Saturday, 30 April 2011

Joyful beauty in Blessings!

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

Blessings abound! This morning, we received a spontaneous invitation from my son to meet him for breakfast. It was a really nice get together tidbitz.

We then continued on with some bit errands; and ended up going back to the little local Produce store to pick up some veggies and fruit. Our Greek friend, Dimitri (he is a 'busker'; not a street person) was at his normal spot outside the nearby liquor store; as well as the person (Rick) we met the other day, who was cheerfully collecting more bottles and cans. For a tid of background, you may wish to refer to my April 27th post 'Thankful for Blessings!' Rick is the young fellow's name. Well Alan was going to give Dimitri a bittid of coin; however, Dimitri suggested that the coin (a loonie) should go to Rick; as he needs it more. Alan followed his suggestion and also emptied all the change he had. Rick was ecstatic!

Meanwhile, Blue and I were waiting in the car; so I did not see this occuring. When Alan said he gave Rick all we had, that was fine; I felt glad; like literally Alan gave Rick all the change we had! Then the consignment store called to let us know that a few more tidbit items had sold. Well, we were delighted, and in unison shouted jubilantly: 'Thank You, Father!' With that replenishment of 'empty' funds, we were able to take care of a couple of bills, as well as getting some needed supplies and a lotto ticket.

Tidbit - Christ sustains us; one day at a time. Today's experience of 'Provision', was yet another example that He takes care of us, as per His Promise.

As mentioned in earlier posts, we are dealing with the 'unknown' - in the sense, we do not know what is going to happen or where we may go, if we were to move. Most likely, we will be moving and in a short while. We will be exploring the options further this coming week.

My Dad died on April 30, 1998. He used to say, 'Two things you can be certain of; Death and Taxes.' Interesting that he passed away on the date, when taxes are generally due. Eventhough he has been dead all these years, I miss him; however, I feel he is in Heaven. He loved tending to his beautiful roses; and used to retreat to the garden for refuge and recharging of batteries. I can appreciate the wisdom and calm, that comes to being in the garden. One's spirits are replenished and, one receives a renewed peace.

Bittid - Family matters. Do your best to spend time with them, before you or they are no longer here. Too often, it is only when one has 'gone', that it is 'too little too late.'

We have two grandsons (not identical twins, thank goodness!), whom we love dearly; and we look forward to spending some time with them. The last time we saw them was when we babysat them a few months ago. About a month or so ago, my daughter suggested that 'don't worry about us.' ie. When Alan and I look for a place to live. I replied that 'we would not worry, however, we would like to have an extra room for the boys, should they stay over.' My daughter quickly added that 'that is what I mean, do not worry about us - ie. the boys.'

Methinks there are two ways of looking at this bittidz comment. Could be simply meaning for us to look after ourselves first. (fair enough). The other possibility, could be implying another kind of message. (which I hope is not the case). Alan and I have a lot on our plates; so currently, we have no choice but to address whatever is unfolding before us. We are truly right down to 'empty'; and Christ certainly has our attention! ie. To rely upon Him totally. So Alan and I are doing just that!

As I mentioned to our 'baker friend,' there is no one else to rely on, EXCEPT for Him. She agreed. She has empathy because she and her husband went through their 'trials and tribulations' several years ago. I also added 'Maybe, good things will be happening now!'

However, I am Prayful, that everything will fall into place. Alan and I are going to continue on with Hope, Faith, Belief, and Trust in Him, and that 'Our Father Knows Best.' That is about as simple as it gets.

As I also said in my most recent post of April 29th, 'Blessings in Bloom', it was wonderfully refreshing to hear the words of excitement from this young person! She started the conversation; and it was as if her face was radiant with 'light.' She added that she hopes that she will see me again; as she really enjoyed our chat! She was very receptive to the spiritual message given in the beautiful Royal Wedding ceremony at the majestic Westminster Abbey. I guess too, when one is ready to hear the message, they are ready. Like in the 'Sermon on the Mount,' the question was asked, 'Why do some people not understand?' 'It is not yet their time' was the response.

Alan and I are not 'old'; actually, we have been told we look some 10 or 15 years younger! LOL! I think one is either 'young at heart' or 'old' before their time. We know several people who are much younger than us; and sadly, they look quite a bit older. Then there are some, who are older than us, and they look much younger then their age. So go figure! Methinks, attitude, gratitude, and having a genuinely joyful heart (including dealing optimistically with adversities), gives one an extra boost to looking 'young or younger.' Plus, we are accepting our age gracefully and thankfully - better than the alternative!

It is a gorgeous sunny evening. Am about to go and enjoy a glass of red wine out on our upstairs balcony. We have much to be thankful for. Also tomorrow, we look forward to watching the various programs on the Vision Channel.

Also, will be lifting our glasses and saying ' a 'Skal to Absent Friends' - ie. to my Dad. 'Love you Dad.' Also, I know that he and Alan would have gotten along well; were / are of the 'same ilk'. My Mum adored Alan; and she said much the same thing. In fact, in my 'Answer to Prayer,' I asked also for my Dad's input. I have written a few posts on 'Answer to Prayer' as well as tributes to my Dad re: April 30th, if you wish to refer to those dates etc.

My Dad loved Queen Elizabeth pink climbing roses. Here is a photo image of the beauty of this exquisite flower.

Peace and God Bless.

Friday, 29 April 2011

Blessings in Bloom!

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

WOW! I watched the Royal Wedding (via CBC) from 3:00 am til approx 7:30 am this morning! What an extra special and beautiful wedding! Kate's dress was gorgeous; simple and an elegant classic style. The whole ceremony appeared to go off 'without a hitch.' I particularly enjoyed the Church ceremony, along with its Lessons and invaluable insights. Methinks that Prince William will be a good King when it is the appropriate time. The whole country and other nations around the world, hopefully, are all the more appreciative of the Monarchy.

Today when we were out and about, we also went to the Liquor store for some red wine (to welcome friends who may pop in over the weekend); as well as picking up some beer for the hockey game tomorrow night. A couple of our tid items sold in the consignment store; hence we thought we would appreciatively treat the larder to some wine and beer.

At this Liquor store, there was a young woman who was doing a wine promotion / tasting. She and I had a lively conversation. She asked me if I had watched the Royal Wedding; to which I replied 'Yes, for most of the night!'; and that a tid taste of wine would be most welcome at this bittid moment! LOL! Eventhough she caught only a tidbitz glimpse of the Church Service, she loved the spiritual message given (as did I). This young person is about the same age as William and Kate; and it was refreshing to see the wonderful impact it made upon her.

Also ran into our older bakery friend; and she has offered to take Alan and I out to dinner. She is going to confirm the evening. Told her too, that we would do the same for her, when we are more solidly back on our feet. Also, it looks as if we will be moving; but as to where etc, we presently do not know. It depends on a number of bittidz factors; as many 'unknown' options are before us. We are still 'Waiting upon the Lord' to Direct our Path and whatever His Will is, fine. We have the Faith too, in knowing He has both a Purpose (albeit we do not quite understand what it is) and a good Plan for us.

Another tidbit blessing - we were fortunate in immediately locating a great parking spot at the busy shopping centre. Plus the sun came out in full force.

My eyes are now starting to flicker shut; so in a bit, methinks it is time to call it a night. Meanwhile, here is wishing you all a nice weekend.

A tidbit, we have many Blessings to be thankful for! The above picture is of our gorgeous pink Rhododendrum sprouting forth in Spring bloom. To think that we bought that plant some four years ago when it was just a bittid rhodi.

Good Night, Peace. and God Bless.

Thursday, 28 April 2011

More thankful again!

