To understand how wonderfully we are created...we all need this Friend

Would you like to feel good about yourself?

Step One: Discover your Creator… the One who knows you better than you know yourself. He will be your guide, wisdom, and power source.  by Suzie Zanewich guest blogger. Even before I knew Christ, God had a plan. He reconnected me with my dear friend Blossom, who is a true believer in Jesus Christ. He knew I was going to need someone who knew Him intimately and could teach and guide me to be a follower of Jesus. During our friendship talks when I had life questions Blossom would always direct me to pray and seek the Lord. She believed God would answer my prayers, and to my delight God did not disappoint. Through this beautiful friend...

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Do You Suffer From Low Self-Worth?

What would an author of historical romance, a life coach, and a friendship have in common? And why should you read on? What does any of this have to do with low self-worth? Once upon a time…long, long ago, 50 years plus, there lived a little girl who believed the words shouted over her repeatedly, "You good for nothing filthy wretch." It took years for this little one, well into adulthood in fact, to shake this message and travel on a journey toward emotional health. It was not until she embraced God's love, combined with new thinking that she found she had energy and confidence to follow her dreams. Low self-worth drains a person and takes a...

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Let it snow. Let it snow. Let it snow!

Christmas in a Nutshell...come break it open with me!

 Life has not been easy for any of us in this covid-ridden world, a new variant announced the minute the old one has run its course, and the in-house fighting between the vaccinated and unvaccinated at the workplace, between good friends, and even within families. Satan is delighted with the division this is causing. And so, I propose we take the focus off the negative and intentionally breath in the truth of the advent season. I promise…joy will follow. The past few years I have found increased joy in celebrating the season with advent candles and what they represent. I would like to share this with you and encourage you to jo...

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Joy to the World...The Lord has come.

Christmas Joy when Joy Seems Impossible!

I was doing so well and then crash…that Christmas bobble filled with joy hit the floor and busted into a thousand smithereens. I feel no more qualified to write a blog on Advent joy than the Grinch. Unless … as the Spirit of God nudges, I choose to be open and authentic. These last few days I have struggled. According to Covid regulations in our province we are not allowed to have anyone in our home for Christmas. The one loophole was that a single person could have a grouping of two and our son was going to join my husband and me. Then he phoned to say he had to work, and my joy melted like a snowman at the equator. One by one a la...

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Oh Star of Wonder!

Catch the Christmas Star...Catch the JOY!

In the Toronto Star this past week Omar Mosleh wrote about a coming phenomenon that has not been seen since medieval times and may account for the wonder that the wise men seen in the heavenlies when Jesus was born. "On Dec. 21, which is also the date of the winter solstice, the gas giants Jupiter and Saturn will appear to align in the night sky, occurring as a single ultra-bright light in a rare event known as the 'Christmas Star.'" (Though science tells us at the time of Jesus' birth, Venus and Jupiter were aligning.) Of course, I'm going to peek into the heavens on that date, but it's got me thinking. How like our amazing Father ...

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If JOY had a Price Tag...It Would Read, Free to Those With This...

With all the Covid restrictions this Christmas season, maybe, just maybe, there is a silver lining splitting through the dark clouds of gathering gloom. Could it be that God wants us to sloooooow down? Could it be in the hush, not the rush, in the stillness not the scurry, in the presence of God we find the present? The gift of advent has rendered my type A personality, the Martha in me, to slow, to still, to invite silence. Each morning as I read and meditate on the advent Scriptures a metamorphosis unfolds. Joy leaks into my soul one silent moment at a time. Advent candle number two is the "Bethlehem Candle," and it symbolizes faith. S...

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Joy to the World

Want JOY? Real JOY!

This has been the weirdest year of my life. I long for normalcy—we all long for normalcy. Covid has become a much-abhorred household word and I will not linger there. The media has given that subject ample hype and played on the fears of mankind. Rather, I will focus on Christmas joy and how to obtain it, but it means taking a couple moments each day with intentional devotion. Curl up in a chair, with a hot cup of chocolate or cinnamon apple cider—Breath in the sweet fragrance of freshly cut boughs and picture a wreath centred in the middle of your table. It's made with evergreens, rather than leaf stripped branches for a good reason. The eve...

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Join me in the garden.

