Ridiculous Grace

I closed my phone after quickly scanning the text. Deep in thought, I slowly walked beside my husband as we followed after my two excited granddaughters running ahead toward the park climber. Surprise had been my first response to the note and slight confusion. But as I mulled on it, tears welled up in my … Continue reading Ridiculous Grace

Identity Theft

My dear husband is a big fan of the Chicago Bears football team. So for his sixtieth birthday, I decided to surprise him with a weekend in Chicago and tickets to a game in Soldier Field. I was thrilled to find a deal on tickets. I booked a Boutique Hotel and purchased two train tickets … Continue reading Identity Theft

One Kind Word

It was Christmas Eve, and I was excited our little family was going together to the evening service at church for the first time. After running around, making sure my three young, rambunctious boys were dressed in clean dress shirts and pants, I had taken time to preen myself, putting on makeup, jewelry, and my … Continue reading One Kind Word

Scented Cuts

My husband and I had just returned from visiting my Mom’s gravesite, and my heart felt heavy with loss. My eyes were focused on the gravel path, which crunched beneath our feet as we briskly moved along it. Suddenly, on bright red, wide-spread wings, a Cardinal swooped across in front of us and landed in … Continue reading Scented Cuts

The View

Above my desk in my office, there is a large window. It provides me with a beautiful view of God's creative hand, no matter the season. In that view are many different types of trees, but my favourite has always been the large oak which spread it's large branches across our driveway and right in … Continue reading The View

Constant

There is one thing we can count on in this world and that is change. Things, situations and people are always changing. Growing up in a family of ten, with one income, money was stretched so thin you could see through it! As a result the clothes I wore were often hand me down-downs, well … Continue reading Constant

Today Is Enough

Looking down at my desk, I see a pair of old hands resting there, looking back at me. They have finally arrived. I have anticipated them all my life. Through the years of watching my Momma's beautiful, magical hands wrinkle and morph, of holding, washing and caring for those of elderly patients, I knew it … Continue reading Today Is Enough

Weak

4:24 a.m. That is the time my watch blinks out in the dark, when I finally crack open one eye in defeat and give up trying to get back to sleep. I have tossed and turned for an hour battling racing, anxious thoughts about the future and the past, with prayer and memorized verses. Knowing, … Continue reading Weak

Chisel and Water

Chip, ugly, chip, hurt Chip, lazy, chip, remorse Chip, stupid, chip, pain Chip, less than, the chisel goes deep. Chip, loser, chip anger Chip fat, chip fear Chip, old, chip forgotten Chip, unwanted, scarred rock tossed aside. Drip, God, drip, mercy Drip, Jesus, drip, love Drip, Spirit, drip, Truth Drip, more than, living water smooths. … Continue reading Chisel and Water

Sisters, Sisters!

Sisters, sisters, There were never such devoted sisters, Never had to have a chaperone, no sir. I'm here to keep my eye on her. Caring, sharing, Every little thing that we are wearing. When a certain gentleman arrived from Rome, She wore the dress and I stayed home. All kinds of weather, We stick together, … Continue reading Sisters, Sisters!

Gear Up!

"Finally , be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes." Ephesians 6:10 When my three sons were young, they all played football in the city league. My oldest son had asked to play shortly before … Continue reading Gear Up!

Tree Focus

Have you ever heard the saying, "You can't see the forest for the trees."? It means you are so focused on what is right in front of you, the minute, the details, that you forget to look at the big picture, what's important, why you are doing it. In Luke 11 verses 37-54, Jesus had … Continue reading Tree Focus

Missing Pieces

I love puzzles! I love the mystery and challenge of solving puzzles of all kinds; Sudoku, mystery novels, computer games and of course my lifelong love of jigsaw puzzles. Now if you are a puzzler and near the end of your puzzle, only to find a piece missing, it is most annoying! You search everywhere … Continue reading Missing Pieces

Famous Last Words

Have you ever heard that statement or said it yourself? It is a common one thrown around when someone says something ironic. But for fun lets look at some real famous last words. "I'm going to the bathroom to read." Elvis Presley, rock star "I'm bored with it all." Sir Winston Churchill, politician "Damn it, … Continue reading Famous Last Words

