Tour of God’s Glory

Tour of God’s Glory

“The heavens declare the glory of God,     and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” Psalm 19:1 In a few weeks, our family will be embarking on what I’ve dubbed a “tour of God’s glory.” We live in the Midwest and are taking a road trip out West to visit family. We plan to stop at […]

Priorities 

Colossians 3:23-24 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. I’ve needed to hear this recently, so I’m going to go ahead and assume someone else in our readership does as […]

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 […]

Fight or Flight

Fight or Flight

When faced with danger or terror, our hearts pound. Sweat beads on our foreheads. Our breaths come faster and grow shallow. We react to implied threats in a millisecond, and we either tense up to fight or turn around and flee. These threats can be physical dangers or be of a more subtle flavour like […]

Honey Words

Honey Words

Today I am upset. My heart rate is up, and I’ve written about five angry social media posts in my head. I’m mad for reasons you’ve probably also been mad in the last two years: someone won’t listen, won’t see reason and logic, only presents one side of an argument, the general anxiety-inducing conversations of […]

The End of Winter

The End of Winter

This midwestern girl is no stranger to snow. But my heart does not beat faster at the first sign of snowflakes. I don’t ski. I dread it, this point in winter where everything is still frozen but also somehow slushy and dirty and icy but brown.  So you might have been surprised to see me […]

Super Bowl of Love

Super Bowl of Love

I’m not sure who on a committee, somewhere, decided it was a good idea. How the schedule fell so that the Super Bowl for the NFL fell on the day before Valentine’s Day. It all feels like an oxymoron.  So on the weekend before Valentine’s Day I found myself doing the least romantic thing possible […]