Want Some Good News in this World of Bad?

Our mind is a powerful force. Now I don't mean that in a new age, mystical way, I mean that because the Bible says so, because God says so. He created you and me, He should know. Philippians 4:8 instructs, "Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things." Why do you think we would be instructed to think and even take it a step further and meditate on positive things? Well, I have a few people in my life who are glued to the news...

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Stretch out your hands and receive the blessing.

Do YOU Need a Blessing?

Come away with me for a moment in your imagination. I have a treasure for you tucked within the pages of an ancient text… Imagine you were born long, long ago. There is a king and you are a lowly servant far beneath his royalty. You are summoned to attend an ancient Middle Eastern court, but you have nothing special to wear, to give, to share. You wonder why the king would want you there. You're amazed when you hand over your invitation, sure you'll be accused of stealing it, but instead you're ushered in. You stay well back, near the door for a ready escape if anyone challenges your attendance. Your hands feel clammy, and a trickle of sweat ...

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Fiction with a Purpose!

If you will be so kind as let me ramble a bit about why I wrote Katherine's Arrangement, I promise this will be relatable to you. Long before I even knew I could write, I loved to read. Being a hopeless romantic I gravitated to all romance stories either contemporary or historical. I soon realized that finding clean fiction but still written with the passion of love that God created humans for, was hard to find. (Just read Song of Solomon, God was not afraid to express passion without being explicit. After all, love and sex is His creation.) Given the gift of a writing career late in life one thing was for sure…I wanted to write clean romance...

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Look up. He is coming.

I Wish We'd All Been Ready

Back in the 70's when I was a teenager, (I know I'm dating myself,) our youth group started a study on Revelation. Back then there were no computers for the everyday person. We did not have desktops, laptops, iPads and phones that we carried around. Technology did not have the capability to place a mark on people and track them, and many small countries had not yet heard the gospel in their language. In other words, the possibility of many of the things spoken of in Revelation actually happening at that time seemed like something out of a sci-fi movie. Not so today. All is in place. Technology has advanced to such a place where ever...

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Puppy Love

And They Called It Puppy Love...NOT!

Have you ever had a circumstance you did not want? Have you ever been angry at that someone who brought about that circumstance? Or possibly even God? Well I am going to be honest and transparent. I am in that place working my way through. This past weekend we got a puppy. A strong willed, nippy, mouthy, adorable puppy. Her name is Lacy but should be Looney. Whereas our last dog Lyla was a gift from God, so easy, and so special, this one is special needs on steroids. I am struggling. I did not want, nor need this chaos in my already busy life. I have a mammoth yard to care for all myself, a whole household as my husband is always working, and...

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Honey Bee Ball

My Visit From A Swarm Of Honey Bees.

Wednesday afternoon I was having a low energy and low day emotionally. I was falling asleep at my computer when I was supposed to be writing, my eyelids heavy, my heart even more so. I decided a break in the fresh air and a little prayer would pick me up. I pulled out my dust ridden chair cushions and my lounger chair and found a pocket full of sunshine in my back yard. I laid back. Ahh, now this was a good decision. I looked up into the sky where puffy clouds scribbled the blue and was reminded of what my sister Donna always does. She keeps her eyes up. She has sent me so many beautiful cloud pictures because her eyes are fixed above, not do...

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Donna Stobert's work of art...Beautiful Gift

What Can One Learn on a Spring Walk?

Spring has sprung and I want to take a moment to just thank God. This blog will be a reflection of thankfulness and I'm hoping you will join me on this spring walk. I walk through the forest and I hear the wind whistling through the pines. They gently sway in rhythm to the song they are singing. The chatter of a mouthy squirrel lets me know not to ignore him. Birds dart and dip, chirp and join in a morning tune, one melody mingles beautifully with another like someone up there is creating a symphony. I thank Elohim, my Creator for the ability to hear. I climb a knoll to a spot where I can see a grand view of the Okanagan Lake, looking so...

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Why is it so easy to worry?

I need ...

Have you ever been in need? Really in need? I personally do not know what it would be like to not have food for my family, or a roof over my head, or not have the clothes I need to to stay warm. My physical needs have always been met. Matthew 6:31 says, "Do not worry, saying 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' ...For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and HIs righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you." Does this Scripture only pertain to not worrying about our physical needs or does it encompass a whole lot mo...

