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One of the SUM ladies shared on facebook that she heard from the spirit for us to read Nehemiah, so I started reading a little bit on my prayer walk in the evenings. I want to keep all the passages and notes in one place, so I have decided to share them here informally.

Jul 31
Ne 1:3,4 Survivors in terrible shame, jerusalem’s gates broken down and destroyed by fire. When I heard these words I sat down and wept, and mourned for days; and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven. …

Then I wept…fasted and prayed. My heart, it is with those in that room. it broke all over today- for them. Lord, deliver your people! Deliver your people from slavery and shame!

Thurs Aug 1
Ne 2: 3,5,6 he did all w the king’s permission.. W his blessing… He genuinely sought the king’s blessing, for what he wanted to do – to me that’s not God, that’s DH, but I don’t know yet what for.

Fri aug 2

Ne 3: 1-15… Rebuild and Strengthen what remains, seems appropriate after today..lol (absolute chaos)

Sat aug 3

Ne 3: 31,32
they saved the best for last: the goldsmiths and merchants- the temples etc..

Sun aug 4

Ne 4: 1 when he heard what the Jews were doing he was angry, and greatly enraged… ‘ Boy am I sensing some of that spiritually…

What are they doing? Will they restore things? Will they sacrifice??

Yes; w God YES, and yes.

Ne 1:8 angry, all plotting together against them, and to fight and cause confusion!

Ne: 1:9 We prayed to God to guard us! – every week. We must. I must. Tues, and sat night!

Ne 1:10- our strength is failing, we are not able, we are failing at this work– I feel that, discouragement- but God is in control. The enemy seeks to destroy, the good..

14 Do not be afraid of them…

15 So we stood guard, the enemy found out we knew, and we went back to our work

Tues Aug 6

Ne 4:19 we are separated far from one another (SUMites)

Ne 4:21-23 All kept working etc, alert and guarded by night, working by day…Staying strong, weapon in hand– that is prayer, and the sword of the spirit

Fri Aug 9

Ne – 5:1 ….outcry from the brethren, AND THEIR WIVES..

forcing our sons and daughters to be slaves- no God says we are FREE!!

Ne 5:9 The thing that you are doing is not good

Sun Aug 11

Ne 6:8,9 To frighten us w lies, that our hands would drop from the work.. And it will not be done – The enemy feeds us lies, tries to spread them about us, sow doubts… But we know it is not so..

So We pray, I pray, oh God, strengthen my hands that I may do the work You’ve asked of me!

Ne 9:6 Thou hast made the seas, and all that is in them– woah

Ne 9:30 Many years thou didst bear with them, and didst warn them by thy Spirit through thy prophets; yet they would not give ear. Therefore thou didst give them into the hand of the peoples of the lands.
Many years… Thou didst warn them… They would not give ear – DH- and this world
so the Lord gave them into the hands of the people of the lands- that’s North America !

Ne 9:36 we are slaves in the land thou gavest…

Ne 9:32 therefore thou oh God, great and mighty and terrible God, who keepest covenants and steadfast love !!! – Wow, so beautiful!

Mon Aug 12

Ne 10:28 All who have separated themselves from the people of the lands to the law of God, WHO HAVE KNOWLEDGE, AND UNDERSTANDING !

We have something, beautiful, precious that many others don’t have, knowledge of the ways of God, understanding of His great love for us!

Ne 10:31 and if the peoples of the land bring in wares or any grain on the sabbath day to sell, we will not buy from them on the sabbath or on a holy day; no Sunday shopping, lol

Ne 10:35 We obligate ourselves to bring the first fruits of our ground and the first fruits of all fruit of every tree, year by year, to the house of the LORD; – ** Lord, help me to give more sacrificially, especially the first fruits, show me what that looks like, Lord!**

Ne 12:30 purified, themselves and peoples, and gates and walls ..

Ne 12:44 Judah rejoiced in priests and ministers who ministered…( like us in SUM)

Tues Aug 13

Ne 4:20 in the place where you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there…our God will fight for us.

Dineen:

Part 1

and a letter to Asaph the keeper of the king’s forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the fortress which is by the temple, for the wall of the city and for the house to which I will go.” And the king granted them to me because the good hand of my God was on me. — Nehemiah 2:8

Abba, thank You for Your favor. We ask humbly for more that we would walk in this great favor and new anointing in our marriages and our lives. We pray that the evidence of Your favor would be so great that our families will be able to see it and that everywhere we go, even strangers will look at us and see Your presence upon us.

