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.




An Opportunity to be Helpful..

We have new neighbours across the street.  I have written in the past about how husband had opportunity to share the gospel with our old neighbours but now they are gone and a new couple has moved in.  Yesterday was quite an interesting day.

A couple of days ago my husband was walking the dog and had opportunity to meet the man who moved in.  Yesterday we saw that the former neighbour was parked in front of her old home and it wasn’t long before she knocked on our door. (It was her husband that my husband had shared the gospel with).  It seems that the new neighbours do not have a lawn mower and they need someone to mow their lawn.  And this is where it gets interesting.  There is a fellow that lives a couple of doors up that has been mowing lawns for several people who live in our community, so our former neighbour had gone up to see if he would mow the lawn of the new neighbours.  Well, you never know what the day will bring because the man who mows lawns has developed kidney stones, in fact he has had two surgeries and will be having more surgery this week.  He said that he will no longer be mowing lawns.  And so this is why the former neighbour came to our home.  She wanted to know if my husband would find someone to mow the new neighbours’ lawn

My husband helps anyone who asks him, doing anything they ask, and I keep telling him that this has value in the Lord’s eyes because he does not search things out, people come to him.  And so he did a search and found several companies who mow lawns so he printed them out and took the list to the new neighbour.  It turns out that they are very lonely, not knowing anyone in this area.  I truly wonder what is going to come of this but one thing I do know, it will be according to the will of the Lord.

Hebrews 13:16 “..to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.”




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…..”



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.:


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.


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.


Lack of Sleep

Today I am suffering the effects of lack of sleep.  It was probably 3am before I got to sleep last night or should I say this morning.  Yesterday before going to bed I watched a movie called Take Shelter, made in 2011.  The “information” said it was about a man having apocalyptic dreams who decided to upgrade his back yard shelter, but it was so much more than that.  Turned out to be a psychological drama about a man who may or may not be developing a mental illness as his mother had when he was a boy of 10.  Were his dreams about an illness coming upon him? or were they premonitions.  I went to bed before it was over and tossed and turned thinking about it.  This movie to me was all about  fear..  fear of the unknown was taking hold of him.  Was he sick? or was there truly a disaster coming?

I don’t really know why this movie had such a hold on me, perhaps sometimes I have fear of the unknown.

And yet I am a Christian and I am not supposed to fear what the world or man might do to me because I have a home in heaven waiting for me.  Christians are admonished to fear the Lord in a reverential way because of who He is, Almighty God.

Proverbs 1:7 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

Isaiah 41:10 “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

I hope that tonight will be a peaceful night of restorative sleep.


edited to add that after writing this post yesterday, I had a very good sleep last night.. from now on I will have to be very careful what I watch before I go to bed..










Sharing the Gospel: The Final Opportunity

Recently I have written two posts regarding my husband’s opportunities to share the gospel with a neighbour who was due to move soon and of his desire to give a copy of The Gospel of John to the neighbour.  The last post for background is here: https://directingmysteps.wordpress.com/2017/06/08/another-opportunity-to-share-the-gospel/

This past Monday the neighbours moved but they have been back to clean up the house before the new people move in.  The last time husband was with this neighbour they discussed how to have a cell phone call come through the car radio speakers, and yesterday when the neighbours were here my husband told him that he couldn’t get his cell phone to work through the speakers so the neighbour came over and the two of them sat in the car.  What an opportunity.  After they discussed the speakers my husband said he wanted to give a gift and handed him the Gospel of John, to which the man said “there are thousands of religions” and my husband said that this was true but he was giving him the bible.  The neighbour replied that a friend of his was “always trying to get me saved” and I found that remarkable.  Husband asked him to promise to read the first 3 chapters of the Gospel of John knowing that the gospel of salvation is so clearly preached in these chapters.  The man said he would “add it to my collection”.

We probably will not see this couple again.  And only the Lord knows if the man will read the little book my husband gave him.  It is our prayer that he does and that he will be saved by grace through faith.

