Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Love Never Dies...

If you've been a long time reader of Life with Lynnie (LwL), you'll know that after my husband died, I used to go to the cemetary, regularly.

Actually, I used to go every Sunday, either before or after church.  And, if I found myself anywhere near his gravesite, I would make my way there, just to stand or sit there for a while.

Why I did this, I have no idea.  I suppose it is truly just part of grief, wanting to hold onto whatever one can, even if it just means visiting where the body of one's loved one is laid to rest.

As of a couple months or so ago, I decided I just couldn't do that anymore.  I found that every time I visited Gordon's grave, I would get upset all over again.  So, I decided to not go there as often.

In addition, I began to realize that if my focus was constantly on Gordon, I wouldn't be able to move forward with my life. 

Please understand, it is not that I want to leave him behind.  Although, in essence he is already left behind, because he is no longer here, with me.  It's more that as long as Gordon is constantly in my thoughts, I didn't feel I could leave myself open to any new relationship that God might bring my way. 

Of course, there's no guarantee this is God's will for my life, but I just couldn't go on the way I had been.  So, instead of visiting Gordon's grave on a regular basis, I've rarely been attending, as of late.

Until today, that is.  Had Gordon still been alive, it would have been his birthday.

Yes, I know that he's gone.  Some people would say it is silly to be thinking of him.  Some might think I shouldn't be feeling sad, today.  But, I am.

So, instead of doing nothing and feeling horrible, I decided to get moving. 

On my way to the cemetary, I purchased some flowers to place on Gordon's grave.  And, some I placed on his mom's grave, too.  After all, I am thankful he was born!

One thing I must admit, is that I have realized that true love never dies.  Never.  It stays with a person, always.  At least, that's the way it is with me.

Saying this, I am reminded of the love chapter in God's Word, the Bible.  The chapter of 1 Corinthians 13 tells us, "Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.  And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.  And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.  Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;  Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.  Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.  For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.  But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.  When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.  For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.  And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity."

For anyone who is not aware, charity is love.  In some versions of the Bible, the word charity has been replaced with the word love.

Without love, we are nothing.  God tells us this, and I believe it.  And, while faith and hope are necessary for every believer in Jesus christ, there is nothing more valuable than love.

Until next time...

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Victory in Jesus!

If you're a regular reader of Life with Lynnie (LwL), you'll know that I exercise in the pool five (5) to six (6) times per week.  And, usually between 45 minute and 75 minutes per day.

Well, on Friday, I was a bad girl.  I didn't get any pool exercise done, at all.

Why?  Well, I was rushed off my feet.  When I have too much on my plate, something usually ends up being left out.  This past Friday, it was my pool workout.

In addition to doing everything I needed to do that day, I also needed to prepare supper for my ex-workmate/friend C, who as you are aware, is wheelchair bound.

I realize it would have been easier just to have done my pool workout and picked up dinner, but that wasn't what I had planned.  And, because I had made sure I had everything on hand to make a meal that day, it made more sense to me to just go ahead and make the meal.

And, that's what I did.

Of course, this meant I had to transport everything over to C's apartment.  Most often, it isn't difficult to find a place to park, but of course Murphy was alive and well that day!  It took me some time to finally get parked.

Eventually, I made my way into the building, through the two (2) sets of doors where I needed to be buzzed in, up the elevator and into C's apartment.  Phew!  It makes me tired just writing about this!

Once there, I finished putting our meal together and we enjoyed a great time of food and fellowship.

Of course, as I normally do, I helped C with some computer work.  Even so, it was a good time.  At least for me; hopefully, for him, as well.

Originally, we had agreed to attend a movie at a church that is in the core area of Windsor, but not really close to C's apartment.  The trouble was though, that it had rained and looked like it was going to rain, once again.

So, instead of C taking the bus and wheeling himself to meet me a the church, I ended up going alone.

The people who were hosting the movie event are owners of From the Heart, a store on Ottawa St., where copies of my book Love Never Fails You... www.lynniebooks.blogspot.com are available for sale.  Both women are nurses in their full-time jobs and operate their business with hired help.

The movie Forks Over Knives was shown to quite a crowd.  Click on the name of the movie and you'll find it is a link I posted, leading you to a website that talks about the movie and the book.

I found it to be informative and certainly inspired me to begin making some changes in my eating habits.

Something happened there that evening that I thought was very nice of these ladies to do, for me.  J introduced me as the author of Love Never Fails You... and commented how she read my book, completely; from beginning to end.  And, let everyone know I had quite a story. 

Thank you so much, J.  I appreciate this more than you know.  And, I appreciate the fact that afterwards, they sold some copies of my book.  Again, thank you!  May God bless you... for your kindness towards me.

These store owners are Christian women.  Women, who are also thankful to God, for everything in their lives.  And, praise God for this! 

In 1 Corinthians 15:57 we are told, "But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."

I am thankful to God.  Not just for inspiring me to write Love Never Fails You...  But, also for providing Christian people, like these women, who love our Lord, Jesus Christ as I do, to come along side of me, encourage me, and assist me in promoting and distributing my written work, honouring Him.  Thus, giving me victory, through Jesus!  Thank You, Lord.

Until next time...

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Prayer & Thankfulness...

Today, is Sonday.  My Lord's day!

If you're a regular reader of Life with Lynnie (LwL), you'll know that I love going to church, to worship God!  And today, was no different.

During the week, I had spoken with one of my sisters-in-Christ, A.  A friend of mine, who used to be my prayer partner, before her life changed.  Yes, we still talk by telephone and see each other.  And yes, we still pray together.  Just not on a daily basis, as before.

When I called her, it was to apologize.  And, to wish her Happy Birthday.  Happy Birthday, A!

You see, last Sunday, I was so-o very excited about having my daughter P accompany me to church for our worship service, that I completely forgot it was my friend A's birthday.  Unfortunately, in all my excitement and happiness, I forgot to bring her card and gift and wish her Happy Birthday!

I was thankful that A was forgiving of me.  As I've written lately, not every Christian is forgiving of others.  But, A is.  And, for this, I was truly grateful!

Today, when I arrived at church, I went card and gift in hand.  My friend A, told me how I didn't need to do this, but I know that in reality, I did need to celebrate her... and her birthday, even if it was now late.

After all, shouldn't we celebrate those we love?

Once our worship service was over, I did a couple of errands, before going to visit yet another friend of mine, V.  Today, is her birthday.  But, there was another reason I needed to see her.

Recently, V was involved in a collision.  One which totalled her car.  Yes, it was a write-off.

V and I spoke by phone, recently.  She told me how the collision took place.  And, she told me how she has been suffering physically, ever since.

While visiting V this afternoon, she told me about a mutual friend of ours, J.  Actually, J is a closer friend to V than I, for she used to date him.  Apparently, J has cancer.  He will begin chemotherapy, tomorrow.

Knowing that both V and J are in their 70's, doesn't make healing come easy, for either of them.  If you can find it in your heart to pray for V and for J, please do so.  Thank you, so very much.  May God bless you...

Speaking of prayer, this reminds me of a Bible verse that is important to each of us who are trusting in our Lord, Jesus Christ.  Philippians 4:6 tells us, "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

It's not easy being thankful in all things, as God wants us to be.  But, it is necessary, as this verse shows us.  And, we need to be praying... in thankfulness.

For sure, I am thankful that God made provision for us, to be able to approach Him in prayer.

Until next time...

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Saturday, July 28, 2012


If you've been reading Life with Lynnie (LwL) entries recently, you'll know that I experienced some problems on Facebook (FB), with a friend who was unhappy about something I posted.

Even though this friend was unhappy with what I posted, and threatened to unfriend me, he didn't.  I believe this is because he has the love of Christ in him. 