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

A few tidbits to add after last night's post, 'Thankful for Blessings!'

'The Lord IS our Refuge and Strength.' I am still in joyful awe with the 'double' rainbows. Hopefully you were able to see both of them in the earlier photos.

Also, I am still seeing the joy shining on the faces and in the eyes of our Greek friend and the young man.

Plus, I am thankful the Canucks won; and they are in my Prayers to play well in all their games. One game at a time.

I make reference to my November 23rd & 25th posts about being 'In the Middle'; as there is a lot of encouraging bittids in them. I am totally appreciative; and again, a 'thank you' to Joyce Meyer of 'Enjoying Everyday Life' for her wonderful insights. Just re read them now; and there are NO coincidences. For a bittidz of background, you may wish to refer to those posts.

ie, Am up again in the 'middle of the night' - still going through 'in the middle.' I take heart in that He has / is sustaining Alan and I through everything - one day at a time. Last night, I mentioned that we are unloading possessions; however, just as important, we are happy about 'decluttering' the 'stuff' - regardless whether we move or stay. We are discovering that one only needs so much. Hence, 'less is more.'

A short bit while ago, as I lay in bed, I was Praying to Him and I felt an inner peace knowing He IS there, listening to my Prayers. Alan and I are 'waiting upon the Lord'; and I know that everything is in His time; so we are being patient and enduring in Faith, Hope, and Trust. We are eagerly looking forward to His Help; and again, 'Our Father knows best'. ie. He knows what is best for each and every one of us; even if we may not see it at the time.

He tells us to ask, to seek, and to knock on His door; so I have been / am being persistent in my Prayers and requests. Also, I am asking Him to Direct our Paths, as per His Will. I received an immediate calm. To the point, where I thought I would get up and write a short bittid. As I got up, it started to rain; and what a gentle comforting sound the rain is making on our loft skylight. Another Blessing to be thankful for!

I was also 'Guided' to Psalm 139 ('God's Ommipresence and Omniscience') and reading that chapter gives me an extra special tid 'ooomf' of encouragement; perhaps it will do the same for those of you (or others you know) who would like a tidbitz uplift and a WOW! I like Verse 12 - " Even the darkness is not dark to Thee, And the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to Thee."

Tidbit - Live one day at a time and let Him take care of everything. Far simpler. 'Go the extra mile' to continue in being steadfast in Faith and Trust in Him, that He will Guide you through the storms / trials and tribulations etc.

Bittid - Appreciate your daily Blessings; or if you feel you do not have Blessings, look for some and 'adopt' them. Also, when you invite Him into your heart, He will never leave you. You will be amazed at the daily changes, going forward.

Also, we can take solace in knowing that Christ HATES iniquities. We have been experiencing iniquities / inequities; and we are reassured in koowing that He sees ALL. That there is a Purpose and the TRUTH always shows up.

We are contiually 'throwing all our burdens" upon Him; and we are thankful that He wants us (each and every one of us) to Rely Upon Him. Alan and I have been somewhat 'overwhelmed' or 'stymied' (with iniquities etc); and it is at these moments of being 'in the middle,' best to turn everything over to Him to Resolve. We are all a part of His flock and He is our Good Shepherd.

If one is 'overwhelmed', just turn everything over to Him. With those words, I am going to say 'Good Night;' eventhough it is in the wee hours of the morning and the dawn will be here soon enough.

Here is another picture of the magnificent 'double rainbows!'

Peace and God Bless.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Thankful for Blessings!

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

To recap. We enjoyed the best Easter; and Christ's Resurrection was all the more meaningful and special to us. Easter Sunday and Easter Monday were tranquil and restful. We have also really enjoyed the movies about the Bible and Christ; as 'He IS the Way, the Truth, and the Life.' I am reading the Bible - starting with Matthew and the words are so alive! It is incredible and gives me strength. 'He IS our Strength and Refuge!'

However, Sunday night did have a bit of a letdown. In short, I am glad that Mike Gillis courageously addressed the officiating penalty / power play calls in the last few games between the Canucks and the Blackhawks. May reasonable calls prevail in all hockey arenas. Having played a few sports myself, no question, it is great to win. However, be it hockey or whatever sport, how do you truly want to win or lose? I think honour, integrity, and fair play are musts.

Our tidbitz turkey leftovers have been wonderfully sustaining and rewarding! Alan made up his bountiful batch of turkey soup and we gave some of it to our thoughtful neighbours, as well as to 'Dimitri', our Greek friend, who is a 'street person.' We also met a young man, who cheerfully was going about his way, collecting cans and bottles. I immediately noticed his cheerful and good natured disposition; and he was all the more grateful, when we gave him our 'stash' of saved up bottles and tins.

His face and eyes literally lit up (like it appeared that he had a light about him) and he kept saying 'Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!' I could not help but feel that he had the Holy Spirit strongly within him; and it was as if he knew us. He kept gazing at me; but it was through the soul.

Reminds me of the time when I had the experience with another 'street person.' He suddenly 'appeared' to us; carrying a large urnlike vase / pot (looked quite Biblical) on his shoulders. He looked as if he had 'flown in from somewhere' from another world? (if you catch my tid drift). He stopped beside Alan and I; and he looked deeply into my blue eyes. His searching brown beautiful eyes were amazing; as if there were clear pools of waters running through them. I felt an immediate peace; and was not fearful, whatsoever. I softly asked him if what he was carrying was heavy. He replied gently (the most awesome voice I had ever heard - like 'rushing waters') that 'No, not really.' And with that, he smiled a kind smile and sauntered on his way; only to 'disappear' as quickly as he had 'appeared.' I have never forgotten that unique bittidz moment, almost as if a Heavenly experience.

Going back to our older friend, Dimitri, he was gleefully observing all of the interactions between the young chap and us. (including other passer byers). All our friend could say was, 'This is good, this is good', and was giving the high sign. So 'to truly give' methinks, is far greater than to receive. However, to receive a spontaneous 'generosity of spirit,' is also wonderful. If someone genuinely gives one a warm smile, or an encouraging word, or does a random act of kindness, then that is a plus Blessing as well!

Last night, the hockey game was on - the seventh game between the Canucks and the Hawks. I could not bear to watch the game; and I ended up going outside and / or retreating to downstairs. In the third period and overtime, I literally plugged my ears; so I would not hear the T.V. hockey game from upstairs. Good on Alex Burrows - what a night he had and the perserverance of the whole team paid off.

When I was outside, I took photos of the double rainbows; as you can see in the pictures. Yes, double rainbows! What a treat! I love rainbows and it uplifted my spirits hugely! For several minutes, I thanked Him outloud (outside!) for this majestic rare sight! Again, He is our Saviour! Also, I Prayed for the Canucks and thought this would, indeed, be all the more a 'double' Blessing, should they endure victoriously.

Tidbit - He watches ALL that goes on. NOTHING can be hidden from Him.

We have had some inequities thrown our way; however, we are encouraged knowing He HATES Inequities and SEES ALL. Alan and I totally place our Trust and Faith in Him; knowing He will Provide Solution / Resolution as per His Will.

Bittid - When you 'surrernder' to His Will, your life is a lot simpler.

We are finding that 'less is best.' We have been unloading our possessions to survive, and it is a matter of 'waiting upon the Lord' because we have done all that we can. Again, a good friend of ours says: 'If He brings you to it, He will lead you through it.' So, that is an inspiring uplift!

Peace and God Bless.

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Thankful for Easter!

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

Here is wishing you all a Happy Easter celebration. We have many tidbit Blessings to be thankful for.

