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Thankfulness Mondays – Just Pondering

Week 39 of (52) along with Bernadette of Haddon Musings and others, posting of things to be thankful for in our lives, whether they are small or great significance.

Today I’m just thinking of our children; our two sons and one daughter.  From the time they are born, you realize what an important role you will have, in helping to guide them into being the best they can be. You hope to instill in them morals, values, faith in God, responsibility, kindness, love…. and just so much more.

You wonder how you will do this and if it is really possible. Then you just start living day by day, issue by issue, challenge by challenge, whether they are 3 or 10 or 15 years of age. The difficulties that arise each stage of life, whether at school or at home you try to help the best that you can, to guide them.

Now, we can look at our children in their 40’s and 50’s,  and who they have become, and can  say that our hopes dreams and prayers for them, have come to be.

We can see that they are happy, and I am full of thankfulness for that, especially to God, and have such a sense of peace and joy within.

 

Thankfulness Mondays – THINGS YET UNSEEN

This is week 30 (of 52) participating with Bernadette of Haddon Musings, posting about things great and small, that we have to be thankful for, offsetting negative areas that surround us each and every day.

Hebrews Chapter 11 vs 1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

That verse came to mind when I was thinking of how grateful I am that I can believe that some issues that concern me will resolve in the right time.

There is history in my life that allows me to know this. There was depression, there were several issues within the family, there were illnesses and other challenges.

Faith is not something that is necessarily exclusive to being a Christian, because every day people put their faith in their cars as they drive them, or in planes that they travel on, or the food that they eat.

While not exclusive to Christians, the kind of faith I’m speaking about is that I know while I have concerns about various issues, when I pray for a person or situation God will answer.  It may not be the answer I expected, but He will answer. I read somewhere once, that there are three responses from God; yes, no, and not right now. I have found that to be true in the answers I have received. And while at the time I may not understand why or why not  later on in retrospect, I can see the reason!

So today I am thankful that I can trust in what is yet ‘unseen’………

Thankfulness Monday – He’s Moving On – Poem

This is week 29 (of 52) participating with Bernadette of Haddon Musings posting about just everyday things to be thankful for, offsetting the many negative areas of life.

Today at church, we had to say good-bye to our Minister who is moving to the west coast of Canada. He’s going to a church in British Columbia, and while that is sad, I am thankful for the short time we knew him. He was very caring and warm, and when we changed churches just over a year ago I had listened to a sermon online and liked what I heard. There was a luncheon today, and I had written a poem for him, and since there were some other acknowledgements, he asked if I would like to read it. This is the poem I wrote.

GOD GO WITH YOU – REV. JOHN January 2017

While we’ve not known you very long

It’s been long enough to say,

That it was because of you,

We came to Knox one day

 

The love of God our Father

And of His only Son

And of the Holy Spirit

In this church we know they’re ‘One’

 

You’ve always centered Christ

In the sermons you have preached

Much for all to think about

Strong faith for us to reach

 

You’ve heeded God’s call

To move to a new church home

And though we’re sad to see you leave

We know you’re not alone

 

For God will prepare the way

And will be there as you depart

Just know our prayers are with you

       And you’ll remain within our hearts

 

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SOME DREAMS ARE EYE-OPENING

Well, we’re back from our visit to the Chicago area, to our daughter and family. We got back late Monday night with  a somewhat turbulent and delayed flight, but nonetheless having had a wonderful few days at Christmas with them.

The first night there I had a very disturbed sleep. I hardly slept at all, and when I did I had dreams that were not very nice. I hesitate to call them nightmares but in fact there was not anything happy in any of them.

When I was trying to get a meaning of  what was in them and why I was having them, it occurred to me they represented some of my innate concerns.  Some things that are within that we don’t really want to acknowledge, but are there.  As I thought about them the words ‘frailties,  fears and future came to mind.

Some of what I recall, was that I became aware of some of my conflicts between some of my actions and some of my core beliefs…. what feels like ‘right vs wrong’ decisions that I make. Some choices could be better; in that I feel sometimes that I am a hypocrite; saying one thing but feeling or doing the opposite.  I find that there is an internal struggle at times. I label that my frailties.

Another of the dreams was to do with a reality of the past, and some current,  but a continued inward fear to do with familial issues. I label that my ‘fears’.

The third and perhaps most important realization, is ‘future‘…. and that is that I know that God can forgive me my frailties, and help me when I seek Him;  He can allay my fears when I ask Him to help me deal with them; and in Him I give the ‘future’, not only for me but for all of those I love .  I know that He loves them even more than I do, and so He wants the best for them.

So while these ‘dreams’ gave me a very unsettled night and upset me somewhat, my husband helped to comfort me and  these dreams gave me food for thought! (Now I need to catch up on reading some blogs)…..

