• Who is She?

    The doorbell rang and the members of our small Bible study group instantly were on the alert.  Our pastor had informed us that a young woman had approached him, asking about a women’s Bible study group.  While he said he couldn’t divulge the details, what he did tell us was that she needed a group of women to show her support in a rough time of her life. We weren’t sure what to expect when the door opened.  The woman at the door looked in at us with a mixture of trepidation and caution, but also with purpose. As she entered the room where we sat around prepared for our…

  • Make a Difference

    I remember the day vividly.  As a second year student at my college I knew what the annual awards ceremony would entail.  My high expectations for the results of the day were evident in my cheery demeanor.  I dressed carefully for the evening event, wanting to look my best when I walked across the stage to receive an award.   During my first year I had seen others winning awards for their active involvement and leadership in our Christian college.  As someone who didn’t compete on sports teams I was glad to see a broader focus at my school that honored those who contributed in other areas as well –…

  • Don’t Stop Seeking

    These days there is certainly no lack of things to worry about.  The media continues to portray a world where disease and violence run rampant.  Families are torn apart and many do not know where their next meal is coming from.  Job security is nonexistent for many.  I could go on and on with things that raise concerns in our lives today. I am not immune to the worry bug.  Thankfully, when the cares and concerns of this life want to take hold, I know where to turn.  My favourite Scripture in times like these is Matthew Chapter 6 where there is an entire section entitled “Do Not Worry”.  …

  • It Hurts

    With extra time at home I have had the opportunity to sort through some old files.  I was intrigued to find a collection of writings from many years ago.  It’s interesting to go back and review my words from another time.  I am going to share one such blurb with you now because I feel it is pertinent to us in these times: Lord, it hurts so much I think I am going to scream.  Why must I be in constant pain?  Will there ever be any relief?  I don’t know how I am going to go on.   Do these words sound familiar?  We all experience pain in various…

  • Grab a Brick

    I love Lego.  When my children were growing up we always had a large amount of Lego bricks so everybody could get in there and build their own massive creations.  It was a wonderful rainy-day/winter activity with all of us, me included, down on the floor and sifting through the blocks to find that perfect one to complete our structures. I still have that bin of Lego and it resurfaces when my grandchildren come to visit.  They know where it is and it is usually the first thing they go to when they get into the house.  Before I know it, the living room floor is covered with the myriad…

  • Trust in the Lord

    A child gets into a car, gleefully enjoying the adventure of a trip somewhere.  There is no concern about whether the car has enough fuel or if the traffic is congested.  The child is oblivious to road conditions or mechanical issues with the vehicle.  For each journey, the child trusts that the parent driving the car will bring them all safely to where they need to be.  This confidence allows the child the freedom just to be and enjoy the ride.   In contrast, when I get in my car, there are a myriad of possible thoughts going through my head.  What is the weather like today?   Do I…

  • Listen

    As I walk along my country road each day I have many opportunities to just take in my environment and listen.  It’s amazing what a person can digest when there are not a lot of other influences to permeate the brain.  There are intricate sounds everywhere.  The gravel crinkles as I walk.  Leaves rustle in the trees.  Underbrush snaps with the scurrying of small creatures.  The birds flit about with their delightful songs.  My mind is acutely aware of all that is going on around me because there is nothing or no one else around to interfere. Now if only I could do as well listening when God is speaking…

  • A Living Hope

    It is easy to let fear take hold right now.  Every newscast is filled with reopening strategies on the one hand but tales of gloom where other countries have relapses with increased social interaction.  Worry rears its ugly head way more than I like.  I want to trust God but I get concerned with the increasing havoc this deadly virus creates and that, at times, overwhelms me. Commercials abound that state we are all in this together and we will get through these challenging times.  TV presentations of encouragement are supposed to help.  In many ways they do not.  I feel even more isolated as I see what I am…

  • A Teacup for Mother

    I remember the old neighbourhood hardware store.  The floors creaked as I followed my dad around.  The musty corners beckoned me with their variety of goods to explore.  Each aisle contained a new adventure with a mixture of housewares and tools and gardening supplies stacked haphazardly on the shelves.  I checked out various items as I waited for my father to finish his errand.  I enjoyed being able to explore all the interesting knickknacks on this lovely Saturday morning.   As I roamed through the various areas of the store I came across the most beautiful teacups.  There were five cup and saucer sets, each with their own unique floral…

  • The Explanation

    My husband has a great love of movies.  He likes the challenge of media that makes him think as well as those that offer action and adventure.  Recently he recorded the Matrix series of movies.  We had watched pieces of these movies together at various times, but his thought was, if I can see the events in sequence from the beginning to the end, then I will understand the movies better. Because this type of movie makes him happy, I am game to try it out at least.  Watching the start of the first movie I wonder if I really have made a wise decision.  Very little makes sense to…