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Thankfulness Mondays – Our Hope

Week 43 (of 52) posting each week along with Bernadette of Haddon Musings and others, of things great and small that we have to be thankful for.  Maybe in doing do we can change some of the negative factors around, and be a reason for the encouragement of others.

Along with other Christians this week, we celebrated Easter Sunday. There are so many denominations of Christianity and each one of them, while we may choose to worship in a different manner,  we have one thing in common, and that is, ‘Jesus Christ.’

We had dinner with one of our sons and wife and grandson; the other deciding to go to their cottage for the weekend; and our daughter being in the States spending it with friends.

No matter how many Easters there have been, it’s always a time to remember the price paid on our behalf, by a baby born in Bethlehem who grew to be a man, and died on a cross.

 

I am very thankful for God’s love sent to us, in the person of Jesus Christ.

One of my first attempts at painting almost 3 years ago…but seems appropriate!

 

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

CHRISTMAS POEM – 2016

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CHRISTMAS 2016

Christmas is near once again

To spend with loved ones dear

For laughter, joy and more

To visit those who are not near.

Sometimes the Christmas glee

Is not felt the same by all

It could be health, or it could be

Missing someone call.

It may be war, in far off lands

For those who cannot feel

The joy or happiness within

Or share a family meal.

It is God’s son who came to earth

Whose birth we celebrate

He came to teach us how to love

So let us not, this love abate.

Look around to see a need

And if you can at all

Help brighten someone’s day

Taking heed to God’s greatest call.

Diane

 

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 – ‘Hope’

Again participating with Bernadette of Haddon Musings for week 21 of a year, taking Mondays to post about something that we are thankful for, offsetting negative thoughts  and actions in our lives and in the world in general.

Today, I’m so thankful for all that’s implied in the word ‘hope’.

There really is much in our lives and in the world we live in, that can rob us of joy and peace. I know I’ve had many obstacles in my life, and when you suffer through depression ‘hope’ fades….. but it never totally abandoned me! There was always a flicker of hope, even during my most difficult times. That’s what kept me going; kept me believing that I could get better; and I could overcome.

I was confused and troubled and cried out to God for help, but there was always that ‘flicker of  “hope’ within me. This scripture verse I believe is apropos.

Romans 5:3-4 “We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.”

Now I don’t believe that we exactly rejoice when we’re going through difficult time, but in retrospect everything I went through made me stronger and made me who I am today.

So I can say that in a sense, I cannot be unhappy with that time and what I learned as I persevered, and hope grew within my very soul.

p.s. I just found out this is my 5th year anniversary for blogging.

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