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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