Friday, November 30, 2007
I am going to put this same comment on my Canadian Blog because my hands are shaking too much for me to write it again
Also, I have pics up from our Thanksgiving celebration in Ohio. Enjoy!
Blessings! ~Pilot Mom
Thursday, November 29, 2007
What a wonderful portion of scripture! He truly provides the ultimate satisfaction for each of us. His unfailing love can be counted on in the midst of every circumstance.
May you know His peace, comfort and satisfaction today!
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
My name is Phillip Stoddard and I am a friend of your Dads from CJATC Rivers. WE worked together at the fire hall.
Roy Hunby from Newfoundland worked on the same shift as well as Keith Willows. I don't know if your Dad will remember me but I have some fond memories from our days together. I got this info from firehouse .com as I am a member. I got your blog from Joy Humby who you will remember from RCI. Its nice to know some of your old friends are still alive and doing well for the age. Please say hello to your Father for me. I am a Christian and attend Pentecostal church in Yarmouth Nova Scotia. I will pray for your Dad that the Holy Spirit will reveal Himself and he will be gloriously saved and you will all see the family in the heavenlies. Its hard to see family pass without knowing the Lord but we don't speak up when we get the chance and go through life lukewarm. Please tell Dad being a Christian does not hurt and the great load will be lifted from his life. I don't know how he will take this from me but then again if we don't try then we will never know. Thank you for this small favour and maybe we can chat sometime. Phil Stoddard (phillip_patricia
PS Dad goes in tomorrow for 1:30 and his operation will be a 3:30...
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
50 Years in God's Family
On April 6th, 2002 I celebrated 50 years as a child of God. A half century in God's family. Five decades of knowing Christ as my Savior and Friend. I'd say "Savior and Lord" but He hasn't always been Lord, in my life, sad to say. I can well remember the Sunday morning as a 6-year-old boy when my mother explained God's love to me. We knelt and prayed at the kitchen table and I became a young follower of Jesus. Did I completely understand the decision I'd made? No, but the Holy Spirit did His work and I realized that God had given His Son as a sacrifice for my sin. The pilgrimage hasn't always been easy. The road has had its bumps and detours along the way. But God has been faithful! He has been there each step of the way!
In the midst of life's storms He has been my anchor, my refuge, my lighthouse. A favorite scripture verse has been, "The eternal God is your refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms." (Deuteronomy 33:27) As I look back over 50 years, I'm grateful for the godly influence of Christian parents who led the way.
Even as a boy, the Lord used Christian radio programs like Billy Graham's Hour of Decision and the Back to the Bible Broadcast to encourage me on my journey. Christian visionaries from the past like George Muller and J. Hudson Taylor taught me faith principles that would shape my life. Missionaries like Isobel Kuhn and Jim and Elisabeth Elliot impacted my life through their writings. God has blessed me over the years with faithful Christian friends who stood by me during the good times and the bad.
Looking back, I'm a blessed man. God has lavished His love on me through His Son, Jesus Christ, and allowed me to share His love with a hurting, lost world. Thank you, Father, for reaching down and saving me so many years ago. May my life make a difference in the remaining years that You give me. Thank you! Amen!
Posted by David Warren Fisher at 11:43 PM
Stevie B said...
Hey there Mr. Fisher!
My name is Steve Bremner, I don't believe we've "met" but I am from Auburn and know who you are. I stumbled across your blog and as soon as I saw your location in your profile and your description I was like "hey I know this guy". Isn't the blogosphere neat?
Dear David....This is my all time favourite of your hundreds of posts from, http://pilgrimscribblings.blogspot.com
Monday, November 26, 2007
There have been times when I haven't posted as regularly as I would have liked but when you average it out, there has been more than 1 post per day over these last three years.
The readership isn't as high as I would like but the discipline has been good for me even if nobody drops by to visit or read.
