Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Dear friends of the JOY of Healing retreats !
Violet and I take joyful-pleasure in inviting you to a days retreat of  ‘mindfulness’ !
4JOY of Healing
September, Saturday 16th
8:00AM — 4:30PM
*$40 includes lunch buffet
Our three previous JOY of Healing retreats, and our first JOY of Healing ‘Outreach' retreat served well to inspire our spiritual journey!
This year, our 4th annual JOY of Healing retreat is calling us to be ever mindful of our inward journey; to ‘Know Thyself,’ at once coming to know and to love God and our neighbour. Come with us, go within, become at one with God, give thanks!

                 💕DisCover  LIsTEN  💕StOrY  SObRietY  JourNEY💕 
HoPE HeaLIng   GIFT  PILgrim RADicaL PAUsE  WithIn GIFT💕 
calm DIrecTion 💕 ViSuAL CHOICE 💕SELF MaSTeRy 💕LAndScAPE 4GiVENESS  
GRaCe   BEAUTY  💕LIFE    PAUsE JoY PEacE LOVE
 JoY 💕  HoPE  AWAKEN   LOVE💕
Please note that the *FCJ Centre has increased their cost to $40 per person. We would truly appreciate it if you’d mail your cheque directly to: Bonnie Woodard, 305-25 Avenue SW, Calgary T2S 0L3. (If mailing a cheque does not work for you, please reply to this email so that we can find a more suitable arrangement for you.)
We are delighted to let you know that we are once again blessed and grateful to Isabel, Rita, Terrie and Wendy for gifting their services during our retreat day. Once your registration is ‘confirmed’ feel free to e-mail Isabel, Rita, and/or Terrie directly to schedule your mini-appointment(s) to take place during our retreat day.
Our Saturday agenda with all the information is attached. We look forward to being together with you in our beloved FCJ Centre on what is certain to be a joy-filled “journey within”. 
With our 💕gratitude,
Violet & Bonnie

4JOY of Healing

Sunday, December 11, 2016


Dear Friends,

We have good news … in keeping with the spirit of this Advent season as a time of expectant waiting and preparation — we have been ‘seeking,’ ‘knocking,’ and ‘listening’ to which we heard — “you must close a door to allow a new door to open,” “STOP,” and “Know Me”.  

As of today we are ‘on sabbatical' so to speak. To this end, “with Faith in God a place to stand” we press on with great anticipation of newness and learning!

For the next season we invite you to visit our ministry blogs: Scripture and Reflection, http://bwfaithministry.blogspot.ca ;  WhimsiGals and Prose,  http://whimsiland.blogspot.ca.

Thank you, each and every one of you, for your encouragement and feedback over these many years of ministry !

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year !!

With our love and tidings of great JOY,
Bonnie and Garry 

“… Choose my instruction rather than silver, and knowledge rather than pure gold …”

— Proverbs 8:8-11 New Living Translation

Thursday, December 8, 2016


My advice is wholesome. There is nothing devious or crooked in it. My words are plain to anyone with understanding, clear to those with knowledge. Choose my instruction rather than silver, and knowledge rather than pure gold. For wisdom is far more valuable than rubies. Nothing you desire can compare with it.
— Proverbs 8:8-11  New Living Translation 


“Reaching For The Light”
PERSONAL AWARENESS

Life is not “a bowl of cherries,” and it is not made better when we simply accept all that befalls us without questioning its validity. This is none other than a state of mind nurtured by habit; that of letting life run its course with little or no thought given to the fact that we alone are in charge of our own destiny. Our very well-being demands that we free ourself of this habit by cultivating a sense of personal awareness and of consciously making choices that redound to our good.

from “Reaching For The Light” by Garry D. Kilbourn 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016


Jesus gave them this reply, “Go and tell John what you see and hear — that blind men are recovering their sight, cripples are walking, lepers being healed, the deaf hearing, the dead being brought to life and the good news is being given to those in need. And happy is the man who never loses faith in me.”
— Matthew 11:4-6  J.B. Phillips New Testament 





“Reaching For The Light”
SALVATION 

The Peace we O so long for 
Is ours alone to win
Be still, be still, and look within.
’Tis truth that gives us moorage
Faith in God a place to stand
The soul unveiled now Lights our way
To selfless Love, which saves the day.

from “Reaching For The Light” 
by Garry D. Kilbourn

Tuesday, December 6, 2016


’Teacher,’ he said, ‘which law is the greatest law of all?’ Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart. Love him with all your soul, and love him with all your mind.” This is the first and greatest law.
— Matthew 22:36-38  Worldwide English (New Testament)

“Reaching For The Light”
O THE MIND 

Harmony of mind, body and soul begins with the realization that it is the mind — the incessant workings of the mind — that governs our well-being. Not a moment passes but that we may consciously choose our thoughts: they are ours to own and to act upon as we alone decide. Not surprisingly, the operative word is “to act,” ever mindful that for good or ill, so go our thoughts.

from “Reaching For The Light” by Garry D. Kilbourn

Reflection : “Stand porter at the door of thought,” a friend reminds me. She paints an image of a robber knocking at the door of my mind to rob me of my harmony, joy and peace. When I’m feeling doubtful, uneasy, sad, or judgmental I check in on my thoughts. I ask myself what ‘belief’ did I let into my mind to allow me to think this way, to harm my well-being? blw

Monday, December 5, 2016


Light-seeds are planted in the souls of God’s people, Joy-seeds are planted in good heart-soil.
— Psalm 97:11
The Message 

“Reaching For The Light”
EYES: THE LIGHT OF THE SOUL

It is said, quite rightly, that the eyes are the Light of the soul. When we, as a fellow human, pause to become an onlooker into that wondrously revealing Light of another’s soul we see aught but God-given Goodness, Purity and Truth. We become two souls enjoined.

Such unspoken intimacy provides insight into, and connects us with, our other being; our higher spiritual self: We are at one with all that is good within us. Secure on firm ground, our new-found purpose is to give freely of ourself to others with God-given Love, for which we are ever thankful.

from “Reaching For The Light” by Garry D. Kilbourn

Sunday, December 4, 2016


O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory. Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you!
— Psalm 63:1-3
New Living Translation

“Reaching For The Light”
GOD IS MY SOUL

He changed me
Yes, He changed me,
And now I am whole.
On knees in my stillness
In meekness and hope
God said to me gently,
God is my soul.

Yes, I know
O, I know that
God is my soul
Within me
He ever abides.

Now, softly, with voice
O so clear
God speaks to me gently
That others may hear.
He uses me, O yes
He uses me, He
Lovingly guideth my soul.

Yes, I know
O, I know that
God is my soul
Within me
He ever abides.

from “Reaching For The Light” 
by Garry D. Kilbourn