You Can Make It!

I watched a fascinating documentary. A lone polar bear was caught in a quick spring thaw. This big fella had been enjoying the end of winter; relaxing in the sun and frolicking on the ice, until the warm sun caught him by surprise …

Miracles in 2017!

Happy New Year’s I love New Year’s Day. It’s my favourite day of the whole year. It’s new, fresh and full of promise – miracles. “Miracles are supernatural events that supersedes natural laws”. Do you need a few of these this year? Last …

The Night Everything Changed

The Night Everything Changed As darkness fell, nothing was out-of-the-ordinary. The shepherds were in the fields with their sheep, possibly reclining with their back against a rock (uncomfortable!) – watching, like every other night. Can you imagine their surprise, when right before their …

Silent Night. Holy Night.

  Silent Night, Holy Night. Christ is born. A week or two before the holidays, I try to read the Christmas story everyday; I don’t want to miss a fresh thought. Today, I marvelled at Joseph. He had already chosen Mary to be …

Mary’s Sweet Surrender

I love Mary and one day I will meet her. Right now she is with Jesus, her earthly Son – the Lamb of God who took away the sin of the world – what a story. Mary’s resolved willingness to obey the angel’s …

Burning Faith

We had hoped this day would never come, however, when we heard the sound of the horn, we knew it was time to go. King Nebuchadnezzar had constructed a statue of himself and everyone, unbelievably, was to bow to his image. There was …

How Do I Find God’s Will?

  The day dawned like the one before – bright and sunny. The young student laced her runners, snapped on her water belt and she was off. Early morning jogs are the best – she hoped today she’d clear the fog in her …

Heaven’s Arrivals!

Her plane landed. She retrieved her luggage and quickly walked towards the arrival doors. When they opened, that’s when I saw her. I watched this young lady scan the crowd for the familiar face she had come to see. I’d say she was …

A Minute for Moms – Recharge

Dear Mom, Perhaps you are going in all different directions – exhausted, discouraged and overwhelmed. Sweet Mom, slow down. You will fall apart unless you take a moment to recoup each day. Turn your phone over, make a cup of tea and stop. …

Random Act of Kindness

When you get married you have these lofty thoughts on what marriage will be like. Cooking beautiful 4 course candlelight dinners – you’ve found each other and whew – off you go … I too had the same thoughts decades ago and still …

A Minute for Moms – Short Fuse

Dear Mom, A quick-tempered person finds themselves in all kinds of trouble. You either know someone with a short fuse, or sweet Mom, that’s you. Oftentimes we bury hurt and pain without ever taking the time to work it through and unfortunately, that never …

When God Delays His Answer

When God Delays His Answer What do you do when you pray and do not receive the answer you were hoping for? How do you cope when your prayers go unanswered? When your world goes dark, how do you keep trusting in an …

Rio Olympics 2016

I love watching the Olympics. Doesn’t matter if it’s winter or summer – I’m always inspired by athletes. The Olympics in Rio 2016, can now be live streamed anytime, anywhere. Quite remarkable. Olympic athletes are the best of the best. To even qualify …

Start Fresh – Farm Cows

Start Fresh One day we had a herd of cows delivered to the farm. It was suppertime and I expected my husband home any minute, however, the delivery truck arrived a few minutes early and I shuttered, “oh noooooooo, I need the delivery guy …

Lesson Learned – Broken Things

“I went by the field of the lazy man, and by the vineyard of the man devoid of understanding; And there it was, all overgrown with thorns; It’s surface was covered with nettles; It’s stone wall was broken down.  When I saw it, I considered it well; I …

This World Is Not Our Home

This World Is Not Our Home In the last few years’ peace around the globe has vanished. You don’t have to look far to realize, this world is not our home. It seems every week there is another attack somewhere on our planet …

A Minute For Moms | Acting Out

  Dear Mom, Children often “act out” as their only means of expressing “something is not right in my world”. As mothers, our reactions must be more mature than their outbursts. I heard a quote once that carried me through many troubles, “blessed …

Doing Good

Doing Good There are needy people all around us. You don’t have to look far to find someone to encourage. While on his way to work one day, my son saw a man sleeping on a park bench. A quick thought entered his …

A Minute For Moms | Suddenly

Dear Mom, Suddenly, God can swoop in and change everything. Always keep hopeful in your situation. You just never know when God will say “enough” and sweet Mom when He says “enough” then the trial is over. I’m waiting for answers to prayer. …

