TURN to Thankfulness

It takes courage to be thankful. I think I read that somewhere recently. It’s the week leading up to Thanksgiving here in Canada. I’m noticing we get caught up in the preparations for the holiday. Getting the right turkey. Grass-fed or the one on sale? Pumpkin pie or apple? Or better yet both! House cleaned. … Continue reading TURN to Thankfulness

TURN: To Kindness

It’s 4pm on a Friday afternoon. We are two weeks into summer vacation. I’m already thinking this is going to be a looong summer. The world is angry. The weather is angry. People close to me seem angry. I'm a bit cranky myself. The heat and haze seem to be swallowing everything up in it’s … Continue reading TURN: To Kindness

Strong, Brave, Smart: Stand-Out Women in the Bible

After graduating from university with a degree in English, I couldn’t find a job. At that time, no one was hiring, so you took what you could get. I worked in retail at a pewter gift store for three years. I hated retail with a passion. But I loved the women I worked with. Over … Continue reading Strong, Brave, Smart: Stand-Out Women in the Bible

TURN Things Around

Family is where your story begins. The sign was on the mantle at the cottage I stayed at a couple of weeks ago. I have a similar saying posted in my kitchen area. Instead of family, it says Home is where your story begins. Either way, the meaning is the same. Our homes, our families, … Continue reading TURN Things Around

TURN to Vulnerability

Vulnerability 1. The state of being vulnerable or exposed. Type of danger 2. Susceptibility to injury or attack. Type of weakness (according to vocabulary.com) This week I was doing some research for another writing project, and it had me reviewing notes from a Beth Moore Pastors’ Wives conference I attended back in 2009 in Nashville. … Continue reading TURN to Vulnerability

TURNING TO: Something New

My boys are off skiing today with their school. It’s an annual field trip for the senior grades. They have never skied. My husband grew up near Quebec and skied a lot. We lived in a very flat area for most of their lives and it hasn’t been a priority since we moved. So they … Continue reading TURNING TO: Something New

One Word (for 2016)

New year. New word. I was waffling about choosing a word this year. Wasn’t sure I’d get one. Maybe it was more that I didn’t want to sit still long enough to hear it. It was tempting to run from it. The whole word thing for me is more of an exercise in seeing from … Continue reading One Word (for 2016)

What It Means to Live BRAVE

The other night I was watching one of those made for tv holiday movies that causes my husband’s eyes to roll and the words “chick flick” hangs in the air. I’ll admit, they are a weakness for me. Occasionally though, they surprise you. In the movie, The Christmas Gift there was this awesome line. The … Continue reading What It Means to Live BRAVE

Telling the Truth

“Be on your guard against men; they will hand you over to the local councils and flog you in their synagogues. On my account you will be brought before the governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how … Continue reading Telling the Truth

BRAVE: What I Learned from Failing

"The truth is that falling hurts.  The dare is to keep being brave and feel your way back up."  Brene Brown, Rising Strong It might be the fact that I’m in my forties. Or maybe it’s dealing with the lies I have believed for so long and finally giving them the heave ho. Perhaps it’s … Continue reading BRAVE: What I Learned from Failing