Monday, March 31, 2014

Answered Prayer!

While this entry was posted with today's date, it was written after Lynn returned home from the hospital, after having surgery, once again.  Just as you would be aware of, if you either knew me personally, or are a regular reader of Life with Lynnie (LwL).

While in hospital in London, Ontario, recovering from my major surgery, something happened that was surprising to me.

It was decided that my catheter should be removed.  The surgeon chuckled when he let my nurses know and he commented to me that this meant that I had to get up and out of bed, more often.

I must admit that until that day, I was getting up when they asked me to.  However, other than that, I was out cold, laying in bed.  Meaning, I was sleeping.

In my opinion, it was probably due to having the morphine medications for pain.  Yes, I had slow-acting morphine, plus fast-acting morphine, plus antibiotics, and Ibuprofen. 

It was no surprise to me that I slept a lot!

In any case, I found myself getting up and around.  Sometimes with help from my nurses.  Other times, without.  Depending upon the nurse.

Eventually, I was up and walking without the walker to assist me.

It was then, that I walked the halls.  To some, it was shocking.

To me, it was an answer to prayer, from my God.  More about this, later.

Until next time...

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Another Special Day...

While this entry was posted with today's date, it was written after Lynn returned home from the hospital, after having surgery, once again.  Just as you would be aware of, if you either knew me personally, or are a regular reader of Life with Lynnie (LwL).

As I discussed yesterday here on LwL, I was still feeling some grief, thinking about my now deceased husband, Gordon.  And, our wedding anniversary.  Of course, the negative nightmares didn't help, either.

God provided for me, once again.

My friends H & N, came to visit me.  This was surprising, since like my brother, they live about an hour and a half drive from the hospital where I was treated at.

When they walked into my room, my heart skipped a beat.

They brought a gift for me.  A plant of pick roses.

This almost made me cry.

Not, because I was thrilled receiving my visitors and their gift.  Even though I was!

I thanked them for visiting me, and for the beautiful plant.

Once again, I had to fight off tears, because what they brought with them for me, was slightly different, but similar to what Gordon used to give me on our anniversary.  Pink roses.

Through my mind, ran thoughts of how God was lifting up my spirit on the weekend when I was having such a hard time, with grief. 

Again, I found myself truly thankful to God, for providing for me.  More about this, another time.

Until next time...

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Special Day, Saturday, March 29th...

While this entry was posted with today's date, it was written after Lynn returned home from the hospital, after having surgery, once again.  Just as you would be aware of, if you either knew me personally, or are a regular reader of Life with Lynnie (LwL).

On Saturday, March 29th, I awoke rather upset once again.

You see, I had been dreaming a lot, while asleep.  But, not good dreams.  Instead, they were nightmares.

And, in almost every one was my now deceased husband, Gordon.

When my nurse for the day, wrote her name and the date on the wall chart, I realized why Gordon had been on my mind so very much.

This was the day that would have been our wedding anniversary, had Gordon still been alive. 

Truly, I wanted to cry.  It seems that grief still hasn't ended.

However, the physical pain I was experiencing was so severe, that I couldn't allow myself to even shed a tear.  It wasn't an easy day for me, to be sure. 

God provided for me, in a different way. 

He lifted my spirit with a visitor.  My brother B, who lives in Guelph, Ontario.

I was so grateful to see him.  It did my heart good.  More about this, another time.

Until next time...

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Friday, March 28, 2014


While this entry was posted with today's date, it was written after Lynn returned home from the hospital, after having surgery, once again.  Just as you would be aware of, if you either knew me personally, or are a regular reader of Life with Lynnie (LwL).

Previously, I mentioned about how instead of waking by myself, I was woken up by a nurse and my daughter.

Just as I drifted off back to sleep, a thought struck me...  I'm alive!

My first thought after realizing I lived through the dangerous surgery that so many have not done in the past, was that I was surprised.  Yes... surprised!

The next day, March 27th, I recall hearing voices telling me to push the button, Lynn.  Without doing so, I would have no pain relief.  I was grateful that someone helped me.

Throughout that whole day, I do not recall waking up, fully.

In fact, I was in so very much pain, that I couldn't hardly even move my fingers, hands, or feet.  Never mind wake up and become alert.

By Friday, March 28th, I was truly awake. 

Waking up may have occurred within the evening prior, but I truly do not recall.  Since I recall seeing daylight to my right, I must presume it was daytime, though.

At that time, I praised God that He had made provision for me.  If you knew me, you'd understand that due to almost losing my left eye years ago, it is rather light sensitive.

This was when my nursing care professionals got me up and out of bed, for the very first (1st) time.

It wasn't easy, to be sure.  Very painful.  Especially, since I was gotten up out of bed, several times.

But, I was once again grateful to my Lord!  More about this, later.

Until next time...

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Thursday, March 27, 2014


While this entry was posted with today's date, it was written after Lynn returned home from the hospital, after having surgery, once again.  Just as you would be aware of, if you either knew me personally, or are a regular reader of Life with Lynnie (LwL).

After my 5+ hour surgery on Wednesday, March 26th in London, Ontario, I spent almost the same amount of time in the recovery room, apparently.  For sure, several hours.

My daughter P insisted that the nursing staff allow her to come in to speak with me and wake me.  She had been waiting several hours and needed to head home to her children.

I recall hearing a voice, and P's.  Then, I slowly awoke.

P let me know the circumstances and apologized.  I let her know it was okay, and that I understood.

After telling P I loved her, I praised God for her.  And, drifted back to sleep.  More about this, another time.

Until next time...

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Today, Is The Day...

If you've been reading Life with Lynnie (LwL) lately, you'll be aware that last Thursday I received a call from my London, Ontario (ON) surgeon's office.  A date for my surgery was determined to be today, Wednesday, March 26th.

On Monday, my daughter P drove me to London, ON for my pre-op check up, just as you read about, previously.  Then, yesterday, P picked me up and helped me complete a few tasks I needed to have done, including taking me to my chiropractor's office, once again. 

I praise God for P, and for all she has done for me.  Thank you, P.  May God bless you.

P will be picking me up about 4:00 a.m., so she can once again drive me to the hospital in London, ON.  I'm not sure what time I will actually go into the operating room, but I must check in at 7:30 a.m.

What will happen in the operating room, I do not know.

I have been praying that God will give wisdom and guidance to my surgeon.  With his hands being guided by our Lord, I believe he will do a wonderful job removing all the mesh inside me, and do his best to reconstruct me. 

I'm praying that this will not only be what happens, but that the reconstruction will be enough to prevent me from becoming a big hernia from my rib cage to my pelvis.  And, I'm praying that this will be the final surgery I will ever require.

Of course, in the past, I was made aware of the fact that this is a very dangerous surgery.  One that not everyone lives through.

So, I've prepared myself in case my life ends, today.

Please don't misunderstand what I am saying.  I am not hoping and praying for me to die.

Although, if my life did end, I would be able be with my Lord.  Plus, I'd get to see my now deceased husband, Gordon. 

He's been on my mind a lot, lately.  March 29th would have been our wedding anniversary.

But, I know that no matter what happens, God is in control.  And, He will be glorified.

Just as we are told, in Philippians 1:20-21, "According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.  For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain."

So, if I don't make it out of the operating room alive, at least I know where I'll be going.  And, with whom I will spend eternity.

No matter what the outcome is, I know that my Lord will be magnified in my body.  Either by extending my life, or through my death.

After all, just as today's Bible verse tells us, "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain."

