Archive for April, 2008

Tom And Jerry

April 30, 2008

Do you remember the old Tom and Jerry cartoons? Long before they were deemed politically incorrect because of the comic violence in them, I used to love watching them every night on television. They made me really laugh, but I … (read more)

Spiritual Hunger

April 29, 2008

I've never been to the point in life that I did not have sufficient food to eat. However, I've been on enough diets to know the feel of hunger pains. One thing I've learned from these moments is that true … (read more)

For The Benefit Of Whom?

April 28, 2008

When we moved to our present home some 22 years ago, the trees and shrubs were ever so small. The line of cedars making a natural fence between us and our neighbours was thin. The cedars did not touch each … (read more)

Missing The Obvious

April 27, 2008

I have been driving for just over thirty years. When I first began to drive, it was very rare to have to put your own gasoline in your car. Over the years, it has become harder and harder to come … (read more)

Grace Gifts

April 26, 2008

At our monthly Session meeting recently, one of our elders gave the devotional. She read from a similar passage of Paul's on this subject of gifts, using the new Message version of the Bible. The elder reminded us that we … (read more)

Roadblocks

April 25, 2008

I had calculated sufficient time to drive the distance to my friend's house for a party. What I hadn't considered was roadblocks. I spent considerable time manoeuvring around two of them. The party was almost over when I arrived. This … (read more)

In Praise Of Teachers

April 24, 2008

From the moment we are born, we are being taught. First, it is our parents, and then slowly, others are integrated into our lives: grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, babysitters, Sunday School teachers, school teachers, friends. We learn even from those … (read more)

Games Night

April 23, 2008

When my husband retired and we moved to the area where we now live, it wasn't long before we found a group of people who enjoyed playing games together. And when I'm seated around the table, surrounded by friends, my … (read more)

The Good Old Days

April 22, 2008

We call them the good old days — times past when life was less stressful and people were more innocent. We remember them fondly in our hearts. For every generation, "the good old days" are a different decade, a different … (read more)

Voice From Heaven

April 21, 2008

As much as I'd like to be a "ray of sunshine" or "a babbling brook" all the time in my Christian walk, I must confess that I have my periods of darkness. During these "dark nights of the soul", I've … (read more)

Mailboxes

April 20, 2008

When I was little, we lived on an airport base, and I loved it when I was given the responsibility to walk down the hill to the "Admin" building, where my dad worked, to collect our mail from the box. … (read more)

Helping Others

April 19, 2008

There's a family in town that our church has been helping for years. They always seem to get hit with a crisis, illness, or injury that makes it difficult for them to keep up with house payments, utility bills, and … (read more)

The Broken Plate

April 18, 2008

For years now, I have been collecting miniature plates made by Limoge with the theme "love story". These miniatures are expensive for their size but are a great investment for me. A few years ago, I decided to take them … (read more)

Not Of This World

April 17, 2008

I just love it when the Scriptures come to life for me, whether it is through my reading or my daily walk with the Lord. I started out on a snowy Saturday morning to get my Tim Hortons

Overturning Tables

April 16, 2008

There's an old hymn called "Gentle Jesus, Meek and Mild", which a lot of people have bought into theologically. It depicts Christ as being a peaceful, loving guy Who wouldn't dream of disturbing anyone's life or meddling with their lifestyle … (read more)

Our Passion

April 15, 2008

"Scrapbooking is my passion", my friend said. "I love it. I could devote all my waking hours to it." Several more times during the party, I heard others describe their love of "scrapbooking" as their passion. Hearing their comments reminded … (read more)

The Whole Trip

April 14, 2008

Jeramie, my three-year-old grandson, watched as my teenaged daughter, at the end of a summer's babysitting for my son and his family, helped load the car. My parents had come along with me to Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, to pick … (read more)

Godly Guidance

April 13, 2008

I love looking at maps. If anyone wants to keep me occupied and quiet for a while, all that is needed is to give me a map, and I will pore over it for ages. I love to look at … (read more)

Undivided Truth

April 12, 2008

I have come to realize a lack of self-study. Just when I think I have it all together, something happens to make me see a need for a deeper inner look at myself. In a given situation, I often fail … (read more)

The Church Of The Good Shepherd

April 11, 2008

Twice, I've had the privilege of visiting a small stone church in the middle of what one would call "nowhere". As I sat in the front pew, I found myself wanting to know more about the people who had the … (read more)

Abundant Life

April 10, 2008

It's a question that we all ask at some time in our lives: "How can I beat death and obtain everlasting life?" When I was eighteen, I overdosed on tranquilizers and almost died. I was saved by three friends, to … (read more)

Dryness

April 9, 2008

I have been through a period of spiritual dryness during the past two months. This may sound like a short time — and it is — but for me, it has seemed like an eternity. The dryness came as I … (read more)

The Journey

April 8, 2008

I joined the church as a teenager, giving my heart and life to Christ and promising to walk in His ways. I didn't understand then that I'd just taken the first step on a life journey. I thought that once … (read more)

Starmaker

April 7, 2008

When I first came to live in the United States, the sky seemed very different. It was more expansive. I used to spend a lot of time looking at the wonderful clouds during the day and peering at the vast … (read more)

Sunday Morning

April 6, 2008

It was one of those Sunday mornings when I was tempted to stay home. A small spiritual battle was taking place, like a tug-of-war. A pretext lifted its ugly head, and it was a fight. I had recently moved from … (read more)

First Things First

April 5, 2008

As far back as I can remember, I heard my parents saying, "Robbie, remember — first things first!" Every day, my parents arose first, washed, dressed, and prepared for the day, and then got my sisters and me up — … (read more)

Jesus Turns Doubts Inside Out

April 4, 2008

Is it spring in your area yet? At the end of March, I made a visit to the north of New Brunswick here in Canada to speak at a Christian Women's Club. The washboard potholes on the road to Bathurst … (read more)

Sentimental Treasures

April 3, 2008

Every closet, cabinet, and drawer in my home is filled to capacity with things I've collected over 46 years of living in the same house. Being a sentimental person with a historical mind, I can not part with a single … (read more)

Spring Cleaning

April 2, 2008

Spring cleaning! I pulled every piece of furniture away from the walls, washed them down, cleaned the stove of its winter ashes, and picked out a brass frame, clock, and lamp I wanted to put on the little table when … (read more)

Signs Of Spring

April 1, 2008

One fall, I decided to plant some tulip bulbs in my front garden. The winter came and went. Finally spring arrived. At the beginning of spring, I went out to look at the garden soil, in anticipation, hoping to see … (read more)

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