Rebecca West: Words & Music

Our Online Romance
by Rebecca and Bob West with the Holy Spirit

Chapter 15

"Happy" Being Single

From: Rebecca
Subject: Rebecca === at home
Date: April 28, 2009, 7:49 PM EDT
To: Bob

Hi Bob!

I was just re-reading your e-mail. Isn't it something how satan tries to use his strategy against us -- right when we are on the brink of a "breakthrough" in our lives, or are being obedient to God? You are definitely being obedient, so satan tries to make you tired or sleepy or dizzy --- but we know that the Finisher of our faith is at work in us --- in you. When this happens, we know something great is just ahead!

Satan knows the completion of your OFC comic strip is exactly what God has ordained, and he is not happy with your obedience to God's will. He would like for you to keep struggling. That's the way he tries to work with me too. He tries to get my mind on other things, etc., etc., -- right before an article is 'born!' Satan tries to block out the voice of the Lord, but he never succeeds! He tries especially hard right before something wonderful happens!

The Holy Spirit lives inside of you, Bob. You are a mighty Warrior --- powerful and strong in the army of the Lord! You have nothing to fear. The Chief Warrior goes before you in battle ... and He wins ... even before we get there.

God bless you tonight, my dear Bob. It won't be long now and the Musketeers will be having fun!!

PEACE to you ----- "Nothing broken --- nothing missing."

Love, Rebecca Rebecca's Red Rose

From: Bob
Subject: Re: Rebecca === at home
Date: April 28, 2009, 7:55:24 PM EDT
To: Rebecca

THANKS Rebecca!

AMEN to all you said.

Here's a hug.

Sweet dreams for you tonight.

Until tomorrow...

Love, Bob

From: Bob
Subject: God, a bird, and a balloon for Bob
Date: April 29, 2009, 1:25 PM EDT
To: Rebecca, Bette

Hello Musketeers!

The men's fellowship was a blessing for all of us. I'm glad I got up early so I could attend.

One of the last things I did before returning home was to get a few things at the grocery store. After going through the outside door and getting my cart, I started to go through the inside door into the grocery store and a bird flew down (from inside the store) and landed in the doorway in front of me. I mentioned the bird to a man who had just gotten his cart and was behind me and I moved my cart to one side to give the bird open access to the open door to the outside. I said, "Okay bird, you can get by now." Then the bird (a finch) hopped a couple of times and then flew out the door.

Inside, I told Sandy (the lady in the flowers section) that a bird just flew out of the store. She couldn't believe it! She said that bird had been in the store for 3 months and they have been trying to get it out and haven't been successful. She asked, "How did you do it?" I said, "I didn't do anything. I just gave it some room and told it that it could get by." She got all excited, thanking me, and even came over and gave me a big hug, and asked my name. (I found out her name later.)

Then while I was in the produce section, she came running over, carrying a balloon that had "Thanks" on it in big letters. She asked if that was my cart behind me (I was picking out some bananas at that point). I said, "Yes, but no, no, no you don't have to do that. That's very sweet of you, but I don't need a balloon. I live alone, and I don't need a balloon. No one will see it but me and I have already seen it." She clicked it on my cart anyway. Then I said, "I do have guests coming May 12th, but the balloon will probably lose its air by that time." She said, "If it does, just bring it in and I will fill it with air again."

So, I'm wondering: Did God decide that I needed a hug and a balloon today, and decided that the bird had been in the grocery store long enough and then moved the bird to land in front of me and use my voice to speak to the bird and have it obey Him??? Could be. Anyway, that is just one of the ways I have been blessed today.

I hope you're having a blessed day too!

Love, Bob

From: Rebecca
Subject: Re: God, a bird, and a balloon for Bob
Date: April 29, 2009, 2:51:33 PM EDT
To: Bob

Hi Bob ---

You "set it free" -- so it could go where it belonged. How beautiful! There is nothing more wonderful than being where we belong --- even a little bird knows this. Now that little bird can SOAR!!!!! The little bird will be singing as never before.)
Keep Soaring!!!
Love and a big hug!!!

Rebecca Rebecca's Red Rose (all good things --- coming your way)

From: Rebecca
Subject: Good Morning Dr Pepper / Rebecca
Date: April 29, 2009, 1:52 PM EDT
To: Bob

Right back at ya --- Musketeer! Sounds like you're having a good day already though! Are we going to Julies while we are there? I organized some clothes last night, and "kind of" got myself together concerning the fabulous vacation!

