Ships that pass in the night or in this case on the ocean

I loved my cruise this past spring. We saw many cruise lines as we travelled on the Meditteranian. Some were smaller in comparision to our ship. Others reminded me of apartment blocks in Toronto.  So large they were overwhelming to look at.  We joked how we had difficulties finding our way around our little ship. We would surely be lost for the whole of our trip on a ship the size of the Equinox. I cannot wait to go again. the adventrue was that an adventure. the cloudy day in Caans, the rainy sunny day in Italy. it was great for us as we came from the rain forest weather of the west coast, but we were sure sad for those who had needed to get away from the rain storms south of us. img_2868img_2799

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Art is a matter of perception

I enjoy sauntering along Main street on my way to the train from work. The art I see all around me, fills me with amazement. Talent, gifts, jobs. It does not matter how one looks at the creative pieces, they are gifts for the mind. They are painted sign posts, and shadows we see on the train platform.  img_3371 (the piece above is on a wall not far from my work. not sure who the artist is but, I thought is was real the first time I saw it. :)) Some painters paint large murals, Others create using mounds of dirt and mud. Some are photographs that include contrasting colours, shapes and dimensions. Art, whether it is a painting or a photograph is taken in, enjoyed and sometimes can be amusing. All is beautiful art. It is all a matter of perception.


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I was Seeking, a lesson learnt

As a young child, I sought the attention of my parents, I sought their guidance and approval. As I went through school I sought the approval of my peers and instructors. I was always seeking the right guidance and the right direction. In the army I sought the recognition of my officers. I sought their knowledge, direction, instructions to keep me and my buddies safe.

I was always seeking something that I knew was missing in my life. I chased after alcohols freedom and different religious beliefs. My friends would recommend places I could go to get the answers. I got involved with Tarot cards, palm and tea readings, but none could answer the questions I had. I wanted to belong, I desired to be accepted. I longed to find a place or a group of people where I fit in.

I tirelessly searched. I learnt new ways to get the attention I so desired. I married for protection, only to find homelessness, fear and suffering. I divorced so I could live a life I sought after. One of no fear, no hunger, no pain.

I kept searching. My heart was full of many questions. Still all I found was emptiness that I felt was suffocating me. I searched for many decades, until one person invited me to come to “Church”. I use the term loosely as it was not as I expected. There were no judgments, no pews, no hand out for me to give them something, no condemnation to criticize me, only teaching, encouragement, the only pointing fingers were the ones pointing in a direction of a different path. I felt like a child, a sponge, wanting to learn and do as the adults did.

Proverbs 22:6

“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it”

As I sat there in the big room for the 1st year, the questions I had inside my heart began to see some answers. I found myself seeking something new. I sought to please the people attending, so I served them, I sought their guidance, so I asked many questions, I sought their wisdom in how to live, I read their books, and I desired their lifestyle.

I hurt so much inside from desiring their lives, I became weary from seeking. I was tired of being lost, feeling inadequate and my ways of gaining acceptance was not working. The darkness was swallowing me up, I felt I was drowning in my life. I was just about to give up and run away from my search when one day, one person came up to me and said “You don’t have to seek anymore, as God sent His son Jesus to be your answer.

Luke 19:10

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

The search was re-fired within me. I wanted to know more. I had a thirst in me that I had never felt before. I read the book they gave me, I asked question after question, I researched all they said and all I could. I was hungry, but not for food. It was a hunger to this day over twenty years later is still inside of me. I was filled with a new desire. I was no longer wallowing in the darkness of my life. I was alive, I no longer had to seek approval of man, woman or anything. I am accepted. I am loved. I am filled with life.

John 8:12

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

All those years I wasted seeking all the wrong things, I will never get that time back. I don’t want that time back. I want to keep seeking only the one Who Sought after me, the Lord Jesus Christ, the son of God. His love surrounds me. His word guides me.

2 Corinthians 5:17

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here!”

Matthew 7:8 /Luke 11:10 also reminds me that:

“For everyone who asks receives, the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”

I sought, I found, I asked, the door is opened for me.

Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

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Lord, you deserve more than I give

In my darkness you shone through

A stream of light I had seen so few

My hope renewed in you

You accept me now and always as I am

A reminder I need so constantly

In my strength I am no good

Your power is what I need

You bless me daily though I do not thank You enough

Lord, you deserve more than I give

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Today I saw the sun

it was a sunny sunny sun

we had so much fun

Then I saw the moon

but it was just to soon

😬just a silly dilly

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Book review sort of

I have been having the pleasure of reading Victorian Mysteries, “Mrs. Jeffries mystery stories” by Emily Brightwell.  I came across this lovely mystery series last year while carousing my neighbourhood take a book and return it centre. I wanted to read something different. I remembered as a child I loved to read mysteries and try and figure out who did what to whom. I have to admit I have read more in the past six months than I have in years. this series is filled with mystery and humour. I believe if you enjoy mysteries that are set in England, you just might like these ones.

This one has become a favorite.

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meet my travelling buddies

sometimes in our shattered world, we must find something cute and soft

Meet Hops and Sheepie, my travelling buddies for the kiddie adventures

Whenever I travel, these two at one time or another have hidden in my suitcase. The adventures they have had. I will start putting them in here soon


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