Wednesday, December 05, 2018

'tis the Season


decorations are up, Christmas cards are almost all written ... it's beginning to feel like Christmas!

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Ruth Bell Graham quote.


picture taken this morning ... and i've been hanging onto this quote by Ruth Bell Graham for awhile now ... time to use it ... and also try to live it ... 

Friday, November 09, 2018

a repost ... from 8 years ago

i sometimes go back in my blog ... to see what i was thinking at another time and place in my life ... this post is from 8 years ago ... and it encouraged me today ... and reminded me of a BIG truth - each of us matters to GOD ...


have you ever had times in your life when it seems that your voice is so small, no one hears it?  when you call the maytag repair guy and no one comes ... when your normally speedy internet, just churns and churns, and the provider doesn't care ... when a loved one is in pain, and you can't do anything to help? ...


i have had so many incidents this past while, that it has to be more than coincidence ... it seems i'm under attack ... every day, my "smallness" shouts - "you have no voice ... it doesn't matter, so don't even bother trying!!!" ....


but it does matter - because though i may be small - the God i serve ISN'T ... and it is His battle, not mine ... i just need to keep my eyes on Him who redeemed me ... keep praying and keep reading my bible - which tells me that i was so important to God that He sent His only Son to die for me ...


the maytag guy may not hear me ... but God does!  the internet may be slower than molasses on a january morning - but God isn't slow to encourage my heart ...


yup - i need my focus on things that matter ... things that are eternal ... because though my voice is small and muffled on earth - it is heard with love and concern in heaven ...

my morning view

"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.  ~ Jesus ... (Matthew 11:28-30)

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Where does your strength come from?


Where does our strength come from?  From God ... who created the heavens & earth.   Now that is all the power we will ever need!

Friday, November 02, 2018

God's timing ...

good reminder when we get anxious!  
God has it ALL under control ... and ALL in His time.

Monday, October 29, 2018

strength for the day

for such a time as this, give me Jesus ... 

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Scarf Sisters retreat ...

 it was a wonderful retreat with my scarf sisters a few weeks back ... ladies i met while blogging (14 years now) ... we were able to have a GOOD visit and share life stories ... and talk about our GOD and pray and fellowship ... thank you LORD for Your mercies ... 

Friday, October 05, 2018

thankful for another season ...

 Thanksgiving weekend in Canada ... so many blessings to count ... 

Saturday, September 15, 2018

looking towards eternity ... and Jesus ...


i took this pic in the fall of 2015 ... 3 years ago already ... it seems like time is a speeding locomotive heading towards eternity ... time to seek HIM who will meet "the saved" on that train ... it's good to be found in Jesus ... the One and Only ... 

Wednesday, September 05, 2018

God knows the beginning and the end ...


it gives me comfort to know that GOD has all my days ordained ... even before i was formed.  even if i am only known to a handful of people in my lifetime - i am KNOWN to the Creator of the Universe ... the one Who designed me ... my life matters ... your life matters ... take heart ... 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

a truism ...

i really like this Max quote ... truth!!!  :D

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Sundays always feel special ...

sweet Sunday blessings on ya!  

Monday, August 06, 2018

double the blessing!


we had some torrential rains ... and then a beautiful double rainbow appeared ... it seemed to start (or end?) right in the river ...  somehow pictures never do it justice ... "God has promised" is what i think of when i see the rainbow ... Hope ... there is still HOPE.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Heaven came down and glory filled my soul ...


scripture from my morning reading ... 
sky from my evening walk ...

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

a post from 10 years ago

i came across this blog post today ... it's been 35 years now since we started this chronic pain walk ...

leo and i are celebrating an anniversary ... sort of ...

it has been 25 years since leo's first back surgery ... 25 years since chronic pain became the "third person" in our marriage ... 25 years of having our hope for health dwindle and the dreams of our youth eliminated ... 


YET, it has also been 25 years of learning to love each other unconditionally, despite obstacles which attempted to destroy our marriage ... learning to walk by faith - when human understanding failed ... 25 years of great valleys - and even greater mountain top experiences ...

an anniversary ... sort of ... 


* * * * * * *
points from a charles stanley sermon, that also mark the cornerstones of our faith:

- God controls our circumstances
- God will meet our needs
- God is with us
- God loves us with an eternal love ...

what are we worried about?

Friday, July 13, 2018

i am not perfect ...


how many times have i not done something, because i didn't think i could do it as well as someone else ... or felt inadequate for so many reasons ... but the GOD who created me, just asks for a willingness to be used for HIS glory and for HIS kingdom ... ok ... i can do that ... i am WILLING ... 

Sunday, July 08, 2018

sundays ...


... sundays ... tv church ... quietness ... reflection ... yup, sundays always feel different ...

Friday, July 06, 2018

make time for rest ...


summers are also a time for resting ... visiting ... reading a book ... being outside ... just do all of it "In Him ... " ... blessings on ya!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Thursday, June 07, 2018

new heights i'm gaining every day ...


