Saturday, June 30, 2012


As previously arranged by my church sister W, a few church sisters and I met at W's home for lunch, this past Wednesday.

If you've been a long time reader of Life with Lynnie (LwL), you'll know that this is not something I do, often. 

Actually, this week was supposed to be a time when I was supposed to have a few ladies join me for a time of fellowship in my pool and a BBQ.  However, this didn't take place, because one of my friends that was to join me, got sick after eating something she was allergic to.  No sunshine for her, at the moment!

I was truly thankful to have been invited to W's.  This is not something she does often, either!  Hosting a luncheon, I mean.

Each of us arrived, dish in hand.  W already had what she had told us she was preparing for our meal, so what we brought added to the menu.

Together, we enjoyed a blessed time of fellowship, in addition to a tasty meal.  Thank you, W.  I enjoyed myself, immensely, as I'm sure our friends did, also.

Afterwards, W led us to her familyroom.  We each took a seat where we could watch a DVD she planned to show us.

To be honest, I do not know the name of the play, that was recorded on the DVD.  Hopefully, soon I will, because I asked her to order me three (3) copies.

What was recorded?

Well, W's son N is a writer.  In fact, he led my writer's group that used to meet at my church.  At least, until he and his wife moved to Chatham, about an hour's drive from where we live, in Windsor.

N wrote a play.  The play was acted out at his church.  And, the event was recorded.

I must honour N, by saying that he did a wonderful job.  Writing, editing, producing (along with the pastor and music leader) and directing.  Not to mention that he, himself, played the lead roll.

Hmmm... I'm tempted to tell you what the play was about, where it took place and more.  However, I don't want to ruin it for you, if in fact this play makes a name for itself in the Christian community.  So, for now, I must keep this a secret.  Shhh...

Kudos to you, N!  May God bless you for the work you did for Him!

Tempted.  This reminds me of a Bible verse.  James 1:13, "Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:" 

One thing I am grateful for, is the fact that God, in His word has shown me that whenever I am tempted, it is not from Him.  It is indeed from the evil one, and not my Lord.

Are you tempted?  Do you know God's Word? 

If you don't make a habit of reading the Bible, I would suggest you do.  If you never have read His Word, I would suggest you begin reading in the New Testament.  This is the covenant God made for you, and I.

May you be blessed, friend.

Until next time...

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Friday, June 29, 2012


If you've been a reader of Life with Lynnie (LwL) for a while, you'll know that every second Monday, I usually attend my writer's group, here in Windsor.

This past Monday, was the scheduled day.

Also, if you've been reading LwL, I tend to go visit my newly retired working partner/friend C, who has been wheelchair bound for several months, now.  When I visit, I usually bring dinner with me; either homemade, or I pick up some take out and bring it with me.

Last weekend, I contacted C and let him know that I wouldn't be visiting him, nor bringing dinner, last Monday.  As well, I notified my writer's group that I wouldn't be attending that evening, either.

It wasn't due to any problem between us.  Rather, it was because it was a special day, or maybe I should say evening.  This past Monday evening was fireworks night!

Every year, usually near the end of June, both Windsor, ON, Canada and Detroit, MI, USA celebrates with fireworks.  It is one of the largest displays of fireworks, in North America.  For more information, click on this LINK.

 Here is a pic from the fireworks on the Detroit River!
Yes, those dots in the foreground are people, in massive numbers.

Now some people might think that I would have had plenty of time to have gotten downtown and home again, before the fireworks began.  However, knowing that the City of Windsor, closes down some of the downtown streets about 5:00 p.m., I didn't want to take any chances.

Besides, years earlier, I learned the hard way that getting stuck in traffic, on our city streets, when people are looking for parking spaces, as early as the times I just mentioned, isn't fun.  In fact, the last time I did this, I was stuck for a couple of hours.

Years ago, it was a fun time, when I took my family went down to the river for the fireworks celebration.  Still, it was the same thing, parking snarl-ups, as drivers try find parking spots, as close as they can! 

Traffic tie-ups at dinner time, right up to late at night, after the display ended.  We usually went to the river's edge about suppertime, just as people still do, today.

As you can tell, I gained much wisdom and insight into that situation, a long time ago!

This reminded me of James 1:5, "If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men liberally, and reproaches not; and it shall be given him." 

Yes, I could say that the wisdom I had was due to past experience.  However, I no longer rely on myself and my past experiences, when I make decisions.

Now, I rely on God.  He is in control.  He knows best.  He is the one who has all the knowledge and wisdom.  He loves me and has my best interests at heart.  Yes, it's all about Him.  Not me!

Until next time...

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

For Us?!

If you've been a reader of Life with Lynnie (LwL) for any length of time, you'll know that I not only am partially-disabled, due to injuries from long ago, but I also have Fibromyalgia (FM) and a rare form of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), called Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS).

What some people don't know about me, is that many years ago, an Orthopedic Specialist ordered a series of three (3) Cortisone Blocks (CB) to be done on me to help bring down the massive inflammation in my back; each a week apart.  At this time, it was not yet known that I had AS, but it was soon to be determined.

At this time, I will not go into detail about how sick I was after each treatment, but I will say that after the last treatment, my eye swelled and I was blind for several weeks.  In fact, I almost lost my eye.

Since then, I've had repeated flare-ups that brought on dangerous times for my eye.  Not just for my vision, but truly for my eye.

Having Iritis, a sub-condition of AS, has been a real trial in my life. When inflammation rises, the Iritis brings on Glaucoma; Secondary Glaucoma, actually.  Here is a LINK for more information, if you'd like to read about it.

Yes, it seems one condition leads to another, and another.

Even when the inflammation has been under control, there have been times when a flare-up occurred without any warning.  Like one time, when Gordon and I flew out west in USA. 

Within a few hours of arriving, my eye flared up, and we had to forget staying on our trip.  We had to buy last minute airfare to fly home, so I could see my eye specialist.

I'm thankful that Gordon was still alive, when I had eye surgery in London, Ontario.  The surgeon not only gave me a lens transplant, but tried to correct some of the damage to my eye, caused by not just the eye condition, but also the drugs meant to help. 

God knew that I couldn't have gotten through that without Gordon and Him.  There I go again, feeling some grief.  Oh well, life goes on.

When I think about how much I've been through, I cannot help but thank God.  Where would I be without Him? 

This brought to mind Romans 8:31, "What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?"

Life is hard, but God is good. 

People can hurt us.  And will, from time to time.  But, God is always for us.  When we have become one of His children, he only has our best interest at heart.  For this, I am truly thankful.

Until next time...

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

J's Graduation!

Last Thursday evening was a special one.  Truly special. 

Not just for me!  Also, for my daughter B, and my grandson J, who was graduating from Grade 8. 

My instructions were to meet at St. Anne's Catholic church, in the town of Tecumseh, about 5:30 p.m.  I got there on time.

The crowd was enormous!  While I managed to find a place to park, in the overflowing parking lot, I didn't see my family.

Inside I went.  Looking around, I realized that if I didn't find a seat soon, I probably wouldn't find one, at all!  The sanctuary was almost full.  And, the ceremony wasn't due to start until 6:00 p.m.

After enquiring at several locations, I finally found one (1) seat.  That's right!  I couldn't find enough available seats for the rest of my family, who were to meet me, there.

J's school obviously had several Grade 8 classes, for there three (3) teachers, in addition to the Principal and Vice-Principal. 

Eventually, I saw my daughter B, J and a close friend walk into the sanctuary.  B and her friend managed to obtain a seat at the very back, where ushers had added extra chairs.  J returned to the hallway, where his peers were awaiting instructions to join us.

When the ceremony began, J was one of the first three (3) students to speak at the podium.  He did a great job!  I'm proud of you, J!

