From My Pen...

I'm a journaler. I like to journal about life, love and my Lord. I also love technology but busyness keeps me from being as tech-savvy as I'd like to be. This blog gives me a chance to play computer and learn a few new tricks along the way; all the while serving as my 21st century journal. A journaler is just a writer by another name and writing defines me almost as much as my faith does. I've always had a desire to blend my faith and my writing into a ministry of encouragement. This blog gives birth to that desire. Be blessed as you read these weekly devotions taken from the pages of my old-fashioned journal.

Sunday, 11 October 2015


I love autumn and I love autumn d├ęcor. I think it’s because the colorful array in nature this time of year points out, like no other season, the awesome creativity of my God. These colors are inadvertently linked to the Thanksgiving celebration. My heart becomes overwhelmed with gratitude for the beauty that surrounds me and the blessings that abound in my life. I want to bring types of that autumn grandeur into my home and decorate my surroundings in the colors of thanks. Likewise, the colors of thanks decorate my heart and make it dance and sing a song  of praise and thankfulness; just his nature does this time of year.  Yes, I love autumn!

Psalm 19:1 “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament show with his handiwork.”

Psalm 8:3-4b “When  I consider the heavens, The work of thy  fingers, the  moon and stars, which thou hast ordained; what is man that they were mindful of him.”

My Thanksgiving/Autumn Decor

My decor is of the inexpensive variety but I love the little bit of autumn color scattered around my home to brighten little moments here and there throughout the day. Here's a glimpse so you can see what I mean...










Wednesday, 7 October 2015


Thanksgiving is approaching. I love Thanksgiving. It's on my mind quite often in the days, even weeks prior to the actual date. It's as though I have my own personal Thanksgiving Advent. I anticipate the day and in the anticipating I offer much thanks to God as his goodness plays itself out in my mind during the contemplations. When the day finally arrives and the turkey is cooked and the vegetables are steaming the gravy is hot we sit down. Often we find that the trimmings of our meal are just one more reason to be thankful for they are the kind gifts of gardener friends – their offering of thanks during Pastor Appreciation month. Isn’t thankfulness just the most beautiful circle imaginable! This years vegetables are already waiting in the crisper drawer of our fridge. The home made pickles are preserved and ready. We have been gifted with both the ingredients and the recipe for these – two more reasons we have said thank you recently. How blessed we are. This year, with just the two of us, instead of the traditional turkey, we have a much-anticipated turr waiting patiently in our freezer for his sage dressing and gravy bath – another gift for which thanks has been offered. In fact, we will bow over his deliciously browned form and offer thanks for him yet again! Are you hungry yet?   
So, we sit down. We hold hands and we take turns acknowledging God’s kindnesses in the past year and we each offer personal thanks. I love this moment in time. It's the true north of our family; realigning our hearts toward a gratitude centre. This moment is the one when I most miss a full house. I miss a cooled-off-even-ice-cold-warmed-over Thanksgiving dinner. What? Why? By the time we’ve all had our say (and it escalates as we go around the table) tears are streaming down are faces and the priest of our home offers a broken but heartfelt prayer of thankfulness. Dinner is cold, our hearts are full, and as soon as the gravy is reheated our bellies will be too. We joke over our combined long-windedness (there are a lot of preachers at our table) and we rejoice because we have so many blessings to talk about. Yes, indeed, I love Thanksgiving.
During this year’s Thanksgiving Advent I am reading and my reading plan takes me to Luke 17:11-19. As Jesus continued on toward Jerusalem, he reached the border between Galilee and Samaria. As he entered a village there, ten lepers stood at a distance, crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy. One of them, when he saw that he was healed, came back to Jesus, shouting, “Praise God!” He fell to the ground at Jesus’ feet, thanking him for what he had done. This man was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?” And Jesus said to the man, “Stand up and go. Your faith has healed you.”
How often this account shows up about this time of year. I don’t know that you can be a true believer at heart and not run back to Jesus’ feet every so often and throw yourself at His feet in a display of deepest gratitude. My soul was drenched in sin’s leprous state, my mind disfigured by the enemy’s tempting morsels and the nerve endings of my heart damaged by careless words and deeds. The cure was applied and my leprosy of spirit healed and so I must run back often and fall at the feet of the One who paid the exorbitant price required. How often have I rejoiced at the words “Stand up…your faith has healed you.” The gift is of such a magnitude that I cannot imagine being one of the nine have no compulsion to run back to the place of gratitude. In fact, I think that Thanksgiving Advent should last 365 days; and every four years - 366!
This year I have chosen to share my annual Thanksgiving tradition with you; and I have chosen to share it several days before Thanksgiving so that I could encourage you to take these days ahead, leading up to our Canadian Thanksgiving Day, and have your own Thanksgiving Advent. Everyday this week why not run back and fall and Jesus’ feet and offer your thanks for some wonderful blessing He has bestowed. You will find there are many – spiritual, material, physical, relational and on and on. By week’s end your heart will be overflowing with gratefulness to God for His goodness and you will be drenched in the love that motivated Him to lavish so much upon you.



Sunday, 4 October 2015


Hi All!
I can't believe I'm posting this already but I need time to get this one done and according to the experts at point of this post there are just 81 days, 14 hours, and 25 minutes left until Christmas. So...

For this year's Christmas Giveaway. I am asking my Joyful Reflections readers to help me out with my Christmas blogpost. Here's the deal...

In a private message on Facebook tell me some aspect of the biblical account of the advent/birth of Christ you would like me to reflect on this year.

The top four suggestions will receive a Joyful Reflections coaster. The individual whose topic is chosen for my Christmas post will receive a gift box of assorted goodies from Yours Truly. I am looking forward to hearing from you!