Passion

The passion of Christ Beyond all compare Love so complete Sweat became blood. Willing to die To stand in my stead Be spat on and struck take my disgrace. My shame for glory Thorns digging in Nailed to a tree And counted as dead. This passion so great It did not end there. Love so … Continue reading Passion

Island Life

I have recently been doing a Bible study with a friend and one of the questions was, 'What was a time in your life when you felt totally alone?'. Now I am not a quick response type of person. I need to mull things over before I answer or I end up blurting out stupid … Continue reading Island Life

Dying to Self

Dying to self is hard!! "But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things." Philippians 3:7-8 NIV EVERYTHING a loss! All that … Continue reading Dying to Self

Parting is…..

To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven:...a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;..." Ecclesiastes 3:1,4 NKJV Grief is a strange beast that attacks each of us at some point and time in our life and the effects are … Continue reading Parting is…..

Forgiveness

"In Him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace."Ephesians 1:7 NIV Forgiveness, can it be, that you have truly forgiven me? Unworthy, full of shame. kneeling before you, broken, in pain. Repentance, in my soul, knowing I've fallen away from you. Desiring, in my … Continue reading Forgiveness

In The Dark

My bed it welcomes the blanket it warms, the pillow is soft but my head it swarms. Frustrated, worn out, not sure what to do, a feeling of fear creeps into my soul. The tears start to flow as the dark closes in. I've nowhere to turn, but my Saviour is there. I whisper my … Continue reading In The Dark

Bloom On

I have 3 "mini" rose bushes in my garden that I have had for several years. They are different colours, red, pink and an orangy peach colour. The pink bush has struggled and our resident bunny has decided he likes its leaves! The red has done fairly well and produced your typical "mini" rose blooms. … Continue reading Bloom On

Snowfall

Swirling, Twirling, Blowing cold. Frozen water, Dancing white. Weeping, Waving, Willow tree, Yellow branches, Stand out bright. Drifting, Sculpting, Snowy dunes. Windswept crystals, Resulting flight. Hurrying, Scurrying, Icy veils, Skimming quickly, Fine and light. Turning, Churning, Spinning on, Going left, then Going right. Coming, Going, Falling still, Leaden skies, Turn into night. "There is a … Continue reading Snowfall

Twinkle, Twinkle

Growing up my favourite things about Christmas time were decorating the tree and looking at all the Christmas lights on the houses. One fond memory I have of my stepfather is when, one evening, we walked together, my small hand in his large, calloused one, all the way to the grocery store, shortly before Christmas. … Continue reading Twinkle, Twinkle

To Be Made Perfect

I am a perfectionist at heart. I hate making mistakes and stress and fuss over minute details, driving myself and everone around me crazy! Which is, well, crazy, because no one is perfect; everyone makes mistakes. Now my head knows this but my heart persists in the battle. It's part of my makeup, I guess … Continue reading To Be Made Perfect

Perspective

Perspective n. - relation in which parts of subject are viewed by the mind; view. Oxford Illistrated Dictionary The Latin root meaning of perspective is "look through" or "perceive". Perspective can mean different things. In geometry it is the relation of two figures in the same plane, in art it is used to give the … Continue reading Perspective

Helpmate/Soulmate

"Help, I need somebody. Help not just anybody. Help, I need somebody now...ow." This was a favourite song of mine in my younger days. The days of boys, boys, boys and Disney fantasy. The era of dreams of John Lennon, Bobby Darin, Gino Vanelli, etc. The endless string of unhealthy relationships, seeking "somebody", needing "somebody" … Continue reading Helpmate/Soulmate

Needs and Wants

It was late in the afternoon when I reached into our refrigerator to take something out and realized it was not very cold. I then checked the freezer section and found our frozen yogurt looking like soup! Yikes! Quickly we transfered the rest of our freezer items to our stand up freezer (thanking God we … Continue reading Needs and Wants

Running On Empty

"In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance … Continue reading Running On Empty

Dancing with the King

One of my favourite movies has always been 'The King and I' with Yul Brenner and Deborah Kerr. My favourite scene is where Anna is teaching the King how to dance and near the end they are swirling and twirling around the room in obvious joy and mutual affection. Sigh, my heart has always longed … Continue reading Dancing with the King

Going Squirelly!

