Archive for February, 2003

Looking For Signs

February 28, 2003

Several weeks ago, I had tentatively agreed to go on a mission trip to Honduras. As is often the case in such situations, after having made the commitment, I was assailed with second thoughts: "Since we have just moved, would … (read more)

Complain About Blessings?

February 27, 2003

Complain about blessings? Not me! Ohhh? When the electricity suddenly went off this morning, I realized we often don't appreciate our blessings until they're taken away. As I looked about the apartment, the refrigerator, the freezer, the microwave, and the … (read more)

What Would Jesus Do?

February 26, 2003

Everyone is in a hurry! One day recently, I was driving on a street near my home, when I noticed a work truck blocking one lane ahead of me. I put on my signal to warn others that I intended … (read more)

Creature Or Creator?

February 25, 2003

Somewhere near Atlanta, as I was driving very ill parents home from Florida, God allowed me a bare glimpse of the angels crouched on the four corners of the car. The fifth one stood like a sentinel on the roof, … (read more)

Our Gracious And Patient Father

February 24, 2003

Today I received a gentle and friendly reminder of just how gracious and patient our dear heavenly Father is. Some two years ago, I made a vow to the Lord that I would consistently write devotional messages, as He provided … (read more)

Time

February 23, 2003

Do you ever have enough time? Some people have too little time, like the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland. Some people have both too much and not enough, depending on their priorities towards things like television and washing up. … (read more)

The Power Of Words

February 22, 2003

"How do you like your new pastor?" It was a natural question. The pulpit committee had searched for two years before finding a candidate who felt led to take on the leadership of our small congregation. Things were going well … (read more)

Just One Wrong Stitch

February 21, 2003

When I decided to do some knitting the other day, I was out of practice, especially with any fancy stitches. The pattern that I chose seemed to be simple enough, but I was soon in trouble. Was I adding, dropping, … (read more)

Set In Our Ways

February 20, 2003

Each fall, I love to watch the Canada geese as they prepare to migrate south. So many things they do make me think of people, especially Christians. Geese fly in a V formation so that the birds behind can fly … (read more)

While I Walk

February 19, 2003

It is mid-morning. While I walk, I smell the freshness of the fog, and see the early buds beginning to burst. While I walk past a window, someone is sitting at a desk, poring over a pile of papers. I … (read more)

Going After Lost Sheep

February 18, 2003

When we retired and moved to the Muskoka area, we were without the benefit of feeling that we belonged to a church community. We were in need of a flock with which to unite in a spiritual sense. There were … (read more)

Ron Who?

February 17, 2003

When my husband had car trouble, he placed a collect call to my parents, because he needed a ride home. The operator asked my mom to accept the phone charges from "Ron". "Ron who?" she cried indignantly! We had been … (read more)

Healing

February 16, 2003

Via e-mail, a friend and I share our love of proverbs and wise sayings. Whether these words of wisdom are inspiring, funny, or sad, they are always thought-provoking. One day, while widowhood was still very new, and I was filled … (read more)

Road Signs

February 15, 2003

When I go on long trips by car, I love to watch road signs, not only to keep me safe, but also to help pass the time. Sometimes they even make me think of something else, such as the parables … (read more)

Do You Love Me?

February 14, 2003

This morning, as my husband prepared to leave the house to run some errands of his own, he paused to kiss me, and asked the question, "Do you love me?" "Of course I do. Why would you ask?" After he … (read more)

Love Lifted Me

February 13, 2003

I try to stay in shape, so I lift weights several times a week. When I was young, I did this to improve my body; now it has become a necessity. People may lift these dumbbells to get stronger. One … (read more)

Fruit Of The Spirit

February 12, 2003

I've been working at the supermarket for almost a year now. I still love my job as much as I did on Day One. As my department is right by the entrance, I get to chat every day with many … (read more)

God's Mouthpieces

February 11, 2003

Over the years, as I have been teaching Sunday School or conducting worship services while camping with my son's Scout troop, I have noticed a curious phenomenon. I would spend many hours researching, organizing, outlining, and even drafting whole paragraphs … (read more)

That Blessed Touch

February 10, 2003

In the course of two months, I have had two separate illnesses, which had me pretty much bedridden with fevers. I realize that I had been ill before that and had been trying to let my own immune system handle … (read more)

Growling

February 9, 2003

I was at my parents' house recently, and, as usual, the dog greeted us. When we arrive, he always makes a fuss of us, especially my wife, as she takes him for extra walks, which is always a popular thing … (read more)

Praying Without Words

February 8, 2003

Three years ago I retired from the active work force and accepted retirement as a change of lifestyle. One thing soon became apparent to me. I had, in my working life, placed a separation between my faith in God and … (read more)

The Glass Cutter

February 7, 2003

Has the pitch of some huckster impressed you to the point that you had to have the product they were selling? I remember sending for a combination knife sharpener/glasscutter that would sharpen any knife razor sharp and cut glass into … (read more)

The Light

February 6, 2003

I live in a mid-western Canadian city that is very dependent on heavy oil as one of its main resources. There is an upgrader, at the east end of the city, which takes the heavy oil and upgrades it into … (read more)

One, Two, Buckle My Shoe

February 5, 2003

As a child, I can remember learning to tie my shoe. It was difficult for me, and I can remember the joy when I learned how. There is a children's song that expresses this: "One, Two, Buckle My Shoe." I … (read more)

Locked Out?

February 4, 2003

On Mondays, I work late, so I go in later. I start to prepare myself by anticipating what likely maelstrom may have occurred in my absence. I prepare my tea, make my sandwiches, and check my bag for my mug. … (read more)

Finding A Filter That Fits

February 3, 2003

A recent incident involving a procedure to eliminate things I don't wish to receive through my e-mail caused even these Daily devotionals not to come through. They'd been "filtered out" — much like sunglasses, suntan lotion, special clothing or a … (read more)

Undercover

February 2, 2003

I enjoy watching mystery programs on television. I especially love episodes in which a detective goes undercover. It's fascinating that a detective can pretend to be an executive or a waiter or someone else, in order to secretly fulfill another … (read more)

Thoughts On The Worker Bee

February 1, 2003

An aeronautical engineer would tell us that, on account of its design, a bee should not be able to fly — but it does. The honeybee is the only member of numerous bee species which produces that sweet treat that … (read more)

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