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November – Adoption awareness month

The adoption journey by Tandela Swann, AMARIS Adoption and Family Support Services   As November is Adoption Awareness Month, it is a good time to talk about what adoption means for us as Christians as well as what the process looks like for Canadians feeling the call to adopt. When you begin to consider your […]

19/10 Oct 2019

Foster parenting: following a call

By Laureen F. Guenther   For Lana Lee of Spruce Grove, Alberta, foster parenting is a calling, a calling she couldn’t pursue without the help of God who called her. Lee, and her husband Layton’s, four biological children were teenagers when they began foster parenting. Six years later, they could be empty nesters. Instead, they’re […]

19/06 June 2019

Lifting up others

by Dr. Dave Currie   ‘To encourage’ by definition means to give support, to foster confidence and to bring hope. The breadth of its current usage in our culture means that to encourage equally means to inspire, to uplift, to stimulate, to spur on, to validate, to affirm, to hearten, to motivate, to back, to […]

19/06 June 2019

At peace with our fathers

By Neil Josephson   Earl was working two jobs plus farming on the side when I met him. As you can imagine, there wasn’t much time – or much of Earl – left for his wife and children. When he came to talk to me, things were pretty desperate at home. As we talked, it […]

19/06 June 2019

Bless you, dad

by Sharon Simpson   How many sermons have you heard in your lifetime? Do you remember many of them? I take notes each Sunday to help me process the content of the sermon. I write application notes to help me apply the sermon to my life and I try to talk about it after the […]

19/06 June 2019

A father’s story

by Lilianne Fuller   As the plane ascended into the night sky, Saylermoo relaxed into the back of his seat. Finally, he and his family were on the last leg of their journey from Thailand to Canada. His musing was cut short by one of his 12 children asking to be taken to the bathroom. […]

19/05 May 2019

A mother’s legacy

by Sharon Simpson   Mothers of all ages can take themselves back to those days when they were caring for infants, toddlers and little children. It is amazing how quickly those memories can flood our minds as we reflect on when we became a mother. There are days that seem like they will never end […]

19/05 May 2019

Are you raising a blessing in disguise?

by Lynne Jackson   Life brings countless trials. For many parents, a prominent trial is the raising of a particularly sensitive, intense or strong-willed child who struggles more in life than other kids. Some of these parents grow increasingly discouraged by the challenge. But those who struggle will learn to view that challenging child as […]

19/05 May 2019

Take charge at home

by Katie Pearn   Our world has changed. We now live in a time where children are ahead of their parents when it comes to technology and the internet, leaving many parents feeling lost and underprepared for the risks associated with it. Some of these risks, like pornography and online predators, can have very real […]

19/04 April 2019

Helping transform lives for over 40 years

Sonshine Community Services   by Joyce Rempel The most dangerous time for an abused woman is when she attempts to leave her abuser. Emergency shelters in Calgary offer 21 days of support to women and children – but what does one do on day 22? This is where Sonshine Centre steps in. Motivated by their […]