Friday, August 31, 2012

Strength?!

If you read the day before yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, you'll know that my friend and ex-coworker C, and I got together for lunch.

Lunch wasn't to be at a local Windsor restaurant.  Instead, C and his wheelchair were in my van, and together, we were heading across The Ambassador Bridge, to Detroit, Michigan, USA.

Before heading across, I stopped and filled up my gas tank.

I know, I know.  You're probably laughing at this, because most people don't do this.  Most people go across and fill up their tank in USA, because gasoline prices are much lower, there. 

But, I am not like this.  I usually don't gas up my vehicle, unless it is absolutely necessary, or unless I am travelling in USA for a while.  Why?  Because I don't want to lie at the border and claim I didn't purchase something that I was bringing back to Canada.  So, to avoid any argument or complication, I gas up here, in Canada.

It was clear sailing across the bridge.  lol  I suppose it would be more accurate to say that there was little traffic.  Which there was.

When we arrived at the USA customs booths, I was behind one (1) car.  And, there was one at the booth.

My good friend Murphy, of Murphy's Law fame, was alive and well.  Other lanes seemed to move slowly, but surely.  Mine, didn't move for the longest time.

Of course, I've always been told that it looks suspicious if you change lanes, so I stayed put. 

Eventually, the vehicle ahead of me entered the booth area.  Once again, it seemed to take forever for that vehicle to be released.

Finally!  It was our turn to proceed to the booth.  Oh, but we couldn't!  The customs officer turned the light from green to red!

We were stuck there, with vehicles behind us!  Yup, when I say stuck, I mean stuck.  For about 15 minutes, we sat there watching vehicles in other lanes proceed, while sat there.  Yes, I shut off my engine.

Eventually, we were able to approach the customs booth.  Within a minute or so, we were released.  Praise God!  Thank You, Jesus!

Upon arriving at the restaurant parking lot, I knew I was once again going to suffer.  Silently, I prayed that God would help me.  And, He did!

As I opened the rear hatch door, the wheelchair began to slide.  It had been leaning on the door, and was beginning to fall as I lifted the hatch.

A man nearby, who was cutting a lawn, shut off his mower and came to my assistance.  He lifted out the chair for me, watched as C transferred from the vehicle into the chair, and even wheeled him into the restaurant.

Be still my heart!  I thanked him and even gave him a monetary gift for his assistance!  And, I thanked God, too!

Together, we enjoyed a delicious meal and conversation.  Thank you C, for treating me to lunch!

When it was time to exit, I began praying, silently.  Yes, God helped C transfer into my vehicle, once again.  And, He gave me the strength to get the chair into the back of my van.

In much worse pain, I drove across the bridge and back into Canada.  Yes, the pain grew worse, when I had to unload the chair from the van, when I dropped C off at his apartment complex.

While I had been praying and while I had been doing all that physical stuff that I now realize I should never have done, I prayed silently a Bible verse that I claim whenever I know I will struggle, physically.

Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

I was grateful for this verse that I prayed, continuously as I suffered.  And I was grateful that God helped me, even if I was in pain.

There's still more to write about, but once again, it will have to wait until tomorrow.


Until next time...

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Celebrations & Praise!

Even though I said in yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, that I would continue my story about going to Detroit, Michigan, USA, I must apologize, because I must interrupt myself.

As you know, I wished my grandson J Happy Birthday, on August 28th, the day of his birthday.

Due to something important that she couldn't reschedule, my daughter suggested we get together on Wednesday, instead.  So that's what we did.  We got together yesterday to celebrate J's birthday!

If you've been a long time reader of LwL, you'll know that J doesn't really like cake.  Instead, he wanted me to bake banana muffins, because he loves his grandma's muffins!  So, that's what I did!

After dinner, came celebration time.

Instead of using number candles, or just one (1) candle to wish J Happy Birthday, and one (1) candle for good luck, J wanted to do this and have the rest of his birthday candles on other muffins.  So, that's what we did!

When I took the photo of J blowing out his candles, I intended to immediately take another pic. 

Unfortunately, I couldn't.  My batteries died, once again!  In fact, there was no pic in the memory, of what I had just taken.  Sniff sniff... this meant that I had no picture to post of J blowing out his candles.

Since I really don't like to post birthday celebrations without a photo, I decided I would use last year's pic; here it is!

Here's J with his birthday muffins, last year.
Now you're another year older!
Happy Birthday, J!
Grandma loves you!

Upon arriving home, I was rushed off my feet!  I had to prepare foods for today's lunchtime swim and BBQ time, with some of my Christian friends.

Thank You, Lord... for helping me not only prepare, but become fully organized, for our special time of fun, food and fellowship!

Here's a pic of my three (3) friends who joined me, today.


Here's W, A & her mom, P (visiting from Jamaica)!

Do you think we had a good time?  Do smiles tell the story?  Smile :) !!  I believe so!

Thank You, Lord, once again... for blessing me with great friends. 

And, thank You for giving us a day that could be considered perfect.  Not too hot, but hot enough.  Not too humid.  Clear skies.  Warmth.  Yet a beautiful breeze off the water. 

Sigh...  It makes me wish you could have been here with us.

Thinking about praising Him and being thankful, reminded me of another Bible verse.  In fact, it reminded me of the entire Psalm 100, "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.  Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.  Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.  Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.  For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations."

Wow!  What wonderful blessings we read about.  And, I lived, all within the last 24 hours!  Thank You, Lord! 


Until next time...

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A Way?

If you've been a reader of Life with Lynnie (LwL) for a while, you'll know from time to time, I have gone across to Detroit, Michigan, USA.

While I rarely go shopping while across the border, I usually have lunch, there.  Sometimes at another restaurant that possibly we no longer have in Canada, but usually I enjoy a meal at my favourite Mexican restaurant.

Over the past few weeks, my friend C, who is wheelchair bound, had been talking about going to Detroit.

In the past, when we worked as real estate partners, and even before this, we and other friends used to go to Mexican Town, as an afternoon getaway.  Usually, when we wanted to discuss business in the process.

Now that a couple of our friends have died, and now that C is no longer working, life has changed.  Well, for C, it is mostly due to having to rely on a wheelchair to get around.

Recently, during our conversations, C suggested we go across for a tasty lunch at Mexican Town Restaurant.  My favourite restaurant across the border.

For several weeks, I have put off the conversation about doing this, convinced I could not take C across the border with me.  Oh, not because he can't go, because certainly, he can.

Mainly, it was because I was nervous about C transferring into my van.  And, even more importantly, with regards to my own health, finding a way to get his wheelchair into my van, without me hurting myself.

C recently obtained a lightweight chair, that he kept trying to convince me I would be able to lift, with no problem.  At first, I thought there was no way I could do this, but at his insistance, I finally agreed.

So, on Wednesday, August 22nd, I dropped by to pick him up.  Yes, he managed to transfer into my vehicle.  Then, I folded up the lightweight chair and lifted into the back of my van.

Yikes!  I thought it was going to kill me, doing this!

I wasn't sure what hurt worse.  My hernia, or my neck/shoulder/arm and back?

Immediately, I knew I should not have even made an attempt to do this.  I'm not sure if C believed me, about my pain, but it made no difference.  He and his chair was loaded in my van, at this point in time.

Even though I was in pain, I silently prayed as we made our way to the bridge. 

I thanked God for helping me.  I knew that without Him, I couldn't have done what I had just done.  I thanked Him, for making a way where there seemed to be no way.

This reminded me of Isaiah 43:19, "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."

Now, I realize that this verse talks about wilderness and rivers.  But, that is not the important part of this verse.  To me, the most important part is, that God will make a way...  And, for this I am thankful.  And, was thankful, even that day.

