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A Joy-Filled Christmas


The tree(s) have been up for a couple of weeks now.  The house is decorated and we are experiencing “hygge“, the recently popular Danish expression that goes far beyond the definition of the word.  I can’t help but giggle that in the … Continue reading → Original link
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Blessed Be the Name of the Lord


I was listening this morning to the song, “Blessed Be the Name of the Lord” and suddenly I was singing, weeping and raising my hands in Worship to God all by myself as the powerful message of the words impacted me … Continue reading → Original link
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Pure Love


Last Sunday, in a small Baptist church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, a lone gunman entered, and in an act of pure evil, massacred twenty-six individuals and wounded twenty more of the congregants there.  Most of those killed and wounded were … Continue reading → Original link
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Bloom Where You’re Planted


The snow is lightly falling outside this 1st day of November.  Winter isn’t just coming, it’s here!  On the Ponderosa, we’ve brought in the lawn furniture, winterized the trailer, stacked the firewood (we need to get more), and turned up … Continue reading → Original link
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Photo Memories


Now that our adult children are living on their own, I have felt the need to claw back the space that they once occupied in our home.  It is amazing how much we have accumulated in the 23 years we … Continue reading → Original link
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Purging “Stuff”


Over the past few weeks I have been busily purging “stuff” from my home.  It’s been quite a process!  I inherited quite a bit of my mother’s china and décor items when she passed away many years ago.  Then I … Continue reading → Original link
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Is Prayer Enough?


No doubt my response to the past week’s senseless violence in the States and Canada is much the same as any individual’s: shock and horror.  A graphic video from Edmonton shows a young man run over and then stab a police … Continue reading → Original link
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I Stand to Show My Respect


We have lost something very valuable in Canada, and the United States: RESPECT.  We have lost respect on the national political global scene, as well as respect for one another in our own countries.  We do not value each other … Continue reading → Original link
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Winter Is Coming


I am watching the snow fall here on the Ponderosa, (as we call our Homestead), in Alberta.  It’s not like the white stuff is unexpected.  We usually get a good snowfall, mid to late September, and then the temperatures can sky-rocket for a few more … Continue reading → Original link
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No Fear


I’ve never stared down a Grizzly Bear waiting to charge.  I’ve never taken shelter from a Category 5 hurricane.  I’ve never personally experienced a war, or a host of other very fearful events that some people I know have gone … Continue reading → Original link
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Signs of the Apocalypse?


Mexico was struck with a massive 8.1 earthquake this morning.  As I read the report, I also read the comments that readers were posting about it and the other meteorological events around the world.  It is obvious that many believe … Continue reading → Original link
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In Harm’s Way


As yet another catastrophic hurricane smashes into the Caribbean Islands on a trajectory route towards the U.S. Gulf coast once again, I am glued to the news channels.  First Hurricane Harvey and now Irma, followed closely by Jose, threaten to … Continue reading → Original link
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25 Encouraging Bible Verses to Read in the Morning


I am a morning person.  I get most of my “to do” list done before noon, or else it doesn’t get done that day.  For me, my day begins with my morning devotions.  I usually read in Oswald Chamber’s “My Utmost for … Continue reading → Original link
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Imagine


John Lennon wrote an iconic song, “Imagine” in 1971.  “Imagine” was the best-selling single of his solo career, and has since been recorded by dozens of performers making it one of the most performed songs of the 20th century.  Its lyrics … Continue reading → Original link
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25 Encouraging Bible Verses for Those Celebrating Birthdays


Having just celebrated another birthday I am reminded of all the blessings God continues to bestow on me.  Birthdays are not only a time to celebrate, but also a day to reflect on the events of the past year, and look forward to … Continue reading → Original link
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Total Eclipse


I was a newlywed when the last total eclipse of the sun was seen in our neck of the woods in 1979.  I don’t really remember if there was as much excitement about that one as there was for this … Continue reading → Original link
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Tearing Down History


When the Islamic extremist group, ISIS destroyed historical sites and tore down thousand-year old statues in the Middle East, the outcry against this act of desecration and vandalism was swift.  I wept at the senseless destruction of historical artifacts that can … Continue reading → Original link
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Because He Lives


“Because He Lives, I can face tomorrow…”  I think these are my most favorite lyrics ever written.  The whole song written by Bill and Gloria Gaither brings me to tears every time; the truth of those words impact me profoundly whenever I hear … Continue reading → Original link
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Lake Life


We have recently returned from our yearly trip to the lake with all the children and grandchildren gathered around us for a week of swimming, sunbathing and camping frivolity that will once again leave us with precious memories that will last a lifetime!  For our … Continue reading → Original link
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I Swear…*NOT!*


As an educator, a Mom and a grandmother, I like to stay up on all the “buzz” going on in Hollywood and in the entertainment industry because, let’s face it, we’d be sticking our heads in the sand if we didn’t think … Continue reading → Original link
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