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    Why 

     It’s a favourite toddler question.  Why do I need to go bed?  Why do birds fly?  Why are apples red?  Our young ones can find more “why” questions than we can ever imagine.  It is their way of making sense of the world.  Their inquisitive minds absorb incredible amounts of information in those early years. We are built to want to know the why of things.  In our quest to gain the knowledge of the world, we want to know how things work and why things are as they are.  Our human minds want to make sense of things and understand their purpose.  The urge to know why has led…

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    An Undivided Heart

    Back in the days when my twins were toddlers our life was hectic.  One of my biggest challenges was keeping up with two active little people who each had minds of their own.  Inevitably, we would go outside and each of them would take off after their own pursuits. My heart was divided – which twin do I chase after?  It agonized me at times to think that, while I was getting one child to safety, the other might be getting into serious trouble.  The conflict in my mind was great.  I felt so much easier when I had the two of them inside, in a single safe confined location.…

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    Thanksgiving

    For me, this year has been a journey through many hills and valleys.  Through it all I have been overwhelmed at God’s loving hand through each and every step. While I don’t understand all the God has allowed in my life, I am truly thankful for His grace and mercy that have seen me through and for His miraculous hand bringing about healing and restoration.    It is a year where I can truly agree with Billy Graham’s words: “Mountaintops are for views and inspiration, but fruit is grown in the valleys.”  While going through challenges this year I wondered if I would ever gain strength to get out of…

  • 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)…

  • Good Things Out Of Bad?

    As he looks all around him the setting is grim.  The walls are filthy and dark and the floor smells dank and dour.  Very little light seeps into the cavity that is now his residence.  Chains bind his hands and feet.  Meals are meagre bits of gruel and bread.   His future on earth is uncertain.  Yet, in amidst it all he is full of thanksgiving! My Scripture reading time this week has taken me into Philippians.  I love how Paul starts off this book with words of thanksgiving.  Paul is full of joy over the Philippians’ positive response to the Gospel.  His love for God’s people is evident throughout…

  • The Green Eyed Monster

    It hits us all at some point – we look around and see people in better circumstances than ourselves.  We work so hard and yet don’t seem to prosper as well as some.  I know I look at some people and get quite agitated at times that they have successes and/or financial benefits that I don’t.  Envy rears its ugly head more often than I care to admit.  I’m a hard working and God-fearing person.  Why don’t I have some of the things these unbelievers have in abundance? Of course my thoughts are not new ones.  The writer of Psalm 73 had similar feelings.  He was some kind of church…