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You Have Been Made Holy -White as Snow

Take 5 - Soul Encouragement - God Who Sanctifies

 NO need to fear. Let us take every anxious thought captive by praising and praying to our amazing God today. 5 minutes of solitude to meditate on the following name of God will lift your spirits. To know the names of God is to know His character. To know His character reveals His love. To understand His love eradicates all worry. Each time a worrisome thought arises today cry out to: Name of God: Yahweh-M'Kaddesh or Mekaddishkem—The LORD Who Sanctifies. What does it mean to be sanctified? It means to be made holy, set apart as sacred, consecrated. Just breath that in for one moment. Don't rush by this. You are made holy, and white ...

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To keep you from speaking moistly.

Is Gray a Color?

Encouragement during these times is must, a need, a lifeline. I was talking on zoom to a friend of mine. Her name is Holly. Even her name conjures up festivity, color and light. But her smile… oh if you saw her smile you would never forget it. She is one of the most vivacious personalities I have ever had the pleasure to meet. So here I am talking to this incredibly up person, this courageous soul who is a cancer survivor, this joy emitting vessel of Jesus, and I listen to the anemia this isolation has caused. I came to the conclusion, if she's feeling this way then I know many of you will relate. Here is what she shared. The natural ebb...

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Covid 19 is not a holiday for all families.

A Cry for the Marginalized

I was gently admonished for my blog last week from different sources. I heard things like I need to find things to be thankful for. I need to accept the laws of the land and not second-guess their wisdom. I was told to search for the deep in the solitude as Paul did under house arrest, or Dietrich Bonhoeffer or Nelson Mandela in prison. All of these suggestions have merit. And so, I prayed. I asked God to change my attitude. I spent time, real time, practising gratitude for the many, many wonderful blessings I have in my life, but no … my mind kept coming back to the following. I could not shake it. I grieve, and I mean literally grieve ...

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The leaves may die, but Spring holds the Victory. Covid 19 may reign but for a season, but My God is the author of Spring

Worst Palm Sunday Ever!

I got up angry. I reluctantly joined the zoom church service - angry. I tried. I tried real hard to join in the piped in praise music. I even stood up as if I was in a church service and sang my heart out. Still angry. I listened to very good message on Palm Sunday, but when the preacher started reading how Jesus went into the temple and cleared away the money changers, the merchants, the money makers from them temple in obvious anger, I could finally relate. Yeah, God, I'm angry too. This virus has worked its evil in the best way possible. It has stopped the assembly of believers gathering together. We are not able to exh...

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Creation Sings out the name of Immanuel-God with us.

Take 5 - Soul Encouragement - Immanuel, God With Us

Let us take every anxious thought captive by praising and praying to our amazing God today. Offer up 5 minutes of solitude to meditate on the following name of God and what it means. To know the names of God is to know His character. To know His character reveals His love. To understand His love eradicates all worry. Each time a worrisome thought arises today cry out to: Name of God: Immanuel—God with us. Scripture: Is. 7:14; Matt. 1:23 Prayer: How comforting to know that Immanuel you are with us. You are true to your word, you have not, nor will you ever leave us or forsake us as Hebrews 13:5 promises. We are not alone. You are with us. Than...

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Is there any doubt The All Sufficient One has this world in His hands?

Take 5 - Soul Encouragement - God Almighty

Let us take every anxious thought captive by praising and praying to our amazing God today. Offer up 5 minutes of solitude to meditate on the following name of God and what it means. To know the names of God is to know His character. To know His character reveals His love. To understand His love eradicates all worry. Each time a worrisome thought arises today cry out to: Name of God: El Shaddai—The All Sufficient One, God Almighty Scripture: Gen. 17:1; Ps. 91:1, Job 11:7 Translated as God Almighty or Almighty God in our Bible Prayer: El Shaddai, nothing is too big for you to handle. We know you have this world in your trustworthy hands even i...

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Our Everlasting God - The Eternal One who made the oceans and sunsets to Him be the Glory.