Next to him Shallum the son of Hallohesh, the official of half the district of Jerusalem, made repairs, he and his daughters. — Nehemiah 3:12

Lord Jesus, bring purpose and faith even to our children and show them how they are part of the rebuilding. We pray for our adult children as well, that the walls of their marriages be restored and strengthened. Bring unity to our families and let them be cities on hills to proclaim Your presence and restoration to this nation. Let a legacy of faith begin to grow as part of your Great Harvest so that the next generation and the next will already walk in great faith and go beyond what You’ve called us to do.

Shore up the walls: strengthen: commitment:

Schedule ( rosary, tidy bedrooms, bible/school, story time, clean up and prayer, exercise, supper, Chores ( table!) , family time and:
Bedtime prayers
Date night
Generosity- give w tired feet- don’t complain. Give love when feeling unloved…

“Father, help us to build up the walls we need for the protection of our marriages and our children and our own spirits. Help us to build up our faith by reading your word and through prayer. Help us to see where we have cracks in our foundations and we are letting the enemy in. Show us Your glory Lord. We need you, our spouses need You and our children need You, now more than ever. The devil is trying so very hard to take us out, and we stand on your promise today that You are holding us in the palm of your hand. You see our pain, our struggles, but You are there beside us, leading and guiding us. Thank you that you will never leave or forsake us. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Part 2

<em>“You provided bread from heaven for them for their hunger, You brought forth water from a rock for them for their thirst, And You told them to enter in order to possess The land which You swore to give them.” — Nehemiah 9:15

***Lord, You are faithful and You keep Your promises. Thank You for Your provision for us, thank You for taking care of us. You see our needs, every one of them. You are righteous and so faithful. We are overwhelmed by Your passion for us! Overwhelming passion, a holy and righteous anger for us, Your children. We are not forgotten! You see us, everyone of us! We step forward in trust and faith into the places You have promised us.*** Abba, continue to grow a hunger in us for You. Help us to understand where You are asking us to go and help us to be faithful and obedient.

part 3

“Therefore You delivered them into the hand of their oppressors who oppressed them, But when they cried to You in the time of their distress, You heard from heaven, and according to Your great compassion You gave them deliverers who delivered them from the hand of their oppressors. — Nehemiah 9:27

(Let me make a special note here that the Hebrew word for compassion here originates from the same word for “womb.” Then Nehemiah speaks of deliverers, which has the meaning of salvation and victory. God’s delivery is likened to new birth! And that is what I am sensing is coming, a time of new birth and rebirth for so many.)

Abba, I pray for a fresh anointing over every SUMite. I pray that You will release new gifts, new provision, new strength and prosperity over every single one of them. Lord, reveal and destroy every lie that keeps them from believing how much You love them and that You have given them every good gift. Destroy the lies that tell them they aren’t worthy to serve You and replace it with the truth that they are Your precious sons and daughters who You have called specifically to You for such a time as this.

Holy Spirit, give each of my dear sisters and brothers in Christ clear discernment and recognition of Your voice. In the name of Jesus Christ, I break off anything over them that would block or hinder them from hearing Your voice. In the name of Jesus, I break the chains of addiction, of distraction, of deception and of fear. Chains are falling off and crumbling to the ground—we declare this in Your mighty and powerful name, King Jesus!

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Fri Jul 19
– a much needed good night’s sleep
– an egg spaceship
– rosary on nanny’s couch
– all my guys big and small working on a puzzle

– money to do things for our house!
-droplets with blue on beige brown and droplets with brown on dark blue

– boy’s in their new makeshift hangout space in the basement
– finding the right spot for dishes, glasses and silverware
– a cross now standing high over my kitchen sink
– my oldest excitedly bringing me his plant

– a chorus of shouts of ‘yes!’ to God in the back seat
– an adventure of discovery
– Horton!
– giant lobsters and hippos swimming under water
-2 floating heads!
– kids multiplying in the mirror
– buckets and buckets of Lego
-Baby with the display headphones
– building and engineering session for mummy

– Finally learning the secret to Guacamole, soft avocados!
-fresh fish on ice, gifts from the sea
– free samples!
– Mexican fiesta for dinner, this time with guacamole!
-The bridge in the fog

Sat Jul 20
– our new green bathroom
– baby surrounded by dollar bills
– baby helping daddy w the bunk beds and green tape
– a very green room
– boy’s sitting on the front porch
– a lamp left in our hallway just like the one from Pixar
– this house has the cross doors!!

