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When peace eludes you in the pre-Christmas rush

December 9th, 2016|Categories: Advent & Christmas, Stress, Time with God|Tags: , , , , |

Hello Ladies Sometimes, in the frantic rush to get everything done, the peace of the season seems to elude us. Below is a list of potential things that happen at this time of year which may contribute to increased stress during the December period. See if any of these ring a bell! Shopping for gifts [...]

HELP!! I’ve got cancer and I’m cracking up!

October 17th, 2016|Categories: Cancer, Overcoming Fear, Stress, Suffering, Testimony, Trials, Trusting God|Tags: , , , , , , , |

This is the desperate letter from my friend that started it all (used with her permission). Hi Aldyth This is just a very quick email to ask for your help. Since I have had the news of the cancer I am a wreck and in tears at the drop of a hat, which is definitely not [...]

Dear God, they say it’s cancer!

October 10th, 2016|Categories: Cancer, Health, Hearing God, Overcoming Fear, Stress, Suffering, Testimony, Trials, Trusting God|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

I have lived in Ghana, Zambia and Burkina Faso for the last 12 years. We originally moved to Ghana because my husband accepted a position with a company there. Because we were going to Ghana, I went for a full medical check-up, which included a mammogram. To my horror, I found out that I had [...]

What I have learned on the cancer journey with my husband

June 23rd, 2016|Categories: Cancer, Hard Times, Marriage, Overcoming Fear, Stress, Suffering|Tags: , , , , |

I have been on a cancer journey with my husband for 8 years In fact, in the space of 10 days, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, my wonderful father died, and my daughter lost a long awaited IVF pregnancy. It was a traumatic time. To his credit, my husband is a very determined man. [...]

How to deal with anxiety!

May 25th, 2016|Categories: Stress|Tags: , , |

It is easy to feel anxious in this fast paced 21st century world.  Sometimes change occurs so rapidly that we feel we don’t have time to catch our breath.  Life can seem overwhelming with all the pressures and challenges that come our way in a single day.  Raising children, financial problems, health issues and a [...]

What do YOU want from God?

May 13th, 2016|Categories: Heart Issues, Perseverance, Prayer, Stress, Suffering, Trials, Trusting God|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Read 1 Samuel chapter 1 so that you can better follow this story. Some background to Hannah's story Hannah was in a polygamous marriage. Her husband, Elkanah, had two wives, although Hannah was his favourite. However, in a society that valued a woman’s ability to bear children almost above all else, Hannah was childless. This [...]

Frazzled and faithful: Reflections on single parenting

February 12th, 2016|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Parenting, Relationships, Singleness, Stress|Tags: , , , , |

Popular worship leader and single mom Kim Hill offers insight into the chaotic single-parent life. Kim is a Grammy-nominated, multiple-Dove award winning singer/songwriter. She is also the frazzled, joyful single mother of two boys. Last Monday morning I was cajoling my boys, Graham and Benjamin (15 and 11), to hurry up and come downstairs. Suddenly [...]

Grabbing onto change

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 [...]

What about my dreams, my plans?

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 [...]

Tripping over our pedestals of personal power

May 7th, 2014|Categories: Balance, Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Contentment, Heart Issues, Relationships, Stress|Tags: , , , , , , |

I carried the baggage of my childhood around for years I grew up in a mostly normal, somewhat entertaining, occasionally bellicose, often denial-ridden Italian-American household. If your family is dysfunctional, take a number; it all goes back to Adam and Eve. Although I made a deliberate choice to follow Jesus at age fifteen, I continued [...]

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