06 October 2018

International Day of the Girl

October 11 is International Day of the Girl

If I am mentioning this special day, set apart to honour, support and recognise the needs of girls, why post a picture of men?

Because men in Uganda  have stepped up to help!

Click HERE to read Compassion Canada's full story about an inspiring and unexpected program in Mulatsi, Uganda that is strengthening community, generating income and empowering young women.

Please give, share, pray and rejoice as girls are equipped to step into the future God has prepared for them.

01 October 2018

back in colour

colour splash
light vibrates
around each corner
stepping back 
into African life
as if I never 
had departed

08 September 2018

Faithfulness and an announcement

He promised to honour my surrender
through all my fears 
that it would never happen
here we are again Africa

So let us seize and hold fast and retain without wavering 
the hope we cherish and confess and our acknowledgement of it, 
for He Who promised is reliable (sure) and faithful to His word. 

As a way of helping our loyal followers 
keep a digital eye on us
I have created a new website

I invite you to take a peek
listen to God's heart for Africa
and fall in love

06 September 2018

God Bless the Broken Road

Even when faith seems buried under so many layers of pain and disappointment that you can't find it, God still sees, loves and holds His children.

This film mixes sudden widowhood, fatherlessness, NASCAR racing, friendship, family tension and more; while God remains the star of the story. When the main character turns her back on Him, He never leaves her.

The truth of the Gospel wove through the film without distracting from it's pure entertainment and pointed to the only place to turn when there is nowhere left to turn.

Both my husband and I enjoyed watching and will watch again to catch some of the more subtle and humorous moments. This is a film for all.

Film has been provided courtesy of Pacific Northwest Pictures and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. The opinions I have shared are my own.

18 July 2018

in the blur

sun rising
through rain
softening the edges
we inhale
living in the blur
waiting for what the day 
will bring

and His voice
quiet as ever, whispers
look through My eyes

So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever. 
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 The Message

27 June 2018

rainless storm

rain threatened all afternoon
skies darkened in layers
the wind grew fierce
reversing waves, chasing
water away from shore

later, when stillness fell
sun blazed beneath the clouds

teach me to wait
for the promise of glory

25 June 2018

sunset to sunset

from sunset to sunset
days slip fast away
pain steals my time
yet I pray no twinge
no gasp, no tear
is wasted

use this as You will, Lord
use this as You must
but let it not be in vain

If you will receive yourself in the fires of sorrow, 
God will make you nourishment for other people.
Oswald Chambers

24 May 2018

lake life

we are surrounded
hemmed in
hushed by His creation
every wave
shimmer on still water
sun streams
and clouds rolling in
reflect His glory

we breathe Him in
true life

19 May 2018

who can deny

new and glorious
each and every day
fresh hope, mercy
and promise

who can deny
the work of His hand?

08 April 2018

His chosen

My Father said, as I sat in silence:

I have called you
and set you apart
and you not longer "fit"
in the world around you, no
not even the "Christian" wrld
for many call themselves by My name
but their hearts are far from Me

I know you feel the distance
and discomfort
you do not "fit in"
your edges are rubbed raw

allow Me to soothe and smooth
the rough places
but do not expect that to make you
a better fit
you are odd by design
by My hand
for My purposes
in My Kingdom

the world also did not welcome Me
but you carry My message
for this you were chosen

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood,
 a holy nation, God’s own people, 
that you may declare the wonderful deeds of him 
who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

16 March 2018

Get that

Yesterday morning, in a quiet time during corporate prayer, we were told to ask the Lord about His great love for us. His words came quickly...

I love you. I want you to "get that"
finally, fully understanding
because I said it, and I mean it and you can trust it
then - MOVE ON

I want you to know
so that you need no longer waste time pondering
Then I will be able to move 
and use you as I will
Then you can move to My heartbeat
There is so much we need to do.

01 March 2018

do not yet I do

a morning rebuke from my Lord:

how many times have I told you "fear not"?
how often need I remind you "do not worry"?
yet you worry still
you ponder and calculate and fret
and all of this you do without Me
for when you come
the relaxation is almost immediate

"Do not worry about tomorrow"
but you worry
about tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow
what if? if then? and then?
trails of possibilities that may never come to be

do you know the future?
I do!
I Am solid and sure and worthy of your trust

let go of all the rest

So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, 
for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. 
Sufficient for each day is its own trouble. 

27 February 2018

a place prepared

mornings start best with silence
words this morning as I sought His counsel

Allow your affliction to drive you
not to despair but to My side

There is a place prepared for you alone
to find comfort, refreshing and peace
to re-energize and so return to the battle stronger

Come for courage to this place
the place of abiding
the place you need never leave

13 February 2018

words from Father

I have been intentional about listening, with a growing urgency
knowing that His voice is what I am desperate for
we can not make a move without Him

If I have chosen you as My vessel
may I not use you as I will?
If you allow Me
you will be used 
in ways you never would have expected
Simply say "here I am Lord"
and you will be surprised at what I do

This will be new land
redeemed and restored
Cleansing may be painful
but the rewards are great

12 February 2018

power source

the rains have come again
as an answer to prayer

we are shielded from both
the scorching heat
and bright light of the sun
as skies take on a cloak of gray

solar panels have little to collect
and we are reminded once more
that our power source
is not of this world

I will teach you about the power of God;
the ways of the Almighty I will not conceal.

04 February 2018

seeking liquescence

I know not why fingers
cling to what was never
meant for holding

frozen I pray
for fluidity, release
into liquescence

we are on the move
chasing vision
pliable in obedience

may God form, reform
these lives not ours
but His

in flux, spinning
my heart stills
in His hand

So I went to the potter’s house, 
and sure enough, the potter was there, working away at his wheel. 
Whenever the pot the potter was working on turned out badly, 
as sometimes happens when you are working with clay, 
the potter would simply start over and use the same clay to make another pot

17 January 2018

broken pieces

struggling with increasing pain
feeling the weight of incompleteness
and mourning my lack of ability to do 
much of what I feel called to do
I poured out my heart
to the One Who already knows

opening my journal and picking up my pen, He replied

I need your broken pieces, don't apologize for them. 
I could have kept you whole but I Am rebuilding. 
Do not despise the days of waiting 
for My work to be completed

13 January 2018

Highway dream

from https://www.dreamstime.com
I was driving in the left lane of a large expressway (western style, driver in the left seat of car)
In the lane of oncoming traffic next to me there was a fire (not sure if it was a vehicle burning or something else)

The air was dark and smoke filled making it difficult to see anything.  I was driving fast and almost didn’t notice a fire truck or ambulance driving toward me in my lane. As I quickly attempted to move to the next lane another emergency vehicle pulled into that lane. I was able to swerve and avoid hitting them, still maintaining my speed.

As soon as I passed, everything exploded into flames that I could see in my rear view mirror as I continued moving forward.

During this time of turning, transition awaits
and I know we are to continue moving ahead.
What fires or trials we will avoid and those that wait ahead 
are as yet unknown.
But only to us.
Our Lord already knows and has already felt the flames.
May we look only to Him 
and pass through smoke free.

and the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers crowded around them. 
They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; 
their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them.

01 January 2018

One Word 2018 - Wait

not a word I would have chosen
not me, the mistress of impatience
who wants the answers

to remain stationary in readiness or expectation
remain in readiness for a purpose

a word to unpack through 2018
as I seek health related answers
as I plan for transitions

as He reveals more
I will share

for now, this is
what He has given 
the cup of waiting

I waited patiently and expectantly for the Lord; 
and He inclined to me and heard my cry.