Thursday, July 31, 2014

Always...

As you're probably aware, I sometimes post about special things and/or days in my life, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL).  Today, is a special day.

If my deceased husband Gordon were still alive, we would be having a celebration.  We would be celebrating his birthday.

But we can't, because he's no longer here on earth, with me.

While I praise God that Gordon is with Him, in heaven, it doesn't make life here on earth, easy.  At least, not for me.

I miss him.  And, probably always will.

Love never dies.  At least, not with me.

Of course, God's love for His children never dies, either.

Just as His Word tells us, in Matthew 28:18-20, "And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen."

How I praise Him for loving me!  And, you... if you belong to Him.

How thankful I am that He saved me.  And, you... if you belong to Him.

How grateful I am that He made a plan of redemption for us. 

A plan that involved sending His only begotten Son to earth, to suffer and die for the sin of the world... of all who will believe.

Yes, it's important to believe upon our Lord, Jesus Christ.  For this is how we become saved, and belong to Him.

Hopefully, you are trusting in Jesus, my friend.  I would truly like to be able to meet with you in Heaven, one day.


Until next time...

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Peace, Love, Tolerance & Silence?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Hateful? Loving!

Here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I've discussed the problem we seem to be having with Islam.

Not too long ago, I e-mailed some friends and relatives about the issue of Meriam Ibrahim, that breaks my heart.  In addition, I sent an e-mail to our Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, regarding this issue.

Within a couple of days, I saw that Prime Minister Stephen Harper (or his office) posted an article on Google+, about Canada's commitment to 'saving the lives of millions of mothers and children'.  Here is a link to the article:  http://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2014/05/29/canada-continues-lead-world-maternal-newborn-and-child-health.

Please understand.  As I've said previously, I believe we need to stand up, and speak out, for truth. 

After all, we enjoy freedom here in Canada.  And, some of you live in countries where you enjoy freedom.

How did we achieve this freedom?  Through those who have stood for freedom.

Just as they did in various militaries, during WW2, for example.

But, not every country has freedom.  Certainly not in Islamic countries.

Many countries that have become Islamic in the past few years, have changed due to Muslims entering places and killing Christians, and/or other non-Muslims.  All who refused to leave and/or convert to Islam were murdered.

Here is an update from American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) in USA:  http://aclj.org/radical-islam/jihadists-escalate-persecution-slaughter-of-christians-worldwide.

If you checked out that link from ACLJ, you'll be aware that even though much of the world thinks Meriam Ibrahim has been allowed to leave Sudan (Africa) with her husband and children, it seems she has not.

Nor, has Pastor Saeed been released.  He's still imprisoned by Muslims, as are many other Christians.

A friend e-mailed to me a link to a video that I think everyone needs to watch.  It is posted by MRCTV and is entitled, Heritage Foundation Panelist on Radical Islamhttp://www.mrctv.org/videos/heritage-foundation-panelist-radical-islam.

What was discussed was truthful.  I believe everyone needs to understand the truth that was discussed, so I hope you took the time to watch/listen to it.

If you have taken the time to become educated by reading and/or watching these links, I believe that you will understand that I am not speaking up and out, in a hateful manner.

You'll be aware that I am speaking truth... in a loving manner.

Just as God told us to do, in Ephesians 4:15, "But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:"

Those whose eyes are shut to the reality of our world that is changing slowly, won't be aware of the truth that is happening here throughout our planet.  At least, until it is too late to do anything to change the situation.

Just as many didn't notice before WW2 happened.  While Adolf Hitler calmly prepared to take over as much of the world as he could do.

By speaking truth, I pray that many will turn to God. 

Hopefully, they will read God's Word, the Bible.  And, come to Christ... obtaining salvation for themselves.

Pray for others.  Please, don't just pray for those you know and love.  Pray for fellow Christians everywhere.  Especially, those who are still being imprisoned by Islam.  Just as I do.  Yes, I pray for them... and for you, my friend. 

Please know that I am grateful God answered my prayer and the prayer of many, who had been praying for Meriam Ibrahim to be released from Islamic control.  I praise God for allowing her life to not end at the hands of Muslims, who wanted to murder her.  Hallelujah!

She has been released!

Check it out at The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), who posted, Victory! Meriam Ibrahim and her American Family Safe, Free, & In Italyhttp://aclj.org/sharia-law/victory-meriam-ibrahim-her-american-family-safe-free-in-italy.

Praise God!  Hallelujah! 




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Monday, July 28, 2014

In The Midst...

If you read yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, you'll know that I went to worship with my church family.

However, before I went to do this, I did something else.

I made my way to the cemetery where my deceased husband Gordon, is buried.  Knowing that I had only been there once in the last few months, I brought some flowers with me.

This may have sounded like an easy thing to do.  And normally, it would be.  If I were stronger physically, that is.

I carried the flowers and a plastic container with some water in it.  I knew it wouldn't be enough water to fill the vase where I would place the flowers, so I laid them on the ground, along with the plastic container.

Believe it or not, I found it hard to bend down to lift the vase out from where it is stored.  It was heavy!

Yes, I know... they are heavy.  However, for me I normally can do this, without too much trouble.  But, not yesterday.

This was a very difficult thing for me to do physically, and was the first time I had attempted to do this, since my major surgery.  As I struggled to do this, I silently prayed.

God helped me. 

I managed to get the vase out, and carried it to where there was a water faucet, nearby.  I filled it with water, and made my way back to Gordon's grave.

After pouring some of the water into the plastic container that had a little bit of water already in it, I locked the vase into place on Gordon's grave.  Then, I placed the flowers in it.

I made my way to his parents' nearby grave and did the same for them.  Only this time, I didn't carry their vase to get water.  I used the water from the plastic container I had brought with me.

Afterwards, I returned to Gordon's grave for a few minutes.  There, I prayed.

Off I went, to join my church family.  And, my Lord.

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

Yes, our Lord is with us, when we gather together.  For this I praise Him!

It was wonderful being able to worship Him, giving honour and glory.

Hopefully, this will be something I will be able to continue doing.  It is my prayer that I won't need any further surgery, or medical care.

Of course, I have no idea what the future will bring, for it is God's will that is done.  Not mine.

So, I am praying that it is His will to provide me with total healing. 

If you can find it in your heart to continue praying for total, restorative healing for me, I would truly appreciate it.  Thank you, my friend.  May God bless you.


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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Worthy? Worthy!

Here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I will once again mention that I will be going to worship my Lord, with my church family.

For this, I praise God!  Being able to actually, physically go to worship with my brothers and sisters in the Lord is truly a blessing to me.

After all, my health situation caused me to not be able to attend worship services, for quite a while.  So, I can truly say I am grateful that I am now able to worship with my church family!

So, I will say again, how I praise God!  Especially, since He is worthy of worship!

