Blog 134 for October 26, 2019
A REVIEW OF OUR CANADA/NEW ENGLAND CRUISE
Part II of Our Recent Cruise
Hi there. Another week has passed, and, for this blog, I shall continue sharing the remainder of our cruise to New England and Canada. Hope you have enjoyed hearing about our journey.
Still cruising, we left New Brunswick, headed for Halifax, Nova Scotia, our final port of call. There we met Gordon and Maureen (Languille) Gordon, our sweet Canadian friends. Both grew up and lived in Halifax; so they were very familiar with the territory. They were our tour guides for the day. We went “everywhere.”
To historic cemeteries; saw the tombstones of many who lost their lives in the disaster of the sinking Titanic. This was quite moving for both Charles and me. When Micki was a baby, we were living in Abernathy, TX. Charles was out doing church work. Chuck and I, along with baby Micki, were at home. While Micki was taking a nap, Chuck and I watched the movie on television of the sinking of the Titanic. Charles came in and found both of us crying. We were so thankful to get to see these tombstones there in Halifax.
To areas where Gordon and Maureen grew up, homes, and schools, etc.
To the 18th Century Halifax Citadel, National Historic Site, used by naval operations in the yesteryears, but still standing guard as it today overlooks a thriving city.
And to the world-famous Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse. There we ate at a restaurant and did get to eat lobster, ordering LOBSTER ROLLS. Yum, Yum, good!!!
We can’t thank Gordon and Maureen enough. We look forward to seeing them this winter in Florida. We left Halifax, headed for New York Harbor; homeward bound to Mulberry.
It was our last day at sea, Saturday morning, Sept. 28, 2019. The sun was shining; not a cloud in the sky. And, the waters were calm like glass. As we sat for breakfast at a table by the window, a crowd gathered with cameras, having seen dolphins in the distance. Excitedly, we look out the window to see a short distance away, a family of dolphins at play. And so, for a few latitudes and longitudes, we were able to enjoy seeing jumping dolphins, traveling the same direction as the ship. Who knows, they may have been migrating south. They were everywhere. What an unexpected, pleasant surprise!
Some people cruise, not for the ports of call, but just to stay on the ship and enjoy the food and all the activities they provide. I can understand that if one goes to the same ports of call every cruise. The thing cruisers like the most is the FOOD. It is abundant. It’s as if you can eat all day and as much as you want. That includes ice cream and all manner of desserts. But there are lots of other activities, such as shows, shopping, swimming, walking, etc.
Our Canadian, New England cruise was aboard the Norwegian Escape ship. It was “mega” large. There were 4,000 or so passengers on board. Our room was at the extreme front of the ship, and most of the food places were at the other end of the ship. So, we would have to walk from one end to the other. It seemed like a football field to me. So Charles and I found that we prefer a smaller cruise ship with about 2,000 passengers. Too big a ship...and too many people. Regardless, we had a great time. Enjoyed God’s beautiful world and God’s gracious people!
We are blessed to have a select group of Pray-ers, who always pray for our safety when we are traveling. I want to thank them SO MUCH for their great prayer ministry. It took us on the cruise and brought us back home safe and sound. PTL.
See you next week.
Blog 133 for October 19, 2019
A REVIEW OF OUR CANADA/NEW ENGLAND CRUISE
Good morning! Good afternoon! Good evening! Not sure at what time of the day you will be checking me out, but so glad you dropped by! Blessings to you and yours. We have cruised a lot in our married life. Our favorite cruise is an all Christian cruise, which this recent one, was not. However, we got to see our Canadian friends and see lots of God’s beautiful country that we had never seen before. Let me tell you about it.
Our ports of call were PORTLAND, ME; BAR HARBOR, ME; ST. JOHN, NEW BRUNSWICK; and HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA. We began and ended our cruise in NEW YORK Harbor on the Norwegian Escape Ship.
Arriving at LGA, we were transferred to the pier to board our ship by our transfer sedan package. Flying in, we saw the Statue of Liberty. It was awe-inspiring. Riding in the sedan through the streets of New York City was breathtaking to me, as well...the skyscrapers, E. 57th Street, passing Carnegie Hall, tall business buildings side by side for miles, the mass of people, the traffic, the bridges taking us from place to place, sometimes in Harlem, Manhattan, sometimes somewhere else, passed Yankee Stadium and Joe DiMaggio Parkway. And we viewed much of this from the cruise ship as we set sail. WOW!
