Monday, June 30, 2014

Evilness... Towards Others... and Me!


Hopefully, you've read recent Life with Lynnie (LwL) entries.  If so, you'll know I've been discussing the situation in Sudan, Africa, regarding Meriam Ibrahim.  She's the Christian woman I wrote about; please read past entries, if you're not aware of her situation.

As I discussed in the past, after people like me had posted and encouraged others to stand up for what is right, the Sudan government claimed that she would be released.  Later, after sending out that message, the claimed release that was to take place, was revoked. 

When I posted about Meriam Ibrahim again on Facebook (FB), I did it differently.  Normally, I didn't say anything other than please help her.  But, that day, I was truly upset and wanted people to realize the truth about Islam.  So, here's what I posted on FB:

(Lynn McKenzie) has posted about Meriam Ibrahim recently several times, asking for prayer and for those to contact ACLJ and sign a petition. I also e-mailed my Canadian Prime Minister asking for help for her and her children. A few days ago, the governme...nt in Sudan announced they would release Meriam Ibrahim; then, shortly afterwards, they renounced the statement. She is still being held and is still scheduled to be flogged 100 times, before hanging/murdering her. Why? Because she's Christian and would not renounce Jesus Christ. How peaceful and loving Islam is, isn't it? Wow! Would this be acceptable if the reverse were to happen? What if Christians held a Muslim woman and her children, threatening to flog and murder her? I believe Hell on earth would happen. Please... speak up... share... contact your government officials and insist they help Meriam Ibrahim, and her children who also will not be returned to their American dad. Thank you. Blessings...
If you have time, check out:  Why This Baby Is Living in Jail is Shocking. All Because Her Mom Won't Renounce Jesus!

I cannot even imagine how awful it was for Meriam to be jailed and shackled during her pregnancy and delivery, while waiting to be flogged and hanged...  How awful!
 
Yes, some FB friends posted remarks in support of Meriam Ibrahim.  For this, I was grateful.  And, for prayer.  Thank you, friends. 

You need to know that on June 5th, I received a private message on FB, from a Muslim.  Here's what the message said:

Dear Lynn It is a great privilege for us to invite you to Human Right conference meeting held in U.S.A /Dakar contact us secretariat@cirwo.org
 
I responded:
May I ask why you want to invite me?

When I didn't get a response quickly, I googled the group he claimed to be a member of.  After all, his FB page shows information so that people can think he's participating as secretariat@cirwo.org, United Nations Human Rights office of the High Commissioner.

The whole thing is a scam!!!

Instead of finding a link, I found sites telling people that it is a scam.  Here's a link to one site talking about it being a scam:  http://www.uia.org/content/5817.  Here's what I found:

About the Fraud Monitor
An increasing number of email scams are using NGOs, International NGOs, development agencies, meetings, international conferences etc as the hook to defraud or cheat unsuspecting recipients. Always use caution when responding to or acting on unsolicited bulk email or paper mail.
A checklist, compiled by the International Dance Council CID-UNESCO, is also available to help distinguish between real and fictitious events and non-profit organizations, claiming national or international status.

Then, I read the main message, as follows:

Anuncios de Conferencias Fraudulentas / Organizaciones Fraudulentas
Fraud Item: CIRWO California International Relations Welfare Organization

Fraudulent message

By recommendation, we accept you to participate in the forth-coming conferences, which will be held from July 1st-3rd 2014 at the Disneyland Convention Center California, U.S.A. and from April July 7th - 9th 2014 at conference center Dakar-Senegal, West -Africa.
The theme of the forth coming International Conferences is to equip participants with the strategies and policies against Economic Crisis, Child Protection & HIV/AIDS Treatment, Prostitution, Sex Work ,forced Labor,trafficking of women and children; violence against women; women's economic issues,critical issues affecting world in the 21st century governance and law, economic development, women's empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation. These events are being Organized and sponsored by the California International Relations Welfare Organization (CIRWO) in collaboration with other benevolent organizations in the United States of America.
AREAS OF INTEREST
Violence and the Sex Trade,Children and Teen Victims of Trafficking,International Trafficking,HIV & other Health Related Risks,Programming Models and Funding, Domestic Trafficking,Personal Experiences in the Sex Trade,Drug Addiction and the Sex Trade,Men & Boys in the Sex Trade,Children of Women in the Sex Industry,Neighborhood & Community Responses, Emotional Health,Target Assessment & Effective Intervention,Paradigms, Perspectives & Policies,Advocacy & Social Action,Survivor Experiences and Stories,Law Enforcement Perspectives,Coalition building and Consciousness raising.

Concerted efforts and contributions by individuals, Governments, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations and the various international bodies and specialized agencies will be necessary to accomplish the objectives of the Conferences, and to provide long-lasting solutions.
It will also afford participants to meet the donor communities, strike Affiliations and partnerships and explore better ways of sourcing funds for their various activities among others.
The conference organizing committee inconjuction with the donor sponsoring committee has mapped out some financial rewards to group participants that distinguished themselves in their areas of discipline.
Panel of Judges has been appointed to oversee and to select participants of merit. Awards and gifts will be given to participants on merit. You are hereby advised to equip yourselves and exhibit your God given talents to the fullest.
We welcome delegations, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations to the International Conference on against Economic Crisis, Child Protection & HIV/AIDS Treatment, Prostitution, Sex Work and forced Labor. This is the start of the formal phase of the Conference process, although a number of useful informal meetings have already taken place in different parts of the world we expect that this event can and should give a powerful impetus to the work of laying the foundations for a successful combat against Economic Crisis, Child Protection & HIV/AIDS Treatment, Prostitution, Sex Work ,forced Labor,trafficking of women and children; violence against women; women's economic issues,critical issues affecting world in the 21st century-governance and law, economic development, women's empowerment, environment, and regional cooperation.
To help us do all that we reasonably can to meet the demands of our registered delegates, our staffs are working day and night to make this event a success.
REGISTRATION OF PARTICIPANTS:
Only a minimum of One (1) as an individual or a maximum of six (6) persons are expected to participate together as a group or organization to represent in the forth-coming events. None of them should be less than eighteen years of age, as from eighteen to older age are allowed to participate and must participate in both conferences.

It is not necessary that one must belong to an organization to be eligible to attend this event. Any One (1) as an individual or six (6) persons forming a group to represent a Country or organization etc. are eligible to participate in the forth-coming conferences.
For registration to participate in this event, you may forward the names and passport numbers of your group members to us, as soon as possible, as all participants visa assistance request will be forwarded to the U.S Department of State for same day visa Authorization which shall be sent by fax to the consular section of the U.S. Embassy, in your country of residence. All registered participants are entitled to a round trip air tickets, meals and accommodation during their stay in the U.S. Only.
Delegates will only be responsible for their own hotel booking in Dakar-Senegal where the second phase of the conference will be held due to the inability of our partner organizations to mobilize enough funds to sponsor the number of expected delegates to attend both conferences.
If you are interested to participate in the forth-coming International Conferences, you may forward your details for registration as soon as possible.
You must send to us the following information about all members of your group as mentioned below;
• Names Exactly as in passport
• Passport Number
• Date of Birth
• Place of Birth
• Country of Residence
• Country Dialing Code
• Occupation
• Marital Status
• Phone Contact
• Postal Address
• Who invited you?

