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    Pat's Photography
          
          It is my goal that the viewer of these photos of mine will sense the true meaning of the verse in the Bible that says,
          "Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD."
          Psalm 150:6

    Fri, Sep 30th - 10:39PM

    Harvesting Pumpkins



    HARVESTING PUMPKINS

     


     



    From one pumpkin to another!!!!!!!

    A woman was asked by a coworker, "What is it like to be a Christian?"

    The coworker replied, "It is like being a pumpkin."  God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off of you.  Then He cuts off the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff.

    He removes the seeds of doubt, hate, and greed.  Then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see."

     

     




    Fill Me Now
    (Click to hear music)

    Be filled with the Spirit.
    Ephesians 5:18


    Words: Elwood H. Stokes, 1879.
    Music: John R. Sweney, 1879




    Hover o'er me, Holy Spirit,
    Bathe my trembling heart and brow;
    Fill me with Thy hallowed presence,
    Come, O come and fill me now.


    Refrain
    Fill me now, fill me now,
    Jesus, come and fill me now;
    Fill me with Thy hallowed presence,
    Come, O come, and fill me now.



    Thou canst fill me, gracious Spirit,
    Though I cannot tell Thee how;
    But I need Thee, greatly need Thee,
    Come, O come and fill me now.


    Refrain


    I am weakness, full of weakness,
    At Thy sacred feet I bow;
    Blest, divine, eternal Spirit,
    Fill with power and fill me now.


    Refrain


    Cleanse and comfort, bless and save me,
    Bathe, O bathe my heart and brow;
    Thou art comforting and saving,
    Thou at sweetly filling now.


    Refrain




     
     
     


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    Thu, Sep 29th - 3:05PM

    Have Thine Own Way, Lord!



    I had this little story sent to me several years ago and it's been precious to me since then.

     

    The Teacup

    There was a couple who used to go to England to shop in the beautiful stores. They both liked antiques and pottery and especially teacups. This was their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary.

    One day in this beautiful shop they saw a beautiful teacup. They said, "May we see that? We've never seen one quite so beautiful."

    As the lady handed it to them, suddenly the teacup spoke.

    "You don't understand," it said. "I haven't always been a teacup. There was a time when I was red and I was clay. My master took me and rolled me and patted me over and over and I yelled out, 'Let me alone', but he only smiled, 'Not yet.'

    "Then I was placed on a spinning wheel," the teacup said, "and suddenly I was spun around and around and around. 'Stop it! I'm getting dizzy.' I screamed. But the master only nodded and said, 'Not yet' "

    "Then he put me in the oven. I never felt such heat. I wondered why he wanted to burn me, and I yelled and knocked at the door. I could see him through the opening and I could read his lips and he shook his head, 'Not yet.' "

    Finally the door opened, he put me on the shelf, and I began to cool. 'There, that's better', I said. And he brushed and painted me all over. The fumes were horrible. I thought I would gag. 'Stop it, stop it!' I cried. he only nodded, 'Not yet.'

    "Then suddenly he put me back into the oven, not like the first one. This was twice as hot and I knew I would suffocate. I begged. I pleaded. I screamed. I cried. All the time I could see him through the opening nodding his head saying, 'Not yet.' "

    "Then I knew there wasn't any hope. I would never make it. I was ready to give up. But the door opened and he took me out and placed me on the shelf. One hour later He handed me a mirror and I couldn't believe it was me. 'It's beautiful. I'm beautiful.' "

    "I want you to remember, then," he said, "I know it hurts to be rolled and patted, but if I had left you alone, you would have dried up.

    "I know it made you dizzy to spin around on the wheel, but if I had stopped, you would have crumbled.

    "I knew it hurt and was hot and disagreeable in the oven but if I hadn't put you there, you would have cracked.

    "I know the fumes were bad  when I brushed and painted you all over, but if I hadn't done that, you never would have hardened; you would not have had any color in your life.

    "And if I hadn't put you back in that second oven, you wouldn't survive for very long because the hardness would not have held. Now you are a finished product. You are what I had in mind when I first began with you. "


    MORAL:
    The Master knows what He's doing for all of us. He is the potter and we are His clay.

