Thursday, October 31, 2013

Humbleness? Humility?

As I mentioned in yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, it was my grandson D's birthday!

Before I finish writing about my busy Monday, I would like to say that I enjoyed spending time with D and all our family members.  It was wonderful getting together to celebrate D's birthday, with a delicious dinner and of course, birthday cake!

As I'm sure you realize, Monday was a very busy day for me.  It seemed like I never had a chance to rest; probably, because it was true!  I was busy.

When I left the legion Monday evening, I didn't head for home.  Instead, I headed towards the United Way (UW) building, in the core area of Windsor.

No, I wasn't going to a meeting concerning the UW.  I was attending a meeting of a writers group I belong to:  Write On Windsor! (WOW).

It had been a very, very long time since I attended a meeting with the group.  In any case, it seemed they were as happy to see me, as I was to see them!

As per normal, writings were read and discussed.  Not mine, for I hadn't brought any with me.  But, we did this for others.

At this meeting, there were some new people.  At least new to me!

I was surprised that I didn't see a fellow writer, there.  I had told him about the group and he let me know he would probably be there.  But, for some reason, he didn't show up.

Oh well!  So be it.  Hopefully, another time he will attend.  That was one reason I joined the group that evening.  So my friend wouldn't have to walk into a meeting where he didn't know anyone.

Since the group meets now, every second (2nd) Monday, I'll have to let him know, in case he decides to attend.  I would hate to find out he went to the meeting location on a Monday when the group didn't meet!

Before we disbanded, it was asked who would bring writings to be read and discussed, for the next meeting.  Several people offered to do so.

Then, I was asked if I could bring some.  I replied that with being ill over the last almost 14 months, I hadn't written anything.  At least, nothing except entries here on LwL.

I was asked to bring some with me, so I will!

The reason I haven't been writing anything but entries here on LwL, is partly because I haven't had the energy to begin a new book.  And, the reason I have continued to write LwL entries, is even though I have not got much energy, I want to honour God.  Honour Him by helping others see how He works in my life. 

Hopefully, they will reflect upon their own lives and see how God is there for them.  And, how He works in their lives!

For some reason, there is at least one person who thinks that when I write LwL entries, I am not being humble.  At least, that's what that person has told me.  That I'm lacking humility.  That I'm trying to honour myself.

That is not true.

I must admit, it takes a lot of humility and humbleness to write the way I do.  If anyone who doesn't agree with me ever tried to do it, they would see for themselves that it isn't easy.  And, it's not a way for anyone to honour themselves

At least, I know that I am doing what is right for my Lord.  In honouring Him, and not me.

Just as He told us in John 8:54, "Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God:"

Just as Jesus didn't want to honour Himself, I don't either.

If anyone thinks that I will stop doing this work for my Lord, they must think again.  I won't.  As long as I have the energy and ability to continue writing to honour Him, I will do so.

After all, He is the most important person in my life.  And, I love Him, with every part of me.

Being thankful and being obedient to His calling, is all I ever want to do with my life.

For those who don't agree, please know that I forgive you, for thinking evil of me, or anyone else like me, who does what they can to honour God.  And, I pray for you!

Until next time...

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

H.B. D! & A Blessing...

Before I begin today's Life with Lynnie  (LwL) entry, I would like to take a moment to wish my grandson D a very Happy Birthday!  I'm looking forward to spending time with you, to celebrate!

Here on LwL yesterday, I discussed about visiting the cemetery on Monday, and placing floral wreaths on my deceased husband Gordon's grave, and his parents' grave, as well.

Afterwards, I made my way to the legion, where I was going to meet with my friends L & D.  I must admit that as I drove the handful of minutes it took to arrive there, I was feeling a little bit down in spirit, after being at Gordon's grave.

The last time I attended the legion was about three (3) weeks ago.  So, I looked forward to enjoying time with my friends, listening to music, watching people dance, and enjoying a nice meal, together.

After finding my seat, I was approached by people.  Many wanting to say 'hello', but also some who asked me if I was going to sing, that evening.

It was shocking to me to have more than a half dozen people comment about how they'd love to hear me sing, again.  Each person complimented me on my voice.  One couple even asked me if I would consider singing a duet with the husband.

To everyone, I responded that I hadn't planned to sing, that evening, thanking them for their encouraging compliment.

A couple of other people sang.  Both were men.  One was the husband who hopes that one evening I'll sing a duet with him.  The other fellow had a voice much like Frank Sinatra.

I truly enjoyed hearing both of these men, who were blessed with beautiful voices!  And, I told each of them so, afterwards.

When I approached the husband and his wife, I thanked him for singing.  He had a wonderful voice! 

Even at that time, he again asked me if I would sing a duet with him.  I replied that I would prefer to try that another time, not at the legion.  He agreed that we would have to practice.  Time will tell!

After the last fellow sang, I went across the room and thanked him for singing.  He had a beautiful voice.  And, I told him so!

He seemed shocked that I made a point of complimenting him, not just for what he sang, but also for his ability.

We really didn't have any discussion.  Afterwards, I returned to my seat and continued enjoying my time, at the legion.

Some people may think it was unnecessary to approach those who entertained us, that evening.  But, I don't think that way. 

I believe we must lift each other up, with encouragement.  Thanking them, for blessing us with their talent.  Just as others have done, with me!

After all, God tells us to treat others well, in a loving manner.  Like in Romans 12:10, "Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;"

Not long before I was getting ready to leave, I was in a discussion with L & D, at our table.

To my surprise, the last fellow I had complimented regarding his voice, came up beside me.  And, spoke with me.

In his hand, he had a CD with his name and photo on it.  Also, a card with his name and phone number was with it.

This man let me know that he had participated in a Seniors' music contest, and had won it!  I congratulated him, letting him know once again that I thought he had a beautiful voice.

He handed the CD to me, letting me know that I had been the only person who had approached him, to thank and encourage him, for entertaining us with his music.

Totally in shock, I thanked him for his lovely gift to me.  I truly felt blessed!

Never had I expected that I would be blessed with gift like that, for showing kind affection to another person. 

As I got in my van and drove away, I praised God for allowing me to have a lovely time at the legion.  The fun, food and fellowship was such a blessing to me.  A blessing that I never, ever expected.

He has a way of always encouraging us, when He believes we need it.  For this, I will always be thankful!

Until next time...

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Love, Honour & Remembrance...

Here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I wrote yesterday about having a busy few days.  Monday, was no different!

Writing and posting LwL takes some time, and recently I began publishing my daily postings, after midnight.

Part of the reason is due to the fact that I need to take my medication close to midnight.  This means I need to be awake.  And, if awake, I may as well do some of the work for LwL, before I hit the hay!

In doing so, it means that in the morning, I can do some of my work on Facebook (FB), and then head out to the library, to do the rest.  And, that is exactly what I did, yesterday.

You may be wondering why I go to the library.

It's because even though I pay Bell Canada a large amount of money each month, my posting takes me about two and a half (2 1/2) hours at home, due to the internet service being not as fast as the library, where it takes me only about an hour to do the same amount of work.  Plus, it gets me out of my apartment, and gives me a bit of exercise!

After leaving the library, I made my way to see my daughter P, for a short time.

Then, I made my way to South Windsor, to visit my friend M, who had surgery about a week and a half ago.  While there, I dropped off dinner for her and her family.  And, I picked up my Avon order!

From there, I went to the cemetery. 

While there, I installed the floral display I had made a couple years ago, for my deceased husband Gordon's parents' grave.  And, installed the new wreath with floral arrangement I made on the weekend, on Gordon's grave.

Last year, Gordon's grave had a larger wreath and floral arrangement, placed on a larger metal stand. 

