Saturday, November 30, 2013

FFF & H.B. Greetings!

If you read Sunday, November 24th's entry of Life with Lynnie (LwL), you'll know that it was not just LwL's birthday.  It was also mine!

For me, it's been quite a week or more, of eating out and spending time with friends. 

Yes, I wrote yesterday about sharing a Thanksgiving meal with my Bible study friends, and some of their family members.  It was a wonderful time of fun, fellowship and food (FFF), to be sure!

What I haven't really discussed is other times of FFF when my birthday was celebrated.

Last Saturday evening, a group of my single friends met at Banwell Community Church.  In addition to some of those who normally attend our Christian Singles CafĂ© (CSC) who normally meet the first (1st) Friday of each month, at Tim Horton's (TH), there were also a few others who rarely attend, as well as a few people who have never before joined us.

We met for an evening of FFF.  Pizza was being supplied by the church.  We brought dessert, and other items.

Some people played some games.  Others didn't.

At first, four (4) of us played Euchre.  We used a deck of cards, I brought.

I must say, we had an excellent time of fun.  Much laughter was heard, resonating from our table!

After eating, and after a few people left, I sat with some friends and played a different game.  Scrabble!  I must say that I have only played Scrabble less than a dozen times, in my whole life.  Nevertheless, I won!

After cleaning up, we gathered in the church's foyer to say 'bye for now'.  That was when the group sang Happy Birthday! to me. 

At first, I felt somewhat embarrassed.  Later, it made me smile, thinking about how my friends were loving towards me.  I was grateful.  Thank you, Lord! 

On Sunday, after our church service, and even while we shared the pot-luck dinner, many people approached me.  All wished me Happy Birthday, whether I was near them, or across the room.

After arriving home from church, I listened to a message my daughter P left on my answering machine.  Later, she and one of her sons, S (my grandson!) wished me Happy Birthday on Facebook (FB).

My friend M and I enjoyed a delicious lunch at Red Lobster (RL) the other day.  We had a wonderful time, together.  So much so, that after we finished at RL, we went next door to Tim Horton's!  To my surprise, she blessed me with a beautiful birthday card!  Thank you, M.  May God bless you...

Oops, I almost forgot to mention that when I attended the 50+ luncheon, at the church I used to worship at, they too wished me Happy Birthday, and sang the song!

Then last evening, I spent time with my friend MA who is recovering from surgery about six (6) weeks ago.  Her husband R, had the day off.  Both he and their son R, did the heavy work of creating a meal that they invited me to share.

We enjoyed a delicious dinner, together.  Including a cake that had been baked to celebrate my birthday!  I felt that this was such a loving thing they did for me.  Especially, when they had a beautiful birthday card and a birthday gift waiting for me!  Thank you, my friends.  May God bless you!

How blessed I felt, being loved and supported by friends who care.  By those, who showed me love.

Of course, God told us about friends... in Proverbs 18:24, "A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother."

Yes, all those who love and care for me, celebrated my birthday with me.  For this, I'm grateful!  Thank You, Lord!

However, there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.  That, my friend, is Jesus!

He promised to never leave us, nor forsake us, and to be with us always... even to the end of the age!

How loving He is! 

How grateful I am that I am loved by Jesus!  How thankful I am that He gave His life, and paid the price for the sin of the world, of all who will believe upon Him!

How thankful I am that because I am trusting in Jesus for my salvation, I will not have to suffer eternity in Hell.  With no escape.

Nor, will you... if you are trusting in Jesus. 

Don't wait to accept Him as your Saviour.  Tomorrow may be too late.  Trust in Him, today!


Until next time...

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Friday, November 29, 2013

Thankful!

If you've been reading Life with Lynnie (LwL) for a while now, you'll know that I have been attending Bible study on Thursday evenings, at Walkerville Evangelical Baptist Church (WEBC). 

Last evening was the same.  I joined others who normally participate.

There was a difference, though.  Instead of meeting at the church, we met at J & MJ's home.  And, we met a little earlier, than normal.

Why?

Knowing that J works in USA, yesterday he wanted to celebrate Thanksgiving, once again.  Even though they had celebrated Thanksgiving along with everyone else in October, when we Canadians normally celebrate.

So, J had decided to invite all who usually attend Bible study to join them and their family members, for dinner.  And, they invited my friend C (and her daughter), who attended our worship meeting this past Sunday.

I didn't go empty-handed.  With me, I brought cookies I had baked, Wednesday evening. 

My original plan was to have taken them to Bible study, so that all could have a sweet treat after our study and prayer time.  Instead, they contributed towards dessert.

Arriving a few minutes early, I found I was one of the last few to find a parking spot and join them!

Conversation was wonderful!  And, in such a cozy environment!

After thanking God in prayer, we enjoyed a fabulous meal.  Turkey, ham, potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, carrots, stuffing, cannelloni, and gravy filled each of us.  Along with dessert, of course!

This was truly a blessing to me.  Not just because of the food.

Never before, had I been invited to dinner, and Bible study and prayer, at anyone's home, for an evening.  Ever.

I truly felt blessed.  And, so did my friend C.

After our church pot-luck dinner on Sunday, C had told me she had never been so welcomed, anywhere.

Now, this!  It showed C that when I had told her that this church family was so loving and kind, that it was the truth.

After dinner, we honoured God by studying Psalm 15, together.  And, followed this with prayer, just as we normally do during our Bible study and prayer time, at church.

In retrospect, I can see and hopefully, you can also, that what we did and enjoyed together, was exactly what God wanted us to do.

Just as He told us in Psalm 95:2, "Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms."

Talk about obedience!  Wow!

When my Lord led me to worship with this group of people, He was truly showing me His love for me.  He knew that in my heart, I wanted a group to worship with, that was not just loving, but also realized that each and every one of us need to be obedient, to Him.

Just as our Lord Jesus, was.

Yes, He was obedient to God.  If He hadn't been, He would not have come to earth, to fulfill God the Father's plan of redemption for us.

If He hadn't been obedient, Jesus would not have allowed Himself to be beaten, humiliated, hung on a wooden cross... to die for the sin of the whole world, for me, you and anyone else who would believe upon Him.

Without our Lord, Jesus Christ's obedience we would have no way of being saved from an eternity in Hell. 

But, by believing upon our Lord, Jesus Christ, you shall be saved.  Read it for yourself, in Acts 16:31.

The choice is yours.  Heaven?  Or, Hell?


Until next time...

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy American Thanksgiving!


Hopefully, you've followed Life with Lynnie (LwL) long enough to know that I am Canadian.  And, I live in Canada.

On October 14th, I discussed how we in Canada were celebrating our Thanksgiving.  If you'd like to read about it, please click on this link:  http://www.lifewithlynnie.com/2013/10/happy-canadian-thanksgiving.html.

