Valentine’s day began as the remembrance of the martyrdom of St. Valentine for his faith. Over the centuries, it has morphed into a celebration of love - romantic love. Like Christmas, an entire business has developed around it. Chocolates, flowers, diamonds, etc. and, of course, dinner out. This day has become a big deal for … Continue reading Happy Heart Day
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
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
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
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
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!