Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Expression of Love & Wake Up! See the Light!

Before I begin writing here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I feel I need to express the fact that had my now deceased husband Gordon lived, today would have been his birthday.  May you enjoy this special day, and indeed every day, in heaven with Jesus, Gordon. xoxo

In yesterday's LwL entry, I wrote about how some people are for us, and some against us.

If you've been a reader of LwL for any amount of time, you'll be aware that I speak up for truth.

So does my previous pastor, Donald McKay, who now pastors at Bloomfield Hills Baptist Church, in Michigan, USA.  He also teaches about Islam.

Please, I ask you to take the time to listen to a sermon pastor McKay preached April 28, 2013.  Here is a link:

In addition, here is an article entitled, 20 dead in Muslim attack on Christian Funeral that I will share with you, as it was published on The Commentator,

At least 20 people have been murdered in a violent attack on a Christian funeral in central Nigeria's Taraba state on Friday. A round-the-clock curfew is now in place as a result of the "Muslim mob" action, according to a report by the Agence France Presse.
An aid worker told the AFP, "We have recovered 20 bodies from the violence so far," adding that the unrest had occurred in the town of Wukari, some 125 miles from the state capital Jalingo.
"We are still going round the town in search of more bodies," he said on condition of anonymity. AFP reports that the source was not authorised to speak to the media about death tolls.
A curfew has been imposed in the area, said officials, in an effort to contain the violence.
Residents reported that Friday's violence erupted when the funeral procession of a traditional chief from the predominantly Christian Jukun ethnic group marched through a Muslim neighbourhood chanting slogans, which Muslims viewed as an act of provocation.
Tensions have been on the rise in the mostly Christian town of Wukari since February, when a dispute over the use of a football pitch between Muslim and Christian soccer teams set off sectarian riots that claimed several lives.

No matter what the cause was, do you honestly believe that there was any justification in this?  I don't.

Here is another article entitled, Persecuted Pastors Attacked, Stabbed in Tanzania

There are articles like these in the news, every day.  Maybe not on our mainstream media; after all, they don't really like to report on issues like these.

Yet, there are people who read articles or hear on the news that these things are happening, and still refuse to accept the fact that Islam is not peaceful.

Please, take a few minutes to listen/watch John MacArthur's Youtube video entitled, Islam In The Last Days:

In it, he explains how Muslims think.  And, about the teaching of Islam.

The best part is that he explains how Islamic teaching relates to Christian teaching of the Bible.  You will truly have your eyes opened.

Well, it's time to wake up!  Open your eyes!  Take the cotton out of your ears!  Hear and see the truth!

Speaking of truth, I came across a Bible verse that stuck out in my mind.  Acts 26:18, "To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me."

Whether or not you are saved, if you are having trouble seeing, believing and understanding the truth of what is happening in our world, I pray that God will open your eyes, so you can see the truth.

Truth of this world.  And, His truth.  Through of salvation, through Jesus Christ, my Lord.

And do your work, for Him.  Pass along the truth, so that others can have the blinders removed from their eyes.  And, pray.

Pray... for all to come to Christ.

Until next time...

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Intercessors, Prayer & More...

In yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I wrote about how I am still waiting to know whether or not I have a capable surgeon to do the operation I need, as soon as possible.  And, I wrote about how I am trusting my Lord, for this.

I must say I am grateful that God has provided me friends who are supportive of me.

People who show me their concern for my situation.  Those who encourage me.  And, care enough about me, to pray for me.

After all, prayer is powerful.

Here is a link to a Youtube video by Pastor Charles Lawson entitled,  It's about intercessors and prayer.

Many people from various walks of life, are praying for me.  Thank you, so very much, my friends!  May God bless each and every one of you...

One such couple are friends of mine, J & B Franklin.  They have a ministry that I have posted a link to, on my blog reading list.

Here is a link to their prayer page:

A while back, we spent quite a long time on a long-distance telephone call.  While I prayed for them, they prayed for me.

The prayer they did was very different than what most people pray.  You see, their ministry is directed at removing demons from the life of those who believe on our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Some people don't believe that generational curses and other curses can affect a believer's life, but it seems they do.

You see, you may not be aware of this, but one of my grandmothers used to read tea leaves, and was considered to be psychic.  This is representative of the occult.  And, those generational curses can affect one's life.

In addition, J & B are very aware of the work I do for Christ, in speaking up about how Islam is affecting the world, today.

They know that I not only speak up, but also pray for those who practice Islam.  And, they realize that there are some Muslims who pray against me.

So, our prayer time was very different, as I mentioned.  Still, I was grateful for what they did for me.

Believe it or not, after I got off the phone, my abdomen that had been intensely swollen and painful, wasn't quite the same.  The swelling went down, and so did my pain level.

For this, I praise God!  And, praised God for my friends, who had interceded in praying for me.  Thank you, J & B!  May God bless you, my friends...

After all, there is truly no medication that will do this for me.  So, I know it had to be as a result of prayer.

Knowing that I pray for those who do not agree with me and what God has led me to do, reminded me of Matthew 5:44, "But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;"

Knowing that there are people who are non-Christian, who do not love me, but rather... have ill feelings towards me, I will continue to speak up, just as God told us to do.

And, I will continue to pray for them, plant seeds for Christ whenever I can, and show them love in any way possible.

Until next time...

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Monday, July 29, 2013


It's been a while since I gave you an update concerning my health, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL).  So, today's the day!

As you may or may not be aware, it's been rather stressful knowing that I still do not have a surgeon to do the surgery/operation that I require.

Especially, since my current surgeon originally told me I need it done... now.  That was a couple of months ago.

It would be easy for me to write about the tension of conversations with my current surgeon, but what good would that do?

It would only serve to upset me as I recall conversations.  And, I would just begin to feel frustrated, once again.

I will say that I finally heard from my surgeon, regarding the last of the four (4) surgeons, here in the province of Ontario, capable of doing the surgery I require.

My current surgeon called me at home, to let me know that he had e-mail conversations with that Toronto surgeon.  And, he let me know that the Toronto surgeon wants to do a teleconferencing call, sometime in early August.


I'm not sure why I will have to wait until sometime in early August to go to the hospital where I had my two (2) previous surgeries and proceed with the teleconferencing call, as requested.  But, I wonder if it has something to do with the fact that my current surgeon is going to be away until the beginning of August.

In any case, I am thankful that I was at least contacted, to this regard.  It was horrible not knowing whether or not the Toronto surgeon wanted anything to do with my health needs, or not.

Of course, I do not know if he will, or not.  So, there is still no answer for me.

After shaking off those feelings of frustration once again, I just placed my trust in Jesus.

Doing so, reminded me of Proverbs 3:5-6, "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."

If you know me at all, you'll be aware that I do trust in the Lord... with all my heart.  I realize that I can do nothing without Him.

With regards to the waiting situation concerning my health, I realize that there is nothing I can do to speed things along.  Everything happens in His time, not mine.

So, I'll just have to wait.  And, my Lord will direct the path my life will take.  

So whether I survive or not, it is truly up to God.

Until next time...

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

It Still Applies?!

If you read yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, you'll know that I wrote about life issues and issues of the heart. 

And, I mentioned that we need to keep our eyes upon Jesus.

As I wrote about keeping our eyes upon Jesus, it brought to mind a hymn that I love.  It's an old one.  But, it touches me and makes my heart swell with joy and love.

Being SONday, our Lord's day, I thought it might be nice to write about this wonderful song that gives us direction and glorifies God.  And, gives us another way to worship Him.

