Archive for January, 2005

O That Great Getting Up Morning!

January 31, 2005

When I was a child, I loved waking up each day. My head swam with visions of the exciting things which might await me. If my parents had not yet awakened and I had to wait for them to do … (read more)

Press On To Know The Lord

January 30, 2005

When I was in my late twenties I was extremely hurt by a Christian friend whom I deeply loved and trusted. It seems like yesterday as I remember stepping into my car after this unfortunate incident. Overwhelming feelings of sadness … (read more)

The Dandelion's Message

January 29, 2005

As I watched the north wind swirl around the corner of our house, gathering up snowflakes and heaping them into mountains of snow along our driveway, I sighed. Although it was only early December, we'd already had record amounts of … (read more)

The Anchor

January 28, 2005

A huge anchor is cast in stone in a park on the corner of Old Yonge Street and Doane Road, just north of Toronto, Ontario. The sign beside it says: {One of my husband's ancestors drove one of the oxen … (read more)

Send Out The Signal

January 27, 2005

I was reading an article about a system that can track one's car and knows its exact position. It can also give audible directions to lead one to where it is one wishes to go. Thinking back, I would suppose … (read more)

A Bar Of Soap

January 26, 2005

I once served in a church where I had to rely totally upon God for everything I needed. I was much younger then; living a life of faith was exciting to me; and, since I was not married, I had … (read more)

The Repairers

January 25, 2005

After many years in the kitchen, some of my best talents concern food repair! You might even call me a food mechanic. I know how to fix almost any dish that is overcooked, stale, lumpy, salty, bland, wilted, or curdled. … (read more)

Burdens

January 24, 2005

Granddad was digging a cellar under an existing house. In years gone by, the best way was to use a horse-pulled scoop. This, of course, made a ramp under the house which was later filled in. My dad and his … (read more)

Promise Box

January 23, 2005

In my study at the church, there is a small cardboard box with many little tightly-rolled scrolls of paper in it. Each of these scrolls has an encouraging Bible verse printed on it. From time to time, when I'm looking … (read more)

A Trip Down Memory Lane

January 22, 2005

A couple of summers ago, my husband and I were taking my parents on an outing. I wanted to take them to the old farmhouse that had sheltered our family for one year back in the 'fifties, but I wasn't … (read more)

Broken Resolutions

January 21, 2005

Here we are late into the New Year. The January 1st crunch of resolution has passed. So has most of my resolve. I really struggled with my weight loss plans from November right into January. That is, I had a … (read more)

Fear Not; Behold My Face

January 20, 2005

Admittedly, I was afraid that night as I walked down the hospital corridor. I looked up, and directly facing me on the window was Christ's face. Without a shadow of a doubt, I know that He revealed Himself to me … (read more)

In Big Bold Letters

January 19, 2005

Early last fall, we were blessed to be able to take the proverbial "once-in-a-lifetime" trip to Eastern Europe. Our first twelve days were on one of those bus tours that we said we'd never take "because it's only for old … (read more)

How's My Driving?

January 18, 2005

Life is a test, and we take a pop quiz on putting our faith into action each day. On the back of my car is a sign that reads, "Erin Presbyterian … the best wee church in town." I want … (read more)

Living Waters

January 17, 2005

Often we take many of the everyday blessings in our life for granted. Recently, I discovered that I was doing just that. One morning on arising, we discovered that we did not have any water to flush the toilet or … (read more)

Talk Show Junkie

January 16, 2005

A former TV addict, I recovered by simply not learning to like any new shows. I freed up an hour every time one of my favourites vanished. Until recently, however, I still taped and watched two popular daily talk shows. … (read more)

The Gift Of Time

January 15, 2005

Seven hours in a plane is too long a time for my body not to protest. By the time I'd sat there for a few hours, I found I was playing mental games just to keep myself from protesting vigorously … (read more)

Hanging On A Limb

January 14, 2005

During my working years, there was a period when I was really down and out. Troubles seemed to flood in from every side. Although I tried to keep my problems to myself, my feelings have always had a way of … (read more)

Comfy Shoes

January 13, 2005

The dance floor was covered with a large variety of shoes. Of course they were all attached to people's legs! More experienced feet wore dark lace-up oxfords with support inserts, while younger toes sported three-inch heels, strappy sandals, and bright … (read more)

Weak And Strong

January 12, 2005

"Just a closer walk with Thee" is one of my favourite hymns. The first verse begins with the words "I am weak, but Thou art strong", taken directly from Paul's second letter to the Corinthian church. I learned the song … (read more)

Reflect His Light

January 11, 2005

As a child, I heard many fascinating stories about what was on the moon — one of the first being the story about the cow that jumped over the moon. Someone told me that there was a man on the … (read more)

Snowed In

January 10, 2005

I used to be a snowbird wannabe. When my parents scurried off to Florida at the first sign of a winter blow, I wanted to climb right in their back seat. Not a fan of ice, snow, and cold, nevertheless … (read more)

Making Memories

January 9, 2005

In my study at home, on top of a shelf, is an aquamarine painted pot that contains loose change, paper clips, and pins. Anyone looking at it would call it ugly and worthless. When I see it, I think that … (read more)

The Body Of Christ

January 8, 2005

In these days of specialists, which type of physician one goes to for an ailment is a significant decision. Recently, I visited my internal medicine doctor for a physical. He, in turn, sent me for lab work to test my … (read more)

"Oh, My God"

January 7, 2005

Most Christians cringe when they hear profanity in the world. "In the good old days", the misuse of God's name seemed to come only from hard-living, tough-looking fellows standing on street corners. Just last week while watching an episode of … (read more)

Lights

January 6, 2005

On Mondays, I start work at lunchtime and continue until 9:00 p.m. I try not to leave my getting ready to the last minute, because I like to arrive at work without being in a state of stress. However, I … (read more)

Faith In Action

January 5, 2005

It was only when the priests dipped their feet into the very brim of the water that the water rose up in a heap. Often, it is only when you and I put our faith into a physical dimension that … (read more)

It Will Never Happen To Me!

January 4, 2005

My friend hung her purse on the back of the door of the public bathroom cubicle, and while she was otherwise engaged, someone stole it. "Once bitten, twice shy," I said. "I guess you will never do that again!" To … (read more)

A Place In The Palace

January 3, 2005

"Just remember, Moses was a basket case too," the sign in front of one of the churches in my town advertised this week. After I read it, I started thinking what I would tell the people on Sunday morning if … (read more)

I Remember

January 2, 2005

When my children were growing up, I worked in the school system, as well as having contact with the young people who were my children's friends and classmates. My children now have children of their own, as do others of … (read more)

Have You Personalized Your Bible?

January 1, 2005

I was quietly sitting in church next to a little boy, when he proudly showed me his new Bible. He showed me that he had written his name in the flyleaf. I suggested, "Perhaps you should put your telephone number … (read more)

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