Archive for February, 2006

The Desolate Place

February 28, 2006

Well at least there was a big crowd in their desolate space — and they had Jesus with them! How hard was that? In mine, there was only a small group of fellow travellers on a bus, climbing its way … (read more)

Follower Of Jesus

February 27, 2006

I went with my son recently to get his Ontario hospital card renewed. After taking a number and patiently awaiting our turn, it was our time to go forward. The lady at the desk began to gather our information, which … (read more)

Sacred Dancer

February 26, 2006

Years ago, I wrote a song called "Sacred Dancer" that our church band, Glenfinnan, still plays today. I wrote it for a gospel singing group in Scotland, but they didn't like the lyrics. They thought that it was too New … (read more)

Show Me

February 25, 2006

Recently, a little girl was visiting for the day. She wanted to learn how to knit. So I got out the wool and needles, and we started. She said, "Show me. Show me what to do next. Show me where … (read more)

God's Call

February 24, 2006

Several years ago in the midst of a bitterly cold Quebec winter, I was sitting in the middle of a church service when I felt a strong urge to study music. At the time, a very dedicated pastor would announce … (read more)

Pitfall

February 23, 2006

When I was about ten years old, my brother Andy, a few friends, and I dug a pit on a waste piece of ground. It was about three feet deep, and at the bottom was a puddle of oily water. … (read more)

Pain!

February 22, 2006

Pain! Emotional pain! Physical pain! Financial pain! Spiritual pain! We all go through some kind of pain in our lives! Quite a few years ago, I was in a lot of pain in many areas of my life. I was … (read more)

The Outer Shell

February 21, 2006

Recently I overheard a conversation in a women's clothing store. "I'm not pretty," the young woman said to her friend. "Yes you are! Look at how many people you help every day!" "I don't mean that; I mean my looks," … (read more)

A Hiding Place

February 20, 2006

Do you ever get the feeling that you want to run away from all of your responsibilities and go hide somewhere? I did that when I was twelve. Things in my home were unbearable, so I decided to run away. … (read more)

Press The Button

February 19, 2006

I was warned that the surgery results could be bad. Yes, the cancer would be removed, but my face might be seriously disfigured. I was a speaker, working both in person and on television. This was devastating news. I expected … (read more)

The White Field

February 18, 2006

My husband and I had been to a Christian banquet and had heard a most inspiring evangelistic preacher talk about his work. The dinner was held at a Los Angeles restaurant perched high on a hill. Each banquet room has … (read more)

Flashlights

February 17, 2006

It used to happen every winter. Heavy snow fell on some local power lines and snapped the cables in two, causing all the lights in our house to go out. Instantly, I would head to the kitchen cupboard, in the … (read more)

Meant For Him

February 16, 2006

Two memorable events stand out from the past year. First, my church gave me a lovely open house and card shower for my ninetieth birthday. There were 112 who signed the guest book, and I received nearly 200 cards! The … (read more)

Grieving The Holy Spirit

February 15, 2006

Last summer a rock was thrown into the window at the gym where I work out. It was no little rock. It was huge. The whole big window was smashed into tiny splinters all over the carpet. The damage was … (read more)

Sisters

February 14, 2006

Years ago, when I ministered in Scotland, there were two elderly sisters in the congregation. Both of them had been members of the church all of their lives. One of them lived on a farm, which had a large acreage … (read more)

Spiritual Food

February 13, 2006

Going through my collection of books recently, in hope of eliminating some through a sale, I found many types of Bibles collected through the years. There were many different versions, some being translations and others paraphrases. These Bibles had been … (read more)

A Good Example

February 12, 2006

The other day when we were in the mall, I saw a tiny little girl walking by herself. I was concerned, so looked around for a parent. Sure enough, there was her daddy a few feet in front of her, … (read more)

Without Walls

February 11, 2006

Years ago, my wife and I visited the city of York, in England. It's a beautiful place and has a rich historical past. Yorkminster Cathedral is an amazing medieval building. As one walks into it, one can hear every sound … (read more)

Mentoring, Anyone?

February 10, 2006

I wish I had learned the lesson in today's verse years ago, before I popped out my own half-baked, unformed Christian ideals onto a waiting audience. A word or two from the wise would have helped me correct any errors … (read more)

Our Needs

February 9, 2006

Years ago, when our children were younger, we were very hard up. My husband was pastoring a church as well as working night shift in order to keep us fed and clothed. We wore second-hand clothes; I made bread, cakes, … (read more)

My First Car

February 8, 2006

I fondly remember when I purchased my first new car and was able to pick the colour of the exterior and the interior. I loved that car. The day I got it was a very memorable day. I didn't think … (read more)

Chapter One

February 7, 2006

When my hands are busy with one mindless task or another, I like to keep my wandering mind occupied too. To prevent it from going places it should not go, I "read" while I work, by playing Christian music or … (read more)

Times And Seasons

February 6, 2006

I recently went to get an item we needed for our trip. Each store that I went into replied to me that I could not get the item I needed because it was "out of season". How many times we … (read more)

Monday, Monday

February 5, 2006

I thought it was going to be just another Monday morning: the usual commute to church, trying to avoid the usual traffic jam, whilst listening to the usual radio program. Just another Monday — until I arrived at the church. … (read more)

Laughter

February 4, 2006

As my parents and their siblings have been passing away one at a time, I have been reminiscing about them and the fun times we had together as a family. We lived closest to my mom's side of the family, … (read more)

Failure Turned Inside Out

February 3, 2006

Two years ago I made a small resolution at the New Year, one that I knew was attainable if I kept my focus and remembered to ask God daily for His help. This year, I renewed that small resolution because … (read more)

Stormy Seas

February 2, 2006

I always used to love this time of year in Scotland. I ministered at a west coast fishing village called Dunure. We usually held our church meetings down in the village hall, which was right next to the beach. After … (read more)

The Windows

February 1, 2006

We live in a century farmhouse. The windows on the inside seem to be the originals, with storm windows having been installed on the outer side in the 1950s. Each window is divided in two. Cleaning the eight sides of … (read more)

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