Plant Nite

Last night my mom and I went to a Plant Nite. We greatly enjoyed it and would recommend it.

When we got there we had to pick what we wanted to plant our plants in. We could pick between rectangular wooden boxes, square wooden boxes, a square glass container or a circular glass container. I chose this rectangular box and my mom chose a white rectangular box.

After choosing what we wanted, we first had to put rocks in the bottom so that when we watered our plants the plants wouldn’t drown from the water just sitting around the roots. Then we filled it with dirt.

The lady then brought a tray of 18 succulents to our table that 6 of us could chose from. We rolled a dice and the person who rolled the highest number picked first and then we went around in a circle 3 times and picked our plants. Here are the plants I picked.

We then had a short break and my mom volunteered us for a game. There were two teams. You had to stack two cups on each hand and then on your head and then take them off and whoever was the fastest won. We won. Our prize was a croaking frog.

After the short break we could put our plants in the dirt. We could put them in however we wanted.

We then could decorate. Here are are our plants.

After the previous picture my mom decided she wasnt finished decorating so here are both final products.

We hope to go to another plant nite again soon!

My Trip to Leduc and Edmonton in February 2018

On Friday February 16, 2018 I flew to the Edmonton airport from Regina, by myself, to stay with some friends, Lori and Ray, for 10 days. Lori picked me up at the airport with one of her granddaughter’s, MacKenzie. After Lori picked me up, we drove to her daughter-in-law, Meagan’s place of employment which is part of the airport, but where the celebrities fly into. While we were there one of Meagan’s co-workers offered to take us into the back to see some private planes and helicopters.

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Here is MacKenzie and I beside one of the planes that we saw.

After leaving, Lori, MacKenzie and I went for breakfast at IHOP. It was my first time at an IHOP. MacKenzie and I coloured a picture together.

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We then walked over to Toys R Us and bought some shopkins for Lori’s day-home. We then drove to Leduc where Lori lives and I got to meet the rest of her day-home kids as well as her other granddaughter, Riley. After a few hours we went to the Doctor Woods House Museum in Leduc. Lori and I were the only ones there so we got a private tour. There were only two original items that belonged to Doctor Wood. One was the lamp on the piano, and the other was the sewing machine in the kitchen.

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Here is Lori and I at the Dr. Woods House Museum.

We then drove over to the Leduc Grain Elevator, and we were able to get a tour of the grain elevator. Before I came to Edmonton I had looked into the Grain Elevator Tour and it was not available in the winter, but the lady from the Dr. Woods House Museum said to go and see, so we did, and one of the ladies that was there said that we could have a tour of the grain elevator.

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These seeds in the white buckets will be weighed.

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The seeds go through here.

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Past this point is where the farmer’s sorted seeds are kept.

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The ladies are hoping to making this more available to the public.

Lori then showed me the house that her and Ray first lived in when they got married. She then showed me downtown Leduc, and showed me a corner called “Confusion Corner” and showed me her favourite store as well. We then drove to Edmonton and on the way we stopped to get a picture of the Flaman Man who was wearing an Oil Kings Jersey.

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They dress him for the time of year. At Christmas he wears a Santa suit.

We drove to downtown Edmonton and parked underground. Our first stop was the Lee Pavilion at the Citadel Theatre.

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This is a waterfall and the water would come from the picture with the boat in it.

We then went to Winston Churchill Square only to find out it was closed for LRT construction for at least 1-2 years. Lori then pointed where the Winspear Centre was, which is where concerts are held. Lori then showed me Hotel Macdonald where the Royal Family will stay when they visit and we also inquired about high tea. We then walked over to the Funicular. It is basically an elevator on a hill. It is made completely out of glass and you can see the River Valley. We went down and then back up and then down again because we discovered there was a walkway with a lookout. From the lookout you could see the Edmonton Queen River Boat on the North Saskatchewan River.

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Once you go through those doors you will be on the Funicular

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The view from the Funicular. The walkway is to the left where the rectangular lights are.

