Friday, 26 February 2010
A plane, a chisel in thy hand.
No, Lord, I take it back in awe;
Such prayer for me is far too grand.
I pray thee, rather let me lie
As on thy bench the favored wood;
Thy saw, thy plane, thy chisel ply
And work me into something good.
Thursday, 25 February 2010
Then I had a call this afternoon from my mother telling me that Laura Smith died this morning. Laura was a pillar in the church I grew up in. So I guess I will be participating in a couple of funerals this weekend, no doubt.
Tonight at George Street Middle School is a benefit concert for Haiti. I will be playing in the 'rock band' again, as we perform four songs. We have a name now: "Funktional Independence." If you're available, come out and hear us. 7 pm... I'll let you know how it goes.
Monday, 22 February 2010
The weekend was so full of people and things to do that it's hard to describe. We had company Friday night and Saturday night, church music, meetings, band practice for another 'rock' band appearance this coming Thursday night for a Haiti fundraiser, and attendance at Max's 'Come as You Are' event for women. I was Dawn Marie Allaby's 'understudy' and sang a song until she got there. She was the 'real singer' I said (tongue in cheek, as I do sing all the time, but it was fun to pretend I was an understudy).
Today was the radio show, teaching the BEADY Bunch piano, a hair cut by a new hairdresser (where I basically heard her lifestory, and that of her boyfriend's), groceries, prayer and teaching music again til after 10 tonight.
Found out today that we will be going to the Bahamas in April where I will be the opening speaker at a conference. So Doug booked the tickets and accomodations tonight for a week in Freeport. This will be my fourth trip to Bahamas in 11 years. Hard to believe. Now, what will I speak about? Pray for me! I'm sure it will come; always does.
Really enjoying life...
Thursday, 18 February 2010
She said she could feel everyone's prayers and thanks to all of you.
It's lonely here in the house, I gotta tell you... need to find a new routine now. Will no doubt take awhile for me to get in a 'groove' of some sort. I miss them already.
Oh, well, like I always say, "Thank God for Alexander Graham Bell."
Check out the website page for a new opening 'song.' Those of you who attended the retreat a couple of weekends ago will appreciate it (and maybe some others will, too).
Have a great Son-filled day. "Face it with a grin..."
Tuesday, 16 February 2010
We will get up in the middle of the night to get to the airport in time. I don't plan on going; it's too hard, although I may change my mind in the morning. Please pray for journeying mercies for them -- that Aiden will not be cranky, get lots of sleep and be a joy to be around. That Natalie would be calm, cool and collected. Pray for our emotions as well, and that God will give us another opportunity to be together again. Doug and I have absolutely loved having them here again (during good circumstances this time. We are truly blessed. Night.
Sunday, 14 February 2010
This morning found us at church, where we were in love with God and each other. A wonderful sense of love permeated the place. This afternoon found us at home again with our family and all our children and grandchildren (except RCMP man, Josh). The kids wreaked havoc all over the house, and once again, I loved it and loved on them. After ordering Greco pizza, and spinach salad with goat cheese, I let the children play with bowls, measuring cups, whisks, measuring spoons, and they 'cooked' up a storm. I called it "Baby Iron Chef." The water was flying everywhere, and the floor was soaked, but we used many towels to soak up the water, and they had a blast. Creative water play on Gram Deb's floor. I needed to wash my kitchen floor, just didn't know I was going to use 'baby play' to do same.
Well, congratulations goes to Pierre of Canada, who just won a gold medal in men's mogul skiing! The first gold medal in Canada by a Canadian! GO CANADA GO!
Two more days til Natalie & Aiden lift off for Manitoba. Pray for our heart strings...
Friday, 12 February 2010
Thursday, 11 February 2010
Anyway, it was great to be watching Willie Wonka instead of walking around it last year (for those of you who don't know what I'm talking about: I called Willie O'Ree Place -- 'Willie Wonka' last year, which has a walking track. It was very therapeutic during my chemotherapy months).
I would much rather watch the Willie Wonka play any day than go through chemo. Bless the Lord.
Wednesday, 10 February 2010
'NEVER GIVE IN, NEVER GIVE UP'
#1 In the storm and in the calm, EAT THE WORD! Use the Sword of God to your advantage.
#2 Stop steering your life. Destroy all steering devices! Let go and Let God.
#3 Run aground! Let go of the sails and let God sail your vessel to safe ground. Take your hands OFF your ship (life) – it is no longer your property! He is the pilot AND the owner and makes all the decisions. Be part of the run aground on a deserted island crowd!
#4 Search for food when you get to the island (The Word of God)
- Psalms, Proverbs, Wisdom food, Theology, History, Gospels, Letters, Poetry, Prophecy, Good news about Jesus food, instruction for life food
- NOT 'SIMPLY FOR LIFE' but SIMPLY Word FOR LIFE
#5 Make relationships with the island people – love them, minister to them – let THEM take care of you (depending on your personality, this may be difficult, but do it anyway!)
