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

Heart-shaped Perfectionism

As I walked along the beach, I kept my eyes open for heart-shaped stones. I was looking for a perfect one. Well actually, I was waiting for God to give me a perfect one. It’s our thing. I had spoken the weekend before about the prodigal daughter. How that prodigal is the Beloved. Even after … Continue reading Heart-shaped Perfectionism

Mom-Fail

Sometimes there is just too much to keep track of when you have kids. There are days that just keeping up with the library books is too much. Usually there are at least twenty other things piled on top. Homework. Who’s going where at what time. Managing clothing and shoes but the sizes keep changing … Continue reading Mom-Fail

Love Scared

I am continually amazed at what deep themes lie waiting to be discovered in young adult fiction.  (Now if you aren't a fan of YA fiction, don't leave just yet because there's more here than you realize.)  I recently read Katie Parker Productions, a series of books, by Jenny B. Jones. There were four books … Continue reading Love Scared

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

Being Defined By Love

“Remember, our choices decide who we are, but our loves define who we’ll become.” The Pawn, by Steven James Read this quote recently in a novel. It stood out because it seemed so out of place in a story about a profiler. Just goes to show that you can’t judge a book by its cover. … Continue reading Being Defined By Love

The Heart That Really Matters

I’m not one to give much credence to man-made special days.  Like Valentine’s Day.  I wasn’t a great girlfriend and am probably one of the worst wives ever.  Just ask Mark what I gave him last Valentine’s Day.  Zip.  I feel like I’m being told I have to do something romantic.  So I do just … Continue reading The Heart That Really Matters

How Hope Trumps Fear

Thirteen years ago, the world became a very different place.  More fearful.  And yet, braver. This anniversary is always a jumble of emotions for me.  The horrific events of September 11, 2001 were bookended by terrible tragedies happening in my own personal space.  Death and sadness had already invaded our homes the weekend before and … Continue reading How Hope Trumps Fear