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus - by Helen Howarth Lemmel (1922)

O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

Through death into life everlasting
He passed, and we follow Him there;
O’er us sin no more hath dominion
For more than conquerors we are!

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.
There is another verse, but it isn't sung on this Youtube link:  Here it is:
His word shall not fail you--He promised;
Believe him and all will be well:
Then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell.

Even though this hymn was written over 90 years ago, it still applies to our lives, today.

After all, this world is a sinful place.  Life can at times be dark and dreary.  But, our Lord Jesus, by whom we obtain eternal life, still provides the light of the world.

If you do not yet know Jesus as your Lord, and Saviour, please... read the New Testament portion of the Bible.  Begin in the book of John and read through to the end.

May you be blessed as you come to realize that you need a saviour.  And, accept the fact that Jesus... is the Saviour you need. 

Until next time...

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

What an Issue!

Yesterday, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I wrote about a heavy load.  Today, I'll be writing about a heavy load, that I can give thanks for.

At the beginning of yesterday's LwL entry, I wished my brother B a very Happy Birthday!

When I said this, I truly meant it.  Not just because I love my brother.  But also, because had his recent surgery not gone well, he wouldn't have been here to have anyone celebrate his special day.

Just over a week ago, I received an e-mail from my brother's girlfriend, P. 

She is a retired nurse who was rather concerned about my brother, when he experienced chest pains one evening.  So, she took him to the hospital.

It was determined that my brother had four (4) blocked arteries!

He was transferred to another hospital in another city.  There, he had emergency surgery to repair his heart problem.

When I received the e-mail, P let me know what I just wrote about.  In addition, she let me know that he came through the surgery, and was doing well.

For this I praised God!  Hallelujah!

After all, this was a very serious issue of life.  Without a heart working properly, life cannot continue.

Thinking about this, made me think of Proverbs 4:23, "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life."

Yes, this was a serious issue of life, for my brother.  Having heart surgery, I mean.

But, of even greater importance is another issue.  Keeping our hearts and minds focused on what keeps us going.

I'm not referring to family, friends, and life issues.  I'm referring to our Lord.

We need to be diligent about loving God, with all our heart, soul, mind and spirit.  Just as He told us to.

Friend, are you keeping your eyes on Jesus?  Is He the main focus of your life?

If not, then please pray about this.  I will pray also. 

Everyone needs salvation.  It does not automatically come to all. 

God may wish that none should perish.  He also told us that many will stand before Jesus in the day of judgement, thinking they will enter heaven for eternity.  But, instead of being welcomed into heaven, He will tell them to get away from Him, for He never knew them.

Trust in Jesus. 

Get on your knees.  Pray.  Repent.  Turn away from any sin you might have in your life. 

And, put God first in your life, as He commanded.

Until next time...

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Friday, July 26, 2013

H.B. B! & Heavy Load...

Before I begin today's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I'd like to take the time to wish my brother B, a very Happy Birthday! 

If you've read recent LwL entries, you'll know that I've written about visiting someone who is sick.  It's a brother of a friend of mine.

You'll also be aware that this fellow is single and has never been married.

To me, this is sad.  After all, this person is in his late 50's.  This means that he has no wife to help him and encourage him.  And, no children to do the same.

Some people might think that what I just said is rather silly.  But, to me it's not.

I've been married.  I've been loved.  And, I've been taken care of, by my (now deceased) husband Gordon, whenever I was ill.

Of course, I did the same, in reverse.  Whenever Gordon wasn't well, I took care of him.  I encouraged him.  And, let him know he was loved.

In my opinion, since a husband and wife become one person when they marry, it is important to be there for each other.  And, to pray together.

Since Gordon's death, life has not been the same for me, in many ways.

It's been lonely.  As I've written in the past, I felt like part of me was torn away. 

And, since being not well, it's been even more difficult for me, each day. 

There's no one to talk with, pray with, spend time with and be encouraged by.  No one to assist me, physically, especially after my surgeries. 

Let's face it, being alone isn't fun.  Being not well, makes it an even heavier load to bear.

This reminded me of Galatians 6:2, "Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ."

I am thankful that I am now able to get up and around.  Able to go out, and do things, even if I do become worn out, rather quickly.

I'm grateful that God placed it on my heart and mind, to be a support to my friend's brother.  Especially, since he's truly sick and in need of support and encouragement.

Previously, I asked for prayer for him.  And, I thank each of you who have prayed.

May God bless you.

Until next time...

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Are? For?

Yesterday, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL) I wrote about finding out that the brother of a (past) friend hadn't healed, after having a stroke.  Instead, he is receiving treatment at a rehabilitation centre, here in Windsor.

In addition, I wrote about going to visit him.

When I first saw him, he was pale as a ghost.  Totally, washed out.  No colour in his face.  And, he was asleep.  I prayed over him.

A few days later, I visited once again.  This time, he was awake and his complexion had improved.  I praised God for this.

However, I felt badly for him.  Watching him unable to move the left side of his body, wasn't great.  And, seeing that he struggled just trying to speak, made me feel sad, for him.

Even though I don't ask God why He has allowed my health concerns, I found myself appealing to God, asking why this was happening to such a good man of God.  Why I did this, I don't know.  It may have been because I felt so badly about his situation.

The truth is that only God knows why He allows these heartbreaking things to happen to us.  Even if we don't know the exact reason why He allows us to be hurt over and over again, we know that He uses even the worst experiences for our good.

Now, I didn't say those horrid things are good.  I said He uses them for our good.

Just as He told us He does, in Romans 8:28, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."

No matter the reason, God will use this situation my friend's brother is facing, for good.  In his life. 

It may also affect someone else's life.  Possibly a nurse, a therapist, a doctor, or whoever has contact with my friend's brother, may come to Christ, through seeing how he faces each day, trusting Jesus.

In any case, anyone who is saved, is one of the called, according to His purpose.  Just like my friend's brother.

As my brother in Christ, I feel the need to ask for prayer for him.  If you can find it in your heart, please pray for total, restorative healing for my friend's brother. 

Thank you.  May God bless you.

Until next time...

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

As Thyself...

There is something I've been doing, but haven't yet written about, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL).

I've been visiting the brother of someone I used to call friend.  Unfortunately, my friend was upset about how I made a reference to Hell in my book, Love Never Fails You... when I spoke about how my now deceased husband Gordon, and I visited a village called Hell, on Grand Cayman Island.

I won't go into details.  But, I will say that my friend no longer speaks with me.  Does this mean I should call her an ex-friend?  Truly, I still think of her as my friend, so that's how I will refer to her as.

A strange thing happened though.  When I was in the Emergency Room, waiting for a bed at the hospital in May this year, I ran into my friend's dad. 

Her dad wasn't visiting someone.  He was there for medical care, for himself.

We had a lovely conversation, until the nursing staff moved him out of the area.

One thing I found out, was that my friend's brother had not been well.  Apparently, he had a stroke.

I prayed for him, right then and there.

After this, I never heard anything more, so I thought my friend's brother had recovered and was back to living his life.  At least, until a friend of mine, who attends the single's group meetings at the Tim Horton's (TH) coffee shops, told the group of us, that this fellow was still under treatment.

So it was in early July when I found out that my friend's brother had not recovered and gone home.  Instead, he was getting treatment at a rehabilitation facility, here in Windsor.

When I heard this, I felt badly for him.  He's a nice fellow.  Although we are not devoted friends, and even though I do not know him well enough to call him a great friend, I felt like I should visit him.

I prayed about this.  After all, I didn't want to upset my friend, who no longer has any contact with me.

God reminded me about how I've felt. 

