There are many reasons why one may feel knackered, it could be from health reason, or it may be from over exertion, or it could be from the lack of proper nutrition.
The Lord will sustain and strengthen him on his sickbed; In his illness, You will restore him to health. Psalm 41 : 3
Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear. Isa. 65 : 24 NIV
Many years ago when I was quite ill, the one thing I could do, and would do, was to crochet. I would learn many valuable lessons along the way as I crocheted.
At first, I found it very difficult to finish a project, because I wanted the finished project to be perfect. I would pull out the project to start over, becoming more and more frustrated along the way.Looking back now, I also know that God was leading even then, but at the time, I thought they were just random thoughts coming to my mind like:
“Don’t let your mistakes hold you back, keep going forward.”
“Keep striving for perfection.”
It was only when I read in one of the craft magazines that every mistake could be a design, that I felt a bit free to continue.
Anxious moments came when the projects were finished, and someone wanted to purchase an item. They seem to see only the beauty, while the mistakes still loomed large before me.
So, I guess you could say my blanket wisdom all started with my passion for crochet.
Isaiah 30 : 21 …Your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This the way; walk in it.”
A few years ago I visited Victoria to attend a wedding which was held in the Empress Hotel.
It didn’t take me long to discover the beauty of the place.
We visited the Esquimalt Lagoon, went whale watching and we would also visit the famous Butchart Gardens.
We would leave Victoria to spend a little time in Vancouver. While there we visited, Whistler Village and Grouse Mountain.
I enjoyed seeing these creatures at Grouse Mountain, even though it was in a controlled situation.
I had an absolutely wonderful time visiting the West Coast of Canada. There was so much to see and to do, but most of all, I enjoyed being able to look out and see the mountains each and every day.
It’s a good thing to be well rooted whether referring to families or to plants. My family roots come out of the sunny island of Barbados.
On my last visit, I became fascinated with the beauty of the trees, also with the roots that seemed to force themselves above ground as they continued to grow.
We also need to be well rooted in Jesus, as He is the one who sustains our life.
If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you. Romans 11 : 18
Today the Daily Post Word was Gray, and it just happened to be a very gray, wet and rainy day out. In the afternoon the rain subsided and we were able to venture away from the skyscrapers, to see the blooming trees.
Nothing was going to stop us on this day, and even though the skies remained gray, the blooms remained bright.
The water also reflected the gray in the sky.
The Magnolia is also just about ready to bloom.
These Photos were taken in High Park Toronto
So my sister-in-law is quite the avid walker and has quite a zip to her step. We started out walking together, but many times I got left behind, especially when stopping to take in the beauty of my surroundings.
Yesterday was a day for those filled with avid pleasures to be out an about. As we walked along the trails, we saw avid joggers, avid walkers, avid bike riders, and avid photographers, all out enjoying the beautiful spring day.
The Swallows are back and I have finally been able to get a shot of them getting ready to fly. I find it most difficult to get a shot of a Swallow in flight, but as an avid photographer, I will not give up.
This past winter, I am happy to say I discovered spikes.
As you know getting fresh air and being out in nature is very important to our Spiritual, Mental and Physical Health, with spikes on the bottom of your boots, you will be ready to tackle the great outdoors even on the icy of days.
So today I could speak on Fry in relation to the spiritual, but I have chosen the physical instead.
Usually I will blog on Spiritual Health and Mental Health, but our Physical health is also very important.
When I eat foods that are fried they may be tastier, but it is what happens to my body afterwards.
With a digestive system that can easily go on the blink, I try to eliminate fried foods. I have come to associate these foods with heart burn, upper back pain, and whether real or not, I choose to stay away from them as much as I can.
I have come to learn from personal experience that roasted foods are better for me than fried foods and the more pain I can eliminate from my body the better.
This is one of the ways to ease some pain and function more comfortably.
Fry = Bad
Can you tell what is happening in the photo and who is doing it??
Whether it is spring summer or fall, I love to see what nature has to offer.
