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    Peace

    Waiting is a challenging thing.  It is one thing to await a special event; it is quite the opposite process when time lingers before a challenging task or circumstance. The morning of my cancer surgery I struggle with what to do with my time.  I am not thrilled with my afternoon surgery appointment because I know that my mind will be racing in circles all morning, anticipating the events to come.  Trying to ignore my hunger pangs, as I hadn’t been allowed to eat for hours, I begin mindlessly surfing the internet to bide the time. Moments before I need to start the long drive to the hospital, an email…

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    Where Fear Treads

    Cancer.  It’s a word that strikes fear in even the strongest and heartiest of souls.  There are few people these days that haven’t had someone in their lives deal with this invasive disease.  No one wants or expects this diagnosis to be directed at them and it is extremely traumatic when the words are said – “You have cancer.” Just a few weeks ago I did something that has to rate as one of the most challenging things I have ever done in my life – walk through the doors of my local cancer clinic.  As I struggled not to cry, I looked around at the multitude of people milling…

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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…

  • 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…

  • Blessings of Trust

    I was having a bad day totally brought upon myself by worry about something over which I have little control. It permeated my thoughts and even brought a few tears. I tried to figure out the situation, analyzing it from every angle; but the answers remained the same. There is no immediate answer to the situation and I can do little to change it. That truly bugs me. Yet, my gracious Lord knows when I need His gentle Word with its kick in the pants, so to speak. As He often does, He provides with the most meaningful words at the right time. On my desk I found another sticky…

  • Seed Saving

    The sun beams brightly, however, there is a slight chill in the air that reminds me autumn is at hand.  My garden takes on a tired appearance as the days go by.  Its colours, once brilliant, are fading and putting on their fall coat of brown and yellow.  The cornstalks still stand tall but they are weakened by the dried out stalks that support them.  The pea vines lie in piles and the potato tops are shrivelled into almost oblivion. Part of my fall garden ritual involves collecting seeds from my flowers and some types of vegetables.  It is a painstaking task, but one that gives me great satisfaction.  Saving…

  • We are in God’s hands

    The news is full of accounts of storm damage from Hurricane Irma.  This category 5 hurricane, one of the worst in many years, is wreaking havoc on much of the Caribbean in recent days and is set to cause further destruction in the days ahead.  Usually I see news clips of hurricanes causing problems but it is so far removed from me that it doesn’t touch my life a great deal.  I do pray for those affected but I really don’t realize the impact of such events on people’s day to day lives. Today is different though.  My dear daughter and her husband are on their honeymoon – a Caribbean…

  • In the Zone

    Years ago I had a receptionist job for a time.  I remember sitting at my desk, cheerily answering the phone and attending to the myriad of duties that went along with my job in this bustling youth ministry.  The position has a few challenges, but for the most part, I function with ease.  I definitely am in a safe, secure comfort zone.  After having left a difficult job prior to this one, I’m not looking for anything to ruffle my feathers.  I am happy and content to go about my work. Within a year after taking on this job one of the directors quit and the executives were on the…