– a way of surrender for him not to be late
– mattresses in the basement, we’ll sleep our first night in this house, in the basement
– grace I didn’t expect, God brought him back to me one last time – for a sleeping bag

– The tremendous gift of my SUMite sister to lift Me, my husband up in prayer and encouragement…
– an airplane in the basement
-middle son sitting quiet and sad for timeout ( unlike his brother at that moment)

– looking up from our new back deck to see a clear feather cloud
– Surrendering to His plan, whatever the outcome, everything, laid down for The Lord and for my husband.
– trust in Him and Him alone

– clouds like doves in the sky
– a great feather quill scrawling clouds across the sky
– a GREAT dove with one huge wing, wrapped over me
-my middle son when I told him to look up at the clouds looking up, exclaiming, ‘wow, they look like feathers!

– meeting the neighbours, she was just delighted that we moved in there, with the littles
– a contractor who worked on our house come by to personally offer his services

– super bike boy
– 3 boys w a mattress in the basement of our new house!
-grace on grace tonight.. DH and the other work party
– bedtime story snuggles w baby
– bible readings, keeping vigil through the night
– middle son saying the psalm response while drifting off to sleep, eyes closed: ‘God’s love is everlasting’
– gospel- conspired against him, when aware of this he departed…
– the bright white light, shining down the street
– th for walking with DH, and for walking with me through my SUM sister and the clouds.

Sun Jul 21

– smiley baby in a very good mood after a good night’s sleep
– baby trying to play with his sleeping big brother
– middle son, holding super bunny by the ears
– cloud rays of hope coming from behind the neighbours’ house
– kids eating cereal at the tiny superhero house table
– superman saying his prayers to Jesus in my kitchen
– boy’s sitting together eating breakfast in the driveway
– doves overhead
– lemon topped English muffin
– family chalk session
– chalking out the beauty from the night before
– a dove for a friend
-Great sweeping dove-like clouds
– great hope and joy in HIM
– an open door to sunshine at the end of the hall
-boys running a business, behind a great desk

– discovering my beautiful crucifix is special, and old
– a great dove over the church parking lot

– a tough opening for tough love
– the HS to guide me when I felt completely lost
– Mumford and sons, loud music to get me through, and Jesus to hold me
– hope in my pain, this is part of something greater/bigger

– a place to come home to
– the big crucifix, still with me in my purse, God, still with me.
– my newest little nephew to brighten my day
– baby didn’t kick me, that was a feet high 5 on the cheek! Aww!
– savoury devilled eggs
– my little guy in the tiny baby seat
– my brother’s childhood friend all grown up, holding the baby
– fun w sookies!
– a tiny baby to cuddle during my hour of mercy prayer time
– a garden sanctuary
–story time w Anthony, a gift of laughter when I needed it most
– strawberry mouse and sunken dinosaurs
– little sleeping baby, all wrapped up

– Mass, again, a source of great comfort and strength
– the hard gift of resembling Jesus, who willingly entered into his Passion.
– a scribble page on which my son wrote his name
– The blue cross, still with me, mom able to open it up and show it off

– apology on my phone
– boy’s tucked in on a mattress in the basement, one at each end
– the perfect bedtime story for this night, I’ll love you forever
– middle son, in dreamland already
– clear guidance from the HS, ‘he descended into hell, on the third day he rose again’

Mon Jul 22

-Fan of feathers in the sky
– a great cross in the clouds
– the beauty of trust
– baby on the toddler scooter
– my oldest w a buddy playing in the splash pad

– songs on the radio that gave hope and voice to my soul
– a tangible sign of commitment and love, a trip to the hardware store for green painting tape
– juice packs and pitas, God’s provision, food to grab and go
– dropping Jesus off at home

– a moment so surreal, the kids and I walking into a hotel
– God’s extravagant provision
– boy’s jumping on the beds
– my oldest, looking out the window and shouting excitedly, we’re in Canada!!!
– my intentional life shirt, along for this soul journey

-authenticity- a broken soul at a hotel window
– the beauty of pure sacrificial love
– boy’s tearing down the hall in search of the pool
– the perfect, single depth kiddie pool for them to play in
-a moment beginning to teach my oldest to swim
– a vast open air patio
– baby with his doggie friend
– being blessed to the point where I forgot I was sad
– little toddler wrapped in towels
– a great angel in the clouds
– bright photographic scenes in the elevator
– my best friend there at the desk, paying for our room, and my oldest, hanging from it

– playground evening picnic from my childhood, my best friend, unknowingly planning and recreating a favorite childhood memory for me
– my oldest and I catching up our rosary on the picnic table
– raw testimony, walking through my own passion before my best friend

– the moon full and round outside our window
– my oldest asleep with his feet tucked behind his head
– reading the last few chapters of winning him- I need all the wisdom I can get..
– and what should I have tucked in my book, but a Christmas card of the 3 boys and a photo of hubby, still there from when I brought them to share in Texas!
– how God prepares us ahead of time, to walk through all storms that we will face…
-words of hope from a friend, it’s all going to be okay.

