Saturday, December 29, 2007
what a wonderful invention the telephone has been ... well, most of the time anyway! *grin*
over the holidays, we stayed at home ... we didn't even venture out to my aunt's on Christmas eve because leo was having a fever/nausea thing happening - poor guy! so we enjoyed our cozy condo (God's Christmas present of last year! the gift that we continue to love!) ... but we didn't feel out of the loop at all ... there were many phone visits to enjoy ... in fact, i was starting to get "phone ear" ... and i'm sure leo got a krik in his neck from his chatting with folks too ... but it was super to listen to the voices of family and friends - sharing Christmas greetings with them ...
of the many many things that we take for granted in our high tec world, the simple telephone is one that has helped many a shut-in keep communication lines open ...
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Sunday, December 23, 2007
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Jesus Christ is to me the outstanding personality of all time, all history, both as Son of God and as Son of Man. Everything he ever said or did has value for us today and that is something you can say of no other man, dead or alive. There is no easy middle ground to stroll upon. You either accept Jesus or reject him. --Sholem Asch
Friday, December 21, 2007
and that peace that Christ brings ... i'm so glad that He is my Saviour and that this Season's Reason is my richest treasure ...
Thursday, December 20, 2007
leo is trying to lose weight ... and i'm trying to help him by not baking ... but visions of sugar plums are starting to dance in my head ... i may have to break out the baking gear and make some goodies ...
i do have a stash of home made fudge in the freezer ... however, pies are my specialty and i enjoy making them ...
and as of tonight, i am officially on holiday until the 27th ... :o) ... it has been a really grand time in the library ... i've so enjoyed it ... but i won't mind the time at home either!
blessings on ya!
It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.
— W.T. Ellis
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
While shepherds kept their watching
O'er silent flocks by night,
Behold throughout the heavens
There shone a holy light
Go, tell it on the mountain
Over the hills and everywhere
Go, tell it on the mountain
That Jesus Christ is born.
The shepherds deared and trembled
When lo! above the earth
Rang out the angel chorus
That hailed our Savour's birth;
Down in a lowly manger
Our humble Christ was born;
And God sent us salvation
that blessed Christmas morn
When I was a seeker
I sought both night and day
I sought the Lord to help me
And He showed me the way.
He made me a watchman
Upon the city wall
And If I am a Christian
I am the least of all.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
as you can see, the season of snow is well upon us!! this is where i ride my bike in the warmer months ... but now it's just a place for a brisk walk, with the snow crunching underfoot ...
the snow is so clean at this time of year ... there are millions of diamond like flakes that glitter as the winter sun's cool rays touch the white banks ... quite lovely ...
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
joy is possible ... even IF we do listen to the daily news ... or have our expectations not met by loved ones ... or worse yet - believe the materialistic hype of the commercials bombarding the airwaves at every turn ...
joy is possible by spending time with Jesus ... He calms all stormy seas, and restores peace ... especially at this time of year, it is so crucial to stay close by His side ... giving him our cares and worries ... our anxieties ...
joy is possible ... may you experience Jesus at every turn ...
Monday, December 10, 2007
No one else holds or has held the place in the heart of the world which Jesus holds. Other gods have been as devoutly worshipped; no other man has been so devoutly loved. --John Knox
Fundamentally, our Lord's message was Himself. He did not come merely to preach a Gospel; He himself is that Gospel. He did not come merely to give bread; He said, "I am the bread." He did not come merely to shed light; He said, "I am the light." He did not come merely to show the door; He said, "I am the door." He did not come merely to name a shepherd; He said, "I am the shepherd." He did not come merely to point the way; He said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life." --J. Sidlow Baxter
Sunday, December 09, 2007
he was a loveable charactor who was ruling the roost here at our condo - which was too small for his active antics ... i think we were just there to rescue him from where he was at and save him for where he is now ...
sometimes that's the way of life ... nothing is permanent, yet if there is something positive that comes out of it ... it's a blessing ...
Saturday, December 08, 2007
Friday, December 07, 2007
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
after hearing of the latest mall shooting, i thought of this Christmas song ....
I HEARD THE BELLS ON CHRISTMAS DAY
(Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)
I heard the bells on Christmas day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.
I thought how, as the day had come,
The belfries of all Christendom
Had rolled along th' unbroken song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.
And in despair I bowed my head
"There is no peace on earth," I said,
"For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men."
Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
With peace on earth, good will to men."
Till ringing, singing on its way
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime, a chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good will to men.
Monday, December 03, 2007
Sunday, December 02, 2007
I wanted to share this with you because it helped me to know God better.
This morning at church, a mother with 2 kids in tow (about 4 years old and under 2), climbed up to the balcony where I was sitting. I had purposely chosen that area to sit in. The service was long for the children, and the 2 year old started knocking on chairs, and jumping in that tight little space. Usually, I would have told the mother that we have really great child care, and that she would hear better and the kids would enjoy getting to play in our wonderful nursery area. (I know, because I work in it once a month). However,…. I had this “PERFECT” peace on me that kept me from saying anything. Believe me, I would’ve been on her like white on rice if that peace had lifted….