Like normal, I will honour, glorify and worship Him through music. 

Worthy of Worship, was written by Terry York and Mark Blankenship.  Here is a link so you can listen and/or sing along:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MkQTuzuPIM.  The lyrics are below.

Worthy of Worship

Worthy of worship, worthy of praise,
Worthy of honour and glory;
Worthy of all the glad songs we can sing,
Worthy of all of the offerings we bring.
You are worthy, Father, Creator.
You are worthy, Saviour, Sustainer.
You are worthy, worthy and wonderful;
Worthy of worship and praise.

Worthy of reverence, worthy of fear,
Worthy of love and devotion;
Worthy of bowing and bending of knees,
Worthy of all this and added to these...
You are worthy, Father, Creator.
You are worthy, Saviour, Sustainer.
You are worthy, worthy and wonderful;
Worthy of worship and praise.

Almighty Father, Master and Lord,
King of all kings and Redeemer,
Wonderful Counselor, Comforter, Friend,
Saviour and Source of our life without end;
You are worthy, Father, Creator.
You are worthy, Saviour, Sustainer.
You are worthy, worthy and wonderful;
Worthy of worship and praise.

Thinking of these lyrics, reminded me about how worthy God truly is, of worship.

Just as we are told in Revelation 4:11, "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created."

Yes, He is definitely worthy.  Worthy of glory, honour, praise  and power.  Just as we read, He created all things.

For this, we need to be thankful for all He has done for us, for He not only created all things, but He has also given us a means of Salvation, through believing upon His Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ (Acts 16:31). 

Yes, we all need to be thankful.  Me, you... and all who will believe upon Him.


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Saturday, July 26, 2014

A Special Day: Burial... & Birthday!

As I discussed yesterday, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), Thursday, July 24th was a special day. 

Now, with today being Saturday, July 26th, today will be another special day.   A day that is special to me, and other family members.

Today is the day when my relative, Audrey is being buried.

Things are done differently in Northern Ireland than what is normally done, here.  Instead of having a funeral home as a place to visit family of the person who died, and have a last look at the body of the person whose life has ended, most people have the deceased person laid out in their casket, at home.

To the best of my knowledge, this is what has been at my relative's home. 

Audrey will be taken to her church for a funeral service.  However, before that happens, a private service will be held at home, for her family.

In my heart, I wish I could be there.  And, it breaks my heart that I wasn't able to see her, before her life ended.

One thing is for sure.  God's will is always done.

Now, to focus on something more positive, I must tell you about my brother, B.

Where he lives, is quite a distance from here.  It usually takes between three and a half to four (3 1/2 to 4) hours, to drive from where I live to his home.

If I were feeling better physically, and if he was feeling better physically, I would probably travel to visit him.  For today is a special day for him, too.

It's my brother B's birthday!

Happy Birthday, B!  May God bless you on this, your special day.  And, always!

Believe me when I say that I'm happy that my brother is still alive, and that he is able to celebrate this special day.

It would have done my heart good to have been able to spend the day with him.  But, this wasn't meant to be.  It obviously wasn't God's plan.

Nevertheless, today is another day.  In my in my brother's life.  In my relative's family's life.  And, in my life.

So, no matter what is happening, we must be thankful and happy.  Even if things in life are sad.

Just as we read, in Psalm 118:24, "This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it."

As I've said in the past, life isn't easy.  And, it isn't always kind.

But, each day God gives us to be here on earth, is special. 

For as He told us in His Word, the Bible, today is a day that our Lord has provided for us.  We shall rejoice and be glad in it.  And, by doing so, we can show Him another form of our obedience.

May you be blessed today, my friend.


Until next time...

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Tears of Grief... and Joy!

Today, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I'll be discussing happy and sad issues.  Issues that have brought me tears of both grief and joy.

Yesterday, was a very important day.

July 24th was when a relative of mine, died.  Audrey, was a lovely woman, who I felt very close to. 

She had been treated for lung cancer.  I had prayed God would heal her.

It obviously wasn't His will for her to continue on with life.  Otherwise, she would still be here on earth. 

I'm grateful that she was trusting in our Lord, Jesus Christ.  Because of her belief in Jesus, she will spend eternity in Heaven.  Thank You, Lord!

When her funeral is, I do not yet know.  However, knowing she lives in Northern Ireland, I won't be able to attend.

Even if I had medical clearance from my surgeon, it wouldn't be easy to make last minute arrangements to travel across the pond.  But, I don't, because I won't even see my surgeon for a check-up appointment, until the end of the month.

May all my friends and family join me in prayer for Audrey's family and friends.  She will be greatly missed.

Another important thing happened, yesterday.

When I called my brother B, to tell him about Audrey's death, he let me know that he has been once again added to the transplant list.  Yes, you've heard this, before.

In the past, due to health concerns, he's been on the list.  Then, removed.  Then, re-added.  And again, removed.   Over and over.

Lord, I thank you for restoring my brother's name to the transplant list.

This situation does not help him in any way.  Not physically.  And, certainly not emotionally.

It is simple to understand that stress isn't helpful to anyone's physical condition.

So once again, I am asking that you join me in prayer.  This time, for my brother. 

Prayer is something he truly needs.  And, something we truly need to do, for ourselves and for others.

Just as we read in 1 Timothy 2:1-3, "I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;"

Yes, prayer is needed for everyone.  And, we need to be praying, for everyone.

Even if we are not happy with situations, with the person we are praying for.

Not only is this good and acceptable to our Lord, but you will be blessed.  Blessed, for being obedient to God's calling... or commands.

Please pray with me.  Thank you, my friend.

Dear Heavenly Father,  It is with both heavy and joyful hearts we come to You, today.  You are our God, who loves us.  You love us so much that You sent your only begotten Son to earth, to suffer and die on a wooden cross for the sin of the world, for all who will believe upon Him.  For this we thank You, and we thank our Lord, Jesus Christ, for His obedience, for by doing this, Jesus helped create your plan of salvation for us.  Thank You!  Father, we come to you, asking that you lift up my relative Audrey's family and friends.  Encourage them.  Help them through this time of grief, for we know that she will be greatly missed by many, including me.  We also come to you, asking that you resolve this health situation for my brother B, who needs you to provide complete healing for him.  Whether you provide a miracle, or a kidney transplant, it makes no difference to us, here on earth.  The outcome of complete healing is what is needed.  So, we're asking You to provide either a miracle or a medical cure through our good, but damaged medical system, here where we live.  We pray for other friends and family, who also need healing.  May You not only provide healing, but we also ask that You lift them up, encourage them, and provide for their every need.  We thank You for this, in advance.  And, pray this in Jesus' precious name.  Amen.


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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Caesar?!

I must admit, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), that yesterday I was exhausted.

