by CTK Anacortes on November 18th, 2020
2020 – We all have experienced a lot this year. Our first ever pandemic (for most anyway), working from home, isolation, homeschooling (when not planned), job insecurity, food insecurity, the death of a loved one, major moves, a contentious election, holiday gathering restrictions…Some have experienced the other end of the spectrum as well
by CTK Anacortes on November 11th, 2020
During the years we lived in England, we celebrated Remembrance Day. On the Sunday nearest to November 11 (Armistice Day, commemorating the end of World War I) we pinned red paper poppies on our coats and went to the village war memorial for a solemn ceremony of remembrance with prayers, hymns, and wreath laying. There was a shocking number of names on the war memorial for a community the size of...
God doesn't change
by CTK Anacortes on November 4th, 2020
I am working my way through a great book by Jen Wilkin called None Like Him: 10 Ways God is Different Than Us (And Why That’s a Good Thing). One of the ways God is different than us is that he is immutable. He doesn’t change. To illustrate her point, the author describes a mountain peak in New Mexico and how every morning she looks at that mountain peak. While seasons may alter the mountain face...
Keep Your Eye on the Ball!
by CTK Anacortes on October 28th, 2020
Ok I admit it; I love sports! I know this is somewhat odd for a woman of my age to openly admit, but I do. Since I was a young girl I have enjoyed just about every sport there is (except Curling, it looks way too much like housework for me. Sorry to my Canadian friends). As a tennis coach at Anacortes High School I am always saying the same thing over and over again to my players; KEEP YOUR EYE ON THE BALL!
Forced to Slow Down
by CTK Anacortes on October 21st, 2020
If this season of COVID-19 has done nothing more for us than to teach us to slow down, it has been good. Our lives of busyness were forced to slow down. The first month was tough. Something we have never experienced. The following seven months have slowed us all down to where I feel God wants us. I believe that this time has given us more avenues to “seek His face”. Prayer time has become more alive.
Be Entirely His
by CTK Anacortes on October 14th, 2020
"There are three images in my mind which I must continually forsake and replace by better ones: the false image of God, the false image of my neighbours, and the false image of myself.”-C. S. Lewis I’ve been thinking about this for the last few days, this idea of constantly surrendering up what we think we know about God, others, and ourselves, and be open to more, because there is always more.
Peace and Growth
by CTK Anacortes on October 7th, 2020
In this time of turmoil it would be strange to say that God has brought me peace, but the truth is never easy. Peace, whether it be in the innocent hours of the morning, before the sun has even had the chance to peek over the horizon, or in a clearing of trees where the light casts gently through the leaves. Peace, wherever it finds you. In the comfort of your own home, or out in the wonderful wor...
ESSENTIAL WORKERS NEEDED!
by CTK Anacortes on September 30th, 2020
This last season has been hard with new normals, new rules and regulations. We walk out the door taking a mask, gloves, sanitizer, and often, anxiety. We are isolated from friends, family, church, and our elders in retirement communities who are physically and mentally dying without us. We work up the courage to venture out, but it seems so hard and heavy, like our shoes are stuck in the mud.In th...
Meekness Not Weakness
by CTK Anacortes on September 23rd, 2020
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.This exhortation is so relevant to us in these tense days. In general the words humility and gentleness are lost in our modern society. This type of virtue isn’t exactly celebrated. In fact, when these characteristics are exemplified in the way Paul is encouraging, they’re hidden. We’re not going to find them easily in o...
Trusting Completely in God
by CTK Anacortes on September 16th, 2020
In July 2019 my wife Heather and I moved to Anacortes from Sammamish, WA with our 3 children, Sophia (16), Owen (12) and Della (10). Our move not only included a change in address, but ultimately a change in career which has taken us on a new adventure while teaching us how to trust in God completely, clinging to His provision and promises. Our journey to Anacortes began several years prior and ...
Dwelling in Him
by CTK Anacortes on September 9th, 2020
Well, I have worn out the soles of my favorite walking shoes! I am putting in lots of miles and it is perfect for “prayer, praise, pondering, and podcasting”. (And most often, the podcasts make me pray more fervently). There is just so much to pray for: health crises, stress of finances, stress of navigating COVID, disappointments, shattered dreams, loneliness, school decisions, and much more.I wa...
Known By Him
by CTK Anacortes on September 3rd, 2020
Over the past year and a half I have received two blessings from the Lord, that have helped sustain me during my tiring days of Motherhood and now during Covid. One was an image, and the other a book. While exiting the Salvation Army building, I saw a bulletin board decorated with brown and black construction paper. I studied this image for awhile, which someone had clearly worked hard to creat...