Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Anniversary of the Day I Died...

Today, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I am going to talk about something that has touched and changed my life.

Yes, I've said it before, and I'll say it, again. 

This is the anniversary of the day I died.  And, began living a different life.
Photo published in the Brampton Times and Conservator newspaper
of the bus I was driving September 30, 1980.

In the past, I described what happened that day.  If you would like to read about it, please click here:  http://www.lifewithlynnie.com/2010_09_01_archive.html.

Life for me, has not been easy. 

Just as you would know, if you read that entry about the bus collision.  Or, if you've read LwL for a while, or the book I authored, Love Never Fails You...

Dealing with the physical issues that complicated my life, hasn't been easy.  Especially, since I still deal with some of them, daily.

Emotionally, it wasn't easy, either. 

Not just due to the trauma of experiencing this collision.  But, also due to the fact that the driver of the truck that hit my bus, apologized after being convicted of failing to stop, receiving a $56 fine and three (3) points, and let a friend of mine and I know that he was responsible for the collision in another aspect of life, that I won't discuss, today.

I will say that the emotional (and post-traumatic) stress became even worse, after hearing what the driver who caused this collision, told me. 

It wasn't easy dealing with this incident that literally ended the life I had been living.

However, God is good.  He loved me enough to help me through.

He loved others enough to provide miracles that day, to all who may have been involved in a terrible life-ending collision, had my bus not been struck before the other school bus that was driving the opposite direction, made it through the intersection.  For, if the truck hadn't been slowed down by hitting my bus first, many children riding on the other bus in the intersection, may have been killed.

Why did this happen?  I have no idea.

Only God knows.  But, after reading God's Word, the Bible on a regular basis, I have come to realize that God makes all things work together for good, to those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).

To me, another important thing to know is what we read in Romans 8:29, "For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren."

Yes, He predestined each one of us.  Each of us, whom He planned to save here on earth, were predestined for this, before we were even born.

God used this collision in a way to help Him change me.  To help convert me into the person He wanted me to become.  To be conformed to the image of His Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ. 

Have you had things happen in your life?  Things that have upset you and changed your life?

Asking God why?, won't do anything for you.  Just as it didn't do anything, for me.

After all, God alone knows the plans He has for us:  plans to prosper you and not harm you, to give you hope and a future (NIV).

This may not be something you can understand and accept, just by reading what I've written.  However, if you read God's Word, the Bible... you'll come to a greater understanding of how God works in your life.  In mine.  And, in everyone else's.

Until next time...

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Death & Life...

Just as I said I would do, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I made my way to worship with my church family, yesterday.

To my surprise, we had a guest that I recognized. 

I won't say who it was.  But, I will say that it was someone who is a member of the church where I used to worship.

This was shocking to me, to see this person.

Hopefully, this Christian family member came to see if they felt comfy worshipping with us.  I prayed that if this was the case, that I would see them, again.  And, maybe on a regular basis.  Only time will tell.

Thinking about the church where I used to worship, I would like to say that I spent time on Friday, with some of my Christian family members who worship, there.

The reason I spent time with them there, wasn't to have wonderful fellowship time, together.  Although I must say, we did.

The reason I was there, was to attend the funeral of a sister-in-the-Lord.  She was almost 93 years old, and had been a wonderful person to know.

In addition to her being a loving and caring Christian, she had also been a medical doctor, for many years.  I must say that even though her life here on earth ended, I am grateful she is now with God, in heaven.

How grateful I am that she trusted in our Lord, Jesus Christ... for her salvation.  How grateful I am that God's Word, the Bible tells us that we can be saved by doing so.

Just as we read, in John 3:17-18, "For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."

Yes, He didn't come into the world in the form of man, to condemn the world.  He came to save people.

Some people think that because Jesus came to save the world, as verse 17 tells us, everyone in the world will be saved.  But, this is not the truth.

Anyone who believes this, should read the next verse, verse 18. 

In it, we are told that whoever believeth on Jesus, is NOT condemned.  Hallelujah!

Reading further, God tells us that he that does not believe upon Jesus, is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Hopefully, you understand what these verses are telling us.

God is saying that when we are born into life here on earth, we are born un-saved.  With no relationship to our Saviour, Jesus Christ. 

In other words, we are born dead.  Meaning, dead to eternal life.

The only way we can become alive to eternal life, is to believe upon His only begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

I trust in/believe upon Jesus.  Hopefully, you do also.  Otherwise, we will not meet up one day, in Heaven.

Until next time...

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

O Great God!

Once again, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I'll be saying that I'm going to worship, with my church family.  And, attend Bible study.

Worshipping with my church family is a wonderful experience.  They are loving people.  People who reach out in love to others, even those who they do not yet know.

For this, I pray God will bless them, always.  And, my pastor too, of course!

A hymn that I came across yesterday, was one that I haven't sung in a very long time.  Even so, I thought I would post it here on LwL, so you can enjoy it.  And, possibly use it for your own praise and worship time.

It was written by Bob Kauflin, and is entitled, O Great God.  Here is a link for you to listen and/or sing along:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOPbanJKWE8.  The lyrics are below.

O Great God

O great God of highest heaven,
Occupy my lowly heart,
Own it all and reign supreme,
Conquer every rebel pow'r.
Let no vice or sin remain
That resists Your holy war.
You have loved and purchased me,
Make me Yours forevermore.

I was blinded by my sin,
Had no ears to hear Your voice,
Did not know Your love within,
Had no taste for Heaven's joys.
Then Your Spirit gave me life,
Opened up Your Word to me,
Through the gospel of Your Son
Gave me endless hope and peace.

Help me now to live a life
That's dependent on Your grace.
Keep my heart and guard my soul
From the evils that I face.
You are worthy to be praised
With my every thought and deed.
O great God of highest heaven,
Glorify Your name through me.

You are worthy to be praised
With my every thought and deed.
O great God of highest heaven,
Glorify Your name through me.

This hymn clearly describes how my life has been.  And, probably yours, too.

Like all who are unsaved, I had no ears to hear, nor had His love within.  At least, until I was given life.

Now, I praise Him for He needs to be praised for providing for me.  And, for saving me.

This brought to mind, Galatians 2:20, "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me."

Yes, I have been crucified with Christ.  It is He that lives within me.

The life I now live, I live by the faith of Jesus, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.  And, for you... if you trust in/believe upon Him.

I pray this is the case concerning your life.  Otherwise, I'll never get to meet you in heaven.

Hopefully, I will see you there, my friend. 

Until next time...

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Blessed? Blessed!

Yesterday, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I discussed how pastor Saeed has been imprisoned by Muslims, for the last two (2) years.

In case you are not aware, I would like you to know that pastor Saeed, is a Christian who converted from Islam.

He is not alone, as a convert.

A while ago, I wrote about a friend of mine who lives here in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.  His name is Zachariah Anani.  He also is a Christian, who converted from Islam.  Here's a link about Zach:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zachariah_Anani.

What is the difference between Zach and pastor Saeed?

Pastor Saeed is imprisoned in IranZachariah Anani, is not.  Zach is living, here in Canada.

The difference isn't just that pastor Saeed is imprisoned, and Zach is not. 

Just so you know, I praise God that Zach is not imprisoned, especially since he teaches Christian believers and even unsaved people, the truth about Islam.  And, how it is condemning Christians, everywhere.

The difference is that in Iran, Islam has control over life issues.  Here in Canada, Islam does not.

At least not for the moment.