I trust that these scribblings have been a blessing to you and I hope to continue writing as God gives me strength.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
The recent mission trip I went on was very healing for my heart. The Lord graced me with courage to go again after being told (in a condemning way) by some Christians that I shouldn’t go on mission again because I am too weak and emotionally unstable, (because I had a so called “breakdown” over a year ago). By the way, that “breakdown” had nothing to do with going on a mission trip but, rather, everything to do with taking my eyes of Jesus and “sinking” into a pit. It was a hard lesson to learn, but one I believe I learned well. Perhaps these few people were correct in their estimation – purely on human terms I am too weak and unstable (we all are), however, “….with God all things are possible”. God chooses the weak to shame the strong – AMEN! No one, certainly no Christian, should ever think of themselves as strong enough to do any service for the Lord without the Lord Himself providing the strength! That is a dangerous attitude – to go forth on any mission field in your own strength – such foolishness! Satan loves when we get prideful and step onto the mission field (wherever that is) without the amour of God on!
After a time of praise and worship and a teaching about the Lord, we set up the stations: food/water/clothing, medical/pharmacy and prayer. My assignment on this trip was on the prayer ministry team – laying hands on and praying over those who live in the dump. This is something I’m not really used to doing, especially in another culture where I don’t know much of the language. But I’m always willing for the Lord.
Below is part of an email I received this past week from my friend, Magda, who lives in
“I want to share something with you, that I believe it's the fruit of your service. The day that we were in the dump, you were in the Prayer Station, praying for the people. I remember you praying with love and compassion over the people of the dump.
One of the people that you prayed over came to me and told me that for a few months she was feeling very sad and depressed, she didn't want to work or do anything else, she did not want to live until you prayed over her, and she felt like a peace and tranquility came over her. She told me that thanks to the prayers she felt that God was giving her the strength to go on in life and that the pain that she had on her body was gone, she doesn't feel pain anymore. Praise be to God! Thank you Julie, because I'm sure you prayed with compassion over this lady and the people of the dump. Thank you for your hands, your mouth and your prayers that were tools for Jesus to reach His people.”
Thank you all Pilgrims who prayed for me!
Saturday, November 24, 2007
We had 18 players, two trainers and myself in the room as I challenged them concerning the lives they are writing each day. The handout was entitled "We're Writing Our Story Each Day Of Our Lives...Write Well."
Last night we were in Windsor and tomorrow (Sunday) we're in Sarnia. Tonight the guys snapped their losing streak with a well-deserved win over Saginaw.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
While we walk the pilgrim pathway
Clouds will overspread the sky
But when traveling days are over
Not a shadow not a sigh
When we all get to Heaven
What a day of rejoicing that will be
When we all see Jesus
We’ll sing and shout the victory!!!!!!!!!
Love Bernie and Terry
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Today I am thankful for friends and great food,
I don't have to work so I'm in a good mood;
Our family will be here and we'll watch the game
We'll be feasting on turkey, it's always the same.
And when it's all over, I've said my "goodbyes"
I'm sick to my stomach, I've got bloodshot eyes;
The bottles are empty and my mind is blank
But saddest of all...I've got no one to thank!
Note: For the believing Christian, Thanksgiving should be one of the most joyous days of the year. The Father has blessed us bountifully and we have so much to praise and thank Him for.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Note from David: Please check out Pilot Mom's post, A THANKSGIVING REFLECTION, here.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
My Teflon slippery brain cannot handle all those codes numbers and whatever it takes. It seems that my machine will not automatically remember the required numbers either.
Gunnar tried to help out while I was preparing Sunday dinner, and when he cannot do it, I 'm giving in.
That is I would have done , were it not for the words that have been tingling in my mind the last week.
ASK, AND IT WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU,
SEARCH AND YOU WILL FIND,
KNOCK AND THE DOOR WILL BE OPENED TO YOU.
Well here I finally am, bringing the good news to all mankind.
Jesus wants us to ask, search and knock on heaven's door. Simple as that; then we will receive, find and pass through the opened door that no one shall close.
When two or three are gathered in his name, he's amongst us. Terry speaks of the cord getting stronger when many threads are twisted together.
I have become so much support and strength here on the PP that I would be very sorry if the site had to be shut down. I use to check in on the pals before going to bed to remember who is in special need of prayer. While scrolling down, I am praying.
