Thursday, July 31, 2008
Thanks for the cake, Terry! It tasted great!
Our well has water again. Thanks for your prayers!
Mom is feeling much better each day. She will be in the hospital for about 2 months but she is in great spirits in spite of that. Thanks for your ongoing prayers.
So, it was a good day and His mercies will be new again tomorrow morning. Great is His faithfulness.
Good night, dear pals!
Lots of love,
GOD IS SO GOOD --- HIS MERCIES NEVER FAIL -- "Let us , 2 or more agree to pray for any of these needs -- we know them already , God has promised to hear us Matt. 7 chpt as well as other scripture.
GOOD NITE and GOD BLESS ------ Thankyou Jesus for restoring us to LIFE ---
Heh David the pilgrim , Lpp and Lmg , Felisol and Saija, Claire, Lil M, Jel , and Vicki too -- listen up -- our "saintly" Terry , the Terror of the North , "aka" The Strawberry Strewsel has called our Donna a "little" orange pumkin , who is delightfully deleting comments with the fastest "trigger" finger on the keyboard.
Not that Donna is so innocent -- her and Terry peeked out their windows and threatned poor innocent me with brooms -- and wanted Lil M to package me in one of her missionary box and ship me to Norway so Felisol could cook up something "strange" for me to eat .
The only two sweet people to me have been LPP and LMG ---
I just wanted to wish you a Happy Sweet 16!! I hope that you enjoy this year, and that you continue in your walk with Christ. Your grandfather has told us what a special young woman you are...I'll be praying for your trip to Belize.
I tried to put in a picture of a birthday cake for you, but I couldn't get it to work, so I'll have to "share" with Terry!
On my 16th birthday, I was given a Bible with this verse written on the front page:
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight."
I hope you can use this verse- I find myself repeating it all the time!
Grampa Fisher knows right well that I can't bake and he also knows right well that it is very hazardous to my health if I get into a strawberry patch to pick those wretched berries...He KNOWS right well!!
So......I have here a store bought google image search cherry birthday cake just for you!
I surely hope that you enjoy it Sweet Sixteen Girl!!
Happy Happy Birthday and Grampa doesn't deserve a crumb of this cake , not a crumb!
Love Mrs. Shirkie
Terry, could you pick some strawberries (it's a bit late for that) and bake a cake? Ha! Ha!
Last night our well ran dry and I had to leave for work so I failed to let you know about this. It would be great if some of the Pals could send along some comments or even post something for Victoria.
She is leaving on a Missions Trip to Belize in three weeks. She is a special young lady with a real heart for God.
HAPPY 16TH BIRTHDAY, VICTORIA!
We love you!
Note: This is an "old" photo of Victoria with our little granddaughter Natalie.
I posted the following note as a comment following the AN EXCITING LUNCH post but thought I should make a special post of it. How exciting to see our PILGRIM PALS getting together. A little bit of heaven on earth. Keep it up!
Lots of love,
Here's that comment that has become a post:
Dearest Donna and Terry:
Can you imagine the joy and fulfillment I feel when Pilgrim Pals meet? I'm always overjoyed.
Donna, you are getting to meet everybody. Before I know it you'll be in India with our beloved Amrita with side trips to Australia to visit Rodney and a stop-over in Norway to pray with Serina and Gunnar and spend some time with Felisol.
Thank you, dear pals, for taking the time to build on these special friendships that have been forged through the Pilgrim Pals web site. Just think what it will be like in heaven when we have all eternity to spend time together around the throne of the One who brought us all together.
I'm refreshed this morning after reading about An Exciting Lunch.
Let's do it more!
Much love in Christ,
to be known as trustworthy, is of great importance not only to me....but to God also...
This was my devotional from Elisabeth Elliot yesterday so I thought I would share it.....be blessed
Author: Elisabeth Elliot
Source: A Lamp For My Feet
Scripture Reference: Proverbs 11:13 Proverbs 11:12 Ecclesiastes 3:1-7
The Necessity to Cover
There are things which it is our duty to cover in silence. We are told nowadays that everything ought to be expressed if we are truly "honest" and "open."
Proverbs 11:13 says, "He who goes abroad as a talebearer reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing hidden."
Jesus sometimes refused to reveal the truth about Himself, even when it would have seemed to us "an opportunity to witness." He did not always answer questions. He did not always say who He was. He told some of those He healed to tell no one about it.
"For every activity under heaven its time...a time for silence and a time for speech" (Eccl 3:1,7 NEB). "A man of understanding remains silent" (Prv 11:12 RSV).
Lord, deliver me from the urge to open my mouth when I should shut it. Give me the wisdom to keep silence where silence is wise. Remind me that not everything needs to be said, and that there are very few things that need to be said by me.
Cole and Taylor and mom
Lil M continued progress on interview and "refrences" -
My daughter as she awaits results for her medical transcription tests today -
David the pilgrim on home needs - and ministry -- God can supply every , EVERY need -
Vicki and her burden for her sister and her life -
Claire's new friend "R"
and of course our own Lpp and Lmg's healing in the home as they bless us with their presence
couldn't wait for the day to arrive....
I was up early, showered .....wanted
to be out the door by 9:00....
I paused, remembering to pray for
Julie and her exam today.....stopped at my daughter's
apartment to pick up her camera, then rushed back to
the house (I forgot my bible), made a quick stop at the
gas station and was on the road......
ten minutes into my drive, I realized I had no pen in the
car, so I spotted a Tim Horton's, grabbed a cup of coffee
and one of their bananna nut muffins...and bought a $2.99
souvernir pen, unbelievable!!...but to be expected for the NYS
Thruway......by now it's 9:40 and I am behind schedule...
