Tuesday, 28 December 2010

A neighbourhood community

Good Evening, or whatever is the best greeting to you, in your part of the world!

We have had a really nice day. To start off with, we met my son for breakfast and appreciated a great tid visit with him. We then went on home to continue with the 'soup making'. Alan added a bittidz more veggies, as well as a tin of consomme and beef broth to the mix.

We then called our neighbours and delivered tidbitz containers of soup to them. One neighbour who just returned from Mexico with his family (without his wife; as she has dementia and is in a care home). He had been away from her for a week; so the soup hopefully gave him a bit of a boost.

Another neighbour we gave some soup to (an elderly Chinese man; and whose wife had died a few years ago), apparently, was on his bittid own for Christmas. Then there are the new neighbours; who were delighted with the unexpected 'soup delivery.' We also gave some soup away to some other neighbours (we do not know them; as they are generally away during the winter and summer months); and I was graciously invited in to their home. Turns out their daughter who is in her mid forties, is terminally ill with cancer. Very tragic. Glad though, that the soup served to be a tidbit of an uplift.

Then our other dear neighbour, who LOVES Alan's homemade creative soups, was happy to have a large bowl (not a container). She ended up inviting us in tonight for a bit of 'Christmas Cheer'; along with our Chinese neighbour. We all chatted about the upcoming 'New Year's' and then the Chinese New Year celebration on February 3rd. I 'kibutzed' with him (his name is Alan as well)that he could host a Chinese New Year's Party and that all of us neighbours would happily attend! LOL! He pondered that tid thought; however, gleefully suggested that we all go to the downtown Chinese New Year's Parade. So, who knows?

We also went out to give our Greek friend a 'care bag'; which consisted of a good sized container of soup, a large homemade raisin / bran muffin, two leftover pieces of pizza from the other night; and a mini orange (Vitamin C!). He was totally moved. His bright brown eyes lit up and joyfully he cried out: 'Zuppa for dinna.' I suggested to him that he probably has more money (coins) than we do presently; as our business has been stymied at this particular time. Also shared with him, that my son gave us a 'liquor card' for Christmas, to help stock our liquor larder over the holidays. Our Greek friend is a 'regular' and has been performing with his guitar for several years, positioning himself right outside the local liquor store. (Good on him!) Fortunately, he is not homeless, as he mentioned he has a room that he can call 'home.'

Tidbit - 'Love thy neighbour, as thyself.' A genuine tid of empathy goes a long way.

Bittid - When you uplift / encourage those around you; your spirits feel illuminated as well.

Love the above cheery photo image with its enlightening and heartfelt message.

Today really felt like a tid Sunday; and we are grateful to have enjoyed a bit of a time out and a reflective rest. He IS our Refuge and Strength. We are thankful too, for our family, friends, and neighbours.

Peace and God Bless.

Monday, 27 December 2010

Blessings abound!

Good Evening, or whatever is the best greeting to you, in your part of the world!

Alan and I have appreciated some restful days over Christmas. We were out this afternoon; and ran into some old wonderful friends. Blessings to our souls. Also, I forgot to mention that yesterday morning, I saw a Stellar Blue Jay with a peanut in his beak; that he was in the process of hiding in the shrubs across from our home. It was quite a neat feat to see; as one does not often catch a glimpse of that in motion. Another Blessing, is that we saw a bald eagle flying majestically overhead this am. We have, therefore, many Blessings to be happily thankful for! He IS our Refuge and Strength.

We are looking forward to us doing a reciprocative breakfast with my son tomorrow morning. Alan and I are truly thankful for spending Christmas Day with family. ie My son, my daughter, her husband, and our fraternal twin four year old grandsons..You can refer to my post from yesterday for a few tidbit details.

Alan and I always take this time of year to reflect upon our Blessings, as well as Prayfully pondering our options for the New Year. We remain Prayful that the Plan and Purpose He has for us, will be such that we will recognize it accordingly, so that in our walk, we will be able to continue our Service to Him, in sharing the message of the good news. This will assure us that regardless of our 'trials and tribulations,' He will Provide Solution.

Mentioned too, that my daughter and our son-in-law, generously gave us the leftovers of the Christmas dinner; ie the turkey, the mashed potatoes, and the delicious stuffing. Today Alan made soup from the turkey bones; and it is simmering away in two large pots. We will be giving some of this homemade soup away to our Greek friend, as well as to a few appreciative others; including some dear kind neighbours. While 'out and about,' we picked up a few bittid veggies to throw into the soup; ie celery, carrots, green peppers, an onion, and some consomme soup. Also, we had some barley and rice on hand; so 'aoup, glorious soup', keeps running through my mind and capturing my sense of smell.

Tonight, we will be enjoying a turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sandwich; along with watching some Christmas and Biblical movies. Will mention, that the brussel sprouts did not make it for last night's repas; as they were a bit off. However, the cranberries were still fine to utilize for making a scrumptious cranberry sauce!

Tidbit - Tis the season to give. Why not 'give' each and every day! You become more joyful inside, as well as being a genuine Blessing to all those you meet.

Bittid - Be appreciative and thankful for any and all Blessings given to you. Be glad too for others, who have been bestowed with Blessings as well. Also, do not compare 'your lot' with those, whom may 'appear' to have more Blessings than you etc. Simply Thank Him for what He has provided you with; and keep on trekking; trusting that He, indeed, has a good plan for each and every one of us.

It has been a very special Christmas, as we have been able to share Christmas Day with our family and especially our grandchildren. We are now literally down to tid fumes, primarily due to individuals' deceit, misrepresentation, and malice. However, that being said, what truly matters most, is how you treat others; and to do so, with a 'generosity of spirit.' Lest we forget, the majesty of Christmas is the gift of the Birth of Christ.

Also, for further bittids of encouragement, I keep remembering Robert Schuller Jr's thoughts: 'When you are down to nothing; You know that He is working on something good for you.' Also, Dr. Charles Stanley: 'When God is silent, He has not deserted or abandonned you, He is simply working His Plan (a good plan) out for you.' (or tidbits to that effect). Time and time again, their illuminating insights have been a real uplift to me; and the message sticks, that we must not lose heart! Galatians 6: 9 - 'And let us not lose heart when doing good, for in due time, we shall reap if we do not grow weary.'

Love the above photo image! Alan and I are thankful for this quiet time and we are going to enjoy this evening! Also, 'Fret not, for tomorrow comes soon enough' makes good sense to me. Christ wants us to live one day at a time; no more no less; and to give Him our best, for that day. Looking back on each and every day, Alan and I gratefully acknowledge that He has, indeed, helped us by His Grace, to sustain us each day. We now do happen to need a major miracle to take place; however, we know that somehow / somewhere, He will Guide us through these next upcoming days. 'All things are Possible with Him.'

Good Night, Peace, and God Bless.

Sunday, 26 December 2010

Nothing and yet ALL to give

Good Evening, or whatever is the best greeting to you, in your part of the world!

Alan and I have ENJOYED the BEST BEST BEST Christmas ever! As per my recent posts, you may have gathered that we have had our tidbitz 'trials and tribulations' for several months. (We are not the only ones who have had their bittidz challenges; nor will we be the last). However, because things 'were as they were', as per this year's Christmas gifts, we had nothing to give (ie. not being able to buy presents) and yet, we joyfully knew / KNOW that we had / HAVE ALL the MORE to give! Thus, we CHOSE to give of the tid 'things' that we had 'amassed' over the years in our home. They were graciously and appreciatively received!

Christmas is a time of GIVING, for sure. And eventhough, buying gifts is 'nice'; they can not replace the value of what is given genuinely with a 'generosity of spirit' from the heart. Alan and I are reflecting hugely; and we are very thankful that He IS our Refuge and Strength; particularly in these times of trouble.

To give a bit of Christmas recap of celebrating Christ's Birth. My son came over yesterday morning and he cooked us an awesome tidbit 'Eggs Benny.' Mmmmmmmm Yum! Plus, he brought over a bottle of chilled champagne and orange juice, that we totally enjoyed with our morning feast. Later in the afternoon, my son drove us over (he was the designated driver) to my daughter's for the Christmas dinner. It is the first bittid time that I have not prepared a Christmas dinner. However, my daughter also volunteered that it was now her turn to 'pay it forward' and to relinquish the reins to her. I did so, gratefully! Our son-in-law cooked up a wonderful turkey in their new nifty deep fryer (connected to a gas propane tank); and while the 'adults' were visiting, I spent the time (as if a 'child' myself) with our twin grandsons; who were / are an inspirational delight! To end the evening, we watched the movie 'Home Alone'; which provided us with many a laugh!

We also went home with the turkey, and the mashed potatoes and the delicious stuffing. Yum yum! Our son-in-law's birthday is today; so they are having a whole new crew in; and are doing the same thing all over again. Good on them!

Also, we 'happen to have' brussel sprouts, and a pouch of cranberries that have been sitting in our fridge since Thanksgiving; so fortunately, they are still good to use! Plus we have a tidbitz gravy package; so all in all, we will enjoy a glorious evening of bittidz 'leftovers.' Alan stripped the turkey to make his incredible soup (we have our Greek friend and others in mind to share this great tasting soup with). Also, my daughter gave us some pieces of fantastic homemade chocolate; and when we arrived home later last night, we delved into the chocolate, like little kids. We will enjoy some more tonight. 'Gifts from the heart', is what it is ALL about; the sharing and the caring. We are thankful for their genuineness of spirit.

