Sunday, 30 December 2012

Tidbits of good cheer, encouragement and hope!

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

Just reread my December 9th post - "An 'eureka' Blessing' and that sums up much in our daily walk with Christ.. However, to recap the bittidz since then, we have had some other 'eurekas.'

Eventhough we encountered and experienced more challenges and some unbelievable obstacles, Alan and I  were / are thankful in celebrating the Birth of Christ.

Alan and I were given a 15 pound turkey by some kind friends and by their random act of kindness, that provided our Christmas meal and several other meals. On Christmas Day (had the day off from work), we did a 'team' effort in putting together a lovely Christmas dinner for the two of us. Alan makes a wonderful turkey stuffing (an old Scottish family recipe), however, did not have all the tidbitz ingredients needed, so he had to improvise. It was the best stuffing ever; as well as the 'butterball' turkey!  He mashed the potatoes, cooked the veggies (broccoli, carrots) and I made the gravy (had to be creative there too, as we did not have the favourite supplies in our food larder) and a wonderful Cranberry sauce. We were rather late in getting our Christmas meal supplies; so we gratefully settled for frozen cranberries, which were extremely tasty. The grocery clerk was right; in that we would not even notice the difference from fresh / frozen berries once prepared.

If I say so myself (LOL!) we set a 'nice' and festive table for the two of us and we were appreciative to partake in a Christmas dinner. (Many people around the world do not even have food / shelter; so we are all the more thankful for the Blessings we have been given!). We are also very thankful to a dear person who gave us some food coupons; and that went a long way in providing us with groceries; including the fixings for a Christmas dinner / leftovers. (They are the best part! We also bought a delicious apple crumble pie on sale! That treat, as well as Alan's home made turkey soup from the leftovers, have provided us with wonderful meals). We listened to Christmas carols (A station on the radio played non stop Christmas music!), and we enjoyed our gas fireplace. Regardless of all the 'stuff' going on around us, we reflected upon our Blessings and came to the conclusion, that this particular Christmas has been the most special and most meaningful one ever! I also put up some decorations on the 23rd (had not felt like it; as we had had the 'wind knocked out of our sails,' in a few situations) and that 'warmed up' our two rooms downstairs.

As mentioned in the earlier post, Christmas can be both a sad and / or a happy time for many. We had a mix of both and yet certain tid things that did occur, we are glad about; as they are life lessons.
When one goes through 'trials and tribulations,' there is more empathy, compassion and understanding towards others.  Even if there have been (and there have been!) mistakes made, it is sad to see people 'rub salt in the wounds'  Unfortunately, we have experienced that; and at the same time, it just strengthens our resolve in Him and gives us resiliency.

This morning, I watched Dr. Charles Stanley (www.intouchministires.org) and his son, Andy gives a wonderful message and also honouring his Dad, who very recently turned 80 years young!

ie. To quote: "Life Lessons With Dad
Not all pastors’ kids grow up seeing their fathers consistently live out the biblical truths they teach. Thankfully, Andy Stanley had that privilege. Full of personal anecdotes, fond memories and moving stories about his relationship with his father, Andy’s message will encourage you to live out these biblical lessons in your own life, and pass them on to the next generation."

Andy Stanley's message was about family and that really hit a 'home run' to me. All those of you, who have their family strifes /  rifes etc, today's teaching is invaluable and gave me comfort. I wished I had been taught more like that, when I was a child; or perhaps, maybe I did not grasp my parents' teachings then; as it was not yet my time to understand. (My Mum and Dad did their best for me; as per my Nov 12th post -'Honouring my Mum.'  Eventhough, I was adopted;  I knew my earth parents wanted children; and I am forever thankful for them).

As shared, Alan and I have been going through many unreal 'trials and tribulations.' This past little while, I got to the point where I literally just turned everything over to God to deal with, and that included consequences. I felt an immediate peace within, after that happened and as the bit expression goes: "Let the cards fall where they may." Interestingly enough, in today's message from Andy, he was saying that his Dad basically instilled / encouraged him to Obey God and Leave the Consquences to Him. That is a major TIDBIT of advice!!!!

Yes, I continue to persist in having Trust and Faith in our Heavenly Father; however,  there have been some trying bittid moments that have sorely tested us re: the 'Fruits of the Spirit." Today's message is RIGHT ON and THANK YOU to Dr. Charles Stanley and Andy. They are leaving a legacy. What a wonderful purpose and plan that He has helped them with!

Alan and I have spent a lot of time as of late, re evaluating and reflecting upon everything and we will continue to continue. ie. From 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." (One of Dr. Stanley's favourite verses too!)   Also, from Psalm 46:10 - "Be still and know that I am God." These passages are awesome and have helped us through difficult times.

Today, another TIDBIT verse that Andy Stanley was sharing is from Psalm 32 - 8. I LOVE this one and wish I had known about it when I was a child as he had done. ie. "I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you." This is another verse I will now heartily rejoice in!

Also, another BITTID in Proverbs 22, 'On Life and Conduct;' particularly about borrowing and hence becoming a slave. That gave me the final  resolve necessary, to 'leave the consquences to Him.' That has removed a huge load  from my heart and has provided me with a peace and a confidence from within. The whole passage from Proverbs 22 is an excellent encouragement.

My suggestion is to tune into www.intouchministries.org. Very insightful and empowering teachings!

Tidbit - OBEY GOD AND LEAVE THE CONSQUENCES TO HIM.  Methinks, that makes life a lot simpler and helps erase worries, anxieties, doubts, fears etc.

Bittid - What is Faith?  Hebrews 11 - 1. "Now Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen."  It is having the trust and faith in the unseen; not in the visible. ie. Remember the story of Doubting Thomas ('You see Me and believe; think of those who do not see Me; but believe." That's Faith).

This is where Alan and I are at in our lives presently; living one day at a time (and in the unseen Faith and Trust in Him). Many do not understand; and again, perhaps it is not their time yet.  Regardless of our circumstances, Alan and I will continue to continue to daily bloom in His Service and to be Used by Him to encourage and uplift all those we meet. 

As an aside, we have flowers (Roses; my Dad loved roses!) blooming at this time of year in our garden! Heard a Robin also sing a cheery sing song early this morning, as well as seeing chickadees jump joyfully from branch to branch on our big tree in front. Plus, the sun is brightly shining!   We are appreciative of these, as Blessings!

We had an interesting experience yesterday; and the Scripture from Romans 8 - 28  is a majestic example!  "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."  We literally saw honesty and dishonesty at work. Two people; wherein one was not truthful and the other was being honouable. Alan and I were put in a most awkward situation and wanting to do what was right and fair. However,  He magnificently brought the TRUTH to light, by exposing the untruths and the deceits shown.

In closing for 2012 and a positive thought also, for going forward into the New Year, remember that each and every day is a brand new day! A new canvas if you will! So expand your horizons, Seek Him out, and He will Guide your path. Never lose hope, as it is not too late to invite Him into your heart. He will never leave you; as ' He IS the Way, the Truth, and the Life!'

Also, want to thank all the ministries that give so generously of their time on the T.V. network stations (ie The Vision Channel and Joy10 T.V). They are also wonderful resources to tune into. Alan and I have also appreciated reading Pastor Charles Price's monthly free booklet, 'My Daily Journey with Christ' and his daily messages have provided us with a greater understanding and empathy in our walk.  So, a special 'Thank you!' Charles; and his website is: www.livingtruth.ca. We have enjoyed his down to earth teachings.
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Love the photo images of the daffodils; they are of such good cheer!  Here is wishing you a Happy New Year, as in a new canvas!

Peace and God Bless.



Sunday, 9 December 2012

An 'eureka' Blessing!

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

Today is Sunday, ALL DAY....A day of total rest for us! I know it has been a bittid of awhile since I wrote my post of November 12th.

I have been given more hours at work (which is good) and I am very definitely learning LOTS!  Regardless of experiencing some challenging situations, my goal is to continually uplift others (co-workers and customers); with the hope that they leave the location, feeling better!!!

Alan has been searching high and nigh for various jobs and they are not that easy to find. Seems these days, one has to be computer skilled etc. However, he has been given some tidbit leads and is diligently following them up.

Today, I watched Dr. Charles Stanley (www.intouchministries.org) and, he is right on with his message - 'Solving Problems Through Prayer.' Best for those who are curious for some tid teachings, to check out his website.

Reflecting, Alan and I will have been married ten years as of tomorrow. The time has literally flown by and we are more in love and more thankful than ever for one another.

I also had a bit of an ' eureka' today. ie. Instead of being 'distracted' by 'micro matters' and being discouraged by disappointments, look for doors to open and not waste time on 'closed' doors. Accept the fact that certain doors have been closed and look expectantly forward to positive breakthroughs (from Him). When He closes one door, He opens another. The trick is, knowing when to accept closed doors and embrace new opportunities.

