Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Remembering Others

I was thinking about a couple young children I met a few years ago. They are Anthony and Brooklyn brother and sister.

I haven’t seen either of them for about a year. I am sure they have grown up a lot in this time. They are such beautiful children. I look forward to seeing them again.

I am sure everyone has people they remember that they haven’t seen for a while. The important thing is they are always in our hearts even when they are not present with us.

Always good to keep those special people in our hearts; they are important to us over the years we are alive. Amen!

Monday, October 14, 2019

The Father’s Business

Jesus Christ says that he came here to do his father’s business. When he was crucified, buried then resurrected he left his purpose to us to do his father’s business.

Since Jesus Christ is our brother then it means we are to do our father’s business too.  Since we have family it begins right there, then friends, and others we meet on the way.

Important for us to hear the father’s voice and act on it. What he tells us to do we must do. Amen!

Sunday, October 13, 2019

The Invitation

In my last post, I mentioned about going to the highways to invite people to the wedding feast.

For some, it is through mission trips or being a missionary. For others, it could be traveling to different parts of the world on vacation and then for many living every day out spending time with neighbors and friends.

There is not a true way to invite people to the wedding feast the important thing is to do it in the manner that God has called you. Amen!

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Visiting British Columbia

Growing up I visited British Columbia, Canada several times because my grandmother lived there along with my Uncle Bob, Aunt Joan, and three cousins Rob, Susan, and Christy. 

I am sure most people are familiar with Vancouver and Victoria. Vancouver was where my grandmother and Uncle Bob with family lived. Vancouver is quite a large city now with several million people. I have been there several times as an adult as well.

My sister Barb lived in Port Moody for several years before moving to Quebec. Port Moody is a small city near Vancouver. It has been a while since I visited there but I found it is a very nice place. I am sure it has grown a lot since my sister lived there.

I have been to Victoria a few times. My cousin Rob was married in Victoria, and my Aunt Judy who lived in Montreal when I was growing up retired near Victoria.  I have friends who visit Victoria on a regular basis, at least once a year. My mother says Victoria is more British than England.

My cousins Susan and Christy each live in the Williams Lake area of British Columbia. They both taught school in Williams Lake. I saw Williams Lake last year for the first time though I had been in the area a couple other occasions.

They call the Williams Lake area as part of the Caribou. A good area with lots of lakes, and rivers; it looks a lot like Western Washington.

Cousin Rob lives a bit further east in Vernon, British Columbia. A very nice area as well, and part of the Okanagan; I spent several days at Rob’s some time back. For those who like to ski, there is Silver Star Mountain Resort nearby.

In the gospel of Matthew chapter 22 verse 9 to go to the highways and as many as you can find invite them to the Wedding Feast. I figure for many that should be part of our purpose. So while you travel where your destination is inviting people. Amen!

                                                Susan's House

Friday, October 11, 2019

Being Faithful

One of the most important deals for us is to be faithful to everyone. Those around us will see us in a whole different way if we are faithful to others. This goes along with love as well.

Our goal is to live a life of purpose that God created us for in the first place; however, our influence will get us there in a way we may not realize.

Being faithful in everything we do especially in the way we act with others shows those who may not know as well what kind of person we are.

The great thing about it is we don’t really have to try that hard all we have to is do it. Pretty simple I think. I am sure those who know you already realize you are faithful. Just keep doing what you are doing.  

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Always Willing To Help Others

Last night I had a dream where a woman called to ask if my dad could come over and paint her bicycle again after several years.

Dad told me in the dream (he has been gone for a long time) he couldn't do it until the middle of February because of his heart.  I thought oh know she is going to be disappointed because that’s several months away.

So when I got back on the phone I told her my dad couldn’t do it until February because of his heart; however, I could come over instead to help her out. She was fine with that then I asked her if she had the color paint we needed to paint the bicycle. She said that she didn’t so I had to go over to see the bicycle so I could get the right color. I woke up after that.

So the moral of the dream is we need to help others even when it is inconvenient for us to do so or we didn’t know we had to help.

Helping others is important because someday we may need help ourselves. Helping others can be satisfying too. It should be part of our DNA. Amen!

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Getting Colder

The weather here in the Seattle, Washington area is starting to get colder. We are expecting near-freezing temperatures this week; amazing it was just summer.

It is raining right now though the sun is expected to come out today as well. We always like seeing the sun especially this time of the year when it doesn’t come out as often.

The way some people talk you wouldn’t think we have summer at all. We forget so easily, don’t we?

Update on my mother she is doing much better. At the rehab center they aren’t sure when she will get out but could be within a couple weeks if she doesn’t have any relapse.

Last week she wanted to come home real bad though not in shape to do so for sure. Yesterday she said that she was at her home for now. I am sure she wants to be home but realizes she has to spend a little more time there.

It is quite amazing where her mind isn’t working very well but she can speak some things with clarity. One of the therapists says she can count numbers backward faster than anyone she has ever heard. She can’t remember her birthday but does know how old she is and knows where she was born. I asked her what her father’s name and she raddled it off real fast though she couldn’t remember my dad’s name though she knew he enjoyed sailing.

Until next time may you be blessed and your life purpose is seen by others. Amen!

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Winding Roads

I did a little searching finding that cities with winding roads usually are ones with scenic places to see. We could call that a good thing.

I remember hiking while in Boy Scouts a lot of switchbacks. I am sure there were good reasons for it; however, it took longer to get where we were going.

Though switchbacks and winding roads have merit to them straight roads are better. In fact, in our lives, we should live a straight path. A winding road we live in isn’t a good thing though it could be interesting. We all need consistency in our lives.

