John is the pastor at our home church, Renaissance Baptist Church in Brooklin. He’s married to the lovely Janine and together they have three beautiful daughters, Jordan, Justine and Jessie. The way their family takes on the challenge of leading our church is admirable.
It’s been a while since I gave an update on my state of being. My last entry had me on the fringe of change. I wasn’t sure who I was and embracing this new role was proving very difficult for me. I wouldn’t suggest that me not writing for a while meant all those feelings have gone away, but I’ve been certainly better able to deal with them, thank you God.
I’ve been focusing more on prayer and less on my circumstances. It has helped and I know I’m just scratching the surface. I have a tremendously long way to go to understand and harness the full power of a prayerful life.
Prayer for me was very superficial, calculated and void of any real emotions. I could say the words but my heart wasn’t in it. I always prayed as if someone other than God was listening. It wrecked the experience for me. It was like I was talking to a distant God with an audience instead of a friend right next me with no one else around.
We were Bob and Kathy’s neighbours for about two weeks, the last two before we left Brooklin.
Isla, Jenson and Lincoln made new friends in their grandchildren, Riley, Emma, McKenzie and PJ. They hunted grasshoppers together, rode bikes together and climbed the walnut tree together.
Isla and Jenson learned how to ride their bikes without training wheels on the hill behind their pool room. Lincoln learned how to balance himself and peddle with some confidence too.
Last time we did a general update was when we crossed over to Newfoundland, deciding to forgo the northern route through Labrador to save time. The weather was getting colder and we could not chance being stuck in minus temperatures.
We spent 2 weeks in Newfoundland, crossing it to the north, then east, then back to the west,
It was cold but beautiful. This was our third time back to “The Rock” and I just couldnt get enough. Last time I, Luke, did it on my own by motorcycle in a bit of a rush. This time I could explore it in more detail with the family.
Nick and Melissa are our friends from church. Once we moved out of our house and into the trailer, we became their neighbours: we lived in Nick and Melissa’s driveway for most of this past summer.
Isla, Jenson and Lincoln spent most of their summer playing with Eva, Mary, Jillian and Derrek… Digging holes in the sand, jumping on the trampoline, throwing apples to the donkeys (Darlene and Dylan) and the cow (Toonie), swinging on the play set and chasing chickens.