I thank God for providing me peace.  Peace, that goes beyond all understanding.  Peace, that can only come from Him.

This LwL entry will be the last one I will be able to post.  At least for a while.  Hopefully, not forever.  I'm sure the London, ON hospital rules are similar to Windsor's rules, which do not allow me to use their internet system to write/post entries for a blog.

Just know that even though you won't hear from me, you're in my thoughts and prayers.  May God bless you.

Until next time...

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014


As I discussed in yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I am very grateful to God, for helping me over the past few days.  Without His help, I couldn't have physically done all that I felt I needed to do, before going into the operating room for my rather dangerous, but needed surgery.

Yes, I am hurting.  Big time.  Every joint, every bone, every muscle in my body is aching.  Of course, that is in addition to my gut pain, from where my ABSCESS and open incision is located.

With not having much muscle strength, I have suffered.  Still, I felt I needed to do what I did.

Some people have told me they think I've been negative while making remarks about wanting to not leave things unresolved, in case of my death.  To me, this is absolutely not true.

Even though I am trusting my Lord, for total restorative healing, through this surgery, I feel that I need to be prepared both physically and emotionally, in case of my death.  So, I've worked hard to make sure all info my daughter P will need, is organized.

You see, I am the type of person who believes that I will pray for and trust God for the best.  Yet, should prepare for the worst.

After all, no one knows what God's will is for our lives.  Not me, for mine.  And, not you, for yours.

I must admit that I was grateful God gave us travelling mercies yesterday.  My daughter P, drove me to London, Ontario to the hospital where I'll be having my life-threatening surgery, on Wednesday.

The hospital staff checked my heart.  They did some blood tests.  My lungs and breathing was checked.  And, a rather lengthy discussion was had with a representative of the anesthetic department, in addition to a nurse, who needed to take information about my allergies and past medical history.

How grateful I am that my daughter loves me enough to do things for me.  Especially, time-consuming things that are hard for her, both physically, and for her family.

God provided.  Not only had we arrived on time, but He also took control over what appeared to be the start of a terrible snow storm, and made it stop, shortly after I silently prayed.  Thank You, Lord!

When I think back about what I was asked during my medical discussions, it clearly blows my mind.  I've never been asked this question, before.  And, I've had over a dozen surgeries!

I was asked how I cope with the stress of this health problem and the consideration of the upcoming surgery.

Had I been given time to think about it, I probably would have gone into more detail.  Instead, I just explained how when I find myself getting upset, I begin to pray.  And afterwards, I feel more calm.

After all, God provides for us, His children.

Thinking about this, reminded me of John 10:25-30, "Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father's name, they bear witness of me.
26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.
27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand.
30 I and my Father are one."

Works do not save us.  What we do for others is confirmation.  It proves that we belong to God.  That we are part of His family.

God knows who belongs to Him, and who doesn't.  Please understand, that not everyone belongs to God.  Just as you read in verse 26.

He knows that we who love, adore Him, and are truly trusting in Him, want to follow Him, in every aspect of our lives.  Including being obedient.

How grateful I am that He rewards us, His children.

Once we belong to Him, we can never be removed from His hand.  We are part of His family.  Forever.

And, as I mentioned recently, nothing can ever separate us from Him.

I praise God for this.  Thank You, Lord!

After all, He not only provides for us here on earth, but He provides for us after our life ends.  For this is when we will be blessed by spending eternity with Him.

Please know that I pray for you.  For I truly want God to provide for you.  And, for your family, as well.

If you are not yet saved, you may not understand what you need to do. 

There is nothing you can do, in and of yourself to gain salvation.  Salvation is of the Lord.  It is a gift that is freely given to us.

All we have to do, is to believe upon the Lord, Jesus Christ.  And, we shall be saved.  (Acts 16:31).

Please, trust in/believe upon Jesus, today.  Tomorrow may be too late.

Until next time...

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Monday, March 24, 2014

I Will...

Yesterday, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I discussed the fact that God is everything to me.

He's there for me when I'm happy and when I'm sad.  When I'm hurting and when I'm laughing.

He's been there for me, through good times and not so good times.  He loves me.

He gives me hope and the encouragement I need to get through difficult times.  Like I've been physically going through, for the past almost 19 months.

I praise Him for this!

Thinking of praising Him, brought to mind Psalm 139:14, " I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well."

Yes, I believe I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  How else could I go through a dangerous health situation like this? 

Especially, being alone. 

Without a spouse to assist me, physically.  To care for me.  To encourage me.  And, to love me.

He is marvelous.  Wonderful.  And, loving.

He provides for me, always.

He provided for me in a special way, over the last few days.  I realized that there were things I needed to do, before having my life-threatening surgery, this coming Wednesday.

He helped me physically do some work around my apartment.  Work, that I'm not really supposed to do. 

Even though I shouldn't have done it, He helped me bend, lift, stretch, and carry.  And, He helped me through the pain from doing such things.

He helped me become organized doing paperwork to file my income tax.  And, other bookkeeping, so that I will be able to remit HST tax information next month, as my government requires me to do as a self-employed person.

He never leaves me.  Nor forsakes me.  He's with me always. 

For this, I praise Him.  Thank You, Lord!

Until next time...

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Be My Everything...

Once again, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I'll be honouring God, through music.  And, worshipping Him, at home.

After all, today is our Lord's Day!

My friend M, who recently had surgery in London, Ontario sent me a link on Facebook (FB) to a song I had never heard, before.  Hopefully, you'll find it as inspiring as I did.

It is sung by Tim Hughes and is entitled, Be My Everything.  Here is a link for you to listen/sing along:  The lyrics are below.
Be My Everything
God in my living
There in my breathing
God in my waking
God in my sleeping

God in my resting
There in my working
God in my thinking
God in my speaking

Be my everything
Be my everything
Be my everything
Be my everything

God in my hoping
There in my dreaming
God in my watching
God in my waiting

God in my laughing
There in my weeping
God in my hurting
God in my healing

Christ in me
Christ in me
Christ in me the hope of glory
You are everything

Christ in me
Christ in me
Christ in me the hope of glory
Be my everything

Just as the lyrics tell us, Christ is everything.  Everything... to me.

Due to Him being my everything, I am grateful that I will always be His.

Just as He told is, in Romans 8:35-39, "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

I praise God that nothing can ever separate me from the love of God, in Christ Jesus, my Lord!


Not problems, persecution, life's troubles.  Nothing.

Nothing will ever separate you from the love of Christ, either... as long as you belong to Him!

My friend, I pray for you, daily. 

And, for your salvation, if you don't already have it.  This way, we can share our love and dedication to Him.  And, even if we don't meet up here on earth, we can meet up in Heaven.

My question to you is:  Are you trusting in Jesus Christ for your salvation?

Please, do not wait to do this.  Come to Him, today. 

Today is the day of salvation.  Tomorrow may be too late.

May you be blessed.

Until next time...

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Saturday, March 22, 2014


If you've been reading Life with Lynnie (LwL), you'll know that this past week has been a surprising week.  Far more than you know about.

Unless we've talked by phone, you probably aren't aware of what I've been doing for the last couple of weeks, or more.

Knowing that I cannot sit up straight, or lean forward for more than a short time, I decided a while back, to try and become organized to do my taxes.  My income tax.

Being self-employed, this is not an easy task.  Although I am fairly organized!

