5 Ways to (still!) Meet Your Needs While Supporting Others

5 Ways to (still!) Meet Your Needs While Supporting Others

Two phone calls to struggling parents, one hospital visit, a support session with someone who has been going through a rough time in their marriage and that’s not counting the six voicemails and the 38 emails that are waiting for a response. *bing* Oh, make that 39...

How long have you been working today?

How long have you been working today?

“15 hours” “That’s crazy” he responded and headed to bed. When my husband asked me this question I paused to think. The question came at 11 pm and I still had my computer open, stretching my neck every 10 minutes from looking down at the screen for hours. It was a...

How to debrief without burdening

How to debrief without burdening

Unicorns pooping slime? Why is this even a thing?! My children have been obsessed with slime. This must be a common experience because the toy industry has developed every way in which slime can be marketed. I have avoided slime in my house as much as possible, but...

Have you ever felt trapped in your circumstances?

Have you ever felt trapped in your circumstances?

I came to the end of myself and ended up needing to take some time off of work.  I thought this time was going to be filled with reading, organizing closets, exercising, spending quality time with my family. (sound familiar?)  But instead, during this time-off the rains came.

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 In just about every area of my life I felt withdrawn and discouraged.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

Exhaustion seems to be the badge of honour for being a caregiver or pastor, doesn’t it? However, when we push through working from sunup to sundown, as Moses did, we are not able to endure and the burden is too heavy. So, it’s time to take some of our own advice.