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PAINFUL MOMENTS AND MIRACLES: DANIELLE’S STORY

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There’s going to be very painful moments in your life that will change your entire world in a matter of minutes. These moments will change you.

Cry. Scream if you have to.

But let them make you stronger, smarter and kinder. And lean into faith for a miracle.

Answered Prayer

Danielle Martin understands how a moment can change a life. She was diagnosed with PCOD (polycycstic ovary disease) and was told it would be next to impossible to get pregnant without medical intervention. Her and her partner Chad Dopson’s first miracle was named Caitlyn. After holding on to hope, trying for 14 years to get pregnant a second time, and suffering a miscarriage, Danielle and Chad had their prayers answered.

In November 2017 they received an early Christmas gift – a positive pregnancy test. They were over-the-moon happy. For six weeks. Then Danielle began spotting.

An ultrasound showed she was losing the baby.

Loss and Anger

Despite praying for mercy and using every ounce of faith they possessed, Danielle miscarried. Again. She wanted that little soul so much.

Not only did she lose the baby, she lost her self. Inconsolable. And angry. Angry at the unfairness. Disappointed with God.

Her faith did a 180 and she turned her face from God.

No prayers.

No hope.

No church.

A Miracle Baby

Fast forward one year later, almost to the day. Danielle and Chad found themselves at church again. They were in attendance for a very special occasion. The dedication of a baby named Grace. Their daughter.

Grace is a miracle baby.  This is her story.

After missing church for a month, Danielle dragged herself to North Pointe on the last Sunday of January 2018. She cried the whole service. When an invitation was given to be prayed for, she responded.

Her response was the beginning of a miracle.

Wounded Healers

When she came to the place of prayer, Danielle was directed to a husband and wife – one of fourteen couples available for prayer. They had never met before. Something about the couple put Danielle at ease. The couple – Dan and Elaine Klemke – were no strangers to painful moments. Years previous, both had been widowed by tragic circumstances. Both became involved in Grief Share – a program at North Pointe that supports people through their losses. Elaine was the program facilitator – a wounded healer. Dan attended as a participant. They experienced their miracle a few months later when attraction blossomed to love and they married.

The Klemkes were the perfect balm for Danielle’s grief. They heard her story and wept with her. They prayed over her, asking God to give her the strength to trust Him. And they asked God to bless her and Chad with another child. 

In reflecting on that moment, Dan and Elaine felt nothing miraculous about their prayer. They didn’t connect with Danielle again for almost a year.

Grace

Danielle went home from church feeling much lighter than she had for weeks.

She recalls, “From their lips to God’s ears because it was about a month later that we conceived, around my birthday in February.”

On November 20, 2018 Grace Caelia Dopson Martin was born. January 20th, 2019 was chosen for her dedication. And Danielle let the Klemkes know the good news.

Dan and Elaine Klemke with Grace
Dan and Elaine Klemke with Grace on January 20, 2019.

On the Sunday of Grace’s dedication Dan Klemke shared with the Martins that it was no coincidence she was born on November 20th. Turns out the 20th of November was his late wife’s birthday.

Grace’s story was shared with the congregation at the dedication. Afterwards, a woman thanked Danielle. The woman’s daughter was devastated by unsuccessful invitros. The entire family was heartbroken. Hearing that after 14 years the Martins were blessed with Grace shone a light on their very dark situation.

Miracles

God works through others for our benefit. God blessed others through Elaine’s leadership in Grief Share. He blessed Elaine and Dan with second chances at love. He blessed Danielle through the prayer of the Klemkes. God blessed the Klemkes with the knowledge that a miracle happened because of their prayer.

For Grace’s dedication, I personalized Psalm 91:15,16 –

“Grace will call on me and I will answer her. I will be with her in trouble.

I will deliver her and honor her.

With long life will I satisfy Grace and show her my salvation.”

Are you facing a painful moment? There is hope. Danielle will tell you to hold on to hope. Pray. Expect a miracle, called Grace.

