Parades & Patriotism


July 1st comes and goes and I love the sea of red and white as I walk through my city. I also enjoy watching the maple leaf blow as the wind hits the flag. My favorite part of Canada Day is parades I love watching the men and women in uniform. It always brings a tear to my eye when I see them marching so proudly for their country. There is just something about a large group gathered together celebrating their freedom and their country that stirs the spirit of patriotism inside of me. I am Canadian!

July 8, 2010 - 4:30 pm

Lisa Frankland - I am Canadian too! And had a great Canada Day celebrating this country and my freedom.
OOOOO Canada!

    

I just knew it…

When I discovered that the month of July was dedicated to a sermon series on the book of James, I just knew that I’d not go unscathed (in other words: inevitable conviction was headed my way).

Two phrases that spoke to me from this past weeks message are these:
Trials are designed to bring out the best of me.
Temptations are designed to bring out the worst of me.

There it is in black and white. James 1:12-13.
When I allow God to work through me during trials – that is the best of me, because it actually isn’t me, it’s all Him.
And when I give in to temptation – that is the worst of me, because it is all me and none of Him.

Good lessons are hard sometimes.

What have you been learning?

July 7, 2010 - 9:38 pm

Tanya - Yes, Pastor Don let the whole congregation know how disappointed you were in his sermon series
the first week.

Believe it or not those exact phrases are what hit me right between the eyes on Sunday. . . we must be long lost sisters!!!!

Oh yeah, we are sisters!!!

I’m blessed indeed!!! :0)

    

A good summer read…


While growing up I never enjoyed reading. It felt much too much like work to me.

However, once I entered University and was emmersed in courses that were of interest to me, reading took on a different feel.

Now, reading is one of my favorite things to do. I can get competely lost in a good book or a good series (even better than a good book!)
I am a picky reader, though. I call myself a book snob.

I especially enjoy Historical fiction, can be convinced to read some biographies, and have discoverd that I also enjoy books written in a journal format.

One series that I have thoroughly enjoyed, I call it the most delightful series I have ever read, is the Mitford series.

Check out the official website. Visit your local library and begin summer vacation in the charming town of Mitford, getting to know Father Tim and his “never a dull moment” lifestyle. You’ll be ever so glad that you did.

July 5, 2010 - 5:32 pm

Heather Jackson - There’s nothing like a good book, a tall glass of lemon water and a sunny summer’s day! :)

July 6, 2010 - 4:34 pm

lisa - What are your fav books, Heather?

July 7, 2010 - 8:11 pm

Heather Jackson - Oh, my! There are so many great books out there! I could be accused of reading too much! :)
Lately I’ve fallen in love with Tamara Leigh’s light-hearted, humorous romances… Stealing Adda, Faking Grace, Splitting Harriet and Perfecting Kate. If ever they wanted to make a Christian chick flick, they would have to look no further for great material! Authors I always recommend? Terri Blackstock and Brandilyn Collins for suspense/mystery, Cindy Woodsmall for Amish novels and Lori Copeland for romance.

July 8, 2010 - 1:20 pm

Angela-Rae - Yes, thank you Lisa for recommending these books to me earlier this year. I read the series and I must say it was a wonderful escape. Helped me get through a trying transition. :-)LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Mitford!!

July 9, 2010 - 3:58 pm

Heidi - You recommended these books to me when you were visiting out here and I forgot to look them up. Thanks for the reminder! I need to check these out!

    

Sing it like you mean it…


Oh, Canada

Our home and native land,

True patriot love – in all thy sons command.

With glowing hearts We see thee rise,

The true, north, strong, and free.

From far and wide, Oh Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

God keep our land glorious and free.

Oh, Canada we stand on guard for thee,

Oh, Canada we stand on guard for thee

July 8, 2010 - 1:22 pm

Angela-Rae - We are blessed to be Canadian!! Reading the words almost made me cry…….haha…..moi? I know!

    

Sail away…

Girls Night Out, or GNO, as we affectionately label such events, is an opportunity for women to get together approximately 4 times a year for the purpose of meeting new people, chillaxin with friends, and leaving responsibility behind for a few hours.

On July 11, 2010 we are headed to downtown Halifax to sail away on the MarII Tall Ship for a wonderful sailing experience. Arriving at the dock at 3:45pm for a 4:00pm sail time.

Sign-up is at the Welcome Center on Sunday. Pre-payment is required to hold reservations ($25.98). Spots are limited.
Erica MacKinnon and Leanne MacKinnon will be our captians.

Welcome aboard!!