Tues Jul 23

– awake and unable to sleep, time to pray and just to be alone with God
– bible intros, God’s love story
– words leaping of the pages of scripture, a message, for HIM.
– time alone, to grieve and pray in the quiet of night
– a blanket to wrap up in, Your arms around me
– all my prayer stuff spread on the windowsill before me like an altar of my love

– sunrise over the city
– a weathered feather scrawling in the sky
– Mary sweetness

– morning brother snuggles
– 3 boys looking out the window
– the perfect place to go
– complete abandonment to God, right by the main city roundabout
-all of us taking in the view from the 15th floor- people like ants and cars like dinkies

– little girl baby come to visit
– mommy and baby, both so beautiful
– little baby and my best friend joining us in the pool
– baby girl splashing
– no pool toys, no problem, we’ll use our croc shoes!
– croc shoes riding on flutter board boats
– indoor pool oasis
– the panels in the studio window framed a perfect cross

– praying by the ocean in the driving rain
– the final drive in
– spotting him a ways off, and running to him with open arms
– being ‘home’ again
– reaching out to show him love
– a shed that can be built in a day
– hardware samplers, shingles and tiny stone blocks
– Quiznos!
– boy’s eating subs in the back seat,
– holding hands

– time to really talk
– finding out the truth; that he wanted nothing to do with temptation because he loves ME.
-walking through it all with DH, on the way to healing
– forgiveness, reconciliation followed by an unexpected surprise
– amazing grace, God has used this to transform our marriage, we’ve never been more in love
– sharing with him how God was behind it all, and that none of this would have happened if I hadn’t been following God’s directions!
– wonder and awe at how God chose to bless my husband, and in a way he really could not ignore God’s role in it.

Wed Jul 24

-Grace upon grace- this time for BOTH of us!! What a resurrection!
– green and pink bathroom
– pikachu suspended from the swiffer
– morning prayer together w Jesus on the back deck
– harmony of alleluias
– baby reverently kneeling down before Jesus in the monstrance
-praising my heart out to the kid cd!
– my FIL calling to me excitedly the second I came in the door, and our old appliances free for the taking on kijiji 😉
– superman perched way up in the back of the seat

– a long chat with my heArt sister from church about everything God has been doing in our lives!
– the two of us, on our knees praying the divine mercy together in our living room!

– God’s NOT DEAD!!!
– an abundance of socks all matched up
– middle son tucked up in my bed
– the desks we were promised, still available now that I finally reached the lady who has them
-‘ Jesus just called you’ – DH. Good, because I couldn’t find him anywhere ( my phone)

Thurs Jul 25

-“as you listen to the birds”, JC opening as the birds were singing around me, God moment!
-my oldest counting to 300 to mark 5 min… ( made it to 112 slowly…)
– a strange creature emerged from the depths of our basement
– an article in flourish on woman, the glory of man

– 3 o’clock praise and worship before the blue cross
-A soul at my front door, during the hour of mercy. Instead of singing and praying this day I had put on music.
Right as I signed the papers, the words, ‘what can wash away my sin, nothing but the blood of Jesus!!!’ were echoing out of our home!

– hubby bracing the door open for groceries, letting my music be heard in the front yard 😉

– a big puddle in our driveway
– the kitchen garbage from right out of my thoughts- when we were looking at the house I had a vision of garbage and recycling bins side by side. Little did I know at the time that they could be found in the same container!!!
– starter prayer shelf in the kitchen cupboard

– sharing the blessing of our new house w my friend’s parents, and a little of how God was behind it all
– guacamole on my own, w cilantro, garlic and more lime mine was even better!
– boy’s saying bedtime prayers in our Mary blue living room to Jesus on the blue cross, on the mantle

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I am the Light of the world. Men crawl through their lives cursing the darkness, but all the while I am shining brightly. I desire each of My followers to be a Light-bearer. The Holy Spirit who lives in you can shine from your face, making Me visible to people around you. Ask My Spirit to live through you, as you wind your way through this day. Hold My hand in joyful trust, for I never leave your side. The Light of My Presence is shining upon you. Brighten up the world by reflecting who I am.


Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young

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I have wrestled in the darkness of this lonely pilgrim land
Raising strong and mighty fortresses that I alone command
But these castles I’ve constructed by the strength of my own hand
Are just temporary kingdoms on foundations made of sand

In the middle of the battle I believe I’ve finally found
I’ll never know the thrill of victory ’til I’m willing to lay down
All my weapons of defense and earthly strategies of war
So I’m laying down my arms and running helplessly to Yours

I surrender all my silent hopes and dreams
Though the price to follow costs me everything
I surrender all my human soul desires
If sacrifice requires
That all my kingdoms fall
I surrender all

If the source of my ambition is the treasure I obtain
If I measure my successes on a scale of earthly gain
If the focus of my vision is the status I attain
My accomplishments are worthless and my efforts are in vain

So I lay aside these trophies to pursue a higher crown
And should You choose somehow to use the life I willingly lay
down
I surrender all the triumph for it’s only by Your grace
I relinquish all the glory, I surrender all the praise

Everything I am, all I’ve done, and all I’ve known
Now belongs to You, the life I live is not my own
Just as Abraham laid Isaac on the sacrificial fire
If all I have is all that You desire
I surrender all
Songwriter(s): David E. Moffitt
Copyright: New Spring Publishing Inc.
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I had to share this one, something to really ponder.

“A truth that may hurt…Are we in love w/ our spouses, or are we in love w/ the idea (fantasy?) of what we want marriage to be?‎” #SUMiteNation

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Fri Apr 5 – Texas Day 4

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Blue skies and sunshine
The shadow from a crucifix
Watching their 2 year old caring for a 2 month old baby
Watching my little guy lay his head down to look at the baby
House full of babies 🙂
Funky bottle rack
My ‘Baby’ snuggled in the doll playpen

Summer in April
Wearing my summer dress without leggings!!!
A catholic book on temperament
Playtime w girl toys
Ham sandwiches and chips

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A beautiful sunny afternoon in the back yard
Baby in his US shirt
Circles of light like coins shining on the deck
Watching baby run free w glee from one activity to another
Peekaboo in the playhouse windows
Boots by the front door
Spying baby through the open window washing dishes at his kitchen sink
Baby talking to me on the air phone
Star leaves
Real Palm trees just over the fence
Real geckos on the fence
Jumping on a trampoline again, even if only for 5 minutes

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Baby bananas
Hydro car – one of the Cars cars that drives on water
An army of power towers
Storefront signs in different fonts but all in white
A lot full of outdoor play centers w rainbow roofs
Ramps like something out of the Jetsons, over under around and through
Looking back to see baby had opened the car toy package
A line of excavators, yellow, red and blue
Learning all sorts of interesting things about Texas on the drive over to the conference
A Texas specialty, dinner at Whataburger
Baby playing w all the plastic order number markers
BBQ chicken strip sandwich on Texas toast mmmmmm
My little Texas adventurer w BBQ sauce on his face

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Christ the King at last
Walking in and Seeing Lynn and Dineen for the first time
Stacks of flourish magazines
Heart stickers to distinguish the SUMites
Welcome and a prayer
Lynn coming over to find me
Meeting other SUM members
Lynn and I chatting like old friends
My celebrity, my heart sister, carrying my bags out to the car!
Driving through some of the city center lit up at night
Praying through my penance before an almost lifesized painting of the divine mercy image

Sat Apr 6 – Texas Day 5 – Intentional Life Conference!

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Starting my day off the right way this time, by Giving all the control back to God
Stepping out into a summer morning
Birds singing and that fresh early morning smell
Baby walking free in the (quiet) street
Driving out w fresh perspective and trust in God and wild hope for the day ahead

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Intentional Life!

