Saturday, 8 September 2018

August blog 2018


A little extra short blog I wrote in July.......before I start something for August. (do you think we could blame the weather???)

It is now July 23, 2018, my husband and I are patiently waiting for July 25th, the morning he goes into surgery for his left knee.
Are we anxious? Of course we are! But...God is here! Therefore, we are going to put our trust in His judgement, as to the outcome. The peace and calmness should be evident in our life, letting the world know, we belong to Him heart and soul. We thank You Lord for Your blessings of healing and remove any lies from the enemy that bring us fear. We pray that fear will be gone in the Name of Jesus.
Give us the strength, courage and wisdom to deal with all the stress that goes with this kind of surgery for both Alex and I, including out children and grandchildren.
I will now put all that I have prayed for in Your loving hands Father. Praising God in all circumstances. Thank You Jesus.
It is now August 5th, the operation is over and the healing is slowly taking place. Praise the Lord. My husband is working very hard on his exercising which is very important. People who do not exercise, do not have a good outcome. So I have heard over and over again from others who have had the same operation. We are claiming victory for complete healing for my husbands knee. So far so good and the bruising is disappearing, thank you Jesus.

Psalm 95; 1-2
Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before Him with thanksgiving and extol Him with music and song.

Right...what would a happy prayer sound like? I am going to try.


Proverbs 15: 13a
A happy heart makes the face cheerful.


                                                                A HAPPY PRAYER”
God our Redeemer
and Sustenance.
Happiness and Joy are ours
for the asking.
Won't you change our sad
to happy in all
circumstances as we
worship, thank and
praise You for all Your
many blessings?
In Jesus Name we Pray.
BE HAPPY”
Amen.




August 1st 2018
What next? I do not know about you, but with all our extra heat we have had and are still having, the year is still going by, way to fast.
But I do have some food for thought. It comes from a song and it starts like this... “A saint is just a sinner who fell down...and got up”. I am going to see if I can find the words and tune to this one. I like the tittle. What about you? Lets talk it up!
Words are good when they are used to raise people up. The part that bothers me, are the hurting words that degrade us by people who do not really know they are hurting, (forgive them Father, they know not what they are doing.)
How about us? Have we ever felt like that when we make mistakes? Are we able to get back up? I do not know about you, but if I do not go to God right away, and ask for His help, it does not always work.
Therefore, my suggestion to all sinners, is just that! (big or small) Go to our Lord and Saviour, He is always there for us, anytime...anywhere. What do you think? Have you tried it?
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O.K. It is time to update you on my husbands left knee!
August 22...4 weeks now, and doing well. Exercising as he should, stitches are out and just using the cane to get around. The rest of the healing is also in God's hands. We are confident and claim victory for no more pain, thank you Jesus. Amen
We are having another rain day, which our farmers need, another thank you to our Lord.


Another step for my husbands knee, The 6 weeks are finished, but the knee has still got a long way to go before completely healing and stability is finished. Therefore we will keep asking God for complete healing of his left knee/
I am a bit off sending out my August blog, due to a few glitches.


Thank You Lord
for all Your blessings
during our warmth and rain
of summer.
Susan

Friday, 13 July 2018

It is going to be a very busy July, 2018

It is going to be a very busy July, 2018

July 13, Friday

Besides our 58th anniversary on July 9th, we have different things going on health wise, nothing scary, just knew teeth and knee cap for hubby this July, but all going well

I am thinking about putting something in that is very prevalent on my mind at this time of my life.
Being very grateful to getting to the age that I am, I have more time to think of all the blessings God has bestowed on our entire family. Yes, there are life happenings to all of us, but the on going blessings
of our Father's love are for ever in the forefront of our life. We should be forever grateful and thankful at all times, don't you think?

Is that why I want to keep sharing what our Lord and Saviour has shown and taught me from young
on? Besides the good happenings of life, there have been struggles, but each time His love became greater in my body and soul and I came to love Him more. How great is that!

I am looking forward to our life in Heaven with our Lord and Saviour, either when my life ends on this earth or when we see His second coming.

By the way, my prayer life has improved as well. Why? I am thanking and praising God and His Son more and more. I have said this before...change is inevitable, growth is a choice. Our love,...our forgiving and all the beatitudes should come first in our life so that everyone will see Christ in our lives. Wouldn’t that be grand!