It was pleasant while walking through the woods (Cool Hollow) to come upon this tree, and see many mushrooms growing out of its trunk.
Opaque icy waters
Yet all is not clear.
Opaque icy water
Dim the noise
Open your heart ears
A Melody of Light
You will hear.
We are heading towards a big Spiritual and Emotional shake up. We will be thoroughly jolted, only then will the true followers of Christ stand up and follow, the others will fall by the way.
The earth is broken up, the earth is split asunder, the earth is violently shaken. Isaiah 24:19
Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever. Psalm 112:6
Climbing a mountain can be very strenuous. I imaging it would be painful, exhausting, exhilarating, yet at the same time depleting you of your energy supply. Some even die along the way while trying to make it to the top of a mountain.
Our Christian walk is one of faith and it could be liken to climbing a mountain. It will also be difficult at times, painful and exhausting, but if we take a firm grip of the hand of Jesus A Tenacious Hold On His Garment He will see us through. There may be blood shed along the way, sweat and tears also, but God will see us through. He will take us to the top of the mountain. So my pray for all Christians is, that we may keep climbing and that we may one day reach our reward.
He lived his life with a measure of enjoyment, and that enjoyment was to visit this area on a regular basis, while playing the piano overlooking the ocean.
Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? Isaiah 40 : 12
Some days you can visit the marsh and all be quiet, while other visits can be very timely.
It was a great opportunity to see this Green Heron in such a close way.
Early in the morning seems to be a good time, when they are searching for food, and all around is peace and quiet.
I too love doing macro photography, even though I have what is considered to be the poor man’s lens. It can be frustrating at times trying to focus properly, but I love the results most times any way.
I took these photos when the flower was going to seed, and I was surprised by its beauty.
This photo of the dandelion is edited, but it reminded me so much of fireworks going off.
Now I have a new appreciation for this bothersome yet beautiful stage of the dandelion.
I am pleased that despite all my health issue, I can still enjoy some quality of life.
I’m thankful and content with every new day that god gives.
BROKEN SEA GLASS
Washed up on the sea shore pure and clean,
Pushed back again by turbulent waves.
God chastens whom He loves,
The Master aims to save.
Sharp glass now easy to handle,
The turbulence of the ocean has softened
Instead of running from the Refiner’s Fire,
We should learn to seek it often.
The smooth glass in many colours,
Is now a beauty to behold.
God seeks to take our tarnish crowns,
And replace them with ones of gold.
Broken and discarded, tossed away,
Nothing of worth to which one would rave.
The Father saw our brokenness,
And so He sent His only Son to save.
Many layers we have to beauty
Though partially unraveled and destroyed
By the wind,
Yet, another layer of artistry is revealed.
Blindly we move from one day to the next, believing that spring will soon arrive.
Even though we cannot see, by faith we purposely go from day-to-day as we await Jesus’ soon return.
Yesterday I said Spiritual Healing Is Of Value , and today I would like to speak a little bit more on how it can be obtained. I speak only from personal experience.
What I have found out for myself, is that God wants our full attention and when we give Him our full attention there are many blessings to be had. At first, I attended church only occasionally, then I attended on a weekly basis, I soon found it was not giving me the satisfaction I was looking for.
I like the bible story of the woman with the issue of blood, and I like the way she reached out and touched the hem of Jesus garment, so I like to picture myself that way…. clinging to Jesus, seeking His help, seeking His healing. So, I’ve made it a habit to “try” and tenaciously cling to the hem of Jesus’ garment. I do this by focusing my attention on God, through reading His Word, through prayer, through crying out to Him. Ever time I slip and I let go, I try to find my way back as soon as possible, because life is more comfortable, more peaceful, with God in the picture.
I may never win a marathon in this life, I may never be a mountain climber, I may never be a sky diver, but I’m sure these things take a lot of tenacity. This same courage and determination is needed if we want to see positive changes in our lives.
Metaphorically speaking, we need to dig in and not give up. We need to wrestle with God and stay wrestling with Him until he blesses us, and even then, He is always blessing us in many ways that go unnoticed. For me, I will keep reaching for His outstretched Hand, because I know where I will find my strength.