Custom notebooks!
The altar, palm trees, and crowns of Christ lit up with golden morning sun in the sanctuary
-Power like light from the cross
with my Eyes closed it’s a crucifix
Baby w only 1 shoe
Listening to Lynn LIVE!
some great iPhone captures
Dineen, on a God centred marriage and the basics of Trust
A Secluded room with speakers to listen to the talks while baby ran free
A Daycare room when baby just got too chatty
Hope and FREEDOM like I have never known

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The guy who I’ve been staying with and who’s car I left the carseat in when he dropped me off in the morning, right there in the parking lot w/o being asked, the minute I realized I needed him… (Carseat)
A holy water font with still water, black tile and an unique and decorative cross
Beautiful stained glass; the trinity of Love
Jesus on the crucifix a silhouette in front of the trinity stained glass, this is God!
Stepping into the chapel and His very presence, even if just for a moment.
Statues in behind the altar (sacristy?)
The leaf from last night still following me
Baby falling asleep so I could prepare for confession
Jesus; God’s gift of mercy
A beautiful painting of Jesus calling to us in the divine mercy
A gift for mummy – a flower petal from my toddler

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Special celebration dinner
Purple and glass centrepiece
Southern hospitality: a bag full of meals for the trip home
1 on 1 time to chat w Lynn
God granting my every desire for this day and more, as I surrendered it entirely to Him

A chance to really put my trust in God – no passport, seriously?
Practically applying what I have been learning to adjust my attitude and go with it
The caretaker of the catholic church driving up there to search for my missing passport after midnight when I called him
Time and spirit to write the letter

Sun Apr 7 – Texas Day 6 – Trip Home

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Airplane taxing driving on on the bridge overhead of us
Curb side baggage check in
Bypass security line
A ride to the gate- hop on
Golden sun lighting up the wing
Apple juice for the road
A new calling to contribute to the online community in a bigger way
Baby curled up on the seat after i put him down, determined to keep sleeping even though our flight was over and everyone was off the plane

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Looking in the mirror – I am a changed woman!
Sky train to our terminal
A great big window to watch the planes
Baby climbing the stairs
Wifi !!
frozen water molecules on the airplane window
Clouds like scoops of ice cream
Pillars of fluffy clouds right outside my window
Despite feeling incredibly nauseous during a rough landing, not actually being sick .

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-That bungee cord that made lugging everything plus the baby possible
-The kind man who made sure I was looked after, to get where I needed to be, plus getting something to eat and a coffee…

-My first divine appt- we could help each other out 🙂 The brand new mobility assistant who not only drove baby and our stuff around but watched pour things when I had to change him and dropped everything to help me find a way to get something printed- which should have been straight forward once we found the machine, but really wasn’t!
-Smoothie and iced coffee so refreshing
-Breaking through the clouds bursting into golden sunset/light
-Spying the city lights, Home sweet home, home sweet hubby!!!

-Holding hands w my man again
-Aw, Thank You Lord that You sent dmil to clean my house while I was gone. You didn’t have to do that…

Mon Apr 8

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Both of us Sleeping in till 10:30
Little hand and wrist and forearm resting in slumber
One of my prayer cards, on display on my stove shelf
A miracle, The Lord has freed me from the heavy iron chains of negativity and the need for control.
Jesus arms wide open to me in welcome on my windowsill
Realizing I can actually see my bedroom floor!
Divine inspiration, to finally change a long-time bad habit
Jesus with my toothbrush

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My big boys, standing on the other side of the front door!
-I missed you Mommy! – Tyler
Baby reaching his arms to hug his big brothers
Brother reunion
3 boys playing cars in the hallway
Nothing like going away for a week to make your kids start listening to you again!
Sharing my Texas testimony with my boys
Noticing a profound change in my oldest
Finding out my son prayed for me while I was away! He prayed I would come back home safe.
(even after he’d stomped his feet a little when I said we were going to do the rosary) – afterwards he was pleasant, agreeable and praying form the heart he said and I noticed… He seemed so different I asked him if he met Jesus while I was away! … and he said yes. ! )
-breaking the bread and sharing blessing with my boys
-finn-mcmissile-races down the ramp
A proper master bed, now up off the floor and complete with a headboard and footboard!

Tues Apr 9
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My oldest w his pope hat
Cars set up like a movie poster
Bungee cord Bridge
Our daily schedule, completed with pictures at last!
Styrofoam block tower
hubby went shopping, and brought home oj- for himself to drink

Wed Apr 10

A dime stuck to my leg when I got up
oj in the fridge, a small miracle
W god’s help getting everyone out the door in time for mass, and even having time to get juice for the kids!
that same sweet aroma for a moment when I walk into the chapel for adoration
kids praying good morning prayers before blessed sacrament
Sharing about my trip w church friends
Coffee and cake after mass

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The kids w the church pamphlets spread out eagerly looking through them
Holy giggles-Don’t eat Jesus, unless it’s at Holy Communion!
Just having fun w my boys again!
Baby sitting in his brother’s lap