We then crossed the street to go to the U of A for the “Emerging Artist Concert” There were performers from University’s all over Edmonton.

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This is what the stage looked like for the first half of the concert.

After the concert we drove over the Edmonton High Level Bridge, and the lights were on, and the Edmonton Street Car travels on the top of the bridge in the summer. When we got back to Lori’s house Lori showed me some pictures.

On Saturday February 17, 2018, Lori, Ray and I went to the Old Strathcona Farmer’s Market. At one of the booths there were some pictures of Edmonton and so I got the see more Edmonton history through those photographs.

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I think we are sampling a waffle.

We then drove on Whyte Avenue. In the summer there is a twins and triplets parade on that street. We then went to Flirt Cupcakes and I bought a cupcake. It has the best rating in Edmonton. We then walked past Cally’s Tea’s, and went inside but decided not to have anything and left, as we were walking back to the car we walked past a Cat Café. We then drove to Little Brick, which is where Lori and Ray’s daughter, Ashley had her wedding reception in 2016. We then drove to the Flat Iron Building. The building is very old.

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Lori also pointed out the Shaw Conference Centre that is built into the side of Grierson Hill. We then drove down Jasper Avenue. Lori pointed out the General Hospital which is where she was born. We then drove past St. Joseph’s Basilica which is where Janet and Wayne Gretzky got married. Jasper Avenue turns into 124th Street. Lori lived in that area until she was 10. On 124th Street there is a place called Duchess Bake Shop but the line was over an hour long so we did not stop there. We then drove past the home that Lori lived in until she was 10. We drove past the Brick Warehouse which is now called The Brick, and The Brick began in Edmonton. We then went to Donut Party which is a place Ashley recommended for us to go. The donuts were huge and the line was very long.

 

Ray and I with the box of donuts.

We then went to Giovanni Music and Fine Art Gallery. Lori and Ray had purchased a piano a long time ago from there for Ashley. I bought some piano books, and Lori bought a drum for her day-home. Next we went to the biggest cowboy boot in the world.RSV_5276.JPG

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Another boot close by.

The next place we went was West Edmonton Mall. First I got a pressed coin. Then Lori and I went into a photo booth. We then went into the store Build A Bear and from there we spotted a photo wall.RSV_5288.JPGRSV_5292.JPG

 

We then walked past the HMV stage area that I had played on during a grade 10 band trip. Lori was telling me about a dragon that was in the mall, and part of it was there, and there was an employee that told us more about it. The next thing we did was glow in the dark mini-golfing.RSV_5301.JPG

After mini-golfing Lori and I went to the aquarium in the mall. It is new since the submarine has been removed.

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Penguins

 

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A big turtle.

 

Earlier in the day Lori had mentioned to me that she wanted me to see the menu at Crepe Works.

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Here is the menu board.

Lori had also been telling me about a whale that was in the mall and as we were leaving we saw the whale.

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For supper we went to the Chessecake Café and found out it was closing on Monday. For dessert we bought some cheesecake and had it boxed up. Lori showed me some more pictures.

 

On Sunday February 18, 2018 we went to Lori and Ray’s home church, Eaglemont Christian Church in Beaumont. I meet some of Lori and Ray’s friends, Fran and Glen, their lead Pastor and a few other people as well. After church Lori and I went to Long and McQuade while Ray got gas. I also bought some piano books from there as well. For lunch we went to Red Robin and I think a few booths away there was a huge Rubik’s Cube. After lunch we drove past the “Joey” mural on the side building. He was very important to the Edmonton Oilers. We then went to the Muttart Conservatory. There was a tropical, arid, temperate and season pyramids that we could see. We were able to get tours of the tropical, arid, and temperate pyramid. The seasonal section was decorated for Chinese New Year.

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At the Muttart Conservatory.

