Thursday, May 31, 2012

Former Things Are Passed Away...

Tuesday morning, I did something I hadn't done in several days.  I went to the YMCA/YWCA (Y), to work out in the pool!

If you've been a reader of Life with Lynnie (LwL) for any amount of time, you'll be aware that this is what I do.  At least, what I did, for sure.

Over the past few weeks, I've hardly gone to the Y. 

For a while, I was sick and just couldn't go.  But, after I felt I was well enough, I began going, again.  Usually just two (2) or three (3) times per week.  Not like I did previous to becoming ill, when I went usually five (5) or six (6) days per week!

When I went on Tuesday morning, it had been several days since I had dipped into the pool.  Yes, I enjoyed it, thoroughly!

Afterwards, I went to see my chiropractor.  Even though I had seen him just a couple of weeks earlier, I felt like I really needed to have an adjustment.

While there, I asked him if as treatment progresses, could my body be reverting back in time.  It's hard to know, for sure.  However, over the past few weeks, I have had so much neck, shoulder and back pain, that I am feeling almost like I did, after I was injured in the bus collision of 1980.

Of course, overdoing it last Sunday at the event where I was selling books, didn't help, either.

Believe me, it's not easy living with chronic pain. 

No matter how you cut it, pain is pain.  And, even though I have some days better than other days, I still live with pain, daily.

Never an end to it.

The funny part about the whole thing, is that to look at me, no one would ever know that I suffer with chronic pain.  And, even though I don't always park in a disabled parking spot, when I do, I have sometimes been criticized, yelled at, sworn at and threatened, for using the disabled spot.

Of course, on those occasions when I use my cane, I haven't had anyone yell at me.  But, I try to not use it. 

Not just because I want to become stronger, relying on myself, rather than assistance from a cane, but as a professional real estate person, it sure doesn't look good, seeing me using a cane, from time to time!

Please know that I am not writing about this to complain. It does no good to complain. After all, who truly cares? No one, really. Except God!

One thing I am grateful for, is the fact that once my life is over here on earth, and I reside in heaven with my Lord, Jesus Christ and all who have gone before me, I will no longer suffer.

I am grateful for the promise He made me, and indeed to all who believe on Jesus, in Revelation 21:4, "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away."

Just one more reason to believe on the Lord, Jesus Christ, to be saved (John 3:16).

Until next time...

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Works Together!

If you read yesteday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, you'll know that the beginning of this week was rather heartbreaking.  But, the rest of Monday wasn't as hurtful as it had begun.

My slowcooker helped me make a tasty dinner.  I made beef stew!

No, I didn't eat it all by myself.  The fact is, I rarely cook just for myself, anymore.  But, when I do, I usually freeze some for instant replays.  Even so, I sometimes feel like I need a reason to cook. 

Knowing that my co-worker/friend Cwas hurting the same way I was, about missing our friend's viewing and buriel, I decided to treat him to a comforting meal.

So, I took C dinner, making sure there was enough for another meal for him; another instant replay!  Along with his meal, he enjoyed cheese buns.

As for me, I sat at the table with C, while he ate.  Well, sort of...

We had good conversation while he enjoyed his dinner, and while I munched on some Cheesies that C had waiting for me, at his dinner table.  He knew I enjoy them once in a while and was gracious to allow me to enjoy this tasty treat, while he ate dinner.  Thank you, C!

You might be wondering why I didn't share a meal with C.  Well, there was a couple of reasons. 

Firstly, I wasn't ready to eat dinner at that time.  Although I just couldn't resist the temptation of those tasty morsels covered with cheese!  But, they weren't dinner, just a little snack!

The other reason I hadn't planned to share a meal with C, was because I knew I had to leave earlier than normal. 

Whenever I visit C for dinner, he usually requests I stay until after Wheel of Fortune has finished.  But, this past Monday, I couldn't do this.

If you've been a reader of LwL, you'll know that I am a member of a writer's group that meets every second Monday; and this was date. 

We meet at the Central (downtown) branch of the Windsor Public Library.  But, this time, our meeting time was arranged earlier, due to the library's closing time being rolled back, earlier.

So all in all, the rest of Monday was a rather good time for me.

Visiting and sharing conversation with my friend.  Then, reading and critiquing each other's articles and poems.  Yup, Monday evening was good.  Thank You, Lord!

This reminded me of what God told us in Romans 8:28, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."

Please understand, this verse does not imply that all things are good.  What it does tell us, is that even if things aren't so good, God has a way of making them all work out for our good.

Just trust Him, friend.  Everything will work out.  Maybe not the way you want it to, but definitely the way God believes is best for your life.

Until next time...

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Forgiven And Loved Much...

If you read yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, you'll know that I had trouble leaving my parking garage. 

Due to the road construction work being done by my apartment complex, the ambulance that attended my building couldn't use the front driveway entrance, as they usually do.  Instead, they had to park on the ramp to the level where I was parked.

Thankfully, a neighbour/board member helped guide me out; there was only an inch or two on either side of my vehicle, but I managed to get out.

Once I turned out onto the under construction roadway, I headed towards the cemetary.  About a block away from my building, there was a transit bus stopped, with its 4-way flashers on.  No, it wasn't stopped to accommodate public transit users.  It was broken down.

This created a traffic tie-up.  After taking a deep breath, I prayed, "Lord, help!" 

I had visions of being late for the funeral service.  When I say the funeral service, I am referring to a graveside service, where my friend's ashes were to be buried.  I didn't want to miss it!

You see, last week, my friend's daughter forgot to contact me and/or my co-worker/friend C, who was also part of a small group of friends who hung out together.  For several years we had worked together, with our friend who died. 

And, since there was no newspaper notice, neither C, nor I knew that visitation at the funeral home had been held, last Friday.  Until C was told last Saturday, when he was finally able to reach our friend's daughter.

C was rather hurt and upset that we had missed the visitation.  So, was I.  But, I did my best to console C, as I prayed about the situation.

In any case, I finally made it to Heavenly Rest cemetary; the furthest one in our area, from my home.  As I drove into the cemetary, I was thankful that I would be on time, after all! 

As I drove through the cemetary, my heart began to sink.  I never found any buriel happening.  As I passed a cemetary worker driving his vehicle, I enquired as to where the buriel was taking place. 

The worker explained to me that there was no buriel taking place for the name of my friend.  In addition, he explained that ashes are not buried in that cemetary.

My heart sank.

Since this cemetary was within a couple minutes of where Gordon is buried, I went there.  Nope; no buriel there, either.

Eventually, I realized that the time was such, that if I ever found where the buriel was taking place, I would be too late.  So, I made my way home.  Rather upset, I must add.

Enroute, I stopped at my friend's daughter's home and left at her door, sympathy cards for both her brother and her own family.

Later in the afternoon, she called me, apologizing for the mix up.  Apparently, our friend's ashes were bured at a cemetary where C, who is wheelchair bound, would have been able to access, unlike the one she told us in error.

Once again, C was rather hurt, and so was I.

Yes, I forgave her.  Does it mean that what happened was okay?  Absolutely, not!  But, the reality is that there is nothing anyone can do about it.

This whole ordeal brought to mind a Bible verse.  In Luke 7:47, we are told, "Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little."

The point to that verse, is that when we forgive, we not only love, but are forgiven.  It is my prayer that you forgive those who hurt you, friend.

Until next time...

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Monday, May 28, 2012

An Inch or Two!

Last evening, I was absolutely exhausted!

I realize that sounds like a strange thing to say on a Sunday evening.  But, if you read yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, you'll know that I had a rather taxing day.  Even if it was an encouraging one, signing copies of my book Love Never Fails You... for those purchasing copies.

It may not sound like it is hard work, sitting at a table of an event, where people come to peruse an arena, looking at items available by vendors, but for me, it is. 

Firstly, I'm not supposed to stand too long.  That's okay.  I try to not do this.  So, whenever I can, I sit for a while.  But, this doesn't always offer any back and/or neck relief.  Most people don't understand and probably wouldn't even care to know that it is painful for me to even sit, without proper back and neck support.  Still, I do my best.

Every once in a while, I walk around the area, to give my body a much needed break from standing or sitting.  But, of course, walking isn't always the best for my bad knee, either!  Okay, laugh.  lol  I did!