I must say, I am thankful that he does have the love of Christ in him, because he is a real life friend, not just to me, but also to some of my family.  And, he was a loyal friend to my now deceased husband, Gordon.

However, it got me thinking.

When I first went on FB, I thought I'd probably only have about three (3) friends!  To my surprise, God has blessed me with over 3200 friends.

No, the quantity isn't the important thing.  The quality of friendship, is.

Yes, I've had some FB friends cancel friendship.  Some were fellow Realtors, who were either unsaved, or preferred to use FB for real estate purposes and didn't want to see all my Christian postings. 

That's okay.  No problem.  I have chosen to use FB for my personal preference:  God!

I must say though, that those Realtor friends who are Christian are usually happy with my postings.  As are my many Christian friends that I've made, both in real-life and cyber-life, living all over the world.

To my knowledge, I've only had three (3) friends unfriend me, for personal reasons.

One was a cyber-life FB friend, who was unhappy over a discussion about illegal aliens living in both USA and Canada.  Another one was a real-life FB friend, who was upset with me that day at Red Lobster restaurant, when I didn't stay to have lunch with her and another friend, because the location wasn't good for my eye problem.

The third person who unfriended me on FB, was a real-life, childhood friend.  In fact, this friend was the first person to even find me on FB!

This person cared enough to locate me on FB, on the very day I first signed up.  In fact, within a couple hours of joining.  Yet at a later date, didn't agree with me and/or some of my friends' opinions and unfriended me.

It's sad to me, that any friend would cancel friendship on FB, and in real life, due to differences of opinion. 

It seems to me that someone like this, thinks they are correct about everything and has no tolerance for anyone else, or their opinions.  No love of Christ, is evident here if they are willing to just throw people away and be unforgiving, at the very least.  Certainly there is no unconditional love or like (whichever you prefer to say) present in someone like this.

It's also sad to me, that someone who seemed to be a real-life friend, turned out to be someone who truly isn't, for even in real life, it appears friendship has been cancelled. 

Oh well.  That's life.  There's nothing I can do about it.  Except pray, that is!

And pray, I do. 

In fact, I pray not only for these friends, but for all my friends.  It makes no difference if they are real-life or cyber-life friends.  I pray for them.

I pray for them, their families, and their ministries (if they have one!).  I pray that God will bless them and supply for all their need, as He promised.  I pray for healing, finances, relationships, and more.  And, if they aren't born-again/saved, I pray for their salvation.

This reminds me of 1 John 5:14-15, "And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him."

How does God hear us?  Well, for one thing, we must pray according to His will, not ours.  In addition, you need to know that God is not obligated to hear prayer of the unsaved

So friends, if you are not yet saved, I would suggest you rethink your situation.  Come to Christ. 

Jesus is calling you... and is standing at the door knocking, waiting for you to open the door.  He's the best friend you'll ever have!

Please know, you are in my prayers.

Until next time...

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Free Will...

On Monday, April 9, 2012, The Windsor Star published an article entitled, Brits don't know Easter story: Poll.  Here is a link, so you can read it, yourself:  http://www.windsorstar.com/entertainment/Brits+know+Easter+story+Poll/6429230/story.html

However, I realize some of you cannot open links, and since this article is fairly short, I will repost it, here:

A straw poll by The Sunday Telegraph, in England, in which people were asked five questions about the Easter story, found that some of the most basic details were known by as few as half of those polled.
Only about half of those quizzed - 55 per cent - were able to correctly name Judas Iscariot - or at least "Judas" - as the betrayer of Jesus. One of those taking part, Alexis Smith, 30, from Huddersfield, said Jesus had been betrayed by Judas Priest while Paige Johnson, 19, from Water Orton, Warwickshire, said it had been Christ's brother. Other responses included Peter, Moses, "Nazarus" and "Judas Escargot."

Thursday, July 26, 2012

H.B. B! & Dream...

Before I write anything else here in today's entry of Life with Lynnie (LwL), I must wish my brother B, a very Happy Birthday!

Since we live a distance from each other, we do not get together, often.  Still, that doesn't mean I don't think of him and pray for him.

Now, I'm going to say something to you my brother, that a friend says to me almost every year on my birthday.  Please know she is only about four (4) weeks younger than me.  She says, "I'm so-o glad I'll never be as old as you!"  :) lol!

Now I'm saying it to you along with birthday wishes!  Happy Birthday, B!!!  May God bless you on this, your special day, and throughout the coming year!

Last night's sleep, was an unusual one for me.  While most nights I toss and turn and sometimes wake up, something out of the ordinary happened to me. 

In the past, I had a similar experience during the night's sleep when a relative died in the middle of the night and I dreamt about them; to be honest, so did my daughter B, that night.  I pray this isn't the case in this dream.

You see, I not only had a dream that I remembered after waking up before the ending of it, but it involved a childhood friend and his family. 

No, his mom didn't die in my dream, thankfully.  But, it was truly unusual. 

No, I won't give details, but I will say that in my dream early this morning, my friend and I met, along with other people, including his mom.  We had a nice visit together.

The strange thing was that in the beginning of the dream meeting, I wasn't sure if his mom recalled knowing me when I was young, or remembered my family.  Later, I found out the truth.

Near the end of my dream, his mom wanted to speak with me privately.

Our conversation began with her letting me know she remembered me and my family.  She then continued to speak to me regarding a rather personal and private matter.

This rather intimate conversation brought about her telling me something that I will never forget.  Something that I never knew.  Then, and only after her remarks to me, did I admit something to her, too.

Wow!  Every time I think about this, it blows my mind! 

Not just because of the intimate conversation I participated in, but also because when I awoke, I recalled that other past experience, where I later found out that the person had died in real life.  I pray this wasn't the case, here.

If it was, then I give you my deepest condolences, friend.  After all, your mom was such a lovely lady; one that I always looked up to.

Friend, I pray your mom is still alive and well.  May God bless her, always.

Philippians 1:3, totally applies here.  "I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,"

Yes, we have an awesome God, who supplies all our need, and teaches us to be thankful in all things, in all circumstances and in all issues of life. 

Rest assured friend, that I thank my God... upon every remembrance of you!

Until next time...

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012


If you read recent Life with Lynnie (LwL) entries, you'll know that I was condemned once again on FB. 

Yes, I was condemned by a friend who doesn't believe we should ever discuss the issue of Islam.  This friend also believes that it is wrong to discuss the threat Islam represents to those of us who live in what is generally considered, the free western world.

What brought this on?

Here is the Youtube video that created the controversy:
American Muslims Stone Christians in Dearborn, MI (Original edit)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vnJBW49afzg&feature=player_embedded#!

Hopefully, you took the time to watch it, right to the very end. 

I implore to to watch the ending of this video.  While there are disturbing scenes throughout this video, the ending speaks volumes.  Truth, my friend.

Truth, as to how Islam is literally taking over Dearborn, Michigan, USA.  Not just in population, but also with influence over governmental issues.

It seems that in Dearborn, Islam has rights. 

More rights than any other group, sect, or population.  They have so many rights, that they seem to control the police.  And, enough rights to have literally ended freedom of speech, there.

So much for freedom!

Please know that I am grateful that there are some who work fulltime to defend people living in those countries, where freedom is treasured.

I am grateful that the governments of USA, Canada and other countries have people working behind the scenes to avert problems with Islamic people who are determined to change the lives of all who live in countries that enjoy freedom.

I am grateful that we still have freedom of speech.  That we citizens can know truth about situations.  Although, if Islam has its way, this will change.

What some people choose to not see, is the fact that Islam is not just a religion; it's also a way of life.  It will take over and rule with Shariah Law, if people like me, do not speak up and speak truth about it.  Not for hateful reasons.  Rather, to educate people who have allowed themselves to have their heads buried in the sand, with regards to governmental issues.