Today though, is the day when my American friends and family are celebrating Thanksgiving.  So, I would like to wish all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

As I've mentioned in the past, as a child I lived in USA for a few years.  This resulted in me having affinity for the country and all those who live there.

The other evening I had a telephone call from my cousin E, who lives in Lake Havasu City (LHC), Arizona, USA.  During our conversation, she let me know she would be celebrating Thanksgiving with family. 

It did my heart good to hear this.  Especially, since not all her family lives in her city.

I was so-o very happy for her, and for her family.  And, I told her so.  Of course, I praised God!

E said something to me that was rather shocking.  She suggested I move from my residence, and go live in LHC.

Her saying this, threw me for a loop.  E went on to say how grateful she would be, if we could spend more time, together.  Especially, since she loves me.

I let her know that I love her, too!

At first, I couldn't see myself making a long-distance move, like that.  But, after thinking about the idea, I have decided that I need to pray about it.

After all, prayer is very important to those of us, who are God's children!

Just as He told us in Philippians 4:6, "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God."

Just as the verse tells us, I have begun to pray about the possibility of moving to be close to my cousin.  Whether or not this will happen, will depend upon how God answers the request in prayer I've been speaking with Him about.

In the meanwhile, I will continue to pray.  And, be thankful for all things in my life.  The good.  The not so good.  And, the terrible.


To all who are celebrating Thanksgiving today, I wish each of you, a very Happy Thanksgiving!  May God bless you!


Until next time...

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thinking...

Even though I haven't recently written about much of my personal life here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I want to say that this month of November has been a very difficult month for me.  In many ways.

You probably are not aware, but I've had many problems.  And, not just relating to my health issues, either.  Although that is a major problem.

Some problems I've had have related to family.  Some relating with stress.  And, some caused from issues that have created financial burdens.

Like the house I own that one of my daughters is living in, rent free.

For a while now, I've known that the roof I had replaced, wasn't done correctly.  After much anger on the part of the roofing company, I had hired an independent assessor.  A company, that had been suggested by the roofing shingle manufacturer.

Even though the report showed many, many problems with the roof that had been incorrectly installed, nothing was done to resolve the issues.

Then, the roof began leaking.  Yes, that 'new' roof.

This month, I hired another roofing firm to do a repair to seal the areas where it was leaking.  The roofer let me know that it should prevent any further leakage and damage, until the spring when the whole roof needs to be removed and replaced.

It wasn't cheap, but it wasn't a fortune, either.  I praised God for this!

Then, my daughter had a problem in the bathroom, so I hired someone to replace the bathtub tap set and replace the seal on the toilet.

Sigh... 

The worst, was when my daughter contacted me angry, that the main sewer drain backed up during a recent heavy storm. 

Last week, I had the City of Windsor come out and they checked the sewer line.  It was okay from the cleanout to the roadway, which meant that the problem was from the cleanout to inside the house.

Oh, Lord!  Sigh...

That same morning, I had to call a plumbing company that does electric eel servicing.  Upon arrival, the plumber let me know he felt that it didn't need to be eeled out.  He felt the main trap was clogged.

Several hundred dollars later, this was fixed.  For this I praised God!

In the meantime, I had trouble with my van.

It seemed that from under the hood, steam was escaping.  But, it wasn't.  The temperature gauge didn't show a problem.  And, there was no overheating.

Still, whenever this steam-like situation would happen, it smelled like something was burning.

At first, I thought it may possibly have been a leak in a hose.  I took it to my mechanic.  He confirmed that I did not have a leaky hose, under the hood. 

However, he told me that he felt I needed a gasket changed.  He believed that it may have been spurting fluid onto areas under the hood, causing the odor and the steam-like smoke.

He ordered the gasket and I returned to have it replaced, another day.  Thankfully, there has not been any further problems with it!  Hallelujah!

Still, one more problem happened.  As I wrote about earlier this week, I went to drive to worship with my church group on Sunday, but wasn't able to get to the church on time.  My van wouldn't start.

Feel free to read about that, if you like.  Just click on this LINK, if you'd like to read that entry.

After freezing earlier in the day, on Sunday, I decided to not call the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) on Sunday, at all.

Monday came and I wasn't feeling well.  Possibly, this may have been due to me having felt almost frozen to death, standing and sitting out in the freezing cold wind, that was so strong it felt like I might be blown away!  So, I didn't call CAA.

Yesterday, I went to try to start my van.  After all, if it were a case where something had been left on, that may have run down the battery, leaving it sit, may have restored the energy somewhat.

Unfortunately, it wouldn't start.  Sigh...

After calling CAA, the mechanic arrived.  He opened the hood, since I am still too weak, with not much gut muscle, to be able to do so.

At first glance at the battery, we both noticed that one battery terminal was almost like brand new.  The other, was severely corroded. 

As he cleaned it off, and reconnected it, we discussed how the leaky gasket had been spewing fluid onto areas under the hood, creating smoke signals that resembled steam.  We both wondered if this may have been a contributing factor to the corrosion.

Upon reconnecting the battery, he attached a system that would check the battery.  He told me the battery still had life, and should be okay.  So, he boosted my van, letting me know it should run for about a half hour.

Off I went, driving around, until I made my way to the library.

Attempting to leave the library, I was shocked that once again, my van wouldn't start.  Talk about being frustrated!  Sigh...

Out came the same fellow from CAA.  This time, he replaced the battery for me.  Then, my van started up without assistance.  Thank You, Lord!

With all this stress and turmoil happening, all within this month of November, it would have been easy to feel overwhelmed.  And, stressed.

I won't say I didn't have moments of stress.  However, whenever I felt that way, I would take a deep breath. 

And, pray... with my focus on Jesus!  And, the good things God has provided for me.

After all, this is what God told us to do, in Philippians 4:8, "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."

Believe me when I say that there is no point in thinking and placing my thoughts only upon the negativity of all the things that happened, this month.  Not only would it not be good for me, as a person, but it wouldn't be good because God doesn't want us to focus on not-so-great things.

How grateful I am, to have His Word, the Bible.  And, to know what He has told us.

Okay, I may not be able to tell you where every verse and thought is located.  However, I know what it says.  (Yes, I use the computer to help me locate those verses I think of!  And, praise God for this!)

Instead of being upset, He has provided me with peace that goes beyond all understanding.  Peace that can only come from Him.

How did it happen?  Trusting in Him. 

And, doing what He told us to do... by thinking on good things, honest things, pure things and lovely things, of good report.  And, praising God for them!

If you have not made a habit of reading your Bible, I would suggest you do so.  You will find out for yourself, not just the promises God made to you, but you will also feel comfort and relief, just knowing how much He truly loves you.


Until next time...

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Humbling? :) Humbling!

Yesterday, on Life with Lynnie (LwL) I discussed how grateful I was that God provided for me, in the midst of a trial.  Ahhhh, I'm still grateful!

