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    Shaking it Up

    I fondly remember waltzing around the room in the arms of my elderly uncle.  His joyful spirit encouraged me as I took fledgling steps in unknown dance patterns.  He was a spry little man, not a great deal taller than my ten-year-old self.  As he taught me the steps and whirled me around the room, his blue eyes sparkled with merriment.   His home was the scene of many special family events and celebrations.  They would peel back the carpet to reveal the polished hardwood beneath.  This dance floor served many as my father’s extended family loved to dance. I loved those events as a child.  It was a time…

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    Doing the Impossible

    Some days are great but others are just upside down.  All it takes is one phone call or one incident and life is changed.  We can pursue life in one direction and wham – the brakes are applied and we must change our path.  At times, moving forward can seem impossible. I highly doubt that anyone can say life is easy.  No matter what our station in life, there are challenges.  There is no straight path through life.  Some parts of our journey are on the mountain tops with glorious experiences and relationships, and others are in the valleys where turmoil reigns.  At times, the road turns and we face…

  • Give a Little Whistle

    In Disney’s movie Pinocchio, he struggles with the choices a real boy must make about right and wrong.  His buddy, Jiminy Cricket, wants to help and urges Pinocchio to use a whistle as a signal to think about what he should do.  Jiminy teaches Pinocchio this song: “When you get in trouble and you don’t know right from wrong, give a little whistle, give a little whistle.  When you meet temptation and the urge is very strong, give a little whistle, give a little whistle.” Signals are really useful to get our attention.  They trigger our brains to act in a particular way or to expect certain things to happen…

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    A Living Witness

    I am blessed with two wonderful mothers in my life.   My own mother is a quiet soul whose life radiates peace even amongst the most challenging of circumstances.  She calmly goes through life, caring for her family and finding a myriad of ways to show she loves us.  While she is not overly vocal about her faith, there is no doubt that it is what grounds her no matter what happens.   My dear mother-in-law is opposite in character.  Her vivacious personality embraces those around her with love and affection.  She opens her heart and her life to those around her, easily socializing in any crowd and making friends…

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    The End in Mind

    I enjoy planning creative lessons for my students to engage them in learning.  I want them to build the skills and knowledge necessary to be strong, not only academically, but also in all other aspects of their lives.  This involves encouraging them to think, problem solve, and explore.   The best way for me to promote learning for my students is to have the end goal in mind.  As I work to make my lessons meaningful and productive, I am ever conscious of where I want my students to finish up.  I start planning how I will assess my students and work my way backward from that point, figuring out…

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    Rebuilding

    The old weathered barn stands as a pinnacle of a prairie farm’s existence.  Repainted, refurbished, and mended over the years, it represents hours of labour and care to keep it functional.  At times tragedies have struck – things like storm damage or fire – yet it still stands, built even stronger and still useful. It reminds me of a quote I read recently.  Some passages just dig right into me and turn my thinking upside down.  They present me with ideas in a way I have not considered before.  One such quote comes from a book I read recently – Lee Strobel’s The Case for Hope.  In it, Lee quotes…

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    Are You Ready?

    I vividly remember the days of trying to go on any car trip when my children were young.  It was no matter of jumping in the car and going.  It definitely required lead time to prepare things like diapers, food, clothing changes, stroller, etc.  For each journey, I had to consider what needs might take place and try to prepare for them.  I certainly didn’t want to fail to remember any of the essentials. Forgetting something like a child’s favourite toy could have very unpleasant consequences.   I can still be that way when God is asking me to do something.  I want to prepare and have everything I need…

  • The Challenge

    A young mother weeps as she cradles her infant son.  Her precious little bundle should be enjoying the loving embraces of family and friends but there is no one who can safely enter her home.  An active little boy longs for play dates with his friends, but video chats must suffice and he cries from the loneliness.  A grandmother sits alone in her room, missing the hugs of her loved ones.  A teacher struggles to work with her students from home as they deal with forced isolation. These are just a few of the scenarios we face during this pandemic.  All of us know someone who struggles with the effects…

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    What Are You Looking For?

    What really matters to you?  What makes you happy?  When do you feel totally satisfied?  What things turn your life around? The world wants us to focus on questions like these.  If you only do this or only have that, then you will find true satisfaction in life.  You have to find your own destiny.  It’s up to you to make things happen in your life and to help yourself feel good.   These statements, however, are all fallacies in God’s eyes.  It is not up to us to determine what is best, only God knows what that truly is.  True wholeness and satisfaction are a gift from Him. Yet…

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    God’s Greenhouse

    I open the door and the smell of earth permeates my nostrils.  Tiny green shoots emerge each day as the seeds planted begin their journey to a full-grown plant.  My greenhouse abounds with a variety of fruits, vegetables, and flowers.  To me these plants provide hope – of blessed things to come. I love sorting through my seeds with visions of the produce they will provide.  I picture the large pumpkins and cucumbers with their trailing vines in abundance.  I see rows of berries burst forth with their red and black treasures.  I envision digging in the earth to retrieve luscious carrots and potatoes. None of these plants happen, though,…