However, last year we had a couple of storms that were really bad, with extremely strong winds.  I'm grateful that I was able to get to the cemetery when I did, after one of the storms.

Upon arriving, not only did I see Gordon's wreath and stand damaged from the wind, but it was almost blown over.  Of course, I was grateful that it hadn't blown away, the way many others had, including some that were literally being blown around during the time I was there.

Yet, the floral arrangement I had made and installed on his parents' grave site, remained untouched.  I believe it was due to being slightly smaller in size.

So, this year I decided to make a smaller display, to set out in remembrance and to honour Gordon.

While there, I not only think about Gordon and his other family members, I also think about my own parents and brother.  Unfortunately, their grave sites are too far away for me to visit on a regular basis.

Still, I think of them.  And, I think about Jesus.

I think about how Jesus saves.  And, about how much He loves me. 

I love Him and want to honour Him, in everything I do.  Just as I want to remember and honour my loved ones.

Thinking about this regularly brings to mind Philippians 1:3, "I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,"

The Apostle Paul showed us that even though we live for Christ, it is okay to honour and remember our loved ones. 

For this, I praise God!  Anyone who has ever lost a loved one, understands that even though their life ended here on earth, the love we have for them never dies.

Just as God's love for us, never dies! 

Hallelujah!  I praise God for this!  For we know that no matter what happens in our life, He is with us, always!

Until next time...

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Monday, October 28, 2013

The Body...

There are things that I have not yet discussed here on Life with Lynnie (LwL).  It's been a busy last few days for me. 

Last Thursday evening, I spent my time at Walkerville Evangelical Baptist Church (WEBC).  It was Bible study night!

And, with yesterday being our Lord's day, I worshipped at WEBC, along with a loving group of fellow believers.

Before heading into the sanctuary, I made my way into the kitchen of the fellowship hall, to place my contribution into the fridge.  This was for a preplanned luncheon, together. 

It was actually a pig-roast celebration, with the roasted pig being brought into the fellowship hall.  This gathering was meant to honour and celebrate a couple of people's birthdays, in addition to two (2) couples celebrating wedding anniversaries. 

One thing I haven't yet mentioned is the fact that on Saturday afternoon, I attended WEBC for an event I had never before attended.  A prayer revival concert!

Three (3) other churches joined us in this glorious time of prayer, music and fellowship!

Our pastor, along with two (2) other pastors spoke, giving exhortations.  Not sermons, but exhortations relating to prayer. 

Of course, if you were in attendance, you would know that at least one (1) pastor's exhortation was so lengthy, it could easily have been considered a sermon.  Sorry, I won't say who this was!  :)

It was such an enjoyable time, honouring God with brothers and sisters in the Lord, from various parts of Essex County!

The music was wonderful. 

A woman from one of our visiting churches sang a solo.  A man from another visiting church sang solo as well.  However, for him it was acapella/a capella!

It did my heart good to hear those people sing.  Just as it did to listen to choir groups, as well!

Ahhh... what a blessed evening we spent together!

Afterwards, we celebrated as one family, in the fellowship hall, sharing a delicious meal!  We, at WEBC, provided the food and beverages for all who joined us for a time of good food, and fellowship.

For me, it was wonderful to have met up and spent time with a couple of people that I hadn't seen in a very long time! 

What a blessing it was, being able to spend time with fellow Christians.  Brothers and sisters in the Lord!

This brought to mind the fact that we are all part of the family of God.  Even if we don't always gather, together.

Just as God told us in 1 Corinthians 12:27, "Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular."

Yes, we are all members in the body of Christ.

We may not all be the same.  Nor, would we have the same talents and or contribution methods.  Still, we are all part of the family of God!

What a blessing!  Thank You, Lord!

I pray that it was a blessing to others, as well.  After all, we are meant to edify each other, lifting each other up in prayer.

My brothers and sisters in the Lord, please know that I pray for you.  Always.

Until next time...

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

H.B. A! & Jesus Be The Centre!

Before I begin today's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I would like to wish my grandson A, a very Happy Birthday!  I pray that God will bless you with a fabulous, special day.  Always remember that Jesus loves you... and so does Grandma!  xoxo

Just like other SONday's here on LwL, I discuss the fact that today is a day of worship.

Like other Lord's days, I'll be heading to worship at Walkerville Evangelical Baptist Church, here in Windsor.  And, I'll enjoy worshipping in spirit, and in truth.  Both with traditional worship, and through music.

Someone I know, who is on Facebook, recently posted a song that I had never heard before.  Thank you for posting this!  It struck a cord in my heart, upon hearing it.

Here is the song I adore, sung by Robin Mark entitled, (Jesus) Be The Centre

Jesus Be The Centre

Jesus, be the centre
Be my source, be my light

Jesus, be the centre
Be my hope, be my song

Be the fire in my heart
Be the wind in these sails
Be the reason that I live
Jesus, Jesus

Oh Jesus, be my vision
Be my path, be my guide

Oh Jesus, be my vision
Be my path, be my guide

Be the fire in my heart
Be the wind in these sails
Be the reason that I live
Jesus, Jesus

(Instrumental solo)

Be the fire in my heart
Be the wind in these sails
Be the reason that I live
Jesus, Jesus

Be the fire in my heart
Be the wind in these sails
Be the reason that I live
Jesus, Jesus

Jesus, be the centre
Be my source, be my light

Jesus... is the fire in my heart!  He's everything to me!

Just thinking about being hot for the Lord, brought to mind Revelation 3:15-16, " I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.  So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth."

Believe me when I say I've been condemned for being on fire for the Lord. 

People have said things like I think too much about Jesus and Christianity.  And, I've been called a Bible thumper by some, also.

Truly, it matters not to me how other people think of me. 

The truth is... nothing matters but my Lord, Jesus Christ.  Without Him, I am nothing.  And, neither are you.

Just like He said, there are some that He would consider to be lukewarm.  Like some people who consider themselves Christian, yet do nothing for the Lord.  Or very little.

Those are the people I feel worst about. 

After all, those who are cold in the Lord, will probably remain unsaved and may be thrown into the Lake of Fire, upon judgement day.  And, those who are hot/on fire for the Lord, who are truly saved, and do everything they can for our Lord, will receive heaven for eternity.

But, those who consider themselves to be worthy, yet aren't because they don't do anything to honour Him, I feel badly for.  It is these people who Jesus will spew out.

It is these people, who think they will end up in heaven, but may have been taught improperly, only to find they don't.

After all, are they on fire for the Lord if they don't honour Jesus and work for Him?  What about if they don't read their Bible and learn what God expects of them?  Or, care about anything to do with Christianity and worship?

Words can come cheap, but God knows our heart.  He told us to love Him with all our heart, soul, mind and spirit.

Hopefully, you will come to Christ, if you haven't already.  And, read God's Word so you can find out for yourself that you are expected to be on fire for Him!

Until next time...

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

I Will!

Here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I discussed yesterday about how my daughter P suggested I obtain copies of necessary information from my family physician's office.  Once done, she would take me to see her family physician, who has a small practice, since he also works as a walk-in clinic physician.

As I mentioned yesterday, I called my family physician's receptionist.  She had told me that she couldn't do it on that day, and would be off on the next day, Friday.  So, the earliest day I would be able to do this, would be Monday, October 21st.

On that date, I drove out of Windsor to my family physician's office, paid for the information I obtained and drove over to the west side of Windsor, to pick up P, at her home.  Off we went to the walk-in clinic where her family physician works.

Of course we had to wait to see P's doctor.  However, once we were with him in an examination room, things progressed rather quickly.