After our worship service ended, my friend C let me know that she enjoyed the sermon our pastor had preached.  We spoke for a few minutes, then made our way downstairs to the fellowship room, to join others for our pot-luck dinner.

C and I sat together, of course.  And, we enjoyed our meal and fellowship time.

When Pastor Tom came over to see us, she let him know how happy she was to hear his sermon.  Truthfully, I'm hoping she'll join us in worship, with this church family.

Our fellowship wasn't just with ourselves and the pastor.  Several others joined us for a few minutes.  Of course, I introduced my friend to all we came in contact with.

One thing that happened, made each of us involved have a great chuckle.

Before I tell you why, you need to know that when I attended Thursday evening's Bible study class, I had meant to invite a church sister to join me on Saturday evening for a gathering.  And, I had meant to ask a brother in the Lord to join the singles group, also.

Unfortunately, I had forgotten to ask my church sister.  And, my brother in the Lord hadn't joined us that evening, so it didn't seem to make much difference that I had forgotten to invite either of them to join me and others, for last Saturday evening's Fun, Games & Pizza (FGP) night, with my other single friends.

Knowing that my church sister seemed rather busy talking with people, I mentioned to C about me forgetting to invite her.  I also told her that I forgot to invite my brother in the Lord, also.

You see, C had joined our group for the FGP gathering, that happened just the evening prior.  So, she knew neither I had mentioned, had joined us.

About this, I felt badly.  So, when I saw our brother in the Lord standing close by, I asked him to join us for a moment.  And, introduced my friend C, to him.

I began to comment about how badly I felt that I had planned to invite both himself and our church sister across the room, to our singles event that had happened the evening before.

He got a shocked look on his face and began to laugh, telling us neither himself, nor our church sister would have attended.  At first, I didn't understand.

But, it only took a quick remark for him to explain that neither of them were single.

I must have appeared shocked, because I truly was!  How did I mistake the fact that they were both married people, and not single people?!

He chuckled when he commented that he was grateful that I had thought of them both, in a loving way.  And, within a few seconds, I joined in the laughter!

I was glad that each of us realized that my intention had been to reach out in Christian love, to the only people I thought were of the correct age singles in my new church family.  For them to join our singles group that usually meets at Tim Horton's for coffee, fun and fellowship, and the special evening we were having, together..

My reaching out, was to do what God told us to do, in 1 Corinthians 16:14, "Let all your things be done with charity."

Charity, is love.  God's love.

Still, if that wasn't shocking enough, something else that was said, made each of us roar in laughter.

He let us know that not only were he and our church sister married.  They were married to each other!

Be still my heart!!

At first, I wondered how I could not have known this.  Then, he explained that they each like things in a different way, so even though they have been married over 29 years and spend much family time together, when they are at church, they don't sit or spend much time together.  He said that this way, they can reach out to others.

Every time I think of this, I still laugh.

Even though the truth seemed rather humiliating, I was grateful that God had placed it on my heart to want other Christian singles in our age group, to gather together.

Being single at an older age is not easy.  If you fit this scenario, I'm sure you understand what I am saying.  So, it's good to have friends to hang out with.

However, reaching out to fellow believers in a loving way, is exactly what God would have us do.  Just as He told us to do when He said to let all things be done with charity... with Christian love.

Even though I may have been humorously confused, God wasn't.  And, I had done what I felt He led me to do.  Apologize, for failing Him, by forgetting to invite the two (2) people I thought were suitable to join in the fun.

In the end, I was still glad I had apologized, because when our church sister finally joined us, our laughter over my error, became even greater!

For this, I praised God!  After all, it was a rather shocking and humbling experience!  :)


Until next time...

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Hallelujah!

As I discussed in yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, my intention was to go worship God, with the church group I've been meeting with, for the past few weeks.  And, I did.

Things didn't turn out quite the way I thought they would.  But then, my plans are not always His plans, as I've mentioned in the past.

Knowing we were having a pot-luck dinner after our worship service, I carried with me a container of food I had made. 

Wow!  Am I ever glad it was a pasta salad, and not something that needed to be kept warm!

You see, I had a shocking thing happen, once I had climbed into the driver's seat of my van.  I turned the key to start the engine, like I normally do.  But, the result was different.  Instead of hearing the motor begin to run, all I heard was clicking.

Sigh...

At first, I thought about calling Canadian Automobile Association (CAA), of which I am a member.  Then, a thought ran through my mind, about the fact that chances are, help might take a fair amount of time.  And, I didn't have any to waste!

It wasn't that we were scheduled to have our dinner after our worship service.  It was mainly due to the fact that I knew my friend C, was to meet me, there.

C has never before worshipped with this group of fellow believers.  And, I knew she'd be wondering why I didn't show up at church.

So, I prayed...  And, God answered me!

A thought came into my mind.  One that I believe could only have come from Him.

It was about leaving the problem of my van, behind.  And, taking a bus, to make my way to the church building.

As I stood outside at the unsheltered bus stop, I felt like I might freeze to death, even though I had dressed warmly for the day!  I even had the hood of my coat done up to shelter my head and neck!

A woman joined me, there.  She knew when the bus should arrive.  For this, I was grateful!

Even though the bench was freezing cold, she suggested that if I sat down, my skirt wouldn't blow about in the wind.  Wind, so strong that it felt like I could be blown away!

So, I did what she suggested.  She was right!  My legs felt warmer and didn't burn from the cold wind, once my skirt was no longer blowing around!

Eventually, the bus arrived.  I praised God that I had exact change, when I boarded. 

It seemed God was making a way for me, to be able to arrive at the worship service.  Even if I would be late!

This truly wasn't surprising. 

After all, He did tell us that he would do so, just as He did in Isaiah 43:19, "Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert."

As I took a seat on the bus, I silently praised God!  And, thanked Him! 

I felt truly blessed.

Not just for helping me and providing for me.  But also, for making a way for me, where at first there seemed to be no way!

Hallelujah!

God had provided for me, in a way I had never expected.  And, He had answered my prayer, with a solution that would bring about a proper conclusion.

Yes, I still had to walk from the bus stop, to the church building.  But, at least I was able to do this using my cane to help me, physically.  For this, I also praised God!

Only moments before our pastor was due to begin his sermon message, I entered the sanctuary.

Joy filled my heart, when I approached the pew where my friend C was seated.  And, I could see in her eyes, the same joy.

Together, we praised God!  Thank You, Lord!


Until next time...

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Happy Birthday, Life with Lynnie!


Happy Birthday... Life with Lynnie!
Jesus loves you...

Once again, today is our Lord's Day!  SONday!  And, I will be going to worship, just as I usually do.

For this, I am grateful.  After all, over the past 14 months of not being well, I wasn't able to do so for quite a bit of that time.  So, I feel blessed being able to worship God, with brothers and sisters in the Lord!

