand
You were only a mile or so away, making your own plan–
one that heartbreak and pain had brought you to, but I couldn’t have known.
Our paths had never crossed.
While I busied myself with what to wear, what calls to make
you must have felt that there were no calls you could make,
or surely you would have made one….to someone.
A call that could have changed your mind. Of course you didn’t have my number.
Our paths had never crossed.
Last week at the grocery store, as I quickly walked the aisles, short on time
and in a crunch, it could have been you that I passed, maybe even twice.
I’m not sure I even smiled.
Our paths crossed.
Perhaps it was you at the red light, when I glanced inside your car
seeing your little children as you took them to school.
I most likely assumed you were a mom busy with life.
You seemed happy to me.
Our paths crossed.
Were you the one behind me in line to buy some things at the local discount store?
You only had an item or two and I a basket full.
I had a deadline though, so chose to continue, not making eye contact
not inviting you to go before me.
Our paths crossed.
You could have been the person who seemed hateful,
Someone I didn’t want to get to know.
Did I honk at you in traffic because you cut me off?
Or maybe you were the one I didn’t thank as you took my order at the drive through.
Our paths crossed.
Of course, if I had known the way your life would end,
If I had known you would be the headline to make me cry,
I would have done things differently if I ever had the chance
but I thought our paths had never crossed.
This morning I heard the sirens as they made their way down a street not far away.
I hardly noticed, didn’t give it a second thought, just pulled over to let them through.
I had no idea they were going for you.
One last time, our paths had crossed.

Everyday we cross the paths of hurting souls, often people to whom we don’t want to give the time of day.
They don’t meet us with a smile or compliment, don’t encourage us with their actions to reach out.
Sometimes, they intimidate us with their anger, and we feel defensive
And pull away, sometimes even thinking they’re not worth the time of day.
But YOU can be the difference, because people don’t accidentally cross our paths–
they are placed into our paths, so we can make a difference.

Peace By Quita feeley

Peace can’t be explained, only experienced
people strive for it, few obtain it in its fullness
It’s not tangible, but yet it can be felt
You can grasp it for a few moments, or you can keep it forever
Peace has nothing to do with the world around you, only the world inside you
You can’t always understand it, yet it’s never mistaken for something else
It can’t be forced, driven or pushed.
You can speak of it, but you can never fully describe it
It’s deeper than any pain…..higher than any mountain…..yet tiny enough to live within the inner most parts of your soul.
You can’t obtain peace without love, or hope without peace
Peace can give you courage, strength, focus, or it can softly comfort your broken heart
If invited to stay it will rest in your dreams, your thoughts, your emotions
Peace only comes from God, no other source
It’s waiting on an invitation
Peace can be yours for the asking

Philippians 4:7
… will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus.


The Road by Quita Feeley

Look up ahead. It’s a road waiting to be traveled by you.
It’s your future. It’s a bright road filled with lots of laughs and smiles, a place to lay the
burdens of the past down and pick up a lighter load.
This road has its bends and turns, but you’ll barely notice, for life has taught
you to be strong. You’ll be tempted to look back at other roads you’ve traveled,
but only do so to reflect on the lessons learned. The bad, the sad, the hurt will
all grow dimmer the further you travel down your new path, and along the way
you’ll reap a harvest of peace and joy from the seeds you’ve sown.
The emptiness you’ve encountered before, the unanswered questions, they will all be drowned in a sea of warmth and seem
unimportant. You’ll enjoy laughing in a way that is new. You’ll start to see the
good that has come from the bad.
As you travel this new road with your new lighter load, enjoy each step….each
tiny detail. Soak in the sunshine of blessings that are yours. Walk, run, laugh,
sing, and dance.
This is a new road, a new start. Beyond it lies your best days… days filled with answered prayers,
fulfilled dreams, and a heart that truly knows what it means to love and be



When all Seems Lost by Quita feeley

Hope  when your heart says never
Smile  when your eyes hold tears
Love when you’re  feeling empty
Be brave when you’re feeling fear
Use faith when there’s no real answer
Speak truth  in the place of lies
Light a candle  in the still of darkness
Sing of peace  when you’re in a storm
Hold tight to the promises
Keep a grip on the hand of God
Stand tall when you feel you’re falling
Rest in him when your soul is tired
Walk  when you feel like crawling
Give when you are empty of all
Keep focus when life is blurry
Breath deep when there seems to be no air
Take hold of the promises  when you only see failures
Wrap your arms around the good in life
Focus on right when wrongs surround you
Feel the arms of God as he holds you close
For soon the dark will turn to a flicker
And the flicker a ray of light
Dry your tears when you’ve finished crying
Shake off the dust of despair and pain
Look up when your falling downward
Your new beginning is on the way

Philippians 1:6
And so I am sure that God, who began this good work in you, will carry it on until it is finished on the Day of Christ Jesus.


“Happiness is t…

“Happiness is the best revenge”

When you spend  your time and energy on getting even, getting back, or “showing someone how it feels” you only hurt yourself and show them how much power they have in your life. Every day that you spend in anger, and determination to get even, the more you show your weakness. Why give someone the power to make your life miserable? Only YOU can allow that to happen. I was given this advice by my sister about 25 years ago…..

“Don’t get even, get Happy”   Remember happiness is a choice not an accident. you don’t have to “feel” happy or have all the right reasons to be happy, to “be happy”.  Take back all the power you’ve given away  and start today!