Seasons Change – Light the Fire Within!
Seasons Change – Light the Fire Within!
There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens. Ecclesiastes 3 (NIV)
Labour Day weekend was a full weekend! I hope you made every minute count! The fall season is not far in front of us now, but we are sure enjoying some of the sunniest days of summer right now!
I thought it was fitting that I use this opportunity to reflect and honour the natural changes that are taking place as well as those taking place in our families, church, school, work and leisure communities. Future posts will contain Health Updates only, for October and November and December. Beginning in January, health updates will be posted as Praise Reports and Prayer Needs arise.
I am currently reading, listening and remembering the many ways in which you have communicated with me over the past number of weeks. I am grateful for your links, stories, cards, emails, texts, pictures, positive thoughts, simple words, smiles and laughter, phone calls, meals, advice, friendship, the many prayers prayed over me and other comforts of the body, soul and spirit. A dear friend even emailed me a book cover she sketched with a suggested title for my next book!
A common thread in everything I have received from you is that God has prepared the way, He is with me, and He will work all things for His good in my life. You are all bearers to receive the same heavenly reward in that through your encouragements, God’s grace has sustained me. Another common theme has been variations of words and images that relate to and depict Psalm 23. How powerful!!! You are saying a lot of the same things and I am getting the message!! My gratitude and thanks to you all.
I believe in miracles. I believe that God heals. I stand in agreement with every prayer that is being prayed for me, asking God to take everything that has been committed to Him and measure it with the plans that He has for me – that are for my good! If it is a miracle of healing – I humbly receive it – in Jesus name!
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV)
As I have mentioned above, I have been blessed by those who have sent encouragements to me in the way that they express themselves best. In this post, I am sharing a sampling of what has been shared with me – for your own encouragement. If I included all of what I have received and will keep as treasures, this post would be far too long. But please know that your impact is farreaching. Special thanks to those in Sri Lanka who pray for both Marlo and I as we journey together. Our thoughts are toward you with grateful hearts, as we remember you and what you have gone through also, through God’s strength. All things are possible with God.
Links to Songs shared by readers of my Updates: Very powerful!
Be cheerful with joyous celebration in every season of life. Let joy overflow, for you are united with the Anointed One! Let gentleness be seen in every relationship, for our Lord is ever near. Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer through each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell him every detail of your life, then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding will make the answers known to you through Jesus Christ. So keep your thoughts continually fixed on all this is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising him always.
Philippians 4 The Passion Translation (TPT)
Art (Contributions in the following section are shared with permission.)
Timeless Reflections by Sylvia Eaton
She has been sharing visual art (her own and others) with me over the past number of weeks.
Sylvia’s painting “Timeless Reflections” comes from the story of her own life, and was inspired from an original photo taken near her childhood home. The picture tells of a ‘feeder canal’ (now overgrown and not in use) that fed into the Welland Canal not far away.
I wanted to share this piece from Sylvia’s collection because we can all find something that speaks to us through this piece of art and allow some meaning to enter the core of our being that speaks to the story of our own lives as it has mine. Thank you, Sylvia!
Johnny Walker wrote in an August 18, 2019 email:
“This song was birthed a few weeks ago when I was praying for you. It talks about God’s voice and the power it gives- whether loud or quiet, gentle or forceful.
It is rough and recorded with my phone sitting on the top of the piano…… I just wanted to share it with you and let you know that we continue to lift you up in prayer and pray that you will hear God’s voice – whatever way it comes to you – with clarity.”
In my thank you to Johnny, I ended my email with, “Keep Stirring The Heavens With Your Voice.” For those of us who have been blessed by the worship ministry that Johnny has offered at Westside Family Fellowship, I know that you echo my response!
The Sound of Your Voice – John E. Walker – July 15, 2019
You give me words I can live by.
When all around is despair. You whisper hope right into my soul,
Shattering worry and fear.
Let me hear …. All I want to hear is you.
And the sound of your voice – it roars like thunder.
Yet soothes like a gentle breeze.
It calls my heart, like a baby’s cry,
Breaking the chains … I’m free
Breaking the chains … I’m free
You give me power in weakness.
I’ll rise above what may come.
I love the strength that Your words give Your children.
As You call us daughters and sons.
Let me hear …. All I want to hear is you.
I don’t want to live without Your words in my heart.
Let my words honour and praise You Oh Lord
Several people told me riveting stories of eagles they saw over the summer, through storms and calm, and the events that unfolded around them as they watched. I wish I could have included each one, but for the sake of space, I include two. In all the stories, the focus was not on the eagle itself, but on the dominant messages that God delivered that would build up their faith, courage and boldness, as a believer in the kingdom of God.
Weeks ago, you shared about the crows that were harassing an eagle as it sat in a tree. A few times in my life, I have witnessed eagles being harassed. (M. goes on to cite several examples). Why do I share this? Not sure. Especially as I cannot explain the mind of an eagle from one situation to the next. The only thought I had was that I never saw any of the eagles afraid of the crows/gulls, the eagle knew what it was and what they were and when it was displayed to the sources of harassment, they left. Perhaps this was a lesson for me to see, about my own identity, and for what you shared, I thank you because this is part of my journey. Perhaps it is to be a reminder to you, of your identity in your Father and the strength that is in that.