It never ceases to amaze me that these days, young people dress in such a way that it would break the bank. 

B had previously rented tuxedos for my other grandsons, when they graduated from grade school.  This time, she did so again.  With a bit of a different twist. 

J wanted to be different.  He wanted to stand out from the crowd.  He wanted his tux to be white!

One thing I was sad about, was that I forgot my camera at home.  I couldn't believe I had done this, but I had.  I was glad B was able to take some great shots!

While I have a wonderful photo of J in his white tux, surrounded by a group of his friends, dressed in black suits or tuxedos, I feel I cannot post it.  Usually, before I post a pic, I ask for permission from people in the photo.  In this case, I wasn't able to.

So instead, I will show you this lovely photo:

My daughter B, and my grandson J, looking rather spiffy!

One thing that surprised me was how long the graduation ceremony was.  By the time I exited the sanctuary, it was well over (3) hours that I had been there!

However, it was such a blessing, to be able to see my grandson graduate! 

Afterwards, the graduates were having a dinner and dance, in the church hall.  B had to go pick up my granddaughter, so I headed home.

What a joyous occasion!  I couldn't help but recall my own graduation dance, when I graduated from Grade 8... and the fellow who escorted me.  Those memories, just don't seem to leave. 

Hopefully, J will recall with joy his memory of this special time in his life, too! 

Speaking of joy!  It's with a joyous heart, filled with thankfulness, that I praise God and thank Jesus that I could be there, that evening.  But, I am also joyously thankful that it was part of God's plan for J's life, as well as mine!

This reminded me of Psalm 47:1, "O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph." 

Even though this verse is directed not to situations like the occasion of celebration that evening, and even though I realize it is meant to give God honour, it seems to relate well to the circumstance enjoyed.  After all, not only did J triumph, by graduating, but God is leading my grandson, guiding him into another era of his life.

Congratulations, J.  Always remember that Jesus loves you, and so do I!

Until next time...

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

3 Strikes! But, Not Out!

After having such good quality time with my daughter and family throughout the week before last, I must say that last Monday was a disaster.

I've said it before in other entries of Life with Lynnie (LwL) and I'll say it again, that it seems whenever I do stuff for God, the enemy strikes out at me.  Yup.  Satan did his best, one week ago today, but he didn't win!

Last Monday began with me getting up extra early, so I could go and do a good deed for someone across town.

Please realize that I am not in the habit of being up and running quite that early, so I set not only my bedside alarm clock, but also the alarm on my cell phone.  Didn't want to have something go wrong!

Well, something did go wrong. 

Even though I left in more than enough time to make the trip cross town, I got caught up in a traffic jam.  What?  In Windsor, you say?  Yes, you can be as shocked as I was!

I called the person I was to do the good deed for, to let them know that I was being a few minutes delayed.  They weren't happy.  Then, the worst happened.  Traffic stopped, once again! 

This time, when I called, the person was truly angry with me!  Be still my heart!  Oh well, nothing I could do. 

Eventually, I made it!  All was well that ended well.  Or, so I thought.

After crossing town once again, I made my way to Red Lobster, where I was to meet two (2) friends for lunch.  I looked forward to this! 

Instead of going well, this turned out to be a disaster, too.

Okay, I realize that when people think of disabilities, they usually think with regards to legs and walking.  Yes, I have some limitations in that respect, but my biggest problem in restaurants is my eye problem.

Most people don't think about an eye issue as being a problem, but to me, it is.  When I am seated at a restaurant, I must make sure that the lighting is right for me, or else I am at risk for further damage to my eye.  And, believe me, this is not something I want!

In any case, I sat waiting for my friends.  Then, a wait person let me know they were seated at the back, waiting for me.

When I approached them, they wanted to remain seated there.  I was hurt.  And, upset.  Because we had sat there once before, and it was horrible for my eye.  At the time, I had commented that I would not want to sit there, again.  In this moment, I reminded them of this.

But, there they were.  Not willing to move to the table that was suitable for me.  So, I took out from my purse, the coupon I was going to use, handed it to them, and said my goodbyes, reminding them that I could not sit there. 

Strike three (3) came, that evening.  Someone I had done something nice for, posted a remark directed towards me, thankfully without mentioning my name, that wasn't quite so nice.

Ah, Lord!  Life sure can be hard.  But, God... You are so-o good!  Those three (3) strikes may have been hurtful to me, but I was not devastated.

I truly will suffer anything for You.  Yes, I know that You truly love me.  For this, I am and will be eternally grateful.

You loved me, even before I became born-again.  You loved me and provided, in so many of life's difficult circumstances.  You loved me, even when I didn't always think You were there, with me and for me.

The love of this world, cannot be compared in any way to the love God has for us!

He told us to love others, too. 

In John 13:34-35, we are told, "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

Okay.  That rather unloving day wasn't easy to deal with, but You sure made a way for me to deal with it, even so.  Thank You, Lord!

Yes, I forgave all who hurt me that day.  And, moved on. 

Still, I am grateful that God is in control of all things, and that He has removed the scales from my eyes, to see Him working daily, in my life.

Friend, if you are not yet saved, you need to be.  There is no other way to heaven.  So, don't be misled into thinking otherwise.

Until next time...

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Whose Will?

While I am sorry for being so far behind in writing about the evening of Saturday, June 16th, it just goes to show that there's been much to write about!

If you've been reading recent entries in Life with Lynnie (LwL), you'll be aware that my daughter B and I participated at the Guardian Storage Annual Garage Sale!

After leaving the garage sale, we drove to B's home.  With help, we got both our vans unloaded from all B's things.  Mine stayed with me and I returned home, where I unloaded tables I took with me that we both used, plus Gordon's golf clubs/bag/cart set, bringing everything back into my apartment.

I am sure you can imagine that by this time, I was absolutely exhausted!

Even so, I got changed and went to the pool.  Not to exercise at that time, but rather, to cool off, just play around in the pool and generally just relax.

Relaxation for me continued, when I returned to my apartment.  I laid down for about 20 minutes or so.  Ah, it felt good!  The evening wasn't going to be relaxation time of that sort though.

B had let me know that at the church she had begun worshipping at, Lakeshore St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church ( was going to be showing a movie that night.  We had, previous to our busy day, agreed to attend together, along with some of B's family.  Unfortunately, my daughter P and her family were not able to make it.

The movie we were to see was Courageous.  Here's a LINK if you'd like to read about it.  Here's a LINK to it's movie trailer; I'm sure you'll enjoy it!

If you've been reading LwL for a while, you'll know that previously, I took B's son J with me to see this movie.  Personally, I think it is one of the best movies I've seen in a long time!

And, I was not alone in this thinking.  My grandson J was so excited to be able to see it, again!  What a blessing!

B brought two (2) of her sons and her daughter, with her.  We met at the church to watch the movie and enjoy time of fellowship, together.  B thought there was childcare available for A, but it turned out there wasn't.

Since I had seen this movie twice before, I decided to watch my granddaughter A, while B and family watched the movie.  A and I went to the gym, where we played for a while.

A woman working in the kitchen came into the gym and suggested I leave A with her for a while, so I could join my family.  I let her know this wasn't necessary, but she insisted.

Off I went, at least for a little while.

Eventually, this woman of God contacted B and I.  She was tired out.  This wasn't a surprise for me, for almost all my grandchildren are hyperactive, like their mom... my daughter.

Being tired myself, I suggested to B that she place A into her car seat and give me her keys, so I could take A for a drive, as she likes to do.  For me, this would truly be a rest, for I wouldn't have to be running after her and we could spend time, together.

That's exactly what happened.  I arrived back at the church, within a few minutes after the movie ending.

God's timing is always perfect.  And, He always seems to make a way where there isn't one.  Especially when it is His will.  For His will is always done!

Haven't we prayed for this?  Of course we have! 

