Hanging on…

On a morning walk I took these pictures of trees on opposite sides of the street. While some trees lost their leaves quickly to the winds, others held on tightly to their leaves. It made me ruminate on how we can respond to adversity, we can choose to let go or hang tight to life and it’s goodness.


Joshua 1:9 -Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. 

When Ivy adds charm…

While wandering around Niagara-on-the-Lake I came across these charming homes covered with ivy and Virginia creeper, lending a charm to the structure with its foliage.


Mark 4:17 - And they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away.


Early Morning…

If you want to experience calm and beauty before the hustle and bustle of the day sets in, then I suggest you do an early morning walk. It gives you time to thank and praise God, gives you a sense of purpose, allows you to get your mind in order, helps you to focus, exercise or simply enjoy the peace and quiet of the first moments of the day.


Psalm 57:8 - Awake, my glory!
Awake, harp and lyre!
I will awaken the dawn.



Truly Canadian…

Maple trees and Muskoka chairs are synonymous with Canada just like Roots clothing, beaver tails, maple syrup, moose crossings and poutine. It did not take me long after immigrating to this beautiful country to find out that most Canadians are proud of these iconic staples.


Galatians 6:2 - Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

Campfire
Muskoka Chairs
Maple tree

Waterfront sights…

A short walk from home brings us to a place of beauty, nature and joy – the waterfront!!! A typical summer evening at the waterfront would vary depending on the day of the week and the weather. The scene dramatically changes from a quiet humdrum weekday to a vibrant, bustling-with-excitement, colourful weekend with families, adults, kids walking about and enjoying their time at the lake, some with food, fishing rods or a Tim’s coffee in their hands. The local Cafe band sings and plays music to the demands of the patrons. The eatery spills out onto the side walk and people stop by to take in the music. A group of bikers hang out together and barrel in and out of the main street with loud rut-tut exhaust sounds. The lake is dotted with jet skis, boats and paddle boaters. The pier is filled with people, some fish, some watch their children play in the water, young couples walk by hand in hand, some walk by in a determined finish-my-exercise kinda walk, older people sit on the benches and enjoy the sunshine and weather. A walk to the lake and back can overwhelm your memory with enough images, aromas and sounds to last a lifetime. Try walking…it always does a world of good to the body, soul and mind.