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The compassion game

The compassion game

Maria Fontaine

It’s natural to make assumptions about people. Sadly, what we tend to assume is often negative. Personally, I have seen how very easy it is to do this, and I often pray t... »

Taking our burdens to Jesus

Taking our burdens to Jesus

Maria Fontaine

Everyone experiences some very difficult times of testing at different points in their lives. Maybe you’re in the midst of one of these times and you’re feeling weary and... »

Learning from God

Learning from God

Maria Fontaine

We can go through life and miss some of the things that God is trying to teach us if we don’t intentionally seek to learn from God. Some things are obvious, but others ar... »

What Heaven is like

What Heaven is like

Maria Fontaine

Have you ever wondered what happens to you after you die? What’s in store for you when you get to the “other side”?—If there is another side. Is there a heaven? If so, wh... »

Heavenly encouragement

Heavenly encouragement

Maria Fontaine

I was cold. Having to get out of my nice, warm bed early on a brisk morning didn’t seem like an ideal way to start the day. I was tired. I hadn’t slept well the night bef... »

Victory in tough times

Victory in tough times

Maria Fontaine

When seeking Jesus for encouragement for any difficulties that you (or one of your friends or loved ones) may be experiencing, the Lord brought to mind the life to come.... »

Reaching out at Christmas

Reaching out at Christmas

Maria Fontaine

With the Christmas season beginning, we will likely be presented with numerous opportunities to talk to people about how the babe in the manger is a gift that can have gr... »

Overcoming personal weaknesses

Overcoming personal weaknesses

Maria Fontaine

Life is often likened to going to school, and that’s a good analogy. God allows all sorts of things to happen in our lives to test us, to see how we’ll react to them, to... »

Cashing in on change

Cashing in on change

Maria Fontaine

I’ve heard and read many encouraging stories about the positive aspects of people’s experiences embracing the changes that come with aging. Well, now it’s my turn! I’m di... »

Now and forever

Now and forever

Maria Fontaine

As the New Year begins, many people are looking ahead with a measure of trepidation to what lies ahead for them and their families and friends, as well as for the world i... »

Christmas reflections

Christmas reflections

Maria Fontaine

I recently had some time to relax in quiet solitude, and I decided to spend it sitting in front of our small manger scene. I lit some candles and one small lamp and liste... »

Making a masterpiece

Making a masterpiece

Maria Fontaine

When the life of a follower of Jesus is lived as Jesus intended it to be, it becomes a thing of beauty. Being a Christian and having a relationship with God should be som... »