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Time To Choose What You Will Serve: Fear Or Faith?

Are These ‘The End Times’? As a civilization, as nations, as citizens of this world, it seems we have come to one of those times in history when we have to choose. Many will testify, every pun intended, that there is only one choice – God. They will try to convince you that these are the “end times!” Funny enough, there might very well be those who are not God-minded, “the liberals,” who have the same opinion. The massive influx of refugees across Europe mainly but elsewhere as well was

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Think And Thrive This Year!

The Power Of The Mind During my last programme of studies, one that was undertaken at a Catholic university, faith and reason where up for plenty of discussion. There were those of the view that faith was all we needed. Then there were those who felt reason was more important. And, you guessed it, I was in the middle – faith AND reason are bedfellows. My spirituality and philosophy to that point were grounded in the teaching of James Allen that “as a man think, so is he.” Why my

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Changes, Choices: And Their Consequences

Are You Committed? That title is not completely accurate. Rather, it is not complete. The editor’s guide recommended that it was the perfect length hence my cutting it short. Had that not been the case, the full title would have been “Changes, Choices And Their Consequences: Are You Committed?” Happy New Year dear Readers! I do hope that 2017 has started on the best note for you? It is now Day #6 of the New Year. Were you wondering whether this blog would reappear for 2017? Our last post was

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Christmas Reflection: Speaking Your Truth

Examining Our Lives Ever since my chaplaincy training, reflecting on the journey has been a big part of my life. It is something that comes natural to me. One of my favourite quotes is that of Socrates that “an unexamined life is not worth living.” There were points that worrying was my modus operandi but the knot in my stomach is too unpleasant. For a week or so now, one of those painful knots was forming. While out with my daughter shopping today for last-minute gifts, I took the opportunity

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Turning A Blue Christmas Into A Rainbow

How Many Really Care? Another year and, almost to the day, I am home in pain as I was nine years ago. This time, instead of my head pounding as it was then, it is my back. Sleep was problematic last night. Back in 2007, sleep was not an option for two nights in a row. With the season of gifting on the horizon, my plan to go Christmas shopping is on hold. If the pain eases, maybe it will be possible to go late this evening. Looking back to that

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Angels Among Us: Have You Met One?

Showing Hospitality To Strangers As another Christmas approaches, the thought of angels are front and centre in most of our minds. This piece was published last year and with a little revision is shared again this year. It is one of those posts that bloggers refer to as “evergreen,” because of the timelessness of its content. Angels are very much among us and that is a truth that cannot be ignored or go out of style. Four years ago, life was somewhat different for me. I had relocated from Alberta

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Settling: Is There Any Time It’s Okay?

Not A Break Up But A Shake Up “Sometimes it takes a heartbreak to shake us awake and help us see we are worth so much more than we’re settling for.” Mandy Hale That I know is true! Many of you reading those opening words from Mandy Hale might assume that they refer only to the heartbreak of an intimate relationship ending. However, it is applicable to just about every heartbreak imaginable. The loss of a job or even the end of a career that you worked years to climb

How To Be Thankful In All Things

Every Day Provides A Chance Tomorrow my American friends will celebrate Thanksgiving Day and, as with the Canadian celebrations, we ask, “What are you thankful for?” This is a customary Thanksgiving question. This year it might just take on extra special meaning. So, I went back 10 years to a piece that I wrote to share some thoughts about how to be thankful in all things. Caught up as we are in the various dramas of life whether political or personal, thankfulness is often the last thought on our minds.