Saturday, January 30, 2010
As I faced my Maker at the last judgment, I knelt before the Lord along with all the other souls.
Before each of us laid our lives like the squares of a quilt in many piles;
An angel sat before each of us sewing our quilt squares together into a tapestry that is our life.
But as my angel took each piece of cloth off the pile, I noticed how ragged and empty each of my squares was. They were filled with giant holes. Each square was labeled with a part of my life that had been difficult, the challenges and temptations I was faced with in everyday life. I saw hardships that I endured, which were the largest holes of all.
I glanced around me. Nobody else had such squares. Other than a tiny hole here and there, the other tapestries were filled with rich color and the bright hues of worldly fortune. I gazed upon my own life and was disheartened.
My angel was sewing the ragged pieces of cloth together, threadbare and empty, like binding air.
Finally the time came when each life was to be displayed, held up to the light, the scrutiny of truth. The others rose; each in turn, holding up their tapestries. So filled their lives had been. My angel looked upon me, and nodded for me to rise.
My gaze dropped to the ground in shame. I hadn't had all the earthly fortunes. I had love in my life, and laughter. But there had also been trials of illness, and wealth, and false accusations that took from me my world, as I knew it. I had to start over many times. I often struggled with the temptation to quit, only to somehow muster the strength to pick up and begin again. I spent many nights on my knees in prayer, asking for help and guidance in my life. I had often been held up to ridicule, which I endured painfully, each time offering it up to the Father in hopes that I would not melt within my skin beneath the judgmental gaze of those who unfairly judged me.
And now, I had to face the truth. My life was what it was, and I had to accept it for what it was.
I rose and slowly lifted the combined squares of my life to the light.
An awe-filled gasp filled the air. I gazed around at the others who stared at me with wide eyes.
Then, I looked upon the tapestry before me. Light flooded the many holes, creating an image, the face of Christ. Then our Lord stood before me, with warmth and love in His eyes. He said, 'Every time you gave over your life to Me, it became My life, My hardships, and My struggles.
Each point of light in your life is when you stepped aside and let Me shine through, until there was more of Me than there was of you.'
May all our quilts be threadbare and worn, allowing Christ to shine through!
Friday, January 29, 2010
Now that Vancouver is hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics, these are some questions people from all over the world are asking.
Believe it or not these questions about Canada were posted on an International Tourism Website.
Obviously the answers are a joke; but the questions were really asked!
Q: I have never seen it warm on Canadian TV, so how do the plants grow? ( England )
A. We import all plants fully grown and then just sit around and watch them die.
Q: Will I be able to see Polar Bears in the street? ( USA )
A: Depends on how much you've been drinking.
Q: I want to walk from Vancouver to Toronto - can I follow the Railroad tracks? ( Norway )
A: Sure, it's only Four thousand miles, take lots of water.
Q: Is it safe to run around in the bushes in Canada ? ( Sweden )
A: So it's true what they say about Swedes.
Q: Are there any ATM's (cash machines) in Canada ? Can you send me a list of them in Toronto , Vancouver , Edmonton and Halifax ? ( England )
A: No, but you'd better bring a few extra furs for trading purposes.
Q: Can you give me some information about hippo racing in Canada ? ( USA )
A: A-fri-ca is the big triangle shaped continent south of Europe Ca-na-da is that big country to your North...oh forget it. Sure, the hippo racing is every Tuesday night in Calgary Come naked.
Q: Which direction is North in Canada ? ( USA )
A: Face south and then turn 180 degrees Contact us when you get here and we'll send the rest of the directions.
Q: Can I bring cutlery into Canada ? ( England )
A: Why? Just use your fingers like we do.
Q: Can you send me the Vienna Boys' Choir schedule? ( USA )
A: Aus-t ri-a is that quaint little country bordering Ger-man-y, which is...oh forget it. Sure, the Vienna Boys Choir plays every Tuesday night in Vancouver and in Calgary , straight after the hippo races. Come naked.
Q: Do you have perfume in Canada ? ( Germany )
A: No, WE don't stink.
Q: I have developed a new product that is the fountain of youth. Where can I sell it in Canada ? ( USA )
A: Anywhere significant numbers of Americans gather.
Q: Do you celebrate Thanksgiving in Canada ? ( USA )
A: Only at Thanksgiving.
Q: Are there supermarkets in Toronto and is milk available all year round? ( Germany )
A: No, we are a peaceful civilization of Vegan hunter/gathers. Milk is illegal.
Q: I have a question about a famous animal in Canada , but I forget its name. It's a kind of big horse with horns. (USA )
A: It's called a Moose. They are tall and very violent, eating the brains of anyone walking close to them. You can scare them off by spraying yourself with human urine before you go out walking.
Q: Will I be able to speak English most places I go? ( USA )
A: Yes, but you will have to learn it first.
Got any questions to ask a Canadian???
Thursday, January 28, 2010
My throat is scratchy. My knees are achy and I am feeling chills.
Yup, I am coming down with "something".
My blood pressure was 162/ 95 last April and I started daily BP readings, adding more activity daily, removing as much sodium as I see in my diet, joined Spark People and visited my doctor. Since October 2009, I have taken a low dose 'water pill' to try to flush my system and reduce blood pressure.
My high blood pressure has improved. I actually get readings in the 120/80 with 77 beats a minute range. Until yesterday...
I came home with my flu symptoms (maybe it will be a sore throat only-- time will tell) and I took a first BP reading: 169/100 65 beats! EGADS!!
I relaxed, did some deep breathing and went to my happy place.... did another reading: 173/98 61 beats. Holy high blood pressure, Batman!
Relax, breathe. Life is good. I am blessed. Let's try this again.... 165/93 with 60 beats.
DH put the cuff on himself because he figured the machine had gone screwy. His reading was 111/76 but his rate of heartbeat was higher than mine.
So, it wasn't the machine.
Yesterday, I had not been drinking my water like a well behaved and learned gal. Yes, I know better, but I just didn't do it.
Yesterday, I felt too unbalanced to commit to the daily Boot Camp workout. I thought I might fall over and break a wrist. So I decided to mellow out instead.
At bedtime, my blood pressure reading was 164/96 and 96 beats. (groan)
Has anyone else noticed blood pressure spikes whenever your body is fighting something off? Is my hard-working immune system pushing up my numbers????
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
I enjoy chatting over the internet with a 4 year-old niece on Skype. She is a real talker and loves to make faces at me and tell me about her day. Many times we sing the "Wheels on the Bus" song and sometimes we favour the "On Top of Spaghetti" ditty.
Last night I decided to kick it up a notch by starting to write comical booklets for her. I will write a line of text at the bottom of each page and allow her to colour the illustration above. Yeah, I've been known to sketch a picture or two in my day.
I want to start with a fictitious character who will be in her same swimming lesson level. I hope to write, draw and later read the story to her over Skype. THEN I will mail it to her for the colouring part. (I wonder if she will mind being my partner?)
If all goes according to plan, the next booklet will use a character with the same name as her, then an aunt or cousin... I hope she will see the humour of having her dad's name used as a puppy character and later a spider with the same moniker as another family member. I will be Karen the Kangaroo, because, lets face it, how many animals start with a letter K?
I have some paper that has been rescued from the garbage, so I'm planning a semi-green project here! There are even some binders at home that are empty, so they may be used to help her store HER stories!
Now, I face the blank white page, willing the creative juices to flow....
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