    He will mold us and make us, so that we may be made into a flawless piece of work to fulfill His good, pleasing and perfect will.

     

     
     
     



    Have Thine Own Way. Lord!
    (Click to hear music)



    Author:  Adelaide A. Pollard, 1862-1834
    Musician:  George C. Stebbins, 1846-1945


    Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
    Thou art the Potter, I am the clay.
    Mold me and make me after Thy will,
    While I am waiting, yielded and still.

    Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
    Search me and try me, Master, today!
    Whiter than snow, Lord, wash me just now,
    As in Thy presence humbly I bow.

    Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
    Wounded and weary, help me, I pray!
    Power, all power, surely is Thine!
    Touch me and heal me, Savior divine.

    Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
    Hold oíer my being absolute sway!
    Fill with Thy Spirit ítill all shall see
    Christ only, always, living in me.







    Comment (2)

    Wed, Sep 28th - 8:17PM

    He Lifted Me



     

    Eramosa River Running Through my City







    He Lifted Me
    (Click to hear music)


    Words and Music by Charles H. Gabriel


    "For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.  But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
    Titus 3:3-5



    In loving kindness Jesus came,
    My soul in mercy to reclaim,
    And from the depths of sin and shame
    Thro' grace He lifted me.


    Refrain
    From sinking sand, He lifted me,
    With tender hand, He lifted me,
    From shades of night to planes of light,
    O praise His name, He lifted me!


    He called me long before I heard,
    Before my sinful heart was stirred,
    But when I took Him at His Word,
    Forgiv'n He lifted me.


    Refrain
    From sinking sand, He lifted me,
    With tender hand, He lifted me,
    From shades of night to planes of light,
    O praise His name, He lifted me!


    His brow was pierced with many a thorn,
    His hands by cruel nails were torn,
    When from my guilt and grief forlorn,
    In love He lifted me.


    Refrain
    From sinking sand, He lifted me,
    With tender hand, He lifted me,
    From shades of night to planes of light,
    O praise His name, He lifted me!




     

    I found this on the internet somewhere all about the hymn above and thought I'd share it with you this evening.

    ~* HE LIFTED ME *~
    Words & Music by Charles H. Gabriel, 1856-1932



    I waited patiently for the LORD; and He inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
    He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established by goings.
    And He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.
    Psalm 40:1-3

    O the love that sought me!
    O the blood that bought me!
    O the grace that brought me to the fold!
    Wondrous grace that brought me to the fold!
    ~W. Spencer Walton~

    Occasionally it is good for each of us as Christians to reflect seriously on a question such as this: "Where would I be today if God had not transformed my life, established my ways, and given me a life of joy and praise?" With all of the allurements of sin so rampant in today's society, we must readily confess that except for the love and grace of God, we too could find ourselves with broken and shameful lives. But we have been accepted into the beloved and made children of the heavenly Father! Through the redemptive work of Christ, we have been given a new and higher "plane" on which to live. With the author and composer Charles Gabriel we can only exclaim, "O praise His name, He lifted me!" Such divine love on our behalf calls forth a response of thankful gratitude and a sincere desire to see other needy individuals share this redemptive experience.

    Charles H. Gabriel was one of the best known and most prolific gospel songwriters of the late 19th and early 20th century eras. His fame as a successful composer became widely known, especially with the use of his songs by Homer Rodeheaver in the large Billy Sunday evangelistic campaigns. "He Lifted Me" first appeared in the collection Revival Hymns, published in 1905.

     

    Rocks near Dorset, Ontario

     



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    Wed, Sep 28th - 12:17AM

    Jesus, Wondrous Saviour!



     

    The words of this hymn have been precious to me this evening...

     

     


    Jesus Wondrous Saviour!
    (Click to hear music)


    Jesus, wondrous Savior! Christ, of kings the King!
    Angels fall before Thee, prostrate worshipping;
    Fairest they confess Thee in the Heav'n above.
    We would sing Thee fairest here in hymns of love.


    Fairer far than sunlight unto eyes that wait
    Amid fear and darkness, 'til the morning break;
    Fairer than the day-dawn, hills and dales among,
    When its tide of glory wakes the tide of song.