Take 5 - Soul Encouragement - Everlasting God

 Let us take every anxious thought captive by praising and praying to our amazing God today. Offer up 5 minutes of solitude to meditate on the following name of God and what it means. To know the names of God is to know His character. To know His character reveals His love. To understand His love eradicates all worry. Each time a worrisome thought arises today cry out to: Name of God: El Olam—The Everlasting God, The Eternal One. Scripture: Gen. 21:33; Is. 40:28; Romans 1:20 Prayer: El Olam you are the Alpha and Omega, The First and the Last. There is no beginning or end with you. I can trust you. You have all in your control. Amen Song:...

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Look at this intricate picture and you will see the hand of God

Take 5 - Soul Encouragement - Elohim

Let us take every anxious thought captive by praising and praying to our amazing God today. Offer up 5 minutes of solitude to meditate on the following name of God and what it means. To know the names of God is to know His character. To know His character reveals His love. To understand His love eradicates all worry. Each time a worrisome thought arises today cry out to: Name of God: Elohim—All-Powerful One; Creator, God Scripture: Gen. 1:1-3; Deut. 10:7; Num. 23:19 Translated as "God" in the Scriptures. Prayer: You, oh God, created the vast universe. You know every nook and cranny, every creature in the sea, every bird of the air, every blad...

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El - The Strong One

Take 5 - Soul Encouragement - El -The Strong One

Let us take every anxious thought captive by praising and praying to our amazing God today. Offer up 5 minutes of solitude to meditate on the following name of God and what it means. To know the names of God is to know His character. To know His character reveals His love. To understand His love eradicates all worry. Each time a worrisome thought arises today cry out to: Name of God: El—The Strong One. (God who overcomes all) Scripture: Exodus 15:2; Number 23:22; Deut. 7:9 Prayer: Dear God, You are the Strong and Mighty One, you overcome all our enemies. This Covid 19 virus is an enemy to humanity and we call out to you for mercy today t...

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Adonai you are with me

Take 5 - Soul Encouragement - Adonai

 Let us take every anxious thought captive by praising and praying to our amazing God today. Offer up 5 minutes of solitude to meditate on the following name of God and what it means. To know the names of God is to know His character. To know His character reveals His love. To understand His love eradicates all worry. Each time a worrisome thought arises today cry out to: Name of God: Adonai—My Lord, My Master. How comforting to know we are not alone we have loving Master. Scripture: Gen. 15:2; Ps. 8:9 "Oh LORD (Yahweh) our Lord (Adonai), How excellent is Your name in all the earth!" Translated in our Scripture as "Lord" i...

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Yahweh - The Great I AM

Take 5 - Soul Encouragement - Yahweh

Let us take every anxious thought captive by praising and praying to our amazing God today. Offer up 5 minutes of solitude to meditate on the following name of God and what it means. To know the names of God is to know His character. To know His character reveals His love. To understand His love eradicates all worry. Each time a worrisome thought arises today cry out to: Name of God: Yahweh YHVH—The Great I AM, The One Who Is Scripture: Gen. 2:4; Ex. 3:14 YHVH is translated as LORD with caps in our Bible. All other Names in Scripture reveal God's work and His character, but this name Yahweh shows His substance. Prayer: Yahweh, You are the Gre...

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The God Who Sees

Take 5 - Soul Encouragement - The God Who Sees

Let us take every anxious thought captive by praising and praying to our amazing God today. Offer up 5 minutes of solitude and meditate on the following name of God and what it means. To know the names of God is know His character. To know His character reveals His love. To understand His love eradicates all worry. Each time a worrisome thought arises today cry out to:Name of God: El Roi—The God Who Sees MeScripture: Gen. 16:11-14; Ps. 139:7-12Prayer: Thank you El Roi for the comfort that You see me, my inner thoughts, my battles, my complexities and that you care intimately for me and my loved ones.Song: An amaz...

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God Most High

Take 5 - Your Daily Encouragement ... God Most High

I don't know about you, but I'll be honest? Even though I know my Scripture and have my Jesus I have found myself on edge, and getting anxious at times this past week. What was a distant world problem a few weeks ago, is now on my doorstep. Though I prayed for the people of China, it seemed so far removed. Not so anymore. I am under self-quarantine because the dentist office I went to, (though knowing their staff had been at a dental conference where ten known cases of the Covid 19 virus was confirmed) continued to work. The health officials in BC deemed that the hysteria they may create by shutting down all BC dental offices outwei...