Tidbit - Focus on God's guidance, and have Him direct your path, as per His Will, His Purpose, His Plan, and in His Timing.. Leave everything to Him and cast your cares upon Him and just have the FAITH in Him to Provide Solution.

Bittid - Keep it SIMPLE. Do not get bogged down by the confusion and / or deception of distracting and time wasting details. Look to the more macro picture (ie. the unseen FAITH) and RELY totally upon Him to Prevail, as per His Promise to us.

He has sustained us thus far; so we are keeping that as THE focus, that He IS the Provider of Solutions. "Be still and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10) Let Him carry your burdens and fight your battles.


Above, is the photo of our dear Blue, who passed away in February. We miss him terribly, and trust that he is in Heaven at peace and free of his devastating and tragic illness. We will also, raise our glasses to Blue, as in a 'Skal' to 'Absent Friends' when we enjoy our Christmas turkey dinner.

We may not have the exterior trappings,  however, we have the interior trimmings of the Holy Spirit! We will be celebrating the Birth of Christ; and we are thankful for the daily bittidz Blessings He gives us. We have very much to be thankful for!  We will simply continue to appreciate each and every day and keep an open mind and heart. 

Also, this time of year can be both happy and sad times for many; so our thoughts and Prayers go out to all those who are experiencing tidbitz tough times. 

Peace and God Bless.









Monday, 12 November 2012

Honouring my Mum

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

It has been a very relaxing Remembrance day (Monday). My Mum's birthday is today and I miss her. (I miss my Dad too; as well as others dear to my heart, who have passed away). We do, indeed, have so much to be thankful for.

In my case, I have already mentioned it, that I was adopted. My Dad said that I was 'made to order' - as in a 'carbon copy' of him and my Mum's makeup etc,  To me, my children are a gift!  Interesting are some of the tidbit traits they have inherited - ARE from me, their Dad, blood parents / blood grandparents, as well as with what I grew up with in the environment that I was raised in. In a tid nutshell, I am totally grateful that I was adopted into a family who wanted children and who gave me the best that they could give me, with what they had. I have from to time, been a bit curious (primarily for medical reasons for  future generations) to check into, as to who my 'blood parents' might be. I have not been given much info; save that, both were athletes (which explains things) and so forth. If they are alive today, they would be app 82 and 83 yrs of age.

Today, I am honouring my Mum. She did her best with what she was given and you know, I learned a LOT!!!! (or now, I am!).  She was from another 'ERA' (as was my Dad) and I was brought up in an 'European household' (hurrah!) - where there were manners and ethics etc. Today, I think some of us are known as 'dinosaurs.' We grew up in an era where there was NO entitlement or 'attitude' allowed etc. I know of what I tidbitz write; very sad to say.

Alan and I love each other; our love grows stronger each passing day. I am thankful that he is a Christian (he has been misunderstood most of the time) and that he has shared the message of Christ with me. We know that Revelation is HERE. Just a matter of time when we are Raptured.  We can rejoice, knowing where our future eternal address is going to be!  At the same time, it is very disheartening to see what is going on throughout the world these days and who will be left behind.

Both Alan and I have been experiencing bittidz tough times (since Sept 2008) and we have been relying on Him to Direct our path and Provide for us. He has done that! We do have a few 'sticky wickets' coming up; however, we are abiding in Faith and Trust in Christ, that He will Sustain us, as He has steadfastedly. Today, we have been looking at many options for Alan and something just has to 'gel.'  I have been given more hours of work; and my shift has been moved to a later am time (which I am thankful for too).

Just fiinished reading the monthly booklet, 'My Daily Journey with Christ', published by Pastor Charles Price, of Living Truth. (www.livingtruth.ca or www.livingtruth.com) Alan and I are very appreciative of the monthly booklets we receive in the mail, from Charles; as they have helped us immensely through our daily walk in Christ. We really appreciate Charles and his teachings and for those of you, who wish to know more, tune into his ministry.

Today for ex. 'God Doesn't Promise To Tell Us What He Is Doing' has been extremely invigorating, considering all that we have been experiencing each and every day! ie. To quote Charles: "Our trust in Christ is not a blind mystical 'we just hope everything will work out', but rooted in God's revelation of Himself in His Word." 'David encourages us to pray the words he worte in Psalm 110:133 -  "Lord, direct my footsteps according to Thy words." In Psalm 37:4 (I love this one!) he writes: "Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart." Personally, I am with that 100%!!!! I can see why David, was a man after God's own heart!!!!

Tidbit - Just keep having the Faith and the Trust that there will be a 'breakthrough' from Him; as per His Promise to take care of His children. 

Bittid - Accept that everything is to be in ACCORDANCE WITH HIS WILL, HIS PURPOSE, AND HIS PLAN.  'Ask and Ye Shall Receive.'  'Seek and Ye Shall Find.' 'Knock and a door shall be opened unto you.' Keep on enduring and do NOT give up, EVEN when things may not look as how you would like them to be. Perservere and Give Thanks to Him; regardless.

You will look back on the day and realize that He has, indeed, Helped you through it. Say your Prayers of Thanksgiving and do that each and every day and night. Ultimately, as you reflect, you KNOW that He IS there for you.

This is a photo of a beautiful Queen Elizabeth Rose, that my Dad used to enjoy growing. Gave my Mum a great deal of pleasure too, to see it climb and bloom so wonderfully. (If you wish, you can refer to my older posts, going back to April 30, 2007 etc). My Dad used to grow roses (as a bittid hobby) and every day, he would wear a miniature rose in his lapel.  Eventhough, you do not see that anymore;  I have been Blessed with those sentimental family memories!

Peace and God Bless.




Sunday, 11 November 2012

Thanks in Remembrance 11/11/11

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

It is November 11th, Rememberance Day. Much to be thankful for! (as per my post from yesterday).

This is just a short post for today. Want to share that Dr. Charles Stanley (In Touch Ministries) gives an awesome message on VICTORY OVER  UNFORGIVENESS. Methinks it is best if you were to tune into www.intouch.org. to hear his insights of  wisdom and encouragement. He is right on!

Am thinking that it is / can be a bit of a sad time of year for many people..Today for example, in remembering those we have loved and lost. I am thinking about my parents, and that they tried their tidbitz best to bring us up. Both of them have passed away and I miss them. And looking back, I realize how much they did do for me; and I am grateful!  My children's other grandfather recently passed away; so it is now our turn to carry the mantle of  the life cycle, of being the 'older ones'; as in grandparents. We have beautiful grandchildren and more, most likely in the future (hurrah!); and so as I reflect, I realize that the years have passed by us too quickly!

Tidbit - Make the best of today; as the span of life is too brief!  Instead, be a Blessing and of good cheer to others ( regardless of your circumstances)..

Bittid - . Life is too short to carry and bear grudges, resentment, bitterness, anger; hence having unforgiving hearts.

Dr. Stanley talks about a situtation with parents or whomever...ie. If one dies and there has not been the opportunity to say goodbye, he gives some good counsel, in how to have that weight lifted from your hearts. Again, best if you access his comforting suggestions. To quote:

"Express forgiveness, even if the offender has died. We can vocalize our forgiveness while imagining that person seated in a chair. This works because God hears our conversation and settles the matter in our hearts."

He is also talking about 'laying it all down.' ie. past hurts, you name it. If one has an unforgiving heart, how can we expect our Heavenly Father to forgive us?  Please refer to Matthew 6: v 14 & 15 after the Lord's Prayer.

Guess I am digressing a bittidz. I know that my parents and I had our tid moments.  Am thankful,  I had the opportunity to spend quality time with them and also to say 'goodbye' (in a gentle loving way) to them both; when their times were up..

Also was fortunate with my ex-father-in-law. I called him up to wish him a 'Happy Thanksgiving' and he was happy to hear from me. I mentioned that we have much to be thankful for; and he heartiily agreed.  I asked how he was and he said, 'I' m doing okay.'  Eventhough our conversation was brief; he added in closing, that he held me in very high regard (or words to that effect).. I replied: 'I do as well, towards you.' So, if nothing else, I am grateful that I had that special moment to speak with him. I had no idea that he was going to pass away a short while later. So, for those who may feel extra sad at not 'saying goodbye' to loved ones,  take solace in what Dr. Stanley suggests.

Today is also exceedingly quiet. I am also remembering our fathers and thanks to countless other brave souls who fought in both wars for our freedom. I say a huge and heartfelt THANK YOU (those were my thoughts for the 11:00 moment of silence to remember: 'the 11th month, the 11th day, and the 11th hour').