Die to self...until we do that, it is very hard to worship God properly. Either by myself or openly in public. Right at this moment, I am trying to have a pity party. Why? The bible studies, choir practise nights are done for the summer and here I am without a lot of people to talk too.

So what am I doing to get over this summer slump? I am reading over for the third time, a book series called The Yada Yada Prayer Group by Neta Jackson. The book is about life. The ups and downs of life with a lot of praise, prayers and worship stuck in between life's happenings. And all the ladies are of different cultures. I love it!

Why am I reading it over again? It keeps me in touch with my feelings and thoughts that the ladies in the book are going through, so often entwined with things that I am experiencing. Therefore: When they are in there prayer group time, twice a month, I am there with them. Sharing in their happiness and sadness, wishing that I had a prayer group of my own, not just a bible study group which I facilitate and enjoy by the way.

Why am I bearing my soul? It helps me come out of this shell of loneliness, because of other peoples fun in the sun, during this summer or travel plans. Thank goodness God is sharing this time and getting me through. That is why I want to talk about, sharing, praising and worshipping our Lord and Saviour. It is so neat the way the ladies, nurture each other and pray openly and in so doing, helping the weaker and new believers of their group to do the same. It works, when you work it. What? Our faith!

When they started their prayer group after being at a woman’s conference for 3 days, each morning they started their time, with worship, just praising God, worshipping Him, being glad to know Him...no strings attached. I admired it, it reminded me of all the conferences that I went to in my younger years, I enjoyed them all.

That is what I am missing the most. I am a people person, does it show?

Prayer:
Anyway, now that I have vented Father, help me to get over this time of me and use this new found peace and calmness you have given me anew; so that this anxiety will dissipate. Thank You Jesus!

O.K I need to take a break, and figure out what to make for lunch, plan grocery list and shop. Plus
all the rest of household stuff, and it is all small stuff. See you later!

Done...
Actually, it has been three days and here I am, a little more stable and I have even got a lot of work done of all kinds. Thank you Jesus! I still have not had a lot of talking with people, but I am talking and praying with my Saviour. He is listening!

It is time for a poem...telling why, I am feeling like I am!

Jesus asks:

Day by day, abide with Me.
I love you more than I can say.
I died a death that I may pay
for all your sins on that one day.
I also ask, you die to self...
learning why I had to die.
I also want, all to worship Me.
Do not feel shame,
share My love
from day to day!
1998


I feel I need to share more from Yada Yada...

I want to seal it in my heart and mind. Same reason we read, or should be reading our bibles on a more regular basis, right! It is called precept on precept. It does help. Changing the subject sort of, (not really). After all, my blog is mostly about love and forgiveness, isn't it?

I am going to quote one of the ladies in the book I am reading. I have said it in my blog somewhere, more than once. I want you to hear it in someone else's words.

Quote -“When we hold on to our anger, we allow the person who hurt us to keep hurting us again and again, every time we think about what happened. That gives satan way too much power! That's why the 'Jesus way' points us to reconciliation and forgiveness. But She held up her hand like a stop sign...maybe that's something for us to think and pray about. God understands we need time. Why don't we pray for this person and her mom, and all of us who are still struggling with the after-effects of said happenings and also for the offender involved.” (I have changed the names and circumstances)

A few chapters after this incident that caused the hurts to all 11 women involved at the next prayer group time...this is what came about. One of the new believers questioned it...when they don't say sorry that forgiving gets hard. Still, sometimes you have to do it for our sanity. Maybe that is why Jesus told us to forgive our enemies, more for our sake than theirs. A little forgiveness goes a long way and it takes the sting out.”

Thank you Neta Jackson, for writing this series.

This scenario, they were talking about has helped me over and over again. Why? Because God is good all the time. All the time, God is good. (I took this from the movie...God is not dead, (one and two). Loved them both.

Psalm 34: 1-9
I will extol the Lord at all times, His praise will always be on my lips. My soul will boast in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt His name together. I sought the Lord and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. This poor man called and the Lord heard him; He saved him out of all his troubles. The anger of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him and He delivers them. Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him. Fear the Lord, you His saints, for those who fear Him lack nothing.

Hence;

My latest mantra that I use to stabilize my fear and anxiety is (fear gone in the name of Jesus!) It has helped me tremendously. I thank my Lord for that too.


