• When you walk with Jesus through the valley

    “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me”—Psalm 23:4 (NKJV). After John 3:16, the twenty-third Psalm is probably one of the most well-known scriptures in the Bible. It brings comfort to those who […]

  • How you can find joy during your trial

    “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds…”—James 1:2 (NIV). Joy may seem out of reach for those who are suffering during the current pandemic. I can understand, and I pray for those whose trials are greater than mine. As I spend time with my Heavenly Father each […]

  • Who’s in control anyway?

    Have you ever been jokingly, or not so jokingly labeled a “control freak” by family, friends, or even secretly by your own self? I have, by all the above! Maybe it is my compulsion to always be the driver when friends and I go to outings (after all, being punctual in both arrival and departure […]

  • The discipline of rest…

    I got my efficiency from my mother. Laura: a former nurse, mother of nine, force to be reckoned with. When I was very young, I thought she was a superhero; when I entered adulthood, I was proven right. This woman can homeschool her young ones, drive multiple carpools, answer all of our medical questions, text […]

  • Hill of Beans…

    My favorite movie is Casa Blanca. There is a scene where Humphrey Bogart is talking to Ingrid Bergman, and he refers to their love affair in the midst of WWII as meaning as much to the world as a hill of beans. There are bigger problems than two separated lovers.  I have been talking to […]

  • Emotional abuse: The invisible train wreck

    In hindsight, I never felt my relationship with my husband of twenty-two years was abusive. One would certainly think it would be so easily detected; so easily felt. I would have never believed it could have been part of my life. The abuse had crept into my life effortlessly and I subconsciously learned to survive […]

  • The year of faithless defeat

    2015 was literally, one of the hardest years of my life. In the early spring of that year, I was physically attacked by an unknown sickness. I was emotionally drained and spiritually on a desperate searching quest. In search for something to quench my never-ending thirst of strength in my physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. Resulting […]

  • How to stay ahead of the charging buffalo

    It was a day I would never forget. For many years I had traveled the Yellowhead  Highway  east of Edmonton,  and knew that I was in for a treat. As a child with my nose pressed tight against the car window, I would look excitedly for the mangy buffalo that wandered along the fence line […]

  • Tiptoeing on to the dance floor…

    Everyone who came into the reception area had something on their feet. Some wore sandals, some runners, some slip-ons. There were wedges, loafers, slippers and clogs. Some shoes were strapped into wheel chair foot stirrups. Cowboy boots, work boots, ankle books, riding boots – even a few stilettos graced the floor. We all gathered in […]

  • I am broken

    I am broken. Speaking these words out loud leaves cuts along my tongue, each syllable a jagged shard of the secret I have always kept hidden in the quiet spaces of my soul. If you’re anything like me, the parts of you that hurt and ache are the parts you are least willing to put […]