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What would you consider the an Indescribable Gift ?

An Indescribable Gift

Time ... 365 ¼ days, 12 months, 52 weeks in a year, or 24 hours, 1,440 minutes, 86,400 seconds in a day leaves us with a question, what will be do with this precious gift? As I hunkered down this past week to meet a writing deadline with rewrites far more extensive than I had anticipated, I planned my week out in precise increments. It was prudent to get stingy with this thing called time. God would surely understand, would He not? This is what transpired. The Spirit of God gently wooed, "do not rush my time with you, dear daughter, take time to pray for those in need." My mother-in-law calls, she needs to go to the d...

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To Bear Much Fruit in the Shadow of a Mountain

A Life Poured Out

I was so impacted by this one sentence I read in Ann Voscamp's book called The Broken Way that my spirit jumped within me. "The cells that only benefit themselves are known as cancer … Cancer is what refuses to die to self."1 I have been wrestling for weeks now with an issue of whether or not to succumb to external pressure and continue to silence the words God has been pounding on my heart to share with the world or … choose to be free. God never fails to speak when I openly ask for wisdom without telling Him how I want things to go. Here is my answer. This morning in my devotions it started with that quote above, where the whole chapte...

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With open hands ... I surrender my life

Letting the Holy One Have The Say

I made a commitment to live the Christian life as a believer of Jesus Christ at fourteen but have to say I knew the presence of God long before that. Through childhood trauma God met me in the thin places, the suffering moments, the fearful dark of broken humanity. By the time I was fourteen, I had little will to live and it was Jesus or suicide, so I thought I would give Jesus a try. Wow, I never looked back. The Holy One met me. With becoming a believer of Jesus Christ at that age and never turning back, there develops over time a sense of entitlement, a sense of pride in one's right living, or righteousness. I personally believed if I serv...

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Your Father in Heaven cares.

The Gift Of A Heavenly Father When Your Earthly Parents Fail

I came across Matthew 6:32, 33 … "for your Heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and all His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you," and something profound hit me. To truly believe in a Father who wants to supply our every need, we must first believe in a good, loving and kind Heavenly Father. If you struggle with the concept of a loving Heavenly Father because you associate the way your earthly parents treated you to God, then this blog is for you. We start out in life with a mother and a father that shape and mold our view of what the word "Father" may conjure up. Both par...

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Grab onto your HELPER

How to Make the New Year JOY Filled, No Matter the Happenings

By now we are two weeks into the New Year, and I don't know if you're like me but I've already broken my New Years resolution. I was going to go a month without bread because it is my sweet. I wanted to be a good example to my husband who struggles to give up his sweets and let him see self-discipline in action. Ha! By about five days into the year, I was chowing down on a nice fresh piece of sour dough bread smothered with homemade raspberry jam, and he was well into a box of chocolates. We laughed at each other as we settled back into our easy chairs for our favourite TV show. How willing the mind is making these plans on New Year's Eve aft...

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Oh Holy Night

Something More Than The Hustle and Bustle of Christmas ...

 By now the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season has enveloped your world unless you are a scrooge or the Grinch. Ha Ha And yet I write … With the hope … You will be blessed by putting the most amazing blessing first—Jesus Christ. Over the past three weeks of advent we have allowed the Prophet's Candle of HOPE, the Bethlehem Candle of FAITH, and the Shepherd's candle of JOY to spark our Christmas season into flame. This last week of advent we will light the Angel's Candle of LOVE and on Christmas day you will light the final candle in the middle of your wreath representing JESUS CHRIST. My prayer for you is that the flicker of flame...

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Fear not, I bring good tidings of great JOY

What You Need to Make the Christmas Season JOY Filled!

The last two weeks I have been encouraging the lighting of the advent wreath, why? The reason is easy, and intentional—I want to celebrate Christmas not just on the 25th but the whole month through. I invite you to join me on this Advent journey. December 1st we lit the "Prophet's Candle," symbolizing hope. It reminded the old testament patriarchs to keep the hope of a coming King… a Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger. It reminded the New Testament believers to have hope beyond the death of their Savior who died for the sins of the world. They began the great commission and proclaimed the good news that Je...

