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TO ALL MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS: DOROTHY VISSER

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Upset. Angry. Judgmental. That was me before breast cancer. Yes, before. From Fear to Peace I am sitting on my deck reflecting on the day and feeling so peaceful. These past couple of months have been the hardest and most blessed in my life. Cancer. The diagnosis terrified me. Would the cancer kill me? My fear made me feel guilty. An inner voice nagged me, “Isn’t love supposed to cast out fear? Doesn’t God love you? Where’s your faith?” I was afraid of chemo and radiation and everything associated with cancer. Then I discovered how something life threatening could teach me how to live. In February 2017 Dorothy Visser’s doctor informed her that she had breast cancer. Dorothy sat in…

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MY LOVE HATE LOVE RELATIONSHIP WITH SPORTS

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To be honest, you and I have had a turbulent relationship. You’ve caused me late nights and early mornings, disappointment and heartache, and you’ve made me wipe tears from my children’s faces on more than one occasion.  I have resented you, cursed you many times and some days you have even stolen my sanity. The life of a sports family is often chaotic, tiring, scheduled and trying but I wouldn’t give it up for anything. Alisha-Jans Lemoine is a part of the North Pointe Writers Group. She is a skilled writer and an even more awesome mom. This post first appeared on Alisha’s blog at yegsolomom.   Teacher And Mentor You have been an amazing teacher and mentor. You have taught…

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MEN OF THE ROCK

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I know what it’s like. You find a girl, start dating, maybe get married, and soon you find yourself in this new exciting time. You’re working and in the prime of your life. Some of you have kids and your priorities shift, like a good father should. And again, you shift your gears, sometimes into overdrive. Life In The Fast Lane The months, and the years fly by. You’re hustling round the clock. Being a good provider, a good husband, a good father, a good employee. But what they don’t see is that you are tired. You’ll never let them see that. You’re a man, and that’s what men do. We suffer silently, stoic, never complaining. Men of The Rock…

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MENTAL ILLNESS: HOPE FOR THE WAR WITHIN

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I had my first taste of mental illness the day I learned how my Dad died. I was eight years old. Such a tender age and I was already deeply troubled. Rightly so, my mum took me to a psychologist. It was there, with my aunt, step-dad and mum in the room that the truth came out – my Dad had committed suicide. Jennifer is a part of the North Pointe writers community. This is the first place she has publicly written about her journey. When we dare to drop the armor that protects us from feeling vulnerable, we open ourselves to the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives. “Vulnerability is the birthplace of joy, belonging, creativity,…

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23 LIFE GIVING STATEMENTS YOU NEED TO HEAR

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“Despite the countless instances I’ve witnessed the power of the Lord – I find myself encountering other head spaces that are filled with lies from the enemy.” Allison Daniels Can you relate to Allison? The truth is everyone faces lies. Everyone. The strong. Weak. Depressed. Believers. Pastors. Truth is life giving. 23 Life Giving Statements You Need To Hear 1. Those who love you are not fooled by the mistakes you’ve made or dark images you hold about yourself. They remember your beauty when you feel ugly…your wholeness when you are broken…your innocence when you feel guilty and your purpose when you are confused. 2. “Life is like a piano – the white keys represent happiness, the black keys, sadness….

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DANCING IN THE RAIN: LINDA WINICK

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Ask a hundred people who knew Linda Winick and you’ll get hundred and one responses of “her smile” as her most impressionable quality. She left an indelible impact on anyone she met. Linda happily went in with all heart to anything she committed herself to – from 4-H as a child, community work as a homemaker and serving in her church during the last seven years of her life. No other earthly commitment mattered as much as her family – and she had a lot of them to love. Family Matters Next to her husband Wilson, her five children and their spouses and the nineteen grandchildren they gave her, were the apple of her eye. And she was a great-grandmother…

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12 TRUTHS FROM LIFE AND WRITING: ANNE LAMOTT

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A few days before she turned 61, Anne Lamott decided to write down everything she knew for sure.  There’s not a lot of certainty in life but Anne does a candid and humorous job of pointing out twelve of her “for sures”. She’ll Help You Laugh, If Not Learn Anne’s my favorite writer on writing and life. She’s an activist, former alcoholic and Sunday School teacher. Are you familiar with her writing? If not, her words are worth a moment of your day. She’ll make you laugh (at least smile) or think about life and that will be good for you. It was for me. Anne shared the following in a TED talk. 12 Truths From Life And Writing #1…

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HOLY SPIRIT POWER AND YOU

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Chrome, carnauba wax, and classic cars get your motor running? North Pointe is the place to be on the first Saturday of June 2018. We just hosted our 6th Annual Cruise Into Summer Show ‘N Shine. The parking lot was packed with collectors of classics, admirers, and memories from days gone by. I noted the pristine exterior of the cars on display. And the powerful engines under the hoods. I got to thinking about the horsepower available in these restored cars and the power of God’s Holy Spirit that restores our lives. Horsepower Under The Hood If you like the look of engines then you’ll love the next couple of pictures. If not, scroll down… Yesterday’s Power This beaut had…

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REV. PHYLLIS RYAN FISHER: WOMAN OF HOPE

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Sixty nine years ago, Phyllis Ryan Fisher was born in Toronto to a loving and resourceful mother who in post war years either cared directly for Phyllis or made sure she was nurtured in wonderful homes surrounded by people who “adopted” her into their families. Small Town Girl Although Phyllis was an only child she collected moms and dads and sisters along the way that enriched her life and helped mold her into the lady she grew to be. This small-town girl loved the water and the Kawartha Lake country where she grew up and never forgot the friends who all loved her as a local girl who was going to make her mark in life. Rev. Bruce and Phyllis…

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KIDS HELPING KIDS: ROOT56 & JAMQUEST

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Changing the world can be simple. Just. Decide. To care. (If you’ve gotten past the first ten words of this post it means your heart is free of cynicism. The curious can’t be cynical.) Nick Schoff Nick Scoff did just that when he was in eighth grade. A TV documentary on child poverty in Africa “got this thirteen year old butt off the couch.” Nick loved basketball. So he started a three-on-three fundraiser tournament to help kids in Kenya. He called the tournament, Jamquest. $2700 was raised the first year. He saw he could do something.  The rest is history. Jamquest Jamquest, Schoff’s brainchild, strives to bring faith, hope, and love to kids in need. Kids helping kids. “Imagine if…

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