Tidbit - Empathy, compassion, humility, wisdom, and understanding are gifts given to us so that we can genuinely give through the 'generosity of spirit' in Christ, to others.

Bittid - 'Seek and Ye Shall Find' means that the more you seek Christ, the more He shares Himself with you; which ends up opening doors of both insights and awarenesses to help those around you, in need of hearing His message. At the same time, when doors are closed, He chooses to open others that expand our horizons and our understanding as to what He has need of us to do now.

Alan helped me with the tidbit wording of the 'bittid'; because I received so many converging thoughts at the same time. I am truly thankful for my mate; and with his belief (and now mine) in Christ, we are being sustained daily by Him.

The above photo image says it all. 'Knock and a door will be opened' and / or, 'Seek and Ye Shall Find.'

Peace and God Bless.

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Giving and uplifting others

Good Afternoon, or whatever is the best greeting to you, in your part of the world!

It has been awhile since my last post of December 10th; which happened to be our 8th wedding anniversary. Given the tougher moments and turmoils as of late, we were appreciative of celebrating a quiet evening at home.

To recap this past week or so. Eventhough as of late, we are without income presently (due to a devious, greedy and malicious situation; which we are steadfastedly working towards resolving); we still managed to 'give' to others less fortunate than ourselves. ie. We have a street person friend; whom we have always befriended. Apart from giving him change, we also give him some homemade soups, along with other tidbitz food delights. I kidded with Alan that maybe our friend might have some spare bittidz coin to give us? LOL! We recently gave him a box of four chicken noodle soups (from Costco); and just seeing his eyes light up, and a big warm smile, was a huge uplift to our spirits.

We also went to the local shopping centre, and my baker friend literally offered me a cup of coffee and a Christmas butter tart. She perceived I was not my usual self. I am thinking the tidbit thought: 'What goes around, comes around.' So a big thanks for her kind uplift!

Plus while we were at the bakery, a man was watching both myself and my baker friend. I felt as if I was under close scrutiny; but it did not frighten me. As it happened, he approached my baker friend and she gently shook her head to his request (for work, methinks). I immediately discerned that this person was very sad; so I went up to him and spoke to him. It turns out that he is originally from Mexico and has lived here for eight years and has fallen upon hard times. I introduced him to Alan and they enjoyed a smoke and a chat outside.

Meanwhile (because of my friend's kindness to me) it was as if I was an exhuberant magnet; and my baker friend was instantly 'provided' with a whole flurry of customers (at my enthusiastic recommendation, they bought Christmas butter tarts, as well as other tasty goodies. LOL!). So again, 'What goes around, comes around.' 'Pay it Forward.' I also think the Holy Spirit was / IS at work!

'Marco', the Mexican, and ourselves exchanged email addresses. He wrote us a wonderful letter of thanks; saying that at that precise moment when I came up to him, he was in a major state of financial despair. That he was a God fearing man; but at that very moment, he no longer felt he had the strength to keep on Praying to God for help. Another bittid food for thought, 'There are no coincidences.' Also, to never give up Praying to Him. We will keep in touch with our new friend and do what we can for him.

Also, a 'fatherly figure', who is dear to my heart, has recently lost his spouse to cancer. I was not sure what to do to be of an uplift. I ended up giving him my Bible. We bought it from Costco four or five years ago; and it is beautifully bound, with Fresco pictures, a family tree, special dates to remember, the whole nine yards. Plus it is in BIG PRINT - extremely easy on the eyes!

I have another Bible, that I read from; and I immediately thought I can not read from two Bibles at the same time! So 'give it away and gladly!' It turns out that he was receptive and loved the gift. He added that he has not read much of the Bible; and that he will read it with interest. ('Seek and Ye Shall Find', I am thinking!). He is an avid reader. I also suggested that the Psalms offer much encouragement and comfort. However, my main thought was / is to give him an uplift and a comfort (plus it might soften his heart towards others; whom perhaps he has not treated as well over the years). I also left it with him, that if he would like a visitor, or if he needed any help, or a drive to wherever, to just simply give me a call.

Also, we were shown a heartfelt kindness by a good friend and her husband yesterday; as they brought over a 'care package' for us. Their wonderful hamper included a ten pound turkey, a package of tomato basil rice, salted and unsalted butter, a tin of salmon, imperial strong fort cheddar cheese, frozen chicken pieces, a case of beer (Labatts Blue), and a two litre (in a soda pop bottle! LOL!) of their homemade batch of red wine; along with frozen mini cheesecakes. Last night, we appreciated a 'subway dinner', along with a glass of their wine (me), a beer (Alan), and a few mini cheesecakes for dessert, while we were watching a touching Christmas movie on T.V. Given the 'trials and tribulations' we have experienced, this, indeed, was a splendid treat!

Also, the 'subway dinner' was graciously given to us by my son. The 'subway gift card'; and coupons, gave us a wonderful dinner for free!

This year, Alan and I are giving gifts from our home; as we are not able to buy presents. We have amassed a lot of things over the years; and we are just as happy to give of our 'things' to our family and treasured friends. The Christmas Spirit of celebrating Christ's birth, lies in the joyful 'giving;' and this particular Christmas will be all the more special to us; ie giving gifts straight from the heart. It is super to buy presents; however, giving 'things' from one's abode, can be heartwarming as well, methinks.

Also, as a gesture of gratitude, we gave my son four small exquisite silver goblets, marked from Spain; and to our 'hamper friends', we gave them a small silver bud vase.

Also, we were at a lovely Christmas gathering on Saturday night; and it was the best party ever. In that, a lot of people were / are feeling the financial pinch and the economic crunch; and have re evaluated their lives and how they treat others etc. My two bits worth were; that I have come to a point where that 'I am not into any more 'B.S.' and that genuine and down to earth people, is where it is at. Period.' "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" are truthful tids that radiate my heart and permeate my mind.

Yesterday morning, we went to the doctor's; as Alan has a large growth that had suddenly mushroomed on his shoulder. It is benign fortunately; he could get it removed, but that costs money - which we do not have right now. However, we have many other Blessings to be grateful for!

Also, my daughter called and invited us to Christmas dinner to their home on Christmas night. This is the first time that Alan and I have not put together a Christmas dinner. Needless to say, we are delighted with their kind invitation, and we are looking forward 'with bells on', to partake in the joyful festivities. She suggested that my son would drive; hence Alan and I can enjoy a glass or two of wine, without worrying about the drive home. We have been asked not to contribute any food; however, we will 'round up a bit of something', as we do not wish to go empty handed from the larder. Also, re: gifts, I let her know that Christmas is more important to celebrate with each other and not about the gifts. Of course, with little ones, a different story. We were fortunate to purchase a gift for our twin grandsons. We will locate some 'special' items from home; that hopefully, my daughter, her husband, and my son will enjoy over the years.

The other night, we watched the Christmas movie, 'One Magic Christmas.' Very heartfelt; has an interesting story line about the family being in 'dire straights.' Actually, there are a lot of good 'down to earth' movies on the Vision Channel etc. So, for those of you, who may be feeling a bit downcast, discouraged, etc, you may be given some hope and encouragement from them. Also, the following two verses from the Bible really uplift my spirits. Perhaps, they will do the same for you. ie. Proverbs 3:5-6 - "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto youe own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path."

It is the first day of winter here; however, unlike the two beautiful cosy pictures, it does not appear, that we will be having a 'white Christmas' in our tid part of the world. I love the two photo images; both portraying very lovely tranquil winter scenes.

I hope to share another post or two with you before Christmas. If not, then here is wishing each and every one of you, a very Merry Christmas! And may you have a 'generosity of spirit', love, and give generously and joyfully of your hearts! Random acts of kindness are greatly appreciated; both by the giver and the recipient! Eventhough it is nice to receive, it is better (very rewarding) to give. Upon tid reflection, we have noticed that He very definitely has 'sustained' us throughout each and every day; and we have been provided with daily wonderful and extra Blessings. We have much to be thankful for. 'Praise Him In ALL Things.'

Peace and God Bless.


Friday, 10 December 2010

Blessings in disguise

Good Evening, or whatever is the best greeting, to you in your part of the world!

Whew! We are glad it is the weekend! Can take a bit of a pause. It has been a full week of ongoing obstacles.

Yet, we know we must keep on trekking, Praising Him in ALL Things, and be genuinely grateful for all our daily Blessings.

Today has been a day of 'mixed Blessings in disguise.' As per my most recent post, it is amazing 'what comes home to roost' and / or, 'certain things coming to light.' We have had to face a couple of 'unpleasant' matters; however, fortunately, these particular problems were taken care of via 'mysterious ways.' Upon tidbitz reflection, I believe that He has had a major hand in helping bring justice to resolving certain issues.