To be sure, being single and alone while being ill, is not fun.  In fact, I'll go so far as to say that it is horrible not just being ill, but being ill, and spending the majority of my time, alone.

Knowing my friend's brother had never been married, I felt badly for him.  After all, he is truly... alone.

Sure, his parents are still alive; but, they are elderly with health concerns, themselves.  And, sure he has some friends and siblings that can come visit.  But, with them working, how often can they visit?

I thought about how Gordon, myself, my friend and a friend of Gordon's had all gone over to the Mission, in Detroit, Michigan, USA, on Christmas night, one year.  We sang and my friend's brothers ministered to those homeless men, who were there looking for a place to stay for the night, and a meal.

And, I thought about the few times, I had gone with him and my friend, to do the same on other occasions.

I reflected on the situation and after much prayer, I decided to go visit him.  And, I'm glad I did!

After all, God did tell us in Leviticus 19:18, "Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the Lord."

You see, while praying and reflecting, I didn't just think about my friend's brother.  I also thought about my friend.

Even though she may not want any contact with me, I realized that whatever my relationship with her is, I should not let it affect what I felt about visiting her brother. 

Though I felt she had done wrong towards me, I had long since forgiven her for hurting me over such a mild issue.  I realized that I had to put any of those leftover hurt feelings aside and do what I felt God was leading me to do.  Go visit my friend's brother, I mean.

And, I praise Him for this! 

Until next time...

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Is That Light I See?!

It's been a while since I discussed my health situation, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL).  So, I have decided to write about it, today.

When my surgeon was away on vacation, his receptionist was still working at the office.  She had told me that she would call if/when she heard from the 4th and final surgeon in Toronto.

When I didn't hear from her, I called.  Several times, actually.

On one occasion I asked her for an appointment to see my surgeon.  Her reply to me was that there was no reason for an appointment, since there was nothing more he could do for me.


I didn't get an appointment arranged.  And, felt somewhat frustrated, as I'm sure you can imagine.

On Wednesday, July 10th, I spoke with her again.  She told me she would call the surgeon's office in Toronto, since they hadn't yet heard anything.

After I got off the phone, I prayed about what I should do.  After all, I felt like I was battling that same old Glass Wall, that I wrote about in the book I published, Love Never Fails You...

Later in the afternoon, I decided to call Toronto. 

I called the surgeon's office, there.  His receptionist answered and told me this was a good day to have called.  Why?  Because, this was their first (1st) day back at work after having about three (3) weeks of vacation.

Relief came over me.  I realized that it wasn't a case where the surgeon didn't want to help me, but rather, it was a case where he hadn't been there, to even look at the referral made for me.

After some discussion about my referral, the Toronto surgeon's receptionist told me to have my Windsor surgeon call them.  Apparently, the Toronto surgeon prefers to discuss with the surgeon making the referral, complicated situations like mine.

For the first time in quite a while, I felt like things were looking up for me.  Instead of feeling a measure of frustration, I felt like God was answering some of my prayer in a positive way.

I felt encouraged.  And, felt like there was light at the end of the tunnel for me.  I was thankful that God was lifting me up, and providing for me, while I was standing courageously waiting to hear from the Toronto surgeon.

This reminded me of Psalm 31:24, "Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord."

Yes, God lifted me up that day.  He reassured me that as I bravely stood my ground, placing my hope in Him, and trusting Him, He would continue to give me the strength to get through this trial in my life.

How grateful I am for the wisdom and guidance He gave me that day!  Thank You, Lord.

I'm thankful for all He does for me, in my life.  After all, He is my strength and my salvation.

Until next time...

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Monday, July 22, 2013


Yesterday, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I wrote about how awesome our God is.  And, He is!

As I mentioned I would, I went to worship with the same church group I worshipped with, last Sunday.  What a wonderful time it was!

Being our Lord's day, going to worship is a true blessing.  To God, to be sure.  But, also, to me.

The pastor and his wife, were there this week. 

It did my heart good to see them, once again.  It had been quite a while. 

My pastor friend from long ago reminded me that we had seen each other, when I was helping out with another church group, while still worshipping at the church I used to attend. 

To be honest, I hadn't recalled when exactly I had seen him last.  It was certainly a lot sooner than it had been since I had met up with his wife!

In any case, it did my heart good to be welcomed at this church family location. 

I thank not just my pastor friend and his wife, but I also thank those who welcomed me whole-heartedly.  Truth be told, I felt very comfortable, there.

Thank You, Lord!

Once again, I found the music to be wonderful.  Just as He had done last week, I found I knew each and every piece of music that we sang, together.

To say I felt comfortable worshipping there, would be an understatement!

In addition to praying for other people's needs, my pastor friend prayed for mine also, even though I am only a visitor and not a member.  Thank you, my friend.  May God bless you!

I must say that he preached a good sermon, edifying us... just as God told us to do in 1 Thessalonians 5:11, "Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do."

Of course, this is what a pastor is supposed to do!

Pastors are supposed to educate those in the congregation, while preaching.  I was grateful to see that my friend had done this.

You see, there are many pastors around, who do not provide instruction to those they are ministering to.

Unfortunately, there are many false preachers/teachers out there.  People who only speak about life, and maybe mention Jesus, but who never truly give Biblical moral teaching.

For sure, those who worship regularly at the church I attended yesterday, are truly blessed.

And, so was I.

Until next time...

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Sunday, July 21, 2013


Once again, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I'll be writing about God.

After all, it is our Lord's Day.  SONday!

Since I haven't always been able to get out and worship, I'll be heading out to the same church as I worshipped at, last week. 

You see, I got a message from the new pastor at that church.  This fellow, I knew years ago from Bible study where I used to worship.  He let me know that he and his wife were sorry they had missed me, last week and invited me to return, today.

At first, I wasn't sure if I would be able to, so I replied that I would try to make it.  However, now that I have sorted out some of my time schedule, I realize that I can attend their worship service, once again.

How awesome is that!  I'll be able to worship God, and see my friends, once again.

Talking about awesome.  My God is truly awesome. 

And, thinking about how awesome God is, I thought about something we sing from time to time at worship services.  It's a song written by Rich Mullins entitled, Awesome God.

If you would like to listen and/or sing along, you are welcome to use this link:

Awesome God by Rich Mullins

When He rolls up His sleeves
He ain't just puttin' on the ritz
(our God is an awesome God)
There is thunder in His footsteps
And lightning in His fist
(our God is an awesome God)
Well, the Lord wasn't joking
When He kicked 'em out of Eden
It wasn't for no reason that He shed his blood
His return is very close and so you better be believing
that our God is an awesome God

Our God(our God) is an awesome God
He reigns(He reigns) from heaven above
With wisdom(with wisdom) pow'r and love
our God is an awesome God
(repeat refrain)

And when the sky was starless in the void of the night
(our God is an awesome God)
He spoke into the darkness and created the light
(our God is an awesome God)
Judgment and wrath he poured out on Sodom
Mercy and grace He gave us at the cross
I hope that we have not too quickly forgotten that
our God is an awesome God

Refrain x5

Our God is an awesome God
Our God is an awesome God
(Our God is an awesome God)
(Our God is an awesome God
Yes, our God is truly awesome!  There is none like Him. 
Thinking about that, I thought of Jeremiah 10:6, "Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O Lord; thou art great, and thy name is great in might."
How blessed we are, to have a God who is in control.  How blessed we are, to know that there is none like Him. 
How blessed we are, that He loved us, so very much that He sent His only begotten Son, to die on a wooden cross... for the sin of the world... of all who will believe upon Him.
How great is this!  How great is He!
How thankful I am that He provided for my salvation.  And, for yours, also.
If you are not trusting in Jesus Christ, and in Him alone, for your salvation, I pray that you will come to Jesus, now.  Then, fall on your knees.  Repent.  And, pray to Him, who is the only one, who can save you... our Lord, Jesus Christ.
May you do this, if you haven't already done so.  And, love God with all your heart, soul, mind and spirit, just as He commanded us to do.
Until next time...
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Saturday, July 20, 2013


In today's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I'm going to address a different issue.  Heat!

