She Would Have Cried a Million Tears – Every Child Matters

This piece will be a work in progress long after it is written. Thank you for joining me here. I don’t know about you, but I just can’t go back to what I was doing before the recent discovery of the remains of 215 Indigenous children found at the site of a former residential school […]

The Narrow Gate – Focusing on the Beauty Beyond the Obstacle

The following short story is from my fifth blog post from way back in September 2011. I hope you will be inspired by Mike like I am. He continues to inspire me every single day… It’s called, The Narrow Gate Today, while Mike and I were out for a bike ride, we had to go […]

In the Waiting: Are you Growing or Fading?

I was so encouraged and impressed recently when my dad casually mentioned how he has learned so much in the past twelve months. He was talking about the Sunday morning programs he watches on TV, among other things. At 83, he is still growing. Since my mom died in November 2016, Dad has lived alone. […]

Man of Sorrows: The Source of Lasting Joy

It’s been an exciting few weeks since my big TV debut! If all the encouraging and kind comments on social media and text messages weren’t enough, I was also spotted while shopping at London Drugs. I heard, “Hey, I saw you on The 700 Club.” I felt like a celebrity for the two seconds it […]

The Purple Flower by Chris Ryan

Photo of Chris, an avid hiker, looking at Stave Lake from Hunter Trail in Mission, B.C. FYI, I am not the only writer in this household. Below is a beautiful and moving story, written five years ago today (March 9), by my husband Chris. Also, I have a special announcement at the bottom of this post. Be […]

Talk by Faith: The Power in Telling Your Story

I have had the verse, “We walk by faith, not by sight,” (2 Cor 5:7) on my mind since my last post. Comparing this verse with this post’s title, you might think that one or the other contains a typo.  There is no typo. Let me explain… After sharing my last post on my Facebook […]

A Woman with an Issue of Blood and the Love that Made Her Whole

The first half of this piece includes part of a post I wrote years ago about a nameless woman at the end of her rope. Her affliction? A menstrual issue: non-stop bleeding. I am captivated by her story once more having recently read through the books of Mathew, Mark and Luke. Perhaps her tremendous courage […]

New Year, New You! Exercising Faith, Hope & Joy

New Year, New You! This was my slogan. I thought it was original… and quite brilliant if I do say so myself. I can’t remember the year exactly—it was maybe 2007 or 2008. I managed the group fitness programs for the City of Maple Ridge where I live. When this catchy phrase came to my […]

Comfort and Joy at a Time Like This? (Embracing the embrace)

It was still dark—I guessed it was around six o’clock. I’m talking about last Monday morning. I had been fully awake for at least an hour. I could faintly hear the sound of rain outside along with the white noise of the fan on low in the corner. I laid there and prayed and pondered […]

Be Like a Tree – Let Go! Resting in God’s sovereignty; in faith and hope

The season of fall rarely passes by without some written poetic rambling on my part. I have a tendency to get all gushy and starry eyed about its hypnotic charm. When it’s gone, I look back and wonder why I was so entranced—until it returns, and then it makes perfect sense. Just this morning, when […]