Conntecting the Dots

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3 Truths to Overcome Envy

  A multi-million dollar yacht docked nearby for a couple of days last week. The moment I saw its massive windows and large back deck complete with lounging chairs, this thought popped into my head: Wow – it must be nice to be wealthy enough to afford that toy. Imagine how much space there is… [ read more ]

You Have a Personal Cheering Squad

  Spending time with my grandkids is always a treat. Last weekend we celebrated a birthday party at a bike park. The older kids pedaled up, down, and around dirt hills trying to “catch air.” The younger ones found entertainment doing other things, like going for walks through the forest with Grandma and Grandpa.  … [ read more ]

3 Keys to Surviving Life’s Hard Stuff

Life is flat-out hard sometimes. Stuff happens when we least expect it, and it can send us into a tailspin or drive us to our knees. Sometimes that stuff lingers much longer than we’d like. We tie a knot and hang on for dear life, but fear threatens to slip our grip. I’ve experienced “stuff”—like… [ read more ]

Post-Victory Battles

  The Israelites were ecstatic over rebuilding the Temple’s foundation in Jerusalem: “The joyful shouting and weeping mingled together in a loud noise that could be heard far in the distance” ().   But the next verses say, “The enemies of Judah and Benjamin heard that the exiles were rebuilding a Temple to the LORD,… [ read more ]

To Which Voice Should We Listen?

  Sometimes I hear voices in my head. I know, I know–that sounds a little sketchy. But I’ll bet you hear them too. When I travel by air, I often feel the Holy Spirit’s nudge to strike up a conversation with the stranger beside me. A voice inside says, “No—don’t bother her. She doesn’t want… [ read more ]

Where Do You Get The Strength To Do What You Do?

As you read this, I’ll be landing in Kathmandu. It will have been a long trip—fourteen hours from Vancouver to Hong Kong, an eleven hour layover, and then four hours to Nepal. You can bet that, as you ramp up your day, I’ll be falling into bed eager for deep sleep.   Only eighteen days… [ read more ]

Finding Help and Strength When We’re Feeling Tired or Afraid

So how’s your summer been? Have you had a chance to throw off your usual schedule for a chance to rest and play? I hope so. Rest and play do a body and brain good.   For me, the past four weeks have given me a gift—the opportunity to experience God’s help in new ways. First,… [ read more ]

A Divine Appointment on the Highway

I love, love, love when God arranges divine appointments. Many of mine happen while traveling. I’ve written about several in the past. Here’s another example. My hubby and I led a volunteer team to Romania last week. On Tuesday, after we’d completed a camp for youth with life-threatening illnesses, he and I left the team… [ read more ]

What’s the God-Given Role of Every Jesus Follower?

  I spent the weekend at the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League (Alberta/BC) triennial convention in Abbotsford, BC. What a joy to share time with a roomful of women who understand God’s call to be involved in missions at home and abroad.   My husband and I have been involved in career missions for 23 years…. [ read more ]

Recycled Furniture and Faith

  Moving into a larger house recently meant finding furnishings to help fill it. Buying new stuff costs more money than I have or care to spend so I’ve visited thrift stores and garage sales. I visited a garage sale and found a solid oak TV stand—a custom-built corner unit with a swivel on the top… [ read more ]