Archive for May, 2005

Mountain Climbing

May 31, 2005

Years ago as a teenager, I was at a Bible camp in the Rocky Mountains. It was beautiful there. We hiked to a nearby cave; we walked along a crystal-clear, green lake; we were exhilarated by the clouds coming down … (read more)

Restart

May 30, 2005

Every now and then my computer freezes — usually during something important — requiring me to shut down and restart the machine. If I haven't saved my information, I lose what I was working on and have to begin again. … (read more)

Cheerios

May 29, 2005

Cheerios: those tiny circles of toasted oats that have sustained the tummies of tons of kids of all ages through several decades. They've also been little lifesavers for mothers who need something substantial as a snack for their tiny toddlers … (read more)

Recovery

May 28, 2005

I have joined a gym recently. There are a few extra pounds that I need to get rid of. The gym has thirteen different machines on which to exercise. They are all in a circle. In between each of these … (read more)

For Me, A Miracle!

May 27, 2005

Anyone who knows me is very much aware that I have no sense of direction. If I go into a department store, I must very carefully note the items for sale at the entrance, and mark all the ongoing twists … (read more)

Thankful For Patience

May 26, 2005

I am amazed and humbled by the genuine patience of the editors of the PCCWeb Daily devotionals. Many times have the editors had to cope with my errors, lack of knowledge, or misunderstanding in submitting my writings. No doubt others … (read more)

Boxed Plants

May 25, 2005

It was time to take my boxed plants from their containers and place them out in the garden. Have you ever noticed how quickly the plants come along once they have the freedom to spread their roots and take in … (read more)

The Perfect Time

May 24, 2005

During our working years, my husband and I were weekend gardeners. Saturday was the only day we had the opportunity to plant our seeds. Many of our friends planted by the signs in the almanac — convinced that Irish potatoes … (read more)

Be A Hard Worker

May 23, 2005

My husband loves digging in the dirt. When the first breeze of warm air blows in the springtime, his thoughts turn to growing something. Tools to till the soil are brought out of storage, and his lawn mower is readied … (read more)

Restored To Full Bloom

May 22, 2005

As fall approached and since we had given up travelling south for the winter, I decided to bring the geraniums that were still blooming into the house. For some time they continued to bloom; then, one by one, they faded … (read more)

Poustinia

May 21, 2005

Some years ago, I had the privilege of spending three days in a "poustinia" at the Madonna house, a retreat centre in northern Ontario, founded by the late Catherine de Hueck Doherty. She explained that "poustinia" in Russian means "desert", … (read more)

Bring Your Towel

May 20, 2005

This powerful image of Jesus during the Last Supper emphasizes the importance of humble service. Despite Jesus' position as God's only Son and his sacrificial role in establishing our salvation, he shows again and again, in his words and actions, … (read more)

Identity?

May 19, 2005

We have a new phenomenon in our vicinity: identity theft. Thieves can raid our bins left out for the refuse collectors to remove. They scavenge for paperwork that might give away details of personal accounts. With the details, they can … (read more)

Godspell

May 18, 2005

Recently, I had the unexpected pleasure of attending a production of the musical, Godspell, which was presented by a local theatre company. I felt prompted to attend the performance to see if there was anything new I would learn about … (read more)

A New Body

May 17, 2005

Dolly just got loved to shreds. She had belonged to my daughter, and now her daughter loved her, but alas, she was falling apart. It was time for Grandma to put a new body on her, so she came for … (read more)

The Pocket

May 16, 2005

I have a waterproof jacket that I wear to go walking and riding to work. I bought it for my birthday two years ago. It is lightweight and specifically made for the task. Consequently, I thought it rather atypical that, … (read more)

Grassroots Grace

May 15, 2005

Have you ever seen grass grow on a roof? I have, many times, especially back in Scotland. In the bleak countryside, one comes across old derelict cottages, abandoned decades ago, which once housed a shepherd or a crofter and his … (read more)

The Damascus Road Continues On

May 14, 2005

When I first became a Christian, I was looking for an "instant fix". Just as the apostle Paul had been struck down on the Damascus Road, I was expecting an instant transformation that was going to perfect me and turn … (read more)

The Locket Of The Heart

May 13, 2005

Many years ago, it was fashionable to have a tiny container, often in the shape of a heart, made of silver or gold and attached to a chain around one's neck. Within the closed, ornamental, hinged container was a picture … (read more)

Gold Cup

May 12, 2005

It is Gold Cup race day at Cheltenham Racecourse, a big event with the attraction of a major sport cup-tie. The town centre has the cosmopolitan feel of London or New York, with the pace being quickened by the anticipation … (read more)

How Much We Are Worth

May 11, 2005

Yesterday, conducting a chapel service for men at the local prison, I showed part of the movie "The Passion Of The Christ". In the scene in the garden, Satan assails Jesus with questions: "Who is He? Does His Father care?" … (read more)

How Deep The Father's Love For Us

May 10, 2005

My husband and I didn't go south for our retirement trip; instead, we headed west. While travelling through the Rocky Mountains, we stopped to see the Columbia Ice Field and took a trip on the snow coach to the mouth … (read more)

Selah

May 9, 2005

I was having one of those "poor me" days. In no time, "Poor Me" was feeling even worse. Eventually my thoughts turned to an incident that had happened many years before. Moan, sigh, Poor Me! Finally (thank God!) the Holy … (read more)

You Are Loved

May 8, 2005

Don't you just love babies? They are soft and cuddly and totally dependent upon their parents for every need. They look at their mothers with total adoration — and that look is returned by their mothers. As a new mother … (read more)

God's 20/20 Vision

May 7, 2005

God wants us to listen to His words and be obedient in everything. There have been many times over the years I have not been obedient, but when I have been, blessings beyond measure have come. One instance took place … (read more)

Be Alert

May 6, 2005

All sorts of small animals visit our yard during beautiful spring days. They run and play in the warm sun and the freshly-mown grass. We spend much time watching from our kitchen window. We began to notice that a squirrel … (read more)

Dirty Water

May 5, 2005

When I was at the YWCA the other day, I heard the following statement: "I can't believe people get in that dirty water everyone has bathed in. Why don't they install a Jacuzzi at their house where they can have … (read more)

Where Are We Running?

May 4, 2005

I have wonderful little grandchildren. Some are more snuggly than others. Right now, the two-year-old comes crawling into my arms and snuggles up to me, often lifting her little head and saying, "I love you, Grandma!" Her little arms around … (read more)

Book Of Life?

May 3, 2005

I hoped that being a Christian might save me from living in a marred world. Insofar as I have the direction, peace, and protection of God, it is true. Yet insofar as bad things happen, it is false. This at … (read more)

Harmony Or Discord?

May 2, 2005

I have often sat enthralled watching a band play. All those instruments going at the same time and the wonderful music that comes out of it thrills me. The beautiful music soothes my soul. It is wonderful harmony. In our … (read more)

May Day

May 1, 2005

A few years ago when I was in Sweden, I was fascinated by the beautifully decorated poles that were the centre of each village square. Brightly-coloured ribbons streamed down from the crossbars which were holding up a wreath of spring … (read more)

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