Lord lift me up and help me stand, by faith on heaven's table land ... 
a higher plane than i have found ... Lord plant my feet on higher ground.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Names of God


we can find our needs met IN God ...    

Saturday, May 26, 2018

wait ...

a little patience and faith can go a long way ... 

Monday, May 21, 2018

my mornings ...


to start the day with God ... that is my habit and my help ... the second part of this verse says:  "show me where to walk, for I give myself to you" ... amen.

Friday, May 11, 2018

a relevant word for today ... from "The Word"


I've always loved that simple statement ... Be Anxious for NOTHING ... in the days we live in, that becomes a comforting thought ... and we are told what to do next ... "by prayer and supplication - with Thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God ... " ... don't worry - but pray about IT  ... thank you LORD ... let our hearts and minds be set on JESUS ... who is the Author and Finisher of our faith ... 

Thursday, May 10, 2018


end of April's pink moon ... as seen from middle Canada ... 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

God's unfailing love ...


it encourages me to KNOW that God's mercies are new every morning ... despite circumstances, faith in Jesus produces a joy that doesn't depend on anything but God's grace - for every situation ... 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

always a good word in the Psalms


as life happens, quickly at times, it gives me comfort to know that Jesus is my portion ... whatever i may be going through - HE knows and is with me ... and HE knows what you are going through ... and will be your Saviour and Deliverer too ... 

Thursday, April 05, 2018

JESUS is my portion


soothing flow ... love eternal ... comfort forever more ...
 JESUS is my portion ... 

Sunday, April 01, 2018

Easter 2018

Happy Easter ... HE IS RISEN!

Friday, March 30, 2018

memories of Finland .. .from a year ago ...





a meaningful and moving experience from a year ago ... i walked behind a birch cross, through a busy city in Finland ... 

i am so thankful for the witness ...

and thankful for the others, from various denominations, who did the same ...

Good Friday ... thank you Jesus. 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

time change sunday


i may not be happy about the time change ... but i should always have God's praises on my lips ... 

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

forgetfulness can be a good thing ...


i woke up in the middle of the night with the idea for this poster ... but i was too tired to write it down (plus i didn't want to wake up too much and not get back to sleep!) ... so i just asked the Lord to help me not forget it ... i thought of it again almost as soon as i got out of bed ... :) ... i make posters to remind myself of truths ... this particular truth can save much heartache in life ... 

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Sunday, February 25, 2018

billy graham quote ...


picture taken at our local beach - of a supermoon (or was it harvest?) a few years ago ... i love the way the camera shook a bit, because it created a heart ... all things DO work according to God's purpose and  plan ... trust the ONE who holds our future, He'll never fail us ... 

Friday, February 23, 2018

Billy Graham

billy graham went home, to be with Jesus on wednesday, february 21st ... the world lost a prayer warrior ... heaven gained a saint!


Monday, February 19, 2018

rest is an ok thing ... just in case you were wondering ...

February has always been a month of hibernation ... 
or "rest" ... :) ...  

Saturday, February 03, 2018

perfect love casts out fear ...


i find comfort in this thought ... if we walk with Jesus, we have nothing to fear ... God KNOWS the end of our days and completes all the moments between now and then ... 

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Come Holy Spirit ...


1
Like the woman at the well, I was seeking
For things that could not satisfy.
And then I heard my Savior speaking—
“Draw from My well that never shall run dry.”
 Fill my cup, Lord;
I lift it up Lord;
Come and quench this thirsting of my soul.
Bread of Heaven, feed me till I want no more.
Fill my cup, fill it up and make me whole.
2
There are millions in this world who are seeking
For pleasures earthly goods afford.
But none can match the wondrous treasure
That I find in Jesus Christ my Lord.
3
So my brother if the things that this world gives you
Leave hungers that won’t pass away,
My blessed Lord will come and save you
If you kneel to Him and humbly pray—

~ Richard Blanchard

Sunday, January 21, 2018

it's the simple things

a milder spell of weather has hit central Canada ... Praise the Lord for that!  the frigid temps were so restrictive ... i captured this scene on my walk the other day ... in our small town kids still get together for pick up hockey ... makes me smile ... and feel thankful ... 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Who holds tomorrow ...


we heard this old hymn during our tv church this morning ... written by Ira Stanphill after his own crisis of faith ( http://www.paxplena.com/2008/03/song-of-week-i-know-who-holds-tomorrow.html ) ... i went hunting through my pics to find a backdrop for the chorus ... just sharing ... blessings on your sunday!

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

morning sunrise ...


i watch the skies ... not like a watchman might, but more like someone who thrills in the beauty that GOD creates and shares with His children ... camera at the ready - this was what i experienced this morning ...  i could hear Jesus words, "Come and see ... "  ... after seeing, i could only exclaim, Your Mercies are NEW every morning, Praise your Name Lord!

Thursday, January 04, 2018

heavenward ...


Press On!  the battle cry of the Christian ... Press On!