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Yielding when you don’t understand God’s plan

2017-02-16T00:43:33+00:00 December 23rd, 2016|Categories: Advent & Christmas, God's Plans for us, Walking in Faith|

This time of year reminds us of a familiar story. An innocent soul. She has never been with a man. About to be married to a good man. God interrupts her plans. The angel tells her she will conceive of the Holy Spirit and have a son who will become the saviour of the world. [...]

How valuable is my ordinary life to God?

2017-02-16T00:43:55+00:00 November 28th, 2016|Categories: Encouragement, God's Plans for us, Identity in Christ, Ministry, Trusting God|Tags: , , , , |

I'm just ordinary “I’m just ordinary,” you say. “Does God attach the same importance to my life that He does to those with the big ministries? Are they, somehow, more valuable to Him?” It is good to remember that most of the people spoken about at any length in the Bible were those in leadership, [...]

How to find YOUR purpose

2017-02-16T00:45:00+00:00 September 5th, 2016|Categories: God's Guidance, God's Plans for us, Hearing God, Patience, Walking in Faith|Tags: , , , , |

Monday morning . . . again. Every week the feeling of not measuring up was getting heavier until it came to weigh on my chest like a lump of potter’s clay.  I tried to convince myself that it would get better—that I just needed to get up and out to take Justin to school. But [...]

How to manage change

2017-06-22T07:01:24+00:00 August 26th, 2016|Categories: God's Perspective, God's Plans for us, Trusting God|Tags: , , , , |

I don’t know about you, but change is not my favourite thing. I think we all have some resistance to change, especially if it is unforeseen change. I think it’s a vulnerability thing. We see ourselves as vulnerable when there is change in and around our lives and we feel it puts us at risk [...]

How to say “Yes” to God

2017-06-22T07:04:42+00:00 April 22nd, 2016|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Christian Service, God's Guidance, God's Plans for us, Hearing God, Ministry, Serving|Tags: , , , |

I don't know about you but as soon as I became a Christian I wanted to do something FOR God. I was a pregnant teen who found forgiveness and freedom, and I wanted to make my life count for Him. Over the years I found many ways to serve Him, and to be truthful it [...]

7 ways to know God’s call

2016-03-15T20:42:44+00:00 February 26th, 2016|Categories: Balance, Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Christian Service, God's Guidance, God's Plans for us, Hearing God|

There is a myth today that says we must get our life organized and in order before we follow God’s call. Our kids must have adequate time with us. Our debt must be paid down. Our days must have space . . . and peace. After all, how can we do great things for God [...]

Just take the next step

2016-06-14T17:31:48+00:00 February 19th, 2016|Categories: Beauty for Ashes, Christian Service, Devotionals, Faith, God's Guidance, God's Plans for us, Hearing God, In the Media, Ministry, Serving, Testimony, Trusting God, Walking in Faith|Tags: , , , , , |

Have you ever wondered if you’re in God’s will?  How does God lead? The answer is simple—one step at a time. Psalm 37:23 says that “the steps of a good man (woman) are ordered by the Lord.” If we know and love the Lord and truly put Him first in all we do, then He [...]

When your dreams have died

2016-08-13T22:28:44+00:00 December 23rd, 2015|Categories: Advent & Christmas, Faith, God's Plans for us, Perseverance, Trusting God, Waiting on God, Walking in Faith|Tags: , , , , , |

Read the story of Elizabeth and Zechariah, John the Baptist's parents (Luke 1) Elizabeth was a relative of Mary's, but was many years older than her. She had never had a child, the greatest desire of her heart, in an age when there was a social stigma attached to infertility. We know that she and [...]

Making sense of singleness

2016-08-07T18:45:15+00:00 April 27th, 2015|Categories: God's Plans for us, Singleness, Trusting God|Tags: , , |

I’ve heard it said that the greatest thing we’ll ever learn in life is to love and be loved in return. If that is true, then what does that mean for me as a single person? Am I doomed to never know love because I am single? Am I to somehow be content with the fact [...]

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 [...]

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