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Changing Seasons

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Wow, what a summer it has been! Every year I tell my husband, this summer I am going to take it easy and relax and do lots of fun things, and every year something happens and my summer becomes jam packed. This summer was no different. Last school year was a very challenging year for me because I undertook the huge task of creating a history curriculum for my class. The school year hadn’t even finished when I began planning a big anniversary trip for us. I finished teaching five days before we left for two and a half weeks. Then we were back for one week before a close friend got married. Three weeks later was an unexpected trip to Florida for some training, and then four weeks later, my youngest sister got married. It was a great summer but I was so glad to see September coming.
 Over the past few weeks I’ve seen a number of people mention that they are very much looking forward to fall. I think it’s the cozy sweaters and smells of pumpkin spice and leaves, along with the cooler tem…

God's Love Made Personal!

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How convinced are we of the Lord’s love for us? How personal is it in our lives? Does he care what our feelings are toward Him?


This past year was the hardest time of my life. I had gone through bouts of discouragement and anxiety before, but this one surpassed them all. Expecting with our fourth child, it started off a little rocky with inner fears and anxieties. But this quickly gave way to much bigger and deeper issues.


I had always harboured anxious thoughts about God, wondering if He really did accept me and if Jesus really did love me, seeing as how I fell so short so often. But suddenly my shortcomings were so magnified I didn’t know where to turn. My mind felt like it was going crazy.


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I have always tried to have some sort of control in my life, but when this depression hit me, I was left with nothing. Empty. Stripped of my crutches I used to lean on. I felt like nothing in my life mattered anymore.
I cried out to God for mercy, desperately searching the scriptures for reas…

What are you AFRAID of?

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I have a confession to make. I fear many things. I have a feeling you’ll be able to relate. Maybe not to everything I fear. But you likely have some fears too. I looked up the top ten things Christian women struggle with. The 3 from the top was fear. I wasn’t surprised.



I’ve always been a cautious person. And it has definitely never been said of me that I live on the edge or that I’m a risk taker. Never! I see impending danger behind every bush. (not a literal bush 😆) People that know me well know I gasp easily when I think the driver in the vehicle I’m in does not see the car in front is putting on the brakes. My sister Tina once said I would swerve and hit a tree if I saw a caterpillar crossing the road. (quite an exaggeration😏) When the kids were little I would freak out if they walked too close to the stairs or a ledge. I could see them go down head first. And it did actually happen a time or two. I could not watch them climb a tree. I was terrified they would fall. Some of you mig…

Perspective

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Over the past years as a growing christian, and learning to do life as a mother and wife one of the most important things I learned is to keep focused on having the right perspective




Daily we are faced with situations, or circumstances that are hard. That make us feel worn out, defeated and broken. The only thing you have control over is our perspective. You don’t have control over your situation....but you have a choice about how you view it. We know from God’s word that he has given us everything we need to live a thriving life not just a surviving life.

2 Corinthians 4: 16-18
"So we do not loose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal."

Proverbs 17:22 AMP
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Plans

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Have you ever made plans in your life, big or small, and kind of put a light “ if it’s the Lords will” on top of it? Almost feeling obligated as a Christian to say those certain words knowing that after all God is in control but yet have this  high chance in your mind that you know things will all pan out the way they should or the way you have planned?

All because there isn’t anything too serious that could or should come up in the mean time? And all because everything the last while has been smooth sailing?
For myself I am 100% guilty of this.



Instead you ought to say “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”
James 4:15

I took that verse for what it said and let my mind ignore some of the surrounding context to realize the importance behind this.

 “Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit"— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mis…

Expectations

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I am sure we have all had expectations of how things are supposed to go, at some point or another.  Like, we expect our children to learn things at certain times. We expect our Tim Hortons coffee when we pull up to the drive through window, promptly.  We expect to come to church to be edified and have fellowship.  There could be many different expectations we have.



I know most girls expect to have a boyfriend, get married and have babies, because, well...that's just what is supposed to happen. Some may think, sure there are girls who stay single and don’t get married, but surely that won't be me. I have a God-given desire for it, so why would it not happen? Ask me at the age of 18 what my thoughts were on that and I would have told you exactly that.  Fast forward to 11 years later and my "status" has not changed.  As I witnessed friend after friend get married, have babies and "move on" in their lives, I began to be discouraged wondering why it wasn’t happen…

Get Real!

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