Saturday, 31 December 2011

May the New Year be a great one!

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

Well, here it is. New Year's Eve and going into a new year. I think most of us will be glad to see the tid back end of this year and hence looking forward to a much better year!

Alan and I are preparing for the New Year; eventhough it is a bit of a 'holiday' time for most people. We plan to make 2012 a good year.

To recap, we had our bittidz ups and downs over the Christmas season; but 'onwards and upwards' as the tidbitz saying goes. We are working through numerous changes; and Alan is retrenching himself in a past career that he was very successful in. Timing of course, is everything. All we know is, that we are moving forward. We are all the more thankful to have each other and our pup, Blue.

We are grateful for our close friends (they know who they are) and also for family. Life is too short and we will appreciate those who want to genuinely be around us. Alan and I have much to give; however, "You can take a horse to water; but you can not make it drink." My Dad used to tell me that; and there is a lot of truth to that tidbit expression. We are hopeful and Prayful that in time, things will sort themselves out; so that we may enjoy happier family relationships.

Tidbit - Have a thankful heart, always! Be grateful for any and all Blessings that come your way. Be happy for others too.

Bittid - Be of genuine good cheer and provide an encouraging uplift to all those you meet, each and every day.

Tonight is New Year's Eve. Alan and I will be opening a bottle of 'bubbly' that was given to us by a dear friend. Skal! We will enjoy a bittid and look forward to savouring the rest tomorrow. Alan and I have been re evaluating and thankfully reflecting upon much. All we can simply say is: "Thank You!" and "Praise Him In ALL Things."

Here is wishing you all a Happy 2012!

Peace and God Bless.

Monday, 26 December 2011

The Spirit of Christmas each day!

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

It has been eleven days since I last wrote a tidbitz post. The time has just evaporated, or so it would appear.

Alan, I, and Blue have much to be thankful for. Eventhough, we still have some difficulties ahead of us; we are taking time out to celebrate the Birth of Jesus Christ. We are totally appreciative of our daily Blessings and 'keeping things simple' helps us to live each day on a day to day basis. 'Keeping it simple' is a lot easier to work with / surviving / whatever shoe fits.

Alan and I really enjoyed our Christmas dinner with my son. We had it earlier this year; and in a way, it is nicer that it is behind us; because now we can delight in coasting on the leftovers! Thanks to him and his kindness to us, we were re invigorated to partake in the Christmas spirit. There have been some events that have been very sad. We are prayful that those things do not happen to those in question; that is, when they reach their later years. I have always loved Christmas. Have always believed it to be a joyful and festive time. Sadly, that is not always the bittidz case.

Am writing this bittid post for those of you, who feel sad and that if there is division within your family, just to take heart and carry on. I am dedicating this post to some good friends in particular (they know who they are) and our hearts go out big time to them!

Today, Alan and I dropped off some homemade Christmas cookies (I am not a great baker) to our grandsons and may they enjoy each and every little tidbit mouthful with the love that went into preparing the TLC goodies. We love the little ones and perhaps with the 'day after' the 25th, they may have some uninterrupted time to appreciate the bite sized cookies and the candies.

Tidbit - "Praise Him in ALL Things." Be appreciative for the daily Blessings you are given; as well as enduring and withstanding all 'trials and tribulations' that show up. Your Faith will sustain and strengthen you; as "He IS our Refuge and Strength."

Bittid - Remember, that He has already OVERCOME. So, keep on trekking in that trusting knowledge, understanding, and empathy. Turn your sadness, despair, etc by uplifting all those you meet, in a genuine and loving way. You never know whose lives you may happen to touch, or impact, and / or change; even just with a warm smile, or a gentle word, and / or doing a random act of kindness.

Alan has made up a large annual batch of turkey soup; we will be enjoying some tonight. We have various people (ex neighbours) who we know will appreciate this soup again; as well as some of our new neighbours. (We are the new neighbours! LOL!).

