Thoughts on Faith

People say I have a lot of faith.  Well here are some thought that I have about faith.

  • Faith knows what the Word of God says.
  • Faith is your response to what God has already done.
  • Faith acts.
  • Faith can only operate when the will of God is known.
  • Faith sees the Word of God as more real than what you see.
  • Faith does not consider the alternative.
  • Faith does not elevate natural circumstances higher than the Word of God.
  • Faith has an attitude.
  • Faith takes a stand.
  • Faith is voice activated.
  • Faith speaks.
  • Faith works through love.

I believe that God has given us all the faith we need to be victorious.  We can speak to the mountain and tell it to move, if we do not doubt.  We must believe what we say and proclaim it.   Faith in God is how we win the battles of life.  We believe because we know our God.

God is Good!

Wow!  So much to be thinking about these days and so much to be distracted by.  It seems we are seeing so many signs of the end time being fulfilled right before our eyes.  There is so much lawlessness, wickedness and deception all around us.  We can scarcely take it in, let alone try to understand it all. 

These are tough times for everyone, but especially for people who thrive on close relationships; those who love to hug and spend time with their friends and family.  Science has proved that a hormone called oxytocin is realeased when people interact with one another, especially through hugs.  It is produced by the hypothalamus and secreted by the pituitary gland.  It has been called the "love hormone" or "cuddle chemical" because of its importance in human behaviours. We are being deprived of this day after day.  Depression, suicide and drug overdoses have increased in the general populations according to articles that I have read.  If you have cancer, more than likely, you are also feeling the effects as people avoid you, because of Covid.

To add to that, how sad it is that during Covid, so many elderly people are being denied this very important hormone. Many in nursing homes have just given up and are dying of broken hearts.  They are missing the human touch. 

My mom is 93, and has a type of dementia.  She is very confused about what is happening these days.  I live on the west coast and she lives in Ontario.  She says she is very lonely.  No one comes to visit her anymore; but she doesn't understand why. She has lots of family close by; but no one wants her to get sick.  She loved a day program at a local nursing home; but of course it was stopped because of Covid.  She tells me sometimes, she doesn't know what she has to live for.  She has a housekeeper who comes and also brings groceries; but she wears a mask and keeps her distance.  Usually, I fly out and spend a couple of weeks with her around her birthday; but of course that did not happen this year. 

You may be wondering why I entitled my post God is Good!  That is because He is, of course!  In spite of everything that is happening, God's love for us is undeniable.  I look around me and I see His goodness, everywhere!  Our vegetable garden has yielded a lot of food for our freezer.  We have a fig tree, apple tree and pear tree.  All of them have produced a good crop this year.  I have been able to be home more and have actually enjoyed retirement.  My husband and I have both enjoyed some quality time together.  I call my mom, everyday and sometimes twice.  I have enjoyed long walks with my dog.  My husband and I both enjoy good health.  My mom's program is starting up again.

But more than that, whatever the future brings, I know we are not alone.  God will never leave us or forsake us.  I know God is for us, so who can be against us!  His mercy and grace follow us every where we go.  I know He wants us to live an abundant life, a life that is full.  Just what does that mean, well, I believe it is internal, certainly not external.  And because it is internal, no one can take that away from us.  He gives us the fruit of the Spirit, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control and against these thing there is no law.  (Galatians 5:22-23)  No matter what happens around us, we can be satisfied in Him. 

Our lives may be falling apart but this one thing is true, God is good.  Everything God does is for our good and His glory.  We were made to know and love Him.  He delights in us.  He delights in you. 

I just listened to a beautiful song tonight that someone sent to me, entitled "Belovedness" by Sarah Kroger.  Here are the words to the chorus!  "You're mine. I smiled when I made you.  I find you beautiful in everyway.  My love for you is fierce and unending. I'll come to find you, whatever it takes.  My beloved.  It's time to own you're belovedness."  Check it out!

God is Good!



Be Encouraged!

I have not written for quite a while, I'm not sure why.  I have no excuse.  Life just kind of gets in the way, especially when everything is going smoothly, not really thinking about the blog and not really having anything to say.

