Feeling Thankful


We all experience storms in our lives.  Some are small, while others can be massively overwhelming.

Hurricane Florence recently slammed through southern states in America, wreaking devastation as it tore over the land.  Many lives were changed instantly and, sadly, recovery for many will be long and exhausting.

Closer to home, my husband and I were dealt our own traumatic blow.  Our washing machine malfunctioned during a rinse/spin cycle causing water to overflow the drum and onto the floor.  It did not limit its’ damaging flow to that one room; it spread into two adjoining bedrooms, down the entire hallway inundating cupboards, the furnace and water heater closets on its journey to the front door.  Not much was left untouched.  The damage has been difficult to deal with.  All the floors had to be removed in order to dry water that had flowed underneath.  Walls were cut away to prevent mold developing and to allow for better drying to the wet areas. There was such a large area to recover, dry and renew that we were forced to move out for days while the insurance team did their remedial work.

As time has passed I have had moments of deep anxiety while considering all the tasks that lay ahead of us.  I cannot imagine the emotional toll that Florence has left behind.

To make a very long story short, as I write we continue the renovations, but at least we have a home which we can restore.  Many folk in those southern states of America have not been as fortunate.  Their homes were either destroyed or inundated with so much flood water as to render them uninhabitable.

The point of my musing is that this incident has shown that no matter what we are dealing with, somebody else is struggling with even greater challenges.  All the more reason for us to be thankful for what we have and to help others whenever we can.  We never know what they are having to contend with in their lives.







Up With The Sun

Today is cold with a capital C.  The water in the birdbaths is frozen hard and a blanket of frost covers the rooftops and grassy areas around my home.  Silence reigns.  DSC02197

The sun has not quite risen above the treetops, keeping the landscape in shadows.  Slowly, but surely, as the sun moves higher into the sky it illuminates everything in its’ path.  Trees and shrubs appear like magic to enhance the view from my window for another day.

I love to watch the ‘world’ around me wake up, keeping me company.  Armed with my coffee, Bible and writing paper and pen (for those thoughts that, Hopefully, pop into my head), I seat myself by the picture window and watch a new day appear before my eyes.

This (almost) daily routine is what I call my ‘quiet’ time.  I need tranquility in order to start my day well.  The heaviness of sleep gradually fades away and is replaced by (a modicom of) alertness.  As the darkness of night-time succumbs to sunlight I too, slowly emerge from the fog of slumber.  DSC02203.JPG

So, come on sunshine.  Kickstart my day.

I hope that you find some sunshine in your day too.



Rejecting God


Reject God! Me? Never!

To date, this year has been fraught with troubles, not least of which has been my health.

My body has been lambasted with chemicals as my rheumatologist tried one medication after another to limit my immune systems’ attack on my body.  All this resulted in terrible side effects, up to, and including complete physical collapse on a few occasions.  I was taken off all medications to determine the next best course of action when my liver enzymes elevated to an unacceptable level.

Needless to say, my body is still wracked with chronic pain and stiffness (rheumatoid and osteoarthritis).

I give no apologies for my verbal rambling above.  Despair overtook weeks ago and I am in a daily battle to overcome depression.  I’ve attended many pity-parties during the summer and fall months.  None helped.  I’ve asked God to take away the gloomy thoughts.  Typically, I whine to Him about my condition and my self-imposed isolation from everything.   ‘Why have you turned away from me? I ask God. ‘Why don’t you help?  I’m so tired of pain and fatigue’.

Oh, what a pain I have been despite committing myself to my daily prayer time, I felt empty and blamed God.

It never occurred to me that I was rejecting God while I whined.  ‘Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

Today, I was prompted to do something different.  Looking through my (many) books I found one on devotions for writers.  I misinterpreted it as being a book that would help me return to writing them myself, instead, I discovered it contained inspirational messages for writers.  (A God thing was happening here).

My attention was drawn to the passage ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’  (Psalm 46:10)

‘Yeah, yeah, I thought, as my glum emotions reacted to the words.  ‘I know, I’ve read that before!’  But, as I pondered the words I realized that my mental attitude had been effectively shutting God out.  He will not be found where there is darkness.  I was rejecting Him, while immersed in my self-pity.  So, here I am, despite the ongoing health challenges and other unexpected events, attempting to direct my thoughts onto a better path.  In effect, centering on God and away from the deep, dark emptiness of depression.

‘Your Word is a lamp for my feet, a light for my path.’ (Psalm 119:105)

Funny, how, after months of wasting energy, this one effort has energized me.  Oh, I’m still fatigued and in pain, but my spirit has been lifted and I am thankful.

God is always available.  He will listen to whatever you have to say.  He accepts you just as you are, no matter what you have done, but He will always step aside when we decide to live life our way.  He is not turning away.  He is waiting to be wanted and loved.

Where is your life leading you?  What small step can you take to change direction?

Nothing changes until you decide you want it to happen.

Perhaps, it’s time to stop rejecting life and start living it.






You Are a Gift


I performed a long-overdue task recently.  I sorted through, and categorized a myriad of papers that I have collected over many years.  Yes, a lot!

I write – albeit not always consistently, and I make notes on observations.  I can and will use these in future writing endeavours.

One of the items I found in my mountains of collected thoughts and memories was a birthday card.  The words struck a chord with me because I love the thought that God made each of to His unique pattern.  I’d like to share the words with you and hope that if you are in need of encouragement today maybe this will help.

(Author Unknown)

You are a gift!

God made loving people to do His work on earth,

To give a hug or lend a helping hand.