I do have to do bookkeeping every three (3) months, because I have to remit my HST tax, quarterly.  Most realtors do not do this.  Most only file annually. However, I am not allowed to do so, because when I first obtained my Business Number, I was a store owner.  Stores must remit quarterly.

As I've said in the past, I did request that I be changed to being able to remit annually, but it was refused by the government to allow me to do so.  This means I still must remit, quarterly.

In some ways, this is good.

When it comes time to do a profit and loss statement to prepare to do my annual income tax return, I only have to add up and confirm the results of four (4) sets of figures.  Even so, it takes some time.

While I've been told by many authors, that they don't have to remit HST for the books they sell, I do.  Yes, our government has allowed people who sell less than a minimal designated amount, to not have to obtain a Business Number and remit HST.

However, due to already having a Business Number, prior to becoming an author, I must use it.  In other words, this means I must collect HST and remit it to the government.  Quarterly.

For a healthy person, this wouldn't be a problem.  However, for me with an open incision and gut pain, it isn't easy to sit up straight for any length of time.  Even at the computer, to write LwL and do the posting.

So, I take my time.  As with anything I have to do physically.

I do a little.  Then, I stop.  Rest.  Until I feel I can go and do more.

This means it takes a lot longer for me to do things. 

But, God is always there for me.  He helps me, and guides me.  Always.

Just as we read in Psalm 48:14, "For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death."

I must admit, that He is always here with me, helping me.  Guiding me.  Showing me the way to be able to function, even with my limitations. 

For this, I praise Him, in appreciation for what He does for me.  Thank You, Lord!

If He was not helping me, I would not be able to do the things I need done. 

I have no physical help.  Not for maintaining my living area.  And, not for doing any/all paperwork that needs to be done for my governmental responsibilities.

A few weeks ago, God placed it on my heart to begin bringing together the information I have, and create profit and loss statements for every area of my life's self-employment. 

Normally, I wouldn't do this until early or mid April.  You see, our Federal government suggested a few years ago to my now deceased husband Gordon and I, to not file until the end of April, when it is the deadline for Canadian personal income taxes to be filed.

This was done, because that is the only time when a person can be sure that all necessary documents to be filed with the tax return have been received.  You see, a few years back, after we filed, we received a fine from the government. 

Not because we did anything wrong in our numbers on our forms.  Rather, it was because Gordon's employer had issued other information that Gordon was to have included in his income tax return.  Information that we never received.  And, were never told how many T4's and/or T4A's, his employer was sending out.

Yes, we appealed the fine.  And, we won.  But, that didn't change the fact that we were told we would never be able to appeal in the future, for anything similar, again.

Until this year, I've always waited until near the deadline, to send in tax forms.  This way, I could call the government tax office and confirm that I received all information that the government had received copies of, from the issuer. 

Even though Gordon is no longer alive, I still normally do this, because I receive a survivor's pension.  And, I never know for sure, what or how many documents I need to file.

This year, God put it on my heart to begin gathering all the information and doing the reports I needed to make, early.  And, I did so.

How blessed I am for being obedient!  If I hadn't done what God led me to do, I would not have been able to actually complete my income tax return, prior to me going next week for the surgery that I didn't know I'd be receiving, since I only found out about the surgery date this past Thursday.

To ensure I do not have a problem again with our government, I will include a letter, advising them that I was filing earlier than usual, due to the fact that I was having surgery, and would not be physically able to do the paperwork, afterwards.  At least, not in time to file on time!

I praise God for this!  And, for so much more.

I praise God for you, my friend.  I pray for you, daily. 

I praise God for all who care and/or love me.  Whether I see them often, or not.

I know He's blessed me.  I'm thankful.  And, will be... forever.

Until next time...

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Friday, March 21, 2014

Surgery Date!

Yesterday, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL) I discussed how I have been praying that God would restore my health, and my life.

I mentioned how I had been praying that God would not allow me to suffer, much longer.  And, I said that I believed He was answering my prayer.

That wasn't just hopefulness on my part.

You see, yesterday morning my telephone rang.  It was early in the morning.

Well, at least it was early for me, since I had been awake throughout most of the night.  And, had only slept for about two and a half (2 1/2) hours.

The caller was the secretary of the London, Ontario surgeon who has agreed to do my surgery.

You may be aware that on Monday, March 10th, I faxed a note to the surgeon's office.  I did this, because since my appointment with him on February 27th, I had not yet heard when I was scheduled for the surgery, and I had questions.  I had been told to contact the office, if I had questions, so it worked out well.

Later that day, when I called to confirm that it was received in legible form, I listened to his office's message, saying his office was closed and would re-open on Monday, March 17th.

A few days prior to the surgeon's office re-opening, my nurses sent a fax, also.  Their fax was regarding my needs, etc.

On Wednesday this week, they were surprised that neither they, nor I had not yet heard from the surgeon's office in reply.

However, yesterday's call changed all that.

My surgeon's secretary asked me when I would like the surgery.  I felt like I was going to faint, when I heard this.  It's never happened like this, before.

Normally, those waiting for pre-planned surgeries, have to wait weeks, months, and sometimes even over a year.  And, the date is given without any question as to whether the date is okay, or not.

She thought I sounded surprised.  I admitted I was.

Then, she asked if I wanted my surgery as soon as possible (A.S.A.P.).  I replied that I did.

She suggested this coming week.

This coming week?  Wow!  Was I amazed!

Amazed?  I was so shocked that I almost felt like I would have heart failure!

After calming down, I confirmed with my daughter P, that she could drive me to London, Ontario for my surgery date.  Plus, the day I need to be driven there, for my pre-operation check up.  It was confirmed.

Later, I could hardly say anything.  Even to God.

Even so, I know He knew my thoughts and feelings.

Just as we read in Psalm 139:1-5, "O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.
Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.
Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.
Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me."

Yes, God knew what was happening with me.  He understands me, even better than I understand myself.

And, He understood why I prayed and thanked Him, yet couldn't even say or think anything more.  He knew I felt overwhelmed. 

I know He knew all this and more, because He knows everything about me.  And, He lovingly helps me, always.

Next week I'll have my surgery.  The surgery that I'd been told I needed as soon as possible, yet have been waiting since May 2013, to have.

Thank You, Lord! 

And, thank you... for praying for me.  May God bless you.

Until next time...

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

How Deep??

If you've been following Life with Lynnie (LwL) for a while, you'll know that I almost always have music on my heart and mind.

How it gets there, I do not know.

If a song is with me off and on for a day or so, I don't usually think about how or why it is with me.  However, if it resonates in my mind for a lengthy period of time, or if it won't leave my mind, then I begin to pray about whether or not God is speaking to me.

For more than a week now, I've had a song with me, day and night.

It's by The Bee Gees entitled, How Deep Is Your Love  Below, are the lyrics.

How Deep Is Your Love

I know your eyes in the morning sun
I feel you touch me in the pouring rain
And the moment that you wander far from me
I wanna feel you in my arms again
And you come to me on a summer breeze
Keep me warm in your love
Then softly leave
And it's me you need to show

How deep is your love
I really need to learn
Cause were living in a world of fools
Breaking us down
When they all should let us be
We belong to you and me

I believe in you
You know the door to my very soul
You're the light in my deepest darkest hour
You're my saviour when I fall
And you may not think I care for you
When you know down inside
That I really do
And it's me you need to show


And you come to me on a summer breeze
Keep me warm in your love

Then softly leave
And it's me you need to show

How deep is your love
How deep is your love
I really need to learn
Cause were living in a world of fools
Breaking us down
When they all should let us be
We belong to you and me

How deep is your love
How deep is your love
I really need to learn
Cause were living in a world of fools
Breaking us down
When they all should let us be
We belong to you and me

When I think of these lyrics, I think about how I love my Lord.  And, how He loves me.