Sincerely,
Sec. Kristen Slams
(CIRWO) California International Relations Welfare Organization.
Phone: + 1-206-888-6066
Fax: + 1-206-350-9271


Wow!  Whoever set this up, has obviously done their best to scam people.
But, not me. God didn't let them scam me.I praise God for protecting me. And, mindfully giving me the ability to discern truth from lies. Especially, since liars and others who are not following Christ, will have their part of the lake of fire.
 
Just a we read, in Revelation 21:6-8, "And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."
How grateful I am for God's Word, the Bible. How thankful I am that He revealed His truth to us!Without His truth, we would be battling life in a very different way. But, with His truth, we can discern what is acceptable to Him, and what is not.
Please, pray for all who are being persecuted for their faith.  Pray for all who are being affected by Islam.
On Sunday, on Facebook, I saw a message that touched my heart.  Even though I have known that Christian believers have been affected, I was grateful to see that a person posted the following article. 
Please understand.  As Islam grows and becomes more and more interested in taking over, people are being persecuted.  Not just Christians.  All who refuse to believe in Islam are... and will be persecuted... and/or murdered.  Please pray.

Father, I come before you on bended knee, because You are my God. You are everything to me, and to all who love and adore You. I pray in the name of Jesus, that You will save each and every person reading this entry, if they are not saved, already. I pray You will reveal the truth You have shown some of us, to all. For it seems that not everyone has gotten to know truth. Truth about You. And, truth about Islam. I pray in a special way for all who are being persecuted by Muslims.  And, I pray for Meriam Ibrahim, her children, her husband, and her family. For this, and so much more, I thank you. And, pray this, in the name of my Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.


Until next time...

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Endurance...


Here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I enjoy honouring God on our Lord's Day.  SONday!

Today, I had thought about trying to go worship with my church family.  But, after a recent conversation with a church family member, I realized that it wouldn't happen.  At least, not this weekend.

You see, my church family wasn't here in Windsor, today.  They are away at a retreat in Waterloo, Ontario.

This was something I definitely could not attend, knowing my health condition.  So instead, I'm worshipping God at home, once again.

As I'm sure you know, music fills my heart.  And, I find it to be a good way to worship Him.

A hymn that I decided to share with you today, surprised me.  When I searched on YouTube for it, with lyrics, I came across a link that had quoted the writer.

The quotation was by Martin Luther and if you click on this link to listen to and/or sing along:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_tGKr1dgxY, you'll see it.  The hymn is entitled, "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.

In case you can't open that link, here is what Martin Luther's quotation says:  "Unless I am convinced by proofs from Scriptures or by plain and clear reasons and arguments, I can and will not retract, for it is neither safe nor wise to do anything against conscience.  Here I stand.  I can do no other.  God help me.  Amen!"

Unfortunately, no lyrics were on that link above, so I searched and found another link.  Here it is:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FY4DCG-nFBI.  Below, are the lyrics:

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing;
Our helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing:
For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and power are great, and, armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.

 
Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing;
Were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God’s own choosing:
Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He;
Lord Sabaoth, His Name, from age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.

 
And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us:
The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure,
One little word shall fell him.

 
(A mighty fortress, a mighty fortress is our God.
A mighty fortress, a mighty fortress is our God.)
 
That word above all earthly powers, no thanks to them, abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours through Him Who with us sideth:
Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also;
The body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still,
His kingdom is forever.

 
(A mighty fortress, a mighty fortress is our God
A mighty fortress, a mighty fortress is our God
A mighty fortress, a mighty fortress is our God)

Yes, our God is truly a mighty fortress.  He gives us help and strength. 

Just as we read, in Psalm 46:1, "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."

Through Him, we can endure.  We can endure every threat and battle we face.  He never fails us.

Of course, in order for this to happen, we must choose to accept Jesus Christ, as our Lord and Saviour.

Once we have come to Christ, we will live forever.  Our earthly body may be killed.  But, we will live on with God, for eternity.

So, if you haven't yet committed yourself to Christ, do so today.  Tomorrow, may be too late.


Until next time...

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Provision by Friends, Family & Guardian Storage!

If you read Life with Lynnie (LwL) long in the past, you'll know that once a year I attend Guardian Storage's annual garage sale.
 
As you can see, people sell everything at the garage sale!
 
Just one row of those participating in the garage sale!
 
This year, I didn't think I would be able to attend.  After all, it isn't easy to sit up, stand, walk and more, with that drainage tube system in my lower abdomen.

I believed it would be painful to sit down, and stand up whenever anyone approached the table where I would sell copies of my book Love Never Fails You...  Here's a link for you to check it out:  http://lynniebooks.blogspot.ca/.

So, a few days in advance, I gave copies of Love Never Fails You... to my friend, M A who was to sell Avon at a location beside mine.  In addition, she and her family took my table, table cloth, and a couple of other items I hoped would be sold that day.  Thank you, M A and family!  You and your family have truly been helpful to me.  May God bless you... all!

A week ago, on Saturday, June 21st, the garage sale was scheduled to happen. 

At about 1:00 a.m. that day, my daughter B telephoned me.  No, I wasn't asleep.  B let me know she was going to shop at the garage sale and said she'd pick me up, so that I could go there, for at least an hour.

While I had felt rather concerned at first, I decided it was probably a good thing to do.  So, B picked me up in the morning, after my nurse came to take care of me.  Thank you, B!  May God bless you...

It was nice seeing M A, her husband and son.  Plus her friend K, who had joined her in selling another product. 

It was also nice to be able to promote Love Never Fails You...  After all, I've been so ill over the past 22 months, that I have not had much chance to do anything to promote sales.

What also felt nice, was that God had truly provided for me.  Just as He normally does.

This reminded me of Philippians 4:19, "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus."

And, He truly does this.  Not just for me, but indeed for all who are belong to Him.  For all, who trust in Jesus Christ, for their salvation.

Yes, God provided for me last Saturday.  In more ways than I just mentioned.

While there, I was able to visit and talk with a couple of people I had not seen in a long time.  Thank You, Lord!

I must say that B and her friend E, did quite a bit of shopping, while there.

After bringing me my lunch Guardian Storage was providing of free hot dogs, pop and water, to all who attended, B and E left to go drive home her van that was filled to capacity with items she purchased.

Meanwhile, my pain had increased.  Drastically.  Both from my situation with my abdomen drainage tube system and my back.

So, M A's husband R and her son R, helped pack up my things and drove me home.  Once again, I thank M A, R and R for everything they did for me.  May God bless you!

Once again, I also thank my Lord, who provided for me, in ways I never expected, that day.


Until next time...

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Friday, June 27, 2014

Strength & Grace...

If you've been reading Life with Lynnie (LwL) entries recently, you'll know that I've been discussing Meriam Ibrahim.  And, the life-threatening trial she has been experiencing, in her life.

This poor woman, was raised by her Christian mom.  Alone.  Her Muslim dad, never cared or provided for the family.  She was never Muslim.

Even so, while she was in Sudan, she was arrested for apostasy.  She was told she had three (3) days to turn away from Christianity and become Islamic.  Being only ever a Christian, she refused and was convicted.  And, had been awaiting receiving up to 100 lashes, before being hanged.

