Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Old is an attitude



OLD IS AN ATTITUDE
Old is an attitude more than the number of your years.
Old is a mindset. If you think old, you will sound and look old
Don’t talk or think old because of you are a senior citizen
Don’t talk about your aches and pains to everyone
Or worse don’t talk about the aches and pains of someone else
Don’t talk about who died unless it is absolutely necessary
Don’t dress old. Wear comfortable shoes but fashionable ones
Don’t go to a hairdresser that will cut and set your hair that will make you look old
Don’t neglect your nails, get a manicure
Don’t let people talk down to you because of your age
Hang out with younger people, not just people your own age
Listen to what your young adult grandchildren have to say. Spend time with them
Keep a sense of adventure, try new things
Keep a young mind, your body will perform better if you do.
Keep a young soul. Let the Lord use you to serve others
Keep a positive attitude about everyone and everything
Be aware of what is going on in the world
The older you get the more determined you should be to try to do something new
Get out of the box and do something to scare yourself, like wearing a bright color or a little make-up
On a daily basis, declare this verse over your life in Isaiah 40:31 (NKJV): But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; 
They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.


Monday, 29 October 2018

A dream-Denise testimony short version


A dream,
 Denise’s short testimony version

In 1990, with a calling on our lives and a dream in our hearts, my husband Roger and I left Ottawa for the mission field of Tijuana, Mexico.

We sold everything we had and moved to San Diego, C.A. For 15 years, working as volunteers, we took the Gospel, food and clothing across the Mexican border. Learning the language and the culture helped us bring the love of Jesus and the hope of the Gospel to thousands of poor children in many of Tijuana's poorest shanty towns.

From our very comfortable lives in Ottawa, owning our own Chartered Accountant firm, to helping the poor children of Mexico was  certainly a life changing experience.

Nevertheless, these were also the happiest years of our lives. 

In March of 2008, my precious husband passed away. A non-smoker, he fought a 2 ½ year courageous battle with lung cancer.

He was the love of my life and my best friend. He was a man of strong faith. I still miss him terribly. A few days before he died, I promised him was that I would continue the work we had started together and that I would make him proud. 

I have kept that promise. With the grace of God, I continue to answer God’s call on my life, to honor Roger’s memory.  Daily, I continue to live “our” dream.

I have a team of wonderful Mexican volunteers that are responsible for the daily activities. Together, we continue to feed the kids and teach them the Word of God.

I am very blessed to have the opportunity to continue to help some of the poorest children in Tijuana. With our Spanish curriculum freely available on the Tender Loving Care Children Ministries website, I can also continue to help hundreds of pastors and children workers all over the Hispanic world.

I am also very grateful to the Lord for my family, for my many friends and for our TLCCM partners for their continued prayer and financial support. They help me keep “our” DREAM ALIVE!

Denise
Tender Loving Care Children Ministries website: www.tlccm.net or our email address: tlccm@roger.com


Monday, 22 October 2018

No more nights !


NO MORE NIGHTS !

Someday there will no more nights, no more storms, pain or suffering. 
There will be no more death, mourning or tears.

You will enjoy God in a whole new way in heaven,
 because you will see HIM face to face.

This vision of eternity was given by John (read Revelation chapter 4),
 the beloved apostle, to pass along to a suffering and persecuted church.

A vision of eternity gives hope and endurance to suffering believers.

The promise of no more nights helps you see the rest of your story.

Your promised future in heaven gives you the truth 
you need to press through your present trials.

This life is not all there is, nor is it the best there is.

You have a future and a hope 
with the Your Lord in paradise, where the SON always shine.

He is the light of heaven and the light in your heart even now.

“Lord, thank You for being the light of the world
 and the bright and shining star in my life.”

Author: Catherine Martin author of various devotionals,
 who has inspired and encouraged me over the years.

  Please be encouraged that even though right now, the journey is  difficult, the Lord has not       abandoned you. Difficult times are always the time to hang on to the Lord. He is with you at all   times.