I reminded the doctor that when my now deceased husband Gordon and I lived on Windsor's west side, we quite often saw him, when our own family physician was unavailable, or if it was an urgent matter.  In addition, I reminded him that a couple of years ago, I had seen him, and asked him if he would become my family physician.  At that time, he told me he wasn't taking on new patients, and since I already had a family physician, he wouldn't even consider it.

P let him know that I am her mom. 

Just so you know, P had seen this doctor at the walk-in clinic many times, when she couldn't get help from my family physician; she had also gone to another clinic, as well.  Eventually, this doctor recognized that with P having Lupus, and children with serious health conditions, he offered to be her family physician.

We discussed my situation.

P's doctor reviewed the info I brought with me.

Then, he commented that he saw no reason why my own family physician couldn't have written a prescription for the drugs I needed.

Believe me when I say I praised God for this!

I let him know that I was scheduled to have a CT scan.  We discussed the blood test results.  And, we discussed my health and the fact that it has taken far longer and would still be several weeks/months before I would have the surgery that every surgeon who has seen me, said I need, as quickly as possible.

When talking, I made it clear that I would indeed be grateful to God for a miracle healing, for I truly do not want to have any more surgery.  I feel like I've had more than my share!

Oh yes, no one has to let me know that God's will is always done.  I already know this.  But, I still pray that His will is what I am hoping and praying for!

P's doctor let us know that he was not taking patients and could not become my family physician.  He also let us know that he hoped things would go well for me.  Then, he wrote the prescription for me.

At that time, I almost started to cry.  I felt such relief.  Once again, I thanked God!

You see, as I've said before, I still have pain and swelling that comes and goes.  One day better, another, not.

And, on that day, my gut was hurting!  Of course, I couldn't tell if it was due to not having had the medications I was supposed to be taking, for two (2) weeks (since they had run out).  Or, whether it was due to climbing in and out of my van for so many times, that day.

In any case, my heart was bursting with joy and thankfulness.

I thought about Psalms 118:28, "Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee."

No matter the outcome of my health condition, and whether or not I end up having the surgery that I am awaiting, I will praise God.  For everything in my life, including every single trial that I don't even write about, here on LwL!

I will exalt Him!  Just as I do, on a regular basis.  And, I will continue to praise and glorify Him, in every way I can.

After all, without Him, I would have no righteousness.  My righteousness... and yours is as filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6).

But, through our Lord, Jesus Christ we become righteous, once we become saved, or born-again.

If you do not yet know Jesus as your Saviour, I suggest that you begin to read your Bible.  Begin in the book of John, in the New Testament.  Read to the end.

Here you will see how much God truly loves you.  You'll find out what He expects of you.  And, you'll realize that you truly need a Saviour... Jesus Christ.

Until next time...

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Friday, October 25, 2013


In yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I addressed the issue of the possibility of me having received a miracle healing.

Please, believe me when I say I would rather have a miracle healing, than have to have any further medical treatment of any sort.  Especially, not the dangerous surgery I am awaiting.

As I left my family physician's office on Thursday afternoon of October 17th, without a prescription for the antibiotics I am supposed to continue taking until my upcoming surgery, I thanked him.  And, once again prayed. 

After all, some people may not realize this, but I have swelling and pain, that I deal with, daily!  How could I have swelling and pain, if I've been healed?  That doesn't make sense to me!

Shortly after I arrived home, I once again called P.

I told her I didn't believe the blood test results were accurate.  She agreed with me. 

P reminded me that she had been with me most of the time, when I spent those first two (2) days in the emergency room (ER)of the hospital I eventually spent 15 days in, in May of this year.  Before, they knew I had an ABSCESS.  And, before they knew I had MRSA.

She reminded me that during those two (2) days in ER, many blood tests had been done on me.  MANY!  And, neither the abscess poisoning/infection, nor the MRSA infection showed up on any of those results.


Because both infections are localized.  They are in my gut.  And, not running through my whole body. So, they don't show up in a general blood test.

This confirmed my gut-wrenching belief that the blood test results I had just received from my family physician, were not accurate.

We discussed the fact that it indeed took specialized testing to confirm that I had both the abscess and the staph infection.


Once again, I felt at a loss.  What should I do?  Not from a spiritual aspect, but from a physical human one.

After all, I had just come from my family physician's office, where he told me that I had no infection inside me.  Didn't he know that the basic blood test that he had me do, wouldn't show the truth about what is happening inside me?

I silently prayed, again.  How grateful I am that God provides wisdom to His children, when prayed for.  I am thankful for it.

Once again, I was spiritually reminded that God does miracles.  One day, I'll have to write about a couple of them that have affected me and my family.

For now, I'll just refer to Acts 15:12, "Then all the multitude kept silence, and gave audience to Barnabas and Paul, declaring what miracles and wonders God had wrought among the Gentiles by them."

Yes, I'm hoping and praying for a miracle healing.

However, as my daughter P suggested, we need to do anything and everything we can, to do what is necessary to provide healing for me.  After all, God sometimes gives miracles.  As me and my family is aware of.

But, there are times when healing is done by and through the use of medicines, and or physicians.

P suggested she take me to see her family physician.  I am grateful to her, and for her and the support she gives me.  May God bless you, P!

She suggested I obtain a copy of my blood test results, along with some other information.  I called and arranged this with my family physician's receptionist.  The receptionist told me I couldn't pick it up, until Monday, though.

In the meanwhile, I continued praying.  And, trusting God for the miracle healing that I believe He can and will do, if it is His will.

His will is always done.  Hopefully, His will is the same as what I am praying for.

If you can find it in your heart to pray for me, I would appreciate it.  Thank you.  May God bless you.

Until next time...

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

A Miracle?!

When I left off telling you about what happened at my family doctor's office in yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I mentioned a woman who had been talking with me had been directed in to see the doctor, even though she had arrived after many other people.

Afterwards, as I mentioned yesterday, I called my daughter P, who usually goes with me to my surgeon's appointments, but who had not come with me to my family doctor's.  I must say, life is so very different than years ago, when we didn't have cell phones available!  :)

I can only wonder if anyone could hear P yelling on the other end of my phone call.  However, with dead silence in the room, I'm sure people were listening to my side of the conversation.

P told me that she thought I should go to The Windsor Star (our local newspaper) and have an article written concerning the problems I have been facing with our good, but broken healthcare system.

In the past, I've heard this from her and from a couple of friends.  Like before, I suggested that I didn't feel I should do this.

After all, I don't want to do anything that would be a deterrence.  I don't want to do anything to hurt my situation. 

Even so, I was rather hurt, upset, frustrated and unsure as to what to do, next.  Silently, I prayed.

Almost immediately after I was finished the call to P, the receptionist opened the door and called me in, letting me know my family doctor would see me after all.  She directed me into an examination room.

Upon his entry, I let him know I heard he hadn't been well, and let him know I prayed he was feeling  better.  He responded he was fine.

Then, I asked him why he had his receptionist tell me that he wouldn't see me.  Not even to give me the results of the blood test he had sent me for.

My family physician told me that he thought it would be better for my surgeon to take care of me.

Once again, I reiterated about how the Toronto surgeon needed to work with/through a local surgeon in order to do my upcoming surgery.  And, about how my original surgeon wouldn't do it, and how he had referred me to a local surgeon who would; the person I am calling my new Windsor surgeon. 

I made it clear to my family doctor that my new Windsor surgeon had told P and I that he was NOT taking care of me, now.  He had told us that if I need anything, I needed to see my family physician.

This means that the doctor I was seated across from, is the only physician here in Windsor who can help me.  And, I told him so.

Yet, he still refused to renew the prescription for the antibiotics that the INFECTION SPECIALIST had told my original Windsor surgeon that I needed to be taking, until my surgery happened.


Then, I asked him if he had ordered the CT scan he had told me a week and a half earlier that he would do.  He hadn't, but he told me he would.

