Friday, October 31, 2014

Without...

If you read yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, you'll know that yesterday was my grandson, D's birthday.

When I began the day, I had a few things to do.

You see, I have been organizing and preparing to host a GIFT SALE, on November 8th, here in the party room of my apartment building.  Before I began setting things up, I checked with our office, and found out it was okay for me to do this.

So, I had contacted some fellow authors, and some other friends who either sold some type of things, or made craft items.  Plus, I had created a sale ad/flyer.

After e-mailing the flyer to everyone participating, I sent it to our building office, so that it could be printed and posted here in the building, and added to our television channel, where everyone can see/read what is happening, here.

This afternoon, after working on some things to prepare myself for the gift sale, I received a phone call.  The person calling was the President of our Board of Directors, who make all decisions on how to run our complex.

I was told by this person, that I was not being allowed to host the gift sale, here in our building.

We discussed several things.  Including the fact that I had been told it was okay for me to do this, by our office person who takes care of all the daily planning of our building. 

She made a comment that I found to be a lie.  And, told her so.

You see, I was told that no one was allowed to hold a sale of this nature. 

I explained to her, that what she said to me was not the truth.  And, let her know that I knew of someone who had held a sale, and sold items to people both in our building, and those who do not live here, using the same party room I had arranged to use.

She told me that didn't happen.  I assured her... it did.  How did I know this?  The person who had held this sale, told me she did it (before I knew her and lived here)!

In any case, I received a letter from the Board of Directors, letting me know that I was not allowed to host the gift sale. 

This meant, I had to cancel an ad I posted.  Plus, I had to e-mail everyone involved, to cancel with them.

Sigh...

By the time I was done, I had to head out to go to my daughter P's.  I had been invited for dinner, and to celebrate D's birthday.

We had a great time together, celebrating with a delectable meal, and a delicious homemade birthday cake!  Thank you, P!  It was so wonderful spending time with each of you, my family.  And, it was wonderful to celebrate D's birthday!

P hasn't been feeling well, lately.  She's my daughter who has Lupus.  So, when she doesn't feel well, this can become rather dangerous.

As I was leaving, I began to pray for P, once again.  She truly needs healing.

Believe me when I say I pray for her, for all my family and friends, daily.  But, when someone isn't well, I pray more often.

After all, God said we should be in a mode of prayer, continually.

Like He told us, in 1 Thessalonians 5:1, "Pray without ceasing."

This is something I find to be easy for me to do.  Praying constantly, I mean. 

I'm grateful that God has provided for me, to be able to do this.

Yes, I am praying that God will help me and my fellow authors and other friends to be able to locate a place for us to hold our sale.  Even if the date becomes changed.

But, of more importance, is the fact that I pray for my family, friends, and even... you.  For nothing is more important than praying for those we care about. 

In addition, I pray for our Christian family around the world.  And, for those, who work for our Lord, whether they are in paid ministry, or not.

Also, I pray that anyone who is not yet saved, will come to Christ, today.  Tomorrow may be too late, for them to gain salvation.  So they need to trust in/believe upon our Lord, Jesus Christ, now.

Hopefully, you are trusting in/believing upon Jesus, now.  If not, I'll be praying for you.


Until next time...

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

H.B. D! & The Importance Of...

Before today's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry begins, I would like to wish my grandson, D a very Happy Birthday!  I'm looking forward to celebrating with you.  See you, soon! 

As I mentioned here on LwL yesterday, I prayed for those who were injured in that horrible collision I saw, just moments after it happened.  And, I prayed for the families of all involved, for their lives will also be affected.

To me, prayer is very important.  So, I pray for many people.  And, for many places, where prayer is important.

Recently, I watched a Vimeo video that had been posted on Facebook (FB) entitled, What is PalestineWho are the Palestinians?  Here is a link to it:  http://vimeo.com/77053361.

Hopefully, you took the time to watch it. 

If you did, I'm happy for you!  And, I praise God that you did this!

For, if you did, you will have full understanding of what Palestine is and who Palestinians are!

If you didn't, I am sad for you.  For, if you didn't, it tells me and possibly even the rest of the world that you are uncaring about what is happening in Israel.

My fellow Christians, we need to all be in support of what is happening in Israel.  After all, God told us that He will bless those who bless Israel, and curse those who curse Israel. 

I pray for Israel.  And, Jerusalem.

Why?  Because God told us to pray. 

Just as He told us, in Psalm 122:6, "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee."

So please, if you are not already doing so, join me in prayer for Jerusalem.  And, Israel.

God will bless you, and prosper you in many ways. 

He wants us to be obedient to Him.  He wants us to do what He expects of us.

Does this mean I am perfect?  Absolutely, not. 

After all, God told us that there is no one who is perfect.  Not anyone... human.

May God bless you my friend, for being obedient to Him.


Until next time...

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Cpl. Nathan Cirillo's Funeral & More...

Here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I'm letting you know that today was a happy and sad day.

Today, I had much to do.  And, was grateful that God helped me get it all done.  Thank You, Lord!

The sadness I felt was not due to anything happening in my life.  It was due to watching the funeral service of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, televised on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) television (TV) station, today.

I must admit, that I found it hard to not have tears running down my face, throughout the whole service.  Especially, seeing the heartbreak and sorrow that his mom was suffering.

I prayed for her, his son, and for the rest of his family.

Unfortunately, I wasn't able to watch the portion on TV, when his funeral procession took place in Hamilton.  But later in the day, I was able to see a portion during the CBC news broadcast.

How grateful I am that our Prime Minister, Stephen Harper not only attended, but spoke during Nathan's funeral service.  In my mind, this was a truly honouring thing to do.

To read about the funeral service for Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, that took place in Ottawa, please check out this article posted by National Post, with a headline of Thousands gather for Cpl. Nathan Cirillo's funeral to mourn 'a kid at heart' who died 'protecting and preserving'http://news.nationalpost.com/2014/10/28/cpl-nathan-cirillos-funeral-to-be-held-in-hamilton-today/.

Here is an article posted by CBC.ca entitled, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo mourned at funeral in Hamiltonhttp://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/hamilton/cpl-nathan-cirillo-mourned-at-funeral-in-hamilton-1.2814727.

It made me feel good to see that many other people here in Canada, wanted to honour Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, and mourn his death.

Certainly, people attended the funeral service at Christ's Church Cathedral, in Ottawa.  And, along roadways literally thousands of people stood by and honoured Nathan.

However, there was something that touched my heart.  Not in a good way.  But rather, in a sad way.

I never noticed any Muslims on any of the TV programme.  Not in the church service.  And, not even outdoors, during any of the funeral procession.

Where were they?

A few have spoken up, claiming that they felt badly about what happened to Nathan.

Do I believe that?  Absolutely, not.

If any Muslims truly felt badly about how Nathan's life was taken, I believe they would have shown up, to honour him, even if they were only standing on a roadside.

Plus, knowing that Islamic Taqiyya not only allows, but encourages Muslims to lie to infidels (we who are not Muslim), reveals truth that no Muslims truly cared about Nathan's death.  Well, maybe with the exception of the odd Islamic person.

In my opinion, if they, as a group of Muslims, felt badly and mourned a fellow Canadian who had been murdered while standing for Canada, they would have spoken up and stood out in crowds.  But, to the best of my knowledge, groups of Muslims, did not.

