what family looks like

Today is Family day here in Ontario, falling the day after Valentine’s. Which got me thinking about love and family. To me, there are three different types of family, which ideally represent the three main types of love: The family we are born into is meant to be our Agape love foundation. Agape love isContinue reading “what family looks like”

community: family by choice

I am very blessed in community. I know several people who feel like they are all alone in their circumstances or situations, and the reality is: often it’s due to your choices. We don’t always reach out to show our need nor vulnerability when we can, so we essentially build a wall to block outContinue reading “community: family by choice”

pressing in for connection

Until you commit to the goal of connection, all the relational tools in the world are not going to help you. It’s only when you decide to take responsibility to pursue connection that you will discover just why you need these tools. It’s only when you commit to moving toward someone that you will seekContinue reading “pressing in for connection”

wading through persuasion

So many times, on our hesitation to act, we can allow ourselves to become persuaded. If the counsel is prudent, we may avoid trouble ahead. If the counsel is not, we might be acquiring more than we bargained for. In the novel Persuasion, Anne Elliot has a whirlwind romance at the age of 19 with aContinue reading “wading through persuasion”

be kind

There are many kinds of people out there in this world. Not all of them are kind. You too may have brushed up against one, have one in your family, or work with one. Sometimes they don’t know any better, because they have not been shown much kindness in their lives. Sometimes they know theyContinue reading “be kind”

where are you drawn to sit?

I don’t know about you, but I am much more comfortable with a person who is down to earth than one who thinks too highly about themselves. Oh sure, they may have cool skills, or have completed awesome tasks with accolades, but humility within a person is what truly makes them great. I love howContinue reading “where are you drawn to sit?”

Reason #3 to Give Thanks: Because He Cares

Today, I was ready for a day to myself. To worship, soak in the tub, do an online course and a bunch of writing. God interrupted my plans with two kids unexpectedly home under foot, a phone prob, and updates to project work…not the day I had expected to have on my day off thisContinue reading “Reason #3 to Give Thanks: Because He Cares”

when finding your place in this world is awkward

The Christmas story is filled with awkward. What else would you expect from a family tree which includes a prostitute, foreigners, broken relationships, wars, and a king or two… A story with key people whose dreams came true, but in ways they didn’t anticipate: Zechariah & Elizabeth having John in their later years.  Not arrivingContinue reading “when finding your place in this world is awkward”

entrusting a teen with the King

I was very struck by God’s choice of Mary. Not because I don’t think she was a good choice, but because she wasn’t the obvious choice. Most of us, if we are honest, would have chosen a gal more like Elizabeth: wise in experience, settled, already married. Not a teenager still living at home. ButContinue reading “entrusting a teen with the King”