We are feeling the forecasted 'Arctic air mass' and it seems more like bittid winter, than fall. There are still leaves on various trees; but our tree out front, is now displaying pussy willows, as well as few scant leaves hanging here and there.

Alan grew this wonderful purple Braveheart plant from seed and it is still alive in mid November!.

Hope this has been a tidbit of comfort to all those who are rermembering, feeling sad etc. throughout the world.

Peace and God Bless.



Saturday, 10 November 2012

Much to be thankful for!

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

Well, (that is a deep subject), a lot of tidbitz has been going on and / or not going on. Hmmmmmm. Where to begin, where to begin???

Guess today has been a good bittidz start. It has been a beautiful sunny day! We have enjoyed our patio immensely and have appreciated the warmth of the sun's rays and the garden life that is still abounding with fresh lush colour. We still have tid rhodos that are blooming and / or reblooming! We have a south / west exposure; so methinks that helps quite a bit!

We have crows, starlings, thrushes flying about to gather their winter harvest. Alan feeds the crows with tidbit 'treats,' ie.what is left of our Science Diet dog food.  Both amusing and interesting to watch their interaction, as well as seeing their impatience of expectation for their treats!  The starlings seem to fly in clusters; top heavy on our tree out front; however, they keep coming back for more! They are also amongst those scavenging for the 'treats.' The crows and the starlings seem to have a respect for one another and 'take turns.'

As mentioned earlier, I have returned to work. Completely a new field for me; albeit customer service is the common denominator. "Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you" - is so true; and these days, one wants 'repeat customers!'  Have experienced my bittid 'moments;' but have hung in there, with the hopes of adding uplifts to both my team mates and the customers.  Was just given more hours for the upcoming week; and I am thankful for that 'gift.' A little earlier, I said a Prayer for my team mates; whom I feel are all like 'gerbils on a treadmill' (me included at times too). So, I feel and have an extra tidbitz of gratitude!

A very dear friend of ours (and he knows who he is!) sent us this wonderful insight on "Picking Fruit.' This happened to arrive right at the 'right moment' (NO COINCIDENCE!). I had been feeling a bittidz downtrodden, browbeaten, dismayed, disenheartened. overwhelmed etc by various events that have been taking place around us.This really uplifted and buoyed my tid spirits, and perhaps it will do the same for those of you who have also experienced your bit 'moments.' - be it in sadness, grief, let downs, stress, disappointments, discouragement, deception, exclusions, and so forth.

Picking FruitTGIF Today God Is First Volume 2 by Os Hillman
Saturday, November 10 2012

"So I gave you a land on which you did not toil and cities you did not build; and you live in them and eat from vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant" (Josh 24:13).
I live on a golf course. Golf has been a part of my life since I was eleven years old. It has taught me many life lessons. I went to college on a golf scholarship and later turned professional for three years.
I often walk at sundown for exercise and use this time to pray. It is a quiet and beautiful place to walk. When I walk, I usually find one or two golf balls along the way. But one time was different.
On this particular walk, I began to find golf balls everywhere I looked. When I had collected 5, I began to notice how strange this was. Then, it became 8, then 10 and finally my pockets were literally stuffed with 13 golf balls!
When something unusual happens in our daily life experience it is a time to tune in to your spiritual antennae. God is often at work. So, I prayed, "Lord, what are you saying through this?" The answer came quickly: "I have called you to walk a specific path. I will bring the fruit to you. All you will have to do is pick it up and stay on my path for you. That is what it means to abide in Me."
The people of Israel conquered the Promised Land as a result of obedience, not sweat, toil, or natural talent. In our work life call, He desires to give us fruit from our calling when we fulfill the unique purpose for which God made us. You will not have to manipulate the outcome. Abide completely in His presence and purpose for your life so you can pick the fruit He desires to bring into your path. His nature is to do exceedingly beyond what we can think or imagine.
What fruit can you see in your own life?


Last night, I was really upset / concerned to the point where I had to get up (2:00 am) and I was 'directed' strongly towards the Bible. I happened to 'turn to' (it fell right open!) to Psalms 40 - 'God Sustains His Servants.' That gave me a great deal of comfort; so I was able to fall back asleep, with a complete peace and have a confident calm. ie. Verse 16: " Let all who seek Thee rejoice and be glad in Thee." I re read the passage today; as well as Psalm 39 ('The Vanity of Life'),  Psalm 41 ('The Psalmist in Sickness Complains of Enemies and False Friends'); Psalm 42 ('Thirsting for God in Trouble and Exile'); Psalm 43 ('Prayer for Deliverance');  and Psalm 44 ('Former Deliverance and Present Troubles').

I thought: WOW!!!! Psalm 40 IS right on; as are the other ones I have mentioned!
We are seeing much unfold before our very tid eyes; and it is very distressing to observe what is going on around us. Be it close or from afar.

Tidbit - God can use you; be it in your strengths and / or weaknesses.  Do not ever feel inadequate about your weaknesses. Trust in the Holy Spirit for His Purpose. It is both a learning curve for you and for others, whose hearts are touched by Him.

In my case, my weaknesses are being used by Him; in helping and encouraging others; by bringing out the best in them.  Upon a bit of reflection,  I have had an ephifany; along with a thankful heart! Many lessons are continously being learned along the way.

Bittid  -  Abide in Him; and He Abides in you.

The story about the golf balls, is such an awesome example, methinks! Thanks again, to our special friend! Alan and I (we are not alone!) have a lot of uncertainty before us; and we are Seeking Him out for Clarity, Understanding,  a Discerning Spirit, Wisdom, and His Guidance etc.  I Pray that, for all of us; particularly during these unsettling and disturbing times. Revelation IS happening all over the world; and we all must be ever READY!!!  The Rapture will take those who are with Him; and those who are left, will be left wondering????...... That is WHY, it is so crucial to genuinely INVITE CHRIST INTO YOUR HEARTS NOW; so that you are assured of an eternal address in His Kingdom.

I am looking forward to watching / embracing the Vision Channel and Joy10 T.V. tomorrow. I have made reference to them in the recent posts; and for those of you who are curious / and or wish to learn more, tune into them! They provide great resources of solid info and hope!

We are glad it is the weekend and we will be enjoying some movies tonight on our T.V.  I have tomorrow and Monday off; so I will be remembering those who fought so valiantly in both world wars. Peaee to those souls who died to preserve a better life of freedom for us all.


The photo is of our beautiful tree in the evening, that was of full fall foliage; until the rains and winds blew away all the leaves a few days ago.

Peace and God Bless.








Saturday, 27 October 2012

Prayerful, Thankful, and Joyful!

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

Almost 2 weeks have zapped by us! Where has the time gone! As mentioned, have been back at work; learning the ropes etc. Has defiinitely been a learning curve, but it is good! My hope also, is to uplift all those around me; be it the team I am working with and / or the customers!  I would like to think that their day is a lot tidbitz better than when they first walked into the location!  I believe in my heart, that there is a bittidz of a difference being made to their daily lives. ie, "Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you."

Today has been a dark and rainy day and it looks as if the forecast is to be the same for the next number of days. I am not scheduled to work this Monday; so this is like a bit of a long weekend for me. I am appreciative of that!  Looking out the window, I am also enjoying the beauty of all the lushness of the Autumn season. ie. Seeing the leaves in glorious splendour, of gorgeous vibrantly fresh Fall colours etc.

We are still going through tid 'trials and tribulations'; but at the same time, we are looking forward to some good news; as in a breakthrough! Just a tidbit matter of remaining PATIENTLY steadfast in Prayer, Hope, and Trust in Him to Provide solution. Of course, we must remember that everything is to be in Accordance with His Will, His Purpose, and His Plan, and ALSO, in His Timing.

Tidbit - Patience is key! Wait patiently upon His Will, Purpose, and Plan for you. ie.. "Be still and know that I am God." (Psalm 46:10)

Bittid  - "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path. (Proverbs 3: 5-6).

Those two scriptures from the Bible are so awesome and this is really helpful to us; particularly in some bittid  'down' moments.

Alan and I are thankful for each and every day. We can not lament about what happened yesterday; nor can we have 'angst' over tomorrow (that will be here soon enough); so we must live in the today and do and give our best for today (as in each and every day). He does not want us to be anxious about anything! Instead, have a gracious, open, and receptive heart to Him!  Joyfully appreciate the little things and keep things simple (I know I have already shared that; but it is very true). Just keep on having the stalwart Faith in Him to Provide for you; regardless of your circumstances.There is always a new dawn!  Be thankful or make it a point of being thankful at night before you fall asleep, and also in the morning, prior to rising - actually be grateful throughout the whole day for your Blessings - whether big or small! Recognizing that, not only helps you, but it inspires and uplift others. In turn, you become a Blessing and / or of  good cheer to all those you meet!

The photo image is of our tree in full, fresh, fall colours, that I took earlier this afternoon in the pouring rain.