All this, because she is Christian.

As you are probably aware, Meriam is married to a Christian American.  Together, they had a son, who was held in prison with Meriam. 

Her death was put off, until after her baby was born, as she was pregnant when convicted.  This poor woman must have suffered greatly, when in labour.  Her legs remained in chains. 

Still, God provided and she gave birth to her daughter.  She lived through that horrible ordeal.  And, so did her infant daughter.  For this, I praise God.

Knowing that once she gave birth, her lashing and murder could take place, I prayed.  And, prayed.  And, prayed.

Then, on Monday, June 23rd, I read this published article by Christian Post (.com) entitled, Miriam Ibrahim, Imprisoned Christian Mother, Freed In Sudan, Lawyer Confirms.  Here is a link so you can read about it:  http://www.christianpost.com/news/miriam-ibrahim-imprisoned-christian-mother-freed-in-sudan-lawyer-confirms-122027/.

When I first read that article on Facebook (FB), I was happy. But, I must admit that I wasn't 100% convinced that Meriam would actually be released.  Even so, I thanked God, and continued to pray.

Then, the next day, on Tuesday, June 24th, a relative of mine posted an article on Facebook that truly upset me.  It was published by Open Doors UK & Ireland and is entitled, Sudan:  Meriam Ibraham 're-arrested'.  Here is a link so you can read about it:  http://www.opendoorsuk.org/news/stories/sudan_140623.php?ref=story1.

While my heart breaks for my sister-in-the-Lord, who has been persecuted for her faith, by lying tongues of Islam, I am still trusting our Lord to provide for Meriam.  And, for her husband and children.

After all, we need to be strong enough to survive the trials that we face in our lives.

Just as we read, in 2 Timothy 2:1, "Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus."

God's grace has been with Meriam Ibrahim and her family.  He's been there, and lifted each one up.  If this wasn't the case, they would not have been able to live through this tremendous issue that has been created by the hatefulness, and evilness of Islam.

For sure, prayer is needed. 

Not just for Meriam Ibrahim and her family.  But, also for others who are imprisoned in places around the world, by Islamic people who would prefer to hurt and/or murder infidels... meaning those who do not believe in Islam.

Please, join me in prayer.  May God bless you.


Until next time...

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

Truly Evil...

As I discussed yesterday, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), Meriam Ibrahim truly needs prayer.

Her life is at risk.  And, so are her children's lives.

You may want to review yesterday's LwL entry, to understand her situation.

After receiving several e-mails from the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), requesting support and prayer, I heard from a Facebook friend who lives in Africa, that the Sudan government had decided to release her.

At the time, I wondered if this was really the truth.

I also wondered if it was just a lie set out to calm people down, who were approaching them, about this issue, speaking out... in an effort to have Meriam Ibrahim and her children released from prison, and allowed to return home to USA.

It seems that it may truly have been a lie, because I later heard that the government withdrew the decision to let Meriam Ibrahim go.  This means that she is still scheduled to be flogged 100 times, and then hung.  Murdered.

Here is a link to read about her and her family's situation:  http://www.godvine.com/read/Sudan-Mom-in-Jail-for-Jesus-567.html.

Please know, I do not only feel badly for Meriam.  I also feel broken hearted for her family.  Her husband.  And, her children who will not be returned to their dad, because He's an American Christian.

Here is another link for you to check out, posted by LifeNews.comhttp://www.lifenews.com/2014/06/11/meriam-ibrahim-will-be-flogged-in-days-if-appeals-is-thrown-out/

It talks about how Islam will not wait for Meriam Ibrahim's baby to be two (2) years old and weaned, before she will be flogged and murdered.  It lets us know that her flogging and murder may happen within days... if her appeal is thrown out.

Yes, she is truly suffering persecution.

Just as we read in 2 Timothy 3:12, "Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution."

May God help her.  And, her husband and children.

While Meriam Ibrahim's life here on earth may end, her children's lives will go on.  But, not with their Christian dad, who is American.

They will be kept in Sudan.  They will be forced to be raised Islamic and will probably never know anything about our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Please pray for Meriam, her husband and her children.  Please pray for all who are imprisoned and/or who are suffering and being persecuted for their faith.

May God bless you, for praying.


Until next time...

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Evil...

It's been a while since I discussed here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), about wicked things happening.

No, they are not happening to me.   At least not, what I will be discussing, here.

As you're probably aware, I've been recovering from major surgery.  Even though I've been watching television (TV), I've tried to not watch and/or listen to news programmes. 

Why?

Well, it's mainly due to the fact that it upsets me, hearing about things that happen, here in Canada.  And/or, in other countries around the world.

Like what I became aware of, recently.

A Facebook (FB) friend made a posting about the Nigerian school girls who were kidnapped.  The posting included a link to an article by The National Post, discussing the issue.

Here is a link, so you can watch and/or listen to it:  http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/05/12/nigeria-school-girls-shown-in-boko-haram-video-offered-in-exchange-for-imprisoned-militants/

There is another situation that requires God's help.

It involves a pregnant woman, whose mom was Christian, but whose dad was Muslim.  From what I've read, her dad left the marriage and she was raised by her mom, as a Christian... and never as a Muslim.

Now, her life has changed, drastically.

Even though I am Canadian and not American, I receive e-mails from the American Center for Law and Justice,  www.aclj.org.

Here is a message I received recently:

Lynn,
Meriam Ibrahim faces death. Martin, her American toddler, is imprisoned and sick.
He could lose his mother and be turned over to the very radical Islamists who hung her.
A judge in Sudan ordered Meriam to renounce her Christian faith or die. She's refused, saying, "I will remain a Christian."
She's pregnant, and once her American baby is born, she'll be flogged and then executed.
Prayer and public pressure are Meriam and her American children's only hope.
Already over 200,000 have signed our petition for her freedom.
We're working directly at the U.N. and with Members of Congress to save her life.
This is a death penalty case. Your voice can make the difference, but time is of the essence. This is your final chance to sign before we send our letter to Sudan.
Sign Our Urgent Petition Today: Save Meriam.
Jay Sekulow
ACLJ Chief Counsel
P.S. If you've already signed, please forward this message and share it on Facebook today.
Please know, I have prayed for this woman.  And, for others, who are being persecuted for their faith.

Even though prayer is powerful, and God is in control of all things, I believe we must stand up for our faith and be counted.

I believe that we must stand up for what is right.  And, not for evil.

And, believe me, the world is filled with evilness.  It's filled with those who hurt us, greatly.

Just as we read in Psalm 37:12-13, "The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.  The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming."

Yes, his day is coming.  Just as my day is coming.  And, so is yours.

Each of us will one day stand before Christ, in judgement.

But, here on earth, we must do what we must do.  Please, stand up for what is right.

Plant those seeds for Christ, that God commanded us to do. 

But also, stand up and speak up, for what is evil in this world.  There are many unsaved who have no idea what kind of evilness is evolving, especially through Islam.

And, pray.


Until next time...

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Movies!

If you've been reading about my life, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), you'll be aware that I cannot do much.  At least, physically speaking.

And, you'll be aware that both on television (TV) and through the internet, I enjoy watching movies.