The Highlighting Miracle

The Highlighting Miracle When my daughter was in grade 12, she visited a home for orphans in Kenya. She was chatting with them about school in North America and when she took out her books to keep caught up with her schooling, they …

A Minute For Moms – Crisis

Dear Mom, Be careful not to make a major decision during a crisis point in your life. During these times your emotions are inclined to rule and cannot be trusted. Sweet Mom, don’t answer too quick, breathe deeply and let your words be …

A Minute For Moms | He Knows

Dear Mom, One day, it just so happened that two heartbroken widows Ruth and Naomi, travelled back to Naomi’s home-country. Needing food, it just so happened that Ruth gleaned in the field of a distant relative named Boaz, who just so happened to …

No Worries

Do Not Worry The Bible says not to worry about anything. Ponder that for a moment. Not-to-worry-about-anything. That’s intense. My Mom heard a quote once and when she detects worry in herself (or me!) she says, “worry is needless, useless and godless”. She’s …

Fires in Fort McMurray

Fort Mac Burning – May 2016 If you live in North America, chances are you have watched footage of the wild fires burning in the northern oil town of Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada. Fort Mac looked like something out of the movies. …

A Minute For Moms | Pray

Dear Mom, Whenever you are not focused on your immediate task “pray”; which in simple terms means “commune with God”. Develop the habit of conversing, mulling over situations and asking God’s opinion on all matters. You will find your personal relationship with God …

Thoughts on Heaven

Thoughts on Heaven I’ve heard about heaven. Read about heaven. Thought about heaven … and am looking forward to going to heaven – but I’ve never been there. My grandpa is there; He’s already made the trip. So has my grandma, aunts, father-in-law, …

A Minute For Moms | Strength

Dear Mom, I was visiting with a close friend one day and poured my heart out to her. Day-to-day mothering was getting the best of me. “I just won’t make it” I cried, “everything is going wrong”. She replied, “you will make it. …

Noah and God’s Promise

Noah and God’s Promise If you were able to listen in on a conversation between Noah and his family, perhaps you would have heard something like this … “Father, the deafening sound of continuous rain is grating on our nerves. Please tell us …

A Minute For Moms | Sweet Mary

Dear Mom, Mother’s Day has just passed; I trust your children made you feel loved. I’ve been thinking of Mary, Jesus’ Mom. Imagine being chosen as a teenager to participate in such a remarkable story. We too are “chosen mothers” and have specific …

Happy Mother’s Day!

Things I’ve Learned from a Godly Mom My Mom is my friend. Here’s what she taught me. 1. Love God. 2. Love your husband. 3. Love your children. 4. Love life. Now here’s a little more … Mom is fair, consistent and trustworthy; …

CHARIOTS OF FIRE – Faith

CHARIOTS OF FIRE The movie “Chariots of Fire” tells the story of a runner who competed in the 1924 Olympics. We learn so much from those who have gone before us; especially those who have walked with God and leave us a great …

Waiting Game

WAITING GAME – Answers to Prayer All my children have worked in the food industry. Often while preparing food orders, they’ve come across some impatient customers; especially since we’ve grown accustomed to instant everything. So to wait … well … no one likes …

A Minute For Moms | Loss

  Dear Mom, While reading the story of Ruth in the Bible, her godly character is admired. Wise, loyal and optimistic, are just a few words to describe this young lady. Despite the tragic loss of her husband, she still trusted in God. …

God Is For You

God Is For You Has satan ever tricked you into doing something you know you shouldn’t? Of course he has – he’s the biggest scammer ever. His ultimate trick; fooling Adam and Eve into thinking they could become as wise as God. Our …

Athletes Don’t Quit

ATHLETES DON’T QUIT Athletes are such an inspiration to me. I love watching these warriors compete. They always “do what it takes” to win at their game. Take for example, bobsledders. They descend down giant ditches of solid ice, at bizarre speeds, in …

So Great A Price

So Great A Price I watched with fascination a documentary on lions. In particular, a pride of starving lions. They had encircled quite a group of elephants and were staring down their supper – their babies …  baby elephants. The grown elephants growled, …

For The Love Of Hockey

FOR THE LOVE OF HOCKEY Since I have a hockey lovin’ family and live where it’s cold in the winter, I have watched a lot of hockey … and when play-offs happen, it ups the anti. It almost seems like players and coaches …

