Archive for January, 2008

Travelling In The Dark

January 31, 2008

Our business often takes us on the road. Usually, we take the time to plan our route and our calls for that particular day or days. If business requires us to stay away for a night, we always try to … (read more)

Resume

January 30, 2008

Several times over the years, I have quit a job and looked for a new one. Each time, I have found it difficult to write my resume. I really should have kept a copy of the previous ones so that … (read more)

A Little World

January 29, 2008

This past summer, we visited the Rocky Mountains in Alberta, Canada. We have driven through them often, and occasionally we stop and climb a mountain. This year, we rode a gondola lift to the top of one mountain. The scene … (read more)

The Answer Diet

January 28, 2008

I had the most amazing experience only hours after a sermon on the theme, "Following Jesus Christ". The context for the sermon and my experience is my struggle with depression. I can find myself feeling down and not being able … (read more)

Refiner's Fire

January 27, 2008

We had a very large fire in our community last week. The commercial building held eight to ten different and varied businesses, and all were a total loss. Nothing survived this fire. There were two non-profit organizations, three government offices, … (read more)

Giving Our Gifts

January 26, 2008

Recently, I had lunch with two young men who both want to serve the Lord. One of them is a pastor who is in between churches at the moment. The other is a person who survived a horrific accident three … (read more)

Road Map To Follow

January 25, 2008

The book of Proverbs offers so much for us and our everyday life; so much is contained in single verses like this one: I am one of those people who, when asked what direction the driver is to take, usually … (read more)

Immunity

January 24, 2008

When I read these few verses, I was going through a tough time — a time of being verbally attacked by others. Words do hurt. I was hurting and afraid and angry. I was feeling sorry for myself, feeling like … (read more)

Boxer

January 23, 2008

A couple of years ago, the WWJD movement swept Christian circles. I can remember seeing many young people wearing bracelets with those initials on them. It all had to do with the much-loved book, "In His Steps", written by Charles … (read more)

Beautiful Feet

January 22, 2008

Beautiful feet! What an interesting thought! Our feet are a part of our body that we don't usually consider as being beautiful. What is the definition of "beautiful feet"? The answer could be different for every one who answers that … (read more)

God's Perfect Love

January 21, 2008

Last year, my youngest son asked me to look after for his lovebird for a short while. I readily accepted, as I wanted to care for her and thought we would be providing company for each other. However, I discovered … (read more)

Juliette

January 20, 2008

We lived on a farm when our children were small. We had milk cows, beef cows, pigs, a dog, and some cats. We had never raised sheep. We knew nothing about them. A neighbour did, though. Often, his ewes would … (read more)

Music Memories

January 19, 2008

When I was in high school, I used to enjoy music, and looked forward to learning how to decode all of the notes and symbols on paper. Then one year, a new principal of music took over the department. She … (read more)

Any Age – One Lord!

January 18, 2008

It's my age that makes a conversation piece at chit-chats. Someone's birthday brings us to think of our ages, and we begin the guessing. I am not good at guessing ages, but others bravely do so. What is systematically amazing … (read more)

Grave Mistake

January 17, 2008

A billboard at a local church, known for its wise and catchy messages, recently posted the following: "Burying your talent is a grave mistake." I trust that others who passed the church that week received its message as I did. … (read more)

Our Aunt

January 16, 2008

After caring for our elderly aunt, aged 89, from a distance for a while, the doctor told my husband and me that our aunt was no longer capable of living on her own. She was suffering from Alzheimer's. We then … (read more)

Stop To See The Roses

January 15, 2008

My neighbour's dog is a big black Lab named Brady. She is very sweet and loves to play with my dog, Bunny, a Boston terrier. One day, the dogs were playing in my front yard and wrestled right over the … (read more)

Everyone Now, Sing Along!

January 14, 2008

Once a month during the cold season, a group of us get together in one of our churches for a potluck supper and an impromptu sing-along. The supper goodies are delicious, and then two or three people tune up their … (read more)

Every Person Has A Job To Do

January 13, 2008

I saw Paul's words to the church at Ephesus literally demonstrated in real twenty-first century life today, with full colour and complete sound. It seems to me that our Scripture, roughly paraphrased, says, "God ain't created nobody to do nothing! … (read more)

Pied Wagtails

January 12, 2008

I walked into the town centre for my lunch break, at dusk, on my late night at work this week. I noticed a row of trees covered with tobacco-brown leaves ready to drop. I thought about how many times I … (read more)

Walking In The Light

January 11, 2008

One evening, I heard sounds coming from our attic — "pit-a-pat, pit-a-pat" — back and forth across the ceiling. I went out to the garage, which is attached to the house, to investigate. There, near the roof, was a very … (read more)

Persecuted, But Not Abandoned

January 10, 2008

My son and I were doing devotions recently, and the subject of persecuted Christians came up. He asked me if that really happens. We talked about how there are places in the world where people have to meet in secret to have church because they risk … (read more)

Hospitality

January 9, 2008

A while back, in our small group, we were talking about our spiritual gifts. We decided to do a survey to see what our individual spiritual gifts were. We realized that we all knew ourselves pretty well in that area. … (read more)

Faith

January 8, 2008

What is faith? It comes at various times in our lives easily, and at other times in a wave of doubt. For me, right now, as our sons are becoming young men, I seem to be finding myself in the … (read more)

Come And Have Breakfast

January 7, 2008

The alarm goes off; the neighbour's rooster crows; I climb out of bed and dress. The first rays of morning light find me on the way to the YMCA. As I drive, thoughts of praise and thanks for the birth … (read more)

Accept One Another

January 6, 2008

My beloved adopted mother had passed away three years earlier. My brother-in-law, the family genealogist, suggested that I search for my biological siblings. I hesitated, out of fear, wondering what they would be like and what kind of life they … (read more)

Reaching

January 5, 2008

I thank God for the knowledge that He has given to, and the wisdom that He has enabled for, those in the medical profession. A few weeks ago, my wife was in hospital for a minor operation. I did not … (read more)

Just One Of Those Days

January 4, 2008

I have my devotional time with the Lord in the morning. For me, it works best to start my day with the Lord; it helps me to stay in focus with Him the whole day. I must admit, though, that … (read more)

Higher Ground

January 3, 2008

The church choir in which I sing has been practicing a new setting for the hymn "Higher Ground", a very strong and rhythmic tune. I have found myself singing this song quite a lot in the last week or two. … (read more)

God Answers Prayers

January 2, 2008

After getting renovation quotes for a new kitchen, which were too much, I called my son. He told my husband and me that he would do it for us. He said there was a second-hand store which supplied kitchen cabinets, … (read more)

Self-Help Books

January 1, 2008

Have you ever read any of the self-help books? I heard that these books make up the majority of books sold today. Many of them are for people like me, who have a hard time adapting to the new ways … (read more)

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