You are Worth More than Many Sparrows

Mike's soccer team's memorial bench at Merkley Park in Maple Ridge. Photo credit, Nathan Sands

I received the above picture in a text message from my son Nathan yesterday (Wednesday). It was the first greeting of the day and included these few words: “Dad’s bench this morning.”  I was preparing for my mid-week word of encouragement and prayer video and this welcomed interruption fit right in. The timing was impeccable, […]

Nickels from Heaven and Beautiful Ambitions

There are two parts to this post. First, a heartwarming story I’m honoured to share. When my friend Paige told me this story, I laughed out loud and was moved to tears. I’m calling it, Nickels from Heaven, by Paige Langston Growing up in the 60’s and 70’s in my neighbourhood in Burnaby, all the kids […]

Long Story Short – How to Sum Up 83 Years in 2,000 Words

Well, it’s been a while. I haven’t been here since October. Before that it was July. I was actually on a good roll here until then, but for the eight months or so leading up to my dad’s passing on January 13, my focus was on him. His health had declined, so my sister and […]

The Weird Things You Do Because God Loves You

This is the eighth week of something new I’ve been doing. I’m sure some people think it’s weird. I kind of do too, but I really felt led. It was a little awkward at first, but I didn’t want to ignore what I believed was the prompting of the Lord. So, I mustered up some […]

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 […]