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Chickadees at Christmas
By Miriam King, QMI Agency
Monday, September 8, 2014 1:54:49 EDT PM
When Carolyn j Morris was just 8, her mother died, in a tragic accident.
“Life changed after that,” Morris says. Living on a farm in Nottawasaga Township, her days became a constant round of school, and chores. “You just needed to get the work done,” she remembers. “I think I just wanted to be busy” – too busy to grieve.
But life went on. She grew up, moved to Toronto to attend University, became a Kindergarten teacher, and met her husband Iain. They married, and eventually moved to Beeton when daughter Georgia was 5 months old.
It wasn’t until 2006 that the wellsprings of memory, and of grief, were opened; Morris received a laptop as a Christmas present.
“Boxing Day, I started writing. I spent the Christmas holiday writing Mourning Dove,” she says, and finished the book during the March Break. It was the story of 11 year old Billy, grieving the loss of his father – and learning how to cherish his memories and rediscover joy, while at his grandparents’ farm . . .
by Janis Cox
As a Christian I want to please God; I want to bring Him joy. But God is showing me that I can please Him by listening instead of doing. I am a task-oriented person. Give me a job and I will do it to the best of my ability.
I had to learn that I didn’t have to keep doing to please God. And He stopped me in my tracks. “Whoa down,” He said. “Be still,” He said.
Ten years or so ago I learned how to do that – slowly at first. Then it became a discipline to take time to listen to God.
But lately I have found myself on the treadmill once again. As a writer I found myself involved with social media to the detriment of living my life. And I heard God again. “Stop it”, He said.
I am once again having to look at my life. I want to have time to live, to enjoy little things and to clean my house. I know that sounds funny but really it is true. God still wants me to do the things that are important. And I think a clean house is important. (not super important – but important)
Here is what is helping me learn how to get off the treadmill.
Are you like me? Do you want to live your life, follow Jesus, and do His plan? I would love to know your thoughts.
I also wrote What is Joy? Sometimes I think I should read my writing more often.
How do I get off the treadmill? (tweet this)
The last of the raspberries are picked and safely stored in the freezer for our supply of winter smoothies. I’ve gathered all the apples and their fruity scent makes my mouth water whenever I go into the front porch where they are waiting for my attention.
Over the next few days I will turn those baskets of apples into jar after jar of applesauce to sweeten our mealtimes during the cold season. Today though, the kitchen counter is covered in tomatoes and peppers that came from my husband’s flower bed vegetable garden. It’s time to make chili sauce.
I love living in a country that has seasons to mark the passing of time. Each season has a unique beauty to enjoy but there’s more to it than that. There’s a rhythm to our days when we live in a place that has seasons. At least that’s true when we are part of an agricultural community. We spend the summers growing and gathering and storing food for the winter. We spend the winters renewing our strength and planning and preparing for the next growing season.
Life has seasons too.
Ecclesiastes 3 says, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…”
No matter what particular season I am in at the moment, whether it is a time of mourning or a time of dancing, I know that it is only for a time. I believe that God uses each season in my life to prepare me for the ones to come. I can embrace whatever season I am in and know that there is a purpose to it that goes beyond whatever my current reality is. That gives me satisfaction and confidence and hope. My life is in the hands of a Master Gardener and nothing ever gets wasted in His economy.
What should I do with the time that I’m in? That’s the million dollar question. How can I make the best of this particular season while it lasts? Thankfulness is always a good place to start. Then, I think I’ll start on that chili sauce.
Robin Livingston grew up in the mining communities of Northern Ontario and comes from a long line of storytellers. It was her love of words and a good story that prompted her to begin writing years ago. Her books are her legacy, a gift to her children and grandchildren. Visit Robin’s website
A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider: Words to Stimulate the Mind and Delight the Spirit contributor, Kimberley Payne, gives a reading to whet your whistle and send you off in search of your own cup of encouragement.
Did you like this reading? Join Kimberley’s 60-day Spiritual and Physical Health Challenge for more of the same.
The Challenge is loaded with fit tips, expert interviews, and instructional videos to keep you spiritually and physically healthy. You’ll receive worksheets, checklists and fitness logs.
You’ll be invited to join a private Facebook Group where you’ll be able to share your questions, struggles, and triumphs with other woman.
You’ll have opportunity to join a new Yahoo Prayer Group to pray for each other regarding spiritual and physical matters.
You’ll be invited to attend regular Google+ Hangouts to have your questions answered and view exercise moves demonstrated “in person”.
You’ll be accountable to yourself and to others through weekly Team Challenges.
Strengthening fine motor muscles helps a child succeed more easily with activities involving small muscles – specifically the hands. These five motor activities help enhance the development of the hand muscles with strength, coordination, and specific movement; subsequently enabling functions such as holding a pencil, writing, grasping objects, and manipulating objects. Most of these items you will find around the house. It doesn’t need to be complicated or expensive to increase success! You can take these activities anywhere, from the front porch to the car. My favourite is #5!
Carolyn’s country roots began on the farm. She is a faithful member of her church and lives with her family in Beeton. Carolyn has taught in both Toronto and the rural communities for 30 years. Carolyn j Morris’ books show respect for rural living, farm life, and family values.
by Janis Cox
I used to wake up to an alarm and then I “ran” for the rest of the day. I took no time to talk to God except when I needed Him.
Result: I burned out. That’s it. Simple enough.
We need God in our lives. We need a time to re-energize from our Source of Life. How can we do this with our hectic lives? My solution was to ask God to wake me up earlier if He wanted me up. And He did.
“Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace (Matthew 6:6, The Message).
He woke me at 6:00 am which was over one hour before I would have to get up. I took that time to read my Bible, read a devotional and pray. I also started to journal.
God continues to do this day after day, month after month and year after year.
This may not be a solution for you but I know if you ask God He will give you the way He knows is best for you so you too can be in regular communication with Him.
How do you take time with God?
Lord, help us to find the time, short or long, to communicate with You. Show us and lead us so we can re-energize each day. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.
How do you have an alone time with God? (tweet this)
Janis, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. A writer since 2003, Janis co-ordinates a group blog called Under the Cover of Prayer. She is also a contributor to a group blog called Family and Faith Matters.
Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. She is the author and watercolour illustrator. For more information visit Janis on her website He Cares for You. She is a member of The Word Guild and Inscribe Writers Fellowship.