For about a week and a half now, I've tried to go out, daily.  Not for long. 

At least I'm getting out of my apartment.  Unlike I had for several months, this year.  And, indeed like much of almost 2 years.

Staying in can't always be fun.  Just as I've written in the past.

Especially, when a person's heart's desire is to be able to do things. 

As you probably have guessed, instead of going out yesterday, I stayed in.  And, even had a short afternoon nap!

There was something I needed to do.  Bookkeeping.

As I've discussed in the past, even though I am not able to work at my job selling real estate, I still have bookkeeping to do.  Partly due to having expenses that must be paid, whether I'm working or not.

But, mainly due to the fact that I must submit my Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) information to our Canadian Government, quarterly.  Meaning, every three (3) months. 

It matters not, if I'm owing money to the government, or if I will be receiving a refund.  The work must be done.

Being so very worn out, I almost thought of putting it off, and not doing the work I needed to do.

Instead, I trusted God, and forced myself to sort out all the information I needed.  For real estate, and with regards to book sales, etc.

And, God sure blessed me!

I was able to get the work done, in less time than I thought it would take.  Including going on-line and filing to the government, the information they needed.

Hallelujah!

Thinking about my responsibility in doing the bookkeeping, and filing the report to the government, made me think of something Jesus said.

It was in Luke 20:25, "And he said unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar's, and unto God the things which be God's."

Please understand, it doesn't make me unhappy having to do the work I needed to do.  It's just that I was so very tired, and/or worn out.

Even so, knowing that when Jesus was referring to Caesar, we can see the value of what we need to do for our government, even if it is not today known as Caesar.

This is why I was grateful that I was able to do what I needed to do.  For my governmental requirements.

Just as I prefer to do, regarding God.

While I may not have done this all my life, I now put God first in my life.  Just as He commanded us to do, in His Word, the Bible.

It breaks my heart that not everyone reads the Bible.  The unfortunate thing is, that anyone who doesn't read God's Word, doesn't have full knowledge of what He expects of us.

So friend, if ever I could recommend something you could do to honour God, it would be to read His Word, the Bible.  May you be blessed for doing so!


Until next time...

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Send Me...

Here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I think today is the day when I should give you a bit of an update on my life. 

Yesterday, while doing some things at home, a knock was heard at my door.  When I answered it, there stood a postal worker.

I had registered mail!

The mailman told me that he thought my passport had arrived.  After signing for the registered mail, I opened the packet and found he was right. 

My passport was there!  Hallelujah!

After I had finally been able to drive again, and had the repair work done on my van, I had taken the time to get my passport renewed.

To be honest, I was shocked at how many people were doing the same thing I was, that day.  It was even more surprising that I ran into someone I know, there!

It was so busy in that federal passport office, that there was hardly anywhere to sit.  The room was filled with people.

While there, it took longer than I thought it would.  It seemed like I was there almost all afternoon. 

But eventually, I left with a receipt I was given.  This was confirmation that my passport was being renewed.

For this, I praised God!

After all, it's been a very long time since I was able to go anywhere.  Well, other than going to London, Ontario, for medical care!

Of course, there's no guarantee that I will be able to go anywhere, anytime soon.  But, I'm believing that God will provide for me.

Especially, since He knows my heart and my desire to do more for Him.

Thinking of this, brought to mind Isaiah 6:8, "Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me."

After being locked into my apartment for close to two (2) years, suffering with physical problems that resulted in repeated surgery and other medical treatment, I am looking forward to being able to do more, for my Lord.

He alone knows the plan He has for me.  He alone knows what my future will bring.  Especially, since He knows the end from the beginning.

How grateful I am that He provides for me, always.  I believe He has plans to send me places.

I am looking forward to being able to do more for Him.  Hopefully, sooner rather than later. 


Until next time...

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Bye Bye, Derek...

Last week, I posted here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), information about my blogger friend, Derek Boocock, who is biking around the world.

On Wednesday, July 16th, I met him where he had stayed at Diane Motel about 9:00 a.m.

We did not spend the day together.  This was the day he was leaving Windsor, and heading towards Niagara Falls, with a plan on stopping in Chatham, for another overnight stay.

When I arrived to say goodbye and wish him well, he was almost finished loading his bike.  Once he was ready, I took a picture of him.

Derek, prepared to leave Windsor, ON, Canada.

There is something he doesn't know. 

After arriving home, I went out on the balcony.  Just as I turned on my camera, I saw Derek ride by my apartment building! 
Derek leaving Windsor, ON.

In order to see him, you may need to enlarge the photo, for he is in the centre of this pic.  Being high up in my building, I wasn't able to get a clear shot.

I'm thankful to have met Derek.  Meeting him was not only a pleasure, but it was another first (1st) in my life, for this was the first (1st) time I had met with a fellow blogger!

Prayer for him, continues.  And, I hope you'll join me in praying for him, as well.  Thank you, friend.

Later, while online, I came across a YouTube video entitled, Derek Boocock -- round the world on a bicycle.  Here is a link so you can see it:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yE8EneeQhA.

At that time, Derek was heading to Africa.  Things changed for him, in Africa.  If you read his blog, you'll know why and what the result was.  There is a link on my blog reading list, where you can access Derek's blog:  Derek's Bike Trip  www.dereksbiketrip.com

Also, you could watch another YouTube video entitled, Talk Vietnam:  Derek Boocock - A British man cycling around the World.  I'm sure you'll enjoy watching this interview:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2fVrRWqkJg.

As I discussed on SONday, our Lord's Day, all who belong to God will experience trials in life.  Just as we read in His Word.

The trials that Derek experienced have not been easy.  However, God has helped him through and is guiding him along the way of both his life, and his around-the-world biking trip.

In our conversation together, we agreed that God helps us through those trials.  And, the glory goes to Him.

Just as we read in 1 Peter 4:13-14, "But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified."

No matter what we experience in life, we need to be thankful.  We need to be grateful, because our Lord's sufferings were far worse than ours could ever be.

My friend, if you do this, you will understand how God provides us with joy.  And, if we are subjected to our trials in life, as reproach for our relationship with Jesus Christ, we will be blessed in our afterlife as we spend eternity in Heaven, with Him.  This brings happiness, as well.

Hopefully, you are trusting in Jesus Christ, for your salvation. 

If not, you won't spend eternity in Heaven with God.  Instead, you'll be in Hell forever, with no chance of escape.

It is for your benefit that I suggest that you come to Christ, today.  This way, when it is time for your life to end here on earth, you will be blessed to spend eternity with Him, in Heaven.

How do you come to Christ and gain salvation?  Believe on the Lord, Jesus Christ and you shall be saved (Acts 16:31).



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Monday, July 21, 2014

A Real First... For Me!

As I mentioned here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), yesterday I went to worship with my church family.