Knowing that our country has been allowing more and more Muslims to immigrate here, this may change in the future.  Don't forget, they are also enlarging their families, also.

In addition, they try to convert people to Islam.

Here in Windsor, I was told that at mosques, they are giving out copies of the Qur'an.  The real copies are being used by some Muslims, while new converts are being given copies that do not speak the truth in English.  I heard that this is being done, to help convert people and let people think that Islam is a religion of peace... even though it is not.

Although some people, who have no knowledge of the truth, may be lured into believing this, I do not.  After all, TAQIYYA allows Muslims to lie to infidels (those who are not Islamic... like us). 

So, how can anyone believe anything that Muslims say?!

Please realize that not everything being taught about Islam is in the Qur'an.  The HADITH info, also gives Muslims direction on living life.

In case you're wondering why I write about information like this, is because I want to speak up so that fellow Christians will understand the truth about Islam.  In addition, I believe that if we who understand the truth about Islam do not speak up, then we will be contributing towards people being misled into becoming Muslim, instead of coming to Christ.

As I've mentioned in the past, there have been times when I have been spoken to and/or treated in an evil manner, by others.

Thinking of this, brought to mind, Matthew 5:11, "Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake."

Yes, I have been reviled.  I've been spoken to in an evil way, being falsely accused, regarding speaking truth. 

Even a fellow Christian (someone I've known since childhood) spoke against me in an evil manner, the other day.  And, then blocked me, on Facebook (FB).

In a way, it is a form of persecution.

No matter what, I am grateful that the persecution I am receiving is nothing like the form of persecution that pastor Saeed is experiencing.  Especially, since he has been suffering for two (2) years now.  And, his family has, also.

All I can say is... I'm blessed. 

But, so is pastor Saeed.  His reward has not yet come; it will come later.  Either here on earth, or in heaven.

Please, join me in prayer for him, and for his family.  Thank you.  May God bless you.

Until next time...

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Year 2 & Hear...

From time to time, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I've discussed the need for prayer.  Especially, for those who are being persecuted by Muslims.

A couple of days ago, I received an e-mail from Jordan Sekulow, from the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ).  I copied and pasted the message I received.  Here it is:


Will you join us in prayer for American Pastor Saeed?
Friday, September 26th, marks the two-year anniversary of Pastor Saeed's illegal imprisonment because of his Christian faith.

Two years apart from his wife. Two years without seeing his two kids.

All across the world, thousands of people are gathering to pray for Pastor Saeed and the persecuted Church.

There are over 500 prayer vigils scheduled in 33 countries around the world, including the kick-off event in front of the White House with Franklin Graham and Pastor Saeed's wife Naghmeh that I will be attending.

Please consider attending a prayer vigil nearest you, and invite your friends.

As we continue fighting globally for his release, it's time to pray for Pastor Saeed. It's time for his freedom.

Learn More and Attend a Prayer Vigil for Pastor Saeed.

Jordan Sekulow
ACLJ Executive Director

If you would like to read about pastor Saeed, feel free to click on this link:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saeed_Abedini.

Believe me when I say I prayed for pastor Saeed.  In fact, I pray for him, and others who are being persecuted for their faith, daily.

A couple of years ago, UK's Islamist leader Anjem Choudary commented about how Islam will take over the world.  Here is a link by CBN News World entitled, UK Islamist Leader:  Islam Will Dominate Americahttp://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2012/august/uk-islamist-leader-islam-will-dominate-america/.

Several years ago, when my now deceased husband Gordon and I were in London, England, we heard Anjem Chaudary speaking out against England, and against all infidels (non believers of Islam).  Even at that time, he insisted that Islam would be taking over the world.

It seems they are taking over the world.  Maybe in a slow manner of speaking.  But, they are.

Islam will continue to do this, even here in North America.  Just as they are doing in U.K. and elsewhere.

I believe what we need to do is not only pray, but stand up for what is right.  And, fight.

Just as we read, in Revelation 13:9-10, "If any man have an ear, let him hear.
10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints."

We must listen to God. 

He told us that whoever leads people into captivity, shall go into captivity, as well.  And, he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword.

Some people do not believe this is right to do.  But, I do.  Because He told us that this is the patience and faith of the saints.

Saints?  That's we Christians, who are truly Bible-believing, Bible-preaching saved Christians.

How grateful I am for God's Word.  For, He tells us how we should think and live our lives.

He has made it clear that we cannot just lie quietly and be taken over.

I've been persecuted for believing and saying this is what God expects of us, His children.  But, the persecution I've experienced has been nothing like what pastor Saeed and others have been experiencing.

So friend, please pray. 

Pray for pastor Saeed.  Pray for all our brothers and sisters in Christ, who are being persecuted for their faith.  Like those in Iraq and throughout the world, who are being abused, lives changed, threatened and even murdered, by Muslims.

Thank you for joining me in prayer.  May God bless you.

Until next time...

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Encouragement & Contentment!

I must admit, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), that last week was really a special week.  At least, for me.

Of course, you may get the impression that I thought this way, due to having my television (TV) reception restored.  While that is true, that is not the only reason that I feel last week was special.

Something I haven't really discussed here on LwL, is the reason why I self-published the book I authored, Love Never Fails You...  Check it out on this link:  http://lynniebooks.blogspot.ca/.

Prior to writing and publishing it, I had attended a few informative meetings with regards to publishing.  Through these meetings, I found out for certain that any time someone signs a contract with a publishing company, the publishing company has the right to change anything written in the book.

To me, this meant that it may not be a good thing to use a publishing company.  After all, we true Christians realize that by changing a word here, or there, can absolutely change the meaning of what we are writing about.

So, that's why I never used a publisher, and self-published.

After being sick and having repeated surgeries over the past couple of years, I realized that I have not been able to promote Love Never Fails You...  At least, not the way I had hoped to do, because I wasn't physically able to do so.

Recently, a fellow author H, found out that there was a publishing company who had an office in our area.  She met with the publisher.  And, signed a publishing agreement with them.

H let me know that the publisher was Christian.

OOOOOOoooooohhhh!  Be still my heart!

This made me very happy, hearing this.  Why?  Because, I had recently been praying that God would lead me to know what to do about promoting Love Never Fails You...

After receiving the publishing company's link to their website, I messaged them.

Upon receiving a response, we set up a meeting time.  Actually, we met three (3) times over the past couple of weeks.

The publisher had checked out Love Never Fails You... prior to our meetings.  And, had encouraged me to work with them.

Then, last Friday, we signed an agreement.  The publishing company I'm working with now, is Didymus Prime.  Here's a link to their site:  http://didymusprime.com/#

My friend A, came with me last Friday, September 19th when I signed the contract.  Thank you, A!  :)

The fellow I'll be working with T, discussed with me several things that we'll be looking into, regarding publishing and promoting of Love Never Fails You... 

Not only will there be another printing in English be made, but it will be translated into other languages, and promoted around the world.  In addition, not only will it be available as an e-book, as it is already, it will become an audio book, as well.

I must admit, this was truly an answer to prayer.  For this, I thank You, Lord!

This was obviously His will for my life.  Not just mine.  After all, I was happy just promoting Love Never Fails You... whenever I could!

Thinking about this, brought to mind, Philippians 4:11, "Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content."

Yes, I was content.  I was happy with what I had been doing. 

Even though I had felt like promotion hadn't been strong, during the last couple of years, when I was so unhealthy, I was grateful God had provided for me.

He provided for me, by having those who have read Love Never Fails You... contact me, and let me know their reviews.  Every one was encouraging to me.  Thank you, to all who have done this. 