    Sweeter far than music quivering from keys
    That unbind all feeling with strange harmonies.
    Thou art more and dearer than all minstrelsy;
    Only in Thy presence can joy's fullness be.


    All earth's flowing pleasures were a wintry sea,
    Heav'n itself without Thee dark as night would be.
    Lamb of God! Thy glory is the light above.
    Lamb of God! Thy glory is the life of love.


    Life is death if severed from Thy throbbing heart.
    Death with life abundant at Thy touch would start.
    Worlds and men and angels all consist in Thee:
    Yet Thou camest to us in humility.


    Jesus! All perfections rise and end in Thee;
    Brightness of God's glory Thou, eternally,
    Favored beyond measure they Thy face who see;
    May we gracious Savior, share this ecstasy.




     



      



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    Sun, Sep 25th - 12:58PM

    Because He Lives



     

    I was in Toronto yesterday to a Live Taping of the Bill Gaither Homecoming series.  It started at 6 pm and we didn't get out till about midnight so needless to say, no time for "blogging".  ;)  I didn't get home to my town till about 3:30 am (due to highway construction).

    The evening ended with the singing of the following.  I'm sure you've all heard it but I never tire of the realization that because my Saviour lives and rose from the dead after dying on Calvary and shedding His precious blood for me, I have eternal life!  Praise His Name!

     

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    Because He Lives
    (Click to hear music)


    Words and music by William J. Gaither
    copyright 1971

    "He is not here: for he is risen, as he said.
    Come, see the place where the Lord lay."
    Matthew 28:6



    God sent His son, they called Him, Jesus;
    He came to love, heal and forgive;
    He lived and died to buy my pardon,
    An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives!


    Chorus
    Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
    Because He lives, all fear is gone;
    Because I know He holds the future,
    And life is worth the living,
    Just because He lives!


    How sweet to hold a newborn baby,
    And feel the pride and joy he gives;
    But greater still the calm assurance:
    This child can face uncertain days because He Lives!


    Chorus
    Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
    Because He lives, all fear is gone;
    Because I know He holds the future,
    And life is worth the living,
    Just because He lives!


    And then one day, I'll cross the river,
    I'll fight life's final war with pain;
    And then, as death gives way to vict'ry,
    I'll see the lights of glory and I'll know He lives!


    Chorus
    Because He lives, I can face tomorrow,
    Because He lives, all fear is gone;
    Because I know He holds the future,
    And life is worth the living,
    Just because He lives!






     



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    Fri, Sep 23rd - 10:02AM

    Crutches and Transplants



     

    WALKING IN THE OLD PATHS
    Jeremiah 6:16

    Crutches and Heart Transplants

    His bitter countenance hardened to a sneer when I informed him that I was a Christian.

    "Christianity," he snapped," is only a crutch for weaklings".

    His eyes flashed hate against his Maker as he repeated this old tattered and silly platitude. It was obvious that rage was rolling and boiling within his innermost being.

    What should I say in reply? Perhaps I could remind him that the sinner is lame and blind and in need of help and assistance on lifeís great journey. I could go on to say that Christ alone is able to support the morally lame and guide the spiritually blind. However, such an answer would have been inadequate and misleading.

    It is indeed true that unregenerate man is "poor and lame and blind" and therefore, unable to walk uprightly and in a straight path before God Who is holy, righteous and just. But manís disease, in a spiritual sense goes far beyond the darkened eyes and the deformed feet. Both his sinful sickness and his spiritual penury are merely symptoms of a far more serious malady. Isaiah, the prophet wrote, "...The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faints. From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it, But wounds and bruises and putrefying sores;...". (Isaiah 1:5,6) The sickening symptoms of this disease are vividly pictured for us by the Apostle Paul in Romans 3:10-18:

    "There is none righteous, no, not one;
    There is none who understands;
    There is none who seeks after God.
    They have all turned aside;
    They have together become unprofitable;
    There is none who does good, no, not one."
    "Their throat is an open tomb;
    With their tongues they have practiced deceit;"
    "The poison of asps is under their lips";
    "Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness."
    "Their feet are swift to shed blood;
    Destruction and misery are in their ways;
    And the way of peace they have not known."
    "There is no fear of God before their eyes."