We are glad to be home for this rainy evening and we will be looking forward to seeing some good movies on T.V. Tomorrow, I will again, be appreciating the Joy10 T.V. and the Vision Channel for their uplifiting insights. My October 15th post ('Appreciate the DAILY Blessings') refers to the various ministerial programs; should you wish to tune in to them for teachings etc.

Also as a closing tidbit / bittid: Never forget that Jesus tells us to seek out a quiet place to talk to Him. He is at the doorway of your heart. If you open the door and invite Him in, He will come and never leave you.  He wants to have a personal relationship with each and every one of us!  Also, Revelation is happening; which is why it is all the more vital that you Seek Him out now.

Peace and God Bless.




Monday, 15 October 2012

Appreciate the DAILY Blessings

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

It has been a bittid of awhile! We have had many full days; experiencing trials and tribulations, as well as joyful tidbit Blessings.

Have gone back to work (app 6 weeks) and it has been a bittidz of a 'learning curve.' Very interesting; certainly builds tidbitz character! Also, there are many sad people out there. In my job, I like to think that the customers are happier when they leave; and that they will look forward to returning. I also hope to uplift my team members.

Have also enjoyed watching Joy 10 TV and the Vision Channel on the Sundays and those programs have been extremely invaluable to me. To name but just a few, I have appreciated the inspiring messages / lessons from Dr. Charles Stanley, Jack Van Impe Presents, Dr. David Jeramiah, Pastor Doug Batchelor, Pastor John Hagee, Joyce Meyer and Joel Osteen. I appreciate other ministries (Charles Price, Rhonda Lazerte, Hour of Power etc) as well, however, I have only been able to watch the early mornings and then again in the evenings.

Today is my 'day off.'  Started off with waking up early and appreciating the bit of sunshine. There was a glorious moment of radiant rays reflecting a golden / reddish hue on all surrounding autumn foliage. Eventhough it was only for a tid moment, I revelled in the beauty of all the trees, leaves etc Such a gorgeous and refreshing time of year, is the Fall! The rain came soon after and everything still looks so  lush and healthy! Am appreciative for His Creations and to have also enjoyed a quiet, reflective, and restful day.

We had an extra special and meaningful Thanksgiving. My son gave us an 18 pound turkey!!! Alan and I enjoyed a quiet Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday; and of course there were many leftovers! Alan made up his soup, as well as putting together various plates of turkey meals for those who were not able to celebrate a Thanksgiving meal.  My son had to be out of town and my daughter was tied up with her side of the family. Given the busy past number of weeks, Alan and I were glad to be 'low key.'  We had the traditional dinner, with all the trimmings, sitting down at a nicely set dining room table, and enjoyed listening to Dinah Krall. As, the evening was quite mild, we sat outside on our wee patio (wearing sweaters / jackets), appreciating her mellow music wafting in the background. It was a very lovely and special evening. We miss our Blue (our Blue Heeler) and eventually, we would like to find another 'Blue.' He was, indeed, very dear to our hearts. Hard to believe that it has been 8 months without him.

One of the tidbits that Joel Osteen was sharing was about 'waiting for the ingredient.' ie. Hang in there and do not give up. God has something special planned for you and even if your Prayers etc have not been answered as quickly or even differently, just know that He, knows what is best for you.  Alan and I live one day at a time and we believe in 'keeping it simple.' We are thankful for our Blessings and this morning was one of them, methinks! ie. the majestic glorious hues of sunshine this morning!

I do apologize for not writing; but 'it has been a slice', as they say. (Could have written several best sellers! LOL!).  I have missed writing. However, we are stalwart and steadfastedly working towards coming out, from down under. Challenges yes; however, we have the Faith and Trust in Christ to Guide us through and Direct our Paths, as per His Will, His Purpose, and His Plan - DAILY.

Tidbit - Hang in there. Keep on trekking. There are trials and teibulations; but perservere with Faith and Trust in Him - DAILY.

Bittid - . Having DAILY hope is good too! After the day has passed, Thank Him, regardless of your circumstances and just KNOW that things will get better with each passing day. Believe and joyfully anticipate that your breakthrough is coming!

Also, the ministerial programs are wonderful resources for learning more about Christ and the Bible. For those of you who wish to know more, best to tune into their uplifting messages; be it via T.V.online, or radio.

Love the above photo image!

Peace and God Bless.









Saturday, 11 August 2012

Being appreciative and joyful!




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





It has been quite the tidbitz time! Certain things we thought were finally happening, did NOT. Back to bittidz square one again! That being said, we have reflected and truly, it is the 'best laid plans of mice and men.'





I believe (and so does Alan) that very definitely, 'Our Father knows what is best for us.' That includes each and every one of us. Alan and I literally live one day at a time and do our best to 'keep things simple.' At the end of each day, we give Him a hearty thanks for our Blessings.





We are very thankful and even in the case where we had thought certain Prayers were answered; but were not; we realize that He has a much better plan for us. We have actually had 'doors closed' and yet we are grateful, because who knows what might have occured, if we had our Prayers answered at the time. Hence, we are looking forward to Him providing an awesome solution and opening other doors. It would appear that this is happening; albeit at a slow bittid pace. But then again, everything has to be in His Timing, in Accordance with His Will, Purpose, and Plan. The time lapse, has helped us see a few things more clearly; eventhough we are not totally sure what it is that He wants us to do. Save that, we Trust Him to Provide.





In the meantime, Alan and I have enjoyed our home and our thriving garden and appreciating our neighbours. We have 'brainstormed' a number of ideas and with certain tid things not happening, has given room to other options that we are looking to Him and Asking Him to assist us with. This tidbit 'pause' or 'slow down' has been good; and our Faith is a reassuring comfort, that we are on the 'right track' albeit, we are still facing a number of 'trials and tribulations.' (We could probably write a best seller! LOL!).





No complaints though. We are happy with each other and what we have! We know that somewhere, somehow, sometime, things will be better! We are JOYFUL and EXPECTING His Help and Direction.





Hope this is a bit of an uplift for those of you, who have been experiencing letdowns, disappointments, delays, etc. Just keep on trekking in Faith and Trust, knowing that He will Provide for you. It may not be in the way you thought; BUT, it is BETTER!!!!!





Tidbit - He has a good plan for each and every one of us. If something does not work out, be appreciative that He has something better in mind for you.





Bittid - Continue to 'Praise Him in All Things', regardless of your circumstances.

The above picture is of my Dad's thermometer. It is pretty accurate. We took this photo last week and it is another warm one today. The flowers and the veggies love that sunshine!






Peace and God Bless.

Friday, 22 June 2012

Being Expectant and Thankful!




































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




I used to write several posts; and my apologies for not having posted as many. However, when I do write, it is what it is. I like the expression - 'What you see, is what you get.' I will be making more of an effort to write more frequently; regardless of 'life getting in the way' at tid times.



As some of you know, I really enjoy watching the ministerial programs on the Vision Channel, as well as now appreciating the Joy10 T.V. station. The ministeries offer such encouragement and hope. For those of you who have 'trials and tribulations' etc, here are but a few of my favourites!



In Touch Minsistries' (Dr. Charles Stanley); 'Living Truth' (Charles Price); 'Enjoying Everyday Life' (Joyce Meyer); John Hagee (Cornerstone Church); Joel Osteen (Lakewood Church) that you can tune into. At the same time, I thank all the ministries for their teachings and time etc.



As of late, I have especially appreciated the five ministries I have just mentioned; as they have been very uplifting and helpful to me (and Alan), in our daily journey in Christ.



Just now, I 'happened' to turn to see what Joel's inspiring message is for today (actually week for June 17th) and this is NO coincidence, folks! ie. This morning, before I got up, I was in 'Prayer Dialogue.' thinking and doing the same . Here is an empowering message from Joel and I hope this gives you a bit of good cheer to the start of your day(s).



"#542, Waiting With Expectancy
Much of life is spent waiting. It’s how we wait that makes all the difference.Psalm 5:3 says “Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.” Waiting with expectancy means instead of worrying if God is going to answer a prayer, you’re thanking God for working behind the scenes, talking like His miracle is just around the corner, and acting like the answer is on it’s way. That’s active faith—praising God and having an unshakeable confidence that what He promised He will do!"



My Dad was always full of expectancy and certain things he did, albeit against all odds, came to awesome fruition! There were many 'naysayers' etc and upon reflecting, I know he received the Blessing of vision to reap the harvest of his life dreams.



Tidbit - Wait with Expectancy! It is by being confident in Him, and having the Trust that He will Provide.




