With God Nothing Shall be Impossible..

This is a story of two car keys, and how God hears the simplest of prayers.

Yesterday we were camping about 1 1/2 hours north of us.  Before we went camping husband had a spare key made in case he locked his car keys in the car.  Who knew what would happen?  Last night I asked him to back the van up further into the camp site and when he started the car the engine turned over but it stalled, not once but three times.  He thought it was the fuel pump or fuel line and so we began to try to figure out what would happen if we had to have the van towed back to the Cowichan Valley where we live. We do belong to BCAA and that would have saved a bit of towing charges but still there was the cost of having a fuel pump repaired.  Would we have to rent a car to get home? Could we ride with the tow truck driver?  Normally I would have been very stressed out over such a problem but I was unusually calm.  Poor husband, not so much.  Then the dog wanted to go for a walk so husband took him, and it was then that I prayed “Lord, we have no idea what is wrong, but you do.  We are in your hands.”  a simple prayer of trust.

When husband came back with the dog I said that he should climb into his sleeping bag and try to get some sleep and we would deal with it in the morning.  It seemed that he was drifting off, but then he sat up and said that he had an idea.  What if it was the key?  What if the car stalled because he was not using the original key with its big black head that locked and unlocked the doors, and armed the car.  So I said “why don’t you get up and try it.”  With that he leaped out of his sleeping bag, grabbed his original key and put it into the ignition.  And the car started and purred like it had always done.  He was stunned.  The man in the neighbouring campsite was still up so he came over when he heard the car running and said that the original key had a chip in it that the car needed to start.  The spare key did not have that chip.  The man said that he should try the spare key one more time so husband did, and the car stalled.  That was it!  The original key was needed.   This morning he looked up “transponders” and found out how the key works with the ignition.

Husband said he wondered why that information about trying the original key popped into his mind, so I told him that I had prayed about it when he was walking the dog.  Is anything too hard for the Lord?  Absolutely not.

We were going to camp for another day, but this morning I was not feeling too well and after all that had happened, we decided to come home.  And I have been running a temperature all day, why I do not know but the Lord does and I am in his hands.

I think that all this happened because we were meant to come home.

Here is a link to transponder keys and how they work.  We learned something, that’s for sure.

http://www.wisegeek.org/what-are-transponder-keys.htm

 

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Alone on History Channel, and our Quiet Days

Do you ever watch the TV series called Alone on History Channel? That is where people are dropped a few miles apart on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, they have to find food and build shelter and deal with nature: weather (mostly constant rain) and wild animals.  This season they have teams, one person is supposed to stay at the beach and build a shelter while the other has to hike 10 miles through heavy rain forest to find them.  In 3 episodes 3 teams have dropped out.  Two of the young men who should have stayed near the beach and build a shelter for their team member when they arrive decided to wander around in the heavy bush.  One of them hurt his ankle and so that team had to leave (both members have to leave if one taps out) and the other was so freaked out by a bear outside his tent at night that he tapped out thus taking his father out with him.  Another man was out gathering wood to build a shelter and he tripped on the beach seriously hurting himself, thus taking him and his team member out of the running as well.

Why am I telling you about this?  Because for the last 1 1/2 years my husband and I have entered into our quiet days.  Before that we were attending a gospel chapel since we moved to Vancouver Island.  But then husband found out that emergent teachings had entered into a bible school that the chapel supported, and those in leadership at the chapel would not check into it, choosing to ignore the fact.  So husband chose to leave the chapel and since then we have had little contact with anyone.  Family issues also developed on spiritual issues and so we have been mostly alone family wise as well.

And so that is why I think of Alone and those young men who decided to wander around in the bushes, both of them choosing to strike out for themselves rather than do what they were supposed to do.  I must say that it has been tempting to look at this church, or look at that church, but for the most part, churches where we live have become community churches and strayed away from the “old paths” of gospel preaching, gospel hymn, preachers who are led by the spirit instead of being told what to speak on.  For that reason, husband and I have chosen to have communion at home each week and listen to online sermons by preachers who still preach the gospel, and trust the Lord for what comes.  It is very difficult to live the quiet life, but I do wonder what would happen if we strayed away from it.  I do not want to find out.