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Our son and wife who we went with.

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Our daughter and husband with us… I’m so short !

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Our 2 grandsons with us

You Were Not the Creator of America

I can’t help but voice my opinion on the ‘white supremacy’ (not capitalized)  movement currently spouting their racism! Listening to their ridiculous rhetoric especially recently, is enough to make me disgusted and angry.

I really hesitate to give any credibility even by writing about them or mentioning their name, but after watching the latest in the news, I just had to write something. The speaker was saying how ‘they’ …  the Europeans and the white race ‘created’ America.  I guess they don’t remember that Thanksgiving is this Thursday, when America celebrates the pilgrims coming, and meeting with the Native Indians that were already there and to give thanks for the blessings they have.

What really is troubling is that there seems to be too many people who spout this nonsense; too many who are anti-sematic, anti-immigration, anti-black, anti-anyone other than them. The United States was founded on Christianity but freedom most of all to worship or believe what they wanted to.

The key word being freedom. This white supremacy movement is all about squelching everyone else who lives there, that does not believe as they do! I wonder what exactly makes them think they are superior to anyone else? Do they really applaud Nazism and what happened in the Holocaust? What is warping their minds, because warped is what they are?

Freedom does not mean that you have the right to take it away others’. Freedom does not mean that you have the right to threaten, intimidate or cause harm to another person by words or actions.  People are charged with hate crimes as individuals, and yet this group is ‘free’ to spout hatred and dissension it seems at will.

What is wrong with our laws? Something is for sure. It is called the alt-right but that’s just a pseudonym for racism. Whether you are Christian or not, we need to speak out and fight for those who are oppressed or threatened in any way with what I consider poisonous nonsense. I realize this is not just an issue in the United States, but at the moment that’s where the focus is right now.

I know what I say will likely not change anything, but to say nothing tonight was not an option for me!

Thankfulness Mondays – Our Friends In USA

american-flagIt’s week 22 of a year that I am participating with Bernadette of Haddon Musings, with a goal of realizing how many things we have to be thankful for in this somewhat chaotic world we all live in.

Today, I want to express how thankful I am for our neightbours to the south in USA, who are celebrating Thanksgiving this week on November 24th.

They have had quite an upheaval this past month. It follows almost two years of campaigning, with many debates that were filled with much rhetoric that created a lot of dissension and uncertainty for many people. Canada and the U.S.A have a strong connection and friendship in so many areas; economic, travel, trade, and so on.

My hope and prayer is, that through all the controversy, and sometimes unnerving things spoken during their election, that the people will learn to trust and support each other, for all that makes their country what it has been and is today.

For to allow fear and injustice to pervade in the atmosphere, will deny the very freedoms that has always been celebrated.

May this Thanksgiving give pause for all Americans, to give thanks for what they have, and to seek peace and justice for all.

Happy Thanksgiving from a Canadian who appreciates very much the friendship that our countries have with each other. May God continue to Bless America.

Thankfulness Mondays – THEY GIVE THEIR LIVES !

Participating once again (Week 20 of 52)  with Bernadette of Haddon Musings writing about moments, and things we have to be grateful for in our lives, to truly appreciate them, and to offset negative areas.

This week because in Canada, on November 11th we honor those who have given their lives, and those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces. War in so evident and has been to one degree or another present in so many areas of the world. In the news these days of course it seems even more so with Syria and Iraq especially. There are threats of course everywhere, and those who protect us, deserve our thanks and respect.

I realize that some of this post could be considered a ‘negative’ instead of a positive, but the positive is that these men and women put their lives into jeopardy for their country to defend those who cannot defend by themselves against the tyranny of people who seek power and control; those who do not value the lives of others or care that so many, especially the children and their families whose lives are destroyed!

We care, and we are so thankful that those who serve, care enough to put their lives on the line. We who are fortunate to live in a country where we enjoy freedom. We are not persecuted because of race or religion or status. Our countries are not perfect and not without issues that affect people, but we do not live in constant fear!

My oldest brother Russ served in World War 2 in the RCAF and was fortunate to come home. So each Remembrance Day I am also grateful that he did!

I’m going to include a poem I wrote last year.

Remembrance Day is not about war

It’s about so very much more…..

It’s about freedom that we share

About those who really care,

Those who have given so very much

Many lives whom they have touched.

They have gone to foreign lands

Many battles they withstand,

Some have given up their lives

Still many others do survive…..

But their lives won’t be the same

Freedom though they all acclaim.

While no one wants to go to war

It’s about so very much more….

You and me and being free

From those who spread their tyranny.

So this Remembrance day I pray

Someday peace will come our way…

In the meantime, we give thanks

To those that serve in all the ranks!

Russ in UniformWritten in memory of my brother Russ

Who served in the RCAF in WW11

He did come home

(Diane)