Sunday, December 30, 2007

The person who walks with God,
always gets to their destination.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

telephones and holidays

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

a new thing ...

God promises to do a new thing ... and i believe Him ... oh yes, i believe Him ...

of course, the way of the world continues in sadness ... look at the assassination of mrs. bhutto today ... sadness and tragedy ... nervousness added to that already volitile area of the world ...

without Jesus - everything would be scary and tragic ...

with Jesus, we can lay our burdens and fears at His feet ... and He gives the weary pilgrim rest ...

may you be at rest in Him too ...

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Christmas Day!

may Jesus be the centre of your Christmas celebration ... a reminder of the greatest gift humanity could receive ...

dear blog buds - be blessed today ... as you have continually encouraged and blessed me ...

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Christmas 2007

may you experience Jesus - who truly embodies all that is good and right about this time of year ... blessings on you and yours!

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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

Christmas scene

snow is falling ... there are carolers singing ... and the aroma of baking still lingers in the air ... those are familiar Christmas sights, sounds and smells ...

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


even though i am thoroughly starting to enjoy this Christmas time in our own odd way ... i am confused with my lack of "doing" ... i haven't even baked a single thing! nothing!

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

anti social ...

this time of year can make me a little anti-social ... i would just as soon NOT have contact with "normal" folks until AFTER the holiday ... and why is that? you might wonder? i guess it's because leo and i are about as far from normal as you can get! ... well as it pertains to gatherings, family and the expected norm of Christmas holidays ...

my friend Debra over at As I See It Now, is a real kindred spirit when it comes to obeying and listening to that quiet inner Voice during these times of extra seasonal stress ... i appreciate her blogging honesty, because it has helped me to deal with the guilt i used to carry ... guilt added onto by each well meaning soul who would innocently suggest i do this or that ... always with a "you should" ...

ok - i'll elaborate just a wee bit ... leo doesn't feel well ... yes, i know that most of you realize this ... but i mean, he really feels YUCKY (excuse the medical term i threw in!) ... that is the stress of our day in and day out living ... during these times when people get together and invite us to functions (well usually they know it's just me who would be coming), i politely say "no thank you" ... i mean i could be out quite a bit if i wanted too ... but i don't ...

some argue that it would be good for me to get out ... yes, i agree ... and i do go out ... but Christmas tends to be in overdrive for gatherings ... and mostly they are social, eating & drinking type of affairs ... not the spiritual feeding type of activity ...

and did i mention that leo doesn't feel well? i become more sensitive to his needs at this time of year ... especially when i watch other families ... folks doing things together ... even simple things like a walk to see the Christmas lights ... leo can't do any of this ... the pain becomes far to unmanageable ...

i do get out ... you all know that ... but at Christmas, when families around me are doing "normal" family stuff ... it can hurt to see what we have lost ... not that i feel a pity party coming on - it's just that the magnifying glass of the seasonal expectations seems more obvious ...

so i like to be with my man ... in our little oddball, definitely not normal, world ... 'cause it works for us ... the real meaning of Christmas still rings true in our home ... and ONE DAY Leo wil have a body that doesn't hurt and i will have a heart that doesn't ache ...

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

one more week ...

yes, that time has flown by ... only one more week and it will be Christmas Day ... thank you Jesus for your unspeakable Gift of salvation to us!

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

christmas cheer

"Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to
the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the
old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport
the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!"
~Charles Dickens

Saturday, December 15, 2007

season of snow

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 ...

Snowflakes are kisses from heaven. ~Author Unknown

Thursday, December 13, 2007

old fashioned Christmas

there should be enough ice to skate on this year! it seems that everyone in north america is getting a wintery blast ... hope you have all found your woolies & scarves & mitts ... :o) ... stay warm ...

just wanted to change the pic ... sending warm thoughts & blessings your way!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

joy is possible

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

take the journey ...

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

foster parents

this little pic made me think of squeaks ... as i've already shared with some of you, it turns out that we were only squeaks foster parents ... 3 weeks ago he went to live on a farm, with another cat and a lady our age ... she will have grandkids over for him to play with ... and he has 3 floors to call his own, as well as the great outdoors ...

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

chilly manitoba

it was -29C here this morning! brrrrrrrrrrrr ... i'm glad there are Christmas decorations around to take the sting out of the cold ... :o)

Friday, December 07, 2007


Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity. ~Voltaire

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

i heard the bells on Christmas Day

after hearing of the latest mall shooting, i thought of this Christmas song ....


(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

Jesus, there's just something about that name ...

Despite our efforts to keep him out, God intrudes. The life of Jesus is bracketed by two impossibilities: "a virgin's womb and an empty tomb". Jesus entered our world through a door marked,"No Entrance" and left through a door marked "No Exit."
--Peter Larson

Sunday, December 02, 2007

His Gift

i received this e-mail from a sweet friend this afternoon and it blessed my heart ... she said i could share it with you guys ... so here it is:

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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

December 1st, 2007

there is a cheery fire on in the living room ... only it's in my tv set! *laughing* ... but that particular "yule log station" is playing Christmas music too ... it's all very pleasant - really it is!