What fun! We all deserve it! Party time!!

I have class tonight at 7 p.m. I plan to come home early, by 8 p.m.

So glad that you accomplished what you did yesterday. I know that's a good feeling.

Be happy today ---- enjoy the day ---- stay free in your spirit.

Blessings and hugs and love ----- and all good things coming your way.

Rebecca Rebecca's Red Rose

From: Bob
Subject: Re: Good Morning Dr Pepper / Rebecca
Date: April 29, 2009, 2:53:57 PM EDT
To: Rebecca

Yes. We will go to Julie's. The name of the place is Julie's Subs & More. They're open from early morning (6 or 7 I think) until about 2 or 3. They have a great breakfast menu and at eleven they stop serving breakfast and start serving lunch. A variety of subs and sandwiches for lunch. Once in a while I will eat lunch there, but mostly I'm there for breakfast. It is a small busy place. All the girls there (including Julie) are hard workers, know my name, give good service, and make me feel like family. I think Bette and I went there a couple of times when she was here last year. I remember we had breakfast there the morning she left for home. So we went there at least one time.

Blessing, a hug, love, and all good things coming right back at ya, sweet thoughtful Rebecca!

BTW, I notice that your article on intimacy is on DCJ now. I read it again. Amazing! So true! And I'm so impressed not only by what you wrote, but how you said it. Your writing is truly anointed by God.

It is 2:45 in the afternoon and I haven't done anything on OFC yet, so I guess I will get busy on that now...


From: Rebecca
Subject: Rebecca / Thursday Morning
Date: April 30, 2009, 9:24 AM EDT
To: Bob
Cc: Bette

Good Morning Musketeers!
Just a short note ----- I am on my way out the door to the office.
Have a wonderful day!
It is rainy here this morning. I will write more later on today. I am very sleepy.....

From: Bob
Subject: Bob / Thursday Morning
Date: April 30, 2009, 11:29/12 AM EDT
To: Rebecca
Cc: Bette

Good morning to you two too!

I hope you're having a wonderful day, too. Even with the rain. I think we might get some of that rain too. And maybe wash the pollen off my car. Hope so.

I'm sleepy too, Rebecca/ Long busy day yesterday. Up early, the men's fellowship, errands and shopping in town, etc. Then after 3 p.m. I was able to get back to work on OFC, and worked until late. But the work went pretty fast, and I am amazed and pleased at what was accomplished. I finished the black and white version. Now, today I am hoping to get all the coloring done and publish it.

Bette, I'm glad you're feeling some better. I am still praying for your complete healing.

Now off to work... Bye for now.

Love and blessings,


From: Rebecca
Subject: Hi Dr Pepper!!!
Date: April 30, 2009, 9:30 AM EDT
To: Bob

Hi Bob -----
A beautiful good morning to you!!
Hugs and a smile comin' your way!!
Rebecca Rebecca's Red Rose ---- I am listening to the little birds outside my window ----

From: Bob
Subject: Re: Hi Dr Pepper!!!
Date: April 30, 2009, 10:37 AM EDT
To: Rebecca

Hi Rebecca,

I hear the birds singing outside around day break. Then it is quiet during the day. Except for crows sometimes. Yesterday I saw a rabbit in the yard. I seldom see them. More often I see squirrels. Once in a while, two or three times a year, I see deer in the yard. I'm sure there are all kinds of critters on my property, especially in the woods. It is nice and quiet here, away from city noise.

Thanks for the hugs and smile. Hugs and smiles right back at you!

I hear OFC calling my name now...

Love, Bob

From: Rebecca
Subject: Re: Hi Dr Pepper!!!
Date: April 30, 2009, 2:11:59 PM EDT
To: Bob

That sounds like a little piece of heaven on earth -----

From: Bob
Subject: Our Father's Children, episode 160: The Sodomites' Demand
Date: Thursday, April 30, 2009, 7:40 PM EDT
To: OFC Mail List

OFC comic strip

Next Week: Warning!


From: Rebecca
Subject: Re: Our Father's Children, episode 160: The Sodomites' Demand
Date: April 30, 2009, 10:36:49 PM EDT
To: Bob

Dearest Bob! Excellent!!!!

You really bring the Bible to life!! We read these stories in the Bible, not realizing just how "real" they really are!! What a gift! I wonder what it would be like to put our modern day lives into comics?? The lives of the three Musketeers!!! Dr Pepper, Funny Girl, and Bette !!!! (ha ha) Too funny!!

