Point TO Jesus, Not AT Sin

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I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

~ Philippians 1:20-21

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Scooby Haul 2021: Jeepers, Another (Almost) Full Year of Collecting

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So… I have a problem.

Clearly.

At 35 years old, I’m completely and entirely obsessed with Scooby Doo.

“So what else is new, Wendy?”

Nothing. Nothing is new. I just wanted you to know that I know that I have a problem. And that I intend to do absolutely nothing about it.

Well, that’s a lie. I actually plan to keep adding rare, unusual and super cute Scooby items to my collection! I’m afraid I’m addicted for life, and I’ve accepted my fate.

And this past year, oh, this past year, guys, I FINALLY GOT HER.

My #1 holy grail Scooby Doo collectible that I have wanted since I first saw her in a commercial for Cartoon Network’s Boomerang offshoot channel in the ’90s.

The 1977 Imperial Toy Corp. Scooby Dee push puppet!

But she’s just one of many… ahem… many new items that have been added to my collection since last November when I posted “Scooby Haul 2020“. So let’s have a little look-see at what’s new in my Scooby treasure trove. Continue reading

Calling on the Name of the Lord

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I will exalt you, O Lord, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me. O Lord my God, I called to you for help and you healed me. O Lord, you brought me up from the grave; you spared me from going down into the pit.

Wojciech Piechowskiego, “Crucifixion”, about 1889

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Repair & Restore: The Case of the Damaged Hardy Boys Lunchbox and Record Holder

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First it was Scooby Doo. Then it was Nancy Drew. Now it’s the Hardy Boys.

What can I say? I guess I just have a weird thing for teenagers who solve mysteries!

Last year, I managed to get myself hooked on Shaun Cassidy’s music, and by extension, the ’70s classic The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries series. I know what you’re thinking, but it’s a classic to ME, okay?

I was warned by my dad not to start collecting something new… and I tried, I really did. Buuuut… well, things happened.

You see that pretty little blue 1978 Shaun Cassidy/Hardy Boys record holder box on the left? Yeah, she didn’t look so pretty when I first got her. The box was an eBay purchase, and I paid $29.99 USD total for it (the shipping part was more expensive than the box part). This is how the listing described the box: “Preowned and was very used. Has some creases and a tape repair. Shows edge wear as well. Pictures of Shaun Cassidy and Parker Stephenson are in excellent condition with some minor paper rubs. Handle and closure are there and intact. Definitely was used by its previous owner and would still display well. Sold as is.”

I knew it would need a little TLC, and I was excited at the prospect of doing some cosmetic restoration on a vintage treasure. Here’s how she looked when I started:

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Jesus is Lord, Love One Another

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Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.

~ Isaiah 45:22

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.

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He Gave Us His All

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Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him. He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces He was despised, and we esteemed Him not. Surely He took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered Him stricken by God, smitten by Him, and afflicted.

Carlo Dolci, “Christ as the Man of Sorrows”

But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

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Be Merciful and Deliver Me, O Lord

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“In you, O Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; deliver me in your righteousness. Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me. Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me. Free me from the trap that is set for me, for you are my refuge. Into your hands I commit my spirit; redeem me, O Lord, the God of truth.

I hate those who cling to worthless idols; I trust in the Lord. I will be glad and rejoice in your love, for you saw my affliction and knew the anguish of my soul. You have not handed me over to the enemy but have set my feet in a spacious place. Be merciful to me, O Lord, for I am in distress; my eyes grow weak with sorrow, my soul and my body with grief. My life is consumed by anguish and my years by groaning; my strength fails because of my affliction, and my bones grow weak. Because of all my enemies, I am the utter contempt of my neighbors; I am a dread to my friends–those who see me on the street flee from me. I am forgotten by them as though I were dead; I have become like broken pottery. For I hear the slander of many; there is terror on every side; they conspire against me and plot to take my life. Continue reading

Following God’s Commands: We Reap What We Sow

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He said, “If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His eyes, if you pay attention to His commands and keep all His decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.

~ Exodus 15:26

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Pandemic Pleasures: 6 Simple Things That Bring Joy To My Life During Covid

Do you know what I DON’T need today?

To read any more bad news.

Do you know what I DO need today?

To think about all the good things in life, dwell on some positivity, and encourage others to look on the bright side.

The past year has been rough. No doubt about it. But over the course of these 13 months, I’ve managed to find a few sources of ongoing joy. Today, I’d like to share them with you!

So let’s talk about a few of my tried and true pandemic pleasures. These are listed in no particular order, and to be honest, some of them pre-date Covid: I’ve been enjoying them for years! But given the current circumstances, I’ve just found even more comfort in these things than usual. Continue reading

So You Call Yourself a “Christian”?

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There’s a building in Alberta, Canada called the GraceLife church. Right now, Covid-19 cases are surging across my entire country, and the governments are trying their best to contain the situation while still allowing the people as much freedom as possible. Currently here in Ontario, we’re under Lockdown measures, with a further Stay-At-Home order taking effect tomorrow.

This is not a fun post. But apparently it is a necessary one.

GraceLife church has continuously defied mandated Covid measures, measures put in place not through the guidelines of the government, but through HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS.

So with cases in the country raging, on April 7, Alberta Health Services along with the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police), went in and closed down the GraceLife church. They have “physically closed” it to prevent access to the church until the church begins complying with public health rules.

“The church has been at the centre of a prolonged battle over COVID-19 enforcement. Since December it has repeatedly defied public orders, with hundreds of people attending services. The services continued despite a closure order issued by Alberta Health Services in January.” ~ Source

Now let me make this clear: Canada has allowed in-person service for months now. So the church WAS allowed to have in-person gatherings — but they were supposed to be wearing masks, limiting capacity, etc.

And they refused.

I saw this trending on Twitter, and honestly I was appalled at the number of people who were supporting the church and in an uproar about it being shut down. And of course we get good old Franklin Graham in there with his worthless two cents:

Guys… *exhales* I have had ENOUGH of this garbage.

When I chose the username “WendyLovesJesus” over a decade ago, I did so for a reason.

It wasn’t just to make the literal statement that I love Jesus.

It wasn’t just to be a constant presence and reminder that our Lord exists.

No, it was a means of witnessing BY EXAMPLE. ANYTHING I say online is automatically associated with my Lord all because of that username. If I misbehave? People will associate my behaviour with my Lord. If I say the wrong thing? To a lot of people, especially the ones who hate God? I give them an excuse to bash Him further.

My username WendyLovesJesus helps keep me accountable. Because whether I like it or not, whatever I say is a reflection on how other people SEE JESUS. I’m not perfect, not by a long shot. But I do put a great deal of effort into thinking about what I say before I say it. Because I don’t want to embarrass my God. It’s that simple. Here’s a little piece of information that a lot of “Christians” seem unaware of:

We will be held accountable for what we do and say.  Continue reading