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"Do you trust me?"

I really like the movie Aladdin. One of the most poignant lines in the movie is "Do you trust me?" This line, spoken by Aladdin himself, comes up twice in the movie. Once at the beginning in his humble dwelling and once more about half way through when Aladdin is at the palace offering a Magic Carpet ride.

Now what does Aladdin have to do with God?

Research by Thomas Pierre Verduyn author of "The Former Things  - A summary of world history"  has shown that the Bible is 42 percent history and 22 percent prophecy (the other 36 percent he accounted as "other" but it would fall under the category of wisdom/poetry/teaching). In order for the Bible to contain that much history, or as some like to call it, His Story, it must be really, really important to God.

Life 03

This month has been full of people, activities, and craziness.

A few weekends ago, I kissed 26 goodbye. As per usual, my mom's parents came down to celebrate. My Granny also came down for it as my sister had a concert that afternoon. Because of where the clarinets are positioned in the orchestra, we didn't know whether we'd be able to see her or not. We were pleasently surprised to find that we could!!

You may remember a while ago I  posted about a new part of my life called Lifetime Networks. I  had started this journey and then for a few different reasons the person that was working with me to start and run my network left. Now, God has provided a new person to run with me. Funny thing is, I already knew her. Imagine our excitement! I can't wait to get to know her better!!

I don't know about you, but to me, my birthday is like New Year's Day. Fresh, clean and sparkling with new experiences, fresh possibilities. God ready, hand outstretched, ready to lead me…

Jiminy Crickets 1

The inspiration behind this post may seem a little strange. My mother likes to sing. Most of her songs are worship, but every now and then she'll sing a song that makes us pucker our brows and giggle. This time her song was about Jiminy Cricket. Jiminy Cricket was Pinocchio's conscience.

As I look around me in this period of time that we live in, I'm saddened because it seems to me like most of the Jiminy Crickets are fast asleep or are numbed. Jiminy's mouth has been shut or he's been thrown into the deepest darkest dungeon never  to be seen or heard from again.

When we do these things to poor little Jiminy Cricket we suffer. You see, our Jiminy Cricket is a gift. A gift given to us by the One who made us. It's time to honour our Jiminy Crickets, and to get them out of jail, or wake them up or de-numb them, but we can't do this alone.

I had a discussion with Mom about this very thing recently. She reminded me that it's not up to me to awaken little J…

Life 02

Well here we are at the end of March. Time has flown, so I must have had fun!


 Though for much of March I have been on half days as The GCTC or Great Canadian Theater Company hasn't been available. When this happens we rehearse in community centers. The last two weeks of work we have been back to GCTC with a phenomenal array of morning classes; including one taught by one of our musicians on musicality. We had so much fun clapping, stomping, walking and wheeling different beats that we were surprised when we checked our clocks and found we were actually a couple minutes over time. We felt like we'd just started!!

I'm also preparing for our end-of-year showcase with the classes I teach. We had to close the young children's class due to dwindling numbers, but our older children will perform as well as the youth class. My kids have had fun learning and dancing different kinds of weather and space objects. My co-teacher and i like to joke that we've taught a geology cla…

Hope

At our church's Wednesday evening Bible study, we watched a documentary on Angola Prison. Watching the video and then listening to the discussion around my table afterwards got me pondering something.

This prison is a death row prison, meaning people come in and never leave. They die there. A few years ago, a Bible college was started right there in the prison. Hundreds of men's lives were changed,  and one  has left the prison and is now a pastor.  These men are getting hope.

Around the table we began discussing the definition of  hope? The dictionary defines hope like this: a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen, a feeling of trust As a verb it is defined: wanting something to happen or be the case.

So this brings us to the next question. As Christians, what is our hope in?

It's easy to say "I hope you feel better" to a friend or a family member who's sick. This is all in perfect line with the definition. But as believers this is no…

Perspective