In any case, I did what I could do to help make my body as capable of surviving this event, as possible.  Just as I do for any of the events, I attend.  But, by the time I finished up at church in the evening, my body was aching. 

Please realize, I am not complaining, for this is the condition of my life, every day.  I've only written about this situation, as information for greater understanding of my health concerns and the chronic pain I experience.

Being on the go from early morning, until mid evening, also made me feel rather tired, along with the pain I experienced.  And, once I was home, I also had to write and post yesterday's LwL entry!  OOOooooeeee!

Once I did this, I went on Facebook (FB) for a short time.  It made me chuckle when a FB friend asked why I was going offline, earlier than they thought I should!  :)

I must thank God for giving me a wonderful sleep last night.  Thank You, Lord! 

Awaking early this morning, I did stuff I knew I needed to do, before heading out.  Once I was ready, I heard an ambulance outside.  This happens occasionally; usually, I never think twice about it.

Today, was different.

When I got downstairs to my garage parking level, there were two (2) ambulance attendants/paramedics, speaking with an elderly person who lives here, in my building.  I was happy to see that the person was alive, even if they seemed somewhat disoriented.

Then, it hit me! 

I couldn't leave the parking garage.  The ambulance was blocking the exit ramp; the only ramp that can be used to enter and/or exit the garage. 

Be still my heart!

After waiting a few minutes, I knew I couldn't wait much longer.  One of our complex board members helped guide me out and down the ramp.  It was a good thing I had some assistance, because I literally had only an inch or two on each side, to spare. 

No... I'm not exaggerating!  Thank you for the help, friend.  Thank You, Lord!

Why was it so important for me to leave before the ambulance finished with their patient?  Well, as I said to my board member, I was due at a funeral, and they weren't going to wait for me! 

There's more I need to say about this Monday morning, but it will have to wait until tomorrow.

Before I end off for today, I would like to say how grateful I am that God takes care of us always.  He knows our needs, and provides for His children, as we are told in Matthew 6:33, "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." 

Remember to always put God first in your life.  I didn't always in the past, but I do, now.  For this I praise God and thank Jesus!

Until next time...

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

I Feel Blessed...

Saturday, was a rather relaxing day for me.  I didn't do much.  Until the evening, that is.

My church had a special guest speaker, who was speaking Saturday evening, Sonday morning, and again, Sonday evening.  This is not a common occurrence, having a guest speaker, who not only joins us for both Sunday services, but also, on a Saturday evening!

By now, I'm sure you've guessed that I attended church, Saturday evening.

While we had a good sized gathering, I was truly shocked that there weren't more people.  Especially, since our guest speaker is not just a pastor from Michigan, USA, but was a previous Christian talk radio, host!

Paul Edwards was wonderful in what he spoke about the Trinity (God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and of course, the Holy Spirit), on Saturday evening.  While I wanted so badly to be able to hear him speak about Hell, during our Sunday morning service, I knew I wouldn't be able to attend.

Why I couldn't attend, was due to the fact that I was scheduled to do book signings at the United Communities Credit Union (UCCU), in Amherstburg. 

Had my neighbour/friend J, who is the author of a children's book been able to attend alone, on Sunday, I would have arrived later than requested, for she would have been able to fill in for me, for the time it would have taken, for me to attend worship, prior to travelling to Amherstburg.  But, this wasn't the case.

So, now you know where I was Sunday morning and afternoon!

Yes, both J and I managed to sell some of our books.  For this, I praise God and thank You, Jesus!

When I left the recreational complex about 4:00 p.m., or just slightly after that time, I made my way to do some shopping I needed to do.  Unfortunately, where I went didn't have what I needed.  So be it!  That's life!

Eventually, I made my way over to my church.  It seemed that this evening's service had many more people in attendance than Saturday evening.  I'm glad, for I believe we should be supportive of guest speakers, especially when they do not even live in our country.

Once again, Paul did a wonderful job discussing the subjects he had spoken on, in the prior services.  Although, this evening, he didn't preach/teach.  Instead, it was basically a question and answer session.  Still, Paul managed to discuss some of what he liked about previously being a Christian talk show radio host.  And, some of what he didn't really enjoy.

It was shocking to me to find out that even though Paul Edwards pastors a church, and was a talk radio host, he also has driven a school bus, for many years.  Wow!  Talk about a busy man!

After meeting both him and his wife, I decided to give them a copy of my book Love Never Fails You...  And, yes... Paul's wife glanced through it and asked me about the chapter relating to the bus collision.

All in all, it was a very good weekend.  I feel blessed.

There are many passages in God's Word, the Bible that tells us that God blesses us in many ways, but the first one that popped into my head was Matthew 5:11, "Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake."

Yes, this verse confirms to us, that even when things aren't going well, and we are condemned in many ways, God still blesses us.  Again, I praise God and thank Jesus! 

Until next time...

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

All Is Revealed...

Life isn't always easy, and it's not always kind. 

If you've read Life with Lynnie (LwL) for any length of time, you'll know that I've had a few problems.  Well, okay.  More than a few.  But, a few that seem to have affected parts of my life, that I have barely mentioned. 

I must say, not in some major way, like some of the trials I wrote about in my book Love Never Fails You...   But, problems, nonetheless.

Within the last 48 hours, I've been rather shocked!  Nothing tragic.  Nothing that is life-changing.  But, shocking nevertheless.  At least, to me!

For starters, I received an e-mail from a fellow Christian from my church.  Never before, ever, ever, ever, have I received an e-mail asking me if I have any need for prayer.  Wow!

You might not find this shocking, but it was to me!  After all, I have worshipped at my church for over 18 years, now.  And, this was truly another first in my life!

Why this person chose to do this at this time, is beyond me.  Well, maybe not.  While I haven't chosen to write about a trial in my life that concerns some fellow Christians, the ongoing problem is still alive and well.  It may well be that God placed it on this person's heart to reach out in Christian love, even after all this time.

Another shocking thing happened.  Yesterday, I received a letter from the person who heads up our bicycle committee, here in the apartment building where I live.  And, a cheque was inclosed!

You may have read, in the past, that a few months after my husband died, I went to check on my bicycle and found it to be missing from the locked bike room.  My intention had been to give my daughter my bike and give up the two (2) bike spaces we had rented.  To me, this was a sensible thing to do, since my knee problem was preventing me from being able to use it, anyway.

The committee people insisted that the two (2) bikes that were stored in my two (2) spots, belonged to me.  I assured them, they did not.  Well, I won't go into a long story here, but I did pay another two (2) years rental on the bike spaces.

Since I could not find a key to unlock the bikes, I made the decision to have my daughter's boyfriend cut the lock and take both bikes to my daughter's home.  To everyone's shock, one of the bikes had been replaced with a brand new bike!

Once again, the committee insisted they were my bikes, when I knew they weren't.  It seemed no one was concerned that my bike had been stolen, nor was there any concern that there weren't any empty spaces in the locked bicycle room.  I knew that someone was using my spaces, at my expense.

I gave up the spaces and eventually, the committee found out who truly owned these bikes.  This was close to a year ago.

Yesterday, I received a cheque to refund me the two (2) years space rental and extra to help cover the costs of the missing bike.  Believe me, no one could pay enough to cover the cost of my missing bike, for it was the only gift I ever recall receiving (as an adult) from my dad.  No amount of money, can ever replace it.  Not even the token payment supplied.  Even so, I am grateful for their efforts.  Thank you.

In addition, I am grateful that the truth has come out.  And, after much prayer, that those involved are finally realizing that allowing someone to be hurt is not the way to live their lives.

God told us in His Word, the Bible, that nothing will ever remain hidden.  The truth will always come out.  Read it for yourself in Luke 8:17.

One thing I am grateful for, is that in either case, I never became hateful or hardened my heart (Hebrews 3:8).  Thank You, Lord! 

Instead, I chose to be obedient to God's direction, as he told us in Matthew 5:44, "But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them who despitefully use you, and persecute you;"

I may be wrong, but I truly feel like God is rewarding me for being obedient to Him.  Thank You, Lord.

Until next time...

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Waiting For You!