I managed to make it to Buffalo by 10:40, (excellent time);
by the time I got on I290 the skies had turned black and I
was in the middle of a torrential downpour... By the time I
got on the Robert Moses Parkway, it was
more than a downpour, I actually pulled off the highway
and sat...I know not the smartest thing to do but everyone
else was........so do as the Moses' do !
It was after 11:00 when I finally made it to Niagara Falls
and now I needed to clear customs.....it took a while to get
through...not because there were long lines, but I was having a
real tough time understanding the gentleman and had to ask the
guy twice what he was saying and he was getting frustrated with me...
but once we got through the "where have you been all your life"
and "do you have any weapons"..."uhhh....only this silly pen that says I love
the NY Yankees...is that weapon enough?"...so much for the frivolity
and THEN I asked him the quickest route to Niagara On The Lake and
he said he didn't know and even if he did, he didn't give directions....
it holds up the line...(I should have known better)
but the lady in the building right over there....SHE DOES....
hmmmmmmm ok...thank you.
Anyways....the lady was very nice, but I read her directions wrong
turned right and should have turned left....so now I am still forty minutes
from my destination....I am very late for my 11:00 lunch.....no problem though....
cause I met three of the sweetest ladies ever......
Yeah...my friends...I had the pleasure of meeting our wonderful Pal
and sister in Christ...the one and only Terry...Mrs. Shirkie...
and her beautiful sister Betty
and their gracious mother that we know and love as Mom Golden.....
We enjoyed a delicious lunch, talked and laughed;
strolled the afternoon away, stopped into a hat shop, Mom Golden was treated to a new hat,(quite stunning I might add)
handed out verse cards to anyone willing to take our picture....
stopped to pet a dog named Daisy, marveled at the beautiful flowers,
and lovely buildings...I love architecture
relaxed in a nearby park, jumped into the wading pond (well not really, I am much too old to be jumping into a wading pond !!!)
It was the most beautiful day....full of all God's beauty, the sunshine, rain, clouds, a warm breeze, friendship, we laughed, talked, shared the Lord, wisdom, stories, husbands, children, church. It seemed as though we had known each other all our lives....We agreed we have to do it again soon....
Terry, Betty and Mom Golden, thank you for a blessed day......
I drove past the Falls before I headed back to the States....they are absolutely
spectacular..God is so good !!!
posted by donna
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
"I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers, Hearng of thy love and faith which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all the saints; That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus. --Philemon 1:4-6
Thankyou to Terry , Donna , Felisol , LPP and LMG and Vicki and and Saija and Amrita and Ron and Lil M that have encouraged daily and weekly in these "pals" posts and comments -- and of course to many others with their inputs -----
JUST A BIG THANKYOU and WE PRAISE GOD FOR ALL OF U
THANK YOU FOR PRAYING TODAY! I passed the computer test! It wasn't easy...one part especially was hard and I left it. The supervisor came in and we talked for a few minutes and I pointed out that question as being difficult - he reworded the question for me and suddendly it clicked...he said, "do you want to give it a try?" Wow - that is unheard of....I was given all sorts of time - no pressure. And I got it! Out of all the candidates I did the best on this test. I was then interviewed. The Holy Spirit was really at work in me. They asked for 2 references.....that means they want to offer me the position! So ....references....that could be difficult from my current job as they haven't exactely been my biggest fans. Pray about that my friends, as I am not too sure what to do.
J - Little Missionary
I posted this on Pilgrim Scribblings today but thought I should share it with the Pilgrim Pals as well.
My friend Greg Asimakoupoulos penned the following lines sometime in the past. I could have written them today. The battle rages on...
Are you, too, feeling dwarfed by the enemies of fear, doubt, disease, debt, or whatever? Take heart! You're not alone. God knows. The battle is His.
Greg writes...my heart resonates:
I'm surrounded, Lord,
Defeat is in the air:
There are large figures towering over me.
But these figures aren't soldiers with weapons.
They are numbers on bills I can't pay.
Day after day I count the cost and tally the toll
That the war I am waging exacts.
It taxes my faith.
It depletes my reserves.
I drives me to my knees.
Please God, be merciful.
Won't You provide the resources I need
To wipe out the figures killing my joy?
Like Goliath, they loom large.
Like David, I am small.
And that's why I'm calling on You.
All too aware of my limits, it's true,
I don't know what to do.
But my eyes are stayed on You.
The battle is Yours, Lord.
by Greg Asimakoupoulos
"We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you. You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you." - 2 Chronicles 20:12 & 17 (NIV)
Turn the soil of their souls over thru "prayer" so they may take to the "seed" of God's Word -
Smile, Rest in Him --- and let the world "see" the Hope that is in us -------
Have a good and godly day -----
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
David's home needs and ministry -- Terry's Van to keep it running ---- Amrita's, Bank need ---
Felisol's Serina for God to help her in her new school - for Gunnar -- Claire's "R" for Light ---
Lil M and her job interview -- May God's Blessing be on U
Needs GREAT and small - HE CARES ABOUT THEM ALL ---
*** MUST READ -- Our Vicki's blog site "Windows to My Soul" -- WOW -- what a good post - INFO GATHERING
I "loved" her phrase of "Grown on the Vine" ---------- I agree totally with the Inspired Word of God over all other readings ----------- " GOOD STUFF " Vicki
good nite my pilgrim pals
I haven't talked to you in a while, so I'm just saying hi!
I started thinking
about how I haven't talked with some of the other Pals in a while.