    This may sound awful, but remember it is Godís diagnosis of the problem, and men left to their own devious devices will soon manifest such terrible conduct as that described. We only have to read of the acts of men in recent history to confirm the truth of it. Even the behaviour of "civilized" troops sent to keep the peace in war torn lands attest to the facts of scripture.

    Man does indeed seek out and use many devices to support himself as he travels through life. Indeed these props may appear to be of some help for a time, but by and by they crumble and break when they are most needed. These supports give a false sense of security and will be of no help at all when the poor forsaken soul stands before the Last Great Assize. These crutches have various names. A few examples are: socialism, humanism, atheism, psychology, religion and entertainment to name but a few. They all have some things in common. For example, their place of manufacture was Hell and their designer was the archenemy of souls. His name is Satan. They are among the many and diverse tools which he uses to blind men to their personal depravity and to the real cause of the present distress of nations.

    When God reaches down and imparts saving faith to a poor sin sick soul, He does much more than provide a crutch. He performs a spiritual Heart Transplant.

    I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. (Ezekiel 36:26,27 NKJV)

    As the new heart is thus given in grace, the unsoundness of the head is also dealt with. "For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man." (Mark 7:21-23 NKJV)

    To the one who calls Christian faith a crutch we can confidently answer, "It is not merely a crutch to the lame. Rather it is a spiritual heart transplant which never fails." The recipient of such a new heart as God gives will never die spiritually for he has eternal life.

    Oh, that sinners may be moved to cry with Israelís king David "Create in me a clean heart, O God and renew a steadfast spirit within me." (Psalm 51:10 NKJV). Those who do this, trusting in Jesus Christ and His redeeming work on Calvary will receive new hearts and will become new creations in Christ. "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." (2 Corinthians 5:17) This truly describes the experience known as the new birth. Those who have truly experienced it no longer need crutches for they are enabled to "walk in newness of life."

    Beloved reader, have you received this divine surgery? You donít need to have your name put on a waiting list. God now calls sinners to repentance and faith in His Son the Great Physician of souls.


    Jack Scott loved his Lord! He passed away on January 10, 2001 after a lengthy illness.
    He is missed greatly by his family.





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    Wed, Sep 21st - 7:15PM

    Goslings on the River



    GOSLINGS ON

    THE GRAND RIVER

    In May, it was my granddaughter, Rebecca's 8th birthday and this was the seventh time we gathered in the large park in Cambridge, Ontario for "My Birthday in the Park Birthday Breakfast" (as Rebecca calls this annual event).

    It's always so much fun at the end of May since the many goslings keep busy floating along the river and Mummy and Daddy Goose aren't very far away.

     

    Baby Goslings on the Grand River

    See photo larger if you wish:

    http://www.photography-cafe.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-6072

     

    The baby goslings got used to us and ventured closer and closer

    (Click on the following link and see the water droplets on their backs:)

    http://www.photography-cafe.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-6073

     

     

    This baby was quite content to have me beside it. 

     

    This one is especially pretty in the large version

    http://www.photography-cafe.com/gallery/displayimage.php?pos=-6111

     

     

    This little boy had enough of the girls at the party and decided to try his hand at fishing instead.  He had a little pebble attached to the end of the string on this stick and was very serious about trying to get "the big one".  My border collie, Geordie, is patiently watching by his side.

     


     



     
    All Creatures of Our God and King
    (Click to hear music)

    ďLet heaven and earth praise Him,
    the seas and all that move in them.Ē

    Psalm 69:34

    Author: Francis of Assisi, 1182-1226 
    Tr. by William H. Draper, 1855-1933
    Melody from GeistlicheKirchengesang, 1623
     

       


    All creatures of our God and King
    Lift up your voice and with us sing,
    Alleluia! Alleluia!
    Thou burning sun with golden beam,
    Thou silver moon with softer gleam!


    Refrain
    O praise Him! O praise Him!
    Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!


    Thou rushing wind that art so strong
    Ye clouds that sail in heaven along,
    O praise Him! Alleluia!
    Thou rising moon, in praise rejoice,
    Ye lights of evening, find a voice!


    Refrain


    Thou flowing water, pure and clear,
    Make music for thy Lord to hear,
    O praise Him! Alleluia!
    Thou fire so masterful and bright,
    That givest man both warmth and light.