Like the rest of you I have so many friends neighbors and relatives that need a special prayer.
It would be nice if one for instance could hold forth three persons or topics every week and ask the fellowship to join in praying for those.
Or will that be to much??
I'll be brave and ask you to remember
1. Mr. S a prayer child, aged 87, been an atheist most of his life and now slowly dying from cancer.
His mother's tears are not forgotten neither by him nor by God. Pray that God may save his soul and if possible that his salvation might be a witness to all his atheist nieces and nephews.
2. One of my dearest cousins (I have thirty of them) is waiting for chemo therapy in December, fighting back on a cancer she has had for 25 years. She has two children needing her presence and hardly time to care for herself.
Pray God the almighty to interfere and help the family out.
3. My uncle, the only remaining of six siblings, he has been a shining light on earth, 30 years in Sunday school and another 30 years burning for the lost alcoholics and their families. Not one unsaved soul laying on death bed without my uncle by his side praying and leading them home.
It's been a couple of years now, since the doctors diagnosed him becoming senile (Not Alzheimer's).
He knows it and it's torturing him tremendously.
Nevertheless he is still being his wonderful self. The first of June he was by my father's deathbed just a few hours before he passed over.
My uncle prayed so forceful and heartfelt that I felt the Heaven might open. It sure was listening.
Now he and my aunt standing truly by his side- (they've been a couple since he was sixteen and she fifteen)- are in need of prayer and some light and comfort in their lives.
Hopefully some will spend a minute help me praying.
Have a blessed God's day from Felisol
Saturday, November 17, 2007
On top of that we had the discovery of another "spot" on the left side of Jim's throat which no one seems to know what it is, if it's cancer at all. So we are being watched closely over the next 2 months at which time they will repeat the scan to see if there are any significant changes.
We had another round of company to visit. A dear friend from our early married years was in town for a seminar and stayed with us. We were able to spend such quality time together which consisted of much laughter all around! Oh how that did our hearts good!
Since then, I am trying to pull everything together so Jim and I can travel to Ohio to spend Thanksgiving with my sister and her husband. Their daughter Claire and her 6 children will drive out and spend it with us also. We are so excited! However, I am nervous about traveling with Jim. We have stocked up on AirB*rne, have a supply of masks for Jim, the wheel chair for the airport is ordered, and we are on a direct flight with no stops. I pray that it will not over tire him too much. And, I pray he will remain well! We leave Tuesday and will return Monday evening.
In the midst of all that I have had our ladies Bible study going on, two luncheons---one for the ladies Bible study and the other for the OWLS (Older Wiser Ladies Society). Crammed in between the doctor appts and the above have been short shopping expeditions to the grocery and to the shoe store for a new pair of shoes. One more quick shopping trip is needed for new house slippers.
Then my mind is already planning for Christmas and Pilot's being home again. I'm telling you, the cooking...well, it just wears me out to think about all the cooking. Jim is still not eating much food, however, he is very faithful to get in all 8 of his bottles of Ensure.
I admit I'm weary. Sleep is not a problem right now. I think it is just the on going situation, where we had thought he would be well on his way to recovery. Dealing with all the retirement issues is interesting and time consuming.
Tomorrow is the Lord's Day and I rejoice in that! We are having our Thanksgiving service tomorrow followed by a Thanksgiving meal with turkey and all the trimmings! Jim will not be going but I am going to be there.
I can rejoice, or I should say, we rejoice because we feel like we have been falling in love all over again. It has been years since we have had this much one-on-one time together. It's been great doing the Sunday crossword together during the week. Being able to read some new books and discuss them at length. To look at each other with new eyes, seeing the strengths which each has been blessed with. It's just great!
So, I may or may not get to post again until I am back. But know that I will drop in and visit so I can keep on effectively praying for all the Pals and their needs. Until then, may your Lord's Day be one of immense worship and adoration of our King of kings, our Lord of Lords! Our Savior, Christ Almighty!
I've had an idea percolating in my mind all day and I've finally put it in writing. I'm serving it up here for all to sample.