Wednesday evening, while seated in my comfy recliner chair, I noticed some movement out of the corner of my eye.  This is not a common occurrence, because I live on the 17th floor of a highrise apartment building. 

While there is some traffic movement along the road, that part of my view is basically out of my viewing area.  The majority of my range is the marinas, and water of both part of the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair.

As I turned my head ever so slightly, to peer outside, a smile came to my face.  Of course, I thought.  It's that time of year, once again! 

Sailboats were coming around Peche Island, in droves.  No, I didn't take a photo, because I thought I had one on file.  Unfortunately, I couldn't find it.  It may have been on my older computer, the one that I still haven't emptied or transferred all my files from. 

One day, I'll have to get around to doing that.  But then, you know what those round-to-its are like, don't you?  Or, maybe I'll just take another pic for you to be able to see what I mean.

In any case, one of my first thoughts was of my now deceased husband, Gordon.  How he loved to watch those sailboats, every Wednesday evening. 

Sometimes, he would go down to the water's edge to watch them.  I should tell you that the reason there are so many sailboats in this area all at the same time, is because over in Michigan, USA, sailboat lessons are given and even though I live in Canada, they come right by the property.

All in all, it was a rather a happy, yet sad feeling that I experienced.  Oh well.  Life goes on!

Thursday evening was a really enjoyable one for me!

My neighbour/friend and fellow writer J, who lives here in my building and I drove out to Leamington, to attend our writers' group meeting.  Last time she attended I had driven, so this time, J drove.  Thank you, J!  It's always nice to have a break from doing the driving!

Enroute, we stopped just outside the town of Essex, to pick up our fellow writer J, who usually carpools with us.  By 7:00 p.m., we were in the Leamington Arts Centre, along with our fellow members and a couple of guest speakers.

It was a truly wonderful meeting!  The humour and discussions we shared, lifted not just my spirits, but it seemed to me, the spirits of all in attendance. 

Lord, I can only thank You, for always providing.  But then, you promised that to all of Your children. 

There are many Bible verses that tell us this, but the first one that came to my mind was Matthew 6:26, "Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much better than they?" 

Friend, if you want God to provide for you, and if you are not yet trusting in Jesus Christ, please do so, today. 

Trusting in Jesus, is how you become one of God's children.  It's not hard.  And, please realize, God loves you.  We're told this in John 3:16, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." 

Obtain your everlasting life.  Come to Jesus Christ, now.  He's waiting for you!

Until next time...

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Thursday, May 24, 2012

What a Nice Compliment!

If you read yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, you'll know that I posted a recipe for my homemade mac & cheese.  Rather crazy, don't you think?  Especially since, I made the recipe in the warm weather of this past Monday!

There was a reason I did it.  Aside from craving this delicious dish that I hadn't made all winter long, I wanted to take some to my co-worker/friend C, who is wheelchair bound.  In fact, it will generally feed six (6) or more people.

You may wonder why I cook in such large quantity.  Well, it is partly due to being used to cooking for a family, in the past.  Even after there was just Gordon and I, he enjoyed my cooking and having instant replays (leftovers heated up), so it didn't quite last as long as one might think!

But, now that Gordon is dead and I am living alone, I don't always cook as often as I did, when he was alive.

However, knowing I wanted to take dinner with me, for both of us to enjoy at C's apartment, I still made the full recipe.  In fact, when I put the meal together, I used a few containers in the process.

The container that would feed about four (4), I used for C and my meal.  I keep single serving containers in my kitchen, so that if I want to freeze meals for myself, I can.  So, this is what I did.  I froze two (2) meals for myself, as well.

Then, because I couldn't quite fit in all the quantity I had made, in any of the containers, I mixed the rest and had it for lunch, as well.  So, in reality, this recipe made enough for seven (7) servings.

At the appointed time, I took over dinner to C's, along with some cupcakes that I knew he would enjoy.  And, enjoy them, he did!

We spent some time chatting, in addition to using the computer.  Of course, C expected me to stay and watch Wheel of Fortune, so I did. 

Then, I headed home.

The next evening, C called me.  This is something he rarely does, but he told me he felt compelled to tell me how much he enjoyed my homemade macaroni and cheese. 

H told me that on Monday, it was great.  But, reheated as an instant replay, was even better!  And apparently, he enjoyed it for both lunch and supper on Tuesday.

What a nice compliment.  Thank you, C!

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Call Me Crazy!

Here it is Wednesday, already!  Hump day!  lol

As you have probably guessed, my weekend was rather quiet.  Yes, I went to worship at my own church, this past Sonday.  I'm sure you've figured out by now, that God comes first in my life.

In addition, I saw one of my daughters for a few minutes.  Not much else happened last weekend. 

Knowing Monday was a holiday (Victoria Day, as I wrote about in Life with Lynnie [LwL]on the day), I didn't plan on going to the YMCA/YWCA (Y).  To be honest, I had forgotten to ask, and I wasn't sure they would be open.  If they were, the hours may have been reduced.  In any case, I didn't go work out in the pool, as I normally do.

Since I didn't have my book club or writer's club to attend, I kind of thought I would stay home, take it easy and not go anywhere.  But, this is not what I did.

Recently, I had been craving homemade macaroni and cheese

Okay, call me crazy!  Especially since our weather has been heating up!  After all, this is a dish that I usually make during the winter months, when it is nice to have the oven on, heating up my home and providing a comforting aroma.

The fact is, I had not made it at all throughout the winter!

Rather than fight this craving, I decided to make it, on Monday.  Here's the recipe:

Lynnie's Homemade Mac & Cheese

(Please understand, I don't usually measure when I make this, but rather eyeball it.  But, for the sake of this recipe, I decided to estimate the amounts used)

1 lb. of dry pasta (elbow or small shell is what I usually use)
1 lb. of cheddar cheese, grated (mild, medium, old, extra old...whatever you like)
1 quart/litre of milk
2-3 tsp. of butter
2-3 tsp. of flour
sesame seeds (optional)

Cook pasta according to the directions on the package.  Drain and keep aside until needed.

While the pasta is cooking, begin making a cream sauce, by melting the butter into a medium-sized pot/pan, and once melted, add the flour.  Stir constantly, for a minute or so, before adding the milk...a little at a time, still stirring constantly, to avoid lumps being created.  Once the butter, flour and milk has created a lump-free sauce, add the rest of the milk.  Turn the heat between low and medium, and stir regularly until the sauce thickens a bit.

Grate the cheese, and after the sauce is thickened somewhat, add a small amount of the cheese, changing the sauce from a cream sauce, to a cheese sauce.  Be sure to keep most of the cheese aside for assembling of the dish.

Butter the container you will use to bake this recipe in the oven.  Spoon a small amount of the sauce mixture into the bottom of the pan.  Add some drained pasta, and cover with some grated cheese.

Layer with sauce, pasta, grated cheese, repeatedly, until the pan is filled.  Top the dish with sauce and grated cheese.  If desired, sprinkle with sesame seeds (optional).

Bake at 350 F, for about a half hour, and allow to cool for a few minutes, before serving.  Note:  While this makes a delicious meal the day you make it, I believe it is even better, when reheated the next day.  I call this an instant replay!


I have more to say about Monday, but it will have to wait until tomorrow.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Too Good To Be True?!

Today, I had a rather unique chat conversation on Facebook (FB) with a friend who is a pastor in AfricaNigeria, in fact.

It was unusual to be sure, because of the topic of discussion.  Scammers.

Yes, I recently mentioned about internet scammers, in another Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, but that entry related to love.  This did not.

My pastor friend had told me previously, that his brother had been hired by a hotel chain and would be relocated from Nigeria, to Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  At the time I was told this, I recall commenting that his brother must be awfully good at what he does, in order to receive a position such as this.  Especially since the employment agency was supposedly assisting in relocation, accommodation and other things.  At a cost, of course.

Well, I'm sure you've heard the saying... if it's too good to be true, it probably is.  If you've never heard this in the past, you have, now.

To be sure, I prayed about this situation for my friend's brother.  And, I am grateful that God revealed truth, today.  Even if the truth wasn't what they wanted to hear.

