Archive for January, 2007

Driving In The Fog

January 31, 2007

We don't get a lot of fog in the area where we live, but we have been experiencing quite a bit lately. Recently, I had an appointment booked in a city sixty miles south, and so I left with lots … (read more)

S. T. R.

January 30, 2007

Because I am not a medical person, I really appreciate simple, easy-to-remember information that will help folks stay healthy. The new stroke guidelines (S. T. R.) really qualify. S. T. R. stands for the words "Smile-Talk-Raise". That is, if a … (read more)

Stumbling Child

January 29, 2007

We live across the road from a school. After a recent storm in which we received first rain, then freezing rain, and then snow, I happened to be looking out the window and saw a mother and her child making … (read more)

Sing To The Lord

January 28, 2007

I can remember someone asking me why Christians sing so often in their churches. It puzzled him that we spend so much time in worship using music and songs to convey our praise and prayers. "If you cut out the … (read more)

Let Him Go

January 27, 2007

Having things we love in this world can bring us great comfort and also great pain, for example, our cat — an inside cat that somehow got outside. He had been sick just a month before, so this added to … (read more)

Default Settings

January 26, 2007

At home, I have a computer that I bought in 1995. I like it; it's comfortable. I know how to open all my files, how to type a letter and get it to print out, and how to play a … (read more)

Depressing News

January 25, 2007

I was reading a newspaper report from Scotland one day recently, which revealed that the number of prescriptions for anti-depressants in the past year has reached an all-time high: 3.5 million in a population of 5 million. It seems to … (read more)

The Bruises Of Life

January 24, 2007

I went to have some blood drawn for some tests, which usually results in a large bruise that takes weeks to go away. This time, though, I came away with no bruise at all. Today as I was reading my … (read more)

How Much Is Free?

January 23, 2007

My mother told me that when I was a small girl, I had a hard time figuring out what "free" meant. I would ask, "How much is 'free'?" Everything has to "cost" something, right? Now that I am a grown-up, … (read more)

Navigating New Territory

January 22, 2007

It all seemed as clear as mud to me when my husband Ron and I traced our upcoming journey to the Buffalo and Niagara Falls area on the kitchen table. The map's blue lines and red squiggles didn't look much … (read more)

Awesome God

January 21, 2007

I was given a black T-shirt with the words "Awesome God" on the front and back. One particular day, I had this shirt on under a sweater as my son and I went to play mini-golf. At this location, they … (read more)

Heated Times

January 20, 2007

I well remember watching the clock as a child. The times I remember the most are those when Mom was baking cookies or a cake. Mother would tell us it would be another five minutes before the cookies were done. … (read more)

A Child Of The King

January 19, 2007

Occasionally, I'll be reading a less familiar passage in my Bible, and a name will arouse my curiosity. Such was the case when I ran across the name "Mephibosheth". As I read, I learned that the young man had a … (read more)

Postponing God

January 18, 2007

When I read verses like this, I knew that God was expecting me to forgive my (now dead) abuser. And I did. But when He told me to go to the cemetery and lay hands and flowers on the tombstone … (read more)

Careful Pruning

January 17, 2007

We have an hibiscus tree that I was given as a gift seven years ago. When I brought it home, it fit in the back seat of my car. When we moved two years later, it travelled in the moving … (read more)

Call To Me

January 16, 2007

I don't dream often, but recently I had a dream that was so real. It was kind of mixed up — like dreams are — but there was such a message in this dream. After visiting with a friend in … (read more)

God's Grace

January 15, 2007

My wife died in April, and I found myself alone in a two-bedroom apartment, trying to recover from prostate surgery, with my only child working overseas. The third day after the operation, I was a complete jelly and found myself … (read more)

What Is Your Shape?

January 14, 2007

While I was visiting a friend's home one day, she apologized to me because her dining-area table was covered with a half-finished jigsaw puzzle. "My husband and I have been working on the puzzle for a long time," she said. … (read more)

Pulling Together

January 13, 2007

A friend told me recently that she had visited Nashua, Iowa, USA. "Why?" I asked her, "What is so special about Nashua?" She replied, "That is where the 'Little Brown Church' is located. It is also where in 1857 William … (read more)

Wasp Nest

January 12, 2007

Last summer, I visited my parents and noticed wasps entering the roof space. With wasp spray at the ready, I launched myself up the ladder to the roof and sprayed. When no more wasps were to be seen, I plugged … (read more)

The Lord Of All

January 11, 2007

Competition in our town is great. There are two major schools in our community with rival sports teams: the city "Bulldogs" and the county "Yellow Jackets". When these two schools play each in other in football, emotions in our community … (read more)

World Filled With Sadness

January 10, 2007

I recall an incident that took place in our high school. A student in one of my classes became very upset with the teacher when he asked the student to leave the classroom and proceed to the office on account … (read more)

Choosing A Mentor

January 9, 2007

When I needed a mentor, a woman who would help me to be all that God desired for my life, I asked God for help, and then took honest inventory. I asked the Holy Spirit for help in my weaknesses. … (read more)

Broken Limbs

January 8, 2007

The other day, I saw a lady with a cast on her leg, hobbling along on crutches. I wondered how she had broken her leg. I thought of the pain she would have been in. I wondered how long it … (read more)

Aren't You Excited?!

January 7, 2007

Last year, from February to August, family and close-friend weddings took us to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico; Alberta, Canada; Sicily, Italy; and to one that was a half-hour ride from home. We also had our "regular" lives to fit in between … (read more)

Beneath The Onion Skin

January 6, 2007

Have you ever really taken the time to look at an onion? It doesn't matter what type of onion: red, yellow, or Spanish. Sometimes, we talk in the church about the onion in reference to our healing and how we … (read more)

Wonderful Love

January 5, 2007

Sometimes on Sunday mornings, when all of our young families come to the front of the church, I sing old choruses with them. It always amazes me that some action songs that I learned as a child still captivate the … (read more)


January 4, 2007

My friend, Nomie, told me about her children. They were sixteen months apart, Lori being the older. One day, Lori's little brother was annoying her. When she complained to her mother, Nomie advised her, "Just ignore him." Later, when she … (read more)

A Time And A Place

January 3, 2007

The waitresses were practically running. Every staff member was in a flurry of activity. Customers recognized the overload and patiently waited their turn, Suddenly, a supervisor's voice boomed loudly over the clatter of conversation, silverware, and china. "Do you think … (read more)

Nunc Dimittis

January 2, 2007

We call it the "Nunc Dimittis", and it can be found in the back of many hymnbooks. It's a sung blessing, like the doxology, taken from the words of today's Scripture, and is used by churches across the world as … (read more)

A New Year

January 1, 2007

A new year has dawned upon us. On my wall hangs a new calendar. Each year, I get calendars made with pictures of our family on each month's page. As I look at January, our whole family is there smiling … (read more)

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