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2 09, 2015

Moses and Me

By |September 2nd, 2015|Categories: This Road|Tags: , , , , , |2 Comments

Of all the people in the Bible, Moses is the person I most relate to. Now before you judge me, let me explain why. Although he is probably best known for leading the Hebrews out of Egypt, and receiving the Ten Commandments, the thing that stood out to me most about Moses’ story was his doubt. He doubted that God had chosen the right person for the task; he doubted that he would be able

5 08, 2015

Waiting for Raspberries

By |August 5th, 2015|Categories: This Road|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

It has been a good year for raspberries. The patch in my backyard is bursting with deep pink, and every day I find more scrumptious mouthfuls to be harvested. Over the past two weeks I have spent hours in my patch, trying to keep up with the abundance. And as I pick, I have been trying to pray. I am searching for God in my raspberry patch. My search has been fervent, because recently I’ve

21 07, 2015

God’s Great Rescue

By |July 21st, 2015|Categories: Staff Diaries|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

The kids had been waiting all week for this story. Anticipating it. Asking about it. Making predictions and whispering theories – What could be God’s Great Rescue Plan? I had told them stories. Stories of God. Stories of creation. Stories of people. Stories of goodness. Stories of brokenness. Stories of fear. Stories of love. And they were waiting. Waiting for the story of redemption – God’s Great Rescue Plan. Thursday, I would tell them. I

16 06, 2015

A Deep Breath

By |June 16th, 2015|Categories: This Road|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Anxiety was never something I thought I had. It wasn’t a word I was familiar with and I didn’t really know what it entailed. But recently I’ve become more aware of the impact it has on so many people. As I have continued to gain knowledge about this emotion I now see that these symptoms have followed me for a while. When I was younger I would get anxious talking in front of my class,

9 06, 2015

Saturday Service

By |June 9th, 2015|Categories: This Road|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

I went to church today. Saturday. It was a multi-site service. I arrived for the "9 am service" at the FV warehouse where there were about 10 of us loading a U-Haul to help move furniture to the new Next Door storefront. Another one of us was attending to a malfunctioning air conditioning unit and a couple others were helping with the move while also sticking around to do bike repair for Rolling Horse. A

14 04, 2015

A Prayer for Every Day

By |April 14th, 2015|Categories: Prayers of the People|Tags: , , |0 Comments

  My thoughts are scattered, My tongue can't speak. My knees don't bend, And my heart is weak. But help me, Father, Like sky and tree, In every moment Live a prayer to Thee. My climbing out of bed, Praise Your Name. My putting on the kettle, A confession of my need. My coming and my going, Thank you Lord. My texts and emails, Supplication for my friends. My stirring at the stove, Meditation on

31 03, 2015

Life with Margins

By |March 31st, 2015|Categories: Staff Diaries|Tags: , |0 Comments

Sometimes I feel as though I am spinning through the chaos of life and missing what really matters. Guilt ridden self-doubt; am I enjoying my kids enough or am I too busy to really embrace the special moments? I always attend the events, their sports games, the awards dinners, the drama performance; I put lots of planning and attention into every birthday party. But do I fully embrace their conversations, the times of laughter and

10 03, 2015

My Whole Heart

By |March 10th, 2015|Categories: This Road|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

Today was a good day . . . at least, I’m on my way to believing it was. A year ago I would have labelled this same day a disaster because I didn’t cross a single thing off my list. Maybe that doesn’t sound disastrous to you, but I struggle with an addiction to getting things done. I am the queen of lists, the princess of projects, and I revel in the never-ending quest to

23 02, 2015

Laundromats & Community Gardens

By |February 23rd, 2015|Categories: Staff Diaries|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

What do Laundromats and Community Gardens have in common? Not much I suppose, except they both came through my inbox on a recent Tuesday afternoon as I waited for my daughter to get off work at the Aldershot Library. Earlier that Tuesday I had been having conversations about Next Door. If you haven’t been, Next Door is the ForestView ministry centre. Specifically, it’s a funky little storefront in Aldershot where good things are happening. One