Today, I picked up a journal that I kept back in 2008. Admittedly I am not the best person in keeping journals. They end up being part to-do or shopping lists, part prayer journals, some thoughts and generally a mismatched collection of quotes and prayers mixed in with sermon notes. I don’t know that there is really a formula for what a journal is, but I digress. My journals are a reflection of who I am: A bit random, a bit scattered, passionate, focused and thoughtful.

So this morning I picked it up and started reading through a few pages, sermon notes I had highlighted, prayers I’d written and diary entries scribbled throughout. I was reminded of how much God loves me and how He has taken me from one season to the other, building on the life lessons, making me into a person that He can use more effectively for His purposes.
Over the next few weeks I am going to take the time to look back at 2010 (not so original as many do around this time of year). I will take note of how God’s faithfulness and provision has taken me from who I was on January 1, 2010, to who am I as the fireworks and celebrations of December 31st will take me into the next season.
I challenge you to do the same…whether this year was exactly as you imagined, or completely different. Whether the moments where you broke down and cried outweighed those where you celebrated life. Or if you couldn’t comprehend a better year…
Take time, reflect and get ready for God to move…(next blog…)

Thanks: an acknowledgment of appreciation

Vielen Dank Շնորհակալ եմ Þakka þér Kiitos

ありがとうございます Ευχαριστούμε Gracias Благодаря Teşekkürler תודה לך Dziękuję

Next week Americans across the globe will join together to celebrate Thanksgiving. This tradition, many many generations old, was started out of an attitude of thanks for the harvest (amongst other details…)

Today, although distinctly a North American holiday (yes, Canadians celebrate it too, just a wee bit earlier), people from all over the world join with their American family and friends for a time of turkey, cranberry sauce, football and pie.

In just over a weeks’ time I too will be cooking dinner & joining friends from all over the world in giving thanks and enjoying a time of good food and holiday movies. One tradition that I hold dearly is taking time to go around the table & share what you are thankful for this year. I started thinking about all that I am thankful for, all that I am blessed to have been bestowed over the last 12 months.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-19 (NIV) states: Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus…

Although this year has had its share of drama, pain, & hurt, it has also brought with it stronger friendships, love & an understanding of the blessings & peace that come with a complete focus & trust in God. Taking a few moments and reflecting on 2010 has brought such a sense of comfort and excitement for what lies ahead in 2011.

I still don’t know what I am going to say next Saturday when my turn around the table comes. However, I do know I will not struggle with choice.

What are you thankful for?

This one’s for the girls…

I find the hardest thing to bear is to see a woman, a girl, a lady who doesn’t understand her value and her worth. A woman who is broken because she can’t find the strength to go on, a woman who is bearing a burden & can’t give it to someone else to help her fight through, the girl who gives her heart, her mind and her body over to someone else because she doesn’t know how much it is worth.

Her worth is more precious than rubies…

I got this poem from a lovely lady in my life today and I wanted to share it with you.

One Flaw In Women

Women have strengths that amaze men…..

They bear hardships and they carry burdens,

but they hold happiness, love and joy.

They smile when they want to scream.

They sing when they want to cry.

They cry when they are happy

and laugh when they are nervous.

They fight for what they believe in..

They stand up to injustice.

They don’t take “no” for an answer

when they believe there is a better solution.

They go without so their family can have.

They go to the doctor with a frightened friend.

They love unconditionally.

They cry when their children excel

and cheer when their friends get awards.

They are happy when they hear about

a birth or a wedding.

Their hearts break when a friend dies.

They grieve at the loss of a family member,

yet they are strong when they

think there is no strength left.

They know that a hug and a kiss

can heal a broken heart.

Women come in all shapes, sizes and colors.

They’ll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you

to show how much they care about you.

The heart of a woman is what

makes the world keep turning.

They bring joy, hope and love.

They have compassion and ideas.

They give moral support to their

family and friends.

Women have vital things to say

and everything to give.


Do you remember how we met? Silhouetted by the lights…

How often have you looked back and said “it was simpler then..?”

The problem is I can never remember when it was simple. Even when you are 10 years old and kissing boys on the playground (authors note: I so did not do that) there was a certain amount of elementary politics involved.

Have you ever heard a love story, a true life love story where it really was “boy meets girl, boy chases girl, girl falls for boy, boy and girl live happily ever after?” Not often, because it just isn’t that simple.

A real love story is like the amplified version of the Bible. Boy meets girl (after he’s spent the last 6 months kind of watching her, talking to her once in awhile, maybe even having a coffee or drink), girl notices boy noticing her (and then starts fretting because boy is not exactly like her notebook/scrapbook/diary/online blog says that the boy should be), boy chases girl (around the bar, through the street of *insert city here* meanwhile girl is freaking out and is not sure that boy is chasing her because of any number of reasons that would take up most of this blog or that he’s not chasing in her exactly the way THE BOOK is telling her he should chase her), girl falls for boy (but by then boy seems to be disinterested but maybe he isn’t, maybe he is now not sure either and apparently figuring it out together is not in the cards, instead they both must not talk about it with each other but both shall discuss it with everyone else, and then maybe, maybe they date, but not before girl tries to control the situation, which really, never works), then, after numerous frustrations, conversations and misunderstandings finally the boy takes a risk, admits how he feels and that maybe he would like to see if they can figure out if they want to live happily ever after together, they go for coffee…etc etc…then, maybe they live happily ever after.

yes I am totally exaggerating but I’m writing the blog and it’s funnier this way…

Not so simple eh? Not the kind of stuff that movies/songs/books show you. It’s not the story of boys meets girl. It’s the story of “let’s complicate life, think only of ourselves and not of each other.”

What it isn’t, is the story of boy meets girl and they both meet God.

I have had the privilege of being part of some incredible boy meets girl meets God stories. I have watched Godly men and women pursue God and each other. Some of these stories “ended” in marriage, some are still writing their dating stories, and others have chosen to part ways. The one thing that I have noticed is this…

Aside from good communication (a completely different blog post), these couples have kept God at the centre of their relationships. And not only after they start dating, before they do, before they even meet…

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33

God is the greatest romantic of us all. He is passionately and without fail pursuing His bride at all times. He wants to love us so much and to have us love Him. You only have to read Song of Songs to see the Romantic that Christ is. I encourage you to have a read on your own. He is the ultimate example…

God wants your life to be fulfilled and He wants the best for you…If we seek God and run after Him, allow Him to write His love story with us then our earthly love story will come to pass and it will be beautifully written.

Seeking God, maturing in that relationship can allow you to have the kind of love that is spoken about in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a…

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.

I can’t say I have done it right, in fact, I’ve done it wrong, a lot. But I’m going to listen to some wise words “Insanity is doing something over and over and thinking you’re going to get a different outcome” (paraphrased). Personally I’m going to stop looking for the simplistic love story, the quick fix. My focus is on the greater love story. The love story that the Author of Love is writing for me.**

**I don’t know everything and I am learning too so emphasis on the exaggeration and hyperbole to get the point across needs to be taken as it is written**