Anyone who lives within driving distance of where I live, knows what I am talking about.  We've experienced a heat wave. 

On, yesterday's high was 95F or 35C.  Of course, that didn't take into account the humidity.

Even though I checked online for temperatures every day this week, I never took the time to write them down.  I will say that a couple of days ago, the temperature was supposed to be 99F (about 37 or 38C), and with the humidity factored in, the site said it felt like 105F (about 40 or 41C). 

Most people would agree with me that this was very hot, for those of us who live in the province of Ontario, Canada.  And, also for some of the states in USA that are near us.

The majority of people here have air-conditioning (AC), in both their homes and their vehicles.  Unfortunately, I am not one of them.

Okay, yes... I do have an AC unit, to cool my home. 

It was installed last year, in the middle of July, to replace my previous unit.  It was at a time when we had a heat wave, sort of like what we've experienced this year.

It's a 220 unit that replaced the older 110 unit I had, previously.  And, it works really well!

However, this year I am unable to use it.

The apartment building I live in is having balcony repairs done.  On the other side of the building, it took two (2) years, to finish doing the work.

Now, my side of the building is being worked on.  With 26 floors of balconies, it will probably take as long as it did the other side. 

I must say that I am hoping they will finish up, this year though.

You see, I cannot use my unit, because the work they are doing involves grinding of the concrete.  It creates concrete powder that floats through the air.

When the work first began on the other side, there were several times when the fire department was called. 

People living nearby, or driving along Riverside Dr., saw what they thought was smoke from where the work was being done.  In fact, they couldn't see the workers, since there was so much concrete dust, they thought the building was on fire!

We were told that the best thing to do to protect our units, was to leave them covered with the storage boxes that many of us had made, to protect the unit and prevent cold drafts, in winter.  Knowing that I don't want the concrete dust to envelope, invade or even affect my unit in any way, I did what was suggested.

This means though, that I cannot use the AC unit.

If I decided to have it uncovered, and the concrete dust got into the unit, my AC unit would be destroyed.  This is certainly not what I want to happen.

So, I've been suffering through this horrid heat wave! 

Yesterday, was the worst for me.  Yes, I had already broken out in a heat rash, but when I awoke yesterday, I actually felt sick from the heat. 

My head ached.  I felt light-headed to the point where I actually felt dizzy.  To be honest, I wondered how I would be able to get through the day, without passing out, or dying!

Wondering if I was somewhat dehydrated, I drank glass after glass of water.  Then, I showered and prayed.

I began to feel improved.  I praise God for this! 

Thinking about drinking water, reminded me about what Jesus discussed with the woman at the well, in John 4:13-14, "Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:  But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life."

What a blessing those verses are!

As humans, we can drink a glass of water.  Then, after a short or long time, depending upon the temperature we're existing in, we will become thirsty, once again.

But, those of us who belong to Christ, usually read God's Word.  It fills us up.  It encourages us.  And, provides everything we need to get through each and every day.  And, the trials that come with life.

Of course, because we have obtained salvation, by trusting in Jesus and the work He did on the cross, He is like a well of water, springing up within us, ushering us to everlasting life.

For this, I will always be grateful!  Thank You, Lord! 

If you do not know Jesus as your saviour, please know that you are not guaranteed tomorrow.  No one is. 

Today, is the day of salvation. 

Read the book of John, in the New Testament portion of the Bible.  There you will see that you must be born-again, in order to gain entrance into heaven, when your life ends here on earth.

How do you become born-again or saved?  By trusting in/believing upon Jesus, the Son of God, who came to earth to die on a wooden cross, for the sin of all... all who will believe upon Him.

I'll be praying for you.  And, looking forward to the day when we meet in heaven, one day.  May God bless you.

Until next time...

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Even As...

In Life with Lynnie's (LwL) entry yesterday, I wrote about Christian love.  And, how some people don't seem to have it.

To me, the main reason for this may be because they either aren't truly saved and have a true Christian heart.  Or, if they are saved, they have not been obedient to God.

What am I referring to?  Forgiveness.

How grateful I am that God taught me that I need to forgive.

Long ago, I learned this.  And, took steps to be obedient to Him, by forgiving others.

It hasn't made a difference in anyone's life, but mine.  Still, it makes a difference to God.

If you know me in real life, or even if you have read the book I wrote  Love Never Fails You... you'll know that I have experienced many trials in life.  Actually, I've had more trials than I've ever written about, so please realize that I have suffered much, in life.

Along with trials in life, usually come circumstances where forgiveness is needed.

Think about it.  Have you ever gone through a problem in your life, where there wasn't something or someone who needed to be forgiven? 

It may be something you did.  Or, it may be something someone else did. 

The fact remains that there is always something that needs to be forgiven. 

We must be obedient to God.  Some people think that because we live under grace, that we don't need to do so, but it is a fact that we do. 

Unfortunately, there are false teachers/preachers out there who teach that obedience is not necessary.  But, it is.  And, they are in essence, leading people astray.

We need to have mercy upon others.  And, forgive them. 

Just as Jesus did with us.

And, just as God's Word tells us in Colossians 3:12-13, "Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye."

Please don't think I am saying that I am a perfect person.  I'm not.

There are times when I feel like I would like to scream at the top of my lungs, when I've been hurt by someone.

But, after taking a deep breath, and calming myself down, I am then able to draw on God's Word.  With verses and/or subjects that God has addressed, that pertain to how He wants us to live.

Thank You Lord, that in the past You've blessed me with wonderful teaching and preaching.  I will be forever grateful for this!

After all, if I hadn't learned that God not only wants us to forgive, but commands us to do so, I too would be faltering in life, to this regard.

If you are not in the habit of reading the Bible, I would suggest you do so. 

This way, you won't take my word for it.  You'll read it for yourself.

And, may God bless you for doing so!

Until next time...

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Christian Love?

If you read Life with Lynnie (LwL) yesterday, then you know I wrote about loving Christian friends. 

Today, tolerance and love will be discussed.  This time with regards to those who consider themselves to be saved.

Yesterday, a person who claimed to be a friend of mine on Facebook (FB), proved his intolerance and unloving attitude by unfriending me and blocking me.  Why?  Because, he disagreed with me.  Not Biblically, but with an opinion.

Was he Christian?  Was he a born-again/saved believer?  He claims to be.  Only God knows, for sure.

Of course, there are some Christians who also act this way, towards fellow Christians.  It's usually due to the fact that they do not agree with their opinions.

It's happened to me.  And, not just on FB.

I should qualify that statement about being not just on FB.  The situation I will discuss involved a real-life friend with whom I had lost contact with many years ago.

The first day I was on FB, he found me and we became friends.

At least, until he became upset over differences concerning God and His Word.  Then, without any discussion or warning, he unfriended me.

This happened more than one time, where he would request friendship, and then later, unfriend me.  Once, I was even blocked, for a while.  Meaning that I could not even message the person, even if I wanted to sort out the problem.