Application

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11 LIFELONG BENEFITS OF GENEROSITY

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Everything you have in your life is a gift from God. If God was not generous you would have nothing. Your heart would stop beating. Right now.

God is a generous God. He gives you air, sunshine, a mind to think and everything else in your life. All are sheer gifts from God. Even the ability to earn is a gift from God.

And God wants you to learn to be like Him.

Key Words

Do a study of the key words of the Bible. The word “believe” – we all know that’s important – is used 272 times in the Bible.

Pray. That’s an important word.  “Pray” is used in the Bible 371 times.

The word “love” is obviously an important word, is used 714 times.

But the word “give” is used 2,152 times.

11 Golden Benefits Of Generosity

1.  GENEROSITY HONORS GOD

“You will be glorifying God through your generous gifts.” 2 Corinthians 9:11

2.  GENEROSITY DRAWS ME CLOSER TO GOD.

When I invest in God and His work it not only honors God it draws me closer to Him because wherever my money and time go is what attracts me.

“Your heart will be wherever your treasure is.” Matthew 6:21

3.  GENEROSITY IS THE CURE FOR MATERIALISM.

Jesus said, “You cannot serve both God and money.” Matthew 6:24

4.  GENEROSITY DEMONSTRATES MY FAITH.

“Your giving proves the reality of your faith…” 2 Corinthians 9:13

5.  GENEROSITY REVEALS MY CHARACTER.

“If you are untrustworthy with worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven?”  Luke 16:11

6. GENEROSITY BRINGS GOD’S BLESSING.

 “God loves the one who gives gladly.  And God will make it up to you by giving you everything you need and more so that there will not only be enough for your own needs but plenty left over to give joyfully to others.” 2 Corinthians 9:7-8

7. GENEROSITY INCREASES MY HAPPINESS.

“Jesus said, ‘There is more happiness in giving than in receiving.’”  Hebrews 9:

8. GENEROSITY EXPANDS MY INFLUENCE.

 “The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy will get smaller and smaller.”  Proverb 11:24

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9. GENEROSITY MULTIPLIES MY MONEY.

“A generous man will prosper; He who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.” Proverbs 11:25

10.  GENEROSITY BRINGS GOD’S PROTECTION.

 “All goes well for the generous man who conducts his business fairly. Such a man will not be overthrown by evil circumstances. Psalm 112:5-6  

11.  GENEROSITY WILL BE REWARDED IN ETERNITY.

“Use your money to do good…always being ready to share with others whatever God has given you. By doing this you will be storing up real treasure…in heaven – it is the only safe investment for eternity! And they will be living a fruitful Christian life down here as well.” 1 Timothy 6:18-19 (TLB)

APPLICATION

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BIBLE READING PEACE PLAN JANUARY 2019

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This is the Bible reading plan for January 2019. Peace from putting God first.

The daily passages address a perspective on putting God first in your life and trusting his provision for your life.

The passages encourage generosity and humility.

1 Chronicles 29:11,12 – “…everything in heaven and on earth is yours…wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things.”

2 Corinthians 9:6 – “…whoever sows generously will also reap generously.”

Proverbs 3:9 – “Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits…”

Proverbs 11:24,25 – “One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds it unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous person will prosper; who ever refreshes others will himself be refreshed.”

Philippians 4:6,7 – “Do not be anxious for anything…The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

TWO TEARS ON THE WINDOW

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Reading Kevin and Julia Garratt’s experiences in Chinese captivity left me feeling nauseous. The story of their arrest, captivity, grueling interrogations, and intense suffering over 775 days is chronicled in such a way as to create a vicarious experience.

This is one book you will need to read in 2019. Whatever your circumstance, the Garratt’s vulnerability, honesty, faith, and humor will resonate with your spirit.


“Tears formed. Not from exhaustion, loneliness or plaguing physical pain. These were good tears. Tears of release. I’d waited 775 days for these wonderful tears!” (p. 266)


Kevin and Julia worked in China for 30 years and raised their family there. They loved the Chinese. Assisting with education, humanitarian work, Christian social enterprises and a popular coffee house was their heart passion.