PORTLAND was our first port of call. What a beautiful and big city. Here we purchased a horse-drawn wagon to take us on a tour of the city. Close by, about a 20 or a 30-minute drive, was Kennebunkport, where Former President George Walker Bush and Barbara had their summer home. Of course, it still belongs to the Bush Family. It would have been so nice to see that, but we were unable to due to time constraints and cost. Portland is so beautiful; many people have said, “Someday I would love to live in Portland…”
Our next port of call was BAR HARBOR, a small, wealthy, summer playground during the Gilded Age. We got off the ship and just walked around looking at the shops, galleries, restaurants, and historic architecture. There are many islands and much water; and, Acadia National Park is there.
Next, we arrived at SAINT JOHN, N.B., CANADA on the BAY OF FUNDY. Here we took an excursion on a trolley, seeing the area. It was most interesting. This area is famous for the REVERSING RAPIDS at the BAY OF FUNDY. The phenomenon of the Reversing Falls Rapids is only about 3,000 years old, due to 20,000 years ago when glaciers covered all of the Maritime provinces. They changed the landscape. This phenomenon is so mind-boggling that I still can’t quite grasp it. When we were taken to the Bay, it was not the time when it reverses. I wish we could have eaten at REVERSING FALLS RESTAURANT in St. John, where we would have been atop a 100-foot cliff overlooking the REVERSING FALLS RAPIDS. What a spectacular view that would have been. Our friends, Gordon and Maureen, live in New Brunswick (not St. John) but chose to meet us in Halifax, Nova Scotia. So I’ll begin there on next week’s blog, Oct. 26.
Hope you have enjoyed hearing about our cruise. I can’t sign off without leaving you with a scripture or a song. How about enjoying this rendition of “This Is My Father’s World”?
Blog 132 for October 12, 2019
WHAT A WONDERFUL, TRANSITION MONTH!
The month of October has going for it, cooler weather and beautiful colored leaves, which are waiting to fall, as October prepares us for winter. I love October. I love seeing the beauty that abounds. I enjoy the cooler, brisk weather, even the possibility of a fire in the fireplace on those cooler nights. October could be called the “hug and snug” month as we hold on to one another and snuggle in the warmth of a glowing fire, sipping hot apple cider.
In October there are all kinds of festivals and beautiful fall decorations. Pumpkins, stalks of corn, and bales of hay are everywhere. The autumn colors, orange, yellow, red, green, and brown beautify our lives. Here in the Smoky
Mountains, it is beautiful; and Dollywood presents “Southern Gospel Jubilee” from Sept. 27 to Nov. 2, 2019, having quartets and other gospel groups singing at the park, almost every day. And these concerts are free. I’m so glad we have season tickets to the park. So we will be going a lot. We all know that “God inhabits the praise of His people.” So count on me to join the praise, singing and making melody in my heart to HIM.
And another reason October is a special month is that a baby boy was born 82 years ago on Oct. 13, 1937. They named the boy, Charles Lee Kirby. This little baby grew up in a Christian home; and, he grew to love Jesus. God called him to preach; sent him to college; and had a girl picked out for him. I’m glad I am that girl. We were married on August 19, 1960. Fifty-nine years later we are still the “apple” of each other’s eye. My plaque, here at the cabin says it like this:
“YOU ARE...the milk to my cookie; the sun in my sky; the cream in my coffee; the cherry on my sundae; the smile on my face; the icing on my cake.”
So HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MY LOVE!
And now, to all my blog readers...Jude 24, 25:
Now unto Him, that is able to keep you from falling and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
See you next week.
Blog 131 for October 5, 2019
SEEING A LIGHT
IN THE DARKNESS
It seems like there’s a lot of darkness covering this earth. Where do you find yourself today? In a dark place or running toward the light? I hope you are steadfastly planted in the LIGHT of Lights. I’ve got a story to tell.
