QRI Musings

Reflections on how amazing grace is transforming our journey. Read on and be inspired!


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A Time and Season of Change

“He changes times and seasons…” (Daniel 2:21a)

There are moments when words simply cannot do justice in describing an experience. This is our attempt to record an overview of an entire season’s worth of such moments.

As you read the following post, we pray that the Lord will speak to your heart about pursuing Him in a deeper level in your faith journey. May this spark a deep hunger in your heart to know the heart of God and experience Him in a fresh way in your life.

Sun blazing through the fog (QRI - iPhone capture)

Sun blazing through the fog on a snow-covered field (QRI – iPhone capture)

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QRI Scenic Route: Morris Island, Ontario

We recently discovered a serene location called Morris Island; a beautiful conservation area near our place. One could spend weeks (if not months) taking photos there as a slight change in lighting seems to completely transform the place…even in the same season and time of day.

As the weather was lovely today, we decided to venture out that way again on another little photowalk. We took in so much!

Actually, a little too much…About halfway into our walk…in the middle of the woods…I heard a sound that set me off into a m-a-s-s-i-v-e panic attack!

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Hold On, Warrior!

Hold On, Warrior!King David has been recorded in history for his passion for God and several incredible feats.

And he definitely deserved a medal for his stellar leadership qualities. His troop of mighty warriors is proof.

It was only recently that this brief passage about one of his soldiers captured my attention:

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A Year Ago Today…Jesus Healed Me!!!

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O LORD my God, I called to you for help and you healed me (Psalm 30:2)

I’m so overwhelmed by the mercies of God. What a year this has been and so much to celebrate! Everything I am able to is because of His Amazing Grace! Praise God!

Towards the end of 2010, I was diagnosed with a degenerative nerve condition with no medical cure and I had multiple issues with my back and legs; all from a fall at work. There were many moments during that struggle when I wondered if I could ever live life without being confined to bed on so many medications.

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Tangled no more

Spider webs. There is something about spider webs that has always fascinated me.

Just the thought of having a spider in the house creeps me out. (Quinton can tell you all about my general reaction to bugs!). But that aside, it’s incredible what an incy wincy spider can put together in no time.

An incy wincy spider hard at work outside our house one rainy day(Spring 2011, Ottawa, Canada)

A spider hard at work outside of our house on one rainy day (Spring 2011; Ottawa, Canada)

What starts of as a couple of lines can quickly turn into a very intricate wall-hanging of sorts around the house…especially if you don’t keep up with housekeeping on a regular basis. Pretty cool to look at, but it’s a deadly trap for other insects.

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When only Love can make a way

This birthday is special. And it is one that I plan to celebrate well. It is the first birthday since God instantly healed me of a degenerative condition with no medical cure about 6 months ago on Jan. 23rd, 2011.

Among the multitude of blessings that He has showered me with, I thank God for the prayers that He has answered and for His grace that has brought me so far.

More importantly, I thank God for every single request that I have ever asked of Him that He chose not to answer no matter how much I whined, complained and protested about it.

Sounds strange, doesn’t it? This takes me back to my teen years, which was no easy road.

Orchids emerge from between the rocks in Athens, Greece

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Love conquers all

Latha - The Early Years, India (1996)

In a tiny clay hut in an impoverished village in South India, a couple is faced with a daily struggle to make ends meet and raise their two young daughters. As a maid, the mother makes only a fraction of what is owed for her hard work. The father works odd jobs and due to an intense battle with alcoholism, the fruit of his labour rarely makes it home. Many days, there was nothing to eat. There was no one they could turn to for help or support.

One day, the youngest daughter developed a dangerously high fever. There was no doctor or medical aid in her village or the surrounding area to help. There was no one to assess or treat the little girl’s condition in time. She quickly succumbed to the illness.

Overcome with grief over the loss of her only sibling to a curable illness, the now only daughter was determined to become a nurse to help her village with medical needs. Beyond the financial need for her family’s basic necessities and her education, there was a deep yearning in this young girl’s heart for someone to talk with; someone she could call friend.

This is Latha’s story. Latha is Quinton’s sister through sponsorship.

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