As my pastor friend told me some information his brother had told him, I began thinking to myself... where have I heard this, before?  Oh yes; my American friend and her husband, who were ripped off by an employment scammer on internet!

Our chat took a different direction.  Instead of him telling me more about what his concerns were for his brother, I began telling him about what happened to my friends.

Then, reality set in, for him.  The story I told, matched exactly to the story he was alluding to.

Be still my heart!

Truthfully, I was glad we had this conversation.  He was also concerned about being billed for services not yet received.  After further discussions, he decided he needed to speak with his brother. 

Of course, he had work to do, too.  Just as I did.

After praying about this situation coming to light, I thought how unusual it was that someone in Nigeria was being scammed.  In the past, unscrupulous people from Nigeria, were faxing me, in an effort to scam me!  lol

Even so, it is not a good situation.  I was grateful that I had previously heard about this type of scam, involving employment.  Especially since my knowledge was of help to the person in the process of being scammed. 

God has a way of working everything out.  He told us that we should be thankful in all things (1 Thessalonians 5:18).  Easier said than done, for sure.

He gives us wisdom and comforts us, in our trials.  In fact, He told us in 2 Corinthians 1:4, "Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God."

As I said to my friend, before we ended our chat conversation on FB, we truly need to pray for the person who was behind this scam.  He/she obviously needs to come to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.  Just as we all do.

Until next time...

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Monday, May 21, 2012

We'll All Run Away?!

Here in Canada, today is a holiday.  Victoria Day, to be exact.

Every year, on the Monday before the 24th of May, we celebrate Victoria Day.  For those who would like to know more about Victoria Day, please click here:

As a child, I always looked forward to this day. 

It seemed that we were all ready for a holiday, a time of relaxation and fun.  Fireworks lit up our sky, every Monday of that weekend, whether they were large displays in the community, or simple gatherings of friends and families in their backyards.

It is a national holiday, where in times past, no one worked.  Of course, in today's day and age, this is not always the case.

One thing most people did, was use this weekend to plant their seedlings that had grown enough to be ready for their new garden homes.  Even though the actual beginning of summer season isn't until June, people generally considered it as such.  Some even used this weekend to open their swimming pools, if they had them.

One thing I recall, is singing the following:

The 24th of May is the Queen's birthday;
if we don't have a holiday, we'll all run away...

The 24th of May is the Queen's birthday;
if we don't have a holday, we'll all run away!

Hopefully, some of you will recall singing this.  I am sure I cannot be sole survivor of this memory!

Why did we sing this?  I have no idea!  But, we did.  And, like most children, we learned it from our parents, who probably learned it from theirs.

Of course, this was in an era where we still sung God Save The Queen, for O Canada had not yet been proclaimed as our official national anthem.  To find out more about this, click here:

People would consider this weekend as the first weekend of the warmest season of the year.  Out came barbeques (BBQ's).  And, if warm enough, bathing suits, too!

I pray that whether or not you celebrate/celebrated Victoria Day, the Queen's birthday, that you will have/had a glorious day!  May God bless you, friend.

Happy Victoria Day!

Until next time...

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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Ah, Love!

If you've been a reader of Life with Lynnie (LwL) for a while, you'll know that from time to time, I've written about men who have approached me on Facebook (FB), for a relationship.

Even yesterday, I was approached by someone, asking all sorts of questions about me.  In the end, the fellow was trying to find out if I was young enough to marry him, or not.  A few days earlier, I had a different fellow ask me if I would marry him.

This has become less of a problem, since I removed my status of  'widow' from my wall.  Even so, this seems to be a fairly common occurrence. 

In the past, I've had many, many men approach me on FB.  Why this happens, I have no idea.  It might possibly be that there are many lonely men out there, looking for a Christian woman.  Or, there may be a lot of scammers, hoping to find someone vulnerable.

Until recently, I have either just ignored them, or become a FB friend.  But, since opening myself to the idea of another relationship, I've decided to be wise.  I make efforts to check them out, before I chat with them. 

In order to prepare myself for a God-given relationship, I've realized my heart and mind must be available, even though this whole idea is painful.  But, this is truly a topic for another time.

Today, a female FB friend said I should never consider myself a widow, because Jesus is my husband, now.  While Jesus is always with me/us and I realize He provides for all my/our needs, both human and spiritual, the human part of life can be rather non-fulfilling at times. 

Oh, it's not a case where I don't like being alone.  There are always times when it is nice to have quiet moments, where a person can relax and not feel pressured by life.

But, there are times, when missing my husband makes me realize that I need to try and put the past in the past, as some have told me I need to do.  There are times, when I feel I must move forward with my life.  And, this means opening the door to the idea of another relationship.

I don't know if I can do this.  Have another relationship, I mean.  But, one thing I do know is that God is in control of not just my life, but all things.  All things.

He knows my needs, just as He knows yours.  He knows my heart's desires.  He knows and provides, always.

When I think about how much God loves me, it can sometimes overwhelm me.  After all, He told us in John 3:16, "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

I can hardly imagine that God would send His only Son, my Lord Jesus Christ, to earth, to die for my sin, your sin, and the sin of the whole world, of all who will believe on Him.  Not just because He sent His Son!  But, also to die for me?!

Me?  A sinner.  "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;", as we are told in Romans 3:23.  Me; a person who deserves death for eternity. 

It is so hard to imagine, that God would love me so very much that He would do what He told us about, in Romans 5:8, "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us."

In my humanness, it is difficult to imagine that God would love me that much!  But, He did, even before I was born.  God told us so, in Jeremiah 1:5, "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; and before you came forth out of the womb I sanctified you, and I ordained you a prophet unto the nations."

Yes, friend.  God loved me.  And, He loved you.  If you are not trusting in Jesus Christ, and in Jesus Christ alone, for your salvation, I pray you will do so, now.  Before it's too late.  You can be saved from an eternity in hell, with no chance of escape.

God made Himself very clear in Acts 4:12, "Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is no other name under heaven given among men, by which we must be saved."

Until next time...

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Mix-up! & Where Will This Lead?!

If you read yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, you'll know that on Tuesday evening, I made a pan of Rich-style Peroghys (see yesterday's entry for the recipe).

Something happened Tuesday evening that totally threw a wrench into my schedule of events for Wednesday. 

The peroghys were made for me to bring to my church's 50+ group luncheon.  Thursday, was supposed to be my General Membership Meeting (GMM) for my real estate board.  And, unfortunately, Friday was to be the funeral of one of my church sisters, who died from cancer.

As normal, I checked my daytimer and my eyes did a double-take.  For some reason, my daytimer claimed my GMM was on Wednesday.  At first, I thought this was an error on my part, because our GMM's are usually on a Thursday, or a Friday, not a Wednesday.

Online, I checked and verified that indeed, the GMM was scheduled for Wednesday.  Now, what was I to do?

You see, I was supposed to attend the 50+ luncheon and the GMM.  Impossible! 

Since my friend C was to meet me at my church, I couldn't just cancel out from the 50+ group.  And, if I didn't attend my GMM, I would be issued a fine, that I would have to pay.  Besides, being a voting rep, I really needed to attend.

No, I didn't call C Tuesday evening, to tell him about the mix-up, because I believe he truly needs to begin worshipping somewhere, again.  And, I thought by him attending the luncheon, it might open the door for fellowship with believers. 

Instead, I called my friend W, who heads up the 50+ group and explained my problem.

We agreed that I would drop off the pan of food I had prepared, to her at her home, about 8 am, or just shortly after.  This way, I could go and attend my meeting, and although I would be late for the beginning of the 50+ luncheon, I would at least be able to attend.

I praised God and thanked Jesus, for making a way where there didn't appear to be one!

This is exactly what I did, Wednesday morning.  I also let C know I would be late.  Another surprise happened Wednesday at my GMM; the meeting lasted much longer than I anticipated!

By the time I reached my church, the luncheon was over; apparently earlier than normal, due to the fact that a speaker failed to show up.  Good old Murph (of Murphy's Law fame) is truly alive and well!

Still, C was glad he attended.  Not just because of the luncheon, either.  Apparently, a friend of mine, E who hadn't attended the 50+ meetings for a few months, was there.  And, she befriended C.

C was elated to have met E!  Hallelujah!

