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So far Shann de Smidt has created 8 blog entries.

Grabbing onto change

2017-01-08T12:59:48+00:00 November 20th, 2015|Categories: God's Love, Overcoming Fear, Stress, Suffering, Trusting God, Walking in Faith|Tags: , , , , , |

Some thrive on change, others don't There are those who thrive on change. There are those who, with difficulty, make their way through change. Then there are people like me who find change daunting. Especially change over which I’ve little control. Now I’m not talking about silly changes, like the plastic container being packed on [...]

Beggars Drive Ferraris

2017-01-08T13:47:37+00:00 August 7th, 2015|Categories: Devotionals, Faith, Heart Issues, Trusting God, Walking in Faith|Tags: , , , , |

If wishes were Ferrari's then beggars would drive Ever heard the saying, ‘If wishes were horses then beggars would ride’? A modern version would be, ‘If wishes were Ferrari's then beggars would drive’. My wishes are often just a strong feeling or desire for something that can't, or most likely won’t, take place. Even as [...]

Weak hands and feeble knees

2016-07-29T00:32:40+00:00 March 10th, 2015|Categories: Confidence, Devotionals, Spiritual Growth|Tags: , , , , |

What one word whispered to God would overcome my weak hands and feeble knees—one word that would represent my relationship with God and the people around me? What word would be painted on the waving banner held high as I march forward? What would help me cope with anything that crashes into my path, leaving [...]

What about my dreams, my plans?

2016-07-28T14:25:15+00:00 January 25th, 2015|Categories: God's Plans for us, Stress, Suffering, Trials, Trusting God|Tags: , , , , , , |

Last year two big events stood out on our calendar. The birth of our third grandson and the marriage of our youngest son to his lovely fiancé. Scans showed that the baby was growing well and mom was healthy,  if somewhat tired and nauseous. Plans went ahead for the wedding—venue booked, perfect clothes bought and [...]

Trusting God

2016-07-25T23:31:57+00:00 November 17th, 2014|Categories: Heart Issues, Suffering, Trials, Trusting God, Waiting on God, Walking in Faith|Tags: , , , , , , , |

How easily we use these words. Calamity strikes, and we say, “Trust God”. We face a problem, and we are told, “Just trust God”. Recently I was challenged by these words: “What would trusting God look like to you in a difficult real-life situation?” Well, right now I have the difficult real-life situation. Working out [...]

Quiet queen or quarrelsome quean?

2016-07-24T22:35:58+00:00 October 10th, 2014|Categories: Heart Issues, Obedience, Relationships, Walking in Faith|Tags: , , , , , |

Esther was an amazing woman. Her story is in the book of Esther, found in the Old Testament. She had the ability to please those in authority. She was a foreigner in the land. She wisely asked advice and followed suggestions. She was chosen to be the wife of a king from among many young and beautiful girls. She underwent a [...]

Old-fashioned words

2016-07-23T22:35:33+00:00 September 17th, 2014|Categories: Devotionals, Faith, Heart Issues, Spiritual Growth|Tags: , , , , , , |

Isn’t it strange how words are used for a long period of time, and then become unfashionable and are seldom heard of again? Words like chaste and cavalier, abomination and zealot. 2 Peter 1:5 says: Make every effort to add to your faith moral excellence, and to moral excellence knowledge. 'Excellence' is a word we hear [...]

“Grand” kids

2016-07-23T19:21:13+00:00 August 7th, 2014|Categories: Parenting, Seasons of Life, Sharing Your Faith|Tags: , , , |

Our son and his wife asked if we could take care of our grandsons, aged three and five, for a week while they traveled. “Of course,” we said. What could be more simple? We raised four children of our own and I’m a pre-school teacher. We holiday with the family and see them most weekends. [...]


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