Archive for June, 2003

A Goal More Precious Than The Discovery of Gold

June 30, 2003

Let us probe the silent places, … And the Wild is calling, Calling … let us go. Ever since I was a student and read these words from The Call of the Wild by Robert Service, I'd wanted to travel … (read more)

Gifts From God Through Patience

June 29, 2003

We had the opportunity to take "the trip of a lifetime" to Britain, and with careful research and planning on my husband's part, he booked it. But then came the war with Iraq. As well, our airline was put into … (read more)

He Will Make It All Worthwhile

June 28, 2003

I had just hung up the phone from talking to friends of many years. These people became neighbours when we met in Florida after we first settled there for the winters, some eleven years ago. I had a little project … (read more)

The Anchor

June 27, 2003

Rotterdam is a beautiful city. Some of the most striking things that give this city its beauty are the pretty harbours, the magnificent bridges, the tall high-rise buildings, and, lastly, the finely sculptured monuments. Every Friday, I take a tram … (read more)

Just Enough

June 26, 2003

When the children of Israel were in the wilderness, God sent them manna, enough for one day alone. If they tried to gather more, it spoiled, except on the sixth day, when they were to gather enough to last during … (read more)

The Lord Of Our Valleys

June 25, 2003

In two short days last spring, my husband took sick, cancer was discovered in a close family member, my dad was taken in to the hospital, my husband's uncle died, a cousin was diagnosed with a brain tumour, our car … (read more)

Lost Patience That Produced Nothing

June 24, 2003

New life has finally come to where we live. The grass has grown green, and the forsythia bush has bloomed, with its bright yellow-coloured flowers. As I observed all the signs of new life, I also noted the numerous birds … (read more)

Angels Unaware

June 23, 2003

Quite unexpectedly, a new neighbour, whom we had befriended a while back, dropped in. We actually thought they had moved away. Accompanying the neighbour were her three-year-old and one-month-old daughters. I was on the phone with my daughter, discussing a … (read more)

Step Back

June 22, 2003

Three years ago, I joined the line to get a visa in Nairobi, Kenya, for entry into Holland. I was soon at the counter, and was conversing with the consular officer sitting behind the glass window, as she examined my … (read more)

The Shelter

June 21, 2003

One of the things I'm looking forward to doing this summer is taking time to sit under a big tree, and listen to the sounds of summer. I'll listen to the soft swish and rustle of the leaves, as a … (read more)

Lord, Teach Us How To Cry

June 20, 2003

The passing of my dad caused me to look back on my youth, and brought back memories of my mother, a strong woman who never cried. Being close to her, I thought crying was a sign of weakness, and I, … (read more)

The Lord Is My Strength

June 19, 2003

It will be seven years in September since it all began. I began to hear voices inside my head, on one side. All medical avenues have been pursued, various tests done, and various conditions ruled out. The doctors now say … (read more)

A Bouquet Of Dandelions

June 18, 2003

Now that spring has finally sprung here in southern Ontario, Canada, our family is spending more time outdoors. Sometimes we are working in the garden, playing in the backyard, or just going for a stroll. Invariably, whenever outdoors, I am … (read more)

Help Was Already Available

June 17, 2003

My last car had been an economy car, with independent locks on each door. For fifteen years, I'd struggled with getting all the doors locked at the same time. Now, I have another car that has one of those new … (read more)

The Highway To Everlasting Life

June 16, 2003

It was in 1994, during a visit from one of our daughters and her infant daughter, that a crisis occurred in our family. This dear child of God was only one month old. She stopped breathing following a cranky time … (read more)

O What A Friend

June 15, 2003

My neighbour teaches Sunday School. We meet together Monday mornings for prayer and Bible study, and she told me the following story about a boy in her class. "In Sunday School, after listening to the story of Jonah and the … (read more)

A Clean Heart

June 14, 2003

As I was getting the clean clothes out of the dryer, I was thinking, "I like to get the clothes out of the dryer right away. This way they are ready to be folded and put away, until I wear … (read more)

Remarkable Freedom

I felt as if someone had splashed cold water on my face, and woke me up to a brand new concept, when the guest speaker on a Christian television programme spoke those words: "Remember, God is your provider! Not your … (read more)

Pinching The Coleus

June 12, 2003

Early in the life of the coleus, it is pinched back to make a better-shaped plant. Then, in the fall, as the sun's rays grow cooler, the rich colours in the coleus leaves appear. They look like Joseph's coat of … (read more)

Remember The Children

June 11, 2003

Sometimes, we who wear chains around our necks will unconsciously finger or twist them as we talk to people. One day, when my young grandson, Jesse (about four years old at the time), was sitting on my lap, he noticed … (read more)

Glass Houses

June 10, 2003

In my hometown there was an abandoned store, which used to be the company store, when the mining company owned the town. The vacant storefront became a meeting place for the neighbourhood youth. We would congregate on the old porch … (read more)

Rivers Of Living Water

June 9, 2003

I live in West Virginia, USA, where, during the spring season, we have many flood watches and warnings. Many streams and rivers here overflow their banks. Without water, life ceases to be. Plants shrivel and die without water. Just imagine … (read more)

My New Guitar

June 8, 2003

Recently, I passed by a music shop, and saw a left-handed guitar on display. New left-handed guitars are comparatively rare, so I wandered in and played it. Later on, I bought it, along with an acoustic pick-up. With some drilling … (read more)

Will Your Anchor Hold?

June 7, 2003

Talking with my father-in-law about his surname, which I took when I married his son, he told me that a "killick" is an anchor. Since our conversation, I've been thinking about what "anchor" means. It means "hope". My hope is … (read more)

And God Comforted Me

June 6, 2003

A couple of years ago, many were the times when I would comfortably scroll through the requests posted on the Daily PrayerLine and wonder at the trials people faced each day. Sickness, separation, failure, death, financial problems always plagued battered … (read more)

The Master's Voice

June 5, 2003

My most wonderful memories of childhood are the years I spent on my grandparents' farm in the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia, Canada. Grandpa had a team of oxen, which he called "The Children". Wherever they were, all he had … (read more)

Perseverance

June 4, 2003

I met him in Mexico at the Ruins of Teotihuacan, just as we entered the archaeological restorations. He was selling statuettes of the sun god, made of obsidian stone, and tablecloths made from the agave plant. He followed me, all … (read more)

The Love Of Gardening

June 3, 2003

Where do you look to find the constancy of God's love? Every Christian has something that strikes the chord of closeness, and the belief that God will always be there to care and provide for us. If you are a … (read more)

That Joy Of The Open Door

June 2, 2003

After a long winter that was bitterly cold and brought plenty of snow, we had finally experienced four bright and sunny days. We were late coming home, and the sun was pouring in from the back yard. I opened the … (read more)

In The Clouds

June 1, 2003

I live near Palm Springs, California, USA. Every year during the fall, we see beautiful groupings of snow geese arriving, after what must be a physically exhausting flight. As they gracefully wend their way in formation to springs and lakes … (read more)

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