Here are some that I recently watched:

*  Great Balls of Fire!, starring Dennis Quaid.  Here is a link for you to read about this biographical film, filled with music:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Balls_of_Fire!_(film).  Wow!  What a movie!  What a life!  What great music!

*  New York, New York, starring Robert De Niro and Liza Minnelli.  Check out this musical drama, here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York,_New_York_(film).  Watching marital problems in a film can sometimes represent real life, but can be disheartening.  Still, the music was wonderful!

*  Desk Set, starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn.  Check out this romance film:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desk_Set.  This was a movie that was okay to watch, but I was definitely happy with the ending. 

*  Barefoot In The Park, starring Robert Redford and Jane Fonda.  Here's a link for you to check it out:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barefoot_in_the_Park_(film).  Watching this movie, made me feel like I was riding on a roller coaster; the main character's marriage sort of seemed this way.  Still, it was an interesting film.

*  Good Neighbour Sam, starring Jack Lemmon, Dorothy Provine and Romy Schneider.  Here is a link to check out this comedy film:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Neighbor_Sam.  I enjoyed watching this movie and hope you will, also.

*  Julia, starring Jane Fonda, Vanessa Redgrave and more.  Check out this drama film, here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julia_(1977_film).  This is a story about a woman who fought against the Nazi's, prior to WW2.  Even though this was about a writer's life, watching this made me once again honour those who stand up and fight for freedom, whether in the military... or not.  It truly touched my heart.

As you can see, I have much time on my hands. 

And, I watch many films.  This is in addition to a few TV shows.

Even though I wish I could do more with my time, I realize that my time is in God's hands.  Not mine.  And, not yours, either.  In His hands, and His, alone.

He is in control of what happens to me.  The same applies to you, and others, also.

Just as we read Psalm 31:15, "My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me."

Yes, the times and issues we experience in our lives, are not always what we would expect.  Nor, what we truly want in life.

However, we must trust God.

I do, and I pray you do, also.


Until next time...

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Monday, June 23, 2014

1 Killed... 1 Injured... & Truth...

Recently, I wrote about injured workers, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL).  Today, I will do so, again.

On Wednesday, June 18th, a friend picked me up at home, and drove me and another fellow who couldn't drive, to the Injured Workers Coalition (IWC) meeting.

In addition to our other topics of discussion, we talked about how there had been a couple of horrible things happen, here in Windsor.

The Windsor Star posted an article about the construction worker who was killed on the job.  Read about it, here:  http://blogs.windsorstar.com/2014/06/18/parkway-worker-believed-to-have-been-crushed-during-concrete-pour/.

Blackburn News posted an article that contained information about both the worker who was killed and the worker who was injured.  Read about it, here:  http://blackburnnews.com/chatham/chatham-news/2014/06/18/labour-ministry-issues-six-orders/.

I feel terrible for the family of the worker who was killed.

I also feel terrible for the worker who was injured.  And, for his family, also.

Why?  Because, I can honestly say that I have never, ever met a worker who was severely injured, whose life wasn't changed.

I doubt very much if the surviving injured worker's life will ever return to the same as it was, prior to him being injured.

Recently, I discussed about how I had watched the funeral service for the three (3) Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officers, who had been killed.  And, I also discussed about the two (2) RCMP officers, who were injured.

It did my heart good to see how all over our country... Canada, people were grieving, and celebrating the lives of those people.

However, other than an article, or two (2), or three (3) being printed, or posted on the internet, people don't stand up and do the same for normal people injured on the job, the way they did for those RCMP officers.

Why not?

This boggles my mind.  It makes me think that we ordinary people are meaningless to others, even if we are injured on the job.

Of course, there are those who try to make injured workers non-important people.

I'm not just referring to people who think this way.  I'm also referring to the Workplace Safety Insurance Board (WSIB).

While Workers Compensation Board (WCB) was originally set up to help injured workers, today things are different.

Not just because the name of the organization has been changed to reflect a non-helping situation.  Also, because WSIB has changed their programme over the years, again and again. 

It seem to me that they are making more and more efforts to not help injured workers.

In addition, it seems to me that there are some who work for WSIB, who are paid to limit whatever the injured worker will receive, even if they truly need the help.  And, by the injured worker not getting the help they need, they do not always become healed.  Not physically.  And, sometimes, not emotionally, either.

Of course, some WSIB people are not only paid to do this, but some actually receive bonuses, for doing this.

Don't believe me? 

Watch this YouTube video entitled, The Terminator:  Suck It Up, Get Back To Work!:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLKETawdnMo.

If you watched it, you'll understand that I am speaking truth.

Just as God told us to do, in Zechariah 8:16-17, "These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates:
17 And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbour; and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, saith the Lord."

God wants us to be honest, when we speak to others.  He also wants us to speak truth in all aspects of our lives.

After all, He told us to not have evil in our hearts against anyone, and to love falsely... for those are things He hates!  Just as He told us, in today's Bible verses. 

Please understand, I am not saying that every single WSIB worker is trying to hurt injured workers in any way.  However, most of their positions, are inclined to limit what help the injured worker can/will receive.

Believe me when I say that I wonder how any of the people who work against injured workers, while claiming they are working to help them, can sleep at night.

I pray for each and every one of them.  I pray for each of them to gain salvation by trusting in our Lord, Jesus Christ.

For by obtaining a saving relationship with Jesus, they will be saved from spending eternity separated from God... without any chance of escape.

But also, knowing that a truly saved person will want to become closer to God, they will read God's Word, the Bible.  And, they'll repent from any ill doings in their lives.  Hopefully, this will include hurting those hurt on the job.

Please, join me in prayer. 

Not just for those injured on the job, and their families.  Not just for those killed on the job, and their families.  But, also for those, who are misrepresenting themselves, and being dishonest in their daily work.


Until next time...

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Forever...

Here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I always seem to mention that on my Lord's Day, I enjoy worshipping Him.  I do so, in spirit, in truth, and through music.

A friend of mine, M who is also on Facebook (FB), posted this on my wall, and asked if I knew it.  I responded that I did, and shared it.  Thank you, M!  Now, I'm sharing it with you, to honour and praise God!

The worship song is by Chris Tomlin, and is entitled, Forever.  Here is a link, so you can listen and/or sing along:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUH_NzfRmbs#t=88.  The lyrics are below.
 
Forever
 
Give thanks to the Lord
Our God and King
His love endures forever
For He is good, He is above all things
His love endures forever
Sing praise, sing praise

With a mighty hand
and outstretched arm
His love endures forever
For the life that's been reborn
His love endures forever
Sing praise, sing praise
Sing praise, sing praise

Forever God is faithful
Forever God is strong
Forever God is with us
Forever

From the rising to the setting sun
His love endures forever
By the grace of God
We will carry on
His love endures forever
Sing praise, sing praise
Sing praise, sing praise

Yeah
Forever God is faithful
Forever God is strong
Forever God is with us
Forever
Forever

Forever God is faithful
Forever God is strong
Forever God is with us
Forever
 

Oh.....(repeated)

Sing praise, sing praise
Sing praise, sing praise
Sing praise, sing praise
Sing praise, sing praise

Forever God is faithful
Forever God is strong
Forever God is with us
Forever
 

Yes, You are!

Forever you are faithful
Forever you are strong
Foerver you are with us
Forever

Forever

Yes, God is with us, forever.

