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I love my bells and at last count I think I had about eighty.  I didn’t buy all of these myself.  Most of them were given to me by people who knew I collected them.  I also like pet rocks.  I only have a few of these as I’m about the only one who likes them.  I do have a cousin who collects rocks too.  Also I hear my Pastor often talk about his rocks (that are probably worth something).  Mine are plain rocks.  I like to paint little animals that my husband cuts out for me.  My brother Eldon also gave me a set of bunnies that I painted.  Then I have all my knick knacks that my children and my grandchildren have given me down through the years.  I’ve always loved books so we have a large collection of books as my husband too loves to read.  If we live many more years we will probably be living in a tent in the yard as the house will be full of our collections!

 

Although I do enjoy my collections I don’t want things to get between me and my God.  Matt. 6:21 – Jesus said, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt and where thieves break through and steal.  Verse 22 – But lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt and where thieves do not break through nor steal.  Verse 24 – Ye cannot serve God and mammon.  1 Tim. 6:10 – For the love of money is the root of all evil.

 

So folks lets keep our hearts pure and not get so caught up and entangled with the things of this old world that we will be too busy with earthly things that we won’t be watching for the coming of our Lord.  Where oh where is your treasure laid upon earth or heaven?  On the other side treasures there have I.  Treasures that this world in all its wealth can never buy.   When I reach that city, the gates will open wide.  There we have our treasures only on the other side.

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JUST A LUNCH!

Perhaps you have been really hungry and thought if only I had a snack or just a little lunch. It used to be that I never ever ate my breakfast before I went to work but by 11am I was famished! However one day I was just about broke and person came in who was also hungry so I took her out to lunch.Now I just had enough money to get her a small lunch and I sat there while she ate it,and guess what’, I had to fast until supper time when I went home and cooked some food but by this time I didn’t even care if I ate or not! I’m sure you too know how it feels to be too tired to eat!

When I was a youngster going to school If I ate breakfast I was sure to be sick so I usually wouldn’t eat in the morning.  Perhaps that is why I never liked school. You guessed it, around 10am I’d start getting hungry and didn’t feel like working.  We always went home for noon hour in the younger grades and  I  will always remember those special  snacks Mom had ready and waiting for us.  Mom always made bread about every day  and did it early each morning so that it was raised enough just before we arrived to make us fried dough. I still make it today for a treat for my family.  If you haven’t tried it, it is real yummy! Often too, she would make chocolate or vanilla pudding which I still love!  My next favorite meal was  raw potato sliced thin and then fried with a steaming hot cup of cocoa.  Thinking back about those special lunches makes my mouth water!  It may not seem like much to some people but many times I really pigged out! Remembering these times I get a dose of nostalgia!  We were a poor family but Mom always had a meal ready for us or anyone else who happened by.  I have seen her set the table three times for a Sunday dinner!

We lived on a hill beside the railway tracks and the hobos travelled in the boxcars, some just walked the tracks and when they reached our house we would usually see them coming up the path leading to our house for a lunch. We never turned one away that I know of and they always seemed so thankful for a piece of bread   and a cup of tea or whatever she gave  them. She never seemed to be really afraid of them but felt sorry for each one.  I remember one day my sister  and I were getting ready to go swimming when a Mr.Lucas came  by.  He wasn’t to be satisfied with a lunch. He wanted taters!

Mom being the hospitable person that she was put a meal on the stove to cook for him. He went in the living room, laid down on the sofa and fell asleep. Joyce and I went in the pantry to have a lunch brfor4e we went swimming so as not to awaken him.   Out came Mr..Lucas right on the tear. He said,”you were supposed to call me for dinner”! Well, Mom certainly had a time trying t0 explain to him that dinner was still on the stove cooking.  He was not a happy camper!