Last night, we watched the uplifting movie, 'Homeless for the Holidays.' Well, we can certainly relate with empathy to this true story, as we are also experiencing similar challenging moments. This year, indeed, is going to be a very interesting and different Christmas for Alan and I. However, we are happy; and we are going to continue to being truly tid thankful for each and every day. Each day to us, is like a 'mini thanksgiving'; regardless of one's bittidz circumstances.

Tidbit - 'Keep things simple.' Be appreciative for the little things.

Bittid - He is your Refuge and Strength; take time out to rest in Him. He will Guide your way. 'He IS the Way, the Truth, and the Light.'

I like the above photo image with the encouraging message: 'Seek and Ye Shall Find.'

Peace and God Bless.

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Perservere IN Faith

Good Evening, or whatever is the best greeting to you, in your part of the world!

Well, it has been a rather tid 'interesting?' time, these past few days. We have been doing our best to deal with malice, deceit, lies, conspiracy, collusion, 'the whole nine yards!' Alan and I are in situations whereby we know and TRUST that He has a Purpose, that will work to the ultimate GOOD. We have quite literally 'resigned' ourselves to 'waiting upon the Lord'; and that He, and He alone, will bring things to 'fruition.'

We have also been a bit 'let down'; however, we are learning invaluable lessons from recent experiences. Even, a dear friend 'scoffed' by saying to me, 'that Alan and I live by FAITH.' I enthusiastically agreed with her! (Thank you to our Father!) Eventhough things are not happening, and / or as quickly as we would like, we must still perservere with FAITH that 'Our Father Knows Best.' Also, I have compassion for my friend; as she does not fully understand; save that unbeknownst to her, she reinforced my FAITH in Him by her unsolicited comment.

Tidbit - 'Praise Him In ALL Things'; regardless of your circumstances, trials and tribulations etc. Be grateful for the challenges; and look for the GOOD, that will bear fruit from those unfortunate moments. Continue DAILY to be THANKFUL for your Blessings. Be it a little bird hopping from branch to branch is a joyful Blessing.

We embraced a tidbitz of the Vision Channel on Sunday morning; and once again, best if you tune into the various ministries that are offered. There are many wonderful programs to choose from; and we have enjoyed and appreciated several. Top of mind, 'Hour of Power' (www.hourofpower.org), 'Living Truth' (www.livingtruth.ca). We also appreciate Peter Youngren's ministry and his awesome idea (re: Grace Forest) of promoting / donating a tree or two towards the future growth of trees in Israel. To quote from Peter's website: "Tree planting is a vital part of the restoration of the land of Israel. Isaiah prophesied that strangers from outside Israel would participate in the restoration of the land."

This is a project that I have just become aware that I am most interested in; and when the funds avail of themselves, I / we will donate some trees. Our choices would include OLIVE trees and perhaps some Fig trees; and if a Mustard Seed Tree, was in the bittidz mix, that would be fantastic as well! Can you imagine that from a tiny mustard seed, that a huge majestic tree sprouts up! (A major miracle, methinks!) Love the inspirational Biblical scripture: 'When you have the Faith, the size of a mustard seed, you can move mountains.'

Bittid - ASK God to move the mountains (ie of your obstacles). TRUST in Him to do so; particularly more so than ever, when you are faced with major blocking challenges that appear to overwhelm / stymie / pull you down.

I also really like 'Enjoying Everyday Life' (www.joycemeyer.org); however, because of the change in the the T.V. schedule, I will look forward to checking into her encouraging website.

Plus, Rhonda Lazerte (Door of Hope) touched my heart in one of her previous messages, about the 'moving of mountains' / obstacles.

Today has been a full day; and we are about to go out and enjoy the hockey game with my son. It will be a nice evening.

The above photo image is of a Mustard tree!

Until next time.

Peace and God Bless.

Thursday, 2 December 2010

'Baby steps'

Good Evening, or whatever is the best greeting to you, in your part of the world!

This is just going to be a brief bit of a post; as Alan and I had an early start to the day. It really feels like a Friday evening to me; so am going to appreciate a quiet night (ie. Watching the hockey games! LOL!).

We have a beautiful calendar from 'Living Truth'(www.livingtruth.ca); and just a few tid minutes ago, I opened it up to show the wintery picturesque month of December. Some enlightening words written by Charles Price, jumped right out at me! "You will never prove God in the big areas of life, unless you are living with God in the little areas of life. You cannot leapfrog to victory from nowhere." What a tidbit of encouraging endorsement! Alan and I have been / are living one day at a time; and just today I mentioned to Alan, 'Well, I guess He is having us take 'baby steps' before a major breakthrough!' There are NO bittid coicidences, methinks!

We enjoyed steak (from Costco) the other evening and Alan marinated it for a few days. Amazing how wonderfully the marinade tenderizes and flavourizes the meat. We have stretched the steak into sandwiches for a couple of meals; as we served it 'Chateaubriand' style. In fact I am about to have the 'leftover' sandwich again; along with a full glass of delicious red wine. I have a tidbitz of a head start on the wine; so Skal! Alan will be devouring warmed up in the microwave, the 'leftover' cheese and spicy pizza pieces from last night's dinner. Pizza also is good cold; particularly if you have had a bittidz of a late night.

The red wine, 'Frontera' (Merlot) is from Chile. Recently we ran into an older neighbour in the Liquor Store, and he suggested this wine to us; and not only does it taste good, it is of tremendous value! We also like South African wines, as well as the Marcus James (a red Cabernet) from Argentina. (The Marcus James was sold out in the three different liquor stores we went to; so go figure!) We ended up following our neighbour's (Frank) advice. Frank, has travelled extensively to wineries throughout the world; and he highly recommends the Frontera. We only know our neighbour in passing; however, his eyes sparkled and came vividly to life, when he spoke of this favourable wine. This tete to tete has now opened up the door for a future friendship or camadarie. (As a tid, I have always thought it would be great to own a vineyard...dream on...but...you never know..that would be something I would LOVE to do! And of course, tasting the wine! LOL!)

Tidbit - 'Do not fret not about tomorrow, for it comes soon enough'. At the moment, can not remember what Biblical passage this Scripture is from; however, more importantly, it is a reassuring comfort to me.

Bittid - Appreciate others; particularly if they have done you a good turn, with 'a generosity of spirit.'

Last week, our next door neighbour gave us a gorgeous indoor plant, that I will take a picture of and post for you, before too bit long. I do not know its name; however, I have always loved this particular pink flowering 'cactus like?' plant. I feel it is 'happy' to be residing in our front hall. Apparently, our neighbour was going to 'throw it out?'; well, it is now 'at home', along with all the other plants, that Alan has 'rescued' from our garbage complex.

Here is wishing you a nice evening! I like the above photo image of two contented puppies!

Good Night, Peace and God Bless.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Keep on smiling in your trekking

Good Afternoon, or whatever is the best greeting to you, in your part of the world!

Thought today, I would share this insightful message of encouragement from Joyce Meyer of 'Enjoying Everyday Life' (www.joycemeyer.org).

Before I do, Alan and I are certainly in the throws of many a 'trial and tribulation' these days. It is as if we finally have something resolved, and then something else comes 'out of left field.' Have to admit, at this time, we are feeling very weary and overcome with all the various bittidz 'out of the blue' obstacles that are being hurled against us. Something 'made me' go and check out Joyce's 'Daily Devotional.' Am glad I did; because this is exactly where Alan and I are at this very tid moment. THANK YOU JOYCE!!!!

So, as a tidbitz, for those of you experiencing some challenging circumstances, hope this serves as a bit of a calming reassurance to your hearts. Here goes:

"Still the Storm'

December 1

"And He arose and rebuked the wind and said to
the sea, Hush now! Be still (muzzled)! And the
wind ceased (sank to rest as if exhausted by
its beating) and there was [immediately] a
great calm (a perfect peacefulness).
— Mark 4:39

When Jesus and the disciples were crossing the lake and a storm arose, the disciples panicked. They were as stormy inside as the tempest around them. But when Jesus spoke “Peace, be still” out of that well of peace within Him, immediately the wind and the waves became calm.

You cannot rebuke the storms in your life if you have a storm raging on the inside of you.We maintain peace by trusting God. Don’t be mad at God because you didn’t get what you prayed for. Don’t be mad at God because your friend got a promotion at work and you didn’t. Don’t be mad at God because your friend got married and you’re still single. Trusting God in every situation is the only way to still the storm within."

Wish I had many more bittids to add; however, at this time, I do not. It is heavy slogging and the words "Trust in the Lord with all your heart", keeps coming back to me (and to Alan); so we 'keep on trekking.'

Christmas (December 25th) is about celebrating the Birth of Jesus Christ. The Christmas season is portrayed to be a joyful time (Christmas shopping. parties etc); however, such is not always the bittid case; as there are many people who experience extreme sadness. (loss of loved ones, loss of income, friends, family etc) Given what we are going through, it would appear, that this Christmas will be more of a sombre one than usual. However, Alan and I have made up our minds AND hearts, to be all the more thankful for our tidbits of Blessings; regardless of 'the storms' that are swirling about us.

