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.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Working together

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

It has been another full blown week. Have really been experiencing extra 'trials and tribulations.' It would appear the closer one gets to achieving 'fruition' or 'Dreams', (or the 'Visions' that He has placed before us) the 'heat' has been turned up to full throttle. We have been putting out mushrooming 'brushfires'; and upon reflection, we know that Christ has been our 'Helper' in overcoming these obstacles. We still have more bittidz challenges, but then, who doesn't?

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."

That verse keeps running through my head and has captivated my heart. ie. Alan and I have seen deception, lies, usurpury, inequities, etc at its tidbitz worst. The saying: 'By their own words, actions, and deeds, they have convicted themselves' is so very true; and this is exactly what is happening, even as I type. 'The stage is being set.' This upcoming week is going to be a most unique one; as the TRUTH will be exposed and brought to light by Him.

So, in trusting Faith, we are leaving everything up to Him to resolve; as 'He IS the Way, the Truth, and the Life.' We have cast all our cares upon Him; and at the same time, we are joyfully grateful for each and every day, moment by moment, as He instructs us.

This morning on the Vision Channel, I 'embraced' 'Hour of Power' (www.hourofpower.org) and Dr. Sheila Schuller Coleman illuminates about 'When your dream becomes a nightmare.' Her example about their 1936 Ford, with its 'glowing' ending' is wonderful! I love that story! Also, she expresses: "If you're in a pit, if your dream has turned into a nightmare, it's good news because Jesus is there. He will redeem your dream. Most of all, He will redeem your life." Those solid tid words touched my heart! Sheila also shares the beautifully poignant story about her neighbour and his courageous 'walk' with cancer and in Christ.

Alan and I together, then watched 'Living Truth' (www.livingtruth.ca) with Charles Price; and we totally appreciate his 'in depth' quality insights. ie. The 'task oriented types', and the 'people oriented types'; (ex. Paul and Barnabas in the New Testament; regardless of their differences in personality, priorities, and principles), both 'types' were interdependent and vital to sharing a genuineness in His Message and in His Service. For those of you who wish to 'Seek and Find', and / or who want to be refreshed with a greater clarity, understanding, and knowledge of Him, good to tune into these empowering ministries.

Also, will be viewing 'Enjoying Everyday Life' (www.joycemeyer.org). Joyce Meyer is one of my favourites as well. Plus, I appreciate 'Door of Hope' with Rhonda Lazerte. Am saying a huge 'Thank you' now, to these international ministries, as well as to all the other special ministries that are on the Vision Channel; as they all provide such great encouragement, inspiration, and resources.

Earlier this year, we were given an Easter Lily at Easter. Instead of discarding it (after it thrived and matured), we planted it in a larger pot and placed it in our tidbit garden refuge. Believe it or not, this plant is approx four feet tall; with at least six bittid BLOOMS! Alan and I think this is an awesome Blessing; a miracle! Plus the lily smell is absolutely glorious! Never would I have dreamed to have enjoyed a flourishing Easter Lily with blooms, SPROUTING at this time of year! Also, our exquisite Queen Elizabeth climbing pink roses are bursting forth again, in full regalia! So are our yellow roses, also climbers! Another added Blessing, is the amazing pair of bold hummingbirds who keep whirling about our patio plants / hanging baskets, that are still mightiy flowering! More Blessings! - There are finches, chickadees, robins, stellar blue jays etc, that are seeking sanctuary in our garden.

Tidbit - Keep the Faith and do not give up on your dreams.

Bittid - 'Fear Not, For I Have Overcome the World!'

'Lest we forget, those in Christ are warriors. We are messengers, we are peacemakers, and He has asked us to 'Go Ye, into all the world, and share the message of the good news.' This means that as Christians, we must reach out to those who are not; to enlighten them to share with them our experiences and the majesty of His Gift to us, by His Grace.' Alan helps me edit (ie this particular paragraph) from time to time; and I thank him for his supportive eloquence. He is more like a 'Paul.'

Alan and I are just 'ordinary folk'. I write a blog; not only as a wee bit of a journal, but to reassuringly give some bittids of encouragement and tidbits of hope to others. Presently, Alan is making up a large batch of spaghetti sauce, with the tasty combination of homemade and store bought tomato paste! Methinks, it is 'all in the sauce'; and adding some snippets of fresh herbs from our Canadian garden produce (ie. thyme, rosemary, tarragon, Greek oregano) will provide an extra savoury and zestful flavour. Basically, throwing everything into the mix, will create an 'international' and scrumptious dinner. ie. My Caesar salad (Italian); along with 'Portugese' (from Costco) buns sliced and smothered in garlic and butter, as we forgot to buy the French garlic bread; so we will improvise there! Good old fashioned pumpkin pie (a giant pie from Costco!) and vanilla ice cream (on sale!) for dessert. And last, but not least, a glass (or two - LOL!) of South Aftican red vino to accompany tonight's repas. Our home is now filled with a pleasant fragrance of simmering spaghetti sauce! Mmmmm! Because it is a large batch, not only will we be the fortunate recipients of several dinners, we can also provide some meals to our neighbours, if they wish.

We have much to be thankful for; and are treating each and every day like a 'mini Thanksgiving!' We 'Praise Him In ALL Things.'

I LOVE the simple, straight up message of the above photo image. As a tidbit, we must work positively, creatively, and diplomatically together in this world; to foster, nuture, and, indeed, establish / have a better understanding (and compassion) amongst us all. We are all worthy components in the 'chain link' or 'mix'; be it a 'Paul'; and / or a 'Barnabas', or a 'Peter', or a 'Mark' etc. (Our son-in-law's name, is Jean Marc; nice name). Eventhough, methinks, I may have more of a leaning (encouragement) towards a 'Barnabas'; I understand the importance of working with 'all types' (may even be mix of 'types'). His message: "Do unto others, ss you would have them do unto you." is so true.

Peace and God Bless.