Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Support Group or Workshops, Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge

Art by Rosalie Garde

Hey women in the Kitchener-Waterloo I brainstormed ideas with a friend. The goal is to use my gifts, abilities, time, and resources to minister to other women in need through support groups or workshops. 

One of the ideas is to hold support groups or to do workshops in my home or other facility in the Cambridge -Kitchener-Waterloo area. I could be called into your facility once a week for an hour for a few weeks to lead a group. Or, I may end up holding groups around my at-home table, on the sofa or in the backyard. 

The target audiences I'm brainstorming include those who long to feel more connected, to have more activity or inspiration, who may need support while working through something, and so on. This may include: 

  • At-home moms who would like an outing and support, socialization, or to do something to relieve boredom (Whether it includes the children or not remains to be seen.)
  • Midlife women in search of direction.
  • Midlife women in search of community.
  • Certificate programs.
  • Unemployed women or those on disability looking for community or activity.
  • Christian women in search of prayer and support.
  • Socialization groups. 
  • Learning groups. 
  • Creativity groups.
  • Writing groups.
  • Topics from life purpose to living mentally healthy. From prayer to paving stones and gardening.

Please offer feedback. If you're interested in something like this, email me at or leave a comment.  Thanks.  

Let me add, I suspect I'll be offering these at cost - a minimal charge for any supplies only. 

This is only in planning stages at present!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Always Check What's in the Suitcase Before Picking it Up

The enemy comes in disguise. One day, as I was walking my dog, a young woman wanted to meet her. The woman’s disposition was joyous as she loved dogs, but in the conversation she a) argued about the breed she thought my dog was b) insinuated we had taken home from the shelter a dog that was merely “lost” c) suggested the dog had not been abandoned on the highway by the previous owners, but probably jumped out of a farm truck (thus the road burn I mentioned) d) implied we were guilty of taking a dog that already had a good home, because if she hadn’t been in a good home first, she wouldn’t be such a nice dog. The woman had fabricated a version of my dog’s life story.

I walked away from the conversation thinking, “What was that all about? That woman was very misguided.” The woman knew nothing about the real details of our dog’s adoption. Her motive seemed to be to anger me, cast doubt and induce false guilt.

Later, I realized those were suitcases the enemy wanted me to pick up. I told the enemy to get lost, I would not hear of such fallacies. I would not be taking his suitcases home with me. 

I did not take my dog from some kind nice family. Wherever my dog came from she’d been at the shelter long enough for an owner to call and if her owners were so proper they would have had the 1.5 yr old mutt fixed, chipped and tattooed. They had not.

My dog was the result of prayer. My son and I prayed before going on the hunt to find the right dog for our family.

The enemy is sly, so watch out. If you feel troubled, conflicted or in pain with false guilt, get rid of it. Put the suitcases down. They do not belong to a child of God.