Here's that little rhyme mixed with some thyme:
Misdemeanours, mistakes, misdeeds, indiscretions,
Mix them together and add some transgressions;
Throw in some seasoning to make them more tasty,
Boil, then let simmer, now don't get too hasty.
When you smell the aroma from the things you've put in
Just take off the lid, there's a pot filled with SIN.
~ David W. Fisher
November 17th, 2007
These are some thoughts that appeared today on David Jeremiah's Turning Point online devotional. The first line reads, "Half the pilgrims dies during their first winter at Plymouth."
That got me thinking! Seems like half (or more than half) of our Pilgrims...our PILGRIM PALS... have fallen by the wayside over the last few months. It wasn't winter that felled them. It may be busyness, sickness, other priorities, discouragement, whatever. It would be unreasonable to think that the postings on PILGRIM PALS would continue at the same level they started out as. We had a good nucleus of friends, pals, who regularly posted. Now I must confess that circumstances have prevented me from writing and posting as much as I wanted to so I'm as guilty as anyone else. There, I said all that to say this..."I miss hearing from everyone. Passing-thru, Lauren Mary, Laura Mae, Lisa J., and others. I MISS YOU!
I pray that you all have a great weekend! Our Little Missionary will be coming home soon. Today, I think! Please pray!
Lots of love,
David, the ol' Pilgrim
Here’s the devotional from David Jeremiah:
In the Spirit of Thanksgiving: the Indians
"Your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him." - Matthew 6:8
Half the Pilgrims died during their first winter at Plymouth. The onset of spring found them wondering if any of them would survive, but that's when a miracle of God's providence occurred. On a Friday in March, as the men gathered for military training, a cry went up: "Indian coming!" Everyone gathered around the young man. Suddenly he boomed in near-perfect English, "Welcome!" His name was Samoset. Shortly thereafter, Samoset introduced the Pilgrims to another Indian, Squanto, who was a godsend for the settlers.
Squanto taught them how to catch eels, plant corn in the Indian way, and survive in the wilderness by stalking deer, refining maple syrup, using herbs for medicine, and trading beaver pelts. Without him, Plymouth Colony might not have survived; and that's why, at the end of the growing season, the Pilgrims and Indians celebrated Thanksgiving.
The heavenly Father knows our needs before we ask; and at unexpected moments, He sends just the right person or provision to help us. That's why every day is Thanksgiving for Christians.
Just when I need Him, Jesus is near . . . Ready to help me, ready to cheer. - William Poole
Friday, November 16, 2007
These books belong to our Felisol..
These pictures were swiped off of her blog and placed here and I just thought that the Pilgrim and Saija and Vicki and yes, even Rodney must see that there on the far side of the sea is a serious contender!
Which of you fellow pilgrim really DO have the most books!!!
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
I've always been challenged by missionary quotations. When I was on staff at The Peoples Church in Toronto, the annual Missions Conference was the highlight of the church calendar. Each year the sanctuary of the church was adorned with quotes from famous missionary statesmen including one or more by the founder of that church, Dr. Oswald J. Smith (pictured).
The following You-Tube video clip may challenge your complacency. I did mine!
View at your own risk. Here's the link!
"Father, forgive us for finding excuses NOT to obey Your Great Commission. AMEN."
Dear Pilot-mom...I know that I am a picture thief but I was so overjoyed when I saw the beautiful photos on you blog that I just had to take them over to the pilgrims pals..
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
We heard from a veteran who had served in World War II at our church service this morning. We also paused for a moment's silence in memory of those who fought for our freedom. I thought it was good for us to do this during our service because there is a strong parallel between what those veterans did for us and what Jesus Christ did at Calvary to forgive our sins and buy "real" freedom and peace.
I've included a postcard showing a field of poppies taken from the new booklet I picked up the other day, THE ART OF GOD.
May we never take for granted the freedoms that others paid for at such a great price!