I hope your summer has been going well. I decided to move to Muskoka
for the summer, and I'm so happy I did- I've been having a blast! ...Lauren-Mary
For most , going to church on Sunday is like putting on a "suit" - looking to please God with our effort and hoping God will help us and let us in His Kingdom as we make our weekly vows of trying to be a better person --
Of course , the "born-again" Christian knows the difference , knows that it has nothing to do with our "effort" that we are sinners even in our "best suit".
Counterfeit Christianity is one of "works" , "liturgy", all good except it dosen't save -- ( and many liberal christians don't believe in the devil , satan, lucifer - and they also don't believe in the bible as the Inspired Word of God -- many think that a "little" religion is good but not too much.) ---- the devil , is not "afraid" of this type of christianity -- for there is no preaching of sin and the need for The Shed Blood of Christ to be applied by "faith" to a penitent sinner seeking personal forgiveness and not relying on his or her goodness or works to influence God to save them.
Biblical, Salvation is taught in most evangelical churches and will always CENTER around these truths --
Man is lost without hope and no amount of good works on his part can save him --
Looking to God and trusting Christ's Atonement for our sins as the ONLY way of salvation
God the Father , God the Son and God the Holy Spirit as portrayed thru Holy Writ -
Christ is the Word -- The Word made Flesh - Incarnate Birth , born of a virgin --
Now evangelical churches have different styles of worship and some favor certain doctrines not essential to the above mentioned truths --
Also , there are "many" born-again believers in non-evangelical churches for "whosoever" believeth on ME shall be saved -------- many not even in churches , they may be in jungles, or prisons or anywhere --- God the Holy Spirit roams thru-out the earth "looking" for that lost sheep ---
Be sure of this -- If U will live godly and live for the Lord Jesus, looking to witness for HIM, to be a praying Christian, U will suffer (go thru) tribulation of some type , in some fashion , whether it will be in your own home or at work -- in your own personal struggles with the flesh -- or the "spirit" of lukewarmness --
Let us draw nigh to this Jesus -- let our prayer be " Jesus keep me near the cross - there a precious Fountain
"Let us "shake" heaven and hell -- for this God , our God has entrusted this message to us .
He promised never to leave us , we are not alone -- angels surround us, The Blood covers us, The Spirit enables us -------- demons with bulging eyes fear us, the devil hates us --
Blessings on All U Christian pilgrims --
I would appreciate if someone would take time to lift up my Serina. She's in some rough waters and is soon leaving to join a new college, where she has not yet any accommodations or friends. She is very low and worn.
We are having a heatwave, 30 Celsius degrees, top record ever. I have troubled with Blogger and changed my blog address. Here it is. http://felisol.blogspot.com
(David's note: I have modified the link on our Pilgrim Pals blog to reflect this address change.)
Now I have to go outdoors again. WE have no fans of any kind. One usually don't need such things in Norway. God bless you all.
Remember Lil M today
Cole and Taylor's mom is worn out and sick --
LPP's Mom needs a buyer for that van
David the pilgrim has needs for home and ministry -
Thanks Laura for such a good post --------
Blessings to all the Pilgrims -----------
I'll be out somewhere, I'll bump into a friend from the past, she'll tell me all about her life, her kids, her house and her husband. God isn't in her dream-life, but still I feel my stomach clinching and wishing it was my life. Or, I'll be looking at photos, plastered for the world to see, thanks to databases like Facebook, of friends, current and from the past and see their smiling faces as they drink the night away and part of me thinks, hmm, wish I could have been there. A guy from college, messages me and tells me about his great job, making lots of money for very little effort, for a business with poor ethics and selling a product that is of low moral character, but yet I still think....hmm, wish I could pull something like that off.
And the jealously builds up inside, like a thick, green slim, polluting my heart and mind. The old sinful nature, still loving everything the world has to offer! Confused I think.....if I wasn't a Christian there would be no limitations on my life, date who I want without considering the person's relationship with Christ, attend endless social occasions and drink the night away, instead of spending a quiet night at home or have a job that came with a significant income, but in an unethical way.
I find myself screaming in my head....Laura..stop thinking like this, it's ludicrous! Why do I so often forget the Hope I have within me??
One of the devotional books I read recently had an article on this very subject. They used the example of Moses as mentioned in Hebrews 11:24-27.
By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh's daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king's anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.
Moses could have had anything he wanted, he was Pharaoh's daughter's son, with all the pleasures of the world at his fingertips. But Moses threw it all away and in view of the world he was a fool but in the eyes of God and his followers he was a wise man. He saw the pleasures of sin for exactly what is was........ SIN! He knew there was a tomorrow and an eternity. He knew the pleasures of the world would not last. He wasn't choosing between pleasure and no pleasure, he was choosing between the pleasures of the world and the pleasures of eternity.
What if Moses hadn't made this choice, he would be just another person from history, instead of being known as a man who lived for all the right reasons. Can you imagine if Jesus had decided to take personal pleasure over dying on the Cross? I can't imagine where I would be today!
So next time I am sensing some jealousy, longing for the world, I will remind myself to be like Moses and stay focused on the pleasures of God!
Monday, July 28, 2008
We have the Spirit of God living in us....the same Spirit who raised Christ Jesus from the dead! Amen! That same Spirit can open doors to jobs, needed finances, healing of heart, soul and body....wow....when you stop and think about it - the Living God - living in us. Talk about Power! Why would we fear? Why do we give in to that old enemy and his lies? We have the Holy Spirit of God Almighty in us and for us.....
Sorry, just got off on a tangent....I need to preach to myself every now and again. Our Lord God is worthy of Praise!
Sweet dreams to all God's children.