Then They Disappeared

After dinner at a local Chinese restaurant they were forcibly separated and taken to a secret Chinese compound. They woke up as prisoners, charged with espionage – a crime punishable by execution.

Freedom and privacy were gone.

They would need to survive every day and every night with watching eyes and no escape from the lights.

Surviving Takes Every Breath

Kevin and Julia alternate their storytelling throughout the book. They pace the book with entire pages describing a few hours of their agony and then month-long experiences described in a paragraph.

Their freedom gone, they shared with Chinese guards how they could find freedom through faith in Jesus.

Julia – My inner strength puzzled them. Although fear and threats affected me, friendliness and baffling inner peace made intimidation difficult.  (p. 116)

Our work as Christians is to give an answer to everyone who asks for the hope we have.  Our life manual is the stories of other people who’ve lived with God as a supernatural partner. The Bible is God’s resume.” (p. 117)

Kevin – I stretched out my hands with nothing to offer God but suffering. He didn’t remove it but peace came. I felt him close. The more I offered him the more he filled my nightmare with himself. He entered my fear, despair and loneliness. In his presence, the size of my suffering was incomparable to the size of his love. (p. 120)

Two Tears On The Window

Julia – Something moved on the wall beside me. The sun had cast a shadow of two raindrops trickling down one after the other. I turned to find their origin. Outside my plastic-covered window two drops of water followed a slow and steady pathway down the glass pane.

Why only two? How can this be, it’s a sunny day?  Then I heard a whisper. Julia. I’m sorry. My eyes followed until the drops reached the ledge out of my sight. My miracle wasn’t release. It was seeing God’s sorrow.

Two tears on the window. I took my pencil and scribbled the image in the back of my Bible. Day 182. I saw God cry. (p. 145)

Will Anyone Save Me?

Kevin – At times the Bible seemed to say everything. Now. Wait. Persevere. Trust. Sometimes my longing for the miraculous deliverance created deep disappointment and I wondered if prison was my final earthly destination.

I cried to God many times a day, often many times a minute. Every time peace came. Words, phrases or timely passages connected me to aspects of God’s character and his larger story, helping me trust and manage the debilitating pain. Sometimes pain gripped so tight my whole body radiated pain in an all-encompassing ache as if my body would one day have enough and collapse. One evening, deep despair set in. Overcome with constant waves of pain and unable to sleep, I hummed an old hymn and stopped after the first phrase. Take my life and let it be… I wanted heaven to rescue me.

Hard To See Goodness

For days my eyes couldn’t focus. The varicose veins on my legs protruded and I avoided looking at them, afraid they would burst and I’d watch myself bleed to death. My hands lacked strength and after pacing, hung limp and numb at my side. If I held a book, they tingled until they lost all feeling. Will anyone save me? Does Canada care? My head throbbed and pain pierced my chest. My irregular heart rate spiked high and low. The prison doctor kept trying new medicines but nothing helped. The pain intensified until I couldn’t walk or stand. It was hard to see goodness in the waiting. (p. 118)

Where Are You God?

Kevin – I couldn’t call anyone in prison a friend at first.  In this community of criminals, I felt dirty, embarrassed and ashamed. It terrified me that everyone looked so normal. After staring at the ceiling for an hour, I put my face in the pillow and cried hoping no one would see me. (p. 167)

At times I did not feel God for days. Has He abandoned me? I know he answers prayers. Why not mine? I begged and pleaded. Not prison. But he was silent.  I knew he was there but wanted more. I wanted the wind and the earthquake and the fire. I wanted the kind of God who would write things on the wall and miraculously open prison doors to set his captive free. I read the Bible stopping at every miraculous deed. I underlined all the amazing things in Psalms. I didn’t want to read or see things like “why have you forsaken me?”  because I felt it. Has God left me? Where are his whispers? (p. 185)

The doctors, nurses, guards and warden watched my deterioration but prison rules were hard to bend without bribes or power. My 400-day wait lacked focus. Disappointments stacked up and each minute was a battle. (p. 219)

APPLICATION

Hear Kevin and Julia Garratt at North Pointe on Sunday January 27, 2019 9:30am / 11:00am / 12:30pm. Purchase a copy of their book in the Next Steps bookstore.


