Faith

A Lost Wallet

Have you ever lost your wallet?  Well, I did today.  Wynn and I had been shopping in Victoria and were on our way home.  We took the long way so that I could stop in Cordova Bay to visit a Quilting Shop there.  When I was getting out of the car, I could not find my wallet.   At first, total panic set in, as I began to think about everything that was in it.  I told Wynn we need  to get home quickly so I could cancel my cards and then I need to report it to the police.  Wynn started asking me questions, like, when did you have it last?   I remembered having it in Home Depot, the last place we were in in Victoria.  Then, I remember setting it down when I tried on a headset to protect your ears from noise.  I didn't remember picking it back up again.  Okay, so we turn around and head back to Home Depot.  How could I be so careless?  I should have taken my purse in, instead of just my wallet.  I started getting angry at myself.    Suddenly, it hit me.  This is not how I want to be reacting.  Is it the end of the world?  No!  Am I okay, healthy, safe?  Yes!  I began to thank God in the situation for his goodness and a calmness began to come over me.  I prayed that I would get my wallet back somehow, but knew that it would be alright if I didn't.  When I went into the store, I asked at the 'till if a wallet had been turned in.  I told her where I had placed it down and she phoned that department.  No, they had not seen it.  She checked at the office and no, it had not been turned in.  She said, "Sorry, honey!"  I could have left then.  But I decided to check where I had set it down to see if maybe it had fallen underneath something.  But no, it wasn't there.  An employee was sitting near by at a desk and I asked her if she had seen a wallet.  She said that she didn't work in that department.  Another employee standing nearby heard me ask her about a wallet and he said that he found it and had turned it into the customer service department.  I was elated.  I walked over to the desk and told them about my wallet.  The young man could not find it, but kept looking as I told him what the employee had said, that he took it to customer service.  Finally, he found it.  I went back to the employee and thanked him, again.  It is so good to know that there are honest people in this world.  But more importantly, I am so thankful that I have someone to turn to when things go wrong and I don't have to worry or let things get me down. 

 


Uganda

I just realized that I have mentioned Uganda in one or two of my posts; but have not explained what is happening.  I am taking the opportunity to go a 3rd world country and bless the people there. I am traveling with another couple and will be joined by a second couple in the new year, Jan 2nd.

We are leaving on Dec. 24th and I will be returning on Jan. 21st.  We will be spending a day in London, England on the way over, Christmas day, in fact.  Then, we will arrive at Entebbe airport in Uganda on the 26th and spend the night and next day in Kampala, to buy supplies for the school and to bless the people.  Then, we will drive to Mityana, Uganda where we will be staying for the next 2 weeks.  I will be visiting the children of King's Kids school and will most likely be assisting the teachers.  I have been given permission to come into the classrooms and teach whenever. 

Then, we will be traveling to South Sudan, where we will spend a week among the people in a little village called Wakatujong.   We will also be visiting a leper colony and taking much needed supplies to them as well.  The last week will be spend back in Mityana and then I return home.

I know that this trip will be a stretch for me, emotionally, spiritually and physically.  But, I am looking forward to the challenge and growing in my awareness of what the great commission is really all about, to go into all the world and spread the message of God's love through Jesus.

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Rejoice

Another dull and rainy day here in B.C. on Vancouver Island.  What do you make of it?   Well, you could stay in bed for the day, curl up and read a good book or bury your head in the sand.  Seriously, though, if you let it, the weather or any unhappy circumstance in your life could get you down.  You may begin to feel a "grump" coming on or at the very least want to complain.  That's how I started to feel this morning.  Fortunately, I caught myself right away and remembered that this is the day that the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it. Immediately, I began to smile and even sing. I had a great day, working a few hours at the preschool.  Later in the day, I had my annual check-up at the cancer clinic and was declared "cured" by the oncologist, who said he doesn't need to see me anymore. I am overjoyed.  And, yes, it is still a dull day and raining, but not on my parade.


Just Amazing!

It's an amazing thing to think of what Jesus has done for us!  We are a free peple; free indeed, from the bonds of sin, free to be who God created us to be; united forever with our creator; in relationship with the God of this universe!!  We have been given everything we need to live and enjoy our lives.  We can rejoice in any situation.  We don't have to get caught up in what people think or say down here on earth.  Let's get caught up in pleasing the Lord.  Let's rejoice in the glorious hope that lies ahead.  That's enough to make me leap for joy!


Attitude

I have always maintained that attitude is key to any situation or relationship. I just recently read a quote from Chuck Swindoll that I would like to share with you today. I believe it to be so true.

"The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.  It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do.  It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill.  It will make or break a company or a church or a home.

The remarkable thing is that we have a choice every day.  We cannot change our past; we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.  We cannot change the inevitable.  The only thing we can do is play the one string we have -and that is our attitude.  I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.  And so it is with you - we are in charge of our attitude."

                                                                                    Chuck Swindoll 

Attitude played a major role in my cancer journey.  I chose not to let all the cancer "stuff" dictate my life.  At the base of my positive attitude was hopeWithout hope, I would not have been able to enjoy living the way that I did through the journey.  "Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life."  Proverbs 13:12 NIV 

My hope was then and still is in God.  Psalm 146:5 NIV says, "Blessed  are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD their God."  The KJV version puts it this way, "Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God."