    Refrain


    Dear mother earth, who day by day
    Unfoldest blessings on our way,
    O praise Him! Alleluia!
    The flowers and fruits that in thee grow,
    Let them His glory also show.


    Refrain


    And all ye men of tender heart,
    Forgiving others, take your part,
    O sing ye! Alleluia!
    Ye who long pain and sorrow bear,
    Praise God and on Him cast your care!


    Refrain


    And thou most kind and gentle Death,
    Waiting to hush our latest breath,
    O praise Him! Alleluia!
    Thou leadest home the child of God,
    And Christ our Lord the way hath trod.


    Refrain


    Let all things their Creator bless,
    And worship Him in humbleness,
    O praise Him! Alleluia!
    Praise, praise the Father, praise the Son,
    And praise the Spirit, Three in One!


    Refrain


     



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    Tue, Sep 20th - 10:55AM

    God has promised us Eternal Life



     

     

    Cruising Down the River


     




    WHAT GOD HATH PROMISED
    (Click to hear music)


    And this is the promise that
    he hath promised us, even eternal life..
    1 John 2:25

    Words: An­nie J. Flint, 1919.
    Music: Will­iam M. Run­yan, 1919



    God hath not promised skies always blue,
    Flower strewn pathways all our lives through;
    God hath not promised sun without rain,
    Joy without sorrow, peace without pain.


    Refrain
    But God hath promised strength for the day,
    Rest for the labor, light for the way,
    Grace for the trials, help from above,
    Unfailing sympathy, undying love.


    God hath not promised we shall not know
    Toil and temptation, trouble and woe;
    He hath not told us we shall not bear
    Many a burden, many a care.


    Refrain


    God hath not promised smooth roads and wide,
    Swift, easy travel, needing no guide;
    Never a mountain rocky and steep,
    Never a river turbid and deep.


    Refrain


     

     
     
     
    Rain on the Mallow

     

     



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    Mon, Sep 19th - 11:12PM

    Bees



     

    BEES

    My grandfather left Scotland in 1899 where he had been a beekeeper.  When he arrived finally at his place of residence on a small farm north of Toronto, it was natural then for him to keep bees once again.  As a young boy, my father helped my grandfather with the tasks involved in being a beekeeper--building the hives, the frames, extracting the honey, bottling the honey, etc.

    My father always had bees when my brother and sister were young and I enjoyed helping him with this hobby. 

    Later on when I was married and when we came home from Northern Ireland to live in Canada once again, Jack and I also became beekeepers.  It's a wonderful hobby and so very interesting to watch them work and live in their hives.

     

     

     

     

     

     



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    Sun, Sep 18th - 7:47PM

    Ants



     

    ANTS

    Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
    Proverbs 6:6

     

    "Can ya move over and make room for one more?"
    On my table beside my lawn swing one morning after I spilled a drop of my beverage.



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    Sat, Sep 17th - 7:58PM

    Some Flowers



    Morning Dew in the Garden
    I tried to take a photo of several of these "weeds" but each time I got close, my breath blew the seeds away. Finally I managed!
     

     

     

    Into the Throat of a Hibiscus

     

     

    Lily-of-the-Valley

     

     




     

    Lily of the Valley
    (Click to hear music)

    I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys.
    Song of Solomon 2:1



    Words: Charles W. Fry, 1881; first appeared in the
    Salvation Army's The War Cry, December 29, 1881.
    Fry wrote the lyrics in Lincoln, England, while working with the Salvation Army there.
    Music: William S. Hays; adapted by Charles W. Fry





    I have found a friend in Jesus, He's everything to me,
    He's the fairest of ten thousand to my soul;
    The Lily of the Valley, in Him alone I see
    All I need to cleanse and make me fully whole.
    In sorrow He's my comfort, in trouble He's my stay;
    He tells me every care on Him to roll.


    Refrain
    He's the Lily of the Valley,
    the Bright and Morning Star,
    He's¬  the fairest of ten thousand to my soul.



    He all my grief has taken, and all my sorrows borne;
    In temptation He's my strong and mighty tower;
    I have all for Him forsaken, and all my idols torn
    From my heart and now He keeps me by His power.
    Though all the world forsake me, and Satan tempt me sore,
    Through Jesus I shall safely reach the goal.