On Sunday, June 23rd in a video posted on the Media tab, I mention that I had 3 family members whom I was not able to contact with the news I was sharing with church members. I asked that no one post what I had shared to social media as I did not want my family to hear the news from any other source but myself. Later on that evening, I was able to connect with the three family members who were together at a remote fishing location.
I told them I had chosen “Riding On The Wings of Grace” as the theme for my journey. It was then that E. breathlessly told me a story of what she had witnessed the day before from her cabin deck. She told me that in 32 summers at this cabin she had never seen an eagle out there. She grabbed her cell phone and recorded a video of a lone eagle perched in a tree to the top left of her patio table umbrella. Crows were dive-bombing the eagle, but the eagle was unmovable. Time after time, crows made repeated attempts to harass the eagle. My brother said, “That eagle could easily take out a crow and the rest of them too if he wanted to. He chose not to, but he could have.”
E. then asked me if the video had any meaning for me. I said it did. I told her that the crows dive-bombing the eagle were like the arrows of fear that come to us when we hear news like I had received that week. I was being told to hold steady and firm, unyielding to the attempts being made to intimidate me and weaken my resolve. Isaiah 40:31.
It was calm the next morning as E. walked down the path to the lake. She arrived at the beach and was startled to see the eagle just sitting on the beach, calmly looking at her. She had never been so close to an eagle. There was not a crow was in sight.
A Personal Story by “L.”
Note from Trish: L. experienced a loss in 1986 that changed her life forever. It was through the event she speaks about below, that I came to know her. L. remains a close friend. I have been challenged to make decisions and choices that I may not have had the courage to make. Her inspiration comes from a God-driven focus during times of difficulty and pain come from a deep place within her spirit. I take this opportunity to honour her and the story she shares. I also acknowledge her sons, A & J without whom this story would not have been written.
A few days after the funeral of my boys, W. and I decided to go to the church-run Family Camp held at Chubb Lake. Attending this event was extremely difficult for me, and most people avoided me. I understand. They felt uncomfortable. However, during this most difficult of times, God showed up in the most unexpected way. He allowed me to see my boys in heaven. There are no words to describe what I saw and felt, but I will try.
I walked into the Chapel as the worship team of M., D., D., and I. stood on the stage playing a worship song they had sung at the funeral for my boys. My knees felt as though they would buckle, as I struggled to stand. I looked up, and I saw the veil of heaven open before me. My first view was unlike anything here on earth. Millions and millions of people, including both of my boys were there! They all were praising God with all their might. I never saw their faces, but I recognized them from behind. They were wearing long white robes and sandals. I could barely stand, as I watched it unfold. I was not able to see the throne or who was sitting on it, but as I watched, the sensation of such a complete sense of love calm over me, unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before or since. It was an all-encompassing sense of God’s love. It was radiating from His throne, and the warmth I felt was indescribable. I was shown how much God loves His People, and I wish now as then, I could describe adequately the depth of that love that I felt. It was like being wrapped in the most wonderful blanket, calm in His eternal love. To this very day, I still recall what I saw, but time has softened my memory as far as the feeling goes, but I do know, that without a doubt, God’s love is for all!
“L” shares more from one of her shopping trips to a local store. “I found a wall hanging in this store (no author attributed) that depicted everything that I have said – it remains a tangible gift of comfort and affirmation.”
- Chemotherapy treatments, 7 out of 9 treatment completed, and aside from a few occasional annoyances with neuropathy (arms and legs), I have no complaints.
- Surgery has been booked for October 10th. Consultation with the surgical team members will take place on October 8th. I was told to plan to be in Vancouver General Hospital for 4-5 days. I will be in hospital over Thanksgiving weekend! My heart will remain full of thanksgiving to God for His faithfulness!
- An ultra-sound I had this past week shows that the chemotherapy is working – there are measurable results! Praise the Lord! I can handle another 3 with this news!
- I am overcoming the mental battles with the strategies that God has given me. I have spoken the name of Jesus during these times and I see his Hand come into focus sheltering me from what the attacks of the enemy.
- Pray against the new development of blot clots ( 6 months forward) which poses a significant risk to me. The daily medication protocol that I have to follow is unpleasant, and every day I battle against it. Please pray for inner strength to rise within me to endure the process – not fun!
- Pray that the smaller blood clots in both lungs which they cannot treat will dissolve quickly – that would be a miracle!
- Pray for the surgical team – be open as to how God wants you to pray for this need.
- Pray that I will be sensitive to the direction of the Holy Spirit as I move forward to pursue the calling He has for me at this time. Even if it is to finish some uncompleted family photo projects which will Light the Fire Within! God is in the Plan!
- I was hoping to burst ‘out-of-the-gate’ converting some of my old photos to digital media in an attempt to file them in an organized fashion. We all know what that means! So many photos but where are they when we want to look at them?
- Some exterior maintenance and home repairs (safety-related ) are being done right now. In a few more days I’ll be able to get into my home office and see the progress! Once again, thank you for following me and remember you can still keep in touch by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org