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27 11, 2017

Here’s my Heart

By |November 27th, 2017|Categories: Stories|1 Comment

I always wanted to be a mother. I dreamt of being one for as long as I can remember. I would picture holding my baby, caring for her, and only hoping I'd be half the mother mine was. It was the only job I imagined having. Why would I want to do anything else? I thought for sure it was the only purpose I had. I found myself planning my life around being a mother. 

23 11, 2017

Christmas Blessing 2017

By |November 23rd, 2017|Categories: Global Mission|0 Comments

As we move into the Christmas season, we reflect upon Jesus’ life, the greatest blessing of all. Jesus speaks to us about opening up our hearts and minds to follow him and to remember his commands. “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those

15 11, 2017

Thankfulness

By |November 15th, 2017|Categories: Staff Diaries|0 Comments

I often wonder when it’s time to say “thank you” in contentment, and when it’s time to say “I need more.” I remember when I was in high school, and a close friend of mine was going through a personal crisis. Everything he knew was beginning to crumble apart around him. However, my Christian conviction kept compelling me to tell him to be thankful. As my friend was dealing with a serious crisis, I couldn’t

23 10, 2017

He First Loved Us

By |October 23rd, 2017|Categories: Joy, Community, Serving, Stories, Withoutwalls|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Have you ever read a verse or passage in the Bible, one that you've read or heard so many times you thought you had it all figured out, only to see it in a new and fresh way? It's happened to me before and it happened again this week, and for some reason I'm always surprised. Imagine that, I don't have it all figured out... ​This week in Hebrews I read the often quoted chapter

6 10, 2017

Two Men and Jesus

By |October 6th, 2017|Categories: Staff Diaries, Stories|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

The other morning, I was at Next Door meeting with a contractor helping me sort out an issue with our kitchen project. He was very helpful, though in the end I was feeling discouraged, weary and stopped in my tracks. As this project has dragged on, I’ve become too familiar with this feeling, having experienced two or three other challenges along the way. And so being in that moment I just wanted to pray. Often

29 09, 2017

Neighbours Without Walls

By |September 29th, 2017|Categories: Community|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

I love community. Growing up in church you hear that word a lot however this idea of community seems to be stretching further beyond that now. People are forming community everywhere. Think about things like your fitness, maybe you are part of a running group or even the crazy crossfit community. You can form community around the way you eat #ketogenic #whole30 #vegan #kellystribe. Or what about your favourite sports team (go Bengals!). Think about

22 09, 2017

Community Without Walls

By |September 22nd, 2017|Categories: Community|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

I have always considered myself an introvert, and to some extent, I still do. I always preferred staying in rather than going out. I would get excited when plans were canceled last minute and it meant I could stay in my PJs all day. I didn't mind spending an entire week barely leaving the house or interacting with anyone other than my husband. I thought I was the kind of person who just "didn't need

31 08, 2017

I Just Want to Be a Mom

By |August 31st, 2017|Categories: Purpose, Stories, This Road|Tags: , , , , , |4 Comments

What do you want to be when you grow up? A mom. That was always the only answer in my heart. Sure, other things seemed interesting, there were even a handful that I thought I might be good at, but nothing that ever felt like part of me. I honestly can't remember a time in my life when I wasn't keeping a strict baby doll nap schedule, babysitting, or choosing names for my hypothetical future

22 08, 2017

Beautiful and terrible things will happen:  Don’t be afraid

By |August 22nd, 2017|Categories: Stories of changed lives|1 Comment

The grace of God means something like: Here is your life. You might never have been, but you are because the party wouldn't have been complete without you. Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don't be afraid. I am with you. - Frederick Buechner This weekend is my family’s big get-together and campout weekend. My 6 siblings and all their kids - even a few super cute babies - are together for

9 08, 2017

How God Moves in the Midst of a Move

By |August 9th, 2017|Categories: General reflection|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

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

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