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St. Jacob’s market

I read recently that we get quieter as we age, that aging teaches us that we know less than we think and have more reason to listen better. That’s good news for this extrovert and I would acknowledge that I believe I am getting quieter. (hard to believe – I know).

As well, I find that I am enjoying a quieter life – that city life with all the buzz and busyness of millions of people squeezed into a condensed piece of land is less and less enjoyable. So our decision to drive to St. Jacobs early Saturday morning to take in the farmers market was both a good and bad idea – the traffic was unbelievably bad, but being around all that fresh produce and the market atmosphere was wonderful.  Even though the crowds mean that you have to keep your eye on other people’s elbows… the experience of being close to the farm, or the products of the farm, I find to be renewing.

So a couple of photos – including some of the horse auction that was underway next door.

The other thing we did was to enjoy a hot and delicious lunch of cabbage rolls and perogies out in the sunshine. While it was cool in the wind, the sun was warm and the food tasted so good that it was quite enjoyable.

If you’ve not been to St. Jacob’s for the farmers market you might want to get over there soon! It’s harvest time.



Welcome to Autumn 2015

I can’t remember when I’ve had a busier autumn – and when I have loved my work more.  This is turning into an interesting yet challenging time in my life.

I have been working on a personal mission statement, one that captures the essence of who I am and who I want to be, one that relates to my family and friends from the over arching principles of Scripture. I had taken as my life verse Micah 6:8 which reads:

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.

    And what does the Lord require of you?

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 and to love mercy

    and to walk humbly with your God.

I am working on being submissive to the Word of God in a new way, to see who I am in light of this verse instead of measuring what I do.  I know that might seem subtle but I think that’s the point. Subtle is how we shift our values –  just a few degrees at a time – but anyone who knows anything about navigation knows that a one degree shift in destination might be small at the beginning but the further you travel out the further the deviation is.

So I have taken that verse and put my mission statement as a reflection of it.

Here’s my mission statement:

Personal Mission Statement

What does the Lord require of me?
To act justly, love mercy, and to walk humbly.

Micah 6:8

As a child of God I joyfully acknowledge the grace of God poured into my life and desire to fully embrace that grace as I live out of my life and answer God’s calling to ministry.
I gratefully give myself to Him in my relationships.

First and foremost is my relationship with Jesus. I acknowledge my need for, and dependence upon, the Holy Spirit to convict and convince my spirit in thought, intention, habits and behaviours. I acknowledge my ongoing development of faith and promise to embrace the full promise of Romans 8:38,39. 

“38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Secondly, in my relationship with Wendy I joyfully embrace what God has given us within each other. As my partner in life I desire to guard our relationship through the guarding of our hearts and the cherishing of our common growth. It is my intention to encourage her growth and development, to protect her, honour and to (pray for her). 

As a father I will pray daily for Jason and Philip, the first two gifts given to Wendy and I by our Heavenly Father. I will express to them clearly my love, joy and pride in them for who they are and the gifts God has granted to them. I will be an encourager to them and stand in the gap whenever possible.  I will continue to model for them, as a father, the role they now exercise and speak to them as adults who are also working to role model for their children.

As a father-in-law it was my privilege to welcome in to our family Susan and Amanda. I will be prayerful and a practical supporter expressing my belief that they are gifts to our family from the hand of God. 

I will be to them an encourager. In every way I will honour their place in our family and make every effort to establish their full place in our family. I will treat them with respect and express my appreciation for the gifts they bring in to our family.

As a grandfather I will by God`s grace be an example of love and tender care to Rachel, Carlyle, Ted & Beth. I will provide them with love, encouragement and prayerful support ever protecting their innocence and spiritual well-being. I will engage in prayer for their physical well-being and their salvation. I will pray for their parents. 

I gratefully give myself to God in my ministry.

As a Christian leader I will daily seek to follow God’s leading, use my God-given abilities and (organizational) influence towards the work of the Kingdom of God encouraging men and women to live in faith and find their full purpose in developing their own spiritual leadership. 

As a follower of The Way I will find opportunity as God provides to share how God`s story is reflected in my story seeking to be faithful to the truth expressed in Scripture and experienced in my own faith walk.

As a manager of people I will lead in the example of Jesus being gracious and loving while making every effort to lead in a manner that provides progress in our work and support to those on the front lines. I will make the work of the Kingdom of God priority. I will use words to honour my fellow workers and build them up.

It is the desire of my heart in all ways “to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with my God”


Second day of autumn

Typically I post on the first day of autumn so this is a departure from the norm just to make sure you’re paying attention.  A few autumn pictures – a couple from when we were in Alberta where autumn can be an amazing time to be out in the mountains!  And then a few from last autumn and a market that Wendy and I visited north of Oshawa.
Looks like it will be a great week in this part of Canada as we start the next season.  Happy harvest to you!