J - Little Missionary
Let us remember the one's that need support - healings - finances - encouragement -
It's not always easy for many to get up the next day and face their challenges --
So it "behooves" us to pray , specially for those the Lord lays on our hearts ---
"We are going to make it friends " I read it in His Book --------
Don't forget Cole and Taylor and family - this would please God to bring them to the Throne
Don't forget our friend's that now have an empty seat at the dinner table ---
My heart goes out to U pilgrims
A most unworthy pilgrim
When we used to "testify" in our church services -- "pop-corn" testimonies - What a Blessing -
The Bible was held up for all to see and not our degree in psychology
When preachers relied on The Holy Spirit's leading for a message instead of a "year of recorded sermons for each week"
When sinning bowed our souls till we found peace with God --
When "missions" was a burden for us to do something --
When "soul winning" was a word used in church --
*Today we see mega churches -- multi-tasking church leadership -- classes on "relativism" - preaching a Christ of niceties -- a gospel of love, sweetness , giving no offence -- so we get better by being positive, attending positive re-inforcing services and "feeling good" --
Now not all of these churches are bad -- no no no -- but we must beware of this one thing -- Since when has the Gospel of Jesus Christ been so popular -- Sin and the preaching of The Blood has always "bothered" natural man and has never been popular in John Doe's , First Church of Common Sense
We preach Christ and Him Crucified - fleeing from the Wrath to Come -- Hating Sin in all its allurment -- The Bible is The Light to our path and The Lamp to our feet not the latest best seller by some super star Christian author -- We preach Christ in All HIS GLORY - His Love for the world -- We preach Salvation thru His Blood ONLY -- nothing man can do can influence God in saving his soul -- none of this " come to church , be nice - treat your neighbor like Jesus would and have a good week -- kisses , hugs --etc.
I testified to the Social Worker today at work, she is saved , told her how I witnessed to my mom and dad and how God saved them 3 months later - - she had tears as she had witnessed to her mom , a christian scientist --(cult) she has not seen her mom come around in 20 years -- after I shared with her , she said she will continue to "believe" God for her mom --
God Bless all the Old Time Believers ---
there are many saved believers in all churches , we just want to keep the Lights Burning as they did in Paul's day -----
I was away for the weekend visiting my parent's out of town. They have a computer so I was reading the posts here, but just didn't take time to comment.....Alfie and I were enjoying the great outdoors. My mom still isn't great, however there is some improvement.
This is my last week off work. I will return half days for a couple weeks, beginning August 5th. I'm nervous but I know WHO my strength is: my Heavenly Father! He is my defender and rescuer....so, ultimately I will be okay! It helps that I'm only going back half-days for a few weeks, to ease back into the environment. And, I've learned a lot about boundaries - godly boundaries that I need to re-establish for my protection. I am reading the book Boundaries by Drs. Cloud and Townsend.....their Christian perspective is very good.
My test on Excel spreadsheets (which I'm pretty good at) and interview is tomorrow for the other job I mentioned....not the one with the medics but the surprise invitation! It'll be interesting to see what God brings about!! I may ask to change the day for the test to Wed....calling the manager this afternoon. He left me a message earlier to switch it to the morning but I feel I need an extra day to prepare! He seems reasonable so I don't think it'll be a problem. I will let you all know for sure when it is so you can be praying!
Peace of Christ Jesus to each of you.
J Little Missionary
8:15 - No Fear - No more Bondage -- Now we have Spirit of Adoption - we Belong - Our Father
8:17-18 Suffering goes along with this new relationship with God --- IT'S A GIVEN
8:26 The Great Holy Spirit prays along side us - even when we feel we are so weak - HE PRAYS
8:28 We KNOW that all things will work together for good as we walk in unison with God
8:29 He purposed that we the "elect" should be CONFORMED to the Image of His Son
8:31 God is for us ------- very clear -- what a hope
8:32 God promises to freely give us all things we need in this world and of His Own Spirit
8:38 -39 Nothing can separate us from His Love ----
Let us take "hope" pilgrims -- we are passing thru this world and we are being conformed by the Transforming Power of God's love -- we endure "hurts" even though we be innocent of wrong doings for this is part of the witness of Christ -
running late for work --- have a blessed day
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Blessings on All the "pals" ------
Lil M -- we are missing U , maybe U went away for the week -- praying for your job , for U to continue to be a blessing to those around U ----- ( I pray every day for U )
Cole and Taylor and family -- this family is going thru so much -- God has a plan for them and we want to pray that His Will be done -- "Lord, we thankyou for your love for this family "
Vicki and her burden for her sister -- She needs to find God is ABLE to do for her ---
Saija's daily joy in serving God and helping her Leo
Donna to be used and protected in His Love and for her family to be used of the Lord
David the pilgrim who looks to God for his daily needs -- (praying for home and van and well )
Pat's family on their recent loss
Terry and Bernie for this pals place would not be the same without our Terry --
Felisol and her Serina and Gunnar --------- she is a blessing from Norway
Amrita , I know little of U dear sister -- but a blessing U have been in here -----
The Two Laura's --- drop in -- we know U do , leave us an updated testimony girls --- thanks
Jel --- not enough said on U -- your a blessings -- "deep waters" run still -- send us a HUG
Julie the "other" one ------- send us greetings --
Claire the missionary from Utah --- we remember your "R" we continue to pray --
LPP --- what can we say that hasen't been said already -- your such a blessing in here --
LMG -- a girl coming into her "own right" -- a huge helper to Terry -------
am sure I missed some -- but God knows --------
good nite -------- "Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart - be acceptable to THEE OH GOD "
As far as I know, mom's surgery yesterday afternoon went well. She was still in the recovery room last night when I went to work at 11. My brother Mark told me that he wouldn't call me unless there was a problem and I never heard from him so I trust that things went well.
I'll give further details on the procedure they did in a later post. Mom will be immobile for quite a few weeks and then will need a completely new hip after that.