Remember, even if you weren't yet saved, as long as you attended a mainstream church, chances are you memorized The Lord's Prayer.  And, I'm sure you recited it.  If not in church, and if you were in school prior to when prayer was removed, I know that you recited it, there... at school.

In Matthew 6:9-13, Jesus told us how to pray saying, "...Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen."

Yes, we prayed (in verse 10)... Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Well, I praise God that He provided for me, in His will, for as I said, His will is always done.  And, it was done that evening, when some of my family got to see a movie, about what a Christian man's life should be like, and a woman's too.

Now, all I need to do, is pray for each of my loved ones, and friends, too.  Yes, friend.  I even pray for you.

Until next time...

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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Blessings and Beyond!

This morning I awoke before my alarm went off.  Even so, I just laid in bed, thinking about life.

Eventually, I urged myself to get up and moving.  lol  As you know, there are times when this isn't the easiest thing to do, but I did it!  And, I even had some breakfast!

Actually, I'm shocked that I had a proper breakfast, for most often, I do not.  However, yesterday I broke away from my normal habits, and made some blueberry pancakes.

Even though I cut the recipe in half, there were too many pancakes for this lady to feast upon.  So, yesterday morning, I placed half of them on a plate and refrigerated them, until this morning.

Some people call this leftovers.  Me?  I call them instant replays!  And, believe me, they were mmmm... good!

As you know, today is my Lord's day.  Sonday.  The day when I go worship God.

Normally, I go worship at my church, across town, on the other side of Windsor.  Today, was different.  I didn't drive through downtown to over near the Ambassador Bridge to USA.

Instead, I left home earlier than normal.  I wasn't sure how long it would take me to drive where I was going, but I estimated about 45 minutes.

Driving in the opposite direction, heading in a south-easterly direction, I made my way to a church where my friends had invited me to attend.  Cottam Baptist Church.  In Cottam, of course!

Was I ever glad I left early, for it took me all of the whole 45 minutes to drive there!

Even so, I was glad I was able to make it.  My friends had invited me, because today was the day they were becoming members of this church group.

And, in addition, there were two (2) baptisms today, as well! 

What a blessing it was, to see this small church filled with so many people.  Friends and family of those who were celebrating today, filled the sanctuary.  People, like me!

The pastor's message was absolutely wonderful.  It always makes me feel good when I listen to a preacher who includes a gospel message.  Especially, since these days, not all do this.

Afterwards, together we shared a meal upstairs in their fellowship area.  What a feast this turned out to be!  Delicious to say the least. 

But, also great fellowship took place.  Not just with my friends, but also with their friends and family... and their new church family.

Thank you, J & J!  I appreciated worshipping our Lord together, once again.  It had certainly been a while.  Thank you for the wonderful meal, and time of fellowship, too!  When I say I felt blessed, I truly mean it!

Just before we were to part ways, a friend of theirs came to sit with us for a few minutes.  This fellow sister-in-the-Lord, not only welcomed me, but when she found out I had written a book, Love Never Fails You... ( she insisted she had to have not just one (1) copy of it, but instead, she wanted two (2) copies.  One for herself and one for a friend.

Be still my heart.  This has never before happened to me at a church.  Anywhere!  Not to mention being our Lord's day.

Even so, she insisted.  And, since I had copies in my vehicle, I made sure she received them, before I left.

Yes, God had surely blessed me, today.  With good friends, good food, and good fellowship.  Blessings, beyond what I thought was possible.

This reminded me of a passage in Deuteronomy 7, verses 11-13, "Thou shalt therefore keep the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which I command thee this day, to do them. Wherefore it shall come to pass, if ye hearken to these judgments, and keep, and do them, that the Lord thy God shall keep unto thee the covenant and the mercy which he sware unto thy fathers:  And he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee... "

No, I haven't been perfect.  I have made a lot of mistakes in life.  But, God has been with me, all the way.  He loved me, throughout all the good and not-so-good times in my life.  He guided me.  He saved me.  And, He is sanctifying me.  And as I am being slowly conformed into the image of His Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ, He is blessing me.  In so many ways...

If you do not yet know Jesus as your Lord, and Saviour, I ask that you do so, now.  Today.  We are never guaranteed tomorrow.  Your future depends upon it!

And, when you do, I know you also will be blessed!

Until next time...

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Before We Ask?!

Those of you who have been reading recent entries in Life with Lynnie (LwL) know that last Saturday, my daughter B and I participated in a Garage Sale, at Guardian Storage, here in Windsor.

Thank you to you, my friends, who messaged and/or e-mailed me asking how it went.  I'm happy to say that it went well!

As I mentioned previously, two (2) vans full of stuff was taken to the site last Friday, and then B brought another van full, last Saturday.  This made a total of three (3) vans full.

Throughout the day, I prayed that B would sell much.  And, she did!  For this I praise God and thank Jesus!

Not just because of the income she generated, but also because I hoped we would not have to make multiple trips back to her home with her inventory!

And, I am so very thankful God answered my prayer in a positive way! 

We knew we had to be gone from the property by 4:00 p.m.  However, about 2:00 p.m. it seemed that there were very vew people on the property.  Other vendors began packing up and leaving.  So, we decided to do the same.

As for me?  Well, only one (1) person even looked at Gordon's golf set, bag and cart and never even discussed a price.  So, I'm sorry to say, I had to take it home with me, again. 

This is a problem for me, because every time I look at it, I think of him.  And, how he stopped golfing after I was injured in the bus collision so many years ago.  Since that time, I think I can count on one hand the number of times he golfed. 

I recall Gordon telling me that whenever he was out on a golf course, it would upset him thinking of how we used to do this together.  But, my injuries left me unable to golf, or do much physically that I had been used to doing prior to being hurt.  Whenever I suggested he golf, he would tell me he no longer wanted to do this, because I couldn't golf with him.

Even though it breaks my heart to know I have to either sell them, or find someone to give them to, I know I must do this.

As for my book, Love Never Fails You... , well it's enough to say that God blessed me with sales, that day!  Thank You, Lord!

As I said, we began packing up about 2:00 p.m. or slightly after.  Both our vehicles were packed solidly, but we managed to get everything stowed away! 

No third (3rd) filled vehicle!  God blessed B with enough sales that in essence she sold off the equivalent volume of one (1) filled van.  Again, thank You, Lord!

Yes, we gave thanks then.  And, I give thanks, now!

God always seems to know what we need.  And, if we are tuned-in to Him, we recognize that He helps and provides for us.

Matthew 6:8 reminds us, "Don't be like them, because your Father knows what you need before you ask him."  Amen, this is absolutely the truth! 

He knows what our needs are.  And, when we belong to Him, he provides for all our needs as He promised.  For this, I'll be eternally grateful!

So, my question to you is... do you belong to Him

I hope so!  But, if you don't yet, or if you're not sure, you can know and be sure.  Acts 16:31 tells us to believe on the Lord, Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved!  Believe/trust in Him, friend!

Until next time...

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Guardian Storage Garage Sale!

For the last couple of days, I've been writing in Life with Lynnie (LwL) about last week's physical trials, and what I was doing.  If you've been reading, you'll know that my daughter B and I both loaded up our vans and transported items to be sold at Guardian Storage's Garage Sale.

Last Saturday was the actual day of the Guardian Storage Garage Sale

Since the opening time of the sale was scheduled for 8:00 a.m., B and I met there before the opening.  Since B had once again loaded up her van with things, we unloaded and set up her items for sale.

The only items I had with me for sale, was Gordon's golf clubs, bag and cart set, as well as copies of my book, Love Never Fails You...

W, the Guardian Storage representative, had originally asked everyone to park in a fenced, grassy area.  But, after some discussion about my knee problem, we both agreed that one wrong step on uneven ground might lead to re-injury. 

