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2016: MY YEAR IN REVIEW

The top news stories for 2016 according to many mainstream media outlets included a contentious election, civil wars, devastating fires, terrorism around the globe, and the deaths of some of the most influential musicians of our time. While the impact of these major events continues to impact millions, my focus in 2016 was to keep my eyes on Jesus and live my life to the glory of God by spreading the gospel through my music and prose. I am so grateful for the doors the Lord opened (and closed) in 2016, and…

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LIMITLESS LIVING CONFERENCE (WITH DR. JIM RICHARDS AND DRS. BOB & AUDREY MEISNER)

Earlier this spring, my husband bought tickets to see Dr. Jim Richards (Impact Ministries; http://www.impactministries.com/) and Drs. Bob & Audrey Meisner (My New Day TV; http://www.mynewday.tv/) at their joint Limitless Living Conference in Calgary, Alberta. Originally my husband had intentions to go to the Impact Ministries conference in Edmonton, but had to cancel when I realized that the date conflicted with another event I had committed to. Despite the conflict that arose between my husband and I (he…

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"YOUR VOICE IS YOUR INSTRUMENT"

Yesterday as I was choosing worship songs for our upcoming Sunday service, I came across the song “All Heaven Declares” by Noel & Tricia Richards (© 1987), inspired by Psalm 19:1. It stirred a memory in me, one that was infinitely significant in my journey as a musician. Let me explain.
 
In the mid-1990s, my husband, young children, and I moved to a new church and I was just starting to find my place there as a worship team member. Although I had been singing for a number of years on my own, I did not have…

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MY SCARIEST MOMENT OF 2015, AND THE POWER OF PRAYER

One Friday evening in the spring of 2015, my husband and I attended an author friend’s book launch in a cozy local coffee shop. It had been a long week and I was fatigued, but it was important for me to be there to support my friend. My husband and I ordered hot drinks—I had a cup of camomile tea, my favourite—and for a treat, I ordered a gluten-free muffin for me and some cake for my husband.
 
It was a gorgeous evening, and it was lovely to sit back and marvel at the colours of the sunset sky through the…

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BEFORE I DIE I WANT TO (BECOME)......

Walking a pedestrian pathway along the river in downtown Saskatoon, I came across this huge blackboard titled "Before I die I want to......." under one of the bridges. The responses varied wildly, and were no doubt from a wide range of people from all walks of life: the homeless, the business person, joggers, tourists, couples, families, old and young, whoever wandered by and stopped to ponder this BIG question. Here are some of their responses:

- own a home
- sail the Mediterranean
- grow old but strong
- see…Read more