Thanks for the outpouring of prayer and concern for mom.
Standing together on behalf of each other,
~ David, the Pilgrim
Note: This photo of mom and her grandson Mike Fisher was taken in Ottawa following a Senators' game.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Remember Cole and Taylor ----and family -
Felisol's mom was missing her husband --
Pats family and their loss
Vicki and her sister --
Claire's "R" that she continues to search for God in a born again church --
Saija and her hubby -- this daily effort with such physical challenges --
Remember ALL the "PALS" , we don't all mention needs, but we all know there are many -- so lifting one another up is our priviledge and duty ---
Two of the Main Ladies -- our Terry and Donna -- they pray and seek and encourage all of us - remember them daily --------
Lil M ---- everything OK ? haven't seen U much this week ---
Remember LPP and LMG for they are a young family and their loss is so great -- "they" are a blessing to the pals -- a great example of a missionary family -------
thankyou ALL for praying for me over these last several months ----
praying for U by name
Yes , I know that peace that "tells" me I am saved - I am God's child
But what about that other peace -------
When cupboards may be empty and U've prayed and trusted and U rise from your knees "KNOWING" God has heard U ------ that peace
When U have prayed and committed a loved one to the Lord for them to be saved - U rise "KNOWING" God has heard U ---- that peace
When finances are stretched and U "looked" to GOD and even though the funds are low - U rise "KNOWING" God has heard U ------ that peace
Think not that this "peace" is for the "other" person ---------- for has not the Lord promised this for us ---------
"Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things and more shall be done unto U"
So - now we have a "choice"
We either say , yes I have prayed but "things" seemed no different or
We say, I prayed , took God at His Word, I rose and "trusted" and looked for the answer -
I choose and chose the latter and can tell U that God has never failed to do what we needed in His time and in His Way ----------
If we are "anxious" beyond reasonable limits , if turmoil or confusion -- then stop , read His promises anew -- trust and look to Who promised these things for U --- REST IN HIM
Dear Little Montreal Girl
I have been looking through You Tube for a birthday video for Gracey. Well I found a good one and in the meantime I found a perfect video for you.
Thank you so much for all of the kitty pictures that you sent to Mr. Shirkie....Love Mrs. Shirkie
Let us not be as the "natural" man who complains -- who gets angry -- who "hints" -- who "winks" with his eyes behind people --- who smirks -- who is "clever" -- who is always superficial ---
Let us not be as the "natural" man whose time and investment is in this world ---
Let us BE as the "spiritual" man who relys on God's Ability -- on His Omniscience -- on His influence --- "let us be called the friends of God
Let us be as the "spiritual" man who blesses and not curses -- who is slow to speak -- slow to anger --- who is genuine to those around him --- who is not "wise" in his own eyes -- who is deep , quiet and humble -----------
Let us be as the "spiritual" man whose time and investment is in the Kingdom of God -
"We " are Christians , bought by the precious blood of GOD --
"We " march to a different DRUMMER -- We fight on our KNEES --- Our strength is not in our might or power but ABIDING IN HIS SPIRIT ----
"We " win by being Christlike -- by loving , forgiving , blessing and giving "Cups of cold water IN HIS NAME ---------------"
"WE are CHRISTIANS"
"ON CHRIST THE SOLID ROCK " WE STAND -------- all other ground - ALL other ground is sinking sand ------
remember to pray for our needs -- U know them loved one's --
Blessings to the pals this saturday
My precious Mother-In-Law has passed on today and is now walking those streets of Gold.
Her entire family was with her when she passed away, and prayed and loved her into her new eternal home where there is no more pain or sorrow.
She left us all with the meaning of charity - her heart was so generous, she could never deny anyone in need if she could possibly help them. She also left her humor in our hearts and we will always remember her with with a smile and great love.
Thank you all for all your prayers and support. I ask once again to continue to hold the family in prayer as we go through the next few days of arrangements and the funeral.
Thanks for praying for her dear Pals...
posted by donna
Please everyone.....let's remember to pray for Pat's mother-in-law
and if you have a chance, stop over to her blog and leave a kind word.
Her blog is Living on Grace
Here are the details if you aren't aware of her situation.
I wanted to thank everyone for their prayers and well wishes concerning my Mother-In-Law, and let you know what is happening.
Today, she was admitted as a Hospice patient, and hopefully will remain in the hospital and receive her care there instead of being moved to a nursing home. We have several homes that are very good, but at this stage, we really prefer that she not be moved. Her care now is strictly comfort, dignity and peace. She has her son, daughter and the rest of us who love her near her every day.
Having had my own Mother in Hospice care last November, I find great comfort knowing how wonderful they are and how they make this most difficult time a little easier to go through. They were like ministering angels and I can't say enough good about their organization.
Since this is such a critical time, I will be gone from home most of the day...but I still covet your prayers, and can see the hand of God all along this journey.
Thank you all so much for all the love and prayers! Pat
posted by donna
Friday, July 25, 2008
Mom's surgery was postponed from Friday to Saturday because they needed to get some special equipment from Toronto to carry out the procedure. This caused mom (and all of the family) some extra anxiety.
Please pray that the Lord will guide the hands of the surgeon and that the surgery will be a success.
Thanks so much for your loving concern.
