This past weekend I had the amazing opportunity to attend my first New York Encounter. The friend I attended with had not actually invited me, I more tagged along with her, and her journey to the Encounter was filled with many hardships (as was mine, which I will share about possibly in another post). When a call for volunteers came through a few weeks before the event and my husband encouraged me to apply, I thought of the possibility that my friend might not make it, and figured that volunteering and having a job to do might make her feel more free to make a decision if she knew I wasn't depending on her to look after me. I also recalled a friend sharing about his experience of volunteering last year, and knew that it would be a positive experience.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
A friend of mine is often saying that God is a God of order, and that makes total sense to me. But for a long time I have had a hard time planting that reality in my life. Among my friends, my home is the least orderly. I have the biggest family and the most boys, and our home looks like nine people live here! For not a small amount of time I have felt the burden of this lack of order and wondered, if it's true that God is a God of order, how do I live peacefully in a life that seems so lacking in it?
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Advent could not have come at a better time for me. Of course it comes around every year, the four weeks before Christmas. But I have been in a particular funk really for a long time, and for me this season is an opportunity to search for the coming of the Saviour in the midst of all the chaos that seems to accumulate despite my best efforts to keep life peaceful.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
My little guy is almost 1 1/2, and thankfully sleepless nights are now a fairly rare occurrence. Every now and then though, I have a night that brings me back to that first year, when he never slept consistently. It was so frustrating! But living through that year with him has given me invaluable tools for coping now when we have a night that's out of the ordinary.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
It is the morning after the election, and Donald Trump is President. I never thought I would see this day, and I had great fears about it. But now that it has come to be, for me I think there is only one way - and that's forward.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
This is not a post about who I think people should vote for. I'm not an American, so I can't even vote. But over the past few months I, like much of the world have been following the election coverage. And I've talked about it - a lot. I have strong opinions, like probably most people, because this is a very polarizing election. A lot is at stake, especially for religious people. This is not a post about who you should vote for, or who I would vote for. It's about how you treat people who do not share your political views.
Friday, October 28, 2016
In our area of the world, active adult ministries are severely lacking. This has been a huge cross for me and many in our group of friends, who grew up with a strong, active youth group and prayer group, and many opportunities for retreats, conferences, and social activities to share our faith. Many of us have been frustrated that as we grew into adulthood, the fervour that guided our activities as youth has waned or in some cases disappeared all together. I am not unlike many others, who have felt a desire for the community of long ago. I and several other people at different times have tried to start new groups aimed at adult ministry, and most of them have a lot of interest in the beginning but that interest gradually fades. It is so discouraging to remember where we came from, or to see friends in other faith communities thriving and flourishing and wonder, why don't people commit?