In my mind, this is truly evil.  Especially, since it was one of them, who killed Nathan.  Who not only ended his life, but has affected the lives of his mom, son and other family members, and friends.

The only thing about this horrid situation that has given me any encouragement, through this evil murder of someone who did not deserve it, comes from God's Word.

Just as we read, in Revelation 21:8, "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."

Cpl. Nathan Cirillo's life has ended.  And, nothing can be done to change this.

But, God is in control.  Of everything. 

He has told us in His Word, the Bible, in many places, that we need to become saved, in order to spend eternity in Heaven with God.

This will not happen to Muslims.  Nor, to anyone who is abominable, being a murderer, whoremonger, sorcerer, an idolater, or even a liar.  For as we read, they shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone.  Which is the second death.

Our first death, may be like Nathan's.  Meaning, our human life may end.

But, our eternal life, does not.

Those, who are trusting in/believing upon our Lord, Jesus Christ, for their salvation, will spend eternity in Heaven, just as I mentioned earlier.

Hopefully, you are saved.  Hopefully, you are trusting in/believing upon our Lord, Jesus Christ.

If you are not yet a believer, doing what God told us to do, then I pray you will do so, today.  Don't wait for tomorrow.

Tomorrow may be too late. 


Until next time...

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

My Knees...

In yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I wished my grandson A, Happy Birthday!

Normally, on that special day, we would get together to celebrate his birthday.  However, A had plans for that day, so instead of meeting yesterday, we met on Sunday, to celebrate his birthday!

In the afternoon, after our pot-luck luncheon and meeting with my church family where we worship, I went home.  A little later, I left home, and headed to my daughter B's home.

As I was driving, I wondered if I should take regular roadways, or take a highway, to help me get there, quicker.

Once I decided to take the highway system, I began heading there.  It seemed to take forever, because for some reason, I began getting stopped at every intersection that seemed to have red lights.

Stop and go.  Stop and go.  It happened over, and over and over again.

Finally, as I was approaching the entrance to the highway system, I noticed a police car moving to block the entrance.  I also noticed an ambulance and fire truck on the entrance way, along with a truck. 

Then, I saw something rather heartbreaking.  I saw there were two (2) vehicles in the ditch, beside the entrance to the highway.  Here is a link to a photo, with no story, that was later posted online by The Windsor Star entitled, Two taken to hospital after collision at EC Row and Lauzonhttp://blogs.windsorstar.com/news/two-taken-to-hospital-after-collision-at-ec-row-and-lauzon.

When I say it was heartbreaking to me, I really mean it.

Please don't get the wrong idea.  I wasn't upset because I couldn't enter the highway system.  I wasn't upset having to drive along an alternative route.

It was upsetting to me, to see those vehicles damaged the way they were.

Immediately, I prayed for those involved in the collision.  And, for their families.

While praying, I found myself in tears, feeling extremely sad.

Then, all of a sudden I calmed down.  God placed a thought on my mind.

Had I been at that location a few minutes earlier, I may have been involved in that collision.  It might have been my vehicle damaged, and me, hurt physically.

It was then, that I praised God for protecting me.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I've not only lived with injury from that collision in 1980, when my life was totally changed, but I've been rather weak and weary of suffering through so many surgeries/operations over the past couple of years.

I began thanking Him for protecting me.

Much like what we read, in Ephesians 3:14, "For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,"

Had I not been driving, I truly would have been on my knees. 

Not just praying thankfully, for Him protecting me.  But also, to pray for those involved in that awful collision I had seen the damage of.

Once at my B's home, we enjoyed dinner and celebrated A's birthday. 

Then, B showed me the link I just posted here.  And, again... I silently prayed for all involved, for I was still feeling heartbroken for them.


Until next time...

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Monday, October 27, 2014

H.B. A! & I Am Ready!

Before I begin today's Life with Lynnie (LwL), I would like to wish my grandson A, a very Happy Birthday!  May God bless you on this, your special day... and, always! 

Just as I said yesterday, here on LwL, I went to worship.

It was wonderful meeting with my fellow Christians.  Especially, to worship!

Of course, I did attend our Bible study, that happens, before our worship service.  :)  Like normal, it was wonderful!

After our worship service, I did not go immediately home.

Instead, I joined my brothers and sisters in the Lord, and all their family members, who shared our pot-luck lunch.  I must admit, it was a wonderful time of fun, food, and fellowship!

At the end of our luncheon, we had a membership meeting.  It didn't take long.  We reviewed our status, finances, and budget for the year.  It seems we are doing well.  For this, I praise God!

Things happened during my time with my church family, that encouraged me. 

Not only did pastor Tom remark about how happy he was that I had prayed and given my testimony, last Thursday evening, for the group that met at our church building.  But, an Elder did, also.  This was in addition to having a few people approach me and let me know they had heard that I had done a wonderful job, speaking and singing.

Of course, I felt like there were ways I could have improved what I had done, but still... it was a blessing, being encouraged by others.  Thank you, so very much, my family!  May God bless you...

In case you're not aware, I included a gospel message, during my speaking time.  Just as I always do.

This brought to mind, Romans 1:15-16, "So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek."

Just as we read in these verses, like many others of the past, and of the present, I am ready to preach the gospel.  To all.  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ.  It is definitely the power of God unto salvation, to all who believeth.  Praise God.  Hallelujah!

I would like to thank all, who attended that prayer evening.

Especially, those friends of mine, who do not worship with me, at Walkerville Evangelical Baptist Church (www.gowebc.com).  Like the women who I originally met when we attended grief counselling about four and a half (4 1/2) years ago.  Like some friends of mine, who I see fairly often.  And, like my publisher, who had asked me in the past, if I still spoke and sang.

To all who are my church family, I thank you, also.  I'll look forward to each of you giving your testimony, at some point in the future!


Until next time...

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

How Deep the Father's Love for Us...

Just like every other Lord's Day, I'll be letting you know, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), that I'm heading to go worship with my church family. 

Being able to worship with fellow Christians, is truly a blessing to me!  Hopefully, it is to you, also.

Worshipping Him, is so very special to me.  It is very important.  This way, I can honour and glorify Him!

Of course, if you've read LwL for any amount of time, you'll be aware that I love to worship Him, through music, also.

With this month of October, being time of remembrance of loss, of both my dad and my now deceased husband Gordon, I thought about a song that I adore.

It is written by Stuart Townsend, and is entitled, How Deep the Father's Love for Us.  Here is a link for you to listen and/or sing along:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngIR-EtbvQo.  The lyrics are below.

How Deep the Father's Love for Us

How deep the Father's love for us,
How vast beyond all measure;
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure.
How great the pain of searing loss,
The Father turns His face away;
As wounds which mar the Chosen One
Bring many sons to glory.

Behold the Man upon the cross
My sin upon His shoulders;
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers.
It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished;
His dying breath has brought me life--
I know that it is finished.

I will not boast in anything,
No gifts, no power, no wisdom;
But I will boast in Jesus Christ,
His death and resurrection.
Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer.
But this I know with all my heart:
His wounds have paid my ransom.

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer.
But this I know with all my heart:
His wounds have paid my ransom.

...His wounds have paid my ransom.

Yes, His wounds have paid my ransom.

Just as we read, in 1 John 4:10, "Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins."

How deep God the Father's love was for us, that even before we were brought to this earth, He loved us so very much that He sent His only begotten Son to earth, to be the propitiation for our sins.

Yes, our sins.  My sin.  And, your sin.  That is, if you are believing upon Him.