Saturday, November 10, 2007
I just finished packing - yuck - it's such a chore - I always leave it to the last minute! I will try and get some rest now, but will have to be up by 3:30 a.m.!! The worst part for me is the actual travel - through customs etc - it's so exhausting - pray all goes smoothly. I appreciate you all covering me, and the whole team, with your prayers during the next week.
I'm such a suck - I miss my little bunny rabbit already :) But he is in very good hands for the week ahead.
In His love,
We will all be praying for you Julie for your safety and for success that the people will have an open ear to the gospel!
We hope that you will take lots of pictures while you are there and bring them back to show to your Canadian and America and Norwegian friends here at the Pilgrim Pals!
God Bless you!
Juan 3:16...Porque de tal menera amo Dios al mundo, que ha dado a su Hijo unigenito, para que todo aquel que en el cree, no se pierda. mas tenga vida eterna.
A good friend e-mailed me recently and signed off with the following quote:
"It is easier to relate a testimony that is mouldy with age because it has the dogmatic ring about it that people agree with, than to talk from your last moment of contact with Father."
Think about it! Is there a ring of truth to this statement? Am I guilty? Are you?
Friday, November 9, 2007
Here's another postcard from the book, THE ART OF GOD, entitled FIRST SNOW. This photo was taken in Kananaskas, Alberta. WOW!
Snow isn't bad in pictures! You don't have to shovel that kind!
"Come now, let us reason together," says the LORD. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool." - Isaiah 1:18 (NIV)
Thursday, November 8, 2007
I posted the same photo over at Pilgrim Scribblings. Please check it out there and let me know. THANKS, Pals!
Remember too that, "from the rising of the sun to the going down of the same, the name of the Lord is to be praised."
Here's the link. Go ahead and try it!
That's a photo of downtown Toronto where I spent 29 seasons ministering to the Toronto Blue Jays.
Over the next week or two I'll post these, adding an appropriate scripture verse.
Today's postcard is of a birch forest in Upper Michigan.
"Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy..." - Psalm 96:12 (NIV)
Note: Click on the picture for an enlarged view!
I have been quiet, showing up periodically to share a scripture or to ask for prayer...a vessel unable to be filled in its present state, cracked and broken....in need of restoration and repair.....a task only accomplished by the Divine Master...
Reading the scriptures is great; thinking about the scriptures is great...but neither of those will ever be enough for the professing believer in Jesus Christ. The believer must do what He teaches.....cleanse themselves through the Word...submerge themselves in a spiritual bath....
I am more conscious than ever of the Divine Presence and thus, my desire to meet God in adoring silence, increases. With reverence and Godly fear my plea is for a hungry heart....a hunger so deep that I may never be satisfied; that I may never step outside of His boundaries of grace, mercy, peace and love...understanding the believer's walk is done circumspectly, understanding God's grace does not wipe out His moral laws.
When I hear "Be still and know I am God", it does not mean I am sitting in a corner twiddling my thumbs...it means I am praying, worshipping, reading His word, walking in His light....I am entwined with the Lord....while I am waiting on the Lord....
October was a long month....it began with the exciting news that my niece (the daughter of my sister killed in Sept 2001) was six weeks pregnant with her first baby. At eight weeks, the Lord called the little one home to be with Him....
Then came the news of Ron's aunt....her battle with cancer lost....she too, called home to be with the Lord...her eighty years of life here on earth ended peacefully, surrounded by her five daughters. I managed to get Ron a flight into Memphis and God helped us financially as the airlines provided him with a bereavement fare. I always thought those fares were only offered to members of immediate family.
The following Monday my sister underwent bypass surgery. She is by far, the healthiest member of my family; one who exercised and maintained what doctors considered a healthy diet and lifestyle...but none-the-less, she is the fourth member of our family to be struck with heart disease...so I am now being encouraged to go have the tests done....find out how many of my arteries are blocked....hmmmmm...I shall have to see. She had a double bypass instead of a triple and is now recovering at home. I prayed for her salvation and I prayed for her healing. I was able to visit with her at her home last Friday...and she looks wonderful and is recovring beautifully.