The amazing thing to me is, that in later messages, he claimed to not be my friend.  If this was truly the case, why did he ever request friendship in the first place?  Or, even worse, request friendship on subsequent occasions?

To me, to be treated this way was not Christian love.  Especially, since this fellow not only claims to be a follower of Christ, but is also in ministry.

As Christians, we must be loving and tolerant of others.  God told us so.

Read it for yourself in Mark 12:28-31, "And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?
29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
30 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.
31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these."

See?!  God told us to love thy neighbour as thyself.

Does this mean that those who are unloving and intolerant should be treated this way?  After all, if they are treating others in this manner, it seems this is the way they want to be treated.

I will not treat others in an unloving or intolerant way. 

In my opinion, treating someone like this, is what the unsaved do.  It's what today's secular society teaches; if you don't like what someone thinks or says, then throw them away!  Even if it is totally against what God teaches.

I will show Christian love to others.  The way I want to be treated.  And, as God would have me treat others.  Even if it means speaking truth that others don't necessarily agree with, or want to hear.

After all, loving God with all my heart, soul, mind and strength, is what's most important.  There is no commandment greater than this.

So, please know this.  I will continue to love others.  Even if I am not loved, in return.

I will continue to praise God, even for these not so nice, unloving situations.  And, I will pray.

Until next time...

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Things Change...

In yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I wrote about being so tired that I had more than my share of 40 winks, in the afternoon on Sunday.

It wouldn't have surprised me if I had trouble sleeping Sunday night, but I was absolutely shocked.  I slept well!

Yes, it was shocking!  But, not as shocking as Monday night's sleep was.  When I awoke for the first time Tuesday, in the morning, I was floored to see that it was 7:00 a.m.!

Normally, I wake up several times through the night to use the washroom.  But, not that night!  I slept a full seven (7) hours!  Oooooeeee!  Thank You, Lord!

This hadn't happened in such a long time, that I thought it would never, ever happen, again.  But, thanks be to God, it did!

You may or may not recall, but while I was still taking antibiotics intravenously, I was waking up about every hour!  Some of this may have been due to receiving so much fluid. 

Still, I must say that I am absolutely grateful more than I can even say.  Again, thank You, Lord!

Some people may wonder why this encouraging thing happened for me.

In my mind, I believe it is due to so many people praying for me.  Real-life friends, FB friends, and others.

Some of those friends are committed Christian believers, who write blogs and/or have ministries.

Of course, in this entry, I cannot write about each one.  But, I would like to mention a few who have played a major part of my encouragement.

Facebook (FB) friend of mine, Randy L. Noble,  writes a blog that I have on my blog reading list, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL).  It's entitled The Cross In The Desert.  Here's a link:

Another FB friend of mine, Alvin Rauh also writes a blog entitled, Views of My Life  Yes, you'll find a link to his blog on my blog reading list!

The final FB blogging friend I will mention today, who has a link here on LwL, is a little different.  He uses Youtube as the basis for his blogging style of preaching/teaching.  His name is Levi Price and here is a link to his personal testimony:

John & Brenda Franklin do not write a blog, nor are they on FB, but we've been in touch with each other for several years, now.  Even though we haven't met in person, our friendship has grown due to e-mail and telephone conversations.  They have a ministry, Church of Salvation, Healing & Deliverance

Why am I mentioning some of these people?

For starters, because they are all working for our Lord, Jesus Christ.  Planting seeds as commanded in the Great Commission.  And, they offer prayer and encouragement to others.  Not just me.

Of course, I am truly thankful to these friends and others, who have prayed for me.  Just as God told us in 1 Corinthians 1:4, "I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;"

Prayer changes things.

Not only does the Bible tell us so, but in real life, I've had it happen.  Like recently, when John & Brenda prayed with/for me, by telephone long distance.

Prior to prayer, I was feeling like my gut was so swollen, it would burst open.  Afterwards, it felt like some of the swelling went down.  And, of course, I had less pain.

Thank you friends, for your prayer.

And, thank You, Lord, for answering our prayer.  I may not be fully healed, but I am certainly grateful for the pain relief I received.

Not only do I thank God, for my friends who pray for me, but I also pray that He will bless each and every one of them.

Until next time...

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Because Of...

Even though I've been writing on Life with Lynnie (LwL) about my health concerns, it doesn't mean that I've stopped living.

I didn't mean that as a joke, even though my life could be in the process of ending, soon.

Although I have more energy since taking my vitamins and minerals again, I still get tired fairly quickly.  When I feel I have the ability to do stuff, I begin whatever it is I've decided to do.  Then, it comes over me like fog.  I become tired.

Exhausted is probably a better word to describe how I feel.

Like on Sunday.  After worshipping at church, I made my way home.  On the way, I stopped at a store.

By the time I arrived home, I was absolutely worn out.  And, the silly part is that I didn't really do much of anything!

After having a quick bite to eat, I decided to sit and relax for a while.

I read my Bible, prayed, and watched some television (tv) while reclining in my favourite chair.  It's located next to my balcony door, so it's truly a beautiful place to sit. 

The view is outstanding; especially in summer.

Boats on the river, at the yacht club next door, and at the marina just beyond that sure make the view relaxing.  Even though it's beautiful in the daytime, I love it in the evening after sunset.

The lights and sometimes the moon glistening on the water sure makes for a romantic setting.  Especially, with the lighthouse gleaming about a block away, with it's location being directly across from my unit. 

On Sunday afternoon, as I was sitting there relaxing, I began feeling really tired.  So tired, that I fought to stay awake.

Rather than doze in my chair, I made my way to my bedroom.  I set my alarm so that I would sleep about 20 minutes, or so.  Any longer than that usually interferes with my sleep at night.

I think I was asleep before my head hit the pillow.  And, when my alarm went off, I hit the snooze.  Actually, I did that a few times.

Still feeling sleepy, I decided to reset my alarm.  This time, for another hour.

By the time I forced myself to get up, I had slept almost two (2) hours. 

Wow!  What a 40 wink nap that was!

Once I was fully awake, I began thinking about how wonderful it was to participate in the prayer part of the worship service.  And, how wonderful it was to have people praying for me.

Thoughts about my physical condition began to flow back into my mind. 

But, I shook them off.  And, decided to not think about how hurt I've been, through these problems that arose due to becoming deathly ill as a result of negligence of some people's work.

I made every effort to do what God told us to do, in Psalm 37:7, "Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass."

Yes, some people may have been paid through our medical system for the work they did, even if they didn't do their job properly.  But, whoever is responsible for causing my body to become infected with this staph infection MRSA certainly did a wicked thing.  And, will pay the price before God. 

Unless of course, they come to Christ and become saved.  If they are already saved, they may lose some of their rewards in heaven, but they won't lose their salvation.

So, I began thinking about the whole situation.  And, prayed.

I prayed for the person.

Until next time...

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Monday, July 15, 2013

God, Brothers, Sisters & Prayer = Blessing!

Yesterday, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I wrote about how it was SONday.  Also, I wrote about how I love to worship Him, in song.

Being still able to drive, I decided to worship with a church group I know well.  Not everyone there knows me well.  Nor, do I know all of them.  But, I know the church, well.

Years ago, there was a different pastor.  At that time, he and some of the few (there weren't many) congregation members wanted some input.  They wanted my opinion about what they should do. 

Should they sell the current building and either move or rebuild, elsewhere?  Or, should they stay and figure out how to increase attendance at this location with a parking area for about a handful of cars.

Parking was one problem.  But, exposure was another.

After discussing all options, they decided it was financially best to remain at the current location. 

However, there was some work to be done.  And, they had me do it.