If you are believing upon Him, our Lord, Jesus Christ, then you are saved.  Saved from spending eternity in Hell, with no chance of escape.

Saved, from experiencing God's wrath.  Wrath, that will be experienced by all who are unsaved, and will be punished through God's vengeance.

For, if you are truly saved, your name will be in the Lamb's Book of Life.  And, you will be rewarded by God.

For this, I praise Him.  And, thank Him. 

Hallelujah!


Until next time...

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

A Cup of Water? A Cup of Water!

A few days ago, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I requested prayer for Asia Bibi

She's the Christian woman, who is awaiting death.  Death, because the Muslims who have her imprisoned her, convicted her of blasphemy.

Had Asia done what they accused her of?  Only God knows for sure. 

Chances are, she didn't.

Why do I think this?  Well, anyone who has read LwL's entry about her in the past, knows that I receive e-mail from the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ).

Here is an e-mail I received yesterday, from ACLJ:

Lynn,

Asia Bibi may die for an act of kindness.

A Pakistani Christian mother of five, she offered a cup of water to a Muslim neighbor.

For that, Asia Bibi was called “unclean,” and her Christian faith “filthy.”

Then, when she defended her faith and refused to convert to Islam, she was sentenced to death.

We must stand with Asia. At the ACLJ, we’re mobilizing our resources worldwide to plead her case, but we need your help:

Sign the Petition: Spare Asia Bibi’s Life.

Jay Sekulow
ACLJ Chief Counsel

How awful I feel for Asia Bibi.  And, for other fellow Christians who are imprisoned, because they are Christian.

Believe me when I say I pray for them, daily.  I do.  And hopefully, you do, also.

As we read, Asia Bibi did not do something to hurt a Muslim.  Not to anyone, really.  Not even to God!

All she did was give a Muslim neighbour a cup of water.

A cup of water?!

Thinking about a cup of water, brought to mind a couple of Bible verses.  The verse I decided to use today, is Matthew 9:41, "For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward."

What Asia Bibi did, was not offensive.  Even if she weren't Christian, she would have been doing an honourable and loving thing, to help someone else.

But, Muslims do not think this way.  They look for any reason they can to hurt others.  And, murder them.  Like they plan to do to Asia Bibi.

How evil is that?!

To be honest, I praise God that Asia Bibi is a sister in the Lord.  For even if those Muslims do what they claim they will do, and murder her, she will be blessed to spend eternity in Heaven with our Lord.

Still, she is a mom. 

Do you not think that being imprisoned, she misses her children?  Do you not think her children miss her?

I believe they do, for a mother's love for her children, never dies.  And, children need and love their parents.

Asia Bibi needs to be released!  Please, do whatever you can to help her be released.

Sign the ACLJ petition.  Speak up and out to others, and share the need to have that ACLJ petition signed. 

Whatever else you think you can do, please do it.

And, please... make sure you pray. 

Thank you.  May God bless you, my friend.


Until next time...

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Terror Attacks, Here in Canada...

Here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), we'll be discussing some rather heartbreaking issues that happened, here in Canada.

Outside Montreal is where the first incident took place.

Here is an article published by the National Post entitled, Driver who ran over two Canadian soldiers near Montreal, 'had become radicalized,' PMO sayshttp://news.nationalpost.com/2014/10/20/driver-runs-over-two-canadian-soldiers-outside-montreal-police-shoot-and-kill-driver-after-high-speed-chase/.

It is clear that the person who ran down, and injured two (2) Canadian soldiers, did so as an apparent terrorist attack.

Unfortunately, one (1) of the soldiers died.  Here's a link by The Independent entitled, Canadian soldier dies after being run over by suspected Islamic extremisthttp://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/canadian-soldier-dies-after-being-run-over-by-suspected-islamist-extremist-9808851.html.

Then, on Wednesday, October 22nd, a soldier was shot at the National War Memorial, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

The shooter ran into our Parliament building, and began shooting.  He was killed, there.

CBC News posted article and video entitled, Parliament Hill attack:  1 gunman dead after soldier shot at National War Memorial.  Here is a link so you can check it out:  http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/parliament-hill-attack-1-gunman-dead-after-soldier-shot-at-national-war-memorial-1.2808710.

CTV News posted an article and video series entitled, Canada will never be intimidated, Harper says after shootings in Ottawa.  Here is a link so you can read and watch/listen:  http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/canada-will-never-be-intimidated-harper-says-after-shootings-in-ottawa-1.2065443.

All I can say, is that we live in a truly evil world.  A world, whose god is Satan.

Thinking about what will happen in this world, made me think about Revelation 6:7-8, "And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth."

Whether or not the fourth seal has truly been opened, I cannot say.  Only God knows for sure.

However, I do believe that Islam has been sending their people to countries all over the world.  And, after many countries ignoring the fact that non-Muslims have been murdered if they didn't convert to Islam, it makes me wonder if in fact, that is why so many areas of the earth, Islamists feel they have power over part of the earth.  Power to kill with sword, and more.

What can we do about it?

Nothing much, in my opinion... other than do whatever we can to protect ourselves, and others.

Even so, as a Christian, I do believe that we need to stand up, speak out against what Islam is doing.  By speaking up and out, we can open the door for others to become aware that their lives may end, through terrorist acts.  Acts that may kill people by bombings, or by cutting off heads. 

By speaking up and out, unsaved people may come to the realization that their lives will be at risk.  And, they may die.

I believe this will open the door for the unsaved to realize that when they die, there will only be two (2) places for them to spend eternity.  Heaven... or Hell.

For those who realize they don't want to spend eternity in Hell, with no chance of escape, I believe many will come to Christ, by trusting in/believing upon Jesus.  By doing so, they will be able to spend eternity in Heaven. 

So, my question to you, is:  Where will you spend eternity?


Until next time...

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Dad... & Testimony at Prayer Focus Evening...

Before I begin today's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I would like to say that today is the anniversary of my dad's death.  Even though we didn't have a fabulous relationship, I truly loved him.  And, miss him.

This day, will be a very special one.  In a very different way.

As I mentioned previously, my pastor, Tom Perry asked me to give prayer and to speak this evening, at our Prayer Focus Evening event.  It is being held where I worship with my church family, at Walkerville Evangelical Baptist Church, at 7:30 p.m. 

So, I'll be there, giving my testimony.  Just as he requested.

If you'd like to join us, you are welcome to do so.

Here is a link, to where you can check out information:  http://www.gowebc.com/.  If you live in Windsor, ON, Canada, you are probably already aware of where 815 Windermere Rd., is.  If you do not know, it is a block east of Lincoln Rd. and about a block and a half south of Wyandotte St. E. 

It would be nice to see you, there!

Just so you know, I may be speaking this evening, but it will only be for a short time.  I am not the object of tonight's meeting.  Prayer, is.

Even so, I do have a testimony.  And, so do you!  If you are one of His children, that is.

As His child, we are to give testimony.

Just as we read, in Mark 5:19, "Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee."

Much like that fellow was told by Jesus, each of us, who belong to Him, all need to tell others about great things the Lord hath done for us.  After all, He has been there for us, and has had compassion on us.

Has Jesus done great things for you?  Do you belong to Him?

If you want to honour Him, do what God told us to do.  Believe upon the Lord, Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved (Acts 16:31).


Until next time...

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Where Is Our Government?