He knows everything about me, because I belong to Him.  He says so, in many verses of His Word, the Bible.

Just as He told us in Psalm 33:13, "The Lord looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men."

As His child, I know He looks down at me.  Just as He does each and every one of His children.  Meaning, those who are saved; those who belong to Him, because they are trusting in/believing upon our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Due to this song residing with me for so long now, I believe He looked down upon me, and decided to remind me about His love for me.  And, remind me that I need to have deep love for Him.

You see, with being ill for close to 19 months, and still awaiting surgery, a few weeks ago I began asking Him why He hasn't yet restored my life.

I know He loves me.  Just as I know God loved David, Job, Joseph, and others.

None of those people were perfect people.  Just as I am not, either.

God restored their lives.  Yet, to date, He has not yet restored mine.

Believe me when I say I've been praying.  Deeply.  

Praying for healing.  For restoration of my life, in general.  And, praying that God will not leave me hanging here, suffering... for much longer.

I believe He is answering my prayer.  And, I praise God for this!

Until next time...

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Even As...

If you've been reading Life with Lynnie (LwL) lately, you'll know that St. Patrick's Day, was celebrated/honoured.

The Public Broadcasting Station (PBS) called Create, is a television (TV) station that I truly enjoy watching.  If you're not familiar with it, you need to know that there are cooking shows, craft shows, woodworking shows, and one of my favourites... travel shows!

Leading up to any holiday or date that people celebrate, shows are aired that relate to the time in question.  Like St. Patrick's Day.

In past years, Create has aired Irish programmes for about a week ahead of St. Patrick's Day.  And, in addition aired Irish programmes on March 17th.

This year was different.  For some reason, instead of airing Irish programmes for a week or so prior to March 17th, the shows began Saturday, March 8th, and finished up last weekend. 

On Saturday, March 15th, instead of seeing programmes referring to Ireland, there were shows of a regular nature.  Some referred to USA, and several countries in Europe.  But, not Ireland.

It was rather shocking to me that on Monday, March 17th, their programming did not focus on Ireland.  Sniff, sniff... :(

In my mind, I wondered if whoever was being employed by the station for programming, was a new employee.  After all, I had never seen this happen, in the past.

Still, I forgave the employee(s) for their programming errors.  Hopefully, this won't happen again, in the future.  :)

On Monday evening, I was happy to see that the movie station I enjoy, called Movies! TV Network, aired a movie I hadn't seen in a very long time.  I truly looked forward to watching it!

It was a movie about life in Ireland.  It starred John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara and others, and is entitled The Quiet Man

If you click on the link I posted above, you'll be able to read about the movie.

Even though the movie took place in Ireland, the movie involved a fellow who had been born in Ireland, and immigrated as a child to USA.  Due to his living across the pond for many years, his lifestyle was obviously different.

In addition, his thinking about life, was very different.

Eventually, he subjected himself and his new wife to do what was acceptable to the Irish people.  After this, the couple lived in true happiness.

If it were me, I don't think I would have liked some parts of the lifestyle.  However, I wasn't the person involved in the story.

What was nice, was the fact that forgiveness took place, in the film.

Just as God told us we should have towards one another, in Ephesians 4:32, "And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."

While some scenes in the movie showed that there wasn't tenderheartedness towards others, I was happy that generally speaking, people were kind to one another.  And, forgiveness was shown by the end of the film.

After all, God forgave us.  At least, those of us who belong to Him.  Those who are His children, because we are trusting/believing upon our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Living without being forgiving of others, leads to rampant feelings of torment.  Just as God's Word, the Bible tells us it will.

I also thank Him, for showing each of us the way, the truth and the life.  Meaning, Jesus.  And, for revealing the fact that no one can live a happy life if they are being tormented.

Thank You, for saving me.  Thank You, for providing for me.

And, I am thanking Him in advance, for the healing that I believe He is in the process of providing for me.

I'm truly looking forward to being healed, once and for all. 

Not just because I want to feel better physically.  Also, because I truly want to do more work for our Lord.

And, visit my family and friends in Ireland, and other places in Europe, once again.  :)

Until next time...

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014


Here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I wished everyone a Happy St. Patrick's Day, yesterday.

Yes, I know.  Not everyone is Irish.  Not everyone needs to hear people wish others Happy St. Patrick's Day.

However, like me, many people have some Irish heritage.  In fact, a cousin of mine who lives in Northern Ireland, told me that it seemed that almost everyone who visits there, claims to have Irish heritage!

As I've mentioned many times, my heritage is from Northern Ireland.  Still, since one of my granny's brothers was sent down to the city of Cork, in the Republic of Ireland, I am sure I have family members there, also.  We just haven't met.

Will we ever meet?  Only God knows. 

From a human perspective, probably not.  Would his family (meaning wife and/or children) know why he was sent down to that southern area of the island?  At this time, I can again say... only God knows.

Family members told me a long time ago, that this brother of my granny, was left-handed.  Family, friends and even his teacher tried to help him become right-handed.  But, it didn't happen.

In that era, in the countryside area where they lived, it was thought that because he couldn't become right-handed, that possibly he had a demon.  So, he was sent away from home, to be with someone they knew who lived in the Cork city area.

Would you do this to someone you love?

After all, God told us in Luke 6:31, "And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise."

The answer may seem simple, at first.  In today's lifetime of communication, etc., many if not most, or even all of you might say they would not send a family member away from home.

But, life wasn't the same in that era.  In the late 1800's and early 1900's, life was very different.

Not everyone could read.  And, communication was difficult.  This meant that not everyone was able to learn truth, regarding health issues. 

Yes, some could read.  Some did read.  However, the majority, probably didn't.  The Bible, I mean.

For sure, those who were Catholic probably didn't read the Bible, not just based upon whether or not they could read.  But, even in the mid 1900's, mass was done in Latin.  And, those worshipping in the Catholic church were told not to read the Bible; they were to rely upon the teaching of the Priest, for knowledge. 

Even when I raised my children Catholic (no, I wasn't Catholic myself; I had to do teachings with my children for the Catholic church), I never saw a church that contained copies of the Bible.  Their people were to listen to the teaching of the priest.  And, were not encouraged to read the Bible, for themselves.  Hopefully, it is different, today.

Being Protestant, my family may or may not have been able to read the Bible.  It depended solely upon whether or not they could read.

From what I was told, this wasn't done to hurt him, when my granny's brother was sent away. 

Rather, it was done to protect him.  For in that era, and in the area they lived in, those who were believed to have demons, were not treated well.

So, to keep him safe, he was sent away to an area, where his family thought would be better accepted.  Safer.  Because, he was loved.

Knowing how much time has passed since the beginning of the 1900's, I'm sure my granny's brother has passed on.  Possibly, even his children, also.

It's too late to pray for those who have passed on.  They are either in Heaven, or are not. 

Even so, I pray for the rest of his family, who have come down through several generations.  I pray that all will come to a saving relationship with our Lord, Jesus Christ.  So, that they will be saved.

Until next time...

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

If you've been a reader of Life with Lynnie (LwL), or if you know me personally, you'll know that part of my heritage is from Ireland.