As per my earlier bittid post re: our 'turkey' Blessings, we cooked up and enjoyed an Easter dinner on Good Friday and delicious 'leftovers' ever since! Truly, it was the nicest turkey dinner that Alan and I have made together since we have been married to each other. We appreciated our friends 'generosity of spirit' who gave us the tender butter ball turkey. Alan made his wonderful Socttish oatmeal stuffing (a recipe from his beloved Mum), his scrumptious mashed potates, brussel sprouts, and my homemade gravy. The cranberries were not available; so we had whole berries from the tin; and they worked out well. However, I do prefer the packaged berries that one uses to make the cranberry sauce.

We set a good table; utilizing appreciatively a bittidz of this and a tidbitz of that. ie. My parents' dinner knives and forks, my Norwegian grandmother's dessert forks and my aunt's dessert spoons. Pressed into service, my Mum's old china and our crystal. Old green and white placemats (holes and all) from my Mum; and the red wine from our friends (homemade wine). We bought a pumpkin pie and vanilla ice cream on sale; and the whole evening and celebration was awesome. We lit the candles and listened to Diana Krall's music; and we gave thanks for our Blessings; and that Jesus Christ died for our sins and 'He IS the Way, the Truth, and the Life.'

This particular Easter has been much more meaningful to us; however, perhaps more to me, because there is more 'wheat being separated from the chaff' (as per my recent posts). Alan and I are appreciative to live by His Will, Purpose and Plan. We still do not know what is going to happen as to relocation etc; but we have surrendered to His Will. We know that our Father knows best and we are living quite literally on fumes, but in FAITH and TRUST in Him. Can be very challenging to live in 'unseen Faith,' but truly, that is what we are doing day by day. He IS our Refuge and Strength. Also, I have been embracing the Bible; reading the New Testament. I also appreciate the Old Testament. ie The Psalms have also been a great comfort to me. Christ is the Living Word! This particular Easter has been an extra special one, and a real major ephifany to me.

Yesterday, we had the great experience of meeting up with some Chinese Baptists, who were handing out fliers for their church. I noticed that the woman had a 'glow' and such a beautiful kind smile; and I told her so. We will be attending their Church sometime; as there are services both in Chinese and English; and we feel they are genuine with their message of Christ. Also, the church is not too far from where we live.

Many things occured yesterday; as in joyful uplifts to others. In fact, it was as if I was being 'directed' (by the Holy Spirit!) to being extremely jubilant and enthusiastic! To the point, where people were coming up to me; and as Alan says, as Christ says, 'You shall be known by whom you are.'

Tidbit - When you focus upon encouragement and 'random acts of kindness to others' (a kind word, deed, or even a smile), your own problems take a tid hike and / or a back seat. It is better to give than to receive.

Last night, we watched the movie, 'The Ten Commandments.' Wow! What a fantastic depiction! The more I view it, the more I 'see' (discern) and learn! Also, this morning, I gratefully watched 'Hour of Power', (the Schullers); 'World Impact MInistries' (Peter Youngren), and 'Living Truth' (Charles Price). Many thanks to these and other International ministries who give so graciously of their time and insights to help spread 'the message of the Good News.'

Alan right now is making soup from the turkey bones. We will be giving a bit away to the 'street people'; as well as to some of our neighbours. We are thankful for the food that was provided to us and that we can share likewise.

Bittid - 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.' Major truth!

Tonight is Game Six in the Hockey play-off series between the Blackhawks and the Canucks. We are Prayful that our Canucks will play as they did in the first three games; as it would 'appear' that they have 'backed off;' perhaps being very 'tentative' and allowing too much space in their checking. May they beat adversity and play their own game, utilizing their God given strengths. With all penalty calls, may the calls for both teams, be honourable! Games should be won or lost with integrity; not by 'phantom' penalities etc.

The pictures are of Alan's Mum's beautiful purple vase. Alan picked us some more 'fallen daffodils' today (rain today; total contrast to yesterday's sunny and warm temps); and we want to honour her memory as well as our parents and others, whom we hold dear, who have passed away. We know they are in a good place. The combination of these yellow and white flowers in this vase look so majestic and perfect for Easter.

Peace and God Bless.

Friday, 22 April 2011

Unseen Faith

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

Well, today is Good Friday, a day of rejoice. It is a special Holy Day and in today's world, it is deemed to be a holiday. We should never forget that we are celebrating this Easter season of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. By doing so, He has given us by His Grace, a Gift, whereby we are invited upon acceptance into His family.

There is so much more light with the old tree gone. Unbelievable! A whole new perspective and actually much better for all living thigs concerned!

I wrote two posts yesterday and I just re read my evening post; to which I did make a few changes to soften my dismay. Sadly our good friend has had an 'air' and I have been 'gentle' and attempting to bring out the best in her. ie. Appreciating her friendship and her good points; thus giving her the benefit of the doubt. In a tidbitz, I do give everyone the benefit of the doubt. Plus, 'One can not judge a book by its covers.' And who knows what shoes our friend has worn or what really goes on in her life?

Alan and I have sensed / discerned that she is not a content individual; save that we are led to believe that everything is perfectly 'fine' with her. Yet, she has expressed from time to time her dissatisfaction in certain areas of her life; and I have tried to genuinely uplift her. Truthfully, there are bittidz times that after some visits, I am drained to the bittid core. Not complaining here either; just that she does utter a lot of negatives, which I always try to turn around with positive comments or optimistic suggestions. The Biblical verse from Hebrews 11:1 keeps tugging at my tidbit heartstrings. 'Now Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.'

Alan and I are Relying upon Him to Direct our daily path. It is the 'unseen' Faith and thus the Trust in Him, that sustains Alan and I through each and every day. Not easy though at times; however, we keep on trekking, regardless. Our friend has a different view, and is not receptive to 'unseen' Faith etc. We know she would have a happier life if she Relied upon Christ, and not upon her own understanding. Yet, it has to be in her time. However, I will not give up on her.

It is a beautiful morning and we are appreciative of spending a quiet R & R weekend in our garden and at home. We are all the more thankful for our Blessings; particularly at this special time.

I love the empowering message from the above photo image. Here is wishing you all a wonderful Easter.

Peace and God Bless.

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Generosity of spirit

Good Evening,

Well, now the tree is gone. Actually it is surprisingly much better! Much more light all the way around!

Went out and got my hair done. Definitely a tidbitz 'before and after!' A total uplift to my spirits! Wanted to share about a 'random act of kindness' about my friend who did my hair and who gave us a turkey for Christmas (which we will enjoy this Easter). Was going to cook up this wonderful Christmas turkey, however, my daughter invited us for Christmas Dinner. She ended up graciously giving us the remainder of their large turkey as well as all the delicious leftovers. Inasmuch as they were hosting a party the next day for our son-in-law's birthday, they were going to barbecue a fresh turkey in their new fantastic cooker / roaster.

It was my same friend who transformed 'a bittidz bad hair day into a good hair day' - actually MUCH MORE than a bad or a good hair day! They gave us a large bottle of their homemade red wine (Very good! Skal!) and a small frozen Prime rib as well as a little pork roast. 'Generosity of spirit' galore! As my friend said, 'You would do the same for us, if we were in the same situation.' I said, 'Absolutely!' and her reply, was 'I know.'

Apparently they had their tidbit tough times a few years ago; so having gone through their 'hoops', they have empathy and understanding. Methinks, those who have literally experienced tough times, they are the ones who are more inclined to be of good cheer and help. Those who have not had too many 'ups and downs', appear to prefer to 'scoff', or to be 'smuglike,' or to 'disappear' altogether. Or at least, sadly, that has been our bittid humble experience these past number of months. Alan and I do not have hardened hearts; however, the truth of it is, that we have been treated as if we were / are 'lepers.' As if we are 'failures' etc. The same friends who helped us today can relate totally! Hurrah for them; because they made our day and weekend. Also, they gave us a tid of 'spending money.' That helped cover a bit of essential groceries.