And, thank You, Lord!

How amazing it is that I wrote Love Never Fails You... to encourage people going through life's troubles/trials and grief.  While this has worked well in helping others, the responses I've received have truly been encouraging to me.  For this, I am and always will be... grateful.

Thank You, Lord!

Until next time...

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014


In yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I discussed the fact that for close to a month, I had very limited television (TV) reception.  This meant that I was really limited to what I could watch on TV.

This meant that I wasn't able to watch some of my favourite TV shows!  :(

However, last week was a rather wonderful week.

The workers finished re-surfacing my balcony.  I praised God for this!

Not just because the work was finished.  Hallelujah!  No more grinding, etc.

This meant that I was able to finally go out onto my balcony.  And, this also meant that the two (2) men who take care of all issues concerning our antenna, were able to go onto my balcony.

They checked out the wiring into my unit.  I was told it was very old.  And, they could see that the wiring had been taped in several places.

Instead of repairing the wire, they replaced it!

Again, I can only say... praise God!  Hallelujah!

Not only did it restore my TV reception, but after re-scanning, I ended up with about 38, or more channels!

Thank You, Lord!  Not just for the reception and quality improvement, but also because this meant that I shouldn't have any problems in the near future.

Well, at least I thought not.

About a half hour after they left my apartment, I had my TV on while I was working on the computer.  All of a sudden, I lost the reception.

Sigh... :(

I waited a while, before calling the fellow in charge, who had worked with the other fella to rewire my antenna system into my unit.  I thought that possibly, it the reception might return.  It didn't.

They agreed to come, once again.

While checking out my TV, they let me know there was a loose connection.  Sort of like what I had happen with the TV I returned to the manufacturer a few months ago.  They corrected it.

Still, I had no reception.

It seemed they couldn't understand what was happening.  Then, something happened that was rather shocking.

All of a sudden, my TV showed a station on it!

Then, we realized that it wasn't through the antenna system.  It was through the cable system, within my building.  :(

Those men were shocked.  I wasn't.  This happened to me, once before.

Some people might have been happy with this, but I wasn't. 

After all, I enjoy some stations, like Movies! TV Network, and the Create station, that are not viewed on cable.

The male leader quickly realized that the cable installer must have been working in our building, so he sent the other fella up to the area where all the connections are located.

Once upstairs, they talked by phone and the leader explained that the cable person had disconnected my unit antenna connection, and had errantly connected up to cable.  So, he gave him step-by-step information about what to do to correct this.

Again, I can only say... thank You, Lord!

Within a few minutes, my TV reception was restored!  And, I was able to begin watching some of the programming I truly enjoy!

Please know that while I was happy, I prayed to God.  And, thanked Him, for the grace He gave to me, concerning this rather small experience.

It seems that He always shows me grace.

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

Amen!  He gives grace to me.  Always.

Thinking about this, brings tears to my eyes.  And, lets me know that although some people do not agree, I am humble in His eyes.

For this, I will always be grateful for the grace He gives me.  Nothing will ever be more important to me, since I already have gained salvation, by trusting in/believing upon His Son, Jesus Christ.

I'm truly thankful that He shows/gives me love.  Even in these very small ways.

Until next time...

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Smallest Thing...

Here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I discussed a while ago, how I was watching movies through the internet, due to not being able to watch television (TV).

I'm thankful that my TV was finally replaced.

Once again, I found I was having to watch movies.  Many movies!  For a different reason, though.

As I've mentioned a few times here on LwL, we've been having balcony repairs done on my side of the apartment building where I live.  And, it's taken a long time to come close to the end of the work needing done. 

Sigh...  We are now in year three (3).

Even so, I am thankful that the end is near!

As I've mentioned in the past, it hasn't been easy dealing with this situation.  Especially, since I was also unhealthy and had very little opportunity to be relieved from the difficulty of dealing with the issues to this regard.

No air-conditioning.  Not being able to open window or balcony door for air.  And, not being physically able to always leave my home, made this uneasy to live with.

Recently, the grinding began again on my row of balconies.  Up and down the scaffolding went, several times per day. 

They'd stop here.  Then, there.  Nearby.  Further away.  No rhyme or reason.  Just up and down, continuously.

When it became time to coat the surface of the balcony floor, the workers had to move antenna wiring for my unit and others, too.  They rolled it, and secured it, so the painting could be done.

When they rolled up my antenna wire close to a month ago, it affected my TV reception.  Instead of getting over 30 stations, I began to receive less than a handful.

Then, they had to fix it after a strong storm we had.  It was rolled up again, and moved, slightly.

When this happened, my reception became even worse.  Then, I only received three (3) stations!

One (1) of the three (3) stations had reception that was not fully watchable.  This meant I had a choice to watch either Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) or Movies! TV Network.

lol  Yes, I watched some of both! 

Ahhh, how grateful I am that I was no longer locked in my apartment, unable to leave.  How thankful I am that I have been able to go out!  Thank You, Lord!

Even so, when I was at home, I watched movies, quite often.

Here's information on some:

The Greatest Show on Earth, starring Betty Hutton, Cornel Wilde, James Stewart and others.  Here is a link to check it out:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Greatest_Show_on_Earth.  I enjoyed watching this film.

Viva Max!, starring Peter Ustinov, Pamela Tiffin, Jonathan Winters and others.  Check out this movie, here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viva_Max!  This was a comedy film, that I sort of enjoyed and sort of, didn't.  Still, you may like it.

Breakout, starring Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland, Robert Duvall, and others.  To read about this film, click on this link:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breakout_(1975_film).  I enjoyed this action film, in most parts.

The Rat Race, starring Tony Curtis, Debbie Reynolds, Don Rickles and Jack Oakie.  Click here, to read about this movie:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rat_Race.  Knowing Don Rickles was in this, I thought it would be a comedy film, but was surprised to see it was a drama film.  It was okay.

Drums Along the Mohawk, starring Henry Fonda and Claudette Colbert.  Check it out, here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drums_Along_the_Mohawk.  I must admit, I truly enjoyed this historical film.

Roman Holiday, starring Gregory Peck and Audrey Hepburn.  Please check out this movie:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_Holiday.  I must admit, I enjoyed this romantic comedy film so much, that I've watched it several times!

Just so you know, these were only a few of many, many movies I watched.

How grateful I am for being able to receive that Movies!TVNetwork channel, that I've discussed here on LwL, in the past:  http://moviestvnetwork.com/schedule/  Check it out for yourself!

Even though I enjoyed watching those movies, I must admit, I prayed.  :)  Such a minor thing to do, don't you think?  Since, I prayed that my TV reception would be restored. 

God told us to do so, Colossians 4:2, "Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;"

Yes, I realize that God didn't give us that verse, to be thankful for television stations.  But, He gave us that verse, so we would be aware that we need to continue in prayer and be thankful!  For everything...

Whenever I think about how God provided one of my favourite TV stations for me to be able to watch, I was truly thankful.

Especially, since I had no idea how long it would be before this antenna wire problem could be fixed.

Thank You, Lord!  I'm truly grateful that You provided for me... even the smallest thing in my life.

Until next time...

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Monday, September 22, 2014


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

Normally, I arrive early enough to fully attend our Bible study class.  But, that didn't happen yesterday.  I was late.  :(

Being only a few minutes late, I only had to catch up a tiny bit.  For this, I praise God!

I feel truly blessed.  Not just being able to attend Bible study with our pastor Tom, where I worship at Walkerville Evangelical Baptist Church, although I must admit, I truly enjoy doing this.