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THE BEST LAID PLANS: WICKED STRONG

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It is the summer of 1996. I am 42 years old, have a great job as a speech/language pathologist, and a wonderful family.

My summer plans are chalk full…starting a Masters degree, directing two camps for Teen Time (a ranch program for teens), and a family vacation.


Laurie Harrison is a wife, mom, grandmother and cancer fighter. She is part of the inspiration behind North Pointe Strong – Supporting the Fighters. This is her story.


Not In My Plans

But…

Why is there always a “but?”

After a routine mammogram, my doctor diagnosed breast cancer. That was not on my list of summer activities. Oh well, I would have the mastectomy, rest for a few days, do my university courses, and still go on holidays.

But…

After the surgery, the cancer had spread to the lymph nodes. That meant chemo.

Again, chemo was not in my plans.

Facing Cancer With Friends

I called a friend in Winnipeg who had gone through the same thing several years before. Guess what? She was coming to Edmonton the following week. Coincidence? No way!

She was able to help me be strong and face what was coming as she had been there.

The chemo was scheduled and my colleagues at work, as well as our friends made sure that our family was well fed, and even better, remembered in their prayers. You see, God doesn’t promise that life will be easy…He does promise that He will be with us through everything.  

Many times I listened to the old hymns, with tears streaming down my face. My favorite one was, “I Know The Master of the Wind.”

Yes, I do.

Lemons Into Lemonade

22 years later, I am still here and grateful for everything that I have been through. Several of my colleagues and friends have had similar diagnoses and I have been able to listen, and lend a shoulder to cry on. And pray.

God does turn lemons into lemonade.

A practical suggestion I would like to leave with anyone getting a cancer diagnosis – when your friends or family offer any help at all, just say, “Thank you” and let them love you. 

It is hard for friends or relatives to cope and helping you is something they can do.

APPLICATION

Facing cancer? Know someone who is? You are invited to attend “North Pointe Strong” hosted by Pastor Jocelyn Jones at North Pointe on Saturday January 26th at 10:00am – 11:30am. Sharing / Support / Prayer / Inspiration


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38 INSIGHTS ABOUT WEALTH

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Wealth

38 Biblical Insights About Wealth

1. God is the owner of everything you have. Psalm 50:10,11

2. You are a trustee, manager, steward of 100% of what God entrusts to you during your lifetime. Matthew 25:14-31

3. God provides for you and prospers you so that you can share with others. 2 Corinthians 9:8

4. God sees the size of your gifts. Mark 12:41-44

5. Every good thing you have came from God. James 1:7

6. Refuse to become selfish about what God has entrusted to you. Mark 8:36

7. Give in proportion to how much God has blessed you materially. Mark 12:44; Acts 11:29

8. God has works for you to do during your lifetime on earth. 1 Peter 2:12

9. Actively set up a practical way to insure that you give 10% or more of your resources to God’s work. 1 Corinthians 16:2

