Surprised by Prayer

Surprised by Prayer

Sometimes life takes us by surprise. As pastors and wives we are well-familiar with surprises because we often walk with people through those hard ones—that unexpected phone call that gives the shocking news of untimely death or serious accident or a moral failure. What is usually the first thing we do as ministers or as […]

Prayer of Silence

Prayer of Silence

Silence. It’s not something you hear much of these days. It seems that daily we fill our lives with constant noise and activity. Much of the Western world stops on this day each year on the eleventh month and day at the eleventh hour to silently and respectfully remember those who have sacrificed for our […]

Never Stop    

Never Stop    

In and out…in and out…in and out… This is something that we do every day. It seems simple, but it is actually quite complex. If we stopped doing it, our life would end. Did you know that the average adult takes 20,000 breaths in a day? According to Advent Knows, a company that helps with […]

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 […]

Patience in Uncertainty

Patience in Uncertainty

Nothing evokes feelings of uncertainty like driving in a blinding snowstorm. Unfortunately, my half-hour commute to work every day requires that I sometimes drive in those. One day I remember a storm blew up as the day went on so that by the time I had to drive home, the visibility was very poor, the […]

Slow Learner, Patient God

Slow Learner, Patient God

My youngest daughter has a much higher tolerance for clutter than I do. As a mother I want to teach her good habits, and when I see the bathroom is strewn again with all the accoutrements that a teenage girl needs to get ready for the day it gets rather frustrating. Often I think “why […]

Not Your Hallmark Christmas

Not Your Hallmark Christmas

Every year as the Christmas season approaches, my daughters and I look forward to watching Hallmark Christmas movies. We love the romance and sparkle and magic that emanates from the screen. We love walking with the guy and the girl through the neat and tidy, very predictable plot, conflict and resolution, complete with the kiss […]