We have a wonderful patio table (the wrought iron one with eight chairs via my parents) and we would be more than happy to GIVE this patio set to this genuine couple.

Recently, I was dismayed and surprised by a good friend's caustic comments; almost as if she was going out of her way to 'rub more salt into our wounds.' I do not totally understand why; however, perhaps to 'bargain' / negotiate to pay as low a price as possible for the items that we are selling / parting with. ie. 'When you move, you won't have room for those pieces etc.' She is not wrong about the space issue; however, just something does not add up. Perhaps it is the approach. It is not as if the prices are unreasonable; indeed, they are very fair and affordable. Particularly to a friend and a good friend at that. Yet, if someone does not have the means / resources etc, totally a different story.

However, knocking down anyone; particularly, when they are already knocked down is not right. Upon re reading my post, I 'softened' some of my original comments; as they may have been a bittid harsh. As the tidbit expression goes: 'You can catch more flies with honey, than you can with vinegar." Each day is always a new day; and life is a constant learning curve. ie. In how well and genuinely we treat others. Also about having compassion, a forgiving heart, empathy, generosity of spirit, being grateful and thankful for our Blessings etc. 'Praise Him In ALL Things.'

Also as of tid late, we have been introduced to a number of 'new' people. Quite a few of them are 'eclectic' and well, they have a different way of looking at things. We appreciate their refreshing and positive outlooks. We are pondering that perhaps it is time 'to separate the wheat from the chaff' and welcome appreciatively a group of new friends.

Tidbit - 'A friend in need, is a friend indeed.'

Bittid - 'Do not judge a book by its covers.' My Dad used to say those wise words to me often; he was / is right.

Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses. However, I believe there is no bit of glory whatsoever, gained by those who purposefully knock down others, to suit their own agenda and / or to puff themselves up. Rather best to genuinely build up others; particularly uplift / encourage those who are down. I love the message from Isaiah 40:29. 'He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.'

It is a beautiful sunny evening. Feels like a Friday. However, inasmuch as tomorrow is 'Good Friday,' it feels like a 'holiday' evening. Again, it ia amazing how much more light there is without the tree. Here are a couple of photos of the 'before and after'. Quite the difference, methinks!

Peace and God Bless.

Changes for the better!

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

Was up early and took some pictures of the 'before and after'. ie the old fir tree that I referred to in yesterday's post (will display photos in the next post). The tree is being cut down today (rather sad; as I love trees); however, it has been designated to come down. Apparently, the main tidbit reason is that if there was a huge wind and because of the age and frailty of the tree, it is more of a 'precautionary' process; the primary concern being that it could fall on the house(s). 'Our' tree is not the only tree that has been 'cherry picked'; there are numerous other ones throughout our complex. Also, 'our' tree did not have a tid touch of disease (I was mistaken); it was split in the middle / half way up and it thus was very vulnerable to wind. So, as the expression goes: 'It is better to be safe, than sorry.'

I totally enjoyed and appreciated the quiet 'outdoor' moments this morning; as no one else was up; save the birds, which are such a joyful start to one's day!

As you know we are moving (unless there is a major miracle); and we have no idea where etc. It has been / is a 'waiting' period and that is perhaps even more of a tidbitz challenge, not knowing the outcome. Save that, we Trust in Him to Direct our path.

Am thankful I took the 'momento' photos earlier, as there are now two large trucks with sophisticated machines and competent work crew in full gear. Quite the precise procedure! I hope all the chickadees will relocate to the gorgeous tree outside our other bedroom window.

Tidbit - For those of you needing an uplift of encouragement, there is always the dawn; not darkness. If you choose to get up a little earlier, and truly take a few bittid moments to appreciate the peace and beauty of a quiet Spring morning, your spirits are restored and refreshed. If you have a grateful heart, you can appreciate any and all Blessings that come your way throughout each and every day.

I am reflecting upon 'true' friendships. This particular 'chum' (from Grade four) that I ran into yesterday, had caused me some grief a few years ago. By her own 'words, actions, and deeds,' sadly, she convicted herself. Also at the time, I called her on it and she was not happy about being 'exposed' with the truth. Needless to say, it would appear that she was ashamed, embarrassed, and 'disappeared' out of our lives.

However, our paths crossed again last summer, when she let me know that her dear Mum had passed away. She and her Mum were very close; so eventhough, I had been severely and falsely maligned etc, I had compassion for her. Alan and I went to the Memorial Service (methinks my 'friend' was hoping we would be busy and not turn up. She gave me several 'outs'; but I was steadfast to attend). As it happens, she was extremely glad to see us and thankful that we went in support for her time of sorrow.

We invited her to partake in a bit of Thanksgiving turkey 'leftovers' (she had already been spoken for Thanksgiving Dinner) and that was a nice evening. We have not gathered together since (save running into each other at the bank, at the grocery store etc). Yesterday, I told her that 'I loved her dearly.' Well, she stated the same words back; and it was as if a new friendship (that had been 'misplaced') had been 'found' again!. With a greater level of genuineness and understanding on both our parts.

I told her also, that I did not get in touch with her (save a phone call earlier this year to say we would get together), because I did not want to bog her down with our bittidz of 'trials and tribulations.' Turns out that she has had her fair share of 'going through hoops' as well.

It felt good to be straight up and building upon a better friendship. ie. Sharing some of our circumstances with each other. Also, we will be getting together in the near future for a 'potluck' meal.

Bittid - "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Very true.

Well, the tree is totally GONE (took ten minutes approx)...Weird; but it is as if there is a whole new 'canvas' before our eyes. Much brighter, much better. Like in restoring some 'lost' friendships; and a genuine 'welcoming back into the fold.'

Also, before I forget, want to put a tidbit plug in for 'Living Truth' with Pastor Charles and Hilary Price. Alan and I think they provide a wonderful and genuine ministry throughout the world; and we really appreciate them. We also appreciate their monthly booklets, as well as their T.V (Vision Channel). / radio broadcasts. They are 'launching their own daily devotioanl'; and eventhough Alan and I are currently 'low in financial fumes,' we are hopeful that it time, we can contribute something to their ministry. Perhaps some of you who appreciate Charles and Hilary Price, and have the means, why not give them a bit of a helping hand!

Speaking of a helping hand, a 'true' friend who gave us the turkey, has also 'ordered' me to get my hair done. It has been long long ovedue; so the several 'bad hair days' will be attended to today. (She said I can pay her later; not to worry). We have focused on Him, as well as putting food on the table and dealing with necessities.

As mentioned, we are in a 'waiting' mode and thus far, He has sustained us. Again, if you wish, you can refer to my November 23rd and 25th, 2010 posts of 'In the Middle' and reading what Joyce Meyer of 'Enjoying Everyday Life' shares. We think she provides a wonderful ministry as well.

Just made me think of the message from Robert Schuller (Jr) - that 'If you are down to nothing, you know that He is working on something for you; that is something to the good for you.' Also, I keep thinking of the verse from Romans 8:28 "And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love Him; to those who are called according to His Purpose." We also appreciate the 'Hour of Power' ministries; they are great!

There are so many wonderful ministries on the Vision Channel and we are totally grateful; as they have helped us further in our understanding and appreciation of Christ.