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

one year ago today ...

this post is from ONE YEAR AGO ... i thought i would repost it, because after being here in the condo one year ... we are still so very aware of and thankful for, God's kindness towards us!!!

reposted from one year ago:

photo by sisko

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 ..."
Isaiah 61:10a

Thursday, November 29, 2007

tis the season ...

for this Christmas season i'll try to post some sort of yuletime scene every day or two ... :o) ... i am trying to block out the "buy this, buy this, buy this" of the airwaves ... and listen to the "Praise HIM, Praise HIM, Praise HIM" of God's word ... i want to invite joy and peace inside my heart - rather than anxiety and stress ... it must be doable? so let's just do this together!

Christmas is not as much about opening our presents
as opening our hearts.
~Janice Maeditere

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

wintery day

it's been snowing here for about a week now ... not heavy ... it started as light, soft, snowflakes ... now the consistency is more like icing sugar ... the temperature is hovering around 0F ... and will only get colder towards the end of the week ...

we have had very little sunshine ... the prairies are known for sunshine - so most of us prairie folk are feeling deprived of those golden rays ... it makes for meloncholy mood swings ...

the book that i talked about in the previous post, is a perfect read for these days ... personally, we seem to be up against trials, both small & large ... trials that want to trip us up ... just to see how hard the fall will be! not even a thought of IF we fall - but WHEN ...

we are trying to "tick the joy column" in our choice of how to respond ... not that we're happy about the car not starting this morning ... or leo & my sister maria both feeling horrible because of the weather ... or even the family tug of war about getting together at christmas (where? who? what? and why can't you drive 60 miles!) ... but happy comes and goes with the weather or full tummies or a good book ... the attitude of counting everthing JOY, comes with spiritual maturity ...

we have much to learn yet ... so we try to take life one step at a time, in faith, trusting Jesus (the Author and Finisher of our faith) ... no one said it was all going to be easy ... but then, nothing worthwhile ever is ...

blessings to you ...

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

littlest hobo

back in the 70's, there was a canadian tv show called the littlest hobo ... it was about a dog who wanders about, helping folks just when they need it ... here in our town we have our own littlest hobo ... he doesn't belong to anyone ... he follows his own independent path ...

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.
~Author Unknown

Thursday, November 22, 2007

memory lane ... one year ago today

taken this morning from my living room window ...

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

the Lord's name is to be praised ...

Happy Thanksgiving to all my American buds ... i will be counting my blessings alongside you ... thankful that God is faithful, day in and day out ...

Monday, November 19, 2007

alone again, naturally ...

leo fishing ... in healthier, younger days

leo doesn't have a family doctor ... again!

we went for his appointment today ... and the doctor that we found in january (of this year), is definitely leaving ... he shook our hands warmly ... and said to leo to take care of himself ... i could see that he felt sympathy for leo - yet ... ? ...

another doctor search begins ... or a "doctor wait" ...

there were 4 doctors at the clinic - here in our town ... but 2 doctors left this month and the 2 remaining docs are so overwhelmed with patients that there is no hope of being added to their practise ...


it is most difficult to keep doctors in rural areas - the cities do provide better income and more varied patient loads ...

however, it is hugely discouraging for us ... in fact, i must admit to having a good cry on leo's shoulder ... i told the Lord that i am getting so weary ...


i count my blessings, yet my heart still grows tired ... being cheerful and optimistic is sometimes a hard thing to do ...

just sharing ... so you can pray better for us when we come to mind ...

"Those who are well do not need a physician, but those who are sick." Luke 5:31

UPDATE: yesterday, i got very humanly sad - it just enveloped me like a dark shroud! i feel more optimistic this morning, and i do believe the prayers of friends have helped! thank you! ... it's my busy tuesday at the library today - there is a light dusting of snow outside ... it looks lovely ... blessings on you, dear blog buds for encouraging & praying ... thank you! you've lifted my spirits - again!

Saturday, November 17, 2007


i've been there ... asking God to let me know what He wants me to do, when all i really needed was to READ what was already written ... just reminding myself ... through humour ... *smile* ...

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

picture taken in the Fall of 1992, by my Leo

Monday, November 12, 2007

up-date on my life!

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!

to cap off the busy week - there was a big family get-together yesterday, at my cousin's new home ... over 30 of us were invited over for great food and to just mingle and visit in their lovely chalet .... unfortunately leo never comes to these things ... it is difficult for him to go to anything like this because he can't sit for long, or stand for long ... so the downside for me was another afternoon/evening without leo ... he was by his lonesome ... oh - amend that - leo and squeaks were by their lonesome!!!

i talked to my sister maria, last night ... she sounded tired, and is having problems with her kidneys functioning again ... it is definitely an up and down situation ... she will need dialysis at some point ... but she is trying to hold off as long as possible ...

this morning the sun is shining ... and i feel rested ... my work schedule is 3 days this week ... 2 days next week ... i'm hoping that a routine will develop so that i don't feel rushed and stressed ... there are so many many things i enjoy doing, 24 hours doesn't seem to be enough time to squeeze them in!

blessings on you, dear blog buds!