There is more to be said about my international daytime excursion, but it will have to wait until tomorrow.


Until next time...

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

H.B. J! & Provision...

Before beginning today's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I must wish my grandson J, Happy Birthday!  Unfortunately, due to unchangeable circumstances on my daughter B's part, we will not meet to celebrate until tomorrow. 

OOOOOOOiiiiiiiiiiiiieeeee!  Am I ever behind in writing about my comings and goings, here on LwL!  I'll do my best to try and bring you up to date!

In doing so, I'll have to go back in time to Friday, August 17th.  That's the day when I met my friend C, at Franco's (Italian restaurant) for lunch!

C and I formally met each other when we both became members of the Windsor Book Club.  The reading group that I had been meeting up with, until this summer.

However, we have another connection.  Her mom worships at my church.  And, since meeting C, I recognized that I have seen here there, in the past.  Now, whenever we see each other, we make sure we stop and chat!

In any case, I had a lovely time of fellowship with C, that day.  Of course, we both enjoyed our meal, as well, but that wasn't the main focus of the time we spent, together.

Being sisters-in-the-Lord, we are never at a loss for something to discuss!  Thank you C, for suggesting we meet.  I'm looking forward to doing this, again!

The following day, being Saturday, I had some things I had to do.  One of them was to meet with Wendy Taylor, at her apartment.

Wendy is the Christian woman who is heading up the Women of Influence conference in November. In case you missed the information previously, here is the information.

If you would like tickets, please contact Wendy, or myself. 

Since I would like to arrange a conference myself, Wendy thought it would be good to have me on her team and assist her in making arrangements for her upcoming conference in November.

In addition to Wendy and I, there were several other woment there.  Most I hadn't met previously, but some I had.  And, one worships at my church.

We had a great time of conversation both before and after the meeting.  Two (2) women even wanted to purchase a copy of my book, Love Never Fails You...  www.lynniebooks.blogspot.com.  I was shocked, but thankful, never expecting this to happen, at a meeting of this sort!  Thank you, ladies... and thank You, Lord!

It never ceases to amaze me how God provides, always.

In Psalm 111:5 we are reminded, "He hath given meat unto them that fear him: he will ever be mindful of his covenant."  When we belong to Him, he never forgets us. 

Even in our struggles of life, God is always there for us.  He never forgets us, nor his promises to us.  And, for this I praise Him, glorify Him and thank Him!


Until next time...

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Monday, August 27, 2012

10 Years...

If you've been a reader of Life with Lynnie (LwL) for a while, you'll be aware that both my parents have been dead for a long time.

However, lately I haven't been able to stop thinking about my mom.  You see, today is the tenth (10th) anniversary of my mom's death.

How time flies! 

It's hard to believe that it's been this long since I saw her face, heard her voice, or hugged her.  It would be nice if I could turn back the clock, just for a few minutes.  I'd hug her, kiss her, and tell her once again that I love her.

But, we cannot do this.

Once this day, minute or even second is past, it's gone.  Never to return once again.

While I am grateful for memories, both good and not-so-good, it's not easy when I think of the traumas of life my mom endured.

She was a loving, but sometimes difficult person.  Hmmm... maybe this is where I inherited my nature...

Of course, being a child of God, I trust God.  His will is always done.  And, He alone knows the plans for us, plans to help us and not harm us, to give us hope and a future.

Even so, life isn't easy.  And, it's not kind.

I thank God that He sent His only begotten son, so that whosoever believeth on Him, should not perish, but have everlasting life. 

And, I thank Jesus, my Lord and Saviour, for His obedience to God the Father, in fulfilling His plan of redemption for us. 

After all, knowing full well what He would face when Jesus came to earth, He came in the likeness of sinfull flesh, to die on a wooden cross for us.  And, be resurrected so that we can know that we can have eternal life, just as Jesus did.  Simply by trusting in Him.

Of course, no matter how much time goes by, my heart still aches for my mom.  I wish I knew for sure, if she was in heaven.  But, I am trusting Him that she is there, waiting for me.  After all, it only takes faith of a tiny mustard seed. 

In the meantime, I just have to take a deep breath, give my heartache to God, and leave it at the foot of the cross.  If we don't do this, we cannot move forward. 

And, we need to redeem the time.

In Ephesians 5:15-17 we are told, "See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.  Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is."

Yes, we need to lift our heads from the sorrow of life, stand upright, and walk.  Trusting Him, while taking step after step, as we walk through life. 

As God's Word tells us, the days are evil.  All the more reason we need to understand the will of God, and trust Him, every step of the way.

If you were here Mom, I'd tell you I love you and miss you.  It seems that a measure of grief, never ends.


Until next time...

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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Prayer, Praise & Praisia!

Once again, here I am writing about my Lord's day, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL).

What can I say?  SONday is an important day for me!  It's the day when I am able to gather with my brothers and sisters in Christ, to worship God!

Today, I didn't worship at my church.  I went to a different church, once again. 

Walkerville Evangelical Baptist Church (WEBC), doesn't have its own website, so I cannot direct you to find out more about this group.  Even so, I can tell you their address is 815 Windermere Rd., Windsor, ON  N8Y 3E3  519 256-1143.

I have quite a history with them!

A number of years ago, I knew the pastor of this group, fairly well.  So well, in fact, that as a realtor, I assisted them in obtaining some properties on Lincoln Rd. and Cataraqui St., here in Windsor.

Eventually, the properties were demolished.   Once the chuch group is ready to proceed, a sign will be erected and the now vacant land will be paved, and used for parking for the church.

As I mentioned in a previous LwL entry, I am helping Wendy Taylor promote her Women of Influence conference coming up in November.  On my list of churches to approach, was Walkerville Evangelical Baptist church!

When I arrived this morning, I was surprised that I found a parking spot on the street, right away.  After all, parking is at a premium in this area!  Truly, I shouldn't be surprised, because God seems to provide for me in this way, regularly.

Just as I entered the sanctuary, I ran into someone I hadn't seen in a while. 

J was happy to see me, too.  This was his first time worshipping at this church.  He found WEBC while taking a walk around the neighbourhood where his brother lives, and decided he would worship there, today.

He sat with me and I gave him some historical background on WEBC, and chatted with him about how he had been since I last saw him.  Yes, it was nice meeting up with J!

Like many church groups at this time of year, many people were absent, being away on vacation, etc.  Even so, we were both warmly welcomed by those in attendance.

It didn't take long to realize that they are without a pastor at this time.  So, a guest preacher participated in the worship service, today.  It was a wonderful message!

At the end of the service, I was given permission to give an announcement, regarding the Women of Influence conference, and gave an information sheet to a women who told me she would promote it within her church group.

One other thing I spoke about to some people was about a Philippino musical group, Praisia.  Here is a LINK to read more about Praisia.  And, here is a Youtube video about THEM!

Recently, a Facebook (FB) friend of mine told me that she was part of this musical group, that travels the world, supporting  and encouraging Philippino diaspora, as well as other Christian churches.  My FB friend told me she wouldn't be travelling to Canada, but some of her team was, and would be in Toronto around the end of October.

Well, knowing this church group had a great number of worshippers from the Philippines, I thought I would mention this to the pastor.  Especially, since my FB friend said she would like to bring Praisia to Windsor!

With no pastor, I was given the name of the person to contact, who was away on vacation.  While I smiled externally, I laughed internally, because I know the person well, from my past contact with this church family!

It never ceases to amaze me how God's timing is always perfect.

2 Corinthians 6:2 tells us, "For he says, "In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you." I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation."