Of course, before and early in Hitler's leadership, there had been people who had spoken truth.  Truth about Hitler.  They weren't liked, any more than I have been liked about what I have been speaking about Islam.

It is true.  We are not at war with Islam; but, Islam is at war with us.  All I am doing is speaking truth.

The idea of truth reminded me of John 8:32, "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

Of course, being Christian, I know that the greatest freedom of all is to know and love Jesus Christ, for He is truth.  I praise God for showing me His truth. 

You may want to read this for yourself, if you are not familiar with God's Word.

Until next time...

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Stages of Islamic conquest:  http://civilusdefendus.wordpress.com/2010/01/10/4-stages-of-islamic-conquest/

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


As you know from reading past Life with Lynnie (LwL) entries, I love my Lord's Day! 

SONday, is such a wonderful time for me.  Yes, through the week, I pray and read my Bible.  And, wait upon Him for whatever my needs are.

But, Sunday is a special day of worship, for me.  And, rest... as long as I don't have to work.  I praise God that He is okay with this, if necessary!

This past Sunday, I worshipped at my own church.

However, this was not my typical time of worship.  There was something different.  I had someone with me.

On my way to my church, I stopped and picked up my daughter, P!

Yes, she came to worship with me.  I felt so wonderful having her beside me, throughout the service.  Thank You, Lord!

On Monday, I had originally planned to take dinner to my friend C's apartment.  However, due to having a work appointment that would tie me up at that time, I let him know that I couldn't do this.

Still, after my appointment, I stopped by to see him for a moment, before heading over to the United Way, location on Giles Blvd.  I truly didn't think I would have time, but as things turned out, I did!  Again, thank You, Lord!

My timing was great.  When I arrived at my writers' group meeting, I ran into our group leader, who had just parked his vehicle.

Together, we entered and before long, more people showed up.  All in all, we have had a great group of people.  Yes, the numbers change from meeting to meeting, but, it is a fun time.  At least for me!

Yes, there is so much to be thankful for!  Thank You, Lord.  For everything in my life!

Please don't misunderstand.  I do not have a perfect life.  But then, does anyone?  Do you?

To be honest, I've led a very stress-filled life, with many trials.  Even so, I am so very grateful for God's Word.  For in it, He has shown me that this is to be expected.  At least, in the life of a believer.

Friend, if you are living a life without trials and/or tribulations, you may want to pray about this.  You may want to pray about your walk with our Lord.

The Bible clearly tells us that we will experience trials and tribulations in this life, due to standing for Jesus.  Indeed, every time I stand up for Christ, no matter the time or reason, I can be sure the evil one will attack me.  Sometimes, by circumstances and sometimes by people.

The Bible has not only provided me with knowledge of what God expects of me, His child, but also lets me know what to expect in life.  In addition, He provides hope, through His Word.

In John 16:33 we are told, "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."

Yes, Jesus overcame the world, with all its sin and corruption.  He took upon himself not just my sin, and your sin, but the sin of the whole world... of all who will believe! 

Personally, I am grateful that Jesus told us He overcame, because through my belief in His death and resurrection, He has provided for me, and for all who believe, that we also can overcome.  For this, I am eternally thankful, Lord!

Until next time...

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Monday, July 23, 2012


Oops... once again, I've fallen behind in telling you about my comings and goings!  If you read recent Life with Lynnie (LwL) entries, you'll know that I wrote about being on course, July 9th.

Normally, at suppertime on Monday, July 9th, I would have taken dinner to my friend/ex-coworker C's apartment, but on that day, I did not. He had company. For close to a week, a childhood friend who now lives out west, visited with him.

After being on couse that day, it was actually a relief to not have to worry about making/bringing dinner to C.  Instead I rested for a short time, before attending my writer's group.

We met at the new location of the United Way building, on Giles Ave., here in Windsor.  Thankfully, the location is simple to get to, and has convenient parking. As per normal, we had a great meeting!

This past Monday, July 16th was a little different.

No, I didn't have a writer's group meeting.

Instead, I visited with my ex-coworker/friend C, bringing dinner with me. Yes, his company had gone home. So, we enjoyed conversation and supper, together.

While at C's apartment, I helped him with some computer work.

This made me slightly late for arriving at my church. Knowing how showers usually take up the whole evening, I wasn't too concerned about arriving later than originally scheduled.

The shower was for a church sister friend of mine's daughter. She's getting married, soon.  Again, congratulations to the happy couple!

It was a nice gathering. Almost every table in our fellowship room was filled with women enjoying the occasion. Games were still being played, while the bride to be was opening her lovely gifts.

By the time I arrived home, I was absolutely wiped out.  More than just tired.  Exhausted.

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

Yes, Jesus makes me strong when I am weak.  All my strength comes from Him.  For without Him, I am nothing.

Until next time...

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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Ah... Peace!

As you know if you've read recent entries in Life with Lynnie (LwL), I've been writing about Islam and how I've been treated poorly by some people due to my views.

It amazed me that day, when my Christian friend ridiculed me, for speaking up, regarding Islam.  When he asked me why I was so concerned about Muslims and not other religious groups, I responded that the difference is that the other groups are not trying to change our world.  Islam is...

I was amazed further, when no one stood up for me. 

Well, it happened again, yesterday.  Only this time, I was thankful that some friends spoke up for me.  Thank you, Lord!  And, thank you, friends!  May God bless each of you, who were supportive.

Even more upsetting, was that even though I realized they had the wrong impression of my stand on Islam, when I asked people to begin praying for Muslims, beginning July 20th, my friend refused.  Along with many other friends of mine on FB.

It seems that no matter how often I try to speak up in an effort to help people see that we need to pray for situations such as these, I just cannot seem to get the point across that if Islam was truly such a peaceful religion, it would not be trying to invade our lives and change our countries.  Virtually taking away our rights.

Recently, I received an e-mail.  One that reflects my views and says almost word for word, what I've said in the past.  Thank you friend, for sending this to me.  I'm reprinting here, so anyone who reads this entry, can read it.

It's entitled, A German's View on Islam

This is by far the best  explanation of the Muslim terrorist situation  I have ever read.  
 His references to past history are accurate and  clear.  Not long, easy to understand, and well worth the read. 
 The  author of this email is Dr. Emanuel Tanya, a well-known  and  well-respected psychiatrist.

A man, whose family  was German aristocracy prior to World War II,  owned a number of  large industries and estates. 
 When asked how many German people  were true Nazis, the answer he gave can guide our attitude  toward fanaticism.

'Very few people were true  Nazis,' he said, 'but many enjoyed the return of German pride,  and many more were too busy to care. 

I was one of those who just  thought the Nazis were a bunch of fools. So,  the majority just sat back and let it all happen. 
 Then, before we knew it, they  owned us, and we had lost control, and the end of the world had  come. 
 My family lost everything. I ended up in a concentration  camp and the Allies destroyed my factories.'

We are told  again and again by 'experts' and 'talking heads' that Islam is the religion of peace and that the vast majority of Muslims just want to live in peace.  Although this unqualified assertion may be true, it is entirely irrelevant. 

 It is meaningless fluff,  meant to make us feel better, and meant to somehow diminish the spectre of fanatics rampaging across the globe in the name of  Islam.

 The fact is that the fanatics rule Islam at this  moment in history.

It is the fanatics who march. It is the  fanatics who wage any one of 50 shooting wars worldwide. 
 It  is the fanatics who systematically slaughter Christian or tribal  groups throughout Africa and are gradually taking over the  entire continent in an Islamic wave. 
 It is the fanatics who  bomb, behead, murder, or honour-kill. It is the fanatics who take over mosque after mosque.
  It is the fanatics who zealously spread the stoning and hanging of rape victims and homosexuals.  
 It is the fanatics who teach their young to kill and to become  suicide bombers.

