Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Psalm 91


  “Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday.” Psalm 91:5-6

  As of last night, I felt the need to write this morning: firstly to touch base with my global family in this time of crises and uncertainty and secondly, to encourage all of us to pray for the world, our countries, our villages, our neighbours and our families.

  It is easy to get swept up in the panic and, I admit, I have to do some real wrangling to not let the situation get a hold of me. Thankfully, I am not home alone because a friend, who was staying with me for a bit, has elected to stay on longer. If we end up being quarantined, neither of us wants to be housebound alone during the storm.
  Here in Canada, all the grocery stores have empty shelves. It is surreal in a land of plenty to see such need. It is surreal in a land of plenty to see such greed.
  Please pray that a heart of generosity and community will rise above all other considerations.
 
  My heart is burdened in knowing there are people who lack the means to stock up. There are people who have been laid off their jobs as businesses close their doors according to government instructions.
  There are people who have no place of sanctuary…this is the greatest burden on my heart. The nights are cold, the days are cold. We had snow flurries yesterday. With libraries, restaurants, and even our drop-in closed (this week at least), there is no place for those in dire need to come in and get warm.

  Please pray for those living in the squalid, unsanitary, crowded conditions of refugee camps throughout the globe.

  Please pray for those who have lost loved ones to Covid-19.
  Please pray for those who are sick.
  Please pray for our governments and health services: the decision makers, the doctors, nurses and staff who are on the front lines.
 
  This pandemic is an opportunity to drive home that we are a global village. What affects one place, affects everyone. Let this lesson become the birthplace of unprecedented global peace and partnerships.

  Thank you and God be with you all.

Thursday, 27 February 2020

Grounding

 "Each time he (the Lord) said, "My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness."" 2 Corinthians 12:9

  While I can't go into details, a situation has arisen that challenges me to my very core. It stirred up the old lessons, the old thinking, that corrupted my sense of worth. Praise God, despite these events I haven't sunk as low as in the past when such things happened.
  The thoughts are like stale crackers, tasting of dust and the cupboard. I am able to recognize them for what they are: lies. They simply don't belong in my life any more.

  Hmmm...this is a new thing; to not get sucked into the past! Instead, there has been much prayer to know how to proceed.
  I know there is anger about what happened on so many different levels but I ask God to soften that anger or at least help me express it in a manner that is not hurtful. To be honest, there's a desire to strike back, to hurt the one who hurt me but that response is another stale cracker and not the way of Jesus.
  It's also why I needed to write this morning, to help me refocus on what is truly important: the love of Jesus. AMEN!
 
 
 

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Catching Up


  “The blessing of the Lord makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow to it.” Proverbs 11:22

 No photo description available.I’ve been busy with projects in the house trying to get it completely finished although finishing means starting, too! The living room is all in disarray as I tackle the ceiling before putting new paint on the walls. The ceiling is ugly stucco, sagging in places and worn out so I have decided to cover it with whitewashed, pine tongue and groove paneling.
  Originally, I was going to get my contractor back to put new drywall up but decided to go with the wood. There are a couple of reasons. One, I can DIY it. Two, it will create the cottage feel I am going for. It did mean investing in an air nailer and compressor because holding up the wood and hammering it into place at the same time requires three arms. I’ve only got two. (Smile.)
  The last couple of days have been spent installing the strapping required to nail the paneling to. It was a fussy job because the ceiling isn’t level. It undulates like a calm sea! I’ve done my best to make it even, using plenty of shims. It may need some tweaking but I’ll have a better idea where once the boards are being installed.
  The pine has been sitting in the hallway for a little more than a week, getting acclimatized to the space. It still has a few more days to go before it can be installed. I’ve left it longer than the package suggests so there will be no chance it will shrink once it’s up. That was the lesson of an experience of having to redo an entire job because the wood pulled apart as it dried.
  The plan is to paint it before installing it. That’s far easier on the neck.
  I feel blessed for past experiences which have given me the knowhow to do this.
  The other project that chewed up a whack of time was giving my linen cupboard and an inexpensive storage wardrobe a face lift. It was orange toned, faux wood that no longer goes with my d├ęcor. It’s also the first thing you see when you come in the side door.
   The inspiration came from an idea in a magazine to use trim, a variety of handles and different peel and stick wallpaper to create false drawers and doors. Our local ReStore was a great source for used door handles. I cut down trim that was torn out during the reno rather than buying new. It was a picky, finicky job, too but gave me a good chance to practice using my new air nailer.
Image may contain: indoor  The end result was better than I imagined.

  Once the living room is finished, all that’s left is painting the stairs and addressing the entry into the basement. I might use pine paneling on the walls for some continuity. Right now it’s just covered with blue styrophome insulation.  The cement floor at the bottom of the stairs needs some love, too.  It’s like the ceiling….undulating. (Whoever built the house must not have owned a level!) There’s flooring left over I want to install down there to make it pretty. That’s why the cement needs to be as smooth as possible. 
  But that’s a job for another day. (Smile.) 
  It would seem I can set goals after all.