Just as He told us in Hebrews 13:5, "Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."

He'll be with us, always.  Even 'til the end of the age. 

Hallelujah!  I praise God for this!

Please understand, that God was saying this, to those who belong to Him.  His children.

Do you belong to Him?  All people may have been created by Him, but not all people have or will come to a saving relationship that will make them belong to Him.

If you haven't got that saving relationship with God yet, then I suggest you read His Word, the Bible.  Begin in the New Testament book of John. 

There, you'll find out that you truly need salvation... and how to obtain it... by, trusting in/believing upon our Lord, Jesus Christ... for then, you will be saved.  Saved from spending eternity in Hell, separated from God.

Hopefully, one day, I'll see you in Heaven!


Until next time...

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

G & M...

Here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I've discussed many types of things.

Something I haven't really discussed, is how I listen to preachers/teachers, online.  Although my pastor knows I have in the past, I'm not sure if he realizes I do, now.

Tom Perry, my pastor where I worship at Walkerville Evangelical Baptist Church, sent me e-mail.  He included a couple of his sermons, for me to read.  I enjoyed this.

In addition, I was happy that our church family had created a page, where sermons could be listened to.  Here's a link in case you'd like to listen to some:  http://www.gowebc.com/sermons.html.  It was nice hearing sermons that I knew my church family heard, also!

What I haven't yet mentioned, is that Friday, June 5th was a very encouraging day for me. 

First of all, I will mention that I was able to finally watch television (TV).  Yes, the manufacturer of the TV I sent away to be repaired or replaced, sent me a replacement.

It wasn't easy for me to put the TV together, and set it up.  But, I had some help.  My nurse lifted the TV for me, so I didn't have to do that.  Thank you, A!  May God bless you, not just for the nursing care you've been giving me, since my regular nurse has been on vacation, but I thank you for helping me from hurting myself by lifting the TV!

Yes, I had to move it a few feet, but that was all.

This meant that even though the shows I enjoy watching, weren't being aired, I was able to watch and listen to the TV.  Just as I enjoy doing, even when I'm not watching programmes.

This made me happy.  Even so, something else made me even happier, on the weekend.

My daughter B, came to visit with a friend, Saturday evening.  They even left for a few minutes to do an errand for me.  Then, when they returned, we continued our visit.  Thank you, B!  May God bless you... and your friend.

Believe me when I say that I was happy to not have spent the whole weekend alone, once again.  Thank You, Lord!

How gracious God has been to me. 

Just as we read He is, in His Word, the Bible, in Psalm 116:5, "Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful."

Yes, He was gracious.  And, He was merciful.

He understood that I was feeling quite stressed recently over all I have been through, and how I haven't been feeling the best, even though I trust in Him, for everything in my life.  Including, my healing.

I was thankful God provided, just as I'm sure you understand, now.

Of course, He always provides.  Just as He did over 2,000 years ago, when He sent His only begotten Son to earth, to suffer and die on a wooden cross at Calvary... for the sin of the world, of all who will believe.

How gracious and merciful to us, Jesus was since He did this, in obedience to God the Father, knowing what He would endure... for us, who trust in Him.

While He suffered, died, and was resurrected, we received the grace (G) and mercy (M) that can only come through Him... by receiving salvation and everlasting life, simply by trusting in/believing upon our Lord, Jesus Christ. 

I pray I'll meet you one day.  Either here on earth, or in Heaven.  If you have also received our Lord's G & M.


Until next time...

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Friday, June 20, 2014

Wow! A Real Blessing!

This week, it seems that I have been able to discuss here on Life with Lynnie (LwL) various things that have blessed me.

Yes, I truly feel God has been blessing me, lately!

Something happened last week, that I hadn't yet mentioned.  God sure did provide!

You see, on Thursday, June 12th my daughter B decided she would pick me up, and take me out shopping. 

I was in two (2) minds about doing this, because it meant having to get dressed.  And, I knew it would be difficult and painful for me to wear underwear and clothing, with the drainage tube system causing me pain. 

Still, I knew I needed to do it, so we proceeded.

Instead of taking B's van, I asked if we could take mine, since it hadn't been used in more than a couple of weeks.  B drove me to the bank, so that I could proceed after doing some banking deposits, etc.

When I walked out of the bank, B was texting on her cell phone.  She didn't even notice that steam was coming out of the front of my van.

I asked her to shut off my van; she did.  She managed to open up my van's hood, so we could allow everything to cool off.

B thought my radiator had blown.  I didn't think so.

A young man came and asked to help us.  We thanked him, and let him know that no one could do anything until the heat ended and was cool enough under the hood to add water.

A couple walked over to help us.  The husband looked over the hoses, etc. and told me he thought it may be one (1) particular hose, leaking.  He also didn't think the radiator had blown.  We thanked these people.

While they were still there talking with us, B asked how we were going to get back to where I live, to pick up her van.  While she and the couple talked, I silently prayed, bowing my head for a minute or so.

When I looked up, I saw that God had immediately answered my prayer request.  For this, I praised Him.  Even aloud!

Much to the dismay of a friend I hadn't seen in quite a while.  It was the atheist fellow who doesn't believe God exists, that was standing there beside my van, when I opened my eyes.

I asked him if he would drive B and I to pick up her van.  He agreed, but needed to do his banking, first.

Afterwards, we entered his car, and he drove us to pick up B's van.  I thanked him and commented by blessing him.

He didn't like that much.  But, he's him.  And, I'm me.

I also thanked God... aloud, once again.

Thinking about this, brought to mind Psalm 107:1, "O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever."

Yes, I wanted to give thanks to God, just as we are commanded to do.  After all, He had been merciful to us!

M didn't really say anything bad about what I said, but I could tell he wasn't happy. 

So, I let him know I could tell he didn't like me referring to God, but I explained how He had literally answered my prayer request.  Then, I once again thanked God.... and M.

B and I didn't have time to do everything we had hoped to do, but she picked up a friend of hers, and a bucket to use, to add water to my radiator.  As her friend was pouring the water, B commented that it was running out all over the ground.

Her friend checked everything over, and found that the same hose the previous fellow had commented about, was actually not leaking.  Instead, it had come completely off from where it previously had been secured.  It needed to be reattached.

I thank E for seeing this.  He got a tool out of the toolbox I had in my van, and he reconnected the hose.  Then, everything was just fine!

Thank you, E!  I am truly thankful you came with us and helped heal the problem!  May God bless you...

Why this happened, I didn't really know, at first.

However, after praying and thinking about what happened, I came to realize that God had probably allowed this to happen, not for my life's purpose.  But, for M's.

I now believe that God wanted to re-open the friendship door with M, so that seeds for Christ could be planted, once again.

M had previously told me that he grew up Catholic.  He had told me in the past, that after having problems, he began reading the Bible, even though he wasn't encouraged to do so.  He had previously told me that he had spoken with a priest, who confirmed to him that the teaching he received was not always accurate to what the Bible stated. 

So, instead of choosing to worship with a Bible-believing, Bible-preaching group of worshippers, he decided to not accept that God is real.  Instead, he adopted the thought pattern of an atheist, and even today, tells everyone that's what he is.  An atheist.

I believe that God is calling Him.  That God wanted that door to be re-opened, so that M can eventually come to Christ, and be saved.

