Well before the start of 2018, I knew that my "one word" for this year would actually be five words that form one phrase: Walking Strong in the Spirit That's the title of this striking new painting by Abbotsford artist Linda Klippenstein, which I received as a special gift this last year. Last January, the … Continue reading Walking Strong in the Spirit
Merry Christmas, and God's rich blessing for the coming new year to all of my dear readers! May the many glittering lights of this season remind you of Jesus, whose birth we celebrate at Christmas, the Light of the World today and every day. If you ever experience FOMO--the Fear Of Missing Out--today's article is … Continue reading The Best of 2017 From April Yamasaki
Hobby (noun) - an activity done regularly in one's leisure time for pleasure. Hobbies are important to who we are and how we function as individuals and communities. How do our hobbies express our connections with God’s creation? How do they help us celebrate our own uniqueness? How do they enable us to relate to others? When Purpose magazine issued this … Continue reading Hobbies With a Purpose
This summer as I've been reviewing my website and related links, I've discovered that an earlier article on my call to pastoral ministry is unfortunately no longer available. I had originally shared my story as part of a series on women in ministry, and called my article, An Accidental Pastor. Now that link goes to a … Continue reading How God Called Me into Pastoral Ministry
Since I started blogging, I've seen many other blogs come and go. Some were created for a specific time and purpose with a limited life span. Others fell into disuse and eventually closed. Some bloggers grew tired or disillusioned or both, and left the often relentless pace of blogging behind. Unfortunately that means that some … Continue reading On a Pilgrimage, Following Jesus
Last year, I joined the Redbud Writers Guild, which envisions "a vibrant and diverse movement of Christian women who create in community and who influence culture and faith." So far I've only met one Redbud in person, so for me the community is mainly a virtual one, but I'm gradually getting to know some of the … Continue reading Stories of Deeply Rooted and Transformed Lives
In my mind’s eye, I can see one panel of a Pontius Puddle cartoon. The earth stands in the centre, and radiating out all around are cartoon speech bubbles asking, What can one person do? What can one person do? What can one person do? What can one person do? What can one person do? … Continue reading What is God Doing Through the Church?
One of the books at the top of my to-read list is Catherine McNiel's Long Days of Small Things: Motherhood as a Spiritual Discipline, published by NavPress and officially launching this week. As part of Catherine's launch team, I had a sneak peak at her first chapter, and can hardly wait for her book to arrive … Continue reading Lenten Reflections of a Weary Mother