In His great love,
- David, the Pilgrim
Was thinking of certain events that happened in my life as a Christian trying to serve the Lord -
So many blessings , names and faces that cross my mind even now - many won to the Lord, many have "passed on" -- Answers to prayer , amazing answers, times when God touched lives and bodies -- but also the many failures I have had , mainly due to doing things in the "flesh"
"WE are a stubborn lot " but HE remembers our frame , we are but dust and HE is tender hearted toward us HIS creation . ---------------
A grateful heart I have right now for what GOD has done in my life and my family's inspite of the many times I deliberately dis-obeyed HIM ------- I am sorry Lord --
"HIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW ----------- AND I KNOW HE WATCHES ME "
I can hear George Beverly Shea singing that right now -------
BLESSINGS TO ALL U PALS
This years team signed last years picture. And in the picture, is our very own #89, Shaun Diner. We call Shaun our own, because he is from our hometown.
I think if you click the picture you can see it bigger and read the names.
Called of GOD , separated for "good works" UNTO HIS NAME
What a great post from Donna -- A blessing to us all
Remember if U would
Cole and Taylor - God can with no problem touch this family - "HE" wants us to bring them to the THRONE
Vicki and sister - Mom Golden's spirit to stay strong -- Felisol's mom to not be sad - Saija's Leo and for Saija to find "strength" for daily tasks - Donna's life and world and to have her husband saved - David the pilgrim's mom TODAY in surgery -
Lil M and her work - Jel the quiet one -- The two Laura's - Amber , Arlene's daugther - The "other" Julie (Sweet Inspirations) LPP and LMG and family AND for God to sell the family van (GOD CAN SELL A VAN TOO ) David's daily needs as he LOOKS to God --- Amrita's testimony in India and that she stays strong in the Lord -- Claire's "R" that she grows in grace and light.
IS THERE MORE -- OF COURSE --- remember in prayer the daily needs of all of us -- and the "church" persecuted in this anti-christ world ---
God gives us "just" enough trials that we "break" not -- but what our Lord does give us is ABUNDANT JOY (not laughing sort of stuff) but PEACE in the midst of trial -- HE gives us HOPE ---
press on this Friday
I've been neglcting some of my other bloggers, so I spent some time today catching up on blogs....I happened over to Amber's blog, our sweet Arlene's daughter....and here is what she has to say....
"on July 19th....Tomorrow will be 5 months since she passed on February 20th. On that note I do have some pretty exciting news....we are having another baby!!!!! Our new baby is due on, you guessed it - February 20th. I already know we wont have our baby on that exact day (the doctors are inducing) but this baby will always be a wonderful memory of my Mom's new birthday, the day she entered into heaven. So on the one year mark of our losing her and missing her and celebrating her new life we get to hold our new baby that will always remind me of how majestic God truly is. If it is a girl she will be named Azalea Faith after my Grandma (on my Dad's side) and not only is Faith my Mom's maiden name but as a remembrance of how much Faith she had. Never have I met someone in her circumstance that had so much faith. "
Isn't that so awesome???
I was talking with LPP tonight, chatting about the first correspondence her and I exchanged....she remembers it as a comment she made about new yorkers, and I made a comment back (jokingly, even though at the time, she thought I was serious)
We were trying to remember...when and what my first post was here at Pals; I remember commenting a few times and even asking others to post something for me. Then I remember wanting to post and had lost the sign in info(that happens to me a lot!). I thought I joined Pals close to the time when Terry discovered strawberries or she fell into a cake of strawberries...or something like that...it's all I know is she fell and couldn't get up....at least that is what the post said !!!
I spent a good portion of tonight reading through the archives, immersing myself in the parts of your lives you have shared...re-visiting events of a year gone..reflecting on the requests placed before this committed group of pals......whether it was for illness,hurt, surgery, pain, sickness, depression, marriage,child, salvation,spouse, friend, mother, father, no questions were asked, no need too big or too small that wasn't lifted up by a trusting, willing, loving soul; a committed Pal would take it to our Lord in prayer.
I've sat here tonight with tears in my eyes, thanking God for each of you; knowing the heartache in your own lives, yet you've stood beside me, prayed for my marriage, my children, my grandbaby, for me...in my times of depression and unbearable anguish, whining and complaining....you understood when I acted unreasonable or without much thought; during my surgery; for putting up with me when I surely didn't think I deserved anything or anyone, especially not friends such as you. Thank you...thank you for caring and for loving me...through some hard times...passing thru, Terry, Vicki, LPP, LMG, Claire, Felisol,Saija,David,Jel, Julie, Laura, Julie, Lauren, Ron, thank you.
I found my first post...it was on July 22nd and called Eternal Joy. I am a couple days late for my PALS anniversary, but what's a day or two going to matter? May God bless another year of my fellowship here.....
Praying, Affirming, Loving, Serving...
are not equally happy
but each has right to be
some float upon a
flood tide of joy
others drift upon the ebb
all in the same stream
bearing on to the
ocean of perfect felicity
in the land which
flows with milk and honey
getting a sip of sweetness
joy is contagious
he who believes.
Greetings from the Fisher household! We trust you're having a great summer. The weather here hasn't been very good. We will set a record for the most rainfall in June and July since the late 1800's. There's been rain or the threat of rain almost every day lately.
I just returned from the hospital in Peterborough where my mother, Jean Fisher (pictured with David Shantz), was admitted yesterday. She had such severe pain yesterday morning (Wednesday) that she couldn't get out of bed and stand on her own. My brother Mark had to help her. The pain in her groin/hip area became so bad that they called an ambulance to take her to the hospital.
X-rays didn't reveal anything out of the ordinary but a bone scan today showed infection in her replacement hip. Mom has had both hips and both knees replaced in the past.
They removed fluid from her hip this afternoon (Thursday) and mom will have surgery on her infected hip tomorrow (Friday).
Please pray that there will be no complications and that the Lord would guide the hands of the surgeon. Mom is in relatively good health except for this setback.
We know that God is sovereign and in control of every situation and we're trusting Him. Thanks so much for your prayer support for mom.