So…at the end of the service the pastor invites “all who will” to accept a personal relationship with Jesus, raise their hand and come down for prayer. I had closed my eyes, but when I opened them, this lady's hand was raised! She did not go down, however. I went over and asked if she’d raised her hand. She said “Yes…but she didn’t want to go down with her children.” I said I’d carry the little one, or go with her and help her. She asked her young son (about 4-5) did he want to go down? He nodded yes! So they went!!!!
The moral and grace revealed in this story is, “God kept my mouth shut”. I did not ruin the awesome work He was doing by talking! So… He who shut the mouth of the lions in Daniel’s den, is also shutting ours (sometimes)!
Saturday, December 01, 2007
the one year anniversary of our condo living, has gone ever so pleasantly ... the Lord has been faithful and answered even prayers that i didn't know to pray at the time ...
this morning i dug out the Christmas ornaments and started to decorate our living area ... i only used about half of what i put up at our cottage - there isn't quite as much space here, but that is just fine with me ... there are enough decorations around to evoke memories of times past ... *fond smile* ...
i hope you had a peaceful 1st of December too ... blessings on ya!
Friday, November 30, 2007
reposted from one year ago:
the sale of our cottage, finding the rental and now, finally, the much prayed for condo - all these moments i have shared with you ...
tonight is the last sleep before we get the keys to answered prayer - imagine!
if you have the time, take a journey with me into my archives ... to see how the Lord directed our path to arrive where we are today ...
the cottage we had lived in for 14 years, sold dec 2, 2005 ... we felt so strongly that God was in it ... click here
next came the realization we didn't have anywhere to move! click here
then the Lord gave me verses to cling to, through a scary time click here that started the long list of "no" answers to places we wanted to buy click here
even finding a rental seemed to be extremely difficult click here, though God was up for the task! click here
my anxieties continued, until i had to "fire" the hardworking saija, and let God deal with everything ... click here
after much searching and prayer ... God just "dropped" the condo into our laps! click here
He HAS given me the desire of my heart ... but in the end - it is only God - not possessions or people or places ... that IS the DESIRE of my HEART...
to HIM be the Glory ... now and forever more ...
yup yup ... only one more sleep ... *grin*
"I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,
My soul shall be joyful in my God ..."
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Christmas is not as much about opening our presents
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
this is the book we are reading at the moment ... Joseph Stowell's "The UPSIDE of DOWN" ...
we are really enjoying it!
here are some passages i've underlined along the way:
page 52: God's justice guarantees that ultimately all that is unfair will be dealt with. We are naive to assume that all of life in its fallen conditon will be fair and just. It is only safe to realize that God is just and that in His time and in His own way He will deal with both the injustice and those who have been unjust.
page 59: God rarely fills out the why section of the questionnaire we send to Him when trouble enters our lives.
page 70: Note the difference between punishment and discipline. Punishment is justice. Discipline is corrective. ... We are not in double jeopardy. Every sin that I have committed or will commit or am committing has been punished. Justice was meted out at the cross. But the corrective discipline of God comes along with sovereign nudges that inflict just enough pressure to alert me to the problem and to get me back on the track of righteousness.
i am finding it encouraging and practical ...
Saturday, November 24, 2007
i see him doing his route, every morning around 8ish ... i think he has his "breakfast" at regular spots ... everyone knows him ... he gets plenty of treats ...
he's in pretty good health for an aging, mature canine ... he doesn't worry about the day to day ... God takes care of him ...
his purposeful strides encourage me in the mornings ... though others may think "poor thing, he has no home!" ... he doesn't seem worried or filled with care ... he's one of my morning smile makers ... i took these pics the other day to share with you ...
Every day may not be good, but there's something good in every day.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
just sharing my post from November 22, 2006 ... it's a day of thanks - and we are certainly thankful!!!
on November 22, 2006 i wrote:
it is 1:28 a.m. ... and i can't sleep! so i thought i would check to see if blogger would allow me to post ... yay, i'm in!
so here's my story that i wanted to share:
well it happened today ... just like that ... snap ... done deal!
we bought a condo!!!!!
and it’s the bungalow type we really hoped to get ...
can anyone say "Praise the Lord!!!" ... and say it with real heart & feeling? well i sure can!
the day started like any other, with me drinking coffee and watching the Lord paint the morning sky ...
when leo got up, we had our devotions and prayer time ... and we prayed for a condo, like we always do ...
w-e-l-l ... today we got a call from an acquaintance ... one who wasn’t even sure of my name ... and she asked if we’re still looking for a condo ... i said yes ... she gave me the particulars ... what followed was fast paced, steady chain of events .... i went and looked at the place ... then told the people we’d take it ...
later in the evening, i came back with leo to sign the papers ...
if the paper work can hurry through, the condo is ours as of December 1st ... next week friday ...
can you believe that? when God gets something going, well it GOES ...
and can you see the HUGE grin on my face? and the praise in my heart? and the joy in leo’s eyes? cause that is what the rest of the evening was all about!
we are absolutely thrilled to bits and saying "thank you Lord" with every breath ...
end of story ... now maybe i can go get some shut-eye!