Dressed for Battle

DRESSED FOR BATTLE If you watch the news for more than 1 minute, you know there are many battles being fought in the world today. We have all seen the eyes of a soldier in combat, dressed for battle. Their resolve is fixed; …

We Are Not Home Yet

We Are Not Home Yet I remember my first mission venture. After 17 hours flying time, not to mention layovers – I arrived at the airport … not at my destination which was 2 hours up country; just at the airport. I looked …

An Athlete In Training

I love watching the Winter and Summer Olympics. Listening to athletes share their journey to excellence and watching them perform; is just plain wonderful. They have such perseverance and grit – all of them reaching the top of their game. You can be …

A Bear, A Lion and A Giant

You have probably heard the story of David and Goliath. David was small in stature and Goliath, a hulk of a human being. In Bible days he was called a giant. To refresh your memory, David was a shepherd boy keeping watch over …

Misty. Low. Damp. Dark. Days.

If you have ever travelled to the West Coast of the United States, you have seen the gigantic Redwoods. They are said to be the tallest trees on earth and interestingly, require the heavy coastal fog to thrive. Heavy coastal fog. The kind of …

A “Valentine” Kind of Love

A “VALENTINE” KIND OF LOVE Valentine’s Day is all about love. However, perhaps you are reading this and your love has not come into view … or your love is gone … as a result you don’t want to read about Valentine’s Day. …

God Sees The Big Picture

A High View I love looking down from an aircraft. As the fields take on the look of a patchwork quilt, while rivers meander through towns and mountains alike, yes, the view from above is breathtaking. There is order. The Bible says: “Then God …

Job and His Troubles

Job’s Troubles If you read the Bible, you will be familiar with the life of Job. Through no fault of his own, he came up against a lot of trouble. Job had been very successful and served God faithfully. One day, his name …

We Are Not Promised Tomorrow

NOT PROMISED TOMORROW  I will never forget one day in Grade 10. We were sitting at our desks, half asleep, usual for a Monday morning, listening to the hum of the announcements. Really no one was paying attention until … The principle came …

A Few Good Friends

A FEW GOOD FRIENDS I’m sure you have found this to be true, good friends are hard to find. Whether you are in grade school, high school, college or later in life, loyal friends are few. Often we expect acquaintances to assume a …

Your Prayer Is Heard!

YOUR PRAYER IS HEARD! The Christmas season has just passed, however, I love the story of Zechariah and Elizabeth. They prayed and prayed for a child – and nothing. Year after year they hoped – and still nothing. Finally resigning themselves to “nothing”, they …

Student Course Mess Up

Course Mess Up What’s a student to do? When … The college or university you are attending gives you the wrong information and you end up not having the right courses to graduate? Or, perhaps you’ve been working on a specific degree believing …

Happy Kids in Sports

Playing any sport forces you to persevere. Playing on a team produces cooperation. When my five children were young, we encouraged them to play all kinds of sports. Not really because of me, I might add, it was their Dad who loved sports …

Happy New Years!

Happy New Year! As we chatted over breakfast, a friend smiled and said “I love a New Year. I kind of messed up a bit last year, it’s so great to start fresh again!” How we all need to “start fresh again”. Today, …

Love Those “Christmas Suddenlies”

Christmas Suddenlies!  “And “suddenly” there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, goodwill toward men”. Luke 2: 13,14 “SUDDENLY”! I love the suddenlies. My uncle affirms, …

It’s Christmas “Say Yes!”

It’s Christmas – Say Yes!  What if the individuals in the Christmas story didn’t say “yes?”  What if they said “that’s too much to ask, I can’t do it”. Or, “what will people think, what you are saying is impossible”. I’m so glad …

God Redeems Broken Women

God Redeems Broken Women Have you ever felt like a broken woman? Thought your life was ruined? Let me tell you the story of Rahab. She was a broken woman. Her profession … well, unprofessional. Though Rahab’s lifestyle was shameful, God saw her …

Forget the Past and Look Ahead

Forgetting the Past and Looking Ahead “Forgetting things behind you” Philippians 3:13 The writer of this truth was the apostle Paul. He sure needed to forget what was behind him. Perhaps you know his story from reading the New Testament. Paul was a dreadful …

Make This A Simpler Christmas

Awe Christmas. Snow falling gently, Christmas music playing, baking cooling – isn’t it a shame that everyday doesn’t feel like Christmas? Perhaps your day looks nothing like this idyllic image. Sure Christmas is right around the corner but as a Mom, you’re stressed …