Jeremiah 6:16 “Thus saith the LORD, stand ye in the ways, and see and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls…..”

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In Praise of Clover

Why a post on clover?  For a couple of reasons.  The clover in the photo above, taken this morning on the Somenos Dike Trail, reminds me of happy times.  When I was a child we used to pull the pink stems out of the flower head and suck out the sweet nectar. We used to search for 4-leaf-clover although I don’t remember if we ever found one. There was much wild clover in those days.  Years later when I babysat my granddaughter when she was a toddler, I taught her how to do that on a patch of the same kind of clover that we found near her home. I wonder if she remembers. Sadly that patch was mowed down and replaced with grass by the people who owned the land where the townhouse complex she lived in was located.  This seems to be the way now, there are not many places where wild things are left to themselves. I am very thankful that all wildflowers (or weeds if you prefer) on either side of the Somenos Dike Trail are left to themselves and they are a joy to behold.

My second reason to like clover is different.  We have white Dutch clover in our lawns, front and back.  The neighbour on the left side of us is not happy about this.  In fact, she told my husband quite a story of how her old neighbours had clover in their lawn and it blew to her lawn.  And by the way, (she asked) what was the white flower in our lawn? I am sure she knew that it is clover.  So this sent me on an online search about clover.  Is it a weed?  Is it beneficial to a lawn?  It turns out that both are correct, it is a weed but it is also beneficial.  I’m afraid our neighbour will not be pleased, but we are not getting rid of the clover.  Below is a great article on why clover is beneficial.:

http://www.hgtv.com/design/outdoor-design/landscaping-and-hardscaping/beneficial-clover-in-lawns

In quite another way a three-leaf-clover is a great way to teach children about the Trinity:  Father, Son and Holy Spirit..   as the clover leaf has three parts on one stem, so the Trinity is one.

1 John 5:7: For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

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I Was Wrong..

I was wrong, that is hard to say but I have had to humble myself and admit three times in the past couple of days that I was wrong..

First time was when I thought that I had over-fertilized my new perennials so much that all the buds I saw were going to go into leaf instead of flowers.  After checking out the perennials of the same varieties at the nursery where I bought them, it turns out that they are progressing as they should and are going to flower.  I was wrong.

Second time was yesterday morning when I absolutely “freaked out” over something called an “email transfer” of money and whether or not it was safe.  Turns out that email transfer of money is one of the safest ways to exchange funds.  Again, I was wrong.

But the third was  most humbling of all.  My husband said he would be able to sell a loveseat of ours on an online “used” site.  Because I hated the color so much I said that no one would be interested in buying the loveseat even though it was in excellent condition.  Husband photographed it, put in online and 6 hours later  he had a firm offer.  That is where the email transfer comes in.  The lady wanted to put a deposit down on it because she couldn’t pick it up until this morning and I thought that an email transfer would give her access to our account information.  Who buys a loveseat sight unseen anyway?  After checking with our bank and finding out email transfers were safe, husband put hers through even though I was very uneasy about it.

This morning the lady and her husband came over and I sat in the back yard but I could hear that they were happy with the loveseat.  Not long after, they drove off with it in the back of their truck and husband came into the backyard with cash in hand.  And it turns out that what I did not like they loved.  So I admitted to husband “you were right and I was wrong.”  It wasn’t difficult, and it needed to be done.

What does the bible say about humbling ourselves?

Proverbs 29:23 “A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit.”

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Responsibility for Wrong Choices

My 46-year-old daughter blames me for every wrong choice she has made in her life, even though she left home at 16 because she didn’t like the fact that I was cleaning up her filthy dirty bedroom.  There, I have said it.  I am writing about it because my husband showed me a bible verse from 2 Kings this morning that was very helpful in my ongoing dealing with this.

There is a doctor on TV who has a program dealing with people’s “issues” and family relationships.  One thing that has bothered me in the few programs I have watched is that he has a tendency to blame the parents for the children’s bad choices.  But what does the bible have to say about this?

