Hymns and Hearts of Contentment

Hymns and Hearts of Contentment

“For I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.” Philippians 4:11b-12   I love hymns. Old ones, new ones, it doesn’t […]

Cultivating Joy

Cultivating Joy

“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete,” (John 15:11 NIV).   When we bought our new home, we were excited to live in a planting zone that is good for blueberries. We happily bought a couple of blueberry bushes and planted them […]

Joy Always Reminds

Joy Always Reminds

“The joy of the Lord is your strength,” (Nehemiah 8:10).   The joy-moment came in the middle of a difficult season of ministry. We’d stolen away on a camping trip to give us some space to breathe. As dusk fell, fireflies began to twinkle in the shadows under the trees. Our children had never seen […]

A Prayer for My Pastor’s Kids

A Prayer for My Pastor’s Kids

Heavenly Father, Thank You for my pastor’s family. Thank You for blessing them with three children, three unique children. Thank You for allowing us the privilege of watching these children grow and even giving us the opportunities to pour into their lives through AWANA and Sunday School. Or just smiling at them as we pass […]

Joyful Satisfaction

Joyful Satisfaction

What satisfies you? What brings you …purpose? …identity? …joy? Ponder the topic with me for a moment. “When I have ___________ I will be happy.” Many of the things we would like to satisfy us are good things. After all, God has been kind to give us many things to enjoy. But really, we find […]

The Christian Millennial

The Christian Millennial

I read an interesting article on millennials in the last few weeks and suddenly as I was reading the article some pieces that had been floating around in my heart shifted and thunk fell into place. The article mentions a study that says millennials who were born under the prosperity of the 80s but came […]

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 […]