Now World War 11 had just ended and we were in depression.  We really didn’t have an overabundance of food for even our family.  One day the train stopped at the station and off stepped a soldier.  Nobody was notified in those of soldiers coming home, Victor Jordan was Mom’s cousin a nd he was on his way home. There was nobody to greet him and welcome him home. He hadn’t eaten in quite some time and was tired and exhausted and still had quite a little walk ahead of him to get to his mother’s home. Up the path he came,We were so happy to see him!  Mom asked him to have a cup of tea, She was embarrassed as there wasn’t much food in the house, however, she had her homemade bread and mollasses.  He really appreciated his lunch and it sustained him to go on home.  It was just a lunch but he enjoyed it!I read in Saint john 6;9 about a lad who had 5 barley loaves ano two smaLL fish. Jesus was teaching the people but when he looked up he saw a great multitude of people.He said to Philip “where can we find bread to satisfy this many people? Now Jesus himself knew what he was going to do. Andrew said there is a lad here with a little boy’s lunch,5 barley loaves and two small fish but what is that among so many? Jesus had them all sit down and there was about 5000 and  Jesus took the loaves and gave thanks and distributed among the people.  When they were filled He told them to gather the fragments that were left.  They gathered 12 baskets with the left overs! I would think Jesus told his disciples to carry the remains of the little lads lunch  to the mother of the boy,  I would love to have seen the look of pleasure and surprise on her face   as her son cried out, mamma, please open the door for me!  I can  never  imagine  that little lad ever being selfish again throughout his entire life!  Just a  lunch!  He had learned a great lesson that day it is better tve than to receive.

Jesus is still doing miracles today! We cannot outdo God!  If we give Him our best hewill see that every need is met! Luke 6:38  Give and it shall  be given unto you, good measure, pressed  down and shaken together and running over. For with the same measure that ye mete shall it be measured to you againa1  Running over, running over,my cup is full and running over.  Since the Lord saved me I am happy as can be for my cup is full and running over!

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The Heart

The heart is a very strange organ.  It can actually stop and start again on its own.  The nurse just left my room, he had a student nurse with him.  While checking out my meds he asked me why they decreased my heart meds to half of what they were.  He asked me if my heart was beating too slow (112) or what ?  I answered “no” too fast, “and the cardiologist said I was over medicated, so they decreased my medication.”  The nurse said “Oh, I see”, and he said to the nurse.  “They do that if the patient has defib.”  I said, “Yes, that is why they decreased my meds.  He tried to explain to the nurse and I how this could happen or what happens when it does happen; although, I already knew as it has happened to me several times!  He said, “the heart stops, pauses and starts again.”  He turned to me and said, “You have nothing to worry about tonight as you would only pass out and you wouldn’t hurt yourself as you are already in bed”.  What comforting words!  (LOL)  Lately I have been having an attack every other day.  I awoke this morning at 4:00 a.m. and went to the washroom and felt fine until I got back to my bed and it hit me with a bang!  I am still in defib as I write this and I am going to bed and sleep some.  I trust I will feel better again in the morning and I can go once again on my own instead of being in a wheelchair in case I pass out!  I have to stay in bed about every other day lately.  I do hope changing meds will help as the cardiologist told me I may have to have a pace maker but only as a last resort.  That also doesn’t sound very pleasant to me!  But I really don’t want to go on as I am either.  Oh  just to feel good again.  I really can’t plan from one day to the next like this as I don’t know what to expect.

 

Jeremiah 17:9 tells me “the heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked.  Who can know it?”  This is not only true in the physical but also in the spiritual.  We may sometimes think – oh boy, I have really conquered my temper, etc., and the next minute or two later it flares up again!  Old Satan is so deceitful and he loves to believe he is in control of our hearts.  But I have news for him.  He is a liar and the father of liars.  Jeremiah 19:10 tells me also that “I the Lord search the heart and I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.”

 

I am so glad I know One who is not only in control of my physical side of my heart and can give the doctors knowledge of what to do to calm my heart.  He is also in control of my spiritual heart and if we let Him He can do wonders in our lives.  That is why I want to hide His Word in my heart that I might not sin against Him!  Praise God!

 

God is so good to me all of the time.  This old body wears out and may not feel the best sometimes but if we know the Lord – He makes us feel so good in our hearts even when we don’t feel good in our body.  Thank you Jesus for being so good to me all the time!  You have been and continue to be such a faithful friend sticking closer than even my brother or husband ever could!  I love you so much!  Thank you.

 

Thanks, thanks, I give you thanks for all you have done.

I am so blessed, My soul has found rest.

Oh Lord, I give you thanks.

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We love to have our families come home for a visit but we get so upset when it is time for them to leave even though we know they have to get back to their duties at home but it is so lonely after they leave – we miss them for several days.  We just want them to stay forever even though we know they have a life of their own.

 

When my husband retired after 40 years of employment with Aberdeen Appliance Service he sort of wished he had kept working for a while longer as he really missed his work and being with people every day.  In fact, he did stay on for eight (8) months longer because of his Insurance Plan.  He was both sad and happy about retirement.  He liked the fact that he didn’t have to travel those snowy, winery roads but missed the work as he was one who really loved to be busy.  He still enjoys visiting the shop.  I think retirement for him was bittersweet.