If you've been following LwL a long time, you've probably heard me say that when I began writing LwL, it was planned to be a travel blog.

Four (4) years ago, when LwL was born on the date of my birthday, I never realized that God's plan for LwL was different than mine was. 

But, isn't that how life works, sometimes?  Of course!

In any case, I began learning how to blog and use the blogging system.  Little by little, God encouraged me to write, not just about what I had hoped to write about, but also what He wanted me to write about.

So, I began honouring Him.  And, writing a daily testimony to God's goodness.  How He works in my life, and in the life of others.

Of course, God knew the plans He had for me, even concerning the writing of LwL.  Even if I didn't, in the beginning.

He told us so, in Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV), " For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

How grateful I am to Him, for so very much.  Not just for guiding me, and allowing me to glorify and honour Him in my worship, but also through my writings.

I thank you, for reading Life with Lynnie.  And, I appreciate your comments, whether supportive, or not.

May God bless you...


Once again, Happy 4th Birthday,
Life with Lynnie!



Until next time...

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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Be Strong? Be Strong!

In yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL), I wrote again about what I did on Wednesday of this week. 

Yes, it was a busy day to be sure.  But, it didn't end when the meeting I discussed yesterday, finished.

After dropping off my fellow injured worker at his home, I made my way to the library.  As you know, I do some online work there, daily!

When I completed my work, I left the library and went to gas up my van.

Then, I made my way to Leamington.  It's a city that is about a 45 minute to an hour drive away from where I was, in Windsor.

You see, my friend A and her husband K, were going to be there.  At a funeral home.  K's mom died and viewing was Wednesday evening.

Knowing I probably wouldn't be able to attend the funeral service scheduled the next morning, I instead, went to pay my respects and give condolences to K and indeed, all his family.

It wasn't hard for me to find the funeral home.  I had been there previously, a couple of times.  Including a couple of years ago, after I first wrote my book entitled, Love Never Fails You...  www.lynniebooks.blogspot.com

One of the owners had purchased several copies of Love Never Fails You... to give to their Christian clients.  I had hoped to say 'hi' to the owner who made the purchase, after meeting with my friends and their family members, but he wasn't there.

The line-up wasn't lengthy.  And, it made it easy to give my condolences to K's relatives.

Then, as I made my way to the open casket, I saw K's dad touching his wife's hand and arm.

Of course, I knew that he would be suffering at that time.  Just as he will for quite a while. 

Still, my heart went out to him, recognizing how difficult it is to lose your spouse.  Especially, when they are the love of your life.

He held my hand in his.  And, we spoke.

Then, I prayed with him.  And, for him... and his family.

Afterwards, I hugged him.  Then, I finished greeting and giving condolences to K, A, and the rest of the family members, in attendance.

Even though I found myself rather upset inside, I made sure I kept myself strong.  I kept my heart and mind, on Jesus.

Sort of like what God told us to do, in Romans 15:1-2, "We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.  Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification."

In my heart, I knew that it would do no one any good, to be tearful.  It would not prove to be a good method of encouraging, anyone. 

At least, that's how I felt, when my husband, Gordon died.

At that time when I lost Gordon, I was ever so thankful that my fellow born-again Christian friends were strong for me, encouraging me and offering guidance, in an effort to help me through that heart-breaking ordeal.  I believe that they helped me bear the pain and weakness I felt at that time.

And, that is how I wanted to be for my friend and his family.

How grateful I am that God helps us.  And, provides for us, in so many ways.  Even before we know we will need direction, guidance and support, He always seems to make a way and provide for us.

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

Prayer for my friend and his family, will continue.  Grief isn't easy. 

But, God is good.


Until next time...

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Waiting...

In yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I discussed the fact that after I returned home from attending the 50+ group luncheon, I was so-o exhausted, I had a nap.

I must say that the nap was a short one.  Only about 20 minutes long.  Still, I was grateful for the relief I felt, when I awoke, once again.

Off I went and picked up a fellow that I met a while back at the library.  I thought his wife was joining us, but it turned out, she didn't.

We made our way to the Injured Workers Coalition meeting.  Here's a link to their site:  http://injuredworkerscoalition.blogspot.com

In case you aren't aware, I have been a member of this group, for a long time.  Several years, in fact.

It's unfortunate that I don't attend every meeting, due to feeling stressed at times, when I attend.  It bothers me hearing about how people are suffering.  And, having my own suffering and ill-treatment by WSIB brought back to mind.

Yes, I can relate. 

Especially, since there are times that the stress from the meeting sets off anxiety feelings, from the Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), that I have suffered from, ever since driving that school bus years ago, and being hit by a tractor-trailer (semi, as some people call them); and, having WSIB's doctors tell me I was okay to do any kind of work, when I really wasn't... and ended up having another injury due to this health situation.

Even so, I normally try to attend several times per year.  At least, while I'm healthy.  I can't even recall if I attended a meeting since I was sick and had surgery, etc., beginning September 2012. 

However, meeting that fellow at the library and getting to know him, I found out that he was in need of help and support, for he also was an injured worker.  And, he was experiencing many forms of life's trials, being abused by the system that was originally set up to assist people like him, but in today's society, does not always do so.

I was glad he decided to go to the meeting.  Since he has no mode of transportation, I was happy I could take him.  And, introduce some of the members to him.  Some that hopefully, will be able to assist him in sorting out some of the mess that has caused his life to become a nightmare.

It's unfortunate, but whenever I think of how awful injured workers are treated, I find myself not just becoming stressed, but also angry, at times.

Even so, I refuse to retaliate and do anything evil.  Instead, I shake off the hurt and anger feelings, forgive... and focus once again on my Lord, Jesus Christ.

Sort of like what God told us to do, in Psalm 37:8-9, "Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.  For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth."

As I said, I refuse to return evil for evil.  But, I do reach out in Christian love to others who are hurting and are in need of help.

Not all I have met are Christian.  Even so, I assist as best I can, when needed.  And, I pray for the people and their circumstances.

After all, God is in control.  And, just as the verse tells us, God will sort things out. 

We are assured that evildoers shall be cut off.  In my mind, it truly makes no difference who they are.  Especially, if the evildoers are employed by WSIB.

I've often wondered how many of those who hurt others can sleep at night.  How can they live with themselves, knowing that they are assisting in damaging the lives of those who have already been damaged, through injury?

Instead, I pray... for the people, for the circumstance, assist whenever/wherever I can, and trust in our Lord, to provide.  And, while doing so, I plant seeds for Christ.

I'm looking forward to inheriting the earth.  And, I'm looking forward to attending the banquet that He will be holding for me, in the presence of my enemies.

It will be too late for any of my enemies to be granted relief from their circumstances.  Instead, God will let them see that He loves me, even though they treated me horribly.

Hopefully, you won't be at that banquet.  I would not like to see any of you, there.