Here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I let the world know how supportive I am of our Canadian federal government. 

In the past, even though I don't usually like to tell people who I vote for, I have.  Especially, since I am in favour of our government and our Prime Minister, here in Canada, who is a fellow Christian.  I praise God for him!

Even so, I am hoping that anyone who reads today's LwL entry, will contact their government officials and ask what they are doing with regards to the information being posted here, today.

It doesn't matter if you are in Canada, USA, or anywhere else in the world.

Please, don't delay.  Contact your leaders, now.

As you're probably aware, I've posted about Islam and how it is hurting the world.

Muslims claim Islam is a peaceful religion.  It is not.  At least not to others who are not Islamic.

Now, they have opened the door to slavery.  And, more.

CNN posted a video entitled, ISIS has ushered in a revival of slaveryhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uP0jGs4U7Mo.  This video gives detail information about what is happening to not just Christians, but to any infidel... non Muslim/unbeliever in Islam.

MRconservative.com posted an article and video entitled, ISIS Reportedly Rapes & Beheads a Childhttp://mrconservative.com/2014/10/50929-graphic-new-reports-reveal-isis-is-raping-and-beheading-christian-children/.  This article contains a pic that is disturbing to many, but the video is not just okay to be watched, but needs to be watched, by all.  At least in my opinion.

Please don't misunderstand. 

I am not asking that people try and return evil for evil.  This is not what I am saying.

However, during past wars, the need was there to stand up, speak out, and protect those who needed protecting.  Especially, during times when there was those who were hoping to overcome the world, and be in control of it.  Much like Islam is doing, today.

Thinking of this, brought to mind Romans 12:19, "Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord."

No one should show revenge.  For vengeance is God's.  Just as we read, today.  He will repay.  Not just some.  But, all.

For this, I am grateful.  And, always will be.

He has shown us in His Word, the Bible, that instead of hating or showing vengeance we need to be loving towards others.  Everyone.  Including those who are persecuting us.

However, does this mean we should not speak up?  No.  Not in my mind.

This world is filled with so very many unsaved people who will spend eternity in Hell, if they do not gain salvation through our Lord, Jesus Christ. 

Seeds for Christ need to be planted.  And, those who need salvation, must come to realize that their time is limited. 

Just as it is becoming closer, today.

This is probably the only way that some will actually come to understand their need for salvation.  This may be the only way that some will realize they need to trust in/believe upon our Lord, Jesus Christ, for their salvation.

Please, contact your government.  Speak up.  Speak out. 

Let people know how their lives may not yet be at risk this very minute, but how it won't be long, before they are.  Hopefully, they will come to Christ, today.


Until next time...

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Be Heard... Again! & Prayer Request for Asia Bibi...

Here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), from time to time, I discuss issues that are happening.  Today, I'll be doing the same.

Yesterday, being Monday, when I checked my e-mail, found something that we need to be praying for. 

The e-mail was from The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ).  Here is what it said:


Lynn,
 
It’s happening again.

A Christian mom has been sentenced to death for her faith, this time in Pakistan.

Asia Bibi was falsely accused of “blasphemy” – speaking against the prophet Muhammad.

Now this wife and mother of five will hang for her Christian faith.

She would be the first woman executed under Pakistan’s Shariah blasphemy law.

This is the ultimate human rights violation.

Through our international affiliate – the European Centre for Law and Justice – and its partner in Pakistan, we’ve been successfully fighting against blasphemy charges for years.

We’re mobilizing our global offices and delivering a letter to the government of Pakistan demanding her freedom.

Asia Bibi must not be allowed to die for her faith.

Christian mom Meriam Ibrahim is free from a death sentence in Sudan because you spoke out. Be heard again.

Save Asia Bibi from execution.

Sign Our Urgent New Petition: Free Bibi Today.
Jordan Sekulow
ACLJ Executive Director

Friend, please... take the time to pray for Asia Bibi.  And, for her family. 

Please, pray that God will make a way where there isn't one, so that she will be released and not murdered.  Thank you.  May God bless you...

Thinking about how God will make a way, brought to mind Isaiah 43:19, "Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert."

How wonderful it is, that He loves us.  May God answer our prayer, to have it spring forth, and make a way for Asia Bibi to be released!

Dear Heavenly Father,  we come before you on bended knee, for You are our awesome God.  You are in control of everything.  Father, we ask in the name of Jesus, that You will have Asia Bibi released and not murdered by those who believe Islam is of You, even though we know it is NOT.  May it be Your will to also have Pastor Saeed, and others who are imprisoned by Muslims, also released.  Father, even though we must do what we can do, we are not in control.  You are.  So, we look to You, that You will touch the hearts of many, to speak up/out and to do whatever they can to help have Asia Bibi be released, and not murdered, as she has been convicted and condemned for death.  We pray that you will bless the ACLJ, for what this group is doing help those in need.  Once released, may she be with her family, and encourage others to become Christian, for we know that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life... no man comes to the Father (You), but by Him.  Father, we are thankful that You have created a way of salvation for each of us, by trusting in/believing upon our Lord, Jesus Christ.  May each of us reach out to others and plant those seeds for Christ, that You commanded us to do.  We thank You for this, and for so much more.  In Jesus' name we pray.  Amen.


Until next time...

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Leaning...

As I mentioned yesterday, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I headed to worship with my church family on our Lord's Day.

Like normal, I attended our Bible study class, which happens earlier than our worship service. 

I must admit, although I miss having our pastor do our teaching, it is so very nice to have our Bible study teacher W, back again.  Although W's feeling improved, he still needs healing.  If you can find it in your heart to continue to pray for him, I would be truly thankful.  And, I'm sure, he would be, too!  May God bless you.

As usual, our worship service was wonderful.  Although our group was a bit smaller, since some people were away on vacation.  Even so, it was a blessing.

Afterwards, I saw my daughter P.  Even though she hasn't been feeling well, I'm grateful that I could see her, even if it was just for a few minutes.  Hopefully, you will also pray for my daughter, P.  Thank you, my friend!  May God bless you.

Later, I made my way to a house that is actually not far from where I worship.

A woman who lives there is an artist.  She and her husband were participating in an 'open house' where people could go and see her artwork.

Truthfully, she was only one (1) of many who were doing this.  However, with my physical limitation, I knew that there was no way I could attend every artist's event.

Unfortunately, I still have trouble climbing stairs.  Still, God helped me as I made it up to their front door on their front porch.

Upon entering, I introduced myself.  Other people arrived within a few seconds after I did.  She took that couple upstairs to her art gallery.

Knowing I could not climb those stairs, I spoke with her husband and looked at some of her artwork that was on the main floor of their home.

Are you seated?  The reason I forced myself to attend that event at their home, was not just to see her artwork, although I did appreciate doing that.

Just as I told them, when I first arrived, I did so, because their last name is the same as my maiden name.  With our family name being not well known, I wondered if in fact they were somehow related to me.

Some people might think that is strange.  But, I don't.

You see, I have cousins and relatives even here in Canada, that I either haven't yet met, or haven't seen since I was a child.  Believe it or not, I feel that I could trip over a relative, and not even know who they are!  :(  :)

Some people might not have even gone and done what I did.  But, I had prayed about it, before I went.  And, I was trusting God to provide for me, and help me not be embarrassed doing this.

Thinking about this, brought to mind Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths."

How thankful I am that He gave me the desire, encouragement and direction to go and meet this family.  In my heart, I believe He led me, there. 

