Volume 17.04 | April 2016

  • Facing the unknown—together

    Like most people, I like predictability. Change can mean stepping into the unknown and losing my comfortable routine, and that’s frightening. It also means I have to give up some control. That’s scary too. Even when you prepare as well as you can, there are so many factors involved that you just can’t control them […]

  • Changing landscapes

    I was driving home today and missed my turn. I’m familiar with the neighborhood and have turned into that street thousands of times. But I was confused by the changing landscape. An unused strip mall was being torn down, and bulldozers had been busy all week. Suddenly, the corner building was no longer there, and […]

  • Starting over

    My husband and I moved to Canada a few years ago after 30 years abroad. During those years, I had lived, worked, and traveled throughout the Americas without ever returning to the place of my birth for any length of time. The repatriation process was a bit of a culture shock, though I quickly came […]

  • The road you travel

    About 13 years ago, my husband, Sam, and I had to make a trip from Calgary, Alberta, to Winnipeg, Manitoba, in Canada. We loaded up our old truck for the move and headed off. We had planned for this move pretty well. Everything was neatly packed and sorted. We had mapped our route and estimated […]

  • Making peace with Jo

    One of my favorite books when I was growing up was Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott. The novel follows the lives of four sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March—detailing their passage from childhood to womanhood. There were analogies with my family since I also had sisters, and the youngest one, born premature, reminded me […]

  • Dance according to the music

    We can learn a lot about coping with change from the classic musical Fiddler on the Roof.1 The story takes place at the beginning of the 20th century and features a Jewish family suffering from poverty and religious persecution in the south of Russia. The father, Tevye, complains about having five daughters and no sons, […]

  • All over again?

    For the last 12 years, I worked as a freelance contractor for a project that I was passionate about. Due to some recent changes, though, this project shut down. I feel the emptiness, like a hole in my stomach, and I’ve been trying to figure out what’s next. To tell you the truth, I don’t […]

  • Shorter strides, faster progress

    A couple of years ago, I started running for exercise, and I’ve tried to be consistent with it. I quickly built up to longer distances and durations than when I started, but then I hit a plateau and stayed there for a year or more. I found it difficult to increase my endurance beyond a […]

  • Embracing change

    When you’re experiencing a lot of movement or a lot of change, it can give rise to uncertainty, concern, even some fear, worry, or discouragement, wondering how you are going to make it and what the future holds. Trusting in God doesn’t guarantee that the changes will be easy to go through, or that the […]

  • Bottoms up!

    I recently became the mother of two. There are so many new emotions, joys, and lessons that come along with welcoming an additional child into the family. The newest challenge I face is getting ready to go back to work and preparing our three-month-old baby girl for this transition. My first daughter (now almost four […]

  • The secret to daily progress

    The best way to ensure that you’re making progress is to make an effort each day to take a step forward. Take a step in the right direction in some area you’re working on. Refuse to vegetate or settle down. Stay stirred up by launching out into some new venture. Try something new, learn something […]