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The Prodigal’s Mom

November 4th, 2016|Categories: Parenting, Prayer, Testimony|Tags: , , , , |

Several years ago, while I was away on a business trip, I received a call from my eighteen-year-old son, Kyle. “Hey, Mom . . . guess what?” Without giving me a chance to hazard a guess, his excited voice continued. “I might be moving to Canada.” Now to put things into perspective, Canada is a [...]

Cancer U-turn

October 21st, 2016|Categories: Cancer, Testimony|Tags: , , |

One beautiful, sunny African afternoon, my life changed forever. For two years, I had asked my gynaecologist for a mammogram. For two years, he had told me it wasn't necessary. Finally another specialist sent me for a "routine mammogram and ultrasound" which turned out to not be as routine as I'd hoped. I had breast [...]

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 [...]

Use your story to encourage someone else

September 9th, 2016|Categories: Beauty for Ashes, Encouragement, Sharing Your Faith, Testimony|Tags: , , |

It's your story, your life, your pain, but it could also be someone else’s strength, someone’s gift. Blue, pink, red and yellow. I wonder what colour I will get next year? These are paper bags I have collected over the years of going to the Beauty for Ashes women’s conference. My husband has had many ideas: The [...]

Broken worriers, brave warriors: Slaying the dragon of suffering

August 22nd, 2016|Categories: Suffering, Testimony, Trusting God|Tags: , |

Our eldest son, Cameron, was born blind I had seen the dragon of suffering at a distance. Smelt the smoke when it spat fire on other people’s lives. But the first time it breathed ugly in my face was when our eldest son, Cameron, was born blind. When I look back on the days and [...]

Echoes of joy from our lament!

June 17th, 2016|Categories: Health, Perseverance, Praise, Suffering, Testimony, Trials, Trusting God, Walking in Faith|Tags: , , , , , , , |

The moment my life changed! Jay's car! A big burly police officer was standing at my front door. I smiled at him, thinking he was there to collect money for the police force after the tragic events of 9/11. “Are you Mrs. Alexander?’ he asked respectfully. “Yes!” I responded quizzically. Then the words [...]

Candles in the dark

March 31st, 2016|Categories: Cancer, Testimony|Tags: , , |

Many years ago, we took our three young children to see the famous Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn, South Africa. To show us what the cave must have looked like to the farmer who discovered them, the guide put out all the lights. That darkness was so thick I couldn’t see my hand in front of [...]

Chocolate eggs

March 24th, 2016|Categories: Beauty for Ashes Speakers, Grace, Lent & Easter, Sharing Your Faith, Testimony|Tags: , , , |

It was a Kodak moment Eleven adorable children waiting with baited breath for me to countdown to the start of a hunt for little chocolate eggs. It was an Easter Sunday afternoon when the children were very young. Frank and I decided to invite both “sides” of the family and some church friends. This was [...]

You’re never too old to start writing!

March 7th, 2016|Categories: Ageing, Books & Reading, Devotionals, On Writing, Testimony|Tags: , , , , |

I was first published at age 71 My first book was accepted for publication the year I reached 71. I had begun writing Prayers and Devotions more than 25 years before, through a weekly prayer letter for my church. I enjoyed writing, but never thought of publication. But after I retired God kept prompting me [...]

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