October 2013- Think like a goose

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Led by the Spirit - Think like a Goose

On October 14, Canadians will celebrate Thanksgiving Day, a chance for all to praise God for a good harvest and the many blessings received throughout the year. Larry and I share in that gratitude as we have just completed our harvest. By God’s grace, we were able to endure early morning risings, 12-hour days, patience for breakdowns, mixed with a few meltdowns and a little whining. 

Reaping any harvest – a physical or spiritual one - requires sacrifice and teamwork. Throughout our 39 years of marriage, we have learned that without teamwork there is no production! For example, have you ever seen geese flying in a “V” formation? Have you ever wondered why?  When each goose flaps its wings it creates an uplift for the birds that follow. By flying in a “V”, the whole flock adds 71 percent greater flying range than if each bird flew alone. So if a husband and wife stand strong together as a team, uplifting one another, co-operating to achieve each others’ goals, their marriage will be strengthened. God reassures us that when two or three are gathered in His name, there He will be. Depending on God and on each other will make our journey easier until we reach our final destination. 

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September 2013- Why Should I go to church?

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Led by the Spirit - Why Should I go to church?

I remember the many times in my childhood, when on a Sunday, my Dad would knock on my door, wake me up and with a confident voice say, “it’s time for church!” With a lot of moaning and grumbling I would try to change his mind by replying, “ but Dad, I’m too tired and besides it’s so-o-o-o boring!”
Excuses were never acceptable to Dad. I can still remember the smile on his face as he sat proudly in the front pew of the church alongside his five children and his wife. It’s a great memory filled with gratitude towards my Dad who instilled a foundation of faith that has remained with me to this very day.
As I travel in this ministry to various churches of all denominations, pastors are sharing their struggles, witnessing their congregations decreasing in numbers. Parents are deep in prayer, determined to fight the good fight of faith for their families as they witness their adult children turning away from God and the church. In the past and in society today, we still hear the common excuses such as these: “I’ve worked hard all week and it’s the only day I get to sleep in”...“this church does not meet my needs”... “there are too many hypocrites in church”...“the sermon is too long and it’s boring”...“my husband doesn’t go, so why should I?”...“they’re always asking me for money”...“I just don’t have time, I’m too busy!”

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August 2013- God is in the desert

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Led by the Spirit - God is in the Desert

As I write this newsletter, I am on summer holidays, camping in Waskesiu at Prince Albert National Park, surrounded by lakes, trees and wildlife. It’s a favourite place that allows me to relax and reflect, with timing that couldn’t have been more perfect!
For the past couple of weeks I have found my faith weakening; my passion to serve God dwindling with each passing day. Unable to pray, my heart has been filled with sadness and grief, questioning my ministry and God’s purpose in my life.
Second day camping, I am lying in my bed listening to the birds singing as the beauty of the silence is tugging at my heart to pray. I longed for inspiration but it did not come. For someone like me who wears her heart on her sleeve, the absence of feeling is unsettling. With tears in my eyes, I was thirsting for God to speak to me. I wondered, God, are you there? Do you hear me? Do you still love me? 

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July 2013- Freedom beyond measure

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Here in Saskatchewan, July is a time when we look forward to planning our summer vacation
away from home with family and friends. It’s a time in our busy lives when we look forward to strengthening our relationships with those we love. This is a basic need that God has placed inside each and every one of us; a need that cries out to be met. Just like eating, sleeping and working bring satisfaction, so must our relationships be fulfilled.

What if we have experienced rejection? How does it affect our relationships? Maybe a parent abandoned us or gave us up for adoption. It may have begun at conception, while a mother was struggling with the decision of abortion. Was there ever a time when we felt unwanted because we were a boy instead of a girl? Did the peer rejection at school or work leave you feeling as though you did not belong? Was love withheld from you as you experienced abuse sexually, physically or verbally? Did betrayal destroy your value as your spouse was unfaithful in your marriage that led you to a divorce? These deep roots of rejection force us to look for things that will fill our void and sometimes we place unfair demands on our friends and loved ones. Rejection hurts and is painful. We grieve that loss but at the same time we set up defences to ward off possible future hurts.

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