This particular Easter is going to be all the more special to us; knowing that Christ lived, died, and ressurected to give by His Grace, the opportunity for man to reconcile with our Creator. Lest we forget that Christ has told us that He is the doorway of our heart, if we open the door and invite Him in, He will come in and never leave us.

I love Easter Lillies and their beautiful fragrance; however, it is a bittid of a luxury; so we are content with seeing the many daffodils that abound magnificently in our complex. Plus, the 'fallen' daffodis, that Alan has 'found', add a wonderful 'sparkle' to our home.

It is HOW (always looking at the positive!) one adapts to change; and even if things look bleak, there is always a dawn; a hope. If you are in darkness, there is always a dawn or a Solution in Him. 'He IS the Way, the Truth, and the Light.'

The above picture is of our thriving Camelia tree. The flowers in the antique crystal bowl (the bowl reflects wonderful prisms from the light) are closer in their acutal colour than seen on the tree. I love the vibrant colour of pink!

As Joyce Meyer says, 'Make it a good day!'

Peace and God Bless.

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

True friendships are Blessings!

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

Well, today has been an interesting day! When we were 'out and about,' I ran into a number of people I had not seen for some time; some of them not for years! Two of them had been on my mind yesterday. One of them was my 'best friend' from grade 4; and it was as if the years had not separated us a tid! It was a great get together! Turns out, that she just moved today; and of course, was exhausted. She apologized for her appearance; and I gently agreed with her; that I have seen her look better and that only a 'true friend' would say so. She totally agreed! Nice to have a bit of a comfort zone with a good friend. Plus, she had been in the process also of downsizing and unloading 'stuff'; so we have a complete empathy for one another.

Tidbit - Only a 'true' friend will tell you the truth. One is Blessed if they have 'true' friends; and if you have a 'true' friend, let them know you appreciate them.

We decided it best to pick up a few tidbitz items for our Easter dinner / weekend. Some kind friends had given us a turkey; so all we had to do, was to supply the remaining acompaniments, which we have, most thankfully!

Bittid - In certain matters, it is best to do various bittid tasks today; rather than to put them off til tomorrow. One does not know what tomorrow may bring.

Also, best to be grateful for all sets of circumstances. We are waiting for some news; and when we know more, will let you know. Right now, it is a matter of being 'patient' and quite literally, 'waiting upon the Lord.' Alan and I have turned everyhing over to Him to Provide Solution and whatever occurs, we know He will Guide us through it. He has a Purpose and that is the simple Truth of it.

Tomorrow our huge fir tree will be removed (behind our back patio fence), due to a bittidz disease. It will be strange to not have the old tree 'beside us,' as it has provided us with soothing shade and wonderful privacy. However, to put a tidbit positive spin on things, there will be much more light for our flowers and plants.

The above pictures are of more 'fallen' daffodils that Alan rescued on his earlier walk with Blue. The flowers add such a bright and uplifting touch to our home! Our six year young 'pup' Blue, is also an appreciated and cherished Blessing as well.

Peace and God Bless.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Soar Canucks, soar!

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

Will be back in a bittid; however thought I would write a quick post tonight. Alan and I watched the hockey game between the Canucks and the Blackhawks. We expected that the Blackhawks would come out in full force in the 4th game (in Chicago); inasmuch as the Canucks were in a three to zero lead in the first round of the Playoff series. That being said, I am sorely dismayed with the NUMBER of unbelievable minor penalties called against the Canucks (some 'phantom' calls). Also dismayed at the lack of calls against Chicago. However, a tidbit comfort is, that God watches and knows all things!

Tidbit - There are some games you win; some you lose; that is life. However, always remember to play with honour, truth, and integrity. That includes fair officiating as well.

Bittid - God sees everything!

May our Canucks score early and often! And, may they soar like eagles to be victorious in their fifth game against the hawks in 'our barn.'

Goodnight, peace, and God Bless.

Friday, 15 April 2011

Being joyful!

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

This morning has had a good start! A beautiful Spring sunny day; total contrast to yesterday's unexpected snowfall and wintery temperatures. Eventhough it is still a bit chilly (app 48 degrees F) the birds are chirping away non-stop! What a tid of sunlight will do! 'Let there be LIGHT!'

When Alan was on his 'doggy walk' this morning, he found another 'fallen' daffodil; which was frozen solid with dirt smatterings on its delicate face. With a gentle spraying, this exquisite flower has now perked right up! I took the picture of this single simple flower in our Fenton 'tulip' vase, along with the inscripted words on the marble coaster - 'When in doubt, drink more wine'. Blue happened to be in the photo; which is a treat / Blessing as well.

A few tidbits came my way. ie. The one flower 'found'. It made me think that the best way of spreading the message of the good news of Christ, is by witnessing to 'one person at a time.' If one is 'lost', they can be 'found.' All one needs to do, is to simply invite Christ into your heart, and He never leaves you.

The wine coaster has a refreshing message about DOUBT. Wine is generally to be of uplifting good cheer; so goodbye DOUBT! He tells us to 'FEAR NOT.'

Plus, I am reflecting joyfully and thankfully that He stepped in yesterday and sustained us. We literally put a bittidz of gas (the price dropped slightly) in our tank, as well as appreciating and enjoying a tidbitz meal. Alan and I are ecstatic; eventhough we are in the midst of tough circumstances. However, enduring the adversities, we have become stronger in Faith; knowing that He Provides.

Tidbit - To begin your day in a positive way, choose to wake up with a grateful heart. If there are any burdens weighing you down, ASK Him to carry ALL your burdens. ie. Worries / doubts / fears etc.

Bittid - The message from Galatians 8:9 - "And let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary." That is a good one!

We have many Blessings to be thankful for; both big and small. Eventhough yesterday's Blessing was small, it was / IS big to us! Also this morning, Alan on his walk, was fortunate to find today's newspaper in our complex's paper bin. Usually, he locates a paper that is a day or two old.

Last night we watched the movie (on the Vision Channel), 'Jacob and Joseph' and that was both interesting and enlightening. For the next bittid while, the Vision Channel is providing stories from the Bible, and we look forward to gaining further tidbit insights.

We are also thankful it is Friday and the weekend! Our good friend is coming over this afternoon with 'bubbly' and we will supply appie bittids (mini quiches from Costco). We will be celebrating her birthday; a nice way of spending the end of a busy week. Alan and I will be cheering on the Canucks in their momentum tonight; and as I mentioned in yesterday's post, ('Being Grateful!') may the Canucks "score early and often."

Peace and God Bless.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Being Grateful!

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

Well, the Canucks played great last night; and it was good that they were able to establish their lead in the first period and they fended off the Blackhawks for the other two periods. It is best to score early and often!

Later last night, there was thunder and lightning. There was more thunder and lightning again this afternoon; and it felt as if the thunder was immediately above us; however, it was reassuring to know that we were 'grounded' by the tires of our car. Blue was even fine with all the loud noise; whereas our other dog, 'Rocky' would bark like crazy whenever he heard the roaring sound of thunder. Now, how further bizarre is this? It is presently snowing thickly and quickly; and some of it is even sticking!

To recap, on Alan's walk with our pup this morning, he 'found' us some more 'fallen' daffodils; and they provide such an uplift throughout our house; particularly with all the recent showings. We had a showing and an appraisal done earlier today; so my vacuuming and dusting, along with Alan's scubbing of the floors and cleaning of the bathrooms, puts our house into 'spiffy springlike shape.'

In one of my recent posts, I mentioned that we were / are tapped; 'on empty' (but not in spirit!). Eventhough this is our current set of circumstances; He has always somehow 'sustained' us; and today, He Helped us out again. We are joyful and appreciative; you would think we had won the lotto! (not quite; however, the received Blessing today helped put food on the table and a bit of gas in our tank!). ie. We had a few small tid items at a local consignment store; and they were purchased by someone who fell immediately 'in love' with them. We are happy that it was / is a win / win situation for the buyer, for the shop, and for us.

