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Kodak Moments

To me remains nor place, nor time;
My country is in every clime;
I can be calm and free from care
On any shore, since God is there.

After  settling back into our non-routine routine life, I finally found made some time to compile a little photo log of our journey over the past several weeks; or, one might call it, “really great excuses as to why I haven’t been blogging.”  I think my husband’s seven-year old Kodak 612Z camera still does a pretty good job capturing and highlighting our days.

After Easter, we moved out of our cute little spot in Ottawa.

Then we stayed on the “other” side of the Ottawa River a while with friends:

with dear friend, Elaine!

and moved our “schtuff” into their basement…

Guess I got a little too comfortable in their basement!

Then, it was time to say “See you later” (not goodbye), to some friends…

With Mitch at the Coffee House (JRCM)

Dave speaking at Jericho Road Coffee House

Kim’s surprise party was a success!! ♪ Happy 50th Birthday dear Friend ♪ !!

Last day–Brunch with Mack, Ray, Gloria, JL, and Charlene (taking the pic)

As we headed out of town, some colourful tulips peaking through the snow caught our eye.

At Dow’s Lake, these early blooms held up well to the late snow

Delicate, but tough

Then we drove south, and south, and east a bit…to enjoy an extended stay in Virginia Beach for my mom’s 80th birthday celebration, shared with our daughters and grandkids!  These are just a few pics of all that were taken from our blessed time together:

With my beautiful mom. Willa

With my mom, Hope (& her baby-to-be), and Gracey!

Joy, my mom, Grace with Eva, and moi

All smiles with Gracey and Joy (and her baby-to-be)

Sisters with child(ren)

Say Cheese!! Grace, Joy, Steve, and Eva!

Cousins get reacquainted

Protected and Protector

On stage at the Kid’s Place

Eva is a star too!!

Busch Gardens with Hope, Jon and Andrew

Joy and Eva are not persuaded that the ponies are entirely safe at the Petting Zoo 🙂

John Deere meets John and Jon!

Wrapping up a morning at the Petting Zoo

Time for piggies in the sand!

The whole world’s a Beach for Poppop and Jonathan

Eva’s beach time with Pop-Pop

A few minutes of relaxin’ for lovely Nurse Grace

All done….

After spending time with our blessings, it was time to meet the road again.

highway to the hills

As Bilbo sang in The Hobbit,

Roads go ever ever on,

Over rock and under tree,

By caves where never sun has shone,

By streams that never find the sea;

Over snow by winter sown,

And through the merry flowers of June,

Over grass and over stone,

And under mountains in the moon.

So we return, for a bit, to our hollow in the hills, giving praise to the Lord for His lovingkindness, and seeking Him for whatever lies ahead.

Your decrees have been the theme of my songs wherever I have lived. Psalm 119:5

While place we seek, or place we shun,
The soul finds happiness in none;
But with a God to guide our way,
“tis equal joy to go or stay.

Jeanne Marie Guyon, 1722

What have you been up to lately?

My Compass, His Word

My Compass, His Word

Thy Word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.”  Psalm 119:105

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 
In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
Proverbs 3:5, 6

“Man’s steps are ordained by the Lord, How then can man understand his way?” Proverbs 20:24

“The steadfast of mind Thou wilt keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in Thee.”  Isaiah 26:4

“I know, O Lord, that a man’s way is not in himself, nor is it in a man who walks to direct his step.”  Jeremiah 10:23

“Do not be anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.”  Matthew 6:34

Birthdays are one of those times when I reflect back and assess some sort of progress over the past year…or lack thereof.  Then I switch gears and ponder on what lies ahead, inordinately curious about the things that may cross my unknown path…the joys, difficulties, decisions, disappointments, etc..  Usually this train of thought leads only to anxiety and a compulsive desire to control my ‘fate.’  But what do I know??   Only God knows my days.  He alone orders my path aright.  With that, my birthday must become a time of renewed trust in Him, a loving Father, Who alone directs and guides my path. As  I wrote in a journal a few years ago, “My journey is under the direction and guidance of a Wise Captain; my compass and map, His Word.”

I prefer how Spurgeon addressed this with the Word:

“Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory ”  Psalm 73:24

“The psalmist felt his need of divine guidance.  He had just been discovering the foolishness of his own heart, and lest he would be constantly led astray by it, he resolved that God’s counsel would henceforth guide him.  A sense of our own folly is a great step toward being, wise, when it leads us to rely on the wisdom of the Lord.

“The blind man leans on his friend’s arm and reaches home in safety.  Likewise, we should give ourselves up implicitly to divine guidance, nothing doubting, assured that though we cannot see, it is always safe to trust the all-seeing God.  “Thou shalt” is a blessed expression of confidence.

There is a word here for you, believer; rest in it.  Be assured that your God will be your counselor and friend.  He will guide you and will direct all your ways.

“In His written Word you have this assurance in part fulfilled, for Holy Scripture is His counsel to you.  We are happy to have God’s Word always to guide us!  What would the mariner be without his compass?  And what would the Christian be without the Bible?  This is the unerring chart, the map in which every shoal is described, and all the channels from the quicksands of destruction to the haven of salvation are mapped and marked by One who knows all the way!

“Bless you, O God, that we may trust You to guide us now, and guide us even to the end! 

“After this guidance through life, the psalmist anticipated a divine reception at last–“and afterward receive me to glory.”  What a thought for you, believer!!  God Himself will receive you to glory–You!  Though you are wandering, erring, straying, yet He will bring you safe at last to glory!  This is your portion!

“Live on it this day, and if perplexities should surround you, go, in the strength of this text, straight to the throne.”

Amen….may I ever trust you Lord, as you light my path and guide each step, according to your Word and your loving faithfulness!

Birthday Wish and Prayer

Another birthday!  Thankful for the days and years the Lord has given me to experience His love and grace in my life!  I could share so much—but in the midst of visits with our family and fellowship with dear friends, I will wait for another time.

For now, my birthday wish and prayer is that my readers would look closely at some links on this page.  Please look at the ministries worthy of attention and support (like Open Doors), and read the encouraging posts of others, more profound in their communications than I, under my Blogroll.  It would bless me so much if you discover Lidja of Crown of Beauty, Pastor Ron of PreachersPen, Tony Reinke of Cross-Centered Blog, or Mike’s, Diary of a Broken Vessel….just to mention a few. 

Thank you and please enjoy their devotions, insight, and encouragement in the Word.  And don’t forget to listen to some beautiful music in the Blue Music Box!  Blessings to all!!

Billy Graham’s Birthday!

“You are the light of the world….Let you light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”  Matthew 5:14, 16

Billy Graham is living proof of this verse.  He’s allowed the light of Christ to shine through him to the world, bringing many to a personal relationship with Jesus and glorifying the Father in heaven.  Dr. Graham turns 90 on November 7th, and we have a privileged opportunity to shine some light back to him as a gift.  The short video below by Franklin Graham explains how, or you can click HERE, to write a birthday note of thanks to one the world’s greatest evangelists and most humble of servants