If you are one of God's saved children, then you won't have to worry about it.  You won't be in attendance.

How do you become a child of God?  Believe on the Lord, Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved (Acts 16:31).


Until next time...

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Rest...

You've probably read here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), that I am tired.  Regularly.  Not just a day at a time, periodically.

Of course, my lack of sleep doesn't help, to be sure.

However, it seems I've been very busy, lately.  So busy, that I've wondered when I would ever have found time to work, if I were healthy enough to do so!

Just to show you what I have been experiencing lately, I've been not just weary and physically tired, I've actually found it hard to stay awake.  So, I've been falling asleep at various times throughout the day.

For example, on Tuesday evening, I was so-o tired that I ended up having a nap.  What began as a nap for about a half hour, expanded to be about two (2) hours in length.

After I awoke, I spent the rest of the evening feeling tired.

It truly didn't matter how tired I was, because when I crawled back into bed, I couldn't sleep.  And, ended up staying awake until about 5:15 a.m.

Knowing I had a busy day planned for yesterday, this meant that I had less than a handful of hours sleep, before having to get up and get rolling.  But, I did it!

I made my way to see my mechanic, so he could look at my van.  Then, I had to do a few errands, before I headed to the 50+ group luncheon at the church where I previously worshipped.

It was a lovely time, seeing friends that I haven't seen for quite a while.  Hey, they even sang Happy Birthday! for me, knowing my birthday is this coming weekend!  Thank you, my friends.  May God bless you, for encouraging me!

Even though I knew I had other things to do, I made my way home, afterwards.

I crawled into bed.  And, drifted off for Zzzz's within a few seconds.

Thinking about being tired and weary, brought to mind Matthew 11:28, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."

How grateful I was, to be able to have a nap.  Even if it wasn't for a lengthy period of time.

But, of even greater gratefulness in my heart, is the fact that our Lord Jesus told us that when we who are tired and burdened, come to Him, He will give us rest.  After all, He does give us rest.

Now, I don't want you to think I'm referring to naps taken, periodically.  Although, I do appreciate them.

No.  I'm referring to the fact that when we are burdened with trials, troubles and stress, we can turn to our Lord, Jesus Christ.  We can leave our burdens with Him, at the foot of the cross.  And, He provides us with peace.  

Peace that goes beyond all understanding.  Peace, that can only come from Him.  Peace that brings us the rest we need.

Hallelujah!  Thank You, Lord!


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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Beautiful...

On October 23rd, I mentioned here on Life with Lynnie (LwL) that this date was the anniversary of my dad's death.  And, that even though we didn't have the best relationship, I miss and love him.

Just so you know, I posted that entry at 12:30 a.m.  Which tells you that I wrote and published it prior to me heading to sleep that night.  Or maybe I should say, that morning!

Something different happened to me, while I was asleep.  In fact, a couple of things.

First, I must tell you that here in Ontario, Canada we are in the Eastern Standard Time Zone (EST) for part of the year, and are in the Eastern Daylight Time Zone (EDT) for the rest of the year.  Just as we are now, until November 3rd.  Here's a map for you to check out: 
http://www.timeanddate.com/news/time/usa-canada-end-dst-2013.html

Just so you know, our EDT used to be for a shorter period of time.  However, it was extended a couple or so years ago.  So now, instead of ending in October, it ends in November as I just mentioned.

In the past, something used to happen to me about 6:15 a.m. on October 23rd, every year.  I used to wake up. 

It was disheartening to me to do this, because I couldn't understand why I would wake up at the approximate time of my dad's death.  But, I did.  Every year.  Except possibly last year.

Last year, I was so ill after having that emergency surgery, that I cannot even recall if I awoke, or not.

This year, was different.

I didn't wake up at 6:15 a.m.  I woke up at 5:15 a.m. 

At the time, I couldn't understand why I would wake up at that time.  And, being tired, I just went back to sleep.

When I awoke later, it was not at 6:15 a.m., it was at my normal time.  At the time, I didn't really think about how different my night's sleep was, compared to years in the past.

When I was asleep and even as I awoke, a song resonated in my heart and mind. 

It's a song written by Daniel Boone & Rod McQueen.  And, sung by Daniel Boone.

Listen to it, here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K37BhzM0I8I.  And, here are the lyrics...

Beautiful Sunday

Sunday morning, up with the lark
I think I'll take a walk in the park
Hey, hey, hey, it's a beautiful day
 

I've got someone waiting for me
When I see her I know that she'll say
Hey, hey, hey, it's a beautiful day
 

Hi, hi, hi, beautiful Sunday
This is my, my, my, beautiful day
When you say, say, say, say that you love me
Oh, my, my, my it's a beautiful day
 

Birds are singing, you by my side
Let's take a car and go for a ride
Hey, hey, hey, it's a beautiful day
 

We'll drive on and follow the sun
Makin' Sunday go on and on
Hey, hey, hey, it's a beautiful day
 

Hi, hi, hi, beautiful Sunday
This is my, my, my, beautiful day
When you say, say, say, say that you love me
Oh, my, my, my, it's a beautiful day

 
Hi, hi, hi, beautiful Sunday
This is my, my, my, beautiful day
When you say, say, say, say that you love me
Oh, my, my, my it's a beautiful day...



In my mind, I had to wonder why this song was continuously playing inside me.  After all, it wasn't Sunday!

I prayed about this. 

Psalm 5:1-4 came to mind, " Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation.
Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray.
My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.
For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee."

After praying about it, a thought came to mind.  I wondered if this had been a message to me, from heaven.

When I spoke about it being the anniversary of my dad's death, I had also said I missed him and loved him. 

Yes, I had long ago forgiven him.  And, I miss him and love him.

About the same time, I realized that at the time of my dad's death, we were not on EDT, but was still noted as EST.  Meaning that had we been on EST today, as we were when my dad died, it truly would have been 6:15 a.m. when I awoke.

Was this a message from dad?  God?  I wondered if it was dad or God telling me that because I had forgiven dad and love him, there was happiness in heaven... relating it to being a beautiful day

Who knows?  Only God knows.

However, just as He told us in verse 4, God does not take pleasure in wickedness.  And, He won't let evil dwell in us, His children.

Since I do not know for sure if my dad is in heaven or not, I am trusting God that he is.  And, praying this for my mom, also.

Yes, I know... once we've had our final breath here on earth, there is no changing where we will spend eternity.  So, I know that no matter how much I pray, it will not change where my parents are.

However, this does not mean that I can't trust God for my heart's desire.  I'm trusting!


Until next time...

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Bountifully...

In the past, I've discussed here on Life with Lynnie (LwL) about going from time to time, to the Legion's... Senior's Dinner and Dance.

On Remembrance Day, Monday, November 11th, I once again joined my friend L and her boyfriend, D.  I had a great time, listening to the music.  Especially, when a couple of men from our group, sang.