My grandma was from Northern Ireland, and preferred to celebrate the Glorious Twelfth.  July 12th... Orangemen's Day

Even so, some of my Irish family enjoy celebrating both Orangemen's Day and St. Patrick's Day!

A relative of mine had sent me a postcard one time, that was very different.  It had music and lyrics for a song that is related mainly to Ireland, even though it was written by a British writer.  It was/is called, Danny Boy.

Here is link to read more about the song:

Here is Liam McNally, who was a contestant on Britain's Got Talent, singing a song written by writer, Frederick Weatherly entitled, Danny Boy .  Below, are the original lyrics:

Danny Boy

Oh, Danny Boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling
From glen to glen, and down the mountain side,
The summer's gone, and all the roses falling,
It's you, it's you must go and I must bide.

But come ye back when summer's in the meadow,
Or when the valley's hushed and white with snow,
And I'll be here in sunshine or in shadow,
Oh, Danny Boy, oh Danny Boy, I love you so!

But when ye come, and all the flowers are dying,
If I am dead, as dead I well may be,
Ye'll come and find the place where I am lying,
And kneel and say an Ave there for me;

And I shall hear, though soft you tread above me,
And all my grave will warmer, sweeter be,
For you will bend and tell me that you love me,
And I shall sleep in peace until you come to me!

Even though it is a rather sad song, it has been very popular over the years.

To me, it is lovely, because the lyrics speak about how the deceased person is sleeping in peace, until they are rejoined with the love of their life.  As a widow, I can relate to how nice this sounds.

However, there is someone who is of even greater love to me, than my deceased husband.  It's my Lord, Jesus Christ.

I'm grateful to God, for supplying us with Biblical truth.  In His Word, we find out the truth about life.  And, about death.

Just as we are told, in Romans 14:7-8, "For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.  For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's."

How I praise Him.  How thankful I am that I belong to Him.

How thankful I am that He saved me from an eternity in Hell, solely because I believe upon Him. 

I didn't have to do anything to contribute to my salvation.  And, couldn't, even if I wanted to.  Nor, can you, or anyone else.

The only thing we can do, is believe upon Him.  Then, we become saved.

How do I know this?  God speaks Truth, in His Word, the Bible.  Read it for yourself.

Begin in the New Testament's book of John, and read from there to the end of the Bible.  May God reveal His Truth, to you.

Until next time...

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Be My...

Once again, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I'm discussing the fact that I would love to be able to go worship God.  But, can't at the moment, because I cannot drive to meet with my church family.

Even so, I do my best to worship Him, while I'm at home. 

Prayer, reading my Bible, and thinking of and/or singing music, is how I manage to worship.

Thinking of music, here is a link to read about Be Thou My Vision  It is a traditional Irish hymn, attributed to Dallan Forgaill.  The lyrics have changed over the years, as I'm sure you just read.  However, below are the lyrics from the recorded version posted, today.

Be Thou My Vision

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee, Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, and I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Be Thou my battle Shield, Sword for the fight;
Be Thou my Dignity, Thou my Delight;
Thou my soul’s Shelter, Thou my high Tower:
Raise Thou me heavenward, O Power of my power.

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise,
Thou mine Inheritance, now and always:
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart,
High King of Heaven, my Treasure Thou art.

High King of Heaven, after victory won,
May I reach Heaven’s joys, O bright Heaven’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.

Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Yes, my Lord is my vision.  He is Lord of my heart.  And, more.

Just as we read in Psalm 27:1, "The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?"

He's my light.  And, my salvation.

He gives me strength, every day.  How grateful I am for this!

Of whom shall I be afraid?

No one!

He provides for my every need.  Thank You, Lord!

He provides for your every need, also; well, as long as you are trusting in Him.  Remember, if you believe upon our Lord, Jesus Christ, you shall be saved (Acts 16:31).

Until next time...

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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Gathered and Separated...

If you know me personally, or if you've read Life with Lynnie (LwL) for a long period of time, you'll be aware that part of my heritage is from Ireland.

Northern Ireland is where my granny was from.  Not the Republic.

Upon my first visit in the area my granny was from, I expected to just see the countryside, there.  And, possibly some headstones in the cemeteries.  After all, my granny did come to Canada a very long time ago.

To my surprise, the hosts of the Bed and Breakfast (B & B) where my now deceased husband Gordon, and I stayed let us know that I still had family in the area.  That's a whole other story, for another time!

Once we hooked up with some, the door opened for others to meet with us. 

Since then, I've remained in touch with my Irish family.  And, have visited there, several times.

It wasn't strange to hear from my relatives that they celebrated Orangemen's Day, July 12th each year.  Especially, since my granny had been Protestant.

However, we found out that not all wanted to, or did celebrate St. Patrick's Day, March 17th.

Since then, things have somewhat changed.  Now, some of my family celebrate both Orangemen's Day and St. Patrick's Day.

To me, this is nice.  Mainly, because it is due to the fact that there is less trouble between those who believe in total independence, and those who wish Northern Ireland to remain part of the United Kingdom (UK).

In addition, St. Patrick may be celebrated by the Catholic community who is the main supporter of independence for the whole island of Ireland, but he wasn't Catholic.  He was Protestant.

To me, this whole situation is surprising.  Especially since much of the world seems to think that the troubles of Ireland, were due to religious beliefs, instead of realizing they were mainly political.

No matter what the situation, how you or I look at it, doesn't really matter.  What truly matters is what God thinks.

Just as He told us, in Matthew 25:31-32, "When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:  And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:"

You see, whether countries and people live in peace or not, our Lord will be in control.  Not the people.

He shall sit on the throne of His glory.  And, all nations before Him, shall be separated into two (2) groups.  Those, who belong to Him.  And, those who don't.

You may want to read the whole chapter.  I hope you will.  For then, you'll have better understanding.

No matter what the situation across the pond, whenever St. Patrick's Day was due to be celebrated here in Canada, I always thought of my Irish heritage. 

After all, Ireland is where some of my family history is located. 

I must say that I love it, there.  And, I am eager to once again visit. 

If God wills it, I know it will happen.

Until next time...

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Friday, March 14, 2014

Thank You...

If you read Life with Lynnie (LwL) yesterday, you'll know that my friend M was having reconstructive surgery after having a mastectomy a few years back.  And, you'll be aware that prayer was requested for friends and family, who are suffering from disease, including cancer.

In case you're curious, M came through the surgery, well. 

It seemed to be quite a lengthy surgery, time wise.  A few minutes after 6 p.m., I called her husband, D.  He let me know that she had just been taken from the operating room to the recovery room, only about five (5) minutes earlier. 

He also let me know he was told that the surgery went well.  Thank You, Lord!  Hallelujah!  I praise God!

I would like to thank you for praying for M.  May God bless you.  Always.

Life isn't easy.  And, it isn't always kind, either.

Just as some of my friends and family know, who need healing.  Those people I mentioned, yesterday.

Thank you for praying for my other friends and family.  Not only has your prayer lifted up those who I requested prayer for, but also, has provided a way of healing for each of them.

After all, God told us to humble ourselves and cast all our cares upon Him.  This doesn't just refer to those who needed prayer that I requested.  It also applies to you.  Me.  And, indeed... everyone.

Just as He told us, in 1 Peter 5:6-10, "Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you."

Thank you, my friend. 

I cannot thank you enough, for praying for those who people you probably don't even know.  May God bless you.  Please know that I pray for you, also.