Joel Osteen was also sharing about 'open doors' and 'closed doors.' We all want to have breakthroughs and go through 'open doors.' However, there are times, when God 'closes a door' and it is for our own good; eventhough we may not see it at the time. He loves us that much! Hurrah! It is only 'later', and looking back on experiences, that one understands and appreciates Him all the more. In this regard, Alan and I have been faced with many obstacles (ie 'closed doors') but we have persisted in daily FAITH. We know that 'something is going to give.' So, we have been and are Waiting with bold and joyful Expectancy! That makes things a whole lot tidbit simpler!



Bittid - Thank God for 'closing doors' if that is His Will. He, knows what is BEST for each and every one of us. Believe that He, indeed, has a much better plan for you! 'When a door closes, He opens another!"



I find that if one consistently makes the time to spend with Him, He makes time for you. It is amazing how one's spirits are refreshed and comforted when one turns to Him, as their Refuge and Strength.




We recently celebrated 'Mother's Day' and 'Father's Day'. Alas, my parents are no longer alive. That being said, I am a 'mother' and I just want to suggest that we should also 'celebrate' / appreciate genuine kindness from our children.



ie. This year, my son gave me a beautiful message in a 'Mother's Day Card', and I have been appreciative ever since. I will share the thoughtful message in a bittid moment. Also, the photos are of the wonderful mug he made for me last year. I enjoy drinking my elixir (coffee) every morning from it.




Also, we have been working in our bittidz garden, which includes a variety of tidbitz veggies and there is nothing like having 'home grown' produce! ie. Lettuce, garlic chives, parsley etc. Extra good at this time of year! While we were planting, we also repotted 2 plants (roses) that my daughter gave me last year and the year before for Mother's Day.



We are also appreciative of the birds (hummingbirds etc) that are stopping by to partake in the garden. We are making our location into a 'home' and we are very thankful.



Here is the wonderful message that was on the card from my son (# 1 son! LOL! - true though!). On the outside of the card it reads: 'No Gift To My Mother CAN EVER EQUAL HER GIFT TO ME.' On the inside of the card, were the handwritten words: "Mum, I wanted to acknowledge all the great things you did for me over my lifetime - thank you. I have learned quite a lot from you and these have been invaluable assets as I continue to grow and walk on this soil. Thank you Mum. Much love."



Have also learned much from my son (Thank you!). Actually, no matter what age a person is, one can always learn and be appreciative!



Have to go for now. Here is wishing you a nice weekend. Will keep you posted more often.

Peace and God Bless.
















































































































Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Living in Faith!













































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


It has been a tidbitz of a while since I last wrote a post. Alan and I have been working on many options, and each and every day has been a full one! Reflecting, we have experienced and gone through many 'ups and downs.' Certain doors that we thought were opening, were in fact closing. BUT, then we have found that other doors are opening. Apart from persistence to keep on trekking , we have also had to have a great deal of 'patience.' Patience is NOT easy; particularly when one faces 'trials and tribulations.' and / or 'let downs.' The wonderful words from Psalm 46:10 - "Be still and know that I am God" have helped us to endure and 'stay the course'; yet to also be 'ready' when opportunities present themselves.


To recap and refer to my post of May 4th, ('A spirit of Thanksgiving'), the following message from Philippians 4:6 is 'music to my ears.' "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by Prayer and Supplication with Thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." Apart from stating that verse out loud several times a day and also saying a few of our other favourite verses, we have managed to 'keep afloat.' Again, not an easy matter.


However, app a week ago, we received an 'Answer to Prayer.' We were Provided with a resolution to some immediate difficulties; and the solution 'came right of the blue.' We have been extra thankful ever since and we know that the Holy Spirit has been and is at work! He has sustained us; one day at a time. We are discovering that living one day at a time, works best. A lot of people may not understand that thought; yet it does help to 'weather the storms.'


At the end of each day (even if exhausted), one can go to sleep knowing that we survived that day and, indeed, we have many Blessings to be thankful for! And, to just keep on trekking, remembering to 'Praise Him in ALL Things' regardless, of what your lot might be at that bittidz moment.


Two nights ago (in the middle of the night) I was having earnest 'Prayer Dialogue' with Him; and was 'Directed' to the Bible, which reassured me, that He definitely has a good plan for each and every one of us. I quite literally asked Him, in the Name of Jesus Christ, if He would do a miracle for me / for us; and acknowledging Him with genuine gratitude at the same time. I was feeling quite discouraged, weary, and down trodden and ASKED for His Help. The Bible literally flew open at Mark 5 and my eyes were immediately directed towards the passage on 'Miracles and Healing.' I was ecstatic! The story about the poor woman in the crowd, who touched His robe in sheer FAITH. Christ's response (verse 34) to her: "Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your affliction." This is hugely reassuring, and these words of comfort, truly 'speak' to me! In verse 36, Christ's words: "Do not be afraid any longer, only believe." What a boost! Plus, I was able to fall into a deep sleep!


The next day (yesterday), I was again 'helped' with resolution to another obstacle. It was as if something that appeared 'impossible' was made possible! Again, 'ALL things are possible with Him.' One just has to CONTINUE to believe in faith, and Trust in Him to direct your path, as per His Purpose and Plan, in accordance with His Will.


Tidbit - When everything appears to be overwhelming, just step back and listen to the empowering words: "Be still and know that I am God." There are tid times, when one has to literally exercise with the feat of patience and allow Him to Intervene.


Bittid - Be thankful for all your Blessings, each and every day and help uplift others along the way.


Had made mention of some baby robins in the May 4th post. ie." We also have a pair of robins that are building a nest in the side hedge and it is quite an exciting event to watch the flurry of activity!" It is now a major flurry of activity; as 2 or 3 babies have hatched within the last week. We have heard them chirping loudly for food; and have been able to catch a glimpse of little beaks stretching upwards! Also, we saw one of the baby robins yesterday, and he is an incredibly good size! Albeit he is still being mouth fed worms by his parents, he is being taught how to fly. We saw him sitting on the fence; but he did not sit for long! He flew! We missed perhaps his first intro attempts to fly; but he is doing well. Made me think that 'one must not sit on the fence, in fear. It is in the trying, even if one fails. I was given a plaque several years ago and the inspirational message by Theodore Roosevelt is so true!


ie. "The Credit Belongs" - "The credit belongs to those who are actually in the arena, who strive valiantly, who know the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spend themselves in a worthy cause; who at the best, know the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if they fail, fail while daring greatly, so that their place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat."


Could not help but think of the baby robin who dared to fly and for that matter, for the rest of us, to just keep on trekking and being thankful for our daily Blessings, at the same time! Have also, experienced many an ephifany and learning curves this past tidbit little while.


Here are a couple of pictures; of the robiin sitting on the fence and then to the tree that he / she flew up to. The family nest is in the hedge to the left; well hidden and protected. Also, we have finished planting our bit garden and we are looking forward to the fresh produce and colourful flowers. Will keep you posted on those blooming Blessings as well!


Peace and God Bless.





























































































Friday, 4 May 2012

A spirit of Thanksgiving!




























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

It has been a journey, that is a tidbitz for sure!

Do not know where to begin; save that the wonderful verse from the Bible (Philippians 4:6), has really helped me get through all the bittidz of this past week. Perhaps this may be a bit of an uplift for your tid spirits as well.

I thank Dr. Charles Stanley for that tidbit, from last Sunday, when I was watching his ministry on Joy Tv 10. Eventhough, I was still in bed; it was the perfect 'wake up' message for my ears! It was reassurring and re invigorating and I have been 'staying the course' ever since!

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by Prayer and Supplication with Thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God."

Alan and I have been working on a number of matters and we feel that there have been several bittid 'curve ball' delays. However, I wrote that particular verse down and it now goes with me everywhere! I have been reading and saying that verse OUTLOUD over and over again, throughout each day and each night. I have found that 'all of a sudden', things are 'starting to move'; that earlier had seemed like such oppressive obstacles!

Tidbit - Take heart and have courage to Rely upon Him to daily direct your path; giving Him Thanks steadfastedly. When you turn everything over to Him, it is as if the shackles, the weights that have been pulling you down, have been removed.

Bittid - Appreciate all your Blessings. Also, have compassion for others. ie. "There but by the Grace of God, go I"says much. In all your 'trials and tribulations', "Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you."

Yesterday we phoned one of our ex neighbours; they were happy to hear from us. It was of 'good cheer' for them and for us! We let them know about 'Rhodo Norm.' Norm (our ex neighbour) had given us a beautiful Rhododendron app four years ago; and it has been bloomless for all this time. This year, it has come out in a most magnificent colour of red (see photo). Also our yellow Hotei Rhodo has finally bloomed too, in glorious splendour. Norm was saying that it takes 3 or 4 years before a rhodo blooms.

We also have a pair of robins that are building a nest in the side hedge and it is quite an exciting event to watch the flurry of activity!