I approached the owner of three (3) of the four (4) properties that abutted their land. 

The pastor at that time, already knew the owner of the fourth (4th) property.  And, since that owner was willing to deal privately to sell the church group their property, there was no need for me to approach that person. 

Meeting with church members who handled the finances, we worked together.  Eventually, the church group became owner of all the properties they had decided to purchase.

For a while, the buildings remained and were rented out.  Then, after their finances allowed, all buildings were torn down.

This gave a little bit more exposure to their church building, since the street that was made visible was a rather heavy traffic one-way street.  Eventually, either the group will rebuild, making sure to create a parking lot large enough to satisfy a full sanctuary, or keep the current building in place and turn the now vacant land into a parking lot.

And, of course, this meant they could now have more visibility by erecting a sign on their land (with the City of Windsor's permission, of course), promoting a place of worship, to all who drive along that busy one-way street, if they desired.

Over the years, things changed.  So, did the congregation somewhat.  It seemed more people were worshipping today, even though it is summer and some people are away on vacation time. 

Including their new pastor.  I had hoped to renew acquaintance with him, and his wife.  You see, a number of years ago he worshipped where I did; and we attended Bible study, together.

Now, after all this time, he finished Bible college and is the pastor.  Congratulations!

When I worshipped there yesterday, some people remembered me.  Some did not know who I am.  This was okay with me.  I joined them not for recognition, but to worship our Lord. 

And, we did.  We worshipped in spirit and in truth.

Both music and sermon were wonderful.  I enjoyed my time there, honouring and giving glory to God.

One thing I appreciated, was that during their service, they asked if anyone had a prayer request.

After all others had spoken up, I asked for prayer.  Not just for healing, but also that God would provide the surgeon I require, for the surgery I need.

The person in charge of prayer made sure to pray for and with me and the others, in addition to the other prayer requests.

How grateful I was that I had decided to worship, with this group of brothers and sisters in the Lord!

Of course, because the worship was wonderful.  I was also thankful for the prayer that happened and the prayer that many said they would continue to do for me.  But, grateful that I had not decided to just stay home, since I had been feeling rather tired.

While at home, thinking about not leaving my apartment, a Bible verse had come to mind.  Hebrews 10:24-25, "And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching."

I knew and was reminded that we must not forsake gathering with our brethren.  With our brothers and sisters in the Lord.  It's important to gather together in prayer and worship.

I was grateful the Holy Spirit had led me by using that verse, to encourage me to go worship.  Even in my tired state. 

Afterwards, several of us conversed for a while.  And, I thanked everyone for prayer.  I felt blessed!

Once again, I thank You, Lord. 

Thank You, for allowing the Holy Spirit to place it on my heart that even though I was feeling worn out, I needed and desired to go worship You.

Thank You, for leading me to this place of worship.  And, for renewing acquaintance with those who I had previously known.

Thank You, for lifting me up and encouraging me, even though the purpose of me worshipping there, was to lift you up, honour and glorify you, in prayer, spirit and truth.

All I can say is that I felt blessed!  And, still do.

Until next time...

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Joyful Noise!

Today, is SONday.  My Lord's Day.  And, if you know me, or if you've been a reader of Life with Lynnie (LwL), you'll know that I love to worship my Lord.

In case you aren't aware, Sunday is not the only day I worship.  I do this, regularly. 

I read my Bible.  I pray.  I listen to preachers/teachers when I can.  And, I sing songs honouring to Him.

One piece of music that came to mind on Friday evening, was I Love You Lord.  Here is a LINK for you to listen to it, if you like.

Although it is not a full song, it is a lovely chorus that resonates in my mind regularly.  Here is the lyrics:

I Love You Lord (music and lyrics by Laurie Klein)

I love you, Lord
And I lift my voice
To worship You
Oh, my soul rejoice!
Take joy my King
In what You hear
May it be a sweet, sweet sound in Your ear

One reason I truly enjoy singing this, is because I do love my Lord.  And, I do lift my voice to worship Him.

Yes, I lift my voice in song to honour my Lord, regularly.  Not just on Sunday's.  Not just during worship service.

Even when I wake up, almost every day there is a song on my heart and mind.  It's like I must have been subconsciously singing it, to honour and worship God.

One thing I am grateful for, is that our Lord recognizes that even through singing we are worshipping Him.

After all, His Word tell us to use song to worship Him, in Psalm 95:1, "O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation."

Whether sick or healthy, aloud or in the inner being of my soul, I worship through music.

It's part of me.  And, I believe God gave me this gift to honour Him. 

Anyone who knows me, knows I enjoy singing with music, but I also enjoy singing a cappella (some people write it as... acapella).  Meaning, without music.

For this, I am grateful, because it means that I do not need to wait to honour Him, until music is played.  I can honour Him, any time, anywhere, any time, and any place.

Thank You, Lord... for allowing me to make a joyful noise unto You.

Until next time...

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Saturday, July 13, 2013


If you read yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, you'll know that I've been under great stress. 

Also, I have been suffering with much pain, this past week.  Thank you to all who have prayed and will continue to pray for me.  May God bless you.

Please understand that I am not concerned about dying.  I know where I'm going, once my Lord calls me home. 

Because I am trusting/believing upon my Lord, Jesus Christ, I know I will spend eternity, with Him.  And hopefully, I'll see some of my friends and family, there.

What I do not want is to suffer physically, here on earth.

I've had my fill of this.  Believe me when I say that I have suffered greatly through much of my life.  Chronic pain and physical disability has burdened me, greatly.

But, God has helped me through.  Every day!

For this, I will always be eternally grateful.  Thank You, Father!

I should let you know that hopefully, by the end of this coming week, I'll know whether or not the last qualified surgeon is available to help me. 

The reason I know this, is because I phoned his office this past Wednesday.  To be honest, in the past I have never, ever done this.  But, after waiting over three (3) weeks for a response, I felt like I had no choice but to call, to find out whether or not I should be looking out of Ontario for a surgeon.

His receptionist was a very nice person to talk with.  Although she couldn't guarantee whether or not he will decide to take my case, she did discuss my need.  And, told me to have my current surgeon call their office to speak with the Toronto surgeon.  I thanked her from the bottom of my heart.

The drawback is, by the time I hear, it will have been about eight (8) weeks, since my surgeon told me I need the surgery... NOW! 

Time is of the essence.  The infection will not stand still inside me.  Time will only lead to further complications or death.

And, as I've said before, my surgeon had told my daughter P and I there was no way I could wait for the London, ON surgeon who said I'd have to wait to see him, until November, because, I'd be dead by then.  Please note, they are not my words.  They are my current surgeon/doctor's.  So, I'm hoping and praying this last surgeon in Toronto will respond as soon as possible.

Many people do not understand why there is such a problem finding a surgeon.

The fact is, if I were to go to the hospital in pain, like I've been in for a while, they would want to do emergency surgery on me, to remove the mesh inside me.  Mesh behind my bellybutton and ribcage areas, plus all the mesh that lined my abdominal cavity since 1994.

The trouble is, that while many surgeons can remove the mesh, there are only the four (4) that my surgeon told me about, who can do the RECONSTRUCTION!

If the surgeon I have removes the mesh, but cannot do the reconstruction, this means that I will suffer greatly for a couple of years or more, until I can once again have MAJOR surgery, to have reconstruction done, or bio mesh installed inside me.  All the while, the only thing holding my innards in place, would be my skin.

I've experienced this, before. 

