“It’s The The Journey that matters.”

  “It’s The The Journey that matters.”

This last week I drove to Northern Saskatchewan for an event in Prince Albert.  The weather was beautiful as I witnessed the shades of fall in all its majesty. I think fall is my favorite season.

With autumn comes a gentle calm in the fields after all the fast-paced spring planting, summer harvest, and marketing of the year’s bounty.  All is now waiting for the winter to refresh the land with moisture and a time of rest. Looking at God’s handiwork gives me lots of time to contemplate all the blessings he has given us.

It is during those times when I am alone, quietly listening, that God shares his plans with me. But even in those peaceful moments, I feel the need to remind God that I have a few projects of my own I need to finish.  

Some days I feel overwhelmed with my own plans and goals I haven’t completed.  And interruptions just cause me to fall further behind. Do I choose my time and plans wisely? Are they necessary to my home, business, and ministry? Or is it more like, my way, my wants?  Asking God, “Do you see my busy schedule?  Do you care how tired I am?”  Have you ever felt like that?

Will I accept God’s plan for me, stepping out in faith to trust Him for my day? Am I willing to allow him to be my travel guide for a great adventure? Serving Him is to enjoy all He has planned for me, and knowing I can trust him gives me great joy.

Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you.

He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.”

Deuteronomy 31:8 (NLT)

What Great travel insurance God has given us?  Enjoy the Adventure!  Hugs ©

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I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour if we only will tune in.”

George Washington Carver

 What is your favorite season of the year?  Thank you, dear friends, for spending your time with me.

Have a wonderful weekend. HUGS,

Lovingly, Karan

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  • Lucille Gleddie

    Beautifully written....

  • Joanna

    My favorite season is winter, because the odds are better that we might get some rain. Such a daily choice to choose Gods plan. His mercies are new every morning ❌⭕️❌❌⭕️❤️

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  • Surprise! And Happy Thanksgiving Canada!

     

    Surprise! And Happy Thanksgiving Canada!

    October 9, 2017

    On Monday we were surprised with a big snowstorm, with massive wet piles of snow. It was not my idea of how a winter season, should start. What a Surprise! I prefer adjusting my mind slowly and prepare for the coming winter deep freeze. But who am I kidding, I have never been a snow bunny and a cold weather girl I’m not, no matter how many clothes I put on. Lol

    However, being an American living in Canada, I love having two Thanksgivings to celebrate each year. Thanksgiving with all the trimmings, turkey, pumpkin pie, family traditions, and especially taking time to reflect over the years past. 

    There have been many blessings as well as enormous loss in our family, loved ones who have left our earthly family circle which has been very painful. In my Thankfulness, as I look back over the year, I have realized, God’s care and promises are as real today as the day he said them to us centuries ago.

    He still cares, he still loves, and he weeps with us when we hurt or fall. He also rejoices with us when we put our hope in him and walk a little closer. 

    Where do we find eternal hope and rest? Could I stop the world and get off the race that keeps me always spinning. Or is it His rest that I long for in the quietness of the morning.  Sheltered in the word of God as he leads me beside the still waters of his love and offers me his hope.

    Calming the turmoil, halting the winds and giving my soul the quiet courage and hope to keep moving forward in the daily tasks and uncertain times. Whatever the day may hold, I know the hope of God’s rest is only a prayer away. He just asks me to live one day at a time for him, because he holds all my tomorrows. ©

    The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness, His mercies begin each morning fresh. 
    I say to myself,” The Lord is my inheritance; therefore I will hope in him.”
    Lamentations 3:22-24

    Happy Thanksgiving Canada!

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    Thank you, dear friends, for spending your time with me.
    Have a wonderful weekend. 

    HUGS,
    Lovingly, Karan

     

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  • Elayne

    Beautifully penned dear friend! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  • Can I Give You A Smile?

    Can I Give You A Smile?

    Some days I find myself in a place of discouragement. Bewildered by the world we live in, with so many hurting people looking for hope, encouragement and a smile. My heart aches for all the families that have gone through the hurricanes the last few months and the massacre in Las Vegas last night. 

    Sometimes the way forward seems complicated and challenging, and I’m not even sure I have even enough energy to finish the tasks God had given me.  

    I have often heard,” Instruction does much, but encouragement is everything.” Many times a kind word of encouragement, a smile or a simple touch can lift a heart out of sadness, grief, exhaustion or despair.

    An act of kindness encouraging others and lets them know you care about them, and they are not alone. It also gives us the opportunity to show God’s love as we touch the lives of others. Encouragement gives hope and inspires determination to keep moving forward when life gets tough, and we become weary of the struggles.

    Many times I have asked God to encourage my heart with his love, compassion, and guidance. Asking Him to give me a new perspective and passion for the task He had given me.When I become tired, His promises and love lessons come just in time in sweet ways of encouragement from others. God is not finished with the dreams and goals He has placed in my heart, and he is not finished with me either.

    Isaiah 40:31 NLV

    But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.
     

    LIFE can be tough, and the struggles of life and ministry can be harsh. With God’s encouragement, we can remember His promises and rely and lean on Him. The journey will be brighter for us and others as we stand together building one another up with encouragement.©

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    Have you felt more stressed in the last few months, how have you coped with the daily events?

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    Thank you, dear friends for spending your time with me, Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs to all.