Thurs Apr 11

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Baby noah: – pointed to the rosary page and said, ‘Je-susssss 🙂
Middle son, helping me pray people into the prayer jar
Our Father enthusiasm screaming the words!
My brother’s Lego great escape shirt
Baby trying to bless himself for the gospel
The boys arranging their snacks
3 kids around a plastic BBQ
The stains in my shirt that won’t come out, that remind me of deeper truths (sin)
The dust spilling like confetti from the fan blades..
Sonic free rider surfing in the living room

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Quick takes posted up from Texas!
Such is the power of the iPhone 🙂

3 things I’ve learned so far:
-1. At least when traveling west, the right side of the train/bus always has the best views (and I sat on the left every time)
-2. It makes a difference to ask the Lord’s help even in little personal endeavours. I wanted to take a photo of the night sky outside the plane but the light was so low it would take a very low shutter just to get anything close to capturing the beauty before me, and I was pretty sure It was well beyond my own capacity and that of my camera… but I tried anyway and I asked Jesus to hold the camera steady because I couldn’t and I have never been able to keep it that still for that kind of time frame without at least partially resting it on something.. And with His help I actually got a couple photos clear enough that did capture the incredible sight, though they don’t fully so it justice of course…
-3. Everything really is bigger in Texas!!!

I don’t have all 7 days worth with me because my Good Friday notes were all on paper. Also, I was pretty wiped yesterday and didn’t write anything yet…

Fri Mar 29 – Good Friday
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An accumulation of cans piled by DH’s computer desk
Baby out in the sunshine exploring outside for the first time
Red sword thorn
Kisses for Jesus

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Pretzel crosses stuck in bread, we remember
Pretzel paper man
Lone cross on sandwich hill
3 boys tucking in their baby and singing a lullaby of Jesus Loves Me
Pretzel rosary crucifix

Sat Mar 30

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No line at the bank the 2nd time
Getting through divine mercy- small miracle
at the last moment, remembering to get my keys from the counter at Chapters
Agony ( agonizing) in a fake garden
Beating pecans
A third small miracle, Finally remembering to take the box of Cheerios so I could put them in a donation box!

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A deep need to be at mass tonight
Vigil Darkness
Candlelight
Holy water showers
My Candle snuffed out when it and I were drenched w holy water
Daring to believe he rose again
That my Lord would do so much for me!! Go so far to love me
Paschal joy
the aroma of love again

Easter Sun mar 31

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The birds all a twitter
Praying the glorious mysteries again!
Deep symbolism in the addition of a simple white ribbon
Easter all over my house
2 cartons of eggs filled and ready to be hidden in the yard
Baskets of goodies
Bright coloured plastic eggs peeking out around our back yard

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Chocolate fingers ( and grabby hands too)
A stack cup Easter egg
Baby with my camera, say cheese Mummy!
Egg hunt in our backyard
Baby tripping with his Easter egg only to discover candy fell out
little hands holding plastic eggs with candy
Baby’s with his little basket

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Spring branches
Wiggly patches of grass
Easter snow
a leaf standing straight up in the snow, God saying hello to me 🙂
Time alone to walk with God in the yard from my childhood
The old climbing tree
Branches catching afternoon sun
Old forgotten hockey net

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Piggie at the window
Easter towers at each place
Trains in Grandma’s Easter baskets
The adopted piggie, they can’t WAIT to be parents lol
Brown sugar ham
Lemon ice cream and meringue cookies, next best thing to pie 🙂
Story Time
Theological discussion w my family surrounding Passover

Mon Apr 1

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Waving game
2 awesome online pranks (google and ‘in a relationship’)
Words of hope from SUM
Words of freedom from DH’s radio

Thick fog on the highway, Heading into the unknown
Watching baby play dinosaurs
Twilight and blue
The light from the door down the hall and the adventure baby and I start tomorrow 🙂

Texas Adventure Day 1, Tues Apr 2

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Ty for the gift of this day, wild with possibility!
Feeling a little better
Stepping into the sunlight

Baby all buckled up in the backseat going somewhere exciting!
My little guy chillin on the bench at the train station
Fond farewell to my mom at the station
DH coming by on his lunch break to see me off
Graffiti under the bridges
My little responsible passenger reading the safety pamphlet
Green lake
iPhone to entertain baby
Baby under the seat playing iPhone

Baby falling asleep looking out the train window
God moment as I read the first sentence of the SUM book
Tiny person walking tiny hallways
Rays of hope bursting in the sky
Slits in the clouds, hope wounds with light bursting through

