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How God Moves in the Midst of a Move

My husband and I have moved homes this summer and what an adventure it has been! It is our first “big” move having a toddler on our hands and lawyers, paperwork and boxes galore! I must admit, it was one of, if not THE most stressful things I’ve ever done. Especially moving into an old, almost full renovation house. Kudos to you who do it often! It’s hard, and a lot of, work! There were

On Rest

I feel like we usually think of rest in terms of needing a break from business. Resting in God is equated to sitting in the bottom of a boat, calm as a cucumber, in the middle of a wild storm; or a baby cradled in their mother’s arms in front of a warm fire as a blizzard rages around the house. We don’t think about resting and needing rest until we’re surrounded by seas of

Property Update

Site Plan Application - approval granted!  We are so delighted to finally have in our hands the Final Site Plan approval for Phase 3. Yes, it has been five years since we started talking about it and two years since we completed and submitted our designs to the Town of Oakville.  The comprehensive package for submission was prepared by Glenn Reinders of Reinders and Rieder Ltd. Throughout the process, we had multiple conversations with the

Praying the Question

Over the past few weeks a small group of us have met at Next Door to pray and discern the question, “as we are already engaged in Kingdom work, is the Lord calling us be a fuller expression of His church?” This question was formed as the first step in our discernment process, and while the wording of the question is open to some interpretation, it is essentially asking whether we should be more “church

Trail Running as Metaphor

I enjoy running. In particular, I enjoy trail running and the sense of flow that comes with the twists and turns. Ask any trail runner, when you are in the flow you feel like you can run forever! However, there is an inevitability to trail running. The flow never lasts, and you know at some point the euphoria will be interrupted with the challenge of a grueling climb, a steep descent or an outcropping of

Personal Need

Heavenly Father, We come to you with hearts full of thankfulness. Thank you that you love us no matter what; nothing can separate us from your abundant love. Thank you that when we are weak, you are strong.  Thank you that you care about all the details of our lives, even the smallest things matter to you.  Thank you for your constant presence as you walk with us moment by moment, day by day. We

Emerging Generations

Father, Each morning, I wait for my classroom of bustling students to arrive. As they enter the hallway, I listen. And so their stories are told. In their words and by their actions, I am reminded daily of the battles your children face. One where they struggle to accept their differences as beauty. One where their own communities refuse to accept their unique quirks and gifts as valuable. I hear it in the way they

Neighbourhoods, Networks & Communities

The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these. Mark 12:31 Neighbourhoods Take a moment to think about where you live. Your neighbourhood. Take a look outside and look at your street. Maybe you know your neighbours by name or you just know their faces or maybe you don’t know them at all. Take a moment and pray for them.  When we pray for those that we may

The Candle of Peace

A LAMENT FROM THE PEOPLE... Oh, King of Peace, Prince of Peace! Oh, this world needs You. Peace isn’t something that we’ve got too much of, that’s for sure. If we’re looking at the big picture of the world or the little picture of our own lives- to have peace characterize our lives and our relationships sounds like a dream. And that it would take a miracle. We know it’s not supposed to depend on

The Candle of Hope

A LAMENT FROM THE PEOPLE... So here we are, God. Our calendars tell us it's Advent and that we're to be celebrating. But frankly, God - and forgive our complaining - or perhaps it's truth-telling - but one quick look around the globe and the conflict and killing and the cruel way we treat each other - and it just reminds us how busted we are. We read the newspapers in the morning and the headlines