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Thoughts for the Week / Re: Thoughts for the Month--January 2018
« Last post by Jacqueline on Today at 01:15:38 AM »
The last time I saw my estranged daughter ( we wasn't estranged at the time, we are now since that day, some few years ago ) was a Christmas Eve morning - mid day, we had travelled 20-30 minutes on the motorway to take Christmas presents over to them, we had just stepped in the door, daughter in the process of putting the kettle on when she wasn't in the mood for my downside, although I have endured her downsides ) due to the argument myself and the person I am still living with ( not by choice ) had had the day before, so she didn't want me to stay, and not kindly, showed me the door, she threw me out...we had only been there 5 or 10 minutes.....The irony of this is that we had just got back together after another lengthy estrangedment...

Oh and not forgetting her uncaring attitude on the phone a few years later when I told her I was just diagnosed with MS and awaiting results a few weeks later on an Hysteroscopy operation to find out whether I had cancer,..thankfully I never but, to this day she still doesn't know that,...In fact she called me a selfish c***t because I was passing on my MS to her and her son...MS is not catchable...she had no sympathy or concern over what I had just been through in the matter of a month...the MS diagnoses and awaiting to find out if I had cancer...

So family life isn't all what it is made out to be...I can see several of us are in a similar situation, sadly....I agree, it is very painful...
Thoughts for the Week / Re: Thoughts for the Month--January 2018
« Last post by JudyB on January 21, 2018, 09:59:34 PM »
The words were from a post on Facebook of Chris's,  The hymn was out of the hymn library.
Chris is a wise man and I love his posts.  I am glad you all enjoyed what he wrote.
Thoughts for the Week / Re: Thoughts for the Month--January 2018
« Last post by Ruth Ann Bice on January 21, 2018, 07:10:19 PM »
Hi, friends,

I have returned from seeing about my sister-in-law's cat.  She has been in the hospital and next rehab center since noon on Christmas day.  The nurse called tonight telling me she is vomiting blood now. I'm very concerned about her.

I'm dealing with rejection and separation issues between my children. It's very painful, isn't it.

Much love to everyone who comes here.

Ruth Ann
Thoughts for the Week / Re: Thoughts for the Month--January 2018
« Last post by Marilyn on January 21, 2018, 04:35:20 PM »
Greetings, everyone, on the wet Sunday from Oregon's South Coast. After church today we stopped in at Fred Meyer's to buy Keith a new pr. of Levi 501"s that are now in the dryer and to buy some steaks for supper this evening. Not much else is new around here, it has been raining off and one for days now. As they say here in Oregon " Well that's Oregon".

I too have children who do not speak to me and haven't for over 20 years. My oldest son Don and my only Daughter Carole. However2 out of 5 isn't so bad. I gave up trying to communicate with them when they both blocked me on facebook and my daughter refused to see me when I went to California a few years ago and stayed at her twin brother's place for a week. She told my granddaughter that " I don't need a mother" Now wasn't that nice of her when I traveled 700 miles on a train to visit. NOT!!!!!! I do pray for all of my kids though and will continue to do that.
Thoughts for the Week / Re: Thoughts for the Month--January 2018
« Last post by Carol on January 21, 2018, 03:12:42 PM »
Many thanks to Judy for posting the music from Chris Saunders.  The tune is soothing and lovely.  Somehow, I don't recognize the music but really do like it - remembering a little church our family attended that had a really old piano.  My parents were brought up Lutheran and one was Baptist.  We also were active in the Covenant church.  So, I have quite a varied church background and feel very comfortable in all those settings plus a few others as well.  Really do like the old-fashioned songs best. 

Jane:  Years ago, a dear friend told me that she used the words, "Let go, Let God".  Such a relief when reality sets in that we are not in control. 

Is everyone mending in here?  I mean from the coughing and flu symptoms?  There are so many things being cancelled around here because of the germs floating around.  We are really staying out of any crowds - Don has more than enough to deal with anyway and he needs me to be able as well. 

I am working on three pairs of hot pads for gifts to cousins - all are quilted and mostly sewn on the machine.

Janet:  We did get snow at home - way below the amount needed for water needs.  Take care! 
Thoughts for the Week / Re: Thoughts for the Month--January 2018
« Last post by Janet on January 21, 2018, 12:15:05 PM »
It's cold here, but when we came home from church, the predicted wind had not hit yet.  And so far, no snow.  Yes, we really need moisture, so will welcome snow if we get some.  They were only predicting we'd get 1 or 2 inches, so not a lot.

I think Darrel has some lunch ready, and I'm hungry, so going to check it out!
Thoughts for the Week / Re: Thoughts for the Month--January 2018
« Last post by Larry Hanna on January 21, 2018, 07:13:50 AM »
Hi Everyone.  We are expecting a very nice day with it getting into the mid-60's.  Yesterday was sort of a lost day as had no energy.  I am up and dressed for Sunday School and Church this morning and seem to be a bit more energetic and know it will do me good to get out and about. I recognize there is a danger of catching the flu by being around other people but just as likely chance that I won't. I will likely watch the pro football playoff games late this afternoon and this evening.  Pat seemed to be feeling better yesterday and my son texted that he was feeling a lot better but was weak and tired. 

Jane, so happy to see you have made the decision not to let family situations bring you down as that would accomplish nothing.  One of our Al-Anon slogans, that I have found so helpful, is to "Let Go and Let God".  As you say they know how to contact you and we can't live someone else's life.  Only we can control our own thoughts and joys in life or allow someone else to take those from us.  Your worrying doesn't do one thing to change Brian's or your granddaughters lives.  Detachment doesn't mean we don't love the other person but that we can't bear their burdens.  (I'll get off my soap box now as have probably said too much but these are a few of the things that have helped me these last 12 years.)