2 Kings 14:6 “……….the fathers shall not be put to death for the children, nor the children be put to death for the fathers; but every man shall be put to death for his own sin”

In applying this to my life, should I be held responsible for what my daughter does? or should she be held responsible for what I do?  No, every person is responsible for their own choices in life.

Enough said.

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Bicycle Riding on the Cowichan Valley Trail

Today we went back to riding our bicycles on the Cowichan Valley Trail.  We have been riding on the Somenos Dyke Trail but with hot weather coming, the Cowichan Valley Trail is much cooler.

I have been thinking about just how much the Cowichan Valley Trail is like life.  There are shadows and sunlight, as there are dark times in our life and bright times when everything is going well.  The way is narrow, and for a Christian, we are to follow the “narrow path”, not the wide path that leads to destruction.

Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”

The Cowichan Valley Trail can be a dangerous place.  Sometimes cyclists come up very fast with no bell to let you know they are coming, and if you are not riding right on your side, it could be a disaster.  Life is like that.  Sometimes danger comes upon us that we cannot see coming.  According to the Lord’s will, he may deliver us from the danger, or we may have to go through it and be a testimony of God’s grace to us through difficult times.

There are wonderful sights, sounds and smells on the Cowichan Valley Trail..  wildflowers, the green trees and shrubbery,  the sound of roosters crowing, or sheep, the smell of freshly mowed hay at the farms beyond the trail, the smell of horses in the pasture of a farm near the trail, this is beautiful to some.  As with life, all of Creation if we just look around us, the sound of a pouring rain or a gentle rain, the sound of thunder, the sight of lightning.  The fragrance of flowers, or puppy breath, or a baby..  all of life.

I am thankful to be back on the Cowichan Valley trail.

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Wal-Mart Visit and a Chance Meeting

Who knew that Wal-Mart had such good produce?  certainly not my husband and I.  Produce being so expensive here we have been driving 1 1/2 hours to the Costco in Nanaimo but today we thought we would check out the local Wal-Mart, a mere 10 minutes away.  I must say that I was very pleasantly surprised at both the quality and the price of pears especially which is what we went for.  But we also found Angus frozen hamburger patties at the same price as Costco.  Husband found frozen yogurt at  $1.50 cheaper than another store where we usually shop.  A nice lady even showed us how to use the self check-out.

As we happily left the Wal-Mart area and were driving out of the parking lot, I think that we saw the real reason for our visit today.  I saw an older man pushing a cart up the sidewalk but I paid him no mind.  Then I saw husband wave at him, and it turned out that the man was the head elder at the church we stopped attending 1 1/2 years ago.  He waved first at husband who returned the wave.  Even though we have left the church, husband has still been in contact with several of the men, and I have bumped into one of the women while shopping last weekend.   When we got home I told husband that I think that perhaps the elder might phone him.. hopefully the waves will stick in his mind and he will be moved to give husband a call.  I hope so..    The elder knows that it is he who is preventing us from going back to the church, he has admitted such.

Time will tell what, if anything, might happen.  But tomorrow being Sunday, we will continue with our practice of remembering the Lord in breaking of bread and taking the cup, and we will listen to an online sermon.

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The Sin of Flattery

Do you know a flatterer?  We have a neighbour who also claims to be a Christian, but she is a flatterer whom I have been wary of from when they moved into our area 2 years ago.  Her constant flatteries made me very uncomfortable, but thinking that maybe I had misjudged her when she wanted to comment on a photography blog I used to have I said it would be OK.  She promised not to be “flowery”.  It wasn’t long before she was way too flattering to me, and then wrote too much about herself.  I was extremely uncomfortable and blocked her from commenting.  But then, feeling bad about that, I deleted my blog called Living on Vancouver Island rather than have her wonder why I blocked her from commenting.  How do you tell someone that they make you uncomfortable?

Now, after six months of silence, she phoned me last night saying she had an “ulterior motive” and wants to see me on Sunday and I am back to being uncomfortable again..   is this the Spirit within warning me? or am I paranoid?

Below is a portion of an article entitled “The Sin of Flattery”.  It isn’t very long but it is worth the read to see what the bible has to say about flattery:

Few Christians know that the sin of flattery is made very prominent in the
Word of God. Flattering lips are the expression of the corrupt and deceitful heart of man. Of the wicked it is written,
“They flatter with their lips” (Psalm 5:9). It is at best a form of lying “they did flatter him with their mouth, and they lied unto him with their tongues” (Psalm 78:36).

