Entries by Shauna Blaak

Day 7 – No More Excuses! No One Can MAKE you mad!

Doesn’t it just make you MAD when grown adults behave badly and make excuses for it, whether that be in the school parking lot, on social media, or driving in traffic circles?

‘Seriously!? Stay in your blinkin’ lane, lady!’

You’d think that a traffic circle was a new phenomenon around here. It’s like the whole country becomes confused when the roadway wraps itself around a pretty garden.

‘I don’t know where to go.’

It doesn’t help that city developers designed many of them with one lane in and two lanes out. So, of course, it makes perfect sense for the Average Jo to go ALL the way around in the outside lane and ignore everyone in the inside lane who should have the right-of-way. What was he thinking?

‘But I didn’t know…’

‘But I changed my mind…’

‘But I don’t care…’

On our way to and from school, there are a whopping six traffic circles, and it is a rare day when I don’t get cut off by at least one person who is oblivious to their surroundings. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve narrowly missed being creamed by some guy in a taxi.

So, what does one do when you can’t control other people’s driving habits?

Day 6 – What Do You Need? 13 Scriptures to Bring Comfort

What do you need today? What is your heart’s desire?

For some of us, the answer may be relatively simple… I need better results at school. I need a different job.

For others, the answer may be more difficult… I need more money. I need the pain in my body to stop. I need more time in the day.

And still, for others, the answer is entirely out of their control… I need a miracle. I need my spouse back.

This week, two of my precious friends lost their spouses, both after a devastating battle with cancer. Our hearts are broken for both of them and their families. Life is not fair.

“Father, if only we could turn back time. I want the impossible.”

And yet, in the middle of the heartache, do you know what I hear? Music. Songs from my youth. Melodies start, and lyrics follow, whisking me back to precious moments with God from yesteryear…

One thing is needful, oh my Father

One thing is needful, oh my God

That I sit at Your feet and pour out my love

This thing is needful, oh my Lord

Day 5: Are Ya Winning? (When You Feel Like a Loser)

Do you ever have days when you feel completely overcome by the world around you? I do. Maybe not as much as I used to, but every now and again it still happens.

I remember a season when our pastor had a catch-phrase that he would ask everyone when he met them. He’d say, “Are ya winning?”

I hated that phrase. I mean, I didn’t hate the actual words, and I certainly didn’t hate him, but I dreaded having to answer those three words…

“Are ya winning?”

Am I winning? Oh heck, I don’t think so. But if I’m not winning, that must mean that I’m losing. It must mean that I’m a lose-er.

“Are ya winning?”

I remember avoiding Pastor Louis ‘like the plague’ during that season. If I saw him on one side of the church, I’d go to the other. If I saw him standing in the front parking lot, I’d drive around to the back lot. I couldn’t bear the thought of having to answer that one stupid question.

“Are ya winning?”