When we discussed the results of the blood test, I was shocked.

He told me the results showed no infection inside me.  Once again, I said, "What??!!  How can this be?"

He responded that the infection must be gone.

Aloud, I praised God and thanked Jesus for this information, providing it was correct.  And, I let my family physician know that I have many people praying with me for a miracle healing.

After all, I would prefer a miracle healing, rather than having to go through the dangerous, surgery that I am awaiting!

Some people don't believe that God does miracles in this day and age.  Some believe miracles only happened while Jesus was here on earth.

I'm not one of them.  I believe God does miracles, even now.

God's Word tells us in Acts 4:22, "For the man was above forty years old, on whom this miracle of healing was shewed."

This happening was done long after Jesus had died on the cross of Calvary, and been resurrected.

Even in my life, and the lives of some of my family members, I've seen miracles happen.  Miracles that could only have come from God.

I must admit that I commented to my family physician that I didn't believe the test results.  I was looking for confirmation.

I asked him if ABSCESS poison/infection would show up in the results of that blood test.  He replied that it would.

I asked him if the MRSA infection would show up in the results of that blood test.  He replied that it would.

After that it was time to leave.  Without assurance.  Without confirmation.  Without further testing to be done.

And, without a prescription for the antibiotics I had previously been told I need, by the Infection Specialist who works with and through only physicians, who does not see patients directly, unless they are in hospital.  Like she did, when I was there in May, for 15 days.

Even though my heart felt like it was sinking, I prayed. 

No matter the outcome, I know that God's will is always done.  So, I will continue to trust Him... for everything in my life.  Even my healing, that I need presently.

Until next time...

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

He's With Me!

Before I begin today's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I would like to say that today is the anniversary of my dad's death.  Even though we didn't have the greatest of relationships, I miss him and love him.

Yesterday, I wrote about my healthcare situation.  And, about how things had become complicated when my original Windsor surgeon stepped out, and replaced himself with another local surgeon, who I now call my new Windsor surgeon.

Please don't take what I am about to say, in any negative way.  It's not meant to be like that.  I am about to just tell you what has been the latest in my healthcare.

A week ago, today, I went to my family doctor's office.  His hours are quoted as for him being there, but when I arrived, his receptionist told me I would have to come back, Thursday morning.

Thursday morning, I left Windsor and drove to the far east side of Tecumseh, near St. Clair Beach area. 

When I walked into my family doctor's office, the reception area was full.  Not just the seating, but also there were people standing.

While checking in with the receptionist, after acknowledging me, she commented that she felt there was too many people for the doctor to see.  So, she asked me to return in the afternoon.

This is the frustrating part in having a family physician who doesn't take appointments.  Even so, it usually allows for any of his patients to see him, when necessary.  So, I took a deep breath, and said I would return.  Again.

In the afternoon, I was shocked to see the reception area totally filled, again.  People everywhere sniffling, sneezing, coughing, and sounding like their sinus' were full.

Even though I don't like being around sick people, knowing that I have a compromised immune system, I felt I didn't have a choice.  So, I checked in, with the receptionist.

A person offered me their seat.  If I were able to stand for an extended period of time, I would have thanked them and rejected the seat.  But, I can't, so I didn't.  Instead, I thanked the person, sat down and waited.

After being there a while, the receptionist called me forward to her window.  She told me that my family physician had told her to let me know that he wouldn't see me.

Not just in my head, but also aloud, I said, "What!!!"  I asked her what she meant, thinking I had heard wrong.

She told me that she was asked by my family doctor, to let me know that I should see my surgeon/specialist or whoever had been taking care of me.  Being shocked, I asked if she meant that he wasn't going to see me to even tell me the results of my blood tests done, the prior week.  She agreed that was the case.

So, there I stood.  In shock.  Wondering why my family physician would not see me, to even give me my blood test results. 

I explained to the receptionist the situation with regards to my surgeon/specialist, and the fact that I don't have anyone else to assist me.  Only my family doctor.  And went on to explain, that I had been directed by my new Windsor surgeon that if I needed any care, I would have to see my family doctor, because he was not my doctor and would not provide care for me, until after my surgery.

She replied there was nothing she could do.  God placed a thought on my mind. 

I let her know that I wanted that information in writing, telling her that I wouldn't leave until I received the disconcerting information in writing.  She replied she'd have to speak with my doctor and would get back with me.  I returned to my seat.

The woman seated to my right, began asking what was happening.  So, I told her.  Next thing you know, the receptionist called that same woman into the office to see our doctor.

I called my daughter P, who had usually attended my surgeon appointments with me, but wasn't there that day.  I had to wonder if everyone in the room could hear through my cell phone, her loud response.

Yes, she was as shocked as I was!

This brought to mind the fact that I shouldn't fear what was happening to me.  I should just take a deep breath and trust God.

Just as we are told in Isaiah 41:10, "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness."

I must admit, that at first I felt rather dismayed, wondering what on earth I should do.  But, quickly decided that there was nothing I could do.  Except trust God to help me. 

And, trusting Him... I am and will do. 

No one will ever stop me from doing this.  Not doctors, not other healthcare professionals.  Not the majority of people here on earth, who are unsaved.  No one.  Anywhere.  Everywhere.

After all, He is my God.  I belong to Him.  He will give me the strength I need to get through this horrible life trial. 

And, He will provide for my every need, just as He promised.

Until next time...

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Pressing On...

In yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I wrote about feeling blessed. 

Yes, I am blessed.  In many ways.  However, not in all ways.  But, who is blessed in all ways?  No one.  At least, not here on earth!

God told us in His Word, the Bible to expect trials.

As you know, I've had my share or more of trials in my life, thus far.  In my mind, I sometimes feel like I've had way too many.

Especially, where this latest life-threatening trial is concerned.

I realize that some of you may be confused as to what is happening concerning my health.  So, I thought I'd bring you up to date.

Even today, I am overdue in having the surgery I need.  This is not due to me, but rather, I believe it is due to the state of our healthcare system, here in the province of Ontario, Canada.

A while back, I had let you know that I needed a surgeon.  And eventually, God provided one, who is willing and capable to do the surgery needed.  For this, I praise God!  Thank You, Lord.

Due to being located in another city, I at first thought I would go there, for my needed operation.  But, it didn't work out that way.

Instead, this Toronto surgeon let me know that since he does specialty surgeries, people from all over the province come to him to have their needs met.  I already figured this out for myself, since the waiting area was filled with people from all over the province.

He made it clear that for me to have the much-needed surgery, it would have to be done in the city where I live, Windsor.  And, since he cannot arrange an operating room, he would have to work with/through my original Windsor surgeon.

Unfortunately, my original Windsor surgeon did not want to be involved in a surgery like mine.  One where he didn't know anything about.  And, he let me know that he didn't feel comfortable not knowing for sure how to care for me, afterwards. 

So, my original Windsor surgeon referred me and the Toronto surgeon to work through another local surgeon here.  One I will call my new Windsor surgeon.

Upon meeting with my new Windsor surgeon, he let my daughter P and I know that he is not my doctor.  He let us know that he will only be taking care of me, after my upcoming surgery.  Not now.

And, he let us know that if I needed anything health wise, I needed to see my family doctor/physician.  This is something I did a couple of weeks ago, almost immediately after my visit with my new Windsor surgeon.

Upon meeting with my family physician to obtain a renewal of the antibiotics prescription I was taking, I was told that he would not do this.  After some discussion, he told me he wanted me to have another CT scan done, and sent me to have a blood test done.

Waiting in his reception area among so many sick people, on several occasions over the past two (2) weeks, I found myself getting sick with a cold.  Like many of the people I sat with.

