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Be Brave

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? If you do, leave a comment below – I’d love to hear about it! If you don’t…you’re not alone! I don’t do New Year’s resolutions, but one thing I want to do this year, and every year, is be brave. Step by Step: Ordinary Courage I don’t think of…
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The Dark Night of the Soul

The phrase ‘dark night of the soul’ originally comes from a poem by sixteenth-century Spanish mystic and poet St. John of the Cross. But in today’s world, a ‘dark night of the soul’ usually refers to a crisis of faith. My own dark night of the soul happened almost twenty years ago. It’s not something I…
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Harvest Time!

It’s that time of year again here in Manitoba…harvest time! Dust is rising from the fields and grain is filling up the bins. Harvest season is intense – busy, exciting and stressful all at the same time. Long hours of hard work reward farmers with the results of the growing season. Though we aren’t farmers,…
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The Science of a Seed

I love the beauty of the fields this time of year! As I was walking in the evening, I took some close-up photographs of the wheat stalks in the setting sun. The words of Jesus came to mind: “Unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its…
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Broken and Beautiful

Can something broken be beautiful? Kintsugi is the ancient Japanese art of repairing ceramics with a lacquer mixed with precious metal, usually gold. The word ‘kintsugi’ means ‘gold joinery’. This Japanese art values the marks of use or wear on objects. Instead of throwing out damaged bowls or vases, kintsugi artists highlight the cracks and…
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Creativity takes Courage

This past Friday I went to a paint night fundraiser. Have you ever been to a paint night? It’s quite an experience! First, each person is given a canvas and some paint brushes, a cup of water and several dollops of paint. Second, the artist guides you step-by-step through a painting. But before you pick up…
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Now and Ahead: The Wisdom of Music

Music is a work of art – a painting on the canvas of time. Learning to read and play a piece of music means learning the art of living in the ‘now and ahead’. As a musician, I need to prepare for what’s coming, while simultaneously making the present note meaningful. If I focus too much…
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Late Bloomers: Worth the Wait

Lessons from My Mandevilla I have a confession: I am not much of a green thumb, but I enjoy having a few flowers during the summer season. I recently snapped the above picture of my favourite plant…the Mandevilla. It is a hardy vine with beautiful blooms – red, white or pink. But in my experience,…
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The Love of God: To Infinity and Beyond

One of my favourite passages in the Bible that describes the love of God is in the book of Ephesians, chapter three, verses sixteen through twenty. It talks about the power of experiencing God’s love and concludes with  God is “able to carry out His purpose and do superabundantly more than all that we dare…
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Stepping Out of The Comfort Zone

“In any given moment, we have two options: to step forward into growth or to step back into safety.” (Abraham Maslow) As a person who struggles with anxiety, I tend to spend a lot of time living in my comfort zone. I am very aware that if I avoid stepping out, I will have to…
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