I am really ready for a vacation, and getting excited about seeing North Carolina, and first and foremost, to meet you! It won't be long now!

I got some grocery shopping done before I came home ---- came home and organized some things for the singles tomorrow night! I am fixing "little smokies" wrapped in bacon and baked in brown sugar for tomorrow night. Dora, another lady is bringing salad, strawberry shortcake, and a chocolate cheesecake!! She called today and volunteered this!!! Dottie is bringing home-made cookies, and Bette is bringing a veggie plate. She asked me the other day what to bring, so I think the veggies will balance out all the sugar!!! But, I think they are excited. I am going to have a drawing, and give a couple of prizes. Then have a suggestion box for something to do next month that they would enjoy. Oh yes! I am anxious to hear your story about what happened to you at a singles place or something! I imagine it is funny!!??

You have done a lot of work today. Hope you rest good tonight... and relax.

I will close for now, dear Bob, will write more tomorrow.
Blessings beyond your dreams -----
Love and hugs

Rebecca Rebecca's Red Rose

From: Rebecca
Subject: Rebecca on a Friday Morning
Date: Friday, May 1, 2009, 9:32 AM EDT
To: Bob

Good morning to you!!!!!!! Bob -----

I am awarding you with "ARTIST OF THE YEAR"!!! You are the best of the best!!!

I hope you rested well last night --- I sure did!

The trees outside my windows are turning green and beautiful! Spring is on the way! The beauty of North Carolina is magnificent, I am sure! I am bringing a camera, then I will send you photos of all of us together.

I just finished breakfast, and having one more cup of coffee. This is my second cup.

It feels great just being home this morning... I am planning to start my oil painting as soon as I get home. I have my table set up for that. And I would love to have a laptop computer. I am working toward that. I have wanted one for a long time, so I figured it is time to get one.

So, that is my plans when I come home.

Have a wonderful, restful, day, my dear Bob, and I'll see ya soon!!!
Love and a hug --- just for you!

Rebecca, funny girl Rebecca's Red Rose

From: Bob
Subject: Re: Rebecca on a Friday Morning
Date: Friday, May 1, 2009, 11:17:13 PM EDT
To: Rebecca

Good morning to you, too, Rebecca!

Thanks for the art award! I'm still laughing about that. I was writing an e-mail to Bette when it arrived and I told her about my "award" from you.

Yes, I did rest well last night. And I was really, really tired! This latest OFC strip was hard work, but fulfilling. It seems that over the years writers and artists have either ignored and skipped over the Sodom story in their books and comics or they "watered" down the message so that readers would have no idea how homosexuality got the name "sodomy" or how evil and destructive it is. I am pleased that the Lord gave me an opportunity to tell the true story in my comic strip and gave me the vision of how to show it and gave me the strength and will to do it and win the battle the powers of darkness brought my way. There is still more of the story to do, but the latest strip seemed to be a breakthrough!

It is raining and 58 degrees here now. A good day to stay home. But I had planned to go to town today to get some gas to have on hand for my lawn mower (which I need to use to cut the grass when the weather is dry again). And I think I will do that in spite of the rain. I think I will also have lunch at the Pisgah Fish Camp. Just the salad bar. Not the hot bar and entree. I'm trying to get out of the habit of eating so much even when I'm not hungry.

Oh yes, you reminded me to tell you about something that happened a couple of months after Sylvia went to Heaven. I decided that I should get out and be around other people. So I attended a local church's small group meeting -- the senior's one at someone's house one weekday night. I did not feel comfortable there, and as soon as we finished watching a preacher on DVD "teaching" us like we were in kindergarten, I decided not to stay for the refreshments. I could not wait to get out of there. I thanked the host and excused myself, got my coat and cap and started for the door. Then I heard three women all saying together (in unison), "Bye, Bob!" I looked in their direction and all three were smiling from ear to ear and waving. It seemed so strange to me. But I waved back and said, "Bye." And hurried out the door. Later I told Suzanne about it and she said, "Oh. That's right! You're AVAILABLE now, Dad." "Oh no I'm not," I told her.

I still feel that way. But I guess Suzanne is right. She says I should remain open to what the Lord has planned for me. Of course I agree, but I don't think He has another marriage planned.

Thanks again for your e-mails. They always bless me. And I'm still laughing about the "Best Artist" award. Thanks again Funny Girl for the award and the laughter.

It has stopped raining and the sun is coming out. And it is lunchtime. I'm on my way to town. Bye for now...

