Sunday, June 25, 2017

Bread for the Journey

 

Those of us who are privileged to call Canada home, will be celebrating the 150th birthday of our country this week.  Canada was once officially known as the Dominion of Canada, based on the verse found in Psalm 72:8.  The leaders of that day acknowledged that God had dominion over this great nation 'from sea to sea'  and that motto still appears on our national coat of arms.  Sadly, the reality is that many Canadians today no longer believe in a sovereign God.  But we are all free to worship where we choose and how we choose, and for that I am thankful. We are also free to pray for our country and our leaders, and today I would encourage those of us who are Christ-followers to do just that.

I have had the opportunity to visit each of our ten provinces over the years.  Today I am sharing ten scriptures that we can use as we pray for our country along with a photo taken in each province...'from sea to shining sea'. Though the photos are 'all-Canadian', the scriptures are promises to God's people of every nation. Let's join together and pray for our country.  There is power in prayer!

If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, 
and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, 
then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
2 Chronicles 7:14 ESV

 
 Tofino, British Columbia

For kingship belongs to the Lord,
    and he rules over the nations.
Psalm 22:28 ESV

 
The Rocky Mts., Alberta

The Lord your God is in your midst,
    a mighty one who will save;
he will rejoice over you with gladness;
    he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.
Zephaniah 3:17 ESV

 
Yorkton, Saskatchewan

Righteousness exalts a nation,
    but sin is a reproach to any people. 
Proverbs 14:34 ESV

 
Brookdale, Manitoba

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
    whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water,
    that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
    for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
    for it does not cease to bear fruit.
Jeremiah 17:7-8 ESV

Ottawa, Ontario

 He changes times and seasons;
    he removes kings and sets up kings;
he gives wisdom to the wise
    and knowledge to those who have understanding.
Daniel 2:21 ESV 

Quebec City, Quebec

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, 
but against the rulers, against the authorities, 
against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, 
against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
Ephesians 6:12 ESV

Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick
 
Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, 
it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.
Matthew 18:19

 
Fort Amherst ~ St. John's, Newfoundland

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, 
and thanksgivings be made for all people, 
for kings and all who are in high positions,
 that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, 
godly and dignified in every way.
1 Timothy 2:1-2 ESV

Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia

 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, 
a people for his own possession, 
that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness 
into his marvelous light.
1 Peter 2:9 ESV


Confederation Bridge, Prince Edward Island

Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
Matthew 6:10 ESV


17 comments:

  1. What beautiful pictures and what a wonderful idea! Yes, let's join together and pray for our country this week as we celebrate Canada 150!

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  2. An old time friend now lives on PEI so I kept my eye out for that photo. Never realized there is a bridge so did the old Google thing and found: It costs %50 to leave the island!!! Then did some math and that bridge is over 8 miles long. Thanks

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  3. If there was ever a time our country needed prayer, this is that time.

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  4. Fabulous photos and verses.....thank you!

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  5. I thank God almost every day that my parents came to this country for a better life. I have lived here for 60 years and am grateful for every day. yes, I will pray for this country to remain the beautiful, free and loving nation that is Canada. Your photo's are beautiful...I would love to pin them but would like your permission because I don't know if they are your own personal photo's.

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    1. I too am so thankful my grandparents and parents came to this country almost 90 years ago! Feel free to pin any photos. They are all my own...a few of them taken prior to the 'digital age' and scanned.

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  6. Reading the comments and seeing the photos I thought about:
    Psalm 16:6-8 New King James Version (NKJV)

    6 The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places;
    Yes, I have a good inheritance.

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  7. Thanks for sharing these pictures. Canada is a beautiful country!

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  8. Canada is very beautiful. I'd love to visit some day. My daughters and I watch a tv show called Heartland. It is a wonderful family show that is Canadian. We look at it and we are in awe of Canada's beauty. Thanks for sharing your pictures.

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  9. may i have your permission to copy this post in it's entirety, giving full credit, and posting it on our blog on july 1st?

    our blog is mostly about prepping and self-sufficiency - you can check it out here:

    http://framboisemanor.blogspot.ca/

    and here is a really interesting article about canada's birthday -

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/canada-150-celebration-economy-1.4172987


    let me know if that will be ok for you all! sending love.
    kymber

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    1. Kymber...We generally do not allow recipe posts to be re-published on other blogs; however, since this is not a recipe and entirely a 'Canada Day' post, feel free to share it on your blog, giving full credit. All photos in the post are my own.

      Happy Canada Day! Judy

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    2. thank you sooo much Judy! i will give full credit (the pics are soooo prettty!) and will send a link through this blog when i publish. thank you again, sooo much!

      did you read the link? i found it very informing.
      xoxoxo

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  10. Beautiful post, Judy. So appropriate for this week. I love it.

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  11. In the fall of 2015, my husband and I traveled with my parents up from the Soo west across the plains to the Canadian Rockies. I have always wanted to see Canada in such a fashion and it did not disappoint! We here in the States, too, are much in need of a people who will acknowledge the dominion of God. I endeavor to be faithful to the call to share His light with others. Wishing my neighbors to the north a very Happy 150th!

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  12. I liked the message it was good thank you from Irene McColl.

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  13. Absolutely beautiful pictures, as seen by me who had a husband born in Alberta and a grandfather born in New Brunswick. I have been in person to only 2 of the provinces, but I am sure all are beautiful in different ways. Your Scripture is inspiring also. Happy Dominion Day!

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