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We then drove past the new Roger’s Place Arena, the Stollery Children’s Hospital, and the University Area. We drove to the Alberta Legislature. The building was closed that day so we could not go inside.RSV_5346.JPG

After seeing the Legislature we drove across the newest bridge in Edmonton. Lori was telling me beside it is a building that has really big stacks on it and a man wants to make the building look like the Titanic. But doesn’t know if that will happen for sure.

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The newest bridge in Edmonton.

We drove across the High Level Bridge again and this time it was lit up with blue lights. Ashley had mentioned to us that we should go to The End of The World. We couldn’t go to the very edge because it was too icy.

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At the End of The World. You have to go past the red pole to see more.

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Lori and Ray then took me to a place on a hill where a number of houses fell down the embankment a few years ago. We also drove past some footbridges, one of the Footbridge was the Fort Edmonton Footbridge. but we decided it was too cold to go for a walk on them. We went back to Lori and Ray’s house and watched a movie called Me Again.

On Monday February 19, 2018 it was a holiday, so Lori didn’t have to work but MacKenzie and Riley still came over. Justin, Lori and Ray’s son came over later in the morning. It was nice to meet him. On Saturday Lori had received a message on Facebook if she could pick someone up from the airport and if they could sleep at her house. Lori picked up Emma from the airport around Midnight on Monday. Emma had been on a missions trip to New York, and she is the same age as me. I loved meeting her. Lori, Ray, Emma, and I played some games. We played Anomia, Apples to Apples, and the Train Game. Emma’s brother TJ came to pick her up around supper and had supper with us and then left to go home. After supper Lori, MacKenzie and I went swimming. We then drove MacKenzie home and I got to see Justin’s car and his two dogs, Gunner and Shelby, and one of the dogs just had 10 puppies a few weeks ago. After leaving Justin and Meagan’s house Lori showed me the church where she and Ray gave their hearts too Jesus. We went back to Lori’s house and watched some TV. We watched Olympic curling and skating. We ate the cheesecake we had bought at The Cheesecake Café. We also looked through some pictures and we found a picture of when Emma, and two of her brothers were babies. (She is a triplet), I thought that was cool that we found that picture.

On Tuesday February 20, 2018 in the evening we watch a movie called Letters To God.

On Wednesday February 21, 2018 in the evening we went to Sherwood Park to Lori’s friend, Linda’s church, to do a craft. We painted glass and then waited for it to dry and then we wrote lies we tell ourselves on it, and then the lady demonstrating tried to break the glass with a hammer but it wouldn’t brake so then she put the glass on top of a bible and then when she tried breaking it with the hammer it broke, and then from the broken pieces we made a cross out of it. I also met Lori’s friend Carol.

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Mine and Lori’s glass painting. We forgot to take a picture together of the finished product of the cross.

On Thursday February 22, 2018 in the evening Lori and I went to the Ice Castles. They were amazing!! It is 250,000,000 pounds, and it is the only one in Canada. There was even a controlled fire in the middle. While we were there Lori commented that if parents had young kids, and were dressed for the weather you could easily spend a few hours there. We spent about 45 minutes there. It is located in Hawrelak Park.

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Before entering.

 

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Just about to go in.

 

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There were 3 slides you could go down. I only went down one. There was a much larger one than this, and another just for kids.

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The huge slide you could go down.

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On Friday February 23, 2018 in the evening we went to Pizza Hut for supper and saw the sunset. We then went to Lori and Ray’s friends, Fran and Glen’s house to play games.

 

On Saturday February 24, 2018 we started the day off with going to the Telus World of Science. There was an exhibit called POPnology and it had the car, the DeLorean, that they filmed with from the movie back to the future.RSV_5405.JPG

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There was also a Terry Fox exhibit.

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Here is a picture of the van Terry Fox travelled in.

After the Telus World of Science we went to Southgate Mall, and I bought some Kernels popcorn. For supper we were planning to go to the downtown location of The Old Spaghetti Factory, but there was a game at Roger’s Place Arena and there was no parking so we went to the Old Spaghetti Factory at West Edmonton Mall instead.

On Sunday February 25, 2018 in the morning I left to go home.