They will be keeping in touch with each other.  Who knows where this will lead?!

This whole day of events reminded me of Romans 8:28, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." 

Until next time...

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Friday, May 18, 2012

H.B. C! & A Delicious Treat!

This past Tuesday, was a special day.  Especially, for my co-worker/friend C.  It was his birthday.

Knowing that my friend's children are both living several hours drive from him, I realized that he would spend the day alone, unless one or more of his friends stepped up to the plate.

No pun intended, but I stepped up to the plate!  At Red Lobster, where we usually celebrate birthdays together with other friends.  Yes, we had just been there last week, but as I said, this was a special occasion.

C took the bus and wheeled himself to the restaurant.  I drove myself and met him, there.  Unfortunately, our friend M did not join us as she had many times in the past.

You see, M is not well.  She needs much prayer.  Please pray for her, and her family.  Thank you.

In any case, C and I enjoyed a tasty meal and fellowship time, together!  Happy Birthday, C!

I was happy to hear C agree to attend my church's 50+ luncheon the following day.  In the past, he had done so only once or twice, with our friend M. 

Being alone, without many people to befriend him, I believe C needs to attend groups such as this, for he, like everyone, needs fellowship and to create new friendships.  Besides, in my opinion, he needs not just the fellowship with others, but also with my Lord, Jesus Christ!

Being wheel-chair bound, isn't easy.  Life has done an about face for him.  As is what happens for anyone in his shoes, who finds themselves in a situation where they are no longer productive in nature, but looking for healing and persevering, daily.

By the way, I thank you for praying for C... and all those you may know who are in need of healing.  May God bless you.

Well, as I agreed to, on Tuesday evening, I prepared the dish I was to bring for Wednesday's pot-luck luncheon.  Here's what I made:

Lynnie's Rich-style Peroghy's

1 lb. bacon
2 large onions, sliced
1 large bag of frozen peroghys (or make your own!)
1 1/2 to 2 jars of Alfredo sauce

Fry the bacon in a fry pan.  Remove the bacon and wrap in paper towel, etc. Do NOT drain off the grease.

Place half the amount of sliced onions into the frypan, along with half the bag of frozen peroghys.  Fry both, together, until onions are sofened and peroghy's are cooked.  Remove (I use a slotted spoon) from frypan and place in a baking dish, or disposable aluminium baking pan.  Repeat, with the remaining onions and peroghys.

Break up the bacon into pieces and add to the pan of peroghys and onions.

Pour Alfredo sauce over the peroghy's, bacon and onions.  Bake about 350 F for about 30 minutes, or until warmed, thoroughly.

No, this is not a low-calorie meal, but it is a delicious treat!


Until next time...

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Thursday, May 17, 2012


This past Monday was a fairly normal day.  Nothing much happened that was unusual; at least, not until later!

If you've read Life with Lynnie (LwL) for a while, you'll know that the writer's group I belong to, that meet here in Windsor, meets every second (2nd) Monday.  Yup, that was the evening!

Arriving at the Central branch (downtown) of the Windsor Library, I was met by a fellow writer.  He explained that we would not be meeting in the room where we normally gather, in the basement level.

You should know that we are expecting to have to find a new location to meet, because this branch of the library will be moving, soon.  While I am not sure of an exact date, it seems that it is anticipated that this branch will relocate to within the Art Gallery, by the end of this month.

Still, I was shocked that we had been displaced by another group's meeting.  Even so, I followed him, upstairs to the second (2nd) floor.

Upon entering a small glass-enclosed meeting room, large enough only for a few people to meet around a smaller table than before, I sat beside a new person to the group.  We introduced ourselves to each other and our meeting began.

Throughout the meeting, I found myself glancing at this woman, wondering where I've met her, before. 

Before the end of our meeting, this newest person of our group gave someone their e-mail address.  And, spelled her last name.

Be still my heart!

After her conversation ended, I asked if she used to work at the post office.  She replied that she had indeed worked at the post office, many years ago. 

I let her know I worked with her for a short time.  At least 25 years ago!

When I explained the circumstance of my being injured as a letter carrier, with a torn muscle in my back (a few years after the bus collision) and working with her while on light-duty, to revamp all the walks (that's what the post office calles letter carrier routes) in Windsor to make them more efficient, she recalled knowing me.  Especially, when I told her my name, previous to what it is now, since I had remarried.

While I won't discuss it here, this was a time in my life with many trials and troubles.  Recalling me working with this woman brought back some not-so-good memories.  Oh, not due to anything regarding her, for she was actually very nice to me.  I just recalled something that was suggested to me, that ultimately changed my life, when I refused the offer.

Sorry, I can't go into any further detail.  I will say that since then, I've been thinking about that era of my life, including all the brokenness.  And, realizing that God had a purpose, even in that. 

Until next time...

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Love More Than Life Itself...

When I left off yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I had worshipped at Heritage Park Alliance Church and purchased a ticket for a function happening on Friday, there.

From there, I made my way to my own church, Campbell Baptist Church , after dropping by my daughter P's for a moment.  She was still sleeping, so I dropped of my gift to her.

Once again, I enjoyed worshipping at my own church.  I must admit, I truly love worshipping my Lord, Jesus Christ!

Afterwards, I went to the cemetary, and honoured Gordon at his grave, praying for a few minutes to God.

Arriving home, I did what I normally do as soon as I've arrived home.  I got changed and relaxed in my comfy mode!

Of course, I had something to eat, went on Facebook (FB) for a short time and watched some television.  Later, I read my Bible, too.

My telephone rang.  It was my daughter P, asking me if I would be home, because she and some of my family wanted to come visit. 

Of course, I was happy about this!  My friends from Milton, Ontario telephoned me to wish me Happy Mother's Day.  Wow!  I could hardly believe people actually thought about me!

It wasn't long before my telephone rang, once again.  This time, it was P, letting me know she needed to be buzzed into my building.

The first thing I saw when I opened my door was this beautiful potted Mums plant that obscured my view of P.  Along with her, P's boyfriend K and my eldest grandson T, followed her into my home.

We had a lovely visit.  I was truly grateful, for this.

Not just for receiving this beautiful plant, although P knows I love Mums, and will enjoy them even after they die.  Even though I have a black thumb, I like Mums, because they are perennials that can be planted and enjoyed every year, in the garden. 

So, once I have killed them off, I'll plant them at the house P is living in, currently.  And, everyone will enjoy them year, after year!

Truly, I was grateful to have some of my family members actually come and honour, me.  Thank You, Father, for blessing me with my family, whom I love more than life itself.

Here is a pic of my daughter P, with her boyfriend, K and the lovely gift I received from them, on Mother's Day (unfortunately, my eldest grandson T, didn't really want to be photographed that day, so he's not in it); sorry for the flash reflecting in the glass.  As you know, I'm not the world's best photographer!

Thank You, Lord... for blessing me with a wonderful family. 
May God bless each of you, my daughters and grandchildren!

Of course, the person I love most is my Lord, Jesus Christ.  I love God, because He first loved me! 

Until next time...

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

My Lord's & Mother's Day!

Here in Canada, and in USA, this past Sunday was Mother's Day.  In UK and some other countries celebrate Mother's Day during lent.  But, we are different, here.

It may sound unusual to you, but I usually give my daughters a card and a small gift each Mother's Day.  I know, this is truly backwards, but I do it.  After all, they are mothers, too!

As usual, I was prepared and ready for the occasion.

Being up early, I went on FB for a short time, before preparing for church and found my daughter B, had blessed me with a Mother's Day greeting, already.  To be honest, I was shocked she was up that early, but it was heart-warming to read her wishes to me.

Knowing B was up, I called her and let her know I was dropping by on my way to go worship.  We had a short visit, along with one of her sons, J... my grandson!  After visiting and wishing each other Happy Mother's Day, I was off.

From time to time, I worship at other churches, in addition to my own church.  This day was one of those days. 

So, I made my way to Heritage Park Alliance Church where I attended their 9:00 a.m. worship service.  Luckily, I was able to reach the lady I needed to see, to be able to purchase a ticket for an upcoming event that will be happening, Friday.

