It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1

Thursday, November 25, 2010


Today has been an amazing day! A day full of "Happy Thanksgiving" greetings from friends near and far. I often wonder what Thanksgiving means to others. For me I don't have any specific memories of Thanksgiving or any family traditions that came along with Thanksgiving. I remember as a child always having turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and deviled eggs. I remember sitting down with my mom, dad and two brothers and eating together. I don't have vivid memories of sharing this day with family and friends at our home.

As I moved into adulthood I have very little memories of Thanksgiving. What I do remember is it was the transition from fall, pumpkins and the horn of plenty to snow, snowmen and santa. I began understand that the Christmas tree went up the day after Thanksgiving. A difficult task when you have to shop the sales on this day as well.

After I married Thanksgiving took on a different meaning. It now occurred in October. It is difficult to put up the Christmas tree on the 13th of October:)

Although my family has no real traditions (except putting the tree up the day after Thanksgiving, or at least the Saturday after Thanksgiving because we don't have Friday off) Thanksgiving took on a new meaning for me this year.

For Thanksgiving in October I was able to spend it with my dear friends family. It was so warm and welcoming and the children played video taped each other. After taping they would bound up the stairs in excitement and ask us to view what they had recorded. The laughter would come and off they would go to once again capture their excitement.

The adults enjoyed company and conversation, memories and laughter. It was relaxing and felt so comfortable. Our hearts were warm and happy and we were wrapped in love.

This November Thanksgiving was a day of blessings. The Lord wrapped himself around me and reminded me how much He loves me and showed me how real He is and how True His promises are. I had an interview at Woods Homes (a children's mental health treatment center) for my practicum placement. I have been praying about this for a while. He faithfully answered my prayers.

I had an amazing conversation with a friend and sister in Christ about sharing my friend Jodi's Bible study she wrote titled Believe Truth

Believe Truth
so you may
*Be Who You Really Are
*Be Real
*Savor Life here and now

I was also able to share with this friend the amazing work God is doing in and through me and was able to hear the amazing work God is doing in and through her. It was fantastic to brainstorm together how we can share the One we are most Thankful for our Savior Jesus Christ.

The events leading up to this day also solidified in my heart what Thanksgiving would now mean to me. I was able to spend time with friends and family in South Dakota. I met new friends and was blessed with an amazing connection and surrounded by loving women. I was able to pray for women who needed to meet with Jesus...AND I was able to see Beth Moore live.

She brought the Spirit of God with her to Rapid City and lives were changed. That I am thankful for!!!

**It means rejoicing everyday in the majesty of His work in my life and the life of those around me.

**It means celebrating His work in and through me.

**It means giving thanks for the people he places in my life to share with and ones who walk with me in order to know Him more fully.

**It means knowing that I am fearfully and wonderfully made in His image and He picked me. YEP!!!...Me....broken and flawed.....He picked me!!!

**I am thankful that He leads me through the doors He opens and that NO ONE can shut!

**I am MOST thankful that He is the same today tomorrow and yesterday and that the TRUTH was written before the beginning and is consistent through time.
Thank You to all of you who walk beside me on this journey because it is the biggest adventure ever and I can not imagine being on the adventure full of abundance with out you!!!

Talk to me and let me know what thanksgiving means to you!

Thursday, November 11, 2010


Well Halloween is over and in the U.S.A Thanksgiving is the 24th of November which marks the transition to Christmas. Unfortunately in Canada Thanksgiving is in before Halloween and there is no black Friday so I find transitioning to Christmas is a bit difficult. For Halloween we celebrate the harvest and pumpkins. Pumpkins a plenty pumpkins galore. We host an annual pumpkin carving party the Saturday before Halloween every year. We invite friends because we have no family with us in our current location. It is amazing how our friends become our family and we share this tradition as if it has been in the family for years. It is amazing to see the joy in the eyes of the children as they cut and gut!!!

As you all know I am a philanthropist...(see the previous post and a few before that) and because of my love of people I am always trying to find reasons to have people gather together. Some years pass by and I missed the opportunity to gather with my beloved friends during the holiday season. This year I was sure I would plan more effectively and efficiently so I could host that jewelery party and that Chinese gift exchange and that cookie exchange and that pot luck but WOW is time flying and I again find myself running out of time.

This year however is a special year. My transition to Christmas will come right around November it usually does but I have already put away the fall pumpkins and am preparing to be ready for the tree by November 19th. You see this year I am flying to the states to be with my mother for her 60th birthday. Not only will we be together for her birthday, my eldest son will join us and we will be with my brother and his family. I will also get to see my dear friend of over 16 years (university days).

But most exciting of all is I will see and be a part of Beth Moore's Living Proof Live event in Rapid City South Dakota on November 19th and 20th. I have been under the teachings of Beth for over 10 years now and I never dreamed I would actually be at let alone volunteer at one of her events AND do it with my mother on her 60th birthday.

So my friends stay tuned to hear how time for two days will all but stand still for me as I embrace and bask in His presence with my mom, my dear friend Jodi, Beth and here team and many women who will be seeing HIS face shine upon them.

What a beautiful way to transition to Christmas!

How do you transition to the Christmas season??