The time I left to meet up with my church family, was much earlier than normal.  I had planned to meet with pastor Tom, and with some other people.

How grateful I was to meet up with four (4) other sisters in the Lord!

You may be wondering what the reason was for our meeting.  It was to find out information on becoming a member of the church group.

Living in various cities in my life, and worshipping with many various church groups, I have worshipped God with many people.  And, I even worshipped with one (1) church group for 17 years.  But, I had never actually become a member of any church group.

At least, not until yesterday!

I have always called my fellow Christians my church family.  Now, we are truly family!  Family of Walkerville Evangelical Baptist Church.

Of course, being saved, meaning being a born-again Christian, I have for quite a while been a member of God's family.  One of many in the body of Christ.

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

I must admit, that I am grateful that the church family (congregation) of Walkerville Evangelical Baptist Church, is growing. 

I'm grateful to be a family member of a group of Christians.  Christians, who believe upon our Lord, Jesus Christ, who believe we need to read our Bible, study it, and teach others about it. 

After all, it is God's Word.  And, will always be His Word.  For He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.


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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Well...

As I discussed last SONday, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I was able to drive myself to go worship with my church family.  This was the first time in months, that I was healthy enough to do this.  Thank You, Lord!

Today, I'll be doing the same.  After all, I love with all my heart, being able to join my brothers and sisters in the Lord, for worship of our Lord!

Last week's worship service included a hymn that I adore. 

It was written by Horatio G. Spafford and Philip Bliss.  It's entitled, It Is Well With My Soul.  Here is a link, so you can listen and/or sing along: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3hBsuzX884.   Below, are the lyrics.

It Is Well With My Soul (Verses in brackets are not sung on this link)

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul. 

 
Refrain:
It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

(Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.)

My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!—
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!


It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.


(For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
If Jordan above me shall roll,
No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life
Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.)

(But, Lord, ’tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord!
Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul!)

And Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.


It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.


This hymn has great meaning and I feel I can relate to it, well.  Hopefully, you can, also.

The point isn't whether a person is happy with their life, or not.

It was written after tragic events happened to Horatio G. Spafford's family.  Events that ended the lives of family members.

The trials he experienced weren't easy.  And, wouldn't be for anyone.  But, he recognized that God had told us that whoever belongs to Him, will experience trials in life.

Just as we read in 1 Peter 4:12-14, "Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:".

The point to this hymn is that no matter what happens to us in life, if we have faith in God, it is well with our soul.  For this, I praise God.


Until next time...

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Derek...

In yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I introduced you to a fellow blogger.

My fellow blogger is riding his bicycle around the world.  His name is Derek Boocock.  And, he is the writer of Derek's Bike Trip, www.dereksbiketrip.com.

As I mentioned yesterday, Derek arrived in Windsor last Sunday.

On Monday, July 14th, I picked up Derek about 9:15 a.m.  We made our way across town to a bicycle shop, where he picked up parts for his bike.  Yes, with all that riding, carrying everything he owns in the world, his bike needs repair work, now and then.

Then we drove around town.  While sightseeing in various areas, I was surprised at how knowledgeable he was, with regards to memorials, and various attractions.  This confirmed information he had given me, regarding his past life.

Being hungry, we went to Franco's for lunch.  While it is known as a pizzeria, it is also a lovely Italian restaurant.  We enjoyed their lunch buffet, and some great conversation.

Afterwards, I dropped Derek off at the home of the people who were hosting him.

On Tuesday, July 15th, I met Derek about 10:00 a.m.  This location was different.  We met at Diane Motel, on Windsor's east side.  This is where he was about to stay for his last night in town.

While check-in time is later, the owner allowed Derek to store his bike in his room. 

My original plan was to take him out into the county (in other places, people would say... in the country or in the countryside, but here they say county).  The idea was to do more sightseeing of the Windsor-Essex County area.

But, after heading over to the west side, we began discussing roads.  Derek let me know his plan on heading towards Niagara Falls.

However, after seeing some of our roadways under construction, and seeing high traffic areas, his thinking changed.  I was truly happy that he decided to reconsider his plan.

We headed over to Pat & Hanks fish 'n chips shop, in Tecumseh, ON (next to Windsor).  There, my friend A joined us for lunch.

Here is Derek & my friend A, at Pat & Hanks in Tecumseh, ON

Afterwards, we did an errand for Derek.  While there, my friend A dropped by with a gift for Derek.  Thank you, A.  May God bless you, my friend.

Eventually, we made our way to my apartment building.  We went to the 2nd floor, where my building's pool deck is located.

Poor Derek had to wait for me, outside.  Hey, at least he had time to use his GPS and think about mapping a new travel plan, while sitting around the pool!

I went up to my apartment, where I not only changed into my bathing suit, but also packed up the food for our suppertime meal.  Yes, we enjoyed a BBQ meal, together.

One of my neighbours was kind to Derek.  He returned to where we were eating dinner, and gave him a souvenir.  Thank you, F!  May God bless you...

While discussing Derek's trip around the world, we discussed his health.

He's battled various forms of cancer, throughout much of his life.  After having treatment at home in England, and being told there was nothing further that could be done for him, he decided to change his life... and begin his bike trip around the world.

Upon hearing that he had terminal cancer, Derek could have gone home, and decided to not travel.  He could have just stayed home and met with people in a local pub.  And, if he had decided to do this, it would have been okay with God.

Just as He told us, in Proverbs 31:6-7, "Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.
Let him drink, and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more."

Even though it would have been okay with God, Derek decided to not stay home and try to forget his troubles by masking his pain.  Instead, he began to focus on making his bike trip around the world... trusting God to help him.

As I've said many times in the past, life isn't easy.  And, it's not kind.

But, our Lord is there for us.  He's there for all who believe upon Him.

I'm grateful that Derek trusts in our Lord, Jesus Christ.  For, he is saved and will spend eternity in Heaven, with our Lord, at some time in the future.


Until next time...

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Biking Around The World?!

Here on Life with Lynnie (LwL) yesterday, I discussed a friend and a relative that need prayer, due to having cancer.

Someone else I know also needs prayer.  For healing, and more.

This fellow is someone like me.  Sort of.  I am meaning that he writes a blog.

In the past, I've had limited contact with Derek Boocock, who is a fellow blog writer.  We communicated sometimes through comments on his blog entitled, Derek's Bike Trip.  But, we also messaged each other on Facebook (FB).

Derek has been through a lot in his life.  You will learn a bit about him, if you read his blog.

Throughout his life, he has battled various forms of cancer.  And, he's experienced many life trials.

He lost his wife to cancer, the same year my husband Gordon, died.

After he finished his own cancer treatments and had been told there was nothing more that could be done for him, he decided to travel.  He began travelling, but in a different way than most people.