Looking up to see a string of leaves blowing right into the window in front of me
baby iphone apps
Old love- an older man reaching his hand out to steady his wife on the swaying/moving train
Comfort food chicken soup w noodles from my childhood

Bedtime sillies-Baby giggling rolling on the seat beside me in his train jammies
Warped patches on the window glass
The sound of birds from 2 seats back
Peekaboo and a game of fetch with our friends on the train

Wed Apr 3 Day 2

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2 seats!!
Kind Man who offered to get me a coffee
Another gift, a delicious salmon and egg sandwich
Quiet time to read and let God teach me… Jesus friend of sinners…
My book – having it’s own adventure
Another kind gentleman, Noah’s buddy from 2 rows back, helping with my bags through the train station 🙂
Baby w his new buddy
Tall grass reeds poking out of the ice
Cute farms out the window
Snowman metal lunchbox (egg sandwich and cous cous salad)
Ty for providing for all my needs and MORE on this trip
Baby peekaboo in the netting cubby
Ty for locking me out of the iPhone so I don’t miss any of the encounters and opportunities You have for me
Blue and green coastal skyline
Kermit headphones
An opportunity to reach out and share God’s love and truth

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the resourceful / practical ingenuity of my inlaws
Tall buildings
Glimpsing an airplane between buildings, flying through downtown Toronto
CGI bushes??
A bunch of cranes all in one view
Baby in the baggage cart basket
US flight registration at last
Baby on the luggage scale- I think he’s around 20 pounds
Catholic customs officer
Passports and tickets, off we go!
That my husband doesn’t like reading, no worry of him reading much Dawkins…
Someone to help me carry everything every time I needed a little help
Airport at sunset

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Baby looking out the plane window in wonder
A Patchwork of snowy fields below
Cities through fog and twilight out the opposite window
Ginger ale, my fav on a plane
Entertainment for a 1 yr old toddler, a plastic cup and an ice cube
An opportunity to share my choice to walk with faith
Ty for providing for me and never leaving my side
Baby staying close and not running off so mummy could just rest between flights
The body of Christ everywhere-Fellow Canadians and followers of Christ in the Chicago airport
Finding A tiny orange truck in my coat pocket
Meeting a lovely Catholic couple, fascinated by the unequal marriage ministry
Rediscover Catholicism x2
Future Tyler and James w their dad
Every encounter, divinely ordained and planned out in advance by God!

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Watching an airplane just taking off, and actually catching it with my camera!!
A stand up comedian for a flight attendant
Flying a short distance on a clear night
City lights stretched out below like circuits on a motherboard
A sea of blue lights
Blue cold pills
Breathtaking night views
A fluffy white cloud floor and a vast / endless starry ceiling – a little like skyroads, a place of dreams
A steady hand, from outside of me-My camera held so steady by the hand of God
Actually Capturing a glimmer of the night beauty that lay before me
Praying powerfully on a plane
On Every leg of the journey, an empty seat for Jesus

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Houston cow of welcome
Peace from deep within as the cabbie and I searched for the house at 1 in the morning
Easter like Christmas
At 2am finally, a house with a light on
A Catholic hotel

Thurs Apr 4 Day 3

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A blue china bedroom
My book, with coffee and bathroom tissue; having its own adventure
Statues and other religious items everywhere
Ear popping good time (every time I blew my nose)
Cars camera
A present for each of my boys back home
coffee! Some days that’s all that will get you through, coffee and Jesus!
A lazy morning with a big leisurely breakfast
Catholic chat over coffee

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A beautifully decorated catholic home to photograph
A beautiful red cross
Little lamps, everywhere
A master bedroom like a chapel!
A most beautiful crucifix
Large windows and natural light
Baby in a house full of things he’s not supposed to touch
One curtain, not hanging quite right
Lovely queen of heaven – assumption statue
Baby excited to be set free to explore!
Learning all about this woman’s life, as a close friend

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Looking out the window into the backyard at the next house to see a trampoline!!
An Easter mantle complete with eggs and butterflies
A lantern of eggs
A dedicated kid space apart from the main living area
Photo identifying Lynn so I can access fb here in Texas
Being asked to identify my husband haha!

A house bustling with people and kids and activity
A love note on my iPhone from baby
Pastel spring flowers hanging from the chandelier
delicious homecooked dinner
Texas’ best BBQ sauce
Watching how their oldest took my toddler under her wing

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