John 1:12-13 “but as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

John 3:15-17 “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have eternal life.  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved”



The Wicked Heart

I am in a really blue mood today.  I watched the local news early this morning and saw something that was deeply disturbing to me, why they thought to include it in the local news is beyond me.  Allegedly there has been terrible abuse and cruelty to chickens in farms by employees which was captured on video.  I won’t go into details but I can’t get it out of my mind.  Truly as Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”

This on the heels of a film called “Unity” which has aired on TV a couple of times lately.  It says it is about “why we can’t seem to get along even after thousands of years”.  I admit I have not watched all the movie but I did watch the part about the dairy industry, and about the calves that are born so that the cows “freshen” to produce the milk and it made me thankful that I am not now nor have not been for a very long time, a drinker of milk.

Why can’t people get along?  The answer is very simple, it all goes back to the fall, when Woman (later called Eve) and then Adam disobeyed the command of the LORD God and ate the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  From that moment on, sin touches everything and that is why “we can’t seem to get along”…

I really hate hearing about the cruelties in this world..

Maranatha….Come Lord Jesus




God’s Protection Over Our Little Dog..

Last Friday we could have lost our little dog save for the Lord’s protection.  It is my habit to go out in the back yard in the morning with a cup of coffee and on this day I went out with the dog to let him wander in the yard.  When we go for walks he has never been off-leash and we always go down to the street at the end of our community. On this day I did not realize that the side gate was open when I went out because husband had opened it to carry a large hydrangea plant in his wheelbarrow down to our driveway to be put up for sale at a garage sale we had yesterday.  About five minutes later, I heard someone come to the front door and then husband talking to someone.  At that same moment I saw that the side gate was open and realized that our dog was not in the yard.   What a relief to see that husband came to the back yard carrying the dog which had been returned by the daughter of our neighbours who are due to move this coming Monday.

Yesterday during the garage sale I found out what had happened.  The daughter had come to her parent’s home to mow the lawn when she saw our dog come into the front yard and wander down the road heading for the street where it is his custom to go for his daily walks.  This street is very busy and there are no boulevards nor sidewalks, it is an accident waiting to happen for a dog off leash.  Our dog does not know this lady well but she called him and thankfully he went to her so she could catch him and bring him home.

I say this is the Lord’s perfect timing and protection in having the daughter come to mow the lawn so early in the morning.. She was there to catch our dog from what could have been disaster.  Thank you Lord!



Blooming Broom and Memories

The wild broom is blooming now. It is considered a weed by municipalities and they do their best to get rid of it but for me it brings back a memory of a very sad time which our Lord in his mercy and timing changed to joy.  The photo above was taken yesterday near the Cowichan Estuary while the photos below are of memories.

When I was a child there was a bush down the street we called the “little bush” where there were many broom plants.  We used to make crowns of the branches. In June of 2010, after babysitting my granddaughter for 2 or 3 days a week since 2005, her parents made the decision to move to Vancouver Island.  I was devastated at this upcoming loss of seeing them so often.  At the same time, our little malti-poo Jamie had developed epilepsy a few months before.

In early July of 2010 we took my granddaughter and Jamie to a place called Garry Point in Steveston BC for one last day trip.  There was a large stand of broom there, and I remembered how I used to make crowns of it so we stopped and made one for my granddaughter.  Below is a photo of me reaching for the broom.  My granddaughter is behind me.

Below is a photo of my granddaughter wearing the crown and of Jamie below her.  I am wearing a bag for Jamie in case he got too tired to walk.

Less than a month later, Jamie had died from the ravages of epilepsy, and my granddaughter had moved with her mom and dad to Vancouver Island.  My heart was broken.  I sold my car because I could no longer stand to drive it with the memories of her riding in the back in her car seat.