As it turned out, we are not related.  At least, not in the past couple of generations.

Still, it was a wonderful time I spent there.  I was thankful to see some lovely artwork.  And was thankful that this artist's husband, who shares my maiden name, actually helped me down the porch steps by letting me lean on his arm as I went down the stairs, when I left their home.  May God bless you!

As I drove towards my apartment, I thought that it was nice to have met them.  Even if they weren't related to me!

Knowing I am not very strong, physically... I thanked God for helping me to be able to meet them, at all! And, for the help I received from the fellow with my family name.  Thank you!  May God bless you.


Until next time...

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Continually...

As in the past, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I will let you know that it is important for me to go to worship with my church family.  So, I'm going!

Yes, I will worship Him in spirit and in truth.  But, also through music.

A hymn came to mind, written by Joachim Neander (Neumann) and is entitled, Praise to the Lord, the Almighty.  Here is a link for you to listen to the music alone and/or sing along:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVrrqqFu2cg.  The updated version of this hymn's lyrics are below.

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
The King of creation
O my soul praise Him
For He is thy health and salvation
All ye who hear
Now to His temple draw near
Join me in glad adoration


Praise to the Lord
Who o’er all things so wondrously reigneth
Shelters thee under His wings
Yeah, so gently surstaineth
Hast thou not seen 
How all thy longings have been
Granted in what He ordaineth


Praise to the LORD, 
who doth prosper
Thy work and defend thee
Surely His goodness and mercy
Here daily attend thee
Ponder anew What the Almighty can do
If with His love He befriend thee.


Praise to the Lord, 
O let all that is in me adore Him
All that hath life and breath
Come now with praises before Him
Let the “amen” 

Sound from His people again
Gladly forever adore Him 

It is amazing to me that even though these are not the original lyrics, an updated version is still being sung.  It's still being sung here on earth, to worship God!  Hallelujah!

Thinking about this hymn brought to mind, Hebrews 13:15, "By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name."

After all, we need to do what God's Word, the Bible, tells us we should do.  We need to offer the sacrifice of praise to Him, continually.  This is the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to Him!

Hopefully, you also went to meet with fellow Christians, or your church family, to worship Him.  By doing so, you'll honour Him.  And, you'll be blessed.


Until next time...

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Evil? Good!

It's been a while, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), since I let you know some of the movies I watched, while I was without proper television (TV) reception, when my balcony was under repair.

Here are a few more films that I watched:

Baby Blue Marine, starring Jan-Michael Vincent.  This movie is based on WW2 events and how some recruits were treated.  Here is a link for you to check it out:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baby_Blue_Marine.  I found it to be an okay movie, but I'm not sure I would watch it, again.

*  The Last Picture Show, starring Jeff Bridges, Cloris Leachman, Cybill Shepherd, and more.  To find out more about this drama film, click here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_Picture_Show.  To be honest, since this was such a well-known movie, I thought I would enjoy it more than I did.  It was filled with sin.

Lost Command, starring Anthony Quinn, George Segal, and more.  This war film can be checked out, here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost_Command.  It was an okay movie; I didn't find it to be anything special.

From Here To Eternity, starring Burt Lancaster, Donna Reed, Debra Kerr, Frank Sinatra, Montgomery Clift, and more.  You can check out this drama film, here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/From_Here_to_Eternity .  This was a good film in many ways.  However, it was filled with many forms of sin.

*  Brubaker, starring Robert Redford, Morgan Freeman and more.  I truly enjoyed this prison drama film.  Check it out, here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brubaker.  Although there was sin in this movie, the focus was on truth and doing what's right for others.

Thinking about how many movies there are that are filled with sin, is overwhelming.  It seems that almost all, are.

However, that last film, Brubaker made my heart feel good.  There was sin in the film, but it was like good overcame sin.

Like we read, in Romans 12:21, "Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good."

While it is not easy dealing with evilness, God provides for us.  For those of us, who belong to Him.

In His Word, the Bible, we are told that because Jesus overcame the world, so can we.  Meaning... we, who belong to Him.

Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ?

If you do, I praise God for you!  If you don't, I will pray for you, that you will come to Christ.

Without having a personal relationship with our Lord, Jesus Christ, a person cannot become saved.  Saved from spending eternity in Hell, with no chance of escape.  And, saved from having their life filled with sin.

If you are not yet saved, come to Christ, today.  Trust in/believe upon Him.  And, you will be saved.

It's that simple.


Until next time...

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Friday, October 17, 2014

For Good...

Every now and then, I let you know about what I've done with myself, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL).  Today, is that day!

This week was usual for me.  I spent time doing things in and out of my apartment.

Of course, I had trouble sleeping some nights.  In fact, on Monday night, I didn't get to sleep until Tuesday morning, just before 7:00 a.m.

After only less than three (3) hours of sleep, I had to get up and do what was on my agenda for the day.  I'm sure you'll understand when I say that I slept really well, Tuesday night!

Wednesday was a special day.  Though I slept well, I didn't really want to get up.  Even so, I did.  For this was a day filled with things for me to do.

It was a day when I screwed up.  lol :(  Even so, it turned out to be a good day, for me!  :)

In the past, here on LwL, I've mentioned how before I had my first of several surgeries in 2012, I used to attend a 50+ group luncheon monthly, at the church where I used to worship.  Only a couple of times, was I able to do this in the last two (2) years, due to all my surgeries and recovery time.

The third (3rd) Wednesday of each month, was when the group usually met. 

My friend W, who leads the group, let me know that they changed the name of the group.  And, they changed how often we would meet up.

Knowing that the group would be meeting only every second (2nd) or third (3rd) month, I made sure I could attend this month.  So, it was on Wednesday when I left home about 11:00 a.m. to cross town and meet up with that group of friends.

Upon arriving, I found out the group wasn't meeting that day, after all.  Apparently, it was changed to next week.  :(

Even so, I met up with a few women I hadn't seen in a while.  They had attended a Bible study group, together.

While I felt sad about making this mistake, I realized that it wasn't really my mind that erred, for I wasn't aware of the date change.

At first, I felt badly about the screw up.  But afterwards, I was rather happy.

Other things I had planned to do, took longer than I thought would happen.  So, it seemed that God made it all work out, for the best.

Wow!  Did this ever touch my heart, thinking about this.

Especially, since it reminded me of Romans 8:28, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."

Hopefully, you are aware that this Bible verse is NOT saying that all things ARE good.  For all things, are not good.

What God has told us here, is that even if things aren't perfect for us, God will use them, and work them together for good, to those that love Him, to them who are the called, according to His purpose.  Meaning for His children, who belong to Him.

How wonderful it is that He will use even the worst times of our lives, to benefit someone at some point.  Whether it is immediately, or not.

I'm truly thankful for Him doing this.

Not because I was able to do everything I needed to do that day, before attending the meeting for the Injured Workers Coalition (IWC), where I am a member of.  But, because by doing this, He helps either ourselves, and/or others, in a future need for understanding of some situation that occurs, and more.

Hallelujah!


Until next time...

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

H.B. T! & Join Us... In Prayer...

Before I begin today's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I would like to take a moment to wish my grandson T, a very Happy Birthday!  It amazes me how life is passing by so quickly.  It's hard to believe that you are as old as your are.  I pray you have a blessed, special day!

In yesterday's LwL entry, I discussed the fact that this past Sunday was a rather unique day.  In more than one (1) way, like I mentioned, yesterday.

