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Valentine's

I know a lot  of people now who don't like Valentine's Day. I totally get why too, if you're single Valentine's Day can remind you of your singleness. But personally, I think Valentine's Day is a wonderful day. Here are two reasons why.

Just because I'm not married, not engaged, and don't have a boyfriend doesn't mean I'm not loved. In fact, I know I'm very loved by my parents, my sister, my friends, my grandparents, my aunts, my uncles, my cousins...  Yes I may be single but I'm loved.

Secondly, we Christians have the best Valentine in the world, Jesus. John 3:16a says "For God so loved the world..." And you know what? God gave us the best Valentine's gift ever in His Son.  Furthermore, Scripture says that we, the church, are the bride of Christ (Revelation 19.)  If you think about it that way, even all you single people out there are "engaged"  if you truly believe in Jesus.

Years ago, Istarted a tradition.  I woul…

Thank you.

Two simple words, yet possibly two of the most powerful words in the English language.  These words can make someone feel like they helped, blessed, made someone feel special.

People love hearing the words "thank you." Have you ever really thought about it though? I mean , if we love hearing these words so much, how much more would God love hearing them.  A friend of mine and I started something about a year ago. We'd text each other every day with something we were grateful for. It was like thanking God for something every day.

In Proverbs17:22  it says "A cheerful heart is good medicine..." Being grateful is like having a cheerful heart and is exceedingly healthy for our minds and hearts.

It's easy to say thank you when we get what we want or when we receive an answer to our prayers. But how about when we don't get what we want or that prayer isn't answered the way we'd hoped? Is it still important to say thank you? I believe it is and even th…

Life 01

Well January is almost over, so here we are with the first update on the life of Monica.

In typical fashion, I hit the slopes the first week of January, ready to dash into my eighth year of skiing. Unfortunately that first week was -30 with the wind chill of skiing so we only lasted about 30 minutes. The next week it rained and our van broke, but since then, we've had some lovely ski weather and loads of fun. Last week I even went over a jump and got some air. Kudos to my volunteer tether guy!

At work, my colleague asked me again if I would dance in her creation. I have always said no due to a few different things, however, this time,  I felt the release in my spirit to say yes. So I've taken on a huge learning curve as the piece is already created and I'm now being integrated in. It's fun though and I'm making new friends and enjoying being with my colleagues more. 

Another big part of the company's activities is our company class. I love these. We have diff…

Challenge that produses trust

For the last many months, I  have been mourning the loss of my PSW (personal support worker.) When someone works closely with you day after day, it is hard not to become friends. We share stories and life. Over the year she was caring for me I grew to trust her.
But here's the thing, she was one of many workers over the last four years who has left after a short period of time. And like with the others, I asked God a very simple question "Why?"  why just as trust and friendship develops, do they leave to go on to other jobs, studies or careers? Through this and many other losses, God is teaching me that change is good, and to trust Him in it all. 
Does it still hurt? Of course it does. Do I miss her? Absolutely. But I am slowly learning to see everything God choreographs into my life as good. It doesn't always feel that way. Sometimes I wish He would allow one or two workers to stay for a few years.  But it seems that God likes to choreograph challenge and change in…

Fact or fantasy - 6 days or 6 billion years

It's amazing to me that out of all books of the Bible, Genesis is the one book that is quite often attacked. I talked about the flood and how the Ark was built. Now I'd like to tackle the biggest and possibly most controversial issue of all time...the issue of Creation.



"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over thesurface of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day..."  Genesis 1:1 - 5
You probably know the rest, the chapter goes on to describe the 6 days of creation.
 Now, the issue here is that this Scripture has been twisted and added onto by man. The Bible warns us in Proverbs explicitly not to do this.  


The Hebrew  …

Snow

How many of you like snow?? It's ok if the answer is no. However snow is quite beautiful and I believe there are lessons it can teach us.

First, snow is so pure and white. I think of this symbolically of the purity of heart we get when we accept Jesus. He washes us white as snow.  In Psalm 51:7 it says: "Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow." The psalmist knew he couldn't be clean on the inside without the washing of the Holy Spirit. 

This brings us nicely to the second point; Snow gets dirty and because it's white, the dirt shows up all the more. To me, this is again like us. As I  interact with the world, I'm getting dirty. I can't avoid the dirt, but it is my responsibility to wash my spirit; by reading the Word and through prayer, just like I wash my body, so I am like clean snow, inside and out.   

As much as snow is really hard to deal with sometimes, let's let the beauty of this part of God's c…

New Year

There's something about a New Year.  New agendas, new clothes, new schedules (maybe.) New Year's resolutions.
I don't know about you, but every year I set ambitious goals for myself that never end up working.It's all very easy when you've got weeks stretching before you to set a goal or two, but the reality is, it's much harder once you’re up to your eyeballs in work and life.
So, instead of making a bunch of goals that I probably won't be able to keep, I have setthree“simple”ones that I hope and pray I can stick to– even when my crazy schedule returns to it's full tilt craziness.
I am going to blog every Saturday. I am told consistency is a good thing, especially if publication is your goal; which for me it is. So, here's what you can expect going forward. I'll be keeping my theme as “God as The Choreographer of life”for my blog; so will be posting things He's teaching me and showing me. On the last Saturday o…