As I write this blog, it was 2 nights ago, sometime in the darkness between 3 & 3:30 a.m. that we were awakened by a dog near our bedroom window. Charles awakened first (which is not uncommon), hearing the dog whine; then howl; then bark loudly. We jumped up wondering who was outside and why; where was the dog; why was it there; was there another dog; was it hurt? As we climbed on the bed to look out the window, we could see that it was a rather big black dog,
but not a german shepherd. It kept barking, seemed like it was trying to wake somebody up. As it moved from place to place, we would juggle window peering. The dog looked healthy; he had a good coat and had something on his torso or back leg, which said to me, “I have a family. I belong to someone.” The dog kept barking, sniffing, looking around, and even went onto the cabin deck. Had we had renters in that cabin that night, it would have awakened them and no doubt scared them.
At any rate, finally, the dog ran into the woods. And, we didn’t hear or see it anymore UNTIL morning. Upon rising, I was looking out the window and saw the dog coming back to our cabins. It appeared it was still looking for its family. The dog soon appeared on OUR deck at one of our rocking chairs, looking in the picture window to see who was home, I guess. Then it went to the door, seeing us through the glass.
Charles went to the door, opened it, clapped his hands and shouted loudly something like, “Get out of here.” The dog scampered away. And at this writing, we have not seen it again.
We did call the Animal Control, but the dog was nowhere to be seen when the driver arrived. We are hopeful that the dog found its family and is safely in the bright lights of home.
Now the spiritual application is this. The dog was lost in the darkness. From a far distance, he saw a glimmer of light. (We have an outside light, atop a pole & on a timer that stays on all night.) He ran toward the light, looking for safety and home. That’s what any of us can do. Leave the darkness. Get out of there. Find our way back home. Go toward the light. JESUS is the Light of the world. We don’t have to walk in the darkness. Enjoy the YouTube, “Jesus, the Light of the World” by Jesse Dixon and Guy Penrod.
Blog 130 for September 28, 2019
GETTING MY DRIVER’S LICENSE
I’m wondering what could go wrong, as I prepare to get my driver’s license renewed? Could I fail my eye exam? That’s why I’m going to my eye doctor before the time of my license appointment. And for how long will they be good? I remember my dear mother, whose final driver’s license was good until her 100th birthday. Lest you are wondering just how close I am to being 100, please mark it down. I have years and years and years to go before I reach that milestone. But for sure, I may have to start taking the “road less traveled.” It’s so interesting that Jesus, after giving the Golden Rule in the Sermon on the Mountain to us, spoke of a “way less traveled.”
Matthew 7:13 and 14 “Enter ye in at the strait gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and MANY there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life, and FEW there be that find it." (The Way Less Taken) The choice is ours! There is for each of us a valley of decision (Joel 3:14). According to Joshua 24:15, Joshua says to the tribes of Israel “...choose you this day whom ye will serve…”
I’m with Joshua in the continuation of Chapter 24:15, as I join him saying “...As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Please choose Jesus. Please take the “great way” that FEW will travel.
Enjoy this great old song, “It’s Not an Easy Road,” Sisters of Grace, YouTube.
Blog 129 for September 21, 2019
AN ANNIVERSARY, A TRIP, & A PRAYER
Today Retired Judge Charles and Vonnie Davis celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary at the Winter Haven, Nazarene Church. What a remarkable legacy they have in their parental heritage and in their personal righteous living. They have 3 delightful and talented children and fabulous grandchildren. (Doesn’t this sound like a grandparent?) We count them dear friends and wish them many more years of happiness!
We leave tomorrow, Sunday, Sept. 22, flying to New York City, being transferred to the ship, and then departing by 4 p.m. for New England and Canada. We are looking forward to seeing beautiful fall colors, having precious time together, just by ourselves, with no work to do at the cabins, and getting lots of relaxation. We are also looking forward to seeing Gordon and Maureen in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Halifax was long defined by naval operations. The 18th-century citadel still stands guard, but today overlooks a thriving city, whose restored waterfront features historic architecture, shops, museums, restaurants, and more.
Please pray for our safety. We cruise for a week. We will be back in Florida on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. I believe it’s Monday, the 30th, that I get my driver’s license there in Lakeland. However, soon we will head again to the Mountains, hoping for an October full of color and crisp weather.