It is my heart's desire for all who I've prayed for, plus for yourself, that everyone is being alert and preparing for being approached by Satan, the devil.  For just as God's Word tells us, he is waiting like a roaring lion, to attack anyone he can.

Just as we are told, we must stand in faith.  Not just for ourselves, but also for others, for many will suffer just as you do.

The greatest part of these Bible verses isn't just hearing what God would have us do.  Rather, it is the promise that God made us.

After we become saved, and after we have suffered, He will provide for us, both here on earth, and in Heaven.  And, He will strengthen us.  By His grace.

For this, I praise God!  Thank You, Lord.

Until next time...

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Surgery & Prayer...

Today, on Life with Lynnie (LwL), the topic will be something different than over recent days.  Even though I'll be discussing surgery and prayer.

It is not surgery for me.  Nor, is it prayer for me, that will be the focus.

You see, I'm referring to my friend M.  And, several other people I care for.

In the past, I've written about how my friend M had breast cancer and had a mastectomy.  Well, today, she is having surgery, once again.

This time, it is not surgery to save her life.  I praise God for this!

The operation she is having today, will restore the appearance of her body. 

When M recovers, she will no longer have to wear a mastectomy bra.  Women wear these, or use inserts in their bra, to even out the look of their breasts.  This way, anyone who isn't aware of the removal of their breast, really wouldn't be able to see a difference.  And, of course, their clothing also fits better.

M's surgery is not taking place here in Windsor.  Instead, she and her husband D, drove to London, Ontario, yesterday.  This is where her surgery is being done.

In addition to discussing and praying for M and her needs, I'd also like to mention some other friends of mine. 

Most are Facebook (FB) friends.  These are people who have truly become friends of mine.  However, there is also other friends and relatives who need prayer for healing, also.

While some have various health issues, several have cancer.  Not each friend who has cancer, has the same type of cancer. 

Still, each and every one of them are in need of prayer.  Including those with other health issues.

Prayer is so very important.  Prayer isn't just important for people, but it is something that God expects from us. 

For, when we pray we have literally gone to Him, for help.

Jesus told us how to make requests of God.

Read it for yourself, in John 14:13-14, "And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it."

When we pray, God is honoured.  And, glorified.

But, as we are told, if we pray and ask anything in the name of Jesus, He will do it.

So, today, I would like to pray for M.  And, for each of my other friends and relatives who need prayer for healing. 

No, I won't list the initials of my friends and relatives names, because there are so many that I wouldn't want to hurt/offend someone, if I screwed up accidentally, and their initial wasn't posted here.

You know who you are.  And, God does, also.  For, I pray for you, regularly.

Please pray with me.  And, may you be blessed for doing so.

Dear Heavenly Father,  We come to You on bended knee, because You are our awesome God.  You are our Father who loves us so very much, that You sent Your only begotten Son to earth, to suffer and die for the sin of the world, for the sin of all who will believe upon Him.  You loved us so very much that You made a way where there previously wasn't one, for us to be able to spend eternity in Heaven with You.  For this we thank You.  And, we thank our Lord, Jesus Christ, for coming to earth, and paying the penalty for our sin.  Father, we come to You, to ask for healing for M as she is having surgery, today.  We pray You will give wisdom to the surgeon and guide his hands.  We also come to you, requesting healing for each and every person we know who has health concerns, including those friends and relatives of mine, who have cancer and/or other physical conditions, for which they need healing.  We thank You, that we can come before You, and You hear our prayer, for where two (2) or more are gathered in Your name, You are in the midst.  So, we know You are here, with us.  We thank You, for loving us... for directing us to know and understand how to pray.  We thank You, for providing for us, always.  We thank You, for listening and answering our prayer.  We pray this in Jesus' precious name.  Amen.

Until next time...

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Christopher Ball...

In yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, grace was discussed.

Not grace, as people would say before beginning to eat their meal.  But rather, the grace of God.

God's grace that provided a way of salvation for all who will believe, so that we can spend eternity in Heaven with Him.

Does receiving God's grace of salvation mean that we are perfect people?

Absolutely, not.  No one is perfect.  Or, good.  Or, righteous.  Call it what you will, depending upon which version of the Bible you read.

God told us that no one is perfect. 

The only perfect person who ever lived on the face of this earth, was Jesus.  While He was 100% man, He was also 100% God.

When Jesus came to earth, He knew what He was to do, here.

He didn't try to find the best people around, and try to get them to believe upon Him.  He didn't approach only those who considered themselves, righteous.

Instead, He approached all people. 

Especially, the sinful. 

Just as He told us, in Luke 5:32, "I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."

Knowing that Jesus called sinners to repentance, makes my heart feel good.

After all, there were no perfect people then.  Just as there are no perfect people, now.  Not me.  Not you.  No one.

Even so, everyone who has been saved, has not just received forgiveness.  They also have a testimony.

I have one.  You do too, if you're saved.  If you're not yet saved, you will have a testimony, once you come to Christ.

One of my Facebook (FB) friends was a child actor.  His life didn't go as many people may have expected it would. 

Eventually, he was drawn to Christ, and became saved.

Here is a link for you to check out, regarding Christopher Ball's website, posted an article entitled, God Wakes Former Child Actor

Please take the time to listen to Christopher Ball's testimony:

Knowing that Christopher has quite a testimony, and knowing that God has provided salvation for him, makes me once again grateful for God's grace.

God's grace towards him.  Towards me.  Towards all who believe.

If you know someone who is not yet saved, please speak with them.  Plant those seeds for Christ, that God commanded us to do.

And, know that God will bless you, for doing work for Him.

Until next time...

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

What a Gift!

While discussing other issues yesterday, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I mentioned about grace.  God's grace.

What is grace?

When some people hear the word 'grace', they think of the prayer that some people say, prior to the beginning of a meal.

Here is a link to what Wikipedia describes grace as:

Google describes grace as:  
(in Christian belief) the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.

Relating to our salvation, God's Word, the Bible describes grace in Ephesians 2:8-9, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast."

Yes, we are saved through faith.  Through faith in our Lord, Jesus Christ. 

Saving faith has nothing whatsoever to do with ourselves.  We can do nothing to contribute to our obtaining a saving relationship with God.

It is definitely God's gift to us.

As the Bible verse tells us, by God giving us His gift, we cannot boast.  Or, make any claim to being able to save ourselves.

It solely is a gift from God, beginning by Him showing us grace, for doing what He wants us to do.  To believe upon His Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ.

For this, I am truly grateful.  And, if you are saved, I'm sure you feel the same.

After all, this certainly is a very important aspect of grace. 

For without God's grace to save us, we are lost and without hope.  Without God's saving grace that He gave us as a way for us to gain salvation, we would spend eternity separated from Him.  And, be thrown into the Lake of Fire, for eternity.  With no chance of escape.

In addition to God's saving grace, He also shows us grace, daily.

He shows us loving grace each and every minute of every day.  It is totally undeserved.  For, He loves us unconditionally.

He accepts us, just as we are. 

This also makes me truly grateful.  For, this means that I do not have to be a perfect person.

Friend, we all need salvation.  And, God's love.

He created the world, and all of us in it.  However, He didn't automatically give each and every person salvation.

As today's Bible verse says, it is a gift of God.  Given by grace.  His grace... to us.

It is a gift.  Unless we accept the gift, it will never become ours.

If you haven't already done so, I pray you will trust in our Lord, Jesus Christ, to obtain your gift of salvation.  This way, even if we cannot meet here on earth one day, we'll meet in Heaven.

Until next time...