Upon amusing and bemusing reflections, it is fair to add, that we have more of a tid chance to win a 'lotto' (LOL!); than with the various institutions and certain individuals we have been dealing with thus far (for months). I just came to that bit realization earlier in the day. Today has, indeed, been a sobering and yet enlightening one for us. However, if nothing else, we have dared to try; and we will continue to Rely upon Him to Provide the Solution. 'ALL Things are possible with Him.'

Will close with the above wonderful photo image. Very tidbit true. If you wish, you can refer to my recent posts for extra tidbits and bittids of background.

Peace and God Bless.

Monday, 29 November 2010

'Carry on'

Good Afternoon, or whatever is the best greeting to you, in your part of the world!

We have had a full plate since I last wrote; however, thought while there was a tid quiet moment, I would write a bit to bring you up to date.

Later yesterday afternoon, we watched the movie, 'Amazing Grace', about William Wilberforce; and how he finally was successful in his long hard fought battle in bringing about the Bill in the English Parliament for the Abolition of Slavery. (Horrifying and deplorable living conditions aboard the ships / sailing vessels in those days). Also, how greed seized those, who did not seem to care about the well being of their fellow man; rather they were more interested in creating massive profit for themselves, at others' expense. ie. abused slaves.

We also saw a heart warming / tear jerker movie last night, called 'November Christmas' - about a young girl, age 8, who had cancer (leukemia, I think). The prognosis did not look good (after many bouts of drugs, tests etc); but with the POSITIVE help / reinforcement of family and friends, she survived, to tell her story, when she reached adulthood...A very touching story; a good one to appreciate when one is feeling particularly down and out etc...The poor family and others, what they had to go through; because they had their own personal tragedies and problems to come to terms with. But they all rallied together - had Halloween in August and Christmas sooner. Very heartfelt.

Would like to share a few tidbits that are from the Bible, that keep my heart beating with confidence and encouragement! "Be still and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10) and "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will direct your path". (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Alan and I are doing just that; and we know we have done our best. Very hard to deal with vindicativeness, lies, deception, malice, the works... The movie, 'Amazing Grace' is most timely. However, we have not given up; because we know He has a Purpose for all of this debauchery. And, that He has a good Plan for us at the end of it. I know that I have referred to these Biblical bittids as well; but here goes again; as this provides me with extra comfort and reassurance.

"And we know that God creates all things to work together for good; to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28). Also, "Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary." (Galatians 6:9).

Yesterday morning, I embraced the Vision Channel - ie watched 'Hour of Power' (www.hourofpower.org) and that was totally fantastic and uplifting! Trust in Him with all your heart! I recommend tuning into that inspiring ministry, as well as many others. Also, 'Living Truth' (www.livingtruth.ca). Charles Price shares some 'food for thought', re: evidence (he quotes some awesome Biblical passages) that the Holy Spirit is within you. Charles is saying that there is a 'hunger to know Christ; a hunger to be like Christ; and a hunger to serve Christ.' Methinks, if you check out his ministry, these bittids will provide you with a greater clarity and understanding.

Today it is pouring with rain, washing off the remnants of the recent heavy snowfall; when the daytime temps were at a mere 18 degrees Fahrenheit. Now it is at 40 degrees F; methinks, I am appreciative of this milder weather, compared to the cold Arctic front that we experienced last week.

Like the above cheery photo image. Before too long, the daffodils will be back in bittidz bloom!

Anyway, will keep you posted, when we know more tidbitz.

Peace and God Bless.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Be encouraged, when 'in the middle'

Good Morning, or whatever is the best greeting to you, in your part of the world!

Eventhough, we have been innundated with a massive blanket of snow; it is warmer (30 degrees Fahrenheit, compared to the 18 degrees F, a couple of days ago). Am thankful, that Alan and I went to Costco yesterday; one less location to drive to today. Plus our once empty larder has now been restocked with the necessary tidbitz staples.

We are still 'in the middle'; and methinks my most recent post (may be helpful to refer to it), sums things up; and hopefully gives a tidbit of an uplift to all those, who are experiencing their 'trials and tribulations' at this time.

The following Bible verses provide me with such a reassuring comfort and resolve, to continue and not give up. God has a GOOD plan for us; and it is simply a matter of having the FAITH to 'keep on trekking.' Live one day at a time; and then when you look back, you know that He has helped you sustain those tough moments.

Romans 8:28 - " And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose."
Galatians 6:9 - "And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary."

I refer again to Joyce Meyer's empowering message: "The Only One You Can Trust"
'All things do work together for our good! My husband, Dave, says this is a key scripture for Christians when we go through hard or disappointing times. When something doesn’t happen the way we would like it to happen, we can believe God will work things out for good. It’s the place we can always come back to in every kind of trial.' (Romans 8:28).

Also, I have just noticed our computer did not include the highlighted Scriptures that Joyce was referring to, while sharing her teachings of Christ. If you tune into her ministry 'Enjoying Everyday Life' (www.joycemeyer.org), you may be enlightened with a bittidz 'spark' of hope and encouragement, to help you have a better day!

Will be taking some pictures of the 'winter wonderland'; and will post them a bittid later. I love the above gentle and kind photo image: 'Seek and Ye Shall Find.'

Also, here is wishing all those who are celebrating THANKSGIVING today, a 'Happy Thanksgiving.' We have so much to be thankful for; and to me, each and every day is like a 'mini thanksgiving.' Regardless of your circumstances, remember to 'Praise Him In ALL Things.'

Peace and God Bless.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

"In the middle"

Good Morning, or whatever is the best greeting to you, in your part of the world!

Where have these weeks gone; particularly these past seven days! We have been 'in the middle' as per the message from Joyce Meyer (www.enjoyingeverydaylife.com) re: "How Jesus Resurrection Can Help You Through Hard Times".

Thank you Joyce (and Dave), for your enlightening insights; because this is exactly where Alan and I have been and are today. I read this last night, in the middle of the night; and it provided me with many bittids of 'good cheer.' Am quoting her article and hopefully, this will give you some extra encouragement, as it did / does for me. Right on, about being right 'in the middle.'

"How Jesus’ Resurrection Can Help You Through Hard Times
by Joyce Meyer

Are you going through a hard time? Maybe you recently lost your job, or you’re dealing with a death in your family. Or maybe you’re just not sure anything good in life can happen to you. Whatever you’re dealing with, I want you to know that you’re not alone and something good can come from the tough spot you’re in right now. God promised.

Jesus experienced hard times too…the road to the cross was no small matter. But He had to decide to go through it. He even asked God if it was really necessary. (But we know how this amazing love story ended.)

Just like Jesus had to make a choice, you and I also have to decide to go through hard times.

Is Good Friday Really Good?
As we celebrate His resurrection, I like to look at how we go through our own hard times. I think we also go through our own private crucifixion and resurrection on a somewhat regular basis. Often I say “Friday always comes before Sunday.”

Ever wonder why we refer to the day of Jesus’ death as “Good” Friday, since it’s a day that involved so much pain, agony and heartache? Well, it’s because the result of this particular Friday—Christ’s resurrection from the dead on Sunday—was good.

In our daily lives, we need to believe that when we go through hard times, the result will be good. But when we're hurting, probably one of the most challenging things for us to remember is that God is going to work it out for our good.

The Only One You Can Trust
All things do work together for our good! My husband, Dave, says this is a key scripture for Christians when we go through hard or disappointing times. When something doesn’t happen the way we would like it to happen, we can believe God will work things out for good. It’s the place we can always come back to in every kind of trial.

Now this doesn’t mean the trials are necessarily good, but God can work them out for our good because He is awesome. You have to be some kind of awesome God to be able to take bad things and turn them around for good!

If we love God and really want His will for our life, I think it’s safe to say that we can trust Him to bring good from it—no matter what happens to us. Even if we have to take detours because of our own stupidity or if we’re innocent but someone else gets involved and brings hurt and pain into our life, we can trust God to work it out. I like to say, “No person on earth and no devil in hell can keep me from God's will.”

The Crucifixion: Growing in Hard Times
It’s comforting to really believe things will work out okay…even on a day like Good Friday, with so much suffering and pain. When nothing made sense and everything was hard, God worked it out for good—bringing the greatest blessing mankind will ever receive!

We can believe Friday was good because of the result it brought, not because of what happened at the time.

I know after I have gone through a really hard time, I’ve looked back and thought that I wouldn’t even be half the person I am now if that wouldn’t have happened. Haven’t many of us experienced this? Don’t we wish we could just grow in good times?

But we only seem to really grow during hard times. I think it’s because it’s during those times that we really press into God and go to a deeper level in our relationship with Him. Why? Because we have to. It’s our only choice if we want to make it through the difficulty. When we trust God, He gives us the comfort of knowing that He can work bad things out for our good.

Two Sides of the Cross
There are usually two sides to everything. The cross has two: a crucifixion side and a resurrection side. And Jesus had to endure one side to get to the other. But if He hadn’t endured, then we'd all still be left without a Savior and no forgiveness of our sins.

Hebrews 12:2 says that Jesus, for the joy of obtaining the prize on the other side of the cross—the resurrection—endured the pain. Like Jesus, we have to endure bad things. To endure means to outlast the devil; to be steadfast long enough to let the trial do whatever it's going to do in our lives and get from one side of the cross to the other.

