Sunday, October 14, 2018

Day Three, Four, Five, Six and Seven Thankfulness Challenge

Day Three: It is not hard to find something every day to be thankful for. Coming out of Doug Franks office this past week I paused at this window which is over the main foyer and the stairway from the second floor. The sun was bright outside and people were rushing in and out, up and down.  They couldn't figure out want I was standing there looking at. 

But I paused there at the top of the stair for a minute to soak it in. I am thankful for the designer who had the vision to do something a little different, and found a way to pull it off. This is really well done. Not only is the large round window dynamic, but above the arch are glass skylights. I've been up and down these stairs a hundred times, but never saw those skylights before.

Day Four:  Heading home from Kelowna I felt impressed to see what I could find for a shower base. So I turned back and went to Home Depot. After finding a new shower base, a store manager walked past and saw me deliberating and said that he thought there was a unit just like I wanted in the seasonal clearance pile at the nursery section.  So when I checked it out it looked ok to me... and it was marked down from $200. to $50... almost free! I was pretty thankful to find such a good deal and could not see any damage on it.  I then went to drywall department and asked it they had any damaged drywall or masonry board. They pointed me to the dolly where there was a sheet of each... marked off 50%. Again the damage was not significant. I took them both. Perfect!

Day Five:  Dannburg Floors have done all our homes in the Uplands, so I talked to Frank, who was in charge of our account and asked if per chance there may be some tiles left over or not selling that he could give us a really good deal on. He said he would look at their stock and I should check back the next morning. Long story short, he had several boxes of 4" x 16" Subway tile in a bisque colour (almost white)... and he said that for the church he would give it all to me without charge, as well he gave me a bag of thinset and the tile grout.  PTL.  We will make that tile work just fine, thank you very much.

Day Six:  On Sabbath we went to visit Sonja Van Sickle in the Vernon Jubilee Hospital. She was recovering after a knee replacement operation and because of some complications ended up in the Cardiac Care Unit, which scared the hell out of us. When I called the hospital they told us that only family members were allowed to visit... but we went anyway.  When we visited her she was in good spirits and welcomed our visit. 

On the way home we did the last leg of the Rail Trail back from Vernon (Coldstream) along Kalamalka Lake... getting almost across from Rattlesnake Point before turning back.  It was a most pleasant afternoon for a hike.  When I saw this couple, who parked their bikes so they could soak in the grand view, I captured them with my iPhone camera. She wore that red sweater today just for me! We are always thankful for every day that we get to walk on the Rail Trail.

Day Seven: Having completed reading the entire six-volume biography of Ellen White (almost 3,000 pages), I decided to re-read one of her most loved and most published books, "The Great Controversy." For the Wikipedia summary click the link.

I am most thankful to be reminded of the story and how the final events of this earth's history will shake down. I believe that the second coming of Jesus is sooner than we think.

The central theme in The Great Controversy is over who can best run the universe, God or Satan?  That issue must be resolved before the universe will be eternally secure.  This book reviews the conflict between good and evil, which began in heaven and how Lucifer was cast out. It continues to show how Satan tempted Adam and Eve, and how throughout the history of this world he has made life difficult for God's followers.  Ellen White was led by God in a vision in 1858, and was shown she must write it out. Throughout her life there is no book that has been edited and revised more times than this book.  It started out about 250 pages but is now 678 pages and outlines in detail how this great conflict will end. It is not just about the salvation of his followers, but the bigger picture is about vindicating God before the universe.

I will give a hard copy of this book to anyone who wishes one, or show you how to find it free online.

Now that I have finished the first week of the Thankfulness Challenge, I am thinking I will just blog the next seven days next Sunday. I may do it day by day... but not post it until I have all the week ready to go.  

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Day Two Thankfulness Challenge

As we are getting ready for a mini-series at the Winfield Church, our planning committee met yesterday.  There are lots of decisions to make and little by little the pieces of the puzzle are falling into place. There were several things that happened that go right to the top of the list of what I am thankful for.

Pastor Molina suggested using the Motto "LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE"... and said that he has a tee shirt that everyone comments about when he wears it. So I asked him to take a picture of it and send it to me.  I would help to get some made for us with modifications for our Winfield Church.  WE ALL LOVED IT!

