Rushing to enjoy Summer

Rushing to enjoy Summer I enjoy the challenge of painting every day I can, and the World Watercolour Month in July provides prompts to inspire. Today’s prompt was rush, how do you paint that? But it got me to thinking about my own state of mind. These official months...

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Living with Limitations

Here we are, a third of June has passed.  I know you’ve heard it before, but the older you get the faster it seems to go. I stood in line today at a lab, waiting to get my blood taken.  It was a long line, and in front of me was a dad and his little girl.  She was so...

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Slowing down in May

I’m feeling the pressing need to slow down in May, to sink deep into my roots for strength, to stop and notice beauty everywhere. May 1 has always been a precious day for me, posies of buttercups, memories I hold with my sister, and the reminders we share to this day....

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Beauty in Chaos

Beauty in Chaos Ripped apart by chaos, Hard to breathe dust and debris a tearing down Mess everywhere My heart torn too Ripped at the pain of others Confusion on so many levels Caring for our loved one Where confusion often Overtakes reality. And then we watch the...

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Opposing Prayers

One of the hardest things as a pray-er, as a follower of Jesus, is to discern what to pray for, and what is the will of God. Two things I am certain of:  as Gods beloved children, God wants the best for us.  We are loved. But that doesn’t mean we get whatever we want....

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I’ve been ducked 🐥😊

April fools is just passed, and we found ourselves travelling home after an epic week with family.  It was so special to reconnect with grandsons we hadn’t seen for so long, and we are thankful for each visit we have with my dad in this season. So we came home, April...

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On the Road to Easter

Palm Sunday is past Palm branches trodden & discarded the week takes a solemn bent and can I truly listen to the teaching absorb the love ponder the sacrifice as Jesus sets His face toward the cross. I sit here in the discomfort the tension of that week. I cannot...

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Welcome Spring

We have joked that the act of putting away the snow shovels might spur on snow.  I went one step further. I planted pansies! I know, I just couldn’t help myself, the day was warm, the pansies with their happy faces seemed to want to settle in.  I ignored the forecast...

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Heart Thoughts

Thirteen years ago, on March 13, I woke up with the oddest pain under my arms and an intense restlessness I could not escape. I did not know I was having a heart attack. We finally ended up in the ER, and it took them a bit to figure it out too. But my bloodwork told...

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Praying through Lent

I remember praying this prayer every morning at school when I was growing up. I am always grateful when we use this prayer that Jesus taught in our worship at church, and for some church traditions it is part of every service. It is easy to say it on auto pilot and...

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Longing

Lent invites us to reflect on our incompleteness our humanness the need to know to control to fully understand knowing we are dust yet carry eternal souls reflections of a holy God who asks only that we trust the One Who loves and knows us fully Trust for all Our...

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Technically challenged

My mother used to think I was brilliant. She amazed me with her thirst to keep up, stay connected and even learn to text on one of those flip phones in the year before she died.  She did not find that easy, and often asked for help.  Her frustration at times included...

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When Ashes intersect with Love

It’s a rare occasion, Valentines Day and Ash Wednesday in the same day.  It is a day to celebrate love, and friendship.  And it is a day to ponder what it means to empty myself, and embark on a season of lent. Lent has become increasingly meaningful to me in the...

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Eggs and toast

It is an ordinary morning in February, a skiff of snow on the ground. I’m missing Arizona though, and grateful we could go for holidays there almost every year for so long. It was the oranges on my plate that got me thinking in this direction, as I felt thankful for...

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Desolation and Consolation

The examen the review of a day a week or month or segment of time invites reflection pause In the depth of winter where the landscape can seem barren, desolate stripped of growth yet, under the frozen earth even in dormancy there is life. We are consoled by the One...

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Life can Paralyse you

A blog/lament on war Life can paralyse you Frozen, an observer of a parade of tragedies passing by in Real time Real life On whatever screen I don’t want to be immune I, part of the human race can feel helpless dismayed disheartened. Hibernation although attractive is...

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In the bleak of Winter

In the darkest of days, the coldest I look for light and warmth. The soul can feel desolate squeezed by circumstance, pain that one can not control The Psalmist says: If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me     and the light become night around me,” even the...

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Resolutions or Good Intentions?

Good Intentions or Resolutions? Perhaps they are the same thing.  Have you a list of resolutions for 2024? I tend to be a reluctant dieter, or resolution maker. Too often, it ends in failure, and a sense of disappointment that I couldn’t follow through. I’ve had...

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Holding time

Holding time   Do you ever wish You could capture a moment like a firefly a spark of light willing it to pause be still Your mind the camera savouring this moment a look a smile a sky of stunning beauty a song that captures your heart. Time is relentless the baby that...

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To be Vulnerable at Christmas

The very title feels vulnerable and at Christmas yet? when one puts on glad and yes, of course I love the inspirational stories the heartwarming feelings of goodwill. the cheer and brightness of the season. sometimes vulnerability is a loud voice that demands...

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Dis

Dis In the darkness of Advent, I find myself Discombobulated (Disconcerted, disoriented) Distressed. I’d like to dismiss these feelings of disorientation, yes even sadness Dis (an odd word) is negative. And yet, in the chaos of Christmas the expectations, the longings...

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An Advent Journey with Dad.

I’ve been working on this painting the last couple of days, from a picture my hubby saw of Big Ben, and a street in London.  Somehow, I found this a challenging exercise, and am not happy with the outcome. This morning, as I was reflecting, it reminded me of Advent,...

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Defiant Hope

Defiant Hope It’s an odd combination of words but I like the determination to not give up to face diversity, challenges, yes, even heartaches with a hope that defies reason. Hope is not always what is wished for although we long for peace relief from suffering and...

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Hope is Birthed in the Dark

As November fades and darkens the twinkling lights appear house by house row on row, lighting our world with cheer and anticipation Of good things to come. Hope fills the air the dark quenched by cheerful lights that overcome the gloom. Hope is a gift, a promise. that...

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Surviving or Thriving

Surviving or Thriving.   It’s a good play on words. Am I surviving? Or thriving? I’d like to say, for the record, in black and white, That I would like to be thriving. Can one be both? The other day, I was so tired, so weary, I crashed…. What does that mean? Our...

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November a month to remember

Days flit by Yesterdays are shadows of today. November deepens the greyest of months dark colours my world leaves sodden trees bare. my loved one too is sinking into shadows of his former self. We watch, dismayed holding memories like precious jewels as we accompany...

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Decisions

Decisions can be hard. Shall I go here or there or just stay home? And what of the weather? snow and ice distinct possibilities mountain passes become barriers Will I be well, have energy? My decisions have implications for me for others. we have one life to spend...

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letting go

Life is a series of letting go living in reality accepting imperfections seasons of richness along with seasons of loss. The leaves let go the mother tree shaking them loose does she feel her barrenness as she releases them? We think we can control fix things make it...

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Accepting Fragility

I tend to be an idealist, even as I wrestle with imperfection and fragility.  There is a longing to make all things better, even as we live in a broken world. I remember listening to a TV pastor we enjoyed watching and having an unusual moment.  Even he said this was...

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October Sun

October Sun You cast hope into my shadows Clouds dance in your embrace shifting across the dampled sky. Dandelions who’ve spent their blooming offer seeds, ready for the wind to set them loose. Are they the hope of spring? I watch leaves dance in the gentle breeze...

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