Published Work by Glenda Dekkema

Articles with a focus on Christian living

"A Forever Family"

Testimony Magazine


The Children’s Bridge Adoption Agency taught Glenda and René de Vries to encourage their adopted children to ask any questions their developing, vulnerable minds might have about their adoption from China.  What the agency didn’t teach them was how to prepare for the strobe light inquisition from their brilliant young girls. Nor did they teach them how to explain the unexplainable, or how to express God's love and divine purpose for their lives.  


"Fur Immer eine Familie"

Lydia

"Mama, komme ich aus deinem Bauch?', fragte mich unsere vierjährige adoptivtochter.   

"Medical Mission to Ghana, Africa"

Christian Courier

My New Year's resolution was to do something significant. I didn't know what it would be, but I knew I wanted to fulfill God's expectation, "For everyone to whom much is given, of him shall much be required." (Luke 12:48)

"Town Council and Peace Churches Settle on Peace Plaque" 

Stouffville Free Press

In an increasingly militarized world, Stouffville residents can be proud of the contributions of our founding settlers. They demonstrated through word and deed what it means to turn the other cheek-as Jesus calls us to do-as an active, realistic strategy for breaking the cycle of violence. 

"The Not-So-Golden Years"

Dr. Mullen says, "Christians get tripped up because they think they are dealing with a spiritual issue, when in fact, it is a mental health issue that is causing the problems. bEcause they think it is a spiritual issue, they try to go to Bible studies and prayer groups to find the answers there. They soon discover they can't concentrate or participate appropriately, so these places are of little help. Support groups specifically designed for mood disorders are very comforting because one realizes that other Christians are struggling with the same issues."

Christian Courier

"Forgiveness is Good Medicine"

Forgiveness heals two birds with one prescription. More than one thousand scientific studies have overwhelmingly proven forgiveness is good medicine for both the victim and the perpretrator. It lifts depression, releases bitterness, anger, resentment and hopelessness, improves the immune system, reduces cancer risk, and lowers blood pressure and heart rate. 

Forgiveness is not weakness. It does not preclude justice. It does not demand vengeance. It does not excuse the wrongdoing. Forgiveness is a choice. It is forged in empathy. It is compassionate and courageous. It is life-giving and healthy. It is a good pill to share. 

"Is Therapy Going to the Dogs?"

Senior Care Canada Second Quarter 2014

"Gigi has his groupies," laughs Barb Worden, a co-team lader in the Markham/Unionville area for Therapeutic Paws of Canada.

Many residents in long-term care facilities may feel as if they aren't getting the care or attention they crave. Government fiscal cutbacks are putting a strain on staff attempting to meet the needs of the residents.

Pet therapy programs offer incredible positive outcomes, and they are free! Maybe therapy should go to the dogs after all. 

"Putting the gold back into the golden years."

Senior Care Canada fourth quarter, 2013

My uncle Gerry recently passed away. He was in his "golden years." Although the funeral ceremony was jubilant - with laughter, assurances of life after death and song - the years leading up to his death were emotionally and physically difficult. He suffered with cancer. He was on dialysis. He could no longer do many of the activities he had previously enjoyed. 

"I'm not living in the golden years. You are," Uncle Gerry recently told his son-in-law. 

Environmental issues

"What's In Your Well Water?"

Cottage Magazine

"Water Treatment and Filtration Options"

Cottage Magazine

"Is Concrete the New Green?"

Cottage Magazine

A perfect green stamp is hard to earn. Because ICF uses mostly recyclable products, is capable of dramatically reducing energy consumption now and for decades to come, is sustainable and recyclable at the end of its life, I think it earns an olive-coloured stamp. Besides that, it's a very comfortable and quiet cottage to live in. 


""Energy from the Earth: The dollars and sense of a geoexchange system."

Cottage magazine

Health 

"The Not-So-Golden Years"

Christian Courier

Personal 

"Mother's Day" 

Globe and Mail

Every day I felt like a loser, but especially on Mother’s Day. For 13 years my husband and I had been trying unsuccessfully to have a baby, with and without fertility treatments.

Anyone who has gone through these massive experiments on the female gonads can attest to the fact that it’s not fun.

Mother’s Day was the worst day of the year for me because it was such a reminder of all that we didn’t have and wanted so badly.

"On a Mission"

Stouffville Free Press

There's a symbiotic relationship between Stouffville and the northern region of Ghana that many people may be unaware of. 

For the past five years, health care professionals, mostly from Stouffville and Uxbridge, have provided medical care to this impoverished area for two weeks a year, while the Ghanians provide the visiting team with gifts of food, warmth, gratitude and blessings. 


Art and DIY

"Working with Beavers"

Weekender, Cottage Magazine

The finished products are symbolic of the hard work, loyalty and capability of our national animal, and the importance, significance and beauty of working with nature. 


"The Granite Wall Shield: Practicality meets artistry with this beautiful protective heat screen."

Putter, Cottage Magazine

Building a cottage from the ground up can be very costly. The Dekkema clan is always looking to cut costs without sacrificing quality, design and originality, and one of the initiatives we are most proud of is the installation of a granite wall and floor shield behind and underneath our woodstove for the cost of a few screws and spacers.

My Books

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The Passionate Immigrant

Trafford Publishing

The Passionate Immigrant is a story about two young lovers who are faced with several trials in post-war Holland from which they need to escape. An arduous journey leads them to the land of opportunity only to be faced with several unexpected struggles and hilarious encounters. While they strive to establish a new life for themselves, their ambivalent feelings of nostalgia for the old country, its food, customs and people, compete with the dream and promises Canada holds, threatening their faith, hope and even their love.