He gave them words of encouragement, and cheer, and tender hearts that care and understand.

God made loving people to show us day by day

How far the wonders of His love can go.

And all the good they do helps make a better world.

A little bit of heaven here below.

There is no one else like you.

You have gifts that only you can give the world.

You have blessings others can only receive through you.

The Lord designed every detail of who you are,

And the world is blessed to have you in it.

May the Lord guide and keep you safe and well,

And show you how special you are.





Spring Flowers


Each year as winter draws to a close, I eagerly anticipate the arrival of spring flowers; first the snowdrops and crocus, then lilac and primroses, followed by lily of the valley and more.  The icing on the cake is always the sighting of the first robin.  All these bring me joy, because the cold of winter does not thrill me at all.DSC01765 (100x75)


I always need to curb my desire to begin sowing seeds.  I visualize how I want my garden to look and begin to plan each step.  More and more, I am planting pollinator species.  It saddens me that we are losing bee and Monarch butterfly species.  I now plant with their needs in mind.

Of course late snowstorms often bring my dreaming to a halt, nevertheless, the creative gardener in me cannot be stopped for long.

I love the fresh crisp air; the sounds of birds returning from their winter migration, and the pull of the great outdoors.  To me there is nothing quite like it.  Nature coming back  to life again, after a long cold sleep.

To those of you that do not have the gift of a garden, here are a few pictures of flowers in my garden.



A Stolen Childhood, Eleanor’s Story – review

A review of my book A Stolen Childhood, Eleanor’s Story.

Submitted by Denise Foster of Innisfil.

Thank you so much, Denise.

This was a very compelling book to read.  The main character was a survivor of life, life itself after living a very scarred childhood.  It formulated her adult life, marriage and the lives of her children.

It was in giving her life to God that Eleanor managed to be a survivor.

The book is very well done by author, Patricia E. Day

 A Stolen Childhood, Eleanor’s Story 

Softcover:  $15 Cdn. + shipping by email request from Author (pattersday@gmail.com)

E-book:     https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/308936







Seek and You Will Find

An osprey often glides over and across the green space behind my home.  It is seeking food.  It knows it will find an abundance of critters available for its next meal.  A plethora of choice actually.  Squirrels, rabbits, chipmunks and birds all frequent my back garden.

Oft times I watch the prey creatures going about their business below the hunter and wonder why the osprey is not attacking.  It obviously knows what is good for its own well-being.  It is choosing carefully.

I pondered this and asked myself if I was equally diligent in my choices.  Equally discerning when taking into account my own well-being.

Am I always drawn to what will be good for me?

I think I am, yet in my imperfection I reason that there are times when I lack wisdom.  Knowing and seeking calls for discernment.  So – I pray each day for God’s intervention in my life; that I will follow His guidance because I need help every day.

Just as the magnificent osprey carefully determines what the next move is, I pray that my next action proves to be beneficial to not only me,  but also to those around me.

Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you.  (NKJV)

What do you need help with today?




Read My Books – Patricia Day

Book Links

 A Stolen Childhood, Eleanor’s Story 

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Book for Children:  Tabitha and The Forbidden Forest

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Blog:         https://patriciaeday.wordpress.com


Hidden in the Shadows, Never Give Up

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Choose to Change


Psalm 121:2  My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.  (NKJV Nelson Study Bible)

Dark dismal days can depress me.  You might feel the same way.  I need sunshine.  When the sun shines my spirits and energy are revitalized.  Without the sunshine I feel lethargic and morbid.  It takes work to motivate and mobilize myself.

Years ago, I was not a committed believer and so when troubles hit (which they often did with vengeance) I would become so battle-weary that I could have easily ended my miserable existence.  Fortunately I had two very good reasons to not be so weak, or selfish.  My two sons.  They made my life worthwhile.

Then I chose to invite God into my life.  Times were so challenging that I felt it could not make my life any worse, so why not?

Psalm 121:7-8  The Lord shall preserve you from all evil.  He shall preserve your soul.  The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore.  (NKJV Nelson Study Bible)

In deciding to take this step, my life was changed.  Not suddenly, but certainly steadily.  I began respecting myself.  I began to like the difference.  Change is hard: it is definitely easier to stay where you are and in situations that you are familiar with.  You know how to react, so even staying in bad environments becomes your comfort zone despite the danger.

………she wondered how differently she would feel the next day.  Would she sense any change in her heart or her situation?  She awoke with great expectation and felt…….well, just the same really.  But wait, she did feel different.  There was complete peace amid all the adversity.  No bells or whistles, no great clamor of celebration, instead she felt loved and warm, and filled with a sense of peace.  Invincible would be a more accurate determination!  She no longer felt alone.  (Taken from my book A Stolen Childhood, Eleanor’s Story).

And so, on what is a grey, overcast day I will work at keeping myself gainfully occupied and be thankful for who is in my life; what I have in my life and for God’s guidance keeping me on track with His biblical disciplines.

Can I invite you to try the same?

Thoughts to ponder (Ideas taken from Lists to Live By for Simple Living, Multnomah Publishers, Oregon)

  • complain less; give (of your time) more
  • Control less; let go more
  • Criticize less; compliment more

Prayer:  Abba Father, I thank You for all that You have done for me.  I thank You for my family, friends and good neighbours.  I thank you for a country of peace and natural beauty.  Most of all, I thank You for Jesus, who gave so much so that I could be more.

I pray that more people will invite You into their hearts, minds and spirits today and that they will begin to understand the difference that you can make.  IMG_2850