Derek began biking around the world.

He's from England, and has made his way around much of the world.  However, there are more areas he's heading to.  Hopefully, he'll make it to every place he's headed towards.

When I realized he was getting closer to my area, we made arrangements to meet.

Since I hadn't been able to renew my passport, I wasn't available to help Derek cross the border. 

I knew this would be a problem, since no one is allowed to bicycle over the bridge or in the tunnel coming from Detroit, MI, USA, to here in Windsor, ON, Canada.  Even the idea of crossing on the tunnel bus wouldn't work. 

Derek would have had to unload his bike, and pack his tenting equipment, personal stuff, food, etc., into baggage.  Then, he would have had to partly disassemble/adjust his bike to be able to be stored in a box, in order to use the tunnel bus to cross the border.

Knowing this wouldn't work, I prayed about his situation.  And, God provided.  Thank You, Lord!

A couple who live here in Windsor, are fellow members of a biking group that Derek belongs to.  They went to Detroit, picked Derek up, and brought him, his bike and all his gear, into Canada.

Thank you, to those who helped Derek return into Canada.  May God bless you...

Yes, he was able to enter Canada, for a second time, after biking from Vancouver, B.C., to here. 

For this, I praised God!  I was truly thankful! 

Thinking this way, brought to mind Colossians 4:2, "Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;"

It was wonderful knowing that not only had God helped Derek, but it was such a blessing to know that the prayer of mine and probably others also, was answered by God.  Thank You, Lord!

Just so you know, Derek arrived in Windsor, on Sunday, July 13th, 2014.

If you would like to read Derek's blog and/or check it out without starting at the beginning of his cycling trip, here is a link to his blog:  http://www.dereksbiketrip.com/.

If you would like to read Derek's blog, right from the beginning, here is a link to the first (1st) entry:  http://www.dereksbiketrip.com/let-the-adventure-begin/.

May God bless Derek.  May God bless all who help him.  And, may God bless you, my friend.


Until next time...

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Patiently Resting...

Here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I've discussed my health situation, from time to time.

Although I don't know for sure, it seems to me that nothing much has changed for me, since the drainage tube system was removed.  You see, I still have swelling in my lower gut.  So, it seems that there has been no change.

In case you're not aware, the doctor who installed the drainage tube system had told me that it had to remain inside me, until I was fully healed.  However, due to poor care of my skin below where the bandaging was covering the entrance to my gut of the drainage tube system, I developed blisters. 

This was not a good thing to happen.  This meant that I could no longer have bandaging.  And, without the drainage tube system being covered where it entered my body, meant that the tube had to be removed from my body.

Sigh...

Still I'm remaining as calm as I can be, trusting God for my body to be healed.

Of course, I know other people who have even worse problems in their lives.  And, their situations and health concerns seem to be even more dangerous, than mine.

So, I pray.  Not just for me.  For them.

One such person, is a Facebook friend... Rhonda Burnett.

Normally, here on LwL, I don't use people's names.  However, Rhonda was very kind.  When I asked her if I could write about her health situation, I let her know I wouldn't use her name.  Her response to me was that it was okay to write about her, and even use her name.  Thank you, Rhonda.  May God bless you, my friend.

Rhonda is facing death.

She has been battling lung cancer.  Now, other physical issues have developed.  And, there's no treatment available to provide healing for her.

The only way she will be healed, is if God provides a miracle healing.

Another person I care for has lung cancer.  A cousin of mine. 

My cousin has been in and out of hospital, receiving treatment.  And, is now permanently on oxygen.

Much like I just said about Rhonda, my cousin will probably only be healed if God provides a miracle healing.

Knowing these people I love are suffering drastically, is heartbreaking to me.

Yet, when I've spoken with my cousin, she's been rather calm while talking with me, and updating me regarding her physical health.

The same is true for Rhonda.

This truly amazes me.  And, I must say that I am proud of both of these suffering women.

Why?  Because, even though they are a friend and a relative, they are both my sisters-in-the-Lord.  Hallelujah!

Thinking about the calmness both my cousin and Rhonda are exuding, brought to mind Psalm 37:7 , "Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass."

It seems they are both resting in the Lord, waiting patiently to either be healed, or be taken home, to be with Him.

I believe that the calmness they display is a mirror image of the lack of fretting within them.  The peace within them, that goes beyond all understanding.  The peace that can only come from our Lord.

Please, join me in prayer for my friend Rhonda, my cousin, and indeed anyone else we know who are suffering to the point of drawing close to death.  Thank you.  May God bless you, my friend. 

Dear Heavenly Father,  We come to you, in prayer for these sisters-in-the-Lord, because You are our awesome God.  You alone, know the plans you have for their lives, and for the lives of all people.  We thank You Father, for loving us so much that You sent Your only begotten Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ, to earth, to fulfill Your plan of salvation for all who will believe upon Him.  Father, we pray in a special way for my cousin, for my friend Rhonda, and for all who are suffering with various forms of cancer, and/or ailments that are limiting their lifetimes.  We pray that it is Your will to heal them, for nothing is impossible for You.  We know that Your will is always done.  If it is not your will to provide the miracle healing needed, we pray that you will instead continue to provide each of them with the peace that can only come from You.  We pray that You will lift them up, encourage them, and help them to be able to enjoy each moment with friends and family, who love them.  We thank You in advance, and ask this in Jesus' precious name.  Amen.


Until next time...

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

It's Coming...

Here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I discussed about watching movies, online.

Some films I've watched are not as sinful as some others I have watched.

It's hard to tell what will be a good film and what won't be.  Unless, you're familiar with the movie, ahead of time.

As I mentioned before, my nurse told me a while ago about www.crackle.com.  I found it to be a good site, so I watched more movies.  Here's what I watched, while I still living without my television (TV):

Hitch, starring Will Smith, and others.  Feel free to check out this romantic-comedy film, here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hitch_(film).  This movie I had seen in the past, but felt I needed a few chuckles, so I watched it, again.

Step Brothers, starring Will Farrell and John C. Reilly.  Here's a link, so you can read about it:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Step_Brothers_(film).  This was deemed to be a comedy.  And, it was, so to speak.  However, the problems and attitudes in the film, I found to be upsetting, considering it was not children involved.  Even so, it had a good ending, and was worth watching.

2 Days in Paris, starring Julie Delpy, Adam Goldberg and Daniel Bruhl.  Check it out, by clicking on this link:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2_Days_in_Paris.  This was supposed to be a romantic comedy-drama film.  But, in my mind, it was not a comedy.  It was definitely a drama film.  And, not truly romantic, although some people might dispute my feelings about it.  This film was filled with more sin in various ways, than I expected.