When I was diagnosed with Lupus and later Vasculitis I experienced much fatigue and excruciating pain, this would consume my thinking. I couldn’t find anything to help and no medication seemed to soothe. Finally, prednisone would bring some relief, but by this time I had also been worn down emotionally.
Some time passed, I had started back to church as a suggestion from a family member, looking for physical healing (a bit selfish on my part,) but nothing was forth coming and I became very disappointed and even more depressed. So, this is when I started reading the bible in earnest, putting God to the test. I simply decided I would follow His commands, and see if what I was reading was true.
I turned my focus off myself and on to God, and even though things didn’t change right away, He gave me enough strength to look at my situation differently.
One thing I have found, is that if we want to be physically and emotionally healed, we first must work on our Spiritual Healing. We must surrender to God, giving Him all our negative emotions, confessing to Him and asking for His forgiveness. These things alone are enough to free our minds and lift our spirits as God is so gracious and willing to forgive us.
As I continue to stay under God’s protection, I am learning when to go forward and when to slow down. Our bodies are also the House of God’s Holy Temple, so I now try to treat my body as such, by the foods I choose to take in.
So, I continue to seek total healing, especially in the physical, as I stay under God’s protection looking to be Spiritually connected to Him and trying to maintain my relationship with Him.
So Hooty was the Barred Owl that frequented one of our trails this past winter. He, or She was given that name by a walking group that would see him just about every Monday morning.
One morning my friend and I went out to see if Hooty was anywhere around, but I took one look at the trail and I would not have gone any further, however another photographer that was there, seeing my dilemma, ran to his truck, got me a pair of ice grippers so I could but on the bottom of my boots. Then I was able to walk on the icy trails, and get a close look at this beautiful Barred Owl.
It is so amazing the length of time that Hooty would stay close to us. What’s also amazing was the focus of the photographers. Every one was silent, then at times there might be a low chatter, but if Hooty made the slightest move, the focus and quietness was back on again, in hopes of getting a flight shot. After thinking that Hooty may never move, he stretched a little.
One Sunday evening, Hooty flew close to the side of the road and sat on a post close by.
The below picture is Hooty enjoying a snowy day.
The last two photos were taken a few years back.
This last photo is the closest I’ve come to getting a flight shot….maybe next year!!
I’ll make this very brief, so that I don’t go into rambling, but after looking up the meaning of the word “Outlier,” I think that I can certainly be considered Outlier in my thinking. At least I’m sure those close to me think so.
If you’ve read any of my earlier blogs I speak on depression and mental Illness. I know that it is a complex issue, one that I may never fully understand, I make sure to tell everyone to seek medical help, take their medications, but in doing all this, do not discount getting under the protection of God. I may be out there in my thinking because as we do everything else to help ourselves, sometimes we exclude the very One that could help us.
I have suffered depression, I have had anxious moments, maybe not as severe as some, but in doing all to help myself, I have also learned to wrestle with God and wait for Him to strengthen me.
Another place where I may be considered “Outlier,” is when I’m out in nature. Not too many of those who know me, like to accompany me on the trails. I must find like-minded people for that.
When we get on the trails, I like to speak in hushed tones, I like to be still, I like to be quiet, this is for the wildlife that may be around, but I find it also does something for my whole well-being. It’s exciting, it’s invigorating, and of course I’m always hoping to get a good shot.
These are the two main things that could make me appear outlier to others.
Blessed is he whose faith is not offended,
When all around his way
The power of God is working out deliverance for others day by day;
Blessed are you, O child of God, who does suffer,
And cannot understand
The reason for your pain, yet will gladly leave
Your life in His blessed hand.
Yes, blessed are you whose faith is “not offended”
By trials unexplained,
By mysteries unsolved, past understanding,
Until the goal is gained.
Excerpts from a poem by Freda Hanbury Allen
If all of life was sunshine,
Our face would long to gain
And feel once more upon it
The cooling splash of rain.
