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Living With the Wind

This is a beautiful poem!

Penny Wilson Writes

Image by Engin Akyurt from Pixabay

She loved living 
with the wind
 
Her feet on the ground 
and her head in the clouds 

The wind took her 
by the hand and
she followed

Like a kite 
not meant to be 
earthbound 
 
She bestowed her love 
with abandon 
but her attentions 
were brief

For the wind
would call to her

Yet, like a fragrance 
you can't quite name...

for a few, 
she lingered
 
For those, 
she left longing 
in the night
never to be forgotten

And those few
whispered her name

Seeking the girl
living with the windCopyright (C) 2021 Penny Wilson
*Inspired by the poem by Charles Lindholm "She Had a Gypsy Heart" 

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Faith Filled Friday: But God

Connie Terpack July 23, 2021

How many times while growing up did you whine to your parents? “But Mommy!” “But Daddy!” The dictionary gives several definitions for the word but. It is a conjunction and can mean otherwise, other than, or except. I used that phrase when I was not getting my way. I think I probably meant it as letting me be an exception or maybe other than. I wanted to go to my high school prom. It was the only dance I ever wanted to go to and it was special. My mother said absolutely not and there was no changing her mind. My dad agreed with her.

Even as a grown-up, there are a few times I have whined “But God” when my prayer was not answered or my feelings were hurt by someone.

I was surprised how many times But God showed up in the Bible. Sometimes it was separated by a few words, but it still got the meaning across. I selected a few verses to give you a variety of examples.

Genesis 31:7 … but God suffered him not to hurt me. [Jacob is talking]

2 Chronicles 20:15 … Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude for the battle is not yours, but God’s.

Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.

Psalm 86:15 But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.

Matthew 19:26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

Acts 13:30 But God raised him from the dead:

1 Corinthians 1:27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

1 Corinthians 2:10-11 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

1 Corinthians 3:6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.

1 Corinthians 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

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

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Ephesians 2:4-5 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

2 Timothy 2:9 Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evildoer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.

Some of these verses need to be read with the verses before and after them to get the full understanding. I included only what I needed for the “but God” part. I will close with my thought that the ‘but God’ lets us know that the enemy or a mean co-worker does not get the last word; nor does death or disease. I’d like to think there will will always be a but God, a way to escape, like He tells us in 1 Corinthians 10:13.

Please share your But God moment.

Faith Filled Friday: Christians and Trials

by Connie Terpack July 16, 2021

Recently I having to deal with a lot of hip pain and trouble walking. The pain interrupts my sleep. Five hours is the longest stretch I have gotten in a couple weeks. Most of the time I get 2 or 3 hours before waking up. It is difficult to go up and down steps. I had to wash at the sink because I could not get my leg up over the tub.

Many of us wonder why we, as Christians, go through trials and tribulations. A number of years ago I prayed for patience. The Lord answered my prayer, but not the way I expected. I wanted to have patience with a snap of His fingers. Instead he gave me trials to help me develop patience. I am not sure how long it took before I realized his ruse and stopped praying for patience. I guess I always thought Christians should be exempt from trials and sorrows.

1. Trials are our training. God is preparing us for the future. When I am going through a particularly rough time my first question to God is Why? Sometimes it is so I know what I’m talking about when one of my patients talked about going through the same thing I did. It gives me confidence in talking to them.

Hebrews 10:35-36 says: Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

2. Sometimes I never know why, which helps to develop trust in God. I lean on him heavily most days. There are lots of Bible verses on trust. Here are a few I selected.

Isaiah 12:2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.

Psalm 118:8-9 It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not lean not unto thin own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

1 Timothy 4:10 For therefore we both labor and suffer reproach because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, specially of those that believe.

3. More times than I care to admit, I believe God sent me some trials to discipline me. Maybe he wants me to spend more time in prayer or Bible reading. In my KJV Bible Hebrews 12:4-11 is labeled The Disciplines of Life. The only verse I’m going to include here is vs 6, just to keep this article short. I hope you will read the rest in your Bible.