Yes, His timing is perfect, for things such as I discussed, but even more so in the time of salvation.  I praise God that we, His children, have favour with Him, and that He hears us and provides for us, always.

I pray it is God's will to not just bring Praisia to Windsor, but to bring them during the time of WEBC's 100th anniversary, at the end of October, when they will be visiting in Ontario.

Please join me in prayer for this.  Thank you.  May God bless you!


Until next time...

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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Honouring God, thru Life with Lynnie!

As I am sure you could surmise, from time to time I receive comments regarding Life with Lynnie (LwL).  To date, I have only had one person respond in a negative manner.  Many, many, many people have been supportive and encouraging. 
 
To all, I thank you from the bottom of my heart, for it is YOU who has helped mold LwL into the blog it is, today.  Whenever I received remarks/comments I would pray about them, asking God for direction.  His direction has encouraged me to open my life up, as an open book, to others, for His sake.
 
Until recently, I had only received remarks I mentioned above.  Recently, I received a different sort of e-mail message.  This one asked, "dear Lynnie, I read your letter about going to see a pastors wife.  it is interesting, but I still do not know what you are doing for the Lord? are you helping people or just typing like writing in your diary?"
 
Thinking this was a good question, I wanted to reply with a comprehensive response.  Since my reply turned out to be rather lengthy, I decided to also use it as an entry here on LwL.  This way, if other readers ever wondered and hadn't e-mailed, their question will be answered.
 
Please note, I have not used the person(s) names, for privacy reasons.  Here was my e-mail response:
 
Forgive me for not replying sooner. Unfortunately, I do not always check e-mail for Life with Lynnie, daily. And, I don't always have time to immediately respond.
 
Yes, I believe I am helping people. Mainly Christian people. At least, based upon comments I receive, I believe this is the case. And, I pray that it is God's will that unbelievers will come to Christ. If this is His will, it will happen!
 
When I first began to write Life with Lynnie (LwL), I wasn't sure which road LwL would take. Originally, I had hoped it would become a travel blog, but it seems God had other plans.
 
In the beginning, it seemed that whenever I wrote about life's trials, others could relate.
 
Once my head cleared from some of the brain fog of grief I experienced, I realized that by writing not just about my issues of life, but also about how God helped me, through His Word, or through fellow Christian support, or through some other support mechanism, others were being lifted up and encouraged.
 
As I wrote about my issues of life, it seemed that other people were facing similar struggles.  At least, that's what I heard from readers.  As I said, God revealed to me, through readers comments and through conversations with friends on Facebook (FB), that in a way I never expected, others were being helped.
 
Why He did this, I have no idea. I suppose once I'm in heaven with Him, I will find out.
 
But, one fact remains with us here on earth. We are not alone. Not in our life. Not in our struggles. Not in any way. If we have Jesus Christ in our heart, He is there for us and with us.
 
Life's experiences can sometimes be overwhelming. Even to God's elect. Even when we have God's Word in our heart and have memorized enough to draw upon during life's trials.
 
If you or anyone is a born-again Christian, a child of our King, you will face trials in life. God told us so, in His Word, the Bible. This is not supposition, it is reality. A fact.
 
Unfortunately, there are many groups out there, who do not preach/teach this. There are even some who only preach about love, and nothing more, leading those who committed themselves to Christ, to think that their lives will become a bowl of cherries, with no problems in life.
 
So, the point to me writing about some of my life's trials, is not to draw attention to myself, simply for drawing compassion. Quite the contrary.
 
God has shown me that when I write about my daily issues of life, and apply God's Word to it, that readers are either lifted up and encouraged, or helped in some other way. Being supportive of my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ and showing them that we can indeed survive the traumas of life, by simply trusting in God and applying His Word to our lives, is what I hope and pray I am doing, when I open myself and my life to all who have access to the internet.
 
Honouring God, is my main agenda.
 
While I could quote many encouraging comments, I believe that this one that I received about the same time I heard from you, says it all, "So when you talk about what God has done that's good for it honours our Almighty Father and it makes you to know Him well from the changes He has set for you." Thank you to the reader of LwL, who e-mailed me that remark; I copied and pasted it, into this message. May God bless you, my friend.
 
God told us in 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, "Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God."
 
In closing, may I say that I will continue to pray for you, and your health concerns that you told me about when you first e-mailed me.
 
And, may God bless you, my friend(s).
 
Lynn
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Well, there you have it.  You know exactly what is in my heart, daily.  At least you do, when you read each daily entry of Life with Lynnie

Thank you to all, who continue to read.  May God bless each of you, my friends.


Until next time...

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Pizza = KFC?

When I left off in yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I was on my way to visit a friend, for a swim and a pizza dinner!

A while ago my friend M and I had spent some time together, when she and I enjoyed swimtime and a BBQ at my apartment complex one day, and an instant replay luncheon over on Peche Island, the following day.  If you read that entry, you'll know that we were joined in our picnic area by a rather large raccoon that made my blood pressure rise!  :)  or :(  Whichever you prefer!

As I've written in the past, when my husband Gordon was still alive, the four (4) of us got together a few times per year, for a visit, where we enjoyed a pizza and salad dinner.

Well, Gordon is no longer here; he's in heaven with Jesus.  But, M's granddaughter was.  So, M, her husband D and their granddaughter K and I got together at M & D's home, in South Windsor.

They have a lovely inground pool.  Until that day, I had never before seen it.  It was gorgeous!

One reason I had never been in their pool was because I have my own pool where I live, so there's not much need for using friend's pools.  However, when M suggested us meeting that day, she suggested we relax in the pool; then, D would go pick up pizza from our favourite pizza place (it's a restaurant, not a pizzeria!).

This sounded good to me!  :)

Prior to changing into our swimwear, M suggested we place our toes into the pool, to see if it was warm enough.  Unlike the pool at my apartment building, M's pool is unheated.  Normally, in summer the temperature would be fine, but with the lower temps and rain over the prior few days, the water temp was rather low.

A quick dip of one of each of our feet was all it took for us to decide to not enter the pool.

Being a sunny day, and being a child, M's granddaughter K insisted she didn't care if the pool was cool.  So, she went in to the water and enjoyed it, immensely. 

We sat in their covered area and watched K splash around.  To be honest, this was nicer in some ways, than if we had been in the pool, together!

D let us know no one answered the phone at the restaurant where we normally get pizza from.  After a short discussion as to whether they were closed for vacation or just too busy to answer it, as had happened once previously, D set off to pick up the main part of our meal.

M and I talked about how we had looked forward to this, all week! 

Then, D arrived home.  With Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)!  And, all the fixin's of course!

Once again, M and I looked at each other and laughed.  Murphy was still alive and with us!  :)

Seriously, my visit with M and her family was wonderful.  As was dinner!  Thank you, so very much for having me as your guest.  I truly enjoyed the food and fellowship! 

You know what God says about plans!  In Proverbs 19:21 we are told, "There are many plans in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand."

As humans, we can make plans, time and time again.  But, if our plans aren't part of God's greater plan for our lives, they won't happen.

God is in control.  Not us. 

He is not a genie in a bottle, waiting to fulfill our every wish.  He knows the end from the beginning, and alone knows the plans He has for us.  Big, or small.

Well, I must add before ending today's entry, that M, D and I joked much about how our plans turned out to be much different than we had arranged. 

So much so, that we decided that the next time we plan to get together for dinner and a visit, we'll plan for a KFC dinner, so that maybe God can bless us with the reverse once again.  Our favourite pizza!


Until next time...

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Frustration? Restoration!

Yes, I'm still writing here on Life with Lynnie (LwL) about what I did a week ago Wednesday!

