Archive for May, 2006

Faithfully Focused

May 31, 2006

At the 428 Gospel Club in Glasgow, where I gave my heart to Jesus in 1977, we used to finish the Wednesday night meetings by singing an old hymn. It was called "Turn your eyes upon Jesus", and each time … (read more)

Writing

May 30, 2006

I am dyslexic. For those like me, the cost is high to unscramble jumbled thoughts and turn them into a straight line on a typed page. As a result, this process acts as a filter for what I write. These … (read more)

The Past

May 29, 2006

I can remember my life before I became a Christian. At times, I try not to remind myself of my actions and ways of the past. It is during these times that I find great comfort in the following Scripture. … (read more)

Are We Following The Right Light?

May 28, 2006

Years ago, I had a kitten that I loved. It was so much fun to watch her. When we threw a candy wrapper across the room, she would bring it back to us. The game could go on all evening … (read more)

Enough For All

May 27, 2006

The greatest physical need some have in our world today is for drinkable water. After living for a few years on the Canadian Prairies, where our well water had to be filtered and then softened, I have a new appreciation … (read more)

Lost In Translation

May 26, 2006

For six long years, I studied Hebrew at Glasgow University and became known for translating the Psalms into Glaswegian slang, or as my father used to call it, Scottish guttural. I enjoyed poring over the Scriptures, looking at the different … (read more)

Seasons

May 25, 2006

I could not sleep. I sat looking out the window at the snow falling, noticing how snow crystals shine like diamonds as the street lights shine overhead. I started thinking about how there are seasons to everything and that winter … (read more)

Experience Life To The Fullest

May 24, 2006

When we were young, we couldn't wait to grow up and be adults. On looking back, we now see that life goes by so fast. At the time, though, we were not wise enough to recognize just how short life … (read more)

Whose Card Do You Carry?

May 23, 2006

I don't know about your wallet or purse, but mine contains discount cards, membership cards, cards that say who I am, and cards that allow me to receive health care and medical treatment. Most important are the cards that I … (read more)

I Will Not Forget You

May 22, 2006

My dad has Alzheimer's disease. Since I live a distance of few hours' drive from mom and dad's home, I don't visit in person very often. About a month ago, I took that trip to see them. As a daughter, … (read more)

Seal Of Approval

May 21, 2006

My dad was an excellent engineer, and there were many evenings in our household when I would just sit and watch him at his desk. He would pour over blueprints and designs for machinery for hours, checking all the specifications, … (read more)

When We Don't Know The Way

May 20, 2006

My role when we are travelling in a new city is to jiggle joyfully up and down on bumpy streets and to try to read squiggly lines on a paper map, while my husband whirls around the corners and avoids … (read more)

Where Are You?

May 19, 2006

I went into town the other day and was attracted by the sound of a woman's voice reverberating off the surrounding buildings. As I came closer to the point of origin, I found a very smart woman speaking on her … (read more)

Verbal Cyanide

May 18, 2006

I was stirring a lemon pie mix on the stove when the telephone rang. It was a wrong number. I was polite as I answered the call. By the time I returned, my pie mix was beginning to thicken. Within … (read more)

Applying Grace

May 17, 2006

There's a beautiful church on University Avenue in my hometown of Glasgow. It sits directly across the road from the university itself. It's called Wellington Church, and I suspect it was named after the Duke of Wellington, the victorious general … (read more)

Global Positioning System

May 16, 2006

Over the years, I've developed a problem, not a serious problem, but an annoying one. My one consolation is that I have learned I'm not alone. My quandary must be catching, for some of my friends suffer from the same … (read more)

Relationship Swing

May 15, 2006

I have a wonderful piece of furniture on my patio in the backyard. It is a swing in which two or three people can sit. It has a canopy to offer shade from the hot sun. I love sitting there … (read more)

Using Your Coupons

May 14, 2006

"Grandma, I have my coupons. Can we go eat pizza?" It was my seven-year-old granddaughter, Brooke, with a handful of coupons in her purse. I couldn't keep from smiling. Many times in her young life, Brooke had seen me presenting … (read more)

Practice

May 13, 2006

One afternoon when our children were young, my husband walked with them to our local grocery store. They returned home not only with the groceries we needed but also with a box of gingerbread mix. It was not on the … (read more)

The Mouths Of Babes

May 12, 2006

One day recently at our church, we had a guest speaker who represented Gospel for Asia Missions. He showed us a video of a young missionary named Joseph who was trying to tell the people about the Lord. The people … (read more)

Tears In My Wallpaper

May 11, 2006

My granddaughter, Sierra, now six years old, came to visit her grandpa and grandma during the Christmas holidays. "Magga," (her name for Grandma) "would you come to the bathroom with me?" she asked me. "Of course, I will," I answered. … (read more)

Good Parenting

May 10, 2006

My dad, who went to be with the Lord back in 1999 at the grand old age of 96, was a pastor for 65 years. He insisted on having family devotions every night after the evening meal, and all family … (read more)

Gus The Goalie

May 9, 2006

When I was growing up, I had a great friend called Gus, who used to fall all of the time. He was one of the last people in my generation to suffer from polio, which meant that one of his … (read more)

People In Need

May 8, 2006

I recently came across the path and life of another person who seems to have no family, who is not able to drive, and who is suffering from medical problems. This person is in their home, except for one trip … (read more)

The Year Of Sabbath Preparation

May 7, 2006

Imagine a negotiation between labour and management. The final touches are being put to the agreement, but there is still a sticking point — and the whole agreement may collapse unless it can be resolved. The issue? Time off. The … (read more)

Health

May 6, 2006

For years, I struggled with migraine headaches. I did discover a couple of the triggers, so I tried to avoid them to the best of my ability. Unfortunately, it wasn't always possible. Then I found a product that was said … (read more)

Christian Ornaments

May 5, 2006

In the gift shop of the local Chamber of Commerce, I was examining an ornament created by a local artist. The artist had spent many hours carving the wooden base and sculpting the ceramic rose. Each petal was created exactly … (read more)

Throw In The Towel

May 4, 2006

Learning to trust God for the little things in our lives can help us to learn to trust God in the bigger things in our lives. Hearing God is just one part of how we can trust God. On my … (read more)

Forgiveness

May 3, 2006

As I reminisce about our children when they were young, I remember the days of muddy little feet tracking into the house. They had been having fun — in the sprinkler on a hot day, in the mud puddles, or … (read more)

Looking For Change

May 2, 2006

I recently went to get my hair cut. I have very straight and thick hair. Having hair like this, I have always kept it very short, but at times I have wondered what it would be like to have long, … (read more)

Unjustly Accused

May 1, 2006

The news media recently carried a story about a man who had been jailed for twenty-four years. Upon DNA testing, he was found innocent and was released. Here was a man whose life — the good productive years — had … (read more)

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