Friday, July 7, 2017

Placing my Blog on Hold ~



Have you ever gone through your day, looked around
and wondered what was going on in the lives 
of those around you?
I often do that, especially when there is something major happening
in my own life and the life of my family.
Like for instance this past Tuesday, the 4th of July
when, instead of having an afternoon barbecue with family members
I was zipping in and out of heavy traffic making my way for the hospital
to see my mother, who had been taken by "flight for life" to a major hospital
not but a few hours earlier.
Mom is, as the Doctors say ~ "stabily critical with a very sick heart."
My three hour drive seemed like an eternity!
Though I was driving with care I'm sure to those other drivers on the road
I appeared to be a crazy women.
I thought to myself  'maybe there are times when drivers zip by me
on the highway because they too have an emergency
and I'm getting upset with their driving.'
We really don't know what people around us may be going through
as we come into contact with them.
Some may be carrying some pretty heavy loads and burdens.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if people would choose to be more sensitive,
caring and understanding rather than cranky, out spoken
or judgmental? Life would sure be a lot sweeter.


I will be placing my blog on hold during this season of our lives.
My mind is finding it hard to function at times
and I need to be focused on the issue at hand without other concerns.
Even though there is a lot of waiting time as the Doctors work first and for most to get mom out of the critical stage, my mind seems elsewhere more times than not.
God has been good and gracious through out this whole ordeal,
and I am praising His Holy Name.
I may take some time and stop in for a visit, 
but should you not see me around please, no worries.
I must apologize to some of you for not responding to your comments 
during my last two posts . 
I so appreciate your sweet visits and lovely comments
and they deserve a reply back, but finding that extra time has been difficult.
Over the last week I have been dealing with a nasty virus on top of everything else
and free time just doesn't seem to be available right now.
I would like to thank each one of you in advance for your prayers,
love and concern. God bless you.
 I asked for prayer weeks ago for my father-in-law with his colon cancer
and his surgery went well.
Praise the Lord!

~♡~♡~♡~♡~

Prayer lays hold of God's plan and becomes the link between His will
and it's accomplishments on earth.
Amazing things happen, and we are given the privilege 
of being the channels of the Holy Spirit's prayer.
~ Elisabeth Elliot ~

~♡~♡~♡~♡~

"Ye also helping together by prayer for us,
that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons
thanks may be given by many on our behalf."
~ 2 Corinthians 1:11 ~

With a Grateful Heart!
~ Debbie ~

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Two Countries Celebrate ☆

HAPPY CANADA DAY!

With my husband being from Canada, I have had the joy and privilege 
of living in the beautiful country of Canada,
meeting and knowing some of the most wonderful people
and making lasting friendships with memories that I have treasured within my heart.
This  year Canada celebrates Her 150th Birthday,
isn't that exciting!
To you, my dear Canadian friends and followers,
Happy Canada Day!
Enjoy your gatherings as you celebrate 150 years as a country.
From my country next door, I will be celebrating  with you on this special day.
God's blessings be upon you~



HAPPY 4th OF JULY!