In our youth winding roads is a pattern but when we grow up a straight path should be the way we go or we can get into a lot of trouble. Anyway something to think about.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Now Into October

Every year we get amazed how time goes by faster and faster. They say it happens the older we get.

Not only is it hard to believe we are into October and winter is around the bend another decade is about to end as well. Less than three months we will be living in 2020. This decade seems to have gone by fast as well. Please slow down I don’t want to look or feel older coming up.

In 2020 my mother will be celebrating her 100th birthday. Right now being in a rehab center after falling I am hoping she will be able to stick around to celebrate with family and friends.  She is experiencing dehydration so at times during the day she is confused; however, when she is eating then put on an IV for the hydration she starts looking better and alert.

Besides the dehydration, the fall gave her a big bruise on her left leg. They had the leg drained so now in the process of healing. I hope when the leg is ready for her to come home her mind will be ready at the same time. As you can imagine she wants to be home right now.

Every day through December 21 there is more darkness. We may lose a minute or two each day of sun or daylight. After December 21 the sun starts coming back at about the same rate. It is quite a phenomenon if we think about it.

Makes me think how careful we should be not to have darkness come into our lives too. If we are not careful it can creep in without us realizing. We need to let the light shine instead.

Enjoy your day and the month of October too. The weather here in Western Washington will get a little colder to each day. The mountains already have had some snow. God bless you very much. Amen!

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Execution Of Your Game Plan

In sports often the team that wins is the one who can execute their game plan the best. Sometimes the team who isn’t as good as the team they are facing wins because they know what they must do to win and they are able to pull it off.

For our life purpose, we must do a similar plan. Whatever our life purpose we must execute it in a way that will be successful in helping others.

There are several different reasons we have a life purpose. The main reason we were created to give God the glory and be loved by him.  The rest of our purpose has to do is to help others because we love God back. God gives us gifts and talents to do so. Executing those gifts and talents will show how successful we will be at doing so. Amen!

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Snoqualmie Pass

                                          Interstate 90 at Snoqualmie Pass

My latest travel tip; Snoqualmie Pass is located on interstate 90 28 miles east of Seattle. It is the most used freeway to go over to eastern Washington. I-90 starts in Seattle and ends in Boston, Massachusetts.

Snoqualmie Pass is a good spot to go skiing. Also, a great place to take your young kids. There is a city of Snoqualmie as well. Near Snoqualmie there is the Snoqualmie Falls a must-see for all and they have a casino as well where concerts happen along with gambling. Nearby there is a winery too.

So Snoqualmie has something for everyone. When you come to Seattle spend a day at Snoqualmie whether it is to ski, visit the falls or have some nice wines or see a concert. Enjoy your weekend. 

                                            Skiing at Snoqualmie

                                                              Snoqualmie Falls

Friday, October 4, 2019

A Long Week

My mother is getting worse as she is in rehab. She was better when she was in the hospital last week. Her poor health is catching up with her. Please pray for her.

This is the time when faith has to be strong. It is easy to have stress and doubt without faith. I know my mother is old but I don’t want her to go out this way. She was put on oxygen Thursday afternoon after being dehydrated in the morning. I hope to see progress on Friday morning.

Jesus Christ says faith will move mountains. My mother needs some mountains to move today. Amen!

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Happy Ever After

As kids, we are told in every story that ended it was happy ever after.  I am not sure whether we really believe it or not at the time; however, we now know it is not true.

The best we can do is make life as happy for others as possible. We find that life isn’t always fair. There is so much evil in the world and sometimes it is of our own doing. This is why it is important to encourage one another as often as possible so life can be as close to happy ever after as possible.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Being Able To Forgive

Forgiveness is something we all need to do when we are wronged by others. Not always easy for sure.

I have heard on several occasions forgiveness is not to let the other person off the hook but for ourselves instead. Also, forgiveness is not to forget the wrong put on us. In other words, when we forgive doesn’t mean we have to be friends with the person who has wronged us. We have to make that decision on our own.

When I was a freshman in high school I had to deal with bullies. I still remember a few of the bullies but I have forgiven them. It has given me peace of mind. Also, I have forgiven classmates who treated me wrong in school as well.

So forgive as soon as you can and release those people to God. Pray that they will have their lives changed. Amen!

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

A Hard Day

I am sure most people are not fans of Monday’s. The main reason most have to go back to work on Monday plus would like a longer weekend which is good when there is a holiday on Monday.

My mother had a tough day on Monday on her first day of rehab. I spoke with the physical therapist who will be working with her over the days ahead. I am not sure how long that will be but we will find out. The physical therapist wanted to know what her normal day is like so she can get back to it.

She had a tough day because her left leg with the bruise hurts a lot. So praying for her would be nice. My mother’s name is Gwyneth she is 99 years old.

Gwyneth did a lot sleeping as well on Monday. I had to wait for her to wake up on two occasions I saw her on Monday. I had to wait about 30 minutes both times. She had hard times while awake though she told me she was OK.  Sometimes she has trouble when waking up where she is at.

She wanted us to talk but had a hard time telling me what she wanted to talk about. She did ask me how my family was. I told her she is my family. She thought that was nice. She was glad that I was there for her.

I will be returning again on Tuesday. I figure late morning because I am sure she will have physical therapy first. I will probably speak with her physical therapist to figure out her schedule. I hope today will be a better day for her. It should be though at least when coming to speaking to each other.  It was difficult seeing her yesterday for sure.

It shows we all have to endure when days are difficult whether it is with us or for those we deal with. We should find a way our lives are not stressful. Jesus Christ said not to worry about anything. Amen!