Writing of food, glorious food, we are grateful we have food. In other parts of the world, that is not the tid case. We normally cook a special recipe for a 'Christmas' breakfast; but this year with all the fraught and wrought, we thought 'keep it simple.' Hence, we enjoyed breakfast sausages, waffles, and 'eggs over easy' for Christmas and Boxing Day brunch.

We appreciated toasting in Christmas Day with champagne given to us, by my son. We also added a bit of Orange juice (Voila! 'Mimosa') to the champagne; and apart from its beneficial Vitamin C, the O.J. is a wonderful way to further 'stretch' the champagne! LOL! We have been listening to Christmas music, and our gas fireplace has been a restful touch as well.

Here are two pictures; one of Alan and our dancing 'Fido' Blue. (We think Blue is even better! LOL!) and our festive Christmas tree. We had a traumatic move; however, we have lovingly made this abode into a cosy new home.

Alan and I are looking forward to a much better year; and I am sure most people are as well! It has definitely been a time of growth and major change for us. However, through it all, we continue to embrace each and every day with thankful and hopeful hearts. Hope those who are sad, forlorn, etc, will take comfort and solace in Him; as, "He IS the Way, the Truth, and the Life."

Peace and God Bless.

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Being thankful for Blessings!

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

Well, it has been an interesting tidbitz of a time! Not ever a dull bittidz moment!

To recap, we are doing our best to retrench and to stabilize. We know thus far, that He has sustained us. We have been 'jumping through hoops' etc; but at the end of the day, we have much to be thankful for. We had a 'helping hand' yesterday. Am sure you know by now, that Alan and I 'live one day at a time' and we do our best with whatever shows up.

Also, my son brought over a Christmas tree and that sparked me to dig out all our Christmas decorations. I was only going to put a tid few out this year (given we have moved and the garage still looks like a 'disaster zone'). Well, one thing led to another and a good number of decorations are brightening up our dining room and living room! My son and his girlfriend came over last night and we had a joyful time in decorating the gorgeous tree. Alan cooked up his homemade version of pizza and we had 'rum and egg nogs.' Also, my son reconnected the stereo that he and his sister gave me several years ago. It works like a charm and it is wonderful to have music again in the house! I have been appreciating and listening to a radio station (103 - 5 FM) that apparently, play Christmas music 24/7.

Last night, when Alan and I fell happily into bed, I had a few more tidbit ephifanies. ie. Just being totally grateful, at peace with whatever daily unfolds, and being appreciative of genuine kindness. I asked Him to provide me with Blessings. Given that He wants us to be joyful, live a life in abundance, and to be of good hospitable cheer to others etc, in His Service, to be used by Him. It hit me that this time, I ASKED Him for Blessings and that I was Thanking Him (joyfully) in ADVANCE for these Blessings. I felt as if a huge burden had been lifted from my weary heart; which as of late, as been greatly saddened.

Went on to think that it is true, that 'The Truth sets you free' and to just 'keep on trekking' with honour, integrity, and truth etc.

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

Bittid - Christmas can be a sad time. Family strife / divisions etc. Make the best of all things and be steadfast in your Faith and Truth. If you focus upon Him to Direct your path, He does. 'He IS the Way, the Truth, and the Life.'

With a combination of events, my (and Alan's) Christmas spirit has been rejuvenated. ie. My son was very generous in bringing us a tree, and he extended other kindnesses as well.

We are going to enjoy this Christmas; more so, even than the past ones. We will go to Costco, pick out a turkey and appreciate all the other trimmings that go with a scrumptious Christmas dinner. My son too, will be coming over for a Christmas dinner; so that will be even all the more special to us.

I like the above photo image and am utilizing it again! It looks delicious!

We have been involved with other matters this week; and time will tell with those.
We are still in a bit of a 'waiting game'; however, we have received other Blessings along our journey! (Our Father knows what is best for each and every one of us!).

Interesting what has and is happening, methinks. We just have to keep 'hanging in there' in Trust and Faith in Him; and be genuinely thankful for all things. Plus, it is all the more necessary to uplift and touch the hearts of others; particularly those who are in worse straits than you or us.