Something happened while I was with my church family, that had never happened to me, before.  At least, not at a worship service.

Just moments before our worship service began, pastor Tom Perry (my pastor at Walkerville Evangelical Baptist Churchhttp://www.gowebc.com/) approached me. 

He reminded me that on Thursday, October 23rd, we are scheduled to have a Prayer Focus Evening, at 7:30 p.m.  Pastor Tom also asked me to lead the group with a prayer, to which I responded that I would.

Then, he asked me to give my testimony.

Whoa!  Be still my heart!

I truly felt like I was going to pass out, hearing this.  In the past, I had never been asked to do these things at a prayer evening.

Not here.  Nor, at any church I had ever worshipped at.

Of course, I have done some speaking/singing events.  But, usually with a different group of people, located at a different church.  And, never during a worship service.

This nearly blew me away!

Even so, after thinking and praying about this, I felt good.  And, thankful.

There was no way I would ever speak out and possibly even refuse to do what had been asked of me.  At least, as long as I am able to do whatever is asked of me.

Thinking of this, brought to mind Philippians 2:14, "Do all things without murmurings and disputings:"

I praise God that I realize that I need to do what is asked of me.  Without giving any type of arguing or complaining.

After all, God knows the plans He has for me.  And, you.

He knows that we must do all things in obedience to His calling.

Certainly, I wouldn't want to do anything, but exalt Him.  And, do what He requires of me, if whatever it is I would do, would glorify Him.

I realize that He placed it on my pastor's heart and mind, to have me do this.  So, I will do it. 

If you would like to join us that evening, feel free to do so.  We always enjoy having people join us in prayer!


Until next time...

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Great Minds Think Alike!

This past Sunday, our Lord's Day, I worshipped with my church family, just as I said I would do, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL).

I must admit, it was a truly unique day.

Not just in one (1) way.  But, actually in two (2) ways.

Just so you know, in case you're not aware, when I post LwL, I do so at midnight.

There are days when I write the entry just before I post it.  Other times, I may write it in advance and set it to be posted at that time.

That's what I did for Sunday's LwL entry. 

When our worship service began, we sang chorus' and various newer worship songs.  Just like we normally do.

During our service we usually sing a couple of hymns.  Just like we did on Sunday.

To my surprise, the first hymn was the same hymn that I had posted here on LwL.  Wow!  Was I surprised!

Whenever something like this happens, a thought usually comes to my mind.  About how great minds think alike... yet, fools seldom differ.

My church family, the music leader and our pastor are not foolish.  Nor, am I.  So, I knew for certain that this was a case where great minds thought alike!  :)

The hymn was used by both me for my blog, and for my church family is entitled, Come Ye Thankful People Come.  Here is a link to LwL's entry for that day, so you can read, listen and/or sing along:  http://www.lifewithlynnie.com/2014/10/thankful-people.html.

Thinking about how my church family members who planned the music we were to honour God and worship Him with, and I, thought about worship music in a similar way, made me think about Philippians 2:2, "Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind."

How wonderful it is that we thought about the same hymn! 

We were obviously all filled with joy.  And, were likeminded.  Anyone who knows us, knows that we are of one accord, one mind, thinking about how we need to be joyful and have the same love.

When I first noticed this, it brought an immediate smile to my face.  And, to my heart.  Which was the first time I had smiled all weekend, since the beginning of this past weekend of celebrating Thanksgiving here in Canada, is always rather heartbreaking for me.

So, I thanked God.  And, praised Him.

After all, I knew in my heart, what a blessing this was.  Thank You, Lord!


Until next time...

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

My Love Will Never Die...

Just as I've discussed in the past, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), God helped me through this past weekend.

If you haven't read LwL entries over the past few days, I would suggest you do so.  This way, you'll understand what I am referring to.

Even if my life were to change, I do not believe I could ever spend our Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, being 100% happy.  Not, with memories about what happened in my past.

No matter what though, I am thankful.  Truly thankful.

Just as God told us to be, in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, "In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."

How grateful I am to Him.

He helps me, always.  He helps me deal with those life issues that are heartbreaking.  Even if they sometimes happen during times that are meant to be celebrations.

The joy I have in my heart for Him, always helps me to celebrate.  Whether with others.  Or, alone.

Just so you know, I was truly blessed by my family, on Sunday and on Monday.

On both Sunday and Monday, I visited and enjoyed dinner with one of my daughters and her family.  For this, I am truly thankful.

Even though part of the weekend was a sad time when my heart was breaking, God provided for me.  He provided a way for me to not only feel thankful during our Canadian Thanksgiving weekend, but to also feel thankful for the love of my family.

To all my family that lives here in my city, I want you to know I love you.  And, I thank you very much. 

I feel badly that I am still not strong enough to be able to lift a turkey, and other foods and dishes.  However, I am thankful that you showed me love, and cared for me.

For this, I will always be thankful.  To my family.  And, to God.

Thank you, Lord.  Thank you for everything You do for me.  And, for how You provide through others, for me. 

I know You love me.  And, I love You.  In fact, my love for You... and my family, will never die.


Until next time...

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

Today, on Life with Lynnie (LwL),  I'll be wishing all my friends, family and fellow Canadians... Happy Thanksgiving!


No matter what is happening in our lives, or not happening, we need to be thankful.  In all things.

After all, God is merciful, loving, kind and good.

Just as we read, in Psalm 107:1, "O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever."

Our Lord, Jesus Christ, is so good that He came to earth in obedience to God, the Father, to suffer, and die on a wooden cross, and be resurrected, so that we, who trust in/believe upon Him, shall not perish, but have everlasting life.  And later, sent the Holy Spirit to give wisdom and guidance to those who are saved.  Every day of our lives.

How great is this!  Nothing, could be better than the love He has shown me, you and everyone who belongs to Him.

For this, I am truly thankful.  And, always will be.

Hopefully, you are, too.

May God bless you...
today
and
always!
 
 

Until next time...

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Thankful People...

Once again, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I am letting you know that I will be going to worship with my church family.  For this, I am thankful.

However, I am also thankful, for this is the SONday of our Canadian Thanksgiving weekend.

Thinking of being thankful, I enjoyed hearing an older hymn about doing this. 

It is a harvest hymn written by Henry Alford and is entitled, Come Ye Thankful People Come.  Here is a link for you to be able to listen and/or sing along: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldJtnE9h4fU .  The lyrics are below.

Come Ye Thankful People Come
(a few words have been changed over time)

Come, ye thankful people, come,
Raise the song of harvest home!
All is safely gathered in,
Ere the winter storms begin;
God, our Maker, doth provide
For our wants to be supplied;
Come to God's own temple, come;
Raise the song of harvest home!


We ourselves are God's own field,
Fruit unto His praise to yield;
Wheat and tares together sown
Unto joy or sorrow grown;
First the blade and then the ear,
Then the full corn shall appear;
Grant, O harvest Lord, that we
Wholesome grain and pure may be.


For the Lord our God shall come,
And shall take the harvest home;
From His field shall in that day
All offences purge away,
Giving angels charge at last
In the fire the tares to cast;
But the fruitful ears to store
In the garner evermore.

Then, thou Church triumphant come,
Raise the song of harvest home!
All be safely gathered in,
Free from sorrow, free from sin,
There, forever purified,
In God's garner to abide;
Come, ten thousand angels, come,
Raise the glorious harvest home!


