Ever Onward

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Ever Onward... in endless worship praise prayer and thanksgiving for the Lord will keep me safe and sound evermore.
(OKFJ 1994)
Freda Byers (a.k.a.Freda Vleeskens, Freda McGowan, OKFJ)

If any of my writings may be of encouragement to others in the throes of depression, reflection, separation or connection, then all thanks be to God for it is He alone who has given grace and ability for the task. 

Ever Onward is the name given my collective writings (1989 - 1997) which were written as I was unable to adequately communicate otherwise, not just in difficult times, but also in those wondrous times of discovery of the vast extent of the love of God.

Most of the words flowed straight off the pen into my diaries. The Serenity Prayer, Desiderata and The Dilemma, are of course borrowed. At present all the main verses are up, but in time I hope to transcribe some more of the non-poetry type stuff also.

Ever Onward is an emotional and spiritual journey of sorting through the complex mess that my life had become. Finding who I really am, and where I am going.

Brought up in the Catholic Church, I walked away at 15, and took my faith in Jesus with me. 

Years later I bought a Bible. What an eye opener that was. Still is. Ever.

Eventually (and eventfully) came times when I realised that God had not only heard me, but He actually answered, and as Bill Gaither wrote "THEN THE HAND OF JESUS TOUCHED ME....AND NOW I AM NO LONGER THE SAME"

Ever Onward is a journey into eternity 

Ever Onward is also of course, an attitude.

 LIFE IS GOOD...   even when it can be so very difficult. 


finally now with the love of a godly man, still yet ever onward...


Life's a Beach isn't it


Favourite Quotes:

Only to sit and think of God, Oh what a joy it is !

To think the thought, to breathe the name,

Earth has no higher bliss. 

F.W.Faber (1815-1863)


"....whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men"

Colossians 3:23)


Possessions can be suffocating. Clutter is chaos.

Freedom is not a furniture store. 

Charles Waterstreet



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Possessions can be suffocating.

Clutter is chaos. 

Freedom is not a furniture store.

Charles Waterstreet

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There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

(1 Corinthians 10:13)

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

(2 Corinthians 10:4-5)

Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

(Ephesians 6:11-13)


Stand therefore,  having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

(Ephesians 6:14-18)

And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

For which I am an ambassador in chains: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

(Ephesians 6:19,20)

That is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

 (2 Corinthians 5:19)

Giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,

(Colossians 1:12-13)


Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:

"NOW have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of His Christ.

For the accuser of our brethren, who would accuse them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.

They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.

Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short."

(Revelation 12:10-12)

In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I, Jesus, have overcome the world.

(John 16:33)




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