If God Can Call Paul…

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 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord who has enabled me, because He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry, although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceedingly abundant, with faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all long suffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life.  Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honour and glory forever and ever. Amen.

1 Timothy 1:12-17 NKJV

Paul the apostle, who wrote most of the New Testament.  Who was imprisoned for his faith, died because he was a follower of Christ.  This man would not be silent about the redemption He had found in Christ, and the simple fact that all need Jesus.

But Paul wasn’t always “Paul the Apostle”.  In fact, he wasn’t even always Paul.  Before the road to Damascus, he was called Saul.  As mentioned in 1 Timothy, quoted above, Saul (later to be called Paul) was formerly a blasphemer (to speak in a way that shows irreverence for God or something sacred: to utter blaspheme blaspheming against God), a persecutor (to harass or punish in a manner designed to injure, grieve, or afflict; specifically : to cause to suffer because of belief), and an insolent (insultingly contemptuous in speech or conduct; overbearingRead More »

Out of the Ordinary – That doesn’t Even Cover it (A Book Review)

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Well.

I’m not sure I was prepared for this book.  I mean, I have read many historical fiction pieces.  In fact, historical fiction might just be my favourite genre.  But this novel fell under more than one category.  Mystery, romance and comedy would definitely have worked as well.

Out of the Ordinary is the first novel I’ve read by author Jen Turano.  The next time I’m looking for a light read, one that is sure to have me laughing out loud and all but forcing my husband to hear the odd line or two, I might just have to see what else she has come out with.  I won’t have to look far, since Out of the Ordinary is actually second in the Apart From the Crowd series.   The debut book to the series (in case you want to pick it up) is called Behind the Scenes.  Unfortunately I didn’t have time to get my hands on that one before reading the sequel, so I was at a bit of a disadvantage.  However, I was caught up to speed easily by the author’s great ability to pull the reader along and fill in any blanks I was wondering about.

Are you wondering why I wasn’t prepared for this book?  I guess this is a good moment for a spoiler alertRead More »

Why We Remember On November 11th

Here in Canada it is Remembrance Day.  November 11th at 11:11 am people all across this nation stop what they are doing for a moment of silence to remember the lives lost in line of duty.  Many attend parades or services, we wear a poppy on our shirts and coats, kids are taught in their schools the importance of this day.

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It’s about honouring.  Honouring our servicemen and women past and present.

Because today is Saturday, my four year old, attended his first Remembrance Day assembly at school yesterday (on the 10th).  He has been singing his own rendition of Oh Canada all week.  He’s still working on the correct Read More »

Fiction Readers, Check This Out!

This is one of those moments when I probably should be getting some shut eye while the two year old with the leaky nose is napping, BUT I just have to take a moment to post this.

I know I have been neglecting my blog, but trust me it is not without good cause.  And I have some good stuff coming up.

I won’t go into all the details, but between my eldest starting school (how did that actually make us busier?), my hubbie’s crazy travel for work schedule, our commitments at our amazing church, and then me having lasik eye surgery between his trips (yay!  I’ll write about that later), things have been a little nuts and to be honest, I have chosen sleep over writing.  Sometimes I write in my mind while I’m drifting off to la la land, but somehow that doesn’t transfer to the blog so easily.  Is there an app for that?  I wish…  All this plus, I got a little hooked on a fun book series I am reading by Lauraine Snelling (Dakotah Treasures).  Which brings me to this….

I’ve been keeping a secret until now.  I have become a book reviewer for Bethany House!  Yes, that’s right, they send me books, I read the books, and I tell YOU about the books.  A-mazing!

And I just received my first book to review!  It’s called Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano.

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I’ll have that posted in a few weeks.  So!  If you’re a Christian fiction fanatic like me (especially historical fiction), then stay tuned!

In the meantime, I am going for a catnap before making pizza dough to rise, followed by picking up J from school.  I have a devotional coming soon too, it’s in my head begging to be transferred here.  I can’t wait to share it with you!

If They Can Climb Onto It, They Will Jump Off Of It #boys

You may have figured this out by now, but we have two boys.  Ages 2 and 4.

I think I have more grey hair in the last month alone from these two turkeys.  Just kidding.  I mean, I hope not, I really don’t want more grey hair.  #truth.

Recently we had a day.  A day where my heart beat quicker with every acrobatic stunt they pulled.

I was tempted to put a show on for them because I was getting tired of saying “don’t step on him”, “don’t sit on your brother’s face!”, “don’t jump off that”, and to my utter terror “tuck your head whenRead More »

First Week of Jk Behind Us and A Little Announcement

Well folks, our first week of junior kindergarten is behind us.  I doubt that I have ever known a youngster to love jk more than my kid.

Seriously.  He was a bit put off that he couldn’t go tomorrow… which is Saturday.  Aren’t kids supposed to be stoked for Saturday?

From my last post you may know that J’s first day of school I was awake at 4:30 am.  You’ll be happy to know that I not only survived the day but that I also put grumpiness away around 6:30… especially once realizing that my husbands sleep was just as sabotaged as my own.  The kids slept past 7… seriously, the only time that happened all week.  And J LOVES school!  Yes!  E, our youngest, is seriously missing his older bro and I am now in full swing of finding playdates, and in full cheer up mode every morning.  It’s devastating.  I’m not sure which is harder for E… thatRead More »

Thought I’d Be Feeling a Little More Sentimental This Morning

I’ve been awake since 4:30…. four thirty!!!!  I laid in bed for an hour and a bit before finally realizing sleep wasn’t coming, and decided the blog that was forming in my head as I lay awake might as well be written.

It’s the first day of school for my eldest, and no way did I think I would have time to blog today.  Or that I would be so grumpy… yes I thought I would be a little more sentimental today.

Actually I when I finally did decide it was no longer night, but now morning, I turned on the light to read my friend Kate’s blog.  Now there’s a mama feeling nostalgic about today… the way I should be… while I am simply grumpily dragging myself out of bed looking for coffee only to find we have to grind more coffee beans… which will wake the kids.  I’llRead More »

Ch-ch-ch-changes!

You may have wondered where I have been the past few months.  A year ago this time I was posting (minimum) weekly…. now I see my last post was 3 weeks ago.  But I’m okay with that.  Or maybe you haven’t noticed that my writing frequency has changed, that’s okay too.

I’ll let that slide 😉 just kidding!

This summer I have enjoyed some wonderful time with family.  We have made some great memories.  I have this sort of rule that I take time away from writing when my hubby is on vacation.  It’s a good rule.  I even had the opportunity to see all three of my sisters!  At one time!  It’s been awhile since we all were together.

Now that we are getting back into routine, I thought it would be a great time to share with my readers (that’s you!) where I’ve been planning for this blog to Read More »

Why I’m Not Reading Everything You Post on Facebook

I don’t know about all of you, but lately social media has me bummed.

I used to think it kept me connected to the people I don’t see often, or the people I met and worked with in missions years ago… but if any of them really wanted to get a hold of me, they could do so by other means.

I truly am contemplating doing away with Facebook in particular.  Why?  A few reasons.  It can waste a lot of time for one… and it may be a rumour, but I have heard that they censor stuff.  I wouldn’t mind that if they censored the nasty stuff, but I don’t think that’s the case.

That’s one reason.

As a Christian, I find Read More »