The Grave: Waiting for a Good Ending
Now, we don’t just go from Friday to Sunday. We have to learn to endure Saturday, which I think is sometimes the hardest to do. We'll call it the middle. In everything, there's a beginning, an end, and a middle. The beginning is sometimes a little bit exciting because it's a new thing. And the end is certainly exciting because it’s where we experience the victory. But, oh…that middle! The Saturdays may be even harder than the Fridays because on Saturday, we're in the grave and we’re not sure what’s going to happen next.

Most of the time, we don’t know how long the middle's going to last, and although God knows…He's not telling. (Isn't He great at keeping secrets?) So we need to remember that when we’re going through the middle of something, we can be assured Sunday always comes after Friday. But we have to endure Saturday—we have to outlast the devil, remain steadfast and not give up or quit. When we do, we will enjoy the resurrection benefits and blessings that come on Sunday.

The Resurrection: Making It Through
So, I want to remember that Jesus endured the cross because He knew what was waiting on the other side of it. In our daily lives, we are going to have to endure some things, and we’re going to face some hard times. But the only way to do it is to go through it.

Whether we’re hit by an unexpected circumstance, suffering for doing something wrong or for resisting temptation and sin by doing what’s right, we have to go through things. But waiting for you on the other side of the hard times is the joy of obtaining the prize—the good result."

In closing, Alan and I have come to the tidbitz resolution that we are where He wants us to be (in accordance with His Will, Purpose, and Plan); and that somewhere, somehow, He will Guide us through all this bittidz. We have experienced many a 'trial and tribulation'; however, we are going to keep on 'trekking'; and not give up! Last night also, before I went online to Joyce's website, I turned to the Bible. I ASKED to be 'Directed' to a Bible passage, that would give me stalwarth hope! Guess which one it was? JOB 42:10-17. AFter reading that, I thought wow! Invigorated plus! I was then further 'Guided' to Psalms 90-93; and the verse in Psalms 91:4, really spoke a heartfelt tid to me. "He will cover you with His pinions. And under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark."

This morning, it is approx 18 degrees Fahrenheit; definitely chilly winter weather here. In fact, we are the recipients of an arctic air flow mass. Yesterday we went looking for some 'street people', to give them a bit of an uplift; along with a huge batch of Alan's freshly made homemade soup, as well as some old jackets (some of which were lightweight; but windproof). In this cold spell, one has to be dressed all the more warmly; and 'layered' clothing works best. The three 'homeless' people we located, were ecstatic! This made us all the more grateful and thankful for our Blessings!

This was a photo taken of our Blue in April; felt like posting it. Just the other day, somebody thought he was 'Fido' LOL! He does resemble him; however, this picture does not really do Blue justice.

Have to go for now; however, will keep you posted.

Peace and God Bless.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Uplift and Encourage!

Good Afternoon,

We have had a full day thus far; having made some more bittidz calls etc. Now, it is simply a matter of 'waiting' again.

The work crew is really 'going to town' on the fences. Alan made a couple of pots of coffee (remember we now have a much smaller coffee pot) for the hardworking men; and the delicious coffee, along with some fresh sugared doughnuts from the local bakery (not from me, LOL!) hit the spot with them. The new fence, when finished, will look grand, methinks! We have a few tidbitz trees scattered about, as well as some rhodos and shrubs in pots; so there has been extra special care taken to preserve all these beautiful arbors and plants.

Tidbit - Be of good cheer to all you meet. Make a point of brightening up someone else's day! ie. Even offering coffee / doughnuts brings a smile and an uplift and / or a boost to one's spirits!

Bittid - Know too, that while we Pray and do our best to do what is 'right' in God's Service, Satan 'preys' all the more upon us, to create as much confusion, derision, and division as possible. This is where mending 'broken fences' come in to play, and what we can all do, to better communicate in our own little corner of the world, as well as globally.

Also, as soon as we give Thanks to Him for the 'trials and tribulations' experienced, it is as if we are 'set free!' In turn, our Faith is bolstered all the more in Him; and upon appreciative reflection, we know that He has 'sustained' us through each and every day! We believe steadfastedly in our hearts, that 'ALL things are possible with Him'; as HE HAS OVERCOME.

I love the above photo image, with its empowering message of: 'Seek and Ye Shall Find.' Hope today's bittids provide some tidbits of encouragement, as well as hope, to all those who are in the midst of a 'spiritual battle.'

Peace and God Bless.

Reflective 'grains' of thought

Good Morning, or whatever is the best greeting to you, in your part of the world!

This is just going to be a short post today; however, I just want to reiterate that truly life is too bittid short; and that if you can, mend the 'broken fences.' You can refer to my most recent post for a tidbit of 'helpful' background, if you wish.

However, it does make things a bit easier, if there is a mutual two way street; as the 'gate swings both ways'. I think if people were to mend 'broken fences' in their 'own back yards' (with His Guidance), there would be far less problems throughout the world.

Tidbit - Best too, that you first check out the 'log' in your own eye', before criticizing the 'speck' in someone else's eye. Pray to Him to help you with this step.

Bittid - If you genuinely still believe you are being discriminated against and / or excluded; as saddened as you may feel, graciously take a step back; and leave it to Him to work everything out, as per His Will, Purpose, and Plan. If you find you are overwhelmed, weighted down by burdens etc, simply 'cast all your cares upon Him.' You will be uplifted and if you maintain the Faith, He will Provide the Solutions.

This is a busy week for us. Once we know more bittidz, you will know more. Fortunately, it is a dry, sunny, and 'blustery gustery' morning; and the young 'crew' have returned to tackle the replacement of the fences. Yesterday it was pouring with rain; so the project had to be put on hold.

Over the weekend, amongst other errands etc, we had to purchase a new coffee pot; as our old trusty one, literally peetered out; from 'old age.' The compact replacement was on sale, is about half the size of the other one; and eventhough it only makes five cups of coffee, it has its tidbitz pluses! For example, the coffee has never tasted better. So, perhaps it was tid time for a change. The coffee also won't go to waste; because we can always make a second batch of FRESH coffee.

Love the above photo of my favourite coffee mug, with its wonderful messages of encouragement and comfort. Am also really appreciating my morning coffee; both from the new coffee pot, as well as from this old special cup of Blessings. Hope you receive some awesome Blessings today. Hang in there!

Peace and God Bless.

Friday, 12 November 2010

Mending 'broken fences'

Good Afternoon, or whatever is the best greeting to you, in your part of the world!

Today is my Mum's birthday; she would have been 93 years young!!! I remember her with love and I am thankful that she was my Mum. She did her bittidz best. It is not easy at tid times to being a 'Mum'; particularly if unpopular decisions have to be made. I can reflect appreciatively what tidbitz my Mum had to go through with me. Now, I am both a Mum and a young grandma; and there is always something to learn.

We have had quite the week; and a lot happening. However, will wait to share some news when we have things confirmed; one bit way or another. Alan and I are simply 'going with the flow.' (His Flow).

Throughout our complex, new fences are being constructed to replace the old worn out wooden ones. Today, a crew of four young husky men are energetically working on building our fence. It will look fantastic when completed. As an appreciation for their hard work, we will give them a beer to take home with them, at the end of their work day. We would rather offer them a beer at our home; however, you can not drink and drive in our Province.

Tidbit - Building strong fences are wonderfully effective; however, the heart is another matter. ie. Regardless of your circumstances, do not allow yourselves to have a 'hardened heart'. Let the problems go. Also, never forget that if you love someone, let them go. If they come back, they are yours. If they don't, they never were.

Alan and I are experiencing some sad and disheartening 'trials and tribulations'; however, we are determined to continue to be of 'good cheer' to others, regardless of what is or isn't taking place. When we were out earlier, it was as if the Holy Spirit firmly got ahold of us; and directed our paths to those who were in need of an uplift. (That is most of us, methinks!) By giving gentle encouragement to others, either by a kind word, a smile, or even a small gesture, every one's spirits are immediately bolstered!

A few minutes ago, Alan took out a fresh pot of coffee and some chocolate Oreo cookies to the crew. It hit the spot; particularly as it is a very crisp cool Fall day.

We have been reflecting upon much; and we are continually grateful for all our Blessings, He has wonderfully Provided for us. When you are feeling discouraged, disappointed, disillusioned, etc. just ASK Him to uplift you so that in doing so, it alleviates your heart of sadness, bitterness, resentment, anger, malice, jealousy, whatever.

Bittid - Lest we forget, the Bible says: 'Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you.'

Here is to mending 'broken fences' (be it with family, friends, neighbours, colleages, adversaries, whomever), with better communication and understanding, as well as sharing a genuineness, and a 'generosity of spirit.' Remember, that life is too short to be unforgiving and have a hardened heart. Inasmuch, as we have just honoured Rememberance Day on November 11th, methinks, we should also focus with His Help, on mending the 'broken fences' in our 'own back yards.'