Peace and God Bless.

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Many Tidbit Blessings!

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

Hope you are all well. I truly appreciate the readers of my posts and I hope I am genuinely helping you (via the Holy Spirit) and others to have a hope and an uplift in your daily walk. I think giving genuine encouragement is tidbitz key; particularly in these very challenging bittidz times. Revelation is certainly happening!

One does not know the tid truth until they have quite literally 'stepped outside the box' and experienced various setbacks. For example, we have lost our business and our home. Yet, IN FATIH, we are steadfastedly moving forward to retrench and restablize. Have nothing to hide; and as is it said: "The Truth will set you free."

We have encountered those who have chosen to be vindictive, manipulative, and conniving. I will leave the thoughts to you, as to why 'whomever' choose to live in this manner. Sad bittid thing is, 'they' may think they can fool othes by their 'actions, words, and deeds' but, at the end of the day, they and they alone, will have to account for their treatment towards others etc. And, I am sure you know who 'they' have to answer to and Who has the last Word. Again, Revelation is majorily unfolding right before our very bit eyes. The Rapture is totally possible in our life time, and those who are left, well????? They will have a few things to ponder and think about.

Tidbit - It is not too late to turn to Christ and invite Him into your heart. Ask Him for His Help and for Him to Direct your Path. Even in asking Him to help with a hardened heart which is burdened down with resentment, bitterness, and anger etc. Simply Ask Him to take all the sadness' away etc.

Bittid - Forgive others and do not blame others (easier said than done, at times). Let it all go; and allow Him, in His Majesty to do His work for and within you and to touch others' hearts. He loves us all unconditionally; even with our warts, imperfections, failures, trespasses and all. It is NOT TOO LATE to accept Him into your hearts; hence your lives.

Anyway, this is going to be a different Christmas for Alan and I; because of the various 'trials and tribulations.' That being said, we will enjoy the Season and Celebrate the Birth of Christ. We have so much to be thankful for and we are grateful for our Blessings, in whatever way they show up! Somewhere, somehow, we will truly appreciate and enjoy a turkey with the full trimmings!

Should mention too, that today, we we won $50 on a 'scratchy' ticket we recently bought. It happens to be our Wedding Anniversay today; so this is an extra bittid of a boost! Eventhough, it is our ninth anniversary, it feels as if it is the first! Alan and I are very thankful that we were provided with 'An Answer to Prayer'. ie. We were given each other by Him! Money helps; however, it IS the heart that matters and counts the most; and He is keeping track of all that is going on. In ALL regards.

We are going to appreciate and embrace Christmas; and all we can say is 'Praise Him In All Things!' We also know that Christmas can be a very sad time for many; so our hearts go out to them.

I like the above photo image. That is a scrumptious turkey ensemble, love all the tidbit trimmings!

Peace and God Bless.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

A good foundation

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

Have not written a post for a bit and then presto, two in a tid row!

Want to add an addendum to yesterday's post ('Never tto late!' - December 5th).

When I went to Sunday School, I walked; but then it was in the daylight, not at night. There would be no way that I would have my young children walk at night; eventhough the distance to their Monday Night Church Club, was much shorter than the winding route I took.

Also, the program they attended was done in such a way that it was fun and my children looked forward to the Monday evening. I believe it helped my children; and gave them a positive start to their week. I wish I just knew more then. I am not lamenting, just saying the tidbit truth of it.

As mentioned, I used to go to Sunday school and as it happened, I really did not enjoy it. I decided one time (a beautiful sunny morning) that I would not go and I went over to my friend's house instead. Well, the minister of that particular church was not one of my favourite people. Put it that way. When I went back the following Sunday, he took it upon himself to ream me out in the church service in front of the whole congregation! I was only 8 years of age then. The custom was to go to the service first, then to attend Sunday School afterwards (makes sense, now that I think of it). However, the minister came down the aisle to where I was sitting and leaned over me and in a pious manner, asked me out loud, 'Why was I not in Sunday School the week before?' (or words to that effect). Well, I jumped up and said, "I will tell you why. Everytime I am here, you always are asking for money, money, money." You can imagine the expression and sour scowl on his face. Well, he got extremely annoyed / agitated and practically yelled at me, that he was going to tell my parents. I calmly added, 'Please do.' And, that was my last time there. I ran into him several years later and his comment was: 'I remember you" (and he was still pointing his gnarly finger at me); my response was: 'Yes, I remember you too."