While this time of year is harvest time, here in Canada, this hymn is not referring to the harvesting of physical food that was planted by farmers.

This hymn is referring to the harvest that will come, in the world.  The harvest of people. 

God told us in His Word, the Bible, that the harvest is plentiful, but labourers are few.

Just as we read, in Matthew 9:35-38, "And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.
37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;
38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest."

Those of us who belong to Him, need to be praying that our Lord, will send labourers to work towards the harvest.  Many have prayed.  And, He has done so.

Not just through missionaries.  Through us, too.

We as Christians, need to be evangelizing.  We need to be planting those seeds for Christ. 

By doing this, God will water those seeds.  And, He will gather the growth who obtain salvation, in the harvest.

Are you doing this for Him?

If not, consider doing so.  For if you do, you'll be doing this, in obedience to His calling. 

And, you'll be blessed.


Until next time...

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Thankful...

On Life with Lynnie (LwL) today, I'll be addressing the issue of grief, once again.

If you read yesterday's LwL entry, you'll be aware that my now deceased husband was pronounced dead about 12:30 a.m. on October 10th, 2009.  That date was Saturday.  Just like today.

It was the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend.

To me, this gives me pain as if Gordon died on two (2) dates.  One on the 10th, and one on the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend.  :(

It seems that no matter how hard I try, the pain doesn't leave me.

While talking with my friend A about how her husband and my mom both had been unplugged, she and I both agreed that there was major differences between what they experienced and what Gordon experienced.  Her husband and my mom, both experienced being unhealable.  Their lives were not going to continue on.  But, Gordon's was.

As I've said in the past, he was not only stabilizing, his brain swelling was reducing.  CT scans they showed me, proved this.

Even so, due to the medical staff worrying that he may possibly not be healthy when he awoke, they decided to end his life.  They didn't want him to wake up.  Just as they told me, and some family members.

What a terrible ordeal to go through.

Not just for Gordon, who was given morphine before they finalized the unplugging.  But, also for me to live with. 

Why does this hurt me?  He was healing.  And, the hospital confirmed this.  Yet, they didn't want him to wake up.

When I asked them if they were sure Gordon would be brain-damaged or be like a vegetable, I was told they didn't know.  But, they didn't want to take the risk of having him wake up, in case this happened.

Would you feel any different, if you walked this mile in my shoes?

I have no idea.  God does, though.

One thing I will say, is that I forgive them. 

Just as God wants us to do.  But, my heart still breaks.

I praise Him for providing for me. 

Not just for helping me through that heartbreaking and disgusting medical situation.  But, also for helping me to deal with the issue on a regular basis.

Does this mean I do not cry?  Absolutely, not.

While tears run down my face emotionally speaking, whenever I think of this horrible ordeal.  I do not always physically cry.

However, when it comes to thinking about this, on dates that have heartbreaking meaning to me, I do cry.

Thinking of this, brought to mind John 11:35, "Jesus wept."

Am I wrong to weep, at times like this?  No.

Jesus wept.

His doing this, shows us that while He was 100% God, He was also 100% human.  Plus, it shows us that He understands why tears sometimes run down our faces.  Especially, since we are not gods, but only human.

As I said earlier, the thing I am grateful for most, is that He helps me. 

Every day.  Always.  Concerning this trial of life, and others.

For this, I will always be thankful!


Until next time...

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Heartbreaking... 5 Years...

Here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I will let you know that today is a special day.  It's a day that is rather heartbreaking.

It is the anniversary of my now deceased husband Gordon's death.  Five (5) years ago.

A while ago, a fellow blogger, George... from The Adventures of Tioga and George (a link is available to his blog, on my blog reading list), posted a link to some music that really touched my heart.  After listening to the song, I realized that he was feeling some grief, even though he hadn't written about it.

The song was by George Harrison and is entitled, I'll See You In My Dreams.  Here is a link for you to listen and/or sing along:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CcKhUlh_Pw.  The lyrics are below.

I'll See You In My Dreams

Lonely days are long
Twilight sings a song
All the happiness that used to be
 
Soon my eyes will close
Soon I'll find repose
And in dreams
You're always near to me
 
I'll see you in my dreams
Hold you in my dreams
Someone took you out of my arms
Still I feel the thrill of your charms
 
Lips that once were mine
Tender eyes that shine
They will light my way tonight
I'll see you in my dreams
 
(instrumental break)
 
Lips that once were mine
Tender eyes that shine
They will light my way tonight
I'll see you in my dreams
 
They will light my lonely way tonight
I'll...see you in my dreams

Losing someone you love, isn't easy.  But then, neither is life, itself.

The song seems to be referring to someone who was abandoned when someone walked out of the person's life.  But, the pain felt from the lyrics, also relates to losing someone you love, by death.

No matter what God does for me in my life, my love for Gordon will never change.  I will always love him, even if I were to remarry.  Just as I still love my family members and friends who are no longer here on earth.

After all, love never dies.  Not love for parents, siblings, friends or spouses, who die.  Love always continues on. 

But, so does the pain of losing someone you love.

God has helped me through every year, month, week, day and minute of my life, since Gordon died.  And, He will never leave me to suffer, alone.

He's with me, always.  And, He provides for me, and others who feel grief.

Just as we read, in Matthew 5:4, "Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted."

He's our Comforter.  And, our Lord.

And, He provides each and every one of us, who belong to Him, with the comfort we need to make it through the heartbreaking trial of grief.

He'll never leave us, nor forsake us.  He'll be with us always, even 'til the end of the age.

For this I am truly thankful.  And, will always be grateful for the love He has shown me.


Until next time...

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

God's Will...

If you've been reading Life with Lynnie (LwL) for a long time, you'll be aware that it was on October 1, 2009 when my now deceased husband Gordon collapsed, and was brought to hospital, where he eventually was pronounced dead about 12:30 a.m., Saturday, October 10th.

This made me feel really sad.  Especially, when the hospital told me five (5) years ago, on October 9th, 2009, that they were going to unplug his life support that day... even though they agreed that it seemed his health was improving (they were afraid that possibly he may be a vegetable, when he woke up).  And, I didn't want them to do it.

It had been a while since he had been diagnosed as having an inoperable brain tumour.  And, even though we tried to get him gamma knife or cyber knife radio surgery, where they would blow apart the tumour, we could not get any doctor in our medical system here in the province of Ontario, Canada, to sign the form used and required, to apply to have him sent out of the country to have it done.

Looking back, when we first found out that Gordon had an inoperable brain tumour, I took him to the Occupational Health Clinic for Ontario Workers (OHCOW). They really didn't do anything for him, but they took his information.

There, they told us that they had files on many people who had experienced health problems, that they thought were related to their workplace; the same one where Gordon had worked.

At the time, it was shocking to hear how the government wouldn't allow each person's files to be related to any others, in an attempt to prove that the workplace environment was causing cancer and tumours in employees. We were told all cases had to be proven on their own merit.

It obviously didn't seem to matter to our government, that so-o-o-o-o many people who worked in that chemical filled plant, battled health concerns. Even if some lost their battle.

God helped me through the grief I experienced.  And, I thought I was healing from it.  At least, until this past July.

This is when I spent time with a friend I had never before met.  A friend who was only known on-line, prior to our meeting.

This person was someone who had also suffered greatly with health concerns.  And, had been treated many times, in the country where he lived.