The second thing that I want to add to my Thankfulness List is the theme of the Health Series, which will focus on the Eight Doctors.  We were all united in the selection of these eight topics that we will use in the 8 meetings from November 2 to 9, 2018.  We will hold the event in our Fellowship Room.

"Pure air, sunlight, abstemiousness, rest exercise, proper diet, the use of water trust in divine power... these are the true remedies. Every person should have a knowledge of natures remedial agencies and how to apply them." -MH p.127

Now the icing on the cake was a phone call that we made to Dr. Sid Kettner, who is now retired and still living in Creston, BC. We called to ask him if it would be possible for him to help us with the Health part of our program. He wasn't in when we called so we talked to Carole and explained why we were calling... and that our dates were November 2 to 9, 2018.  We know them well from our life with the CHIP program.  He partnered with Hans Diehl in the very first CHIP program ever in Creston.  Of course Josue Molina knows him since that was one of his churches where he pastored before moving here.  So when he called back later in the day and said he would make the dates work, that was truly an answer to prayer.  PTL.  Good things are happening!  It is exciting.  We have lots to be thankful for.

Monday, October 8, 2018

31 Days of Thankfulness

This morning we drove to McCurdy Road where the new part of the Rail Trail has been paved. It was great walking on the fresh new pavement... and for the first bit we had it all to ourselves.

There were a few bikers... but then a whole slug of bikers came... Maybe 30 or so.  I missed shooting the first guys.

There were lots of folks enjoying a day off and some family time.  We saw this father and daughter later on their way back.

They stopped to see what Shirley was taking a picture of... and we struck up a conversation. It looked like Shirley was taking a picture of something on the ground. But she had read that to get more interesting photos, don't always take your pictures from eye level standing up. Go down low and shoot up. She was actually taking a picture of graffiti on a nearby building and was shooting it thru the reeds.

I was so impressed at this precious little girl... her polka dot  helmet matched the polka dots on her bike.  I asked her permission to take her picture. She gave me a gracious smile.

But the hike became all the more special as we stopped walking nonstop and started taking some photos of the awesome nature along the trail.  I was amazed at how the snowberries were so plump and plentiful.

And so were the rose hips. Their bright red colour is so beautiful.

I didn't taste these choke cherries... but I was attracted to a single rain drop clinging on for dear life.

When I saw this seed pod burst open, I wasn't sure what it was.

I've seen milkweed earlier in the year with the huge fluffy globes... but I have never seen one this late in the season with all the seeds. It was so unusual I took several shots and then Googled up to find out what it actually was.

Some of these seeds will get eaten by the birds... and a few may actually start to grow next spring.  So amazing how God keeps the native plants all reproducing without us having to do a single thing!

We never get tired of walking on the Rail Trail.  This bridge is over a creek that goes thru Scandia Golf and Amusements... And the last time we walked here...

I took this photo of a couple throwing stones into the creek off the same bridge... Sept 5, 2016.  So you can see the progress that has happened in the development of the Rail Trail.

I picked up a book in the "Share Department" of our Church library... it is called "31 Days of Praise."  
Being a bit of a list maker, I was attracted to the title... so picked it up and gave it a quick read.  

Thankfulness and gratefulness is all related to adoration and praise.  I talked with my daughter last evening about how to get more people sharing the things that they are thankful for.  She did a Gratefulness blog for more than five years where every week on Friday evening she would post the things that she was thankful for.  After five years it got to be kind of repetitive and she wanted to do something different.  I can tell you that I really loved it when she wrote out her new list ever Friday evening.  I never missed reading what my daughter wrote.  

The Thankfulness Challenge!

Whether you feel content with your life right now or you wish things were different, you can make a decision to be thankful.  You may have a hard time believing that thankfulness can make a big difference, but it is the little things that we do every day that pay big dividends.  Before you get out of bed in the morning, thank God for three things in your life.  Write it into your journal and watch the list grow day by day as you start to thank God for the many things that we often take for granted.  As you go thru your day, recognize and vocalize gratitude for the traits and kindnesses of others. At nightfall, offer up a prayer of thanksgiving and praise God for the challenges we are facing. 