When Wendy and I parted our ways at Tim Horton's, I headed off to my medical appointment.

Sigh... I arrived on time at the specialist's office.  Unfortunately, he wasn't on time!  But, I didn't have to wait long, really.  What's a half hour or more, to us non-medical people who surely aren't as important as they are?

Okay.  I guess you could say I was being sarcastic when I made that remark.  If you were offended, I apologize.  It was not meant to offend you.

What offended me, was the fact that my muslim doctor who treats me for my diabetes was upset, because his office had inadvertently scheduled my appointment at his office, instead of at the hospital, as he had apparently wanted.

Yes, I felt rather offended!  While he reviewed my blood report showing my glucose level readings, and reviewed my records showing my sugar levels, food I had eaten, and my exercise, he was rather short tempered.

He refused to discuss my situation.  No.  He didn't want to even hear what I had to say.  And, he openly admitted that he didn't even want to write me a prescription once again, because he normally does this only at the hospital.

Talk about frustration!  If I don't laugh, I'll cry. 

Isn't it enough that my life has been rather stressed these last few months?  Isn't it enough that I am confronted on many sides, by people who are not loving and non-supportive?

Yes, I will sigh, once again...  sigh...

Lord, it would be nice to have at least a little support from someone in my life!  Someone, like my doctor!  :)!!! 

Oh well.  What can I say?  In the end, he wrote my prescription, but only with enough medication, until I meet with him again, at the hospital, in November.

Even through this frustration, I am thankful.  After all, He told us to be thankful, in all things.  Always.  Yes, even with people who take out their frustrations on others.

This reminded me of Job 16:19-20, " Also now, behold, my witness is in heaven, and my record is on high.  My friends scorn me: but mine eye poureth out tears unto God."

Some might call it foolishness, but from time to time, I feel rather frustrated with life.  And, have even compared some of my life's circumstances with Job's.

God restored Job's life.  I'm waiting upon Him to restore mine fully, hopefully soon.

Oooohhh dear!  I still haven't finished telling you about the rest of my day, that Wednesday!  Please, hang in there.  I'm on my way to a friend's home for a swim and pizza evening!


Until next time...

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Just Call Me Mom & More...

If you read yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, you'll know that last Wednesday, I met at Tim Horton's with Wendy Taylor.

In addition to Wendy participating in ministry, she is also a fellow Christian writer.  And, she authored a book entitled, Just Call Me Mom.  For more information about how to obtain a copy, please click on this LINK.

Since we are both authors, we exchanged a signed copy, so that we could read each other's work and become more familiar with each other.  In addition, Wendy also gave me a copy of one of her devotional booklets entitled, 31 Day Spa Series, Inhaling God's Word.  Thank you, Wendy!  May God bless you, my new friend.

I must say, Wendy has had quite a life! 

Knowing that I don't want spoil her story in any way, I won't go into much detail about Wendy and her husband Glenn's life together.  I will say that they have honoured God, every step of their journey in life.  And, they have been blessed in many ways.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Just Call Me Mom.  If you have the chance to read it, I'm sure you'll be blessed, also.

Something I failed to mention in yesterday's entry, was that Wendy invited me to join her small group of women who are working together on arranging the next women's conference scheduled for November, this year. 

Even though I am a busy person, I decided that this was something I needed to do.  Thank you, Wendy!  I appreciate this, more than you know.

The Women of Influence conference is scheduled for Saturday, November 10th, 2012, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., at the Collavino Hall, WFCU Communtiy Centre, 8787 McHugh St., Windsor, Ontario, Canada.



As you can see, I scanned and posted the conference information large enough that you can read it.  If you would like more information, or obtain tickets, please contact Wendy Taylor at wendytaylor@mdirect.net

One thing I can say is that I am never ashamed of my Lord.  I am always grateful to be able to work for my Lord, in whatever way He provides.

This reminded me of Psalm 34:5, "They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed."

Hopefully, you and I share that same feeling, of never being ashamed of working for our Lord.

Oh dear.  I just realized that I still haven't told you about the rest of my day last Wednesday.  Sigh.  Hopefully, you'll join me, tomorrow.


Until next time...

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Ministry & Prayer Request...

Wow!  It's been a while since I wrote about my comings and goings here on Life with Lynnie (LwL)!

Last Wednesday was a very full day for me.

In the morning, I did some work I needed to do.  Then, off I went, shopping for a short time.  Before I knew it, it was time for me to meet with a woman I only got to know, recently.

I met Wendy, when I worshipped at the church her husband pastors, a couple of Sundays ago.  Wendy's husband Glenn is the pastor of Rose City Community Church, here in Windsor.

Normally, I don't use people's names here on LwL, but since I am encouraging people to not just go worship there, but also participate in a conference Wendy is sponsoring, I feel it is important to use their names.

In addition to assisting her husband at the church, Wendy, through Wendy Taylor Ministries'... Women of Influence, hosts conferences and much more.  For more information about Wendy Taylor Ministries, please click on this LINK. 

Some of you may not be aware that I was considering arranging an international conference, in May 2013.  Whether or not this happens, only God knows, at this time.

I know.  You may be shocked hearing this!  But truthfully, I believe God has placed this on my heart. 

In case you aren't aware, many years ago, when I was a retailer, I organized women's fashion shows.  Fashion shows and speakers are not the same thing, but the organizational skills required, are close to the same.  At least in my opinion.

At first, I thought the biggest problem would be arranging speakers, but it turned out that this was no problem at all.  In fact, I have lined up several speakers from around the world.

Since Wendy sponsors women's conferences, I thought she may be able to assist me with information pertaining to the number of people to plan for, etc. 

We discussed various details concerning locations and more.  I appreciated being able to discuss some things that most people might not be aware of, unless they had previous experience in this area of expertise.

After our discussions were over, and I was on my way to a doctor's appointment, I began to pray about what we discussed. 

Now, I'm not sure that there would be enough financial support for an international conference.  This may be the case, due to the fact that our Christian population may not supply enough people to attend.

For sure, this will need much prayer!  Please join with me in prayer, regarding the possiblility of hosting this international conference in May, 2013.  Thank you.  May God bless you.

Another Bible verse came to mind.  Psalm 37:5, "Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass."

Just know that I have given this to God.  To do with as He wills.  And, I will wait upon Him, to show me the way.

I am truly grateful to have been able to meet with Wendy that day. Hopefully, she enjoyed our time together as much as I did!

Oops... there's more I need to say!  Unfortunately, it will have to wait, until tomorrow.  See you, then!


Until next time...

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Hope!

This past Saturday, I posted in my Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry about the Dieppe Raid that took place August 18, 1942, during WW2.

On p. A8 of Saturday's Windsor Star August 18, 2012, an opinion entitled, Dieppe's legacy - Courage and Sacrifice was published. Here is a LINK for you to read it for yourself.

As The Windsor Star opinion article says, "70 years may have now passed, but Dieppe still stirs painful memories".

On the front page of today's Windsor Star, another article referring to Dieppe was published entitled, Ill fated raid commemorated.  Here is a LINK for you to read about it.

Also published in The Windsor Star, Saturday, August 18/12, was another article entitled, U.S. army tries to find reason for high suicide rate.  Click on this LINK to read this for yourself.

Even though many years have gone by, since WW2 and even though both U.S. and Canadian troops are standing and in some cases fighting for freedom and for our eventual protection, many of the results are the same. 

While it is simple to say that killing changes people, it is not so easy for those traumatized by these events.  Even if a person has not actually killed someone in battle, they may have seen friends injured or killed.

Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one of the big factors where I believe most of our veterans can relate.  In my opinion, it matters not where or how long ago their trauma situation(s) occurred.  Years earlier, or today, PTSD affects people the same way.

