Stealer of Dreams

74When I was a child, I wanted to be a writer like my favourite author, Enid Blyton. But none of my teachers ever told me I could write, or encouraged me in that direction.

When I was a student at Ontario Bible College, I wanted to write stories for weekly Sunday School papers. I was delighted when a representative from a large Christian publishing company came and told how to get published. But the list of obstacles was huge, and I was sure they would never accept my writing. [Read more…]

A Withered Hand

reach out your hand

I wrote this ten years ago, and posted it last year on this blog. When I wrote it, all 7 of our children were still at home, and I was homeschooling 5 of them. I had just discovered I have ADD. I’m re-posting it now, because it has a new meaning for me… as I will explain in an upcoming post. [Read more…]

Write a Review – #31DBBBDay28

Moving Your Invisible Boundaries - by Dr. Jim Richards“Have you ever set goals, trained for maximum results, and followed the same personal development plan that seems to work for everyone else, only to hit an ‘invisible boundary’ that causes you to fall short? Unless you know how to expand your heart you will sabotage any success that might take you beyond your current heart boundaries. Even if you manage to push past your current heart boundaries, chances are you will experience some catastrophic event that pulls you back within the limits of life as you have known it!” [Read more…]

Be Still

Relax on sand beachBe still, and know that I am God. ~ Psalm 46:10

Be still, and know that I am God
I am the Lord that healeth thee
In Thee O Lord, I put my trust.

I thought it would be a simple matter, to find a video of the lovely, short hymn, Be Still and Know that I am God.

I was wrong. [Read more…]

A Quest for Peace

What’s Wrong with this Picture?

It was late afternoon before she recognized her growing restlessness as a desperate need to get outdoors away from the clutter and clamour. The house was topsy turvy and the children were all engaged in projects other than school work.

But if it was peace she was looking for, she did not find it. From the moment she hopped on her bike she was aware of an unsettling presence. [Read more…]

My Greatest Burden is My Greatest Blessing

b2_sun_14A valuable and rather surprising lesson I learned from my daughter Irene in the spring of 2004…

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30 Books in 1 Paragraph

book stack

I have been working on this off and on all morning, and have only found 28 so far. That’s not the end of the story, though… I will find them all! It’s funny… I have done this puzzle before, yet the last few names totally elude me. Anyway… have a little fun with it, and maybe you can do them all in a fraction of the time I do. 😉 [Read more…]

He Hideth My Soul

William James Kirkpatrick (1838-1921)

William James Kirkpatrick (1838-1921)

How often have you heard a song where the tune does not quite fit the melody? Not so this one. When I sing this hymn, the melody captures the essence of how the words make me feel. It is my testimony of His love and protection in my life. [Read more…]

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…]

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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