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7 tips for a healthier you this Christmas

December 5th, 2016|Categories: Advent & Christmas, Gratitude, Health|Tags: , , , |

Christmas is a time for family, holidays, relaxation and fun – it’s not the time to be worrying about what you eat, how you feel or the state of your health. Can you still have a wonderful time and remain relatively healthy? I think so. In the process, though you don’t want to spoil the [...]

3 ways to find God in everyday life

September 26th, 2016|Categories: Gratitude, Hearing God, Heart Issues, Serving|Tags: , , , |

Sometimes it is hard to see God’s fingerprints in the push and pull of everyday life. It can be hard to see how God is present in the moments between opening your eyes and that first cup of coffee.  You’ve barely gulped down your coffee, when a child who can’t find a textbook, or a [...]

GRATITUDE—how to do it

September 23rd, 2016|Categories: Gratitude|Tags: , |

Gratitude is a buzzword in all sorts of circles. It is spoken of in corporate circles, and on talk shows. You are encouraged to journal about gratitude and the things you are thankful for. Gratitude has become a watchword for positive organizational behaviour or positive thinking or as a significant support for depression. A few years [...]

How to Be Grateful for Your Ordinary Life

November 9th, 2015|Categories: Contentment, Gratitude, Seasons of Life|Tags: , , , |

It’s 7:02 am. This morning has been more than ordinary. In fact this entire week has been more than ordinary. It’s involved the familiar rhythms of alarms forcing me to open my eyes, opening the door to let the dog in, searching for the same 7 items I put into my smoothie every morning, kissing [...]

When God Makes You Feel Like a Little Girl

September 3rd, 2015|Categories: Beauty for Ashes, Gratitude, Heart Issues, Testimony, Trusting God|Tags: , , , , |

Pink dress. Pink shoes. White stockings. Cute little girls. Cute little girls throw themselves in their fathers’ big arms and life is free from worries. Someone is going to take care of them. Someone is going to feed them. Someone is going to carry them on his broad shoulders. That’s what I felt when I [...]

Growing older and loving it!!!

July 24th, 2015|Categories: Ageing, Contentment, Gratitude, Seasons of Life|Tags: , , , , |

I have been away for three weeks! I don't know about you, but when I travel, I find it difficult to concentrate on writing blogs, or any other thing for that matter. Travel is not as glamorous as some people think. Countless hours are spent sitting in airports, planes, and cars. The airline food is [...]

Beauty wrapped in pain and brokenness

November 14th, 2014|Categories: Gratitude, Health, Heart Issues, Suffering, Testimony, Trials, Trusting God|Tags: , , , , , , |

The moment was almost surreal as I listened to the doctor’s words There are risks with this surgery . . . your husband can die, and we have to inform you of the possibility of brain damage. I remained calm on the outside, but not on the inside. “Please God, don’t let Paul die,” I [...]

Count your blessings

October 21st, 2014|Categories: Christian Service, God's Provision, Gratitude, Serving|Tags: , , |

Finland, Hungary and Romania During mid-2012, my husband and I traveled to Finland for our youngest son, Kyle’s wedding. Thereafter, we spent ten days with new-found friends at their summer cottage in the south-eastern parts of Finland. The newly-weds joined us a week after the wedding, and a few days later, we all headed off [...]

Giving thanks

May 21st, 2014|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Gratitude, Suffering|Tags: , , , , |

Thanksgiving Of all the holidays we celebrate in America, it seems to me that Thanksgiving has been the least adulterated. Oh sure, there are greeting cards and turkey shaped cocktail napkins, but it never really gets much worse than that. Nobody expects presents and there are no make-believe characters that appear and the children don’t [...]

“Bless the Lord” by Kim Hill

May 18th, 2010|Categories: Beauty for Ashes, Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Gratitude, Praise, Video|Tags: , , |

This was the opening song with backing video at Beauty for Ashes 2010. Sung by Kim Hill. Song written by Paulette Wooten. Visuals by Jane Thomson. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m03gAEbTB5s

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