I had suffered with extreme pain after a surgery in 1990 that did not have good results.  Plus, my skin got all stretched out, as my innards fell and created a hanging lump, because apparently the inner lining that should have held all my innards in place, hadn't healed.  At the time, I was told what I had lived with, had been a dangerous situation, and I could have died.

So, the only thing holding my insides in place, was my skin, until I had the surgery to reline my abdominal cavity in 1994. 

Even if I don't want to think about it, I can only imagine how much worse it would be this time.  Especially, since it would affect my body from my ribs, right to my pelvic area.

Who could live like that?  Could you?  Would you want to?

There are times when I wonder why God has allowed me to physically suffer so much in my life.  And, believe me, I've had more than my share of it!

The truth is, I believe that it is because He has been glorified.  Glorified, through my pain and suffering.

Sort of like what we read in John 11:4, "When Jesus heard that, he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby."

God has been glorified even through my life, health concerns, and writings.

It actually has shocked me how many people have contacted me, and told me how my writing about my life and trials has blessed them.

Just so you know, I've heard from many, many, many people who have suffered, or are still suffering in their lives.  It makes my heart want to burst with joy, when I hear how they have been encouraged, by my efforts to serve and honour Him, by writing LwL.

I praise God for this!

Not because it raises me up and encourages me.  Because, of even more importance is how those who have been encouraged, have seen how trusting in and relying on God, is the way to make it through the trials of their lives.

So, while God is glorified, I am encouraged. 

Who could be sad about that?  Certainly, not me. 

I praise God, and will always praise Him.

Until next time...

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Friday, July 12, 2013


Thank you for reading yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry.  And, thank you to anyone who has prayed for me.  May God bless you...

Yes, I suffered due to being weak.  However, after having my chiropractic care, and after resting for a few days, I was once again able to function.  I praise God for this!

Shortly after I was feeling improved, my daughter P and I met with a friend of mine who lives over in Michigan, USA.  We met at a Tim Horton's (TH).

This friend used to live in Ontario, but has lived over near Detroit, for a few years, now.

After greeting each other and talking about general things, we got down to brass tacks.

I asked this friend if they knew of a surgeon in the Detroit area, who could do the surgery I need done.  During our conversation, my friend told me that no one came to mind.

One thing this person did tell us, was that while they were in the process of moving across the river, to USA and were sort of half here and half there, a family member had to go to London, Ontario, to see a specialist.

My friend was truly disturbed when they were told to take their family member home.  Home, to die.  They were told nothing could be done for the person.

As I said, they were partly here and partly in USA.  Apparently, they received in the mail, confirmation that they were accepted into an American healthcare programme/program.

So, they took their family member to a hospital in Detroit, Michigan, USA, not far from where their new address was.

A specialist examined their family member.  The result shocked them.  They were told that they could see the problem and determined they could fix it, with surgery.

Their family member had the surgery and today, is well and doing fine.  And, happily proceeding with their life.

Once again, I praised God, aloud!  So loud that people around us turned and looked at us.

My friend told us that indeed they felt I need to go to USA.  We were told not to trust our Ontario healthcare system.  Especially since, it seemed to be letting me down.


Before leaving, my friend told us that they would be meeting with a physician friend and would ask him to provide a name.  Ahhh... I felt relief.  I praised God, aloud.

We prayed and went our separate ways.

I received a message from my friend and was given the name of a surgeon.  In addition, a list was faxed to me.  The list didn't really tell me whether or not any of the surgeons were capable of what I need done.  Still, I was grateful.

It turned out the surgeon could not do the surgery I need.  It was not his area of expertise.  So, I'm still trying to work to locate a surgeon. 

This brought up a question to me.  Why isn't my current surgeon/doctor assisting me?

During my last visit with him and my daughter, he made it clear that there was nothing more he could do for me.  Even if this last surgeon in Toronto, who had not yet responded to the referral fax, were to respond that he couldn't help me.


When P and I were first told this, I felt rather shocked.  I asked my surgeon/doctor what would happen if this last Toronto surgeon responded that he indeed could not help me.

He shrugged and a slight smile-like grin came across his face.

So, I commented, that it seems that I would just die, then.  Unless I could get help outside Ontario.  He shrugged and once again said he could not help me obtain a surgeon outside of our province.

It was then, that I commented that it seemed that it wouldn't matter to him or our system if I died, saying that if they buried me, hey!  The problem would be gone.  No one would have to even think about it, again.

There was no further comment from my surgeon/doctor.

Like I said, at first I felt rather shocked.  But later, I began thinking about this horrible situation I am in the middle of. 

And, as I reflected upon what we had been told, I began to feel horrible.  All I could think of was how evil our world truly is.

After all, I would have been fine if I hadn't been infected with the staph infection MRSA, in the operating room, last September.  It has prevented me from healing and is now threatening my life.

In my opinion, it's pretty bad when a surgeon/doctor will not help you.  After all, what are they there for?

After praying about this, I thought about Matthew 6:34, "Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof."

I calmed down.  And, realized that I need not be upset. 

God is in control.  Of everything, including my life.

It is truly up to Him, as to whether or not I will survive and live on in this evil world.  Or, if it is His will to take me Home.

After reflecting, I realized I should not let my emotions run wild and reminded myself that I need to try and stay calm.  And, pray that His will be done.

Until next time...

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Made Perfect?

For a short time, I've written about my life's happenings here on Life with Lynnie (LwL).  At least, until yesterday.

That's when I decided to update you about my health.  Well, at least about what's happening concerning the surgery I require.

Today, I decided to tell you a little about how I've been feeling, physically.

Around the time when I had the van troubles, I had another problem.  Not with my vehicle, but rather... with my body.

Before I write about my recent physical situation, I feel I need to explain something to you. 

I truly cannot recall if I ever wrote about this, here on LwL.  For sure, I know I did not write in my book:  Love Never Fails You... about what I am going to discuss here, today.

The reason I never discussed this issue, is because I had planned to write another book. 

One, where I would describe in detail the physical problems I experienced for many years, after being involved in the bus collision.  The one where I was driving a school bus, and was hit by the cab portion of a tractor-trailer or semi, as some people call them.

I do not intend to discuss everything.  What I will tell you will definitely relate to my more recent health problems.

You see, due to the bus collision years ago, where I endured whiplash and neck pain, dislocated shoulders, back pain, knee pain, broken toes, and after breaking the windshield with my head, and breaking the steering wheel with my body, I suffered greatly with pain.  Even though my injuries were deemed to be non-life-threatening, I did suffer.  Big time!

One problem I had, related to my right arm and shoulder.  Pain came from my head, down through my neck and shoulder, down my arm and into my hand.

Numbness was one problem for me.  I would wake up in the middle of the night and not be able to feel my hand. 

Seriously, you could have cut it off, and I wouldn't have felt a thing.

Until the feeling returned.  Then, I'd have terrible pain!

One other problem that I faced was the fact that I grew very weak, after the collision.

There were times when I could not lift my arm up, at all.  Yes, I could move my fingers, or sometimes bend my elbow, but lift my arm?  Not!

Not always, but there were times when I had to literally use my left arm to lift up my right arm.

Well, that same week that I had the van troubles I told you about previously, I found out that once again, I have grown rather weak.  Of course, with not being able to bend, lift, stretch, carry or exercise in any way, and being arthritic, I probably should have expected this to happen.

Since my van had to be worked on two (2) days in a row, I stopped on my way home, to get a few groceries.  Sigh...

When I saw watermelon, my heart skipped a beat.  Desire set in.  But, I couldn't lift one.

Ah, but I saw that they had the small ones.  The ones that are tiny.

To other people they are not heavy.  I felt like it was killing my gut, to lift one into my shopping cart.