Even so, I pressed on, knowing that I need a doctor to help me.  And, be there for me to assist with any/all of my medical needs.

Talk about pressing on.  This reminded me of Philippians 3:14, "I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."

And, I will continue pressing on.

After all, God is in control.  Of everything.  Of our coming and going, and indeed every detail of our lives.

My life may not be going the way I would like it to, but I won't give up.  Even if I do feel frustrated at times.

I praise You, Lord.  Even for this horrible trial I am in the midst of. 

Thank You for being there for me.  For loving me.  And, providing for me, always. 

Until next time...

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Monday, October 21, 2013


As I mentioned in yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I went to worship with my newest church group, at Walkerville Evangelical Baptist Church (WEBC).

I must say that I've recently spent a fair amount of time there, with brothers and sisters in the Lord.

On the last couple of Thursday evenings, I joined the group who were doing Bible study, together.  Okay, they don't call it Bible study, but that is indeed what it is.

Then, this past Saturday I joined a small group of people.  Just as I had last month!  Together, we are doing a personal evangelism course.

This past Saturday was slightly different.  You see, last month, I thought the church had supplied our lunch that we enjoyed together, prior to beginning the course.

Whether this was the case or not, didn't matter to me.  This time, I brought some food to contribute to the meal!

We had a wonderful time of fellowship on both Thursday evening, and again on Saturday.  Thank You, Lord!

I appreciate feeling like I am welcomed into this group of believers.  And, I am thankful I relate well to all who worship on SONday's.

How I praise God for this!

Even though I know some people from the past, I am still getting to know some of the people, at this time.  But, one thing I can say is, that they welcome with open arms, all who attend. 

For this, I am grateful!

Not just for me.  But, also for a friend who has come to worship there, a couple of times.  This friend told me they felt not just comfortable worshipping with this group, but also felt very welcomed!

Of course, this is the way it should be.  After all we are all members of the body in Christ.

Just as God told us, in Romans 12:5, "So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another."

I must admit that I've worshipped with church groups where I did not feel welcome.  And, I've worshipped with groups where a few people reached out in Christian love to welcome me.

But, never before have I felt so welcome, as I have since I have worshipped at WEBC!

Thank You, Lord.  I praise You, for answering my prayer.

You knew my heart's desire was to feel not just welcomed, but to be able to truly become part of a new worshipping group, where I felt I was part of the family.

The family of God.

Until next time...

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Knowing You...

As I usually say on a SONday here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I'm heading to worship with my current church family!

Walkerville Evangelical Baptist Church, has turned out to be a great place for me to worship.  I feel comfortable spending time and worshipping there.  I praise God for this!  Thank You, Lord!

Someone I know posted a song I love, on Facebook.  Upon coming across the Youtube link, I decided immediately to use it, today.

It was written by Graham Kendrick.  Here is a link to the song entitled, All I Once Held Dear (Knowing You), and is sung on this link by Robin Mark

All I Once Held Dear (Knowing You)

All I once held dear
Built my life upon
All this world reveres
And wars to own
All I once thought gain
I have counted loss
Spent and worthless now
Compared to this

Knowing You Jesus, knowing You
There is no greater thing
You're my all You're the best
You're my joy my righteousness
And I love You Lord

Now my heart's desire
Is to know You more
To be found in You
And known as Yours
To possess by faith
What I could not earn
All-surpassing gift of righteousness

Knowing You Jesus, knowing You
There is no greater thing
You're my all You're the best
You're my joy my righteousness
And I love You Lord

Oh to know the power of Your risen life
And to know You in Your sufferings
To become like You
In Your death my Lord
So with You to live and never die

Knowing You Jesus, knowing You
There is no greater thing
You're my all You're the best
You're my joy my righteousness
And I love You Lord

And I love You Lord
And I love You Lord

Knowing You Jesus, knowing You
There is no greater thing
You're my all You're the best
You're my joy my righteousness
And I love You Lord

Yes, I love You, Lord! 

Through Jesus, I have been reconciled to God.  By what Jesus did, and by me trusting in Him, for my salvation.

Without Jesus, my righteousness is as filthy rags.  I am nothing.  Truly, nothing.

But, with and through Him, I have righteousness.  How do I know this?

God told us in His Word, in 2 Corinthians 5:21, " For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him."

When Jesus died on the cross of Calvary, He took on all the sin of the world... so that any/all who believe upon Him, shall not perish, but have everlasting life.

He paid the price for my sin.  And, for yours too. 

However, unless you come to Christ, in repentance and become baptized, you have not truly been totally redeemed.

My friend, come to Jesus Christ today, if you haven't already.  He's waiting for you, with open arms.

Until next time...

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Saturday, October 19, 2013


As I mentioned here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), God has truly provided comfort for me.  Especially, since I've been facing terrible trials in life.

Yesterday, I came across this entry that I had written a while ago; in early September, actually.  It was at a time, when I still had my original surgeon working with me, here in Windsor.

To be honest, I thought I had posted it, but after checking things out, I realized I hadn't.  Somehow, it had gotten lost.  So, I'm posting it, today!

Going through this trial, where I've been facing the possibility of my life ending, if I don't have surgery before the infection inside me spreads to my organs, hasn't been easy.  Even so, I am grateful that He is there, for me.

I wrote a while ago, that I had seen a surgeon in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Even though he was very helpful to me, and gave me information that I didn't know existed, I realized that there was no way I could have him do the surgery I need.  Why?

He doesn't use mesh, when he does reconstructive surgery.

Prior to me seeing him, I thought it might be better to have a surgeon not use mesh.  After all, the mesh inside me is infected and must be removed.

However, after having him show me a printout of my last two (2) CT scans, and after discussing my situation, I realized that I needed to have mesh used, once again.  This time, instead of the regular type mesh that can become infected, the surgeon would have to use BIOMESH, that won't.

Here is a link where you can read more about BIOMESH, if you like:

You're probably wondering why I realized I needed mesh used inside me, once again.

After examining me, he and his physician assistant (PA) helped me sit up, from where I had been laying on the examination table.  And, I went and sat in a chair.

It was then, when we discussed my physical needs.  Please bear with me, as I explain what we talked about.

Looking at the printout of my last two (2) CT scans, he pointed out that in the second (2nd) last one, I still had a drainage tube, since we could see what they call a 'pig tail' that showed up in the scan.  Then, he pointed out the results of my last CT scan, commenting that it was done after the drainage tube had been removed.  I agreed, because it had been.

He asked me if I saw any difference, to which I replied that I truly didn't, except that the area showing what was being drained seemed to be either the same size or slightly larger.  He agreed.

Then, he explained that the area being drained had indeed not been drained.  And, being an abscess, he was concerned.

He asked me why my surgeon in Windsor had not taken me into the operating room and surgically removed the ABSCESS, that was inside me. 

At the time, I replied that I didn't know.  But, after giving it some thought, I believe it may have been because my current surgeon didn't want to remove the mesh inside me.  After all, he doesn't do this type of surgery.  And, this is exactly why I need a surgeon who is capable of doing this.

Still, it was shocking. 

ABSCESS???  I hadn't realized it was an abscess. 

Immediately, I understood the danger of having an abscess.  You can read a little about them, here:

The Las Vegas surgeon continued on explaining, letting me know that even though I had been on those super-antibiotics intravenously for several weeks, it had been a waste of time.  He agreed that they were strong, but not strong enough to fight off both the abscess AND the staph infection MRSA, that I had picked up in the operating room.

In his opinion, I needed to have immediate surgery, to remove the abscess.  Then, be put back on the super-antibiotics intravenously, which would then be strong enough to get the MRSA under control.

He made it clear, I should not wait.  It should be done, right away... before the infections spread to my organs.

