"Don't wish me happiness I don't expect to be happy all the time....It's gotten beyond that somehow. Wish me courage and strength and a sense of humor. I will need them all." Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Thursday, 4 July 2019

The familiar



I am surrounded with the unfamiliar. There is the landscape of endless ocean and red earth, and there are tree's, shrubs and flowers I have never seen before. One morning as I drove slowly along a road near my cottage I saw something familiar and it was not a dandelion. Iris's were peeking up over the green stalks of leaves in the ditch and peering cautiously at me. It was blue-flag ( Iris Versicolor). This is the same iris's we grew in the goldfish pond I had made for my daughter on the west coast. I'm always cautious picking wildflowers and after determining that there were five or more growing nearby I brought one blooming stem home with me.  I drew it in my journal - happy for familiar company. Now when I'm out for a drive I see pops of candy purple everywhere in water filled ditches.  He put them there and he sends enough water to care for them. He put me here and I know that whatever happens like the blue flag He will care for me to. "He gives showers of rain to men, and plants of the field to everyone." Zechariah 10:1

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Thursday, 20 June 2019

My help!




I wove this very small tapestry which measures 8 inches wide by 7 inches high from embroidery floss and thread while living on the west coast. When I walked the beaches I saw mountains and when they were snow covered in a sunrise they were spectacular. They reminded me to look -up to Him and that encouraged me. No matter what was overwhelming me - He was bigger. There are no mountains here but I am blessed with their memory and I have this tapestry to remind me of this Psalm.

Friday, 7 June 2019

Care



Praise God! In the grass around my cottage are little, wild purple violets. They make me smile. I know He put them there. 

<He gives showers of rain to men, and plants of the field to everyone.>  Zechariah 10:1

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Friday, 24 May 2019

Still creating


When I see the color of a sunrise or a sunset I am reminded He is STILL creating. Creation didn't end in Genesis 1. Despite all the ugliness in our world God is still at work creating beauty.  There is a balsam popular tree in my yard - this type of tree never grew on the island I came from on the west coast. When I gaze at this tree and watch the wind blowing the white, shimmering catkins backlit in sunlight I am deeply moved.  He cares enough to continue to create. Praise God! « All Your works shall praise You, O Lord. » Psalm 145:10

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Friday, 10 May 2019

God as Mother





No more cooking in the barn. I have a thankful heart. I have a new Premier propane gas range in my kitchen and I am using it. This is the 20inch model and it has battery ignition-I use rechargeable batteries. I had a difficult time and it took awhile for me to hook it up but throughout the process I felt again the caring, nurturing, mothering qualities of our God. In scripture Jesus say's, «I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gather's her chicks under her wings. » Luke 13:34. Is God like a mother? As a mother alone with a young child I see the pure form of His nurturing love. He has the qualities of a mother that I aspire to be.
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Friday, 26 April 2019

Tuesday


When I arrived at the cottage I bought unseen on Prince Edward Island I was afraid of getting the U-Haul truck stuck in the pretty red muddy driveway so I backed it off the road and thankfully it was dry there.  Than, I began to pack everything up the driveway into the cottage. I had brought my wheelbarrow with me and as soon as I unpacked it I used it. The next day I was blessed with sufficient strength to pack both the treadle sewing machine that is in a cabinet and a china cabinet that is taller than myself up the driveway and up several stairs before entering the cottage. After two days of unpacking I had unloaded everything except my 500 pound, six foot long floor loom. Five men loaded the loom for me. I'm just a middle aged woman so what was I going to do? I prayed trusting when the time came God would show me how.  The night before I needed to unload it I saw what to do. A north west wind was blowing hard and in the morning the soft ground would be frozen. It was minus four at daybreak. I backed up the truck and extended the ramp onto the deck. Using cardboard and some small appliance rollers I pushed and slid the loom. From the ramp onto the deck and up into the house I lifted one end of the loom and I was given sufficient  strength to lift it high enough so I could continue to slide it. "I will strengthen you and help you." Isaiah 41: 10. On this same day I needed to return the U-Haul and purchase a vehicle as there is no taxi or bus service where I live. I had been watching kijiji for weeks and I had been in contact with the local vehicle insurance company. Within an hour I made the prayerful decision to purchase a used truck. It was well past suppertime when we got back home. The next morning we experienced our first atlantic spring snow storm. It was snowing and there were high winds. I was so thankful to be home and not on the roads.  I will remember this move forever and I hope my daughter does to. The love of God towards me shows me what He wants me to be.

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Friday, 12 April 2019

The drive


I'm almost there. I am in Salisbury, NB. It's only a 3 or 4 hour drive and I will be home- if I don't get lost again. The drive across Canada from coast to coast will have taken me 10 days in this 15' U-Haul truck. The most amusing and irritating thing that has happened is that my daughter and I have been constantly covered in dog hair. The lint brush is somewhere in the back of the truck. There were numerous intense moments. My daughter who was wearing her seatbelt opened the locked truck door (yes- the door's open from the inside when locked) while I was driving in traffic entering the city of Regina, Saskatchewan. Did the wind blow it shut or was it an angel's hand? Other day's there were terrific wind gusts that threatened to pull us off the road. Another  intense moment was when a ferry worker on the horseshoe ferry directed my lane off the boat. Suddenly I realized that if I didn't stop NOW my mirror was going to scrape the car next to me. I got lost in Petersburg, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec. Both times I immediately began praying. I was driving randomly, turning, uncertain where to go. My prayers were answered when I saw signs directing me to the highway/freeway I needed just as I was beginning to feel claustrophobic- which meant it was quick. There was mental fatigue and times I wanted to fall asleep at the wheel. I also discovered I needed a stronger prescription in my glasses. I limited my night driving as much as possible and every night I was directed to a safe harbour. I have never driven a truck like this before, never drove so much before and I was doing something beyond my own comfort and capabilities and the Lord provided every single time. Every prayer was answered. In my time of need He was there. I have a thankful heart. "For He will deliver him who has no helper." Psalm 72:12 Yes- I have left my cabin behind but I know God is here on the east coast with me because of all the answered prayers. I do not understand His love, His care and why I matter to Him. How can God love me because of my flaws when my partner cannot? I will leave you with a picture of the truck parked outside of my gate the morning we left the cabin and the island we called home on the west coast to begin this fantastic journey to the east coast. A special thank you to each person for every single prayer.

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