One Season And Into The Next (Part one)

For the past five years I have lived in Cuenca, Ecuador. This block of time, I believe was just one of several stages or seasons in my life that our Father in heaven has planned out for me.  My life took several giant steps forward during this season. I adopted the first dog I have ever owned. (the significance of this, well, that’s for another blog.) It was in Ecuador where I was turned back and surrendered myself to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In Cuenca, I developed several very high quality friendships. I started to attend church regularly and began studying “The Holy Bible,” seriously. Months before returning to Canada a very hurtful broken family relationship was restored. In Ecuador, I matured and my character was changed for the better. I discovered Hope, Trust and Faith for the first time in a long, long time and I learned how to Forgive. I’m convinced that on more than one occasion I was spoken to by God, Jesus or the Holy Spirit. I also believe that I was directed to leave Ecuador and move back to Canada.

What does God have planned for me in this new season? Well! I’m really not too sure but here is what has happened and is happening right now.

While still in Ecuador my daughter suggested that she could sure use some help and wanted to know if I would move in with her when I returned. She was running herself ragged going back to school, holding a part-time job and caring for her daughter on her own. I agreed that I would be willing to help her out. (God just provided me with a home)  Now, at that time my daughter was living in London, a city with a population of 334,000. A month before moving in with my daughter and granddaughter, she moved out of the city and into a small village.

Here in this little hiccup on the highway between nowhere and somewhere, I find myself with no phone, no television, no shopping, no church, no restaurants, no coffee shops, no barber, and no buses or taxis by which to escape. There are roughly fifty houses here, two of which used to be churches. Thursday mornings are the most exciting time of the week and I look forward to them because the garbage truck comes by and picks up the garbage. I get to wave at the driver/sorter/compacter/collector man.

When everyone is off to work and school, the one thing I do have, is a lot of time, a lot of time alone, a lot of time to think and a lot of time to ponder and muse. Time to consider things, like the relevancy of why. Why am I here? Why am I alive and why does my heart still tick? Why so imprisoned? Why so isolated?

Here’s what I figure. God brought me out of Ecuador and plunked me down here in metropolitan Shedden. Yes, the place actually has a name. For a month and a half, I lazed around rested and ate myself up 2 sizes before I started to think about the WHY. Obviously it was to bring me to a point where for lack of anything else to do, I would ponder, analyze, pray, figure and muse about my life more deeply than ever before. But now the question becomes WHAT. What can I do to fight off boredom? What do I do to keep from fading away? What is my purpose for living?

The Bible’s Outdated, Worthless and Boring (a real snore fest)

ARE YOU KIDDING ME? The Holy Bible is the word of God where God’s character and will are made known, it is the owner’s manual on life. Presented to us by the Holy Spirit, it instructs us as to where we are right and where we are wrong. You can trust that the Holy Bible is the truth, “God does not lie” (Titus 1:2 NLT). God always tells the truth, “He cannot be false to Himself” (2 Timothy 2:13 NLT). Being untruthful would be against His character, it is impossible for God to lie (Hebrews 6:18 NLT) .

The Bible is a book of books! These books are jamb packed full of some of history’s greatest moments. A very unique collection, it has records of truth and trust, of love stories, betrayal and lust, wars being fought and victories being won. It’s poetry, parables, life lessons, and advice. It’s science text, laws of physics, adventure and humor, It’s angels and demons, predictions, and acts of bravery, kindness, humility and pride. It’s forgiveness and hope. It’s funny, it’s sad, it’s exciting, and it’ll even make you mad.   

No way my friends, if you have bought into the lie of the Bible being worthless, outdated and boring, you have been seriously misled! I can testify to you, that I have discovered all of the above within the front and back jackets of the Holy Bible. It has power and if you let it, it will change your life.

I began to read the Bible every day just over 2 years ago and amazingly, my life began to change. Every area of my life has been affected. I’m not just too sure when it all started to happen but little by little I’ve changed into a much better person.   Don’t believe me? Don’t trust me? Test it out for yourself. Buy yourself an updated copy of the Bible that’s easier to read and understand. You might consider the New Living Translation. Set aside just fifteen minutes to a half hour each day to read. Choose a time when you have some peace and quiet to yourself, so that you can concentrate and reflect on what you have read. I get up a little earlier in the morning than the rest of the family. I challenge you to try this out and see if your life changes for the better.

Write me and tell me how reading the Bible has changed your life. I’d love to hear and print your story here, with your permission.   Subject Line  Potpourri-The Bible’s…


For, When You Are;

Need some confidence, a little moral support, maybe some reassurance? How about some instruction, guidance or advice? Search alphabetically here for whatever it is that you need.

AFRAID: Deuteronomy 31:8 (NLT) Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; He will never fail you nor abandon you. Romans 8:28 (NLT) And we will that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.

ANXIOUS: Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV) Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Luke 12:25 (ESV) And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?

BACKSLIDING: 2 Corinthians 13:5 (ESV) Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you fail to meet the test 1 John 1:9 (ESV) If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.                                                                                           

FRUSTRATED: Isaiah 41:10(NLT) Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. John 16:33 (NIV) “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”                                                                                                                  

LONELY: Matthew 28:20 (NLT) “And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” John 14:18 (NLT) “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.”