If you agree with me, and believe in prayer, then please pray for M.  Just as I do.  And, may God bless you, my friend.


Until next time...

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

I Can't Make You...

From time to time, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I've mentioned about how music resonates in my heart and mind.

A while back, I found myself feeling so low in spirit.  I'm not prepared to explain why.

I will say that I was feeling overwhelmed with not just my physical problems with healing, but also with personal issues.  And, life... in general.

About this time, I found myself asking God why He let me live through that major, major, dangerous surgery that I had.  After all, my daughter P and I had been told so very many times that it was a surgery that not everyone lived through.

I spoke with Him, asking Him to reveal His plan for my life.  And, I suggested that I am not the only person who could do work for Him, so why did He allow me to live through the horribleness of what I was experiencing... asking Him, if it was just so I could suffer further?

Knowing in my heart this wasn't the case, I confessed to God that I was sorry I had even felt like this.

Even so, a song popped into my head, within minutes.  It was a song I had not been familiar with.  I had to recall the lyrics in my head, and google them, to find out the name of the song, and a link to hear it.

The song is by Bonnie Raitt entitled, I Can't Make You Love Me.  Here is a link for you to listen and/or sing along:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOzMGYCTn-Q.  The lyrics are below.

I Can't Make You Love Me

Turn down the lights;
Turn down the bed.
Turn down these voices
Inside my head.

Lay down with me;
Tell me no lies.
Just hold me close;
Don't patronize.

Don't patronize me.

'Cuz I can't make you love me
If you don't.
You can't make your heart feel
Something it won't.
Here in the dark
In these final hours,
I will lay down my heart
And I'll feel the power;
But you won't.
No, you won't.
'Cuz I can't make you love me
If you don't.

I'll close my eyes,
Then I won't see
The love you don't feel
When you're holding me.

Morning will come,
And I'll do what's right;
Just give me till then
To give up this fight.

And I will give up this fight.

I can't make you love me
If you don't.
You can't make your heart feel
Something it won't.
Here in the dark
In these final hours,
I will lay down my heart
And I'll feel the power;
But you won't.
No, you won't.
'Cuz I can't make you love me
If you don't.


When this song filled my mind, I wondered if it was God speaking to me.  I wondered if He was upset with me, for being upset with Him.

Especially, since the lyrics were saying that He can't make me love Him... when it said, "I can't make you love me, if you don't.  You can't make your heart feel something it won't."

Once again, I reflected upon the sinfulness of what I had felt earlier, when I felt alone, without any love... and wondered where God was, with His love for me. 

A thought popped in my head.  I wondered if God was reminding me, about other people.

After all, no matter how much I care for others, I cannot make anyone love me.  Nor, can you.

Praying, I once again repented, realizing that I am not a perfect person.  In and of myself, I am not a righteous person, for any righteousness I have, comes from/through my Lord, Jesus.  I'm only a human person, in need of God and His love.

This reminded me of Luke 5:31-32, "And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.  I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance."

How grateful I am that God gave us His Word, the Bible. 

Without it, we would not be able to know and understand what He expects of us.  We would not know why Jesus came to earth.  Or, why He died on a wooden cross, and was later resurrected.

Thank You, Father God.  Thank You, Lord Jesus Christ.  Thank You, Holy Spirit. 

I love You.  I truly do.  I'm grateful, that You know the truth.  And, I'm thankful You love me!

Without You, I am nothing.  And, never will be. 

With You in my heart, soul and entire being, I realize I am everything... to You.  Even if I'm not to people, here on earth.  For this, I praise God!


Until next time...

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Walking and Fresh Air!

Recently, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I mentioned that I had watched a Midsomer Murders programme on our Ontario, Canada's public broadcasting station, TVO.  Well, at least part of it.  Online.  It was before I received my replacement television.

You may recall that I had watched Pt. 1 of Murder of Innocencehttp://tvo.org/video/204151/murder-innocence-part-1.

When I clicked on Pt. 2, it didn't work.  Over and over, I clicked on the link, but wasn't able to access that part of the programme.  Then, I saw on another page, that it would be available on June 9th. 

I didn't watch it on June 9th.  Instead, I watched it the next morning, on Tuesday, June 10th.  Here's the link to Pt. 2 of Murder of Innocencehttp://tvo.org/video/204337/murder-innocence-part-2.

Just so you know, it wasn't a case where I wasn't home to go online and watch the final link to the programme.  I was home.  But, my mind wasn't thinking about the programme that evening.

You see, my daughter B had driven me to London, Ontario on the morning of Monday, June 9th.  Thank you, B!  May God bless you...

For this, I was truly thankful.  After all, I cannot drive at this time.  And, it was the day when I needed to be checked over... concerning my drainage tube system.

I had packed my bag, as I had been told to do.  There was no guarantee I would be returning home that day; it was possible I would be kept for another procedure, if necessary.

Instead of parking and coming into the hospital with me, B and her friend who accompanied us, went off to do their own personal thing. 

After registering at the admitting department, I made my way to where I was to get checked over, by the radiology department staff and doctor.  It was nice that I only waited a few minutes, before being called in.

The nursing staff, the radiologist and the doctor in charge were very nice to me.  Pleasant, helpful and kind.

After everyone had arrived, dye was injected into my drainage system.  Then, testing happened.

To be honest, I was looking forward to having the tube and drainage system removed, since there had virtually been no drainage over the past few days.  However, this wasn't what happened.

I was told that the tube and drainage system would have to remain inside me, even though there was no fluid left inside me to drain. 

Hearing this, shocked me.  It was explained that even though there was no fluid inside me still, the pocket where the fluid had been stored, had only healed 30%.

This was very upsetting to me.  I began to cry.

The staff was very helpful and loving.  I began crying out to God asking why I was enduring this trial, after being through so very much over the past 21 months.

No matter what, I will have the tube and drainage system for a while, yet.

Please understand, I wasn't unhappy with them.  I was unhappy with me... since my body was not yet healed from this problem.

With several people in the room, it was rather embarrassing to react this way.  And, I apologized.

As my tears continued flowing, one of the nurses actually came over and hugged me.  She whispered in my ear to keep trusting God. 

I'm sure she was Christian.  I praised God for this.  And, prayed God would bless her.

Having had a medical person do this to me, for the first time ever, helped lift me up.  Within a couple of seconds, I realized that I needed to calm down and not continue to be upset. 

Being encouraged like this, I knew I had to go back to walking with Him, and trusting Him.

Just as we have been told, in Colossians 2:6, "As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:"

Yes, I've received my Lord, Jesus Christ.  Yes, I rely upon Him, for everything.  And, walk in Him.

Talking about walking... as I was walking down the hallway, leaving the hospital, I saw my surgeon.

We greeted each other, and chatted for a moment.  He admitted that he thought I would have the tube and drainage system for a while.

All I could say was that even though I wasn't happy about it, I realize I need it.  And, there's nothing I can do, except trust God for my healing.

After thanking him for his time, I walked and exited the hospital.  Then, I waited a few minutes  outside, for B and her friend to pick me up. 

I must admit, I enjoyed every breath of fresh air.  And, was thankful for all the help and care I had received that day.


Until next time...

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

More Blessings!

Here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I have something special to say.

Wow!  God sure has been blessing me!

