Archive for July, 1999

There Is Strength In Weakness

July 31, 1999

I begin this devotional with the last part of the scripture: "O Lord, please send someone else to do it." These words fit the way I felt the first time I went to the hospital to work as a "worship … (read more)

Packing Up

July 30, 1999

It has been just about two years since my wife and I moved from Virginia to Alaska. When we moved, we had to pay for it ourselves. We could only afford two small trailers that we towed to Alaska. Because … (read more)

Boats Along The Canal

July 29, 1999

Our neighbourhood has open ditches with small exposed culverts. Some see them as unsightly, others deem them dangerous. But to me, they thrust me back to my childhood, and as I watch the water wind its way through the ditches … (read more)

When All Else Fails

July 28, 1999

Often I am reminded that we are living in an age of relativity. In this age, we do not seem to hold God's laws as absolute nor look to Him for direction and guidance. How often are we bombarded by … (read more)

Beauty For Ashes

July 27, 1999

I went through a period of my life where I wasn't sure exactly where I fit in. My parents were divorced when I was a little girl. No one could fully explain the who, why or when to me. All … (read more)

Heaven Doesn't Need A Fax Machine

July 26, 1999

On the advice of my Internet provider, I decided to upgrade my modem. I surfed to the manufacturer's web page, downloaded a programme, unzipped it and ran it. Assuming success, I restarted the computer and tried to access the modem. … (read more)

Driving On The Race Track

July 25, 1999

One sport that I enjoy watching is NASCAR stock car racing. Some may find it boring watching cars running in a circle, but I like it. While the drivers are the high-profile people of the sport, I am always reminded … (read more)

A Good Haircut

July 24, 1999

My hair stylist is on maternity leave, but she is willing to cut hair at home. Recently, my children had their haircuts by this stylist, and the new haircuts looked terrific. I complimented our stylist for giving good haircuts. She … (read more)

Antennas For Our Ears

July 23, 1999

Each Palm Sunday, at my church we do something a bit different. We're about a block from the lakefront in Toronto, so instead of sitting in our pews, most of the congregation marches down to the lakefront beach, singing and … (read more)

My Bible

July 22, 1999

I was reading about a lady who loves books, especially old ones. One day she found a small Bible which she bought for very little money. She had a special place for this Bible. She told how much she wished … (read more)

Remembering Carrots

July 21, 1999

Those of us who have had loved ones with any form of dementia, know what it is to walk in darkness before admitting or acknowledging that there is a problem. Those with the dementia must surely have been dwelling in … (read more)

Helping Others

July 20, 1999

Here, in Alaska, there are a lot of unpopulated areas. When someone is driving through such stretches in the winter, the last thing anyone wants is for there to be a problem with the vehicle. Being stuck in the middle … (read more)

About Washing Up

July 19, 1999

The Our Daily Bread devotional which I read recently was entitled, "Reasons Why I Never Wash." With permission, I quote: People who don't attend church often give some rather interesting reasons for not doing so. To show the weakness of … (read more)

Plinkings And Plunkings

July 18, 1999

Although I am by no means accomplished in playing the guitar, I can actually bring pleasant sounds out of it. I am getting better at it. There is a true sense of accomplishment in bringing a tune out of that … (read more)

Measure Of Success

July 17, 1999

"Climb that corporate ladder." "My goal is to be a department manager within five years." "I get so tired of having to answer to someone else. Some day I am going to be my own boss." We live in a … (read more)

Our Medal Winner

July 16, 1999

Stephanie, age 10, stood in front of her mirror admiring her medals. We could see what she was doing, but she was unaware that we were watching her. She had placed every medal won in basketball or relay running in … (read more)

Tomatoes In My Garden

July 15, 1999

A little over a year ago, we moved to an adult-styled living complex. We have a home with green grass and a well-groomed garden. There is an area in which to plant a few flowers of our own. With my … (read more)

Putting Up Wallpaper

July 14, 1999

My wife and I decided to replace the wallpaper in our kitchen. I was not looking forward to this, but it needed to be done. My wife started to tear down the old wallpaper and found that there was another … (read more)

That Which Is Distributed To Us

July 13, 1999

I have just come home from my walking group, with whom I volunteer, spending time with people in bereavement. We walked the sea-wall on the water's edge, and the rain was harsh, pelting against us. The wind was strong, whisking … (read more)

My First Ticket

July 12, 1999

A number of years ago, when I was only fifteen, I had to go on an errand for my parents in downtown Toronto, Ontario. This was my first experience driving by myself in a big city. I made an illegal … (read more)

The Two New Geese

July 11, 1999

Each day, on our drive to and from work, we watch a pair of geese and their young. One particular day, the geese were not to be seen. Sadly, I wondered if the highway construction work, which had just commenced, … (read more)

Experience Powers! (2)

July 10, 1999

Family history introduced me to an ancestor named Experience Powers, who helped establish Newport, Nova Scotia. Her name, like that of her contemporary, Consider Fuller, seemed unusual. Then I discovered that, in 1760, Experience and her husband had come from … (read more)

Experience Powers! (1)

July 9, 1999

Through family research I discovered an ancestor named Experience Powers who had moved from Newport, Rhode Island to help found Newport, Nova Scotia in the 1760's. "Experience Powers" seemed such a odd name to give a little girl, until I … (read more)

Today's Technology – God's Creation

July 8, 1999

Think with me for a moment about today's scriptures, and today's technology. How we have advanced over the past few years! Earlier this year, we were planning to go to Jerusalem, and I had the opportunity to use a digital … (read more)

Going Camping

July 7, 1999

Camping in Alaska can be a great adventure. There is so much open land here that it is very easy to get away from everything. On a recent camping trip I took with my family, we wanted to go to … (read more)

The Goose Family

July 6, 1999

We drive a short distance along the highway when we go to work each day. Last week, we took notice of two geese at the edge of a slough. Each day as we drive by we watch for the pair. … (read more)

Vacation Bible School

July 5, 1999

It is that time of the year when school is out and the children are on vacation. There is an opportunity for us in the church to introduce the children of the community to Jesus. Last week an announcement was … (read more)

A Parable From My Garden

July 4, 1999

Early in June I planted my garden. On an extremely hot and humid Monday, I sowed potatoes, beans, peas, spinach, and radishes. Then I prayed for rain. For more than a week nothing seemed to be happening, except that the … (read more)

What I Learned Taking Canoe Lessons (2)

July 3, 1999

In the last few years, I have been involved with and co-ministering in a new church development. I think that because of the type of work that we have been involved in, I have been challenged a great deal concerning … (read more)

What I Learned Taking Canoe Lessons (1)

July 2, 1999

For the past four or five years, our family has been involved in the camp programme that our Presbytery offers on Vancouver Island. Each year I go, I have realized that I really need to become more knowledgeable about manoeuvring … (read more)

God Keep Our Land

July 1, 1999

I opened my Bible and read for a while; this always fills my spirit and starts my day with the Lord. Then I went to the front door of the house, opened it, and looked across to the parkette. There … (read more)

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