My church family is truly a loving group of people.

After our worship service, where our pastor Tom preached another wonderful Biblical message, we made our way downstairs, once again.

This time, we weren't there for Bible study purposes.  This time, we were there to share time with each other, participating in our pot-luck luncheon.

This may not sound like much of a good thing, to some people, but to me, it is wonderful.

Of course, I enjoy having a meal with friends.  But, I must admit, this gives me a very different feeling, being able to spend time with my brothers and sisters in the Lord.

Yes, our meal was delicious.  We had some very tasty food.

I must admit, the time we spent together, meant so much to me.  And, it was a good thing for me to participate in.  For this, I am truly thankful! 

Thinking about this, reminded me of Deuteronomy 26:11, "And thou shalt rejoice in every good thing which the Lord thy God hath given unto thee, and unto thine house, thou, and the Levite, and the stranger that is among you."

Just as read in this verse, we need to rejoice in every good thing which the Lord thy God has given us, unto our house/family, us, and even strangers that may be among us.

When I reflect upon my life, it isn't always good.  However, when I reflect upon how loving God has been to me, I am so very thankful.  And, always will be.

Are you thankful?

Are you rejoicing, even in the troubles you are suffering in life?

Hopefully, you are.  After all, God did tell us to live our lives this way.

Even if we don't like the troubles we are going through, we need to be obedient to His calling.  Always.

Until next time...

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Stand Up!

Today is the day, when I discuss here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), about worshipping.

Being my Lord's Day, SONday, I will be worshipping in spirit and in truth, with my church family.  Just as I normally do!

As you may be aware, I also enjoy worshipping Him, through music.

Last week, while worshipping with my church family, we sang a hymn that I adore.  After arriving home, I decided to look and see if I had ever used it here on LwL.  To my surprise, I hadn't!

So today, I will be posting about Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus.  It was written by George Duffield Jr., and George J. Webb.  Here is a link for you to listen to and/or sing along:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r11Gmdq__-8.  The lyrics are below.

Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus

Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
ye soldiers of the cross;
lift high his royal banner,
it must not suffer loss.
From victory unto victory
his army shall he lead,
till every foe is vanquished,
and Christ is Lord indeed.

(This verse is part of the hymn, but was not included on the recording)
Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
the trumpet call obey;
forth to the mighty conflict,
in this his glorious day.
Ye that are brave now serve him
against unnumbered foes;
let courage rise with danger,
and strength to strength oppose.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
stand in his strength alone;
the arm of flesh will fail you,
ye dare not trust your own.
Put on the gospel armor,
each piece put on with prayer;
where duty calls or danger,
be never wanting there.

Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
the strife will not be long;
this day the noise of battle,
the next the victor's song.
To those who vanquish evil
a crown of life shall be;
they with the King of Glory
shall reign eternally.

On every recording with lyrics of this hymn that I found and listened to, a verse was left out.  In addition to that being not included, there also was a change in some of the lyrics.  However, I decided to post the lyrics as were written by the authors of this wonderful hymn.

What I love about this hymn is not just the music and lyrics.  I adore that in it, people are being told the truth about Jesus. 

Plus, we are told that we need to put on the gospel armour. 

This reminded me of Ephesians 6:11, "Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil."

By putting on the whole armour of God, we may be able to stand against attacks made on us, by the devil.  Satan.

Yes, we need to stand up for Jesus.  And, trust in/believe upon Him.

Through Him, we will be led into victory, through receiving the gift of life.  Eternal life. 

Until next time...

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Do All!

I believe it is about time that I let you know here on Life with Lynnie (LwL) what I've been up to, lately.

Over the past week, I was able to attend two (2) locations where I was able to offer copies for sale, of the book I authored, Love Never Fails You....

Last Saturday, the location I was at was at North Shore Antiques store, in Harrow.  This was about a 45 minute drive for me.  But, I managed to get there in time to join some fellow authors/friends just as previously planned.

In addition to visiting with each other, and promoting our writings, I also was able to leave a few copies with the owner.  This made me happy, because this meant that people who live in that area, may be able to be encouraged, by reading Love Never Fails You...

There was a couple of other things I did, while I was there.

In addition to shopping in the antiques store, I also shopped at a store called, Blimey's British store and gift shop, which is next door to where I was in the antique shop.  It was so easy to access this store, due to them having an opening that connected the stores.

Thank You, Lord! 

In case you're wondering why I was happy about this, it is due to the fact that I actually picked up a Christmas gift there, for a friend!  Now, I'm done Christmas shopping!  :)

On Monday afternoon, I went to the Can-Am Indian Friendship Centre, here in Windsor.  The location was easy for me to find, because several years ago, the office of the real estate broker I worked for, was located in that same building.

It made me feel strange, yet at home, being there.  Not due to being surrounded by many Native Indian people, but by being in the building where I used to have my desk/office!

To be honest, we had meeting rooms on the lower level, but I had never before been in the room where my table was located, where I was set up to do marketing, once again.  There was actually many of us, in several rooms!

Knowing that many native people are not Christians, I didn't believe I would sell copies of Love Never Fails You... since it is acceptable by mainly Christian people.  Much to my surprise, I did sell copies, though!

At both locations, on those days in Harrow and in Windsor, I also managed to do some fund-raising for Lupus

In case you are not aware, my daughter P, has Lupus.  So, I am happy to be able to do fund-raising in support of those who need healing.

Thank You, Lord!

Ahhh...  I truly feel thankful! 

For He is on my heart and mind, all the time.  He's the main focus of my life.  And, everything I do, I do in an effort to honour Him.

Sort of like what we read, in Colossians 3:17, "And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him."

Everything we do, we need to do in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ.  And, we need to give thanks.  Always!

Are you thankful to God?

Do you do all for Him?

Hopefully, so. 

If not, then I believe you must pray about this, my friend.  Please know that I will be praying for you.

Until next time...

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Mom... & The Silvery Moon?!

Before I begin today's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I would like to say that if my mom were still alive, today would be her birthday.  Even though it breaks my heart that I cannot speak to her and wish her Happy Birthday!, I still love her.  And, miss her.

As I discussed over the last couple of days, here on LwL, I have had music within me that hasn't left me, yet.

In addition to the song I mentioned previously, I had another one live within me, as well.  At least, over the past few days.

I awoke with a song resonating in my heart and mind.  It was written by Gus Edwards and Edward Madden and is entitled, By the Light of the Silvery Moon.  Here's a link sung by Bing Crosby, for you to listen to and/or sing along:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jldS-r5RRM .  The lyrics are below.

By the Light of the Silvery Moon

Place park, scene dark, silvery moon is shining through the trees;
Cast two, me, you, sound of kisses floating on the breeze.
Act one, begun. Dialogue, "Where would you like to spoon?"
My cue, with you, underneath the silvery moon.

By the light of the silvery moon,
I want to spoon, to my honey I'll croon love's tune,
Honeymoon keep a-shining in June,
Your silvery beams will bring love dreams, we'll be cuddling soon,
By the silvery moon.
There is more lyrics, but they are not recorded on today's link.  Here they are:
Act two, scene new, roses blooming all around the place;
Cast three, you, me, Preacher with a solemn looking face.
Choir sings, bell rings, Preacher: "You are wed for evermore."
Act two, all through, every night the same encore.
By the light, (By the light, By the light),
Of the silvery moon, (The silvery moon).
I want to spoon, (Want to spoon, Want to spoon)
To my honey I'll croon love's tune.
Honeymoon, (Honeymoon, Honeymoon),
Keep a-shining in June. (Keep a-shining in June)
Your silvery beams will bring love dreams,
We'll be cuddling soon,
By the silvery moon.
Your silvery beams will bring love dreams,
We'll be cuddling soon,
By the silvery moon. (The silvery moon).
Wow!  Talk about a song being a mind-blowing type thing! 

