Monthly Archives: September 2017

My China Doll

Dear Readers,

Today is the second time I have met this encouraging patient.  It seems God knows exactly when I need a boost!  Not surprising since He is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient…


MY CHINA DOLL,   Journal Entry,  2017


“China Doll” I nicknamed her since she is both fragile and strong.  On my volunteer job, as I approached my final patient room with books and magazines, a huge grin greeted me!

With eyes wide and welcoming I heard, “There you are!  I thought I wouldn’t get to see you before being released from the hospital today!  I have been telling everyone about you and your stories!”  She shook my memory to an awakening of our last visit a few months ago, “I have passed your stories on to everyone I know!  Do you have more that I can read and pass on?”

Reaching into my overstuffed pockets, I managed to find a few new titles.  China went on and on complimenting my writing, and then tried to push me to get my work published!

“Oh no, it’s too late for that!” I chuckled, “I’m 73 years old!  I’ll let my kids try to publish my work after I die, kind of like Laura Ingalls daughter did for her mom!”

After talking awhile, I asked her if we could pray together, but first I thanked God for the encouragement that she gives me each time I talk with her at the hospital.

As I left her room, her doctor was coming in to release her to go home.  I glanced back at her and said, “I love you China Doll!” and within minutes I realized we barely crossed paths.  Isn’t God gracious!

At the front desk, we met again and I walked her out to her car and wished her well.  Thinking to myself as I watched her leave, “If I had not followed God’s direction and started writing my journal over 40 years ago, I never would have come this far and affected so many people with all the life experiences that the Lord has brought me through.  He enabled me to touch numerous patients, family, and friends over the years with this little ministry.  What a waste of a Christian walk I would have been if I had not followed His lead!”

If I could tell the young Christians one thing before I die, it would be, “Follow the urges of your heart for God!  Emulate His lead and watch where He will bring you over the next 40 to 50 years of your life!  You will be amazed at what He will accomplish through you!”

Love in Christ,   Claire  xoxo


Matt.6:24,  “No one can serve two masters.  Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.  You can not serve both God and mammon.”  (money)  NIV