The worship service was wonderful.  Since they film their services, I asked if they place them on Youtube, and was happy to hear that indeed, they do.  Here is a LINK for you to access the service, if you'd like to see/hear it!

During the service, I couldn't help but think of my deceased husband, Gordon.  A song he loved, was sung.  I love this song too, but whenever I hear or think of it, I always think of him. 

The song was Amazing Love - You Are My King, by Chris Tomlin.  Here is a LINK to the song.  Here are the lyrics:

Amazing Love - You Are My King, by Chris Tomlin

I’m forgiven because You were forsaken,
I’m accepted, You were condemned.
I am alive and well, Your spirit is within me,
Because You died and rose again.
(Repeat x2)

Amazing love,
How can it be
That You, my King, should die for me?
Amazing love,
I know it’s true.
It’s my joy to honor You,
In all I do, I honor You.

I’m forgiven because You were forsaken,
I’m accepted, You were condemned.
I am alive and well, Your spirit is within me,
Because You died and rose again.

(Repeat chorus x2)

You are my King
Jesus You are my King
(Repeat x4)

(Repeat chorus x2)

You are my King
(Repeat x8)

Before I tell you more about my Lord's day worship, I will have to continue, tomorrow.  See you, then!

Until next time...

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Dirty Deed?!

Last Friday morning, I got back into the swing of things.  Meaning, I began my day as I try to do on a regular basis!

Yes.  I went to the YMCA/YWCA (Y) to do my pool exercise.  Afterwards, I did some shopping that I needed to do, before heading home to do what I needed to do for my work and life.

In the afternoon, I knew the water for our building was going to be shut off, due to sewer work being done, outside at the street.  This meant anything I needed to do regarding water, had to be done before shut-off time!

For me, this meant getting dinner ready for me and for my coworker/friend C, who is wheelchair bound.  At the appointed time, off I went to his apartment, where he is staying until he is able to walk, once again.

We did some stuff on the computer and after dinner, watched Wheel of Fortune, before I headed for home. 

By the time I arrived home, I was exhausted.  Instead of doing laundry as I hoped to do, I just relaxed, spent some time reading and on FB and headed to bed, early.

Like a good gal, I got up early Saturday morning.  Once again, I made my way to the Y, to work out in the pool.  This was something I hadn't done on a Saturday for a few weeks. 

Ah, how relaxing!  The trouble is, I am so relaxed when I leave the Y, that I sometimes wish I could just go have a nap!

But, I didn't.  I headed over to Zellers, at Huron Church & Tecumseh Rds.  This store is closing soon; I'm not sure when.

In any case, I shopped until I dropped, finding items I would use for gifts for later in the year, and for Christmas.  Okay.  Laugh!  :)  I'm ahead of the game! 

Besides, anyone who knows me, knows that I truly hate shopping, crowds, etc.  I would rather have everything done ahead of time, so I don't have to do this at Christmas time!

Talk about exercise!  By the time I left the store, I was absolutely worn out!  Arriving home, I didn't even unpack the items.  I took Traumeel, for pain and to help inflammation and then rested my weary body, while reading in my recliner chair.

I even had a short nap, in an effort to reduce the pain I was experiencing.  Thank You, Lord... for giving me relief, so I could function properly, again!

Once I was up and running again, I sorted laundry.  My early evening was spent doing the laundry that was sorted and ready to go.

Wow!  What a thrilling evening, wouldn't you say?  Okay, I'm being sarcastic.  But, what else is a gal to do, when life is lived alone with no one to spend time with?

In any case, I'm grateful to have gotten the dirty deed done.  At least, it's done for a while!

Until next time...

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day!

M... is for Mother, the one who gives birth to us...
O... is for Old-fashioned; her love conquers all...

T... is for Thoughtful, for she will do her utmost for you...

H... is for Heart; gratitude for you fills her heart...

E... is for Everlasting love...

R... is for Resourceful; like Jesus, she'll make a way...

When I think of my mother, I think of a woman who was hard-working and diligent in her effort to raise her family.  I love you, Mom; even if you are no longer with me, here on earth. 

When I think of my children, I pray that God places on their hearts the truth about how much I truly love them.

This Bible verse came to mind, when I thought about the love I have for my mom and for my children:  Numbers 6:24, "The Lord bless thee, and keep thee:"

Happy Mother's Day!

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Saturday, May 12, 2012

Lead Foot Lynnie?!

As I mentioned in yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I had a busy day, Wednesday.

By the time I arrived home, from celebrating my granddaughter A's 2nd birthday, I was absolutely, exhausted.  Worn out, beyond belief!

After completing some preparations for my trip to London, Ontario, which was my agenda for the following morning, I headed to bed.  Believe it or not, I was in bed by 9:00 p.m.!  lol

I'm not sure if my head hit the pillow, before I was asleep.  However, I can tell you that when I awoke to my alarm clock's calling at 3:30 a.m. Thursday morning, I felt rested and ready for the day.  Praise God!  Thank You, Jesus!

Once again, I decided to do double-duty with my daughter P. 

I needed to return to London, to approach other bookstores to offer for sale my book,  Love Never Fails You...   Here's a LINK where you can see a sample of my writing and information on how to obtain a copy.

P needed to go to a hospital in London, once again.  This time, not for her own need, but rather, for the need of her two (2) youngest sons, Z and S.

Thursday morning began well for me.  After preparing to leave, I wondered why I hadn't yet heard from P.  So, I called her.  Both of us were shocked that P's alarm had not gone off!

This meant we were leaving much later than we had originally planned.  Eventually, she arrived at my apartment building, with family in tow.

Enroute, after praying for travelling mercies and more, we made it onto Hwy. # 401.  Staying calm, I prayed that God would provide for us to arrive on time for the first specialist's appointment.

Then, something not-so-great happened.  P had told me in the past, that she had never been forced to leave the highway, due to the police closing it down.

Certainly, this is more common during the winter, usually during a snowstorm.  But, this wasn't the time for such a thing to happen. 

Still, it happened!  Apparently, there had been a police chase during the night.  The car being chased, was eventually stopped, but not before it crashed, toppling over.  Hence, the reason the police had shut this portion of the highway.

Traffic jam happened, of course.  Eventually, we made it back on the highway.  P called the doctor's office and let them know we would be late.

Then, she called me lead foot Lynnie!  Hey!  I know I shouldn't have done so, but I just went with the flow of the traffic, who had also been delayed by the road closure.

All in all, I was thankful it was a productive day, for all of us!  I did all I had planned to do, and more.  P had good results from both Z and S's medical appointments!

Z's tumour in his arm bone, has not grown; he won't need another scan until next year.  S's pediatric heart specialist and her team, decided to wait another year to reconsider surgery on S's heart.

Praise God!  Thank You, Jesus!  For the good results and for providing for all our needs!

Until next time...

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Friday, May 11, 2012

Happy Birthday, A!

Happy 2nd Birthday, A!
(2 candles & one for good luck!)

As you would know if you've read Life with Lynnie (LwL) much in the past, I usually get up fairly early in the morning, weekdays.

Like normal, I got up, got ready, glanced a bit at my newspaper, and prayed.  Then, like a flash, I was off to the YMCA/YWCA (Y), to go do my pool exercise.

By the time I finished my exercise, I was feeling good, but tired.  Even so, on I went, through my daily routine.  I was very, very busy.  In addition to my usual routine, I had extras to do.

Baking a birthday cake, icing and decorating it ever so slightly, wrapping gifts and preparing for Thursday's outing to London and more, just kept me hopping!

Literally.  I felt like I hadn't a moment to spare.  When all was said and done, it was worth every effort I had put into the day's agenda.  I felt blessed.

You see, my granddaughter A's birthday is actually, today.  However, since her family members were not all available to meet today, we decided to meet on Wednesday, instead.

I enjoyed visiting and enjoying dinner together.  Throughout our time, A continuously wanted some birthday cake.  Yes, she had seen it come into the house and could not wait!

 After lighting candles, we sang Happy Birthday to A.  She is now officially, two (2) years old!  I was surprised to see that she enjoyed receiving her presents.  She began playing with one toy she received, right away!

With help from family members, she kept trying to blow out the candles.  Over and over, she blew... or maybe I should say... spit... on the cake, in an effort to close the flames.  lol  What a blessing!

