When You Feel Overwhelmed

Overwhelmed. I've been there too. And not in a good way like being overwhelmed by the beauty of a spring day, or overwhelmed by soaring music, or overwhelmed by love that fills your heart to bursting. It might not be a 9-1-1 emergency -- no need to panic and act quickly, but how to get … Continue reading When You Feel Overwhelmed

Wherever You are in Your Journey, Walk in Faith

Last spring I shared with my congregation that I felt a new wind of the Spirit blowing me to complete my pastoral ministry and to invest more deeply in my writing while also remaining open to ministry in a new setting. At the time I had a new book releasing in fall, another book contract … Continue reading Wherever You are in Your Journey, Walk in Faith

Fast from Complaining, Feast on Appreciation

Ash Wednesday has come and gone, the first Sunday of Lent was yesterday, and I still haven't decided what to give up or add for Lent this year. One year I gave up listening to the car radio, and learned to appreciate the silence as I drove. Another year I added a jigsaw puzzle, although … Continue reading Fast from Complaining, Feast on Appreciation

Can We Be Spiritual Friends?

Who better to write an article on self-care and friendship than Michele Morin--a friend and sister Redbud writer who was part of my Four Gifts launch team, and who often writes about friendship on her blog, Living Our Days. Michele is a wife and homeschooling mum who reads, writes, gardens, and does life with her family on … Continue reading Can We Be Spiritual Friends?

Be Held and Kept in the Promises of God

In Be Held, first-time author Sue Nickel tells her own story of living with depression, weaving her personal experience together with her professional experience as a nurse and clinical counsellor, with helpful information on mental health and illness, and words of comfort and encouragement. Her purpose is to come alongside others living with depression, especially during the … Continue reading Be Held and Kept in the Promises of God

Run with Determination the Race that is Set Before You

Training clinics for Vancouver's 10-kilometre Sun Run started last week.  With almost 34,000 participants last year, it's Canada's largest 10k road race, and one of the largest timed 10k races in the world. The annual event began in 1985, and is still going strong. One year, a local radio talk show host invited any runners … Continue reading Run with Determination the Race that is Set Before You

Blossom Abundant Energy and Vision

After two daughters, my parents were expecting a baby boy and had already chosen his name: Lance. But surprise, surprise, I was born as their third daughter, so instead of Lance they named me April after the month of my birth. Some say that the name April comes from the Latin aperire, which means to open--most … Continue reading Blossom Abundant Energy and Vision

Tread Boldly, Give Generously

I don't think I've ever sung or heard the song "Good King Wenceslas" in an Advent or Christmas worship service. After all, the song doesn't mention Advent or Christmas. It doesn't tell the story of Mary and Joseph, and there are no shepherds, angels, wise men, or star. There is no baby Jesus crying or … Continue reading Tread Boldly, Give Generously