One Thousand Gifts

One Thousand Gifts

Experiencing joy in the happy and exciting moments is undoubtedly easier than being thankful and joyful in the difficult moments. However, God calls us to find joy in ALL things. If we learn to grow from every experience we have and find more joy in the Lord through those times, that is definitely something to be joyful about. The book One Thousand Gifts helped shape and refine my view of what blessings are and how to be grateful for the small things, the big moments and the difficult situations.

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Remember Who You are Serving

Remember Who You are Serving

Work, work, work, work, work….dream job or day job, everyone feels the struggles of work now and then. Maybe you are struggling to make ends meet, or maybe you are busy climbing your way up the corporate ladder. For myself, I am working in a job I love, that is directly related to my degree. (what is this madness??) But that doesn’t mean I don’t dream about retiring next week to live in Hawaii. Let’s get real.

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Fix Your Eyes on Jesus

Fix Your Eyes on Jesus

I am sitting on my patio looking out at the backyard watching birds fly by, with only the sound of wind chimes above me and traffic off in the distance. This is the first time in at least a week that I have stopped to think. And I don’t mean the type of thinking where you’re imagining a bunch of different scenarios, wondering what to do, feeling like you’re drowning in the stress of the world around you. I mean stopping to think about my identity in Christ and the importance of seeking Him every single day.

I find the moments I am the most stressed are the moments where I seem to have “forgotten” about God or where my focus has shifted away from Him.

The Book of Matthew in the Bible tells the story of Jesus walking on water and the disciples being terrified at the sight of Him. Peter asks Jesus if he too can walk on water, and Jesus tells Peter to come toward Him. Peter steps out of the boat in faith, with his eyes fixed on Jesus and walks on the water! Remember, this was no calm lake on a sunny morning, this was in the midst of a storm, with waves crashing against the boat. Moments later, we see what happens when you shift your focus away from Jesus…

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My Success is not My Own

My Success is not My Own

Last week, I won a national award in my field of work, and I was over the moon! I definitely had my 15 minutes of “fame” with friends, family and co-workers congratulating me. I am not normally one for the spotlight, but getting attention for something you worked so hard for feels pretty good!

One year ago, I was in a major transition period in my life. My husband and I were about to move to a new city in a new province where I would start a new job. Just over a month later, I learned more about God’s perfect timing than ever before. It’s so amazing what can happen when you let Him lead you!

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Called to Encourage

Called to Encourage

We encounter so many people on a day-to-day basis, whether it’s at work, at the mall, at the park or on social media. Every time we interact with someone, we have the opportunity to lift them up and encourage them or bring them down with our judgements and negativity.

What impact do you want to have on people?

God calls us to encourage, not discourage.

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