Tidbit - Trust in Him 100% completely to Provide Solution, even when things appear impossible and / or overwhelming. 'I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.' 'ALL things are Possible' with Our Father.

Reflecting upon the past several months, Alan and I have certainly been put 'through the ringer' and then some; however, we have literally surrendered to Him and 'cast all our cares' upon Him. Also as a further tidbitz, He does not give you any more burdens at any one time that you can carry. So hence, we have turned everything over to Him, including ALL our burdens.

We had a bittidz of news yesterday and at first I was dismayed; jumping to conclusions. However, I immediately turned those thoughts of 'worry' around and into a 'Thank You' to Him. I actually said, 'Thank You' outloud and I kept on Thanking Him. I felt instantly better! Also, He HATES inequities; so that is a solid comfort to us!

Bittid - No sense getting 'all hot and bothered' or 'pre worrying' about situations. Leave it ALL calmly and confidently to Him to Resolve. Also, to 'lament' over past problems does not help either; as the past is gone. Best to accept the present and have Hope and move positively forward. Trust and know that He has everything in Hand; and that He has a good plan for you.

Hope some of these tidbits give you some bittids of encouragement. We are grateful for today! Actually, each and every day, we 'Praise Him in ALL Things.'

The picture is of Blue, our Blue Heeler; he is actually smiling (sitting comfy on the couch). We are so grateful to have him as a cherished family member; am sure a number of you who have family pets, can relate!

Peace and God Bless.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

An inner peace

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

Today has been a rather quiet day. No bittid phone calls, no nothing! Actually been wonderfully peaceful and eventhough we are not sure of our future plans, we know that He will Provide a Solution, and show us the way, as 'He IS the Way, the Truth, and the Light.' We made a few tid calls to set up some appointments re: downsizing 'stuff.' Regardless of what happens, it is good to declutter / 'spring cleaning'; inasmuch that there has been a lot of 'stuff' that has accumulated over the years.

The weather too, has been a bit iffy. ie. 'April Showers.' However, we can admire all the beautiful lush green foliage around us. Spring is such a gorgeous and refreshing time of year, when everything is starting to be in flourishing bloom.

We are looking forward to watching the hockey tonight between our Canucks and the Blackhawks. May both teams play well; and may the games be well officiated.

Earlier today we read 'Lessons from a Leper' in the 'Our Journey' Booklet from Living Truth Ministries. Essentially it was about gratitude and the fact that ten lepers were healed by Christ; and yet only one leper returned to give Him thanks.

Tidbit - When you are genuinely grateful for your daily Blessings and you always thank Him for them, it is amazing how various bittids of 'trials and tribulations' disappear.

Bittid - Trust in Him, Rely upon Him, ask Him to carry your burdens and leave it to Him to work out the rest. 'All things are possible with Him.'

The lovely old silver platter is from the end of the 18th Century; and eventhough we are unloading 'stuff', this one piece is a 'keeper'; because of its age and having been sentimentally passed down through generations. At the end of the day, we will have far less (possessions), but will have gained far more (peace of mind from the Holy Spirit).

A tidbitz expression: 'When one is born into this world, one comes in with nothing; and when one departs, one leaves with nothing.' So, the few bittidz pieces we will have left, we will heartily enjoy and appreciate! However, I would have loved to have been a 'fly on the wall' to have observed those living in those centuries; so richly steeped in history etc.

Also, knowing that we are not to covet or store our treasures here on earth; rather, treasures will be stored for us in Heaven. These are just but a few tidbits of thoughts.

Also, I keep 'hearing' - 'Be still, and Know that I am God.' (Psalm 46:10). Alan and I have surrendered to His Will; so wherever He places us, it is per His Will, Purpose, and Plan. We have Faith knowing that He will Guide us through all 'trials and tribulatioons' and we say 'Thank You' to Him.

Peace and God Bless.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Thankful for Canada!

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

This is just a quick bittid and most likely one of my shortest posts (if not the shortest); because of the tidbitz nature of the subject.

Alan and I have been viewing with intense interest, tonight's T.V. political debate between the four party leaders.

In a tidbit - Mr. Stephen Harper in a 'macro manner' is addressing most of the democratic needs of our country best. He is not 'bickering' as suggested; in fact, he is leading as a leader should. It would be FOLLY to not give him and his Conservative party the vote. Preferably, the majority vote, which would give him the clear mandate to continue following through with successful policies; both here and abroad.

There is more 'micro' politicking by the would be 'coalition' of the other three parties; and unfortunately, it would appear that Michael Ignatieff wishes to promote his own bittidz agenda.

We are Blessed to live in such a country as Canada; and we have much to be thankful for.

Peace and God Bless.

Monday, 11 April 2011

Uplifting thoughts

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

It is a gorgeous sunny evening tonight; app 48 degrees Fahrenheit! Spring is definitely here!

We have had a full tidbitz day; three showings. One apparently went extremely well. This afternoon, I saw an old childhood chum of mine at the local shopping centre. I caught a glimpse of her last week; however, since we were short on time; I did not take the time to say a simple 'hi.' This time, I thought 'make the time.'

In her twenties 'Anne' was involved in a 'stampede' (in India) and she was trampled upon; and it is a miracle that she ever survived. She was so mathematically and athletically gifted; and sadly she has been deemed to receive lifelong medication to combat her challenges for the rest of her life. If one did not know her background, or have empathy, one would think she was an 'idiot.' It turns out that she is still a 'savant' (methinks); and she was very receptive when she saw me.

'Anne' was going on about the future (ie Revelation) and she made wonderfully good sense, believe it or not. We exchanged telephone numbers; and I do feel a huge compassion for her. She was also sharing that not many people communicate with her. That her Mum was doing great at her elderly age; and because of communication with her many many friends, the Mum has held and worn her age well.

'Anne' told me that when one does not have contact with the 'outside' world, one 'dies' within. She shared all these tidbits with me. I thought, she is NO idiot. Yes, she has her problems; but don't we all - in one way or another? Also, she enjoyed meeting Alan and she loved our Blueheeler pup, Blue.

Tidbit - Life is too short. If you see someone you know or you sense you can uplift, make the first step and put your best bittidz foot forward. Communication is so key.

After we said our goodbyes, guess what? Our car did not batteries again. For whatever reason, every so often this happens to us. Once it happened on a ferry; not a fun experience!

Back to today, amazing how many people drove by and ignored us. Mind you, they were not driving in a direction where they could literally pull over. 'Anne' immediately limped over and offered to help (her heart is in the right place; eventhough, she does not have, let alone drive a car). No coincidence - but I saw someone who looked as if he would be a likely candidate to help; but he appeared to be in a hurry - perhaps for an appointment? Yet, a short time later, on his way out of the shopping centre, he came over and offered his assistance. Plus the parking spot we were in, had just been vacated as we drove into the shopping centre; so it was easily accessible.

Bittid - 'Do not judge a book by its covers.' My Dad always used to say that; very true.

Be thankful for any and all Blessings. For us, it was a Blessing to have made contact with my old 'scruffy' friend (sadly she looks much older than her age; long unkempt white hair, brown teeth etc - I think it is the illness, that happened as a result of being trampled upon in a crowd of thousands). Scary thought; tragic thing is, her family has kind of 'put her out to pasture' / 'unloaded' her. She lives in a 'boarding house' with five other ladies (they are all older); however, this has been 'home' to her. So, I guess that is good; and most likely where she is supposed to be.

