The Gift

"The Gift" in red script, golden present wrapped with Christmas tree behind it

By Bonnie Baxter The Season! December. It’s here. I’ve always loved Christmas! I love the lights, the music, and the extra kindness most people seemed to show for a month or so. But as I got older, Christmas somehow got harder. It was overwhelming enough to keep up on regular house tasks and then add in decorating for Christmas, working, parties, concerts, not to mention shopping for the perfect gift for loved ones and having picture-perfect photo cards to send out. Also, my kids need a mom and my husband deserves a wife. My expectations for myself exceeded my abilities…

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Beautiful Ugly

Beautiful Ugly - Sister Triangle Article

By Jen Wallace When John proposed to me, I cried. It was an ugly cry. In this beautiful moment the woman he was proposing to was sobbing—“So, is that a yes?” he asked.  My response to his first question, “Will you marry me?” and the subsequent one was a resounding, “Yes! Yes!”  I am still not entirely sure what all my tears meant.  Years and memory tend to colour the retelling of events. But I think a part of me knew that he would now have a chance to really know me. He would see it all: the good, the…

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Timing

Timing - Sister Triangle Article

By Deanna Cook  We all want good things to happen in our lives, but too often we want it now… not later.  David was anointed king when he was a teenager and then he had to wait fourteen years.  Abraham had to wait 25 years for the birth of his son Isaac.  Noah had to wait 120 years from the time God told him to build the ark until the time of the flood actually occurred.  They all had to wait on God’s timing and the time prepared them for the next phase in their lives.    When God directs our paths, He sometimes leads…

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I Am Waiting

2 Corinthians 4:7-12 Sister Triangle Article

By Marilyn Muller I am waiting for a plane which will take me west after a ten days’ stay with my daughter Rachael, her partner Christian and Alexi, our 7-1/2-year-old grandson. The folks here are at least bilingual, two are at least trilingual, with some hints of at least two more languages being understood and spoken. Last year when I visited, Christian’s guideline was “English only used when Grandma’s present.” During this visit, the guidelines have been softened and I find myself listening to conversations in French, Russian, and a dash of English. Alexi, my grandson, has done his best to patiently explain any of the…

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Legacy

Legacy - Sister Triangle Magazine

A stuffy senior’s residence may seem like a strange place to find some direction for my life, but as many Bible characters could attest, God can use all kinds of people, places, and events to get our attention. I volunteer at our local nursing home. I quite enjoy visiting with my elderly friends and hearing their stories. Several of them are just longing to have someone show interest in what they have to say. Some residents are eager to share some of their memories – stories of their family members, their accomplishments or their former work. Other residents feel they…

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When I Grow Up

Faithful until the end - Sister Triangle Article

By Arlene Manson Last fall, I finally got a permanent job after six years of term positions.  The goal I was working for – a permanent job – had been achieved. And this past spring, I turned 50. At this point, my life has kind of settled.   So, what or where do I want to go next?  This period of life has put me in a reflective mood.  Lately, I have been reading books on spiritual disciplines and the like.  I am trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up.  I know that I want…

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In Every Breath

In Every Breath Purple Candle - Sister Triangle Article

By Esther Dupperon After 45 minutes of twisting, stretching, and bending we were told to lay on our yoga mats and relax. How wonderful. The instructor put on some music, led us through a breathing practice, and then through a guided meditation. I fell asleep.  Since that time, I have participated in many meditations, some simple breathing and some lasting hours.  Sometimes I fall asleep, sometimes I am unable to focus my mind or relax my body.  Other times, I have had a sense of peace, relaxation, and a closeness to God. Meditation can be prayerful, relaxing or mindful. It always…

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Prayer Journaling

Prayer Journaling - Sister Triangle Article

  By Ruth Pradzynski  I remember several years ago at a Christian women’s meeting, the speaker challenged us:  “If there was one thing that you could do that would make a difference in your spiritual life this year, what would it be?  I challenge you to do that one thing.”    I knew right away what my one thing would be:  to have a daily quiet time with God.  I had never done this consistently, and I thereupon set a goal, to have a quiet time with God, daily.  And it truly transformed my life.    I had always “not been good at”…

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Leaning into the Lord

I find myself at a time in my life - Sister Triangle Article

  By Trinda Jocelyn  I find myself at a time in my life when things are really good.  I mean it.  I have a husband who loves me, and not the bare minimum kind of love. We live in a beautiful home, and we are surrounded by loads of fabulous family and friends who are there for us, and we are there for them. I have a good job, and freelancing has picked up, showing promise as a full-time gig working from home; a dream I hold onto as I brave up to leap into the entrepreneurial unknown. My husband has a good, stable…

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Thinking Backwards: Thoughts on Luke 6

Jesus continually calls us to think counter to our culture - Sister Triangle Article

By May Thiessen I volunteer with a children’s program each week.  Lately we’ve been looking at the teachings of Jesus, and specifically, we’ve been working at memorizing the Beatitudes.  I was telling the children that in many ways, Jesus says things that seem to be backward compared to the way we’d normally do or say things.  After all, the Beatitudes start, “Happy are the poor (Blessed are the poor in spirit)… Happy are the sad (Blessed are those that mourn)…  Happy are you when people pick on you because you want to do what is right (Blessed are those who are persecuted…

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