The same day of my sister's surgery (although un-be-known to her) her son's wife, five months pregnant with their third child, could not feel the baby moving inside her. An emergency ultrasound revealed there was no heart beat. After one week, the doctors induced labor to assist her with the birth. As a believer in Jesus Christ, I found myself on my knees where I was able to find comfort and closure; but to a non-believer, the sadness, the uncertainty of life after death, the why did this happen to me questions, can go on forever without ever finding peace.
Last week, my daughter's car broke down and I became her chauffeur, providing transportation to work and shopping. Because of her situation and with no excess funds available, God is blessing Ron and I with the finances and the wisdom to help provide for her and Vera....
There is a need, a very present need to provide care for our elders. I have the privilege to be associated with a company that does just that. Two weeks ago, one of the caregivers was on the job when she suffered cardiac arrest. Unfortunately the senior who was being cared for was an Alzheimer's patient and could not, in her mind, process what was occurring and did not call 9-1-1 right away. Even though the family decided to place her on life support, a dedicated and loving caregiver passed last Wednesday. I did not know her or if she was saved....but I was given a chance to pray for this young woman and my faith and trust, my hope lies in Jesus Christ..and that she called upon His name in her final breaths...
There is not one circumstance mentioned here that I have not directly or indirectly experienced at some level myself......I lived through my mother's battle with cancer and death, I found my brother in his apartment after his massive heart attack, I cared for my oldest sister when she had her quadruple bypass surgery, one of my babies is resting with our Father in heaven, my earthly father rescued me financially when I was in need back in 1972, I was once a non-believer looking for answers, for peace, for something or someone to hope in , to love, to trust...
I serve an awesome God and with it comes the responsibility and incredible joy to live my life in alignment with His word, to minister to others and to pray for the salvation of many. I am thankful to be one of His precious treasures, willing to let Him do His work in me....
Sunrise 10/26/07-Driving Home From Work
Posted by Donna
Spiritual Warfare and Sin: Increased Hostility
"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour." - 1 Peter 5:8
As we move farther on and mount higher up in the Christian life we may expect to encounter greater difficulties in the way and meet increased hostility from the enemy of our souls....Satan hates the true Christian for several reasons.
One is that God loves him, and whatever is loved by God is sure to be hated by the devil. Another is that the Christian, being a child of God, bears a family resemblance to the Father and to the household of faith. Satan's ancient jealousy has not abated nor his hatred for God diminished in the slightest.
Whatever reminds him of God is without other reason the object of his malignant hate.
A third reason is that a true Christian is a former slave who has escaped from the galley, and Satan cannot forgive him for this affront.
A fourth reason is that a praying Christian is a constant threat to the stability of Satan's government.
The Christian is a holy rebel loose in the world with access to the throne of God. Satan never knows from what direction the danger will come.
taken from That Incredible Christian, 71
"Lord, it's not hard to see why Satan attacks. May I continue to be enough of a threat to him to merit his attention! Don't ever let me become so anemic in my Christian walk that he doesn't need to bother with me. Amen."
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Rob Brodie Ottawa Senators
But the heart and soul makeup that defines Mike Fisher doesn’t begin and end with hockey. Not when you’re a guy who never forgets to count his blessings every day.
“A lot of it is my God-given abilities,” Fisher said when asked what drives him to excel on the ice. “We’re all given different things, and I think one of them is the determination I have. I don’t take my health for granted, and try to give it everything I have when I can.”
That drive turned Fisher, a “mostly offensive player” in junior hockey, into one of the Senators’ hardest hitting forwards.
“It’s a fun part of the game,” said Fisher. “I feel like if I’m playing physical, then usually I’m into the game and at my best and can make plays, too.”
Senators fans, who’ve voted him their favourite team player in ottawasenators.com polls the past two seasons, surely appreciate Fisher’s hard-nosed style.
“I guess I try to leave everything on the ice, and fans just appreciate effort and hard-working guys,” said Fisher, who’s clearly humbled by the fans’ support.
Fisher, a devout Christian, applies the same approach to life outside the rink. He’s often one of the first in line to help out someone in need.