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Me waving goodbye.

 

 

“If Jesus Came To Your House” A Poem, By Lois Blanchard Eades

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If Jesus came to your house to spend a day or two,

if He came unexpectedly, I wonder what you’d do.

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Oh, I know you’d give your nicest room to such an honored Guest,

And all the food you’d serve Him would be the very best.

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And you would keep assuring Him you’re glad to have Him there,

That serving him in your home is joy beyond compare!

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But when you saw Him coming, would you meet Him at the door,

With arms outstretched in welcome to your Heavenly Visitor?

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Or would you have to change your clothes before you let Him in,

Or hide some magazines and put the Bible where they’d been?

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Would you turn off the radio and hope He hadn’t heard-

And wish you hadn’t uttered that last, loud, hasty word?

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Would you hide your worldly music and put some hymn books out?

Could you let Jesus walk right in, or would you rush about?

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And I wonder – if the Saviour spent a day or two with you-

Would you go right on doing the things you always do?

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Would you keep on saying the things you always say?

Would life for you continue as it does from day to day?

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Would your family conversation keep up its usual pace?

And would you find it hard each meal to say a table grace?

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Would you sing the songs you always sing and read the books you always read,

And let Him know the things on which your mind and spirit feed?

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Would you take Jesus with you everywhere you’d planned to go,

Or would you, maybe change your plans for just a day or so?

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Would you be glad to have Him meet your very closest friends,

Or would you hope they’d stay away until His visit ends.

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Would you be glad to have Him stay forever on and on,

Or would you sigh with great relief when He at last was gone?

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It might be interesting to know the things you would do

If Jesus came in person to spend the holidays with you.

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-Lois Blanchard Eades

My 20 Favourite Contemporary Worship Songs

I thought that I would share some of my favourite contemporary worship songs. I will share 20 of my favourite contemporary songs, but these songs will not be hymns. They are in no specific order.

1. Praise You In This Storm. This song is by Casting Crowns. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here. I like this song because I feel it represents my life right now. It is still “raining”, just like the song says. But the songs also says “every year you’ve cried. You hold in your hand. You never left my side.” Even though it still feels like it’s raining God hasn’t left me (or you.) Deuteronomy 31:8 says “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” No matter what God will be praised in the good times and in the bad.

2. Blessings. This song is by Laura Story. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here. This is a song I’ve played on the piano for a long time, but it wasn’t until about 7 months ago that I actually looked at the words when I was playing. The words that struck me were “What if trials of this life are your mercies in disguise?” That was the line that made me love the song. It was a new way of looking at what I was going through, and also a new way of looking at life in general. Blessings can also come not in the way we expect, like as the songs says “through rain drops.” The song ends with saying “What if trials of this life, the rain, the storms, the hardest nights are your mercies in disguise.”

3. Come As You Are. This song is by David Crowder. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here. This song reminds me a lot of the story of the Prodigal Son. I like this song because it reminds you that if you are sad, broken hearted, if you have burdens, shame, brokenness, hurt, you feel hopeless, you’ve strayed, you feel weary or if you’ve wandered, it doesn’t matter, because you can come as you are, and you will be healed.

4. Whom Shall I Fear. This song is by Chris Tomlin. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here. I like this song because it reminds us that we don’t have anyone to fear, we know who goes before us, we know who stands behind us and we know who stands beside us. It also reminds us that He reigns forever and that He is our friend.

5. The Proof of Your Love. This song is by King and Country. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here. I first came across this song about a year ago, when I was playing in one of my piano books and the words just struck me. If someone was to ask me what my favourite Christian song in general would be, it would be this one. I like the song because the words in the verses are so true. There is so much to take out of those two verses. The chorus gives us a challenge on how to live our life to be a light to others.

6. Because He Lives (Amen). This song is by Matt Maher. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here. I like this song because the first verse is proclaiming what we believe. It also talks about in the bridge that “because He lives I can face tomorrow.” (which I know comes from the hymn Because He Lives) I don’t think I would have gotten through this past year without Him. The bridge also reminds us that “He holds my life my future in His hands.” Sometimes we often forget about that and start to worry about the future, but this song reminds us that there isn’t a need for that.