I like the photo image with its empowering tidbit message. Also, earlier this week, I gave Rhonda Lazerte's ministry (Door of Hope) a telephone call and I was extra joyful, when I reached her in person! She is just as 'down to earth', as she is on her T.V. show on the Vision Channel. She suggested that I read OUTLOUD the last five Psalms (Psalms 146 - 150)- because the Lord LOVES PRAISE etc. It is amazing what transpires after reading these Psalms; particularly when you read them in a melodious and 'roaring' voice. For those of you, who would like extra encouragement (and / or know of others - ie. 'Pay It Forward' - such a good movie!) during challenges / obstacles, a quality thought is to give her a bittid call. Thank you again, Rhonda; much appreciate your ministry in His Service.

Peace and God Bless.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Do not grow weary

Good Evening, or whatever is the best greeting to you, in your part of the world!

It has been several days since I last wrote a post. 'Well' (there is that word again - I wrote a tidbitz post, methinks June 13/07, on that - 'well can be a deep subject'), there has been a lot of 'water under the bridge.' Alan and I have had some unbelievable challenges and He has quite literally AND majestically Prevailed! That does not mean to say that the 'trials and tribulations' are over and done with; however, we can appreciatively reflect upon His Goodness and Grace He Gives to us. He IS our Advocate in helping us Overcome our obstacles. 'ALL Things Are Possible" with Him.

We are still 'plugging away'; eventhough there have been some bittidz delays, disppointments, and yes, even some disenheartedness, dismay, and discouragement. However, the verse from Galatians 6:9 - " And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary" keeps ringing in my ears and singing in my heart! That message helps me from giving up on our dreams. As it happens, Alan and I are a lot further ahead this week, than last week. Hopefully that is of some bittid consolation to those of you, who are feeling war torn, weary, and weak in spirit.

As an extra tidbit of encouragement, when you are the 'recipient' of an array of 'curve balls', flying at you from 'left field', you can take joyfully take heart by knowing you are on the right track in His Service. ie. Romans 8:29 "And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose." Immediately gratefully say in Prayer: 'Thank You'; and shout OUTLOUD, joyfully and confidently -'Praise Him In ALL Things!'

On Sunday, I watched some of the many wonderful ministerial programs offered on Vision T.V. ie. 'Hour of Power; (www.hourofpower.org), and 'Door of Hope'(www.doorofhope.ca); amd they have delighted me with some special ephifanies. Also, when I read online 'Enjoying Everyday Life', (www.joycemeyer.org), Joyce shares several uplifting insights. If there are some of you, who are feeling downtrodden, dissolutioned, 'down in the dumps', etc. check out Joyce's website. It may impact and change your life (as well as others you know), for the better! Here are a couple of messages / tidbits that I appreciate totally.

ie. Matthew 6:26 (Amplified Bible) - "Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they?"

"The enemy wants you to be fearful of tomorrow. So your main goal needs to be to enjoy the life Jesus died to give you today. Do what you can to live in righteousness, peace and joy, and trust Him to do the rest."

All the above pretty much sums up the 'valleys' that Alan and I have been going through; and particularly as of late. (Psalm 23 is a most comforting solace).

A pink (Queen Elizabeth Rose climbing rose) is incredibly blooming in our garden! A wonderful Blessing, particularly at this time of year, methinks! Took a bit photo; however, as we have been experiencing a tid of trouble with our computer; the picture will have to wait.

Also, I LOVE this heartwarming story of the 'cracked pot.' Thank you Joyce, for sharing it in abundance!

"Doing Your Best with What You Have
by Joyce Meyer

Do you have joy in your life every single day? This is God's will for you, and He has provided the keys that will bring happiness, contentment and joy regardless of your circumstances.

Are you convinced that your particular circumstances make happiness and enjoyment impossible for you? Well, it’s not true! The keys that God offers you are designed to open doors that you may have thought were locked forever.

Learning to be happy with yourself is a very important key to enjoying your life. If you know that God wants you to enjoy life, why does it sometimes seem impossible? Could it be that you’re unhappy with yourself because you're not perfect? God doesn't require us to be perfect—He made us, and He knows we’re human and will make mistakes. Our job is to get up every day and do our best to use the keys He has provided for us. And when we fail, we must get right with God, receive His forgiveness and go on. We need to quit being so hard on ourselves and enjoy our lives right where we are.

Many people feel that God can't use them because they’re not perfect—this is a lie. God (the Potter) uses cracked pots (that's us) to do His work. As Christians, we are containers that God wants to fill with His goodness and light. Then we’re to carry that goodness and light to a dark world, sharing it with people everywhere we go. Don't be afraid of your flaws; acknowledge them and allow God to use you anyway. Quit worrying about what you're not and give God what you are.

I once read a story that beautifully illustrates the value of cracked pots:

A water bearer in India had two large pots hanging at the ends of a pole that he carried across his neck. One of the pots was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master's house. The other pot had a crack in it, and by the time it reached its destination, it was only half full. Every day for two years the water bearer delivered only one and one-half pots of water to the master's house. Of course, the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments—perfect to the end for which it was made. The poor little cracked pot was ashamed of its imperfections and miserable that it could accomplish only half of what it had been designed to do. After two years of what the imperfect pot perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the water bearer and said, "I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you."

"Why?" asked the bearer, "What are you ashamed of?"

"Well, for these past two years, I have been able to deliver only half a load of water each day because this crack in my side allows water to leak out all the way back to the master's house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all this work without getting the full value of your efforts," the pot said.

The water bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot, and in his compassion he said, "As we return to the master's house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path." Indeed, as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot noticed the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path. But at the end of the trail, it still felt bad because half of its load had leaked out once again.

Then the bearer said to the pot, "Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path and not on the other pot's side? That's because I've always known about your flaw and took advantage of it by planting flower seeds on your side of the path. Every day as we walked back from the stream, you watered those seeds, and for two years I have picked these beautiful flowers to decorate my master's table. Without you being just what you are, he would not have had this beauty to grace his house."

Like that cracked pot, you too can accomplish wonderful things. You can make somebody happy. You can encourage, edify and exhort those around you. You can use your gifts and talents to serve God—and as a bonus, you’ll learn to have joy in every area of your life."

To add some further thoughts / bittids. The red Poppy is that much more meaningful to me as each year passes. Perhaps it is because the older (seasoned) we become, the more we reflect upon the sacrifices that others made for our freedom. At this particular time, I ASK Him to Bless all those who unwearingly gave of their lives for our freedom. I thanked the old 'vet' who pinned the poppy on me; and told him, that may the future younger generations (who did not experience the two world wars etc - neither did we, for that matter) also continue with the supportive tradition of wearing a red poppy in genuine rememberance of November 11th. We all have much to be Thankful for.

Peace and God Bless!

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Tuesday morning tidbits

Good Morning, or whatever is the best greeting to you, in your part of the world!

It has been a full few days and today is perhaps the day that we will have some fruition; as we have shook a lot of trees. What keeps resounding boldly in my heart are the following Bible scriptures.

Mark 12: 22-26. "And Jesus answered saying to them. Have faith in God. Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be taken up and cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says is going to happen, it shall be granted him. Therefore, I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they shall be granted you. And whenever you stand praying, forgive; if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your transgressions. But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father who is in heaven forgive your transgressions."

The above verses are of wonderful comfort and enlightening encouragement / ephifany to me; particularly verses 23 & 24 re: doubt and the belief in receiving what you ask for via Prayer.

I also like the verse from John 15:5 - "I am the vine; you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing." Also John 15:7 - "If you abide in Me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you."

Hope to be back soon, with some good bittids! Also, we must always remember to 'Praise Him In ALL Things'; and to have a grateful and thankful heart for all our Blessings.

Love the above photo image: 'Seek and Ye Shall Find." You just need to invite Him into your heart and He will never leave you. Also, 'when one door closes, He Opens another.' He always has our best interests at heart, in accordance with His Will, His Purpose, and His Plan.

Peace and God Bless.

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Finish the race!

Good Morning, or whatever is the best greeting to you, in your part of the world!

Glad it is the weekend! There is something calm about the quietness of a Saturday fall overcast morning. Am also really appreciating my cups of coffee. Have not had a chance to write til tidbitz now; as it has been a full week for us. We are continually working towards things; eventhough we have experienced some sadness and setbacks. No sooner when there appeared to be a bittidz 'light at the end of the tunnel', then some 'off the wall' 'stuff' surfaced. Never a dull moment; can put it that way.

We will be without our computer for the next few days; so am writing now. A kind neighbour / friend, who is like a walking computer, has offered to help us; and he will be giving our computer a thorough 'checkup', as well as purging all unnecessary and accumulated 'fluff.'

Mentioned in my last post, that I was going to share some bittids re: last week's 'Hour of Power. Recommend that you tune into 'Hour of Power' on the Vision Channel; and watch this inspirational program; so you receive the info first hand. The Guest Interviews, Jim Penner's message about 'It's Time to Dream!' etc are wonderful tidbits of encouragement!

ie."Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." That's from Hebrews 12, verse1. God's saying to you this morning, run the race."

"Now, if you notice anything about athletes that run races, they get down into that crouch; their hands are down and their muscles are taut and they're ready to go. And, boom, the starter pistol goes off and they run. They don't know if they're going to finish the race. They don't know if they're going to win. They do not know if they're going to pull a hamstring and never run again. They don't know that. They just run the race. Why do they do that? Why would they run that race? They have something that you and I need. They believe something that you and I need to believe. When they get down into that crouch, they have faith that they're going to finish. You hear that? They have faith that they're going to finish."