Much to my surprise, the music man C, came over to my table.  It was just as I was finishing dinner.  He asked if I would sing.  I agreed to do so!

Literally, just after we enjoyed a delicious roast beef dinner, I found myself standing along side of C.

I sang Rainy Days and Mondays, by The Carpenters, which was rather fitting, considering it was Monday.  And, it had been raining most of the day.  Yes, we also had a little bit of snow, but it quickly disappeared.  Praise God!

The other song I sang was Nobody Does It Better, by Carly Simon.

Like other times in the past, several people encouraged me, by letting me know they loved the music and my singing.  I must admit, I felt blessed.

And, thankful that God healed me from the horrible stage fright that prevented me from having a music career, when I was young.

Yesterday, being Monday, I once again joined the group of adults at the Legion.  However, this time, I didn't go alone.

En route, I picked up a fellow M, who is new to our Christian Singles' group.  He's not all that familiar with getting around Windsor, due to the fact that he hasn't lived here long enough to fully find his way around town.

We continued to the downtown area, where we picked up L.  She needed someone to lift her walker into my van, so I was grateful that M was with us, because I don't think I could have and/or should have lifted it!

On we went to pick up my ex-real estate co-worker C, who recently returned home, after living with his daughter in Bolton, for several months.

Eventually, we arrived at the legion.  And, I managed to secure the table my friends L and D, prefer.  Knowing that L knows C, since she also is a realtor that we've worked with for many years, we enjoyed sharing our space.

This time, I didn't wait for our music man C, to approach me.  This time, I approached him and asked him if I could sing.  He agreed.

Please know that I didn't ask to sing, to elate myself.  The fellow who had spoken with me about recording music was there, so I thought it would be a good time for him to be able to hear my voice.

After dinner, I was called up to the microphone.  I sang Yesterday Once More, by The Carpenters.  And, I was to sing another one of their songs, There's A Kind Of Hush.

However, this didn't happen.  Apparently, the Carpenters version wasn't available.  So instead, I sang the version by Herman's Hermits.

When I finished singing, I thanked C for allowing me to sing.

You see, whenever I sing, even if it is secular music, I sing unto my Lord.  I do whatever I can to do my best, in my effort to honour Him.

To my surprise, something happened that I never expected to happen.  And truthfully, I believe that music man C, was shocked, also.

People who had been dancing not only applauded, but also began yelling that they wanted me to sing more.  Having this happen, nearly blew my mind.

I looked at C and he asked me what I wanted to sing.  I replied that I didn't know.  He suggested Crazy, by Patsy Cline.  Even though I had sung it there once before, I agreed and sang it.

It seemed to me that while I do my best to honour God, He does His best to provide for me.

Just as we read in Psalm 13:6, "I will sing unto the Lord, because he hath dealt bountifully with me."

When I say it has been shocking to me to see that this is the second (2nd) time over the past few weeks, where I've been hooted and hollered at, by those who have enjoyed my singing, I truly mean it.


Having this happen more than once, has revealed to me how I must have let down my Lord, in my younger years.  After all, having music in my heart and soul, I could have honoured Him at a younger age.  At a time, when I could have had a career that could have glorified Him, immensely.


Oh well.  It's really too late now to even think about a music career.


However, I know that God loves me, no matter what.  Whether I make good decisions, or whether I make poor decisions.

Nothing can ever separate me from His love.  And, for this... I'll be eternally grateful!



Until next time...


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Monday, November 18, 2013

Better Than...

As you know if you have ready much of Life with Lynnie (LwL), I enjoy meeting up with brothers and sisters in the Lord.

On Thursday evenings, we meet at the church for Bible study.  Okay, our pastor doesn't call it Bible study, but that's what it is!  Instead, he calls it... Prayer Growth Fellowship (PGF).  :)

This past week, he and his wife were away on a vacation. 

The week previously, he let us know we should still meet together for PGF, even if he wouldn't be there.  And, he gave us directions to read Psalm 32, so we could discuss it, as a group.

Thursday had been a busy day for me.  Instead of finishing up something I should have done, I made sure I went to meet up with others for PGF.

Arriving, I found the church in total darkness, except for the light above the door that is usually accessed by the pastor, or whoever has been given access with a security code.

At first, I thought possibly whoever was in charge, was running late.  Then, I realized that my van was the only vehicle, there.

After waiting a while, I realized no one else was showing up.  I headed for home.

Yesterday, was a different story.  Our pastor and his wife had returned from their vacation.  And, we had quite a number of people become new members, during the worship service.  12 to be exact!

Once again, I must say that worshipping with this group does my heart good.

Not just for the prayer time, or music worship time, or even the sermon time.  There's just something about being with this group of people and worshipping with them, that touches my heart.

We did one thing that was slightly different.  In addition to our regular offering, a special offering was received to be sent to the Philippines, to aid those in need.

It touched my heart that this was done.  After all, we need to place others ahead of ourselves.

Just as God told us, in Philippians 2:3, "Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves."

Knowing that many of our group were originally from the Philippines, this wasn't shocking. 

What was wonderful to me, was hearing that none had lost family members or friends as a result of the storm devastation that happened, there.  I praised God for this!

And, I praised God for protecting one of our church brothers, who only days before the storm hit, had gone to the Philippines, for about a six (6) month stay.  His plan was to take care of some personal things, in addition to doing some missions work.  Hallelujah!  Thank You, Lord!

Knowing that this brother in the Lord was there to do God's Work, it shows that his heart was in the right place, wanting to help others.  And, now... we know he's in the right place, because with all the destruction and need that is there, many seeds for Christ will be planted. 

Please, join me in prayer, that God will use this horrible ordeal for some ultimate good.  Let us pray that many will come to Christ and gain salvation.


Until next time...

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

I Love Thee...

Here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), whenever it is SONday, I focus on worship.

Today, is no different.  I will be heading to worship with my church family, once again.

After all, I love God.  And, want to worship Him, in spirit and in truth.

Just like normal, music resonates in my mind.  One song I adore is by William R. Featherston and J. Gordon Adoniram.  It's entitled, My Jesus I Love Thee.  Here's a link to listen and/or sing along:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqFOsOPj9uk  The lyrics are below; please note that the third (3rd) verse is not sung on the link.

  1. My Jesus I Love Thee

  2. My Jesus, I love Thee, I know Thou art mine;
    For Thee all the follies of sin I resign;
    My gracious Redeemer, my Savior art Thou;
    If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.
  3. I love Thee because Thou hast first loved me,
    And purchased my pardon on Calvary’s tree;
    I love Thee for wearing the thorns on Thy brow;
    If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.
  4. I’ll love Thee in life, I will love Thee in death,
    And praise Thee as long as Thou lendest me breath;
    And say when the death dew lies cold on my brow,
    If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.
  5. In mansions of glory and endless delight,
    I’ll ever adore Thee in heaven so bright;
    I’ll sing with the glittering crown on my brow,
    If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now
    .