Henry Jackson Van Dyke
Search, searching, physically wounded
I need to find a cure.
Racing, racing, thoughts racing,
Of ever thing I’m so unsure.
Some say try this, try that,
But then it only works for a little while.
Yet we keep living in denial,
Of the very One (Jesus) who holds the cure.
Peace of mind He will give to us,
Strength to face another day;
All it takes is a little faith,
No need to any longer feel insecure.
Begin the day with God!
He is your Sun and Day!
He is the radiance of your dawn;
To Him address your day.
Take your first walk with God!
Let Him go forth with thee;
By storm, or sea, or mountain path,
Seek still His company.
Streams In The Desert
“God leads us on by paths we did not know;
Upward He leads us, though our steps be slow,
Though oft we faint and falter on the way,
Though storms and darkness oft obscure the day;
Yet when the clouds are gone,
We know He leads us on.”
Nicholaus Ludwig Zinzendorf
Streams In The Desert
These are a few of the books that I read the first thing in the morning and last thing before going to sleep at night. They make for a better rest.
After trying many tangible things, I have learned to put my full trust and security in a God that I cannot see. The funny thing is, that the more I do this, the more He helps me to see clearly.
When I’m in pain I cry out to Him. The times when I have been feeling anxious or depress, I try to picture myself as the woman with the issue of blood, reaching out and touching the hem of Jesus’ garment, and in these times His Holy Spirit is a comfort to me. I would love for others to experience this security, but it comes by taking a leap of faith, which I’ve found that many are not willing to take.
Don’t get me wrong, while I may live in a house and have a security alarm, my security in Jesus is of much greater worth, because I know that if I live or if I die, or if I lose everything around me, I still want to remain secure in Him.
Son of Man
He walked this earth
He championed sin
Not one did He commit.
The Son of Man
He walked this earth
He championed death
No need to write an obit.
New season is emerging
Winter snows melt
A Cardinal lift up his voice.
Nations are rising against nation
Famines and earthquakes are killing many
This is the plight of the enemy.
Christians will be hated
Jesus will be rejected by those who once followed,
Chaos, confusion, and terrorism will increase (Lawlessness)
Love is replaced by hate,
All these things are on the cusp of earth ending.
It’s always darkest before the dawn.
Hold fast, stay strong and endure,
We are nearing the cusp of a most beautiful beginning.
Where the darkness will end and Light will reign forever.
Based on Matthew 24 AMP
A prudent and far-sighted person sees the evil [of sin] and hides himself [from it], But the naive continue on and are punished [by suffering the consequences of sin]. Proverbs 22 : 3
The way of the [arrogant] fool [who rejects God’s wisdom] is right in his own eyes, But a wise and prudent man is he who listens to counsel. Proverbs 12 : 15
The [arrogant] fool’s anger is quickly known [because he lacks self-control and common sense], But a prudent man ignores an insult. Proverbs 12 : 16
Every prudent and self-disciplined man acts with knowledge, But a [closed-minded] fool [who refuses to learn] displays his foolishness [for all to see]. Proverbs 13 : 16
The naive or inexperienced person [is easily misled and] believes every word he hears, But the prudent man [is discreet and astute and] considers well where he is going. Proverbs 14 : 15
The mind of the prudent [always] acquires knowledge, And the ear of the wise [always] seeks knowledge. Proverbs 18 : 15
A prudent man sees evil and hides himself and avoids it, But the naive [who are easily misled] continue on and are punished [by suffering the consequences of sin]. Proverbs 27 : 12
We were meant to live eternally, but sin has brought this pause to our lives.
Though it may seem long to some, and fleeting to others, our time here on earth is but a pause.
If you are a Christian you know the story of the Ten Virgins, of whom five were wise, and five foolish. If you are not a Christian, and not familiar with the story you can find the story in Matthew 25 of the bible.
For those of you who are familiar with the show Survivor, they always say : “Your burning torch represents life, when that light is snuffed out, you are finished, you are out of the game.”