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The Bethlehem Candle

Let's light Our Second Advent Candle Together - The Bethlehem Candle

We are going to light candle number two this week and celebrate the glorious meaning of Christmas. This candle is called the "Bethlehem Candle," and it symbolizes faith. Seven hundred years before Christ was born the prophet Isaiah proclaimed these words. Isaiah 7:14 "Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel." This time of year, I reflect upon what it must have felt like for the scared young woman—Mary to be pregnant out of wedlock, and for a man of integrity—Joseph (no more than a boy himself) who married her despite the unusual circumstances. All...

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The First Advent Candle lit with HOPE

What Is Christmas? Come With Me On A Celebration Of The Heart.

This year I want to concentrate on celebrating Christmas more intentionally. I do not want the harried pace of Christmas' past, nor to be so wrapped up (no pun intended) in the traditions of decorating, shopping, ribbons and bows that I feel exhausted come Christmas Eve. And so, I invite you along on a Christmas journey with me. Let's light the four advent candles not only on our table centrepiece but in our hearts, and take the time daily, to be present with the Lord. If you do have an advent wreath then lets light the first candle, "The Prophet's Candle" together. If you don't have a wreath, curl up into a chair and in the Spirit join ...

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Do You Need A Divine Helper and Advocate?

I've had a tough week. All kinds of mishaps, misunderstandings, and missteps. The Scripture that talks about the fact we wrestle not against flesh and blood, (meaning people) but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places, (Eph. 6:12) has been my reality. I opened my mouth when I should have kept it closed. I let painful memories surface. I allowed the actions of another bring me down. I struggled with dark depressing days. I overall felt low, which is not like me. I was under attack for sure. Then I read 1 John 2:1-2 "My little children,...

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I will fear no more...

How do I NOT be Afraid?

I find it amazing how the Spirit of God leads and speaks. I was contemplating which title of God to expound upon and the verse in Revelation 1:8 kept coming to mind. I am the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End," says the Lord, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty. In this one verse alone, there are seven ways in which to address God in prayer. I Am                March 18, 2019 Alpha              Nov. 5, 2018 Omega          Nov. 5, 2018 Beginning     Nov. 5, 2018 End           ...

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Is there a literal Hell?

Many Believe In Heaven, But What About Hell?

I awoke in the wee hours of the morning and my mind turned toward writing my blog. I prayed about what I should write. Interestingly, the Scripture John 14:16 came to mind. "Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." These titles are not new to most Christians and I was going to write a blog on each one separately but instead the Spirit was very direct on leaving them together as Jesus did for the purpose of writing about the way to enter Heaven, or more specifically, a generally avoided and uncomfortable subject … the reality of Hell. As a Christian who regula...

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Your color, Your sparkle, Your light ... matters.

You Light Up This World

The Light of the World. I have been so distracted as of late with the planning of a wedding in our back yard, a five-book contract to attend to, yard work galore, etc. I groaned at the thought of fitting in the writing of a blog wondering if it matters. In the middle of the night I awoke to hear the Lord gently speak into my spirit. I am the Father of Light and telling the world in such dark times—matters. So, I reverently sit at my desk this morning with my long "to do" list carefully tucked out of view. I consider this wonderful title I was reminded of in the dark of the night. Jesus said in John 8:12 "I am the Light of the world....

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High above the din you will find the One who is Faithful and True

We are all looking for the One who is Faithful and True

Faithful and True How many join the ranks of those who understand the pain caused by the opposite of faithful and true? A friend walks away Adult children won't talk to their parents A husband betrays A parent abuses a child A wife decides she does not love anymore Human beings are good at the opposite of "Faithful and True" but God is not. It is in His very character and being to remain faithful and true. Oh, how comforting these words are in a world that is often cruel and unkind. Revelation 19:11 encourages ... "Now I saw heaven opening, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He ...

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Come to the Garden

Who Wouldn't Want a Wonderful Counselor?

August has been a heavy month with lots of enjoyable company, personal drama that has caused inner angst and a big move for my mother-in-law as she leaves the Toronto area and trusts us enough to move to Kelowna for her remaining days. Many wheels are turning, and I am so thankful for the one constant calming presence in my life ... the Wonderful Counselor. Isaiah 9:6 gives a title in a prophetic word of the messianic King Jesus yet to come. "...And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." The character of Christ is foretold in these titles but I would like to pause on o...