All right this blog is getting too long! Time to quit.


Therefore, I will ask for your prayers. Father God, it is getting closer to my husband's knee surgery and I am having panic attack’s which I do not want. I have Your peace and calmness, but the enemy is picking on my weak spots again and I need Your help with putting Your armour on when it starts. Thank you for answering my prayers and all that are going to join me in Jesus Name we pray.


I love You Lord.
Bless the people
reading this blog,
they love You too!


Susan

Monday, 4 June 2018

TIME...

June 4th 2018

This is something that I have dug out of the past, in fact 2006, and hope to continue to use the spiritual wisdom I’ve gained to help others connect with God. I just happened to be in charge that year, of Women in Service, a start up meeting, 2006 at our church.

Psalm 31:15 “My times are in your hand: deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.

Time... The one thing we seem never to have enough of...is rarely thought of as a gift from God. Yet, If we believe scripture, each of us is given an allotment of time to use productively for God. However, many of us seem to behave as though time itself is the “enemy,” as in the Psalm above.

Time is a gift from a generous and loving God, a commodity and an important reality for us to seriously consider.

We hope you will be challenged in your faith as you wrestle with the concept of time; how it is tithed and how it is used to usher in God’s kingdom here on earth.

Have I misused it? Yes, I think I have. Therefore I tried to make a mental note of what I had all accomplished in my life if anything! You know what I came up with? I have done a heck of a lot, even in my infirmity, but that still did not answer the question – have I misused it and here I mean, time with God and for God.

I think you all know the answer to that – yes I did, for had I been concentrating on God more instead of myself, I might not have gotten so far down in my well.

Needless to say what brought me to this point of thought? What would God have done, lets say, (if Jesus had said to His Father) no, not now or, I’ll do it later. Wow! We would not have the salvation we have now...Serious thought isn’t it?

Jesus did not have a choice, because He loves us and neither do we have a choice, if we want a healthy relationship with God. Or imagine where we would be; if the prophets and disciples would all have said, let someone else do it, not know, or even asked the question why me?

Our jobs for God are never finished no matter what our age, there is always one more thing, over and over for us to do if we love our Lord and Saviour!

This is a quote I took from the Upper Room devotional – July/Aug. issue page 32, year 2006???

Quote -
“Even the saints or people we look up to never see themselves as having arrived at a state of sinless perfection. Like them, the closer we get to God, the more we will realize how far we have to go. At the same time the journey with God is worth it all. For nothing can replace a deep and abiding relationship with God through Jesus Christ.”

Getting back to time – Time with and for God.



I had to stop wasting it. It was not easy to give up bad habits I picked up through the years. I am not an over organized person, but I can be, if I put my mind to it. In fact; I sound and look down right vexed sometimes and the next time every thing seems to go right and I do not look over anxious. I have to accept and like myself but still try to change the things I can.

I have been healed from some of the things that had me bound and am now free to serve my Lord and Saviour and use every minute of the day if need be; such as...pray to get myself back on track when I falter. Time with God is precious to me now and I get guilty pangs when and if I misuse it.

As Christians, we are so blessed; we can go to Him in prayer any time day or night.
We do not need a statue, cross, or shrine etc.

The following poem spoke volumes to me. I love it when God does this for me, and I am blessed once again. Thank you Lord!

God Speaks

You had a whispering in your soul!
Was it God?
What did He say?
Was it in words or
gentle prodding of our mind,
to tell us if we were right or wrong?

I feel most times
God speaks in silence, as does the land
where we see the wonder of His great hand.
Do we listen with our heart
when God tells us how
we must impart
the love of Jesus to all around
bringing with it Joys that abound?

Do not fret is most often heard
by those of us His love have felt.
I cannot count the endless times
I asked for help along the way
but not an answer would arrive
till I did drop my stubborn pride.
Again my heart would skip a beat
and soon my soul was calm and free
to know my Saviour loveth me.

October 6, 1996





Here is another quote from the Upper Room – September/October issue - from the editor. His title is “from harried living to Holy Living”. I like that statement.

“Do you find yourself running from place to place? Impatient and angry with those who get in your way, living in a hurried and harried state? If so, you probably also feel trapped on the surface of life, out of touch with your depth from your soul.”