During our time together, he asked me what happened to my husband.  I explained Gordon's inoperable brain tumour situation, and let him know that we did have in Canada gamma knife radio surgery, but because Gordon couldn't have a biopsy done to confirm if he was a cancer patient, we could not arrange medical treatment for him, here in Canada.

Just then, my friend let me know that there was an upgraded version of that sort of treatment, called cyber knife.  I was shocked when he said this.

I looked at him and asked how he knew this?  And, I let him know that I tried to get governmental healthcare permission to take Gordon to Michigan, USA to obtain that cyber knife treatment, but permission hadn't been obtained.

My friend let me know that one of the medical treatments he had received had been cyber knife treatment, for three (3) brain tumours he had. 

Believe me, when I say I almost collapsed when he told me this.  And, tears almost left my eyes.  :'(

He let me know that once he was connected up, the treatment only took about 10 minutes, to blow apart those three (3) brain tumours he had.

Ten (10) minutes?!  I felt like I was going to pass out.  But, I didn't.

I was truly happy for my friend, who I had just met in person.  Especially, since he probably would have been dead if he hadn't had that cyber knife treatment.

However, after our visit ended, I began feeling rather low in spirit.  All this happened just a few days prior to what would have been Gordon's birthday, had he still been alive. 

I thought I would feel better after what would have been his birthday, was over.  But, I didn't.

Heartbreak, continued.  Not just for a few days, but carried on with me, over and over.  I even wondered if what I was feeling was depression, and not just sadness.

The only thing that has helped me through this painful trial of grief, has been the fact that it was obviously God's will, that was done.

Just as we read, in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, "In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."

I was thankful that my friend had been able to obtain that cyber knife medical treatment that he needed. 

Even so, I must admit that even now, I feel badly that Gordon wasn't able to receive medical treatment, similar to my friend.  Especially, knowing that if he had obtained that medical care, after only a few minutes of treatment, he would still be alive, today.

The truth is, no matter what happened to Gordon, it was obviously God's plan for his life.

And, the pain, suffering and heartbreak I endured was obviously part of God's plan for my life.

So, all I can truly do, is thank God for everything.

For my time with Gordon.  For his life.  For his death, even.  And, definitely for the fact that I will once again see him, in Heaven.


Until next time...

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sufficient?!

Over the past few days, I've mentioned shopping, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL).  And, how much I've been doing this.

Shopping isn't something I do, regularly.  However, at the beginning of most months, many grocery stores have sale items priced well, for those who are shopping.

Unlike many months in the past, I did quite a bit of shopping, last week.  Just as I've mentioned a few times, now.

Each day, by the time I arrived home, transferred groceries from my van into my apartment, and got them put away, I was absolutely exhausted.  Even more so, than I ever expected!

Why this happened, I truly do not know.  The only thing I can think of, is that I did a tremendous amount of walking, lifting, etc.  Much like suffering in a physical way.

Once I was finished doing everything, on each day, I found myself drifting off to sleep.  Sometimes, in my comfy recliner chair.  Sometimes, in my bed.

In fact, last Saturday, I thought I would have a 40 wink nap for about 20 minutes.  Instead, I ended up sleeping a couple of hours!

Sunday, was different.  I didn't sleep a couple of hours in bed. 

Instead, I drifted off in my recliner chair, and couldn't wake myself up enough to even move from my chair, to my bed!  And, did this for most of the late afternoon and early evening!

Even so, God provided for me.  Just as He always does!

Something that comes to mind, is how God told us that He takes care of the birds of the air, and the lilies of the field, and aren't we even more important than they?

Just as we read in Matthew 6:25-34, "Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
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."

How wonderful it is that God takes care of me, and indeed all His children.  Thank You, Lord!

He knows what our needs are.  And, He always provides.  Even if He provides differently than what we believe we need.  Or expect Him to do.

All we need to do is to put Him first in our lives.

Earlier in my life, I didn't do this, always.  But, for many a year, I have.

And, now... He takes care of me, in every way I need.  Even in this evil world.

Just as He told us in His Word, I will take no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.  Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.


Until next time...

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Stressed, Yet Thankful!

As I mentioned yesterday, here on Life with Lynnie (LwL), I am still having pain.  And, am feeling weak.

Knowing that I cannot use the pool to get some exercise in anymore, and after being locked away for so long, I find myself going out on a fairly regular basis.  Just as I mentioned on LwL, yesterday.

Last week was a week I suffered in a great way.

I believe this was partly due to me doing a fair amount of shopping, in addition to doing some other things, in order to get some exercise and try to gain some strength.  Shopping means having to lift items. 

Believe me, it's still not easy for me to do this.  Even if the items only weigh a handful of pounds, or less.  Never mind anything heavier!

In any case, I went out to look for some slipperettes, last Wednesday.  I went to a Walmart store that I hadn't been in, in about a year, or more.

The store itself is good.  However, I find it way too large for me to comfortably shop in.  Too much walking, etc.

As I made my way to the shoe/slipper department, I ran into a fellow realtor. 

She works for the same broker, I do.  And, I hadn't seen her in quite a while.  Although she recently phoned me and we had quite a conversation at that time.

Thankfully, there were places to sit down, near where we were standing and talking.  I became physically tired, and did this.  So, she joined me.

She ask me why I hadn't yet returned to work.  In addition, she also insisted that I look okay and let me know that in her opinion, I should be working, again.

Even though we had talked, I found this upsetting.  She didn't seem to believe anything I said.

Then, as we were parting our ways, she invited me to have lunch with her on Friday.  Since she had just told me she thought I was avoiding her, due to not returning her calls - even though I don't have call display and she didn't leave messages, I agreed to do this to avoid her again feeling defensive.

On Friday, we met where she wanted to meet.  Red Lobster was the place where we enjoyed a delicious seafood lunch.

While she had told me that she was going to treat me to lunch, I didn't allow this to happen.  Especially, since I didn't want to make a habit of meeting with her for lunch on a regular basis.  So, instead, I treated her to lunch.

The first thing she asked me was almost the same as she did when we met earlier that week.  She wanted to know when I was going to return to work, and insisted that since I looked okay, I should return to work.

Talk about feeling stressed!  Sigh... Yes, I felt stressed and confused.

At the time, rather than get angry, I asked her to point out to me anyone seated nearby who is not healthy.  She couldn't do this.

I commented that obviously, since everyone seemed to look okay, she would probably let me know that everyone was okay.  Even if they weren't.  Even if some were weak, and/or trying to heal from something that has affected their lives.

After a short discussion about how it is not up to her to make comments about her feeling that I should be working, I let her know I didn't want to discuss that issue, any more.

When lunch was finished, I was rather happy.  And, thankful that God had helped me deal with her, and her seemingly nasty attitude towards me.

Thinking about how God helps me, and those who belong to Him, I thought about Psalm 121:1-2, "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth."

Yes, my help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.  And, I lift up my eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

Always.

How thankful I am that He helps me.  And, was extremely thankful that He gave me words to say, to help her understand that even though she thinks I look okay, I am not yet healthy and strong enough to do what needs to be done, in my job.

Why she would give me a hard time about this, is beyond me.  I cannot think of any reason.  After all, if I was back at work, we would literally be competition to each other, even though we are co-workers.

Even so, I am thankful that we had a time of good conversation together, after I let her know I didn't want to discuss my health, any longer.

Hallelujah!  Thank You, Lord!

You're always there for me.  And, I'll always be thankful!


Until next time...

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