"For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty;
only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh,
but by love serve one another."
(Galatians 5:13)
We were created to reflect God's character
 and love purposes the good of another.
Our Redeemer *Jesus Christ* frees us to serve one another.
We are saved to serve!
True spiritual freedom means that we submit our own desires
to that which is best for others. 
"All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; 
all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.
Let no one seek His own, but each other's well being."
(1 Corinthians 10:23,24)
This is the way of liberty ~ the way of freedom in Christ.
Love changes things, doesn't it?
No matter what country we may be blessed to live in,
may we walk after the ways and characteristics of God,
looking to the best of others,
 bringing honor and glory to our Great and Majestic God.

~~~~~~

Anyone happen to want to guess where my photo was taken?


To God be the Glory!
~ Debbie ~



Monday, June 26, 2017

It's Good to be Back~

Hello to you, my dear friends!
My husband and I have returned home from our travels
and while we were away we found life quite relaxing
 without the Internet and cell phone.
Yes, we turned off our cell phones while we were away, it was GLORIOUS!
You were missed, and I trust that while I was away you have enjoyed your spring
and now summer as we look ahead to the beauty it affords us?
While we were away, we enjoyed God's glorious sunsets
from the shores of Lake Huron as we spent precious time
with my husband's father in Canada.


The day after we arrived my father-in-law became ill.
We headed to the World Crokinole Championships
~one of the reasons why we were in Canada~
only to find ourselves driving back to the town my father-in-law lives in
to get medical help for him.
Without going into the details, tests show that cancer was found in his colon.
May I ask for your prayers on his behalf please?
"Be careful for nothing , but in every thing by prayer
and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests
be made known unto God" 
(Philippians 4:6)
The first few days of our visit my father-in-law was in the hospital,
and our best laid plans for our vacation turned upside down.
I believe we are to be wise in the planning of our days,
but we must remember that our days belong to God.
I was reminded of Proverbs 27:1
"Boast not thyself of tomorrow;
for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth"
Isn't that so true?
Even though our plans changed
 my husband and I were thankful that we were in Canada
during the time that we were and could be with my father-in-law
during those days when we could be of help to him.
We only wished we could have stayed longer.

♡♡♡♡

This vacation was planned around enjoying the motor home 
that my parents gifted my husband and me with.
This is the motor home that I have been driving (Miss Daisy) my mother in
over the past two years to and from Arizona
since dad passed away. 


Mom has settled into a lovely home and will no longer
stay the winters in her motor home. 
I can't blame her at all for wanting something permanent.
After dad passed away mom said to me, 
"What am I supposed to do with my life now?"
Mom and dad had just gone through an estate sale and the selling of their home.
I told her to continue doing just as she and dad had been doing
until God showed her differently.
God is showing her a new path and looking after her each step of the way.
I'm so thankful God looks after His own and cares about every detail of our lives.
My husband and I are beyond grateful for the gift of this beautiful
and well kept motor home and we are looking forward to many travels
in future days as the Lord directs.
Our desire is to use this motor home for God's glory.

♡♡♡♡

While we were in Canada, daily I would find time alone and 
walk with the Lord in quietness. The boardwalk is one of my favorite 
walking grounds as the sun is rising or setting.


I had hoped that my time away would be a time of deep reflection between God and I,
but my time was used differently not allowing for much of that.
No matter what God brings into our daily lives we can always find the time
to be alone with Him, even if it's not as we planed out.
Again, we can plan our days as we so wish,
but it is God who owns our days and He makes all things work 
together for good no matter what may come our way.
"And we know that all things work together for good
to them that love God, to them who are the called
according to His purpose"
(Romans 8:28)

♡♡♡♡

It's good to be back, but I will be in and out for the next couple of weeks
visiting with you as we have our oldest three grandsons 
coming for a week and then some dear friends will
be visiting the next week.
All winter long we await the nice weather and then when it arrives
life becomes quite full with family, friends and beautiful sunshine.
Enjoy the days which God so graciously gifts you with
and sing praises unto His Holy Name.
God's blessings be upon you, dear friends. ♡

Be Joyful!
~ Debbie ~

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Marvellous Lovingkindness ♡

Hello sweet friends!!
I know, I know, I was not going to post for awhile, but here I am.
My husband and I have been busy getting our ducks in a row
before leaving on our travels and the last duck has been placed, hallelujah!
We will be heading out soon but I just had to share something with you.
As I mentioned in my last post, my time away will be enjoyed
by quiet precious time sitting at the feet of Jesus.
Even during this busy time of preparing to go away the Lord
has been gracious in meeting me in the early mornings and
preparing me for what I believe is going to be a glorious
and blessed time in quietness and communion as I seek His presence.
Many of you have shared privately with me of your own desire
to draw closer to our Precious Heavenly Father,