W showed great kindness to me, by allowing me to park on the paved area, along side the curb, which was opposite where our unit was located.  Thank you, W!  I was and still am truly grateful for your kindness to me!

Upon opening to the public, people flooded through the newly opened gate.

Some immediately began looking for items to purchase.  Some made their way to the food area set up towards the back of the garage area.

W came around in a vehicle that reminded me of a motorized golf cart!  Once again she was very kind to me, providing me a ride to the food area, where Tim Horton's coffee and TimBits (miniature donuts, resembling donut holes) were being distributed, free to all.  Together, we rode back again up to the front area, where my garage unit was located.

Once again, I must thank W for all her kindness towards me.  I praise God and thank Jesus for you, W.  May God bless you!

Here are some pics of the day:

B standing in the midst of the garage sale items!

W standing between the riding cart and the food area.

Some other sellers with their wares!

More sellers' items near the entrance.

Around 11:30 a.m., people began heading down towards the food area, once again.  This time, for beverages, water and free BBQ'd hot dogs!

What a great thing to do for people! 

Thank you Guardian Storage, for not only providing the location for a wonderful garage sale, but for supplying food, beverages and more to all who participated, whether as sellers, buyers or browsers!

Yes, they supplied all our needs for the day.  Kind of like how God does.  Just as He promised.

In Philippians 4:19, we are told, "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus."  Thank You Father, for loving me so much that you supply all my need, regularly.  I believe I'm truly blessed!

Until next time...

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Sufficient Grace!

When I left off in yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I mentioned that I was able to get Gordon's golf clubs, bag and cart up to my apartment, last Thursday.

Of course, they couldn't stay there!

On Friday, I was scheduled to go to Guardian Storage, where they were preparing for an annual Garage Sale, the following day, Saturday.

I had arranged to use one of their vacant units and participate in the Garage Sale. 

Both my daughters were invited to accompany me, but only B agreed to participate.  So, on Friday, I loaded copies of my book Love Never Fails You... into my van.  I also loaded Gordon's golfing items, too.

Phew!  What a chore!  Especially for someone with health and pain concerns!

Then, I went to my daughter B's home.  She had loaded up her van with baby items and other things that she planned to offer at the garage sale.  However, she had more items than she could fit into her van. 

We loaded up mine, with all we could it in, and off we went.  But, in order to place B's things into my van, it meant having to once again lift Gordon's golf equipment out of my van, and back in again, later.

In the heat, it was quite a chore!

Upon arriving, we checked in at the office.  We were given a unit close to the office and an interior roadway curb, so it was easy to park and unload.  At least comparitively speaking!  I thanked W and the others in the office, praised God and thanked Jesus!

After unloading, we sorted out the unit, preparing it partially for the sale to come.

Yes, I was exhausted, once again!  But, God is so good to me.  He always seems to provide me with the grace I need to get through.  Thank You, Lord!

This reminds me of 2 Corinthians 12:9, "And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather boast in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me." 

God's grace is always present with His children.  He never allows us to fall, unless it is part of His plan for our lives.  He blesses us with His grace, always...   For this, I am and will be eternally grateful!

Of course, His grace didn't end last Friday, but continued on into and throughout Saturday, the day of Guardian Storage's Garage Sale.  And, this entry will have to be continued, tomorrow.  Thank you for your patience.  See you, tomorrow!

Until next time...

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

What An Accomplishment!

If you've been a reader of Life with Lynnie (LwL) for any length of time, you'll be aware that I am partially-disabled.  And, in addition, I have other ailments that contribute to me suffering with chronic pain.

Last week or two (2) has been rather physical for me.  This translates to pain.  More pain!

To be honest, I really needed to get some things cleared out of my home, so I packed them up and took them to my daughter B's home a couple of weeks ago.  She was having a yard sale weekend and I thought it might be good to add to her collection of items for sale.

However, packing and lifting isn't easy for me.  Oh, the pain!  But, I survived.  Thank You, Lord for helping me!

Then, I decided last week to dispose of my deceased husband Gordon's golf clubs, bag and cart. 

Last year I thought about doing this, but I just couldn't bring myself to do it.  Consequently, they were still downstairs in my apartment building's basement storage locker.

This year, I decided they had to go. 

Not just because I felt ready to dispose of Gordon's things, but also because I knew I needed the room in my locker.  Still, I am grateful that God's timing is always perfect, for He helped me be ready this year.

Last Thursday, I packed up boxes that needed to go downstairs into my basement locker. 

Down in the elevator I went.  Not to the basement.  You see, when my building was built, the City of Windsor didn't approve of an elevator going down to the basement level.

At the time it was built, my building was and still is, the only building on the water side of Riverside Drive. 

While I cannot say for sure, I imagine that due to being located on the edge of the Detroit River, they weren't sure if flooding would happen.  I truly cannot think of any other reason why the elevator system would only work up from the entrance level and not downstairs.

In any case, the hallway leading to the stairwell I needed to access, has a handful of stairs I had to climb, with the boxes I was carrying.  Then, as I approached the stairwell, I had to go down the same number of stairs, to reach the entrance door to the basement.

Going downstairs sounds easy.  Well, for some people it might be, but for me with physical challenges due to knee and other problems, it wasn't.  Especially since there is an extra-long staircase (about 30 stairs!) to conquer.

Arriving at my locker, I thanked God for helping me.

Then, I went to unlock the unit.  Oops... I had forgotten the key in my apartment, for it was still on Gordon's key ring.

Back upstairs, I went.  Then, down once more. 

By the time I arrived at the locker and unlocked the unit, I was already exhausted!  Even so, I continued in my endeavour, eventually unpacking what I needed to take upstairs, and packing away the boxes I had brought with me.

When I say I prayed, I truly mean it!  Being alone, and without help, I made my way to the staircase.  Prayer continued every step of the way. 

Reaching the top of the staircase, I closed the basement door, and climbed the handful of stairs leading to the hallway; then, before reaching the elevator, I thanked God for helping me down the handful of stairs.  What an accomplishment!

By the time I arrived in my apartment, I felt physically drained.  Even so, I praised God and thanked Jesus for helping me and for answering my prayer in a positive way.

This reminded me of a Bible verse.  Isaiah 43:19 tells us, " Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert."

It seems He always makes a way where there isn't one. At least, for me!  He gave me strength and ability to do what I needed to do.  For this, I am truly grateful!  After all, there was no one else to help me.

As like some other times, there is more I would like to say, but it will have to wait until tomorrow.

Until next time...

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Congratulations J & T!

Mid week, last week, I received some startling news.

While the news was shocking, it was also good news that I expected would happen one day.  Even though I would have preferred receiving a phone call to notify me, just hearing this brought on many thoughts.

My eldest grandson, B's oldest son, is getting married.  That's right, T became engaged! 

At first, I met his fiance online on Facebook (FB), but recently, I met her in person.  J seems like a lovely young woman.  And, it appears she is truly in love with T.

To begin with, I had some concerns.  After all, T and J have not known each other very long.  This truly was a concern to me. 

After all, I believe this is how I made a very serious mistake in my life, many years ago.  Not knowing well the person I married, when I was young.

I love my grandson and wouldn't want him to make any mistakes in life.  Especially one as serious as marriage.

This doesn't mean that I don't believe that people can't fall in love, within a short time of meeting each other.  Of course, this can happen! 

My concern was more to do with the question as to whether this is true love.  Or, is it not?

Last weekend, I discussed this issue with my grandson.  T assured me that this was not a lustfull situation.  He let me know that even though they haven't known each other long, as adults, they truly have known each other a long time.

It turns out that T and J knew each other from the time they were in first grade at J.E. Benson P.S., here in Windsor.