If we were not so tapped ourselves, we would gladly provide a 'makeover' for her. However, this could be a future tidbit thought for us to do, when we stabilize. Two other Blessings, the parking spot and then the kind hand of help with recharging the batteries.

As mentioned in earlier posts, we receive 'Our Journey', the monthly booklet provided by Charles Price's international ministry 'Living Truth.' Alan and I read together this daily journal; and today's title was 'TRUST.' No coincidences, here folks! Matthew 6: 31-34 sums it up! ie. v:34 - "Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Basically Pray to Him to carry your burdens and then totally place your Trust in Him, in His Plan (Our Father Knows Best!) He has for you. As I said in the most recent post, 'and that is just fine with us.'

Alan and I have 'resigned' ourselves to His Will. Whatever He places before us, wherever, fine. We are facing the 'unknown' but that is fine. We are weary and fragile; however we will keep on trekking in Faith.

Writing of Faith, there was an article written in our local newspaper, that was rather critical of the April 8th newly released movie, 'Soul Surfer'. Well, I wrote to the media person who wrote it, suggesting that perhaps he should watch and listen to the short online interview between Pastor Sheila Schuller Coleman and Bethany Hamilton on 'Hour of Power.' And as a result, perhaps he may have a 'rethink' and hence more understanding. I was sadly disappointed by the negative aspersions he chose to cast upon a real life true story. I also quoted from 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.'

Anyway, I am glad I took a bit stand and I am hopeful that the individual will have a more genuine tid appreciation, re: the the impact / difference that Bethany is making throughout the world. You can refer to yesterday's post for bittids of info if you wish.

Am about to go outside on our bedroom balcony and enjoy the evening sun, while it is still bright and warm. The above photo, taken from our balcony, is of the forsythia in our bittid patio garden.

Peace and God Bless.

Sunday, 10 April 2011

In Faith, Keep on Trucking!

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

Eventhough it has been a rainy dull Sunday; we have been happy for the peace and quiet. We had a tidbitz showing yesterday morning and apparently it went very well. We have another one tomorrow afternoon; so we were / are thankful for this tranquil respite today. It looks as if a busy week is coming up; so we are all the more appreciative of this extra bit of quiet time and rest. 'He IS our Refuge and Strength.'

Also, we had two viewings on Friday. One in the morning (which apparently went well) and one in the afternoon. In the afternoon showing, it would appear that the individuals may have misrepresented themselves; perhaps not being as straight up as one would have hoped. They supposedly were bringing in a buyer to look. However, the names on the cards (given to Alan who let them in, because our realtor's other appointment was still ongoing and he was personally not able to be here) did not match? If this were the bittidz case, better that the realtors should have mentioned that they were doing their due diligence first; before bringing in any potential client to the table. Anyway, our realtor will be checking out these tidbit details tomorrow.

As mentioned in the April 8th post, 'The truth always shows up!' is very true.

This morning I watched the Vision Chamnel. ie. 'Hour of Power' and it was very heartwarming. Pastor Sheila Schuller Coleman interviewed Bethany Hamilton; and her and her family's story of Faith and courage is awesome. To quote: "Bethany Hamilton (BH) is known around the world for what happened after a 2003 shark attack that severed her left arm at the shoulder, derailing her plans to be a professional surfer, or so it seemed. Today, her true life story has been made into a movie called "Soul Surfer," which released in theaters April 8, 2011." Methinks, she IS making a huge difference around the world; and Alan and I look forward to seeing her inspirational story.

Also watched the encouraging message given by Robert H. Schuller: "God Guides! God Provides! God Abides". He read the empowering words of Psalm 23."The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake. Yea, thou I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for Thou art with me. Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies. Thou anointest my head with oil. My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever." In other words, 'Fear Not.'

Also on 'Hour of Power,' Louis Price, composer (a former member of the Temptations) has a tremendous voice and presentation; and he sings "Is There Anybody Here?' (ie.'Is there anybody here who wants to know Jesus?'). For those of you wishing to be uplifted a tid, I heartily recommend you listen to the words of this song. The beat is good is too!

Also this morning, I embraced Charles Price's message in Living Truth, as he wonderfully shares his insights in Part 3 -'Trust and Obey' when he visited Lake of Galilee and other regions in the Holy Land. Alan and I are still desirous to take part in such a journey; however, this past year was not possible for us. Today's message from Charles is basically to follow His will and to thank Him for everything in Prayer and Gratitude. By thanking Him, we are automatically and confidently turning everything over to Him; and it is as if a huge load has been lifted from us, when we do that. He IS in control and that is just fine with us.

Best if you watch these ministries (and other offered ministerial programs) for yourselves; as they provide beneficial teachings of Christ and encouragement. 'Seek and Ye Shall Find.'

Tidbit - It is very true: 'Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you.'

Bittid - 'The truth will set you free.' Once you accept Jesus into your heart, He will never leave you. Plus, you are forever changed and you will be amazed at the transformation.

Have to admit that eventhough Alan and I are a bittid weary and chagrined from some recent experiences, we know that our Faith and Trust in Him, will carry us through 'trials and tribulations.'

The above is of a photo taken of 'fallen' daffodils, due to the heavy rainfall from last night. I also added some forsythia from our patio garden to the mix. Alan has just picked some more, which reminds us of the wonderful Blessings all around us.

Peace and God Bless.

Friday, 8 April 2011

The truth always shows up!

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

It is, indeed, a good morning. Bright blue skies, brilliant sunshine galore! Spring is definitely here (eventhough it is app 44 degrees F). Alan just found several 'fallen' daffodils and with a tid of TLC of gently rinsing them off, they have gracefully sprung to life in our vases throughout our home. Plus, flowers (particularly at this fresh time of year) provide such an invigorating cheer, methinks. We have some showings today; so every bit of ambience helps.

One of our neighbours was just wheeled off to hospital via ambulance, as she was experiencing extreme dizziness. 'Better safe than sorry' as the old tidbit expression goes. At least she will be in good hands; and hopefully, she will be home before too long. It was her husband who was quite distraught; and we are on call if there is anything we can do to be of assistance. Actually our whole row of neighbours are there to render any help; be it taking over a meal etc.

The other evening Alan and I were at a well attended meeting, that required an immediate vote on an important issue. Unfortunately, (but fortunately), there were a few individuals whose conduct, by their 'words, actions, and deeds' betrayed 'them.' Actually backfired on 'them' and hence exposed their antics to the whole group. One of 'them,' sadly, was a 'pawn,' who was utilized by another person's devious behaviour to do his bidding and 'pulling a fast one.' Well, this was / is not right for all those concerned.

Eventhough I am 'slow to boil', I knew this had to be addressed swiftly; as in 'nipping things in the bud.' My tidbitz question to the 'pawn' was a simple 'WHY?' (the 'little Lord Font le Roy' person truly behind it, was not in attendance. Now why is that not surprising?) The 'pawn' 'appeared' totally oblivious, 'confused' and offguard; and his bittidz reply was 'I don't know.' Hmmmm?????

So the bittid here is, 'Out of bad, comes good'. The passage from 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." I discern too, that these individuals are now 'pondering' their error.

I love the empowering photo image and the appropriate following words from the King James Version of the Bible. ie. Ephesians 6. " 11 - Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 - For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 - Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 - Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

15 - And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16 - Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17 - And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God."

Have to go now and get ready for the viewings etc. Hope your spirits are encouraged a tid and may you make it a great day. (I think Joyce Meyer of Enjoying Everyday Life, may have said, instead of saying 'Have a great day; MAKE it a great day.'

