Advent – Week 2

“This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:12 NIV God is a God of humility. During Advent, we celebrate that Almighty God, who needs nothing and lacks nothing, humbled Himself to be born as a weak, helpless human baby. Not a … Continue reading Advent – Week 2

Why Advent? – Week 1

"and they will call him Immanuel" -which means, "God with us." Matthew 1:23 NIV For the next few weeks, I will be doing a mini-devotional on the meaning and reason for celebrating Advent. In this first week, we will examine the word and its significance. Advent. A word we often hear at this time of … Continue reading Why Advent? – Week 1

Growing Weary

So let us not grow weary of doing good; for if we don’t give up, we will in due time reap the harvest. Galatians 6:9 (CJB) Do you ever feel like giving up? Is your heart heavy and your body sapped of energy? Recently, I struggled with these feelings. An article I wrote did not … Continue reading Growing Weary

Pierced Ears

Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, But my ears you have pierced; Psalm 40:6a NIV I guide the thin metal to the small hole and it slides smoothly to the opposite opening in the back of my earlobe. Quick and easy, I do it almost mindlessly, but I recall when I first got my … Continue reading Pierced Ears

Tangled

The lush greenery and quiet brought calmness as I deeply inhaled. As I walked with my friend along the path, she pointed out different landmarks and the history of the land we walked. Pausing, she pointed out the high stump of a tree trunk near the shore of the stream that ran through the property. … Continue reading Tangled

Glimmers

Tears filled my eyes as I knelt on the floor in my office, heavy-hearted with frustration and a sense of failure. I had been earnestly praying for something for years, but nothing seemed to have changed. What’s the point, I thought. It seemed hopeless and I wondered if I was not praying right, frequent enough, … Continue reading Glimmers

Mourning Grace

Jesus wept. John 11:35 NKJV Her hair felt wrong. It was stiff and dry, not soft and supple like usual, as my fingers caressed it. The spirit who was my mother was gone. Unreachable. All that remained for me to touch and say goodbye to was this flaccid, lifeless shell. I was jolted awake by … Continue reading Mourning Grace

GPS

Pressure builds in my head, and it begins to ache. My chest tightens and my breathing becomes shallower. The answers to my husband become short, harsh, and increasingly louder. As my frustration, anxiety and irritation increase, muddled thinking sets in and I become confused then everything else revs up. The problem is I don’t trust … Continue reading GPS

Better Than Cupcakes

Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. Psalm 34:8 NIV Red hair framed my five-year-old granddaughter's sweet, lightly freckled face as she scrunched up her nose and shyly, softly responded to her dad’s prompt. “I love Jesus because he will make me alive again.” Joy … Continue reading Better Than Cupcakes

White Water

You shall follow the Lord your God and fear Him; and you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and cling to Him.Deuteronomy 13:4 NASB A wall of water rose before my frozen eyes, and my breath caught momentarily in my throat. The bottom of the river loomed below my feet, filling … Continue reading White Water

Flying Stones

There was something odd about the camping trailer ahead of us. Something black was dancing underneath it like fingers across piano keys, trilling back and forth. As the distance between our vehicles closed, I realized it wasn’t underneath but on the back bumper. It was a row of fine black fibres closely strung together to … Continue reading Flying Stones

Love Letter

Stepping out the door, refreshment immediately washed over my soul. Sun caressed my face; the lilting music of birdsong lifted my spirit, and lush greenness soothed my eyes. Breathing deeply, my shoulders relaxed, my eyes closed, and peace flowed over me as I sat soaking it all in. I smiled. The love letter of our … Continue reading Love Letter

Paths

The click-clack of my winter boots on the tile floor echoed off the painted concrete walls. Thrumming filled my ears with every heartbeat, and butterflies had taken up residence in my stomach as I followed the postered and bulletin board-dotted hallway. Thirty-two years old and a mother of three, I had decided to go back … Continue reading Paths

Redeeming The Minutes

Have you ever crawled between the crisp, smooth covers of your sheets, breathed a sigh of comfort at finally resting your tired bones on the cushiony softness of your mattress, only to lay there wondering where the past sixteen hours went? You envision your day, hour by hour, knowing you were busy but can’t understand … Continue reading Redeeming The Minutes

King of the Jews

The sign over His head said it in three different languages. A mere twenty-four hours before, the people had proclaimed and wanted it. The leaders had feared it and plotted to stop it. What had happened? How did things change so quickly? Life can change in the blink of an eye. What looked like a … Continue reading King of the Jews

Well Sitting

Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour. John 4:6 NKJV This picture of Jesus’s humanity where scripture says He became weary, and when He did, He rested, encourages me. This was a divinely appointed rest. Christ had pushed Himself … Continue reading Well Sitting

Precious

It was a deliciously quiet and restive moment of reading in our usually hectic week when my husband and I were startled by a loud bang. Swivelling our necks in unison toward the row of family room windows, we saw a small object drop to the ground. Birds often fly into our large living room … Continue reading Precious

Desert Places

Have you ever been in a desert place? You know, when life feels dry, empty of joy or purpose. Seasons where day-to-day we go through the motions but feel lifeless inside.  We still believe in God, but He appears to be distant. Many years ago, I had the opportunity to go to Tucson, Arizona. As … Continue reading Desert Places

Cracked Jars

“Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools. They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.”            Psalm 84:6-7 NIV With … Continue reading Cracked Jars

That Christmas Feeling

The decorations are all down and lovingly tucked away in their respective boxes. Walking into my restored living room, the ghost of my beautiful, twinkling, ornamented tree lingers in the corner of my eye and I sigh longingly. Christmas has always been my favourite time of year. Brightly coloured decorations and lights bring pleasure to … Continue reading That Christmas Feeling

Cabbage Patch Kid

Do you remember back in the mid-1980s when the Cabbage Patch doll came out? They became a huge success and I remember people lining up at Christmas frantic to 'adopt' one for their child. It became madness with people fighting each other for the last one on the shelf, stealing them from other people's carts … Continue reading Cabbage Patch Kid

Shields Up!

Out of the pitch black of a hidden chamber, within the large cavern, the bristle-haired spindly legs slowly tapped out unseen by the young couple. The beam from their flashlight could not reach far enough to see the abnormally huge bulbous body that those legs dragged out behind them. As the giant radiation mutated black … Continue reading Shields Up!

Quiet Waters

The wooden deck creaks slightly beneath my deck chair. Reflected trees, sky and clouds shimmer on the smooth surface of the lake. A slight breeze whispers across its surface causing mild ripples that travel languidly to the shore. There is no splash in response, no sound of water lapping, just a visible representation of movement. … Continue reading Quiet Waters

Black Fly Lies

Our blue van disappeared around the bend in the dirt road, with my family safe inside. The quiet of the clearing pressed in on me as it sunk in that I was all alone and defenceless. Looking at the flat tire on the tent trailer sitting behind me, I wondered how long it would take … Continue reading Black Fly Lies

Fallen Leaves

"For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God."Romans 8:20-21 Fireworks of colour explode amidst a landscape … Continue reading Fallen Leaves

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