In his letter to the Ephesians, the apostle Paul tells us to redeem the time, which can also be translated “making the most of the time:”

To redeem the time means to live as children of light. Read daily, the following verse. trusting God each and every day in exchange for the highest possible return; a life of enduring quality.

Ephesians 5; 8 For you were once...darkness, but now you are light in the Lord,
Live as children of light.

In a relatively short span of years, Jesus lived in God’s will, a life of enduring quality. A quality we should continue to celebrate and imitate. Jesus did not waste God’s time, He couldn’t, He only had 3 years of ministry at best. (End of quotes from that page.)

How much time do we have? The enemy is always at work around us, giving us a thousand excuses as to why we cannot give God more time. And here, I don’t just mean doing things for Him. Are we spiritually in tune as we do our work or play?

As you may have already perceived this particular blog is not a regular one. It was taken from our opening meeting for Women in Service. It was going to be our theme for the year, and ended with a prayer. Therefore, I decided to leave the rest in also. All this could also be used for a men’s group, as far as I am concerned.

As we start this new year of Women in service, let us not presently think of how much we are doing for missions, we know we are doing the best we can. But, are we spiritually connected to God, (that is to say), is Jesus our mentor? Do we show Christ in everything we do and say? Are we doing our part to further His Kingdom with our thinking time, our sharing time, as well as our work and play time? Do we take the time to ask each other how God has blessed us today, or how has He used me to help Him in His work to further His kingdom today?

Let us bow for prayer,

Holy Father, thank you for the gift of time. It all belongs to You! Help us to keep looking up and not waste our time with and for You.
Father – we so often misuse it – forgive us and help us to consider our priorities. This year, we will be concentrating on how to use this time for Your glory, for that is the reason we were put on this earth. To fellowship with You and to nurture each other thereby ministering to You.
Thank You for loving us. We ask Your blessings as we start our new season. May our minds and hands be and work for Thy glory. Amen

This blog is lengthier than usual. I did not know how to shorten...I felt it was all necessary.


Gracious God
Our Lord and Saviour
Thank you for the Gift of Time,
So precious to us Your Children
Help us not to waste it.

Susan

Friday, 1 June 2018

June 1st 2018

To my precious readers, if you remember, I asked for prayer in finding someone to help me open up my block. Thank You Jesus for sending me someone to help.

I want to share with people who want to share any questions you may have of me about what I have written.

I want our conversations to be private and not share with siberspace. Therefore, there is a place for you to respond. I will not be sharing anything we talk about with other people

If you have anything to say, I would love to hear from you.

Blessings to all.

Susan Fast

Sunday, 13 May 2018

May is here again 2018, praise the Lord!


The earth's sun is as healing as is the word of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. God's Son

Romans 8 – 26. 27
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for,
but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.
And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God's will.

Tid bits
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A quote from a young person. God - “I think of you sometimes, when I am not praying!”
I am happy to say that I do this quite often. It gets me through the day.
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From one of our Pastor's sermon's....
Do not ignore the Spirits wisdom.”

Our response to God – it counts! He wants to hear our thank you and praises. Just as we want to hear people do the same to us.
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More than conquerors! We who love the Lord...

Verse 28:
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.

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I am really looking forward to spring???
I decided to make me feel better by putting my spring poem in again!

Spring!

It makes me want to sing
for it won't be long
before the birds are back in song.
Winter has been very nice
with all its snow and ice.
And before the snow
we saw the fall
in all its splendid show...
of coloured leaves
and balmy breeze.
Preceded was our simmer
filled with sun, wind and wonder
brought on by spring's awakening
of every sleeping thing.
Overall, it has been a year
full of God's embraces
such as these words
put on the heart
of one of God's creations.
1979

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If we call ourselves either a Christian and or a believer in Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour, we have to do more than just going to church. The main theme is...having a personal relationship with God and believing in The Bible and His Gospel.

Of course, the Gospel is the salvation story, a very important part of a believers life.
It must also be passed on to God's children as it has been for over 2000 years. All His children have a choice to make whether becoming a believer or not. All of us...

The decision is this...good or evil, love or hate. Forgive or hold grudges.

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The Book of Hebrews is very important to all believer's in Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour.

It will bless all
who love the Lord and if you read it
as well as the rest of the bible and
are seeking a relationship with 
Jesus our Lord and Saviour.