I know this, because after a major collision I was involved in, where an admittedly drunk and drugged driver changed my life forever, I suffered from PTSD.  And, from time to time, if I am severely stressed, it pops up, even still.

While the cause is different in my case, the effects from PTSD don't really change.

One thing that did change for me, was the fact that once I rededicated my life to Jesus, God helped me to deal with the effects that burdened me.  Thank You, Lord!

This is what I believe the problem with our troops is, today.

You see, back during the time of WW2, most in our armed services in Canada, Britain and USA, considered themselves Christian.  And, many came to Christ, in trenches and in battle.  But, then... life was different, back then. 

God had His place in the lives of those who lived in free countries, like Canada and USA.

Today, times have changed. 

After a couple generations of God and prayer being removed from schools, people are no longer the same.  Not as many people are truly Christian. 

In addition, I've read that in today's world, military chaplains aren't even allowed to mention Jesus Christ, or pray with people, as they did during WW2.

We now live in an era where being Christian is considered somewhat outdated.  And, Christians are being put down, regularly.

Not everyone wants to be Christian.

The result is, that God doesn't offer refuge to as many people, today.  Jesus is not first and foremost in the minds of many in this generation, as He should be.

So, those feeling the affects of trauma, don't really have anywhere to turn.

In my opinion, this is why there are so many people traumatized by PTSD are killing themselves.  They don't have any hope.

2 Corinthians 4:8 tells us, "We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;"

Can you see what I am referring to, by reading this Bible verse?  Those who are trusting in Jesus, may be troubled and perplexed, but are not distressed to the point of despair.  Those who have Jesus in their corner, have hope.

Please realize, I am not a professional counsellor, nor am I a doctor; however, this is my opinion:  Those who don't have Jesus, have no hope.  They suffer, with no end in sight.  Yes, sometimes even to the point of committing suicide.

Friend, if you don't know Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, please read the New Testament portion of your Bible.  Come to Christ, today.  And, pray that troops everywhere, standing for freedom, will do the same.


Until next time...

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Blessed!

It's SONday, my Lord's day!  If you are a reader of Life with Lynnie (LwL), you'll be aware that I usually worship at my own church and from time to time, visit at churches where my friends worship.

Today, I didn't worship at my own church.  Instead, I worshipped at Riverside Baptist Church (RBC), here in the Riverside area of Windsor.  The same area I live in!

Many times in the past, a friend of mine has invited me to worship there, where she normally worships.  Well, today, I thought I'd surprise her by showing up for their worship service.

To my surprise, it turned out my friend didn't attend church, today.  Oops...  Oh well, that just goes to show I should have spoken with her, before attempting to surprise her.

My attendance was a surprise to someone else, though.

The first woman I saw after entering the building, was the mother of someone from my own church, who has hurt me very badly over the past few months.  Yes, she knows who I am, because we have met, in the past.  From the look on her face, she was definitely shocked to see me.  In fact, she looked almost fearful.

Truly, there was nothing for her to feel fearful about.  I have no problem with her.  So, I smiled and greeted her saying, "Good morning!".

Many years ago, when my own church was under reconstruction, my now deceased husband, Gordon and I worshipped at RBC once or twice.  Since then, I have not worshipped there, on my own.

People seemed friendly.  Several people greeted me, welcoming me to their church.

One woman thought she had met me previously; I agreed.  It's too bad we couldn't recall where we had met!  lol  I must admit, being a Realtor, and an author, I have come to meet many people!

And, the music was wonderful.  Of course it had to be, because the woman leading the music is a Christian woman I know, from when she used to worship at my own church!

The pastor was away on short-term sabbatical leave.  So, today, like other Sunday's in the past, and for the next few weeks to come, a guest speaker preached God's Word.

The guest preacher did a wonderful job, in my opinion.  Of course, anyone who loves and trusts in our Lord, should be able to do just as he did.

This reminds me of a verse that I have underlined in my Bible.  Psalm 34:8, "O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him."

Even though I had hoped to surprise my friend who didn't show up to worship today, this wasn't really the most important thing.  As this verse tells us, the important thing is to trust in the Lord, and see that He is good. 

And, I do!

Trust in the Lord, I mean.  Absolutely!  I realize that He is in control of all things, both the good stuff that happens in life, as well as the not-so-good stuff.  Yes, I feel blessed.

Friend, if you are reading this LwL entry and have not yet placed your trust in Jesus Christ, please do so, today.  His love never fails.  Not me, not you, not anyone.


Until next time...

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Paths...

If you know me in real life or are a Facebook (FB) friend or a regular reader of Life with Lynnie (LwL), you'll know that I am a person in support of our military, who not only protect us, but who have stood and fought for the cause of freedom.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again... freedom is not free.  It comes at a cost.

Certainly, those who fought for freedom in wars around the world and lost their lives, paid the ultimate cost.  And, so did their families, left behind.

Lives were changed.  Those who fought and survived suffered in many ways that those who died, did not.  Families suffered, as well.

The truth is, those who stood for freedom, whether they lost their lives or not, paid a great price.

Especially during WW2, at Dieppe, France on August 19, 1942.  Here is a LINK to read more about Operation Rutter (I have no idea why they selected my maiden name!), later called Operation Jubilee.

In today's Windsor Star, there was an article on the front page entitled, Secret files hint at other objective.  Above the photo of Canadian Army and Essex Scottish veteran Howard Large, it reads:  Was Dieppe A Spy Mission?  Here is a LINK to the story.  Please know that included on this link, there is a two (2) part video of Howard Large that you can watch and listen to his recollections of that fateful day, 70 years ago, tomorrow.

Had the story been shorter, I would have posted it here for you to read.  But given the fact that it is quite a lengthy story, I could not post it. 

What happened at Dieppe, affected many, many people here in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.  The Essex-Scottish division of the Canadian Army was stationed here.  So, almost everyone here in town either had a relative enlisted with the Essex-Scottish, or knew of someone who was a member of this division.

Including my now deceased husband, Gordon.  No, he hadn't yet been born at the time of WW2, but he had two (2) relatives who were members of the Essex-Scottish.  His uncle J, who everyone called... B.  And, his uncle Johnny.

B was with the tank division that landed at Dieppe that fateful day.  Uncle Johnny was a radio operator, who also landed on that stony beach.

Unlike the majority of Canadians who landed there to be slaughtered, they both survived the landing. 

While I do not know many details about B's landing with the tank division, I do know he was taken prisoner of war.

Uncle Johnny, made it up the beach, over the wall, across the promenade and arrived at the casino, before being taken prisoner of war.

Yes, they both suffered BIGTIME!

When Gordon and I visited Dieppe, Gordon decided to walk the stony beach at sunrise.  He told me that even just carrying a light video camera, he struggled along the slippery stones wondering how on earth any soldier could have made it, carrying the load of equipment, and ammunition they were loaded down with.

Of course, the truth is, most did not make it up to the shoreline above this stony pathway.  Most gave their lives that day.

Here is a couple of pics showing you what this beach is like:

This rocky beach is slippery when wet and hard to walk upon.
Notice the wall at the top of the beach.
 
Here's where the slippery stone beach meets the wall, with the promenade on the other side.
 
While I praise God that both Gordon's relatives made it through the day alive, I know that they suffered.  Not just as prisoners of war, either. 
 
No, I won't go into detail, here and now.  I will say that I am forever grateful to those who risked and/or gave their lives. 
 
It may be too late to pray for the majority of people who participated that day, but those still alive I pray will become saved by trusting in Jesus, if they aren't saved, already.
 