The Ten Virgins all thought they were ready to meet the Bridegroom (Jesus.) This could be likened to ten people who say they are Christians and love Jesus.
When the Bridegroom (Jesus) did not come at the set time, they all feel asleep. This could be like ten Christians weary of waiting for Jesus to return, and because He doesn’t seem to be coming in our timing, we all stray, some more than others, back to bad unchristian habits.
The Bridegroom finally appears and the five foolish virgins are found without oil for their lamps, for it had burned out while they were asleep, and they had to leave to go find oil. This could be likened to five Christians who had gotten tired and strayed so far from God, that they could not find their way back to Him, when He final arrived. Not being filled with God’s word and Spirit, they had to spend time going to search His word out, as they did not carry it in their hearts.
On the other hand, the five wise virgins on hearing the Bridegroom was coming, got the extra oil that they had brought with them and put it in their lamps and they were ready to meet Him. This would be the Christians who also strayed a little, as we all do as human beings from time to time, but they knew enough to call out on God, asked for forgiveness, repented of their wrong, and was ready to meet the Bridegroom (Jesus.)
The Five Virgins who left later returned.
11 “Later the others also came. ‘Lord, Lord,’ they said, ‘open the door for us!’
12 “But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.’
13 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour. Matthew 25: 11
How do I obtain my passport?
How do I obtain my pass to that heavenly place?
I must acknowledge Jesus, if I wish to see His face to face.
How do I get that travel permit, what things must I do?
I must acknowledge all Gods commands, and not just a few.
I must have faith, agree that Jesus walked this earth and died but rose again,
He did all this, that one day I might live in eternity, without any pain.
How do I obtain that ticket, to spend a life walking the Streets of Gold?
I must believe in Father, Son and Holy Spirit
Let my life reflect Jesus’ love, the ending will soon unfold.
Spiritual Wealth is much more fulfilling, than an earthly fortune. While I’ve never had an earthly fortune, I’ve seen or heard of many, who had everything that money could buy, yet they still feel or felt empty or broken. Some lost their way and end up committing suicide, or they become bold, living without any sense of compassion, believing everything they have came from their own hands.
On the other hand, I have no fortune and probably never will have one on this earth. When we as Christians truly connect to Christ, we can be rewarded with great Spiritual Wealth. It’s something that no one could ever steal from us.
[ Treasures in Heaven ] “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. Matthew 16 : 19 – 20
Swans feeling secure as they fly low over the marsh. They have the denseness of the marsh shrubs to one side of them, and the compactness from the water lilies below them.
While it’s the end of March, still no signs of spring here. This photo is very heavy on the color brown, not only from the deer, but also from the closeness of the meadow.
This photo is filled with denseness all around from the color of the deer, to the thickness of the meadow, to the heavy piece of tree stump in the bottom right corner.
Right from the beginning of time nations have been fighting nations and in many instances taking what is not theirs. A time is coming soon when all territories, or in other words, everything on this earth will be destroyed. There will be much violence and the earth will be robbed of its money and its goods.
All the territories that make up the earth will dry up and fade away. The earth becomes extremely polluted by man who broke laws and now because of this, within all the territories of this earth, most will suffer and die.
Judgement of the Earth
Behold, the Lord [a]lays waste to the earth, devastates it, twists and distorts its face and scatters its inhabitants. 2 And the people will be like the priest, the servant like his master, the maid like her mistress, the buyer like the seller, the lender like the borrower, the creditor like the debtor [as God’s impartial judgment of sin comes on all]. 3 The earth will be completely laid waste and utterly pillaged, for the Lord has spoken this word. 4 The earth dries up and crumbles away, the world dries out and crumbles away, the exalted of the people of the earth fade away. 5 The earth also is polluted [b]by its inhabitants, because they have transgressed laws, violated statutes, and broken the everlasting covenant. 6 Therefore, a curse devours the earth, and those who live on it suffer the punishment of their guilt. Therefore, the inhabitants of the earth are burned [under the curse of God’s wrath], and few people are left. Isaiah 26: 1 – 6
I have found my Elixir of life, and for me it is nothing magical, but it is rather sweet. My Elixir, while still developing, started when I sought a relationship with Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
I find that when I follow the commands found in the scriptures, there is an inner filling of peace and contentment. It has to be experienced more than explained. God wants for us all to live long and healthy lives and this is more possible when we follow His Guiding Hand.