The hard, quantifiable fact is that the  peaceful majority, the 'silent majority,' is cowed and  extraneous.

Communist Russia was comprised of Russians who  just wanted to live in peace, yet the Russian Communists  were responsible for the murder of about 20 million people.  The peaceful majority were irrelevant..

China 's huge population  was peaceful as well, but Chinese Communists managed to kill a  staggering 70 million people.

The average Japanese  individual prior to World War II was not a war mongering sadist.  
 Yet, Japan murdered and slaughtered its way across South East  Asia in an orgy of killing that included the systematic murder of 12 million Chinese civilians;   most killed  by sword, shovel, and bayonet.

And who can forget Rwanda , which collapsed into butchery. Could it not be said that the  majority of Rwandans were 'peace loving'?

History  lessons are often incredibly simple and blunt, yet for all our powers of reason, we often miss the most basic and  uncomplicated of points: 
 Peace-loving Muslims have been made  irrelevant by their silence.

Peace-loving Muslims are becoming our enemy when they don't speak up, because like my friend from  Germany , they will awaken one day and find that the fanatics own them, and the end of their world will have begun.

Peace-loving Germans, Japanese, Chinese, Russians,  Rwandans, Serbs, Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Nigerians, Algerians, and many others have died because the peaceful majority did not speak up until it was too late.

As for us who watch it all  unfold, we must pay attention to the only group that counts--the  fanatics who threaten our way of life.

Lastly,  anyone who doubts that the issue is serious and just deletes this email without sending it on, is contributing to the  passiveness that allows the problems to expand. So, extend  yourself a bit and send this on and on and on!

Let us hope that thousands,  world-wide, read this and think about it, and send it on -  before it's too late.

 Now Islamic prayers have been  introduced into Toronto and other public schools in Ontario,and yes, in Ottawa too,  while the Lord's Prayer was removed (due to being so offensive?) 

 The Islamic way may be peaceful for the time being in our country until the fanatics move in. 
 And we are silent.......

THIS IS ALL SO TRUE!  And what do we do --- nothing but forward the above to all our friends!!!  Talk about preaching to the converted!!!

Can't we band as a group and let our voices be heard by those who ARE in a position to avert total disaster?  Think about it.  
 Let's stand up and be counted as caring individuals before we lose our identities and our World!

Yes, friend... I am a caring individual.  A forgiving person.  One, who is not afraid to speak up.  And, one who is glad to see that I am not alone in my thinking.

This reminded me of a Bible verse.  John 16:32, "Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me."

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion.  However, I am grateful that even when I feel I must stand alone, I truly am not.  Alone, I mean.  He is with me... always!

Until next time...

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Saturday, July 21, 2012


Anyone who has read Life with Lynnie (LwL) for any length of time knows that I am different than many people.

In the past, I've been encouraged by some people and verbally attacked by others over special issues that I have concerns about.  In fact, while some people have stood with me, others have defriended me.

Whatever the case, it's okay with me.  Everyone is entitled to their opinions.  Including me.

In this case, once again, the problem arose because I posted about Islam. 

This time, I didn't make any comments, though.  Instead, I just shared an article someone else had posted.

Truly, I grow weary being attacked by people who consider themselves to be a friend to me.  And, I feel rather sorrowful that not everyone sees the truth about what Islam represents.  But, this just shows that much more needs to be done to educate others.

Now, I realize someone may take offense to what I just wrote.  If so, there's nothing I can do about it.

Yes, I can be opinionated.  And, some people don't like this.  Others do.

As for me, well I believe that no matter what, we are to have unconditional love for others.  Just as Jesus called for.  Just as He commanded.

Unfortunately, there are some people who believe that by speaking up and speaking truth about issues, isn't loving.

I disagree.  I believe this is truly loving my neighbour, as myself.

Would I want to be kept in the dark about some danger that could change my life?  No.  Absolutely, not!

If someone knew something that could affect my life in some drastic way, I would want to be told about it.  And, if someone did tell me, I would feel the love they had towards me. 

If they didn't tell me something important that could change my life, and I later found out they knew about it, how do you think I'd feel?  If you said hurt and unloved, you'd be correct.

This is my main reason for speaking out on issues that affect our lives. 

If you don't like it, or understand why I do this, it's okay.  I will pray that God will take the blinders off your eyes, so you can see truth.

Of course, I would like to think that you'd have enough love of Christ in you, to love me unconditionally.  Just as Jesus does.  Just as you might think I should be of others.  Just as I love others.

Yes, the truth is I am a loving person.  I'm not hateful, nor am I vengeful.  I am not biased, nor prejudiced.  I have friends from almost every walk in life.  And religion, too.  Yes, even Islam.

However, this does not mean that I shouldn't love people, and speak truth.  I'm glad I do love others.  Unconditionally. 

This topic brings to mind another Bible verse.   Mark 12:30-31, "And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.  And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these."

Yes, I believe that we must love our neighbour as ourself.  How could we show the love of Christ in us, if we didn't do this?

Just something for you to ponder. 

Until next time...

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Friday, July 20, 2012

My People...

Today is a special day, for some people.  Muslims, in particular.

July 20, 2012 begins the first day of Ramadan.  For more information, please click on this LINK.  Ramadan continues until the 18th of August, 2012.

Muslims will honour their religious practices or observances during this period of time.  Fasting from sunrise to sunset will be done, by those who are true to their faith.

Some who are devoted to Islam won't even allow saliva to build up in their mouths.  So, don't be surprised if you witness people spitting on the sidewalk, during this time.

While I am grateful that we live in a country where freedom of religion is practiced.  Canada, along with USA, UK and other nations who have stood for the cause of freedom, still have laws protecting citizens.  I praise God for this!

However, due to the surging efforts of Muslims around the world, governments are being toppled.  Mainly in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Some people have thought that the people taking over the government, has been a good thing.  However, in my mind, it hasn't been.

There are countries, where freedom of religion had been practiced, in the past.  Places like Egypt, and others, had protected the rights of those who were followers of Christ, with Christianity, and/or other religions.

Not now.  Now, things are changing.  Not necessarily for the best.  Now, governments are being set up, where Islam controls.

Not good.  Not good for those who live in those countries, who are not Islamic.  And, not good for us.

In UK, the government there has opened the door for Islam to take over.   Shariah Law exists, there.  And, that door can never be closed.

Not so, here in Canada or USA, thank God! 

There are some who don't believe or even understand that it can actually happen here.  Shariah Law, I mean.  In the past, I've written about it, so I won't elaborate, here and now. 

It is enough to say that within this next generation, it is possible that we Canadian citizens may no longer have freedom.  We may be subject to Shariah Law, also.

Don't believe me?  Here is a LINK to information from CBC.  Here is another LINK explaining that Shariah Law, is not yet in Canada, but explains what it is about.

The problem is, that as our Muslim populations grows,  and as they congregate in certain areas, so that they can vote in their wanted elected officials, our freedom will change. 

If not stopped early enough, Canada will eventually become an Islamic nation, like so many others have become.  But, those who pushing our government for Shariah Law, will not stop fighting for their cause.  A cause they call freedom.

Yes, freedom is explained very differently, in Islam, than it is from anywhere else in the world.  After all, most people don't realize it is not just a religion, but also a way of life.

Absolutely, we need to trust God for our future.

But, as a citizen of Canada, I believe we need to educate our population to understand what is happening within our country.  This way, people who are non-muslim can take a stand, and pray about this situation, if they so desire.

Wow!  That reminds me of another Bible verse!  In 2 Chronicles 7:14 we are told, "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."

Yes, friend.  We need healing here in our land.  Whether or not you realize it or not, is another issue.  But, in my opinion, we do. 

We Christians, who are God's people, who have been grafted in with God's Chosen people, the Jews, need to be humbling ourselves, understanding the truth of our situations, in a governmental way, pray, seek God and turn from our wicked ways. 