    Refrain


    He will never, never leave me, nor yet forsake me here,
    While I live by faith and do His blessed will;
    A wall of fire about me, I've nothing now to fear,
    From His manna He my hungry soul shall fill.
    Then sweeping up to glory to see His blessed face,
    Where the rivers of delight shall ever roll.


    Refrain





     




     



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    Fri, Sep 16th - 9:40AM







    Victory in Jesus
    (Click to hear music)

    Words and Music by Eugene. M. Bartlett



    I heard an old, old story, How a Saviour came from glory,
    How He gave His life on Calvary To save a wretch like me;
    I heard about His groaning, Of His precious blood's atoning,
    Then I repented of my sins And won the victory.


    Chorus:
    O victory in Jesus, My Saviour, forever,
    He sought me and bought me With His redeeming blood;
    He loved me ere I knew Him And all my love is due Him,
    He plunged me to victory, Beneath the cleansing flood.


    I heard about His healing, Of His cleansing pow'r revealing,
    How He made the lame to walk again And caused the blind to see;
    And then I cried "Dear Jesus, Come and heal my broken spirit,"
    And somehow Jesus came and bro't To me the victory.


    Chorus:
    O victory in Jesus, My Saviour, forever,
    He sought me and bought me With His redeeming blood;
    He loved me ere I knew Him And all my love is due Him,
    He plunged me to victory, Beneath the cleansing flood.


    I heard about a mansion He has built for me in glory,
    And I heard about the streets of gold Beyond the crystal sea;
    About the angels singing, And the old, redemption story,
    And some sweet day I'll sing up there The song of victory.


    Chorus:
    O victory in Jesus, My Saviour, forever,
    He sought me and bought me With His redeeming blood;
    He loved me ere I knew Him And all my love is due Him,
    He plunged me to victory, Beneath the cleansing flood.



     

     

    Rose of Sharon
     
     
    This beautiful rose reminded me of the verse that says, "I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys." Song of Solomon 2:1

    Click on this link to see larger photo:

    http://pat.photography-cafe.com/displayimage.php?pos=-58



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    Thu, Sep 15th - 9:20PM

    The Lamb of God



    WALKING IN THE OLD PATHS
    Jeremiah 6:16

    The Lamb of God

    Spring is not far away in this part of the globe. In a few weeks, buds will be bursting into beautiful cascades of colour. Brown fields will give way to tender, luscious shoots of green grass. The mornings will resound again with the melody of song birds, as they flit around in their new bright spring feathers, doing the things birds do while building their nests and raising their little ones. Soon, too, the little lambs will be seen sporting on the hills and in the valleys of Ontario, and Scotland and Ireland and many other places throughout the world.

    Perhaps it was in spring that John the Baptist, on seeing Jesus coming to him said: "Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world." John 1:29 (NKJV) What an unusual thing to call an adult male. What a peculiar statement to make. Think of it again. "Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world."

    Lambs were familiar to the Jewish people of Johnís day. Lambs were a reminder to them of their history, when as slaves in Egypt, God had commanded them to kill a lamb, a spotless lamb, for each household and apply its blood to the lintel and door posts of their houses so that Godís judgment would not fall on them. This exciting story can be read in detail in Exodus 12.

    When I was a boy (many years ago), my father used to tell me stories to illustrate the Bible way of salvation. He seemed to have an endless store of them. Some of these stories I have remembered fondly over the years. One was about a man in Switzerland who was employed to repair the steeple on a local village church. So used, was he to working at heights that he did not bother to attach himself with a safety rope. He wanted freedom to move around, but alas his desire for freedom almost cost him his life. To their horror, some of the villagers saw him slip and grasp wildly to break his fall. To no avail, downward he hurtled. The villagers ran frantically to where the worker lay. He must be dead! But wonder of wonders he was alive. Instead, a lamb lay beneath him bearing his weight. The lamb was dead, crushed beneath the human load which had fallen on it.

    When John the Baptist called the Lord Jesus Christ, "The lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world", he was telling his hearers that Jesus would die on the cross to take the weight of sin of the nations so that judgment need not fall on those who like the Israelites in Egypt were protected, by the blood of the lamb.

