Christian Faith, biblical principles Personal Growth

Peace Of Mind: Thoughts vs “Thinking”

Lots to share this week, folks so best to make yourself comfy and settle in with your favourite snack or beverage. We are now in the 5th week of physical distancing measures due to COVID19 here in Toronto and, like many people, I’ve had a lot of extra time to consider what this unprecedented time in our history is meant to teach me. During this time, I’ve realized that, in …

Christian Faith, biblical principles Personal Growth

St-illness

Here I stare at a blank page as I set out to write my first blog post in… I don’t know how long. Since I wrapped things up (sometime in 2016) I have written one or two posts about relevant things but I haven’t felt “called” to do it regularly in quite some time. Until now. Some of you may be annoyed to see yet another email cluttering up your …

Christian Faith, biblical principles Personal Growth Process of Illumination

Living the Beatitudes

Until recently, I was living in a fantasy. A fantasy which allowed me to believe whatever I wanted to believe, whether it was true or not. I deceived myself into thinking that what was important in life was my own happiness. Happiness was the goal. Everything I strived for was with that purpose in mind: To make myself happy. For years I thought happiness was about feeling special, loved, successful …

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Who Is Jesus?

Greetings friends! In the spirit of cultivating and contributing to a more authentic Christmas experience, I’m sharing this excellent short video about who Jesus is. It’s important to watch, regardless of your beliefs or worldview because I believe that, as I was, many people are either confused or had some misunderstandings about Jesus. This video addresses the most common questions we have about Jesus and I recommend it to everyone who is …

Family & Relationships Personal Growth

Roses, Recipes, Butterflies, Goodbyes

This past week I felt closer to my true purpose than ever before.  I knew it would be a busy long weekend…  three weddings, a rehearsal, driving up to London to get my baby boy settled in at University, back to Toronto for the night… and then I’d be off! Three days in Muskoka, visiting cottages, swimming, sunning and relaxing with friends. Because I was determined to squeeze every last …

Personal Growth

The Things We Hold On To

For the past little while, I have been contemplating buying an SUV. I have been driving a 2008 Volkswagen Eos Hard-top Convertible for 5 years now and, while I LOOOOOVE my car, it is getting more and more expensive to maintain, has zero bells and whistles such as Bluetooth, back up cam, navigation etc. and it can’t fit my 6-foot boys comfortably OR the large canvasses I’m painting on lately, unless I …

Personal Growth

Pull the Thread, See What Unravels…

The other day, I found myself watching the movie “Julie & Julia” and in it, the narrator (Julie) is inspired to start writing a blog because of her great admiration and respect for the famous chef, author and television personality, Julia Child. So much of this movie resonated with me… both women found themselves “stuck” in their lives and simply made a bold and courageous decision to do something about it. They …

Personal Growth

On Maturity & Marriage

WHY MARRIAGE? ~ By: Mari Nichols-Haining ~ Because to the depths of me, I long to love one person, With all my heart, my soul, my mind, my body… Because I need a forever friend to trust with the intimacies of me, Who won’t hold them against me, Who loves me when I’m unlikable, Who sees the small child in me, and Who looks for the divine potential of me… …

Christian Faith, biblical principles Process of Illumination

Self-Love: Jesus’ Radical Assumption

As many of you know (or may have guessed), part of what I’ve been up to, during my year-long hiatus from writing, is exploring Christianity.  There is SO much to share with you about this journey but, in the interest of time… for this post, at least, I’ll just cut to the chase: I am Christian.   To be clear… I define this as a FAITH, not a religion.  There’s …