Love, Bob

From: Rebecca
Subject: Rebecca (single and happy) (ha ha)
Date: Friday, May 1, 2009, 12:44 PM EDT
To: Bob

Hi there! Dr Pepper, you are funny!

You sound like me! There are so many advantages to being single!

I am getting so use to being by myself now, and I told Bette that I don't think I could adjust to married life again. My passion is my writing --- and I am focused on that totally. I really love my life now. But, I am open to what God's will is for me. Only He knows best.

Be blessed Dr Pepper!!! Have fun and enjoy this day!

I will tell you all about the singles meeting after tonight!!! I bet those women scared you!!! You probably ran to the car!!! ha ha Did you have nightmares that night????? ha ha

Much love and hugs ----

See ya soon my friend ---- be happy!

Rebecca Rebecca's Red Rose

From: Bob
Subject: Bob (single and happy) (ha ha)
Date: Friday, May 1, 2009, 2:17 PM EDT
To: Rebecca

Hi Rebecca!

I think you bring out the little kid in me. The little kid that was suppressed while I was growing up, was shy and withdrawn, didn't feel loved, and was expected to act like an adult (and work like one). Now that little kid feels loved and has been given a sense of humor. I have noticed that you sound like me, so I guess you're right --I sound like you too. I guess we're both little kids at heart. Do you think Bette will be able to put up with us while you're here? Maybe she will be feeling good and can be a little kid too, like when she was here last year and we were like two little kids having a party. This year it will be three little kids having a party!

I am so honored and blessed by our Lord, and I thank Him over and over for bringing you and Bette into my life. I also thank Him for those times when it seems that He uses me to bless you two in some way. We're so blessed to have e-mail to keep in touch with.

The rain has stopped here, the sun is shining, and I'm back from my trip to town to eat at the Fish Camp and get some gasoline for my lawn mower. I may change into my work clothes and try cutting the grass now. I have an appointment to get my car inspected, serviced, and some brake work on Tuesday.

Looking forward to May 12th,


From: Rebecca
Subject: Where is Rebecca's hug????
Date: May 2, 2009, 12:39 AM EDT
To: Bob

Hi Sweet Bob ---

I missed my hug on the end of your e-mail!!!!! :-) Where oh where is my hug?

I just got home from the singles meeting ---- I will e-mail you tomorrow and tell you all about it! I am pleased. I think it went well.

I sound like you and you sound like me ----- two little kids together! Yes, Bette will have to put up with us during the visit!! :-) We are going to party!!!!! and laugh!!!!! and dance!!!!!

Bob, when I said I was happy being single --- I should have said "content". I think I would be happier if I had someone who really loved me. I think we all have that longing to be loved, and to share our love with that someone special. But God knows our hearts, and our desires and I am leaving that all up to Him. I trust God with my life completely, just as you do. Only God knows everything in the future, doesn't He. I am open to God's will.

I was so touched by your e-mail, and how you grew up. God may send you someone to make up for all of that time. I am open to what God has for me --- because I know He will make up to me everything that satan stole from me too. I am trusting Him to do that.

I will say goodnight, my dear Dr Pepper, and I will write tomorrow all about the meeting in detail.

Blessings, love, and all good things coming your way!
I am sending a big hug to you!!!!!!!
From one kid to another ------- goodnight sweet Bob.
Sweet dreams -----
Rebecca Rebecca's Red Rose Looking forward to May 12th too!!!
Get ready for a hug in person!!! :-)

From: Bob
Subject: Re: Where is Rebecca's hug????
Date: May 2, 2009, 11:36 AM EDT
To: Rebecca

Sweet, lovable, Funny Girl,

Good morning! I looked at my watch -- it is still morning. You're so real. And funny. You got me laughing at the very beginning of your e-mail, and I laughed all the way through (even when you were not saying anything funny) and I still have a smile on my face as I write this. Sorry about the hug. Here's two. One for yesterday and one for today. Enjoy! :-)

I slept in this morning. It was about 10 when I got out of bed. I was awake for a while before that though. Early mornings it seems I can hear the Lord better. And I am learning to hear Him more clearly, and recognize His thoughts among mine throughout the day. And I talk to Him all the time. Mostly, just saying "thank you."

It is 11:20 now, almost lunch time and I haven't had breakfast yet. So I think I'll just have bacon and eggs and waffles and juice for lunch. I had such a big lunch yesterday at Pisgah Fish Camp that I wasn't hungry for supper. Maybe a little bit. Anyway, I ate a few grapes and then I popped some popcorn and watched a western video, "One-Eyed Jacks," with Marlon Brando. It came out in 1953. I remember that because it was the movie Sylvia and I saw in Fort Lauderdale while on our honeymoon.