Visioneers, starring Zach Galifianakis & Judy Greer.  Please check it out, here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visioneers.  While it was listed as a comedy film, my opinion is that... it isn't.  When writing this entry, and posting the link so you can read about this movie, I saw that it is actually supposed to be dark-comedy.  Dark... it definitely was.  Comedy, it was not.  At least, in my mind.

One thing I didn't like about most movies, is that they rarely ever mention God in them.  Of course, that's the way society has been for many years.

Even so, I have found that some films are totally against God, in some ways.  Sort of like Visioneers

It seem to me that much of society doesn't believe in God.  This makes me sad. 

In fact, thinking that there are so many unbelievers here on earth, breaks my heart.  Especially, since so many people walk/live each day with their own lust in mind.  And, not God.

This brought to mind, 2 Peter 3:3-10, "Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up."

Believe me when I say it makes me sad that all people are not saved.  Saved from spending eternity in Hell.  They are sometimes called scoffers, especially when they focus on themselves, and not on God.

God will save, whom He will save. 

We, His children, are to fulfill His Great Commission.  We are to plant those seeds for Christ, with those who need salvation.

We are to preach the gospel to all the creatures of the earth, to be obedient to His calling. 

This way, after seeds are planted, God will water them.. and will reap many who have gained salvation... by trusting in Jesus Christ.

As those Bible verses tell us, we should not be ignorant regarding God.  He makes us promises that He will always keep.

So please, if you have not yet gained salvation by trusting in Jesus Christ, do so, today.  Tomorrow, may be too late. 

Always remember that our eternal future is in His hands.  The Day of the Lord, is coming.


Until next time...

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Have Spoken!

In yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I mentioned about the heartbreak I feel while thinking about those who have suffered by Muslims.

Is there anything we can do about this?  In my opinion, yes... and no.

As humans, living in a Godless world, we can do what is humanly possible.

We can speak up.  And, speak out. 

We can do this, so that others who share our living environment, can see the truth about what we need to deal with.

We can do whatever we can to encourage our government to stop allowing sinful groups of people, who claim to be loving and peaceful, when in fact they are not, from having our laws changed to reflect their desires.  Desires that will ultimately lead to the destruction of our freedom, within our countries; maybe not at the moment, but at some point in the future.

Ultimately, we can do nothing much else.  Other than pray.

The rest has to come from God.  His will is always done.

He knows the end from the beginning.  He knows the suffering that His people will go through.  Even if we do not.

So, we need to trust Him, for all things.  While doing this, we need to take a deep breath, and give the ultimate prayer requests to Him.

After all, He did tell us that we would have troubles in life.

Just as He did, in John 16:33, "These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."

God alone can give us peace. 

Peace that goes beyond all understanding.  Peace that can only come from Him.

He made it clear to us that we shall have tribulation.  We will suffer, with trials in our lives.

But, just as He told us... we need to be of good cheer.  He overcame the world.

And, because we who belong to Him, who are His children, who are saved by trusting in/believing upon our Lord, Jesus Christ, are doing as He requested, we will overcome the world, also.

Are you trusting in Jesus Christ for your eternal salvation?  There is no other way to spend eternity in Heaven. 

If you're not saved, you need to be. 

The fact is, if you are not saved when your body gives up life here on earth, you will suffer for eternity in Hell, separated from God... with no chance of escape.

I hope I will one day see you in Heaven, even if we do not meet, here on earth. 

The only way this will be possible, is if you have come to Christ, repented, and have chosen to live for Him.

Please know I pray for you.  Always.


Until next time...

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Prime Thinking...

Once again, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I feel I must speak up, regarding some worldly issues.

Before I begin discussing today's issues, I would like to say how proud I am that I am proud of our Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper.  And, proud of the fact that he has openly commented in the past, that he supports Israel.

You need to know that I was late turning on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) newscast on the evening of Monday, January 20, 2014, and only caught part of a story regarding what our Stephen Harper had said regarding Israel

However, on Google+, I came across this article that Prime Minister Stephen Harper's office posted.  I was happy to open the link and read The Knesset Press Releases entitled, PM Harper tells Knesset Canada will back Israel "through fire and water".  Here is a link to the article:  http://www.knesset.gov.il/spokesman/eng/PR_eng.asp?PRID=11102.

It was said on CBC, that some Muslims walked out, not wanting to hear anything further that Prime Minister Stephen Harper had to say.

It seems that we Canadians are not liked.  At least, in my opinion, not any more than anyone who is not Islamic.

You may or may not be aware of another issue that has affected people. 

Not Canadians.  Nor, Christians.  But rather, Israeli people.

Three (3) teenagers were abducted, and later found dead.

Please read this link:  http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/3-missing-israeli-teens-found-dead-near-hebron-1.2692115.

If you read it, you'll be aware that Hamas has been blamed for what happened.  Hamas.  That is just one (1) of many Islamic groups who are hateful towards non-Muslims, and do their best to fulfill what the Quran and other of their holy books tell them to do. 

However, they are not truly doing what they have been instructed to do. 

Islam teaches them that they are supposed to give infidels (non-Muslims) the option of becoming Islamic.  If refusal is the issue, then they are free to cut off the person's heads, as per their religious instruction.

Did they do this with those Israeli teenagers?  Only God knows.  Especially, since they were held in captivity, before being murdered. 

Thinking about being held in captivity, brought to mind Psalm 126, "When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.
Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The Lord hath done great things for them.
The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.
Turn again our captivity, O Lord, as the streams in the south.
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him."

How my heart breaks, knowing that those teenagers who were abducted, were held captive by Muslims, whom they probably realized would murder them.  How they must have suffered.

How my heart breaks for the families of those teenagers, who were murdered by the Muslims. 

My heart grieves.

I will continue to pray for their families and friends.  And, for all who are being held captive by Islamic groups, whether in private quarters, or in prison.

No matter what, I will continue to do God's work.  Even if it means sowing in tears.

Please... join me in prayer.  And, please... do as God wants us to do. 

Plant seeds for Christ.  Not just at home with family.  Plant those seeds, everywhere you go.  And, in everything you do.

For this, as His child, God will bless you.


Until next time...

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Above All...

Once again, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I'll be discussing this day being a day of worship.

After all, it is SONday.  Our Lord's Day!

For the first time in quite a while, I'll be driving myself to worship with my church family!  Thank You, Lord!

He deserves to be worshipped.  He loves us.  And, provides for us.

Once again, I will use music to honour Him.

A Facebook (FB) friend posted a song on my wall/timeline, the other day.  I had heard it before, but when I listened to it on that occasion, the lyrics struck my heart.  So, I decided to use it to glorify Him, today.

The song is by Michael W. Smith and is entitled, Above All.  Here is a link for you to listen and/or sing along.  The lyrics are below.