Janet, I use to be concerned aboout what others thought of me until I came to realize I have no control over what others think of me or say about me so why should I waste one minute of this precious life worrying about it.  Sure hope that snow stays away from your area tomorrow but suppose you all need the moisture so it probably would be welcome.  I hope you find comfort in your visit to the cemetery.  You are so right that we each deal with our grief in our own ways. I am glad that you have such a loving and understanding husband. 

Jackie, life is what it is and probably none of us ever expected it would deal us the hands we have been dealt.  We suffer the lose of the dream we had when we were young as to what life  would be like  and what our families would be.  Well written thoughts about our life to come after we are finished here on earth and the glories that God has surrounded us with here on earth.   

Judy, sorry to hear that John has the virus and it sounds very much like what Pat is experiencing.  She hasn't been able to sleep in the bed the last two night due to extended coughing spells.  Fortunately, she can sleep in her easy chair and doesn't seem to cough as much.  She is asleep now so I haven't talked with her this morning.  Did Chris write the devotional thoughts you shared with us this morning?
Thoughts for the Week / Re: Thoughts for the Month--January 2018
« Last post by Jacqueline on January 21, 2018, 06:19:56 AM »
I feel very sad for people who have no faith, by no faith, I am referring to the afterlife...I understand everyone has there own Idea as to when their body comes to its end of life, the fact that some do not even care..and have the attitude of " when you are gone, you are gone..." My beliefs are yes, there will be nothing left of our body as we now know it but, what leaves our body carry's on living, maybe not in this world as we know it but, It continues...It is our spirit, our soul that leaves our body and remains alive...This is the way I see it....and it is my belief that keeps me going...The person ( man ) I live with has no beliefs whatsoever...just a shame neither can come back to say which one was right or wrong...

We only have to look around us, the marvels and wonders of our planet earth...if God never provided for us, then who did?...

...thank you...Chris Saunders is a wise person...I firmly believe in laughter and belief....It is laughter which gets us through the hardships of life, and it is belief that will guide us into our next life...
Thoughts for the Week / Re: Thoughts for the Month--January 2018
« Last post by JudyB on January 21, 2018, 12:46:27 AM »
Chris Saunders Posted this on Saturday.

" Speaking to yourselves in Psalms and Hymns and Spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart unto the Lord."
Ephesians ch.5-19.
Will this be you today?
In spite of everything..maybe you have sickness, hardship, sorrow of heart, you may be weary of arguing with people.
But in spite of all the world can throw at you will you lift your voice of praise to God, " a cheerful heart doeth good like a medicine." Proverbs 15-13.
This is absolutely true and has been proved over and over. "I will bless the Lord at all times, His praise shall continually be in my mouth."
Psalm 34. This Psalm will lift you up.
Verse six "this poor man cried and the Lord heard him and saved him out if all his troubles"
Wow! That's for me!
Also for you.
Let's go through this psalm, it is pure gold.
It can change your whole attitude and circumstances.
" The Angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him.
Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good.
They that seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.
The eyes of the Lord are upon the Righteous, and His ears are open to their cry.
The Lord is near to them that have a broken heart, and saves such who have a contrite spirit.
Many are the afflictions of the Righteous but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
The Lord redeems the soul of His servants, none if those who trust in Him shall be desolate."
Yes indeed, we are the "Righteous" who are spoken of here, for He is our Righteousness,
Philippians ch3-9.
Romans ch. Four tells us all about Righteousness.
It is imputed to us, by our Lord and Saviour, for we most certainly have no Righteousness of our own
So sing, praise, rejoice.
When He comes for me, may I be found not complaining, but singing.

Praise Him! Praise Him!
(Click to hear music)

I will praise the Lord all my life;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
Psalm 146:2

Words: Fanny Crosby
Music: Chester G. Allen


Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer!
Sing, O Earth, His wonderful love proclaim!
Hail Him! hail Him! highest archangels in glory;
Strength and honor give to His holy Name!
Like a shepherd, Jesus will guard His children,
In His arms He carries them all day long:

Praise Him! Praise Him!
Tell of His excellent greatness.
Praise Him! Praise Him!
Ever in joyful song!

Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer!
For our sins He suffered, and bled, and died.
He our Rock, our hope of eternal salvation,
Hail Him! hail Him! Jesus the Crucified.
Sound His praises! Jesus who bore our sorrows,
Love unbounded, wonderful, deep and strong.


Praise Him! Praise Him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer!
Heav?nly portals loud with hosannas ring!
Jesus, Savior, reigneth forever and ever.
Crown Him! Crown Him! Prophet, and Priest, and King!
Christ is coming! over the world victorious,
Pow?r and glory unto the Lord belong.


Thoughts for the Week / Re: Thoughts for the Month--January 2018
« Last post by JudyB on January 21, 2018, 12:41:31 AM »
John has a virus, and spends a lot of time coughing and hacking.  He is frustrated, because it is preventing him from getting a good rest.

Tonight is a "J" night for me.  Mind going 100 MPH and body not able to keep up!

We went to Costco today, spent more than we intended, however there are many items we got that were on sale that we won't have to worry about getting again for some time.

The weather has been unreliable this winter so far.  One day - 30C (-22F) then this week up to +3 to +6 C or 37F to 42F......Very unusual for north eastern Ontario.  Tomorrow night (Sunday) we are expecting up to 15 cm of snow or over 6 inches......

Have a great night everyone.
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