Remember the Pain in the Joy

Remember the Pain in the Joy

“…looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2) Everyone always told me that when you hold your newborn in your arms for the first […]

Your Safe House

Your Safe House

“The joy of the LORD is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10).   A few years ago in southwestern Ontario we had one of the coldest winters recorded in fifty years. Preceding this deep and quick freeze was a spike in temperature that yielded such a deluge of rain and freezing rain that the ice it produced […]

The Power of the Word “Is”

The Power of the Word “Is”

“The joy of the LORD IS your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10).   My fifth grade English teacher had us write in our journals every day. In one entry I made a terrible attempt at writing a poem about cats in which every line ended with the word “is” or “are” or “were”. I can still see […]