Above All

Above all powers
Above all kings
Above all nature
And all created things
Above all wisdom
And all the ways of man
You were here
Before the world began

Above all kingdoms
Above all thrones
Above all wonders
The world has ever known
Above all wealth
And treasures of the earth
There's no way to measure
What You're worth

Crucified
Laid behind a stone
You lived to die
Rejected and alone
Like a rose
Trampled on the ground
You took the fall
And thought of me
Above all

Above all powers
Above all kings
Above all nature
And all created things
Above all wisdom
And all the ways of man
You were here
Before the world began

Above all kingdoms
Above all thrones
Above all wonders
The world has ever known
Above all wealth
And treasures of the earth
There's no way to measure
What You're worth

Crucified
Laid behind a stone
You lived to die
Rejected and alone
Like a rose
Trampled on the ground
You took the fall
And thought of me
Above all

Crucified
Laid behind a stone
You lived to die
Rejected and alone
Like a rose
Trampled on the ground
You took the fall
And thought of me
Above all

Like the rose
Trampled on the ground
You took the fall
And thought of me
Above all
 

Above all else, nothing is more important than what Jesus did for us.  Just as the song states, He lived to die. 

He died for you, for me, and for all who will believe upon Him.

Just as we read in John 20:31, "But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name."

Friend, if you are not trusting in Jesus Christ for your salvation, your eternity will be spent separated from God, in Hell.  With no escape.

Trust in Him, today.  Before it is too late.  And, you will be blessed... for eternity.


Until next time...

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Happy Glorious Twelfth!

Here on Life with Lynnie, I discuss special days, whenever I can.

Today, is the Glorious TwelfthOrangemen's Day!

Here is a pic that shows both a British flag (the right flag on the side, and front of the vehicle) and an Orangemen's flag (the left flag on the side of the vehicle): 
(A photo found on the internet.)

Thinking about my last visit to Northern Ireland brought back memories.  Some that I won't forget.  Including the fact that I have in my possession a Orangemen's flag, like the left one on the side of the vehicle in the photo above.

While there, we celebrated my now deceased husband Gordon's birthday, with my family members.  In addition, we attended a festival in Ballymoney, Co. Antrim, honouring Ulster Scots

Yes, generations ago, many people immigrated from Scotland, to Northern Ireland.  One such person, was my great-grandfather, who was originally from Scotland.

A parade began the festival.  There was music by groups, and bands.  And, young people doing traditional dances.

One humorous thing we saw was a fellow who made us truly laugh.  Here is a link for you to watch the original person who was recorded:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GS-itkO9ia8.

Hopefully, you had a laugh watching the video.  I chuckle every time I watch that three-legged man... Jake the peg!  :)

While talking with my friend M, was telling me how the family name Patrick is part of her heritage.  Her grandfather told her that St. Patrick is part of her long ago heritage.

How nice to hear something like this!

During our conversation, I let M know that my now deceased husband Gordon and I, along with a cousin and her husband, drove to and up Slemish Mountain, in Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland.  Here is a link, to read about it:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slemish.

It's only a short drive from where some of my Irish family lives, so it didn't take long to get there.

Even so, we didn't get to walk around when we visited there, for it was pouring with rain.  Hopefully, the next time I'm able to visit, I'll be able to enjoy a time there, with no rain!

This would be a true blessing to me!  Much like a poem that represents an old Irish blessing:

An Old Irish Blessing

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

While poetry is wonderful, the fact is that the best blessing anyone can have or give, involves God.

Just as we read in Ephesians 1:3, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:"

Yes, we should bless God the Father, God the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  After all, God is the trinity... three (3) in one!

God has truly blessed us, in so many ways.  The trinity provides for us, always... in so many ways.

Salvation, support, love and guidance are only a few ways that God has truly blessed those of us who belong to Him, and who have gained salvation by trusting in our Lord, Jesus Christ. 

How grateful I am for this!  Thank You, dear God!

Nothing could ever be better.


Until next time...

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Being...

In a recent Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I mentioned how when I began to drive once again, I took my van to be repaired. 

My mechanic did some of the work it needed, just as I discussed, previously.  However, not all the work could be done.

So, on Friday, July 4th, I dropped off my van to be repaired, once again.  His sister works for him on a part-time basis.  She was able to give me a ride home.  For this, I was grateful!  Thank you, A!

Now you can understand why I was thankful that my church sister E, gave me a ride to worship with my church family, last Sunday.  Again, I thank you, E!  May God bless you...

My van was finally ready on Monday, near suppertime. 

Instead of picking up my van on Monday evening, my mechanic S, picked me up at my apartment building, on Tuesday morning.  Together, we made our way to his shop, where I once again paid him for the work he did.

Then, I drove away happy.  Even though the combined fees paid to do the work on my van came to about $2,000.00!

It needed an oil change, the radiator hose re-connected, a gasket, brakes and more.  Even though I had rarely driven it over the past almost two (2) years, it didn't mean that the poor van didn't need work done.  Especially, since its brakes had seized up repeatedly, due to not being driven!

After doing some errands, I made my way home.

Once again, I found that my body was aching.  My abdomen hurt so badly that I needed to once again, rest.

Thinking about how God provides for me always, and thinking about how He encourages me always, reminded me of Joshua 1:9, "Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest."

Joshua may have made those statements, but they are the Word of God.  And, what he said, applies to what God desires.  After all, God inspired all that is written in the Bible.

Just as quoted, He wants us to be of good courage.  He doesn't want us to be afraid, or dismayed.  He wants us to remember that our Lord is with us, wherever we go. 

Yes, He is with me.  And, I'm grateful to Him, for this!  He's with you, also... as long as you are one of His family.

I pray you are saved, for if you are, you belong to Him. 

If you belong to Him, you will want to put God first (1st) in your life.  Just as He told us we should.

So, if you are not yet saved, I would suggest you begin reading God's Word, the Bible.  Begin in the New Testament.  I suggest you begin in the book of John, and read through to the end.

Hopefully, you'll become aware of what God provides, and expects of you.

And, may you be blessed, with eternal life, through salvation, by trusting in our Lord, Jesus Christ.


Until next time...

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Thank You!

If you've been reading Life with Lynnie (LwL) for a while now, you're probably aware that due to recovering from surgery and health problems, I wasn't able to drive.  At least, not for quite a while.

Last week, all this changed!

On Wednesday, July 2nd, I forced myself to get dressed.  Many of you probably don't realize that with having pain from having my muscles used to reconstruct me during my past major surgery, from my rib cage to my pelvic area, it has been painful to even wear clothing.

Once ready to go out, I made my way across the street, to the park's parking lot, where my van has been parked for about a couple of months.

In the past, my brakes seized up on several occasions, when my van had not been driven for a lengthy period of time.  That day, was no different.

When I put it in drive, I expected my van to move.  It didn't.