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Monday, March 10, 2014

In Truth...

On Saturday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, it was discussed how during a telephone conversation, a friend was having a problem with a fellow Christian.  And, how I did, also.

Was this the first time in my life, when I've had a problem with a fellow Christian?  When someone who claimed to be a follower of Christ, rejected me and/or hurt me in some way?

Absolutely, not!

As I mentioned during the telephone conversation, we children of God need to forgive those who have done wrong towards us.  And, pray for them.  Even if our heart feels broken.  And, even if they are fellow Christians.

Of course, we need to forgive.  He expects this of us.  After all, God told us in His Word, the Bible, to do so.

Didn't God forgive us, His Children, when we realized we were sinners, came to believe upon Jesus and repented from our sin?  Of course He did!

It's all part of the grace we receive from God.

To me, it's amazing how God works.  He seems to always provide.  Just as He promised He would for all who belong to Him.

On the same day that the issue had happened on Facebook (FB) where I had been removed and blocked by the creator of several sites, because even though I wasn't an administrator, the person felt I didn't participate enough.  God sure provided for me.

Yes, I felt upset when that negative situation happened.  However, something happened that lifted me up.  Encouraged me.  And, helped me to see the difference in people.

Another FB friend approached me by private messaging. 

This friend let me know that she and a small group of fellow believers were planning to hold two (2) Christian conferences, this year.  The first week in June, and the last week in October was when they were being scheduled to be held.

She wanted to know if I would be able to not just attend the conferences, but also participate as a singer/speaker. 

It amazed me how one believer could reject me, based on their own desires, while another recognized that my heart's desire is to work for our Lord.

I reflected upon the situation and thought about Joshua 24:14-15, "Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the Lord.
15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."

Yes, it's my heart's desire to serve Him in sincerity and in truth. 

Anyone who knows me personally, knows that I have a bucket list of things that I would like to do for Him.  To serve Him, not to promote myself.

My choice to serve the Lord, was made long ago. 

It is the sole reason I do the things I do.  To promote Him.  To plant those seeds for Christ, that He would have us do.  To encourage others, who need to be lifted up.  And, more.

Negative thinkers may not acknowledge that what I do on FB and elsewhere is for the Lord.  They are free to think that way.

But, as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

Until next time...

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Above All...

Once again, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I am letting you know that today is my Lord's Day.  SONday.  Of course, you probably are aware of this!

If I could, I would surely go worship with my church family.  Unfortunately, I cannot. 

Not being able to drive, makes it difficult to do much of anything.  :(

Even though I am not able to attend a worship service physically, the thought of worship and music fills my mind with adoration and love for God.

As I've said in the past, I love to worship in all ways, including musically.

So it wasn't surprising that a chorus resonated in my mind.  One that I truly adore.

It was written by Naida Hearn and is entitled, Jesus, Name Above All Names.  Here is a link so you can listen and/or sing along:  The lyrics are below.

Jesus, Name Above All Names

Jesus, name above all names
Beautiful Savior, glorious Lord.
Emmanuel, God is with us.
Blessed Redeemer, Living word.

Jesus, name above all names
Beautiful Savior, glorious Lord.
Emmanuel, God is with us.
Blessed Redeemer, Living word.

(Lord, I praise Your name.
Jesus, name above all names.)

Jesus, name above all names
Beautiful Savior, glorious Lord.
Emmanuel, God is with us.
Blessed Redeemer, Living word.

Blessed Redeemer, Living word.
Blessed Redeemer, Living word.

It's obvious that this chorus was written based on many scripture verses. 

However, one that comes to mind, is Philippians 2:9, "Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:"

Yes, God exalted His only begotten Son, and gave Him a name, which is above every name! 

God sent Him to earth to become the sacrifice to end all sacrifices.  To be a Saviour, to all who will believe upon Him.

I praise God for this!

And, I thank Jesus, for being obedient to God's plan of redemption for us!

Without Jesus fulfilling God the Father's plan of redemption, we would not have a way to spend eternity in Heaven.

How grateful I am that God provided a way for all who will believe upon Jesus, to be saved from spending an eternity in Hell.

If you are not trusting in our Lord, Jesus Christ, then I would suggest you read God's Word.  If you begin reading in the New Testament's book of John, you will find out for yourself, the truth. 

May His Word, bring you to a saving relationship.

Until next time...

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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Only One!

In yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I discussed being and not being, equally yoked.

Some may think this refers to marriage only.  But, it doesn't.  It also refers to everyday relationships with people.

Yesterday, I had telephone conversation with a friend.  This person had not yet read yesterday's entry, even though they regularly read LwL. 

Part of our discussion involved a problem they were having.  The problem involved someone else I know.

Not wanting to gossip, I let my friend know I didn't want to discuss the person, in general.

Instead, we discussed the fact that not every Christian believer is fully on the same page.  Generally speaking.

I let my friend know that they were not alone, in having problems with other people.  We all do.  Even me!

While I didn't mention any names, I did let them know that I had a problem with a Facebook (FB) friend.

To be honest, the FB friend is no longer a friend.  But, this wasn't my choice.  It was theirs.

The FB person had created several ministry pages, in the past.  A while ago, they approached me and added me to their group pages, because they wanted me to participate in their ministry efforts.

They wanted me to post as I do in other groups, using Bible verses and links to LwL.  Plus, they wanted me to participate in group discussions, etc.

No.  They had not made me an administrator on any of the group pages.  Even though I have been made by others, an administrator on about a dozen ministry group pages.  Meaning that I lead in some ways.

It became obvious to me, that this ministry page creator did not even read LwL.  Nor, did they comment on any postings I made, when I requested prayer for healing.

Had they done so, they would have understood that I have not been able to spend as much time on FB as I normally did in the past.  They would have understood that it is painful for me to sit up straight, whether to use the computer, or for other purposes.

The creator of the multiple ministry pages messaged me.  And, let me know they weren't happy that I had not been participating in their group pages and discussions, etc., the way they had intended me to do. 

Unfortunately, we did not have any conversation, together.  Instead, it was just a message to me, letting me know that since they were unhappy with me not participating the way they wanted me to, that I had been removed from every one of their multiple group ministry pages.  And, they had blocked me on those pages, so that I could not be re-added by anyone.

Wow!  I went to respond to their message, but couldn't.  That person had also not just unfriended me on the ministry pages, but also on their personal FB page as well; and, had blocked me, too.  Meaning that I couldn't even locate their ministry pages, nor their personal page/wall/timeline, to even message them.

How sad...

My friend and I talked about the fact that even though we are not always thinking along the same lines, or are not considered to be on the same page, we all consider ourselves to be Christian.

After all, there is only one (1) God!

Just as the Bible tells us, in 1 Timothy 2:5, "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;".

Whether or not we, as individuals, are truly saved or not, is not for us to decide.  Only God knows, for sure.

By realizing this, we must accept the fact that not all Christians think alike.  Or, are on the same page... with each other.  Even though, we would like to be.

While it was upsetting and rather insulting for me to be treated rudely, as had been done, I accepted the rejection.  After all, I am not alone in rejection.  Nor, is anyone else.

Jesus, our mediator between God and man, suffered for us.  He was rejected when He was here on earth, by many.  And, even still is rejected by many, today.

As I said to my friend during our telephone conversation, it is not my loss.  It's theirs.  And, the same applied to their situation.

Those who are hurtful to others, and show lack of understanding and love towards one another, will become more and more evident.  Especially, if others are treated poorly.  Like I had been treated.  And, how my friend had been treated by our mutual friend.