The Book of Proverbs has repeated reference to flattery. “A man that
flattereth his neighbour spreadeth a net for his feet”
(Proverbs 29:5) Because flattering words feed the pride of man, flattery generally produces that pride and self-exaltation which God is bound to deal with in His children. Flattery may succeed for a time, but ultimately its vile and nauseating character will come to light. “He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue” (Proverbs 28:23).  Therefore the warning, “meddle not with him that flattereth with his lips,” (Proverbs 20:19) and more than that, “a flattering mouth worketh ruin” (Prov 26:28).

here is the link to the rest of this article.

http://www.cobblestoneroadministry.org/2007/TheSinOfFlattery_boasting.html

 

Fire Alarm..

Last night at my granddaughter’s dance recital, just as intermission began, the fire alarm rang out, a loud buzzing sound.  But people in the audience for the most part ignored it because someone came on stage and announced “fire alarm, get out.”  My family was sitting close to the exit so we were out in a minute or so, but I was amazed at how slowly people exited the theatre, smiling and seemingly not concerned, like they were out for some fresh air.  A couple of minutes later the fire engine arrived with lights and sirens blaring, then firemen geared up to await orders to enter the building.  At the same time a flock of seagulls arrived and circled above the theatre (which is at water’s edge) it was very surreal.  Some people covered their heads, others ignored them, some watched them.  After a time it was deemed that there was no fire and we were free to go back inside the theatre.  It was later announced that no one could find the cause for the fire alarm.

But all this really spoke to me.  Mankind, going about this world blindly unaware that there will come a day when the alarm will be real.  1 Thessalonians 5:3 “For when they shall say peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.”  Then people will not be smiling, or unconcerned.

The flock of seagulls, gleaming white in the evening sun, made me think of a host of   angels, come for the harvest..  Matthew 24:31 “And he shall send his angels…and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”

As the world goes blindly on, most people not giving a care or a thought for eternity, or rejecting the gospel when they do hear it, I wonder how long it will be before “sudden destruction” does come.  It is one  day closer than it was yesterday.

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Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”

Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

Romans 10:9 “..if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.  Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

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A Terrifying Moment, but a Lesson to Learn

A few days ago in Steveston BC there was a terrifying moment that was captured on video which may be found at You Tube under a search for “sea lion attack”.  A sea lion prowls the water beside a floating pier. There are many people watching, and at one point a little girl comes to the edge of the pier and the sea lion makes a lunge for her but she backs away.  Moments later she sits on the edge of the pier and the sea lion comes out of the water, grabs the girl by her dress and pulls her backwards into the water.  By the grace of God, the sea lion must have let the girl go and she surfaces.  A man has no hesitation to jump into the water, grab the girl and lift her onto the pier, saving her.

I’m  not going to offer my opinions about the matter except to say that there is a wonderful spiritual lesson here.  1 Peter 5:5 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”  To me the sea lion is like the devil wandering about, but people do not see the danger.  They do not turn away but accept his presence.  He pounces on a victim,  but the Lord in his mercy intervenes and the intended victim is delivered from harm.  Will the victim learn from this?  The bible says in James 4:14 “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away” (KJV)  I wonder if we know the number of times the Lord has intervened to save us from harm or even death?

The most important lesson is that just as the man jumped into the water to save the girl, the Lord Jesus came to this earth, lived a perfect, sinless life teaching, preaching and healing.  Before his arrest he told his disciples to remember him in the breaking of bread to remember his body given for us, and the drinking of the cup, to remember his precious blood that was shed to atone for sin.  He gave up his spirit on Calvary’s cross, died and was resurrected so that we who believe that we are lost sinners, and believe this gospel: that the Lord Jesus died for our sin, if we by faith receive the Lord Jesus as our Saviour, then we will know that we have a home in heaven after our own deaths.  We will be saved as if snatched from the devil.

I hope that someone shares the gospel with this child if she is not believer..  But for the grace of God, her life might have ended right then.

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