Just as I looked forward to seeing what my daughter was grateful for each Friday evening, I believe our heavenly Father looks forward to his children telling Him all the things that we are grateful and thankful for.  So my challenge to each one who reads this is to start a page in your day book or journal... or take a notebook and start to make a list. Make a point of adding to your list something every day that makes you thankful and tell the Lord about it.  This one thing may help you have something positive to share with others and encourage them. We all need to be an encouragement to each other, don't you agree?  Make a point to do it every day.

Let me know if you like this idea and are going to accept the challenge.  Thank you.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Strides to End Homelessness

This past weekend a group of us from the Winfield Seventh-day Adventist Church showed our support of the Kelowna Gospel Mission in a 5 km walk to help end homelessness in our community.

This was in the first few minutes of the walk which started at the Kelowna Gospel Mission on Leon Avenue. 

It was a little cool out, but our spirits were high... anyone who wanted got a ballon to carry on the walk.

This was our group, the Winfield Sevens, except for Shirley who took this photo. 

And this is Shirley with her sister Roberta.  So we ended up with nine Sevens!

There were lots of groups... these are guys from the TD Bank who came out for the event.

When I took this photo inside I didn't realize that these two were part of the team called "Happy Feet." They were recognized as the winning team who raised over $10,000 for the charity. In all about $58,000 was raised by this event! 

We all had a good time.  It was fun to help people who are focused on helping others.

A candid shot of some of our Winfield walkers. Together we raised $750 for the charity.

There were even kids who got to ride around the 5 km.

Everyone who wanted received a free tee shirt... and after we got back from the walk there was yummy mushroom soup and a bun for all who wanted it.

But the highlight of the day for me was a prayer by Pastor Marcus just before we headed out for the walk.

Lord God,

You came to give honour to the least, 

                 those forgotten, 
                 overlooked and misjudged.

You came to give first place to the last, 

                  those left behind, 
                  misunderstood and undervalued.

You came to give a warm welcome to the lost, 

                   those who are orphaned, 
                   abandoned and destitute.

Help us to be your ears 

                    to listen to their cries.

Help us to be your voice 

                    speaking out love and acceptance.

Help us to be your feet 

                    walking beside those in need.

Help us to be your hands 

                    to clothe, feed and shelter them.

You came for the least, the lost and last of this world.

Lord, hear our prayer.


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

In Defense of Food

Shirley and I have watched this documentary about three times and rate it right up there with the best. I think Michael Pollan did well here. The film is a work of art, with lots of art! And great photography.

I love food! It is one of life's greatest pleasures. 

The sad thing is that four of the Top Ten Killers are linked to diet. And since I have diabetes, I am highly motivated to try to reverse this problem.

It is not my intention to summarize the entire 108-minute documentary here... but just to give you a few of the highlights so you will hopefully want to see it for yourself.

One of the things this documentary will be remembered for is Pollan's interesting Food Rules. 

This is the short answer to the supposedly incredibly complicated and confusing question of what humans should eat in order to be healthy.

Michael isn't selling any particular diet. And you don't have to be a scientist to know how to eat. It's really pretty simple. You can forget about counting calories.

So much of the factory-prepared food contain preservatives to increase their shelf life... not your life!

Why do you think we should avoid foods that are advertised on TV?

I liked the suggestion to eat your colours. We bought our first dragon fruit this past week and it was a lot of fun. Get out of the rut and try some interesting things.

Michael is pretty middle of the road on this one. For me, meat has become less important to have and more important to avoid.

He gives "plant-based" a new meaning to me!

Learn how using smaller plates can save you gaining 6 to 9 pounds in a year.

The order in which you dish up your food is super important. That is why I used to like to start with pie in a restaurant! That way I would always be sure to get dessert!

Michael says that the French spend 127 minutes a day eating... the Americans 67 minutes. For sure we can do better than this. I think we are just too busy and don't really care.

Take a minute to watch the trailer. This documentary was on PBS in December.

There are several more cool rules... but you have to see the movie! It's available on NetFlix and on YouTube. There are several on YouTube, but the full movie is the PBS Version.

As we begin this New Year, It is my hope that we can all learn more about how to eat smarter, live longer and have a better quality of life.  I welcome your comments and suggestions. 

This is just the first review that I plan to do on health-related topics. More exciting things to follow!