"... let us encourage one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching." Hebrews 10:25b

Saturday, November 10, 2007

in Flanders Fields

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

encouragement along the way

here is a thought from 2 years ago ... i wanted to post something to encourage YOU and to encourage ME ... this week truly is a busy one - but i need thoughts like this too! Attitude is the one thing we can control - regardless of circumstances ... BLESSINGS!

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.
Charles Swindoll

Monday, November 05, 2007

Ephesians 3: 14-17

When I think of the wisdom and scope of God's plan, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will give you mighty inner strength through his Holy Spirit. And I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in him. May your roots go down deep into the soil of God's marvelous love.

Friday, November 02, 2007

bad blogging bud ...

i am wondering why on earth anyone is even visiting me lately ... i have been a very negligent blog buddy ... hardly ever around ... with my computer shut off for most of the day!

life has just taken one of those busy turns ... mind you, it's busy in a pleasant way - i just miss my online chatting & visits with blog buds ...

i have been blogging for 3 years now ... and i can honestly say that the encouragement i've received from online friends has been the biggest blessing to me ... i've discovered that leo and i aren't alone in this "chronic, 24/7, warfare" - called PAIN!! ... and i've also discovered that believers can encourage each other - without ever having met face to face ... in fact, i have YET to meet a single blogging bud ... one day? hope so!

the next 2 weeks promises to be especially busy workwise and also personally ...

and now, i must go get some shut-eye!

blessings to you!

Start where you are in serving the Lord,
Claim His sure promise and trust in His Word;
God simply asks you to do what you can,
He'll use your efforts to further His plan.
- Anon

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

prayer for the day ...

Because of the Lord's great love we
are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning,
great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, "The Lord is my
therefore I will wait for him."
Lamentations 3:20-24

Monday, October 29, 2007

Operation Christmas Child

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

new day

squeaks started a new day with a new outlook ... he was a happy go lucky kitty again ... racing around the condo, jumping into the air, playing with all the toys he came across ... and last night he purred and purred for what seemed like hours ... i guess going through that stressful experience made him feel better - :o)

this morning we woke up to a heavy frost ... the flowers pictured above and below were still blooming yesterday ( pics taken on 25th and 26th) ... which is sort of unusual in our neck of the woods ... usually the flowers are gone by Thanksgiving (which falls on the second monday of October here in Canada) ... last year we had had a good snowfall already ... i'm loving fall this year!!!

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 ...

"For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeard to all men. It teaches us to say "No" to ungodliness and worldy passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope - the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good." Titus 2: 11-14 (NIV)

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Squeaky's day ...

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?

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Monday, October 22, 2007

just chatting ...

last week it was all about books & computers ... a learning curve ...

then my off hours were all about home, family and friends ... it has been quite busy in my little world!

today it was a library meeting and tomorrow will be my ALL day (including evening) at the library! leo and our little kitty are missing me - but i keep telling them that once we get into a routine, it will be better!

life is like that, isn't it? feast or famine ... and blessed is the person who can actually balance it all properly!

my sister maria is stable again - thank you for praying - her health has been poor for many years now, but there are varying degrees to it ... for those of you who live with chronic care loved ones, you will know what i mean ...

leo seems to be in a "healthier" mode too ... which is always a relief to me!
as for me - i went from an easy pace, to a steady working pace ...

well i best go read the paper, before it becomes old news (which will only take seconds in our world of instant, high speed, info!) ...

blessings to one and all who happen drop by this site!

Friday, October 19, 2007

morning has broken

picture taken monday morning from our living room window

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

first day at my new job ...

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

perfect Autumn day ...

ok, fess up! someone must have prayed for sunshine in my world - because after talking about the gloom in my previous post - today was an absolutely PERFECT day! the sun was out and my world was bright & cheery! :o)

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 ...

see how serene the water is? you can see the clouds reflected in it ...

and here is the other end of town ... i must have biked a few miles ... thoroughly enjoying every wheel rotation, grinning like a 10 year old who didn't have a care in the world ... and as i rode, i prayed ... "thank you Lord ... i love you Lord ... you have blessed me beyond measure ... "

how good God is ... how i love the simple sweet things in life ... and despite the burdens that can weigh me down - God brings these joys along, that unexpectantly lift me up again ...

blessings to you, blog buds! and an extra blessing to the one who prayed for SONshine!

Art gallery? Who needs it? Look up at the swirling silver-lined clouds in the magnificent blue sky or at the silently blazing stars at midnight. How could indoor art be any more masterfully created than God's museum of nature?
~Grey Livingston