Author: janebuttery

A Time of Hope

A Time of Hope ON JANUARY 8, 2017 BY JANEBUTTERY It is early in a new year, I am hopeful and recently sent off many wishes starting ‘I hope’. During Advent, the beginning of the Church year, on the first Sunday, we lit the candle for hope. We remembered that Jesus is our hope and, Read More …

10 Reasons I am Thankful in 2016

Recently a past pupil of mine said that he and friends were challenged to discover  ten things they were thankful for in 2016.It made me think of how fortunate we are to have the freedom to live where we chose, to go where we can and to worship God in our own way.  Below are Read More …

Reviving with change on holiday

Most of my joy has come from seeing people I love and spending time with them in places, they know well and share with me. I have seen some wonderful places of interest in England and Wales; in particular, Witley Manor in Worcestershire that burned down in the 1920’s but it’s basic shell and lovely baroque church remain. My friend and I had a picnic there and visited the gardens as well as seeing a bride arrive for her wedding!

Do You have Small Children to Read to?

Recently, my personal interest in writing has led me to two wonderful sites for writers. I first joined Julie Hedlund’s 12×12 Challenge. This was set up to challenge us to write one book each month for a year. It has been a wonderful inspiration the last three months as I sought to meet the challenge. Read More …

Matty’s Angel Picture

Recently, I have been to quite a few funerals and saw the dazed sad faces of the close family as they mourned. Then I saw a competition to write a Valentine story where someone is changed. That’s when this story about a little girl and her neighbour came to me. It had to be no Read More …

WINTER VISIT to Point Pelee

It is Point Pelee National Park which offers pleasure to so many families all year round. It made me realize how fortunate we are to live close to the Great Lakes and near natural beauty like Pelee’s sandy tip where migrating birds come in May and in the autumn. My featured picture shows our neighbour’s children looking over the vast marsh lands and pond from the lookout tower. We met there quite by chance.

The Joy of Being Invited

As far back as I can remember,the best part of Christmas and New Year has been  parties. So much is anticipated before them, once we receive an invitation either by phone, by email or even in the ordinary posted letter. We feel excited and warmed inside. There is much joy in just being invited and Read More …

Being Compassionate to All in Need

Recently our new government promised to bring  25,000 refugees to  Canada before 2016. Since the terrible killigs in France and the fear of individual militants, some people have reservations. As Christians I do not think we should fear; we are people with hope in our hearts and we must show that by our actions. Our Read More …

Listening and Understanding

   Recently I have needed some help hearing and this has made me more conscious of listening carefully. I find that a hearing aid helps especially when I am involved in working with a small group at church or in a nursing home. Then different levels of voices come clearer to me.  It made me Read More …