After all, treating others in a way God would not like, is rather sinful.

We spoke about forgiveness.  Is there truly anyone who has nothing to be forgiven of?  Absolutely, not.

There is no one perfect, here on earth. 

Even so, God told us in His Word, the Bible, to forgive.  And, to love others, as ourselves.

After praying together, our telephone conversation ended on a positive note.  For this, I praise God!

Until next time...

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Friday, March 7, 2014

Which Page?

If you read Life with Lynnie (LwL) yesterday, you'll know that I was visited by a couple of my sisters-in-the-Lord, who are part of my church family.

During our visit, I spoke about my health condition.  In addition, we also discussed other things.

I let my sisters know that I am truly grateful that God led me to worship with them, at Walkerville Evangelical Baptist Church (WEBC).

Yes, I believe God led me, there.  You see, I had worshipped with other groups, week after week, for a very long time. 

Well, I should explain.  I worshipped at various places, when I could drive and was not stuck at home, needing healing.

When I worshipped with other groups, I didn't feel the same. 

Not just because some other groups weren't as welcoming to me, and probably to others who attended their worship services.  Because, several were very welcoming!

The fact is that I never wanted to be unequally yoked with anyone. 

Just as God told us to not do, 2 Corinthians 6:14, "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?"

At WEBC, I felt I was on the same page, with the believers who worshipped there.  Probably, because I was.  And, still am!

Am I saying that the other church groups were unbelievers?  No.  Absolutely, not.

There is a difference between believing upon God's Word.  And, living it out.

What I found disappointing, was there were so many groups around who had pastors/ministers who never preached a gospel message.

Please don't misunderstand.  I'm not saying the sermons they spoke weren't okay.  Many, were.

Sunday worship services are meant to honour God and worship Him.  And, to be a form of teaching to us, believers.

However, I recall many years ago, hearing from a wonderful pastor, that we can sit beside someone year after year, and think that the person is saved.  And, one day be shockingly surprised to find out, they aren't.

Was this a story?  Or, truth?

Believe it or not, it can and sometimes is... truth.

I've met people, who claim to be Christian, yet have spoken to me about not believing what is being preached.  In fact, I've even met people who claim to be born-again believers, yet they admit they have never read God's Word, the Bible... and say they don't necessarily believe everything they hear about it.

Are they truly saved?  I have no idea.  Only God knows.

In my mind, it is absolutely necessary to preach a gospel message. 

Not just to plant those seeds, that can lead visitors and/or unbelievers to Christ.  But, also to help those who may not necessarily have been saved, see that they truly need salvation. 

When someone realizes salvation for them and for others is absolutely necessary, they realize they need a saviour.

And, our Saviour... is Jesus. 

He was beaten, crushed for our inequity.  He suffered and died on the cross, for the sin of the world; of all who will believe upon Him.

Jesus paid the price for the penalty of our sin.  And, those who believe upon Him, will be saved.

In the New Testament portion of the Bible, God provided many verses to teach us this.  However, the one that sticks out in my mind, is Acts 16:31.

Read it, for yourself.  And, be blessed.

Just as I am (blessed), worshipping with fellow believers, who are all on the same page.  Equally yoked!

Until next time...

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Nothing Better!

In yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I discussed the fact that Lent has now begun.  And, I mentioned that I had missed out on having sweet treats, on Shrove Tuesday.

It's nice to know that spring is coming.  It's not here, yet.  It will be, at the time of Easter.

Our weather has still been at or below freezing.  Brrr...

Even though it was still rather cold last evening, a couple of my sisters-in-the-Lord, came to visit me.  Both are part of my church family.

When E (we call N) and L arrived, I was so happy to see them!

After welcoming them, I hung up their coats, and we went to sit down in my living room.  Before I sat down, they handed me a gift.

It was a lovely fresh fruit tray! 

I smiled and thanked them.  It was an opportunity for me to have a healthier sweet treat, than what would have been available on Shrove Tuesday (Pancake/Paczki Day)!

Seriously, it was lovely.  I thanked them and let them know they should pass along my thanks/appreciation to the rest of my church family.

Together, we talked about various things.  Including, my health. 

Of course, before N & L left to head home, we prayed.

It did my heart good to be able to sit and pray together.  After all, I live alone, being widowed.  There is no one here, for me to pray with.

First L prayed.  Then, N.  In closing, I prayed.

It's wonderful to know that our Lord was with us.

Just as He told us, in Matthew 18:20, "For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."

Yes, there we were.  Gathered together, in His name.  Praying. 

Knowing that our Lord was there, with us!

Not just praying for healing for me, although we did that.  But, also praying for our pastor and church family.  And, our own family members, also!

I must admit I felt encouraged.  And, loved.

Loved by my sisters, my church family, and of course, my Lord.

To me, nothing was or ever could be better than that.  I felt blessed.

Thank You, Lord!

Until next time...

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Lost Treats & Lent...

Yesterday, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I should have addressed a special day.  But, I didn't.  Unfortunately, the idea of the special day totally slipped my mind. 

I was never reminded about it on television (TV).  Nor, did any of my Facebook (FB) friends post about it.  At least not until the evening, when I noticed a friend posted about it being Pancake Day!

Yes, it was Pancake Day!  Better known to most of the world as, Shrove Tuesday!  Here's a link for you to read about it:

Shrove Tuesday, is also known in some places as Fat Tuesday. Like in New Orleans, USA, where they celebrate Mardi Gras.  Here's a link for you:

Here in Windsor, I rarely hear anyone call the day Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday.  Probably due to having several Polish bakeries in the city, most people here call it, Paczki Day (sounds like... punch-key day).  Here's a link for you to read about it:

Well, maybe it's not due to having several Polish bakeries, or having many Polish people living here.  It may be due to the sweet treats that are baked and sold on that special day. 

Paczkis are larger than normal doughnuts.  They are sweet, filled with various delicious fruit fillings!  And, sweetened even more, on the exterior with a sugar-type syrup or sometimes, a sugar coating.  Here's a photo!

Boy, I feel badly that I wasn't able to drive.  If I had been able to, I would have gone to either a bakery, or a grocery store (yes, they bake them here, too!) to purchase one (1).  Okay.  Okay.  I should have said... some.

It's probably a good thing I wasn't able to go and treat myself to something like a Paczki that would make my sugar level skyrocket!

In addition, I never even had pancakes!  This was probably a good thing, too.

In any case, today is Ash Wednesday.  You may want to read about Ash Wednesday, by clicking on this link:

You probably know that Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent!  To read about Lent, please check this link out:

Lent begins 40 days before Easter Sunday.  It's a time when those who celebrate Lent, repent if they desire.  In addition, they fast. 

Meaning that they avoid eating something special to them, until Easter.  Like giving up sweet sugar treats, or meals containing a large amount of fat.

Whenever a person fasts, God's Word tells us that it should not be obvious to others.

Just as we are told in Matthew 6:16-18, "Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;
18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly."

No matter what we do, some people think they can hide it from God.  That's not the truth, though.

He knows absolutely everything about us.  And, what we think and do.  Just as we read in the Bible verses, quoted today.

I praise God for this, because He knows the condition of our hearts.  And, that is what is more important to Him, than anything else.

For this, I am truly thankful.  After all, no one is perfect.  Certainly not me!

But, God knows the condition of my heart, and knows what my heart's desires are. 

For this, I am thankful.  Hallelujah!

Until next time...

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