But lately it seems there is a lot to talk about.  This covid-19 has everyone talking, many are living in fear and wonder about the future; what does it hold for our children and grandchildren?  Will this virus ever be stopped by a vaccine and will it be mandatory?  Will this 5G network of towers be harmful as some say?  I don't know.  Are we going to remain a free country or are we going to be subject to rules and regulations by a government of which we have no say?  Freedom of speech is under attack, freedom to worship in our churches has been curtailed, the right to raise your child as you see fit is under attack, and on it goes.

You know as a Christian, it is no surprise to me, that we are reaping the results of a society that has fallen completely in love with the ways of the world and is bent on glorifying itself.  But I am here to tell you that God is still on the throne!

We need to be spreading the good news of Jesus Christ and what He has done for us and stop dwelling on what the world is saying.  God has forgiven us of all our sins and healed us of all our diseases through his Son Jesus and why, because He loves us!

In February, just before all this covid-19 started, I had an ultra sound that showed some type of mass in my stomach.  The doctor said it was quite possible that the cancer had come back.  I clearly remember something rising up in me and saying to the doctor something like You gotta be kidding me! Three times the enemy has tried to take me out; it's not going to happen. My doctor just kind of looked at me and said, well we'll just see what turns up.  He scheduled a CTC scan. 

I walked out of that office and immediately started speaking to the devil (not sure if I should really have been giving him the time of day, however) saying things like  'who do you think you are?  I'm a child of God, you can't mess with me!  You've already tried 3 times, give it up already. I don't care what that scan shows, you are not taking me out or making me sick.  I think I even said something like I can't wait to see your reaction when you see the victory that I will have again.  I will live to declare the works of the Lord.'  I had no fear, only peace.  I came home and told my rock (Wynn, my husband) who had no real reaction to speak of.  Together, we agreed and took authority over the supposedly cancer in my body and said that it had to leave, that it had no place in my body.  My body is the temple of the Holy Spirit and it has to leave.  I started taking a little more care about what I was eating and doing;  but I was in a different place than the last few times when I was told I had cancer.  I was not in any kind of performance position, like other times.  I knew that there was nothing that I needed to do for God to heal me.  God is my healer.  I wrote a little chorus for Psalm 103:2-4 that I sang and I quoted other scriptures about healing.  I just felt the joy of the Lord and peace.  I believed that he healed me the moment I asked him to and I actually forgot about it most days. 

Because of covid, I had to wait several months and finally at the end of July when things were starting to get back to normal, re: hospital app'ts. etc. I received a date for the CTC scan.  I was so excited, I couldn't wait to see what it would show and the truth was I didn't care what it showed, because I know God is for me and not against me and He wants me well.  Jesus didn't just die for my sin but for my healing too.  The doctor called me 2 days later and reported that the scan showed nothing there, absolutely no sign of cancer anywhere.  Hallelujah, Praise the Lord, be encouraged!

God is never the author of sickness or disease; it is always the work of the devil to kill, destroy and take away our peace.  When we ask God for healing, it is His will and he answers right away.  We need to learn how to receive it and take it.  If you are standing for a healing, know that it is always God's will  to heal you.  Get into the Word and let God wash over you with his  amazing love, grace and healing power.

Do No Harm.. Love Yourself

I just listened to a cancer lecture by Dr. Francisco Contreras that I found intriguing.

In it he emphasizes that any cancer approach should involve no harm to the patient and that one should love themselves.  We need to love ourselves enough to take care of our body.  He discusses eating healthy food, getting proper rest, exercising, taking time to enjoy life, and laughing more.

He said "There is misinterpretation when dealing with cancers.  95% of money and time is spent on getting rid of the tumour and 5% of money and time is spent on the patient.   The tumour is NOT the issue.  It should be 95% of money and time spent on the patient and only 5% of money and time spent on the tumour."

His key point through out was that it is more important that the spiritual and emotional needs of the patient are met first, because they are eternal.

He states, "Do No Harm and Love Yourself!"




Practice the Pause!

When in doubt, Pause. 

When angry, Pause. 

When tired, Pause. 

When frustrated, Pause.

When stressed, Pause. 

And when you Pause, Pray.


Because in every encounter, we either give LIFE, or we drain it.  There is no neutral exchange.

                - from Toby Mac at Speak Life  

Such sound advice! I know that I have said things and then wished I hadn't, especially when experiencing some of the emotions mentioned above.  Let's take time to think before we speak.

To quote the words of King Solomon "Death and life are in the power of the tongue."




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. 



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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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!


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