I'm like you. Not happy being single, but content. God's will be done.

I got a call a little while ago from my neighbor Lance. He and his wife are hosting the small group meeting tomorrow night. They're going to eat and then have their lesson and discussion on the subject of marriage. He said he realizes that it was very hard for me last time we met and that I don't want to attend anymore while they're discussing that subject, but they would like to invite me to come over early and visit a little while and then eat with them and leave before they start their class. That was very kind and thoughtful. I told him I would love to do that. They are very nice, spiritually-minded, and knowledgeable of the scriptures and related writings. I would like for you and Bette to meet Lance and Florence while you're here.

I have already given you your hug, so I will say "bye" and go fix my breakfast-lunch.

Love and blessings,


From: Rebecca
Subject: Hugs found and received by Rebecca
Date: May 2, 2009, 3:55 PM EDT
To: Bob

Hi my sweet Bob -----

I got my hugs, so all is well with the world!! As you know, a hug makes the world go 'round :-) Anyway, you made me happy and made my day! I enjoyed them!

I would love to meet Lance and Florence while we are there ---- since you like them, I am sure I will too. It was nice of them to invite you to the meeting.

Last night at the singles meeting there were 8 of us. Seven women and one man! He is a business man that comes to our church and he was very happy being surrounded by 7 women! He was not intimidated at all! :-)

I went to the coffee shop early and started the coffee, lit a candle, put paper and pencils on the tables, and started the CD (music by Dave Panico, a saxophone player that plays jazz style Christian music). They all said they liked the music, and since it was an instrumental, it did not interfere with all of the talking. We had so much food, and it was all excellent. There was not one "little smokie" left (that I fixed) so that's a good sign.

Bette (the other musketeer) brought the veggie tray, which was excellent. So we ate and talked and then I had them all write down three things about themselves that they would want us to remember about them personally. Then we read them and tried to guess who they were. Then I had a drawing and gave 3 prizes for the names that were drawn. So we decided to meet again in June, the 2nd Friday night for dinner and a movie.

Moonlight (the restaurant) is right across the highway from the church, so we will eat there. I am not sure what movie yet --- probably a comedy of some kind! And of course we will have popcorn with the movie. So, there you have it, my dear. My report of the very first singles meeting!

I really wanted them to have a good time, and they all said they did. Oh yes, I took a camera and took pictures! One of the ladies grabbed the camera when I wasn't watching and took a picture of me! She said it was not fair that I was not in the pictures! Bette and I sat and talked a while after everyone left, until I started yawning.....

I am home for the day --- just piddling (is that a word?) --- e-mailing all the members that were at the meeting last night and putting their names, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and regular addresses in a file on my computer.

I will close for now. Hope you enjoyed the breakfast-lunch! Have a blessed day, my sweet Bob, and have fun, laugh, and dance like no one is watching. :-)

Love and 3 hugs!!!!!
Rebecca / funny girl Rebecca's Red Rose

From: Bob
Subject: Re: Hugs found and received by Rebecca
Date: May 2, 2009, 9:55:33 PM EDT
To: Rebecca

Hello my Funny Girl!

3 hugs?!!! You sent me 3 hugs?!!! I don't know if I can handle 3 hugs. Oh well, okay. Thanks!

Sounds like that one man (businessman) that was at your singles meeting didn't see seven women there. He saw seven potential customers!I hope you didn't let him use it for a sales meeting. And it sounds like you didn't. And maybe he didn't even use the time for a sales pitch. I was just suspicious. Shame on you, Bob!

Anyway, I'm glad you had a good time. Of course everyone had a good time. You had it so well planned and organized, and with the food, music, activities, and prizes, it had to be a success. I'm impressed and very proud of you. (I'm sorry I couldn't be there. Thanks for describing it for me. That's the next best thing.) The next meeting you have planned sounds like an excellent follow-up, and good variety. You have a good imagination and organizing skills.

I'm glad you took photos, and that one was taken of you. Can you e-mail some to me, or bring them with you to show me while you're here?

I didn't have eggs for lunch like I said. I looked in the fridge and saw that I was out of eggs. I remember now that I forgot to get some when I was at the store last time. So I just had bacon and waffles and juice. Which was plenty. And delicious.

Rest well tonight and have a wonderful day tomorrow.

Much love and ONE hug (I'm rationing them :-)


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