Archives for June 2015

Under His Wings

Ira D. Sankey (1840 - 1908)

Ira D. Sankey (1840 – 1908)

My husband, Ian, chose the hymns for our worship service this morning, as he was the worship leader. Sometimes when it’s turn to lead, he’ll ask me for ideas on which hymns to sing. This time he didn’t, yet he chose two of my favourites. I’ll save the other to share another time.

Tonight I share with you this simple, beautiful rendition of Under His Wings, based on Psalm 91. I love this hymn as much for Ira D. Sankey’s lovely, moving melody, as for the lyrics. [Read more…]

Ten Minutes with Stephen King

Stephen King - July 22, 2004 (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Stephen King – July 22, 2004 (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

I never thought I’d ever read a book by Stephen King. I’m not into horror, and generally steer well clear of it.
But a couple of days ago, I finished reading a book of an entirely different sort — On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, by Stephen King. It isn’t so much a writer’s manual, as a memoir of his writing journey. His actual instruction on writing is delivered in an entertaining, easy-to-take story format. [Read more…]

What Happened at Rockwood

Old Woman to Cool Dudette

heron“Willena! Are you just gonna stand there all day or what?” At fourteen, my baby sister already towered over me by several inches.

“Shhhhh! Look up in the pine tree just ahead… it’s a scarlet tanager!”

Laura’s glance followed my finger. “What are you talking about? I can’t see anything!” She flounced ahead of me on the rocky woodland path. [Read more…]

A Big Day

Willena & Jim - December 1955

Willena & Jim – December 1955

June 20, 2015…

It’s been an emotional day of spending time with my husband’s family, and also thinking of my own family.

4000 km away, in Barrie ON, my brother celebrated his 60th birthday.

I’ve told the story before of how I was the firstborn, and born on Mother’s Day. Jim, the first son, was born two years later, on Father’s Day!



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Blast from the Past



First, something written by an author unknown to me. Even this is outdated, because I found it several years ago… [Read more…]

The Daffodil Principle

Yellow Daffodil FlowersThis has been around for a while, but it never gets old.

It fits right in with another priceless principle I hear about a lot — The Slight Edge, by Jeff Olson. Little things done consistently, day after day, have a far greater result than we would ever expect when we set out. [Read more…]

Timothy the Acrobat

Timothy#1 (10)This is a story about Timothy, a little boy who did a little TOO well at something and got a lot more than he bargained for! He’s not a little boy any more, but he still gets adventurous sometimes. Hence “Timothy’s cane”, which happened earlier this year.

This particular story happened… oh, about eleven years ago. [Read more…]

Quiet the Lizard Brain and Ship It!

Seth GodinThree Brains

Scientists have been telling us for a long time that we have three brains — colloquially termed the lizard brain, the dog brain, and the human brain.

In recent years we’ve been hearing more about the lizard brain. I don’t know who coined the term, but Seth Godin has certainly popularized it. [Read more…]

Humble Pie

Apple PieI don’t know what humble pie looks like, but I am eating it tonight. I learned something from someone that opened my eyes in a new way to the fact that I am my own worst enemy. [Read more…]

The Old Rugged Cross

George Bennard

George Bennard

This evening our son Timothy, recently graduated from Mount Carmel Bible College, was asked to lead our evening worship service. For our closing hymn, he chose an old favourite, “The Old Rugged Cross”.

It was written by George Bennard in 1912, as a response to ridicule he had received at a revival meeting.

This beautiful rendition is sung by Guy Penrod.


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