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The gift of friends.

Do You Need A Friend?

Have you ever had someone hurt you with their words? At this very moment could you be reeling from unkindness where the person speaking does not understand your heart? Are you falsely accused and gossiped about? I have been there, but more importantly so has Jesus. In Matthew 11:19 the ones that were jealous of Him and His powerful ministry said this. "Look a glutton and winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!" They used the word "friend" sarcastically in a negative way because they looked down on Jesus for associating with the down and outer. But what a privilege to be counted among those Jesus calls a friend. He did not car...

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Top of Knox Mountain-Kelowna BC Canada

Wonders of the World in Your Back Yard

Summer is upon us … the sun, sand and surf beckon. Living in the Okanagan Valley brings visitors from all over the country who flock into the area for warmth and water fun. Lazy, hazy days of conversing with visitors are sprinkled throughout July and August. A favourite pastime is to take them to the local landmarks and actually enjoy the beautiful area in which I live. This week I was on such an excursion with my niece who was visiting. As I overlooked the valley from the top of Knox Mountain I caught anew a fresh perceptive of God's amazing creation. How often I breeze by the vistas of lake and mountains when I should stop and sta...

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Back to Eden we go.

Yahweh Shammah (The Lord is There.)

Are you having a difficult day, month, or year? Are you discouraged, disheartened or dismayed? Do you need a pick-me-upper? Come with me. Not into a story of make belief, but into a vision of a new temple, a new city, a new kingdom, a new people. Grab a coffee or morning tea and find a quiet nook inside or outside to contemplate the wonder. Hope will ignite, and after being given this glimpse into God's Holy city which every believer will be part of, I promise you, your worries will fade. Ezekiel is given a peek into the future (Ezekiel 40 to 48) and he writes about a glorious day when God returns, renews the earth and reigns in righteousness...

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Your prayers matter ...

Bring Prayer Alive

 I was sitting across the table with a long-time friend this week and we began talking about prayer. As we shared, she said, "you need to write a blog about what you do. It's so unique and personal and I think it would help many." Since each Monday I share a new title of God for the purpose of enriching ones prayer life, it fits to write about the "how to." Why would anyone pray? -We pray because we believe that prayer changes things and because we have need. Heb. 4:16 says, "Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." -We pray for sickness of body...

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Youthful glory gone ...

I Introduce you to...

 The God of Glory Last night I attended my fortieth  grad reunion. Forty years. Wow! Where has time gone? As I walked around the room the signs of aging were glaringly obvious … wrinkles, weight gain, balding, gray, to mention just a few. Our youthful glory was gone. How timely to turn to my Bible today and read Psalm 29 about the God of Glory. He does not change, nor decay. Yesterday, today, and tomorrow He remains the same. There will be no shock when we see Jesus (like there was last night at what time had done to the good-looking, the strong, the high school jocks, the cheerleaders.) In this devotional it is my privilege to...

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The Bridegroom awaits ... is the Bride ready?

You Are Invited!

Have you have been invited to a wedding this summer? How would you feel if you were invited as an honoured guest to a royal wedding, or to the wedding of a famous movie star? I bet you would be thrilled and talking about it non-stop. Well I have an invitation, you have an invitation to the most spectacular wedding of all time where the King of Kings will be the Bridegroom and you will not be a mere guest, oh no, much better ... you will be the Bride. Jesus calls Himself the Bridegroom (Matt. 9:14-15 and Matt. 25:1-13) He called the church (all believers) the bride. Why? Because He knew that no matter how good a marriage is here...

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Where can I find Hope?

If You Don't Need Hope Please Don't Read.

I ask the question. Who doesn't need hope? We all need hope. Being hopeless is one of the saddest states to be in. In fact, Proverbs 13:12 says, "Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life." Suicide is at an all time high. Why? Because people have lost hope. Are you currently in a situation that seems hopeless, helpless, or heartless? If so read on. If not, then you are to be the hands and feet of Jesus and give hope and encouragement to others. In either case, we need the God of Hope to fill our day. This name/title the God Of Hope is one of my favourites. I love to pray using this name....

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