So, I suppose I did not want my children to experience what I had experienced. That being said, I wish I had taken more of an active part in the Monday Night Church Club. Again, I was the only parent present for that dinner. Now that I think about it for a bittid, I asked the pastors: 'Where are the other parents?" The reply: "Oh, they never turn up."

So, it really wasn't until I met my second husband, Alan, that after his gentle Christian 'witness' to me, that I genuinely accepted Jesus into my heart. I am so thankful I met Alan; and apart from falling in love with him, I am forever appreciative. Over the years, I have embraced learning more about Christ etc. Apart from Alan, who has been like a daily 'teacher' / messenger, the ministerial programs on the Vision Channel, as well as reading the Bible, have all helped me in my Walk in Christ. Also, did you know, that the Bible has always been / is the best seller of all time?

Will also say (again, not a regret; because you grow and learn from mistakes) that having Faith and Trust in Him, really helps in the 'down times.' ie. Marriages, the way you treat others etc. When I am feeling discouraged etc, I just pick up the Bible and start to read it. I feel so much better! The Psalms are extra special to me. Small wonder God said that 'David is a man after My Own Heart.' Eventhough David had his various sins etc, he is one of my Biblical all time favourites.

I guess what I am trying to suggest is that it is not too late to invite Christ into your heart. Revelation is happening, and best you accept Him sooner rather than later; as it may be too late. Also, for all ages, young and old, just turn to Him and a 'door will be opened unto you.' He IS there, waiting at the Doorway, all you have to do, is invite Him in and He will never leave you. Knowing that, helps one through the rough patches and gives you an extra sinewy inner strength. Plus, Christ left the Holy Spirit in His Stead, so call upon the Holy Spirit too, and you will find that your lives will never be the same.

Tidbit: He wants a real relationship with you. Simply 'talk' (Prayer dialogue, whatever you are comfortable with) to Him. 'Seek' Him out. Proverbs 3:5:6 - "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path."

Bittid: Again, young and old, open up your hearts to Him and let Him in. Know that He is your Advocate, your Saviour, your Deliverer, your Redeemer, your Helper etc. How about being your best friend, even? He helps you keep and steady the course.

I love this particular piece of Scripture:
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.

Also, this verse too!

Matthew 6:26 (Amplified Bible)
"Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they?
The enemy wants you to be fearful of tomorrow. So your main goal needs to be to enjoy the life Jesus died to give you today. Do what you can to live in righteousness, peace and joy, and trust Him to do the rest."

Hope these bittids give you an uplift and offer some tidbits of encouragement. I felt compelled to write this; as it comes straight from my heart. Hope it touches yours and / or others you know.

Again, I really appreciated watching the interview and the insights provided by Pastors Hagees and their wives, 'on building a good foundation.' ie Within the family etc. Truly, if I had been a member of their household, I would have hung on every single word, and would have enthusiastically enjoyed attending Sunday School etc! The ministerial programs offered on the Vision Channel provide a wonderful knowledge and encouragement to those who have questions about Faith, God, etc.

That being said, I am truly thankful for each and every day and its Blessings. We have much to be thankful for. 'Praise Him In ALL Things.' Also, when things are not as you wish etc, say 'THANK YOU' outloud to Him and keep saying it! You do or you will feel as if a huge weight has been lifted from your heart. By doing that, you automatically have cast all your cares upon Him. He Provides the rest.

I love the above photo image. "Seek and Ye Shall Find."

Peace and God Bless.

