The Poetry Journal

Inspirational quotes and short stories on romance and travel


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Escape to see the Sun!

This year has been a year of stranger things. Traveling overseas once again to the Dominican Republic, traveling to Puerto Rico, self publishing my second book, (The Love Experience) a book release party, book signings, raising teenagers, teen drivers ed completion, working full time, trying to pursue other job opportunities to supplement income, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Maria, visiting our State Capitol in Austin, taking on extra projects at work, celebrating 20 years of working for the church, and also celebrating the MLB Houston Astros World Series Championship.

I am so grateful for these opportunities and also grateful for the loving people in my circle. Most grateful to the Lord for allowing me to experience it all. As I look back to gently reflect on my year, it was a blessed year.

If you are working hard and you feel as if you never get a break, sometimes you need to escape just to experience the best sunlight. Yes, you wake up everyday to your normal routine, but take the time to getaway, even if it’s just for one day. You need to take that time to just shine!

L’Auberge Casino in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Only a short two hour drive from Houston, TX. This casino has restaurants, boutiques for shopping, a spa, a lazy river and cabanas for lounging by the pool. The Golden Nugget is also right next door. This was my first time ever visiting here. I was impressed.

Jack Daniels bar has some of the best garlic Parmesan wings. I should’ve brought hone a box before I left. Notice the US flag hanging above, it was meticulously made with lots of chains. Very unique work of art. Kuddos to the artist!

The pool area had plenty of loungers, cabanas, and two jacuzzis. Scenic and serene. This would be a great place to throw a party. Reflecting back on my year. I am blessed. God is Glorious! All the Time!

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MLB World Series 2017 ~ Houston Astros 1st Championship

Congratulations again to our Houston Astros on winning the MLB World Series 2017! The entire team did an excellent job making baseball fun again! Go Correrra, Altuve, Springer! Correrra got down on his knee and proposed to his girlfriend immediately after the game. How can you say no to a champion? She’s one lucky chica! They won game 7 in Los Angeles against the LA Dodgers and came home to celebrate with a parade. #EarnedHistory

My coworkers all came together to support and participate in the history making celebration. Kirby Starchild Davis made us these fabulous T-shirts!

So grateful our employers let us leave to partake in the festivities. Around noon we were off to have some lunch and some fun.

Tasha Royal (Luv this Power Woman) invited us to Live Sports Bar & Grill at Main @ Preston served up a great strawberry salad with grilled chicken, walnuts, feta cheese, over mixed greens. Very good. These cute sliders that I️ didn’t get to taste. Those look like hearty burgers to me. My girls were full!

Jaz had a bowl of Fettuccine Alfredo, before I️ could even ask, her food was devoured. We must’ve been some hungry souls for food, laughter and fun! Thanks Tasha. Truly admire your grind. She knows how to build a brand and her empire. So proud of you Tasha.

Although we didn’t make it to the front of the parade route or City Hall, everyone was marked safe and we had a great time.

I’m so grateful for the Lord’s Protection. His grace is sufficient for us all.

Signing off… Until next time

#Author #Blogger #Poet

Raquel Helm


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Deserted Hearts

God is… He is everything. He is a light even to those who have nothing. It is not His desire that we suffer, but nonetheless He is always a comforter and a very present help. He loves them and us just the same. No one is esteemed above the other. That’s how he wants us to treat each other, but are we really unbiased on how we treat the poor, the less fortunate? We want to turn our backs on them. It’s not our problem how they live their lives. Just keep on walking by. They’re peasants in our lives.

He found them in a desert, a windy, empty land. He surrounded them and brought them up, guarding them as those he loved very much. Deuteronomy 32:10 NCV

What does it take to live a life to care for the poor? It’s a calling on your life that many do not heed to. It’s a calling that is not for everyone to accept, but if you’re that one! That one person that knows you can take care of only one person that is poor, you will find it in your heart to help where you can help, even if it’s just one dollar. You never know how a little can go a long way in their life.

Give a little of your life to help those in need.

Thank you Father, that you are near to me even when my heart is broken and my strength has failed. Thank you that you find me in my wilderness and you will restore me to joy.

~Found in a Desert

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In the Midst of the Storm

Soon I will be forced to return to my abode in HTX and will have to face all the issues I left behind. I will be searching for that sense of normalcy, but most likely I probably won’t find it knowing I should be somewhere else in this lifetime.

I left Houston, TX because I was under a mandatory evacuation from the devastating effects of Tropical Storm Hurricane Harvey.

Even I kept hesitating on whether or not to leave my home, but when I saw how high the water was rising, I just couldn’t see myself sitting in a house waiting to be rescued. I left! #ByeHouston

I saw my window of opportunity and I got on the road.

A three hour drive to my destination was not a bad idea to escape from the catastrophic events. Flooding, power outages, shortage on bread, meat and gas. Places to eat were closing before dawn. The Mayor would place a curfew on our city for several days. People were trapped in their houses days after the hurricane hit and my friends were out in boats doing citizen rescues.

Arriving here in Austin gave me a sense of “normalcy.” We had shelter, access to food, hospitality and a peace of mind. My family was marked safe.

Austin’s culture was every bit of cordial. The people here will greet you with kindness and go above and beyond to help you with whatever you need. Whenever I mentioned I was from Houston, I felt a little bit embarrassed to admit we were victims of a “natural” disaster and was seeking refuge. I was embarrassed to say, we were displaced from our homes and my children could not go back to school and I was out of work until September 5th. The people here seemed as if they understood and they made us feel welcomed.

As we settled in, we explored the city a little bit. Going to the state Capitol, and Lake Travis. Most of the time, my family and I got a chance to relax and enjoy a sense of normalcy outside of Houston’s catastrophic events.

As we come upon this Labor Day Monday, I will be traveling back to Houston to find that sense of normalcy in a town where I was born and raised. It will be a challenge to rebuild again and to empathize with those who lost their loved ones in the flood.

I am praying for those who were affected by this tropical storm and asking God to show his glory in the midst of recovering from this storm.

Shalom


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PUSH THROUGH #HOUSTON

My city has been through catastrophic flooding over the past couple of days. Thousands of people have been displaced from their homes. Our convention centers have 9,000 people that need pillows, blankets, new packages of underwear because people left their homes with only one bag and have not been able to return to their homes. This is my retention pond near my house.

Schools will be closed until after Labor Day and parents are not able to commute to their jobs because our entire city has been inundated with water.

Rivers are expected to crest by Thursday or Friday and reservoirs and levees are being released slowly into our cities and small surrounding areas. Not only that it continues to rain daily.

Sorry for cutting off the photo credits. These photos are from a CNN article.

News Reporters are asking residents to stay put for the next 24 hours, but to also help in your nearby communities.

My sons and I are safe and will be out volunteering today at my church.

This too shall pass but Harvey will be moving along the coast with heavy rains towards Louisiana. I’m praying for the safety of everyone and please pray that we work together as a community and we can get back to our normal lives.

Trust and Believe that you will have what you need to get through life’s challenges!

President Trump, please do not come to TX empty handed. Most restaurants are still not operable, and grocery store owners are trying to manage the crowd by having people stand in line to get inside to buy food.

Have Mercy! 🙏🏽⚠️🚨🚣☔️