“I’m Right?”

At the moment I’m using The Shack: Reflections for Every Day of the Year” as part of my daily devotions. Yesterday, the words”How can I see in fresh new ways unless I admit that my current way of seeing is flawed?” inspired this poem.

I’m Right?

I’m right.

I know I’m right.
Others agree with me!
And yet…
Is it possible?
Is there more?

Jesus brought a new way.
Our rightness led to crucifixion.
Have we not learned?

Is there a flaw in my thought today?
Have I lost his “Way of Love”?
Is fear leading me astray?

Maybe?   Possibly?

Lord Jesus, come.
Open my heart.
I want to see!!!


A Wonderful Day!

Fenelon Falls United Church invited me to bring my books for sale at their Christmas Bazaar and luncheon today. Tonight I am still flying from the experience. When I arrived this morning, the room was aglow with the Spirit. Tables loaded with jams, jellies and a myriad of other tasty preserves filled a big square in the middle of the room. More tables around the outside held baking, gift baskets (there must have been 100), antiques and on and on. Lunch was scrumptious homemade soup, ham and cheese croissant, and an ice cream sundae. The decorations and layout were beautiful. They had my table decorated too. Before we opened the doors, about 50 of us gathered in a circle for a few moments appreciation. This was the church, prepared and ready to serve the community.

The community responded. They came and shopped. We sold lots, including me with my books. I give thanks to God for Fenelon Falls UCW and their invitation to me. Today has been a true blessing.

Book Launch for “Elizabeth Gets Her Wings”

Yesterday, both Olivia and I had a great time. We had one of those God-incidents that some people call coincidence. Facing me at children’s time, during worship, was a sweet little girl named Elizabeth. That’s right, when the children came forward to hear about Elizabeth Gets Her Wings, Elizabeth sat down right in front of me. God does work in mysterious ways.

After the service, the church hall was filled with people enjoying the refreshments and buying books. I signed books until my hand ached. Dunsford always feels like coming home for me. Yesterday, I enjoyed a multitude of hugs and hearty handshakes. I give God thanks for instilling in our minds to launch our new book from Dunsford United Church. We also offer thanks to the congregation and especially their minister, Rev. Sharon Ballantyne for making this wonderful day possible.

“Elizabeth Gets Her Wings” is Launched.

Tomorrow is the big day. Hallelujah!!!!! We are launching 

at Dunsford United Church , just off highway 36 between Lindsay and Bobcaygeon. Our house is electric with excitement.I’m sure it’s the same at Olivia’s home too.  So here is one more invitation.

Come and meet the author, Janet Stobie & the illustrator, Olivia Phillips.

Sunday, November 12, 2017,  11:30 to 1:30

Dunsford United Church.

Have a chat. They’ll tell you about their journey with Elizabeth.

They’ll sign your books.

It’s not often you get both author’s and illustrator’s signatures.

If you come at 10:00 for the church service, you’ll hear Janet read some of the book to the kids. You will also experience the joy of spirit-filled worship.

Give it a try. It feels good.



Our books arrived this morning. I managed to post on Facebook a video of their arrival at the house. It took two tries but I did it. I’m sure I did it because I received an email that it was liked. I don’t see that video but obviously everyone else can. Today I delivered one of my pre-orders and sold three more.

Here are two happy new owners and of course one very happy author as well.

If you live in the area, I have posted my schedule below. Both Olivia and I would love to see you at any or all of these events.


              Dunsford United Church after the 10:00 a.m. service this Sunday, Nov. 12th  from 11:30 to 1:30. We decided we wanted to start out with our good friends from the Dunsford congregation and anyone else who wanted to come. Dunsford United has been Olivia’s church family since she was a young child. I served five years there as their minister. It’s wonderful to be surrounded by their love. You are welcome to come for the service or just for the Book Launch. Dunsford is a right turn off highway 36. Drive past the school to the stop sign. Turn left. You will find the church on your left about 200 feet up the road. You can’t miss it. We will have coffee, tea, juice, water and goodies. Please join us.



Please come for a chat & to do your Christmas shopping. I look forward to seeing you.

St. James United Church, PeterboroughNovember 18th from 10-2:00

I will have a table at their Christmas Bazaar, with all of my books, including Elizabeth Gets Her Wings, available for purchase and signing.

Dunsford Community Center.  November 18 from 10-2:00

Olivia will have a table at their Christmas Bazaar, with her art work and of course Elizabeth Gets Her Wings.

              Fenelon Falls United Church   November 25th from 11-3:00

                             I will have a table at their Christmas Bazaar with all of my books including Elizabeth Gets Her Wings, available for purchase.

              Little Britain United Church   December 2nd from 10-2:00

                             I will have a table at their Christmas Bazaar with all of my books including Elizabeth Gets Her Wings, available for purchase.

              Keene United Church  December 9th from 9-3:00

I will have a table at their Christmas Bazaar with all of my books including Elizabeth Gets Her Wings, available for purchase.

Olivia has other events that she will be posting. We both have a busy time ahead.

A Huge Dose of “Hope”

God’s Love Will Prevail

The news media keep flogging the darkness in our world. Cruelty and selfishness seem to be growing.  Wars just never seem to end. Hunger and poverty are not shrinking. In fact, with the population explosion in third world countries, it seems hunger and poverty are increasing. Sometimes it’s hard to hang onto my belief that we are slowly progressing as human beings towards a world of peace and love. I keep telling myself I cannot lose hope, for hope is essential for living.

Twice in the last two days, I have been reminded about the goodness in this world. Yesterday, my granddaughter and I went for lunch at the Galley Pub on Church Street in Pickering Village. As we were preparing to pay the bill, our waiter came to tell us that the young man sitting around the corner from us had already paid for our lunch. Of course, we thanked him. He smiled. I told him that his act was a sign that goodness and generosity was on the rise. My granddaughter and I left that restaurant with smiles on our faces, feeling loved. The sun seemed to be shining just a little bit brighter.

Today, while I was at the Arts Festival in Cobourg, I walked downtown for a snack and a cup of tea. I chose the “Buttermilk Café” on King Street. The friendly waitress suggested the chef’s special dessert, pumpkin cheesecake. It was scrumptious. I ate it slowly savoring every bite. Again, when I offered the waitress my credit card to pay my bill, she informed me that the two ladies that had been sitting across from me had already paid it. As I walked back to the church, my heart was lighter, my energy higher, my spirit flying.

Twice in two days, I have been the recipient of a random act of kindness. I have received a strong message. In my heart ,God is saying, “Don’t give up hope. In the midst of what seems like an epidemic of selfishness and greed, this country is rising up with love.”

There is a movement afoot. The general population is being infiltrated by people determined to live generosity and love. Hope abounds. Random acts of kindness and pay it forward choices can bring new life. I am truly grateful.