• Praying in the Storm

    The snow swirls around as a storm engulfs our area.  Visibility wanes and mobility suffers.  Paths that were easy to walk yesterday are now impassable.  Going outdoors involves multiple layers of clothing and lots of shovelling. The weather outside goes along with my mood.  The challenging circumstances of life right now engage me in a constant battle of trying to move forward in this blizzard that is my life.  How do I take steps ahead on what seems to be an impenetrable road? My prayers focus on the topic of imploring the Lord to change my circumstances.  Over and over I beg God to fix what is wrong or remove…

  • Tranquility Vs. Anxiety

    Many years ago, when I was in high school, I had a rough bout of illness and missed many school days in a row.  In those years my dear friend stopped by every morning and we walked to school together.  In those days of illness, she still faithfully stopped by each morning and checked if I was better and able to make the school journey.  After missing a few days of school, she dropped me a get well note that included a quote from Philippians 4 – “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (verse 6 NIV)…

  • To Do Lists

    I am in the midst of cleaning up my desk this morning.  No matter how many promises I make to myself, I always seem to manage to collect a variety of papers and things that clutter up my workspace.  And writing in a disorderly environment definitely hampers my creativity. But I am a collector.  There are clippings from magazines and little notes about health or gardening and quilting ideas and often recipes that I want to try.  There are a myriad of notes about things that have caught my interest that I want to research for future writing projects.  There are financial documents that need filing and medical forms that…

  • Blessings of Family

    As I sort through all my pictures on this Family Day holiday, I feel a mixture of emotions.  So much of my life is represented in these photos.  Years of growing and learning, of joys and sometimes sorrows.  As I examine the pictures of my children I feel a sense of both satisfaction and sadness. It is gratifying to see how my children have grown and flourished.  There is much laughter and joy reflected in their pictures.  We didn’t always have it easy but I think they have many special memories of their growing up years.  I can be satisfied that I did my best as a parent and that…