Hebrews 12:6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

4. Maybe God is protecting me from a bigger problem. I may never know what huge problem was averted by dealing with the lesser trouble. It is comforting to know the Lord is looking out for me.

Psalm 121 tells us how God preserves us. The last two verses really spoke to me. Psalm 121: 7-8 The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil; he shall preserve thy soul. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth and even forevermore.

5. The purpose of trials is explained in James 1:2-18. Trials faced with joy result in patience (endurance), which leads to maturity and growth.

James 1:2-3 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

6. God will get the glory. We should remember to bless God also. He enjoys being praised and thanked just as much as we do.

Psalm 34:1 I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

Psalm 34:3-4 O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. I sought the Lord and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

I believe trials and tribulations are more for our benefit than to harm or punish us. God loves us. In closing, I will leave you with verses from 1 John 4:8-10: He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten son into the world that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his son to be the propitiation for our sins.

The New Zealand Wars – out now!

Matthew Wright

This week Oratia Books released the third edition of my short book The New Zealand Wars. I wrote it originally in 2005 as a kids’ book, expanded into a version for high-school readers in 2014 – and now it’s been released in an all-new edition with further revisions, new picture selection, and more.

It brings together all the thinking and research I’ve done on the New Zealand Wars over the twenty-odd years since I first started digging into it, in one handy and easy-to-read package. A summary of all the essential information on some of the darkest years in New Zealand’s history, for all readers.

It’s available across New Zealand in all good bookstores, or direct from the publisher – click to buy. Go on. You know you want to.

Copyright © Matthew Wright 2021

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Faith Filled Friday: 7 Promises of God

by Connie Terpack July 9, 2021

1. Everything Will Work Out For Good

These are a few of the verses that assure those of us who love God that everything will work out alright. He wants to give us good things.

And we know that all things work for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28

If ye then being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? Matthew 7:11

Yea, the Lord shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase. Psalm 85:12

2. God Will Be Near

Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double-minded. James 4:8

I think of this as me taking one step closer to God through prayer and reading the Bible. He takes one step closer to me with his love, strength and comfort!

Thou art near, O Lord; all all thy commandments are truth. Psalm 119:151

Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near. Isaiah 55:6

3. The Promise of Comfort

Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ. – 2 Corinthians 1:3-5.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Psalm 23:4

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. Romans 15:4

Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away; for if I go not away, the Comforter will now come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. John 16:7

4. The Promise of Strength

And he said to me, My grace is sufficient for thee, for my strength is made perfect in weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9

I will love thee, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. Psalm 18:1-2

It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect. Psalm 18:32

In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul. Psalm 138:3

5. God’s Promise of Guidance

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones; and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not. Isaiah 58: 11

Howbeit when he, the Spiritis come,he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsover he shall hear, that shall he speak; and he will shew you things to come. John 16:13

6. The Promise of Wisdom

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. James 1:5

Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts; and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Psalm 51:6

Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength; nevertheless the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard. Ecclesiastes 9:16

7. The Promise of 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. John 3:16-17

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:23

Lead me in thy truth, and teach me, for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day. Psalm 25:5

Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah. He that is our God is the God of salvation; and unto God the Lord belong the issues from death. Psalm 68:19-20

God has made a lot more promises to us. I’m sure the list is rather long. Do you have one of God’s promises you would like to share?

Faith Filled Friday: BAD Day

by Connie Terpack July 2, 2021

For the past two weeks I’ve been having a hard time with hip pain and trouble walking. I finally saw the doctor today. She thought I had sciatica and did some x-rays. Lying on a hard table and having to put my left leg down straight caused a lot of pain, like a 20 on the pain scale.

So how does this make for a Faith Filled Friday? I turned the word bad into an acronym: Belief and Devotion.

I trust God to help me deal with the pain and weakness. He has healed some of my medical problems for which I am very thankful. I believe in God even though I have never met him or seen him.

Belief is defined as acceptance of the truth or actuality of anything without certain proof; something held to be true or actual; trust in another person; confidence.