It's our only true protection. 

Then, and only then, will God heal our land, as He promised.  And, yes.  I'm trusting God for the outcome!

Until next time...

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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Blessings & H.B. S!

This past Tuesday was a great day, because I was able to have my 220 volt air-conditioner installed.  This you already knew, if you read the entry I wrote in Life with Lynnie (LwL), the other day.

However, something else happened that really made my day.

Just after suppertime, I received a phone call from my daughter, B.  She mentioned that her sons were getting antsy, after spending most of the day indoors.  You may recall that the heat was scorching, that day!

We discussed a few options she could do with my grandsons and ended our call.

Within a few minutes after our call ended, my phone rang, once more.  It was B, once again.

This time, B let me know that she was not going to bring her whole family, but she was coming to visit with three (3) of my grandsons.  And, we were going to have fun in the pool, together!

And fun, we had! 

B and two (2) of her three (3) sons, splashed with me in the pool.  Along with a whole group of other people!

With the temperatures as high as they were, it seemed that not only was there many of my neighbours in the pool, but also were some of their visiting family members, along with them.  Still, we enjoyed ourselves.

Afterwards, the wind was blowing and with the intense heat, the combination made for quick drying.

We had a snack together, in our covered picnic area.  And, had some fun chatting and spending time, together.

Wow!  Did I feel blessed!

That was Tuesday.  Today, is Thursday. 

Last evening, I was so-o exhausted that I actually climbed into bed about 9:30 p.m.  And, I was out like a light!

Two (2) hours later, I woke up.  And, couldn't go back to sleep.  At least, until about 6:30 a.m., this morning.  Then, I received a text message about 7:30 a.m.  Yes, it woke me up.  And, no... I didn't get another minute of shut-eye!

Since I was up and running early, I did what I normally do when it's a special day like this one.  I baked a birthday cake, for B's boyfriend, S.  Boy, was I happy that it rained intensely today, because with the drop in temperature, I didn't even have to use the air-conditioning, while the oven was on!

Like we usually do on birthdays, we got together for supper.  B made a pan of delicious penne!  Mmmmm....mmmm... good!  Okay, maybe I should say, it wasn't good; it was delicious!  Thank you, B!

After celebrating S's birthday with dinner, cake and gifts, I spent some time with my granddaughter, A.  She has a really cute Dora book, that she wanted me to read to her.  I'm not sure who enjoyed this more.  A, or me!

Lord, I thank you for blessing me and healing my family.

Exodus 16:26, says "If you will diligently listen to the voice of the LORD your God, and do that which is right in his eyes, and give ear to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, your healer."

No one can provide for us the way God does.  His plan for our lives may not always be what we think we need, but is always what He knows we need.

If you aren't trusting Him, for everything in your life, you may want to re-think your relationship with Him.

Until next time...

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012


Wow!  I just realized that I forgot to write about Monday, July 9th. 

I'm not saying the 9th was a special day or anything, but I usually write about my comings and goings here on Life with Lynnie (LwL).  That day, was a little bit different than what some of my Mondays have been as of late.

In case you're not aware, Realtors licenced in the province of Ontario, must complete 24 credit hours of education, every two (2) years, in order to renew their licence.  One course is compulsory:  RECO Update.

My real estate board offers the course a few times per year, in order to accommodate the needs of members.  July 9th, was one of those dates.  And, I took the course that day.

Enroute to the Holiday Inn Select, here in Windsor, I stopped by my Realtor friend P's to pick her up.  Together, we spent the day, fulfilling our requirements for education. 

Phew!  Glad that one's done!  Although, I must admit, this time, the course seemed a little easier to do than in the past. 

Being a full day timewise, I never find this course easy.  You may or may not be aware that I am not supposed to sit for extensive periods of time.  In fact, I dread having to take full day courses, because I find that usually my body hurts really badly by the time I'm finished.

I must admit that it was a nice break to walk out to my van, and drive P and I to the nearby Wendy's for lunch. 

P treated me to a delicious side caesar's salad and chicken wrap.  I must admit, it was mmm... good!  Thank you, P.  It wasn't necessary, but I appreciated your loving gesture.

Full day courses are not what I normally elect to participate in.  However, in this circumstance, I didn't really have a choice.

In addition, this course is usually dry in nature.  Not much fun, I suppose I should say.  Informative, yes.  Fun, not usually.

However, this time I found it to be quite a bit easier to tolerate than before.  Possibly the teacher had something to do with it.  In fact, I would say that it is probably the truth.

One of our cronies, who has been a fellow Realtor for decades, taught this course.  And, he made it fun!  Thank you, friend.  May God bless you!

Still, by the end of the day, my body was hurting.  Yes, I prayed God would help me.  And, He did!  Thank You, Lord!

This was not surprising to me.  After all, God knows my need, before even I do, at times.  In this case though, I knew my need and prayed before I even began the course that day.

This brought to my mind Psalm 38:9, "Lord, all my desire is before you; and my groaning is not hid from you."

No matter what, He loves me and helps me through each day of my life.  Nothing is hidden from my Lord.  Not for me.  And, not for you.

Friend, if you are not already trusting in Jesus Christ, for your salvation, I pray you will do so, today.  Tomorrow may be too late.

Until next time...

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012


If you read yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, you'll know that I wrote about being really HOT!

You may be wondering why I have been so hot.  Well, I decided that today, I would explain it.

In my apartment, I had a great air-conditioning unit.  Truly, it ran great.  Nice and cold.  The trouble was that after a few minutes, the power breaker would blow. 

Then, I'd have to shut off the unit, and wait five (5) minutes or so for it to cool down.  Then, I could turn it on, once again.  Only to find that after a few minutes, the breaker would blow, once again.

It didn't make sense to me to keep my apartment closed up while I waited for the air-conditioning unit to be ready to turn on, again.  Just those few minutes of being closed up, in this intense heat, was enough to make me feel like I was going to pass out!

So instead, I elected to just keep my balcony door and bedroom window open, to allow some air to enter in my apartment.  Even if it was hot air, at least it was air!

A while ago, I had our maintenance men come to my unit, to ask them if they would be able to change my air-conditioning unit, because I was going to purchase another unit.  They discussed the situation with me.

We agreed that since I have access to a 220 volt plug, the 220 volt unit I wanted to purchase would work.  And, work much better.  Believe it or not, they are more energy efficient to operate, as well!

But, I did need to have a 220 volt extension cord made, so that the new unit would be able to be plugged in.

Knowing that sometime this week my 220 volt air-conditioning unit was due to arrive, I had a cord made up.  Originally, I had been told to not have the cord made any longer than 10 feet.  So, that's what I did!

It wasn't inexpensive to have this cord made up, but I was glad I did it!

Today, the unit arrived!  And, the maintenance crew removed the older 110 volt unit and replaced it with my 220 volt unit.

Then, they told me that since the cord for the new unit was longer than expected, I either have to have the cord that I just paid to have made, either shortened, or have a new cord made, once again.  Apparently, the shorter they are, the better the unit will work.

So, it looks like I'll be having another 220 volt extension cord made up.  No sense in shortening the one I just had made.  I'll keep just in case I need it for another unit. 

I thank our building crew for doing this for me today, for once again the temperature was to be in the 100F/38C range, or higher.  May God bless you for your caring hearts, to find time to do the work you did, so I could be comfortable for a change!

They assured me that they will come back to my unit to properly complete the fitting of the unit, at a later date.  Probably about three (3) or so weeks.

In the meantime, they insulated around the unit, so it could be immediately used.  And, it worked well!

Cool air poured out!  Praise God!  Thank You, Jesus!  Relief from this intense heat!  Yes, I'm happy!  :)

Speaking of relief, I was reminded of Luke 16:24-25, "And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.  But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented."