Once again, I must say that I have no idea why I have had this song on my heart and mind, in addition to the other one.

After thinking and reflecting on this one's lyrics, I am still as much confused as I am towards the other song.  Especially, since this song is virtually asking questions. 

Questions like... where would you like to...?  And, about... spooning (which I believe relates to loving).

This song may be once again a reflection about God's love for me.  And, Him asking what I want in my life.

The lyrics allude to my heart's desire, where it says... Your silvery beams will bring love dreams.  Is God telling me that my dreams will come true?

Which dreams?  Once again, I feel confused.

You may be wondering why I feel confused.  If so, then I will explain by saying that while I truly have various hearts' desires, I only want to do what God is leading me to do.

So, I am praying to Him.  Like I feel I must do.

Much like we read, in Psalm 27:11-12, "Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.
12 Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty."

I'm trusting Him to lead me. And, deliver me.

I believe we need to ask Him to do these things, because we need to be not just lead down the path He wants us to walk.  But, we also need protection. 

Protection from enemies.  From people who can/will be cruel and will rise up against me/us. 

How blessed I am that He loves me. 

How blessed I am that He provides for me.

Does He love you?  Does He protect you?

If you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, then you would know with all your heart, that He truly does.

If you do not yet have a personal relationship with Jesus, then you will probably not be believing He is doing this for you.

Please, don't turn and walk away.  Come to Christ, today. 

You'll be glad you did!

Until next time...

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Open Door...

In yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I discussed a song that has been resonating inside me, for a very long time, now. 

Honey, Won't You Open That Door is the name of the song. 

If you haven't yet read yesterday's LwL entry, you may want to do so.  This way, you'll have a better understanding of what I am discussing, today.

The lyrics of the song itself, seems to refer to a relationship between the person knocking at the door, and the person inside the living space.

How that can relate to me, is absolutely unknown to me.  After all, I do not have anyone in my life.  There's no man knocking on my door, wanting a relationship with me.

So, how could I be the person looking to answer a door to someone in this manner?  Only God knows.

After thinking and praying, I began to wonder if possibly God has this song living inside me, because I need to open the door to some other situation.

He knows that I would like to be able to organize Christian conferences, or tent-revivals, or something along those lines.  It is part of my heart's desire to be able to have people attend, with unsaved friends, so that seeds for Christ can not only be planted, but also that God can water them.  And hopefully, we would be able to reap the rewards of our work for Him.

But, knowing my health hasn't been good enough to do this sort of thing, makes me wonder if I'm not correct in thinking this is the door He wants me to open.  If it was, He would have made a way for me to be able to do so, in many aspects of my life.

Then, I began to wonder if He wants me to do something I've been thinking about doing. 

I have a certificate that I obtained prior to me teaching English as a Second Language (ESL), in the past.  As I've been recovering from my last, and most major surgery, I've thought about possibly leaving Canada for a while, and going somewhere where I can teach ESL.

Once again, I must say that I find it difficult to think that this is what He wants me to open the door to, at this moment.  After all, I am still not yet healed well enough to do much, in a physical sense.

After thinking about these issues for a while now, I began praying.  I asked God to provide for me.  To lead me, and give me wisdom.

This reminded me, of Psalm 25:5, "Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day."

Knowing I am His child, He leads me in His truth.  For He is the God of my salvation.  And yes, I do wait upon Him, all the day long.

Life isn't easy.  It's not kind.  And, it can be rather difficult and heartbreaking.

However, our God loves us.

When I refer to our God, I am referring to my God who loves His children.  Are you a child of His?

Have you ever come to Christ, asking for salvation?  Have you repented of your sin?

If not, I would suggest you do so, today.  Tomorrow, may be too late.

Until next time...

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014


If you've been reading Life with Lynnie (LwL) for any amount of time, you're probably aware that music is truly part of me.  I believe God uses it, also.

For several days now, I've woken up with a song on my heart and mind.  It resonated within me, for days. 

I believe it was written by Mel Tillis and is entitled, Honey Won't You Open That Door.  Here is a link for you to listen to and/or sing along:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YTGiD8W57ZU.  The lyrics are below.

Honey Won't You Open That Door

Honey, Honey
Honey won't you open that door
This is your sweet daddy don't you love me no more?
It's cold outside let me sleep on the floor
Honey won't you open that door

I honky-tonked around Dallas
Got in a poker game
Somebody must've been a-cheatin'
I lost everything but my name
Well I walked halfway to Memphis
Finally got back home
I'd have been better off where I was
'cause here's where things went wrong

Honey, Honey
Honey won't you open that door
This is your sweet daddy don't you love me no more?
It's cold outside let me sleep on the floor
Honey won't you open that door

I went downtown to see 'ol Bob
Thought he was my friend
The landlord said that Bob's not here
"The Police done hauled him in!"
I ran right back to little honey's house
I got me a rockin' chair
"now honey if you don't open that door
I'm gonna rock on away from here"
Honey, Honey
Honey won't you open that door
This is your sweet daddy don't you love me no more?
It's cold outside let me sleep on the floor
Honey won't you open that door

Honey (Honey)
Honey (Honey)
Honey (Honey)
Honey (Honey)
Honey won't you open that door?

Why this song is within me, and has been for quite a while now, I truly cannot say.

If God is speaking to me through this song, I am wondering what door it is He wants me to open.  Especially, since I have already opened the door to Him, and He is part of my life.

This brought to mind, Revelation 3:20, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me."

How grateful I am that He loves me so very much.  So much, that He knocked on my door.

How thankful I am that I opened the door to Him.  And, am thankful that He is with me, always.

Is God with you?

Many people have knowledge about God's Word, the Bible.  But, not all have that personal relationship with our Lord, Jesus Christ.

It is that personal relationship with Jesus, that brings us to our knees, and causes us to repent.

Friend, if you have not yet done this, I pray you will. 

Until next time...

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

With All Thy Heart...

In yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I discussed a bit about my worship time with my church family.

Today, I'll be letting you know about some time I spent on Saturday, with my church family.

Yes, I spent time with them in the fellowship room.  But, it turned out to be very different than what I expected.

You see, I attended a bridal shower.

Before I arrived at our church building, I expected to participate in the type of shower that is rather typical in nature.  This turned out to be not the case.

As I entered our fellowship room, I saw men.

My first thought was that they were probably there talking with each other, after dropping off some of their female family members.  But, this wasn't what happened.

The men stayed throughout the whole shower!

Another thing was very different.  We all enjoyed dinner, together!

This was absolutely unexpected, on my part.  I truly thought we would just have some cake, and/or sweet treats, with coffee and tea.

No one told me we would be sharing dinner together, so I was very surprised.  But, knowing that I had a late lunch, and not yet had dinner, I was grateful!

As per a normal type shower, we women played some games.  But, as time went on, men became involved in more than normal games.

The laughing that was heard, was unbelievable!  Between laughter and smiles, I must admit, I was thrilled I had been able to attend.

And, felt rather loved, by my church family.  The made sure they involved each and every person in attendance.  Including me.

Thinking about the importance of being loved, reminded me of Matthew 22:37, "Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind."