Children, obey your parents in the Lord [that is, accept their guidance and discipline as His representatives], for this is right [for obedience teaches wisdom and self-discipline]. 2 Honor [esteem, value as precious] your father and your mother [and be respectful to them]—this is the first commandment with a promise— 3 so that it may be well with you, and that you may have a long life on the earth. Ephesians 6: 1 – 3 AMP
Purple is a color that you will find in the Old Testament of the bible. When the Lord told Moses what He wanted in the way of His earthly sanctuary the color purple was mentioned, so we know it must be a very important color and also a very symbolic one.
The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering………..3 These are the offerings you are to receive from them: gold, silver and bronze; 4 blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen; goat hair;…………9 “Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you” Says the Lord. Exodus 25 : 2 – 9
We see purple being used again in the New Testament before Jesus is placed on the cross. Even though they mocked Him and poked fun at Him, they still placed Jesus in this rich color, that is used throughout the making of the earthly sanctuary.
They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him.
Mark 15 : 17
When we remove ourselves from under Gods protection, we will lose our hope. Solomon, the wisest man in the bible, had so much. God bless Solomon with a great abundance of wisdom, wealth, He made him king, and so much more.
Everything was fine while Solomon remained obedient to God, but once He stepped out from under Gods protection, he became very depressed, he lost his hope, and everything under the sun appeared to him as being meaningless. Once he found his way back to God he regained his hope and confidence again.
I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind. Ecclesiastes 1 : 14
Last night I got the opportunity to go with a group of friends to see the play “How Black Mothers Say I Love You,” by Trey Anthony. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYpohFr7xvQ At first, I was a bit hesitant to go, (because as a black person, I felt like I already knew,) but went any way. This play brought up a lot of Societal Issues. It talked about Inter Racial Marriages, Adoption, Teen Age Pregnancy, Abortion, Cancer, Death, Church, Same Sex Relationships, but most of all it spoke on the many interrupted cases of Symbiosis experienced between child and mother within the West Indian Family.
As infants, we depend on our parents for everything, but in many cases, the symbiosis between mother and child in the West Indian Community was broken. The mother in most cases, left the child with a Grandparent to go to another country, example: England, United States or Canada, to seek a better way of life for the family. However, six or ten-years of separation can seem like a life time to a child, and in many cases family relationships were damaged, as that critical time for bonding was lost.
This play was funny and it was also sad. It also brought me to a realization as to how many of us share similar stories. Even though it was a play about black mothers, in the audience could be seen many Caucasians and Asians. We all stand to learn from each other, if we would take the time to listen and try to understand and have compassion for one another.
We have a simple choice to make and that is:
If we “Know God” we will “Know Peace.”
If there is “No God,” there is “No Peace.”
Instead of travelling on these busy, noisy, polluted familiar streets
One day, I expect to walk on Streets of Gold.
Instead of waking to dull cloudy routine days,
One day, I will bathe in Jesus’ Light.
This body that is now racked with aches and pains will heal.
For one day, in a twinkling of an eye, we will be changed to perfected bodies.
Instead of neglect, abuse, sadness and shedding of tears,
One day, smiles and joy will show on every face
Instead of longing to dine with earthly Kings,
One day we will be invited to sit and dine with our Heavenly King.
All those who believe in Christ, who may seem ordinary or just plain weak,
One day soon, those same Christians will rise to live Extra Ordinary lives.
Revelation 21: 21 ……And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent crystal. AMP
While there will always be some unbelief, life is much easier, regardless of our situations, when we keep our focus on God.
God Comforts, God Heals, God Teaches, God Guides, God gives Peace of Mind and sleep comes easy when we put our trust in Him.