Promises From Psalms; Psalm 34:8

This week's promise comes from one of my favourite verses.

Meditating on God's Promises From Psalm 34:8

Such a simple, but powerful promise... "O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him."

And I can't think of a better song to express this simple truth than Trusting Jesus.

"Simply trusting every day,
Trusting through a stormy way;
Even when my faith is small,
Trusting Jesus, that is all."

Join me again next week as I look at another promise from Psalms.

Meditating on God's promises found in Psalm 33:18

Read our previous Promise: Psalm 33:18

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Our 1962 House; Planned Renovations and Tour

We've been living in our home for almost a year, and we've spent the winter figuring out what renovations are needed and prioritizing what needs to be done this spring and summer.

A video tour of the main floor and planned renovations

Our first projects will be done in the basement. 

Last year, right after we moved in, there was a downpour, and we had a little water come into the basement. We've already done some landscaping to direct water away from the house and seem to have taken care of the problem, but we then felt like we should remove any materials that had become wet. We've already removed the studs and fibreglass insulation that was installed in the basement and we're ready to redo those walls. I'll be sharing photos of this area when we start doing the renos.

After much research, we've decided to use spray foam insulation.

We'll apply it to the walls and between the floor joints along the walls. Besides providing needed insulation, we've learned that spray foam also seals up walls and provides structural strength. I'll talk more about this in a future post.

Renovation Plans For the Main Floor Dining and Living Room

Insulating walls and replacing two windows

Replacing old windows

Having spent a winter here, we've realized the need for more insulation on the main floor as well. This will only be done in a few areas for now, mainly in the walls where we need to change windows.

Most of the windows are relatively new, but there are two on the main floor that need to be replaced. The one in the dining area has been changed at some point, but it's very drafty and the seal is broken so the window fogs up. The front window in the living room is original to the house. It also fogs up as well as getting frost build-up, causing moisture problems.

The seal is broken on the old window

Making plans for new shelves and desk area. 

Plans for a new window and insulation

As much as I love these shelves under our front window, they're going to have to come out when we change the window and insulate the walls. Our plan is to put some of them back in place and also add shelves on either side of the window. The tall shelves we have on the sidewalls near the window will be taken out, making this area much wider and roomier. I'm hoping to also add a small desk area on at least one side of the window to give me a more efficient nook for Bible time and writing. We may do this on both sides. That would give Danica a place to keep her laptop and schoolbooks. Right now, she does her school work at the dining room table. This would give her another option.

Built in shelving below the window

Main Floor Den and Hallway

These are more wishlist renovations than a priority. Brian would like to change the fireplace to a wood stove to be more energy efficient. I really don't want to give up my fireplace, so we'll see how that goes!

One change I would like to make is to remove the hallway between the den and the other hallway that leads to the master bedroom. It's wasted space that makes furniture arrangement in the den awkward, and we don't need access to that area from the den. It would also mean the closet in the hallway could be reconfigured to become a pantry.

Planned Hallway and Den Renos

Video Tour

Unfortunately, this video was done with a phone held vertically, so it's not full screen, but I haven't had time to do a new video. That will come after the renovations!

We've been living in our 1962 House for almost a year and have made some renovation plans.

Watch for more updates in the 
coming months!

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Promises From Psalms; Psalm 33:18

This week's Promise From Psalms:

Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy; Psalm 33:18

Meditating on God's Promises From Psalm 33:18

His Eye Is On the Sparrow seemed an appropriate song to go with this verse.

I hope it's a comfort to anyone experiencing anxiety during these difficult days. If you don't know Jesus as Saviour, please reach out if you'd like to talk about how you can know the peace and comfort that comes from having a personal relationship with Him.

"Let not your heart be troubled,” His tender word I hear,
And resting on His goodness, I lose my doubts and fears;
Though by the path He leadeth, but one step I may see;
His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me;"

Another portion of scripture for believers to keep in mind is Philippians 4:6-8

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Join me again next week as I look at another promise from Psalms.

Meditating on God's promises found in Psalm 33:18

Read our previous Promise: Psalm 33:4

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Spring Brings New Life: My Testimony

35 years ago Jesus Christ became my Lord and Saviour.

My testimony of salvation isn’t a flashy one. In fact, it happened rather quietly, as God used the prayers of many people, and the words and testimony of a few to bring me to a saving knowledge of the Lord, Jesus Christ.

Once I came to believe, 'God is' and began to seek him, God honoured his word by revealing more to me.