Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Things around here have been quite slow for our business lately. A new towing company recently moved into the area and a few of the bigger companies that are in the larger cities to the west of us are now expanding into our area. This has affected our call volume for our towing company. The other side of our business is scrap metal recycling. Unfortunately the price of scrap metal has dropped quite a bit over the past few months. Therefore it is being stockpiled in our driveway until the price picks back up again. Add to that the ongoing back problems that my hubby is dealing with, and one can get easily discouraged.
It is so easy for us to get caught up in our worldly problems and let our worries and fears overtake us. It has been said that when you are worrying, you are not trusting God...ouch, but so true. God has promised us that He will always provide for our needs. And guess what, so far looking back at our lives, He has done just that!
This morning I was reading in the book of Psalms. One of the chapters that I read was Psalm 37. It's a good one! It helped to remind me that I should not be worrying about the things of this world and about our competition. The Lord is with us always and knows what we are going through and knows the end result, our job is to trust in Him.
Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.
He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light,
And your justice as the noonday.
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath;
Do not fret—it only causes harm.
The Lord knows the days of the upright,
And their inheritance shall be forever.
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord,
And He delights in his way.
Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down;
For the Lord upholds him with His hand.
But the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord;
He is their strength in the time of trouble.
And the Lord shall help them and deliver them;
He shall deliver them from the wicked,
And save them,
Because they trust in Him.
Psalm 37:5-8, 18, 23-24, 39-40
So, how do we keep ourselves encouraged when going through difficulties? We keep in God's word and in prayer. Even though He is aware of our troubles, He wants us to call upon Him for help. He will provide comfort and peace through His word.
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.
So hopefully, some of you that are reading this will feel encouragement, even though you are going through some struggles. Keep your faith in the Lord, He loves you!
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
On Monday, Pat and I celebrated 25 years of marriage! We didn’t really have any plans for the day, but after doing a couple of tows in the morning, he asked if I would like to go for a drive.
We didn’t have a destination in mind until we hit the highway. We decided to head north on Chuckanut Drive, which is a beautiful scenic byway here in Western Washington.
There is so many gorgeous views along this highway. The weather was real nice too!
After finishing up our drive on the scenic highway, we headed to the historic area of Fairhaven, which is part of Bellingham.
We took a walk along one of the beaches at a local park.
We then did some exploring up and down the streets.
Our next stop was the Bellingham Marina. My hubby loves daydreaming about all the fancy boats!
After leaving Bellingham, we headed towards Lynden. We stopped at the local Dairy Queen to get a treat…we sure know how to celebrate big, don’t we…lol!
This is the Second Christian Reformed Church in Lynden. My parents were married here in 1961. Whenever my sisters and I would stay with our grandparents, we would go to church with them here on Sunday.
The Dutch Village Mall in Lynden. This was once a more bustling tourist attraction, but there was hardly any shops there anymore. We were told there is new owners that are remodeling it, so hopefully it will improve.
We did visit one of the antique stores in town though.
We then headed out of town towards the US-Canadian border. Gone are most of the dairy farms, the fields that once held cows are now filled with raspberry and blueberry bushes.
Pat asked one of the border patrol officers if he could take a quick photo of him next to the border marker. He kindly oblige my goofy hubby and parked in front of the marker!
This photo and the one below is of my Grandpa & Grandma’s old farm. It is right on the US-Canadian border. What once held cows, horses, sheep, and Grandma’s vegetable garden, is now filled with endless rows of blueberry bushes.
This is an aerial photograph of their farm. I am not sure how old this photo is, but this looks more like the farm I remember! The road that the farm is located on is on the US side, the other road across the ditch is in Canada.
So many good memories of visiting with my grandparents and playing on the farm when I was younger. I miss them both very much, but I know I will see them again some day in Heaven!
We were able to sneak in a quick visit with my uncle, aunt, and cousin while up in Lynden. We then decided it was time to head back home.
We had a nice view of the setting sun on our way back home. A nice ending to a totally unplanned, but amazing day spent together!
So happy to be celebrating 25 years with my best friend!