“It’s rewarding and having a faith in God, too, for me it puts a perspective on things that are important, like trying to help others,” he said. “I feel blessed to be in the position I’m at, and I just want to help out if I can and try to give back.
“A lot of guys on the team are great that way. We’re all in a unique position, and it’s an honour to be able to help out.”
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Encouragement...the big E! It's vital, it's essential! We shrivel up without it! Have you encouraged someone today? Why not reach out to a friend, a family member, someone in need today with a phone call, an e-mail a note of encouragement, a pat on the back.
"...so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope." - Romans 15:4
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
Many daughters have done virtuously , but thou excellest them all.
Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised....Proverbs 31: 28-30.
This morning, when I was heading to worship Jesus with my daughter and grandbaby, little Vera said "Nana" for the first time. I spent this afternoon with my family and received this beautiful bouquet of flowers, cards, hugs and kisses and a delicious lasagna dinner with pineapple upside down cake....
Today I turned 54 and I am wiser because I serve an awesome and wonderful Lord Jesus....
God Bless my pilgrim pals...
and now I am off to work.
As you know, it has been a tough couple of years for us. Actually it has been 3 years, but the 1st one wasn't so bad, with the exception of the ugly word cancer and all of the surprise and fear that goes with it. The reason the 1st wasn't so bad we thought everything was taken care of. Unfortunately, it wasn't. The doctor gave me the wrong medicine. Of course it wasn't the doctor that I have now.So today I went to get the Avastan that I get on Thursdays. The port I have has not been working properly for the last 3 weeks, so I kind of had a panic attack at home. I was in the tub and didn't have the strength to get out. Thank God I waited until Barry got home so he could help me out. I have to say that was the 1st time I have cried, but it was so hard. I realized I was nervous over the port because if it did not work today, I would have to have a test to make sure it was in the the proper place and if it wasn't I would have to have it replaced, which meant a minor surgery.
I got there and the blood came flowing out quickly. Thank the Lord. Then I had to know if the blood levels were good enough for the Avastan, they were fine. I got the Avastan. Today was the last day that I had any appointments and I was out of some of the medicine. Debbie, his office assistant, said you really need to see him. I said I am so tired I don't think I can hold my eyes open long enough to sit there. Sometimes it is hours. Debbie loves us so much, she put us in right away. God's favor.
The doctor walked in the room shortly and shook our hands. How are you doing, he asked me. He said you look good and I see that you are wiggling your feet. That's a good thing. He checked my eyes and asked how I was walking and then checked the strength of my legs two different times and then said you are strong. He then had me lay down and he checked the liver. He was elated at how good I am doing. He said you are doing amazingly well. He also told us after checking to see if I was having headaches and so on he checked my eyes to make sure there was nothing there. He said the brain tumors are no longer an issue because they are gone.
He looked at Debbie and told her, this lady is going to make it. Translation: You shall live and not die and declare the works of the Lord. Psalms 118:17 (KJV). I didn't die, I lived and now I am telling the world what God did. Psalms 118:17 (The Message Bible)
Just last week even though I already knew I said to Barry, it would just be so good to have this healing validated. The Lord told me that he had already validated it, but still it is such a good thing to hear it from the doctor. Look what the Lord has done!
Posted by Arlene - BY HIS STRIPES!!!
Saturday, November 3, 2007
I know I've been absent lately, but it has been a busy month! Our street has been a site for mass confusion and chaotic activity lately as our fire is still under investigation. That brings me to my first request...
1) Both families moved into their rented townhomes this week. Please pray that their moving will go well, and please also pray that they will continue to heal and come to terms on what has happened.
I bumped into the woman who lost her entire house while she was watching more inspections the other day, and we had a brief talk. The fire was a month ago, and she still can't talk about it without chocking up. What has made it harder is that the fire has been ruled as "non-accidental" , which is pretty much a polite way of saying arson. That blow has been hard for the neighbours to deal with. Everytime I think that I almost lost my house because some idiot decided to start a fire it makes me burn up with anger, so I can't even begin to imagine what the families who did lose their homes are feeling. Also, some man has started a campaign against NOT donating money to the families (trust me, his logic is...illogical) and is spreading his views through the newspapers. People have been fighting back though- last week's paper was filled with letters about it- one was written by my father.