10. Realize that wealth can deceive you. Mark 8:36

11. Your giving will be a great help and an encouragement to many others. Acts 4:34-37

12. Your giving will allow you to experience a fuller, richer more enjoyable life. 1 Timothy 6:18,19

13. Your life does not consist in the abundance of your possessions. Luke 12:15

14. You should not live for this life but for eternity. Luke 16:9

15. God will reward you for your faithful generosity. 1 Corinthians 15:58

16. While you cannot serve God and money – you can learn to serve God with money. Luke 16:11-15

17. Understand the destructive force that desires for more money can have on your life and faith. 1 Timothy 6:9-11

18. God will bring specific needy people in to your life that you can truly help. James 2:15,16

19. Realize the dangers of pursuing a life of pleasure. 2 Timothy 3:1-5

20. Doing good and helping the poor will give you a good reputation among others. Acts 9:36

21. Your job is to search out God’s plan for the resources He has entrusted to you. 2 Timothy 3:16,17

22. Your generous financial and material support will help Christian leaders advance the kingdom. Titus 3:13

23. Large gifts can sometimes be used to encourage others to also give generously.   1 Chronicles 29:1-9

24. When you give you will jeopardize your reward in heaven if you do it for the wrong motives. Matthew 6:1-4

25. It is dangerous to overstate the value of your giving in order to impress others. Acts 5:1-4

26. Your giving can spur people on to love and good deeds. Hebrews 10:24,25

27. God has a high regard for the Christian in humble financial circumstances. James 1:9-11

28. Even your small kindnesses will be remembered by God. Matthew 10:42

29. Generous giving brings great joy to God’s people and Christian leaders. 1 Chronicles 29:1-9

30. The more you have, the more you will become tempted to become harsher with others. James 2:6

31. In God’s work, the giver and the front-line worker are equal partners and will be rewarded accordingly. Matthew 10:41,42

32. If you want your children to be generous givers, you need to actively train and engage them in the process of giving. Ephesians 6:4

33. God calls some people to actively distribute their riches so they will be free from many encumbrances of riches to follow Jesus more fully. Mark 10:21-15

34. We are to be content with God’s daily provisions. 1 Timothy 6:6-8

35. It is important to honestly talk with those you may choose to significantly help.  Mark 10:51,52

36. Any wealth gained from dishonest means is destructive and will ultimately be 100% redirected by God. Proverbs 28:8

37. There are a variety of ways you can support God’s work. James 1:27

38. Your giving in this life will have an impact on your experiences in eternity. Matthew 6:19-21

APPLICATION: Money is a master. The best way to master money is to be mastered by God. Giving God the first 10% of your income is about trust.


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SUPPORTING THE FIGHTERS

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Cancer fighters. They come in all ages and stages of life. Bound by common strengths – courage, faith and hope – they fight for tomorrow, today.

What follows are just four of the stories from women at North Pointe. Read and share and invite fighters you know to be a part of #NorthPointeStrong.

Fighter #1 – Dorothy Visser’s Story

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?”

Read more here.

Fighter #2 – Cindy Kremp’s Story

My friend Cindy was in a comfortable cabin at a beautiful lake enjoying a family holiday. Her doctor’s phone number appeared on her cell phone screen.

“Why would my doctor be calling me?”

A deafening silence followed his word “cancer.” Unable to speak she listened to him say, over and over “I am so sorry. I am so sorry.”

“I didn’t think anyone could cry as much as I was during it all, buckets and buckets.

Horror and sorrow.

Your world comes to a complete stop.

You have no idea what is before you and the unknown is scary.

Read more here.

Fighter – #3 – Mitch Dick’s Story

I refuse to give cancer any power. That’s why I spell cancer – small “c.” cancer is something that happens to someone else and you feel sad for them and thankful it’s not you, until it happens to you.

Read more here.

Fighter #4 – Katelyn Murray’s Story

Katelyn Murray was on a twenty-four month journey through leukemia. Her journey started when she was twelve.

On Sunday February 4, 2018 (World Cancer Day) she told her story and rang her “end-of-treatment-bell” at North Pointe. She is one tough teen. This is a portion of the speech she gave at her celebration party.

Read more here.

APPLICATION

Pastor Jocelyn Jones has her own story of fighting cancer. She invites you to meet with other fighters and be supported in fighting cancer. Saturday January 26, 2019 at 10:00am – 11:30am at North Pointe.


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ITS MY LIFE OR IS IT?

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Our local “greatest hits” FM station was playing on my car radio. I was traveling south and encountered a funeral procession heading north. Reality interfaced with entertainment.