Yes, they were in each other's class year after year.  And, due to both requiring some extra help in school, they even attended those special classes, together.

About the time he became a teenager, T moved away and no longer lived in the area.  They lost contact.  Until recently.

T happened to be sitting outside on the steps of the house where he and some of my family are living, on Windsor's west side, not far from the University of Windsor.  He saw J walk by on the sidewalk and called out to her.  The rest is history, as they say!

They renewed their relationship and began spending much time, together.

When she was a child, J apparently attended many children's programmes at the church I worship at and realizes the seriousness of marriage.  She also made this clear to T. 

In addition, J let all our family know that she still had photos of T, from all the years they had known each other, as children.  Not just school pics either, but also pics of T from every birthday party of hers he had been invited to, even as children.  Apparently, she had never let go of them.

The best thing I heard from each of them, is the fact that she had always had a secret crush on T.  And, T felt the same way; he had always had a crush on J.

T told me that he was grateful that God had placed him there, that day.  The day that he saw J walk by the house. 

He said that even though he wasn't happy about some issues of his life, he was grateful that God made it so that J would come back into his life.  He believes it was all part of God's plan for his life.

Ah, love...  I thank my Lord, for bringing these two lovebirds together, once again.  And, I pray that it is His will and plan that they marry and live the rest of their lives, together.

This reminded me of another Bible verse that is important to me.  Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

How grateful I am that God has provided for me, for you, and for all who believe on our Lord, Jesus Christ.  How grateful I am that His plan is always for our good, and not to harm us in any way.  What a blessing this is!

And, to have my grandson realize that God played a part in bringing him and J together... well, I can only say it was the icing on the cake.  Every time I recall T telling me this, tears well up in my eyes and I feel like my heart will burst, with gratitude to God!

Congratulations, J & T!  May God bless you, always... and be the third (3rd) person, in your marriage.

Until next time...

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Perfect Love...

As you are aware, if you live in N. America, yesterday was Father's Day. 

In Britain, Father's Day is celebrated on a different date.  Of course, there are places in this world we live in, where fathers (or mothers) are not celebrated, at all.

In any case, I pray all dads had a wonderful day, yesterday.  However, I realize there are some dads who were not able to be celebrated, and who may even have felt heartbroken for various reasons.

Recently, I read an article printed in the National Post entitled, Sorry mom, but a father’s love may be more important to kids: research

To be honest, I believe this is the truth.  A dad's love is very important.  Maybe even more important than a mom's.  At least in some ways.

From my own experience of growing up feeling unloved and unwanted by my own dad, I know the heartbreak of rejection that some young people experience. 

Please don't think I am being unloving towards my dad, for I am not meaning to be.  Long ago, I forgave anything that needed forgiving.  And, I have a good understanding of why I experienced what I did.  Truly, I am just using this as an example to explain what I mean.

Boys seem to experience different circumstances than girls, when they suffer from parental rejection.  Some have low opinions of themselves.

Girls seem to be different from boys, in the sense that they sometimes look for love in all the wrong places.  Usually, looking for love from boys.

Of course, both girls and boys sometimes become drinkers or do drugs.  And, just because they grow up into men and women, doesn't mean they leave those habits behind.  In fact, in my opinion, most often the habit grows into something that sometimes leads to destruction of adult relationships.

But, no matter whether or not a person, male or female, receives the love and nurturing they feel they need from parents, or whether they feel rejection for various sorts of reasons, there is love available to them.  From God.

His love is everlasting.

Jesus' love never changes, for He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8).

Yes, the love of my Saviour, is permanent.  And, the love He has for me and you, is permanent, also.

If you are one of those people, who feels unloved and unwanted, please know that there is love for you.  If you know Jesus and He knows you, you will be aware of the truth.

If you are saved and still don't feel loved, there is something you need to be aware of.  Don't rely on feelings.  Feelings can lead us astray. 

Rely on God's Word, the Bible, to show you of His love.  A love like no other.  Perfect love.

Until next time...

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Father's Day!

that we should be called the children of God:
us not,
it knew 
him not.
now are
we the
and it
not yet
be: but
we know
he shall
we shall
be like
for we
see him
as he is.
1 John 3:1-2

Some have a dad that they love.  Others, do not.  Some, have come and gone.  Some, never really were.  My dad is no longer here on earth, for me to wish Happy Father's Day.

I must say that the greatest dad ever, is our God.  Abba, Father!  No one can ever compare to Him.  He loves me.  He loves you.  So much so, that He sent His only begotten son, to die on a wooden cross, for your sin and mine, for the sin of all who will believe.  Thank You, Father!

Even though there is no finer Father, anywhere, I wish each of you, my male earthly friends, a very Happy Father's Day!

Until next time...

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Change in Plan!

As a regular reader of Life with Lynnie (LwL), you'll be aware that I usually visit my co-worker/friend C, who is wheelchair bound, once per week.  In recent times, this has mostly been on a Monday.

This past Monday, was no different.

Usually, I make a meal that we share, together.  But, this past Monday, I didn't really feel like cooking.  In fact, I was feeling rather tired.  So instead, I picked up fish and chips, from our favourite fish 'n chip shop, Pat & Hanks!

We munched together, savouring the flavour of the Alaskan Pollock, that we both enjoy.  While C ate most of his meal, I took some home with me, like usual.

Being a Monday evening, almost every week I have either a reader's group or writer's group meeting to attend.  This week I was scheduled to attend my Windsor writer's group, Write on Windsor!

We used to meet at the Central (downtown) branch of the Windsor Library, on Ouellette Ave.  However, with that branch changing locations and for other reasons, our availability of the use of the premises had changed.

Consequently, we found a new location to meet at.  Now, our scheduled meetings will be held at the United Way office, on Giles Ave. E., here in Windsor.  Thank you, for allowing us the use of the space for our gatherings!

Knowing I was feeling rather tired, I had thought about cancelling out on my meeting.  But, after second thoughts, I decided that since I would be at C's for dinner, and since the meeting was nearby, I would just push myself and attend.

Well, after we enjoyed dinner together, I did some work on C's computer and then decided to check my e-mail, before heading out.  To my surprise, there were two (2) messages for me from women that I thought would be at the meeting.  Both, cancelled out.

Besides yawning beyond belief, I was feeling rather exhausted.  C suggested that instead of heading out, I should just stay at his place and watch Wheel of Fortune with him. 

At first, I argued the point.  But, realizing that I could have just as easily have fallen asleep on his couch, than stood up to walk, I decided to stay put.  Feeling badly, I must add, about not attending my writer's group meeting.  Sniff, sniff...

After praying silently, I watched the programme, with C.

Even though I was tired, I was able to solve most of the puzzles before the participants on the television show.  Much to C's dismay.  :(  Oops... I meant... :) !!

What had I prayed for?  For strength.  Thank You, Father, for granting me this request. 

There are a few Bible verses that I draw on, when I am tired.  One, is 2 Corinthians 12:10, "Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong."

Yes, it seems that whenever I am tired, He gives me strength, for He is my strength.  Thank You, Lord!

He can be your strength, too. 

All you need to do is to put your trust/faith in Him, once you are saved.  I alway recall one of my favourite Bible verses, when I think of being saved.  Remember, all you need to do is to believe on the Lord, Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved (Acts 16:31).

Until next time...

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Friday, June 15, 2012

May God Bless You...

If you've been a reader of Life with Lynnie (LwL) for a while, you'll know that I go to the YMCA/YWCA (Y) to exercise in the pool.

I must qualify that statement.  At least, until the beginning of this year, I was doing that.

Early this year, the pool filter system and pump broke down.  The pool was unavailable for use, for several weeks.  In fact, almost three (3) months.

When I was able to return to exercising in the water, I found my schedule no longer allowed Saturday's to fit in.  So, I began just going Monday to Friday, early in the morning.