My belief in God fits under the third definition. I have trust in him and believe that he loves me. I believe that Jesus died for my sins. I believe that Jesus forgave me of my sins when I asked him to at the young age of twelve. I believe that because I have Jesus in my heart now I will go to heaven some day.

Devotion is defined as strong attachment or affection, as to a person or cause; ardor or zeal in the performance of religious acts or duties; act of worship or prayer. I have always thought of it as being the time I spend time reading my Bible and talking to God. I do not always read my Bible every day, but I rarely skip a day where I have not talked to God. He may get tired of me since most of the time I am asking for something. Sometimes I will sing a hymn and other times I do nothing other than say praises to the Lord. I read somewhere that praising God boosts his spirit. I have no idea if that is true or not, but who doesn’t feel better after getting a sincere compliment?

Bible verses for:

Belief

John 3:16 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.

2 Chronicles 20:20c Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper.

2 Thessalonians 2:13, 14 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Devotion

Psalm 119:38 Stablish thy word unto thy servant, who is devoted to thy fear.

Leviticus 27:28 Notwithstanding no devoted thing, that a man shall devote unto the Lord of all that he hath, both of man and beast, and of the field of his possessions, shall be sold or redeemed: every devoted thing is most holy unto the Lord.

A few extra verses:

Psalm 92:1 It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High:

Psalm 118:1 O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever.

Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirreth up strifes; but love covereth all sins.

John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities; for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

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

Ephesians 3:19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.

1 John 4: 7,8 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and everyone that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

Mud Lake: a Nature Lover’s Paradise in the Heart of Ottawa

I love to watch the mommy duck and her ducklings swim. This looks like a fun place to visit.

Loreeebee on health & wellness, nature, gardens, and grandkids

Recently I took my four year old grandson to Mud Lake, tucked in between the water filtration plant and Britannia beach in Ottawa. More of a (man made) wetland than a lake, Mud Lake is sure to delight nature lovers of any age. Also called the Britannia Conservation area, Mud Lake is maintained by the National Capital Commission (NCC)

Animals in Their Natural Habitat

On our 3.5 km trek around the lake, we saw numerous friendly adult and baby ducks and geese, turtles, tiny frogs and tadpoles, huge bullfrogs, beaver dams (but no beavers) rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, chickadees and herons.

My grandson wanted to catch them all, but I convinced him to leave them there with their mommies and daddies.

Directions to Mud Lake

You can get there off Poulin, then Howe Street or by following Britannia Road to Cassels Street, next to the Britannia Yacht club. There are a…

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Faith Filled Friday: The Coin in the Fish’s Mouth

by Connie Terpack

Today in my Ladies’ Bible Study class there was a mention about the coin in the fish when they were discussing Jesus’ power over all flesh, that included over the fish of the sea. It has been a long time since I heard about this so I thought it was worth sharing today.

Matthew 17:24-27 is in regard to taxes but Jesus also performs a miracle.

24 And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter and said, “Doth not your master pay tribute?”

25 He saith, yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, “What thinkest thou, Simon? Of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? Of their own children, or of strangers?”

26 Peter saith unto him, “Of strangers.” Jesus saith unto him, “Then are the children free.”

27 “Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.”

Jesus anticipated Peter’s confusion and tried to show him that members of the royal family were exempt form the tax. Jesus was like royalty since he was the son of God, and should not be obligated to pay for the support of God’s house because it was his temple (Malachi 3:1). However, to avoid offense, he would pay. He told Peter to catch a fish and look in the mouth of the first one they caught. Not surprisingly, there was a piece of money (a coin?) and it was the exact amount needed to pay the taxes for Jesus and Peter.

This is a nice reminder of God being able to provide for us. I have never been comfortable giving my testimony and there is no reason why. It should be just the opposite – I should be eager to share my story.

