21 Five-Minute Soul-Rest Practices

5 Five-Minute Strategies to De-Stress

Last Sunday I co-hosted my church's online worship and conversation as usual. Everything went smoothly, but afterward I felt agitated and stressed out. Not because of any technical glitches. Not because of anything anyone said or did. Not because I was thinking about anything in particular. But just because. Life is stressful. The last few years … Continue reading 5 Five-Minute Strategies to De-Stress

Please God, Bring Him Safely Home to Me

Ten days ago, I had to call an ambulance for my husband. All week he had been struggling with what we thought was a bad reaction to his chemo. All week the nurse help line at the Cancer Care Centre advised us to keep following the protocol we had been given and continue to monitor … Continue reading Please God, Bring Him Safely Home to Me

Three Lessons in Healing

For 2021, my word of the year was "healing." I prayed for healing for my husband, healing for myself, healing for all those suffering from illness, injustice, and other trauma, healing for creation labouring in this time of global warming and climate change. In this last year, I've learned a lot about healing as an … Continue reading Three Lessons in Healing

Our Father Who Created and Cares for Us

For six weeks, I've had the immense privilege of leading a course on Prayer During Challenging Times for the Xplore program of Canadian Mennonite University. It's been wonderful to share together with such a wise and gracious group of adult learners, and I learned a lot too. Each session included teaching on prayer, reflection on … Continue reading Our Father Who Created and Cares for Us

Three Things When You Feel Overwhelmed

I love the wide embrace of my writing and speaking ministry. One month I'm preaching from the book of James on the power of words, the next month from Psalm 34 on the challenge of seeking peace and pursuing it. One day I'm leading an online session on lament, the next day reviewing a book … Continue reading Three Things When You Feel Overwhelmed

How to Pray During Challenging Times

"Make haste to help us, O God." These words from Psalm 38 have been my constant prayer ever since my husband's medical emergency last fall. I prayed them when he was in the hospital, and I waited alone at home. Make haste to help us, O God. When the cancer was found. Make haste to … Continue reading How to Pray During Challenging Times

Pandemic Lessons to Carry Forward

Have you ever walked away from a conversation obsessing over what you should have said instead? What would have been better? What could have been clearer? I felt that way after last week's webinar on Living Well After the Pandemic hosted by Faith Today. It was an honour for me to be invited as one … Continue reading Pandemic Lessons to Carry Forward

A Promise of Healing, Freedom, and Joy

Have you ever received a star word? Some churches celebrate Epiphany by passing out stars with printed words to everyone in the congregation. Each star word is different---"delight," "compassion," "giving," or some other word that's meant to be a surprising and beautiful gift to ponder and carry into the new year. Just as the star … Continue reading A Promise of Healing, Freedom, and Joy