If you read yesterday's LwL entry, you'll know that on Father's Day, my friend A truly blessed me.  Once again, I thank you, A!  May God bless you...

Then yesterday, Monday evening, my friend M A, her husband R and her son R came to visit me.

Part of the reason for the visit, was because M A needed to show me how to use the Avon web-site.  She needed to hire another person, in order for her to qualify for a conference coming up in the fall.  And, time was running out.

So, yes... I signed up and placed an order, so she would qualify and be able to attend the conference.

This meant we had to do some paperwork.  So, she helped me with it, showing me on-line how to do this.

Even though I did this solely to help my friend, her husband and son helped me.

I had found out that the concrete grinding had finally been finished on the balconies.  Yes, there is still more work to be done, but at least concrete dust won't be flying around, like smoke in a fire.

This meant that for the first time since the fall of 2012, I would actually be able to use my air-conditioner.  For this, I thanked God!

However, since the maintenance people had created a box to cover the unit, it needed to come off.  And, I couldn't do it.

First of all, I'm not supposed to climb a ladder, which I would have had to do.  Then, I would have had to unscrew the unit, and lift it off.  This, I could not do, for I still cannot lift or carry much of anything, never mind doing so on a ladder.

So, the fellas uncovered my air-conditioner.  Hallelujah!  They packaged up the wooden cover, so that they could take it home and clean off all the bird do-do on it.  Thank you, so very much! 

Then, the filter was checked, and M A's husband got my unit working.  Hallelujah!  Once again, I thank you and your son, so very much.  May God bless you, both...

As Christian friends, we do our best to help each other.  For this, I am truly grateful.

Thinking of how we not only helped each other, but believing we needed to do so, brought to mind Philippians 2:1-4, "If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,
Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.
Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others."

Wow!  God sure showed me that I am loved.  And, so is my friend and her family.

Just as those verses tell us, we looked to help each other, because we knew that individually, we both had needs.  And, wanted to help each other, more than thinking only about ourselves.

What a blessing their visit was to me.  And, I understand that their recent visits, regarding me signing up to sell Avon, with my friend M A as my group leader, is a blessing to them, too. 

How grateful I am that we all looked at each other's needs and decided that they were more important than our own situations.  God sure provided!

M A will be able to fulfill her desire, regarding the upcoming conference.  And, I have been enjoying the cool air that is filling my apartment.  Hallelujah! 

Yes, I am truly blessed!


Until next time...

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Monday, June 16, 2014

How Loving...

As I mentioned yesterday, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I once again had to stay home and not go to worship with my church family.

On Saturday afternoon, I felt badly that I could not attend the open house, being held at our church building.  I had received an invitation in the mail, inviting me to attend it. 

The reason wasn't for people to come and see our church building.  It was to celebrate our pastor's 50th birthday, as I mentioned recently.

Not knowing for sure if he was aware of what was happening, or if it was a surprise party, I elected to not e-mail him, wishing him Happy Birthday!, until Saturday afternoon.  This was the time period when people were expected to celebrate his birthday.

Yesterday, my pastor e-mailed me.  He asked me how I was doing, and wondered if I would be able to attend worship services if someone offered to pick me up and drive me.

To be honest, I thought this was very loving of my pastor, to make an effort to help me.  I would love to have been able to respond saying, 'yes'!  However, I am not in a position to do this.

In fact, I must admit that I am having so much pain from this drainage tube system, that I don't even get dressed.  Instead, I remain in a nightgown, etc. so that I don't have to hurt myself with clothing.

And, the pain level changes from day to day.  It depends upon which nurse helps me, and how they cover the drain where it is coming out of my body.

Yesterday, I was in such agony, I just felt awful.

Of course, with yesterday being Father's Day, it wasn't an encouraging day, either.  Like some of my friends, I felt badly that my dad (and mom) are no longer here on earth.

In addition, I felt badly that my now deceased husband wasn't here on earth, either.  To make things worse, it was discouraging to realize that I couldn't even drive myself to go to the cemetery.

However, after admitting my upset to God, and praying, He encouraged me.  In a way, I never expected.

My friend A, was busy visiting with family, when I called her in the early afternoon.  She said she'd call me back.

A called me back.  Not from home, though.  She called me from the cemetery, where both her husband and mine, are buried.

This was surprising to me. 

What was even more surprising, was the fact that A recalled what area Gordon was buried in, but seemed to have trouble locating his grave site.  I wondered why she was looking for it.

A let me know that she and her family members had gone to her husband's grave and the graves of other family members.  They had placed flowers on each grave.

She let me know she wanted to place flowers on Gordon's grave, as well.  I was shocked!

This brought tears to my eyes.

Never before, had anyone done something like this for me.  While I thanked A, and directed her to the exact location of Gordon's grave, I also prayed and thanked God.

I thanked God for her.  And, her family members that were with her.

A let me know that since she knew I could not have visited Gordon's grave, she wanted to encourage me and honour Gordon.

How grateful I was for this.  Thank you, A!  May God bless you, my friend.

Thinking about how loving my friend A was, brought to mind 1 John 4:7, "Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God."

Yes, I felt encouraged, by what A did for me.  But, I also felt loved.

Especially, since she let me know that she did this for me, because she loves me.

Loving each other, is so very important.  Just as God told us.  For everyone that belongs to God, who loves others, is showing the love they have not just for whoever they are doing something for, but also, their love of God.  And, obedience to His Word.

Believe me when I say that I prayed for each of you, who were missing a loved one, yesterday.  And, I pray God will bless each of you, as you show your love of God, to others.


Until next time...

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

H.B. T! & Happy Father's Day!


Here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I enjoy celebrating special times. 

With today, being SONday, it certainly is a special day.  It's a day when I enjoy honouring God.

Unfortunately, I am once again doing this at home. 

Truly, I wish I could get out and live a normal life.  I believe God is healing me.  Once I am healed, I
will be able to do things like I should have done, yesterday.

Yesterday, there was a celebration for the pastor where I worship when I'm able to get there, at Walkerville Evangelical Baptist Church. 

It was a birthday celebration for pastor Tom Perry!  Tom was turning 50 years old.  How I wish I could have celebrated with all who attended.  All I can say, is... Happy Birthday, Tom!

Today, is a day of another celebration, though.  Here in Canada, it's Father's Day!

Thinking of my dad, I decided to honour him with some writing.

F - First, I must say that I love you.

A - And, even though you are no longer here on earth, I think of you.

T - The time we had together was too short.

H - Having time with you again, will be a blessing.

E - Eventually, God will provide.

R - Rejoicing, is what I'll do, when I see you, again!

Honouring my dad, is very important.

Just as we read, in Ephesians 6:2-3, "Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth."

My dad wasn't a perfect person.  But then, neither am I.

Even so, he holds a special place in my heart.  I will always love him.  And, do my best to honour him.

I love you, dad!

Dad, even though we are not together, please know that I miss you, and will always love you.

May God bless each of you, who are able to spend time with your dad, on this special day, to honour him.  Enjoy the day!


Please understand that even though our earthly fathers are important, the most important person to ever call Father, and honour... is God. 

He provides for all His children and loves them, totally.  Even salvation, for eternal life.

If you don't know how to become one of His children, please know it is not difficult.  Just believe upon the Lord, Jesus Christ, and you will be saved (Acts 16:31)!


