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Peace in Acceptance

Peace and joy begin with acceptance.  It’s a phrase that God has often brought to mind during the past decade of near constant trials in our family. Between a daily battle with chronic illness, a debilitating injury, suffering children, financial woes, and the strain of caring for a loved one with mental illness, God’s been… Continue reading Peace in Acceptance

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When a Good God Seems Far From Good

Have you ever stood before a spiritual fork in the road? One where you know the "godly answer" to your painful circumstances, but there seems to be an impenetrable wall that stands between your head and your heart? It's the tension between knowing something to be true but struggling to believe it when the evidence… Continue reading When a Good God Seems Far From Good

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When Christmas is a Fresh Reminder of What’s Been Lost

I have always loved the Christmas season and the many traditions that surround it. It’s a time of year that has always brought a familiar joy and excitement as we set up the tree, decorate the house, search for the perfect gifts, and spend time with family. This year, however, Christmas just isn’t the same.… Continue reading When Christmas is a Fresh Reminder of What’s Been Lost

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The Paradox of Pain and Promise

"Lament is the honest cry of a hurting heart wrestling with the paradox of pain and the promise of God's goodness." - Mark Vroegop I'm so thankful for the book of Job because it acknowledges some of the most complex and honest struggles we face in seasons of deep suffering and often mirrors the questions… Continue reading The Paradox of Pain and Promise

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Two Anchors for the Storms of Life

I gave birth to my son with two anchors drawn on my feet.  As my pregnant belly grew, so did my fear. This was my fourth baby, so I’d already read all the books and websites. I knew the practical realities of preparing to deliver a baby. I packed a bag. I made a birth… Continue reading Two Anchors for the Storms of Life

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Learning Contentment in Unwanted Places

The walls felt like they were closing in around me. The air in the room grew heavy, and each breath I took stole every last ounce of my energy. With puffy eyes, a weary body, and an aching heart, I was desperate for an escape. Escape from a broken world, escape from a broken body,… Continue reading Learning Contentment in Unwanted Places

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Comfort In The Dark

Some days my daughter's eyes visibly widen and her brow furrows as she searches my face to learn the answer to her pressing question. I can feel it coming before the words leave her mouth: “Are you ok mum?” she quizzes me, her face just centimetres from my own. “Do you need to go to… Continue reading Comfort In The Dark

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“Where Are You, Lord?”

"Where are you, Lord When the darkness swallows When your silence deafens In a multitude of sorrows? ______ Where is your comfort When pain abounds When companions flee And loneliness resounds? ______ Where is your justice When the innocent are hunted When the wicked prosper And their evil is flaunted? ______ Where is your compassion… Continue reading “Where Are You, Lord?”

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An Anchor Unshifting

Unchanging. Does such a thing exist? We toy with permanence: lifetime warranties, permanent markers, unbreakable records, “forever” homes. But deep down we know – there is no guarantee these things will hold their claim. We long for it though, don’t we? Something fixed. Something sure. A vacation spot you can always return to. A restaurant… Continue reading An Anchor Unshifting

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Wisdom in the Garden

“I don’t understand, Lord…” I must have prayed this prayer five hundred times, as I processed a dreadfully painful situation a while back. It all started with a meeting at Starbucks. I walked in with a sunny expression and hopeful expectation. I walked out trying to mask the hurt, then spent the next months beneath… Continue reading Wisdom in the Garden