As a group, we decided that I would slice the cake a little differently, than normal.  This was done so that A would receive the portion of cake that had been spit upon. 

Of course, A enjoyed this treat, immensely!  This meant that she had more icing than she normally would have received.

Here's A, enjoying her birthday cake!

Knowing that today was A's official birthdate, I made sure to call her, speak with her, and wish her Happy Birthday!  Thank You, Lord... for my family.  You have truly blessed me!

Until next time...

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Delicious Treat!

If you've read Life with Lynnie (LwL) earlier this week, you would recall that my friend J, that we call B, is back in town and was baptized on Sunday!  My daughter and I both attended his baptism and were glad to be a couple in a huge group of people that wanted to see him.

Well, Tuesday was a very different day for me.  Actually, what I have to say began last week, when B called me and suggested that I join him and two (2) other Christian friends for lunch, at a location near where one of our friends worked.  Of course, I agreed to this!

On Tuesday morning, B called me once again.  It was determined that our two (2) Christian friends could not meet us.  We decided to meet for lunch together without them, to celebrate our friendship! 

However, our location was changed.  B suggested we meet at the Maple Leaf Bar & Grill.  It's really a restaurant that has been frequented for years and is well-known for its breakfasts.

In any case, B and I met there and enjoyed some truly wonderful fellowship time.  Not to mention a wonderful meal, together!  B and I both enjoyed sandwiches.  B had a Reuben and I, a Club House.  B insisted on paying the bill, claiming it was his turn to do so, since I had treated him last fall, the last time we had lunched, together.  Thank you, B!  Our meeting was truly more than a delicious treat!

I can honestly tell you that we never are at a loss of words when we meet.  Like normal, we discussed the Bible.  Even though we don't always see eye-to-eye on some issues, we are strong enough friends to accept our differences.  After all, God did tell us to not let small things divide us, in our Christian experience.  For this, I am truly thankful, Lord!

Of course, we discussed our families, and other life issues.  One thing I realized later, was that even though B was friends a good friend to both Gordon and I, when Gordon was alive, we never discussed him.  That was probably a 'first' for me!

When I was driving home, I felt really tired.

At first, I thought possibly it was because I had overindulged at lunch with B!  But, then I realized I had only slept about four (4) hours.

Oh yes!  It all came flashing back to me! 

On Sunday, after seeing B get baptized, I was only a couple of blocks from an Indigo (book store) location.  Knowing that I wanted to purchase a copy of my newest friend Rosine Nimeh-Mailloux's book, The Madwoman of Bethlehem, I had stopped in and purchased it.  Of course, it can be ordered on-line:

Ever since I had been recently ill, I have felt like I have not fully recovered, when it comes to energy.  Sunday evening, I had been falling asleep in my recliner chair, much too tired to begin reading.  Monday evening was a different story (no pun intended!).

Once I began reading Rosine's novel, I found I had trouble putting it down.

Throughout the entire evening, I continued reading.  After midnight, I decided I should hit the hay, so off I went to get some shut-eye.

That only lasted a few minutes.  Lying in bed, I mean.  I could not sleep, or relax enough to even doze.  Even prayer didn't help.

If you guessed I got up and continued reading, you are right!  In fact, the later it got, and the further I got into the book, the less I wanted to sleep, until I had finished reading it.

Thus, only a few short hours of sleep was my cause of being tired, on Tuesday.  No problem, I thought to myself.  It was worth it to have experienced such a delicious novel treat!

Until next time...

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Decisions, Decisions...

If you've read Life with Lynnie (LwL) for any amount of time, you will realize that my co-worker/friend C, is partially-disabled.  In fact, he is wheelchair bound.

You'll also realize that on a fairly regular basis, I visit him.  Sometimes, just to say 'hi' and other times, to share time and a meal with him, that I've either transported from home, or picked up enroute.

Last Friday was different.  In fact, it was rather like a 'first' for C. 

It is only recently, that C has begun to use public transit, to get around in his motorized wheelchair.  In the past, a friend was assisting him, but this has now changed.  Recently, he crossed town to visit a friend, and another day, he went shopping.

But, Friday was different.  It was the first time he crossed town to take me to lunch.

Even though I explained that I didn't bring him meals so he would do this, C insisted that he take me out to one of our favourite restaurants.  It took me a while to decide on whether or not I should go along with this, but in the end, I realized that C not only also wanted to savour a special lunch, but also wanted to feel he could return the favour.  So, we did it.

We met at Red Lobster

Together, we enjoyed a delicious meal and fabulous fellowship time!  Thank you, C.  Even though it wasn't necessary for you to do this for me, I do appreciate it, friend.

Since I've already told you about some weekend stuff, I thought I'd fast-forward to Monday.  Monday evening, to be exact!

Monday evenings have become busy times for me.  This week, it wasn't a writer's group I met with, but rather I met with my book reading club members. 

We usually meet at a restaurant/coffee shop that is housed on the raised lower level of a church, near the University of Windsor. 

Normally, I arrive just a moment or so before our meeting is scheduled to begin.  This month was different; I arrived about 6:40 p.m.!

Most fellow book readers were in attendance, but there was someone missing.  Our group leader.  In fact, he arrived later than I normally do!  See, good old Murph (of Murphy's Law fame) is alive and well!

The book we had read prior to our meeting was The Giver, by Lois Lowry.

This author's work was very different in nature than most of the works of the past.  While it didn't contain as much sin as some of the books we've read and reviewed, it was a true work of fiction. 

As per normal, I don't like to give away much of the content, because I truly do not want to spoil it for anyone who has yet to read the book.  However, I will say a little about it, and give some opinion.

The focus of this story was basically on a society of another time and place.  Nothing that we can relate to, here and now.  It was said that this book was written for teenagers/young adults, but I never would have guessed this.  It seemed to relate well to everyone, as adults.

Many euphemisms were used to disguise the true meanings of life's issues.  For example, the term Release is used, throughout the work, even though society in general had no idea what this referred to.  The word death, was never used in this society; in fact, it was totally unknown to the masses.

While I found the book itself interesting to read, I am of two (2) minds whether I would recommend young people to read this.  Especially since they are easily influenced.  How be if I leave that decision up to you?!

Until next time...

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

A Great Testimony! & Obedience...

This past Sonday, things were different than normal. 

My usual routine is to go to my own church to worship, and visit Gordon's grave, at the cemetary.  I did neither of these things.

My friend J, who we call B, had been working and living out in western Canada.  He came home to Windsor, a few weeks ago.  B may have an opportunity to go back out west to work, but since his family members have relocated back to this area, he's not sure he will do this.

In any event, even though B has been a believer for many a year, he had never understood the need to be baptized.  However, recently he realized that in order to be obedient to God's Word, he needed to be baptized.  Praise God!  Thank You, Jesus!

And, Sunday, May 6th, 2012 was the day!

B worships at a couple of churches, but mainly at Lakeshore St. Andrews Presbyterian Church (LSA).  This is where he planned on being baptized, at the 9:30 a.m. service.

As you may recall, my daughter B, became a friend of B's on Facebook (FB), and when he was home in Windsor a few months ago, we had a great time during a karaoke evening with him.  Mother, daughter and several other of B's friends.  He had also been a good friend to Gordon and I, long before Gordon died.

Once again, mother and daughter met to spend time with our mutual friend B.  We were both very happy to be able to be there, for his baptism!  Of course, it was really nice being able to introduce my daughter to several friends, also in attendance at this worship service!

B was one of several people being baptized.  I must admit, he gave a great testimony, before being baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit!

What a great thing it is, when people realize that not only does the Bible teach that we are to repent and be baptized, but elect to do so in obedience to God's direction.  Being submerged in a pool of water, confirms dying to self.  Being raised from the water, confirms living for Christ.

I know.  Some people don't agree with baptism in this form.  It's too bad, really.  For the truth is, it is what the Bible teaches.

Some people believe that by christening or baptizing infants brings them into God's family.  But, the truth is, this is false teaching. 

God didn't say to be baptized, and repent at some point in your life.  No.  Rather, He commanded us to repent... and be baptized. 

I am grateful for Acts 2:38, "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." 