SAD: Psalm 34:17-19 (NIV) The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all; Joshua 1:9 (NIV) Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

SICK: Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. 2 Corinthians 4:17 (NKJV) For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,     

TEMPTED: Matthew 26:41 (TLB) Keep alert and pray. Otherwise temptation will overpower you. For the spirit indeed is willing, but how weak the body is!” 1 Corinthians: 10:13 (TLB) But remember this—the wrong desires that come into your life aren’t anything new and different. Many others have faced exactly the same problems before you. And no temptation is irresistible. You can trust God to keep the temptation from becoming so strong that you can’t stand up against it, for he has promised this and will do what he says. He will show you how to escape temptation’s power so that you can bear up patiently against it.

THANKFUL: Psalm 106:1 (ESV) Praise the Lord! Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! Colossians 3:15 (ESV) And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. God is our refuge and strength a very present help in trouble.                                                                                           

IN TROUBLE: John 14:1-3 (NKJV) “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.   Psalm 46:1 (NKJV) God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.    

WEARY: 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV) But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV) “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”  

WORRIED: Matthew 6:25-27 (NKJV)“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? 1 Peter 5:7 (TLB) Let him have all your worries and cares, for he is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you.

Do you have a scripture that you have memorized or turn to for a particular concern? Will you share it? Make this index of go to scriptures, your own.    E-mail me. I would love to add your favorite scripture here.    Subject Line:  Scriptures 

Search A Prayer

How does a child get what he wants, if he doesn’t ask for it? My friends, we are children of God and all we have to do is ask Him, for what we want. Just as we listen and provide for our children, He will listen and provide for us. Sometimes it will be yes, sometimes the answer will be no, or it may be not yet but God hears every prayer 1 Peter 3:12 (NLT) and God answers every prayer. Psalm 17:6 (NLT)

You have not because you ask not. Check out these verses from the Book of James.  Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lust.  James 4:2-3 (KJV) 

John 16:24 (NIV)“Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.”

Are you wanting to pray for something specific and don’t know how to pray it? Scroll down and search a prayer alphabetically.  

Bereavement: O God, come to my assistance; O Lord, hurry to help me. Please take the consuming anguish I feel right now; take it from me and hold me in Your arms. Heal my broken heart and bind up my wounds (Psalm 147:3) Amen

Grief: God of love and mercy, embrace all those whose hearts today overflow with grief, unanswered questions and such a sense of loss. Grant them space to express their tears. Hold them close through the coming days.

Loss: Dearest Jesus, who wept at the death of your friend and taught that they who mourn shall be comforted, grant us the comfort of your presence in our loss. Send Your Holy Spirit to direct us lest we make hasty or foolish decisions. Send Your Spirit to give us courage lest through fear we recoil from living. Send Your Spirit to bring us your peace lest bitterness, false guilt, or regret take root in our hearts. The Lord has given. The Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord. Amen

Prayer of Salvation

Dear Lord Jesus, I drifted away from you, in search of my own goals and tried to achieve them my way. I fell into sin and lived a selfish life, never obeying God’s commands. Everything I’ve done is a mess and failure is my middle name. I’m so sorry Jesus. You lived here on earth as a sinless man and being God, you know what I have done and what I am guilty of. You laid your life down for me and took my sins upon yourself, paying the ultimate price to free me from my sins. I confess my sins and I ask for your forgiveness. Romans 10:13 promises, For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” I ask that you will accept my life into your hands and take over control. Teach me and use me the best way you know how, to fulfill God’s plan for me. I trust in you, I believe in you and I believe you were resurrected from the dead. You cheated death and now sit with God, our father in heaven. I love you Jesus. Amen

Matthew 6:9-13 (KJV) The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.

Psalm 23 (KJV)


The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul:
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil:
For thou art with me;
Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
Thou anointest my head with oil;
My cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. Amen.

Do you have a prayer that you use for a particular situation, worry, need or a sin? A prayer of thanks or for a blessing, a prayer for when you’re lonely or when you need a job. Maybe a prayer for friendship or to repair one. Send me your prayers and we’ll build an exhaustive prayer base for all of us to use    Subject Line: Prayers


Why This Website?

For me, it took about two years from being knocked to my knees, having to crawl back to Jesus and arrive on the path that I am on today. [Thus, “The Two Year Old Christian” title of this website]

Maybe this has happened to you too, and wouldn’t you agree that once you’re back and you’ve been accepted, you had better strap in tight because you’re in for the thrill of your life. Matthew 11:28-29, Jeremiah 29:11) You just want to shout from the rooftops the transformation you’re experiencing, to share it with as many people as you can.

A while ago in the early morning on August 13 th 2018 to be exact, {I wrote it in my journal} I believe that I was given a grandiose idea. It came to mind as a simple message, just one word, “blog.”  I know what a blog is, but what about it?  Was there one waiting for me in my inbox? Should I be paying extra attention to blogs that I subscribe to? Is there something I should be searching for? Maybe I’m to write one and start sharing what I have learned.

I had forgotten all about this idea until recently when once again through a series of events, I was gently reminded, “blog”.  Now I felt compelled to sit down and take a serious look at myself, my surroundings, my recent past, and near future. As near as I can figure, I’m to write and share my experiences and newfound knowledge in a blog. Now, anyone at all that knows me can tell you that I am about as technological and computer minded as a gnat. This idea was most certainly not my own.

Through these pages, I will share my experiences and discoveries as I continue to walk along with Jesus. The good, the bad and even the ugly. This bit of scripture came to mind, “Give praise to the Lord, proclaim His name; make known among the nations what He has done.Psalm 105:1 NLT