Shortly after restarting my pool routine, I got sick.  Until I was better, I didn't attend the Y.  No pool exercise for me!

However, eventually, I did return to the Y, to be able to re-establish my exercise programme in the water. 

One thing I found was that I could no longer work out in the pool for the length of time I had been, previously.  No more 100 repetitions.  No more one to one and a quarter (1 - 1 1/4) hour workouts.

I did what I could, which was usually a three-quarter (3/4) of an hour exercise time period. 

Well, last Saturday, I was able to drive to the Y and workout, so I did.  My Y friends N & J were there, also.  Boy, were they surprised to see me!  And, I... them!

They had recently returned to the Y, after J had recovered enough from surgery.  But, none of us expected to run into each other on a Saturday!

Actually, I was glad I did meet up with my friends, because this would be the last time I would attend the Y, until this coming fall.  Yes, I'll return there, probably late September, or early October. 

Before leaving, I did the paperwork to put my membership on hold, until I am ready to return.  After all, there is no reason to drive halfway across town, when the pool is now open in my apartment complex.

Feeling truly blessed, I couldn't help but be reminded about how God blesses me, all the time.  Psalm 67:7, tells us, "God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him."

He certainly blesses me.  Usually in the small things, but from time to time, in the bigger things of life, also. 

Friend, my question to you is, does God bless you

Firstly, I must ask, are you saved?  If not, you need to be.  If you are saved, are you living/walking in the spirit?  Hopefully, so.  I'll pray for you.  May God bless you!

Until next time...

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Ah, Relief!

While I already wrote about my Sunday worship this past Lord's day, I thought I should probably write about what I did, later.

As I left home on Sunday to go worship, I knew in my heart it was going to be a really hot day. And, it was. 

At suppertime, the temperature was still 89 F/ 31 C.  Wow!  Was I ever happy that our pool finally opened for the season. 

It was supposed to have opened on June 1st, but it didn't.  Firstly, because our temperatures dropped for about a week's time.  Also, because we had new fencing installed around the pool area. 

Yes, the new fencing looks great!  Sorry, I didn't take a new pic to show you just how attractive it is. :(  But, I will show you one I posted previously, so you can see what a great relaxation area it is!

Even though we now have new fencing, our pool area still looks like this! 

I'm sure you can almost envision how relaxing it was to enter the pool, on such a hot day!  :)

Unlike the above pic, the pool area had many people relaxing around the area, both in and out of the water.  It was so nice though, to feel some relief from the heat, without having to be locked up indoors!

It was also nice to actually have some time to visit with people.  Some friends and neighbours I hadn't seen since last summer.  Some I had only said 'hello' to in the elevator, or in the common areas.

In any case, it was a very relaxing part of my evening.  For this I am thankful, Lord.

This reminded me of yet another Bible verse.  Luke 12:24, "Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?"

It never ceases to amaze me how God always seems to provide for me.  He always seems to know not only what I need, but when I need it.

Friend, He knows your needs, too.  He knows just what you need and when you need it.  Trust in Him.  Always.

Until next time...

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Last Day!

If you've been reading Life with Lynnie (LwL) lately, you'll know that I have written about visiting my daughter B, and showing her and her friend J, how to make Creamed Salmon.  You'll also know that in yesterday's LwL entry, I included the recipe and pics.

For those of you who are bored with reading about a food recipe, you'll be happy to note that today will be the last day I do this!  Truly, I thought about writing about something else, but I knew in my heart I just had to say what I need to say, to those who were happy to have read about the recipe.

One of the reasons I decided to write about food again today, is the fact that my daughter B's friend J, had commented that since the recipe doesn't contain cream, she would make it at home, for her family. 

After she said this, I realized that there are probably many people out there who think that a cream sauce is made with cream.  Although it could be, it doesn't have to be.  In my opinion, cream has probably never been an ingredient.

You see, a cream sauce is also known by other names.  White sauce, is one name; this is usually made and poured over cooked veggies, before serving.

Another name for a cream sauce or white sauce, is a Bechamel Sauce.  Here is a link for you to read about it's French name history, and Italian background.

When I first found out how to make a cream sauce, I was in my grade 7 Home Economics class, in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.  Yup, I was about 12 years old!

Learning to make this new to me.  It was also new to my mom, who had never made anything like this, before.  While it wasn't something I made regularly, it was something useful for a quick meal.

The good thing about understanding how to make a cream sauce and what it can be used for, is its flexibility. 

Although I had made the Creamed Salmon recipe, if you don't like salmon, use tuna, instead.  You may want to use this recipe with pasta, to make a casserole.

Or, use it as a base, adding chicken/turkey gravy or flavouring, when making Chicken/Turkey ala King

Of course, if you read LwL a while back, you'll also know that if grated cheese is added to the cream sauce, it makes a cheese sauce.

Using a cheese sauce, you can give that extra umph to veggies, like cauliflower or broccoli, by pouring some over the cooked vegetable, just before serving.  Children usually like this!

Of course, it is really handy to use when making homemade macaroni and cheese, as I did, recently.  See, it is a fairly flexible sauce that is handy to know how to make and use.

Years ago, we used to use double-boiler pots to make a cream sauce, but today, they are rarely even sold, so one pot is all you really need.  Here's how you make the basic sauce:

Cream sauce:

Proportions are as follows: 1 tbsp. butter and 1 tbsp. flour to every cup of milk.   If you need more than this portion, multiply the recipe x 2, or x 3... or whatever it is you need to satisfy the volume required.

Melt the butter in a pan on the stove, add the flour and mix well, stirring constantly, while you allow the heat to meld together the butter and flour.

Pour only a drop or two of milk into the butter/flour mixture in the pot.  Mix well. 

Continue adding small amounts of milk, stirring constantly.

Once the butter/flour mixture is fully liquified (melted) with the milk that has been added, add the rest of the milk to the pot, stirring regularly, until the mixture is thickened.

Note:  This can be made ahead of time.  The longer it sits, once the thickening has occurred, the thicker it will become.  No problem.  If when you reheat the mixture, you feel it is too think, add some milk to the sauce, stirring well.

Hopefully, someone has learned something they hadn't known, before.

And hopefully, anyone who is tired of hearing about food and recipes, will stay tuned.  No food, or recipes, tomorrow; today was the last day (at least for a while)!

While there is no direct relationship between this recipe and the Bible, just thinking about me saying this is the last day, brought to mind a verse.  Acts 2:17, "And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:"

If you aren't familiar with what this verse is referring to, I would recommend that you read the New Testament portion of the Bible.  After all, we must all be prepared, for the return of Jesus.  God gave us insight into what would be happening in the world.  Read it for yourself, so you can be prepared.

If you aren't trusting in Jesus for your salvation, you may want to read even more of the New Testament.  Begin reading in the book of John, where you'll find out that you must be born again, in order to enter heaven.

Friend, I would like you to be there, with me.  Please don't ignore this request of mine.  Your eternal future depends upon it.

Until next time...

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Creamed Salmon!

If you read yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, you'll know that I wrote about being invited to teach my daughter B, how to make a recipe called:  Creamed Salmon.  Believe it or not, I praise God and thank Jesus for this opportunity.

When she had other company drop in, equipped to make dinner of another sort, I offered to do this another time.  B and her friend J, both wanted to know how to make it, and since my grandchildren are big eaters, I agreed to teach them, last Thursday, when we were all gathered at B's home.

What I forgot to post yesterday, was the recipe.  And, the pics I took.  Yes, I took some pics, but forgot to do so at every stage of preparation.  Still, I believe you'll get the picture (pun intended)!

Creamed Salmon (usually served on toast, but could also be used mixed with pasta)

For the purpose of this recipe, I'll use the small can of salmon. However, if you use the large can, triple (3 x) the recipe for the cream sauce.