Now, please don't misunderstand me.  I'm not saying that we need to be loved, the way we need to love our Lord. 

What I am referring to, is the fact that all these people love God so much, and place our Lord first in their lives, that the love they have overflows onto fellow Christians

All this is done, because they all love our Lord, with all their heart, soul and mind.  And, the love they feel spills over, towards others.

All I can say is... hallelujah!

I am truly thankful for the Lord leading me to this church family.  I truly feel happy, and blessed... being accepted not just into church membership, but being accepted as everyone's sister in the Lord. 

Thank You, Lord!

Until next time...

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Monday, September 15, 2014

No Thought...

Just as I said I would, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL) yesterday, I went and worshipped with my church family.

Like usual, I arrived earlier than our worship service time.  This way, I could participate in our Bible study time.

I must admit that I was truly happy, when I entered our fellowship room!

There was our Bible study leader/teacher W, who had only been released from hospital a few days ago.  Again, I must thank you God... and you my friend, for praying for W.  I praise God for providing healing for him!

Please understand, W wasn't teaching our class.  He was just standing up, at the back of the room. Even so, I was so grateful to see him!  And, grateful that God answered our prayer of healing for W.

After our Pastor Tom finished our Bible study class, we all made our way upstairs, to enter the sanctuary.

I'm not sure if you feel this way when you enter your sanctuary, but I feel so wonderful when I do this.  It makes me feel like I'm at home.  At home, with God.

Our pastor preached a wonderful sermon.  Just like he always does.

Afterwards, I had an errand to do, on my way home.

When I entered my apartment, I noticed I had messages on my answering machine.  After I listened to one (1) message, I went to listen to another, but did something really stupid.

I clicked on the wrong button.  Instead of saving my messages, they were erased.

Hopefully, the people who left messages for me will call back!

Knowing my friend L had called, I returned her call.  And, I had a call from a senior fellow G, who lives in my building.

G wanted to remind me that our pool was closing, Monday. 

He was hoping I would go into the pool, with him.  This would prevent either of us from getting in trouble with those in charge, since we are not supposed to enter the pool, alone.

Even though it was rather cool, I agreed to do this, since our pool is heated.  Of course, it was rather cool getting out and getting dried off!  Even so, I was happy to be able to do some pool exercise.

Believe it or not, I actually did a little more exercise than I have been doing, recently.  Although I still am not able to do all the exercise that I used to do, prior to my surgeries over the past two (2) years, I found I was able to add another couple.  Hallelujah!

Afterwards I hurt a bit more than normal.  :(

This means I must take it easy, and not over do things.  After all, I do not want to have any further surgery, other than the upcoming operation I need to have.  :(

Of course, I am not in control.  God is.  So, I won't worry about this.

Just as He told us, in Matthew 6:34, "Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof."

There's no need to think about what will happen in the future.  Tomorrow, will bring with it, whatever God allows in our lives.  And, whatever Satan throws at us.

As the verse says... sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. 

Yes, we face evilness.  Each and every day.

While God is in control, He allows us to make choices in our lives.  Sometimes, we make good choices.  Other times, we do not.

Living in this world, Satan's domain, we know that we will be attacked.  Think about this.

Satan doesn't need to attack those who belong to him.  He only attacks those who belong to God.

So, if you have a personal relationship with Jesus, and have gained eternal life, by trusting in/believing upon Him, please understand that you WILL be attacked by Satan.   At least, while living here in this world.

Even so, God provides for us... protects us.  And, loves us.

Until next time...

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Here I Am, Lord...

Each SONday, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I let you know that I am going to worship with my church family.  Today, is no different.  I'll be doing the same thing.

Like usual, I would like to post some music, for you to enjoy.

My blogger friend Alvin Rauh, who writes Simply Alvin, posted this hymn on Google+ a few days ago.  I enjoyed hearing the music.  And, the lyrics, also.

The hymn is by Dan Schutte, is sung by John Michael Talbot and is entitled, Here I am Lord...  Here is a link for you to listen and/or sing along:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcxOkht8w7c#t=22.  The lyrics are below.
Here I am Lord

I, the Lord of sea and sky,
I have heard My people cry.
All who dwell in dark and sin,
My hand will save.
I who made the stars of night,
I will make their darkness bright.
Who will bear My light to them?
Whom shall I send?

Here I am Lord, Is it I Lord?
I have heard You calling in the night.
I will go Lord, if You lead me.
I will hold Your people in my heart.

I, the Lord of wind and flame,
I will tend the poor and lame.
I will set a feast for them,
My hand will save
Finest bread I will provide,
Till their hearts be satisfied.
I will give My life to them,
Whom shall I send?

Here I am Lord, Is it I Lord?
I have heard You calling in the night.
I will go Lord, if You lead me.
I will hold Your people in my heart.

I will hold Your people in my heart.

While I don't know for certain, I believe that this hymn may have been based upon 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."

Just as the song lyrics and the Bible verse says, I say to my Lord, "Here am I; send me."

Looking back on my life, anyone might think that He has never sent me.  But, in my mind, He has.

Not the way most people think about, when they think of how the Lord sends people.  Not like missionaries, who travel to various parts of the world, to plant seeds for Christ.

Well, not on a permanent basis, to be sure. 

When my now deceased husband Gordon was alive, we did travel.  When we went places, we took tracts with us, so that we could give them out to people.  The language was based upon where we travelled to.

We also took New Testament Bibles with us.  And gave them to people.  Just as we did to a Muslim tour guide, in Morocco.

Since then, I haven't travelled much.  But, even being here at home with poor health and having several surgeries/operations over the past two (2) years, I've managed to do God's work, here on Life with Lynnie.

For this, I praise Him.  For He has provided a way for me to do His work, even in my ill health.  Hallelujah!

Until next time...

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Smiles... and Laughter!

It seems that I'm behind in discussing some things, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL). 

What I'm referring to today, is the fact that some Christian friends of mine, meet at Tim Horton's on the first (1st) Friday of each month.  When I say some Christian friends, I am truly not referring to all, because not all my Christian friends meet there.

In the past, before my health's surgical problems began a couple of years ago, I used to meet with them, every month.  Unfortunately, there were times that I couldn't meet with them, due to my physical situation, and sometimes due to not being able to drive.

Until I met on the first (1st) Friday in August this year, I hadn't been with the group for a long time.  Actually, since last year.

It was shocking to me to see how few people attended, that evening!  Of course, some people were probably on vacation, or were taking advantage of good weather, or spending time with family, possibly.

Even so, I was glad I went.

On the first (1st) Friday of September, I once again, drove across town to enjoy some fellowship time with the group.  I fully expected to see more people attend.  But, I was wrong.  :(

There was less people that turned out. 

This was truly shocking to me.  Especially, since I had invited six (6) new people to come out and join me and the others for some fellowship time.

Out of the six (6) people I invited, only one (1) showed up.

At first, this might seem discouraging.  However, in my mind, I was thankful for the one (1) person, who joined us.  Thank you, F!  It was wonderful to see you, that evening!

Believe me when I say I prayed about this.  Both silently while there, and afterwards, on my way home.

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

After praying even while driving home (as I mentioned, previously), I left it in God's hands.

Like normal, I turned on my computer when after I arrived home.  And, checked my e-mail.


There was an e-mail message from the leader of our group that had met that evening.  Apparently, she had been in USA for a few months, and had just arrived home... in time to attend a wedding she had been invited to, that was being celebrated that very same evening. 

