Thursday, July 30, 2015

Thankful Thursday. Tikkum Olam

“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” John Holmes

 תיקון עולם Tikkum Olam, a Hebrew saying which means a shared responsibility to heal, repair and transform the world. 

I believe in Tikkum Olam. I believe in giving back and helping others make it. I'm grateful today for the opportunities to do that, through my writing, through running workshops and even through simply caring.

I love that I can share my story, tell what I've lived, the tough stuff, the things I never thought I'd overcome, and give hope to others who are still fighting the darkness. It's the thing that brings me incredible joy.

When I lived on life's edge, and contemplated ending my life, I never imagined that one day, I'd tell people how amazing life is, how great, and how thankful I am for all of it, even for the darkness. 

This morning heading out to share that hope with a group of women. Happy Thursday, Guys. 

What's your gift, what's your calling. What brings you incredible joy.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Thankful Thursday. Giving Hope.

"Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well." Jack London

Sometimes life hands out crappy  things...things that stop me in my tracks and leave me questioning over and over, why'd this have to happen?

Those things that hurt....that come out of the blue. Unexpected. Like a dumb accident, or someone I thought was a friend taking advantage of me or not getting something I had my heart set on, or worse, the death of someone I adore.

But in the the not so pretty stuff, it's my faith that holds me no matter what happens. Faith that whispers, it'll be okay. He's shown me, that He's there, in the crazy, in the tough, in the heartbreak, in the hard to understand stuff. He's become my strength. 

So when life hands out a lousy hand, I know somewhere down the road, things will turn around. It always does. 
Happy Thursday, Guys.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

"There are no ifs in God's world and no places safer than other places. The centre of His will is our only safety." Corrie Ten Boom. 

Corrie Ten Boom lived at a time when life was very unsafe....a time when the world had gone  crazy. Corrie and her family were arrested and taken to a concentration camp. All of them except Corrie died. Their crime? Protecting Jewish people.

I used to live in awful fear. I had horrible images of the worst things happening. But Corrie lived the worst. Her life experience and her words are an example for me to trust and not be afraid. 

There is safety in Him....doesn't matter the situation. Doesn't matter how hopeless or awful things are.

Two years ago I had the opportunity to visit the Ten Boom home where Corrie grew up and where she learned to trust God in the big things and in the small. 

There is definite safety in Him. Always. No matter what!

Happy Thursday, Guys. 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Thankful Thursday

"Many nights we've prayed with no proof anyone could hear.  In our hearts, a hopeful song we barely understood.
There can be miracles when you believe." Stephen Schwartz

Miracles! I believe in them. I know they happen. I've witnessed them again and again and again. 

I hope and pray and believe and then Voila! They materialize and it always leaves me standing in awe, gratitude filling my heart.

Miracles - those things that are out of my control. Things I long for but need Someone bigger than me to make them happen. Super huge things like a friend battling an illness, and then amazingly recovers. And smaller things, like my daughter getting her driving license. 

Grateful today for miracles, big and small, everyday, and all because of Him. 

Happy Thursday, Guys. 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Thankful Thursday

“Where there's a will, there's a way." English Proverb.

I've learned there's always a way to get what I want. Even when the thing seems unattainable. Even when everyone is saying, 'no way.' 'can't.' 'won't happen.' 

I believe if something is in my heart to do, then I'm going to at least try for it. I don't want to sit on the sidelines wishing, hoping, dreaming. I want to get out, get up and make things happen. It's the way I'm built. It's who I am. 

Impossible to do something? No way!!! As Emily Dickensen said, "I dwell in posibility."  Grateful for.....

-taking back a community centre that a small group tried to destroy. It's a centre that has been a landmark in the community for years, giving hope to many. A core group of us who banded together and against odds, we fought, others became inspired and joined us until we became this incredible army of people, and we won the place back. 
-writing books - so many said, 'you can't, no one will buy it, it won't sell.' Well, the books are selling and now translated into Russian and being distributed in the Ukraine and also here across North America.

Want something? Go for it. Nothing is impossible, especially if He's in it. 

Happy Thursday, Guys.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Thankful Thursday - Trust.

“I looked up in the sky and trusted in God.” Anne Frank

When I visited Anne Frank's 'hiding place,' I looked out the attic window, the one Anne looked out of everyday, and saw the old chestnut tree. 

All I could see was that old tree and the blue sky. Hope spilled from that tree. And so did faith that God was still in the world. 

Looking out that window, reminded me He's always there spilling out hope. He's there in the good and wonderful times and He's there in the bad and awful.

Grateful today for my faith because with it, I can climb above all the tough stuff, the not so pretty, the sad times, and the confusing.

Every time I look up at the sky, or I wander in the woods, I get this amazing assurance, that He's there, working stuff out, reminding me not to be afraid.  He's the one thing that never changes. 

Happy Thursday, Guys.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Thankful Thursday - To Fly.

"To fly we have to have resistance." Maya Lin. 

It was a wild night....a night that brought two opposing groups together to fight it out. One side was determined to exercise power and control through the use of lies and deception. The other moved in kindness and truth. 

Truth won. Truth always wins. But it didn't come easy. There was a  struggle. Terrible tension led up to that win. Still, in the end, Truth proved the best defense. So did kindness. 

The past seven months I've been part of an amazing group of people, fighting to restore a Centre in the community that for 26 years provided hope, compassion and support to many. Those who had grabbed control over the Centre had almost destroyed it and hurt many who needed the place. 

The fight to win it back at times was frustrating and intense. But in the end we won and people who were fearful at first to stand up, gained courage and stood strong. 

Now the task of rebuilding. To fly...we really do have to have resistance. And bottom line, He was with us and He is Truth and love. Truth and love always wins. 

Happy Thursday, Guys.