    In the book of Revelation 7:9-10 (NKJV), we see, "a great multitude from all nations, tribes, peoples and tongues standing before the throne of the Lamb clothed in white robes with palm branches in their hands and crying with a loud voice saying, "Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne and to the Lamb".

    There is a lovely hymn we sometimes sing in the church where we fellowship that speaks of Christís sacrificial work as the Lamb of God and the blessings brought to all those who are His by personal faith in Him.

    The Lamb of God to slaughter led,
    The King of glory see!
    The crown of thorns upon His head,
    They nail Him to the tree!

    The Father gives His only Son,
    The Lord of Glory dies
    For us, the guilty and undone,
    A spotless Sacrifice.

    Enthroned with Thee now sits the Lord,
    And in Thy bosom dwells;
    Justice, that smote Him with the sword,
    Our perfect pardon seals.

    Eternal death was once our doom;
    Now death has lost its sting;
    We rose with Jesus from the tomb
    Jehovahís love to sing.

    --Robert C. Chapman


    Let me lovingly ask you a very personal question, "What is your relationship to the Lamb of God? Have you put your faith in Him to deliver you from the judgment to come?" To do this you must first agree with God that you are a helpless sinner unable to meet the demands of His law, unable to pay the price of your own sin. Then you must agree that as the Lamb of God, He has taken away your sin.

    If you have trusted Him you will one day sing the song of the redeemed in heaven

    "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
    To receive power and riches and wisdom
    And strength and honour and glory and blessing"

    Blessing and honour and glory and power
    Be to Him who sits on the throne,
    And to the Lamb for ever and ever."

    Revelation 5:11,12

    The alternative is frightful. Those who do not seek the Lamb as Lord and Saviour will want to flee from Him as Judge, and will "call on the mountains and rocks to fall on them to hide them from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?" (Revelation 6:15-17).

    It is my prayer that none who read this will miss the day of Salvation, and the mercy of the Lamb, for who will be able to stand in the coming day of the wrath of the Lamb.

    Jack Scott loved his Lord! He passed away on January 10, 2001 after a lengthy illness.
    He is missed greatly by his family.



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    Thu, Sep 15th - 1:03PM

    Apples



     

    APPLES

    Last spring, in the apple orchard, I got this photo of the soft and delicately coloured apple blossoms on my tree.

     

    It rained one day and I got this photo of the blossom on the apple tree.  Then I made it a "duotone" photo showing the raindrops on the petals.

     

    Yesterday, it rained again and I see that the Spy Apples are coming along nicely and will be ready for picking after the first frost.

     

     

    Oh, Lord, "Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings." Psalm 17:8



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    Wed, Sep 14th - 3:01PM

    All This For Me



    Been feeling "under the weather" for a few days so got behind on this blog.  Today, I was blessed by the reading of a poem/hymn written by E. E. Hewitt and it's entitled, All This For Me.  I was helped as well by meditating on the scripture verse in John 19:17 "And He, bearing His cross, went forth into a place...where they crucified Him."

     

    ALL THIS FOR ME

     

    My Saviour, oh what glories shine

    Through all Thy life of love divine!

    What wondrous grace and sympathy:

    All this for me!  All this for me:

     

    Thy vigils Ďneath the lowly shade,

    Despised, rejected, scorned, betrayed,

    Thy sorrows in Gethsemane:

    All this for me:  All this for me!

     

    The thorns that pierced Thy sacred brow,

    The blood that saves so freely now;

    Oh, wondrous Cross of Calvary!

    All this for me!  All this for me!

     

    The riches of Thy peace and love,

    The treasures of Thy home above,

    Grace everlasting, full and free:

    All this for me!  All this for me!

     

    O blessed Saviour, may I be

    A living sacrifice to Thee;

    Both now and in eternity;

    Yes, all for Thee!  Yes, all for Thee!

     

     



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    Fri, Sep 9th - 6:58PM



     

    AMERICAN FALLS at NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO

    Taken from the Maid of the Mist boat in the raging Niagara River. The yellow-caped tourists are barely visible at the right scrambling around the rocks.