"Now, how in the world are we supposed to run this race? How are we supposed to do it? How are we supposed to start dreaming again? Well, the scripture just told us; it says to "throw off everything that hinders."

Also because of the events of the past week and the uncertainty of this upcoming week for us, I was 'Guided' to turn to 'Hour of Power' for a few words of encouragement. There was Dr. Robert Schuller's refreshing and invigorating message. (He just returned from a trip to China; and WOW!). Best if you read / listen / watch for yourselves to receive a better understanding. However, here are some of his enlightening excerpts.

"Is Your Frying Pan Big Enough for God to Fit In?" (Dr. Robert H. Schuller)

"So we have to learn to dream the dream. Try to search out the things God has for your life today. Dear God, give me the courage to grab hold of the dream You have for my life. The dream is bigger than I am, and if I go for it, I may fail. But dear God, the biggest failure is if I don't have the faith to try. Don't let me be fearful so that I'll be too scared to reach out for something bigger than I am."

"Remember this bible verse, Proverbs 28, verse 1: "The godly are as bold as lions." Be brave. "God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that you ask, seek or think."

"There was a judge who was campaigning for re-election and was running on his record of integrity. He was a distinguished, honorable gentleman of a small charity and his opponent was introducing a vicious and smearing, unfair campaign against him. What could he do? At a news conference, a reporter stood and asked him, "Your honor, do you know what your opponent is saying about you? Would you care to comment, please?"

The judge looked at his campaign counselors and the chairman of the committee, then he looked at his audience and said calmly, "Well, when I was a boy, I had a dog and every time the moon was full, the old hound dog would howl and bark at the things he saw in the bright face of the moon. So we never did sleep well in full moons. He would bark and howl at the moon all night long." Then he said "thank you," and sat down.

Well the campaign chairman stood up and said, "That's beside the point, sir. You haven't answered your critics." The judge replied, "I just did. When the dog barked at the moon, the moon kept right on shining. I don't intend to say anything back to my critics. I'm going to keep right on shining, quietly and calmly like the moon." That takes courage and that's where we need God."

I received a bit of solace and resolve about the story re: the Judge's experiences with smear campaigns and slandering against him. LOVED the example about the dog that kept howling; yet the moon kept shining! Thank you, Dr. Schuller.

Have shared a tidbit or two; and hopefully, you are infilled (by the Holy Spirit) with a positive, fresh courage and a renewed calm, should you (or others you know of) be experiencing some bittid 'curve balls' at this time.

Also, two verses from the Bible keep 'shining forth'; and have been a comfort of 'good cheer' to my tid ears and heart as well. Continue to have the Faith in Him; and 'Praise Him In ALL Things', regardless of your circumstances.

ie. Romans 8:28 - "And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose."

ie. Galatians 6:9 - "And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary."

Our friend's funeral / memorial service is today; he is resting in peace. Eventhough he fought a good fight against cancer; he finished his race and went out well.

Eventhough it is Autumn, I love this photo image; as it looks so peaceful and restful. Have a nice weekend!

Peace and God Bless.

Monday, 18 October 2010

Being Blessed with gracious neighbours and recipes!

Good Morning, or whatever is the best greeting to you, in your part of the world!

Since yesterday's post, Alan and I received a bottle of red wine from another one of our dear neighbours. We had given her some of Alan's turkey soup; and it was a treat last night, to enjoy a spontaneous glass of vino with our shepherd's pie (from Costco). We are Blessed by our gracious neighbours.

Tidbit - 'Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you.'

Bittid - 'Love thy neighbour, as thyself.'

Here is the wonderful easy to make 'cheesy' recipe from our next door neighbour! As mentioned, these delicious tid tidbits can be served with anything! Great too, for festive occasions!


1 cup butter
1 package Imperial cheese
1/2 tsp Tabasco
1/4 tsp Worchester
1 1/2 cups flour

Sprinkle with Cayenne Powder to taste (be careful)
Mix all together
Fold in 4 cups of Rice Krispies
Roll in balls & prick with fork
350 degrees for 18 minutes
Either do trays separately or exchange at 1/2 time

Hmmm, methinks, this would go well with a glass of vino, sherry, dubonnet etc. At any rate. ENJOY!

We are waiting for responses; and hopefully, we should know more today and / or tomorrow. Will share a bit of bittids re: Hour of Power etc in another post. Basically, we have surrendered to God's Will; and we have thrown everything to Him, as we have done our earthly best. It is up to Him to Provide the rest; and it is truly, a matter of 'waiting' faithfully upon the Lord.

The above picture is of my favourite coffee mug! Not only am I appreciating my 'elixir of coffee' from this cup of 'good cheer', I am drinking in its wonderful message / Blessing!

Until later.

Peace and God Bless.

Sunday, 17 October 2010

'A bittid of food for tidbit thought'

Good Afternoon, or whatever is the best greeting to you, in your part of the world!

We are appreciatively thankful that today is Sunday; as it has been quite the tidbitz week! We awoke to a beautiful day; and the morning rays of the sun were radiantly glowing everywhere! The leaves of the old huge and magnificent tree outside our bedroom window were and are still like a 'pot of gold.' What majestic Blessings He creates!

We have cast all our cares upon Him and we are in a 'wait mode'; as per His Timing, His Will, His Purpose, and His Plan. As I shared in recent posts, He, Our Father, does, indeed, ' Knows Best' for each and every one of us. It is simply a matter of FAITH and TRUST in Him, that He will Prevail with Provision.

We have had some more bittidz challenges; however, we know that He has a Purpose; so we 'keep on trekking'; Praying with Hope and Relying mightily upon Him to Guide and Direct our Path. 'He IS the Way, the Truth, and the Light.'

Again, Alan made up his special turkey soup (leftovers from Thanksgiving) and with barley added to the mix this year, it has been the best batch yet! Our neighbours have really enjoyed this tasty soup as well. Also, during the week, we took containers of this delicious soup, along wtih plates of turkey and pumpkin pie leftovers, to those who were without food or shelter. There is more than just a food need here; and we gave them a gentle uplifting witness, along with a trak, that hopefully will encourage them to 'Seek Him Out'. Hence, major 'food for thought.'

Remember I mentioned about one of our neighbours who gave us some 'cheesy cookies'. Well, I asked her for the recipe; and added I hope I was not being too 'cheesy' in my request. LOL! She promptly provided it; and methinks it is perfect for all occasions / festivities; so I will share it with you in a bit.

Tidbit - When feeling discouraged by obstacles / doubts, turn negative thoughts asap into positives. ie. Think of others and uplift their spirits with a random act of kindness. ie. Whatever you feel comfortable with. ie. giving them a gentle smile, or a soft word of encouragement, or even a simple meal and / or shelter.

Bittid - 'Pay it Forward'. The heartwarming movie, 'Pay it Forward', if you have not seen it, I heartily recommend it.

Also embraced the inspiring 'Hour of Power'. Exactly what the 'doctor ordered'; no tid coincidences here, folks! In a later post, will express a few tidbits / bittids; however, for clarity and understanding, it is truly best if you check into their ministry (www.hourofpower). Methinks, when you receive Jim Penner's message (via God) from his heart to your heart, "It's Time to Dream!", you will, indeed, be reassured with a renewed Hope and a replenished Faith in Him. Also, in Jim's message, he shares about 'running the race' and finishing it; not giving in to fears, doubts etc, that causes us to stumble and 'quit the race.' This has encouraged me to be all the more focused upon Him, and to be 'ready' for whatever unfolds this week and to daily 'stay in the race.'

We have also 'lost' a few more friends this week to the 'Big C'. Right to the end, they all fought with courage (they perservered in their race); and I know they have been 'found' in Heaven, and are at Peace.

The photo image appears to be of homemade soup. Apart from soup being economical and nutritional, we will savour many a zesty soup / meal created from various 'leftovers'. Methinks, when we do up 'soup care packages' for others, these soups / meals will taste even better to Alan and I. Also, we are reflective and Thankful for all our daily Blessings! 'Praise Him In ALL Things.'

Peace and God Bless.

Monday, 11 October 2010

A thoughtful and thankful Thanksgiving!

Good Morning, or whatever is the best greeting to you, in your part of the world!

Woke up to a gorgeous fall morning; there was not a cloud to be seen in the beautiful blue sky! The morning rays of the sun were shining and the leaves were practically glowing in the rich autumn splendour. A wonderful Blessing, to start a new day, methinks!

Our good friend was here for dinner last night; and it was a great visit! The meal was 'perfect'; and our friend contributed a bottle of red wine to accompany our special repas.

Tonight, our other good friend is coming over; so I have just reset the table for three etc. Now it is 'leftover city!' Yum! My son also, may be over tonight or tomorrow evening.

Our other friend (a neighbour), whose wife is dying from cancer (made mention of her in the earlier tid post), he has invited himself over tentatively for tomorrow pm. We have offered to help in whatever way we can; and he is happy with turning up for meals, every now and then. I think that is a good plan; as that will give him a bit of a lift and a respite. We went through the sadness of parents passing away; and we have empathy for the grief he is going through - perhaps worse for him, as it is his dear spouse.