Until next time...

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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Shining Light...

Today, is another day when I'll be discussing injured workers, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL). 

If you read recent LwL entries, you'll know that I paid tribute to the RCMP officers who did all they could to protect others.  Especially, to those who were injured, and who were killed in the line of duty.

The fact is... each of those people, are injured workers.

Recently, I received an e-mail regarding injured workers, stating what I am posting, today.  It is as follows:


WSIB changes will hurt workers, advocates say; Insurance board denying benefits to hundreds of employees due to 'pre-existing conditions'

The Toronto Star, May 7, 2014

William Harris never missed a day of work until his accident on Nov. 23, 2010.

The burly Great Lakes shipper was opening an 18-tonne hatch to load gravel destined for St. Mary's Cement in Detroit when a faulty hinge sprung open. 

"I was propelled into the air like a lawn dart. I felt every vertebra in my back go pop, pop, pop, pop," he recalls. "I haven't been the same since."

Under Ontario's 100-year-old no-fault workplace insurance program administered by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), the cost of Harris's physiotherapy, prescription drugs and other medical treatment was covered. He also received income support for his lost wages.

But every time he tried to return to work, he hurt his back again. After his last injury, in October 2012, WSIB stopped paying. The insurance board said X-rays of Harris's back showed evidence of degenerative discs, a pre-existing condition that disqualifies him from further payments.

Workers' advocates say hundreds of injured workers have, like Harris, been denied benefits for pre-existing medical conditions since 2010, when the former Dalton McGuinty government appointed David Marshall as WSIB president.

They blame Marshall's marching orders "to reduce and ultimately retire" the board's $12 billion unfunded liability, the difference between current funding levels and long-term payouts to injured workers. They say this financial imperative is behind a proposed new WSIB policy on pre-existing conditions that would "fundamentally change" the system and throw thousands of injured workers into poverty.

Instead of putting the squeeze on injured workers, advocates say the board should restore cuts to employer contributions made by Mike Harris's Progressive Conservative government that are the root of the WSIB's current financial woes.

The WSIB counters that Ontario is the only jurisdiction in Canada without a policy on pre-existing conditions, and that workers' advocates themselves requested the clarification. The board denies that money has anything to do with the change.

The proposed policy "is under consideration given the need for consistency in decision making, not for financial reasons," board spokeswoman Christine Arnott wrote in an email.

Harris, 40, is fighting the board's decision. His lawyer says he will most likely win because the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeal Tribunal follows
the so-called "thin skull doctrine," a common-law principle enshrined in the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act.

The legal principle, well-tested in personal injuries litigation, states that "you take your victim as you find him/her." In the workplace, this means that
compensation for an injury is not discounted due to any pre-existing condition the worker may have.

The WSIB appeals tribunal has typically interpreted this to mean that if a pre-existing condition wasn't interfering with the employee's work before the injury, then it doesn't negatively affect the amount or duration of compensation an employee is entitled to after an injury.

But the proposed WSIB policy revision would instruct the appeals tribunal to take a much narrower view, say workers' advocates who are urging against the change.

Advocates acknowledge they raised the issue during an earlier consultation, but not because they saw a policy gap. They raised it because they noticed the board was denying more people like Harris, and they wanted to know what was going on. They argue the WSIB already has a policy on pre-existing conditions spelled out in a document known as the Second Injury and Enhancement Fund, and that nothing should be changed.

"This is a seismic shift in the approach to compensation," says Marion Endicott, of Injured Workers Consultants, a Toronto legal aid clinic that advises
the government on policy and helps injured workers with WSIB claims and appeals.

"The draft policies are evidence of the WSIB's institutional bias in favour of reducing costs, and they are inconsistent with the law," the clinic says
in its response to the  changes.

If they are adopted, injured workers will qualify for short-term claims, but long-term compensation will disappear, Endicott predicts.

As people age, degenerative changes in knees, necks and backs are common, Endicott notes. Under the proposed policy, the WSIB will be able to point to those changes in injured workers - that often show up on X-rays but don't cause pain or limit ability to work - and deny any long-term claim, arguing the worker had a pre-existing condition, she says.

Based on the appeals her office is seeing, the WSIB is already applying the policy "illegally," she adds.

In an open letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne last month before the election call, the Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups urged the government to intervene.

"This is a direct contravention of your government concern about poverty reduction and the historic compromise, in which workers gave up their right to sue in return for fair and just compensation (funded by employers) for as long as the disability lasts," the letter says.

The WSIB stresses that recent cost improvements in the system are not being made on the backs of injured workers, but "due to improved safety in workplaces resulting in fewer injury claims" and "better medical care and assistance for injured workers returning to work," Arnott writes in the email.

This is no comfort to injured Burlington worker Richard Renzella, 50, who used to earn as much as $60,000 a year repairing electrical transformers for clients such as Ontario Hydro. He is literally a living example of how the WSIB is ignoring the "thin skull doctrine," advocates say.

Renzella was injured in 2002 when he fell about five metres inside a transformer tank and struck his head, leaving him permanently injured and unable to work.

The WSIB awarded him a non-economic loss award for cognitive impairment, which it discounted by 25 per cent for a pre-existing condition because Renzella's medical file showed he was hit in the eye by a tennis ball when he was a child.

But as his lawyer, Laura Lunansky, notes, Renzella did not have a pre-existing impairment or even a pre-existing condition before the fall. "He was perfectly fine before the accident," she says.

Since the impact of head injuries can be cumulative, Renzella's  injury may have been more severe as a result of his childhood accident, Lunansky acknowledges. The key, however, is that if he hadn't been injured on the job, Renzella would not have any cognitive impairment today.

Instead, Renzella, who suffers memory loss as well as permanent physical injuries from the accident, is barely surviving on WSIB payments of less than minimum wage. He uses food banks to make ends meet and worries about losing his condo as fees and property taxes rise.

"I tell everyone I meet to be careful at work," he says. "Because if you get injured, WSIB won't pay you."

Wow!  I must admit, I found this article that was posted in The Toronto Star newspaper, rather shocking.

Please don't misunderstand.  I'm not shocked about what the article tells us, for I have known many people who have suffered going through the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) system.  Including, myself.

I am shocked that The Toronto Star printed that article.  Kudos to The Toronto Star! 

Thank you, for speaking up in support of those who are being hurt by a system that was set up to help and not hurt those who have been injured while working.  I pray God will bless your newspaper business, and the people who agreed to share that article!

Thinking of The Toronto Star's effort of good works, reminded me of Matthew 5:16, "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." 

Doing good works is truly important, as we read in this Bible verse.  God wants us to let our light shine before men, so that they may see our good works.

Just as The Toronto Star did, by helping readers understand that injured workers are suffering.

While I am thanking The Toronto Star for their effort in educating the general public on this issue, please know that I am not trying to glorify them.  After all, none of us newspaper readers have control over what is published.

The real glory goes to God.  Our Father in Heaven. 

He's the person who places things on our hearts and minds, in an effort to help us to assist others.

I praise God that He placed it on the hearts and minds of those who decided to let the public see what injured workers are going through.  Especially, since the injustice they experience isn't easy.  Nor, fun.

May God bless each of you, who have supported injured workers... in any way.


Until next time...

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