#6 Bless people and let them bless you
#7 Get refueled, refreshed, refurbished, reorganized, re-established, reasonable, reminded, reputed, reguarded, recycled, RENEWED on the island
#8 Vote yourself OFF the game Survivor: Life – let God produce your 'show'
#9 Recognize the treasure you have (2 Cor 4:7; Col 2:9,10; 2 Cor 4:11)
#10 Recognize that you have the SAME spirit of faith as Paul and of David (Ps 116:8-10; Ps 118:10-14)
#11 Recognize that you CAN and SHOULD call on the Lord
#12 Recognize the results that will be achieved because of trials (2 Cor 1:8-11)
#13 Recognize God's power (2 Cor 4:14; 2 Cor 1:8-11)
#14 Recognize that you are living in eternity – the kingdom of God HAS BEEN inaugurated! (2 Cor 4:18)
#15 Recognize that it all goes back in the box (2 Cor 4:16-18)
#16 Recognize that troubles are necessary to achieve eternal glory (2 Cor 4:17; James 1:2-4)
#17 Recognize that trials make you strong and vigorous, just like Moses who lived to be 120 years old!
#18 Look at trials and troubles in a new way (Rom 8:18,19)
#19 In all things we overwhelmingly conquer (or survive) through Him who loved us! (Rom 8:37)
#20 Survive through Silence & Rest (Psalm 23; Jer 6:16)
#21 Survive through Praise & Worship (Psalm 100)
#22 Survive through recognizing who God is. Meditate on Him. He is the GREAT I AM!
#23 Survive through Prayer (Phil. 4; 1 Pet 5:7). Get down on your knees!
#24 Survive through Reading & Believing the WORD
#25 Do not worry about tomorrow – stay in your DAY box (Mt 6:33)
#26 Learn to be content in all circumstances as you survive this life here on earth (Phil 4:13)
#27 'Practice' trusting God (Is 43:2; Psalm 23; Phil 1:6). 'Emmanuel' – God with us… HOPE IN GOD
#28 Don't be afraid to cry out to God (Eccl 3:4; Jer 3:13; Psalm 126)
#29 Recognize that God is sovereign and IN CONTROL of your life. He knows EVERYTHING. Repeat after me…"GOD IS IN CONTROL" "GOD IS IN CONTROL" "GOD IS IN CONTROL"
#30 Learn from your trials and MOVE ON! Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and START ALL OVER AGAIN!
#31 Let others take care of you – learn how to RECEIVE.
#32 God KNOWS what you are going through and He CARES . Release your cares to Him (1 Pet 5:7)
#33 God provides – financially, emotionally, spiritually. (Gen 22)
#34 Stay in the game and RUN THE RACE – GO FOR THE GOLD! (1 Cor 9:24)
#35 Keep things in perspective – think with an eternity mindset (2 Cor 4:16-18/2 Cor 5)
#36 Forget what is in the past and look forward to what is ahead (Phil 3:13-14)\
#37 Realize that you are more than a survivor, more than a conqueror! (Rom 8:37)
#38 "NEVER, NEVER, NEVER GIVE IN; NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, GIVE UP!" (Churchill)
#39 "Everything will work out in the end. If it's not working out, it's not the end" (Max Lucado)
#40 "Be joyful always; pray continually; GIVE THANKS IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus!" (1 Thess 5:16-17)
#41 Believe that God has it ALL worked out and it WILL work out for GOOD (Rom 8:28)
#42 SMILE & Laugh Lots – You can find Joy in even the hardest circumstances. LIVE LOVE LAUGH
#43 Live Each Day – Seize it! Forgive Everything Love With Abandon
#44 Have HOPE! – He Offers Purpose/Promise Everyday
#45 Reach for the Top – Reach for God!
#46 You are victorious through Christ!
#47 Praise God through whom ALL blessings flow – even in the midst of trials
#48 Live in 'Whoville' – Read Romans 8:31-35! WHO is your God?
#49 God never lets go of you! His hand is on your life
#50 Perfect LOVE casts out FEAR… FEAR = False Evidence Appearing Real
#51 HAVE FAITH IN GOD
#52 YOU ARE MORE THAN A CONQUEROR!
Coincidental that I was preaching on Acts 27 & 28 and the Island of Malta on the weekend? I think not..
Now to continue cooking corn/blueberry muffins. Nat and Aiden are in bed having naps, and I have a break in teaching, so why not bake?
Tuesday, 9 February 2010
I had to have a nap this afternoon as the weekend caught up to me.
In case you're wondering why "I Will Survive" is on the website as background music, it was the theme song I picked for the weekend. Considering my topic was More Than a Survivor, More Than A Conqueror, it seemed to fit. Hope you enjoy it. If you don't, just turn down the volume on your computer (smile).
Brenda and Mom came over for lunch today and we had a veritable feast. Tonight I went to Ladies' Choir, but found it hard to sing as I am so tired. So why am I still up at 11:40ish writing on a blog you may ask? Because I just finished working on my radio show for tomorrow, so thought I would post something before bedtime.