7. Just Be Held. This song is by Casting Crowns. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here. I like this song because it says “your world’s not falling apart, it’s falling into place”. Lots of times when life doesn’t go how we want we think it’s the end, but this song reminds us that when life isn’t going how we want, life is going just as it should.  This song also says “in the storm is where you’ll find me.” I like this lyrics because in the storms of life we are if we search for God we will find Him.

8. God of This City. This song is by Chris Tomlin. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here. I like this song because the first sentence says “you’re the God of this city.” That can be true with whatever city you live in. I live in Regina, but whatever city you live in it’s true. In verse two it says that God is the light, hope and peace. In order for our city to see that, we need to be living that out so that people can see God’s light, hope and peace through us. In the chorus it tells us the greater things we still be happenjng in our city and if we keep our eyes open we will see the thing that are happening.

9. Healing is in Your Hands. This song is by Christy Nockels. If you would like to read you can click here. I like this song because no matter what kind of health issues you have,  this songs reminds us that healing is in God’s hands.

10. In Christ Alone. This song is by Staurt Townend. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here. I like this song because in verse one it talk about everything that God is. In verse two and three, it is tells us about his death and reurection, and in verse four it says that we don’t have any fear of death because we are standing with Christ. It also says that until He calls us home, we will stand in the power of Christ.

11. Who Am I. This song is by Casring Crowns. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here. I like this song because of what it mentioned in the video, it says “not because of who I am, but because of what you’ve done. Not because of what I’ve done, but because of who you are”. It’s not from anything we’ve done in our lives, it’s all because of who God is and what He’s done. Also, at the end of the song, it says we have nothing to fear because we belong to God.

12. Oceans (Where Feet May Fail). This song is by Hillsong. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here. I like this song because it can be related to our everyday life. We don’t know where God is calling us, but we have to step out in faith and keep our eyes on God. And like the song says “spirit lead me where my trust is without borders”, we will be lead sometimes to uncofortable places, which is what this song is saying, and that we just need to trust.

13. Same Power. This song is by Jeremy Camp. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here. I like this song because in the chorus it says “The same power that rose Jesus from the grave, the same power that commands the dead to wake, lives in us.” God’s power lives in us. Lots of times that isn’t really something that gets a lot of thought. The song ends with “he lives in us.” God lives in us and so does His power.

14. Mighty to Save. This song is by Hillsong. If you would like to read about the song you can click here. This was one of my favourite songs when I was younger. I like this song because in the chorus it talks about how “he can move the mountains and he rose and conquered the grave”. It also says that “He is might to save”, and He is going to save us.

15. This I Believe (The Creed). This song is by Hillsong. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here. I like this song because it proclaims what we believe.

16. Eye of the Storm. This song is by Ryan Stevenson. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here. I like this song because even in the very middle of a storm God remains in control just like what it says in the song. Just like the song says “My only hope is to trust in you”, and sometimes that’s all we can do during the storms of life.

17. God is on the Move. This song is by 7eventh Time Down. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here, and start watching the video at 15 min. I like this song because it can be a reminder that God is still on the move even with everything that is going on in the world today.

18. Forever (We Sing Hallelujah). This song is by Kari Jobe. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here. I like this song because it paints a picture of Jesus’s death and reurection. In the chorus it says “forever he is glorified, forever he is lifted high, forever he is risen, forever he is alive”. And the song ends with saying “you have overcome”.

19. You Will Never Run. This song is by Rend Collective. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here. I like this song because in the chorus it says “you will never run away”, and that can be taken on both sides. God will never leave us, and we can never run away from God no matter how much we try. Then in the verse it says “love wide as galaxies, love deeper than the sea”. No one has ever been to the ends of the galaxy and no one has been to the very bottom of the sea so it’s saying that we cant even comprehend all that God loves us which is an incredible thought if you actually think about it.