This reminds me of another Bible verse.  One that most people are familiar with.  Proverbs 3:5, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."
 
I praise God for giving us His Word, the Bible.  And, especially for sending His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sin, and the sin of all who believe.  Please, if you are not already doing so, trust in Jesus Christ and in Him, alone.  Today.
 
 
Until next time...
 
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Friday, August 17, 2012

Prayer Needed!

Finally!  I'm coming to the end of writing about my conversation with my friend C, last Friday!  If you haven't read recent Life with Lynnie (LwL) entries, you may want to do so, to have a greater understanding of the whole conversation.

As I've written about, I've worked out in the pool, exercising to regain strength and mobility, for a long time, now.  Since long before my husband Gordon, died.

I am grateful that God has helped me become strong enough to function better on my own.  Especially since, I am now a widow.  For now, there's no one to help me, like Gordon did.

But, there is another couple of reasons I am glad I work out in the pool.

Firstly, I am glad that God has shown me that pool exercise is better for me, by lowering my sugar level.  This form of exercise has helped me far more than any other, in this sense. 

Being so limited in what I can do in the way of regular exercise, I have found that nothing helps to bring down my sugar levels better than working out in the water.  Praise God for this!

Having Diabetes, this is of utmost importance! And, of course, the more weight I lose, the better it will be for me; I may not even require regular monitoring, if I can once again, be of a normal weight.

There is another reason why I would like to lose weight, if I can.

One thing I haven't mentioned is that in the mid 1990's, I had hernia surgery to repair a hernia I had behind the bellybutton.  I had put up with it, for many years, in fact since the early 1980's.  However, when I needed to have abdominal surgery, the surgeon decided he should also repair my hernia.

I believe I obtained this by lifting heavy boxes of books and other items, when I worked for Canada Post many years ago.  At the time, I not only had to load and unload items shipped by plane, but I also had to do lifting on a regular basis, even though I was considered a truck driver.  No; I never filed a Worker's Compensation claim for this.  Maybe I should have, but I didn't.

As I said, my hernia surgery was accompanied by major abdominal surgery.  Again, I praise God that Gordon was there to help me through this!

While discussing the fact that my hernia once again needs repairing, a friend of mine who was previously a nurse who has a similar problem, told me that she heard that it was found out much later that some of the mesh used during hernia repair surgery in that era, was defective.  Great!  This might explain why I need surgery, again.

Yes, I've been putting it off, not really wanting to have surgery, once again.  However, I realize this cannot last forever.  There will come a time, when I will have to have this repair done.  This time, I am not going to have surgery done, here in Windsor. 

Instead, I would prefer to go to the place I've heard are the best in the medical business of repairing hernia problems.  Shouldice Hospital is where I want to go.  Here's a LINK to read more about it.

Anyone/everyone I've ever known who has gone there to have hernia surgery, has been happy with the results.  But, anyone/everyone I've ever met who has gone there to request surgery has been told the same thing.  They were requested to lose all the excess weight they had been living with, before any surgery would take place.

Hence, the need for me to lose the rest of the weight I've been carrying around for far too long!

If you believe in prayer, I would appreciate if you would pray for me.  I appreciate prayer, more than you know!  Thank you.  May God bless you...

Yes, I believe prayer works.  Why?  Jesus told us in John 14:14, "If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it."  Jesus loves us; the Bible tells us so.  He would not lie to us.  We must believe and trust in Him.  And, I do!

So you see, as I told my friend C, there are more reasons for me to need to lose weight, than just for attracting another spouse.  As you've been able to read for yourself, this is probably the least of my worries!

Again, thank you for praying.  May God bless you!


Until next time...

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Help!

As I mentioned in yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, there is still more I need to say, regarding why I work out in the pool.  If you haven't yet read any recent LwL entries, you may want to do so, to have a better understanding of what I have been writing about.

When I left off writing yesterday, I made it clear that I am happy that my Lord has helped me be able to get exercise, at all.

What some people don't realize, is that I am also Rheumatoid Arthritic (RA).  Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) with the complication of Iritis, has caused an overwhelming amount of inflammation in my body.  So much so, that I have almost lost my eye due to it.

When I first moved into my apartment, I was in such a weakened condition!

Having AS, I knew this wasn't good for me.  It pained me to even take a few steps.  Of course, knowing that if I didn't keep moving, I would eventually become wheelchair bound, made me even more encouraged to try and get some exercise, of any kind.

Every time I tried to use exercise equipment in the gym, I'd end up back at my chiropractor's, getting treatment. 

But, when I used the pool on a more regular basis, I felt I was becoming stronger, and stronger.  Eventually, I was able to do a small amount of regular exercise at a friend's place, with her special equipment.

However, I found the pool exercise was the best.  (My pool is an outdoor one, so is only available seasonally.)

As I got stronger, I added more exercises and increased the number of repetitions.  Now, I am able to do a workout that many people cannot.  Praise God for this!

Still, this past winter/spring, when the YMCA/YWCA pool was shut for repair, and later, when I was sick for a short time, I found that when I returned to exercise in the water, I was much weaker than I had been before this transpired.

In fact, I could only do about half (1/2) of what I normally did, during my workout in the pool.

Even so, I have worked my way back to being stronger, once again.  For this, I am truly thankful!

This reminds me about Psalm 121:2, "My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth."

Wow!  Isn't it wonderful how God provided for us.  Even before we knew we would need to be provided for!  Amazing!

Unfortunately, there is still more I need to write about, so I hope you'll stay with me.  See you, tomorrow!


Until next time...

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Strength?!

After writing in yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry about being shocked, I have to wonder if you were as shocked as I was?

However, life can be like this.  Shocking, I mean.

Still, it surprised me that C would make a comment to me, like the one he did.  Especially, thinking that the only reason I worked out in the pool was to help me lose weight.

If I don't laugh, I'll cry!  :) or :(  Whichever!

The truth is, I have worked out in the pool for many, many years.  Yes, Gordon was alive, when I first began working out doing pool exercise.

Anyone who knows me in real life, knows that I have been partially-disabled and limited in my physical capabilities, for many a year.

In the beginning, when I realized that I could get a little bit of exercise in the water, I was thrilled.  After all, I had suffered with injury and an extremely slow and limited recovery, after the collision I was involved in, years ago that was made worse by the complication of a subsequent back injury I suffered.

However, the truth is, even in the water, for many years I could only do a few minutes of pool excercise.  And, even with that, I suffered afterwards, with physical pain.

Of course, we didn't always have a pool for me to exercise in, either. 

Still, whenever we travelled anywhere, we tried to stay where we would have access to a pool.  Whenever I was in the water, you can be sure, I did whatever exercise I could.
 
Even when we moved into the apartment complex, where I currently live, I found it difficult to do any exercise, even in the pool.

After all, a few years prior to moving here, I had fallen on snow-covered ice, on the parking lot where I was employed (no; I didn't file any lawsuit!).  Yup; another injury to my knee! 

After a year of waiting to see a specialist, I was told that I needed a knee replacement.

Nope.  I wasn't doing that!  This is a story for another time.  But, it is enough to say that after seeing that a surgeon set one of my mom's legs wrong when she had knee replacement surgery and never walked properly again, I wasn't doing this!

Still, I went to the pool.  Yes, it hurt me BIG TIME!  For even when I first began using the pool here, I could hardly paddle my feet, due to the limitation and pain from my knee.

How grateful I am to God that He provided me treatment through my chiropractor, who has helped provide insight and encouragement even with my knee problem!  Without this, I'd still be wondering if I would ever be able to make it through any exercise, at all!

Yes, I praise God and thank Jesus! 