In His Great Love,
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Just a line for the "pals"
I have been "blessed" since returning to this fellowship of believers -
Vicki had a good post on the "church" and this group of friends that we call "pilgrim pals" is truly a church of 2 or 3 gathered in HIS NAME.
My heart is full -- full of love for the Terry's , the Donna's who so faithfully prayed for me, for the memories of lil pilgrim pal as she was called back then , her and her family's zeal for the lost, their memory verses they pass out , this family truly impressed me.
I felt that the people that have been in pals since we first "met" on Terry's little porch with her little wooden well in the corner , well, ALL U people have been the "real deal" and I have been enriched by your lives.
I consider it a "privilege" to be able to pray for U all by name .
Believe God -- do not doubt ---
a "tired" passing-thru
Yipee! I get to post this all by myself without having to ask one of you to post it for me!! ;)
First of all, thank you for all your prayers! You Pals are such a blessing to me and my family.
I have another prayer request...we have a 12-passenger van that we need to sell to downsize to a vehicle more suitable for us. We have ordered it, and will get it in about 2 weeks, but in the meantime our GMC Savana extended version has been listed on various online sites in an effort to sell it quickly. We had someone who was very interested in it, but then he bought another van instead. Can you please pray that someone will come in God's perfect timing and buy the van for the price my mom would like for it? She is selling it at an excellent price, and she does not need the added stress of someone haggling her down too low. If any Pal (or lurker at Pals!) knows of a large family or church or just someone who needs a large van, please check out the following link. http://www.autocatch.com/used-cars/2003~gmc~savana~49924.htm
Passing-thru, Recently a few Pals were talking about how they prayed for you to come back when you were absent for awhile...well, do you recall last year when you got your new job and was tired and I told you how I was cleaning a neighbor's house? I shared with you that when I was tired there, I thought of you and prayed for you. Even when you were away from Pals, I still thought of you while I cleaned and prayed for you-- and all the Pals, for that matter! I just wanted to let you know that! Tomorrow I will be cleaning, so guess what I'll be doing while I'm there :)
Thank you for your prayers!
Love and Prayers,
Lil Pilgrim Pal
as LMG has with this video ---
The Lord gives
"just" enough strength for one to finish his day -
"just" enough trial so that we continue to look to HIM --
"just" enough of whatever we need to keep us praying for daily manna ---
Let us "ABIDE" by Resting and Believing and not striving to do but Looking to the ONE who has already done ALL that we will ever need.
So for every discouragement -- HE is "the lifter of our heads"
So for every need -- HE feeds the 5 thousand
So for every blessing -- HE opens our hearts larger for the people "without"
For any who have not visited Vicki's Blog site -- she is a blessing of quality God filled "thoughts" --- I have been blessed reading her posts.
Blessings to LPP and LMG and for LMG's adding to the "pals" blessings
Remember Donna, Vicki and sister - Cole and Taylor - Pat's mother-in-law and family -Felisol's mom and Gunnar ---Mom Golden for her "spirit" to lift and for Terry to stay strong -- Claire's "R" or as LMG calls her "Rachel" -- Saija's Leo -- Amrita's mom --
What a great group these "pals" are -------- *David, share with us when God starts answering your prayer needs , we are looking for those blessings with U.
We are blessed to have these opportunities to pray for others ---
About 3 weeks ago a young woman, whom I will call R, gathered her husband and parents and any siblings available and shared how she did not believe in the mormon church anymore.
She told them she had quit wearing her garments etc. and would not be back at the LDS church. :)
What is so exciting about this is her father is THE church historian! (That means fairly high up in the church.)
She has been coming to our church ever since and asking questions like you wouldn't believe.
R is very intelligent, a deep thinker and well on her way to accepting Christ as her Lord and Savior.
She began by reading C.S. Lewis' Mere Christianity which then led to other books including the Bible.
A praise is her husband told her that no matter what she decided he would still love her no matter what, that he was committed to her and their two little boys (4 and 2).
He also is very intelligent and she is discussing everything with him.
I can see him coming to the Lord on down the road. :)
The discussions have been fascinating!
I wish I could hear some of her and her husband's discussions!
Anyway, please pray for R (and her husband).
Pray specifically that the enemy would not snatch the truth away from her.
That the soil of her ♥ has been well prepared by the Holy Spirit so that those seeds can take root, and able to grow to maturity!
Thank you all you faithful pray-ers.....Claire
"Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe..." - Hebrews 12:28 (NIV)
O Worship the King
O worship the King, all glorious above,
O gratefully sing His power and His love;
Our Shield and Defender, the Ancient of Days,
Pavilioned in splendor, and girded with praise.
O tell of His might, O sing of His grace,
Whose robe is the light, whose canopy space,
His chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form,
And dark is His path on the wings of the storm.
The earth with its store of wonders untold,
Almighty, Thy power hath founded of old;
Established it fast by a changeless decree,
And round it hath cast, like a mantle, the sea.
Thy bountiful care, what tongue can recite?
It breathes in the air, it shines in the light;
It streams from the hills, it descends to the plain,
And sweetly distills in the dew and the rain.
Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail,
In Thee do we trust, nor find Thee to fail;
Thy mercies how tender, how firm to the end,
Our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend.
O measureless might! Ineffable love!
While angels delight to worship Thee above,
The humbler creation, though feeble their lays,
With true adoration shall all sing Thy praise.
Paul the apostle, calls the "church" at Ephesus and says it's time for him to "move" on --
We will "all " be moving on one day , so let us do all and be all that we can for our Lord.
Acts 20:32 ---" And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the Word of His Grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.
