Last week, I had the privilege of speaking to a group of homeschool moms. As I was praying about what to share, I realized that the most important thing I can share with anyone is what Jesus has done in my life. Our stories of redemption and grace hold incredible value. So I shared. I … Continue reading An Omer of Manna: Finding Joy When Life is Hard
“Older women … are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.” (Titus 2:3-5, NIV) I feel it acutely. There’s my mom, of course. She is an … Continue reading To the moms whose kids are grown…
There’s a chest in the living room. It’s fairly small and a bit scratched and dented. On its top sits a beige table lamp and, sometimes, some coasters. Most visitors probably don't even notice it. But it has a special story. Years ago, in the early part of my mid-twenties, I became friends with a young man at … Continue reading The Wooden Chest
I got a lot of feedback from my last post. Many people live in the hard stage of waiting. I’ve been there, believe me. So today, I want to share how I almost messed it all up. No one likes to be vulnerable about their mess-ups. Sometimes, however, I think that people need to hear. … Continue reading The time I almost messed it all up…
I've been thinking about the singles lately. Maybe it’s because there have been several engagements and weddings in the church. Or maybe it’s because we prayed for all the single people during a Saturday night service a few weeks ago. About that… The pastor who was preaching that night said something along the lines of, “We need to pray that … Continue reading Praying for Mr. Right
My husband and I had planned to go mountain biking this afternoon. But it was raining. Hard. We dropped our children off at my parents’ house anyway and tried to come up with an alternate plan. Nothing. And then, a stroke of pure brilliance. “Let’s go hiking. In the rain. We have waterproof jackets and … Continue reading What if blessings come through raindrops?
"Look!" my husband whispered. "There's a deer over there." We were on our favourite kind of date - a hike in the large expanse of protected forest that spans Ancaster and Dundas. The sun was setting, and the deer blended flawlessly with the golden-orange patches of sunlight that were scattered across the forest floor. We … Continue reading Stealing Kisses in the Woods – Why I’ve Decided to Start Dating Again
"The blessing of the Lord makes rich ..." (Proverbs 10:22) We had dinner out on the water yesterday. It was spontaneous and special. We threw the canoe on the car, packed the girls in the back, and drove off into the Hamilton wilderness. (That would be Cootes Paradise, for those of you who are scratching … Continue reading Canoeing the Desjardins
Rejection. Hurt. How did I become who I am? I went to a prayer meeting last night and felt sure that something had been broken. I came home and, when my husband wouldn’t listen to me, I yelled. He yelled back. I cried. Then I gave him the silent treatment. I felt rotten. But still … Continue reading The Freedom to Choose. The Freedom to Move on.
But Jacob stayed behind by himself, and a man wrestled with him until daybreak. When the man saw that he couldn't get the best of Jacob as they wrestled, he deliberately threw Jacob's hip out of joint. The man said, "Let me go; it's daybreak." Jacob said, "I'm not letting you go 'til you bless … Continue reading I Walk With a Limp – Guest Post by Christina D’Angelo