We are thankful too, that it is the weekend. Alan is making up his creative pizza for our dinner (smells delicious!) and it is a good night to stay in and enjoy a nice quiet evening. It is pouring with rain, and there has also been lots of thunder and lightning all around us.

Peace and God Bless.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Daily encouragement and courage!





































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

It is the wee bit hours of the morning; however, I felt Directed and compelled to write and include the wonderful message that I heard on the 'Hour of Power', this past Sunday morning. This 'Continuing the Adventure' is so true; and this is NO tid coincidence, as I feel too, that this is very appropro in our lives. My spirits have been extra bolstered with this inspirational excerpt I am about to quote. I am very appreciative and 'Thank you, Lawrence Wilkes!'

Perhaps you will tune into the 'Hour of Power' as their ministry provides genuine hope and empowering encouragement!

"Continuing the Adventure!
Written By Lawrence Wilkes
Well folks, I want to continue the journey…no, the adventure. Let's continue the adventure with God. Last time, we talked about Moses leading the people out of bondage and into the desert, into all kinds of expressions of God's love for them. They went through tough times in the desert places, but they went through miracles, as well. In fact, when you stop and think of it, I'm not sure that miracles happen unless there's a tough moment, a situation that brings about a miracle where God steps in with the people. And so we saw that last week and we were amazed how God entered into the lives of those people; guided them, directed them, gave them a cloud during the day so that they would have a covering from the heat of the sun in the desert, and at night, a pillar of fire to give them a focus area so that they would not get lost in the dark; they would know where they were as they followed that light.

And so God was with them giving them manna in the desert. Manna is God's blessing to the people when they cried for food. Every morning it was there. They asked for water and water came out of a rock. A miracle. You don't see that very often. And then they asked for meat and the quail came and they had meat on their tables.

God provides all of our needs in a marvelous, marvelous way.

So all through that journey, God was with them, performing miracles as each need arose. Now, as we enter into the book of Joshua in chapter one and on, we find that Joshua and the others are now on the shores of the Jordan River. And so there they all are; they've made it! Now, they just have to cross over and they're in the Promised Land. There they are, looking across when Moses, their great leader, died. And there they were, all of these people; he'd led them all this direction, all this way, and now Moses died. But, if you notice in the scriptures, there's not an awful lot made about it. It's just that this man who led the people passed on.

And now God provided yet another leader, and his name was Joshua. He's not a stranger to the scriptures because way back, when the ten spies were sent into the land to spy out the land, he was one of them. And he was one of a couple of them that came back with a good report. Do you recall? There were about ten spies; several of them said that there were giants in the land. There was fear in their hearts, and they were blocked by the fear of these giants - tall people.

Yet Joshua looked at this situation. He didn't see that. He focused on what there was. And what he said there was that the land is flowing with milk and honey. And the grapes were huge. They brought some back on a huge stick to show everyone what wonders this land had for them. Now they stood on the banks of the Jordan River about ready to enter over into the Promised Land. This was the major test. Was the man, Joshua, the leader that Moses had been? Sometimes we talk about a leader stepping aside and saying it's going to be a difficult thing for the next person to walk in the shoes of that man, but Joshua had his own shoes. He had his own sandals, and he took up the task. He was a man who walked by faith, not by sight. He was a man who had the sense of the adventure, of life with God, and so he walked by faith.

There they were, on the edge of the Jordan. Would God's blessings and power be upon Joshua as it had been upon Moses? The test came. They needed to cross that river and they needed to go across on dry land. And so God, through Joshua, performed that wonderful miracle where the rivers receded. I don't think any of us have ever seen that except on television. The waters receded and the people crossed over on dry ground. Wow, what a day to walk through the miracle, and to be part of the miracle of the moment. What a time that was as they skipped and jumped and danced across on dry ground. This time, the Egyptians were not behind them to try to kill them. No, they were there now in the Promised Land. What a place to be in. And so they rejoiced and they commemorated the moment by raising up a pillar of stones so that whenever anybody came along and asked what the stones meant, they could say that this was the place where God, through Joshua, was faithful to His people and performed a miracle, and the people of God walked across this river on dry ground. We need those moments, don't we? We need to look back and to thank God, and to commemorate, and remember the blessings of God. But now they looked forward, and do you know what was ahead of them? It was a city called Jericho. In those days, a walled city was a fortress, a fortified place, and it was very difficult to battle against or to take a city that had walls built around it. Now, these walls were not just made of some concrete brick that you might find on the edge of the highway or freeway. No, these were thick walls where people actually lived in caves carved into the walls; very thick. They tell us that Jericho was also built in such a way that the walls leaned slightly inward so that they were not inclined to fall out easily.

Now, these people, as many as there were, how were they going to take this walled city? It was a formidable, impregnable city that was ahead of them. Today, we could have tanks and we could just mow down the wall, no problem, but not in those days. They had, at best, some bows and arrows. They may have cut down a tree to make a battering ram, perhaps. But, it would take them a long time to try to take that city.

Finally, someone suggested that they just simply walk around it, then go ahead and move on into the land. But that was not wise because you would have other enemies ahead of you yet to conquer. You would have enemies ahead and you would have Jericho enemies behind. Not a good military plan to put yourself in that kind of jeopardy. No, Jericho had to go. It had to be taken. And how were they to do it?

If you're like me, when you face a problem, don't you come up with all kinds of solutions and you offer them to God? You tell Him, in other words, the way you want it done? Isn't that something? I still haven't learned that lesson. Time and time again, I go through all sorts of these different things. I pray, "Oh God, if You could just move this, and do that," and outline the plans. But, He never does it that way. He always does it better. It's always better than I could ever think of. And have you ever noticed that when He does move, His timing is not our timing. I want it now. And somehow or other, His timing is just a little different. But when God acts, it doesn't take care of just one little problem. Many problems, all of a sudden, are all touched and it's multifaceted in a marvelous way, and we stand back and say, "Oh God, You are awesome!"

Don't you think those people of Israel were all gathering around in bunches over their coffee or tea or hot goats milk, all sitting around saying, "You know, this is what we ought to do. We should do this, and we should do that, and we should tell Joshua how to lead this thing and get this military operation under way." And Joshua, as you read into chapter 5 of the book of Joshua, came alongside the people, listening to their wrangling, all of their talking, all of their suggestions. Then, he needed some quiet time. And he went out, no doubt, to look at that walled city and wonder, "How do we do this? What are we going to do to get through this problem?" It's at that time that he seems to be looking down at the ground, and then looks up, and suddenly there in front of him is a man with his sword drawn. That's a little threatening, don't you think? A man was standing there with his sword drawn. Joshua could have lost his head in that situation. No one knew for sure what was going on. The man is standing there with his sword and Joshua says to him, "Are you for us or are you for our enemy? Whose side are you on?"

The most surprising answer comes back.

Isn't it interesting, folks, you and I, we're like this. We always want to choose sides. If you don't agree with me, then you're on that side. And if you come my way, you're on my side. But we always want to choose sides and divide things up that way.

The man with the sword, however, puts that stuff aside and says, "Neither. I'm not on your side, and I'm not on the enemies' side. But, as captain of the host of the Lord, the Army of God, have I now come."

Now the question is, are you on the Lord's side? Do you see the difference how that all changes now? It's not a matter of whose side God is on, the question is: Are you on the Lord's side? At that point, Joshua immediately recognizes this is none other than God in the flesh. In theology, we call it a theophany where God appears and it's not clear whether it's the Father or the Son, and so they just call it a theophany. However, this appears to be the Lord Jesus Christ, Himself. It's called a Christophany, where Jesus appears before the incarnation, and there He is. Joshua, recognizing this man is representing God Almighty, immediately falls down on his face to the ground. Sometimes you and I have to get down to earth before God can lift us up and make us move on into higher things. There he is, down on his face to the earth, and he's in an attitude of worship. The man says to him, "Take your shoe off your foot for the place where on you stand is Holy Ground." And that confirms, for that was what was said when the voice came from the burning bush and spoke to Moses those many, many years ago. The voice from that bush that was not consumed by fire said, "Moses, take off the shoes from your feet for the place where-on you stand is Holy Ground." And so Joshua did that and had a time of worship.

I think sometimes, my friends, that when we come to the walled cities of our lives - and they do come – when there are difficult times, when something must change or be resolved and it doesn't happen even though we try and try but it doesn't happen – it is then that we need to back off and remember whose side we're on and choose Him, and stand with Him.

So Joshua chose that day to stand with the Lord. It became obvious that day who was going to win the battle. It wasn't going to be the people of Israel; it was going to be the army of the hosts of the Lord led by their captain. Wow. Can you imagine the relief and the release that came into Joshua's heart once he knew that God was in control?