What truths - What assurances -- What "solid " ground for us to stand on --
Our Christ is Limitless, Always Able , Always Present so let us "abide " in the Vine and He will bring forth fruit --
On Christ the Solid Rock I stand ------ ALL other ground is sinking sand
** remember the needs -- Pat's mother-in-law -- Cole , Taylor and family -- Lil M and work - Davids home requests and daily manna -- Pilot Mom's request for "R" -- Mom Golden to stay "picked up" -- Vicki and her sister -- Donna , Saija's Leo -- this list goes on -- Whoever the Lord lays on your heart , let us be praying people and bring them to the Throne -
Blessings on this Thursday Pilgrims --
Let us smile and be happy IN HIM
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
I told him of some answers to prayer and how God cares and "wants" them to walk close with HIM. --
He said that his family was going thru a hard time. This was yesterday at work I shared.
Today I seen him, he looked tired but happy -- He said his folks last nite called and their refrigerator broke, they were poor and older.
Kevin said he prayed and asked God to answer prayers the way he did for me.
When his folks called him, Kevin was with another friend who "just happens" to know a man that sells used appliances and at 11 oclock last nite , this friend with his pickup truck went and delivered a refrigerator for 40 dollars and if anything at all goes wrong with it they will replace it with another one, and all this was around midnight.
Kevin is warming up again to the Lord and I let him take Roger Steer's book on George Mueller "Delighted in God" ---
ALL THIS IS TO SAY --- Have U testified to anyone -- Have U had answers to prayer -- share them with the "pals"
Let us lift up our Lord .
blessings on U pals this wed nite
Rom. 15:4 - For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
Rom.15:13 - Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing , that ye may abound in hope through the power of the Holy Ghost.
HE , The Holy Spirit abides within us and thru HIS WORD we are infused with instruction resulting in LEARNING that THRU PATIENCE and COMFORT of the Scriptures we have HOPE for The GOD of HOPE -- FILL U -- with ALL JOY -- and PEACE in believing and that U will ABOUND in HOPE thru the POWER of THE ABIDING HOLY SPIRIT -
God told Zechariah -- it is not by might or by power but by MY SPIRIT
So pilgrims , let us this day , turn to HIS WORD , and Trust HIM for all your needs , having joy knowing that HE is ABLE -- anything less such as complaining, doubt or relying on your ability will result in a "half filled " life and won't yield the "fruit" that God has planted U in the vineyard for.
Remember when U were "first" saved -- How U believed God and all the wonderful answers to prayer and the joy that was yours ---
Let us go back to THAT first love .
ps. am praying for Cole and Taylor - Gunnar - Vicki and sister - Pats mother in law - and all the pals by name -- blessings this Tuesday --
BLESSINGS PILGRIMS ---
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
for example --
Dear Felisol...That Passing-thru is treading on thin ice..First of all he picks on our own Little Missionary, Julie on Monday and now on our sweet Donna.He is cruising for a bruising to be sure!!....Love Terry
Then Donna says to Felisol -- don't mind passing-thru -- and Cuba , N.Y stuff -- so I am feeling a bit "down" ------------ all because I "picked" on Lil M - lol --------
If I do this again , Terry is going to let Julie's Alfie take a bite out of me,
Donna's going to outwit me and
Lil M is going to put me in a missionary box and ship me to COLD NORWAY where Felisol is going to make me eat some strange dish.
Now on a more holy side of pals ---------
Kudos to LMG for blessing us and Pilot Mom with those videos and songs --
LPP and LMG are and have been a blessing --
as the "Fish" has said -- "pals" is about blessing one another and holding each other up in prayer
BLESSINGS TO ALL THE PALS TONIGHT
a happy pilgrim in the Lord
This missionary wife with a young baby lives in such a "shanty" with such little "comforts" , when asked what she would like for the people back in USA to pray for , she says --
She did not hesitate at all over her prayer request, "pray against the spiritual war going on around us, sometimes I feel it.
"Not for comfort. Not for things or finances.
She says- "Pray for people to be open to hear and receive Gods Word. Pray for their protection. Pray for them to remain encouraged in the Lord to do His work."
"We" , me , I , live for a "better" life , comforts and such , then I "read" of testimonies like this - this couple voluntarily gave up the "softer" life so people in a poorer region could be exposed to the LIVING GOSPEL ---
sure, "we" all do our little parts here and there and "we" all can be missionaries like LPP and LMG in their local neighborhoods ---
just reading this post has "humbled" me again -- -- I have been "humbled" by many of the "pals" as I seen their "service" to the Lord ---
Terry always witnessing and picking up children for sunday school
LPP and LMG passing out bible verses and setting up booths so they can witness
Donna going to encourage LPP and family
Felisol tenderly extending her love for the brethren
Vicki taking the time to "comment" so as to encourage us -- she has a "gentle" spirit
Saija with her pictures of flowers and soft wise words
Claire with her zeal for the lost around her
Jel always making an appearance to "quietly" say "huggs"
Lil M willing to go and do and be for the Lord
David ministering to "his" calling , despite battles of depression, always saying to the pilgrims to look up --
YES --- it's easy to be "humbled" by God's wonderful people
Growing old is an interesting thing. It seems I don’t have the same excitement for birthdays as I one did. These days it’s more about being grateful to have reached another one.
I must say that being 45 today feels much the same as 44 did yesterday. When I look at all the years that have gone past I can see the extra wrinkles and feel the stiffness in my back but when I just look at life day to day the change is never as great. I know that I must have slowly matured through time but I still keep wondering when I’m going to grow up.
At 45 I’d have to admit that I’m probably more than half way through this life but if God decides to let me live into old age I’ve still got plenty of years to come. I intend them to be good years. There’s still so much to accomplish and so many good times to be experienced.