Alan has just swept and tidied our bit patio and what a refreshing difference that makes! Apart from looking good for the showings, it gives us an uplift!

We are thankful it is Friday (again!) and we look forward to making it a great weekend.

Peace and God Bless.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

'Hope Springs Eternal'

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

Well, 'Spring Break' (including this past weekend) has come and gone. Eventhough we did not have any showings over the weekend, we made some more progress in downsizing some of our 'possessions.' The expression: 'Less is More' is so true.

Our friend was over on Sunday afternoon and it was a win / win for both him and for us. This will help us pay some of our bills. Another friend was over on Monday and he has expressed interest in s few items. Most likely we will be moving and even if it worked out, that we stayed here, well, extra space has been generated; hence less clutter! (which is a great feeling, believe it or not!) Plus, we have a more grounded appreciation for the basic 'in the family' pieces that are left; as they provide both a function as well as sentimental memories. You can not put a price tag on this 'type of stuff.' Also, a tidbitz, if He wishes us to reside here, while we are still on earth, okay; if not, then He has a better Plan in mind. So, we are moving forward with that.

We had a showing yesterday; and it looks as if there is going to be a 'bidding war' amongst several; which will be more helpful than not. Will also add that yesterday, everything hit me - ie. I was totally despondent, despairing, discouraged, dismayed, disheartened. Primarily at the deceit, deception, inequities (which He Hates! that gives me comfort!), and avarice and arrogant greed going on around us. Plus, we would like some indication as to what He would have us do; because we are 'in the middle' (again!). You can refer to my posts of November 23rd and 25th, if you wish a bit of background.

However, we have to keep ono going; with a continually steadfast Faith and Trust in Him that He will Provide the Solution. We know He has a purpose and a plan; we keep saying that - outloud. We can not see this nor understand the turned up 'trials and tribulations' at this time; yet we will perservere and KNOW that we will be sustained by Him, and wherever He places us.

In a recent post, I may have mentioned that I heard the 'whisper' 'Don't Worry.' Nothing more, nothing less. Okay, now to stick to that tidbit message and Rely upon Him to Prevail, as per His Will, His Purpose, His Plan. My recent posts touch a bittidz on what I have just said; if you wish further clarity.

Yesterday, I watched online Joyce Meyer of 'Enjoying Everyday Life' and everything that she shares, is pretty much what Alan and I have been / are experiencing and it further validates the challenging journey we are on, in our daily walk in Christ. Regardless, we are thankful for all our daily Blessings! Thank you Joyce! You say it how it is and right on!

Last night, I had a much needed restful sleep. Every morning and night I say the Lord's Prayer, as well as asking Him to 'arm and equip us with the full Armor of God, and to protect and shield us from our foes / enemies. And I also add OUTLOUD to 'thwart' our foes! There is something 'strong and mighty' in shouting out that word, 'thwart', because 'He has already WON!' And sometimes, when things are tough, it can be difficult to say Prayers; however, keep at it, regardless; remembering to "Praise Him in ALL Thiongs."

This morning while I was saying my Prayers, I heard the wonderful non stop chirping of a bird outside our bedroom window. Eveything had been silent up to that point; and when I looked out our bay window, here was this dear tiny tid of a bird, melodiously singing his heart out. Plus, a breeze had just come up and gently moving the branches of this tree alone. I thought WOW!!!! I believe it was His Way of giving reassurance. And, immediately, I was infilled with a soothing calm, a joy, and a peace; and the thoughts, 'Don't worry. Rely on Me', keeps pulsing through me.

A dear friend of ours yesterday said something very poignant and uplifting to my weary and sad spirits. ie. "Anyways my dear...hold yourself high and as strong as you can...don't give optimistic as you can...If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it... an old saying said to me many times...I always remember it... He might make you suffer along the way, but you'll be better off and stronger in the me!!!!" A big heartfelt thank you to her! I like the bittid - 'if God brings you to it, He will bring you through it.'

Today is a new day and there is much afoot. I am constantly reminding myself, 'Be still, and know that I am God.' - Psalms 46:10. Also, the passage from Isaiah 58:11 refreshes my soul.

Isaiah 58:11 (New American Standard Bible)

11"And the (A)LORD will continually guide you,
And (B)satisfy your desire in scorched places,
And (C)give strength to your bones;
And you will be like a (D)watered garden,
And like a (E)spring of water whose waters do not fail.

The photo is of the beautiful yellow forsythia in our patio garden. Another one of His many wonderful creations and Blessings!

Hope those of you who are experiencing strife / stress etc, feel a bit more encouraged and renewed after you have read a tid of our daily trek / tale. Also, 'Seek and Ye Shall Find'; even if there appears to be no answers immediately forthcoming - as in delays etc. Know that He has a Plan for you and that you are 'special' to Him; that He LOVES you unconditionally, warts and all. 'Our Father knows what is best for each and every one us'; and know that He replenishes you (like a watered garden, a spring of water etc), by your genuine Faith and total Trust in Him.

Peace and God Bless.

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Daffodils are Blessings!

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

Yahoo! It is Saturday! We are thankful that it is the weekend and that we can take a bit of a refuge and solace from a busy week. My March 30th post, 'Joyful countenance!' sums things up, methinks. Alan and I are simply just continuing on in FAITH, that somewhere, somehow, a Solution will show up! We would still like to reside in our home; but it will take a major miracle for that to happen. We are ever Prayful to Him; and all I can say is that 'Our Father Knows Best.' Whatever happens, we will survive; as He has truly Sustained us thus far. Reflecting upon our tidbitz experiences, we can see where He Stepped in to Help us. That is good enough for us!

With the meltdown, things have been / are tough (but then we are not the only recipients of this 'perfect storm') and compared to the devastations, uprisings, upheavals, and so forth, we are thankful to be living in this tid part of the world!

It is very true too, that He is the vine and that we are the branches. ie. 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." Have to admit, that there WERE times when we have 'sort of' relied upon others. Looking back, not practical nor wise. In other words, He must be the FOCUS of our attention.

The best tidbit is to simply Rely Upon Him; as "He IS the Way, the Truth, and the Light." We have gone through many a bittidz hoop (refinancing etc) and it has been an interesting (to say in the least) adventure. We have sadly observed greed, arrogance, avarice, unethical / predatorial behaviour, deception, fear mongerers, disdain, indignation, the works. Also, as an aside, it was sad and disappointing to us that we knew there were sources of help re: refinancing; however, 'they' chose otherwise. If the position was reversed, we would have have been happy to help those in need. Again, 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.'

However, we are not lamenting, as yesterday is gone. Another bittid - 'No use crying over spilt milk.' We have learned some invaluable lessons; and at the same time, we do not have hardened hearts. Compassion and Faith reside within our hearts instead.

The above pictures are of some 'fallen daffodils' that Alan picked on his recent walks with our Blue. Took these photos today; including also our funky white Picasso vase, that I made mention of, in my March 26th post, 'Thankful hearts!'. In our complex, we have many daffodils in bloom; and with the heavy rainfalls as of late, a lot of these flowers have been flattened. They have provided us with such an uplift! The daffodils are just one of His many wonderous creations and Blessings! With a gentle wash to remove the dirt cast upon these flowers, they have revived and look as good as new! Refreshing and enlightening changes abound!

Tidbit - Appreciate each day and its Blessings. Look for Blessings, if you feel you do not have any. ie. flowers, birds, a smile etc.

Bittid - Grow from your experiences and good naturedly move forward, with a greater understanding and resolve in your Trust and Faith in Him; as 'All things are possible with Him.'

Here is wishing you a nice weekend.

Peace and God Bless.