2) My aunt's long-term boyfriend Gavin had a heart attack last night. He had to have emergency surgery, but the doctors say he'll make a full recovery. Please pray for my aunt and for Gavin.
Last but not least...
3) Tomorrow (Sunday) I'm travelling to a swim meet out of town. Please pray for my safety as a I travel and also the safety of all my swimmers and their parents as they travel. The kids are super-excited, so I'm hoping it will be a good day for everyone!
Even though I haven't been poting, I've been reading your requests and keeping you in my prayers.
Here's a brief update on the Pilgrim's Progress:
This week I visited my ear, nose and throat specialist. He informed me that my ear infection has finally cleared up. There is still a considerable amount of congestion in my head so I'm continuing to use flonaze twice a day. I'm also taking some herbal remedies which he has recommended. He is a vibrant Christian so I was pleased that he was in favor of my use of these.
We have had four OPEN HOUSES here in our attempt to see our home and reduce our mortgage. The first weekend we had quite a few visitors who seemed interested but last weekend we only had one interested party in two days. It was very discouraging for Carol because she had worked so hard to get ready for this. Winter is coming and it will become increasingly difficult to sell our home but we serve the God of the impossible so He can either provide money to pay off the mortgage or people to purchase our property. We need to trust Him implicitly. Please pray for us!
This week I received a wonderful card and gift from a special person who will remain anonymous. Thanks so much!
My camera is in the SONY repair shop in Toronto and it will cost about $280.00 to fix it. It should be ready early next week. That seems like a lot of money but it's cheaper than buying a replacement. God will provide!
We had our twice-monthly chapel service/meal with the Peterborough Petes hockey team last Monday. 20 players showed up and we had a great time as I challenged them to "Make a Difference" in their world. I asked them to think back and recall those who made a significant impact on their lives...reminding them that the One who changes lives most dramatically is Jesus Christ Himself.
Last week I received copies of the most recent issue of SPORTS SPECTRUM magazine. There's a feature article on Mike Fisher of the Ottawa Senators which his uncle David wrote. I was pleased with the end product and so was my editor. Mike has seen the story and is pleased as well. Many Christian bookstores sell SPORTS SPECTRUM so look for it if you get a chance.
Thanks for your prayers, dear friends!
Yes, we are still Praying and Praising at this site. Activity here at "Pals" has not been what it was when we first launched the site. The illnesses of me, my computer and my camera have been part of the problem. We "launched" PILGRIM PALS several months ago and one of these days all of us will experience a glorious "landing" when we arrive at our heavenly "home". Until then let's take up our cross and follow Him. You are loved and you are in my prayers, dear prayer partners...dear Pilgrim Pals.
Resting in Him as the storm rages on, ~ David
Today's devotional from David Jeremiah's Turning Point seemed very fitting for us:
In the Spirit of Thanksgiving: The Mayflower
He calms the storm, so that its waves are still. . . . He guides them to their desired haven. Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! - Psalm 107:29-31
Recommended Reading - Psalm 107:23-32
As the 90-ton Mayflower, captained by part-owner Christopher Jones, sailed for the New World on August 5, 1620, the 102 Pilgrims huddled in dark, low-ceilinged holds. Jones gave up his captain's quarters for the women and infants, but everyone else was crammed below deck in little hot rooms reeking with body odor. Because of rough seas, no hatches were open, and many of the passengers suffered seasickness amid violent storms that tossed the little craft like a cork.
The Pilgrims prayed and praised as best they could during the seven-week voyage. Upon landing at last, according to William Bradford, "they fell upon their knees and blessed the God of heaven, who had brought them over the vast and furious ocean, and delivered them from all their perils and miseries thereof, again to set their feet on the firm and stable earth."
God deserves our thanksgiving, too. He calms our storms and guides us to the desired haven. Oh, that we would give Him thanks for His goodness and for His wonderful works!
"All along my pilgrim journey, let me, Savior, walk with Thee." - Fanny Crosby