20. Even If. This song is by Mercy Me. If you would like the story behind the song you can click here. I like this song because in the chorus it says “I know your able and I know you can save through the fire with your mighty hand but even if you don’t my hope is you alone,” God sometimes chooses not to heal and even if he doesn’t heal we still have hope in God because we have seen what He is capable such as an example like this. If we read through the lyrics of the song, it is about someone saying that they are struggling right now, but as we go along we see that things are getting better for them because the very last lines of the song say “it is well with my soul it is well, it is well with my soul”.

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These are my Top 20 Contempoary worship songs. Do you have a favorite contemporary worship song?

December Quotes

Here are some quotes that I like and that I have recently seen.

Without Christ there can be no fulness of joy.

-Ezra Taft Benson

Let the refining and improving of your own life keep you so busy that you have little time to criticize others.

-H. Jackson Brown Jr.

God doesn’t just want us to memorize the Word; He wants us to become the very word that we’re are reading.

-Todd White

It doesn’t matter if the glass is half empty or half full… be grateful that you have a glass, and there is something in it…

-Unknown

If you’re suffering right now, you don’t have to pretend it’s all good. You don’t have to add “But praise God.” When Jesus was hours from crucifixion, he didn’t sing in the garden or act hyperspiritual. He was sweating blood. He asked the father for a way out. But Jesus ultimately went to that cross with joy: not a shallow consolation that knows no pain, but a joy deepened by sorrow and recognizing the hurt of humanity.

God is always trying to make you more human and not less. You can cry out in agony. In that honesty, God is establishing great character in you. Such a Christian is both happier and sadder at the same time, because they long for a better home and already have one.

-J. S. Park

Trade your expectation for appreciation and the world changes instantly.

-Tony Robbins

In order to love who you are, you cannot hate the experiences that shaped you.

-Andrea Dykstra

Sometimes the devil allows people to live a life free of trouble because he doesn’t want them turning to God. Their sin is like a jail cell, except it is all nice and comfy and there doesn’t seem to be any reason to leave. The door’s wide open. Till one day, time runs out, and the cell door slams shut, and suddenly it’s too late

-God’s Not Dead

I find joy in everyday, not because life is always good, but because God is.

-Unknown

We are not to look or act like other people; rather we are to look like Christ. We are to act like Christ. We are to do the things that Christ would do in the power and demonstration of the Holy Spirit.

-A.W. Tozer

Twenty Seventeen

2017 was a different kind of year for me. Instead at looking at the negative things that have happened this year, I look at the positive things that happened this year.

This year I went to Cuba with the University of Regina Choirs. The top 5 things of the trip for me in no specific order was, since it was a choir trip we could sing anywhere, and we ended up singing in the airport. There was also one day where supper was half an hour late in opening so we sang while we waited for supper, and people came out of their rooms just to listen to us. That was a supper cool experience. Another top 5 was visiting a music school that had a developed choral program. As well, 6 of us rented a paddle boat when we went to the ocean one day. We also made a day trip to Vinales. The last top 5 was when we were able to perform at the end of the week with the Cuban choirs we had worked with.

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During the day trip to Vinales we went to a orchid Garden with almost 700 different types of orchids.

This one smelled like chocolate. (It really did)

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In Cuba we also went to the beach one day, amd 6 of us rented this paddle boat.

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The concert at the end of the week.

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I also attended the very first Rider game at the new Mosaic Stadium. Even though it ended in a tie.

I later attended my very first Rider game where they won. (July 7)

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My neighbour’s cat had kittens.

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I got my license.

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We also went to Hodgeville to see a display of 900+ nativity sets. Here are my top 10 in no specific order.

Every room told a different part of the Christmas story.

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The boy is playing a flute.

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Made out of popsicle sticks.

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Protected by the angel wings.

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No room at the Inn.

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Good reminder that we are always in God’s hands.

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Veggie Tales!!

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Marshmallows.

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Carved from glass.