The next day, last Saturday, I met with Y, and with another group member L, who also hadn't been able to attend on the Friday evening.  I must admit, I praised God for this!

Even though it was only the three (3) of us who met at the same Tim Horton's location, it seemed we had a wonderful time.  Girl time!  :)

We shared in much conversation, with laughter resonating, the whole time.

Thank You, Lord!  I am so very thankful for my single Christian friends I was able to meet up with.  And, am thankful for all others, who weren't able to attend.

May God bless each of them.  And, you too, my friend.

Until next time...

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Oops... My Health!

Here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I want to apologize for something. 

I just realized that I have not updated you on my health, for quite a while, now.  Please, forgive me.

I saw my surgeon in London, Ontario at the end of July.

Since I drove myself, I made arrangements to meet with my now deceased husband Gordon's friend B, at a truck stop just outside London, Ontario. 

B calls once in a while, wanting to make sure I'm okay.  Since he was good friends with Gordon, and since he told me when Gordon was alive, that he'd always support him, I appreciate him doing this.  Just as he does for other friend's widows.  Thank you, B!

After our short visit, I high-tailed it to the hospital, where I was to see my surgeon.

When I waited in the examination room at the hospital, I thought it would be my surgeon I would see.  Instead, a team member of his, came to see me.

This doctor, training to be able to do traumatic surgeries, much like the one I had done, told me he was happy I was healed.

Hearing this nearly blew me away.  I was truly shocked! 

In my reply to him, I let him know I was concerned that the drainage tube system removed at the end of June, from my lower abdomen, was removed before I was fully healed.  He seemed surprised; he thought I was healed, otherwise the system would have still been inside me.

After some discussion, he left the room.  When he returned, he brought a portable Ultrasound unit, and did an ultrasound test on the area in question.  Then, he left the room, again.

Later, my surgeon and he both came to see me. 

My surgeon let me know that the pocket had not been healed 100%.  He also told me that there was nothing he could really do about it.  Especially, since he does traumatic surgery, and my need for another surgery, wouldn't be considered traumatic, like the one he did for me, was.

After some discussion, he offered to refer me to another surgeon who could help me.  I was grateful for this.

It was upsetting to me to hear that I still had a pocket open in my abdomen. 

After all, this meant that it could open the door for fluid to begin expanding it, again.  Meaning, I could go through an instant replay in the future, at some point in time.

It also meant that the unhealed pocket inside me, could turn into an abscess.  Sigh...  An abscess can end a person's life, at any time.  One second you're here; the next, you're gone. 

Plus, it meant that just as the doctor had told me, when the tube system had originally been installed, it could become the basis for cancer.  How I hate that C word!

Was I happy about this?  Absolutely, not.

Was I happy hearing that I could have surgery again, to correct this situation, but with a different type of surgeon?  Absolutely, not.

Thinking about not being happy about this situation, made me think of God. 

No, I wasn't angry with God, even though I felt sad.  It wasn't His fault I was still going through this horrible, and lengthy trial.

Instead, I just prayed, silently. 

And, relied upon my faith, just as we are told to do, in Romans 14:22, "Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth."

God may have allowed this problem to exist, but He did not cause this problem.

While I wanted to cry, being not happy, I knew that I had to continue trusting in Him, through the faith I have.  No tears flowed.  For this, I am truly thankful!

After all, He never guaranteed us happiness.  He guaranteed us... joy!  Joy in our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Just so you know, I have not yet heard about when I will see the other surgeon.  And, certainly have no idea yet, as to when I will have that other surgery.

To all who have prayed for me, I thank you.  I thank you with all my heart.

I appreciate what you have done for me, and will now ask you to continue praying for total, restorative healing to come to the forefront of my life.

Thank you, friend.  I appreciate your prayer, more than you know.  May God bless you, for your loving care towards me, shown in prayer.

By the way, please know that I pray for you, also.

Until next time...

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Always Remember... Never Forget...

Here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I've discussed the issue of 9-11, in the past. 

It's hard to believe that it's been 13 years since that act of terrorism took place.  At least for me, because it is still in my heart as if it happened, yesterday.  Possibly, it is due to the fact that terrorism of this sort by Muslims, is still happening, even if it is done differently, and in various parts of the world.

Today's LwL entry will be a little bit different.  It actually is an e-mail that I received.  However, not being able to copy/paste both the wording and pics, I elected to share the written info and only a couple of online pics sent with it.

Here's what I received:

USS  New York

It was built with 24,000 tons of scrap steel  from the  World    Trade    Centre  ..

It is the fifth in a new class of  warship - designed for missions that include special  operations against terrorists. It will carry a crew of 360  sailors and 700 combat-ready Marines to be delivered ashore by  helicopters and assault craft..

Steel from the   World   Trade   Center  was melted  down in a foundry in  Amite   ,   LA   to cast the ship's bow section. When it was  poured into the moulds on Sept 9, 2003, 'those big rough  steelworkers treated it with total reverence,' recalled Navy  Capt. Kevin Wensing, who was there. 'It was a spiritual moment  for everybody there.'

Junior Chavers, foundry  operations manager, said that when the trade Center steel  first arrived, he touched it with his hand and the 'hair on my  neck stood up.' 'It had a big meaning to it for all of us,' he  said. 'They knocked us down. They can't keep us down. We're  going to be back.'
The ship's motto? 'Never Forget'

Please keep this going so everyone can see  her!


Thinking about Islam and how it has been terrorizing the world, to make people convert or suffer death, made me think about Romans 8:36-39, "As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

I must admit, that we as Christians are suffering. 
Like in Iraq, for example. 

The suffering some are receiving at this time, will eventually make its way to each and every country that Islam is in control of.  And, also in those it is trying to take over.   

It is for this reason, that I believe we, as Christians, need to let others know what is truly happening throughout the world.  And, help the unsaved to understand that they will not be able to change what's happening.

So, to help all through this horrible terroristic trial of life, we must help those who have not yet gained salvation, by trusting in/believing upon our Lord, Jesus Christ, understand the truth.  God's truth.

We may suffer here in life.  However, we will receive eternal salvation, through our Lord, Jesus Christ. 

Salvation, with no more pain.  No more suffering.

For this, I praise God.  And, pray that if you do not already have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, that you will, before it's too late.

For nothing shall ever be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus, our Lord.

Never forget?  I never will.  I'll always remember.  Hopefully, you will, also.

Until next time...

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Issues in Life...

There's something I've mentioned, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), that is still an issue in my life. The balcony repairs, on my apartment building.

Earlier in the spring, for several weeks, scaffolding ran up and down all the units similar to mine, on all 26 floors.  That is literally what they did, and still do.

The workers do not work specifically on one (1) balcony at a time.  No.  Instead, they use a certain tool or tools, and use them on various floors, literally going up and down all day long.

This issue may not seem important to you, but it is to me. 

This means that every single day, I had to have my balcony door shut.  Same with my bedroom window.  And, I was not able to use the air-conditioning system.

Was this only in effect this last spring?  No.  Even though the workers were working previously on other units, the grinding and other work they did, meant that I couldn't have any air into my unit, from any source, either.

Now, we are in year three (3).  And, as of a couple of weeks ago, they are once again working on my balcony, and on all above and below mine, as I previously mentioned.

So, once again... no air can enter my unit.  At least, not during the day.  Even if it is at the hottest temperature of the day!

I'm truly unhappy that this has dragged out, for so long.  After all, I when it is very hot outside, I feel like I'm suffering, even though I am indoors!