And, I thank God for His Word!  He told us in Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

Without Jesus, I can do nothing.  And, am virtually, nothing.

So, with the stamina and diligence that God has provided for me, I have worked hard to do what I need to do, just to regain a measure of normal life.

Well, there is still more I need to say, so I'll continue writing about my conversation with C, tomorrow.


Until next time...

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

A Man?!

If you haven't yet read recent Life with Lynnie (LwL) entries, you may want to do so.  This way, you'll have a better idea of what transpired during my visit on Friday evening, with my friend, C.

As I mentioned yesterday, after we enjoyed a tasty shrimp dinner together, we did something different.  We played Euchre

Yes, it was a rather disappointing time for me, since C was the overall winner.  Still, it was a rather fun thing to do, considering we had never, ever played any kind of game, together.

During our time playing this card game, we chatted.  Just the usual topics of things like, work, family, etc.  But then, C mentioned that he had been feeling rather sad, lately.

He was missing our friend M, who had died from cancer, earlier this year.

Together, we talked about M, reminiscing about good times and not such good times.  Over many years, the three (3) of us had been part of a group of people who became good friends.  Yes, we all were Realtors.

Whenever we attended real estate meetings and other events, we always sat together.  In addtion, we three (3) had other friends that we were connected with, but even on a personal level, we seemed inseparable in many ways.

We enjoyed lunch together, both out at restaurants and at our homes.  Sometimes, even with M's daughter and her family.  On some occasions, we would cross the border together, and feast on Mexican food at a couple of our favourite restaurants, in Detroit.

Now, M's gone.  C's retired, due to is physical disabilities after having a stroke.  So, I'm the only one still working as a Realtor out of our 3 Musketeer group.

We talked about his treatments that he is receiving.  I praise God that these treatments are available to C.  These, in addition to his therapy has been helping him regain control over his right side that was paralyzed.

Then, out of nowhere, C asked me if I was still losing weight.

Be still my heart!  I let him know that I hadn't lost much weight recently, but I seem to be continuing to lose inches.

Some of my clothing is now very loose on me.  Other outfits that were tight, are fitting better and some are actually very loose-fitting.

After my reply, I mentioned that just as he does therapy to help him become stronger, I still do my pool exercise, almost daily.

Then, C made a remark that totally shocked me.  He commented that he thought I was only trying to lose weight so I could attract another man to enter my life.

Talk about being shocked!  Before replying I took a deep breath.

Then, I responded that I understand that some people might think the same way he did.  But, this is not truly the case, for me. 

Yes, I realize I've passed through enough grief, after my husband Gordon's death, that I am now open to the idea of remarrying.  And, if it is God's will to bring another man into my life, I would accept it.  But, I am not desperate. 

Certainly, if it is God's will for me to fall in love and be loved by another man, it will happen.

And, it wouldn't matter if I was tall, short, fat, thin, young or old.  If God wills it, it will happen.  If He doesn't provide for me, it won't.  After all, nothing is impossible for God!

Talk about being reminded of Matthew 19:26, "But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible."!

After discussing this with C, I also commented that I work out in the pool for even more important reasons.  However, writing about them, will have to wait until tomorrow.


Until next time...

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Progress?

Last Friday, my wheelchair-disabled friend C, who used to be my real estate partner, and I enjoyed supper together.  At his apartment.

If you are a regular reader of Life with Lynnie (LwL) you'll know that three (3) or four (4) times per month, I either pick up dinner or make a meal that we share, together.  Well, last Friday was the day.

Since it's not easy transporting hot meals, and since the weather was a bit humid, I thought a cold-plate would be nice.  Along with salads, etc., we enjoyed tasty shrimp!  With a homemade fruit salad, for dessert.  Mmmm... good! 

Usually, when I meet with C, he has me sort out some type of problem with his computer.  But, not that time!  Phew!!  Thank You, Lord!  After all, I'm not really a computer whiz!

Instead, we did something rather different.  We played cards.  We played Euchre!

Hmmm... yes, I realize some people don't agree with playing card games.  In fact, my now deceased husband Gordon grew up in a family where they were not allowed to play card games.

Growing up in a family who considered themselves Christian, but never read the Bible or prayed together, I was raised that it was okay to play card games.  But, this is a topic for another day. 

One thing I can say about having children play card games, is the fact that it helps them develop logical thinking and in some cases, Mathematics.  So, I am not totally against playing card games.

It's enough to say that depending upon the card game being played would determine if I thought it was okay to play it, today.  Yes, I've changed since re-committing my life to Christ!

It took me years of trying to teach Gordon a variety of card games.  I managed to be able to teach him how to play Cribbage and Crazy Eights, but he never caught on to playing Euchre

Consequently, I haven't played Euchre in years!

I must say that this was plainly evident.  We decided to play until the winner would be the person who won two (2) out of three (3) games.

It didn't take long.  We only played two (2) games.  C won them both.

Of course, I mentioned that I had to let him win.  After all, we were at his home!  lol :)

Okay, okay.  So, I admit it.  I'm not perfect!

Of course, I've said this before.  I'm still a work in progress!  God is still working on me, conforming me into the image of His Son, Jesus Christ.

We are told in Romans 8:29, "For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren."

Will I ever be perfect?  Here on this earth, I don't think so.

However, once I'm in heaven, well... that's another story... for another time!

Much like on other occasions, I must say that there is more to be said about my visit with C, last Friday.  Let's meet up, tomorrow!


Until next time...

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

Hallelujah! Amen!

It's SONday!  If you know me in real life, or are a regular reader of Life with Lynnie (LwL), you'll know that I go to worship service, each Sunday.

Today, was no different, except for the fact that I didn't worship at my church.  Instead, I worshipped at a church where a friend of mine worships.  Rose City Community Church, here in Windsor.

Arriving a few minutes early for their worship service, I joined those who were enjoying coffee time on the lower level of the church. 

It's here that I met up with my friend, C.  And, reacquainted myself with her pastor, G who I had met on a previous occasion.

This was my first time worshipping at this small church. 

A few people commented that there were not as many people in attendance, as normal.  Well, it is summertime afterall, so it didn't surprise me to hear that some people were away on vacation.

Still, it was a nice group who met up to worship our God!

The service was a little different than what I am used to, but I truly enjoyed it.  It did my heart good to see that Pastor G asked people to come forward, if they wanted prayer for themselves.  Some did.

It was heartwarming to see that before sermon time, they had a time of thanksgiving.  People stood up and told of their thankfulness.  Including, me!

Pastor G spoke about needed to be born-again.  Amen!

Ahh... a topic close to my own heart!  Anyone who's read LwL for any length of time will know that I mention this, regularly.

After all, everyone who is born on this earth is only born into humanity.  And, not automatically saved by God.

Nope.  Many people don't understand that when we are born, we are born dead.  Spiritually, dead.

It's only when we trust in Jesus Christ, that we are made alive.  That's how we become born-again!

Although some people are confused with the idea that we are born dead, it is the truth.  Ephesians 2:1 tells us, "And you has he made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins:" 

It's not a case that we are alive and die if we don't do something. 

We are literally physically born, spiritually dead.  We are headed to spend eternity in hell, unless we come to a saving relationship by trusting on our Lord, Jesus Christ. 

Once we do this, we've been saved from a future in hell, with no escape.  Instead, we'll spend eternity in heaven, with God! 

Hallelujah!

Afterwards, I spoke with my friend and several other people.  And, I even met and shook hands with a Facebook (FB) friend of mine, who I had never met in real life, until today. 

Wow!  Talk about a friendly bunch!  I was happy I had decided to worship there, today.  I feel blessed!


Until next time...