I think, my friend, that you and I put ourselves through an awful lot of stress unnecessarily. We worry about things, we try to manipulate something, we try to twist it and turn it to make it fit and to make it do what we want it to do. When we come to those kinds of moments, what we need to do, my friends, is one thing: Worship God. Worship God and recognize whose side you're on and that's what Joshua did.

From Joshua chapter six on, you find that God gives the plan of attack. He's going to involve the people but in a very minimal way because God is going to perform the miracle. And God comes out with a plan that I dare say not any person on earth would have ever thought of because it almost seemed ridiculous.

God says to Joshua, "Tell the people to gather together and you get the priests to blow the ram horns."

Normally in the scriptures, we find that the ram horn is used in religious services, and the silver horn is used in military exercises. So it's interesting that this is not perceived as a military exercise, but rather a religious exercise that God is taking them through. Whatever it is, God tells him to take seven priests with the seven ram horns and start leading the people, and there's a succession in how this should go - a processional. They must walk around the city of Jericho, blow these horns, and that's it. They marched one time around every day for six days. You may be wondering the same thing that the Israelites were wondering: What on earth is this accomplishing? Isn't this a bit silly?

But the people obeyed because, through the wilderness journeys, they had learned one thing: Obey God. Trust and obey, for there's no other way. God will lead and guide. And so they did. And for six days they did this exercise.

Imagine the people inside the city of Jericho hearing these horns blasting as the procession went all the way around the whole city each day. I bet you at first they laughed and probably thought, "Oh they're blowing their horns; they can't do anything else because our city is impregnable. They can't do another thing but to blow their own horn."

Then the seventh day came, and on that seventh day, they blew those horns again. By this time, the people had marched around seven times. Then Joshua tells them, "Now, shout and the Lord will give us the city." And so they shouted and the miracle happened. The walls came down and Jericho was defeated that day by the host of God's army.

I believe, my friends, that when we give our problems to Him and simply focus ourselves on the worship of God, not on the problems, but on worshipping God, it changes our focus. It puts us into a positive, possibility-thinking mode that takes away the threat and the fear of the problem. Do you see the difference?

Right now, you're probably thinking of some impossible thing that's in your heart and your life. All right, now turn and worship God. Worship Him. Who is He? He's a God of miracles, He's the God of grace, He's the God of wonder. We could go on forever with the wondrous names of God, describing who He is. He's all of it. So why would you focus on the problem? Focus on God and He will deliver the walled cities in your life.

Joshua, at one point, said to the people of God, "Choose you this day whom you will serve. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." Amen."

Tidbit - I quote from Lawrence Wilkes. "In fact, when you stop and think of it, I'm not sure that miracles happen unless there's a tough moment, a situation that brings about a miracle where God steps in with the people."

Bittid - I quote again from Lawrence Wilkes. "I think, my friend, that you and I put ourselves through an awful lot of stress unnecessarily. We worry about things, we try to manipulate something, we try to twist it and turn it to make it fit and to make it do what we want it to do. When we come to those kinds of moments, what we need to do, my friends, is one thing: Worship God. Worship God and recognize whose side you're on and that's what Joshua did."

There are many bittids and tidbits of ephifanies here, methinks! Courage, Faith, Trust in the Lord, Postive thinking, Prayers, etc.

The photos are of our huge beautiful magnolia tree! Many passerbys have commented on its magnificent luscious white blooms! A young man took a picture of his sweetheart, wishing to use the tree as a romantic background! This inpired me to take these two photos. One in the afternoon and one in the early evening. Wonderful Blessings!

Hope this provides you with a tidbit of comfort when facing your walls / obstacles etc. Simply place your Trust in Him, and He will Direct your path.

We have a full day tomorrow, so am going to fall back asleep for the few bittid hours, before it is time to get up. Here is wishing you an even better day than the day before. At the end of the day, you can reflect a bittidz, and give Him Thanks with a grateful heart. Regardless of circumstances, 'Praise Him In ALL Things!' You will feel as if a huge burden has been taken from your heart and shoulders, and you will be better equipped and prepared to joyfully embrace each tidbitz day as it unfolds.

Peace and God Bless.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Reflections of Blessings & Gratitude in the garden!










































































































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

It has been a wee bit of time since I last wrote. Many matters have taken place, and we are in the midst of moving forward.

Received this wonderful message from a friend and I feel it is a wonderful uplifting tidbitz to share.

" S0 True....

"When your hut's on fire!"

The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He prayed feverishly for God to rescue him. Every day, he scanned the horizon for help, but none seemed forthcoming.
Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect himself from the elements and to store his few possessions.
One day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, with smoke rolling up to the sky. He felt the worst had happened, and everything was lost. He was stunned with disbelief, grief, and anger. He cried out, 'God! How could You do this to me?'
Early the next day, he was awakened by the sound of a ship approaching the island! It had come to rescue him!
'How did you know I was here?' asked the weary man of his rescuers.
'We saw your smoke signal,' they replied.

The Moral of This Story:
It's easy to get discouraged when things are going bad. But we shouldn't lose heart because God is at work in our lives, even in the midst of our pain and suffering.
Remember that the next time your little hut seems to be burning to the ground... It just may be a smoke signal that summons the Grace of God.

P.S. You may want to consider passing this on because you never know who feels as if their hut is "on fire" today."



Alan and I enjoyed a quiet R & R weekend and it was all the more meaningful to us. A very special Easter to remember! Alan and I have much to be thankful for, and we are grateful for each and every day! We all have our 'trials and tribulations'; although sometimes, it does feel that as soon as one jumps through one hoop, there are more hoops following. We spent a reflective time 'in the garden.' We relocated here last summer and we have quite literally left everything alone in the garden. We wanted to be surprised by Spring and what new life it would bring.

Working with one's hands and in the garden is so peaceful. It is as if you are in another world; where worry, doubt, fear, discouragement, sadness, etc are all far away. The fact that Christ was buried, then arose again on the third day, really hit home to me this weekend! All our mistakes, burdens, sins etc are buried with Christ! With His Ascension, there is hope, rebirth of Faith, new life, new beginnings, new starts!

Over the holiday weekend, we also met many dogs with their owners. We had left over bittid treats (from Blue) so, we have been giving them away. Most of the people live nearby; so we have enjoying making new friends. As mentioned in earlier posts, we will be welcoming another doggie into our lives; and we will know when the 'right' time is. There are many dogs out there who need good homes!

A litle bittidz; but helpful encouragement. Watched the Vision Channel and was impressed with 'Bobby Schuller's message at Easter, on 'The Hour of Power.' He may be a young man, however, I feel very discerning and courageous! He has much to offer and I hope many people of all ages will check the website out! There are so many wonderful ministries to appreciate. I also enjoy Dr. Charles Stanley. The particular ministries that I watched on our T.V. were / are NO coincidences! Very interesting, methinks!

These are a few tid photos I took of what has appeared in our garden! His magnificent Creation! More Blessings to be joyful for! The 'found' wooden box container of the colourful 'violas' are majestic! Plus the hanging basket of wild 'greenery in abundance!' (The basket is temporarily sitting upon another 'found' larger wooden container, which we appreciatively will utlize for our cherry tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers etc). A perfect area for our ticbit spices, herbs, and vegetables! Also, the thick snow-like foliage of the beautiful magnolia tree in a blanket of white blooms! We have also seen a couple of ladybugs, as well as some large bumblebees. These are good indicators for a thriving and healthy garden!

Tidbit - Continue to perservere. Do not give up!

Bittid - Trust in Christ and He Provides in His Time, in accordance with His Will, Purpose, and Plan.

The pink rhodo is one of the plants we moved with us from our old home. It is flourishing in a gorgeous fuschia colour! The other rhodis are sprouting forth, and it is exciting to see all the new life and growth!

As mentioned, Alan and I are getting on with things. We feel as if we have been given new life and we are learning from experiences, as well as growing in our Daily Walk with Christ. "Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you." That is very true!

Peace and God Bless.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Integrity























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

The time has flown by in a tidbitz! Alan and I are in the process of rebuilding and restabilizing. We have been 'let down' in some instances; and we are doing our best to remain positive, as we move forward. It is going to take a bit of time and creative effort. However, we know that He is Directing us and therefore by His Grace, we will make it through these challenging times. May those bittid words be of good cheer to those who would appreciate a tid of an uplfit. It takes courage too, to 'pick up the pieces' and in some ways, go right back to 'sqaare one.'

On Sunday late afternoon / evening, I again enjoyed watching the Vision Channel with the various ministries on at those particular hours. Each ministry that I tuned into, had very helpful tidbits of reinforcement! To just keep on trekking and to not give up, regardless of what challenges manifest before you. My Dad always said: "Be ever ready." I think I have a tidbit more of an understanding now, as to what he meant. He had his major share of obstacles, but you know, he went and succeeded 'against all odds.'
That alone gives me extra bittids of hope. My Dad was a very spiritual person with engrained steadfast Faith, and he did go 'against all odds' to make things happen. He was not a 'fence sitter' nor a 'yes' man. As I write this, I wish I had had more understanding about him; but that being said, I do now.