Yes, this intense heat of late, has reminded me of the heat I have experienced throughout my life.  Life hasn't been kind to me, to be sure.

But, by trusting in Jesus for my salvation, I know that even though I will suffer in this lifetime, I know my reward will be later, when I spend eternity, in heaven with my Lord.  How cool is this!

Hopefully, I will see you, there.

Until next time...

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Monday, July 16, 2012


Throughout most of July this year, we've had very hot days.  It's not uncommon to experience 100 F... or 38 C, whichever you prefer to say.

If you've read Life with Lynnie (LwL) for a long time, you'll know that in the past, I've written about spending time in Northern Ireland, with family and my now deceased husband Gordon.

While temperatures blazed here around that 100F/38C range here in Ontario, we relaxed in beautiful greener than green surroundings, enjoying the cool, comfortable temperatures in N. Ireland of high 60's to high 70's.  Oooohh, how wonderful it was!

Since it is so very hot here today again, I suppose you can tell that I'm trying to keep myself cool, just thinking about this memory.  And, wishing I was there, right now!

Unfortunately, it's not working.  I'm hot beyond belief! 

A few moments ago, I enjoyed a telephone conversation with a friend.  Like most people, they believe it's great to experience the heat we've been having.  It's obvious they prefer summer to winter.

Not me.

Although winter is not my favourite season either, at least I can keep myself warm.  If necessary, I can wear a sweater to take the chill off.  Or, wear a coat!

Not so in summer.  Without air-conditioning, or even with it, there are times when people suffer with this heat!  Some even die from it!

Please don't misunderstand.  I enjoy warm temperatures.  I just can't stand it when it's so hot you can fry an egg on my head!

My favourite seasons are Spring and Fall (Autumn).  If I had to choose, Autumn would be my favourite. 

After all, in addition to reasonably comfortable temperatures, we enjoy the gorgeous colours of the season.  Leaves changing from green to yellow, or red makes for a visual delight!

Thinking about all this heat, made me think about hell.  Or, Hell, as some people refer to it as. 

Truly, I'm not sure whether to capitalize the name, or not.  Hmmm... that reminds me of how I had trouble deciding this, when I wrote my book, Love Never Fails You....

No matter what you call it, it's hot, there!  And, it's somewhere I do not want to be.

This reminds me of Matthew 5:29, "And if your right eye causes you to offend, pluck it out, and cast it from you: for it is better for you that one of your members should perish, and not that your whole body should be cast into hell."

I'm sure you can see how thankful I am that Jesus died for me, and for the sin of all who will believe.  If Jesus hadn't done this, we would all suffer in hell.  How grateful I am that He saved me from an eternity such as this.

Friend, if you're not yet trusting in Jesus Christ, for your salvation, then please do so, today.  We are not guaranteed tomorrow.  And, it could be too late if you wait.  Jesus loves you...

Until next time...

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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Worship Surprises!

As I am sure you are aware, today is my Lord's Day, once again!

If you've been a reader of Life with Lynnie (LwL) for a while, you'll know that I've worshipped at my church for about 18 1/2 years.  Yup!  That's a l-o-n-g time!

Normally, I would have gone to worship there today, as per my normal habit.  However, today I did not.

Today, I knew I had something to do after church, with a client who doesn't drive.  Originally, I made arrangements to pick them up after church.

But, then my client suggested I pick them up and worship at their church, today.  This way, we'd be together to go see the property they wanted to see.

Hmmm... I must admit, it only took me a second or two to think this suggestion over, before I agreed to do this!

Since their church service began at 10:00 a.m., I picked them up about 9:30 a.m.  Across town we went to their church on Windsor's west side. 

Ambassador Baptist Church is somewhere I had been to on one occasion, around Christmas time 2010.

Since two (2) of my grandsons, Z and S attend the school across the street, they had been attending a children's programme on Wednesdays, at Ambassador B. C.  S had been selected to play the part of one of the three (3) wise men:  the one who brought GOLD to our Lord Jesus, after He was born.

I cannot recall if I posted a pic of S, when he participated in the play, but truly it doesn't matter.  Here he is!

My grandson S, at Ambassador Baptist Church, Dec. 2010

In any case, until today, I had never worshipped there. 

To my surprise, not only did my client/friend worship at Ambassador, but I found that two (2) other friends of mine, who I hadn't seen in a while, are now worshipping there, also!  This was quite a surprise, considering this is a rather small church.

This worship service was a little different than on most other SONdays.  It began with several baptisms.  In addition, some people became members.  Wow!  What a great day to worship, there!

I must say that it is not surprising to be reminded of Matthew 28:19-20, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen." 

After all, with multiple baptisms this day, those people have come to realize that they needed to be obedient to God's calling to repent and be baptized.  Praise God for this!

Afterwards, we all had a chance to visit, as coffee and sweet treats were served in the fellowship room, downstairs.  Of course, it also gave me a chance to meet some of the people who worship there, on a regular basis.

All in all, it was a wonderful blessing to worship there, today.

Later, my client/friend and I drove to LaSalle, to view the property in question.  Oops... there I go again, speaking about work, after saying I wouldn't do this.  Oh well, it was relevant to today's entry.

I pray that you had a blessed Lord's day, friend.

Until next time...

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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Book Signing, at Chapters...

Last night, once again, I didn't sleep well.  In fact, I was up half the night.

No, I didn't have some overwhelming problem to deal with.  Although, I must admit that what happened the other night, didn't disturb my sleep until last night. 

For some reason, I just couldn't get that episode that I wrote about in yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, regarding the meeting with the group of men, off my mind. 

All I can say, is that I'm glad I didn't have an early morning appointment.  I finally fell asleep close to about 5:00 a.m.,  so even though it may sound like I slept in to about 9:00 a.m., it sure wasn't sleeping in, to me!  lol

When I was finally ready to leave home, it was about noon.

Making my way across town, I decided to stop at my daughter P's home, for a few minutes.  Then, I headed quickly for Devonshire Mall.

No, I wasn't going shopping!  Rather, I was scheduled to begin a book signing event once again, at Chapters book store.

Yes, I know... I had been there just a few weeks ago, doing a book signing event, for my book  Love Never Fails You...  www.lynniebooks.blogspot.com.  However, since I had done really well with book sales, I had been rescheduled for another event.

Today, was the day.

Just after I got the table organized with my display, I noticed one of the men from the group meeting the other night, walking with his son close to where I was located.  It didn't surprise me that this man didn't stop and say hello.

What did surprise me was that God once again provided for me. 

While I did not sell the same number of copies of my book this time, as I did last time, the manager told me that once again, I sold more copies than the average author does, at these events.  And, she commented that it was almost unheard of for anyone to sell the number of copies that I sold when I did my first event there.

For this, I praise God and thank Jesus!

Something interesting happened, today.  A short time apart, a couple of past clients of mine, stopped by the table.  Surprised to see me, we chatted for a few minutes.

During my conversation with one of these women, she made some comments with regard to the title of my book.  And, she asked some questions about it.

In the past, this woman had informed me that she was walking with God.  However, today I had a different feeling.  I even wondered if she had changed from being Catholic to Islam.  But no, I didn't ask.

For sure, it became apparent that she didn't know the Bible well enough to know that we are told in 1 Corinthians 13:8, "Love never fails: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away."

Yes, she seemed shocked to hear this.  All I can say, is I prayed for her.

Until next time...

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Closed to Truth...

This past Monday, I had planned to make dinner and take to share with my friend C, who as you would know if you were a regular reader of Life with Lynnie (LwL) is in a wheelchair.  We used to work together, but now that he's unable to function physically, he retired. 

However, on Sunday evening, C phoned me and let me know that he wouldn't be able to meet with me on Monday, as we had planned.  He was having company from out of town, come visit him!