    Have a great week, HUGS
    Lovingly, Karan

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  • Mary Gemmill

    Oh, Karan, I hear your lovely heart through the words of this post, and heartily agree. There is so much grief in this world of ours, and all the encouraging words we can offer means we are making a difference to as many as we can. May the Lord bless you bountifully, pressed down and running over, so that you may always be able to give from the overflow of a full cup. Love, Mary.,

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  • Good Afternoon Officer, Anything Wrong?

    Good Afternoon Officer, Anything Wrong?

    I have struggled with time management over the years and usually, thinking I have more time than I do. And yes my heavy foot has caused the highway patrol and I have our discussions over several tickets. Sometimes as I hurry down the highway occasionally my California roots bust out and I envision myself at a Nascar race. Lol.

    I always try to be respectful but sometimes I grumbled about the tickets I didn’t think I deserve. Although in my heart I know I deserved far more tickets than I actually received. How about you? I remembered a time when I was on my way to a speaking engagement and a police officer pulled me over.

    For once I knew I had not been speeding (thank goodness for the speed control) and surprised to learn my taillight was not working.

    The officer walked back to his patrol car and check my registration and data. As I watch him walk back a thought occurred to me, how thankless his job must be. I couldn’t imagine many people are grateful for their tickets. I sure wasn’t!

    When the officer came back to my car he handed me my license, insurance card, and a new ticket. I thanked him for his service, for my ticket and for the good job he does to make our highways safe. He was speechless for a moment and then, thank me and said no one had ever said that to him before. How sad. As I drove away I giggled and wished I had taken a picture of his face. 

    Makes me want to do it again. LOL. Isn’t it fun to honor someone else and you get the joy in the deepest part of your soul?

    The Bible says:        Lord, we show our trust in you by obeying your laws; our heart’s desire is to glorify your name.”

    Isaiah 26:8 NLT

    I am so glad that I didn’t react like I felt I wanted to. After all, I was in a hurry to do God’s work. But while I am here on earth, I am to trust the Lord, obey his laws and the laws of the land. And to bring honor and glorify His name. That is my true purpose as I walk daily close to him. ©

    If you don’t learn to laugh at trouble, you won’t have anything to laugh at when you’re old.’
    Edgar Watson Howe 
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    Lovingly, Karan

    Thank you, dear friends, for spending your time with me.
    Have a wonderful weekend. 
    HUGS

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  • Freida

    Great encouragement Karan! Thanks.

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  • How does that relation go ~ Finding the Clues

    How does that relation go? 

    Many, many years ago when I was twenty-three, I was married to a widow who was pretty as could be.

    This widow had a grown-up daughter who had hair of red, My father fell in love with her and soon they too were wed.

    This made my dad my son-in-law and really changed my life, for now, my daughter was my mother because she was my father’s wife

    And to complicate the matter, even though it brought me joy, I soon became the father of a bouncing baby boy.

    My little baby then became a brother-in-law to dad, And so became my uncle, though it made me very sad.

    For if he were my uncle, then that also made him brother, Of the widow’s grownup daughter, who was, of course, my step-mother?

    Father’s wife then had a son who kept them on the run, And he became my grandchild, for he was my daughter’s son.

    My wife is now my mother’s mother and it makes me blue, Because although she is my wife, she’s my grandmother too.

    Now if my wife is my grandmother, then I’m her grandchild, And every time I think of it, it nearly drives me wild.

    Cause now I have become the strangest ‘case you ever saw, As the husband of my grandmother, I am my own grandpa.

    Written by Dwight Latham and Moe Jaffe

     

     

     

    Reflections: Finding the Clues

    I am a History Nerd! I love History, whether it’s my ancestors or the world’s history. Books, movies, research, Museum’s, I like to study and get the facts.  Usually, more facts lend to more questions, and then my obsessiveness kicks in.  I love research and like to think there’s a little Sherlock Holmes in my genes, as I continually search for the next big clue.

    Fifteen years ago I started working on my Ancestral tree. I got so engrossed with the research that I couldn’t put it away.  I couldn’t sleep without getting up at night just to find the next hint of evidence to prove I was on the right track. Soon I realized that I was putting all my time and effort in the search.  I finally packed everything in a box and put in the Garage.  Out of sight and out of mind.

    Fifteen years later, guess who found the box and pulled out the old dusty files for just a quick peek to confirm information I needed. As I pulled each file out, it was like seeing old friends again. It wasn’t long before I was back obsessing over new data and looking for the pieces of history I needed to complete the puzzle.

    Yesterday, while I was reading my morning devotions in my “Daily Walk Bible” I pondered 3 Questions:

    • Where does your mind wander during the moments before you fall asleep?
    • What is the first thing that crosses your mind when you wake up in the morning?
    • Answer these questions honestly, and you will discover the greatest passion in your life!

     

    These issues were a scary thought for me, you see like genealogy but I am obsessed with the news too.  As soon as I wake up, I lay in bed and read all the news each morning, and at night I do the same before I fall asleep. I like to think I’m just staying up on world events but in reality, I had come face-to-face with my own failings. The hard fact is the news, and my ancestors had become my idol. What a shocker, I guess God thought I needed to face the facts about my excesses.

    The Bible says: Philippians 4:8

    And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

    I have now placed all my genealogy away in a file cabinet and am trying to go cold turkey on the news. Lol, I’ll let you know how it is progressing.  It is not that these are bad, but for me, if they are first in my life then I need to put them in check. My desire is put God first and keep my eyes on Him.

    Thank you, dear friends, for spending your time with me. Have a wonderful weekend.

    Hugs to all, 

    Lovingly, Karan