A dear friend who worked at UNB for many years was telling me she really wasn’t happy about retiring at age 55.  After being home for awhile she took a part-time position at Sobeys as a cashier which she liked very much.  However, her heart was still at UNB.  When the opportunity presented itself she returned to UNB on a part-time basis and also filling in vacation and emergencies.  Due to further cut-backs at UNB her job was cut and she became fully retired.  She now enjoys volunteer work for Revenue Canada during tax time.  She also helps me by typing my stories.  I don’t know what I would do without her right now.  She is a great lady who loves to help other people.  I don’t really think she will ever retire until she has too.

 

When a loved one passes away it leaves us so sad and lonely.  We grieve for a long while.  Just to think we are not able to speak to them again on this earth and to know they won’t be there for us to visit anymore.  So many unanswered questions.  If only we had thought of all these things before they passed away or did we really let them know how much they meant to us?  Recently my oldest grand-daughter wrote a story on her blog about me that really touched me.  She has been a great girl.  I just wish she would turn her heart to God.  It makes me so sad and lonely when we lose someone especially if we are not sure they were prepared to meet their God.  I remember my brother Len telling us that when our Mom passed away some of his co-workers form O.P.H. came to the funeral.  He heard them talking a few days later and one of them said, “It really wasn’t a funeral since everyone seemed so happy as if they were rejoicing.”  One of the others spoke up and said, “Maybe they knew where she was going.”  That was the truth.  She was prepared to go home.  We must prepare to meet our God.  Amos 4:12, Amos 5:14 – Seek good and not evil that ye may live.  Eph. 2:8-9 – For by grace are ye saved and that not of yourselves.  It is a gift of God.  Not of works lest any man should boast.

 

I like that song:  There will be no parting there.  No more burdens to bear.  No more sickness, no pain, no dying over there.  All will be peace forever more on that happy golden shore.  Oh what a day, glorious day that will be.  God is so good!

 

Going home, I’m going home, there is nothing to hold me here.  For I’ve caught a glimpse of the heavenly land.  Praise God I’m going home!

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White is to black as weak is to strong.  Sweet is to sour as hot is to cold.  Day is to night as life is to death!  White is the antonym (or opposite of black).  White is pure and righteous while black is unholy and sinful.  When we put on the pure white robes that Jesus gives us we put on righteousness.  Before we came to Jesus our hearts were black and so stained by sin.  When Jesus came in He washed us in His precious blood and made us whiter than snow.  “But”, you may ask, “how could red blood make black hearts white?”  That is a tongue twister, isn’t it?  But, let me ask you “How can a black cow eat green grass, give white milk, make yellow butter and orange cheese?”

 

We know that weak is the antonym of strong.  Have you ever felt so weak that your legs just feel like rags and can hardly carry you?  I have and I think about  everyone else has too.  It isn’t any fun when your legs turn to rubber!  You know where I’m coming from.  How good we feel when strength finally begins to seep back into our legs again. 

 

Have you ever eaten something so sweet it is almost sickening (Judges 14:18) and then you longed for something sour so you had a lemon?  I have.  I love sweets but I also love lemons.  Lemons are great to level your blood sugar out if it gets a bit too high.  But we can sometimes act  as though we have such a sweet character and the next instant lose our cool and be more sour than a lemon!

 

It too, is terrible to have a high fever and to be hot and cold at the same time.  One minute your are burning up and the next minute you have goose bumps.  We can be on fire for the Lord and the enemy of our soul comes along and out comes those cold goose bumps.

 

I love the dawning of the new day.  Just to awaken early and see the glow of the sun as it turns the sky pink or it is glowing through the trees.  It is a beautiful sight to behold!  I also enjoy the sunsets, I don’t really care for what comes next – darkness.  I always like to have a light in the darkness.  To me it is simply very scary as you never know what is lurking in the darkness or shadows!

 

Isn’t it great to be alive!  Just to be able to live a good honest life.  I am so thankful I was allowed to live at birth.  I can’t imagine my mother even thinking about abortion as is the case with so many today!  To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven.  At time to be born and a time to die.  Ecc. 3:1-2.  Death is an appointment we all have to face.  The Bible says “it is appointed unto man once to die and after this the judgement – Heb. 9:27.  We don’t have to be afraid of death and the judgement as the old rugged cross makes the difference in a life bound for heartache and defeat.  I will praise Him for ever and ever for the cross made the difference for me.  Thank you Again Jesus.  You loved this cruel old world so much as to give your life for such an undeserving people! Yes, The old rugged cross made the difference in a life bound for heartache and defeat.  I will Praise Him for ever and ever, for the cross made the difference fpr me!

