Monday, September 22, 2014

The One Minute Prayer My Quality Time

MQTlogoa A Quality Time Inspirational story about “learning to pray.” A big thanks to Tom K. for the email… I had these photos of chairs in a tree and had been wanting to use them in a post. Hope you enjoy the story and if you do.. feel free to share.

Bookmark and Share A man's daughter had asked the local pastor to come and pray with her father. When the pastor arrived, he found the man lying in bed with his head propped up on two pillows and an empty chair beside his bed. The priest assumed that the old fellow had been informed of his visit.


"I guess you were expecting me," he said. "No, who are you?" "I'm the new associate at your local church," the pastor replied."When I saw the empty chair, I figured you knew I was going to show up." "Oh yeah, the chair," said the bedridden man. "Would you mind closing the door?"


Puzzled, the pastor shut the door. "I've never told anyone this, not even my daughter," said the man. "But all of my life I have never known how to pray. At church I used to hear the pastor talk about prayer, but it always went right over my head.."


"I abandoned any attempt at prayer," the old man continued, "until one day about four years ago my best friend said to me, 'Joe, prayer is just a simple matter of having a conversation with God. Here's what I suggest. Sit down on a chair, place an empty chair in front of you, and in faith see God on the chair. It's not spooky because he promised, 'I'll be with you always.' Then just speak to him and listen in the same way you're doing with me right now." "So, I tried it and I've liked it so much that I do it a couple of hours every day. I'm careful, though. If my daughter saw me talking to an empty chair, she'd either have a nervous breakdown or send me off to the funny farm."


The pastor was deeply moved by the story and encouraged the old guy to continue on the journey. Then he prayed with him, and returned to the church. Two nights later the daughter called to tell the pastor that her daddy had died that afternoon. "Did he seem to die in peace?" he asked. "Yes, when I left the house around two o'clock, he called me over to his bedside, told me one of his corny jokes, and kissed me on the cheek. When I got back from the store an hour later, I found him dead. But there was something strange, In fact, beyond strange-kind of weird.


Apparently, just before Daddy died, he leaned over and rested his head on a chair beside the bed." -Author Unknown

There is also the “TIME OUT” CHAIR

lindaschair and sometimes that is where I have to put Linda LOL..Thanks for stopping by and have a great day.

MQTlogoa A Quality Time Inspirational story about “learning to pray.”

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Cottage Vacation in Canada..Sun..Moon.. Clouds & Water…(RELAXATION)

JOELINDA1 Linda and I are recently back from a relaxing vacation at Harris Lake.(near  Pointe au Baril, ON.) 

Map picture


Harris Lake is located just 3 hours from Toronto off highway 69 north. The cottage is about a ten minute boat ride from the marina. A big thanks to the Hnatewice family (marina owners) for all their help.. Their son Orest operated the taxi boat and helped us get all our gear to the cabin. Now, a few photos for SkyWatch Friday::



100_9151 A little chilly this morning…





I’m not sure the beaver was much interested in the moon….


100_9120 Looks like a good morning for a little fishing if we could get rid of those clouds.



Looking better so time to do a little fishing on the Magnetawan River


Linda and I had rented the “Red Dragon” boat on the left. The fishing boat has a 9.9 outboard motor and the boat turned out to be very stable. The outboard started on the first “pull” each time.

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See the crane.. sure blends into the background.







The first catches of the trip…. As we often do; the cottage/trip was shared with my sister Sara and her husband Larry. We call Larry the “Fish Whisperer.”

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Every morning about 7:00 Am the local squirrel dropped pine cones onto the metal roof of the cottage.. We were Bombarded.. didn’t need an alarm clock. LOL



The cottage is owned by Richard and Kathy and is used year round.. A quick look around a working Cottage/Camp…

100_9055 For use this winter in the wood stove..


100_9059 There is going to be some ice fishing.



All trash/garbage was taken to the marina to be disposed off when we left, though we were able to use some “waste paper products” to start the campfire.

100_9048 The Wolverine Lodge on the Magnetawan River. (now a private “cottage”) “For a  a canoe trip in Ontario cottage country the Magnetawan is a basic four- to five-day river loop trip suitable for novice canoe trippers and covers 80 kilometers of mostly flat water.”


“One can  camp free on Crown land and within Magnetawan River Provincial Park, which combine to encompass most of the route. Some campsites are indicated with orange markers while others show distinct signs of use.” See below…


100_9018 I didn’t have much luck fishing on this trip. Do you think I might have been paying more attention to taking photos? LOL. I think I did get some great photos for Sky Watch Friday which is a great site to visit/view beautiful skies from all over the world.


800px-Common_Loon Thanks for stopping by and have a great day….

NOTE: One week no cell phone,computer,Wi-Fi, TV, Tablet.. On a good day maybe a couple stations on the radio.