Susan

ps, The sun is shinning today
Spring is here. We knew it came next, it comes after our winter, in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. Canada.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

WACKIEST MARCH/APRIL!

April blog 

This has been the wackiest March/April in my memory!!!
Of course you have to ask why. Well in my estimation only, instead of April showers, we had what I would call snow showers. I love snow, after all I was born in December.

Never the less...this is what I saw. They were very lazily, dancing through the skies, or wondering all over the place; but oh so delightful to watch. God blessed me with a poem, maybe it will explain. Here goes....actually, the snowflake days started in March when I wrote the poem, but continued into April.

2018 March

Drifting snowflakes

Snowflakes a drifting
through the sky
big ones – small ones
going where they please
even going up
before they proceed
to the cold cold ground.
Swirling- twirling...then
before they know it
they made a blanket
so soft and white
upon the earth.
Then there they wait...
until the sun, oh so warm
makes it disappear!

Not knowing how to end this poem, the words finally came as I was transposing it into my blog, what do you think? Does it suit?

Con't.

Showing God's beautiful
artistry at work.

One of these days, I pray I will find someone that is willing and able to help me open my blog, so you will be able to share about what I have written and answer the questions I ask or share our feelings together. Please pray that God will answer this pray...

O.K. Now what??

Before I started typing this blog, I was listening to a real good message online. You have heard all before, so it is like a reminder from God to keep going. With what? Our faith of course!

For whatever and whenever we need to talk to God when we make mistakes, sometimes big, sometimes small; do not go back to our old ways. It is not easy, we are creatures of habits.
We must decide to go forward with our Christ. Do not put our trust in people or things. It does not work. They will let us down!

Put our trust in God. He will not let us down.

(Do not be afraid)... is His answer each time we come to Him for help. It is so encouraging, to say the least. Our Lord is with us when our Spirit is open to His, because of our Saviours love.

Do not love ourselves or things. We are created in God's image Spiritually. Be a copy cat!

Father God, help us walk in the light, (Your Light) as we run the race before us. We thank You in Jesus Name.

Psalm 18: 28
You oh Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.

Our Lord God has so many pictures for us, if we would only look around this beautiful earth He has created for us. Even dry desserts have meaning if we look with our hearts.
What He does not like, is our neglecting hurting people and things of this world that seem to deteriorate because of the disobedience of His people. Change is inevitable, growth is a choice.

Over and Over

Over and over
time and again.
We give it away
then take back the pain.
Troubles and trials
all of our lives.
Is there an end
when we will have no cries
of sadness and sorrows
to darken our sighs?

Over and over
the Lord answers, Yes.
With Love and Compassion
and all of the virtues
which God has inspired
since beginning of time
with constant reminders
in all of His quotes.
The word that he gave
is sufficient and good
for all of life’s problems
if we pray as we should
for our lives to be holy.
Blessed with assurance
that God is in charge.
Admitting that
is all that He asks.
God will answer our prayers
and help us withstand
over and over
                                                               the woes of this land. 
                                                                     June 9, 1996
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April 14, a wet and dreary day. But...

God's spirit is
helping me through!
How do I know?
The bible tells me so.
And...
it is still raining...but
feeling o.k. I Love Him for that!
Susan

Saturday, 31 March 2018

GOOD FRIDAY REFLECTION

Good Friday Reflection

Yesterday was Good Friday, the Holiest Day of a believers calendar. March 30th, 2018

CHRIST!

He did it all for us...

What?

Took our sins upon the Cross...


Isaiah 53: 3
He was despised and rejected by men
a man of sorrows, and familiar
with suffering.
Like one from whom men
hid their faces
He was despised,
and we esteemed Him not.


Our Good Friday morning service was exceptional, filled with music, prayer and readings about Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour.

Friday evening, we went to hear a lovely choir, which was very meaningful to all of us. The church was overflowing. As we listened to all the beloved songs we knew. We could feel the Love God sent down to earth to save us from our sins and why!

John 11:35 HE WEPT

But tomorrow is coming...On April 1, this year we are celebrating EASTER SUNDAY............

the day that Jesus Christ rose from the grave years ago. What a glorious day it will be.

HE HAS RISEN...................................................................................HE HAS RISEN INDEED!

As you celebrate this wonderful Easter Day rejoicing. have a blessed time with family and friends.

GOD LOVES US SO!

Your friend in Christ
Susan