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Older baby Jesus.

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This year I also got a fish.

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Thanks to everyone who was willing to be a part of my 2017!

The Christmas Shoes

Christmas is very fast approaching. 10 days to be exact. The time of year decorations get put up, stores get busy, the radio changes songs to Christmas carols, Christmas baking happens, and the time of year where everyone is looking forward to Christmas.

But none of those things is really what Christmas is all about.

Something I have learned this Christmas season is that you don’t need all the decorations for Christmas. We have 3 different sets of Christmas lights that we normally put up outside, and this year because of all of the circumstances that have gone on, we didn’t put up any lights. Now just because we don’t have our lights up doesn’t mean we won’t celebrate Christmas. Two days ago all we had on our Christmas tree was 3 decorations(There are more on now), but just because we haven’t done all the decorating and the baking, that doesn’t mean that we still can’t celebrate Christmas.

Christmas will still be celebrated the same if you have your Christmas tree up, or if you don’t,  if you bought lots of presents for family, or if you didn’t, if you got your hair to look like a Christmas tree, or if you didn’t, even if you didn’t bake Christmas cookies, Christmas will still be celebrated the same. Because Christmas is about Jesus Christ, not about the tree or presents, or cooking, or decorating, or shopping. I personally don’t think that when Jesus was born Mary and Joseph put up a tree in the stable.

Now I’m not saying that you can’t put up decorations, or bake cookies, or go Christmas shopping. I’m saying, don’t make that the centre of the Christmas season. Since we didn’t have a lot of decorations on our tree, or put a tree up until a few days ago, it was starting to bother me, not because we didn’t have a tree up, but because people were making it out to seem like you couldn’t celebrate Christmas without any of the things I have mentioned. Which is entirely not true, Christmas can still be celebrated because all that you need at Christmas is Jesus and the hope He brings.

I quote I have recently seen says “it’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.” -anonymous. We can even take the word “give” out and put in other words, such as bake, shop… you can fill in the blank.

Yesterday as I was playing some Christmas songs on the piano I came across this song called “The Christmas Shoes” By Leonard Ahlstron and Eddie Farewell. I hope the words encourage you, and remind you the Christmas season is not all about yourself.


It was almost Christmas time, there I stood in another line
Tryin’ to buy that last gift or two, not really in the Christmas mood
Standing right in front of me was a little boy waiting anxiously
Pacing ’round like little boys do
And in his hands he held a pair of shoes

His clothes were worn and old, he was dirty from head to toe
And when it came his time to pay
I couldn’t believe what I heard him say

Sir, I want to buy these shoes for my Mama, please
It’s Christmas Eve and these shoes are just her size
Could you hurry, sir, Daddy says there’s not much time
You see she’s been sick for quite a while
And I know these shoes would make her smile
And I want her to look beautiful if Mama meets Jesus tonight

He counted pennies for what seemed like years
Then the cashier said, “Son, there’s not enough here”
He searched his pockets frantically
Then he turned and he looked at me
He said Mama made Christmas good at our house
Though most years she just did without
Tell me Sir, what am I going to do,
Somehow I’ve got to buy her these Christmas shoes

So I laid the money down, I just had to help him out 
I’ll never forget the look on his face when he said
Mama’s gonna look so great

Sir, I want to buy these shoes for my Mama, please
It’s Christmas Eve and these shoes are just her size
Could you hurry, sir, Daddy says there’s not much time
You see she’s been sick for quite a while
And I know these shoes would make her smile
And I want her to look beautiful if Mama meets Jesus tonight

I knew I’d caught a glimpse of heaven’s love
As he thanked me and ran out
I knew that God had sent that little boy
To remind me just what Christmas is all about

Sir, I want to buy these shoes for my Mama, please
It’s Christmas Eve and these shoes are just her size
Could you hurry, sir, Daddy says there’s not much time
You see she’s been sick for quite a while
And I know these shoes would make her smile
And I want her to look beautiful if Mama meets Jesus tonight