Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Thankful Tuesdays!

     Today I am thankful for my job.  Even though it is not in my chosen field, I am grateful to be working, to be out there, to be a shining light for Christ.  It provides Gary and I with a few extra dollars, that we would not otherwise have.  My discount card, helps to stretch that dollar just a little bit farther.  My job is just that, a job, and my Mother taught us all, no matter if you dig ditches,

clean toilets,

sweep floors, 

or have an office job,

do your best, and be proud of the work you do,
where ever You are, whatever You do, You are a beacon for Christ,

and your actions at work, should show just that. 

Colossians 3:23
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men,
1 Thessalonians 4:11
Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you,
2 Thessalonians 3:8
nor did we eat anyone's food without paying for it. On the contrary, we worked night and day, laboring and toiling so that we would not be a burden to any of you.
2 Thessalonians 3:10
For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: "If a man will not work, he shall not eat."
2 Timothy 2:15
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
Hebrews 13:5
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."
1 Corinthians 15:58 (New International Version, ©2011)
 58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Thankful Tuesdays!

Today I continue in the theme of freedom.  I have spoken of how I am thankful for our fundemental freedoms, how I am grateful to be free of worshipping at the alter of the almighty dollar, and today I am grateful for personal freedom.

I was in an abusive marriage as a young woman, and with God's help was freed from it almost 30 years ago.

Is there something that is holding you back from a full relationship with Christ? 

Reachout to him, and he will help you! 


The shackles no longer held her down,
 The chains, forever gone.
Her life for the first time in years, was now all her own.
Three small lives, scared and unsure, now looked up to her
The shattered dreams, spirit and heart, with the wind had flown.
Picking up the pieces, to begin again,
To face the world anew and try to hide the pain
Heavy was her load, Carrying those she loved,
She prayed daily to the heavens, for guidance from above

Making it through, day by day,
Mending her heart in so many ways.
The years flew by, so very fast,
The children grown at last
The distance traveled, immense it seemed
Could never replaced once shattered dreams
Not alone but lonely, in her world so sad
Only a dream to share, All the love she never knew she had
Their paths had been the same Those paths had not yet crossed.
God’s will was yet to be done
Soon two hearts would become one.

©Kitty N Roy  1990

One Year

1.         Perhaps today I love you and the world.
            Yet Tomorrow I shall love only you.

2.         Jealousy – a clouded heart - to a darker clouded sky.

3.         What are the clouds but a mist flourishing from our hearts?

4.         They painted you black; however all I see is sunshine.

5.         Justice: We are judged, some condemned, some guilty, you sleep in shadowed consciousness and dark guilelessness.

6.         The pleasant greeting: We meet and stand together.  I gaze into a mirror and see my image, and you are gone.

7.         Take naught for granted: For it will take from itself.

8.         What’s mysterious about the moon?  One side is light and one side is dark; yet all its observers are all dark.

9.         The vexed and unvexed heart: both laugh and both cries.

10.       Our slumber is our dream; our awakening a memory.

11.       Puzzling: Some question their own love, the same question others.

12.       The closer I look at you, the closer I see myself.

©1998, Gary B. Roy

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Thankful Tuesdays!

This Thankful Tuesday:

I am thankful that I do not worship at the alter of the almighty dollar.

Yes I know, we need some money, just to survive, but we don't need to go chasing dollars simply to "keep up with the Joneses."

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
                                                                                                            Philippians 4:19 KJV

Gary and I don't have a lot of money, yet we feel vey rich indeed.  We have God in our lives, we have each other, our families, a roof over our heads, a bed in which to rest, and food to eat. Ours is indeed a blessed life.

Gary's Poem, "BUT GOD, BUT GOLD" speaks to this very issue. 

But God, But Gold
But God, but gold,
Since the times of old,
Children do not cry, but gold is just a lie.
Images of glory, wars fought to the death.
Survival to share warmth from the hearth,
But God, why be it no one listens?
Yet comes Christmas, oh how it glistens.

Comfort the beggar’s needs so dear.
For the rich Man gives with contempt looking in the mirror.
Forgive me; forgive them, ones with hope.
Those so dear shall learn to cope.
Desert sands, thirsty only for a while,
Quenching our thirst first walked the Nile.

Amazing grace, echoes throughout the years,
Each time passes, as well as the tears.
Pray for those with and without,
Knowing and remembering without a doubt,
Nations of the world, have gathered all but God,
For when we are called we bring all but gold.
© 2002, Gary B. Roy

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Thankful Tuesdays!

On this Thankful Tuesday, I am thankful for Freedom....

Everyone in Canada (as well as many other Democratic countries) has the following fundamental freedoms:
(a) freedom of conscience and religion;
(b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;
(c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and
(d) freedom of association.
In a world where people are fighting and dying on a daily basis, for basic freedoms, I am so grateful for my freedoms as guarenteed by our constitution(s).

But more than this, I am grateful for the freedom granted me as one of God's Children. 

"Oh Lord you have freed me from my chains!"  Psalm 16:16

What a wonderful Gift... to free us from the chains!
He gave us free will, the ability to make our own choices.  He frees us of worry, knowing we can take all our burdens to him. What greater freedom could one want?  I am so honoured to be a Child of God.


NB:  Some believed that I wrote this piece after September 11, 2001.  It was written 7 months prior.  GBR

Paradise Lost To A Darkness
Paradise lost to a darkness, darker than night,
Only to be found again, by the light of day.
Where within a breathe which lay upon
The multitudes of the vast and distant seas.
Then there was light.

Nations, thou shalt not kill,
Love foremost, His Almighty will,
Darkness, darker afflicted each heart
Paradise lost, tear drops tempest to start.
The winds and gales the earth to shake
Starlight glistening upon the moon to make.
This garden enriched, a voice to ponder
Love for each other, visions to touch, to wonder.

Nations, thou shalt no see,
This darkness to end the flight of humanity
Spirits ascend, spirits descend upon His stool
Prophets and Saints, modern Man, the fool
Oh and woe to mechanisms of wheels of fortune,
Being darker than night for the sun to be gone
Wings of Love flutter in and around the song
For Paradise Lost in all hearts is wrong.
Nations, thou shalt join hands,
Below the earth the corpse below the sands.
Trumpet sounds, stars fall upon the sea,
Spirits joyously sing, angles much like we.
Weep not, fear naught, less must we hide,
For modern Man weeping, weighing gold at his side.
Free me, free them who must you save
Hand in hand, first from the grave.

Nations, thou shalt fade away,
To one land, on King for the unending day.
Clouds floating mist amidst the deep blue sky,
Children laughing and playing never asking why.
Paradise found amidst the decay and rubble
For nothing is lost to a world without trouble.
Praise and Glory to all with in sight,
And then there was light…

©2001, Gary B. Roy