God has given us the opportunity to become new creations through His son, Jesus Christ.

In Ephesians 4, the Bible says this about our attitude.  "You were taught, with regard to your former ways of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of our minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness."  NIV

 


Are Your Limitations Holding You Back?

Recently, our pastor stated "Do not give up; do not accept the limitations that you have!" 

I have been pondering that statement as I am nearing the completion of my book, "TWICE Lessons, Insights & Healing from Cancer".  I could feel limited by the fact that I don't know anything about editing or publishing a book.  Actually,  I don't even know any people in the field. I don't have the funds to really publish it myself.  But like the following people, I will not be bound by these limitations, however big or small.  I know my God is big enough to handle any limitation that I might encounter. 

I am encouraged by people, like the ones below who have accomplished much in their lives, despite the limitations that they have.  They have learned to overcome. 

Kevin Connolly is a young man, who was born without any legs.  He is currently a professional skier, photographer and skateboarder.

Joni Eareckson Tada became a quadraplegic as a teenager through a tragic diving accident. She has become a great speaker, author, artist and evangelist. 

Liu Weil lost both his arms in an accident at the age of 10.  He learned to play the piano with his feet and won China's Got Talent Show in 2010.  His motto is very inspirational ""I can die as fast as possible, or I can live a brilliant life.  And I chose the latter."  Wow! 

No matter what our limitations are, we must not let them stop us from doing what we want to do, or even yet, what we were meant to do.  The challenges they bring can serve to teach us and make us stronger if we will not give up.  There is really nothing that can hold us back except ourselves. God, in us, will enable us to do the impossible. 

In Deuteronomy 13:19, God spoke to his people and said, " This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live."

Let's live life to the fullest and experience God's blessings.

 


Do you know who you are?

Today, I am so thankful for who I am. And who am I?  I am a woman, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a retired school teacher, a cancer survivor, a dancer and so much more.  I am also a daughter.  I am the daughter of Charles and Kathleen.  But more important than any of the afore mentioned, I am a daughter of the most high God!  He is my abba Father and I am adored by him.  He lavishes His love on me and wraps me with favour. He has given me great and precious promises.  He has plans to prosper me. Wow!  Because of the sacrifice of his only Son, Jesus Christ, and the blood that was shed for me, I am worthy to receive all that He has for me.  It is all that I could ever want or need.  Do you know who you are?


Praise Changes Things!

Live in an atmosphere of praise!  It changes things!  As I am writing my book, I am so reminded about this.  When I lay on my couch, Nov.2/06 at 79 lbs, thinking that I was breathing my last breath, I began to praise God.  My friend, Mary, had sent me a CD from Joshua Mills, entitled Praise Changes the Atmosphere.  Wow!  I was so impacted by that CD and here I am today.  I am well and enjoying my life.  And I know, it is because God raised me up.

I cannot stress enough the importance of praising God in everything.  We often take the everyday things for granted.  But, nothing happens to us by chance.  If we are a child of God, then He is watching over and seeing to every little detail of our life.  There are times, when praise is the last thing that we want to do. I know, I've been there.  But that is exactly the time that we must.  I believe that is when it becomes what the Bible says "a sacrifice of praise".  It wasn't easy, but as I acted in obediance to what God said, he filled not only my heart with praise but my mouth as well.  I became aware of all the things that I had to be thankful for and joy filled my heart.  So let's be a people of praise!  Let's change the world we live in!  Let's be a peculiar people!


Pain

I read an interesting article by Philip Yancey today talking about pain.  In summary, Philip suggests that pain can either turn us away from God or turn us toward God.  I think that is a true statement.   None of us like pain and we may even ask why there is so much of it in life.  As Christians, we can blame it all on the "Fall" (Adam and Eve), but that doesn't offer much help or seem relevant for our pain today.  We still would like to know why God continues to allow such pain and suffering. 

First, I believe that it was all a part of God's plan.  In my case, God used the pain to draw me closer to Him.  Nothing around me seemed to matter when I found out I had cancer.  At first, I didn't want to see anyone; but I sure did talk to God.  I'm not sure I was all that pleasant either; but I knew He would listen and not interrupt.  God did eventually lead me to what I should do; but not until I had vented all my anger and frustrations. 

Secondly, I believe it is because He loves us so much.  What, you say?  Hear me out.  If you love someone, you want the best for them.  God wants the best for us.  The best is what He has planned for us.  It is what we were created for.  Sometimes, we need a wake up call to discover what that is.  I know I did.  I can't say that I have arrived or that I've got it all figured out.  But I can say that I am a whole lot more at peace with myself and my life.

Thirdly, I believe it is to prepare us for the future events that will surely come as the Word of God tells us.  There is coming a time of great tribulation that will make it extremely difficult for believers of Christ to exist.  Perhaps, we will not be here, because we will be taken away in the rapture.  I don't know, Bible scholars can't even agree.  But I do know, this is a time to put oil in our lamps, in other words to build relationship with our creator, God, so that we will be ready for whatever happens in the future.

So, even though we do not want to embrace pain, we need to look at it from different perspective and see what is in it for us.