I’m Disqualified

I’m Disqualified

“Am I just wasting time?” Me, just a few days ago. Today is Monday. A new week. A new day and I’m curious what God is going to make of it. Last week was brutal though. In just about every area of my life I felt withdrawn and discouraged. Last week was full of chaos,...

Shut the Windows and Get out of the House

Shut the Windows and Get out of the House

A $10 carbon monoxide detector saved us from being killed in our sleep from a build-up of odourless toxic gas. Here’s the full (true!) story on The Day My Furnace Tried To Kill Me. It’s worth a read. After being woken up from the carbon monoxide alarm we quickly...

The morning my furnace tried to kill me

The morning my furnace tried to kill me

“WAKE UP HON! COME ON!! YOU GOTTA WAKE UP! There’s something wrong and we have to get out.”  I was 6 months pregnant with my first child and I was hoping to enjoy sleeping in a bit on a rainy Sunday morning. But at 7 am my husband shook me away, anxious and worried....

Trigger. Trigger. Trigger.

Trigger. Trigger. Trigger.

“I'm done. Don't talk to me anymore. Go ask your father.” It was a harsh thing to say to an 8-year-old, but I admit it, that's what I said to my daughter. Picture this. Hot afternoon. Standing in a crowd with a lot of noise. All of us hungry. Add to that my kids...

You want me to do what?!

You want me to do what?!

“Go for a walk… instead of working on a project that I’m weeks behind in?” Today is a beautiful Monday and I finally have a full day to catch up on a long list of to-dos. But God was drawing me to get out to exercise. I can tell you with certainty that it was God…...

All Suffering is Worthy of Compassion…. Even Yours

All Suffering is Worthy of Compassion…. Even Yours

If you are anything like me, you feel like you have been hard-wired to put others before yourself. Come on, be honest. Maybe you skip lunch here and there to meet with someone in need. Maybe you minimize your feelings of exhaustion and stress to press on to serve the...

5 signs that you might be overwhelmed

5 signs that you might be overwhelmed

“No matter how hard I work, I never seem to catch up”.   The life in ministry is difficult. And sometimes there is nowhere to turn. You may believe the statements above. And you may even be a part of the statistics. In a Westlean Clergy wellbeing support of over...

I have control issues

I have control issues

On the outside, it may fool you. I’m the easy going parent. I enjoy being more spontaneous and love adventure. I’m not a clean freak and I’m okay with leaving the dishes in the sink for a day or two. But on the inside, oh man, on the inside I need to be in control of...

Are you Empowering or Enabling?

Are you Empowering or Enabling?

Let me go straight to the point. Enabling is doing life FOR someone. Enabling however often comes disguised as supporting. Let me paint the picture for you. Doing the homework for your children is enabling them. Supporting would look like sitting with them and...