Real Talk: That awkward moment

awkward2This week has been the week of awkward conversations. It seems like every day this week I have had to have an uncomfortable conversation with someone important in my life. Sometimes about things that I needed their opinion on, other times on things that I had done that I needed to make right. On every occasion I spent the hours of the day prior in mental agony about the conversation that had not yet happened. In some cases I would lie awake the night before thinking about what might happen. Continue reading

Higher Thoughts: Dress Shopping

dressSome time ago I went shopping for a dress for a specific occasion. I had been thinking about this purchase for a couple days, and I had in mind exactly the dress I wanted, down to the cut, color and fabric. So you can imagine how frustrated I was after several afternoons of several hours of shopping did not produce the dress I was looking for. Then, when I had almost given up, I found the dress. It was the exact colour and design I wanted, in the exact fabric I imagined. I was over the moon – until I tried it on and it didn’t look at all how I thought it would. I was beyond disappointed.

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Higher Thoughts: It all counts

There’s a man at the Kennedy Subway Station in Toronto who stands at the escalators telling people, “Jesus loves you”. I see him in the morning sometimes – around 7am when I am passing through Kennedy Station – and I sometimes also see him in the evenings on my way home. I can’t help but wonder about him. Does he have a job? Does he have a family? Responsibilities? How does he find time to do this so often? Doesn’t he even care that almost no one looks at him, and those that do look at him as if he’s strange? Is he even making a difference?

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Higher Thoughts: The Question is…

“What does God want me to do” has to be one of the most asked questions, not only by Christians, but also non-Christians. It is often a preface to other more specific questions like, “What does God want me to do in school?”, “What does God want me to do for a career” or “What does God want me to do about this relationship?”

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Higher thoughts: Right word, wrong way…

I am a strong proponent of minding your own business. There is no quicker way to stir up some drama than by offering up your opinion where it wasn’t asked for. The problem comes however when someone directly asks for your opinion. I found myself in this precarious position some time ago while sitting with a friend in KFC. Continue reading

Song of the Week

The teenagers I teach on the side are part of a Pathfinder Club who have as one of their laws “Keep a song in my heart.” Today that came in very handy for me, as I was verbally abused for 20 minutes by a guest of an event I put on a couple weeks ago. As I listened to this woman rip into me over the phone, I could hear in the background of my mind this song by Fred Hammond:


I just found this song from the album Freedom to Worship and it has been on a loop in my head, and on my CD player this week.

It is so amazing to know that there is no greater love than God’s love for us, and that it is forever. His mercy and favour erases everything else. He sees past our flaws and incompetence to the heart of who we truly are, and He still loves us. You would be surprised how much that puts things into context, and how much knowing Christ and being connected with His love, keeps you from giving someone a piece of your mind on the phone. Of late I’ve been growing to understand more and more how truly deep and enduring God’s love is for me, and it is so overwhelming and amazing. I can’t help but love Him.

Anyway, I could easily go on, but let me know what you think.