Well, I was truly happy for him, considering he has no family, here in town.  And, even if he has a couple friends, like me who visit from time to time, life can be fairly lonely and/or boring!

This gave me time to do something I had really only organized in my head.  I began to write out what I wanted to say at a meeting that I had arranged for Wednesday evening. 

Sorry, I cannot/will not give out any information with regards to the problem, nor any details about how this meeting went.

What I will say, is that it was one of the most heartbreaking meetings I have ever attended.  And, I pray I will never again have to do again, what I had to do.

I'm sure if you are a true Christian at heart, you will understand that I am not prepared to malign anyone, for any reason.  Even if it is deserving.

But, that is exactly what has been happening to me.  Hence, the need for this meeting.

In my heart, I thought that once discussion had taken place, and proof had been rendered, people in attendance would see that they had made a mistake.  At my expense.

Yes, I have paid dearly, for someone's misconception of the truth.  And, it didn't end on Wednesday. 

Even after hearing what I had to say, and even after offering proof, it seemed no one cared.  This group, who had lied to me, and who had defamed my character, just continued on in their quest to hurt me.

All I can say to them, is... may God bless you. 

There is nothing more for me to say.  God is in control, and He will take over from here on.

I am thankful that I chose to forgive these people.  And, I will continue praying for them, for they know not what they do. 

Yes, I realize this is what Jesus said while on the cross, dying for the sin of all who will believe.  And, I am not trying to compare myself with Him.

The reality is that I have been hurt in many ways.  Financially, my reputation, personally, emotionally... and for a time, even spiritually.  But, God is good.  He loves me and He restored me.  And, that's all that matters.

Still, I was reminded about Isaiah 44:18, "They have not known nor understood: for he hath shut their eyes, that they cannot see; and their hearts, that they cannot understand."

I will continue to pray for those who have hurt me.  It seems that their eyes, ears, and hearts are closed to truth.

Until next time...

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

The Twelfth!

If you read yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, you'll know that I wrote about the eleventh (11th).  After doing so, I felt it appropriate to write about the twelfth (12th), today!

Yes, the 12th follows the 11th, on our calendar.  But, it is a very special day in Northern Ireland, for a very different reason.  It's Orangeman's Day, normally called The Glorious Twelfth!

While The Glorious Twelfth can refer to hunting, on The Twelfth Protestant people celebrate The Glorious Revolution in 1688, and the victory of William of Orange at the Battle of Boyne, in 1690.  For history buffs, or anyone who would like to read more, make sure you click on those blue links.

The year Gordon and I were in Northern Ireland for the first time, we were fortunate to be there in time to see some of the celebrations.  Including the Orange Walk which took place on the 12th that year, near Coleraine. 

Being only a few minutes drive from where we were staying, we made our way with family to view the walk.  It's really a parade of musical bands and those who are members of the Orange Order from various areas.

We had a wonderful time, seeing all those marching with their colours and flags representing their local groups.  The music was wonderful, as well.

Here are a few pics of the parade or march we watched that day:
A sea of people attending the march, or parade near Coleraine July 12, 2000

Marchers wearing their colours

One of the many marching bands

Please forgive me for the horrible scanning of these pics I did.  I guess I'll get better with practice!  lol

For our picnic lunch with family members, we shared a treat we had never tasted before.  Mars bar sandwiches!  One of my cousins commented that if it was good enough for the Queen (referring to Queen Elizabeth II), then it was good enough for us!

I must say, although it was a shocking revelation, I must admit the Mars bar sandwich tasted delicious!

The walks or marches are not limited to just July 12th.  The good weather brings marching season.  And so, walks or marching is done, regularly during marching season, to the glory of God.

This reminds me of another Bible verse.  1 Corinthians 10:31 tells us, "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God."

To this, all I can say, is... Amen.  Amen.  AMEN!

Until next time...

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Eleventh Night...

Anyone who knows me personally, or anyone who has read Life with Lynnie (LwL) entries for a very long time, will know that I have relatives in Northern Ireland.

Before I visited there the first time, I wasn't aware that I had family there.  Well, I did... sort of. 

My grandmother, at the age of 18, had left her family and immigrated to Canada, back in 1912.  One hundred years ago!  Wow!  How shocking this is.  A whole century ago!

So, on my first visit to Ireland, I thought for sure I would only see the area where my granny had lived and possibly see headstones in the church graveyard.  It never crossed my mind that there would be relatives there that would consider me family.

To Gordon's and my surprise, we met several family members on that visit and were so grateful for getting to know them.  By the way, July 11th is the birthday of two (2) cousins of mine, who live in Northern Ireland.  Happy Birthday H & G!

That year, on the eleventh (11th) of July, we went with family who drove us to Old Bushmills Distillery.   As we approached the property entrance, we found we were blocked and not able to access the driveway.  A truck... or lorry, as the British and Irish call them, was overturned and afire.

Yes, I realize I said it was afire!  It was burning!

That evening we drove to a nearby town to have dinner at a hotel with some family.  Enroute, we were stopped by a police officer and questioned as to where we were going.

When we explained which hotel we were going to, he gave us permission to proceed.  Once we parked near the hotel, we heard a plain-clothed person radio to others, including the officer who had stopped us, confirming that we indeed had parked and were entering the hotel.

Why was this happening?

It wasn't due to some sort of problem that had been known to happen in years past, in Northern Ireland.  Rather, it was because July 11th is the day before the glorious twelfth!  I'll be writing about that, tomorrow!  The 11th is Bonfire Night!

Yes, on the day and evening of the 11th, bonfires are set.  And many, if not all, bridges are shut off throughout the evening and cannot be driven over, including the bridge the police had made sure we didn't intend to drive across!

Today, I spoke with one of my Irish cousins, whose birthday it is.  She told me that she'll be attending a bonfire celebration, this evening.  I let her know I'll be thinking of her!

This brought to mind a Bible verse that I felt was appropriate for the day.  Philippians 1:3, "I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,"

Ah, memories...  How grateful I am for them!

Until next time...

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A Song For You...

As you would know if you read yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I sang a capella (without music) during my apartment complex's deck party and BBQ, on Sunday afternoon.

As I mentioned yesterday, the song I sang was by The Carpenter'sA Song For You.  Here's a LINK to read about it.

Here is a Youtube video with lyrics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJyXSUhN2ZY

And, here is a link to my re-writen Christian lyrics that I sang of A Song For You:

I've been so many places in my life and times
I've sung a lot of songs I've made some bad rhymes
I've acted out my love on stages
With ten thousand people watching
But we're alone now and I'm singing this song for You

I know Your image of me is what I hope to be
I've treated You unkindly but Jesus I'm glad You see
There's no one more important to me
Jesus, I'm so glad You saved me
Cause we're alone now and I'm singing this song for You

You taught me precious secrets of the Truth withholding nothing
You came out in front when I was hiding
But now I'm so much better and if my words don't go together
Just listen to the melody cause my love is in there hiding

I love You in a place where there's no space or time
I love You for all my life You've been a friend of mine
And when my life is over we'll be in heaven, together
But we're alone and I'm singing this song for You

You taught me precious secrets of the Truth withholding nothing
You came out in front when I was hiding
But now I'm so much better and if my words don't go together

Just listen to the melody cause my love is in there hiding

I love You in a place where there's no space or time
I love You for all my life You've been a friend of mine
And when my life is over we'll be in heaven, together
But, we're alone now and I'm singing this song for You

We're alone and I'm singing this song, for You

This put me in mind of Psalm 30:4, "Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness." 

As you can tell, I love to sing for my Lord, giving Him all the praise and honour, in remembrance of Him!

Until next time...

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Monday, July 9, 2012

Unto You...

In yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I wrote about worshipping at church, on Sunday.  I wasn't finished with what I wanted to say, so I am continuing on, today.

Not only do I love to worship in spirit and in truth, but I love to worship my Lord, in song! And, today was one of those days. I enjoyed every piece of music we sang, at church.

Some people don't consider singing or songs to be worship, but in my mind, it is.

It may be because music is a part of me.  When I sing, I sing from my heart.  And, with God always on my mind.

Arriving home, I quickly got changed into some cooler and more comfortable clothing.

This was the day that my whole apartment complex has been looking forward to.  This was our Deck Party & BBQ day!

Making my way to the deck where our pool is located, I joined in the fun along side of my friends and neighbours.  There were many activities happening.  Games of all sorts. 

Bean bag toss tournament kept many people busy.  So did a euchre tournament and poker games; I played neither.  A golf putting competition was rather fun, even though I haven't been able to actually play golf in years.

Another fun game was the balloon darts game, where you throw darts in an effort to break a balloon.  And, of course, Bingo was popular.

I wish I had remembered to bring my camera and take some pics, but unfortunately, I didn't.  Sorry.

There was music that most of us in our age group knew and loved.  Some did some line dancing.

We were fed delicious BBQ'd hotdogs and potato chips.  Some drank alcoholic beverages (not provided).  Some, like me, did not.  Instead, I enjoyed a lovely cold bottle of water.  Oh yes, I have to admit.  I also splurged and actually drank a can of pop.  Cream soda!

Of course, as the afternoon progressed, things changed a little.

The person in charge of the music, announced that they were going to allow anyone to sing karaoke, who wished to.  Hmmm... that kind of surpised me, but made me very happy. 

Two (2) years ago, I sang a capella, electing to not use the karaoke music.  Last year, I wasn't able to sing, because karaoke wasn't offered, due to the fact that we had live entertainment.

But yesterday, I was the first of three (3) people to sing.  The other two (2) used karaoke music.  Once again, I did not.

Anyone who knows me well, knows that I like to change lyrics of well known songs just a little bit, in order to convert them into praise and/or worship songs.

Speaking of singing, this reminds me of Romans 15:9, "And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name."

The song I sang, was my rewritten Christian lyrical version of The Carpenter's, A Song For You

Who knows?  Maybe one day you'll hear me sing it.  My version, I mean.  The one that honours my Lord!

Until next time...

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Sunday, July 8, 2012

In Spirit and In Truth...

Today, is my Lord's day.  SONday.  A day of worship and of rest.

If you've been a reader of Life with Lynnie (LwL) for a while, you'll know that in the past, I went to the cemetary to visit my husband's grave, every Sunday.  A few months ago, this changed somewhat.

In April, when it became two and a half (2 1/2) years since my Gordon died, I realized I had to stop doing this.  Well, maybe not quite so often, because as long as I was making an effort to visit his grave on a regular basis, I just could not seem to put him in the past.

Not that I want to put Gordon in the past.  Truly, I'd rather have him here with me.  But, I realize it is not God's will for me and my life.  If it were, he'd be here with me instead of being in heaven with Jesus.

What I mean is, that as long as I concentrated solely on Gordon and how much I miss him, I felt like I just couldn't move forward with my life.  So, I've made an effort to not do this, on a regular basis.

Consciously, I ask myself if I truly want to go there.  My preprogrammed heartfelt answer to myself is most often yes, but knowing that it will truly serve no purpose, I have elected lately to answer myself with a resounding no.

Today wasn't one of those days though.  This morning I left home earlier than I have been recently on Sunday mornings. 

I made my way to the cemetary.

It took me somewhat longer than I anticipated, because although I knew there was road construction along Hwy. #3, I didn't realize that other roadways, leading me to that area, were closed.

Eventually, I arrived and stood along side Gordon's grave for the first time in a while.  Even though I thought of him and prayed to God, it didn't make me feel any better to stand there.  Even so, I'm glad I honoured him, by visiting his grave and my future resting place.

Afterwards, I made my way to worship at my church.  That's one thing I love to do.  Worship my God!  And, worship Him, I did.

I love honouring my Lord, as we are told in John 4:24, "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth."

Hmmm... in spirit and in truth.  I must ask for prayer for a problem that I will be addressing, later this week. 

I am praying that God will lead me to do and say what He wills me, and to speak truth.  Thank you for this, friend.  May God bless you.  I appreciate your prayer, more than you know. 

Arriving home, I had to prepare myself for an afternoon of fun and food that was to take place on the deck of my apartment building.  Unfortunately, I'll have to tell you about it, tomorrow.  See you, then!

Until next time...

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Saturday, July 7, 2012


If you've been reading Life with Lynnie (LwL) entries lately, you'll know that I've been enduring the heat, both at home, and in my vehicle, because neither's air-conditioning has been working.

Believe me, it's been hot!  Of course, if you live anywhere near me, you'll know that we all have been doing our best to deal with the heat.

How hot has it been?  It's been consistently in the 90-106F/32-41C range.  Hot!  At least for us, here in Canada!

Something I've found to be rather humerous has been happening, lately.  It has to do with the weather.  Well, at least weather reporting.

Originally, I thought about posting a pic of a page showing an example of what I will be referring to, but after giving it some thought, I decided I would not do this.

Not because it isn't relevant, because it certainly is.  However, it would show anyone reading this entry the name of the weather site where I found this strange phenomena.

I'm referring to the fact that not just this site, but others as well, have been forecasting temperatures and posting them or advertising them.  Okay, this sounds normal.

But, what isn't normal, at least in my experience, is that the actual temperatures are being quoted much higher than what is being forecast.

To give you an example, today about 11:06 a.m., I printed out a page, showing the high temperature of the day to be 92F... but, with the humidity factored in, the site says it will feel like 99F.  The high for the day that I just quoted wasn't yet due to be until between 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. and since the forcasted temperature of 90F was due to arrive around 12:00 p.m. (noon), anyone reading this, would assume that even the quoted 90F hadn't yet been reached. 

However, the right now temperature reading shown on this page was 97F, feeling like 105F (due to humidity)!

In case you've missed my point, I'll ask a question.  How can the right now temperature be quoted at 97F, when the high temperature for the day, was being forecasted at 92F? 

How could this be quoted correctly, when the right now temp is greater than the high forecasted for the day?

Today, wasn't the first time I've seen and/or heard this.  It's actually been happening regularly, lately.  Everyone seems to be forecasting temperatures lower than what we've actually been receiving!

Well, at least I'm happy to say that I am now able to feel cool, while driving!

Yesterday, I took my van to a mechanic who not only did an oil change and replace my windshield wipers, but was able to get my air-conditioning working!  Praise God!  Thank You, Jesus!

Ah, it felt so good to be able to drive home, feeling considerably cooler than I did on my journey to the repair shop. 

Speaking about cool, something really cool happened to me, recently.  Something that I believe I have not yet mentioned.

A while ago, I received a message asking me to call one of the Boston Pizza locations, here in my area. Being busy at the time, I didn't immediately call. In fact, when I remembered to contact them, I happened to be driving by.

I'm sure you guessed, that I dropped in. Showing the message to the greeter, she went and got the manager. He looked at the message and congratulated me on my card being drawn for a free lunch!

A free lunch! Haven't we always heard there is no such thing as a free lunch? Well, I guess this proved that thought, wrong. Much to my joy!

Cool, wouldn't you say?!

While these things might surprise me, and may possibly even surprise you, nothing surprises God.  There are many passages in His Word, the Bible that confirm this.

1 John 3:20, is one of them, "For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things."

Yes, He is omniscient.  He knows all things.  Nothing can be kept hidden from God.

Personally, I am grateful for this!  I never have to worry about Him not knowing truth of every circumstance in my life.  And, in yours too, my friend.  Hallelujah!

Until next time...

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