Ironically, the song playing on the radio was Bon Jovi’s “It’s My Life.” 

Its My Life

As the lengthy procession passed by I wondered if the deceased had ever said, or sung, ”It’s my life! I just want to live while I’m alive.”  How long had they lived? Was their death sudden? Were they happy with their life? Did they accomplish their goals? Were they a person of religious faith? Did they think their life mattered?

Jon Bon Jovi, reflecting on the broad appeal of his song said, “When I was writing ‘It’s My Life’, I thought I was writing very self-indulgently about my own life and where I was in it. I didn’t realize that the phrase ‘It’s My Life’ would be taken as being about everyone – teenagers, older guys, mechanics, whoever. “It’s my life, and I’m taking control. Everyone kind of feels that way from time to time.” The song struck a chord and soared to #1 worldwide in 2000.

Talk about tapping into the collective conscious.

Living Is The Trick

Red Smith, the late NY Times sports columnist wrote, “Dying is no big deal. The least of us will manage that. Living is the trick.”

So how are you doing with that?

January is such a timely month to think about living. Are you happy with your life? Do you know that you matter? What are your hopes and dreams for 2019?

What better time than today to make a change.

3 Choices For Change

1. You can’t choose where you came from but you can choose where you go from here. Envision new beginnings or start overs. Shed the disappointments of yesterday and schedule purposeful appointments for your success in the coming year.

2. Set aside time to meet with God. Daily. Don’t lean solely on your own understanding. Determine in all your ways to acknowledge God. Trust God to direct your steps.

3. To borrow from Jon Bon, “Each one of you has something no one else has, or has ever had: your fingerprints, your brain, your heart. Be an individual. Be unique. Stand out. Make noise. Make someone notice. That’s the power of individuals.”

Writing is a craft that I will amplify this year. I will make 2019 a year to stand out, make noise and leave my fingerprints on life changes for readers wherever God and the digital world take my words.

No reserves, retreats or regrets.

Take a lesson from Jon Bon. It’s your life. Make it a hit.

Application

I would really appreciate knowing in which city or town you are reading this post. Please let me know below. And if you were to share this post on your social media platforms I would be honored. Thank you and have an awesome year!


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THE POINTES OF VIEW TOP 5 POSTS OF 2018

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POST #1. WICKED STRONG: JOCELYN’S CANCER JOURNEY

“I have cancer.”

Jocelyn’s voice sounded a million miles away.

Unreal.

Words I never expected to hear from my wife.

Read more here.

POST #2. MY ENCOUNTER WITH GOD: AKIANE KRAMARIK

Akiane Kramarik’s atheist parents were surprised when their three-year-old began to describe dreams and visions from God. This inexplicable direction in their daughter’s life, combined with a remarkable talent in art and poetry, inspired her family to re-examine their own lives.

Read more here.

POST #3. SILVER LININGS: VANESSA GLEW’S STORY

On April 8th, 2013, I heard the words you never want to hear, “You have cancer.”

My life was never the same from that day on. Fortunately for me the mass in my sigmoid colon was operable. They found what was causing my grief and it was going to be removed.  This was my FIRST Silver Linings moment.

Read more here.

POST #4. I WANT TO GO TO HIS CHURCH

Being a hockey chaplain is low profile work. The good they do is largely unnoticed – until thrust into the unimaginable. On April 6th Sean Brandow’s team was devastated in a horrific bus crash that claimed the lives of fifteen people.

Sean and his children were driving the same route as the hockey team to a Friday night playoff game against the Nipawin Hawks and came across the wreckage of the crash. He walked up on a scene he never wants to see again to sounds he never wants to hear again and later coming to the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon to sit and hold the hand of a lifeless body.

Read more here.

POST #5. AN EIGHT-YEAR OLD’S BUCKET LIST

How on earth can you make sense of an eight-year old needing a bucket list?

Buckets are for kids to fill with sand and make sandcastles. And collect Saskatoons, raspberries or ladybugs. Or for carrying water to pour over their sister’s head.