Pressing down on the gas pedal more and more, finally made enough pressure to get my van slightly moving, again.  Once it began moving, things seemed to be okay, once again. 

For this, I praised God!  After all, it hasn't been easy dealing with all of life's problems and trials, in the physical condition I've been in.  I was truly thankful that I was able to drive my van.

You're probably aware if you read past LwL entries, that when my van was last moved, it overheated.  The radiator hose had come off.

Why this happened, I have no idea.  It may have been due to a loose connection, and possibly by the extra pressure applied, by having to give it stronger gas pedal use.  Only God knows.

At that time, my daughter B's friend E had been able to reattach the hose, but not secure it, properly.

So, when I finally got my van moving on July 2nd, I made my way to my mechanic's shop.  About a block away from where I was driving to, my van began steaming, again.  Yes, it overheated.

My mechanic lifted the hood and showed me that the hose had once again come off.  After discussing my van's needs, I gave him the keys.

My friend A, arrived within a few minutes afterwards.  She was picking me up, so we could go have lunch together. 

We made our way to Red Lobster.  Upon entering, we managed to be seated at my favourite booth.  And, we enjoyed a delicious lunch.  It actually was our lunch, and another meal for each of us, for we both had leftovers!

Afterwards, we did a little bit of shopping for fruits, vegetables and meats.  Then, we enjoyed raspberry lemonade, at Tim Horton's.  :)

Eventually, A drove me back to my mechanic's shop.  After introducing her to my mechanic, I paid my bill and discussed the work done and the work needed.

And, I praised God for the grace He provided for me.  In every way, that day.

I was reminded of James 4:6, "But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble."

Yes, He gave me grace.  How grateful I am that He has made me a humble person, for He provided for me, in every way that day. 
 
After all, He helped me get my van to where it would be repaired, without having further problems, or having to be towed, there.

He provided help from my friend A, who showed me love by spending time with me, making me feel cared for.  And, gave me a way of being able to do some shopping, with help from my friend.  Thank you, A.  May God bless you.

In addition, He gave me the physical strength to endure, through that day that was physically difficult for me.  By the time I arrived home, and unpacked my groceries, my abdomen was hurting so much, that I had to rest. 

But, He helped me do what I needed to do.  In every way, that day.  Thank You, Lord!

I must admit, I truly feel blessed.


Until next time...

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Be Not Deceived...

Every now and then, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I discuss issues some people don't like.  It's that kind of day, today.

When I watched the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) Windsor news programme last evening at suppertime, I was absolutely shocked.  And, upset.

What was the issue?  Marijuana.

There was a video shown on the news that I wish I could have found, online.  Unfortunately, I couldn't find it.

Watching it almost made me sick to my stomach. 

The issue of marijuana becoming legal yesterday, in Washington state, in USA was disgusting to me.  But, on the video shown, a woman who was in line awaiting entry into the store to purchase marijuana, was interviewed.

While the woman was being interviewed, she smiled at another woman next to her, and commented that she never thought she'd be able to marry her wife, and was happy that marijuana was now available for sale, there.

Sigh...

How sinful...

Here is a link to another video and article that I found online, by CBC News entitled, Legal Pot Shops Open In Washington State - British Columbia - CBC News:  http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/legal-pot-shops-open-in-washington-state-1.2699800.

While searching online for the video I had seen on the news, I also came across an article posted by Huffington Post entitled, The Next Five States In Line For Marijuana Reformhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/08/states-legalizing-marijuana_n_5567004.html.

Some people reading this LwL entry may laugh aloud.  Some may shout aloud, in a happy way.

Then, there's those people who read God's Word, the Bible.  People who know that both issues mentioned here, are not acceptable to God.

Sin... is sin.  There is no escaping sin without help from God. 

Nor, can anyone escape the repercussion of having sin in their lives.

Just as God told us in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, "Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God."

God has made it clear to us, about what sin will do to us.

The unrighteous, who choose to live their lives in sin shall not inherit the kingdom of God.  Meaning... those who elect to live in sin, will not spend eternity with God in Heaven.  Instead, they will spend eternity in Hell, separated from God; know that there is no escape, either.

How grateful I am that God provided for me.  How thankful I am that I am being sanctified, daily.

How thankful I am that I have been washed clean, by the blood of my Lord, Jesus Christ... who died on a wooden cross for the sin of the world, for the sin of all who will believe. 

If God is leading you to salvation, I'll be eternally grateful.  For then, I will some day see you in Heaven.


Until next time...

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

This Untoward Generation...

As I've mentioned before here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I enjoy watching movies!

Here are some I watched recently:

Another You, starring Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder.  Here is a link to read about it:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Another_You.  While this is a comedy film, it is based on a lie.  Since I enjoy both stars, I watched it, anyway.

*  Mr. Moto Takes A Vacation, starring Peter Lorre and Lionel Atwill.  There isn't much info here, but check it out, if you like:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mr._Moto_Takes_a_Vacation.  While some people think of this film as being crime/drama, others consider it to be a mystery.  Since I enjoy mystery movies, I agree with it being a mystery. 

*  Do Not Disturb, starring Doris Day and Rod Taylor.  Here is a link so you check out this romantic comedy film:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Do_Not_Disturb_(1965_film).  This movie was filled with miscommunication that lead to false thoughts.  The ending was rather humorous.  I guess you can tell that I enjoyed this film.

Teacher's Pet, starring Doris Day and Clark Gable.  Check out this comedy movie, here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teacher's_Pet_(1958_film).  In the past, I had seen this movie.  Still, I decided to watch it, again.  After all, it's about journalism!

*  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, starring James Dunn and Dorothy McGuire.  For information about this film made of a novel, click here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Tree_Grows_in_Brooklyn_(film).  James Dunn info:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Dunn_(actor).  Anyone who knows me well in real life, knows that I adore this film. 

As a child I read the book, with the same name.  It became my favourite book.  Even now, it is a favourite!

By the way, I included a link for James Dunn, because Dunn was my Irish granny's maiden name.  And, James Dunn actually resembles some of my family members! Of course, no one knows if there is any family connection.  Even so, to me this was very interesting.   To you, it probably isn't.  :(  :)

Of course, the movie... A Tree Grows in Brooklyn was made many years ago.  

Even though that era had people who were not saved, much like today, there were people who belonged to God.  People who were saved, by trusting in Jesus Christ.

The unfortunate thing in my mind, is the fact that not everyone belongs to Him.  And, knowing that the world is truly evil, we need to be saved. 

Thinking about this, brought to mind Acts 2:40, "And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation."

Yes, we need to be saved.  Saved from this evil world.  But more importantly, saved from spending eternity in Hell, separated from God.

This generation we live in, is not much different than other generations.  But, in some ways, the world is becoming worse, on a daily basis. 

How can you become saved?

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


Until next time...

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