Yesterday morning, I watched 'Hour of Power' (www.hourofpower.org) and the message is powerful! Here are some excerpts from the guest interviews; however, to receive a clearer understanding etc, best to go online to hear the whole story and what is behind it.

ie."Jason Frenn (JF) is an author and an international speaker. He has held more than 50 international crusades and preached the gospel to more than two million people. He has seen more than 200,000 first time decisions for Christ. In addition to being a missionary evangelist, Jason is a best selling author, including his newest book, Power to Reinvent Yourself. Jason and his wife Cindee live here in Southern California. Jim Penner (JP) interviews Jason."

"JF: This concept of forgiveness is so important because when we do not forgive, when we harbor bitterness, when we harbor anger, and we don't release that, it's the poison we drink hoping that someone else is going to die.

JP: Wow.

JF: But the person who winds up infected or full of disease is the person who ingests the poison. And so the best thing that we can do is to release those who have offended us and when we don't, we stay married to them emotionally. We stay married to them psychologically. In every sense of the word, we're connected to them even though thirty years have gone by and I know people who have not forgiven others over a period of maybe fifty years. So time does not necessarily heal all. That's why Jesus said to Peter you don't forgive your brother seven times, you forgive him seventy times seven and it's because He wants us to live a life of forgiveness. It's not for their benefit, it's for our benefit. It's for our healthiness. And so this is very important in this step process that God leads us through. Forgiveness and extending forgiveness to those who have hurt us, I think, is probably the most overlooked and most important thing.

JP: It's so powerful because you gave an illustration in the book of a man was literally lying in a hospital bed dying. His body was shutting down. And he got a visitor. Tell us about that visitor.

JF: Well this family had seen the deterioration of their father because he had held bitterness against someone else in the family. And every time he would hear that person's name, he would just simply explode. And so the doctors finally noticed a pattern every time they would walk in and ask him 'so how are you doing' and they couldn't find anything physically wrong. They couldn't find the causes for the symptoms. But every time they'd asked him, 'I'm doing fine if it wasn't for so and so.'

And so finally the doctor said maybe we need to bring in another expert and they brought in a pastor. And he asked the question, 'so how are you doing?' 'I'm doing great except for so and so.' And he says 'well I think found the source of your problem.' And he said 'what's that?' He says 'you need to forgive so and so.' He says 'what!? What do you mean I need to forgive so and so. If you only knew what that person did to me.' He says 'the problem is,' he said, 'this anger is festering in your life and it's affecting even your physical body.' And after about an hour of convincing him and then leading him through a prayer of extending forgiveness to that individual, within a day he walked out of that hospital room and a week later he was completely normal.

So what we harbor has an impact not only in our relationships and our relationship with God, and let me just say that I think that perhaps seventy percent of the people who came to the alters that you mentioned of repentance, the two hundred thousand, and seventy percent of the people in our churches all around the world have someone or something they've never been able to forgive. And it is so imperative that we live this life of forgiveness and then we can experience what God wants us to live."

Dr Sheila Schuller Coleman shares her message re: 'God's Wake Up Call'; and I suggest as well, that you tune into her wonderful insights. She also refers to the Biblical passage: - Galatians 6:9 says, "Do not become weary in doing good. For in due time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."

This solid scripture from the Bible, is a reassuring tidbit of encouragement to me; particularly with the various bittid 'trials and tribulations' ( 'things coming out of the blue' - ie. spiritual attacks) that Alan and I have experienced; even as recent as Friday evening. However, Alan and I heartily Thank Him; because we are focusing all the more steadfastedly upon Him to Provide the just resolution; hence His Victory. 'He IS the Way, the Truth, and the Light.'

Did not get a chance to watch any other programs on the Vision Channel; as we were preparing everything for our Thanksgiving meal. As I mentioned (in the earlier post), each and every day is like a 'mini Thanksgiving' to us; we all have so much to be genuinely and joyfully Thankful for!

Tidbit - Best to forgive; life is too short to harbour grudges and resentments (some which may have been going on for years). No sense being consumed by misgivings; lack of communication / dialogue; and thus a needless breakdown of family relationships / friendships etc.

I know of an individual who is much older than Alan and I; and he harbours grudges and has become a bitter and cynical 'old man'; and not many people want much to do with him these days. Tragic turn of events. (Maybe the tidbitz expression: 'What goes around, comes around.') Also, he has been an arrogant 'bully' for most of his life; and if you do not agree with him, look out! ie. 'It is my way, or hit the highway.' I hope and Pray that in time, that before he passes away, that he will forgive all those he feels who have done him injustices etc. Truly, by 'his words, actions, and deeds'; he has brought most of the difficulties upon himself.

As a bittidz aside, years ago, I was in a situation whereby he was exerting his 'influence' and 'intellect' for the sole purpose of control etc, and I saw that the other person was being totally demoralized. Well, I spoke up in her defense. As it happens to this day, he has a respect for me. Am probably one of the few that is not intimidated or frightened by his gruff behaviour etc. I say an Intercessary Prayer for him almost every day; and I am hopeful to take over some Thanksgiving leftovers or a meal(s) to him, in the very near future.

Bittid - 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.' As the saying goes: 'You reap what you sow.'

Also, a few days ago, our next door neighbour gave us some homemade scrumptious 'cheese cookies' (as a 'thank you' for Alan's Spaghetti Sauce we gave her and her husband;) and these tasty biscuits will serve as a delicious hors'd'oeuvres. I know my school chum will love this appie; as her Mum used to bake these as well.

The photo is of the beautiful hanging basket, that another one of our neighbours recently gave us. She was not watering it; and thought we might like to have it. Very gracious of her and it is amazing what a bit of TLC will do. ie. be it watering a hanging basket and / or doing acts of kindness to others.

Today, we are enjoying a reflective rest and a content calm; Thanking Him all the while for our Blessings. Happy Thanksgiving!'

Peace and God Bless.

Saturday, 9 October 2010

An Easter Lily in October!

Good Afternoon, or whatever is the best greeting to you in your part of the world!

Another busy week! However, want to wish whomever reads my post today, a 'Happy Thanksgiving!' Even if you are not celebrating Thanksgiving (Our Canadian Thanksgiving is this long weekend), we have many Blessings to be thankful for. ie. Each and every day is a 'mini thanksgiving' to Alan and I; regardless of 'trials and tribulations!'

This past week has been a bittid of a 'slice.' Glad to see it pass, and that now we can enjoy a restful weekend, partaking in a spirit of 'thanksgiving'.

Sadly, another friend of ours, who has been fighting cancer, has finally been given six months; and she is only a few years older than ourselves. Too young, methinks! Also, another good friend's father is in his last stage of Paliative Care; and his daughter sent us the inspirational and true story about 'Noah the Dove'. You can probably locate it on the internet. Psalm 91:4 is included in the closing message; which empowered me to look up Psalm 91:4 in the Bible. ie. " He will cover you with His pinions, And under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark." True words; and it is in our experiences of all our bit challenges, that we receive a greater level of understanding of how almighty and powerful He truly IS!

Also to quote from Romans 8:28 from the Bible: - "And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose." With what Alan and I went through yesterday evening, He very definitely has a Purpose and 'by their own words, actions, and deeds', they are exposing themselves - royally. We say 'Thank You' to Him; and we know that He has everything in Hand; as He IS the Way, the Truth, and the Light.' I will keep you posted when we know more.

Yesterday afternoon, I had lunch with some girl friends, and it was wonderful to get together after a number of years. Also, a few days earlier at the grocery store, I ran into a couple of friends; and the several years that eluded us, had not made any difference in our joyful greetings to one another. Very uplifting!

Alan and I are looking forward to celebrating our tidbitz Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow night; and a close friend may be joining us for the dinner. He will be confirming tomorrow. Also, a dear friend of mine is coming over on Monday, (the actual Thanksgiving Day) for tasty tid leftovers; which could be a full fledged meal, or turkey sandwiches with gravy and homemade cranberry sauce. It will be an extra special quality visit with her. Her Mum recently passed away.

Tidbit - Enjoy each and every day and be of good cheer and a Blessing to all those you meet. Be genuinely uplifting and offer heartfelt encouragement to others.

Bittid - Have a positive heart (He can do all things!) and have 'an attitude of gratitude', each and every day.

Tomorrow morning, I will be watching the Vision Channel. (If you wish, you can refer to my earlier posts for the tidbit info re: these impactful T.V. programs). Can not believe that a whole week has slipped by in a bittidz blink!

Tonight, we will be appreciating a quiet night, as well as cheering on the hockey game. Plus, it is pouring with rain, so it is the perfect Autumn night to remain at home.

The recent garden photos are of our exquisite Easter Lily (If you wish, you can refer to my Oct 3rd post, 'Working together'), that has produced six majestic blooms! 'Praise Him In ALL Things!'

Again, to those celebrating this meaningful weekend, a 'Happy Thanksgiving.' Also, may you treat and live each and every day like a special 'thanksgiving!' We all have much to be thankful for!

Peace and God Bless.