Janaya Chekowski-McKenzie, is a bright, spunky, beautiful eight-year old, and an incredible fighter with unlimited potential.

However, the list of her medical complications is almost as long as her bucket list.

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APPLICATION: Which one of these five is your favorite? Please leave a comment below. And pass this post on to friends so they can enjoy reading more at Pointes Of View in 2019. Thank you.


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HOW TO HAVE YOUR BEST YEAR EVER

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HOW TO HAVE YOUR BEST YEARI was about to embark on my best year ever.  I just didn’t know it at the time. All I knew is that I had an idea that would move me out of my comfort zone. For years I’d talked about writing a book. Now was the time to stop talking and get it done.

Out Of The Comfort Zone

In my wildest dreams I didn’t foresee that within two years the book would be published, sell over 4,000 copies and win a Canadian national award. Your dreams and mine may not be the same but achieving them will follow a shared path. I couldn’t shake the thought that the year would be great if I not only achieved my goal of writing a book, but did it with others who were mutually supportive. What’s your dream? Let me be the nudge to start you on your best year ever.

The Steps

The first step was to write down my goal. Then, to hold myself accountable and invite others into the process, I shared my goal with a few people who expressed an interest in writing. “One of my goals is to organize a group of aspiring writers in North Pointe Community Church. To be mutually supportive in seeing each of us write and publish our 1st print book or eBook by the end of the year. To record and share our journey to help other aspiring writers in their journey.”

The Start

Nine days later five of us met at a Starbucks.

There was an energizing excitement about the possibilities and potential of such a group.

We were all fledgling writers – equal parts aspiration and angst. A group could provide support, encouragement and a level of accountability for our writing dreams.

Commitments

We committed to the following: 1. Read and apply the principles of Michael Hyatt’s book Platform. 2. Start a blog or Facebook page to publish our writing. 3. Hold a writers group meeting once a month for the rest of the year. 4. Record and share our process weekly. 5. Publish an eBook or print book by the end of the year.

Outcomes

So how did we do? ALL of us accomplished the first four goals. NONE of us achieved the last one. But some of us accomplished it in 2015. What did transpire was the production of a lot of writing. SOME of us were published for the first time in national magazines. EACH of us wrote more than we have ever written before.

Meaningful Progress Is Success

One thing we gained was seeing quantifiable, meaningful progress. Reflecting back on my personal growth is like watching infants learning to walk. Clinging to fixed objects for support. Wobbly first steps. Lots of falls. Then the joy of staying on your feet, unassisted for more than a few steps.

Bob and Cory 1983

2018 Goals Accomplished

In 2018 I wrote and self-published the memoir, Phyllis: Love Never Lets Go. I posted twice a week and wrote everyday. I was published six times in Equip and The Testimony (2 out of 3 ain’t bad.) Pointes of View reached the 400,000 mark of views.

My Personal Writing Goals For 2019

For 2019 I’ve committed to the following: 1. To write everyday and post twice a week. 2. To be published in Faith Today magazine. 3. To finish my memoir – The Velveteen Pastor Follow the pattern of written, smart goals, accountability, group support and make 2019 your best year ever!

The Writers Group

My associates inspire me with their aspirations. Are you a writer? Why not join us. Monday January 21st at 4:30pm is the next meeting at North Pointe. Follow the group and see where their goals take them and YOU in 2019. Ruth Johnstone Author of “When Troubles Fall Like Lemondrops” / Entrepreneur / Facebook page Alisha Jans-Lemoine Writer / Blogger for Single Parents / Facebook page Charity Mongrain Writer / Facebook page Michael Voll Pastor / Writer / Blogger @michaelvoll / michaelvoll.com Timothy D. Fowler Writer / Photographer / Outdoorsman / World Traveler  @Timothydfowler / scribblesandsnaps.ca Susan Glover Life Coach / Blogger / John Maxwell Team APPLICATION: What goals have you set for 2019? Please leave a comment below.
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