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Old, gray, and enjoying life!!

May 9th, 2016|Categories: Ageing, Contentment, General, Seasons of Life|Tags: , , , |

Even when I am old and gray, do not forsake me, O God, till I declare Your power to the next generation, Your might to all who are to come! - Psalm 71:18 Old age faces us all, and it creeps up on us so gradually that we do not realize that we have become [...]

Naked season

April 4th, 2016|Categories: Devotionals, Heart Issues, Perseverance, Seasons of Life, Suffering, Trials|Tags: , , , , , |

I live on the Prairies in a little town in Ellendale, North Dakota, USA.  Winter can be a brutal season with biting cold winds that slap you in the face at 50mph.  But, whenever I see flocks of snow geese heading northward towards the Canadian tundra, I know that spring is on the heels of [...]

God, will you ever use me?

January 29th, 2016|Categories: Devotionals, In the Media, Ministry, Seasons of Life, Serving|Tags: , , , , , |

Do you read about the amazing things other women have done with a sinking heart? “Why can’t I do something like that?” “She’s obviously got more faith, talents or opportunities than me.” The truth is that each of us has a unique life and God opens different doors for us all. Remember Psalm 139 that [...]

Wild Hope (2 books and 3 e-books to be won)

November 25th, 2015|Categories: Books & Reading, Overcoming, Perseverance, Seasons of Life, Testimony, Video, Walking in Faith|Tags: , , , |

Carol makes you feel as though you are on the journey with her I'd been keen to meet Carol Alexander for a while. She'd been writing some of the most popular posts on the Beauty for Ashes blog, in spite of the fact that she's a very busy woman. She's a preacher, she's a college [...]

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 [...]

We Did It God’s Way—Married 39 Years and Loving It!

August 27th, 2015|Categories: Marriage, Relationships, Seasons of Life, Testimony|Tags: , , , |

What a ride! This year marks 39 years of marriage to my husband. I know we live in a day and age where many relationships seem to be faltering, however, I do think it is important to herald our milestones and celebrate them. Love at first sight! Paul and I met each other when we [...]

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 [...]

Single and loving it!!!

July 3rd, 2015|Categories: Seasons of Life, Singleness|Tags: , , |

Too happy in my singleness? I was having coffee with an older lady-friend of mine and she took the opportunity to express her concerns for me. She felt I was way too happy in my singleness. I wasn’t exactly sure what she meant by that, but I think if I understood her correctly, she was [...]

Greatest accomplishment?

January 30th, 2015|Categories: Parenting, Relationships, Seasons of Life|Tags: , , , , , |

On 12th December 2014, we left South Africa for a month’s holiday overseas. In the weeks preceding our departure I was packing, making lists, cleaning, making lists, washing, and making lists . . . I wanted to, no, needed to be prepared. Life’s busy, so I had to give myself sufficient time to ensure nothing [...]

“Grand” kids

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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