The Perfect Waiter

The Perfect Waiter

Isaiah 30:18, “Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the LORD is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.” It’s been close to two months since April Fool’s Day yet I’m still finding paper eyeballs taped onto […]

We “Get” You

We “Get” You

I am sitting here on an extroverted high with a bit of introverted exhaustion after a week at RHMA’s Small-Town Pastors’ Conference.  Yearly we gather near the corn and pumpkin fields of Illinois in order to have fellowship with like- minded people in small-town and rural ministry. It’s a unique conference in that way, which […]

Work Out & Work In

Work Out & Work In

I frequently tell people, “I don’t need to work out; I’m an EA!” In Canada we are known as Educational Assistants, in the States either Teacher’s Assistants or Paraprofessionals. Basically, we have the privilege of working with the students that have those extra challenges with academics and classroom behaviour such that we are often out […]

Not Invisible

Not Invisible

Just then his disciples returned and were surprised to find him talking with a woman. But no one asked, “What do you want?” or “Why are you talking with her?” John 4:27 (NIV) Snowdrop flowers appear around a tree in my front yard in March, sometimes even while there is still snow on the ground. […]

Practicing Patience

Practicing Patience

From my earliest memories I have had the inclination towards impatience. Family devotions were too long when I wanted to just be done. Dad’s prayers would go on and on while the food got cold. Long trips were unbearable. Such habits and strongholds formed as a child put down deep roots which may take a […]

Hope Wins

Hope Wins

Jesus breathed His last breath, and the enemy stole the disciples’ hope. The enemy does that still. He sneaks up from behind and rips the breath from our lungs. The randomness to these attacks and the resulting suffering sharpens the blade, fulfilling John 16:33, “In this world you will have tribulation . . .”  Yet […]