Growing old has it's pros and cons. One of the things that annoys and frustrates me the most is losing my mind!! The other day my husband and I were going out to run some errands and pick up a few things at different stores. We had sat together on the couch the day before … Continue reading Going Squirelly!

Stop, Breathe, Reset

A few days ago my grandson was sent home because he complained of a "sore tummy". This child always complains of this when he is stressed. The school said he couldn't come back unless he had a Covid-19 test or self-isolated for 14 days, even though they knew he has experienced this "sore tummy" in … Continue reading Stop, Breathe, Reset

Be Still

"Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in all the earth." Psalm 46:10 I stepped out of the cottage door onto the wooden deck and felt the freshness of the morning on my face. The air was cool with a slight dampness to … Continue reading Be Still

Broken Walls

At the end of 2 Chronicles, in the Old Testament of the bible, we read about the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple of God because of the repeated disobedience and idolatry of the Hebrews. In the next books, Ezra and Nehemiah, we read about the return of a group of righteous people who have … Continue reading Broken Walls

The In-between

I am so tired of the battle! Things are quiet in my life as far as big things; we had just had a nice quiet vacation, our children and grandchildren are all healthy and doing fine. That's when the enemy likes to attack the mind though; in the quiet and empty times. Restlessness begins to … Continue reading The In-between

Home Sweet Home

We recently returned from a week long vacation which was relaxing and fun and we got to see our son. When you come back from vacation or a work trip and you step into your house you instantly feel at home. The minute you walk in the door and smell the scents of your house, … Continue reading Home Sweet Home

Reflection

Reflection-n. 1. Reflecting or being reflected; reflected light, heat, colour, or image. The Oxford Illistrated Dictionary Light-n. 1. appearance of brightness; amount of illumination in a place, one's fair or ordinary share of this. The Oxford Illustrated Dictionary The moon in our night sky does not shine of it's own accord. Interestingly, it is made … Continue reading Reflection

Macro and Micro

Often we go to God in prayer when there are major crises in our life. Things are beyond our control or bigger than us and we look to the only One we know Who is greater still. We just have to look at the night sky or pictures from the Hubble telescope to see how … Continue reading Macro and Micro

Peace and Safety!

"While people are saying, 'Peace and safety!,' destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape." 1 Thessalonians 5:3 The great cry of our present time is "Peace!" " Safety!" It has become a battle cry, a mantra, an excuse for expressing anger and fear without … Continue reading Peace and Safety!

Facing Giants

My second stepfather was a 36 year old bachelor who fell in love with my mother and took on her seven children as well. He took on a "giant" with all the good intentions of a man in love. The problem was he hadn't dealt with his own inner giants before he did. The end … Continue reading Facing Giants

Hands

Hands. They come in different shapes, sizes, colour, age and uniqueness. For thousands of years people have used them to build up or to tear down, to heal or to hurt, to love or to hate with; some are strong, some are weak, some are talented, some are useful. The small hands of a baby … Continue reading Hands

A Distant Light

It's easy to miss in the expanse of the twilight sky. A white glow with a streaming tail of ice crystals that at first glance may be mistaken for a falling star. It trails across the darkness a little longer though before it disappears on the horizon. A few moments in the eye of the … Continue reading A Distant Light

No U Turn

In A.W. Tozer's book 'Delighting In God', he talks about a conversation between an old saint (believer) and a young man. The young man asked the old saint, "What does it mean to be crucified with Christ?" The old saint thought for a moment and then replied, "To be crucified means three things. " I … Continue reading No U Turn

The Race

"and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." Hebrews 12:1b NIV "Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize." 1 Corinthians 9:24 NIV When I was in elementary school I was … Continue reading The Race

Clouds

Ever since I was a child one of my favourite things to do, when I am outside or riding along in a car, is to watch clouds. With so many different kinds and such a multitude of different shapes, different sizes and different colours they are an endless source of entertainment. Laying back and staring … Continue reading Clouds

Hand Holder

Sitting on the closed toilet, I watched mesmerized as the two-edged safety razor scratched a path through the foam across his cheek and along his strong jaw. Dipping it into the warm water in the sink and sharply swishing the razor to remove the hair, he began again. The sound of his voice, deeply droning … Continue reading Hand Holder