How fitting a song that is, for today.  For a day when I will go worship my Lord.

May I ask if you go worship Him?

God told us in Hebrews 10:23-25, "Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)
24 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
25 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."

Friend, if you're not worshipping with your brothers and sisters in the Lord, you may want to do so.  If you don't have a church group to worship with, you may want to decide to go worship with a different group each Sunday, until you find the one you feel most comfortable with.

After all, God didn't just make a plan of salvation for us, so we could love Him.  He also wants us to honour, glorify Him, and be obedient.

By gathering with fellow believers, we are not just being obedient, as God desires.  We are also able to exhort or encourage others.  And, be encouraged, ourselves.

I believe that especially in this day and age, we all need encouragement.  Even if we are God's children.

Don't worry about finding a church family.  God will provide.  He loves us.  Just pray... and He will answer.


Until next time...

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Where The Heart Is...

As I've discussed here on Life with Lynnie (LwL) recently, I haven't been feeling the best.

Off and on, I feel like I have more energy than I do, other days.  But, generally speaking, I do not have the energy I had prior to me becoming ill in September 2012 and having that emergency surgery.

Something very different happened to me, a few weeks ago.  It was something that hasn't really happened, before.

On Tuesday, October 22nd, a few weeks ago, I went to the library, just like I normally do.

Before I left to go there, I hadn't really felt well.  Just as I had felt off and on for more than a week.

While driving home, I found myself feeling tired.  This was in addition to having a headache, and gut pain.

By the time I reached home, I was grateful that I was able to take some time to rest.  I set my cell phone alarm, and went to lay down.

I can't say to be sure, but it felt like I must have been asleep by the time my head hit the pillow.

While asleep, I felt great!  Both physically and emotionally!

You see, I spent some time with my now deceased husband, Gordon.  And, we saw some people rising in the air, to go to heaven.

Gordon told me that I needed to go back.  I literally heard his voice., when he told me that.  Then, I heard his voice, again.

When I said I didn't want to leave him, he replied in a soft and loving tone, "Lynn, you need to wake up..."

I'm sure you can guess that I woke up.  Right then.  Right as I had begun crying in my dream, not wanting to leave him.

Within a few seconds of waking, I found myself crying.  I felt let down, that He hadn't taken me home, during my rest and dream time.

This was, after all, the first time in a very long time, that I had dreamed of Gordon.  And, I hadn't wanted my time with him to end.

I found myself feeling sorry that God hadn't taken me home.  To heaven.  To be with Him... and with Gordon.

It wasn't easy, but I had to shake off the feeling of pain and sorrow, once again.  Was this grief?  I have no idea.  Maybe so.  Maybe not.

In any case, I had to stop feeling troubled.  So I prayed.

I was reminded of John 14:1-3, "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."

God knows I believe in Him.  And, because I do, I try to keep my eyes on Him, rather than spend my life feeling troubled.

How grateful I am to Him, for making promises to us, His children.

How grateful I am that He has gone and prepared a place for me.  And, for all who believe upon our Lord, Jesus Christ.

How thankful I am that one day, He'll come and take me home.  Home, to heaven.

But, for now... I'm here on earth.   Even so, home is where the heart is.


Until next time...

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Choice...

In yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I discussed the issue of love.  Mainly, I discussed the love I gave, felt and received from my family.

Some of you may not be aware, but my family relationships have not always been the best.  Probably, some of you have a good understanding of what I am saying, unfortunately.

However, the reason it made me so very happy to tell you about the love I felt, was for that very reason.

Even though love concerning my family is very important to me, there is no greater love than the love God has for me.  And, for you.

I know that without God's love, what yesterday's LwL entry could and would never have happened.  For this, I am eternally grateful!

God is love.

Even though we enjoy the love with family and friends, there is no greater love.  No... greater... love.

And, His love for His children is the best love that we, here on earth, could ever receive.

Yet, not everyone loves God.  Even though God loves them.

Not everyone realizes that God loved us so very much, that He provided a plan of redemption for us, using His Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Just as we are told in John 3:16, " For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

Can you imagine how much love it would take on your part, to give up a family member you loved, for the sole purpose of saving others?

If you do not believe in our Lord, Jesus Christ, then I would suggest you do so, today.  Don't wait.

While His love for you will never die, the fact remains that once your life has ended, there is no escaping what you will experience.  And, where you will spend eternity.

So the choice is yours.  Will it be Heaven?  Or, will it be Hell?


Until next time...

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Love...

In yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I discussed how I worshipped, on Sunday.  I realized that I haven't really gotten caught up telling you about what I've done over the past few days!

As I mentioned previously, last Saturday, November 9th, was my daughter B's birthday.  However, we didn't get together on her special day.

Knowing she had plans with friends and some other family members, she agreed to meet with me on the Friday evening, for dinner.  Actually, we were supposed to have lunch together, but it didn't work out that way.

So, we went to one of her favourite places to eat.  And, we both had one of the meals she likes best when she eats there, especially on a Friday.  We each enjoyed their halibut coated in a salt 'n vinegar batter.

Never before had I eaten this.  Wow!  Was it good!  It's made with salt 'n vinegar kettle chips.  Something I had never heard of, until that evening.

We finished up with birthday cake that I brought with me.  The rest, she took home with her, so she could share it with whoever she decided to eat with the next day, her birthday.

On Sunday, November 10th, I mentioned that it was my grandson Z's birthday.  His mom, my daughter P, invited me for supper.

We enjoyed a wonderful, homemade Mexican meal, together.  Thank you, P!

Of course, we followed up with a celebration of Z's birthday, including cake! 

It's amazing to me how much he's grown over the past year.  I believe he's going to be very tall!

I must admit, I felt extremely loved this past weekend.  Especially, after being able to celebrate with my family more than once!

Of course, this is what Jesus told us we must do.  Love one another, I mean.

He told us so, in John 13:34, "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another."

How thankful I was to have been able to spend time with my family.  To show them love.  And, to feel loved, in return.

This is something that doesn't happen all the time.

After all, my daughters live busy lives.  And, both have children that keep them working hard at life.

Even so, I felt blessed.  And, not just because we were able to share time together eating birthday cake! 

It does my heart good to be able to show my family members, love. 

Of course, they know I love them, and pray for them.  And, always will.

Just so you know, I pray for you, also.  Each and every day.  May God bless you!


Until next time...

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Issues of Belief & Diligence...

In yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I mentioned about attending Bible study last Thursday, at the church where I've been worshipping, Walkerville Evangelical Baptist Church (WEBC).  In addition, there was a short discussion about how few people seemed to be wearing a poppy this year, in remembrance of those who fought for our freedom, and for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

On Sunday, I normally would have gone to worship at WEBC, where I've been going for several weeks, now.  The same church where I attended Bible study.