   Denise

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Be an Inspiration




Be an Inspiration !
         
                LIFE is better when you are happy.
           
           But, LIFE is at it's best when others are happy because  
           of you.

           Be faithful in touching other's hearts.

           BE AN INSPIRATION !

           Nothing in nature lives for itself.
           Rivers do not drink their own water.
           Trees do not eat their own fruits.
           The sun does not shine for itself.
           Flowers do not spread their fragrance for themselves.

           Living for others is a rule of nature.

           We were all born to help each other.

           No matter how difficult the situation you find yourself in,
           still do good to others.

           BE AN INSPIRATION !

           Denise 
       (author unknown, I found this quotation in an article I was reading and it really 
              blessed my heart, so I thought I would share it with you.)

        

       



        

Monday, 15 October 2018

Watch for the small cloud



Watch for the small cloud!

In 1 Kings 18:41-44 (NIV) we read: And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain.”
42 So Ahab went off to eat and drink, but Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees.
43 “Go and look toward the sea,” he told his servant. And he went up and looked. There is nothing there,” he said. Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.”
44 The seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.” So Elijah said, “Go and tell Ahab, ‘Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.”
Elijah was persistent, seven times, he sent his servant to look for a cloud. That cloud was the sign that rain was coming.
But, the servant saw nothing until the seventh time, then he saw a cloud smaller than a man’s hand. He ran back to tell Elijah.
That was the sign Elijah was waiting for. Even, if it was only a small cloud, Elijah immediately got ready.
At times we pray but it seems that we are like Elijah’s servant, we see nothing. We do not see any changes or improvements in our situation.
Nevertheless, we cannot stop praying, we cannot stop believing, we cannot stop trusting God with the problem at hand.
In every situation, we need to look for the smallest positive sign that the Lord shows us to encourage us to pursue in prayer and in faith, that nevertheless, God is in control, God is at work on our behalf.
In faith we always need to be ready for that “small” cloud.  When we see a sign, even a small positive sign, it is time to get ready for our breakthrough. We need to get ready always trusting that His timing is perfect. It is also the time start thanking God for the “rain” that is coming our way.
Once the breakthrough comes, it will be like a blessed rain cloud that will fill your life with joy, peace, satisfaction, happiness, but mostly with this wonderful feeling that through it all God has remained faithful to take care of you.


Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Trust the Lord or Worry?


Trust the Lord or Worry?

When difficult times come our way and they do, we have two options.
We can trust God or we can worry. It seems that the choice is easy to make but in reality it is not always that easy. Worry makes us stressed out and full of fear.

At times, our situations are challenging just because we do not understand what the Lord has in mind for us. Not knowing is difficult for the ones of us who like to have an organized life, with everything in it’s place or time.
We call that “our agenda”, but the Lord calls it: “Trust me!”
During difficult situation, we need to trust God and believe that He is good and faithful. We need to believe that however He does resolve our situation or how long it takes to see Him at work in our situation, His way is the always the best way and so is His timing.

Isaiah 55:8-9 says: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

One morning, about six months after Roger died, I was praying or rather you could say that I was complaining. Nothing made sense to me. I was grieving and lonely. I was disappointed because I had not received the miracle I had prayed for during Roger’s 28 months battle with lung cancer.

At one point during my litany of complaints, I heard the Lord say to me: “Denise, my thoughts are not your thoughts and my ways higher than your ways”.

Those words immediately stopped the complaining. It was immediate. Peace came over me. A peace which I really had not felt in months. Yes, I cried, but somehow those tears were tears of relief from the burden of not trusting God, which I had been carrying.

I stayed there in my chair until I felt HIS peace completely flood my heart, my mind and my spirit. Then I asked for HIS forgiveness.

Did I or do I understand why Roger died, no, I still don’t, but after that morning I never felt the need to ask the Lord the WHY question. I just decided to trust Him! Since that day, His peace about this matter has never left me.

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