     

     

    MAID OF THE MIST SIGHTSEEING BOAT

     

     

     


     

    The voice of the LORD is upon the waters:

    the God of glory thundereth: the LORD is upon many waters.

    Psalm 29:3 



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    Fri, Sep 9th - 5:56PM



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    WALKING IN THE OLD PATHS
    Jeremiah 6:16

    Angels

    Angels, Angels, Angels. The ubiquitous angel. We find them in the Avon catalogue, in the jewellery shop window, and on the covers of glossy and not so glossy magazines. People claim to talk to angels, receive messages from angels and have angel companions. Many of those who pay great attention to the angelic hosts, oddly enough have little time for the Creator of angels or for His precious Word.

    The reality of angels is not to be doubted. There are frequent references to them in the Bible. In fact, if you are interested in numbers, angels are mentioned 108 times in the Old Testament and 165 times in the New Testament. The writer to the Hebrews reminds Christians that "Ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels." (Hebrews 12:22).

    Yes, indeed there are angels, but how did they come into existence, what is their function and what is their relationship to the Eternal Son of God?

    David, King of Israel reminds us in Psalm 148 that God created all things in heaven and on earth. Verses 2 and 5 read as follows, "Praise ye Him, all His angels: praise ye Him all His hosts. Let them praise the name of the Lord; for He commanded and they were created."

    Paul the Apostle assures us in Colossians 1 that this one who created all that "IS" was the Son of God. "For by Him were all things created that are in heaven and that are in earth visible and invisible". (For the context, it is suggested that Colossians 1:12-19 be read).

    These heavenly created beings have many tasks to perform, ranging from chanting the praises of the triune God to executing judgment on fallen angels and those among humankind who reject the saving work of the Lord Jesus Christ. One of their principle activities is to minister to Godís people. "Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister to them who shall be heirs of salvation?" (Hebrews 1:14)

    Some people have tried to teach that Jesus Christ is an angelic being, the first created being and therefore the chief angel. Nothing could be further from the truth. The book of Hebrews in the New Testament (Hebrews 1:5-14) makes it very, very clear that while angels are created beings, the Son of God is the King Eternal uncreated and without beginning.

    It is this same Jesus who became a man, lived a sinless life and has become the sacrifice for sin for all who will believe in Him. "Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God." (Romans 3:25)

    Just a word of warning: not all angels are good. There are fallen angels too. These are enemies of God and of the souls of humans. Those who feel that they receive guidance from angels need to be very careful. Should anyone, human or angelic point you to any other source other than Christ for salvation or direct you to take actions condemned in the word of God, flee from that being and turn quickly to Jesus Christ the Saviour of men.

         "But from those who seemed to be something--whatever they were, it makes no difference to me; God shows personal favoritism to no man--for those who seemed to be something added nothing to me.
         But on the contrary, when they saw that the gospel for the uncircumcised had been committed to me, as the gospel for the circumcised was to Peter 8(for He who worked effectively in Peter for the apostleship to the circumcised also worked effectively in me toward the Gentiles),
         and when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that had been given to me, they gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised."
    Galatians 2:6-9 (New King James).



    Jack Scott loved his Lord! He passed away on January 10, 2001 after a lengthy illness.
    He is missed greatly by his family.



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    Thu, Sep 8th - 11:18PM

    Introduction to Pat's Photography and Daily Thoughts




     

    Welcome to Pat's Place!

    It is my desire that this little corner of the internet will be honouring and pleasing to my Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

    I have had as my hobby for many years, photography!  Since my dear husband, Jack, was promoted to glory in 2001, I've become more engrossed with my hobby and have recently upgraded my camera from the Nikon Coolpix 950 to the Coolpix 8700 and I'm very happy with it.  It is my desire to upgrade as soon as I'm able to a DSLR but that will have to wait.

    I do want this little blog area to be enjoyed by others who also have as their hobby "photography" and those who don't but just enjoy looking at photos.

    From time to time, I do plan on sharing some of my husband's writings that he did for me before he went Home.  There weren't many and I know that if he were alive today, he'd be so pleased to see his writings that he entitled "Walking in the Old Paths" being enjoyed by many others and his prayer would be that someone somewhere would come to the saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.

    God bless you all,

    Pat



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