1 tbsp. butter
1 tbsp. flour
1 cup milk
1 can Salmon (approximately 213 grams, red, or pink) - cleaned/bones removed, etc.
Peas to taste (optional)

Melt the butter in a pot, add the flour and mix well, stirring while on low heat for a moment or two.  Add in a few drops of milk at a time, mixing so that there are no lumps being created.  Once enough milk has been added that the mixture is not lumpy, yet in liquid style, add the rest of the milk.

Stir regularly, on medium-low heat, until the mixture thickens. 

Add the cleaned salmon and continue stirring for a few minutes.  Add peas before serving, if desired.  Serve over toast. 

Note:  This recipe can be made ahead of time and reheated.


Here are some pics.  I wish I had remembered to take pics at every stage of preparation, but these will have to do!

Here is the thickened cream sauce.

Here is the cleaned red salmon.

Here is the creamed salmon after peas have been added.

Mmm...good.  Enjoy!

This reminded me of a passage of scripture.  Proverbs 16:3, "Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established."

Although I committed the plans of that day to my Lord, it seemed that the plans changed, due to change of circumstances at my daughter's home, with her having unexpected company, etc. 

Even so, God was with me.  He helped me sort out the newly established changed plans and worked out everything, just the way He wanted, making sure He included my plans in His.  Thank You, Lord!

Until next time...

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Shock & Blessings!

Last Thursday was another first for me!

Anyone who knows me personally, knows that due to my family falling apart many years ago, there were things I never got to teach my daughters.  However, times have changed. 

On Wednesday, during a telephone conversation, my daughter B mentioned that she would call her dad, to find out how to make something that she had never herself made for her family.  A recipe called Creamed Salmon.

It was actually shocking to hear this from her, considering the recipe was never her dad's to begin with.  It was mine!

After telling B this, she carried on about how shocked she was, because she remembers her dad making it regularly, after our marriage had broken up.  I reminded her that I too made this dish, but for some reason, she always thought of her dad when she thought about the recipe.

She asked me to come show her how to make it.

Be still my heart!  I could actually feel myself gasp, hearing this request! 

Then, I laughed and agreed to visit her home on Thursday and bring with me the canned salmon that would be needed.  B said she had all the rest of the needed ingredients.  All was well that ended well!

Thursday, when I arrived at B's, she had company.  J, a friend of hers, who used to live next door, at her previous address.

J didn't realize B and I would be making Creamed Salmon, so she had brought some beef for the BBQ.  B's boyfriend made some basmati rice and bbq'd tomatoes to go with the rice.

At first, I suggested that we make Creamed Salmon another day.  My daughter insisted we needed to do it that day. 

She was right.  To be honest, most of what was made was devoured by all who enjoyed dinner together.  Especially, my grandchildren! 

I praised God and thanked Jesus for blessing me.

This reminded me of the Doxology; although this can be spoken, most often it is sung.  Here's a LINK to Wikipedia, to read more about this.  For those who aren't familiar with the Doxology, here it is:

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him, all creatures here below;
Praise him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Living vs Dying...

Well, today was another of my Lord's days.  Being Sonday, I did what I normally do.  I went to church to worship my Lord!

Today, I worshipped only at my own church; no where else, in addition.  As usual, I enjoyed worshipping, singing and praising my Lord.

Afterwards, I had some things I had to do.

Eventually, I made my way to a funeral home in Belle River.  My friend K, who lives in my apartment building, was extremely good friends with the fellow who died.  Although they decided not to, she and E had even spoken about getting married, a while back.

It made me rather sad, thinking about E dying.  It's too late to pray for him, now; although in the past, I prayed for salvation for him. 

The deed is done.  He's either in heaven or hell, and only God knows for sure.  Even so, I have prayed that it was God's will to save him, before he died.

To be honest, once again I asked my Lord why He hadn't answered my prayers.

I cannot tell you how many thousands of times I've prayed that God would take me home.  Especially, since my husband Gordon died.

Since I am still here, writing this entry, I can say that it hasn't been His will to answer my prayer, in a positive way.  If He had, I wouldn't be here.  I'd be in heaven with Him.

It seems that His will is to take others, instead.  Like E, like my friend M, and other people I've known.  Most of these people have loved their lives and struggled to continue on living.

How fair is this?  Those who don't want to leave, die.  Others, like me, who want to go, are left here to continue suffering in this world of sinful existence.

Okay.  I know that fairness isn't always something we receive, here on earth. 

Some people reading today's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry might think I'm depressed.  Well, maybe I am and don't know it. 

Or, maybe the truth is, I'm not.  But, I know that "for me, to live is Christ and to die is gain" (Philippians 1:21).  Of course, that is a Bible verse that I have loved for a very long time.

In my heart, I believe that God has not yet taken me home, because firstly, He has a plan for my life, still.  Even if I'm truly not sure what it is!

In addition, I believe that as long as I keep working for Him, offering prayer and support for His children, my brothers and sisters in the Lord, and continuing planting those seeds for Christ, that are drastically needed in this evil world to help fulfill God's Great Commission, He will leave me here.  Even if I suffer.

So, suffer I will continue to do.  For Him.  Because I love Him and realize that all other love pales in comparison.  After all, as I said recently, God is love.  And, God never fails you.  Therefore, love never fails you... 

Hmmm... that kind of reminds me of my book!  lol

Until next time...

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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Whose Plan?!

Boy, oh boy!  I can't believe I still haven't told you about last Monday!  Wow!  And, today is Saturday!  Whoo-ee!

On Sunday, I cooked roast beef in my slow cooker.  Yes, it was tasty, even if I didn't make a full dinner, at the time!

On Monday, I did what I have been doing about once per week.  I made dinner and took it to my friend C, who is wheelchair bound.

Since he cannot get his wheelchair into my apartment, this means I have to take meals to him, when I feel I want to do something nice for him.  However, transporting a roast beef meal, including gravy, isn't easy.

Instead of making Monday's supper a hot meal, I decided to make it a cold plate.  In addition to sliced roast beef, we enjoyed potato salad, coleslaw and hard-boiled egg.  Of course, we had dessert, too!  Oops, I suppose I shouldn't say this, considering we are both diabetic!

In any case, I think C enjoyed his supper and his instant replay that he had on Tuesday.

Most Monday's of every month are busy evenings for me, as was this one.  It was the evening of my Windsor Book Club meeting.

Yes, I had read the book and answered the questions that we would discuss at our meeting.  Since our meeting had been moved to a location outside Windsor, I left C's about a half hour earlier or more than I normally do, when we share dinner.

I drove out to St. Clair Beach.  As I pulled into a parking spot in the plaza where we were to meet, I noticed people pulling up chairs outside on the sidewalk area.

Hmmm... when our meeting location was changed for the summer, we were e-mailed that a spot indoors at this coffee shop had been reserved.  I opened my window and asked our group leader if they decided to sit outdoors, instead. 

He replied that indeed, we would be sitting outdoors.

Oooohhhh dear!  Without even giving it a second thought, I let him know I wouldn't be joining him and the group for the meeting, then.

Well, not just because it was cold outdoors.  But, also, because I do not make a habit of spending a lot of time outdoors in the sunlight, unless I absolutely have to.  Still, I must admit, the cold temperature was the icing on the cake.  No way did I want to freeze!

As I drove home, I felt rather sick in my heart, being disappointed and rather sad that I had left my friend C's earlier than normal, just to be able to attend that meeting.  The thought of this, accompanied with the fact that I needlessly used my time, vehicle and gasoline to drive that distance for nothing, was rather upsetting.

Oh well.  I suppose I'll just have to wait until September to return to my book reading group, for that is when our previous location will once again be available to us.

Even then, I may or may not return to the group.  But, this is a topic for another day.