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Pain, Havoc & Rest!

Usually, when I write my Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I do so with energy and zeal.  Today, is different.

Why?  I'm absolutely exhausted!

As I am sure you have a to do list at your home, I have one, too.  And, much like some people, I try to put off doing things I find difficult to do.

I must admit, I don't keep a jar, or write down on paper, tasks I need to do around home.  After all, all I have to do is look around and I am reminded of what I need to do!  :)  or :(  Whichever you prefer.

Since I didn't sleep well last night, it took me a while to get moving, this morning.

In an effort to avoid doing what I knew I needed to do, I took my time reading my newspaper.  No rushing, here!

Then, I checked e-mail and spent some time on Facebook (FB).
Of course, reviewing my wall, updating with friends and chatting took up more time than I planned.  But, in my heart, it didn't matter. 

I suppose I was just looking to put off doing what I knew I needed to do. 

Eventually, procrastination ended.  My heart and mind were urging me on.  Go Lynn!  Do what you need to do, and get it over with!

So, I did!  Yup, I went out onto the balcony and did my thorough cleaning.

This might sound like an easy task.  And, for some people, I'm sure it isn't difficult.  But, for me, it is a major task.

My physical limitations made it a real trial, just sweeping and mopping out there.  Talk about creating havoc with my body! 

Still, it had to be done.  And, someone had to do it.  Since I'm alone, there's no one to help with these daunting tasks, so it always becomes my chore!

Please realize, I cannot do heavy tasks like this, without stopping.  I need to rest.  So, when I tackle jobs like this, it takes me longer than it probably would someone who is healthier.

Reclining in my livingroom chair, working on the newspaper puzzles gave me something to do, while giving my neck, shoulder, back and knee a break.  Thank You, Lord!

Eventually, I completed my work.  Both on the balcony, and with my puzzles.

After cleaning up, I made my way to my bed.  Not to sleep.  And, not for long.  To once again, relax my aching body. lol

While resting on my bed, my mind wouldn't let me relax.  Guilt piled up on me.  I got myself up and moving, once again.

In case you haven't figured it out, I made my way to the pool. 

Yes, the weather looked like rain.  Overcast and dull.  And with the wind strongly blowing, it actually felt cold.  Believe me, I was thanking God that it is a heated pool, as I entered the water!

After doing about two-thirds (2/3) of my exercise routine, my feet and legs began to cramp up.  Yup.  I kinda thought it might happen, since I knew I had sorta done too much.

Overdoing things isn't fun.  Especially, when it causes pain. 

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

I praise God and thank Jesus, for taking care of me, always.  For providing for me, always.  And for giving me the His Word, that I can rely on, whenever my spirit needs uplifting.

There is no comparison in life, to the rest that Jesus provides.  Thank You, Lord!


Until next time...

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Friday, August 10, 2012

Racing... For The Prize!

Anyone who knows me personally, knows that I do not play computer games.  At least not any more.

Before I first began writing Life with Lynnie (LwL), I didn't play computer games.  Until I began using Facebook (FB).  Then, for a while I did play some games, utilizing those on FB.

However, there came a time when I decided that the FB game playing was taking up too much of my time.  Hence, my decision to no longer play online games.

Since then, I have not been enticed to once again play regularly, online.  At least, until recently.

If you are a Google (G) user, you'll know that every day the online pic advertising G on their search page, is a different one.  Yes, it's changed, daily.

In the past, they have from time to time had what I would call interactive mini-games linked to the search page.  Not always have I utilized them.

Lately, this has been a different story.

Due to the Olympics being on the forefront of many people's minds, G has elected to have a different interactive game on their search page, daily.  I'm not sure when they began doing this, because it is truly not something I look forward to.

Still, lately I have been interested!

Over the last few days, I've run hurdles, played basketball, did kayaking, and even played goalee in a soccer game!  It's hard to say which game I enjoyed the most. 

I must say that the way G set things up, I enjoyed many chuckles racing and striving for perfection. 

Perfection?  Me?  Ha!  Ha, ha, ha!  Each time I played, I was reminded about my imperfections!  Still, I tried my best.  Just as all are doing who are participating in the real olympic events.

Okay, so it's not quite like being at the Olympics!  lol :)  But, in reality, the end result wanted, is the same.  Everyone wants to enjoy working hard, to do well and win the prize.

This reminds me of 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, "Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:  But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway."

While I do not strive to win the race in the real Olympics, I do strive to run the race that God would have me do.  To obtain the prize, an uncorruptible crown.   Hopefully, you do, too!


Until next time...

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Plans & Memories...

This past Monday was a special day.  A holiday.  Here in Ontario we call it, Civic Holiday.  Here's a link where you can read about it:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civic_Holiday.

Anyone who knows me well, or has read Life with Lynnie (LwL) for any length of time, knows that I am a Realtor; I sell real estate.  And, I have a good Christian friend who is a Mortgage Agent, M.

Actually, Mary Ann Lehmann would probably be happy if I advertised her name, and since she is a mortgage agent with Invis, they would probably be happy, also!  If anyone needs a great mortgage agent, you can e-mail Mary Ann at:  maryannlehmann@invis.ca.

From time to time, Mary Ann and I get together.  Of course, for working situations.  However, once in a while we spend some time together, as friends.  And, we've even attended worship services, together.

A few weeks ago, Mary Ann let me know that I was to meet her, her husband R, and some of her family members out in Wheatley.  This is where her husband's family's cottage is located. 

Wheatley is a small community, east of Leamington.  Both are on the shores of Lake Erie.

For those who aren't aware, many communities here in Essex County are having celebrations and reenactments relating to the War of 1812, because it is the 200th anniversary.  Here is a website where you can read more about it:  http://www.warof1812.ca/1812reen.htm.

M had been told there would be a water reenactment on Lake Erie, that would be representative of USA, the British and native Indians.  So, she planned an afternoon gathering and BBQ dinner for all who would attend.

It took me about an hour and a quarter to drive out to Wheatley.  I arrived in late morning, making sure I would be in time for noon, when the reenactment was to take place.

It was a lovely day.  Clear, dry, sunny and warm.  Not so hot or humid that you wouldn't want to be outdoors for long.  Not so cool, that you needed to be covered up.  The temperature was just right.  And the light breeze off the lake made me feel like I didn't want to ever see this day end.

It was lovely.

Not just the weather, but the time we spent together with her family members.  And, of course, the meal we shared.  We were so full from our dinner, that we never even ate the dessert I brought with me.  Yummmmmmy!  Thank you, Mary Ann! 

Here are a few photos of the view from the water's edge of the cottage:

Looking east.  Yes, that's a boat in the distance!

The boat with a British Union Jack flag is coming closer, heading west.

Mary Ann watching the boat heading west towards Point Pelee & Leamington.

I should mention that we expected to see tall ships and some kind of an encounter.  However, the only boat we saw was this one in the pics.

We all had a chuckle when we realized the boat was a canoe. 

This canoe was rather different.  It was equipped with a motor.  lol :)  Yes, we laughed thinking how 200 years ago, people in canoes might have enjoyed having a motor, instead of having to paddle, always.

Oh well, that's life!  No matter what plans we make, we are never guaranteed they will come to fruition.  The only person who truly knows if plans will happen, is God.

This brought to mind 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."

No matter what we think about or hope for in life, we never know for sure if our desires are part of God's plan for us.  Even so, we know that He loves us, His children.  And, He only wants what is best for us.

So, reenactment or no reenactment, it was a wonderful day for me.  Spent with wonderful people.  And finished off with wonderful food.  What a blessing!

Good memories, to be sure.  Again, thank you, Mary Ann & R!


Until next time...

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