Thank you for your prayers always. God answers prayer. He taught us to pray. And He gives us such sweet and powerful promises in His Word. He’s a keeper of Promises. Is there anything too hard for my God? NO. NO. NO. I’m praying for you. I may not know who is reading the blog, but God does. Watch for your miracle.
Blog 128 for September 14, 2019
HERE WE COME!!!
Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, we will board the Norwegian Escape in New York Harbor for a week’s cruise to New England and Canada. We are excited, hoping for brilliant Fall colored leaves. Here at our cabin, even in late August, we are seeing some trees turn their leaves a golden yellow, and some are putting on a “scarce” few red leaves. As to how soon winter will be here, I’m not sure, but the Farmer’s Almanac says we’ll have a bad winter, so I’ve been told.
We will be going and seeing Portland, Maine; Bar Harbor, Maine; Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada; Bay of Fundy, and Halifax, Nova Scotia. Then back to New York City; on to the airport for our flight home to Tampa on Sunday, Sept. 29.
We have already made contact with Gordon and Maureen McGeorge, and plan to meet them in Halifax. Perhaps we can see some other folks who winter in Florida but live in Maine or Canada. It really has to do with how close they live to where we will be; and, if we are able to get in touch with the other.
They say (Who are “they”?) that we are to “get ready to chase sunsets on the waterfront and explore a world of exotic flavors with two NEW restaurants from Iron Chef Jose Garcer.” Other adventures await us like shore excursions.
Please pray for our safety in the car, plane, and ship. Mark it on your calendar. Pray for Dr. Maria Negron, who is the director of the National Day of Prayer in Florida for the I-4 corridor. She is going to get off at certain ports of call to stand on their ground and pray for that area. She has already gotten in contact with the Maine Director.
Is there anybody out there, reading my blog who does not know Jesus as personal Savior and Lord? If so, come to Jesus today. He’s the answer to your needs. Call on His Name. Repent of your sin. Have a godly sorrow for your sin. Ask Him to forgive you, to save you, and He will. Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved. Now tell somebody! I like that song which says, “I’ll tell the world that I’m a Christian. I’m not ashamed…… Look the lyrics up on google; seek a YouTube of that song and listen to it. I’m saying a “Hallelujah” for someone who got saved today.
Blog 127 for September 6, 2019
THE HICKORY STICK
“SCHOOL DAYS, SCHOOL DAYS, GOOD OLD GOLDEN RULE DAYS,
READING, AND WRITING AND ‘RITHMETIC, TAUGHT TO THE TUNE OF A HICKORY STICK…” What a delightful childhood song. I sang it in my childhood. And how true these lyrics are.
A long time ago, many parents, mine included, seemed to have a house rule that if you had a rendezvous with a hickory stick at school, you would have another one when you got home. Remember those days???
Education, learning, teaching, all are dear to my heart. My college degree prepared me to teach in high school. I needed students in the classroom who wanted to learn, to listen, to obey, and to discipline themselves to prepare the assignments. My approximately 56 years of teaching took place in a variety of venues; some in public and private schools, some at home when raising our children, some in my actions and reactions to situations and circumstances, and some in our church ministry all over these United States, as a Sunday School teacher. I love teaching. In fact, I come from a school-teaching family. My mom was a teacher. My two sisters were teachers. My brother was a teacher and principal, and I taught.
As I recall those years in the public school system, I have never used “the hickory stick”; but, I have used other methods of discipline.
The Bible speaks to the issue. Don’t you just love THE WORD?
Prov. 13:24 “He that spareth his rod hateth his son; but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.”
Prov. 19:18 “Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying.”
Prov. 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.”
Eph. 6:1 “Children, obey your parents in the Lord; for this is right.”
Prov. 29:15 “The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.”
Prov. 3: 11,12 “My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord, neither be weary of His correction. For whom the Lord loveth, He correcteth, even as a father, the son in whom he delighteth.”
Thinking of our times and our country, have we lost our way? Where have we gone wrong? You know the answers to those questions. Our disciplined responsibility is to pray, pray, pray; teach, teach, teach, and be obedient to our Heavenly Father.
“School days, school days, good old golden rule days, reading, and writing, and ‘rithmetic, taught to the tune of a hickory stick…” Enjoy the YouTube of this little song. You are loved.