Even though it is not easy for me, I must say that compared to other times, when I wasn't healed enough to be able to go and use the pool, or go out to either visit friends, have lunch, or do some shopping, etc., it's been much easier to deal with the problem, lately.  Like today.

Today, I was able to go out and do some errands.  And, some shopping, too.

Upon arriving home, I quickly got things sorted, then changed into my bathing suit, and went to the pool.

Ahhh... what a blessing it was to be able to relax in the pool.

Well, maybe not just relax, considering that I do exercise in the pool, once again.  Even though it is not as extensive as what I did in the past, I'm grateful that I am able to do some of the warm-up exercises.

How grateful I am that God has provided a way for me to deal with this awful balcony repair situation.  And, not be stuck inside my unit, the way I had been, in the past while dealing with health problems!

How grateful I am that He has provided a way for me to even spread knowledge about Him.  Not just to people I am familiar with, but also to those who I may have not yet met, all around the world.

Thinking about this, brought to mind Psalm 105:1, "O give thanks unto the Lord; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people."

Yes, I give thanks to my Lord.  Always.

I call upon His name.  Always.  In everything I do.

And, I make known His deeds among the people.  Just as we read in today's Bible verse.

He has certainly blessed me, by making me able to write and post entries here on LwL.  One thing I pray for, is that you will be blessed by reading my work for Him, here on LwL.

I realize that possibly not everyone feels that way.  However, as I mentioned previously, many people bless me, and let me know that I bless them, in various ways.

For this, I will always be thankful, for we need to bless each other.  And, encourage each other, too.

Until next time...

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014


Here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I've posted about worshipping with my church family.  And, I discussed yesterday, about how my pastor told me I am an encouragement to him, and others.

In addition to hearing this from my pastor, I also heard it from three (3) Facebook (FB) friends. 

F messaged me, letting me know that same thing that I heard from my pastor on Sunday.  Yesterday, I heard from J, who messaged me with the same info. 

Then, there is Stephen Piersall, a pastor and blog writer of God's Preservation Ministry Soul Carehttp://www.gpmsc.org/, and http://stephenmartyracts6-8.blogspot.ca/ .  He regularly uses some of my writings, for use in his ministry efforts, and letting me know that I am an encourager.

At the time, I wondered why this was happening. 

Then, something happened to me, that I won't discuss here on LwL.  I will say that what happened was truly upsetting to me.

In fact, I was so very upset, that I found myself crying.  Not just with tears rolling down my cheeks.

I also cried out to God, asking why He even allowed me to live through that dangerous, severe surgery that I had at the end of March, this year. 

After all, just as I wrote here on LwL in the past, I thought that I would probably wake up in heaven, instead of here on earth.  And, even as I was waking up in the recovery room, I questioned God, being shocked that I was alive, and waking up, here on earth.

As I've said in the past, I realize that God allowed me to survive that surgery that I and my daughter had been told that many people would not live through, for a reason.  He obviously has a purpose for keeping me here on earth.

Even though, I am nothing.  I am of very little value, here on earth.  At least, to some people.

But, how wonderful it is, that God loves me!  For this, I am truly thankful!

After I experienced the upset, I prayed.  Of course, God revealed to me the truth, as to why He had put it on the hearts and minds of fellow Christian friends, to encourage me, by saying I am an encouragement to others.

For this, I am truly thankful.  Especially, since God knew what I needed to have happen, even before it happened to me.  Yes, receiving encouragement was truly a blessing to me.  Thank you, my friends and brothers in the Lord.

Thinking of how little I am valued by so many people here on earth, made me think about Jesus.  And, what He told us, in Mark 6:4, "But Jesus, said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house."

How thankful I am to God, in many ways.  After all, He not only knows what our needs are, but Jesus also experienced some of the trials we have to deal with, in life.

I'm thankful to/for my fellow Christians who care for me, enough to be supportive.  Even, when I don't realize I need the encouragement.

God has shown me through this trial and others, that I am no different from what He said.  And, Jesus experienced this, also.

It seems that some people recognize what I do for him, and are thankful.  Even if it is not with people close to me, that I love and care for.

Of course, those who were an encouragement to me, love Him, too!

Those FB friends who encouraged me, are people who evangelize.  As I mentioned earlier, Stephen lives in USA and has a ministry to honour God.  J is also an American who evangelizes, as God has directed him (and indeed all of us) to do.  While F, is a Canadian, who lives here in the same city I live in.  He also is a writer, but of poetry.  And, he evangelizes, and loves our Lord, just as the others and I do.

Talking about evangelizing, I thought of something you should watch. 

This YouTube video is something I'm sure you will enjoy.  It's entitled VBS 2014https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUogqsB15ic.

Many were blessed being involved in Vacation Bible School (VBS). 

Not just those who attended, although those who attended, were blessed.  Others who were blessed either contributed towards and/or worked evangelizing with children who attended VBS.

I must admit, it is truly a blessing, belonging to God.  Being His child.

If you are not yet saved from spending eternity in hell, separated from God, with no chance of escape, then I would suggest you come to Him, now.  Believe upon the Lord, Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved (Acts 16:31).

You'll be glad you did.

Until next time...

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Monday, September 8, 2014

An Encouragement?

Just as I said I would yesterday, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I went and worshipped with my church family, at our home church building of Walkerville Evangelical Baptist Church:  www.gowebc.com

I'm sure that by now, you've heard me say that many, many times.  But, I am truly grateful to be able to do this!

Like normal, I met with my brothers and sisters in the Lord, earlier than the time for our worship service.  Today, our pastor taught our Bible study class, just as he has done recently. 

This coming week, our usual Bible study teacher W, will be released from hospital.  Hopefully, he'll be well enough soon to take over our class, once again.  Thank you to all who have been praying for W.  May God bless you...

Being the first SONday of the month, we not only worshipped during our regular service, but also had a communion service. 

For this, I praise God!  After all, He told us to do so, in remembrance of Him.  What a blessing it is!

After the service, as I was leaving the sanctuary, I shook hands with my pastor.  He said something to me that surprised me.

Pastor Tom let me know that I was an encouragement to him, his wife L, and to many others that he knows.

This shocked me, to hear this.  In response, I asked him to explain to me, how/why he felt that way.

Pastor Tom let me know that because of my knowledge of Bible verses, and a few other things, he and others saw me as being an encouragement to them.

Hearing this, I thanked him.  And, didn't comment any further on his compliment.  Yes, we did discuss something else, but nothing more about me being an encouragement to others.

Thinking of what happened, and what I heard, made me think about Bible verses.

One (1) that came to mind, was 1 Thessalonians 5:11, "Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do."

I must admit, it was comforting to hear this, from my pastor. 

After all, I do everything within my power, to provide comfort to others, and to edify others, through Bible study discussions, plus through my writings, providing all the encouragement I can.  In everything I do, I try to encourage others, for I know that life is not easy.  But, God is good.

For this, I praise God.  And, always will!

God is always there for me.  And, for you too, if you belong to Him.  If you have come to a saving relationship with our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Have you? 

Many people have read God's Word, the Bible.  Many are knowledgeable in many things.  But, many do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

By having a personal relationship with Jesus, He provides eternal salvation to the person who is trusting in/believing upon Him.

If you haven't yet done so, I pray that He will bring you to your knees, so that you will call out unto Him.  For when you do, if you are not already saved, you will be.

Once you've gained salvation, even if we don't meet here on earth, we'll meet up in heaven.  Hopefully, I'll see you, there.

Until next time...

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