what the heck?

Do I need a degree to blog? Seriously, I need a map to navigate my

way around this thing…I have published where I shouldn’t have and

changed things where I didn’t mean too!  Ha! What a joke!

What a strange culture we live in….computers…..this little piece of

hardware operating like it has brains or something…really, today is

proof enough for me that this thing is smarter than I am…which

reminds me of our little dachshund “Karmen”…O man…same thing,

that dog had me figured out and knew EXACTLY what to do to tick

me off….what a wiener….

So what is my point today from the Red Canoe? Simply this….God

is still God…GREATER than all my stupid mistakes and quirks, He

is BIGGER than this little writing machine…He alone can do


O yah baby…today….from where I sit, from this place of “Still” I

call out with the psalmist……(listening to Gungor’s “You Are The

Beauty” as I write this…can hardly keep my bum in my chair)

Read this you all…”For Who in the skies can be compared to the

Lord? Who among the heavenly beings is like the Lord, a God

greatly feared in the council of the holy ones, and awesome above

all who are around Him? O Lord of hosts, who is mighty as you are

O Lord, with your faithfulness all around you?” (psalm 89:6-8)

That says it all…!

Chow for now…..






a journey through the calling to be still…

It sounds easy ….maybe….until I was asked by my Creator God to “be still”….I said, “okay”….ha!! Little did I know all that was about to be stripped away and taken out of my hands…!
This blog is about that strange journey… my written notes from the place of “Still”…..

Every tree in the garden is silent

How is it that Creation has no need of  lessons taught regarding stillness?

As I greeted the morning  I was greeted back with a picture of perfect stillness……the trees……….they were all standing there staring back at me as though to say, “Look at us and while you look upon us, open your ears….”

My eyes took in a full banquet of trees,  some clothed in needles, others with colored leaves….all of them, standing there together in perfect stillness and perfect silence….I felt my body sigh and relax just looking at them.

Did these mighty twigs have a conference call last night and decide together that no one would speak or move this morning as I gazed upon them? How is it that EVERY one of them can stand there, strong, tall and upright  pointing there mighty finger towards the one true God and not move ??….all those needles, all those leaves, and yet NO movement.

I am amazed and in wonder and drawn into a sacred worship of stillness of soul….

What do I hear?…..I ponder this…

I hear God’s Word stirring in my heart….”BE still and KNOW that I AM God…”  Yes, this is what I hear today…quite a contrast to the tempest that greeted my mind before my eyes were even open this morning….



Today, my journey to share my writing begins….

As I begin this journey today I am trembling; what you do not know is that I have wrestled with God for five years over this repetitive theme that kept coming back to me…write, write, write….strangers would tell me, friends would tell me, family would tell me…and yet despite YEARS of filled journals tucked away in storage containers, and despite the fact that rarely a day goes by that my pen is not in my hand, I cannot imagine ever NOT writing. Strangely my argument has been that I am NOT a writer….

I live through words, they are my dance…

The RED CANOE is a word picture my Creator God gave me in the midst of a barren wilderness of soul; I asked Him for it, I needed a picture, I needed to see my life from His perspective…..so there I was, and have been for five years now….sitting in a red canoe in the middle of the ocean….no paddles….no life jacket….no sight of land….all I could do, all I have been doing is learning how to love and worship Him from what has felt like a place void of tangibles, of productivity, of purpose, (did I tell you that I am “type A”?)…..you now know that I am a slow learner….smile….

I know somehow that I must share this journey, it has not been for me alone. Somewhere out there, there a more of you in this same place .

I know that God has asked me to share this with you, whoever you are.

To Him be all honor and all glory.

Karolyn; Psalm 40:1-4

p.s  I am grateful to my daughter Joelle for setting this page up for me, for finding the beautiful picture of the RED CANOE by an amazing artist from Northern Ontario, Clermont Duval