Birthday Blessings

I don't normally blog about my birthday, but it was on my mind this week... this getting older business.  Really, it is a blessing.  I was given another year. It gives pause to take inventory, evaluate, be grateful and just ponder.  I used to think...

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Living by Loving

The last two memorials I attended were for two younger women - and it struck me that both of them lived lives defined by love.  In fact, although they were unrelated in any way, the love chapter from 1 Corinthians 13 was read at both.  In this blog, I...

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I’m Giving Up Pain for Lent

Those words jangled in me today, with Ash Wednesday approaching and the question is often asked - what are you going to give up for Lent?I've seen it all... some ideas more environmental like taking each day to live a "greener" life, and perhaps I should give up my...

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Emotional Whiplash – Shaken by Death

I believe in the sustaining grace of God to keep us when we are broken, filled with unbelief and/or stricken with grief.At times like this there are simply no pat answers.Someone I know suffered severe whiplash recently; whiplash isn't a nice word if you think about...

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500 Club – Top Ten Posts

This is my 500th post.It seemed a good time to pause, to thank God for words, and friends, and encouraging readers.There has been an ebb and flow, but I am thankful for the discipline of writing, reflecting and this amazing platform of blogging which was an unknown...

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Growing old is Beautiful

 Every so often I look in the mirror and am surprised... since I’ve reached sixty, there are certain changes I don’t always embrace. Sometimes it seems my mother is looking back at me, and I see the resemblance!I remember mom well at age 65 mourning her wrinkles,...

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Exceedingly Able

I’ve been meditating on this verse from Ephesians 3, one of the letters in the New Testament. These words about God are extravagant, full of hope and promise. Exceedingly, abundantly, these are words of a loving Father who is rich in mercy and love. It’s good...

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Out of Rhythm

There is a comfort in rhythm.A steadiness, predictability, even tidiness to ones life. There are some who live like this most of their lives, cheerful plodders, some might even acuse them of being in a rut. Change comes and rhythms change. Sudden, like an...

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Into the Unknown with Victory

My message this morning was entitled "Into the Unknown".I don't speak often, but very much enjoy visiting our local Presbyterian Church now and then and leading the service there.Instead of my usual blog post, I thought I would post the message here.  You can...

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Celebrating Joy, Renewed by Love

Last week I jotted in my journal "Where will I find Joy this week?"And it was found in unexpected and precious moments.  Our little grandson leaping from rock to rock in a nearby playground, saying, "Yes, Grandma, I know this is dangerous!" hit our funny...

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Reflecting on Joy

Joy is the next step on this advent journey, the weeks slipping by in this season of parties, concerts, gatherings and preparation.We sang about joy yesterday and it was very clear to me that JOY is not the outward emotion of happiness, but something much deeper, that...

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an Acrostic Poem of Peace for Advent

The second in words of Advent, this is an acrostic poem about peace.PEACEPeace,   a Promiseby the ONE   Who Is PEACE."My Peace I leave with you,   do not be afraid!"Even in the midst of   chaos     ...

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An Acrostic Advent

In my ponderings of Advent this year, I thought I'd attempt to write an acrostic poem each week to enter into this season of waiting.  Here are my thoughts on this beautiful word "HOPE".Hope involves the Heart   a response   of Yes ...

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Generous Gifts

It is the season of giving gifts.I am always blown away by the generosity of others.  Since the first year of handing out little gifts made of Christmas Cards at the hospital, people have jumped on board, saving old Christmas Cards, and stitching them...

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A Wish List I Don’t Really Want

If I had what I wished forI'd wish for a world without painNo heart-ache, no sorrowAll sunshine -  no rain.Yes, there are days that this is what I wish for.Remember the good old days of the Wish Book?  Sears put it out for years, and it would be well-eared...

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Remembering Mom

This week mom would have her 86th birthday, her 5th birthday in Heaven.Recently I held the hand of a precious woman as she took her last breath. Her room just across the hall from where my own mother died, in hospice. Those are sacred moments and I’m grateful for the...

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Breathing a Prayer

Prayer can be a comforting thought, or a foreign practice.  We think of prayer in so many ways; we learn rote prayers as children... now I lay me down to sleep... and in my era we prayed the prayer that Jesus taught every morning as we started our school...

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Words of Faith to Live By – finding REST

Over the last few months I have been pondering words to live by.  Actually words have become a bit of a theme for me - I love doodling them, dwelling on them, and being encouraged by them.There is power in words!  Words can bring healing, hope,...

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Pondering the Journey of Self-Care

The other day, my hubby and I were sitting outside in a beautiful place, looking at the lake after a brisk walk.  It was beautiful, and it felt so good to sit with him, sipping my cup of tea. I then said this bizarre thing:  "My life is so large in some...

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Living Lovingly in an Polarized World

It is election week in my world.  Civic elections happen in a few days in my town and in communities all around my province.We are not the only ones faced with elections.  November elections in the United States are also in the news and it seems that much is...

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Turning a Leaf This Thanksgiving week

I’ve been turning the pages... on my calendars that is, and am I the only one surprised that we are entering the 4th quarter of 2018?Leaves are turning too.... in a hurry this year, it seems to me.  Tonight I scrambled to get the last of my tomatoes in before a...

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I love you to the Moon and back

The September moon was stunning last night.My iphone camera cannot do it justice, but I'm sure there are many beautiful pictures captured that will be posted today.What is it with the moon that evokes such emotion?  My hubby and I love to stare at the moon, there...

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A melancholy life

Some years ago, I took a personality quiz where the outcomes were divided into four categories:SanguineMelancholyCholericPhlegmaticI ended up scoring high on the melancholy profile, not really a surprise.Of course I romanticized it, thinking being melancholy likely...

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Things are Not Always as they Seem

We were having lunch at one of our favourite little restaurants, and I was fixing my tea.  I had ordered green tea, as I often do, and I absented mindedly opened the bag and put the teabag into the pot.But wait a minute... this tea wasn't green as I had...

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Finding Freedom in Unexpected Places

I've been on a learning curve this year.Actually, I think this learning is a regular thing, and I'm grateful, for I'm learning when I'm NOT learning I become stagnant!  Kind of like the stinky mess I found in my pail of weeds this morning... I should have emptied...

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God is not in a Hurry

We've been listening to Pastor Bobby Schuller of Hour of Power most Sunday afternoons and he has a creed he recites with his church every week.  One of the statements they repeat is "I don't have to hurry, I don't have to worry". I have been repeating those...

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An Ode to our Beautiful Province… that is burning

I wrote about smoke last week.It is the topic of conversation everywhere... smoky skies, fire and how it affects us.These words came to me today:Beautiful British Columbia on fireMy homethere is a heaviness in the airPalpable It seems our world has becomeBlack and...

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Pausing to give thanks on a Smoky Day

There are many tributes and gestures of thanks to firefighters this time of year... and there should be. I can’t imagine fighting in the heat, breathing in the acrid air, charging into dangerous areas encumbered with heavy protective garb and hauling heavy...

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