I was reminded how even though we feel things are out of control, God is always in control.  His will is always done.  Isn't this what we have prayed for, any time we have prayed the Lord's prayer?!

Sure it is!  In Matthew 6:10, we've prayed, "Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven." 

Hmmm... so, I guess there's no reason to be upset.  I received the equivalent of God's plan for my life.  Just as I have prayed.  Thank You, Lord!

Until next time...

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Friday, June 8, 2012

Love Never Fails You...

When I left off in yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I mentioned about people I spoke with and prayed for, on occasion.

As I said, some people who dropped by the Chapters bookstore book-signing table I was located at, were Christian.  Others, were not.

One woman came by.  She asked me about my book.  I explained to her about Love Never Fails You... and then during our conversation, she looked at me and asked me a question. 

She asked me if I honestly believed that love never fails us.

I answered without any thought, that indeed, I do believe that love never fails us.  She again looked at me, laughed and walked away.

Then, there was a fellow who came by.  He looked at my book and spoke with me.

This man definitely was not Christian.  He began making fun of all Christians, claiming how stupid we were, for believing anything about God and especially, Jesus.

On and on he rambled.  I could hardly get a word in, edgewise!  However, every now and then, he would stop for a second to catch his breath.  Then, I would comment.

As his negative remarks continued, I prayed for this fellow.

To my surprise, a couple of women came by the table.  The motor-mouthed man, continued on for a moment.  But, eventually, the women asked me a question.  Then, the man stepped aside for the moment, and allowed me to speak with the women.

When he realized they both were Christian and were both purchasing my book, he walked away, grumbling to himself.  In my mind, I thanked God for handling the situation for me!

My oh my, it truly takes all kinds to make a world.  Believe me when I say, I prayed for him, and for all the others who made fun of me, my book and my Lord.

Of course, even though my friend A (who had come to sit with me for a while, as I mentioned the other day) and I prayed for some people that day, we both continued praying for them, in days to follow.  Both individually, and when we met up again, a few days later.

The bottom line of all I have written about, is that truly God is love.  And, Love Never Fails You... because God never fails you.

Of course, if you would like to read for yourself how God's love never fails, then you may want to read all of Psalm 136, but for the sake of time and space, I will only use verse 26, "Praise God in heaven!  God’s love never fails."

Until next time...

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

True Love?!

Thank you for your patience with me, yesterday.  Being a special day, in remembrance of WW2's D-Day Invasion, I just couldn't resist writing about it.  I hope you enjoyed the entry, and pics.

Continuing on from the day before yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I'll remind you that last Saturday I participated at Chapters bookstore, at Devonshire Mall, here in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, for a book-signing event. 

Due to various events going on in our area, it was suggested that book sales for me might not be as good as on a day when not much is happening.

Even so, I was there, with copies of my book, Love Never Fails You... 

To reiterate, at first I felt a little out of place.  Being alone, without fellow authors, it felt strange to me.  That was, until A showed up.

My friend A, who has read my book, and who is a very good Christian friend, decided to meet me at the store. At first, I felt a little uncomfortable having her watch me as I spoke with passers-by. But, after a few minutes, I felt myself relax, once again.

As it turned out, A and I together spoke with many people who visited my table.

Some were not Christian and had no interest in my writings, but some were Christian and very supportive. Some, opened up to us about some of their life issues. We prayed with them and for them and their families.

After A left, I was visited by my friend J, who we call B. He, as well as J & S, and M, came to say 'hi'. They were heading across the border to Detroit, Michigan, USA, for a fun day, but had decided to show me support and drop by.

Wow! Did I feel blessed! 

Also, a fellow realtor friend of mine, who I hadn't seen in quite a while, and who had no idea I would be at Chapters, came by.  She was shocked to see me manning the book-signing table and had no idea I had even written a book. We had quite a conversation!

I must say that not all conversations were as good as the ones I mentioned, here.

There were a few people who scoffed at the title of my book.  One, sarcastically asking if I truly believe that Love Never Fails You...  With a smile, I replied to her that indeed, I do believe it!

It's kind of funny thinking about what happened with that unbelieving woman.  Especially, since another woman approached the table, looked at the title and then at me, and asked if I was referring to God.  With a smile, I said that I was referring to God, for He is love... and He never fails us!

That reminds me of a Bible verse that is never far from my mind.  In 1 John 4:16, God tells us, "And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him."

Yes friend, if we have God in our hearts, we have love for one another.  If we don't have God in our hearts, it is impossible to truly love.

Oops... it seems I still have more to say, so I hope you'll stay with me, until tomorrow.

Until next time...

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Greater Love! Thank you!

Oops... I must apologize for interrupting yesterday's train of thought in my Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry.  Why?  Well, today is a special day!

Yes, it's special, because it is June 6th, my friend M's birthday; she lives in Florida, USA.  We have quite a history, together (especially from when she lived near Dayton, Ohio)!  Happy Birthday, M!

However, it is a special day for another reason.  It's the 68th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion.

To some people, this may not seem special, but in my mind, it is.

After all, if Hitler's Nazi regime had won WW2, the lives of those living in Europe, would be very different, today.  I believe that even our lives, here in N. America, would be different, too!

So, where and when did the end of WW2 begin? 

The beginning of the end of WW2 began in Normandy, France.  68 years ago, today!  In fact, for Canadians who participated in the D-Day Invasion, it began in a village called Courseulles-sur-Mer, where Juno Beach is located.

To give my American friends an idea where this is in relation to where their soldiers of freedom landed, it is along the road a few minutes away from Omaha Beach.

On several occasions, I've been in Courseulles-sur-Mer; each time, with my now deceased husband, Gordon.

We walked the beach where much blood was shed.  We saw German bunkers still there, at intervals along the beach. 

We stayed at a hotel, where our room overlooked the road my dad drove his gasoline (petrol, to my British friends!) truck.  We saw the wall my dad told us he drove by, that had been damaged by bullets; yes, the proof is still there.

Without the bravery of those who fought for freedom of others and indeed for our future freedom, we probably would not have the lifestyles that we have, today. 

Thank you.  Thank you, to all service personnel and thank you to all underground citizens who contributed to defeating the enemy.

Here are some pics from one of my trips (I apologize for them not being perfect!):

This monument is at Juno Beach, at Courseulles-sur-Mer. 
It reads:
Here on the 6th June 1944
Europe was liberated
by the heroism
of the Allied Forces

Juno Beach at Courseulles-sur-Mer
where my dad landed. 

Yes, this is a damaged German bunker; one of many still lining the beaches of Normandy.

When my dad crossed this bridge it was a pontoon bridge.  On the left, at the far corner of the intersection, is the hotel where we stayed; our room overlooked this roadway.  Follow the roadway straight along and you will see the wall my dad spoke of, still damaged from bullets.

This is the cemetary, in nearby Beny-sur-Mer, where 2,025 Canadian heros are buried.

One view from inside the cemetary at Beny-sur-Mer.
Did you know that French school children visit the Allied Forces cemetaries and maintain the graves?

While there, and again today while reviewing photographs, I was reminded of John 15:13, "Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."

Friend, all Allied Forces personnel risked their lives for freedom; yours and mine.  Many gave the ultimate sacrifice and are buried in locations like the one shown here.  I truly thank God for each person.

You need to realize that Jesus gave the ultimate sacrifice for you.  He died and was resurrected, so that you could live with God, in heaven with Him, for eternity. 

F-o-r-e-v-e-r, is a very... long... time.  I escaped the prospect of hell for eternity, with no chance of leaving there, by trusting in the work Jesus Christ did on the cross of Calvary.  You can, too.

In order to join me in heaven for eternity, all you need to do is believe on the Lord, Jesus Christ... and you shall be saved (Acts 16:31).

Until next time...

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