Getting it home, wasn't fun either.

After resting up, I decided to cut the watermelon.  That's when I had the problem.

Being right-handed, I used a large knife that is common for me to use to do what I planned to do.  It was so difficult trying to cut it in half, I almost gave up and threw it out.

But, my desire was greater than my pain at the time.  So, I cut it in half.  Then, cleaned out half of the tiny watermelon.

Ah, it tasted good!

Later, I regretted what I had done.  My right arm, shoulder and part of my neck and back ached with pain, so badly that I could hardly even lay down in bed.

The next morning, the pain was even worse.

Like years earlier, I could move my fingers (thankfully, to type on LwL), even if it was difficult.  And, I could bend my elbow, with some pain. 

As for lifting up my arm?  Forget it.  Couldn't do it.  In fact, when I wanted to type on my laptop on the tray table in front of me, I had to literally use my left arm, to lift up my right arm, to rest it on my work surface.


How weak I have become.  Until then, I knew I was weaker, but didn't truly know to what extent.

I felt sad.  And, even wondered if I should stop praying for healing, and just allow God to take me home.

But, as always, a Bible verse popped into my mind.  2 Corinthians 12:9-10, "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.  Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong."

How grateful I am that God provides.  How grateful I am for my Great Physician, my Lord Jesus... for when I am weak, He makes me strong.

Even though I do not take pain medication of any kind, unless I absolutely have to, I did take them.  For a few days.

Yes, my arm has improved.  Now, I can partially lift it.

I thank God for my chiropractor, who was shocked at the readings of stress my body showed on the computer system.  I thank God he was able to treat me.  It helped.  Thank you, my friend.  Your treatment helped my body to work better, even if it wasn't made perfect.

How grateful I am for the Holy Spirit.  Even though I may recall verses in my mind, I believe it is the Holy Spirit that guides me to them.

I praise God for this.  Thank You, Father!

Until next time...

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Mountain Climbing...

Here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), it's been a while since I wrote about my health status.

It was three (3) weeks ago yesterday, when I last saw my surgeon/doctor.  My daughter P went with me, as I'm sure you're aware.

At that time, he made it clear that I'm in a situation that most people would not want to be placed in.

Here's what he was referring to:

Surgeon #1 (in London, ON) = Consultation appointment for November 5th.  Plus, surgery wait time. 

FYI... my surgeon knows this London surgeon and spoke with him to get this earliest appointment time.  My surgeon also told P and me that this was too long to wait.  If the infection inside me spreads to my organs, I'm dead.

Surgeon #2 (in Toronto, ON) = Changing practice; cannot take me as a patient.

Surgeon #3 (in Toronto, ON) = Is not taking on new patients.

Surgeon #4 (in Toronto, ON) = still waiting for a response to the referral made three (3) weeks ago.

Knowing that my current surgeon/doctor let P and I know that there are only four (4) surgeons in our Province of Ontario, who are capable and experienced to do the surgery I require.  This is definitely not a good situation.

P asked him how much chance there was that other doctors/surgeons didn't want to take on a patient like me, who has the staph infection:  MRSA.  His response was that he felt it could be as high as 100%.

Not many hospitals want patients with infections.  Especially, if the patient didn't pick it up at their hospital.

Of course, the hospital where I had my surgery, doesn't have a qualified surgeon who can do not just the mesh removal needed, but also the reconstruction I require.  So, where does this leave me?

Not in a good situation.

Since then, my surgeon/doctor went on vacation for a week.  Even so, I haven't been able to get an appointment to see him.

During our last meeting, he made it clear that he cannot and/or will not (he wasn't clear on that issue) help me find a surgeon outside Ontario, or even outside Canada.

Believe me when I say that it is shocking to find yourself in a predicament, like this one.  And, it can be disheartening also, at times.

Even so, I trust my God.  My Jesus, who loved me so much that He gave His life to pay the price for my sin, and for the sin of all who believe upon Him.

I pray.  And, pray.  And, pray.

After all, God told us in 1 Thessalonians 5:17, "Pray without ceasing".

No matter what happens, and no matter what emotions I am feeling, I will continue to pray.

If you can find it in your heart to pray for me, I would be very thankful.  After all, prayer can move mountains.

And, this mountain I am facing, is certainly a difficult one to climb.  God willing, when I reach the top, there will be a surgeon there, waiting for me!

Until next time...

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Cats & Dogs...

If you read yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, you'll know that I wrote about going to church on Sunday, to worship.

After church, I made my way home, got changed and went down to our pool deck.

No, I didn't go in the pool.  I stayed on the deck.

We had our annual deck party!

Once a year, we celebrate the anniversary of when our building was built and first occupied.  Usually, we have food and fun.

Sunday, was a little different. 

Yes, we had food!  The hotdogs, chips, pop, water, and dessert was wonderful, of course.

But, our fun was a little different. 

You see, just as our celebration was to begin, it started raining.  When I say it rained cats and dogs, I mean it!  It poured!

Normally, we have games on the deck that we can all participate in.  This was a disaster, because no one wanted to get drenched.

I felt rather sad, because I had hoped to sing, just as I had in the past.  But, wasn't able to do so.

After all, only God knows if I will even be alive next year.  Even so, with the rain soaking practically everything, there was no way that the electrical equipment could be used.

One thing I was happy about, was that there was a lot fewer people out on the deck, than there normally is.  It made it much easier to sit under one of the tents that were set up to protect people from the sun.

Since fewer people attended, some of the games were able to be played under the tents.  I played along with others under one tent. 

And, I was grateful I won a Tim Horton's gift card!  Thank you, my friends.  And, thank You, Lord!

When the rain let up a bit, I went over to speak with a friend who was helping in the BBQ area, where they were cooking the dogs

She suggested and sort of insisted that I take another hotdog with me, as I was leaving to go back to my apartment.  You see, they expected more people, so there were many, many that had not been taken.  Yup, as per her suggestion, that meant that my supper was ready, also!   Thank you, K!

I had expected to see someone who used to hang out with me, but I didn't.  After she moved to a different unit in the building, she seemed to lose touch.

Wanting to see her, I knocked on her apartment door.  She was surprised to see me, as she was expecting company.  And, was even more surprised when I handed her a gift.

It was something I had purchased last year, prior to me becoming ill and having surgery.  But, it was packed away, and I wasn't able to access where it was stored, until recently.

Since it was engraved, I knew it wasn't meant for anyone else.  She thanked me.

One thing that surprised me, was that I saw a cat approach her door, when she answered it!  It truly was a cute and cuddly one.

But, I was shocked.  You see, our building rules do not allow anyone to have pets in the building. 

Please don't misunderstand.  I love cats.  And, I truly miss my Charlie and Dusty, who both died of old age (in their 20's), prior to me moving into my apartment.

I was happy for her, when she told me it was now her best friend.  After all, when you live alone, pets like a cat or dog, can really improve your life.

Even though I was happy for her, I felt rather sad, also.  After all, God told us to put Him first in our lives.

Okay, I realize she wasn't speaking on a spiritual level, but on a human level.  Just as we all do, from time to time.  Yes, even me...

Still, it made me think about several Bible verses.  One (1) was Matthew 22:36-37, " Master, which is the great commandment in the law?  Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind."

Yes, I realize that we all live humanly in life.  Even me.  But for some reason, what she said affected me.

Why did this happen?  The only thing I can think of, is that even though I live a human life, I mostly live in a spiritual mindset.  Just as God told us to do.

For this, I am thankful.  And will always be grateful!  Thank You, Lord!

Until next time...

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