Then, he told me something else.  He pointed out a thin line on the CT scan, which he told me was my stomach muscle, that really should be thicker.

He then explained that the reason I feel like I don't have any stomach muscles, is because my stomach muscle is so very thin, that I virtually don't have any/much. 

Why this is, I never asked.  However, I believe it may be due to the fact that over the past year of surgeries, etc., I have not been able to do bending, lifting, stretching, carrying weight, etc., just as I had been directed to not do.

Knowing that when he does reconstruction, he uses muscle... I realized that he was not the right surgeon to assist me.  Unfortunately.

I truly felt blessed seeing him.  And, was grateful for all he told me.

But, when I left there, as I've written about in the past, I felt a myriad of emotions.  The reason why, I won't discuss, here.

However, when I went to Toronto last week, and saw the surgeon at Sunnybrook Hospital, I felt that God had indeed provided for me.

As it turned out, the Toronto surgeon does use BIOMESH, to reconstruct.  And, he was willing to do my much needed, rather dangerous surgery.

For this, I praised God!  And, was reminded about how God never fails us, His children. 

Just as His Word tells us in Deuteronomy 31:8, "And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed."

While I could go into detail about what I am going to say, I would prefer not to, at this time.  Instead, I will just let you know that God provided for me in another way. 

As it turns out, I will not have to travel to Toronto to have the surgery done.  Nor, will I have to travel there, for post-op medical care.

You see, he will be coming to my city, Windsor, Ontario... and will work with my current surgeon (who replaced my original surgeon here in Windsor), and do my surgery at the same local hospital, where I have been throughout this ordeal. 

Upon hearing all this, I felt truly uplifted.  And, thankful!

God provided for me, in a way I never dreamed possible.  And, showed me that He was truly in control of the whole situation.

He didn't forsake me.  He didn't fail when it came to my need.  He was with me, always.  Just as He said He would be.

I cannot praise Him enough!

However, I must say that had I not been one of His children, this may not have been the case. 

He may not have lifted me up daily, throughout this horrid trial.  He may not have provided for me, in ways I never expected.  And, He may not have provided a plan of healing for me.

I am truly grateful that I am His child!

If you are not yet trusting in Jesus Christ, and the finished work He did at the cross for you, for me, and for all the world, of all who will believe upon Him, please... come to Him, today.  You're not guaranteed tomorrow.

Believe upon the Lord, Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved (Acts 16:31).

Until next time...

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Friday, October 18, 2013

They Are and Shall Be...

Here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I'll try to catch up and let you know what I did one week ago, today.

Last Friday, I did something that took up most of my day.  I attended a funeral.

The dad of one of my single Christian friends Y, who meets at Tim Horton's (TH) for coffee, died. 

It was rather shocking to her and her family.  They weren't expecting him to die, even though he was up there in age.

Truly, it was good that Y's dad hadn't suffered with some deadly disease.  Still, her mom was quite shocked to find her husband, dead.

Being Serbian, we met at a Serbian Orthodox church, here in Windsor, where her family worships.

This was actually the first time I had been inside this particular church.  To be honest, it was rather surprising to see that there were no seats, except for the family... and a few, built into the surrounding walls.

People standing, filled up the sanctuary and hallway.  Some were even standing outside the main door.

It was quite a service.  Lengthy to be sure.  Even so, I was glad I attended, for I wanted to support my friend.

To my surprise, only one (1) other of our Christian single coffee friends was able to attend.  D, is legally blind and has other health problems.

Afterwards, D thought he might go home, due to not being able to easily transport himself.  Instead, I drove him to the Serbian Centre, where a luncheon was to be held.

We were among about 150 or so people, in attendance.

In Serbian tradition, we were served bread and another substance which I cannot recall the name of.  And, we were served brandy.  Not mixed in another liquid, but rather it was served in a one (1) ounce mini-cup.

This was a first for me!  I had never before drank straight brandy, like that! 

We sat at a table with other people who were friends of family members.  People who, like us, had attended the funeral service. 

We had a very nice time, and enjoyed great conversation.  We all agreed that the food was delicious, too.

Even so, our hearts broke for my friend Y and her family, who truly missed their loved one.  My heart felt badly for Y's mom.  After all, I know how difficult it is to become a widow.

It wasn't hard to see that Y, her mom and indeed all the family, was in mourning.  Even so, I was grateful that God would provide for them.

Just as He told us, in Matthew 5:4, "Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted."

One thing I was thankful for, was the fact that Y is a minister.  Okay, at the moment, she is not working in that capacity.  But, I am grateful that she knows how important salvation is to all people.

We both praised God when she made it clear to me that her dad had come to Christ, a short time prior to his death.

Hallelujah... is what my heart cried out, when I heard this!  For I knew, that her dad was not in hell.  But rather, he'll spend eternity in heaven, with our Lord, Jesus Christ!

I praised God for this, then.  And, I praise God for this, even now.  And, always will!

Do you know where you'll spend eternity?

Will you be in hell?  Or, in heaven?

If you say you don't know, be sure that you can know.

All you must do is trust in/believe upon the Lord, Jesus Christ... as the Bible teaches, and you will be saved (Acts 16:31).

Until next time...

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

How Could This Be?

For sure, if you've been reading Life with Lynnie (LwL) for any length of time, you'll know that I am a widow.

One week ago today, was the fourth (4th) anniversary of my husband Gordon's death.  Of course, if you read my LwL entry for October 10th, you'd know this.

What some people aren't aware of, is the fact that in 2009, October 10th was the Saturday of our Canadian Thanksgiving weekend.

It's unfortunate that the hospital where Gordon was in ICU decided to end his life, when they did.  In retrospect, if they had truly cared about me, I would think that they would have thought about doing what they did, on another day.  Why?

Ever since his death on that long weekend, I've felt like I suffer from grief twice.  It almost feels like he died on two (2) different dates.  Not just on the day he died, but also on the weekend when we in Canada celebrate Thanksgiving!

Will this ever change?  Probably, not.

It seems no matter how hard I try, I just cannot stop thinking about it.  Of course, if you were in my shoes, you'd probably feel the same.  After all we, living here on earth, are only human.

Even though I try to not focus on my pain or sorrow, regarding Gordon's death, it never seems to leave me. 

Oh, yes!  I have forgiven those involved, who contributed to his death.  And, I've accepted the fact that his life ended.  So, this shouldn't be part of my problem.

After all, God's Word lets us know that to be with Him, is much better than to suffer here, in life.  God told us this in various verses/passages in the Bible. 

One such passage is Ecclesiastes 7:1-4, "A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth.
It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.
Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.
The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth."

While I used to feel badly about feeling sadness, sorrow and grief, I no longer feel this way.  But, thanks to His Word, and to His teaching, I feel differently, now.

Now, acceptance seems to have crept into my heart and mind, regarding Gordon's death. 

Where there was a time when I could hardly think about it, without falling apart, I find that now, I can discuss it without feeling like I am dying inside, myself.  Even though I still miss him, very much.

For this, I praise God!

After all, as we just read, sorrow is better than laughter.  Plus, the day of death is better than the day of one's birth.  And, it's better to be in the house of mourning than to do other things and enjoy pleasure.

You might ask yourself:  How this could be?  Especially, since we are all human.  And, life is what we are experiencing.

The fact remains that we are only here on this earth a short while.  We are not here, forever.

And, the truth is, that... for a believer in Christ, to be absent from the body, is to be with the Lord.

Our Lord, Jesus Christ, gave His life for the sin of the world.  For the sin of all who will believe upon Him. 

So, for a believer in Jesus Christ, death is truly better than living on this sinful earth.  After all, being with Jesus is the best thing that could ever happen!  And, I praise God for this!

Until next time...