Monday, 5 December 2011

Never too late!

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

It has been a tid of a while since I last wrote a post. I guess, suffice to write, that there has been a fair bit of 'trial and tribulation' that we have encountered along the way.

Alan and I have been doing our utmost best to 'put body and soul together.' given the past and even recent events. Today, it was yet another full day of 'trekking' in His Service. It has been and is an interesting daily journey in our Walk in Christ.

Hard to describe the tidbitz; save that we have to keep Trusting in Faith that He has a Purpose, and a Plan, in Accordance with His Will, and IN HIS TIME FRAME; and that He PREVAILS. We have been experiecing several delays and disappointments; but we are remaining STEADFAST in our Belief in Him that He Provides Solution. Indeed, He has SUSTAINED us thus far and Alan and I are so thankful! ie. We were given recently a wonderful miracle of 'provision' from Him; and we are still 'shining' in the afterglow of His Majestic help to us.

That further being said, the notch has been 'turned up all the more.' ie. GOOD vs. evil. There have been various 'strange' situations as of late, and it has been unbelievable (but not surprising either) about the bittidz disruptions, deceptions, and discouragement that we have seen.

Tidbit - When things are tough, keep turning to Him (Christ) to Direct your daily path. Ask, Seek, and Knock all the more!

Yesterday, I embraced a number of Spiritual progams on the Vision Channel. I say 'spiritual' rather than religious. All very enlightening, methinks. I was weary and totally enjoyed a 'day of rest.' I watched 'Hour of Power', 'Living Truth', and Pastor Barber in the morning and then in the evening, Dr. David Jeramiah, 'Amazing Facts', Pastors Hagee (father and son!), and Joyce Meyer (Enjoying Everyday Life). All were so insightful and refreshing! I was extra interested in hearing what the Pastors (the Hagees - good on all of them!) had to say about building good solid family foundations. ie. Parents / Children / Grandchildren. Truthfully, I may have failed with my children a bit in the spiritual regard; and I only wish I knew more what I sadly know now. (that may not necessarily be a whole tid much either, but my eyes have certainly been opened! WIDE).

Also, STRIFE (as Joyce Meyer was mentioning) is not the best. Today, Alan and I had some disconcerting news and we made a choice and that was to not wallow about re: STRIFE. (Good word, Joyce!) Rather, take strength and rise above it!

Bittid - Rise up above STRIFE etc. Instead, be JOYFUL and Fret not. Know and Trust that He has a good plan for you; that He loves you unconditionally!

I felt a bittid better when I heard both Pastors Hagees and their wives speaking that it is 'never too late' - even for the Grandparents etc. So, as a young 'grandma', I take solace, refuge, and strength in their empowering ministry. Thank you! I certainly am not complaining, however, I wish I had that info when I was growing up. (Well perhaps I did, and ignored it). Yet, I know my parents did their best and I am thankful. I thought though, I did the best too, for my children, particularly as a 'single' parent.

I remember also, that my children went to a Monday night 'Church Club', which had a 'fun dinner wrap up.' I thought I did my 'parental' duty by dropping them off and picking them up and thinking that this was a great and fun way of teaching for them! (I mean, my parents seldom went to Church on Sundays, and I walked several blocks; rather than being driven; and to boot, there were no 'fun' dinner wraps ups). Well, there was much more to this Monday night group, than I thought. ie. There was a particular 'dinner' to which all the parents were invited. Guess what? I was the ONLY parent who showed up! Can you believe that? During that 'gathering,' there was made mention of a special 'camp retreat' and I thought, 'Wow, where do I sign up?' Then I realized there was something 'more' to it. ie. Bible Study. At that time, I lacked 'understanding'; so did not appreciate the full value of what was actually being offered.

However, I took and take heart now in the Hagees' tidbit message. 'It is never too late.'

We are glad it is evening; as it was a long day. We have much to be thankful for; and 'Praise Him In ALL Things.'

Love the above photo image with its powerful message. So true.

Good Night, Peace and God Bless.