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
"Those who are well do not need a physician, but those who are sick." Luke 5:31
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
good morning! i thought i would do a little up-date for you guys - if you are wondering what in the world has been keeping me so busy!!!
first, here is the snow pic ... taken on wednesday ... we got a little over 2 inches of the white stuff - thankfully, as of this morning, it has melted ... none the less, it is a reminder of what is to come!
the past week went by in a blurr ... i worked 5 days at the library ... which i loved, yet leo was lonesome during the times i was gone ... i felt badly about that ... this little part-time job was just supposed to get me out of the house, and put some extra money in my purse ... hopefully it will be PART TIME for the rest of the winter, and not so many hours ... i don't want to add any stress to leo's world ... he has been doing well, and i like to think it's because he has been content and happy ...
mind you, i am ENJOYING the library work! on thursday i was the story time reader to 9, sweet 5 year old boys and girls ... that was fun ... i tried to make the reading lively ... i seemed to hold their attention during the 20 minutes that they were there ... this one little boy made me chuckle ... he started off sitting at the top of the 3 tier step/sitting area, that is in the corner of the children's section ... then after 5 minutes, he slipped to step #2 ... then another few minutes he was on step #1 - which was close to the little stool i was sitting on ... then i felt his little foot reaching for my foot ... he rested it on top of my foot for the rest of story time ... isn't that precious?!! *grin* ...
my off hours involved some volunteer things and household chores ... the week truly zzzoooommmmmeeeeddddddd by!
Saturday, November 10, 2007
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
by John McCrae, 1915
i was going to post a pic of our first snow ... but then i realized that tomorrow is remembrance day ... and i did want to post this poem again ... it always comes to mind at this time of year ... i can still say it from memory ...
i don't understand war or violence ... i know that it is necessary to keep freedom from being taken away from us ... i don't think we even realize what the "normal folk" living under dictators or absolute rulers - go through ...
we are blessed and i just want to pause and remember those who gave their ALL ...
Thursday, November 08, 2007
God will be right there in the morning ready to help you through the day with all the power you will need . . . one moment at a time.
Monday, November 05, 2007
Friday, November 02, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
just a reminder for those of you who pack shoeboxes ... the time is soon approaching ... national collection week in canada is november 5-10 ... in the US it is november 12-19 ...
click here: samaritans purse ... to find the collection spot in your area and brighten the day of a child who normally doesn't get gifts ... this small act of kindness is such a huge blessing to the heart of the giver!
Saturday, October 27, 2007
this morning i was reading Titus ... i'll leave the following verses with you - they spoke to my heart of a day that will be coming soon ... i want others to get on board that salvation train - the ticket is still free - by asking Jesus to forgive our sins and accepting Him as Lord and Savior, by faith ... but it won't always be that way ... that thought is very sobering to me ...
Thursday, October 25, 2007
squeaks had a very exciting day today ...
he went for a ride with us, in his new cat carrier ... a ride all the way to the doctor's office!
there the nice lady doctor stuck a thermometer up his bum ...
shoved a pill down his throat ...
put greasy stuff on his head and behind his ears ...
lathered gooie liquid inside his ears, then swabbed it all out with very long Q-tips ...
then jabbed his butt with 2 long needles ...
we brought him home and he hasn't purred since!
i went to work for the afternoon and when i came home, he sat on my lap for 2 minutes, then went back to bed with a very disgusted look on his face!
i guess he's had better days?
Monday, October 22, 2007
Friday, October 19, 2007
Morning has broken
Morning has broken, like the first morning
Blackbird has spoken, like the first bird
Praise for the singing, praise for the morning
Praise for the springing fresh from the word
Sweet the rain's new fall, sunlit from heaven
Like the first dewfall, on the first grass
Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden
Sprung in completeness where his feet pass
Mine is the sunlight, mine is the morning
Born of the one light, Eden saw play
Praise with elation, praise every morning
God's recreation of the new day
lyrics by Eleanor Farjeon
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
my first day at the library went very very quickly! and i enjoyed myself a whole bunch!!
unfortunately, i did wake up at 2 a.m. this morning - reviewing all the things i had learned and thinking of questions to ask on thursday when i go back to work ... i guess the old brain doesn't log off the same way you can end computer programs! :o? this will be my learning curve ... plus i am working more hours this first week - for training purposes ...
it was fun tho'!!!! i hope that enjoyment continues for most days ... i just want all the blessings, don't i? i DO HOPE/PRAY that i will be a blessing to those i meet and work with!
Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library. The only entrance requirement is interest. ~Lady Bird Johnson
Saturday, October 13, 2007
i even washed windows and puttered around in the garden, admiring the flowers that are still blooming! in our neck of the woods, the frost should have hit and killed them by now ... but they are still greeting me with their multi-coloured smiling faces ...
after the household work - it was time for a bike ride!!!! i gleefully hit the trail and even snapped a few photo's to share with you ...
the picture above and the picture below, were both taken at the town dock/beach ... as you can see, the leaves are mostly on the ground now - but it is a tranquil lovely spot to visit ... and one i pass by every day when i go check the mail at the postoffice ...