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

H.B. T! & Hallelujah!

Before I begin today's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I would like to wish my eldest grandson T, a very Happy Birthday

Knowing T was to be away for a few days, I met with him and his girlfriend S, the other day.  May God bless you and provide for you on this, your special day... and always!  Grandma loves you!!

Here on LwL, I've only ever discussed meeting a previously unknown Facebook (FB) friend, once before. 

I, was from Germany.  She and her husband C, was visiting another FB friend here in Ontario, not far from Hamilton, at the time. 

This was quite a while ago.  Long before I became ill and needed surgery, 13 months ago.

I must say that we keep in touch with each other, even still.  In fact, we usually talk by telephone, daily!

Yesterday, was another one of those occasions, where I met a FB friend, in person for the first time.

Dave Roberts and I became friends not long after I joined FB.  He is an Australian, who lives in England with his wife, Y.  And, he has an on-line ministry.

It's called, Partaker's WOW Ministry.  Here's a LINK so you can check it out!  I've assisted him, in promoting his ministry on FB for quite a while.  I hope you'll enjoy his ministry site.

Originally, he was going to meet me here in Canada, while on his USA trip.  However, with my surgery being delayed and not knowing when it would be done, we couldn't set up a time and place to have him meet with people for a Christian event.

Once we realized that I wasn't going to be in hospital, or at home recovering, we arranged to meet in the Detroit suburban area of Warren (W), Michigan.  W is where a mutual FB friend of ours had arranged to have Dave stay with friends of hers.

It had been many, many years since I had been in W.  My mother had a cousin and his family who used to live in that area.  I recall visiting with them, quite a number of years ago.

Yesterday was the day when Dave and I arranged to meet.  In addition, another mutual FB friend D, was to join us.  As it turned out, this didn't happen, for D was delayed for personal reasons.

Even so, I made my way through the tunnel to USA and drove to W to pick up Dave.  Together, we visited a restaurant for lunch, called Ponderosa (P).  It's a steak house.  One I had not eaten at in many years, since we no longer have a P location in my city.

We spent several hours there, talking and praying together. 

Afterwards, I approached a Christian bookstore in the same plaza.  Soon, I'll find out if they will offer the book I wrote:  Love Never Fails You... (LNFY) for their patrons.  Here's a LINK for LNFY, in case you'd like to check it out.

Then, we drove to various areas to find a store where Dave could obtain a time card to refill his USA cell phone.  Believe me when I say that it wasn't easy finding what he needed, but God provided.  Thank You, Lord!

Upon returning to where Dave was staying, I met with his hosts, fellow Christians H and his wife A. 

We enjoyed some fellowship and prayer time, together.  And, we agreed to become FB friends!  :)  Praise God!

While things had not worked out the way we had originally hoped they would, with Dave visiting and ministering in Windsor, we were happy that God's plan was a good one.

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

As I just said, things hadn't worked out quite the way we had originally hoped.  Dave hadn't been able to minister in Canada.  And, our mutual friend D wasn't able to join us.

Yet, God still had a purpose and a plan for our lives.  And, it worked out for our ultimate good!

I'm thankful that I was able to meet both H and A.  And, I know there was a purpose in that, also!

You see, A loves to sing.  So, I referred her to my FB friend who has recently begun an on-line radio programme.  I'm sure I'll be hearing her beautiful singing voice on the radio, very soon!

I praise God that all things work together for good, to them who are the called according to His purpose.  Hallelujah!

We may not always know His purpose, and/or why things don't always work out as we plan for, but He is in control.  He always knows best.   And, for this, I will always be thankful!

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013


If you've read recent Life with Lynnie (LwL) entries, you'll be aware that here in Canada, we celebrated Thanksgiving, this past weekend!

Yes, it is a different time, than when our friends in USA celebrate Thanksgiving.  Even so, we celebrate it in October instead of November. 

After all, our growing season in most of Canada, is shorter than most of USA.

Just so you know, I live in Windsor, Ontario.  Windsor, is part of Essex County.  Essex County is the southernmost county in Canada.  Sort of like the Florida of Canada!  lol :)  How I hate saying that, because every time I tell someone that, we receive more snow than normal during the winter!  :(

In fact, we who live here, actually live south of one part of USA! 

Don't believe me?  Look on a map!

This year, I was able to celebrate Thanksgiving.  Unlike last year, when I spent the holiday alone, with no celebration... of any kind.

Last year, some of my family members were sick.  And, since I wasn't recovering well after my September 2012 surgery, we didn't get together.

But, this year!  Wow!  It was very different.

On Sunday, being our Lord's day, I worshipped at church, as I'm sure you know.

Afterwards, we as a church family, gathered together to celebrate Thanksgiving. 

We enjoyed a pot-luck dinner.  Many of us contributed, and I'm sure we all enjoyed it!  Thank You, Lord!

Afterwards, I was able to have a short visit with my eldest grandson T, and his girlfriend, S.  What a joy it was to see some family, even for a short time.  And, we quickly celebrated his birthday, since he'll be away for a few days.

Monday, was different, also!  No one was ill this year.

My daughter P, had invited me to celebrate Thanksgiving with her and her family!  It was so very nice to be able to enjoy a delicious meal with those I love!

In addition to spending time with P and her family, I got to spend time with two (2) of my daughter B's sons... my grandsons! 

I praise God for this!  Thank You, Lord!

There are actually many Bible verses about thankfulness.  One verse that seems appropriate, is Psalms 107:1, " O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever."

Believe me when I say that I cannot thank God enough, for what He did for me. 

He showed such mercy towards me this year, by allowing me to spend time with family members to celebrate this wonderful holiday that honours Him!  At least, in my mind.

Yes, there are some who do not believe in our Lord, who also celebrate thanksgiving.  However, those who are truly saved, know and understand best how much we have to be thankful for!

Are you saved?

Have you been saved from spending eternity in Hell?  Do you know how to be saved?

If you don't, please know that if you believe upon the Lord, Jesus Christ, you will be saved (Acts 16:31).

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

As I mentioned in yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, this weekend is very different than normal. 

It is a long weekend, here in Canada.  So today, Monday, is a holiday.  It is Thanksgiving Day!  To read more about our Canadian Thanksgiving, click on this LINK.

day here
we must give thanks to God...for everything in our lives!
For the good, the not so good, and even what we think is evil.
my Lord,
I thank Him
that while
we were
yet sinners
for us!
I thank
You, Lord...
for my
family and
friends, whom
I love
and who
loves me
in return.
I thank You...
for those I
care for and
show love to
who do not
do the same
in return.
I thank You...
for every trial
in my life,
this latest
one, where
my life is
at risk.
In everything
I give
to You!

Colossians 3:12-17 gives us direction from God, "Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him."

Knowing that those Bible verses are very clear and say it all, I would like to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!  May God bless you!

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Give Thanks!

Here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), it is once again a day that I will join with fellow believers to worship God!

Being SONday, it is the norm for me.  But, this Lord's day is a little different. 

Today, is the Sunday of our Canadian Thanksgiving weekend.

Thinking ahead of time about our time of giving thanks, I thought about a song that I'm sure many of you know.

The song that flourished in my mind was by Don Moen entitled, Give Thanks

Give Thanks - Don Moen

Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He's given Jesus Christ, His Son

Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He's given Jesus Christ, His Son

And now let the weak say, "I am strong"
Let the poor say, "I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us"

And now let the weak say, "I am strong"
Let the poor say, "I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us"

Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He's given Jesus Christ, His Son

Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He's given Jesus Christ, His Son

And now let the weak say, "I am strong"
Let the poor say, "I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us"

And now let the weak say, "I am strong"
Let the poor say, "I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us"
Give thanks

We give thanks to You oh Lord
We give thanks
Give thanks
Give thanks
We give thanks to You Lord 

Giving thanks is so very important.  To Him... and to us!