Another way of looking at this, is the fact that not only did God command us to do this, in this manner, but His command for us, proves that we need to elect to be baptized in obedience.  Unlike an infant, who has not elected to do anything and their baptism not being their choice to be obedient to God.

What a blessing it was, to support B.  I praise God and thank Jesus that his eyes were opened to God's truth.  And, for electing to be obedient to God's command.

Until next time...

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Monday, May 7, 2012

Strong Enough?

If you read yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, you'll know that we all suffer times when we feel alone, even though in reality, we are not.

I realize that my strength to survive trials in life does not come from within me.  It comes from my Lord, Jesus Christ, who lifts me up, encourages me, and provides for my every need.  Just as He does, you.

Here is a Youtube link to a song I came across recently.  It seems to reflect how I feel about life.  It is entitled Strong Enough, by Matthew West:  Here are the lyrics:

Strong Enough - Matthew West

You must
 You must think I'm strong
 To give me what I'm going through

Well, forgive me
 Forgive me if I'm wrong
 But this looks like more than I can do
 On my own

I know I'm not strong enough to be
 everything that I'm supposed to be
 I give up
 I'm not stong enough
 Hands of mercy won't you cover me
 Lord right now I'm asking you to be
 Strong enough
 Strong enough
 For the both of us

Well, maybe
 Maybe that's the point
 To reach the point of giving up

Cause when I'm finally
 Finally at rock bottom
 Well, that's when I start looking up
 And reaching out

I know I'm not strong enough to be
 Everything that I'm supposed to be
 I give up
 I'm not stong enough
 Hands of mercy won't you cover me
 Lord right now I'm asking you to be
 Strong enough
 Strong enough

Cause I'm broken
 Down to nothing
 But I'm still holding on to the one thing
 You are God
 and you are strong
 When I am weak

I can do all things
 Through Christ who gives me strength
 And I don't have to be
 Strong enough
 Strong enough

I can do all things
 Through Christ who gives me strength
 And I don't have to be
 Strong enough
 Strong enough

Oh, yeah

I know I'm not strong enough to be
 Everything that I'm supposed to be
 I give up
 I'm not stong enough
 Hands of mercy won't you cover me
 Lord right now I'm asking you to be
 Strong enough
 Strong enough
 Strong enough

I cannot make it, alone.  I need Jesus... and am glad He is in my life!

Please don't think that I am complaining, for I am not. I am not looking for pity, or for anyone to feel sorry for me. That's not my intention.

The reason I am writing about this, is so that you, my friend, can see that you are not alone.   You may be going through a trial in your life, that you feel you just cannot handle.  Please understand that I am not strong enough, nor are you strong enough, to make it through this life, alone.

If this is the case, please know that you are not alone.  Jesus is here for you, too!

He's a friend that sticketh closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24).  He also promised to never leave you, nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5).

So friend, don't ever feel you are alone.  The truth is, you're not!

Until next time...

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Sunday, May 6, 2012

I Admit It!

Anyone who is close to me and knows me personally, knows that I have been faced with an impossible situation, over the past few months. At times, I've felt totally alone.

This is not the first time I've felt like this. In the past, I've had many, difficult trials. Some that have even destroyed and/or hurt relationships. I know that it is only by the grace of God, that I have survived. After all, I am only human.

Okay, you may be thinking I am carrying on about nothing, but that isn't the case. I truly mean it. And, if you knew me personally, you would understand.

From time to time, in the midst of any trial, people sometimes feel alone.  I'm no different than anyone else. There are times when I feel alone.

Eventually, reality always settles back into my heart and mind. Sometimes sooner than other times, but it always happens.

I thank God for this, for this is when I realize that I truly am not alone. God is with me, always. Especially, in those times, when it seems that life is impossible.

Here is a video entitled, C.H. Spurgeon - The People's Preacher:  It's not short, but well worth watching.

One thing is for sure. I know that no matter how many trials I have in life or how severe they are, I must admit it. I cannot make it, alone.

From time to time, I have been ridiculed.

When I'm put down, by someone who feels the need to chastise me, I realize that person is usually someone who doesn't truly understand.   Or, possibly does not have the love of Christ in them.

It's okay. I forgive, when I need to. For I know that there are those who just do not understand that there are some of us who suffer in life, more than others.

I need my Lord, Jesus Christ. Without Him, I'm nothing. With Him, I know that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13).

There is more I need to say about this, but it will have to wait until tomorrow.  See you, then!

Until next time...

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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Surprise, Surprise!

If you read yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, you'll know that I wrote about a couple of female Christian authors.

On Wednesday evening, I did something I hadn't before done. Let me explain. Recently, I joined LinkedIn, a business-oriented social networking site. Once again, I must say, I believe I have made a new friend, through this site!

It was shocking to me when I was approached by another female local author, through my newly-acquired networking site.

This female author is Rosine Nimeh-Mailloux, whose latest book is entitled, The Madwoman of Bethlehem. Here is a link to Amazon: She also told me her book is available in bookstores like Indigo and Chapters.

Rosine's first (1st) book is entitled, Mustard and Vinegar.  Here is a link to Amazon:

The reason it was shocking to me, was because she invited me to attend an award dinner meeting at the Caboto Club, here in Windsor, even though we had never before met.

The group she is a member of, who sponsored the award meeting was the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW). The people receiving the awards, were elementary school children who had won competitions for poetry-writing.

Dinner was wonderful, as it always is at the Caboto Club.  But, it was even more special than normal, due to being seated with another person of importance to me.

A young fellow, who won one of the poetry awards, his teacher and his parents were seated at the table that Rosine, her husband and I, shared.  After quick introductions, the mother spoke up, claiming she knew me.  Well, sort of.

Yes, this mom looked familiar, but in the beginning I couldn't recall from where.  Neither could she, at first.  Then, she explained she is a nurse and had taken care of my now deceased husband, Gordon, when he had been hospitalized a few months before he died.

Be still my heart.  As soon as she reminded me of a conversation we had, I recalled her, too.

While the evening was great, I was once again reminded of the grief I have desperately been trying to leave behind.  Of course, God provided for me, emotionally as well as financially.

As I was preparing to leave, a generous soul approached me to purchase a copy of Love Never Fails You...   It was my hostess' husband.  Even though I insisted he didn't need to purchase a copy (I was prepared to give him one), he insisted on paying for it.

Rosine asked me to join CFUW, but suggested I might want to attend another couple of regular meetings, to see if I feel I fit in.  I plan on doing this.

All in all, it was an amazing evening!  Thank You, Lord!

Until next time...

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Friday, May 4, 2012

Christian Female Authors!

If you read yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, you'll know that I visited and took my now disabled, co-worker/friend C, dinner.

After I left his apartment, I drove about a block and a half, to the Central (downtown, main) branch of the Windsor Public Library.  If you've been reading LwL for a while, you'll know that every second (2nd) Monday evening, I meet with a writers' group, there.

This group is a little different than the Leamington group I am also a member of.  With the Windsor group, we do more critiquing of our written work. 

At this meeting, we don't always have the same people in attendance, but some of the regulars were there.  In addition, we had a new writer join us.

It only took a few minutes for she and I to realize we were both Christian.  Joyce Bell, was this fellow Christian writer, who authored Verses to the King of Kings.  Here is a link to Amazon:

Sitting next to each other, we chatted in whispered voices, whenever we had time available to do so.  We both agreed that we wished there was a Christian writers' group, available.  I believe I made a new friend, Monday evening!

In any case, it was a good meeting.  I enjoyed it!

Also, while I'm on the topic of female Christian authors, I would like to mention that a Facebook (FB) friend of mine, Sharon Sanchez has just released her first publication, entitled Blessed With A Second Chance.  Here is a link to Amazon:

I've read Sharon's book and can tell you that she has quite a testimony!

It amazes me that since writing Love Never Fails You...  a few months ago, I have met so many female authors! 

By the way, here is a link to my book on Amazon:   Or, you are welcome to check out where you will be able to watch a Youtube video and find out more info about Love Never Fails You... and read a sample of my writing.

Believe it or not, I met another female local author this week.  I will have to wait until tomorrow to tell you about it.

Until next time...

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