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Unity in Diversity

Is it possible to have unity in diversity? My heart is breaking at the division we are seeing right now, especially among Christians. It feels like the North American Church is splintering at an accelerated rate. My heart longs for unity, but I’ll be the first to admit I don’t know how to achieve it.…
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How to Keep on Loving When Love Runs Out

Are you exhausted from always giving and never receiving? I know what that feels like. In my youth, I felt like I had a lot to give. Love seemed clearer and less costly. But I’ve been in over my head for awhile now. I’ve faced many situations where I don’t know how to love, or…
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Be Still

This has been one of those weeks where I can’t seem to control my racing thoughts. Anxiety is a frequent visitor in my life, and today I am reminded of the verse in the Bible: “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10). Being still is one of the most ‘spiritual’ things we…
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The Power of Words

Language is one of the greatest gifts we have to impact the people around us. Words lodge themselves into the fabric of our souls. Their impact echoes in our souls long after our ears stop hearing and our minds stop remembering them. Words have the power to define us, to change the trajectory of our lives.…
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Inside Out

Do you live life from the outside in, or the inside out?  Many messages in our culture support living from the outside in.  We are told that the right position, profession, relationship or possession will bring happiness. We try to fix our problems by changing our circumstances. And in the Church, we expect God to…
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An Attitude of Gratitude

This coming weekend we celebrate Thanksgiving here in Canada, so it seems fitting to reflect on gratitude. The longer I live, the more grateful I am.  Over the years, I have been learning how to cultivate an attitude of gratitude. Woe Was Me I don’t know if it’s just the bent of my personality, but…
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Finding Your Passion

I love this quote from Nelson Mandela: “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” ‘Playing small’ is choosing to stay comfortable and safe in order to avoid the risk of failure, embarrasment or disappointment. As a…
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Love is the Answer; Not Loving Answers

The longer I’ve been a Christian, the more I wonder:  is our faith centred on love, or on having answers?  Sometimes in church, we can get to a place where our doctrines/beliefs replace our faith.  We stop searching, stop learning, stop growing.  Instead, we dig our doctrinal trenches and settle in to defend them.  I…
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Finding Wonder

Are you still finding wonder?  Wonder is a feeling of awe caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar or unexplainable.  The baby fox you see in the picture was a moment of wonder for me.  It is a rare gift to see a baby fox, let alone photograph one. I see my own wonder in her…
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A close up of a person's green eye, with all the tiny details of the iris and pupil. There is a reflection of the eyelashes seen on the upper part of the iris, as well as the refection of blue sky in the upper right corner. The title above reads 'we become what we behold'

We Become What We Behold

Do you remember that little Sunday song, “Oh be careful little eyes what you see?”  In the last couple of years, the wisdom of that song has come to mean a lot more to me. There is so much darkness in the world, and in these tumultuous times it’s so easy to lose our hope.…
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