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

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