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The first thing we think when we know a new baby is on the way is “what are we going to call him or her?”  We get a collection of names and keep going through them over and over again until we find what we think is that perfect name for our little one.  Most often it suits the child while every so often when a child gets older he/she may wish to change his/her name which I think would be very costly.  We are usually given two names and if when we get a bit older and don’t wish to be called by our first given name we can always use the second.  Some people will use both first and second names.  I go by both my first and second names.  If I am at the hospital they call me by my first name which is on my Medicare card although I’m usually called by my second name.  I am now used to answering to both names.  I do like it this way too.  I guess I have my personal reasons for this.  If someone thought they recognized me and called me by another name I’m sure I wouldn’t even answer them at all.  I do actually like my name and there are many names (nick names) that go along with it.  My cousin recently called me by a shortened form of my first name and then tried to apologize,  being afraid she had offended me.  Well, I actually liked it!  No offense to that!  Thank you Shari, you may have started something!  My husband also goes by a shortened form of his second name which we both prefer.  If we need information about anything important or otherwise the first thing they ask is “What is your name?”  If you give them a fictitious name you will probably get yourself in a lot of trouble.  Some criminals go mostly by a fake name while artists or writers use a pen name. 

 

Just how important is your name anyhow?  If you went to cash a cheque that your husband signed and he just signed (your husband) or he may be a father and signed it father and for sure he is somebody’s son so he may have signed the son, maybe he put all three titles – husband, father and son.  Do you really think you could cash a cheque like that?  I hardly think so!  The bills would pile up and you would have no money for anything, at least that’s what would happen to me as my husband takes care of the money and business part of things.  We recently purchased a car and my husband had to sign his real name as husband wouldn’t do the trick.  Even Sparkie or Smilie, both of which he had been known by at work wouldn’t work either.  When payday came at work he had to have a name plus his surname to give them.

 

The importance of our real name cannot be underestimated.  The Bible tells us in Matt. 28:19 Jesus said – “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the NAME of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”  What is that Name he was talking about?  In Acts 2:38 Peter said – “Repent and be baptized everyone of you in the Name of JESUS CHRIST for the remission of sins.  Neither Jesus or Peter told us to be baptized in the titles but in the NAME.  The Bible also says in Acts 4:12 – “Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.  Col. 3:17 – “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus.  1Cor. 8:4-6 -  Tells us “There is but one God and One Lord Jesus Christ – so these have to be the same One.  It also tells us in Isa. 44:8 – God said “Is there a God besides me?  Yea, there is no God; I know not any.  So Jesus is the name of the only true God.  There is so much power in that wonderful name of Jesus.

I’m glad I know who Jesus is

I’m glad I know who Jesus is

He is more than a story, He is the King of Glory

I’m glad I know who Jesus is

I’m glad I know who Jesus is

I’m glad I know who Jesus is

He is more than just a story

He is the King of Glory

I’m glad I know who Jesus is!

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Faith!

You may ask, ‘What is faith”?According to Hebrews 11;1 ‘now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  Faith makes trusting in advance what will only make sense in reverse.  You know we as people are all prone to failure.  Why then do we want to put our trust in people who don’t really care and will only keep their word about 50% of the time?   We know that God is faithful and will always keep His word! Then why can’t we trust Him with all our problems, small or big?  Sometimes we trust Him with little things while other times we may feel we don’t want to bother Him with anything so little as that and only go to him when we are in so much trouble and are afraid we can’t make it on our own!

David had great faith in God! When only a young boy, he with Gods help slew a bear and a lion!  One  day he saw the army of Israel was frightened by a huge giant of the Philistines.  David said ,:If I could kill a bear and a lion with a sling shot and Gods help then how could I miss something as huge as that giant if I go in His name. So he went in the name of the Lord with five smooth stones and a sling shot and destroyed the troublers’ of Israel.Jesus said in Matthew 17 and 20 if we had faith only as a grain of mustard seed(that’s pretty tiny)we could remove mountains.So why not trust Him with every problem we have,He can surely solve them for us.We wouldn’t have to worry about us getting ourselves in a mess if we let God solve it for us. Isn’t God good!isn’t He big !isn’t He smart! isn’t He great! He knows every thing about us and can do any thing we ask if we come in His name!

Faith in God can move a mighty mountain,faith in God can calm a troubled sea.Faith faith faith just a little bit of faith.

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