But God in his mercy moved us to Vancouver Island a year later.  He provided a buyer for our home a week after it was listed.  He provided a friend of my husband who had a big toy hauler to move us thus saving us the cost of expensive movers.  Our new home was in the country, a place I always wanted to live.  It was not large by modern standards, but it had everything we had always wished for.  It was/is located 1/2 hour from my granddaughter and her mom and dad.

My granddaughter is 13 now, a young lady becoming independent.  I don’t see her nearly as often as I used to but that’s OK.   I am grateful that the Lord, in his mercy, healed my broken heart.  I am thankful and realize that everything happened according to His plan for all of us.


Another Opportunity to Share the Gospel

Earlier I wrote about my husband’s opportunity to share the gospel with a neighbour who will be moving a week from now.  Here is the link to that post for background.  https://directingmysteps.wordpress.com/2017/05/25/a-timely-opportunity-to-share-the-gospel/

Since then my husband has helped this man with their move twice.  The man had a knee replacement recently, so my husband has been doing work which is very hard, such as taking apart a large sectional sofa and loading it into the back of the neighbour’s truck.  This left him with a very sore wrist for which he is now wearing a brace because the pain was so bad.  Neither did he get a chance to be witness to the man on that occasion.

Yesterday the neighbour came over again to ask for help and he asked why my husband was wearing a brace on his wrist.  Not wanting to give the real reason husband told him that it was an old injury acting up which was not a lie because he did break that wrist when he was a teenager.   At any rate, they went out and were gone for a couple of hours during which time the neighbour brought up about the bible again and husband got a very good opportunity to share about his wild teenage years and how things changed when he became a believer in the Lord Jesus.

After husband came home he was very excited, told me he wanted to take me somewhere the neighbour had shown him and to bring my camera.  Then we drove to a new place on the Cowichan Estuary where we had never been before.  How did we miss this in the almost 6 years we have been here?  This was a real blessing for me.

The neighbour told husband that he would probably need him again before their final move and husband says that before they leave he is going to give him a Gospel of John.  Surely God’s timing is here.


Gramma What About God and Angels..

Gramma, what about God and angels, that is the question my 4-year-old grandson asked me so many years ago.  His mother, my daughter, had enrolled him in a pre-school called Jacob’s Ladder, a Christian pre-school, surely this was of the Lord.  It wasn’t long before she phoned me to say that my grandson was asking questions about God and angels and she couldn’t answer them and would I talk to him.  So one night my grandson slept over at our home and it was then that he asked me the precious question “Gramma, what about God and angels?” And so we talked about how God created the angels and then about creation, the Lord Jesus Christ, salvation in a simple way.

My husband and I were attending a brethren assembly at the time and I was teaching Sunday School to the pre-schoolers..  again, surely God’s timing.  With my daughter’s blessing we began to take my grandson every second Sunday to church with us where he was in my Sunday School class for 2 years after which his mother announced that he would no longer be coming with us.  But during those two years he had a lot of bible teaching.

One precious memory is when we put on a little Christmas program and my grandson at 4 played Joseph and another little girl played Mary.  They walked hand-in-hand down the aisle to the front of the chapel where they asked one of the boys if there was any room in the inn for them and then went to the stable..    another memory is another Christmas program where my grandson quoted the verse  Eccl. 12:1 “Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth.”  but he memorized it in a simpler way “Remember your Creator in the days of your youth.”

I often wonder if my grandson remembers anything of the times he spent in Sunday School, or the time we talked about God and angels.  He is 25 years old now, we live in different areas and I seldom see him.  But I do hope that those things he learned so many years ago are still in his heart.

Here is Jacob’s Ladder perennial in my new garden, blooming now.  Every time I look at it, I think of those precious days. Evidently the plant was named for the way the leaves look like rungs on a ladder but I think it wonderful that it was named for something that takes place in the bible.  And sometimes I wonder if someone at the pre-school told the story of the angels ascending and descending the ladder in Jacob’s dream (Genesis 28:12)  and this stuck in my grandson’s mind so much that he told his mother, and that this led to his coming to Sunday school.  With God all things are possible.



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.


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.



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.


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.”