Articles and personal stories on faith

A Christmas to Remember, Small-Town Girl at Heart

A Christmas to Remember

A couple of weeks ago, I mailed out a few handmade Christmas cards to family and friends who I won’t be able to visit this Christmas. I wanted to send them a few words of encouragement and to let them know I was thinking about them. One of the cards I had selected for a …

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Cultivating a Thankful Heart

Cultivating a Thankful Heart during Hard Times

I’m especially thankful for my family. We have been through a lot together and we have had (and still have) more than our share of hardships, but those hardships have bonded us together like glue, and not just any ordinary glue—it’s a Crazy Glue kind of bond. There is very little that can separate us—we’ve already been through the fire and survived.

You are Loved, Small-Town Girl at Heart

You are Loved

Imagine reading the words, “You were created to be loved,” at a time when you feel like nobody loves you. Then imagine hearing a whisper in your ear, “Lovely child, I love you,” after spending years believing the lie that not even God loves you because of who you are. How would those words make …

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Be Still_Finding Peace in Times of Trouble_Small-Town Girl at Heart

Be Still: Finding Peace in Times of Trouble

A little more than three weeks ago, I had a panic attack as the gravity of the coronavirus pandemic pressed down on me. Prior to this, I hadn’t given the pandemic much thought. The lockdowns haven’t inconvenienced me all that much since I’d already been working from home when businesses started closing down. On top of that, I’m an introvert, so staying at home for extended periods of time doesn’t bother me at all. In fact, being ordered to stay home has taken off all the pressure of feeling like I need to get out and be social. This is an introvert’s dream come true!

However, the reality of the pandemic hit me fully when I joined an online discussion about the impacts of the pandemic in people’s lives. I started listing my own concerns and worries about how the pandemic is affecting my family and friends, people in my community, and small businesses in my city. Up until this point, I had been maintaining a positive outlook on the situation, but then fear took hold of me, dragging me beneath its black waves.

I started to panic. It wasn’t a full-on panic attack like I’d had in the past, but my heart rate increased, my breathing became heavy, my muscles tensed and I started to cry. I became paralyzed with fear much like a deer caught in the headlights of an oncoming vehicle. I spent the next three days grappling with my fear, disappointed with myself for opening the door a crack and letting fear get a foothold. I knew from prior experience that once fear sticks its foot in the door, it’s nearly impossible to shut it out again.

A New Year To Be_Small-Town Girl at Heart

A New Year to Be

Originally Published: December 29, 2019 Revised: December 30, 2020 It’s that time of year when we take some time to look back on what we accomplished in the past year and to plan what we will accomplish in the next year. It’s often a time of disappointment when we realize we didn’t strike off nearly …

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The Christmas List, Small-Town Girl at Heart

The Christmas List

*Disclaimer: “The Christmas List” is a work of fiction and does not represent any real people or charitable organizations. It was four weeks before Christmas and I still hadn’t finished writing my Christmas list. Mom wanted it on her desk by morning so she could start her Christmas shopping over Black Friday weekend. December was …

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A Heart That Grew Three Sizes

A Heart That Grew Three Sizes

The Christmas season is the busiest time of the year and sometimes I wonder if it’s worth all the stress, extra work and late nights. Don’t get me wrong: I love Christmas! It has been my favourite holiday since childhood and I look forward to it each and every year. But it seems as I …

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Christmas Angel, Small-Town Girl at Heart

Christmas Angel

When I was thirteen, I met an angel, named Wayne, two days before Christmas in 1998 following a car accident involving my aunt, my two sisters, and me during our last-minute Christmas shopping expedition to downtown Winnipeg.  The traffic on Marion was heavy for a Wednesday afternoon as we travelled westbound towards St. Boniface.  My …

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