and that's why I wanted to share this beautiful devotional with you.
May your heart be as blessed as my my own heart has been
as I've pondered on these lovely words.

~♡♡♡~



~ Marvellous Lovingkindness ~

"Show Your marvellous lovingkindness by Your right hand,
O You who save those who trust in you
from those who rise up against them."
~Psalm 17:7 ~

When we give our hearts with our alms, we give well, but we must often 
plead to a failure in this respect. Not so our Master and our Lord.
His favours are always performed with the love of His heart.
He does not send us to the cold meat and the broken pieces
from the table of His luxury, but He dips our morsel in His own dish,
and seasons our provisions with the spices of His fragrant affections.
When He puts the golden tokens of His grace into our palms,
He accompanies the gift with such a warm pressure of our hand,
that the manner of His giving is as precious as the boon itself.
He will come into our houses upon His errands of kindness,
and He will not act as some austere visitors do in the poor man's cottage,
but He sits by our side, not despising our poverty , nor blaming our weakness.
Beloved, with that smile does He speak!
What golden sentences drop from His gracious lips!
What embraces of affection does He bestow upon us!
If He had but given us farthings, the way of His giving would have
gilded them; but as it is, the costly alms are set in a golden
basket by His pleasant carriage. It is impossible to doubt the sincerity
of His charity, for there is a bleeding heart stamped upon the face of all
His benefactors. He giveth liberally and upbraideth not.
Not one hint that we are burdensome to Him; not one cold look
for His poor pensioners; but He rejoices in His mercy,
and presses us to His bosom while He is pouring out His life for us.
There is a fragrance in His spikenard which nothing but His heart could produce;
there is a sweetness in His honey-comb which could not be in it unless
the very essence of His soul's affection had been mingled with it.
Oh! the rare communion which such singular heartiness effecteth! 
May we continually taste and know the blessedness of it!
~
Morning & Evening with Spurgeon

~♡♡♡~

The spirit of God used Spurgeon's words to penetrate my own heart.
"God's favours are always performed with the love of His heart"
"He seasons our provisions with the spices of His fragrant affections"
"He sits by our side, not blaming our weaknesses"
"His smile, His gracious lips, His embrace of affection does He bestow upon us"
"There is a bleeding heart stamped upon the face of His benefactors"
"We are not burdensome to Him"
"He presses us to His bosom while He is pouring out His life for us"
Oh such love!
Our Heavenly Father always draws us with the cords of love
that we might enjoy and exercise a more simple faith in Him.
Friends, are you leaving your worldly cares with God?
Trusting Him completely when you hear Him say,
"come my child, and trust Me?"
As a child of the King, we are privileged to enter into His presence
and approach boldly the throne of His grace.
May we not hold back, but allow God to draw us ever so close to His bosom
so our joy may be full.

~♡♡♡~

Another wonderful reason for my posting was so I could share with you
the love that was shown to me from a dear and precious blogging friend.
Barbara, who so beautifully blogs over at Small Moments 
was having a give-away and I was her blessed winner.
I don't usually enter give-away's, but her gift of this gorgeous address book
was hard to pass up.



This address book has gorgeous pictures throughout painted by Claude Monet,
who was born in Paris but spent his youth at Le Havre where his
innate desire to paint was matched by his love for the Seine with its
reflections of trees, houses and passing boats.
Barbara also sent me a beautiful hand crafted sachet filled with
lavender from her very own garden along with the sweetest note card.
Thank you so much Barbara for sharing your beauty and love!



Be Gracious!
~ Debbie ~


Friday, May 12, 2017

Reflection Time ~


Hello dear and faithful friends!
I'm going to be taking some time off indefinitely from my blog posts.
My husband and I will be traveling and I do not wish
to think about the computer while enjoying those relaxing days,
 so this is a good time to step back for some much needed time 
to reflect on some things that have been tugging at my heart strings. 
Sometimes it can be difficult hearing the voice of the Lord
through the noise that surrounds our lives and I need to stop and listen
to what the Lord is trying to say to me in some areas of my life.
I don't know about you, but I'm  finding that social media has a way of 
taking hold of the hours in my day, it's not all bad, just time consuming.
Through God's Word and His gentle leading
I will be taking some time for reflection.
Lately I've been pondering on Psalm 23, mostly verses 1~3
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"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures;
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul; 
He leads me in the paths of righteousnes.
For His name's sake.
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Jehovah-Rohi, meaning The Lord my Shepherd.
The Lord, my Shepherd, cares for me in every aspect of my life,
His loving, protective care is perfect in every way
and I know that as I take this time for reflecting on some issues at hand
He will lead me to a place of sustenance and rest, beside still waters,
where at peace I will find answers and direction.
With a heart of gratitude I would like to say thank you
for your precious friendship and faithfulness 
as you have so graciously blessed my life through this Blog.
Thank You Jesus!



HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY LOVELY LADIES

Praising my Jesus!
~ Debbie ~
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