I spoke to Jalene from Campobello on the phone tonight. She has asked us to pray for her baby, Hope, who will be born in early May. She wants us to pray that Hope's ascending aorta will grow (Hope has left hypoplastic heart). So, let's all agree to pray to this end -- that Baby Hope's aorta will grow to the proper size and that she will come through surgery with flying colours. This is a VERY stressful time for this family, so please uphold Jalene and Stefan and Baby Hope in prayer. HONK HONK for them.... (if you haven't seen the video on the geese, check out the website sidebar and click 'Videos.' That way, you will know what I mean about HONK HONK being an encouraging thing).
Never, never, never give in -- Never, never, never give up.
All is well
Like a hot air balloon
That doesn’t know where it will land
I’ve come to a place in my life
Where I do not know my future plans
It doesn’t feel fair
And most of all
I feel that no one cares
No one understands
Why have you left me alone?
Why have you left me?
So shattered and unsure
A struggling hand of cards
In this life I have been dealt
Causing me and my emotions
To be insecure and melt
The future is unclear
But I know God’s hand will steer
Jesus takes the wheel
And helps me with the things I feel
Every emotion is truly heartfelt
Sometimes I keep it together
Sometimes I cannot
But I couldn’t do this without you
Without your love to see me through
You know the plans you have for me
They are written in your book
Please help it be to you that
I continuously look
Be the lighthouse
In this world of sin
And help me know
Just where to begin
The one thing I cannot do
Is make it through without you
I am truly glad to know
I do not have to for
I remember the footprints
‘Though I think I am alone
You are carrying me
You are there
January 31, 2010
How to put him together again
None of the Kingsmen knew
He didn’t have you to see him through
All of life’s ups and downs
Like a carousel - round and round
Just like this famous fairy tale
Life comes with no guarantees
Still we know you are there
Just like the wind is through the trees
Your warmth shines
Like golden rays of sun
And I am thankful to call you mine
If we listen to our heart
We can feel you there
Amongst the dark
Like a lighthouse in the distance
To go on living you give us persistence
You promise to catch us
Whenever we happen to fall
There is no obstacle to big or to small
Everything lies within your hands
Even when we do not understand
You are the maker of my mold
And my hand you will continuously hold
This I now realize for myself
It is much more then simply being told
We are the jigsaw puzzle
You see the bigger picture
Things will not always make sense
And figuring it out, though I try
Results in feeling trapped,
Captivated am I
So I begin to cry
But you are always there
To dry my eyes
If we look ahead
The road soon comes to a bend
Avoiding glancing only
In the rearview mirror
Things become much clearer
And with a new perspective
To figure things out
We joyously begin
To sing, dance and shout
Your word you
Continue to reveal
I can feel you here
And know that you are real
I pray you would live
Within my heart
Be the light in the darkness
And as I continue to get to know
Your love, your all in all, your will
Portray your love through me
Let me be a candle to the rest of the world
Always shining bright
With little to no feelings of fright
For trusting you is something
I am convinced I CAN do
I Love You!
Real Life Fairytale
By: Megan Flower
September 20, 2009
Gram Deb & Papa
Monday, 8 February 2010
And listen to the new music that comes up automatically when you load up the website. It was our theme song for the retreat this past weekend....Thank you, Carolyn (our webmaster) for all you do on this website!
Sunday, 7 February 2010
The Superbowl is now on, and I am laying back in the Lazy Boy with a bowl of popcorn. It's going to be an awesome game, for sure but not at all as exciting as what the weekend was. I love football, as you know -- TOUCHDOWN!
Please remember Jaylene and Stefan from Campobello, as they go to the doctor tomorrow. Pray for Baby Hope, yet unborn -- that ALL IS WELL with her. Pray for peace for this family, and that they receive the answers they're hoping for. HOPE for HOPE.
I will post some things from the weekend on the blog when I get my head on right. It's a bit tired, but I'm sure I'll be revived after watching the Superbowl!
ALL IS WELL
I'M STILL STANDIN'
THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE
THIS TOO SHALL PASS
Have fun tonight, everyone!
Wednesday, 3 February 2010
Aiden is SO cute and we are really enjoying their stay. The house is full of toys and I'm always running into and tripping over toys, but I love it. Nat misses Josh, of course. We miss Josh, too. Wish they lived closer. She's here two more weeks, and we will miss them once again. I wish Canada was smaller.
We watched a good movie tonight -- ""Love Happens," -- about love and grief. Would recommend it. Thought I was going to review my notes for the weekend, but that will take care of itself. I have spoken on being a survivor in life many times, and have so much material, it's hard to know what will come out of my mouth. God knows. I think I could write a book on the stuff I have gone through and written down. I compiled a list of 50 Survival Tactics which will be a handout. Perhaps I could type it on the blog. If you're interested, let me know.
Well, I must go and mix up some grapefruit juice and tonic water. It's actually very refreshing. Just discovered it tonight.
My wrists and hands are driving me crazy, but I'm still typing.
Monday, 1 February 2010
She told me I was doing great and that I am a one year survivor, almost two (November). To come see her in November, after my next mammogram (which she is booking now for October). That the first two years are critical and that if you can get through these two years....Please continue to pray for me. And that I would be at peace and know that GOD is my strength, as He has always been.
It's very interesting that I am speaking this weekend at Greenhill Lake Camp. Topic: "MORE THAN A SURVIVOR: MORE THAN A CONQUEROR."