I have always tried to live by the word of God. It has always been my lifeline. Without it, I would have surely been lost.

The word says that “our lives are like a vapor.” Here today and gone tomorrow.(my words)
It didn’t seem so short as a child when I was trying to grow up very fast.
I wanted free from the pain which was my life. My childhood was stolen by alcoholism and incest.

Thankfully I prayed and we grow up, marry and have children of our own. I had 3 beautiful little boys.
But then; What goes wrong? My childhood sweetheart, now my husband, has gotten into pills and alcohol. The demon that tormented my childhood.
I took his abuse for a very long 10 yrs. and then divorced him.

I worked and tried to raise my children right. It is very hard to work, raise your children and run at the same time. Yes, my ex husband stalked me and my children for 14 yrs..I was in and out of hospitals quite often. It was a very long 14 yrs.. That part of my life changed when my husband died at his own hand. I WAS FINALLY FREE……from some things. I left out a lot of the things to do with my health.

I became disabled some yrs. after that. Have had 24 surgeries, many illnesses and I live from week to week. I have no immune system. The treatments my son gives me wkly. are keeping me alive. I have oxygen for my heart and many medicines for a crippling arthritis.

Now life seems so much more precious. I have my children and 2 wonderful grandchildren. I can’t get out as much as some but do enjoy taking my grandchildren to Church.
There is a lot of pain and suffering right now between myself and one of my sons. We are quite busy with drs. and crave time for ourselves and the children. My son is a wonderful uncle and I am a young nanny. lol
As we talk daily we are reminded of how SHORT our lives really are. We are reminded of how fast it really did go by.
WHY DID IT SPEED UP IN THE LATTER HALF? SOMEHOW THAT DOESN’T SEEM RIGHT. MAYBE GOD WANTS US TO REALIZE HOW IMPORTANT WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO IN THIS LIFE REALLY IS TO HIM. I DON’T BELIEVE WE THINK ON THOSE THINGS QUITE AS MUCH WHEN WE ARE YOUNG. WE DON’T REALIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR LIVES AND HOW WE LIVE THEM, HAVE ON OTHER PEOPLE. WE DON’T KNOW THE IMPACT WHEN WE ARE YOUNG. WE ARE TOO BUSY TRYING TO GROW UP. People have since told me they don’t know how I went through all that I did and continued to work and raise my children. We don’t realize that we are being watched. I didn’t walk with God for him, I did it for my own survival. People see it just the opposite. They think you should scream at your God and give up. Like Job’s friends and his wife, told him.

The Bible says to “be still and know that I am God” I haven’t always done that as much as I should but I learned through the years that if we will just do it, things in this life will be so much easier. God also said that he would give us peace. Peace that would pass all understanding. I am living proof that you can have peace no matter what your trials are or have been.

Pat Parker Burke



Cullman, United States

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As children we hurry to grow up. Whether your life is pleasant or not. Everyone wants to be bigger. Then when we are, there are times that we actually think that we have things in control. Things tend to spin out of control very often. We have to be prepared for those times by putting on the “whole armour of God” In this life we have battles. Be prepared….LIVE LIKE YOUR LIFE BUT A VAPOR.

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