Interestingly enough, Alan and I have been watching the CBC series on Don Cherry. ie. 'Wrath of Grapes.' I think the movies are most refreshing, heartwarming. and extremely character building. I like the integrity and the genuine grit shown. I also think that his wife, Rose, was a very strong and smart and supportive woman. (I have to laugh, because I do the same to Alan! And, many a time, I say: "Be nice." I have my glass of red wine, instead of the rose; but rose is very nice wine too). My husband Alan is a 'mix' of a 'Braveheart' sort. (He is of solid Scottish heritage; and one would prefer him on your side, rather than not). Also, a combination of my Dad's spirit (my Mum loved Alan because of the similarities with my Dad), and even a courageous blend of Don Cherry, who also takes a stand for what is right! Alan and I grew up with one's word / as in a handshake; and I guess we are 'dinosaurs.'

That being said, we are truly thankful for our Blessings. We have recently had a few more (believe it or not) some more challenges. However, we are focused on 'turning things around' with Christ's and the Holy Spirit's help!

Tidbit - The TRUTH always shows up! Best to live by truth, honour, and integrity.

Bittid - This IS bigtime! "Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you."

As of late, there have been all sorts of bittidz happening and I am totally Relying upon our Heavenly Father to help us through everything. Maybe being a bit of a 'Viking' helps; however, 'leave it to Him to show you the way."

Will share this Biblical verse, that I just love; particularly when one is in the 'good fight!'

Exodus 13:21

"And the Lord was going before them in a pillar of cloud by day to lead them on the way, and in a pillar of fire by night to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night."

Believe it or not, it SNOWED today! However, that just makes us look more appreciatively forward to Spring! Also, we moved the clocks forward this past weekend, so that is a Blessing to have more hours of daylight! Right now, the sun is out and the trees have a magnificent golden / reddish 'glow' / hue about them. One wee chickadee, is on a branch on the tree in front of our home; and for a little bird, it sure is singing its little heart out! What a joyful and wonderful way to end the day, methinks!

We hugely miss our dog, 'Blue' (Blueheeler / Australian shepherd mix; he used to wear a blue bandana scarf), but I know that he is in Heaven and is at peace. Eventhough, we are checking out other 'puppies'; it is still too soon though to take in another dog. It does feel strange though, without a 'dog in the house.'

The above photo was taken a couple of years ago of our Blue. He used to cross his tid paws in total comfort! In this case on the furniture! LOL! Yes, he was a very special dog to us!

Peace and God Bless.

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Turn stress around!


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

Am glad today is Sunday! Alan and I are definitely appreciating a day of rest and are thankful that He IS our Refuge and Strength!

We have had a lot on the go as of late; as in re trenching our paths. We are doing our utmost, yet at the same tid time, we are reflecting today, all the more upon these words: "Be still and know that I am God." (Psalm 46-10).

Our bodies and spirits are a bit weary because of various puzzling 'bittidz.' It came 'to a head' on Friday, as certain things that Alan has been working towards, have taken an even more 'confounding' turn. As in 'things are not quite adding up and / or not making sense.'

We recently received an email from Joyce Meyer's Ministry: 'Enjoying Everyday Life.' Her message is about "Getting God's Help with Stress"

There are NO bittid coincidences here folks. The passage that Joyce writes, is 'right on!' I was dismayed and somewhat discouraged because of what appears to be some perplexing 'boulderdash' going on around us.

I truly like the word, PRUDENCE! There were times in the past, (I repeat in the past) where I was not as prudent as I should have been...However, I am embracing the word, Prudence these days! Thus, am extra appreciative for Joyce's message. ie. If any of you or those you know of are experiencing 'stuff', this offers an excellent explanation / encouragement. THANK YOU, JOYCE! I like the idea of being PRUDENT with management of time etc. Alan has been doing his due diligence, yet he has been let down. I was 'guided' to open up Joyce's email today, as I HAD my 'moments' as well. Grateful that I did!

Alan and I lay everything down in Trust upon Him and live one day at a time, knowing He has a Purpose and a Plan. That He knows what is best for each and every one of us. Certain tidbitz things have just NOT added up to me (or to Alan) and perhaps this 'day of rest' is a day to simply be thankful and reflect calmly yet joyfully, upon Him for all the Blessings He has given us!

Here is Joyce's inspirational message!

"Getting God’s Help with Stress
by Joyce Meyer
Today it seems like everyone's stressed.

Yes, it's true that we're built to withstand a certain amount of stress, and it can help us to become better problem solvers. But we shouldn't be so stressed that we can't handle our day-to-day life.

There's only so much we can take.

For example, a chair is designed to bear a certain amount of weight. And if it's used properly, it should last a very long time. But if it consistently bears more weight than it was designed to hold, it will wear out prematurely and eventually break.

You and I were also designed to bear a certain amount of physical, mental and emotional strain. When we take on more than we can handle, we eventually break down.

The Way to Set Limits
A word we don't hear much about today is prudence. It means "careful management: economy."

In the Bible, prudence or prudent means "being good stewards or managers of the gifts God has given us to use." Those gifts include time, energy, strength and health—even material possessions. They include our bodies, as well as our minds and spirits.

Just as each one of us has been given a different set of gifts, each of us has been given different levels of ability to manage those gifts.

We need to know our limits, and prevent ourselves from reaching "full capacity" or "overload."

Instead of pushing ourselves too hard to please others or reach our own personal goals, we need to listen to God and do what He's telling us is wise.

We need to learn to put God's wisdom into practice so we can enjoy our lives.

Your First Step to Beating Stress
Did you know that anything can cause stress? Stressors can be big or little things. In addition, what causes you stress may not bother someone else. And what bothers you today may not bother you tomorrow.

For example, going to the grocery store may be a stressor for you, especially if money is tight. The checker in your lane runs out of change and has to shut down temporarily. You switch to a new lane and learn five of your items don't have a price on them. The checker has to call for a price check and the line behind you grows.

Small, seemingly innocent circumstances have a way of piling up until you finally explode from the pressure.

Nobody can remove all the big and little things that cause stress in our lives. So we must learn to identify our stressors, study how they affect us, and learn how to respond correctly.

Fine-Tuning Your Approach
The world responds to difficulties by becoming upset and stressed, but our attitude and approach should be entirely different.

When we approach a circumstance already stressed out, we're setting ourselves up for misery before we begin.

The right approach can completely turn a situation around.

Instead of stressing out and tensing up, calm down, take a deep breath and try to get some perspective on the situation. Refuse to allow your circumstances to dictate how you're going to feel.

You may not be able to control the situation, but you can control how you respond to it. Take a proactive approach and decide beforehand what your attitude will be.

A right attitude opens the door for God to supernaturally help you."


Also another invaluable tidbit from Charles Price of 'Living Truth.' Alan and I receive a monthly booklet "My Daily Journey with Christ" and it is also, a wonderfully appreciated resource. ie. 'A Theory of Everything'- "God has nothing to give us outside of Christ and He has everything to give us in Christ." Charles also shares: "Worship has little to do with external rituals but everything to do with internal realties."

I like too, what Charles says ('Solving the Mystery'): 'about the whole way the Old Testament comes alive in a new way. We find that everything God has portrayed, promised and predicted in the Old Testament moves to its fulfillment in an experiential relationship with Christ."

Tidbit - Pick out some verses from the Bible that help encourage you in Seeking Him. ie. "Trust in the Lord wuth all your heart and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path."

Bittid - Psalm 37:4 " Delight yourself in the Lord, And He will give you the desires of your heart."

I also love 1 Samuel, Chapter 16, verse 13: "Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward...." That is of major comfort to me. David is dear to my heart too.

As Joel Osteen expresses, 'make your dreams big enough and bold enough for God to fit into!' I look forward to hearing him tonight on the Vision Channel. He has been given such a Gift, methinks.

Missed other empowering ministries earlier today; however, for all those who wish to Seek HIm out, these ministries provide wonderful resources. their time, and their invaluable insights about sharing the message of the 'good news' as well as teaching the awesome Truths in the Bible.

Hope you are uplifted a bittid and that you will be encouraged to Seek Him and genuinely Invite Him into your heart. We miss our Blue very much and in due time, we will enjoy and love another 'pup.'

I love the above photo image, with its tidbit inscription. Spring is on its way and be comforted in knowing that Life goes on. Turn to Him, as 'He IS the Way, the Truth, and the Life.'

Peace and God Bless.