Archive for March, 2003

Wealth

March 31, 2003

The other morning, as I was getting dressed, I noticed a hole in my sock, and the strange thought struck me, "I am rich!" How does one measure these things? Well, I was remembering how, back during the depression of … (read more)

Our Busy Lives

March 30, 2003

The starting of another work week can be hectic, with all the so-called helps we have to keep in touch and to keep on top of things. We have our computer with all the e-mail to answer, our cell phone, … (read more)

Faith Savings And Deposits

March 29, 2003

As I read these scriptures the other day, a song that my cousins sang some years ago began to play back through my mind. The words to this song were taken directly from these scriptures and have stayed with me … (read more)

Standing On The Promises

March 28, 2003

Do you ever make promises? Do you usually keep your promises? Has anyone ever broken a promise made to you? We usually have good intentions, but sometimes things get in the way. Promises are made that cannot be kept. We … (read more)

Studying God's Word

March 27, 2003

We have recently moved to a new community, and, a few weeks ago, I received a phone call from one of the ladies at the church we have begun to attend, inviting me to their ladies' Bible study. Although I … (read more)

More Than Just A Visit

March 26, 2003

My two young granddaughters were fishing, while my friend and I visited on her private pier behind her house. For us, this was just an ordinary visit — we had sat here and watched the sun go down many times … (read more)

Safe Dwelling

March 25, 2003

What an awesome assurance to know that we're hedged behind and before by God's love and protection, when we put our trust in God. However, there are times, instead of marvelling like the psalmist, we tend to resist, wrestle, and … (read more)

How Safe Is Your Deck?

March 24, 2003

Two of the previous premiers of the Province of British Columbia have been injured by the decks on their homes. One, politically, by a lapse in judgement concerning whom he chose to build the deck. He neglected to exercise his … (read more)

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Or A Streetcar Named Desire

March 23, 2003

E. M. Bounds' "Complete Works on Prayer" has re-opened my eyes to several truths about prayer. The one required element of prayer which stands out to me the most is "desire". In our daily lives, the things that we want … (read more)

Quietly Confident

March 22, 2003

Years ago I met a new friend while camping in Newfoundland. Nancy was a dynamo with energy to spare, yet was never pushy or dictatorial. I wondered how she could keep her cool so well. Later I learned her secret: … (read more)

Jesus Promises To Be There

March 21, 2003

My wife and I just stood there and watched, as our son and new daughter-in-law walked through security at the Jacksonville, Florida, airport. The night before, all the planning for the wedding had worked, and it was beautiful. I wished … (read more)

Looking At The Other Side

March 20, 2003

Sometimes God teaches His lessons in the most interesting ways. Last year on the first day of spring, I went to the door and discovered spring had forgotten to come. "Br-rrr!" I said, "That's cold," and I put the dog … (read more)

Waiting

March 19, 2003

Last fall, as the temperatures dipped down into the forties and thirties (Fahrenheit), my garden became history for the year. I began to put the flowerbeds to rest for the winter season. I pruned back the roses, and hilled them … (read more)

Go Deep

March 18, 2003

"Go deep into the medical record," my supervisor often told me. As a collector of oncology data, it was important to go deep into a person's medical history to find the truth. A note written many years ago about … (read more)

Make a Joyful Noise

March 17, 2003

My husband and I have had the special privilege of being part of a contemporary praise team for the past several months. It all happened quite unexpectedly after we had moved to a new community, at a beach. One Sunday … (read more)

The Lint Trap

March 16, 2003

Every time I put a load of laundry into the dryer and remove the filter, I am amazed at the amount of lint that is trapped there. Where does it all come from? The clothes have been washed and washed … (read more)

The Lines Of Communication

March 15, 2003

"I really need my telephone," my friend explained to the clerk. "I'd appreciate you connecting me up as soon as possible." "Of course! We should be able to do that within a day or two." "I appreciate your prompt service," … (read more)

Inner Beauty

March 14, 2003

I am well past the years when I can take pride in physical beauty. (In fact, I was never beautiful, but looking back on earlier pictures, I looked better than I gave myself credit for, at earlier stages of life.) … (read more)

Making Our Requests Known

March 13, 2003

Sometimes, something I've written and sent to the Daily Submissions Editor, with a request for consideration, comes back with a request for clarification or changes. And sometimes I challenge the request, because what I've written has seemed pretty straightforward to … (read more)

The Valley Of Death

March 12, 2003

The call came at 9:07 am. It wasn't entirely unexpected. Perhaps what was unexpected was the grief that I felt when I learned that my great-aunt, Lila, now 102, was dying, and that the family would be gathering to sit … (read more)

Hidden Beauty

March 11, 2003

Newly wed, the young couple was enthusiastic about furnishing their home. They invited me to see the table they had found in a local used furniture store, which was to have pride of place as their dining table. I was … (read more)

True Love

March 10, 2003

Going back a few years, I remember the old hall desk on which stood a set of weigh scales. They looked old-fashioned, but they weren't that old. They were the kind one could set a weight on either side; too … (read more)

Living Day By Day

March 9, 2003

Wouldn't you know it! The first winter we spend in our new community has turned out to be the worst winter we've had in at least ten years, if not more! There is so much snow, we hardly know where … (read more)

Directional Signs

March 8, 2003

While travelling home on the highway, I looked at the directional signs saying to go this way for that place, that way for over there, and straight ahead for a long trip. It made me think of our Saviour, Jesus … (read more)

Follow The Leader

March 7, 2003

One of the schoolyard games I remember playing in my childhood was "Simon Says". In the game, one player was appointed Simon, the leader, and the object of the game was to catch a player following an instruction that wasn't … (read more)

God's Awesome Power

March 6, 2003

Have you ever had something happen that is so bizarre that you have no explanation for it except the hand of God? Back in the days when I was still teaching school, I was driving home from a meeting at … (read more)

Cleansing From Within

March 5, 2003

Our thoughts are the forerunners of our words and actions. Submerged thoughts have a way of emerging when unguarded. For years, people have complained I had a "shell" around me. Others felt I was "cold and unfeeling". I had such … (read more)

A Prescription For Spiritual Health

March 4, 2003

"Have you missed your pillbox?" my mother asked. "Which one?" I was trying to think where or if I'd lost a pillbox. "Where did you find it?" "In the pocket of the coat." A few days before, I'd given my … (read more)

The Power Of The Holy Spirit

March 3, 2003

It was back in 1958 that we visited the Sir Adam Beck 2 generating station in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. This station, at that time, produced most of the electrical power for the southern portion of the Province of Ontario. … (read more)

Snow Tracks

March 2, 2003

Outside my kitchen window, the snow lay glistening on the ground. Millions of tiny diamonds sparkled on the snow's surface as the sun shone down on this white blanket. As I gazed at this fantasy that lay before me, I … (read more)

Driving In The Snow

March 1, 2003

Most women my age seem to enjoy driving their vehicles, but I have always been very much afraid of driving. Although I was able to drive short distances, I did so reluctantly. About four years ago, I realized that, if … (read more)

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