However, a few weeks ago, a friend who lives here in Windsor, had invited me to worship at her church.  At the time, I told her I would, but we hadn't made any definite plans for me to do so. 

Since I enjoyed worshipping at WEBC, I hadn't yet made those arrangements, to meet and worship with my friend at First Baptist Church (FBCW), here in Windsor.  At least, not until one day last week.

Knowing that my pastor was going to be away on vacation with his wife and wouldn't be preaching this past Lord's Day, I decided it would be a good time to meet with my friend C, at FBCW.

So, I did!

My goodness, I must say that I was shocked.  The shock I felt wasn't due to the church building, which was about 150 years old.  It actually made me feel wonderful worshipping there, knowing that God had provided church family to be there, for so long!

The shock I had, was due to a few different issues.

Firstly, as we all welcomed each other at the beginning of the worship service, it seemed many people knew who I was!  This was shocking to me, until I found out that some of the younger people had been reading LwL from time to time.

It was shocking to me, to meet up with a sister in the Lord, whom I have known for quite some time.  We used to meet up at the 50+ group, where I used to worship.

What I found most shocking, was how sparse the number of worshippers were.

Since I am not familiar with the tradition or history of that particular worship group, I cannot say why there were such few people.  But, I can say that the current pastor preached a wonderful sermon.

In addition, the worship through music was glorious, also!  I felt truly blessed having worshipped with this small group of believers.

It seemed to me that those in control of the service knew exactly what to do.  And, did their work for our Lord, with love.

This reminded me of Proverbs 4:23, "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life."

While it may have been shocking to see such few people worshipping there, it was simple to see and feel the love of Christ, within the group of people.

Even so, I am praying and trusting that God will provide.  Just as He's been providing at WEBC, which also faced in the past, a small select group of worshippers.

For both church families, I will continue praying.

This world is filled with so many issues.  Life issues, to be sure. 

However, lately I've met more and more people who consider themselves to be unbelievers.

People, who at one time considered themselves to be Christian, or Catholic.  Yet today, refuse to worship anywhere. 

No matter what the circumstance, we the Bride of Christ, can never give up. 

We need to be diligent workers of our Lord, Jesus Christ.  We need to be understanding of those who never truly belonged to Him.  We need to help them to see their need for salvation.

And, we need to continue participating in fulfilling the Great Commission, that God told us we must do.

Are you obedient in doing what you can do, working for God?  Or, are you a secret believer?


Until next time...

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Our Heart...

Before I begin today's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I would like to comment and say that I am thankful to those who realize how important it is to support our military people, and our veterans.

I feel I must say that I feel sad seeing how few people actually wore a poppy.  And, some of them did not even wear it the way it is meant to be worn.  Over a person's heart.

In some cases, I saw people wear them on straps, belts, hats and more.  While I was glad to see people at least wearing a poppy, it was disheartening to me to realize that people didn't really seem to care on the reflection they were sending out, silently.

Oh well.  So be it!  That's life.

Hopefully, the feelings they had in their hearts reflected to God, better than the way the wearing of their poppies reflected to me, and possibly to others.

Now, I suppose I should move forward with today's LwL entry.  It's been a while since I let you know what I've been up to!

Last Thursday evening, I attended Bible study.  As always, it proved to be a time of faithful teaching, fun, fellowship and... food.

Yes, it is a time of learning.  However, with the group that meets at Walkerville Evangelical Baptist Church (WEBC), we have a good time together, while doing so. 

Learning, laughing, talking and praying are only a few of the things we do.  The fellowship time we have is truly enjoyable.  And, so are the snacks that people bring.

I signed up to bring some, for the last Bible study day of the month.  Knowing that I also wanted to bring treats to the Saturday class, a couple of days after the Bible study class, I decided it would be a good time for me to do this.

One thing I must say I am happy about, is the love and heart-warming welcome everyone shares.

After all, this is what God wants from us.  He wants us to love one another.

And, He knows the condition of our heart! 

Just as He told us in 1 John 3:20, " For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things."

God is so much greater than we could ever dream of being.

He knows the end from the beginning.  He knows what we think, what we do and the decisions we will make, even before we've made them.

And yet, whether decisions are good or not so good, He still loves us.

Yes, He loves us, His children.  His children, who have shown the world that they need to trust in/believe upon Christ, in order to become one of His children.  Or, in other words, become saved.

God told us that He will prepare a banquet for us, in the presence of our enemies.  Will you be at mine?

Or, will I see you in heaven, because you are my brother or sister in the Lord?

What must a person do to become saved?  Believe upon the Lord, Jesus Christ and you shall be saved (Acts 16:31).


Until next time...

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Remembrance Day... Lest We Forget...

Today, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), we'll be discussing Remembrance Day.  And honouring those, who have provided us the freedom we enjoy, today.

I must say how proud I am of all who gave of themselves, to stand up, protect us and fight for our freedom.  Both those who survived those times, and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice:  their lives.

Some of you know that both my parents served in the Canadian Army, during World War 2 (WW2). 

My dad was stationed in England for a time, and spent some time in Northern Ireland.  Then, he served in France and Belgium, during the era of the Normandy Invasion.

My mom served in the Canadian Women's Army Corp (CWAC), in Washington, DC, USA.

No matter what anyone else thinks, says or does, I will always believe that without their efforts, and the efforts of others who did the same, we would not enjoy the freedom we have, today.  For them, and for this, I praise God.  Thank You, Lord!

In other years, I've posted the poem by Lieutenant Colonel, John McCrae entitled, In Flanders Fields.  Today, I'm posting a link to a page, where you can read the poem and other information:  http://www.flandersfieldsmusic.com/thepoem.html
 

 
 
 
 
It is the VETERAN , not the preacher,
who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the VETERAN , not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the VETERAN , not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the VETERAN , not the campus organizer,
who has given us freedom to assemble.
It is the VETERAN , not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the VETERAN , not the politician,
Who has given us the right to vote.
  
It is the VETERAN ,
who salutes the Flag,
  
It is the VETERAN ,
who serves under the Flag,
  
ETERNAL REST GRANT UNTO THEM, O LORD, AND LET PERPETUAL LIGHT SHINE UPON THEM.
 

We can be very proud of our young men and women in the service no matter where they serve.
God Bless them all!!!
 
 

 
 

 
Philippians 1:3, "I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,"

Yes, I thank God for every person, who has provided us with the freedom we enjoy, today.  Even more so, I thank God for sending His only begotten Son, to die on a wooden cross for the sin of all the world, of all who will believe upon Him.

Are you trusting/believing upon our Lord, Jesus Christ?  If not, please do so, today.  Tomorrow, may be too late.

Please understand, that whosoever calls upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved (Romans 10:13).  I'm praying that one day, we'll meet in heaven.


Until next time...

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