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 […]

The Teenager in Me, Pretty in Pink & Ophelia’s Granny

Top photo: me with granddaughters Leah (11 yrs) and Ophelia (3 1/2 months) I can’t believe August is already more than half over. It feels just like yesterday summer came calling and since then, it’s been slipping through my fingers like water. In my opinion, there are not enough days, weeks, even months in the […]

Read, pray, love… and listen: Finding our way to justice for all and anti-racism

Pictured are the young hands of neighbourhood friends of my granddaughter Leah and her little bro, Emerson. This joyful photo was taken in their backyard by their mom, Katrina. I love this photo and think of it as the next generation reaching high for a bright and hopeful future filled with peace, understanding and brotherly/sisterly […]

A Wake-up Call and a Win Win Situation

The above photo: When it comes to social distancing, you can’t teach an old dog (or young ones) this new trick. Leo in back with a ball in his mouth and our grand dogs, Glen the pug and Dobby in front. The other night (it was about four o’clock in the morning actually), I woke […]

The Week I Stopped Praying and How it Strengthened my Faith

While watching church on TV the Sunday before last, the story was told of Paul and Silas. I thought how fitting a story it is to tie in with this blog post…   The Apostle Paul, missionary and writer of about half the New Testament of the Bible, was no stranger to hardships. Not only […]

He Makes My Heart Sing

Photo credit: Warin Marie Photography Four years ago yesterday, and I’m not good with dates, but I won’t forget this one. It’s the only day of the year that tells you to do something—March 4th! I actually posted that exact quote on Facebook that morning, and then in the evening, received a message that challenged […]

Little Me, Big You: Anxiety and Fear vs. Love and Truth

While lying face up on the acupuncture table the other day, with needles in my cheeks, ears, head and hands, I felt more vulnerable than I have since I don’t know when. Usually I lay on my stomach, with my face in the hole and needles in my neck and shoulders.  I added acupuncture to […]