When I was a teenager I went with the teen group to do a Sidewalk Service (that is probably not what we called it, but it’s close). We sang a couple familiar hymns before the group leader gave a very short sermon. Then each of us said a few words about what Jesus meant to us. We stood on a small wooden crate to give our testimony. I was last. I started talking and someone talked over me. I stopped and looked down the line. Whoever had been talking stopped also. I had another sentence or two to finish my testimony, and sure enough, the girl started talking again as soon as I said the first word.

I finished and jumped down off the box, annoyed that some had been so rude. I was waiting to talk to our group leader when a woman from the audience approached me. She thanked me for what I said, telling me that it was exactly what she needed to hear. I shook her hand and stammered your welcome or maybe it was I’m glad. I had no idea what that other voice had said, but I trusted God that he put the right words in my mouth for her. It was a very humbling experience and has never happened again, or at least not that the Lord made me aware of.

Trust God to give you what you need when you need it. He will give you the words for your testimony, calmness for your anxiety, strength when you feel weak, and company when you feel lonely. Ask him to forgive your sins and come into your heart. John 3:16; Romans 3:23; 5:8; 6:23.

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Terrestrial events interpreted as extraterrestrial experiences

I’m not sure I believe in UFOs, but I find them fascinating.

Bhutadarma

In 1896 while Henry Ford built his first car and in Canada the famous gold rush began in the Klondike region, the United States was hit by a wave of tales of mysterious airships that according to many eyewitnesses plowed the sky above cities and farms. In the link below a background music suitable for reading this post, taken from the soundtrack of a science fiction classic ” The Day the Earth Stood Still“:

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Faith Filled Friday: The 23rd Channel and Partners

by Connie Terpack

The two articles for today are from tracts that I saved and happened to come across the other day. One is on an index-card size piece of paper and very brown from age. It has my maiden name written on the top, which puts it over 50 years old! I hope you enjoy these. I had fun reading them again. ~Connie

The 23rd Channel

The T.V. set is my shepherd. My spiritual growth shall want.

It maketh me to sit down and do nothing for His name’s sake, because it requireth all my spare time. It keepeth me from doing my duty as a Christian, because it presenteth so many good shows that I must see.

It restoreth my knowledge of the things of the world, and keepeth me from the study of God’s word. It leadeth me in the paths of failing to attend the evening worship services, and doing nothing in the Kingdom of God.

Yea, though I live to be a hundred, I shall keep on viewing my T.V. as long as it will work, for it is my closest companion. Its sound and its picture, they comfort me.

It presenteth entertainment before me, and keepeth me from doing important things with my family. It fills my head with ideas which differ from those set forth in the word of God.

Surely, no good thing will come of my life, because my T.V. offereth me no good time to do the will of God; thus I will dwell in the place of the Devil and his angels forever. – Selected

Partners

Said a whiskey flask to a cigarette,

“I’d like to make a good sized bet

That I can get more scalps than you,

Although your victims aren’t few.”

Said the cigarette to the whiskey flask,

“Well, that’s easy as I could ask,

For I give kids their downward start,

Then you pitch in and do your part.

They come to you with burning thirst,

But I’m the fellow that sees ‘em first;

So most of them should count for me.”

Then the whiskey flask had this to say,

“I never looked at the thing that way,

But I confess you spoke the truth;

‘Tis you who tackles the foolish youth.

You fill his system with dopey smoke,

I mold him into a first-class soak;

We work together far too well

To quarrel for even a spell.”

So the whiskey flask and the cigarette

Shook hands together and offed the bet,

And away they sauntered side by side

Hunting for victims far and wide:

In every corner of the nation

Partners in crime and ruination.

So here’s our warning, on the level

Shun them as you would shun the devil.

“Tobacco is a filthy weed,

And from the devil doth proceed;

It picks your pockets, burns your clothes,

And makes a chimney of your nose.

Tobacco injures the throat, nose, hearing, eyes, heart, lungs, and nerves. Touch not the unclean thing. 2 Corinthians 6:17.

It caused the death of 5,000 men from cancer of the mouth in ONE year in the USA. – Dr. Howard A. Kelly, Baltimore.

“The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is Eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23 – Selected