God told us so, in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, " In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."

So, I give thanks to You!  With every part of me.  Just as You said I should do.

Do you give thanks?

Do you worship our Lord?

If you do, I am happy and grateful you do!  If not, I feel badly that you haven't yet come to the realization that God has expectations about what His children do.

And, giving thanks, and fulfilling His will is part.

If you have not yet come to Christ, and accepted Him as Lord and Saviour, please do so, today.  No one is guaranteed tomorrow.  And, tomorrow... may be too late.

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Only One!

Once again, I'll be discussing here on Life with Lynnie (LwL) what I've been up to, lately.

Wednesday, was another busy day for me.

It began with me doing what I normally do at home.  Then, I made my way to the library, as I usually do.

Afterwards, I drove to the downtown core area of Windsor, to a funeral home.  My friend Y's dad had died and visitation was taking place.

While visiting and giving condolences to Y and her family, together we sat and talked for a while.  I was shocked to realize that we had much in common, in some ways.  Ways that I was never aware of, previously.

Even so, it was rather upsetting to reflect upon the heartbreak I know she, her mom and other family members are experiencing.

If you can find it in your heart to pray for Y and her family members who are going through this time of grief, I would appreciate it.  And, I'm sure they would, also.  Thank you.  May God bless you!

Yes, it was an upsetting time for me.  After all, the date was October 9th.

The same date four (4) years ago, that I spent rather stressed, after being told the hospital was going to end my husbands life.  With or without my permission.

I'm never sure which date is more hurtful.  That day.  Or, the time around midnight, when they removed his life support... and died, about a half hour into the 10th of October.

A funny thing happened when I arrived at the funeral home.  A worker there, welcomed me with open arms, calling out my name.  And, hugged me.

I suppose I can say that it is due to the fact that he has seen me and gotten to know me a bit, during all the times I've attended visitations and funeral services!

In any case, I left there, and prayed God would help me through the next 24 hours or so.

I made my way to the rehab centre, where I visited a fellow who is there after having a stroke.  Unfortunately, he had surgery recently to have his gall bladder removed.

I'm praying that God will now provide him with the healing he needs.  And, I let him know that another friend of mine had spent time there, for the same reason.  In the card I left him, I mentioned the name of the treatments that helped my other friend walk, again.

If you believe in prayer, please pray for this fellow, who truly needs God to provide healing for him.  Thank you.  May God bless you!

When I thought about prayer, I thought about how God expects us to pray.  For everyone.

Just as He told us in 1 Timothy 2:1-5, "I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;"

Some people think that we do not really need to pray for others.  Especially, since God already knows our need, even before we do.

However, I am not one of those people.  I believe we do need to pray for others.  Just as we just read in verse 1.

We don't need to just pray for ordinary people, but also for those who have authority over us!  Like our government officials.

God told us that this is good and acceptable to Him.  For there is one God.  Not several gods, like some religious groups teach and/or believe. 

There is only one God...Him.  And, one mediator between God and people.  Our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Believe upon our Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved (Acts 16:31)!

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Friday, October 11, 2013

Not Unto Death?

Today, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I'll be discussing what I've been up to, lately.  It's been a rather busy week, for me.

On Monday, I tried to visit my family doctor.  He runs his office like a walk-in clinic.  No appointments are given.  And, there is never a guarantee that when you arrive at his office, that you will even see him.

Even so, I waited until later in the morning to go to his office.  You see, after the weekend, every Monday morning, his office is filled with people!

Unfortunately, when I arrived, there were still many people, there.  Seated, standing, both in the waiting room and out in the hallway.

Not wanting to sit for an hour, or two (2) or three (3), amongst some people who are sick and possibly contagious, I immediately left.

Tuesday afternoon, I tried again.  This time, there was only one (1) person ahead of me.  Even so, I waited close to an hour, before I got to see him.

It wasn't a good visit.

He seemed rather angry and upset with me.  He mentioned that it had been a very long time since I had seen him.

This was true!

After all 13 months ago, I was sick and hospitalized, had surgery, and was cared for by specialists.  Until recently, when my 'new' Windsor surgeon told me he was NOT my doctor, and would only be doing after care for me, once I have had my still unarranged surgery.

He had told me that if I needed any assistance, I'd have to visit my family doctor.  So, I did, just as I just mentioned.

I won't go into detail about what was discussed.  What I will say, is that he asked me when I last had any testing done; I told him that blood work was in May of this year, and the CT scan was in early June.

He said we should arrange for another CT scan to be done.  And, he wanted me to go to the lab, for blood work to be done. 

My family physician wanted to be convinced that I have infection still inside me.


If I didn't have any infection inside me, I wouldn't be needing dangerous surgery, to have all the mesh inside me removed.  But, even though he had records relating to all of this, he wanted to be convinced.  So, I went and had the blood test done.

Hopefully, next week he'll have the results.  And, help me for the need I saw him about.

Since I've had many people from all over the world praying for healing for me, the results may be surprising.  If God gave me a miracle.

If my unhealthy, life-threatening health situation has been somehow changed, believe me when I say I will praise God with every ounce of my being!

Of course, I realize that if this were to happen, it would be to glorify God, in addition to healing me.

Just as we're told 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."

Am I praying for a miracle healing?  Of course, I am!

Knowing that I not only have the staph infection MRSA active in my gut, and an abscess that is poisoning me daily, I know that there is no way I could have been healed.  Unless it was a miracle from God.

If I could live without having to have further surgery, I'd be more than thankful!  And, I'd have such a wonderful testimony to tell and write about, to glorify Him.

This is what I'm praying for!  For a miracle, that is.  After all, a miracle can only come from God!

I thank you, for praying for healing for me, also.  May God bless you.

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

He Did What?!

Here on Life with Lynnie (LwL) from time to time, I've discussed my now deceased husband, Gordon.

If you have read LwL for any length of time, or if you know me personally, you'll know that it was four (4) years ago today, when Gordon died.

At 12:30 a.m. on October 10th, 2009, the hospital pronounced him dead.  This was after they had removed him from life support.

His situation was very different from when my mom was disconnected from life support.  When my mom's life was ended, there was no hope for her.  There was no way she could have lived.

Gordon's situation was not the same.  Yes, he was on life-support.  However, daily... he was improving.

The nurses confirmed to me that my daughter P's suggestion that Gordon was stabilizing, was correct. 

However, those in control didn't want him to wake up, even though I kept praying he would. 

They were afraid that if he woke up, he would be a vegetable.  This is what they told us, even though no one could tell us if that would definitely happen, or not.

So, they took away my right, to decide to keep him alive in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital.  And, disconnected him.

I've since forgiven those who were in control of the situation.  And, pray that God will save each one, if they aren't already saved.

Even so... I cried then.

And, still do, now.

I feel I've made my way through grief.  Certainly, enough to feel I need to move forward with my life.  But, it still makes me weep. 

Am I alone thinking and doing this?  Absolutely, not.

God told us in John 11:35, the shortest verse in the Bible, that "Jesus wept."

Of course, Jesus' grief for Lazarus was very different from mine.  He was God... in the flesh. 

And, proved Himself to others, by raising Lazarus from the dead, and calling him out of the grave, where he had been buried for days.

Unfortunately, I am only human.  I'm not God.  And, certainly could not do that for Gordon.  Or, for anyone else.

Still, I'm grateful that one day, I will see Gordon, again.  In heaven.

For this, I'm grateful.

Grateful that while we were yet sinners, Jesus died for us... giving us eternal life, when we trust/believe upon Him.

If you wonder how you can be saved, just read Acts 16:31.

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